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Maori Deeds of Old Private Land Purchases in New Zealand, From the Year 1815 to 1840, with Pre-Emptive and Other Claims

Deeds—No. 401

Deeds—No. 401.

Waitoa Block No. 2, Piako District.

1839. 31 December.Piako District.Waitoa No. 2.Know all Men by these presents that we whose names and seals are hereunto subscribed and set Native Chiefs of New Zealand for and in consideration of the several articles of W. E. Cormack. merchandise mentioned in or endorsed on the back hereof being of the value of— sterling to us paid by William Eppes Cormack of—now residing at the Bay of Islands in New Zealand aforesaid before the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, Have and each and every of us Hath granted bargained and sold, assigned released and conveyed, and by these presents Do and each and every of us Doth grant bargain sell assign release and convey for ever unto the said William Eppes Cormack his heirs executors administrators and assigns All that parcel Boundaries. [18,300 acres.] or tract of land situated and bounded as follows, that is to say—beginning at the mouth of a rivulet called Waitoa—a tributary stream to the River Piako on its right Bank— and which River Piako discharges itself into the Frith of Thames or Hauraki, then following up the windings of the said Rivulet Waitoa South Easterly to a point on its right Bank bearing West from the summit of the Northern hummock or hill of a small group called Pukiamanu, then to run from the said point at the said Rivulet East to the summit of the said northernmost hummock or hill of the said group, then to the summit of the South East hummock or hill of the said group, then South East by South to a point eight miles East from the Eastern extremity of a range of hills called Kiwitahi the said point being presumed to lie off in the direction which the said range of hills points to, then West Eight miles to the said range Kiwitahi presumed to lie West, then West along the summit of said range Kiwitahi and onwards to the summit of another range of hills called Pukemuremure, then North by East to a point in the dividing boundary line between the lands of Piako and those of Waikato which point lies West from the west extremity of a low ridge of hills called Parahwau about thirteen miles South from Moukoro, then East to the west extremity of the said low range of hills called Parahwau and along the summit of the said ridge to its East extremity, then East to the River Piako, then along the East bank of the said River Piako downwards Southwardly following its windings to the point of beginning at the junction of the rivulet Waitoa with the Piako aforesaid, containing by estimation one hundred and fifty to one hundred and eighty thousand acres more or less, or however the said parcel or tract of land or any part thereof is bounded situate known or distinguished or intended so to be Together with all ways waters watercourses paths pahs burying and tapued grounds and buildings, hedges ditches wood timber trees and other vegetable productions, mines metals and other minerals And all appurtenances whatsoever to the said land belonging or in any wise appertaining Together also with the uninterrupted right of fishing and of the fishes in the said waters and all the estate right title and interest of us and each and every of us and any of our tribes of, in, and to the same or any part thereof To have and to hold the said parcel or tract of land with all the rights privileges advantages and appurtenances whatsoever free from all taxes or impositions whatsoever unto the said William Eppes Cormack his heirs and assigns, and that we being lawfully and rightfully seized of, in, and to the said land and premises and having good right and full power and authority in our own right to grant and convey all and singular the said land and premises with the appurtenances thereto belonging for ourselves our heirs and successors shall and will warrant and for ever defend unto and to the use of the said William Eppes Cormack his heirs and assigns all the said parcel or tract of land and premises or any part thereof hereby granted and enfeoffed by us against all and every other person and persons whatsoever claiming or to claim the said land and premises or any part thereof or any privilege or right thereto appertaining and that it shall be lawful for the said William Eppes Cormack his heirs and assigns and all persons claiming page 365under him to hold and enjoy the same without any molestation, disturbance or denial from henceforth and for ever. In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names and affixed our seals this thirty-first day of December in the year of our Lord 1839.

Na rore.
te Wareponga.
te Makere.
te Warawara.

Signed sealed and delivered the same having been first read over and explained, and seemingly perfectly understood in our presence—

George William White, Matata, Merchant.
Henry Downing, Coromandel.
William Webster, Merchant, Coromandel.

Be it remembered that on the 31st day of December in the year of our Lord OnePeaceable possession given. thousand Eight hundred and thirty-nine peaceable and quiet possession and full seizing of the land and hereditaments within mentioned to be granted and enfeoffed to the within named William Eppes Cormack was openly had and taken by the above named Chiefs and by them delivered to the above named William Eppes Cormack To hold the same unto and to the use of the said William Eppe Cormack his heirs and assigns according to the purport and true intent and meaning of the within written indenture in the presence of us whose names are hereunto subscribed.

George William White, Matata, Merchant.

William Webster, Coromandel, Merchant.

We hereby acknowledge to have received on the day of the date of the withinReceipt. written Indenture of the within named William Eppes Cormack the following mentioned articles of Merchandise, namely:—54 pairs Blankets, 400 lbs. Tobacco, 15 pieces Printed Cotton, 3 pieces Dungaree, 40 gross Tobacco Pipes, 4 fine double barrelled Guns, 32 boxes Percussion Gun Caps, 10 bags Shot, 100 lbs. Sheet Lead, 200 Gun Flints, 20 Muskets part with bayonets, 18 casks Gunpowder, 8 Iron pots, 24 Spades, 24 Axes, 5 doz. Regatta Shirts, 3 doz. Duck trousers, 6 pairs Shepherds Drawers, 12 Duck frocks, 12 Red Serge Shirts, 12 red Caps, 3 Great Coats best, 2 Great Coats, 12 Cotton Braces, 3 doz. Shawls, 2½ doz. Tomahawks, 2 Adzes, 9 Razors, a lot of Fish Hooks, 3 doz. Jews' Harps, 10 Boarding Tomahawks, 500 Needles, 1 doz. Thimbles, 1½ lb. Thread, 10 doz. brass Rings, 4 Shawls, 2 doz. Clasp Knives, 6 Snuff boxes, 9 prs. Scissors, 18 Looking-glasses, 1 string Beads, 2 doz. Pictures framed, 8 dozen Pencils, 12 Shaving Boxes, 8 pieces Blk. Tape, 2 Blankets, 2 gilt Watch Chains, 20 lbs. Tobacco, 4 Bullet Moulds, 1 large Blanket, 1 superior Musket, 1 superior Double barrelled Gun (Te Mohu), being of the value of—sterling, and being the full consideration within mentioned to be paid and given to us for the sale and conveyance of the said parcel or tract of land and hereditaments within described.

Te Manewa.
Te Makoro.
Te Hoettoe.
Te Wareponga.


George William White.

Henry Downing.

William Webster.

True Copy.

Henry T. Clarke.

A True Transcript of Certified Copy of Original Deed. No. 73 and 73b.O.L.C.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, 14th August, 1880.