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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

Extract from Commissioners' Report

Extract from Commissioners' Report.

The execution of the Deed and payment have been proved by Henry Downing.

The part of this claim included in the following boundaries is opposed by the Chief Commissioners' report. Takapu, viz.: "In front by the Piako, on one side by the stream Ohiniwero, on the other by a place called Matengewenua, and on the back by the first range of mountains from the river." Koenako and Wareponga, the two most influential chiefs who sold the land, admit Takapu's right to this portion, and that it was sold without his consent.

William Webster deposes to the resale and transfer of one-half of the land described in this case to Peter Abercrombie. Also that claimed by the following persons, in—

Cases 267 Henry Downing, Claimant.
" 283 Felton Matthew do.
" 283 George Cooper do.
" 285 John Johnson do.
" 320 Vincent Wanostrocht do.
" 321 Jeremiah Nagle
" 321 John W. Renn do.
" 396 Arthur Devlin do.
" 414e George Russell do.

But, the maximum grant of 2,560 acres having been awarded to William Webster, no grant can be recommended in favour of any of these claimants.

M. Richmond,

Edward L. Godfrey,

Dated at Wellington this 18th day of Dec., 1843.