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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

Tapukapuka Block, River Waitemata, Auckland District

Tapukapuka Block, River Waitemata, Auckland District.

Know all men by these presents that we whose names and seals are hereunto subscribed 1837. 17 April.Auckland District.and set Native Chiefs of New Zealand for and in consideration of the several articles Tapukapuka. mentioned or indorsed on the back hereof being of the value of One hundred and Sixty William Webster. pounds Sterling to us paid by William Webster now residing at Coromandel Harbour on the coast of New Zealand aforesaid at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged Have and each and every of us hath granted bargained, sold, assigned, released, and conveyed and by these presents Do and each and every of us doth according to our respective shares and proportions grant bargain sell assign release and convey unto the said William Webster his heirs executors administrators and assigns All that piece or tract of land called Tapukapuka situated and bounded as follows. On a small river or creek which empties into the Waitemata Boundaries. [320 acres.] River commencing at a marked Kauri tree on the left side of the creek and running North West one quarter of a mile to the summit of a range of hill and commencing on the opposite side of the creek from the Kauri tree above mentioned and running South East one quarter of a mile, and following the above range of hills one mile North East containing by Estimation about three hundred and twenty acres, Together with all ways, waters, watercourses, hedges, ditches, trees and appurtenances whatsoever to the same belonging or in anywise appurtaining and all the estate right titles and interests of us and each and every of us of in and to the same to have and to hold the said piece or tract of land with the appurtenances unto the said William Webster and his heirs to the use of the said William Webster his heirs and assigns for ever And we do hereby for ourselves and our heirs declare that we have not at any time heretofore sold or disposed of the said land or any part thereof to any person or persons whomsoever And we do hereby covenant and declare that we have according to our respective shares and proportions good and lawful right to release and convey the same to the said William Webster and his heirs and all persons claiming under him to hold and enjoy the same without any molestation or disturbance from henceforth and for ever. In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names and affixed our seals this Seventeenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven.

his x mark Na ni hi.
his x mark Tuire.

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence
of, the tenor of the above having been
faithfully and clearly explained—

James Simpson.
Lovet Thoroughgood
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We hereby acknowledge to have received on the day of the date of the within written Indenture of the within named William Webster the undernamed articles—Receipt.

Double Guns Four£4800
Powder Four hundred Pounds4500
Tobacco Two hundred and forty pounds4000
Shirts, Gowns, &c. Twenty-five Pounds Sterling2500
Cash Two Pounds Sterling200
being the full consideration within mentioned to be paid and given to us for the Sale and conveyance of the said Land and hereditament within mentioned.