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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. 351

Deeds—No. 351.

Nikiairanga Block, Island of Waiheke, Auckland District.

1838. 8 May.Auckland District.Know all Men by these presents, That we whose names are hereunto subscribed and set, Nikiranga. Natives of New Zealand, for and in consideration of the several articles mentioned or indorsed on the back hereof being of value of One Hundred and Eight Pounds sterling William Webster.to us paid by William Webster residing at Coromandel Harbour, New Zealand aforesaid, page 313 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 grant, bargain, sell, assign, release and convey unto the said. William Webster, his Heirs, Executors and Assigns, all that piece or parcel of Land on the Island called Waiheke, Boundaries. [3,000 acres.] bounded on the South by a creek called Nikiairanga, on the West by the sea, on the North by the North Point, and on the East by the sea; Together with all ways, water-courses, trees and appurtenances whatsoever to the same belonging, and all the estate, right, title, and interest of us and each and every of us, of, in, and to the same; To Have and to Hold the said piece or parcel of Land with all its 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 whatsoever. And we do hereby covenant and declare that we have good and lawful right to release the said land unto the said William Webster and his Heirs, and that it shall be lawful for 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 signed our names and affixed our seals, this eighth day of May in the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight.


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

Witnesses— Abraham Marston.
Jepthah Bean.

We acknowledge to have received from William Webster the sixteenth day ofReceipt. September One thousand eight hundred and thirty-six, 1 musket and 20 lbs. of Tobacco as security for the within mentioned Land. On the 20th. of April 1838 we received 3 cloth cloaks, 20 lbs. of Tobacco, 2 chests, 6 Gowns, 6 Fancy Tomahawks, 40 Pipes, 2 Blankets. Also upon the 1st of September 1838, we receive 4 Beaver Hats, 2 half barrels of Gunpowder, 20 Hoes, 20 Fancy Tomahawks, 50 lbs. Tobacco, 24 Handkerchiefs, 8 Blankets, 36 Jews Harps, 2 dozen Shirts and £15 cash. Amount of Goods paid by the said William Webster to the undersigned belonging to the Ngati Muru: 4 Muskets, 2 casks Gunpowder, 4 spades, 50 lbs. Tobacco.

Tuma x.
Tohe x.
tangata hina x.

Witness— Charles Walker.

Amount of Goods paid by the said William Webster to the undersigned Ngati Poua.
20lbs. Tobacco500
3Cloth Cloaks12150
20lbs. Tobacco500
6Fancy Tomahawks220
4Beaver Hats400
2Half barrels Gunpowder12100
3dozen Jews Harps0180
2dozen Shirts600
20Fancy Tomahawks700
50lbs. Tobacco12100

Abraham Marston.
Jepthah Bean.

A True Copy of Original Deed.No. 305i.O.L.C.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, 4 June, 1879.