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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. 379

page 343

Deeds—No. 379.

Taupiri Block, North Harbour, Coromandel District.

1837. 30 January.Coromandel District.Taupiri. 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 Merchandize mentioned or endorsed on the back hereof being of the value of Two Hundred and three Pounds Sterling to us paid by William Webster now residing at William Webster. Coromandel Harbour 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, 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 Webster his heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, all that piece or Tract of land situate at the Northern part of Coromandel Harbour known by the name of Taupiri, commencing at the foot of the hill and running one quarter of a Boundaries. [800 acres.] mile to the Eastward of the road or path, and extending one quarter of a mile to the Westward of the said road or path forming half a mile frontage, and running from the said corner front boundary N.E. by compass to the summit of the high range of mountains, and from the Western corner front boundary N.N.W. by compass to the summit of the said high range of mountains. Together with all ways, waters, water courses, paths, pas, burying or tapued grounds, woods, hedges, ditches, timber trees and other vegetable productions and all appurtenances whatsoever to the said land or belonging, or in any wise appertaining, and all the estate, right, title, and interest of us and each and every of us and any of our tribe of, in, and to the same or any part thereof, To Have and to hold the said parcel or tract of land, with all rights, priviledges and appurtenances whatsoever, free from all taxes or impositions whatsoever unto the said William Webster his heirs and assigns, 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 all and singular to grant and convey the said land and premises with the appurtenances thereto belonging for our heirs and executors shall and will warrant and for ever defend and to the use of the said William Webster his heirs and assigns all the parcel of land and premises hereby granted and enfeoffed by us against all and every other person or persons whomsoever claiming or to claim the said land and premises or any part thereof, or any priviledge thereto appertaining. And that it shall be lawful for the said William Webster his heirs assigns and all persons claiming under him to hold and enjoy the same without any molestation or disturbance or denial from henceforth and for ever.

In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names and affixed our seals this thirtieth day of January in the year of our Lord 1837.

Tawaroa his x mark.
Arakuri his x mark.
Haurangi his x mark.

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us, the same having been first read over and faithfully explained, and seemingly perfectly understood Witnesses—
Henry Downing.
George Gage.

Receipt. We hereby acknowledge to have received of the within named William Webster the undermentioned articles 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 mentioned, vizt.—

400 lbs. Powder4000
12 Muskets2400
20 Blankets2000
3 doz. Shirts700
300 lbs. Tobacco6000
20 Gown Pieces1000
3 Cloaks900
2 Double Guns3000
6 Caps300

Tawaroa his x mark.
Arakuri his x mark.
Haurangi his x mark.

Henry Downing.
George Gage.

A true copy. Delivered into Court this 3rd day of July, 1843.

M. Richmond.

No. 305c.O.L.C. A True Transcript of Certified Copy of Original Deed.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, 2nd June, 1879.