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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

(Enclosure No. 1.) — Deed of Gift from rev. Henry Williams to Colonel Wakefield

(Enclosure No. 1.)
Deed of Gift from rev. Henry Williams to Colonel Wakefield.

Port Nicholson, April 29th, 1840.
Memorandum of Deed of Gift from the Henry Williams of the Bay of 1840. 29 April.Port Nicholson.Pipitea. Islands of certain lands at Port Nicholson to Colonel William Wakefield in trust for the Deed of gift to New Zealand Land Company. New Zealand Land Company Witnesseth that the Henry Williams is now lawfully possessed according to the Law and Custom of the Native inhabitants of New Zealand of certain tracts of land at Port Nicholson in a place now commonly called Thorndon, and which has been selected as the site of the principal Town to be formed in the territories of the New Zealand Land Company and that the said lands so lawfully claimed by the said Henry Williams do extend from the Beach called by the native inhabitants Teraekaihau to the mountain called Tinakore and bounded on the Southern side by the Brook called Pipitea and on the Northern side by the brook called Raurimu, which lands the Henry Williams doth hereby give grant and surrender to the said Colonel William Wakefield in trust for the said New Zealand Land Company their heirs executors administrators and assigns for ever in fee simple in the same absolute and unqualified manner in which he doth claim or possess the same with the following condition and reservation only namely that when the said lands shall have been surveyed by the agents of the New Zealand Land Company and divided into building allotments of one acre each the said Henry Williams or his agents Two acres reserved for Rev. H. Williams. shall at his or their discretion select for the said Henry Williams any two acres of land within the said boundaries of the land hereinbefore mentioned as belonging to the said Henry Williams which two acres of land so selected shall thenceforth be effectually secured to the said Henry Williams his heirs executors administrators and assigns for ever as an Estate in fee simple according to the Laws of England and this he doth out of good will and in consideration of all charges for surveying and selecting the said lands and for effectually warranting and securing to him the title to the said two acres of land being defrayed by the Agents of the said New Zealand Land Company, and this he doth moreover on behalf of himself as well as of the original native owner or owners of the aforesaid Lands and of all persons claiming through him or through them as aforesaid. In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals as parties to the same this twenty-ninth day of April 1840.

Sd. Henry Williams. L.S.
Sd. Reihana Deweti. L.S.
Sd. W. W. Smith, Surveyor-General. L.S.
Sd. Geo. Saml. Evans. L.S.

Signed sealed and delivered this 29th day of April 1846 in the presence of—
Sd. Robert Stokes Ass. Surveyor.
Sd. G. T. Palmer.
Sd. Wm. Maxwell.

A true copy, the same having been compared with the Original Memorandum by us.

Robt. Thos. C. Yates,
Comr's. Secy.
Edw. Hardy,

Gentn., Auckland.