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No. 4882*O, William French, Honolulu, January 15, 1848
[Listed as 4882-4886]
To the Board of Land Commissioners, I hand you 6 surveys of real estate for which I claim titles: Viz.
4882, No. 1 Warehouse premises, known by the name of French's Honolulu premises, with the Butcher's shop and one half of the wharf known as Charlton's & French's wharf, and Blacksmith's shop.
4883, No. 2 Premises in Honolulu, where I now reside.
4884, No. 3 Warehouse & premises at Kawaihae, Hawaii.
4885, No. 4 Dwelling house and Premises at Waimea, Hawaii.
4886, No. 5 Slaughter house premises, and small enclosure adjoining, with grass houses and cookhouse thereon.
All the above named places have been surveyed by Mr. Metcalf, whose surveys please to find on file with this petition, and notify me when to lay them before you, with the necessary vouchers.
Signed, &c, William French
Understanding that a native woman, Kekai, has laid in a claim to house and premises now occupied by Mr. John Ladd in Honolulu, opposite my dwelling house. I have to state that said house was built by me, with the exception of the stone work which was done by John Ebbetts, deceased, during his absence on a voyage to Canton, in which he died. I have never been remunerated in full for my outlays, and have his written instructions how to appropriate his property in case of accident to him. The land was originally purchased from Richard Fort by said Jno Ebbets.
Signed, William French
See claim & testiony under No. 534
Claim 4882 to 4886, Wm. French, February 2
Samuel Rice, sworn, I know these houses situated at Pahonu in Hawaii, They [are enclosed] with a stone wall which I think is the boundary. I heard Governor Adams say he had given eh place to claimant in 1838 on condition of his building a wharf for the boats, and that it should be his. He built the stone house and wharf and has occupied the premises ever since in peace.
John Munn, sworn, I know the place and that the account of Mr. Rice is correct. I have often heard K[uakini?] say the same [blank section of page - illegible] know claimant has [blank section of page - illegible ?has held quiet possession of it?] since he obtained it in 1838 [blank section of page - illegible].
Samuel Rice, I know [blank section of page - illegible] ..huli Waimea for his own [blank section of page - illegible] [I] always understood got the place from [blank section of page - illegible ?Kuakini?] for services as Bullock catcher in 1831 and [blank section of page - illegible] the place and the Governor [blank section of page - illegible] like only do not encroach on the main road? He then took the place and enclosed it with a stone wall. I never heard of any opposition to his occupation. Mr. French purchased it from him in 1840 and has held it in peace ever since. If the Governor had not approved of Hughes's right to it, he would have opposed the transfer to claimant, which he on the contrary approved, I believe. (See copy of Bill of Sale).
John Munn, I know Hughes built a stone house there but not the particulars of the acquisition. I should infer he would not have built a valuable stone house and wall on the premises without good authority from Kuakini. Both Hughes and claimant have always held the place undisputed during their successive terms of occupation, as far as I know.
4886 - Slaughter house premises
[Blank section - illegible ?Samuel Rice?] I heard Governor Adams sold claimant a place for a beautiful horse, which Mr. French would not sell fo ....
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Sale No. 3. F.J. Greenway's bill of Sale to J. Dudoit, dated June 30, 1841. Witnessed by Thomas Cummins and Edward Stetson.
(Given as collateral security for the payment of a certain note of hand.)
the above mentioned premises were sold with the knowledge and consent of the Government and agreeable to the laws of the Sandwich Islands by order of J. Dudoit in default of payment of note as per bill of sale No. 3.
For dollars $8,500
Honolulu, Oahu, Sandwich Islands, December 2, 1842
Received payment in cash paid over to J. Dudoit
Signed, F.W. Thompson & Co. Auctioners
Resumed page 305, volume III.
I hereby assign unto Mr. Kekuanaoa, chancellor of Oahu for the use of the Estate of French & Greenway all my rights under the within auction sale.
Dated 2d December 1844
I hereby give my free consent to the above assignment on the part of my wife, who has signed the same.
Witnessed by Robert C. Wyllie, Thomas Baillie.
Acknowledged & recorded on 13 December 1844 before & by John Ricord, Notary Public.
Received on 1st January 1842 on account of the amount expressed in the within note, the sum of $3,395.39 cents in deduction of the principal. Interest on said principal up to the 1 January 1842 being also received.
Honolulu 19 May 1842
[margin note: Pay le Governeur la somme ci inclos. Honolulu 2 decembre 1844]
Received on account of the amount expressed in the within note the sum of $11,07.38[1,107.38] cents, which sum is to bear interest from 1st June 1842
Honolulu, 19 May 1842
14,846.66 dollars. Honolulu, Oahu, February 3, 1841
Two years from the 1st December 1840, I promise to pay to Jules Dudoit or [on?] his order, the sum of 14,846.66/100 dollars for value received with interest, eighteen per cent per annum
Interest due annually
The settlement of accounts between us annual no charges of interest will be made on cash items for house use neither on small things for Clementine.
Jules Dudoit Esquire
Cl. 4882, W. French, Protest, Honolulu, 7 October 1850, from page 171 volume 2
To the Honorable Board of Land Commissioners: As the attorney [for?] William French, Esquire, who is the attorney of the late Mr. Greenway and a creditor of Mr. Greenway's to a large amount, I hereby protest against any action or judgement in regard to the property of the waterside premises known as Mr. Charlton's that may defeat Mr. French's intentions as made known to His British Consul General on 3rd April 1848, as his right as Mr. Greenway's attorney, founded on Mr. Charlton's letter to Mr. Greenway on 11 March 1841 to claim said premises if Mr. Charlton should ever sell them on payment to Mr. Charlton or his assigns of four thousand dollars, five hundred dollars.
George J. Kenway, Attorney for William French
Cl. 4882, William French, Part II, May 13, 1851, from page 172v2, Beretania Cotteg [Cottage?]
I have amicably arranged matters with Mr. French. It is agreed that Mr. Charlton and Mr. Trench [?] are to be equal owners of the wharf and of the buildings and shop thereon.
Yours very truly, Wm. Miller
J.K Smith, Esquire, Member & Secretary, Board Land Commissioners
[Award 4882; R.P. 107; Merchant St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .55 Ac.; no R.P.; Queen St. Honolulu Kona; 1 ap.; .12 Ac.; Awardee index and Patent index list 4882 R.P. 107 as Pulaholaho, Fort & Merchant Sts. .54 Ac.; See also 4883-4886]