Deed from Isaack de Forest to Willem Beeckman of a house and lot on Manhattan Island

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Isaack Foreest, an inhabitant here, who in the presence of the hereinafter named witnesses transfers and conveys, as he does hereby, to and for the behoof of Mr. Willem Beeckman, a portion of his lot lying and situated on the island of Manhatans, on the west side of the house and lot of Jan Cornelisz from Hoorn and opposite the house and lot of Claes van Elslant, which is at present set off with clapboards, in width four rods and two feet, in length six rods less one half foot, and that by virtue of the patent granted to him by the honorable director under date of the 5th of September 1645, in true and free ownership, provided that he, Mr. Beeckman, or whoever may obtain his title, shall be subject to whatever the lord may hereafter claim. Which said Isack de Foreest hereby relinquishes the ownership of the said lot of the size above stated and the dwelling house Foreest has had built thereon, conveying the same to the above named Mr. Willem Beeckman, or his successor, in true ownership, without the grantor reserving any right of ownership thereto, but surrendering the same henceforth and forever. He, the grantor, therefore promises to hold this conveyance firm, binding and inviolable, under submission as by law provided. Without fraud or deceit this is signed by the grantor and the witnesses, this 2d of August 1649, in New Amsterdam, New Netherland.

Isaack de Foreest
Adriaen van Tienhoven ]
Jacob Kip


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 3, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1648-1660 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.