Order for the sale of a house and ship belonging to Thomas Baxter

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1654, 13 May New Amsterdam.

The director-general and high council have taken notice of Thomas Bacxter's deteriorated yacht and unfinished house which he abandoned on the beach of this city near the Capsken[1] when he fled during the night. The director-general and council give their consent that this yacht and house shall be sold to the highest bidder by the fiscal, ex officio publicq. The fiscal is ordered by the director-general and council to promote the sale through the auction master on the 11th of this month, who shall keep an account of it. Done at the session, 6 May 1654, New Amsterdam, New Netherland.


i.e., "Little Cape," the southernmost point of Manhattan Island in the 17th century; now approximately the corner of Whitehall and Front Street.


Translation: Gehring, C., trans./ed., New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 5, Council Minutes, 1652-1654 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1983).A complete copy of this publication is available on theĀ New Netherland Institute website.