Judgment in a suit for possession of the public bouwery at Ahsymus (N. J.)

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The Governor-General and Council of New Netherland, having heard the dispute between Casper Steynmits, lessee of the public Bouwery situate at Ahasymus, on the one part, and Claes Jansen and Yde van Vorst, residing at Ahasymus aforesaid on the other, in regard to their valleys and pasture lands; It is by the Governor-General and Council decreed and ordered, that Casper Steymits, the lessee, shall be allowed provisionally and until the Governor-General and Council, either by themselves or their deputies shall have occasion to investigate the circumstances there, to fence in all the ungranted valley appertaining to Ahasymus, or so much thereof as he shall have need to use; also Claes Jansen and Yde Cornelissen, are at liberty to fence in for their particular use all the tillage and valley lands there belonging to them in lawful property; in regard to the pasture and woodland of Ahasymus, they remain as heretofore for common pasturage of the cattle of said parties, and in fencing off the valleys, all persons are most expressly forbid to set up any fence (on the pasture and woodland).


Translation: O'Callaghan, E.B., trans./ed., Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New-York, vol. 2 (Albany: Weed, Parsons: 1858), pp. 569-730 (vol. 23, pp. 1-270 only).A complete copy of this publication is available on theĀ New Netherland Institute website.