Lease from Andries Hudde to John Underhill of a house and plantation situated near Keskaechqueren, L.I.

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Before me, ] Cornelis ] van Tienhoven, secretary residing in New Netherland for the General Chartered ] West India Company, appeared ] Mr. Jan Onderhil, who acknowledged in the presence of the undersigned witnesses that he had leased from Mr. Andries Hudden his house and plantation situated on the flatland near Keskaechqueren,[1] on the conditions and terms hereinafter written, to wit:

Mr. Jan Onderhil shall have the use of the aforesaid house and tobacco house and may cultivate the land which is fenced and that which is unfenced for two consecutive years, beginning the first of May anno 1642 and ending the first of May 1644, or, if it suits the said Onderhil to take possession before the first of May next, the term of the lease shall commence whenever he shall take possession and terminate precisely two years afterwards. For all of which the above named Mr. Jan Onderhil shall pay as rent yearly to the above named Mr. Hudden, or his agent, two hundred pounds of well cured tobacco. For all of which he, the lessee, binds his person and property, movable and immovable, present and future, under submission to the Provincial Court of Holland and West Friesland and all other courts, judges and justices, all without fraud.

The lessor further promises to leave to the lessee during the lease, the full possession and use of his house and tobacco house and of the land belonging to him, without in anywise obstructing him, unless he be necessitated to build elsewhere another house, that is to say outside of the present fenced land. Done the 16th of January 1642 in Fort Amsterdam, New Netherland.

John Underhill
A Hudde
Adriaen van Tienhouen
Cor: v: Tienh:
Kes-ka-ech-que-rem, the council place. The exact location is uncertain. Cf. Doc. Rel. Col. Hist. N.Y., 14:4, 14, 36.


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 2, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1642-1647 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.