Contract of sale of the plantation of the late Claes Cornelissen Swits from Harmen Meyndertsen van den Bogaert to James Smith and William Brown

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven ], secretary in New Netherland appointed ] by the General Chartered ] West India Company, appeared Harman Meyndersen van den Bogaert ], Gems Smit and Willem Brown, who ] declared that they had jointly agreed ] about the purchase of a certain house ] and plantation situated on the island of Manhattan, heretofore ] occupied by the late Claes Cornelissen, wheelwright,[1] for the sum of one ] hundred and sixty Carolus guilders, payable, the first half payment on the 10th of ] May 1643, and the second just half payment on the 10th of May 1644, and that for all the right and title which the above named Harman Meyndersen, as co-heir of the aforesaid Claes Swits, deceased, may claim to the above mentioned house and plantation, for which the parties bind their persons and properties, movable and immovable, present and future, without any exception, the purchasers especially mortgaging and offering the aforesaid house and plantation as security for the payment of the purchase money aforesaid, under submission to all courts and judges. In testimony whereof this is signed by the parties. Done the 30th of May anno 1642, in Fort Amsterdam, New Netherland.

Harmannus A. Booghardij
James Smith
William Brown
Cornelis van Tienhoven ]
Claes Cornelissen Swits, who was murdered in the summer of 1641 by an Indian of the Weckquaskeek tribe.


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.