Contract of sale between Harck Sybesen and Barent Dircksen of a house and lot near the fort on Manhattan island

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven ], secretary of New Netherland, appeared Harck Sybesen ],[1] who acknowledged that he had sold to Barent Dircksen his house and lot, with all that is fastened by earth and nail, of such size, be it large or small, as the same lies and is computed to be, the purchase ] of which aforesaid house and lot lying on the island of Manhattan, near Fort Amsterdam, Barent Dircksen also acknowledges for the sum of one hundred and seventy-five guilders, and a half barrel of beer as a treat, to be paid two weeks from this date, when the delivery of the house and appurtenances shall take place. In witness whereof this is signed by the parties and the witnesses, the [      ] of November anno 1643, in New Netherland. It is agreed that if either party backs out and cancels the sale, he shall pay a half barrel of beer.

Barent Dircksen
Harck Sybesen
Sibet Clasen
Albert Jansen
Cornelis van Tienh.
Harck Syboutsen, an early settler of Newtown, L. I.


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.