Mortgage of Claes van Elslant's house near Fort Amsterdam to David Provoost to satisfy a judgment

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Nicolaes van Elslant, who in the presence and before the undersigned witnesses acknowledged that he was well and truly indebted to Mr. Davit Provoost in the sum of one hundred and sixty-nine guilders, it being the balance of a certain obligation amounting to two hundred and fifty-nine guilders heretofore executed in favor of Davit Provoost; which one hundred and sixty-nine guilders above mentioned he, Elslant, promises to tender and pay to the aforesaid Mr. Provoost of his order within six months from this date, free of costs and charges, without any exception, as legal judgment has been given in the aforesaid case, with power of execution. For the greater security hereof he, Elslant, conveys to and for the behoof of the aforesaid Davit Provoost his house standing near Fort Amsterdam, with the appurtenances and dependencies thereof, in true and real ownership, until the time when the aforesaid Elslant shall have fully satisfied and paid Mr. Provoost to his content, accepting without contradiction the Judgment against him In the matter aforesaid. Wherefore he, Elslant, submits his person and property, movable and immovable, and especially the above mentioned house, to the control of all courts and judges. Done the 4th of April A°. 1644, in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Claes van Elslant
Cornelio van der Hoyken
Gysbert op Dyck
Cornelis van Tienhoven ]


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.