Lease of William Smith of Stamfort of certain cattle and other animals belonging to Hans Hansen and George Rapalje

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Willem Smith, residing at Stamford, acknowledges that he has received the following animals from Hans Hansen and Gerge Rapalje on the following conditions, to wit: If said animals arrive at Stamford healthy and strong and remain in health, he, Willem Smith, promises to restore the said animals within a year from date at Stamford, provided that the increase shall be divided half and half. It is also stipulated that Hans Hansen and Gorge Rapalje shall run the risk of death of the animals, but if they happen to die through the neglect of Willem Smith, he must pay for them.

The following are the animals delivered by Hans Hansen

Two milch cows, one of which is with calf
One ox of last year
One heifer of last year
One bull calf of 1644
One heifer calf of 1644
Two mares, one of six and the other of four years
four sows

The following are the animals delivered by Gorge Rappaelje

Two milch cows
Two heifers of 1644
One heifer of 1644

He, Willem Smith, binds his person and property, submitting the same to all courts. Done the 23d of April A°. 1644, in Fort Amsterdam, New Netherland.

Willem Smith
John Underhill
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.