Power of attorney from Cornelis Groesens to Cornelis Melyn to obtain a patent for a piece of land on Manhattan Island bought from John Underhill and to pay for the same

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Cornelis Groesen, supercargo on board the Maecht van Enckhuysen, who appoints and empowers Cornelis Melyn to demand and receive in the name of the principal from the director and council a patent for a certain piece of land sold by Jan Onderhil to the above mentioned Groesen, situated on the island of Manhatans, and further to dispose of the same ], all according to the orders of the above mentioned Groesen, as if he were present; and to pay the money according to the contract of sale. Done the 20th of September A°. 1644. The purchase money amounts to two hundred guilders, to be paid by Cornelis Melyn to Jan Onderhil, as follows: twenty-five guilders immediately and the balance next May 1645.

Cornelus Groesens
Willem de Key
Adriaen van Tienhouen


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.