Bill of sale of the yacht St. Pieter from Jan Jansen Damen and Jan Evertsen Bout to John Dolling

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This day, the 12th of April anno 1645, new style, before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Jan Jansen Damen, who has a power of attorney from Jan Eversz Bout, of the first part, and Jan Dollingh, an English merchant, of the second part, who in the presence of the undersigned witnesses acknowledge that in love and friendship they have agreed and contracted in manner and on the terms hereinafter written. Jan Damen sells the little ship St. Piter to the above mentioned Jan Dolling, who also acknowledged that he has purchased the same, with standing and running rigging and further all her appurtenances, according to the inventory thereof, except one hawser, which through misunderstanding has been put in the inventory, and that for the sum of four thousand and fifty Carolus guilders, two thousand guilders payable cash when the delivery takes place, to wit, one thousand guilders in good wheat at forty-five stivers a schepel, and one thousand guilders in money, sewant or such other payment as the honorable director shall be satisfied with. The remaining two thousand and fifty? ] guilders must be paid by the purchaser, Jan Dollingh, precisely on the first of July next, old style, for which said two thousand and fifty? ] guilders the aforesaid Dollingh shall before the delivery of the above mentioned ship be obliged to furnish a sufficient guaranty or surety to the full satisfaction of the above mentioned Jan Damen and Jan Eversz Bout. As security for the performance hereof, the parties respectively bind their persons and properties, movable and immovable, present and future, the vendor for the delivery, and the purchaser for the payment, under submission to all courts, tribunals and judges. Thus done in good faith without guile or deceit, and signed in the record by Jan Damen and Jan Dollingh, together with Willem de Key and Davit Provosst as witnesses hereto invited. Done in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, the day and year above written.

Jan Jansz Damen
Jn° Dolling
Davit Provoost
Willem de Key
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.