Contract of sale of a parcel of land on the East river on Manhattan island from Govert Loockermans and associates to William Coulder

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On the fifteenth of September in the year after the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, one thousand six hundred and forty-six, before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Mr. Govert Loockmans and Dirck Cornelissen, of Wensveen, having power of attorney from their co-partners residing in Holland, who declared in the presence of the undersigned witnesses that they had sold to Willem Goulder a parcel of land situated on the island of Manhatans, on the East river, bounded to the westward by Mr. Allerton and Philip de Truy; extending from the height next to the strand along said Allerton’s and de Truy’s land in length twenty-eight rods to the cripplebush; in breadth along the cripplebush eighteen rods, one foot; thence toward the height by the strand in length thirty rods along the land of Loockmans and associates; and in breadth along the strand on the height eighteen rods, one foot; which parcel of land contains in all five hundred and twenty-four rods, five feet; for which Willem Goulder shall pay to the vendors the sum of two hundred guilders in three installments, to wit: one third part the 15th of September anno 1647; one third part the 15th of September anno 1648, and the last third part ] the 15th of September 1649, each time in such money as is current here. They, the vendors, hereby declare that they transfer the above mentioned parcel of land to the said Willem Goulder by virtue of the patent granted to him, Loockmans, and his co-partners by the honorable director and council, conveying the same to him and his successors after him, and they declare, provided they receive the aforesaid purchase money, for which this land remains mortgaged until payment is made in full, that they relinquish the ownership thereof and that neither they, nor their co-partners, for whom they, the vendors, are responsible, nor their heirs, shall claim any right, title or interest in or to the above mentioned parcel of land; only that the aforesaid Goulder shall be bound to pay to the directors such taxes and charges as shall hereafter be imposed by them on the land, according to the patent and deed granted by the honorable director and council of New Netherland. In witness whereof the original record hereof is signed by Govert Loockmans and Dirck Cornelissen in the presence of Adriaen van Tienhoven and Jacob Kip as witnesses, the 15th of September 1646, New Amsterdam.

Govert Loockermans
Dirck Cornelisz
Will. Goulder
Jacob Hendricksz Kip
Adriaen van Tienhoven
Cornelis van Tienh.


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.