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

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On the 17th day 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 Cornelisz, 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 Gorge Cleer

George Clair?
a parcel of land situated on the island of Manhatans, on the East river, at the point of touching the flat called Wolphert’s flat, situated east of a certain depression, the parcel of land being from the height into the depression to the said flat in breadth fourteen rods and extending thence in length to the end of said point thirty and one-twelfth rods; for which parcel of land the above mentioned Gorge Cleer is bound to pay to the vendors in three installments the sum of two hundred guilders, to wit: on the 17th of September anno 1647 a just third of the above mentioned sum, anno 1648 one third, and anno 1649 on the 17th of September the last third part. They, the vendors, declare that they convey the said parcel of land to the above mentioned Gorge Cleer by virtue of the patent granted by the honorable director and council to him, Govert Loockmans, and his co-partners, conveying the same to him and his successors after him and they declare, provided they receive the aforesaid purchase money, for which the land remains mortgaged until it is fully paid, that they relinquish the ownership thereof and 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 it is stipulated that the above mentioned Gorge Cleer, or his successors, shall be bound to pay to the directors such taxes as shall hereafter be imposed by their honors on the land. In witness and token of the truth the original record hereof is signed by Mr. Govert Loockmans and Dirck Cornelisz in presence of Adriaen van Tienhoven and Jacob Kip, hereto invited as witnesses, the 17th of September anno 1646, in New Amsterdam.

Govert Loockermans
Dirck Cornelissen
Adriaen van Tienhoven
Jacob Hendricksz Kip


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.