Note of Pieter Ebel in favor to Gillis Pietersen for the balance of the purchase price of a house

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Piter Ebel, who in the presence of the undersigned witnesses acknowledges that he is well and truly indebted to Gillis Pitersen van der Gou[1] in fifty good merchantable beaver skins on account of the purchase of a house standing and situated southward of Fort Amsterdam on the island of Manhatans; which fifty beaver skins the appearer promises to tender and pay to the above named Gillis Pitersen or his order, free of costs and charges, without contradiction, in two payments, being the balance of the purchase money, to wit: twenty-five good beavers in the month of June anno 1648; the last twenty-five beavers in like manner in the month of June anno 1649. For payment and security hereof the appearer binds his person and property, movable and immovable, and especially the house and lot above mentioned, submitting the same to the jurisdiction of all courts. In testimony whereof this is signed by Piter Ebel in the presence of Jacob Kip and Jan Stevensz, witnesses hereto invited. Done in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 3rd of August anno 1647.

Piter Ebel
Jan Stevensz
Jacob H. Kip
Cornelis van Tienhoven
Meaning Gillis Pietersen from Ter Gou, or Gouda, in the province of South Holland.


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 theĀ New Netherland Institute website.