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Promissory note of Claes Jansen Ruyter to the director general of New Netherland for the purchase money of the yacht De Vreede

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Claes Jansen Ruyter, who acknowledged that he had purchased the yacht De Vreede for forty whole beavers, which beavers said Claes Jansen promises to pay to the honorable director general of New Netherland within two months from this date. In testimony whereof this is signed the 29th of September A°. 1648, in New Amsterdam.

Claes Jansen Ruyter

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Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 3, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1648-1660 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.