Bond of Elke Jansen to Jan Claessen for the remainder of the purchase money of the Malle Smits Berg

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I, the undersigned, Elcke Jansz from Veenwolde,[1] acknowledge that I am well and truly indebted to Jan Claesz from Belckum[2] in the sum of two hundred and sixty Carolus guilders, arising from the purchase and conveyance of the land called the Malle Smits Berch,[3] which the aforesaid Jan Claesz from Belckum promises to have transferred to the said Elcke Jansz on his account with the honorable West India Company, amounting to the sum of four hundred and twenty guilders.

Jan Claesz from Belckum has been fully satisfied for the rest of the money by Elcke Jansz, there remaining only the aforesaid two hundred and sixty guilders, which I, Elcke Jansz, undersigned, promise to pay free of costs and charges to the said Jan Claesz or his order in the month of May in the year 1649, in one payment, in current pay I promise honestly to satisfy and pay the above, in default whereof Luycas vander Liphorst becomes surety and co-principal, so that in case the above named Elcke Jansz should fail to satisfy and pay the sum above mentioned, I, Luycas vander Liphorst, promise to satisfy and pay the aforesaid Jan Claesz or his order the sum above mentioned without any contradiction. As further security they, Elcke Jansz and Luycas vander Liphorst, bind all their property, real and personal, present and future, submitting the same to all lords, courts, tribunals and judges in witness whereof this is signed in the record by the above named Elcke Jansz and Luycas vander Liphorst, this 3d of November A°. 1648, in New Netherland.

Elcke Jansen
Luicas vander Liphorst
Jacob Kip


Veenwolden, or Veenwouden, a village 9 miles E.N.E. of Leeuwarden, province of Friesland, Netherlands.
Belkum, or Berlicum, a village 4.5 miles E. of 's-Hertogenbosch, (Bois-le-Duc), province of North Brabant, Netherlands
Literally: Crazy Smith's Hill; so named for a former owner, Thomas Sandersen, a smith, who lost his reason and who was known as the "malle smit."


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.