Contract of sale from John Forbes to Pieter Jansen of a tract of land on the East River formerly occupied by Claes Carstensen, David Andriessen and George Baxter

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Piter Jansen, who acknowledged in the presence of the undersigned witnesses that he had purchased from Jan Forbus a tract of land situated on the East River, formerly occupied by Claes Carstensz, Davit Andriesz and Gorge Bacxter, as described in the patent thereof, for the sum of six hundred Carolus guilders, payable in three instalments, to wit: two hundred guilders in September A° 1649; two hundred guilders in September A° 1650, and the last sum of two hundred guilders A°1651, likewise in September. For which sum of money the aforesaid Piter Jansen binds his person and property, movable and immovable, and especially mortgages and binds the said land for the payment of the ] aforesaid six hundred guilders. On payment and ratification of the sum Jan Forbus shall deliver a proper deed and release of the said land, for which Jan Forbus also submits to all courts, and in token of the truth this is signed the 27th of April A°. 1649, in New Amsterdam.

Piter Jansz
John Forbes
Cornelis van Tienhoven


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.