Contract of sale from Cornelis Teunissen to Teunis Kraey of a house and lot on Manhattan Island

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This day, date underwritten, before me, Jacob Hendricksz ] Kip, clerk appointed by the honorable director general and council of New Netherland, appeared Cornelis Teunisz from Gorcum of the first part and Teunis Kraey of the second part, who in the presence of the undersigned witnesses testified and declared that they had amicably and after due deliberation agreed and contracted in regard to the purchase of a certain house and lot on the conditions hereinafterwritten, to wit:

Teunis Kray sells to Cornelis Teunisz, who also acknowledges that he bought, a certain house and part of the lot lying and situated on the island of Manhatans, north of the house and lot of Hendrick Willems Backer and south of the new house and place of Teunis Kraey above mentioned, to wit: the house and all that is fastened by earth and nail, together with the lot, up to half of the passageway between Teunis Kray's new house and what is now the house of Cornelis Teunisen and no farther, for the sum of four hundred and twenty-five guilders, computed at twenty stivers the guilder, in such pay as shall then be current, in two instalments, to wit: the first payment of two hundred guilders shall be made when Cornelis Teunisz, the purchaser, shall enter thereon, which time shall be at the option of the purchaser; and the second and last payment, being two hundred and twenty-five guilders, must be made in the next ensuing month of September 1650, when the vendor is bound to deliver to the purchaser a proper deed and formal conveyance. For the performance of the above contract, the purchaser for the purchase money and the vendor for the delivery of the house and lot, bind their persons and properties, submitting the same to all courts and judges. This is signed without fraud or deceit by the respective parties with the witnesses, this 20th of October A° 1649, New Amsterdam, New Netherland.[1]


The contract of sale is canceled in the original.


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.