Bond of Jan Cornelissen Smith to the heirs of Jan Dircksen, deceased

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I, the undersigned, Jan Cornelisen Smith from Breuckelen, hereby acknowledge that I am indebted to Dirck Hendricksen, residing at Westbroeck,[1] or to his children or heirs, in the sum of fifty guilders, for some clothes left by Jan Dircksen (who died on the ship t'Hoff van Cleeft) which have been appraised by all the honorable appointed members of the council here, the expenses incurred being deducted; which clothes were left here in the hands of Marten Jansen for the aforesaid payment and transferred to Jan Corn. Smith by Marten Jansen. I promise therefore to tender and pay the remaining fifty guilders free of costs and charges, without any exception or contradiction, to the late Jan Dircksen's heirs aforesaid, in good valid payment there, this current year 1651, as soon as I shall have arrived in the fatherland. For further security hereof he, Jan Cornelisen Smith, binds his person and property, without any exception, subject to all courts, tribunals and judges, and Marten Jansen becomes surety in the matter aforesaid, promising in default of the payment aforesaid to pay the said sum with the interest thereon to the heirs above named, under like obligation as above. In testimony whereof this is signed in the record by Jan Cornelisen Smith as principal and by Marten Jansen as surety and co-principal, with Claes van Elslant, court messenger, and me, the clerk, this 11th of July A° 1651, at New Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Jan Cornelissen Smith
Maerten Jansen van Bruckelen
Claes van Elslant
Jacob Kip


Vestbroek, in the province of Utrecht


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.