Contract of sale from Cornelis Dircksen Hoochlandt to Cornelis de Potter of a lot, house and barn on Long Island near the ferry

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On this day, the fourth of January anno 1652, before me, Andries Johannis Christman, clerk ] appointed by the honorable director general and council of New Netherland, appeared Cornelis Dirricksen, ferryman, of the first part, and Mr. Cornelis de Pottere, of the second part, who in the presence of the below mentioned witnesses declared that they had agreed and contracted with each other about the purchase of a certain piece of land on the conditions hereinafter written.

Cornelis Dirricksen sells to Mr. Cornelis de Pottere, who hereby also declared that he has bought, a certain parcel of land, surveyed and situated on Long Island, at the ferry, next to Herry Breser, granted to him by the Hon. Director General Willem Kieft, as appears by the patent dated April 28, 1643, and now surveyed for Claes van Elslant on the 9th of November 1651, being in width on the strand or the north side 39 rods, in length from the strand toward the woods to the marked tree, being the east side, 63 rods; again to the strand, being the west side, 96 rods, the surveyed piece of lend forming a triangle, containing in all 2 moreens and 67½ rods; together with the house, barn and everything that appertains thereto, as appears by the fence now standing, all for the sum of two thousand guilders in good merchantable seawan, it being expressly stipulated that the aforesaid sum is to be peld in four instalments, to wit, the first instalment is to be paid cash; the second payment the first of May 1652; the third payment the first of May 1653, and the fourth and last payment the first of May 1654, so that then the aforesaid two thousand guilders shall have been satisfied without any exception. The seller hereby cedes all title and claim of ownership of the aforesaid land and house to and for the behoof of Mr. Cornelis de Pottere or his successor from now on and forever, promising that he will free the same from all trouble and claim thereto to be made by any one in the world, and both parties promising that they will hold this their agreement, sale and conveyance firm and binding and that they will observe and fulfil the same under submission to all courts and judges. In testimony whereof this is signed by the parties, together with the Hon. Fiscal Henricus van Dyck and Claes van Elslant, as witnesses hereto invited, on the date above written.

Coernelis Diercksen Hoochlandt
Cornelis de Potter
H. van Dyck
Claes van Elslant
Andries Johannis Christman
P. Stuyvesant


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.