Contract of sale from Cornelis Dircksen Hoochlandt to Cornelis de Potter of a parcel of land on Long Island and a house and lot in Breuckelen

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On this day, the fourth of January anno 1652, before me, Andries Johannis Christman, clerk appointed by the honorable director ereneral 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 undersigned witnesses declared that they had agreed and contracted with each other about the purchase of a certain parcel of land on the conditions hereinafter written.

Cornells Dirricksen sells to Mr. Cornelis de Pottere who also acknowledges that he has bought, a certain piece of land situated on Long Island, behind the land granted to him by the Hon. Director General Willem Kieft, deceased, as appears from the patent dated 1643, further situated between the land of Herry Breser and another parcel of land stretching along the valley of said Herry to the aforesaid parcel and thence through the woods and the maize land to the boundary of Claes Meutelaer, W. by North and W.N.W situated between both, 172 rods and further as large or small as appears by the patent, granted under date of the 12th of September 1645 by the Hon. Willem Kieft, deceased, for the behoof of Cornelis Dirrcksen, in width in the rear in the woods to the said Herry, N.E. by East, 59 rods, thence along to maize land to the valley, S.E. by East, 109 rods, amounting in all to 12 morgens 157 rods; together with a certain house standing in Breuckelen, next to Pieter Cornelissen's lot, with such lot as has been staked off and belongs thereto, and this together for the sum of fourteen hundred and fifty guilders in good current seawan or wheat, to be paid in six instalments, to wit, on six successive first of May days, the first just sixth part to be paid on the first of May 1652, and so further from year to year, until the sum aforesaid has been paid to the seller, without any longer delay of payment of the entire sum than the first of May 1657. The seller hereby cedes his right and claim of ownership of the aforesaid land and house to and for the behoof of Mr. de Pottere aforesaid or those who may acquire his title from now and forever, and promises to free the same from all trouble and claims which any one in the world may make thereto, the parties promising that they will hold this their contract firm and binding and will fulfil and carry out the same under submission of their persons and properties ] to all courts and judges In testimony whereof this is signed by the parties and by H. van Dyck and Claes van Elslant as witnesses hereto invited. Actum, the 4th of January 1652.

Coernelis Di ]ereksen Hoochlandt
Cornelis de ] Pottere
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.