Patent to François Soleil and François Grion of land on Mespath kil, L.I.

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Petrus[1] Stuyvesant, director general, and the council residing in New Netherland for the High and Mighty lords the States General of the United Netherlands, his Highness of Orange and the honorable directors of the General Chartered West India Company, hereby acknowledge that on this day, date underwritten, we have given and granted to Fran ]tsoys Soillel and Frans Grion dit La Cappel a plantation containing fifty morgens, situated on Mespachtes kill, with the valley thereto belonging, on the express condition and stipulation that above named Frantsois Soillel and Frans Grion and their assigns shall acknowledge the honorable directors as their lords and patroons under the sovereignty of their High Mightinesses the States General of the United Netherlands and here obey their director and council as good inhabitants are bound to do, and further submit themselves to all such duties and taxes as are already imposed or may hereafter be imposed by their honors Therefore constituting the above named Frantsois Soillel and Frans Grion, or their assigns, in our stead, real and actual possession of the aforesaid plantation and valley, hereby giving them full power and authority and special command to enter upon, occupy, cultivate and make use of the aforesaid land and valley as they might do with other their patrimonial lands and effects, we, the grantors, in the capacity aforesaid, relinquishing everything henceforth and forever; further promising to hold this conveyance firm, binding, inviolable and irrevocable and to observe and fulfil the same, all under submission as by law provided. In testimony whereof this is signed by us the [      ] of April A°. 1652, in New Amsterdam in New Netherland, and confirmed with our seal.


Revised from Doc. Rel. to Col. Hist. N.Y., 14:165.


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.