Contract of sale from Dirck Jansen to Cornelis van Ruyven of a house, barn and 50 acres of land in Flatbush, L. I.

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On this day, date underwritten, I, Dirck Janssz, have sold for myself and my heirs to Secretary Cornelis van Ruyven, as in the presence of the undersigned witnesses I declare and acknowledge that I have sold without persuasion or inducement on the part of any one, my tract of land situated in the Vlacke Bos, otherwise called Midwout, containing 25 morgens or more as it shall turn out upon the survey thereof, with so much meadowland as shall be granted with each lot, together with all that is at present planted thereon and is fastened by earth and nail, namely, a small house and barn, as it can at present be seen, and that free and unincumbered, without any charges thereon or issuing out of the same, save the lord's right For the purchase of which said tract of land with the buildings I have stipulated the sum of fl. 525, say five hundred and twenty-five guilders, to be paid in the following instalments: 225 guilders down, one half in merchantable good and the other half, one half in beavers and the other half in good seawan or silver money; and the remaining 300 guilders next May or June, payable one half in beavers and the other half in good silver money, current seawan or goods, on condition that the patent and a proper deed be first delivered. All in good faith, without fraud or deceit.

I, Cornelis van Ruyven, acknowledge that I have bought the aforesaid tract of land on the above mentioned conditions. Done at New Amsterdam, this day the 24th of November A°. 1654, in New Netherland.

Deirck Jansen
Cor: van Ruyven
Stoffel Michilsen
Derck Krinen


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.