Contract between Elbert Eldertsen and Pieter Ebel for the sale of lot No. 27 in the village of Gravesend, L. I., in exchange for a house and lot in New Amsterdam

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Before[1] me, Cornelis van Ruyven, appointed secretary in New Netherland in the service of the General Chartered West India Company, and before the undersigned witnesses appeared Elbert Eldertsen, attorney of Isaacq Grevenraet, of the first part, and Pieter Ebel of the second part. The above named Eldeertsen acknowledges that in his capacity aforesaid he has sold and he, Pieter Ebel, that he has bought a certain parcel of land situated on Long Island in the village of Gravesande, called number twenty-seven, with all that is thereon, the house and whatever is earth and nail fast or may be sown there, as large and as small as Isaacq Greveraet acquired it, free and unincumbered, without any charges resting thereon or issuing out of the same, save the lord's right. Elbert Eldertsen has also sold and delivered to the buyer, who acknowledges the receipt thereof, one cow and two heifer calves, with one harrow and a plow. For the purchase of the said parcel of land together with the house and appurtenances and whatever else is mentioned above, the buyer promises to deliver his house and lot standing and situated in the city of New Amsterdam, in Parel street, between the widow of Cors Pietersen and Jorse Rapalje, also free and unincumbered, without any charges thereon or issuing out of the same, save the lord's right, and in addition thereto within one year from the date hereof the sum of two hundred Carolus guilders at 20 stivers each. For all of which each of the respective parties binds his person and property, real and personal, present and future, submitting the same to the control of all courts, judges and justices. Thus done without guile or deceit, in the presence of Mr. Jan de Jongh and Jan Hendricksen, witnesses hereto invited, in Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 21st of May anno 1655.

Elbert Eldertsen
Pieter Ebel
Jan Jansz de Jongh
Jan Hendricks
Cornelis van Ruyven


Revised from Doc. Bel. Col. Hist. N. Y., 14:320.


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 theĀ New Netherland Institute website.