Lease by Pieter Jansen Kom to Arent Isaacksen of the front room and half the garret in his house

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In the year after the birth of our Redeemer and Savior one thousand six hundred and fifty-two, on the 9th day of July, before 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 the worthy Pieter Jansen of the one part and Arent Isacksen of the other part. The said Pieter Jansz acknowledged that he had leased and he, Arent Ysacksen, that he had hired the front room (voorhuys) and half the garret of the house in which the lessor dwells at present, situated in the city of New Amsterdam, opposite the Company's store (winckel), from now until next May. For the rent of the said front room and garret the lessee promises to pay the sum of fl. 90 in the following instalments, to wit: fl. 45 on the last of October or in the beginning of November, and the remaining money, being fl. 45, on the last of April following. It is agreed and stipulated that the cellar under the house shall be offered for rent and the money which shall be received therefor or be agreed upon as rent shall be apportioned and divided, so that one half shall accrue to the benefit of Pieter Jansen and the other half to the benefit of Arent Ysaacksen. Furthermore, Pieter Jansen shall assist Arent Ysacksen and bear half the expenses in having the inner door and the side door made tight, the bedstead broken out of the passage way and put into the front room and in having half the garret partitioned off when the lessee shall think it necessary; furthermore, the lessee as well as the lessor shall have the use of the bleaching field and the well behind the aforesaid house. For the performance of what is above written the respective parties bind their persons and properties, submitting the same to the control of all courts and judges. Thus done without fraud or deceit, the day and year above written. In Amsterdam in New Netherland, in the presence of

Peter Janssen Kom
Arent Isackxen
Cornelis van Ruyven


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.