Contract of Pieter Claessen to take charge of the farm of Director Stuyvesant at Amersfoort, L. I.

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ln the manner and on the conditions hereinafter written the Hon. Cornelis van Tienhoven, fiscal of New Netherland, agent of the Hon. Director General Petrus Stuyvesant, of the one part, and Pieter Claesen, of the other part, have in a friendly and amicable manner agreed and contracted as follows:

Pieter Claesen aforesaid shall fodder and winter according to custom all the cattle which the said honorable general has at present on his farm at Amesfoort, both young and old, big and little, without exception. He shall also sow all the land that is fit for planting, provided that he shall deduct from the payment of his rent and credit on his account the grain which he sows thereon. For the said wintering of all the cattle and sowing of the suitable land, said Pieter Claesen shall be paid the sum of 325 guilders, to wit, three hundred and twenty-five guilders, on condition that he leave all the manure of his and the honorable general's cattle on the farm. For the performance thereof the respective parties bind their persons and properties. Done at Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 10th of July 1655.

Cor: van Tienhoven
Pieter Claesen
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.