Contract of sale from Lieven Jansen to Andries Andriessen of a plantation on Long Island

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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 Lieven Jansen, of the one part, and Andries Andriessz from Westeroos in Sweden, of the other part. The above named Lieven Jansen acknowledges that he has sold and he, Andries Andriesen, that he has purchased a certain plantation belonging to the vendor, situated on Long Island, beyond the Hellegadt (Hellgate), extending on the east side from Symon Joosten's land and on the west side adjoining Juryaen Fradel's land, as large and small as appears by the patent thereof; together with the house standing thereon and all that is constructed, built, fenced off or planted thereon by the vendor, and 13 hogs, old and young, as seen by the purchaser. For which plantation and what is above mentioned the purchaser promises to pay the sum of four hundred and ten guilders, payable right down, to wit, 100 guilders in merchantable beavers and 310 guilders in good current seawan. Furthermore, the purchaser shall pay all costs incurred in connection with this sale and conveyance, as also those of posting notices, etc. For all of which the parties respectively bind their persons and properties, present and future, submitting the same to the control of all courts and judges in testimony whereof this is signed by the parties and witnesses. Actum, Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 10th of September anno 1655.

Lieven Jansz
Andries Andriesen
Stoffel Michielsen
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.