Indian deed to Samuel Godyn for land in Delaware

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We, director and council of New Netherland, etc... attest and declare herewith that today, date underwritten, appeared before us personally Quesquakoos, Eesanques and Siconesius, and inhabitants of their village located on the south point of the bay of the South River, who declare of their own accord and deliberately, by special authority of their superiors and with the consent of the community there, that on the first day of the month of June of the last year 1629 and in consideration of a certain quantity of goods, which they acknowledge to have received and taken possession of to their fullest satisfaction before the approval hereof, they have transported, ceded, surrendered and conveyed as lawful, true and free possession, as they herewith transport, cede, surrender and convey to and for the behoof of the honorable Samuel Godyn (who is absent and for whom we ex officio, subject to the proper stipulations, accept it) to wit; the land, belonging to them, located on the south side of the aforesaid bay, called by us the bay of the South River, running along the same from Cape Hinlopen to the mouth of the South River for about eight miles and inland half a mile in width, extending to a certain marshland, by which these limits can be distinguished with sufficient clearness, with all the appurtenances, rights, privileges etc...

Done on the island of Manhattan, 15 July 1630.


Translation: Gehring, C. trans./ed., New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vols. GG, HH & II, Land Papers, 1630-1664 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1980).A complete copy of this publication is available on theĀ New Netherland Institute website.