Indian deed to Samuel Godyn and Samuel Bloemmaert for land in New Jersey

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We, director and council of New-Netherland, etc...attest and declare herewith that today, date underwritten, appeared Pieter Heyssen, skipper of the ship, den Walvis, at present lying in the South River, and Gillis Hosset, commissary on the same, who declare, that on the 5th day of May, last past before them appeared personally, Sawowouwe, Wiwyt, Pemhake, Mekowetick, Techepeuwya, Mathamen, Sacoock, Anehoopoen, Janqueno and Pokahake, lawful owners, proprietors and inhabitants of the east side of Goddyn's East bay, called Cape de Maye, who for themselves rato caverende and for all the other owners in regard to their shares of the same land, declared of their own accord and deliberately in their said quality, to have transported, ceded and conveyed as lawful, unalienable and free property by virtue and title of sale and in consideration of a certain quantity of goods, which they, the conveyors, acknowledge in their said quality to have received and accepted before the passing of this contract, and they herewith transport, cede and convey, to and in behoof of the Noble Honorable Samuel Godyn and Samuel Blomaert (who are absent and for whom they had accepted the hereafter described land Subject to the Goddyn's reservation) to wit: the eastside of Goddyn's bay or Cape de May, reaching 4 miles from the said Cape proper the bay and 4 miles along the coast southward and another 4 miles inland, being measured 16 square miles, with all interests, rights and privileges etc...

Done on the aforesaid island of Manhattan at Fort Amsterdam,

3 June 1631.


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.