Indian deed to Wouter van Twiller for two islands in Hellegat

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We, director and council of New Netherland etc, testify and declare, that this day, date underwritten, personally appeared before us Seyseys and Neumers, both chiefs of Mareychkenwikingh and declared, that voluntarily and advisedly, by special order of the rulers and with consent of the community there, for certain goods, which they acknowledge to have received into their hands and power to their full satisfaction and contentment before the passing hereof, they have transferred, ceded, surrendered and conveyed as lawful, true and free possession, as they herewith transfer, cede, surrender and convey to and for the behoof of Wouter van Twiller, director general of New Netherland, the two islands, situate in the Hellegadt, of which the larger is called Tenkenas and the smaller Minnahanonck, lying to the west of the larger, with all the action, rights and privileges, etc.

Done on the island of Manhattan, this 16 July 1637.

Jacob van Corler
Jacus Benteyn
Claes van Elslant


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.