Patent to Leendert Aerden

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We, Willem Kieft, etc... have given and granted to Leendert Aerden a certain piece of land consisting of the farm called Bylevelt's Bouwery located on the island of Manhattan behind Corlaer's plantation; extending from the marsh next to the aforesaid plantation to a marsh 170 rods; further to the west 60 rods till the wagon road; further along the wagon road north by east a little easterly 115 rods; then south 35 rods along the land of the sellout's farm; somewhat west to a thicket 180 rods along the marsh with several indentations 100 rods; amounting in all to about 39 morgens, with the express conditions etc...

Done at Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, 19 October 1645. Note: Below the original of the foregoing patent was the following postscript signed by Willem Kieft without day or date: Leendert Aerden or his successors shall pay yearly to the Company the tenth of the increase and he may mow the grass of the aforesaid marsh as the Company has no need of it Dated as before which we, the undersigned, declare to be true as witnessed herewith this 17th day of July 1663.

C.V. Ruyven
W. Bogardus
N. Bayard


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.