Patent to Jacob Wolphertsen

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Petrus Stuyvesant, on behalf of their High Mightinesses, etc... has given and granted unto Jacob Wolphertsen Couwenhoven a certain lot with the building thereon called the old church, located on the island of Manhattan within this city of Amsterdam on the shore of the East River on the north side, opposite to the land of Hendrick Hendricksz Kip, being in breadth as the same is located between the house of Hendrick Jansen Smit (at present occupied by Jan Pereie) and the lane which runs between Cornelis van Tienhoven's house and the aforesaid old church; and in length from the range of the street to the shore, with the express conditions, etc. . .

It is to be understood that this patent has been granted at the request of the purchaser as a confirmation that the aforesaid lot and building were on the eighth day of April last sold to him as the highest bidder at public vendue by us, director-general and council of New Netherland, for account of the Company according to the articles of sale thereof remaining, being in accord with the rights of the general patent. (was signed) P. Stuyvesant

Whereas Isaacq Foreest a citizen and old inhabitant of this city has represented to us that he has erected an extensive dwelling house on the whole of the above-mentioned lot, which tends to the embellishment of this city and that there is no room left for firewood and other necessary articles, and requesting that he may be accommodated with the lane adjoining his house and in the aforesaid patent mentioned, whereupon the question having been taken, the same is granted to him and his assigns.

Done in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, 16 April 1664.


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.