Document: Bill of sale of a house and land from the director and council to Govert Loockermans and Cornelis Leendertsen

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Bill of sale. Director and council to Govert Loockermans and Cornelis Leendertsen; house and land near the outlet of the Fresh water kill at the East river, and adjoining the land of Cornelis van Tienhoven, whose palisades extend from the Heerewegh to the East river, with bounds and certain reservations; Manhattan Island.

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We, Willem Kieft, etc... declare herewith that we have sold to Govert Loockmans and Cornelis Leendersz a house located on the East River of New Netherland on the island of Manhattan, together with the land belonging thereto, which is the same enclosed by Davit Provoost; this enclosure begins at the stream where the fresh water empties into the East River to the land of Cornelis van Tienhoven, whose palisades extend from the long highway to the East River, as can be seen by the marks put up by him, bordering the aforesaid land from the fence to the large tree which is the legal boundary of Philip de Truy and Tienhoven's land; extending along the aforesaid palisades from the aforesaid tree north east by east and east north east between both until Bestevaer's thicket, and from the East River north west and north north east between both; and whereas there has been always a wagon road between the land which we are selling to Loockmans and Cornelis Leendersz, and Cornelis van Tienhoven's farm, running to the great highway, it is expressly ordered that as long as Govert Loockmans and Cornelis Leendersz have not fenced in the purchased land against cattle, Cornelis van Tienhoven, or who hereafter may obtain his rights, shall have permission to use this old road outside of his palisades with wagons and horses; and when the land has been properly secured by Loockmans and Cornelis Leendersz (which they must also maintain) the wagon road shall be exactly where Tienhoven's palisades now stand, for which Loockmans and Cornelis Leendersz aforesaid shall give one half of the land required for the width of the road and likewise Cornelis van Tienhoven shall give one half for it; the aforesaid road shall be used by them as neighbors as often as they please, it being intended only as an outlet to the long highway from their lands, without it being a thoroughfare, but belonging to them as their property; with the express conditions etc...

At Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, 26 March 1642.


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 the New Netherland Institute website.

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