16 June 2016
PROPERTY FROM THE CHARLES E. SIGETY COLLECTION
STUYVESANT, Peter (1572-1672). Document signed (“PStuyvesant” with flourish) as Dutch Governor of New Amsterdam, “Niew Amsterdam” [New York, N.Y.]. 31 January 1662. Oblong folio (310 x 420 mm)., remains of red wax seal at bottom margin, (mounted, even browning, especially along original folds).
STUYVESANT GRANTS LAND IN PRESENT-DAY HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY. An excellent example of the early Dutch land transactions of this period, reflecting the burgeoning colonization on the west side of the Hudson River, facing New Amsterdam. A grant to Claes Jansen van Purmerent of land in Hoboken: “Peter Stuyvesant, on behalf of their Excellencies the Lords & Directors of the chartered West Indies Company...of the Governor General of the New Netherlands, Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba and appendages...” The grant comprises “a piece of land along the Continental coast at Haassemus, on the west side of the valley leading to the North River [Hudson]...excepting a wagon route between the valley and the woodland.” The precise boundaries are described in rods and include “a property...where Jacob Stoffels lives,” and “another piece for garden and orchard...” With a transcript and a full translation.
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