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Slingerlant, Cornelius, et al Bond to the city of Albany

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.01966 Author/Creator: Slingerlant, Cornelius, et al Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1686/09/10 Pagination: 2p. 32.3 x 21.5 cm

The document states that Johannes Slingerlant and Hend[rick] Gerritse are bound to the people and city of Albany for the sum of 50 pounds. It then goes on to explain that both Slingerlant and Gerritse have a pass from the Governor to trade with the 5 Nations, and if they decide not to trade with the Indians for peltry, then the current financial obligation will be declared void. Slingerlant and Gerritse signed with their marks.

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