"This indenture made the Eleventh day of May one thousand seven Hundred ninety-five BETWEEN STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER, Esquire, Proprietor of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck, in the Counties of Albany and Rensselaer, in the State of New York, of the first part, and William Wright of Nine Partners in the County of Dutchess, of the second part."
Stephen Van Rensselaer... "DOTH grant, bargain, sell, remise, release and confirm", unto the said party of the second part and to his heirs and assigns, ALL that FARM, piece or parcel of LAND, situate, lying and being in the Town of Berne (Rensselaerville was written first, scratched out, and Berne overwritten in its place) in the County of Albany within the said Manor of Rensselaerwyck, known and distinguished in a Map thereof made as Lott No. Five hundred & Twenty Three - in which said Lott begins along the bound of Lott No. 502. North eighty five degrees degrees (sic) East thirty Eight chains & ninety two links to the Northeast Corner - thereof a stake given link to a stake fifteen links East from a Hemlock cornered & marked as 523.524.544.545 thence South eighty five degrees past thirty eight chains & eighty links to the Northeast Corner of No. 522. A stake twelve links Northeast from a Birch cornered & Marked 522.523.547.544. thence along the bound of [[Lot 522|Lott No. 522] South five degrees Lott - thirty nine chains & thirty links to the place of beginning - containing one hundred fifty three acres of land."''
(Lots more follows, all of it boilerplate stuff, with "his" inserted at the appropriate places.)
Note: William Wright's signature is clearly visible in a strong hand. The signatures of the two witnesses is obscured by a piece of tape, where the original deed was torn. One witness was Tho. Th???. Stephen Van Rensselaer's signature is above Williams' and is also in a strong hand.
Quoting Stephen Van Rensselaer Account Book, NY State Library, Albany)
(This is the original deed, from the Albany County Clerk's office. Transcribed by Doug Cruger, a Wright descendant)