Dutch colonial council minutes, 25 November 1638

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On Thursday, being the 25th of November anno 1638

Cornelis Lambertsen Cool, plaintiff, vs. Jan Celes, defendant. The plaintiff demands reparation of the damage which the defendant's hogs have caused the plaintiff. Parties are ordered to settle with each other and each to keep his hogs penned in.

Ulrich Lupoldt, plaintiff, vs. Nicolaes Coorn, defendant. Whereas the defendant is accused by the soldiers of theft, as appears by their testimony and the deposition of van Curler, the plaintiff demands that the said Coorn be punished according to the merits of the case. The defendant is suspended from his office for the period of eight days.

Ulrich Lupoldt, plaintiff, vs. Hans Schipper, Jochem Seeckman and Jacob Swardt, defendants. Whereas the defendants are accused of theft by their sergeant Coorn and partly admit their theft, the plaintiff demands that they be punished as an example to other soldiers. Case adjourned to the next court day so that parties may bring further evidence in the matter.


Ordinance for the recovery of public property, protection of private garden and henroosts and prohibiting persons In the public service to quit the island of Manhattan without permission[1]

'Whereas the honorable director and council of New Netherland observe that there are persons here who seek to enrich themselves with the Company's goods and effects, taking possession of the same as if they were their own property, and whereas such tends to the prejudice of the aforesaid Company; Therefore, all persons who at present have any property in their hands belonging to the Company, be it large or small, are warned to return the same within the space of eight days unless they have purchased it from the former honorable directors, without proof of which no excuse shall be accepted; and if hereafter it be found that any one is in possession of property belonging to the Company, he shall suffer the punishment usually administered to thieves and unfaithful servants who steal their masters' property.


Revised from Laws and Ordinances of New Netherland, pp. 17-18.


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 4, Council Minutes, 1638-1649 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on theĀ New Netherland Institute website.