Dutch colonial council minutes, 27 June - 21 July 1639

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On the 27th of June 1639

There arrived here from Virginia an Englishman, named Gerrit Sanders, in an open sloop, flying aloft a large forked pennant of the Princess colors and aft a large red flag bearing the arms of Amsterdam; and whereas this is a matter of grave consequence we have upon due consideration, ordered the pennant and the flag to be taken from his sloop.

On the 14th of July anno 1639

Cornelis vander Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Cors Pietersen, defendant. Case put over to the next court day.

On the 21st of July anno 1639

Cornelis vander Hoykens, having been sent here by the directors to be fiscal in the place of Lupoldt, the aforesaid Lupoldt is released from his former office and continues In the capacity of councilor and commissary of store goods.

Pedro Negretto, plaintiff, vs. Jan Celes, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment for the trouble he has taken in tending the defendant's hogs. The defendant Is condemned to pay the plaintiff 2 schepels of maize.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Gerrit Jansen from Oldenborch, defendant, for eloping with a certain widow. Whereas the defendant admits the elopement, but declares that he was betrothed to the widow, he is condemned to pay fl. 20 to the fiscal as punishment.

Mr. Jonas Bronck, plaintiff, vs. Clara Matthys, defendant. Plaintiff Plaintiff demands that the defendant fulfill the contract made with her, or that she forfeit her wages ] and be made to pay according to the contract.

Having examined the contract made between Clara Matthys and Mr. Bronck, signed by the notary and witnesses, the aforesaid Clara, or in her place Gerrit Jansen from Oldenborch, inasmuch as they intend to marry each other, is condemned to pay to Mr. Bronc whatever he may claim according to the contract.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Tomas Walraven, defendant. Case put over to the next court day.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Steen. Defendant ordered to satisfy the fiscal.


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 the New Netherland Institute website.