Dutch colonial council minutes, 3-9 November 1639 and 17-24 November 1639

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On the 3d ] of November anno 1639

Tonis Cray from Venlo, plaintiff, vs. Gysbert Opdyck, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment of maize. Defendant, admitting the debt, is ordered provisionally to pay 20 schepels of maize to the plaintiff, the plaintiff being upon his request promised by the director and council that he shall not lose the cow delivered to Opdyck for the use of the Company.

Hans Nelissen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Salomonsz, defendant.Default.

Cornelis Lambersen Cool, plaintiff, vs. George Luco, defendant. Parties ordered to appear next court day and to furnish proper proof.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jeuriaen Eodolff, defendant. Plaintiff demands that the defendant restore the seawan taken by him and the soldiers from the savages. The defendant is ordered to produce and restore the seawan.

Willem Bredenbent, plaintiff, vs. Aert Tonis sen, defendant.The defendant shall pay to the plaintiff 4 glds., wherewith the plairtiff and defendant are agreed as to the fencing in of the cattle.

On the 9th of November

Hendrick Pietersen, mason, plaintiff, vs. Barent Dircksz, defendant. Default.

As the defendant has not appeared, the plaintiff asks permission to take an Inventory of the goods which he bought from the defendant, in order that the same may not be alienated. Plaintiff's request is granted.

Cornelis vander ] Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Eversen Bout, defendant. Default.

At the request of the fiscal, Gysbert Opdyck, commissary at Fort De Hoop,[1] declares that he handed his Negro boy, called Lourviso Barbosse, a pan to bake cakes and as the fire was too hot for the boy, Opdyck took the pan, giving the knife to the Negro. Thereupon he, Opdyck, ordered the boy to get a platter, who brought one that was dirty, wherefore Opdyck beat the Negro who, to avoid the blows, attacked Opdyck, who thrust him away, so that the boy fell on his left side, pushing him with his foot. The boy ran toward the door where he fell and Opdyck, finding the aforesaid knife bent like a hoop, went to look at the boy who had a wound in his body near the left arm from which he shortly after died.

On the l7th of November anno 1639

Hendrick Pietersen, mason, plaintiff, vs. Barent Dircksen, baker, defendant. Parties are agreed in court that the defendant shall pay the plaintiff fl. 40, on condition that he shall make no further claim.

Pieter vande Linde, plaintiff, vs. Aert Tonissen, defendant. Parties are to furnish proper proof or, in default thereof, the demand of the plaintiff is denied.

Jan Schepmoes, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Westercamp, defendant. Jan Schepmoes declares that he has nothing to say against the defendant.

Cornelis vander ] Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Schepmoes, defendant. As the defendant is charged by Fredric Lubbertsen with theft, the plaintiff demands punishment according to his deserts. The defendant admits that he took bread, oil, cheese, and lard and ate the same for sustenance; also that he drank two gills of brandy, without the consent of the said Fredric Lubbersen. Case adjourned to the next court day.

On the 24th of November anno 1639

Jan Schepmoes, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Westercamp, defendant. Plaintiff demands that the defendant bake for him according to the contract made between them. The defendant is ordered to fulfil his contract, provided the plaintiff furnish him with the wood needed for baking.


.Fort Hope, the Dutch stronghold on the Connecticut river, where Hartford is now located.


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.