Dutch colonial council minutes, 26 April - 3 May 1640

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On Thursday, being the 26th of April

Jan Schepmoes, plaintiff, vs. Abraham Byken, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment for the goods which the defendant's wife bought from the plaintiff. Defendant answers that he is not aware that his wife bought any goods from the plaintiff; requests therefore that a delay be granted in order that he may speak to his wife about it. Defendant's request is granted, provided he pay the plaintiff after he has spoken to his wife.

Eduwardt Wilson, plaintiff, vs. Jan Pietersen, defendant. Default.

Claes Cornelissen, plaintiff, vs. Maryn Adriaensen, for delivery of a row-boat and building of a yacht. Parties ordered to exhibit their contract on the next court day.

Jacob Stoffelsen, plaintiff, vs. Domine Bogardus and Jan Damen, as administrators of the estate of the late Hendrick van Vorst, for the keep of 15 head of cattle during last winter. Parties referred to referees, to wit: Jacob Walingen, Huych Aertsen and Gerrit Wolphersen.

On the 3d of May, being Thursday

Appeared in court Tryntjen Scherenburch, wife of Hendric, the tailor, requesting in his absence that the administrators of the estate of the late Hendric van Vorst be ordered not to sell any cattle or other movables left by the aforesaid van Vorat, until news is received from Holland whether the said van Vorst made any last will or testament, or codicil.

At the request of the aforesaid Tryntjen Scheerburch the administrators of the aforesaid estate are hereby ordered not to sell, alienate, or otherwise dispose of any cattle until reliable news about the aforesaid Hendrick van Vorst is received from Holland, unless any movable effects or other goods be perishable; if not, everything shall be kept intact.

Eduwart Wilson, plaintiff, vs. Jan Pietersz, defendant. Second default.


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.