Dutch colonial council minutes, 13 June 1641

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On Thursday, being the 13th of June 1641

The chosen guardians of the surviving children of the late Cornelis van Vorst, plaintiffs, vs. Jacob Stoffelsen, defendant, as husband of the widow of the late Cornelis van Vorst. Plaintiffs demand the grain that stood in the field on the farm of the late van Vorst. Jacob Stoffelsen is ordered to produce evidence concerning the grain which he says was given by Hendric van Vorst to the widow as far as his part was concerned and the other half belonging to Jan van Vorst shall be appraised by the mowers. Jacob Stoffelsen acknowledges that he was indebted to Hendric van Vorst in the amount of fl. 430; therefore, he is ordered to pay the same. Also, Maryn Andriaensen is ordered to declare to whom the cow belonged which he bought from Vroutjen Ides.

Dirck Cornelissen from Wensveen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Eversen Bout, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment of fl. 500 in Dutch or English coin. Defendant admits the debt and says that he is ready to pay in beavers and cannot pay it at present in Dutch or English money; also, that he is not obliged to pay before the plaintiff sails for Holland. Defendant is ordered to pay plaintiff's claim within two months from this date to his satisfaction.

Tomas Hal, plaintiff, vs. Everardus Bogardus, minister, defendant. Plaintiff demands proof that he acted unjustly in connection with the defendant's tobacco. Defendant answers that the plaintiff let the tobacco spoil and demands compensation for the damage and loss suffered thereby.

Jacob van Curler and Francois Lasle are appointed referees to decide the aforesaid case.

Phillip Garaerdy, plaintiff, vs. Jeurlaen Hendricksz, defendant. Plaintiff demands that the defendant fulfil his promise to build his house. As the defendant acknowledges that he is bound to do so, he is ordered to commence within two months from this date and from then on to carry out his contract.

At Fort Orange 16 beaver skins have been seized by Bastiaen Jansen Crol of which the former owner cannot be found. According to the order of the honorable directors he is granted 15 stivers apiece for them, which are to be credited to his account.


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.