Dutch colonial council minutes, 19 June 1642

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On the 19th of June 1642

Davit Pietersen, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Jansen, tailor, defendant, for payment of a certain bond signed by the defendant. Defendant answers that he has a counterclaim against the plaintiff. The defendant is ordered on the next court day to produce his counterclaim in due form.

It is resolved in council to engage Uldrich Lupolt in the service of the Company, to be employed where he might be most serviceable to the Company, for which he is to receive a salary of fl. 20 a month and fl. 120 a year for board.

Hendrick Jansen, tailor, plaintiff, vs. Dirck Cornelisz, defendant, for slander.

Hans Hodichwich declares that he heard Dirck Cornelisz call Hendrick's daughter names, saying she is a whore and Hendrick, securing affidavits to that effect, said "You will end by marrying a whore."

Garrit Jansen, cooper, declares that he heard Dirck Cornelisz say to Hendrick, the tailor, "Your daughter is a whore."

Hendrick said: "Such a whore you will not get." This was confirmed by oath.

Harmen Bastiaensen said that he heard that Dirck drank to the health of the bride and bridegroom, saying to Hendric, "Here is to Hoorn and Enckhuysen." Whereupon Hendrick said, "Do you mean to say that my daughter is a whore? You will not marry such a whore." Dirck, replying, said, "If I marry a whore, your daughter is a whore." This was confirmed by oath.

Hendrick van Dyck declares that Dirck Cornelisz called Hendrick the tailor's daughter a whore. Which was confirmed by oath.

The aforesaid case having been duly considered by us and the declarations having been examined it is resolved and decided that the persons who were present when Dirck slandered the daughter of Hendrick Jansen shall be assembled here and that he shall declare before them that he has nothing to say about the daughter nor about her bridegroom that reflects in any way on their honor or virtue. And he shall appear before them and request their forgiveness. Furthermore, the defendant is condemned to pay fl. 50 to the church and fl. 50 to 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 theĀ New Netherland Institute website.