Dutch colonial council minutes, 30 October - 6 November 1642

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On the 30th of October 1642

Eduwart Oyen, plaintiff, vs. Ritchert Brudnil, defendant, concerning the account outstanding between the parties. Parties producing each his account, confirm the same by oath.

Cornelio vander H ]oykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Jansen, tailor, defendant, for slander uttered by him to the detriment of the honorable director. The fiscal demands that the defendant be punished according to his deserts and be placed under arrest, so that he may make further inquiry and then proceed against him as may seem fit.

It is ordered that the defendant be put in irons and that the fiscal make further inquiry.

Ritchert Brudnil, plaintiff, vs. Eduwart Oyen, defendant. Default.

6th of November

Laurens Cornelissen, plaintiff, vs. Paulus Jansen, defendant, for spading his land which the defendant agreed to do and for which he received 4 gl. hand money. The defendant answers that the land is not workable. It is ordered that if the land can be spaded the defendant shall be held to do the work or, in default thereof, the plaintiff shall cause to have it done at the expense of the defendant.

Adriaen vander Donck, plaintiff, vs. Jannitjen Teunes, defendant. Plaintiff says that the defendant made a contract with Mr. Renselaer and demands that the defendant fulfil the same, as his patroon desires that the people intended for his colony shall go there. The case is adjourned until next spring, as the defendant is married and in the last stages of pregnancy, provided she give security for the fulfilment of the contract and the repayment of the money advanced.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Jansen, tailor, defendant, for slander. The defendant asks a copy of the charge against him. The request is granted and a copy shall be furnished him by the secretary so that he may make answer thereto next Thursday.


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.