Dutch colonial council minutes, 17-18 June 1643

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The director and council of New Netherland having out of extreme consideration granted Hendrick Jansen, tailor, permission to remain until the first opportunity of ships, in order the better to settle his affairs in this country, notwithstanding he was ordered to depart on the yacht De Pauw, therefore we, the director and council aforesaid, order you, Hendrick Jansen, as we do hereby, to depart without any delay for the fatherland by the yacht Prins Maurits which is ready to sail, as otherwise you will be compelled to go aboard by the officers of the law. And this sent to you in order that you may not plead ignorance. Thus done in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 17th of June 1643.

On the 18th of June

Whereas large quantities of strong liquors are daily sold to the Indians, from which practice serious difficulties have already arisen in this country and it is to be feared further calamities may result; therefore, in order to prevent the same as much as possible, we, the director general and council of New Netherland, do hereby forbid all tapsters and other inhabitants henceforth to sell, either directly or indirectly, whether personally or through others, any liquors to Indians. If any one shall be found to have acted contrary hereto, he shall for the first offense forfeit fl. 25; for the second offense double the amount; and for the third time be arbitrarily punished. Thus done and published in Fort Amsterdam, the day and year above written.

On this day, the 18th of June 1643, was renewed and published the ordinance against those who run away from their lords and masters, heretofore published and posted on the gates of Fort Amsterdam on the 13th of April of the year 1642.


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.