Dutch colonial council minutes, 29 September 1644

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September 29, 1644

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Pietersen and Laurens Andriesz, both soldiers, for assault committed on Sunday last, as appears from the fiscal's complaint and informations.

Having seen the complaint of the fiscal and the declarations of several witnesses and the dangerous consequence thereof; therefore, the court martial, administering justice, condemn Laurens Andriesz to pay one hundred guilders and Cornelis Pitersz fifty guilders, whereof fl. 75 shall be given for the benefit of the wounded Robbert Pinoyer, on condition that he pay the surgeon out of the fl. 75, fl. 50 to the fiscal and fl. 25 to the church. Furthermore, the delinquents shall ride the wooden horse until the parade is over and shall thence be conveyed to prison, or else go immediately on board ship and not come on shore again under penalty of forfeiture of their wages.

Michil Jansen, plaintiff, vs. Laurens Cornelisz, defendant.

Plaintiff demands payment of the money which Andries, his servant owed him, being fl. 90, because the defendant conveyed the servant out of the colony without his consent.

Defendant answers that he did not know that the servant was bound to service and only discovered this on the journey.

Plaintiff maintains that the defendant ought to have brought the servant to the fiscal at the Manhatans and not elsewhere.

The court having considered the demand, the fact that the defendant acknowledges that he knew on the way that the servant was not free and that he did not deliver him here, it is ordered that the defendant shall pay the plaintiff.

The wife of Cornelis Volckersz, plaintiff, vs. Tomas Sanders defendant, for attachment of fl. 13:10. Ordered that the defendant shall pay the plaintiff as much as he owes her before he be allowed to draw out the money which was attached.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Wilcock, defendant. Ordered that Wilcock shall give his answer in writing.

Willem de Key, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Kip, defendant. Plaintiff's demand and the affidavits having been examined, it is order that next Thursday Hendrick Kip's wife shall acknowledge in court that what she said to the prejudice of the plaintiff is untrue, and she is forbidden to commit such an offense again, on pain of severer punishment.


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.