Dutch colonial council minutes, 6-8 October 1644

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October 6, 1644, In Fort Amsterdam

Willem de Key, plaintiff, vs. Nicolaes Coorn, defendant, because Coorn, being appointed by Mr. Renselaer officer on Beren Island, fired with cannon at Loockman's vessel and disabled it.

Defendant says that he was authorized to do so by Patroon Renselaer.

Ordered that Coorn shall prove his statement by tomorrow.[1]

Antony Crol, plaintiff, vs. Gillis Pitersz, for payment of fl. 875 for account of Hendrick Jansen. Ordered that the bill of sale be carried out and the debt paid.

Jochim Kirsteede, plaintiff, vs. Isaack Allerton, defendant.

Plaintiff demands an indenture of Luwis Hult's servant and is willing to pay fl. 50. Defendant asks eight days' time.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Wiickock, defendant, for slander. Plaintiff is ordered to submit his complaint in writing and he shall be answered to-morrow by defendant.

October 8, 1644

Symon Dircksen Pos, plaintiff, vs. Adriaen vander Donck, defendant, in a case of appeal from an interlocutory judgment pronounced by the court in Renselaerswyck.

The honorable director general and council of New Netherland having seen the proceedings in a case of slander and the Judgment rendered by the above-named court between the aforesaid parties, having duly heard them and everything being fully considered, the honorable director and council find that the judgment is right and that there is no cause for appeal. They order that the Judgment shall have full effect and condemn the above-named Symon Pos to pay the costs of the suit and besides a fine of fl. 10 toward the building of the church.


Revised from Doc. Rel. Col. Hist. N.Y., 14:59.


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.