Dutch colonial council minutes, 15-22 March 1646

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March 15 1646 ] [1]

The court having examined the document dated March 15, 1646, delivered by the messenger on the part of Everardus Bogardus, minister, It Is ordered for the second time that defendant declare at the next session whether he has any further objections against the witnesses or other points in the proceedings and, if he has none, to state the reasons which moved him to slander the director and council from the chair of truth and to disobey their order. In default whereof the case shall be adjudged.

Tonis Nyssen, plaintiff, vs. Jacob Stevensen, defendant, for payment of fl. 26:6. Plaintiff demands payment of fl. 26:6. Defendant acknowledges the debt. Ordered that defendant is to pay within six weeks, In default whereof the garment may be sold.

March 22, 1646

Oloff Stevensen, plaintiff, vs. Everardus Bogardus, minister, defendant. Defendant produces written interrogatories and depositions. Ordered that the deponents swear to the depositions before the director and council.

Everardus Bogardus, minister, has delivered in court an answer to the resolution of the 15th of March and previous dates, wherein he declares that for the present he will not enter further or deeper into the matter, neither as to the evidence or the rest of the proceedings, and whereas he, Bogardus, has rejected the director and council as judges, although we, by virtue of the commission granted to us by their High Mightinesses, his Highness and the honorable directors, are qualified to decide the case without hesitation, as it concerns our office and through us the authority of our superiors, yet, in order to obviate all occasion for criticism, we are content to place our case in the hands of impartial judges of the Reformed religion, such as Domine Johannes Megapolensis, Mr. Douthy, both ministers, and three impartial church ] members of this province, provided that Bogardus shall submit his case, as we do, to their judgment and that in the meanwhile he shall not privately or publicly, directly or indirectly, by abuse or calumny offend the director and council; and if meanwhile another director and other councilors arrive here, we are content to place the matter in their hands. On which he is ordered to communicate his resolution on the 12th of April next. This day, the 22d of March 1646, in council in New Amsterdam.


Revised from Doc. Rel. Col. Hist. N. Y., 14:72; reprinted in Eccl. Rec. N. Y., 1:199.


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.