Dutch colonial council minutes, 10-26 July 1646

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10th of July

The honorable director general and council of New Netherland having seen the criminal charges of Fiscal vander Hoykens against Tomas Gridj, who, while free from torture and irons, has confessed that he had concealed stolen goods, well knowing that they were stolen; also that he converted the stolen goods to his own use, which is directly contrary to law and order and tends to very grave consequences and cannot be tolerated; therefore, we, administering justice, have condemned, as we do hereby condemn, the said Gridj to be brought to the place where justice is usually executed and there to be flogged with rods; and, furthermore, to be forever banished beyond the limits of New Nether land. This 10th of July 1646 in Fort Amsterdam.

26th of July anno 1646

The honorable fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Adam Roelantsen, defendant, for having been to the warehouse without the knowledge of the fiscal and there taken some linen out of his chest before the chest had been inspected. The fiscal demands that the defendant shall replace the linen in the warehouse. Defendant answers that the linen was taken from him by the soldiers.

Adam Roelantsen being summoned to court for slander which he is alleged to have uttered at Amsterdam, the defendant declares under oath that he said nothing to the sister of Aeltjen Douwens but "Go to New Nether land and save your sister, the whore, who in the Bermudas was threatened by the director of New Netherland to be put in irons."

Symon Pos, plaintiff, vs. Augustyn Heerman, defendant. Ordered that the defendant shall personally appear next week and bring with him all his papers serving for his defense.

Cornelis Teunesen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Wilcocx, defendant, for the balance due to plaintiff for services rendered to defendant on the South river. Ordered that as soon as Wilcocx be paid by the Swedish governor by bill of exchange or in beavers, he shall satisfy and pay the plaintiff.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan de Fries, defendant.

Defendant is asked if he has anything more to say. Answers, that he persists in his testimony and has nothing more to say. Ordered that the papers in the suit shall be brought in and then judgment shall be rendered.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Snediger, defendant, for selling a gun. Case is adjourned until the next court day.

Symon Josten, plaintiff, vs. Piter Wolphersen, defendant, for payment of fl. 204:16. Defendant admits the debt and is ordered to pay the claim.


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.