Dutch colonial council minutes, 28 August - 6 September 1646

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On the 30th of August anno 1646, in New Amsterdam

The honorable fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Wilcocx, defendant. First default.

La Valee, plaintiff, vs. Jan Wilcocx, defendant. Parties consent to settle through arbitrators, which they are allowed to do.

Hans Hansen, plaintiff, vs. Cosyn Gerritsen, defendant, for payment for the rapier. The court having heard the plea and answer, Cosyn Gerritsen is condemned to pay for the rapier, or to prove as he says that the rapier belonged to the Company.

Haye Jansen, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Jansen Cool, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment of 611 gl. for freight. Defendant answers that if he is forced to pay the entire freight the skipper ought to compensate him for the cheeses lost in the ship and for the half-aam of brandy which leaked out or was tapped, as may be suspected from the plugs which are stuck in the cask. Ordered that defendant prove by certificate of the skipper that the cheeses were in the ship and that the half-aam was tapped by the crew.

Jan Haes is ordered in court to complete the work he is bound to do for Borger Jorissen, the more so, as he admits his obligation; or, in default thereof, he shall be placed under arrest.

Tomas Stevensen, plaintiff, vs. Elias Perokman, defendant, for a two-thirds interest in the ship. Parties are requested on the part of Wilcocx and Mr. Smith to submit the case to arbitrators, permission for which is granted to them.

On the 6th of September anno 1646

The director and council of New Netherland having observed the scarcity of money for the support of the Company's servants and this country and that several persons owe the Company considerable sums, among them Hendric Jansen, the smith, who, instead of paying, even insults the honorable fiscal; therefore, the honorable fiscal is hereby ordered and authorized to force said Hendrick Jansen to pay by means of legal proceedings and to have him return the Company 's tools of which he has had the use for a long time.


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.