Dutch colonial council minutes, 22 July 1648

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Jan La Montangne, aged 16 years, being heard in council, declares that about one o'clock last night, Johannes Hoodenborch going the rounds in company with him, La Montangne, and coming near the house of Abraham Pietersen, tavern keeper, they saw light in two rooms and heard a noise as of drunken people, for which reason Johannes Hoodenborch knocked at the door. Being admitted by the above named Abraham's wife, he, Hoodenborch, inquired if there were any people there. To which the woman and her husband replied that there were no people in the house. He, Hoodenborch, wishing to investigate, took the lamp, which went out; the deponent does not know whether it was blown out or not, as he was waiting at the front door. Abraham demanded by whose order he came there. Roodenborch answered that he was going the rounds. Abraham replied, "I have nothing to do with the rounds, let the fiscal come and examine." Roodenborch, standing near the front door, was thrown out of the door by Abraham Pietersz. Whereupon Roodenborch called to him, the deponent, to fire, taking his, the deponent's gun, and said, "Run to the guard and bring some men from there," which he, the deponent did. Returning with Jacob Leendersz and Poulus Heymans, they found Gerrit Slomp stabbed to death. All of which he declares to be true. Thus done in the presence of Mr. Dincklagen, Mr. La Montagne and Paulus Leendersz, naval store keeper, in Fort Amsterdam, In New Netherland, the 22d of July anno 1648.The original was signed by Jan La Montangne. Underneath was written, Which I attest, Cor: van Tienhoven, Secretary.

Meuwes Jansen from Amsterdam, aged about 40 years, appeared before the council and acknowledged and declared that last night, not knowing how late it was, he was lying on the bed at the house of Abraham Pietersz, tavern keeper, when the rounds came knocking, the lamp or candle being burning in the back room and one or the company still up, who hadn't yet finished drinking his beer. This person blew out the candle when he heard the knocking. The deponent says that he does not know for certain whether it was Baes Jeuryaen or the chief boatswain of the Pynappel. The deponent declares that he knows nothing more of the matter, nor what trouble there was in the forepart of the house between Johannes Roodenborch, the tavern keeper, and Gerrit Sloop. Thus done in council. Present: Mr. Dincklagen, La Montagne, Briant Nuton, Paulus Leendertsz and Adriaen Keyser, the 22nd of July anno 1648, in New Amsterdam in New Netherland.

The original was signed by Meus Jansen with his mark. Underneath was written: which I witness, Cor: van Tienhoven, Secretary.


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.