Dutch colonial council minutes, 23 July 1648

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Pieter Pietersz Costelyck, chief boatswain of the ship Pynappel, being heard in council, declares as follows:

First, that he heard the knocking of the rounds at Abraham Pietersen's door, and that he was then lying on the bed in the back room with Meus Jansen; on hearing the knocking he blew out the lamp in the back room. The deponent declares further that he went to bed about an hour before the rounds knocked.

Said Pieter Pietersz Costelyck declares further that he and others sat drinking at the house of Abraham Pietersz, tavern keeper, on the 21st of July last, and that one Gerrit Jansen Slomp also was drinking in the afternoon, who, being drunk, annoyed and tried to pick a quarrel with him, the deponent, and Baes Juryaen. Neither he nor Baes Juryaen being so disposed, however, they turned him away with kind words. Finally, the above named Gerrit Jansz became dead drunk and went to sleep before the door. Toward evening they brought Gerrit Slomp again into the house and laid him down in the hall, where he remained sleeping until about the time the rounds came knocking in the night, when the said Slomp made great noise and racket in the hall aforesaid, so that it seemed as though a great many people were in the house. All of which the deponent declares to be true, offering to confirm this declaration on oath, this 23rd of July 1648. The original was signed by Pieter Pietersz Costelyck in the presence of Mr. Dincklagen, La Montagne, Briant Nuton, Poulus Leendersz and A: Keyser, in Fort Amsterdam.Below was written: Acknowledged before me Cor: van Tienhoven, Secretary.

Jeuryaen Hendricksen from Osenbrugge,[1] house carpenter, aged 36 years, declares in the presence of Mr. Dincklaghen and Paulus Leendersz, at the request of the fiscal, that during the night between the 21st and 22d of July he slept in the house of Abraham Pietersz, where the deponent had sat drinking in company with others and Gerrit Slomp, who, being drunk, joined them in the afternoon. Declares that he knows nothing in the world of any dispute, as he was highly intoxicated and does not even know how much he spent. Thus done the 24th of July anno 1648, in New Amsterdam. The original was signed with Juryaen Hendricksen's mark, made by himself in the presence of the above named councilors. Underneath was written: Acknowledged before me. Cor: van Tienhoven, Secretary.


Osnabrück, Hanover


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.