Order authorizing the court at Fort Orange to proceed with the trial of Frans Gabrielsen

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The honorable director-general and councillors having seen and read the letters of the commissary, Johannes Dyckman, and the magistrates residing in Fort Orange and Beverwyck, dated 2 September, together with the information concerning Frans Gabrielsen who molested a young girl about seven years old, authorize those of the aforesaid court to try the case and pass judgment according to the law, and to carry out the sentence there on the guilty party unless he appeals to have the case sent here for review, which shall be done according to the circumstances of the matter.[i]


See Minutes of the Court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck, 1652-1656, translated and edited by A. J. F. van Laer, Albany, 1920, 1:37, 39-40 for the disposition of this case.


Translation: Gehring, C., trans./ed., New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 5, Council Minutes, 1652-1654 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1983).A complete copy of this publication is available on theĀ New Netherland Institute website.