Answer of the director and council to the petition of the burgomasters and schepens of New Amsterdam

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Decision on the foregoing petition:
The director-general and council stand by their verbal promise given upon the proposition and reciprocal promise of the mayors and schepens on the 11th of this month, namely, that the director-general and council shall provisionally, and subject to the approval of the lords-directors, cede and grant to the mayors and schepens the collection of the common excise on wine and beer consumed within this city, provided that the mayors and schepens, according to their promise and instructions, furnish means for the maintenance of the public works in the city and the subsistence of the ecclesiastical and political personnel, and that the excise shall be publicly let to the highest bidder according to the custom of the fatherland. Dated 25 November 1653 in New Amsterdam. Below stood: By order of the director-general and council.

Cornelis van Ruyven


See The Records of New Amsterdam, 1653-1674, edited by Berthold Fernow, 7 vols., 1897 (reprinted Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1976), 1:130 for the city's copy of this decision.


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.