Order to the magistrates and inhabitants of Gravesend to show their patent to prove they have the right to nominate and elect magistrates

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31 March 1654, N. Amsterdam.

A certain letter sent to the honorable General by the magistrates and inhabitants of Gravesande was answered as follows:

Concerning the contents thereof, it has been resolved and decided that the magistrates and inhabitants of Gravesande must show by their patent or at least by an authentic copy of it that they enjoy both the nomination and election of their magistrates, and the right to continue in office at their pleasure.


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.