Letter from the directors at Amsterdam to Director General Petrus Stuyvesant

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[      ] cargo the previous year [      ] employed again [      ] to New Netherland ] having informed us that the [      ] private ships with which they sail [      ] contracted with us and depending on the Company's treasury, they are not permitted appropriate eating and sleeping accommodations in the master's cabin. Therefore, they summon and give notice thereon that their contract should and must be adhered to; and observing that in refusing such they simply are continuing their old ways, or worse, they are acting thereby against the supracargoes, and contrary to our intentions are bringing about much hostility and trouble, we have deemed it necessary to issue your honor this our further order, with the desire that your honor shall in all equity help to maintain the supracargoes in their duties with appropriate complaints, and to let the tenor of the aforesaid signed contract be carried out (an extra copy of which from the forms that we are now using accompanies this).

We have also been informed by other sources that many of [      ]with the ships now departing, above and beyond our express consent[      ]

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[      ] notwithstanding [      ] we would not like [      ] as dangerous [      ] land there is

[      ] and deemed necessary your honor [      ] and is ordered at once by the [      ] other appropriate means thereon [      ] to keep sight of, because the same [      ] with the arrival of the ships [      ] so that the offenders of [      ] may be punished for it accordingly [      ] with the addition that your honor [      ] not to apprehend [      ] hereby unless we do not want that the people going there would be provided with proper munitions according to their certificates of permission [      ] that we [      ] for the welfare of the community [      ] trade of a group of badly-inclined Scots[1] or merchants, seeking thereby to obviate the same. Whereupon we shall rely,


Commending your honorable and loyal lord to God's protection [      ] we remain

David van Baerle
Jacob Pergensen

22 March 1651

ADDRESSED: ] To the honorable, valiant, pious, beloved, loyal Petrus Stuyvesant Director General in New Netherland


The term "Scots" implied a small or petty trader.


A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.