Order to Jeremias van Rensselaer to render an account of his administration of Renselaerwyck

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At a Meeting of the Commanders and Honorable Council of War holden 2nd September, Anno 1673.

Present—  Commander Jacob Benckes, 
Commander Cornelis Evertsen, Junior, 
Captain Anthony Colve. 

The petition of Johanna de Laet, wife of Jeronimus Ebbing, being read and considered, setting forth that there is coming to her from the succession of her deceased father, Johannis de Laet and otherwise, a just tenth part of the Colonie Renselaerswyck, situate on the North river of New Netherland, requesting, furthermore, that Mr. Jeremias van Renselaer, under whose direction that has been for some years, may be ordered to render her an account and reliqua of his administration, and that he shall allow her to receive her tenth part of said Colonie either by allotment or otherwise, &c.;

Which petition of hers being taken into consideration, and verbal discussion between the abovenamed Mr. Renselaer and Madame de Laet being heard, and the papers which were procured being examined, we find that the abovenamed Renselaer, by his own acknowledgment, has not rendered any account of his administration for eleven or 12 years, but offers now to render such to the Petitioner; therefore have we resolved and ordered the abovenamed Renselaer to deliver, within two months from this date, into the Secretary's office here, to be recorded, an account and reliqua of his said administration up to this date, whereof the Petitioner shall obtain an extract.

Dated as above.

(Signed),  Jacob Benckes, 
Cornelis Evertse, Junior. 

This day is Houwel Thompson, late servant of Mr. Lovelace, ordered to quit this government within the space of ten days from the date hereof.


Translation: O'Callaghan, E.B., trans./ed., Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New-York, vol. 2 (Albany: Weed, Parsons: 1858), pp. 569-730 (vol. 23, pp. 1-270 only).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.