Fine imposed upon Robert van Quelen

Scanned Document:

The Honorable Council of War having heard and examined the complaint of John Ogden, Schout, against Robert Van Quelen, alias Lapriere, who refuses not only to obey the orders sent to him by the Schout to restore the goods removed by him from the house of the late Governor Carterett[1], but moreover publicly stating with threats that the Duke of York had still an interest in Fort James, and that there would be another change within half a year. All which being sufficiently proved under oath, the Council of War therefore administering justice by virtue of its commission, have hereby condemned and sentenced said Robert Van Quelen to restore the removed goods of Capt. Carterett, and furthermore, to be banished as an example to others. Ady as above.


Philip Carteret was, according to Collins' Peerage, the second son of Helier Carteret, Deputy-Governor, King's Proctor and Bailiff of the Island of Jersey, and of Elizabeth Dumaresq, and brother of Sir George Carteret, Bart., by whom he was appointed Governor of New Jersey, where he arrived in August, 1665. He named the place at which he landed, Elizabethtown, it is said, after his brother's lady. He administered the government of the Province until July, 1672, when he returned to England to make some representation on the state of the Province, in consequence of the disaffection of a portion of the settlers. During his absence the Dutch reduced the country. He was recommissioned Governor, July 31st, 1674, and returned to New Jersey in November following. He remained undisturbed in his government until 1680, when Sir Edmund Andros laid claim to it, who caused Governor Carteret to be seized on the night of the 30th April, 1680, and carried prisoner to New-York, where he was tried and acquitted. He remained, however, virtually deposed until March, 1681, when orders were received from England to have him restored to his government and to forbear interference with him. In April following he married Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Richard Smith, of Smithtown, L. I., and relict of William Lawrence, of Flushing, and died in December, 1682, at an advanced age. Collins' Peerage, title, Granville; Whitehead's East Jersey under the Proprietors. The latter work differing with Collins, says, p. 85, that Rachel was the name of Governor Carteret's mother. — Ed.


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.