Commission of Peter Alrigs to be schout and commandant at the South river

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In the Name of the Lord. Amen![1]'

19th September, Anno 1673.

Commission by the Honorable Governor Anthony Colve to Peter Alrigs, to be Schout and Commandant of the South river in N. Netherland.

Anthony Colve, Governor-General for their High Mightinesses the Lords States-General of the United Netherlands and his Serene Highness the Prince of Orange, etc.

To all those who will see these or hear them read, Greeting:
Whereas, it is necessary to dispatch a fit and proper person as Commander and Schout on the South river in New Netherland, lately called Delaware, beginning from Cape Henlopen and so far more southerly as the same was heretofore possessed and settled at the time of the previous Dutch government; we therefore, on the good report tons given of the person of Peter Alrighs, late Ensign and Commissary there in the time of the Dutch government aforesaid, have commissioned, qualified and appointed, and do hereby commission, qualify and appoint him, Peter Alrighs, Commander and Schout of said river, in order as Commander and Schout, under the supreme command and authority as aforesaid, the said river and its inhabitants both on the east and west banks to govern, rule and against all hostile invasions to protect, as he shall find consistent with the best means in bis power for the public service. Hereby ordering and commanding all officers, justices, magistrates, burghers and inhabitants there, the abovenamed Peter Alrighs as their Commander and Schout, under the supreme authority as aforesaid, to honor, respect and obey; for such we have judged necessary for the public service. All subject to the approval and veto of our Lords Principals. Thus done in Fort Willem Hendrick, this 9th September, Anno

1673, in New Netherland.

(Signed),  A. Colve. 


Here begins the Record of Governor Colvo's Administration. — 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.