Commission of Walter Wharton to be land surveyor at the South river

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Commission for Walter Wharton to be Land Surveyor.

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

Whereas it isnecessary that a fit person be appointed and authorized as sworn Land Surveyor in the South river of New Netherland to survey all lands and lots which by me as Governor-General shall be laid out and disposed of, as well as lands and lots of private persons, for which office the person of Walter Wharton late Surveyor of said river being recommended to me: Therefore, on the good report to me made of the capacity and fitness of said Walter Wharton to perform in a proper manner the duties of said office there, I have commissioned and qualified said Walter Wharton, as 1 do hereby commission and qualify him from now henceforward, on the oath by him taken there to discharge and to perform the duties of the office of sworn Surveyor, hereby giving him full power and authority to fill that office on the salary hereafter to be fixed; and further to observe and regulate himself according to the orders and instructions which he from time to time shall happen to receive from me in the premises.

Dated Fort Willem Hendrick in New Netherland, this 25th of September, Anno 1673.

(Signed),  A. Colve. 


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.