Order to the inhabitants of Fordham to send a nomination for magistrates

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The inhabitants of the town of Fordham are hereby authorized to nominate, by plurality of the votes of their town, six of the best qualified persons, exclusively of the Reformed Christian Religion, as Magistrates of said town, and to present said nomination by the first opportunity to the Governor-General, from which his Honor will then make the selection; it is also recommended them to pay attention when nominating, that the half at least of those nominated be of the Dutch nation.
Dated New Harlem, 4th of October, 1673.

Commission for Captain William Knyff and Lieutenant Anthony Mallipart, commissioned and sent by the Honorable the Governor to the east end of Long Island, to administer the oath of allegiance to the inhabitants there.

Whereas I have thought itt Necessarij that the Inhabitants off Easthampton, and the rest off the Easterne Townes on Long Island beginning from Oisterbay & Eastwards (as the rest off the Subjects of this Province already have done) do sware fidellity to our Soveraigne Lords, the high en Mighty Staats generael off the United Provinces, and his Serene highnesse the Lord Prince off Orange; I have therefore thought fitt to nominate authorize and appoint and do by these Presents nominate authorize & appoint, Capt. William Knyffe and Leffennant Anthony Malypart together with the Clarcq Abram Varlett to Call â Townes Meeting in all the said respective Townes, and to administer unto the Inhabitants thereoff the Said oath off fidellitij, and to make a true returne thereoff under their hands, and for so doing this will be unto them a Sufficient Warrant and Commission, Given under my hand, att ffort William hendrick this 4th- daij off Octôb 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.