Council minute of approval of some ordinances of the town of Bergen; orders on petitions for lands; Harlem; Esopus

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At a Council held on the 23rd October, 1673.

Present—  Governor Anthony Colve,  
Councillor Cornelis Steenwyck. 

The Schout and Schepens of the Town of Bergen exhibiting to the Council some ordinances drawn up by them for the observance of the Sabbath, respecting Fences, &c., requesting thereupon the approval of the Governor and Council; which being read and examined, the same is approved; with the reserve that works of charity and necessity on the Sabbath, with the knowledge of the officer, shall be tolerated.
On the petition of William Darvall being read and considered, requesting that the sloop Planter, which he says formerly belonged to him and is now seized with other of his goods, may be released, etc., exhibiting also, pursuant to order, an inventory of what goods he claims here in this government.
It is ordered:
The Governor and Council persist in their order granted to the Petitioner on his petition, and recommend him to exhibit further proofs of the particulars mentioned in the inventory, inasmuch as the greater part of the property claimed by him has not been found.
Nelis Mattysen and Christiana Lourens requesting by petition that they may be granted and allowed the propriety of a piece of land called Pattry's Hook, situated between Lewis Morris' land and The Two Brothers;
It is ordered:
That Petitioners' request be for the present declined and postponed until the Governor shall have better information and knowledge of the premises.
Peter Janse of Gouwanis, requests by petition a piece of land on Staten Island, opposite Amboyne, etc. Order is made thereon as above.
Ariaen Willemsen and associates, inhabitants of the Town of New Utreght, request by petition that they may be allowed and granted some land on Staten Island. Order is made thereon as above.
The petition of the Magistrates of the Town of Haerlem, requesting in substance that in consideration of what Capt. Lavall is in arrears to them, they may be allowed and granted a little clover meadow of about 2 morgens, which belonged to said Lavall, situate between the two high roads of their town, being read and considered,
It is ordered:
The Petitioners are allowed to use the little clover meadow applied for, provisionally, until further disposition be made of Captain Lavall's case; meanwhile the Petitioners can lay their just claim thereto before the Curators to be elected thereto.
Peter Croisson requesting, by petition, that he may be granted a lot belonging to Captain Lavall, situate in the Town of Haerlem, in consideration of what said Lavall owes him; having heard the information of the Magistrates of the abovenamed town on this petition,
It is ordered:
The Petitioner's request is refused; but lie may lay his just claim before the persons who will be appointed thereto.
On Egidius Luyck's petition, he is allowed to purchase the attached English goods of Thomas Willet, on condition that the payment he may make in return may remain attached instead, and he execute an obligation to that effect.
The petition being read and considered of the inhabitants of Hurley, in Esopus, requesting that for the greater security of their town, its inhabitants may be forbidden to build on their lands without the village, and that they may be provided with some ammunition, etc.
It is ordered:
That the Petitioners receive from the Magistrates of Swaenenburgh twenty pounds of the nails which belonged to Captain de Lavall, for the repairs of the Block-house; also for the two Towns Horley and Marble thirty pounds of powder and 20 pounds of lead, and all the inhabitants of the Town of Hurly aforesaid are hereby most strictly ordered and commanded not to remove their dwellings outside the village, unless they have obtained special consent thereto.
The inhabitants of the Esopus requesting relief and mitigation in the excise there, at least on what they themselves consume,
It is ordered:
In the matter contained in said requests, the Petitioners are, for reasons, put off until the month of May next.
At a Council:

Present—  Governor Anthony Colve, 
Councillor Cornelis Steenwyck, 
Burgomaster Johnnnis van Brugh, 
Burgomaster Egidius Luyck. 


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.