Commission of Isaac Grevenraet to be schout at Esopus

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

To all those who see these or hear them read, Greeting:
Whereas, it is necessary to appoint a fit and proper person Schout of the Towns of Swaenenburgh, Hurly and Marbletown, situate in the Esopus of New Netherland; I have, therefore, from the exhibited nomination of the inhabitants there for Schout of said towns, selected, commissioned and qualified, do hereby elect, commission and qualify Isaac Grevenraet, late Schout there, to administer with the Magistrates of the aforesaid towns, according to the best of his knowledge and ability, good law and justice; to aid in the enactment of good ordinances for the best advantage of the towns and greater peace and quiet of the inhabitants there, and when enacted, to take care that they be duly executed; and further, to cause to be done and performed whatever a good and faithful Schout is bound to do by duty and office, regulating himself according to the instruction already given or from time to time to be sent by me to him, hereby ordering and commanding all officers, magistrates, burghers and inhabitants there to acknowledge, respect and obey the abovenamed Isaac Grevenraet as their Schout, for I have judged the same to be necessary for the public service.
Thus done in Fort Willem Hendrick, this 30th October, 1673, in New Netherland.

(: 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.