Order to capt. Ewoutsen to proceed to Nantucket and endeavor to save a small Dutch craft there

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Whereas some difference has arisen between Mr. Jno. Berry and Mr. William Sandford, both of whom requested that it may be referred to the court of the Schout and Magistrates of the town of Bergen, which request being considered by the Governor, the same is for the present granted and allowed.
Done Fort Willem Hendrick this 19th November, 1673.

Captain Cornelis Ewoutsen is hereby ordered at sight hereof to proceed with all speed in his snow and sail through Hellgate to the Cape of Nantucket, or to the place where the small craft Expectatie lies, now lately commanded by Captain Vonck, and exert every effort to have the said vessel brought hither, but at the same time to take care, if it were judged impossible, not to put his snow in any danger, being on that account recommended to be always very careful. He will likewise be particular not lo detain nor in any wise damage any vessels he may fall in with belonging to New England, but allow them to pass unmolested after having visited them and seen their papers. But if it be impossible to save the Expectatie or she be considered in sufficient safety, he shall then return hither as speedily as possible, and if he think he can come back outside and meeting some of the enemy's ships he will try to master and bring them in, but he is to take good care that no goods, papers nor clothing belonging to the crew be plundered; but in case said little craft, contrary to our supposition, may have been taken by any one, be he who be may, he shall then endeavor to recover it, or to destroy it if its recapture be impossible, in which case he shall attack, capture or endeavor to destroy all English boats and craft whencesoever they may be.
Done Fort Willem Hendrick, this 16th November, 1673.


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 theĀ New Netherland Institute website.