Order to the magistrates of Seatalcot to allow the wife of Daniel Lane half of his estate

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The Governor-General of New Netherland having read and considered the petition of Catrina Lane, wife of Daniel Lane, with the recommendations in her favor from the Magistrates of Seatalcot, on Long Island, that something maybe allowed her and her children out of the attached estate of her husband, it is resolved and ordered that the Petitioner apply to the Magistrates of the town of Seatalcot aforesaid; who are hereby authorized to examine whether the Petitioner has been in any wise guilty of, or accessory to, the abominable action whereof her husband stands accused, and if found innocent, to allow her to receive the just half of the entire estate as it now will be found to exist, the remaining half to be employed by the appointed curators in the payment of the debts of the Petitioner's husband, among which the costs incurred in his apprehension must have the preference, after the account thereof shall be taxed by said Magistrates according to equity and the circumstances of the case.
Done Fort Willem Hendrick, this 14 December, 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.