Pass for the ship Welvaert to sail to Surinam

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

To all those who shall see these presents or hear them read, Greeting, make known:
Whereas Lourens Sacharyassen Sluys, skipper of the ketch called the Welvaert, proposes to make a voyage with his ketch and cargo from this port to Surinam, to which end the abovenamed Lourens Sachariassen Sluys hath requested and obtained our passport, therefore all Admirals, Governors, Commanders, Captains, and all others, higher or lower officers in the service of their High Mightinesses and his Serene Highness the Prince of Orange, or his Allies, are required and requested in no manner to molest said Skipper Lourens Sacchariassen Sluys with the ketch and cargo under his command in this his voyage, but to let the same pass and repass unhindered; also, if requested, to afford him all possible help and assistance.

Done Fort Willem Hendrick, in New Netherland, this 28th February, 1674.


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.