Order of divorce granted to Catherine Lane if her husband does not appear in 6 months

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At a Council in Fort Willem Hendrick, 12th April, 1674.

Present —  Governor Colve, 
Councillor Cornelis Steenwyck, 
Mr. Cornelis van Ruyven and 
Secretary Nicolas Bayard, assumed Councillors; and 
Fiscal Willem Knyff'. 

Read and considered the petition of Richard Smith, setting forth that he hath a difference with Jeremy Wood which the Court at Heemstede considered to be too serious to be decided by it, requesting that the cause may be referred to a higher Court.
The Petitioner is referred to the Court of Schout and deputed Councillors of the Town of Heemstede, Flushing, &c., to whom an appeal shall lie from all judgments of their respective Schepens.

Catrina Lane, requesting, by petition, letters of divorce and separation from her husband, Daniel Lane, as her said husband has been accused of, and arrested for having committed and perpetrated incest with his own daughter, and without clearing himself thereof hath broken jail and absconded; which, being taken into consideration by the Governor-General and Council of New Netherland, they have ordered as follows:
In case Daniel Lane, the Petitioner's husband, do not present himself in Court within the space of six months from date hereof and purge himself from the crime of incest with which he is accused, Letters of Divorce and Separation shall be granted to the Petitioner.
On the petition of Casper Steynmits, requesting that the lease entered into by his wife and her previous husband with the English government whereby the Bouwery at Hasimus was granted and leased to them during their lives, may be confirmed,
It is ordered:
Petitioner's request was, for reasons, consented and allowed, and an acte, in form, shall be granted him in the premises.


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.