Ordinance against shooting or catching hogs in the woods on Manhattan Island without a permit

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On complaints made by the Magistrates of New Haerlem, that divers persons without their knowledge had gone to shoot hogs on this island, whereby they have lost several hogs, requesting that some order may be made in the premises, therefore the Governor-General and Council have thought proper to interdict and forbid any person, be he who he may, from now henceforth going to shoot or catch hogs in the public woods on this island, unless he give previous notice to and obtain the consent of the officer of this city or of the Town of New Haerlem, under a penalty of one hundred guilders, Wampum value; also, all persons, actual inhabitants of this island only excepted, from allowing any cattle or hogs to run and graze in the public woods of this island without consent as aforesaid; whereof the respective Courts shall have to inform their inhabitants by posting up written notices.


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.