Points submitted by the magistrates of Willemstadt and order thereupon

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Points to be submitted to and requested of the Honorable Anthony Colve, Governor of New Netherland, for the benefit of Willemstadt, communicated by the Committee from that place.  The request on the other side of the Committee of the city of Willemstadt, being received and read by the Governor-General and Council of New Netherland, it is ordered as fol lows: 
First. To propose in what form we shall bring our place into proper defence, and whether his Honor would please to send up a person of good knowledge to superintend the work.  First. Having understood that the place is already fortified by palissades, it is considered best to leave it in that state, until the arrival of ships from the Fatherland, when opportunity offering, somebody will be sent thither 
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Secondly. That his Honor will please provide the place with some necessary munitions of war, to wit, four @ five hundred pounds of gunpowder, and round shot with it.  Whereas it is the opinion that there is in proportion a greater quantity of gunpowder among the people there than here, therefore those of the Court there shall if necessary make use of it, and appropriate it for the behoof of the public and they can, meanwhile, in order to have some supply, purchase 100@ 150 lbs. there from the Commonalty, which will be paid them when circumstances permit. Regarding the shot, they shall be provided with some on sending down the caliber. 
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Request we may have for our convenience, a sloop at Willemstadt which sails at the public expense, and occasionally to go between both, in order to send his Honor occasionally notice thereof, as at this conjuncture of time 'tis impossible to know what may happen us.  For the accommodation of the inhabitants of Willemstadt, two sloops which sail at the public expense, shall be permitted to go thither, and whenever necessity requires it, those of the Court can press one or more sloops. 
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We request his Honor to allow us to enjoy benefits from the revenue, for the support of public affairs.  Whenever disposition shall be made respecting the revenue of other places, this point will be also taken into consideration. 
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Where shall we hold our sessions or Court?  Their sessions in the town of Willemstadt shall henceforth be held in the house formerly appropriated by that purpose by the English government, unless their deliberations be upon affairs of government, when they shall hold their meeting in Fort Nassou. 


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.