Power of attorney from Jan Cant to Maryn Adriaensen to act for him during his absence

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This day, date underwritten ], before me, Cornelis van Tien ]hoven, appointed ] secretary in New Netherland, appeared Jan Cant, to me, the secretary, well known, who in the presence of the undersigned witnesses appoints and empowers, as he does hereby, Maryn Adriaensen, inhabitant here, to collect and receive in his name and behalf all such goods and merchandise as may be sent or consigned to him, the principal, here in his absence, in any ships from the fatherland; also to receive and demand all such letters as may be written to him, the principal; to open and read the same, provided that having opened and read them he re-seal them and transmit them, if possible, to him, the principal. All of which aforesaid goods he, Maryn Adriaensen, or his substitute, is empowered to sell, trade or barter in the name of and for the principal and further to dispose thereof as he shall deem most advantageous and profitable for him, the principal, on condition that he, the agent, shall for his trouble receive the just half of the profit on the aforesaid goods, the other half being for the benefit of the principal, and whenever he shall have received any goods or merchandise to give the skippers or others a discharge for the receipt thereof, which shall be valid, and further in all things to act as if he, the principal, were present and might act himself in the matter; also to sue at law those who refuse to pay and to constrain them to pay, acting either as plaintiff or defendant and prosecuting the case to the end and, if necessary, to proceed to execution against the aforesaid persons, with the express stipulation between the principal and Maryn Adriaensen that Maryn shall at all times and whenever the principal shall desire or order it be bound to render a true and faithful account of his administration, for which he, Maryn Adriaensen, binds his person and property, movable and immovable, submitting the same to all lords, courts, judicatories and judges. Done the 27th of March 1642. This is signed by the principal and Maryn Adriaensen, together with the witnesses hereto invited, in Fort Amsterdam.

Jan Cant
Marynus Adriesen
Dirck Cornelissen van Wensveen
Jan Delangee
Cornelis van Tienhoven ]


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 2, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1642-1647 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.