Power of attorney from Director Kieft to Dirck Niesen of Amsterdam to receive from Balthasar Cramer of Dublin certain money furnished his son in France

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Before m ]e, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary in New Netherland ] appointed by the Gen ]eral Chartered West India Company, residing in Fort Amsterdam, appeared the honorable ] Willem Kieft, director general of New Netherland, who appointed and empowered, as he hereby does appoint and empower, Dirck Niesen of Amsterdam, merchant, in his name and behalf to collect, demand, and receive from Mr. Balthasar Cramer, merchant at Dublin, all such moneys as are due to him, the principal, on account of money advanced by the principal in France[1] to Mr. Cramer’s son by his Cramer’s ] order, and also on account of Spanish wines sold for the principal in Dublin by Mr. Cramer, who shall be bound to render to the attorney a final statement and account thereof, which being done and the money having been received, he, the attorney, shall have power to execute a receipt and discharge for the payment; if necessary, he shall have power to institute and carry on legal proceedings in the matter before all courts, either as plaintiff or defendant, to take all necessary legal steps, to present his plea, to demand judgment and hear it pronounced, to cause the same to be executed or to object thereto and appeal therefrom and also to waive his right of appeal or to prosecute the appeal to the end, to substitute one other or more persons with like or limited power, and furthermore to do and perform all things in the premises which an attorney at law is allowed to do and which he, the principal, being present might or could do, even though it required fuller and more specific instructions than are herein set forth; promising to hold as good, firm and valid whatever shall be done and performed herein by the above named attorney and each person in particular, provided that the above named attorney remains bound to render and give a good and faithful account, proof and proper statement of his receipts, management and administration, all without fraud. In testimony whereof this is signed ] by the principal.

E. Boghardt
Willem Kieft
Maurits Janse
Cornelis van Tienh.
Before coming to New Netherland, Kieft was for some time engaged in business at La Rochelle, where he failed and his portrait is said to have been fastened upon the gallows. See H. C. Murphy’s translation of Breeden-Raedt, in
  • Y. Historical Society, Collections, 1857, ser. 2, vol. 3, p. 249.


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.