Declaration of Pierre Pia and Jean St. Germain that they heard a gun fired by an Englishman at Mereychkawickingh and saw a hog shot

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary ] in New Netherland, in the presence of the honorable fiscal, appeared Piere Pia, aged ] 38 years, and Jean Germain, aged 35 years, who at the request of Michel Picet, attest, testify and declare, in place and with promise of a solemn oath if need be and required, that they, the deponents, were last Thursday in the corn field at Mereychkawickingh, where they saw an Englishman with a gun an hour before sunset. A short time afterwards they, the deponents, heard the report of a gun and immediately after the shot was fired one of Michel’s hogs came to the house, having been wounded by a bullet which was shot through and through. All of which the deponents declare to be true and truthful, offering to confirm this under oath if necessary. Done the 23rd of November anno 1642, in Fort Amsterdam, New Netherland.

Pierre Pia
Jan Ceno
St. Germain
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.