Deposition of Robert Penoyer respecting an attempt made on the life of Director Kieft by Maryn Adriaensen

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secr ]etary of New Netherland, appeared ] Robbert Penoyer, aged twenty-five years, who, at the request of Cornelis van der ] Hoykens, fiscal, testified, attested and declared, as he does hereby, in place and with promise of a solemn oath if necessary and required, that it is true and truthful that on the 21st of March, it being Saturday afternoon, he heard Lysbet Tyse say in the tavern (after he had asked her twice what ailed her): “ Robert, my husband wants to shoot the commander. Go and run after him!” which he, the deponent, immediately did, finding Maryn Adriaensen in the director’s chamber with a loaded pistol that was cocked in his hand. He, the deponent, drew the sword from Maryn’s side and threw it upon the director’s bed. All of which he, the deponent, declares to be true and truthful, declaring that this is done by him to bear testimony to the honest truth, without favor or malice toward any one, as every one is bound to do when called upon to do so. Done in Fort Amsterdam, the 22nd of March anno 1643, New Netherland.

Robbert Penoyer
Cornelis van Tienh.


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.