Declaration of corporal Thomas Broen that Dirck Cornelissen took away his hat and nailed it to a post

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At the request of Cornelis van der Hoykens ], fiscal, Thomas Broen ], corporal ], aged 31 years, testifies that he was on duty when Maryn[1] was placed in confinement for the ugly assault made on the honorable director; that one Dirck Cornelisen, carpenter, came by who took off his, Broen’s, hat while he was standing on guard, saying: “You are a servant of the Company; I will pledge the hat for drink;” and took it away with him. Also that he nailed the hat on a post in front of his house and put a stone inside the hat. All of which he offers to confirm by oath. Done the 11th of April anno 1643, in New Netherland.

Tomas Broen
Gysbert ope. Dyck
Adriaen van Tienhoven
Cornelis van Tienh.
Maryn Adriaensen, who on March 21, 1643, made an attempt on the life of Director Kieft.


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.