Deposition of Jan van Ditmersen and Cornelis Jacobsen in regard to leather stolen by Roelant Hackwaert from Laurens Duyts

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven ], secretary ] of New Netherland, appeared ] Jan van Ditmersen, aged 36 years, and Cornelis Jacobsen, aged 34 years, who on the requisition of the fiscal attest, testify and declare, in place and with promise of a solemn oath if need be and requested thereto, that it is true and truthful that Laurens Duyts came to their house and said he had lost some leather, and saw a piece of leather which he said was his, said leather having been brought by Roelant Hackwaert to Jan van Ditmersen to have his shoe mended. He, Roelant Hackwaert, came next day to Jan van Ditmersen’s and said: “Do not sole my shoe with that leather; were it under it, I should cut it off.” Laurens Duyts, who came into the house, said: “That is my leather.” Jan van Ditmersen asked Roelant Hackwaert: “How ] came you by it?” He said: “I have stolen it.” Done the [      ] of November anno 1643.

Jan van Ditmersen
Cornelis Jacobsen


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.