Declarations of Michiel Tadens and Jan Jacobsen, witnesses for the prosecution, respecting the wounding of Hans Hendricks by Jacob Hendricks of Dort

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Declaration made at the request of the fiscal by Michiel Tadens, of Iderstee,[1] aged 20 years, that he, the deponent, this day, while standing near Mr. Melyn’s house, heard Hans Hendricx, servant of Mr. Jochem Pietersen, ask Jacob Hendricx, of Dort,[2] to put him on board, whereupon Jacob of Dort answered: “I put no muffs[3] on board.” Thereupon words arose between them and finally they commenced fighting with knives, but Jacob of Dort drew his knife first. Hans Hendricx said: “Let us cut at each other.” Thereupon both sides made some cuts with knives and finally Jacob of Dort first made a stab and wounded Hans Hendricx, as appears by the wound. All of which Michiel Tadens offers to confirm by oath. Done the 18th of January anno 1644, in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Eiderstedt, a peninsula on the west coast of Sleswick, on the north side of the estuary of the Elder.
Dordrecht, Netherlands.
Mof; a term of contempt used by the Dutch to designate a German.


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.