Declaration of Cornelis Willemsen and Laurens Pietersen, witnesses for the defendant, respecting the wounding of Hans Hendricks by Jacob Hendricks of Dort : a

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Cornelis Willemsen, aged about 35 years, and Laurens Pietersen, aged 28 years, who jointly, at the request of Jacob of Dort, attested, certified and declared, as they hereby do attest, certify and declare, in place and with promise of an oath if need be and required, that they, the deponents, on the 18th instant, in the afternoon, saw Hans Hendricx and Jacob of Dort fighting together near the house of Mr. Melyn, without knowing however who provoked the quarrel. During the fight, Hans Hendricx drove him, Jacob of Dort, into the water up to his knees and while he was in the water, half stumbling, Hans Hendricx cut him, Jacob of Dort, in the face. Then, as Hans Hendricks ] came toward the aforesaid Jacob, the said Jacob wounded him, Hans Hendricks. All of which the deponents declare to be true and truthful. Done the 20th of January anno 1644, in New Netherland.

Cornelis Willemsen
Laurens Pitersen
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.