Declaration of Pieter van der Linde and Hendrick Pietersen respecting the shooting of a hog in the woods

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Declaration made at the request of Barent Dircksz, baker, by Pieter van der ] Linde, as follows. Yesterday, he was out shooting deer on the island of Manhates. Not having got any, he returned to his plantation, where he heard a shot in the direction of the woods, whereupon he resolved to go thither. He there found in the snow the tracks of two persons, which he followed, and found a hog shot dead, the ball having entered at one ear and come out on the other side. He, Pieter van der ] Linde turned back and reported the matter to Barent Dircksz’ men, who went with him into the woods. He, the deponent, and Hendrick Pietersz went to the hog and Karsten Pietersz and Cornelis Willemsz took another road to find those who had shot the hog. He, Pieter van der ] Linden, followed the track to about one hundred paces from Tomas Atkins’ house,[1] but Hendric Pietersz says that the footsteps led to the threshold of the house. All of which he, the deponent, and Hendric Pietersz declare to be true. Done the 27th of January 1644.

Pieter Linde
Hendrijck Pettres
Cornelis van Tienhoven
The name of Joris Homs is crossed out and that of Tomas Atkins substituted.


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.