Discharge of Isbrant Clasen and Harman Arentsen from the service of patroon Kiliaen van Rensselaer

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Anno Domini 1644

By virtue of the contract made by the honorable patroon Kiliaen van Renselaer with Nicolaes Coorn[1] and his men, I, the undersigned, without ground for complaint, discharge Isbrant Clase and Harman Arentsen, of Bremen, to tend to their affairs outside of the said patroon*s colony or the place of their destination. Inasmuch as they have taken a dislike to their service and I do not wish to retain any one against his will. Done at Manhatans in the year above written on the 6th of March, new style, and the original was signed: N. Koren.

Upon collation, in presence of the undersigned witness, this is found to agree with the original ], the 6th of April A°. 1644, in Fort Amsterdam, New Netherland

Oloff Stevensen
Cornelis van Tienhoven


Nicolaes Coorn was commissioned by the patroon as commander and commis on Rensselaers Steyn, August 26, 1643. See Van Rensselaer Bowier MSS., pp. 680-81.


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.