Declaration of Juriaen Blanck and Thomas Willett respecting the purchase of malt from Laurens Cornelissen

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Before ] me, Cornelis van Tienhoven ], secretary of New Netherland ], appeared Juriaen ] Blanck, aged twenty-eight years ], and ] Tomas Willit, aged twenty-three years ], who jointly and severally, at the request of Laurens Cornelisz, attest, testify and declare, in place and with promise of a solemn oath if need be and required, that it is true that they, the deponents, on the fourth day after the arrival of the aforesaid Laurens Comelisz here, purchased from Augustyn Heermans a last[1] of malt, at two guilders the schepel, and as Laurens Comelisz had promised malt to divers persons, he could not well consent that we should have the last. Finally we, the deponents, kindly requested Laurens Comelisz to give us instead of others the preference and to let us have the malt, to which he agreed; wherefore we, as a reward, presented him with a beaver skin and not in order that he should give us the malt a stiver cheaper than it was sold to us by the merchant in his absence. All of which they, the deponents, offer to confirm by oath. Done in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 7th of July A0. 1644.

Juryne Blanck
Tho. Willett
Cornelis Van Tienhoven


One last = 108 schepels, or 82.5 bushels.


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.