Protest of Director Kieft, as agent of Wouter van Twiller, against Claes van Elslandt for neglect to account for Van Twiller's property in his hands

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Whereas I, Willem Kle ]ft, director general ] of New Netherl ]and, attorney of ] Mr. Wouter van Twiller, Have [      ] [1] repeatedly pressed you, Claes van Elslandt, for an account and statement of the property of said Mr. van Twiller, even threatening to imprison you or to send you over in a ship, and whereas you do not come to any end in the matter ], but only put me ] off with lies from day to day; therefore, I hereby warn and order you to close the account by to-morrow, in order that the property of the said Mr. Twiller may be turned to advantage; in default whereof I protest against all loss and damage, which shall be recovered from you forthwith, while in addition you shall be dismissed from the Company's service as a useless person.

Claes van Elslandt gives for answer that he will have the account ready by to-morrow.

In default whereof the honorable director protests as before. Done in Port Amsterdam in New Netherland the 15th of July A°. 1644.

Claes Van Elslant


Manuscript destroyed.


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.