Power of attorney from Jan Jansen of Puerssel to Pierre Pia to collect wages earned as a soldier in the service of the West India Company

Scanned Document:

Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary ] in New Netherland appointed by the General Chartered West India Company, appeared Jan Jansen of Puerssel[1], who in the presence of the undersigned witnesses declares that he has appointed and empowered, as he does hereby, Piere Pia to demand, collect receive for the principal from the honorable the directors of the Chartered West India Company, chamber at Amsterdam, the sum of two hundred and thirty guilders due him, Jan Jansen of Buerssel, by their honors and earned by him at Fort St Louis de Marinhan[2], as appears by the annexed account; which sum aforesaid being had and received from their honors by Piere Pia, he is authorized to execute a receipt therefor which shall be valid before all lords, courts, tribunals and judges, he, the principal, holding as valid whatever shall be transacted herein by Piere Pia, who is to do in everything as he might or could do if he were present. In witness whereof the original minute hereof in the record is signed by the principal and by Adriaen van Tienhoven and Willem de Key as witnesses hereto invited, an authentic copy hereof being requested. Done in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 10th of September A°. 1644.

Jan Jansen of Puerssel


The clerk first wrote "Buerssel" and then changed it to "puerssel." The name may refer to a place by the name of Purcell, which has not been identified, or perhaps to Piershil, in the province of Zuid Holland, Netherlands.
Sao Luiz de Maranhão, on the island of Maranhão, off the north coast of Brazil.


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.