Power of attorney from Michiel Jansen to Arent van Curler to settle his accounts with the patroon of the colony of Rensselaerswyck

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary in New Netherland appointed by the General Chartered West India Company, appeared Michiel Jansz, residing in the colony of Renselaerswyck,[1] who in the presence of the undersigned witnesses appoint and empower, as he does hereby, Mr. Arent van Curler to settle and liquidate in his name with the patroon of the above mentioned colony all such accounts as he, the principal, has open and outstanding with the patroon; leaving and trusting the matter absolutely to Mr. Corlaer above mentioned, he, the principal, promises ] to hold valid whatever may be done and transacted by the above mentioned attorney, provided he does what the principal could or might do were he present; with power also to substitute one or more persons and to do all that the matter may further require. The original record hereof is signed by the principal and the witnesses hereto invited, the 4th of November 1644, in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Machghyel Jansz
Cornelio vander Hoykens
Willem de Key
Cornelis van Tienhouen
Michiel Jansen from Schrabbekercke; see Van Rensselaer Bowier MSS., p. 818. The settlement of his accounts, which was repeatedly ordered by the court of Rensselaerswijck, apparently did not take place until 1650.


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.