Power of attorney from Captain Willem Blauvelt of the privateer La Garce to Director Kieft to receive his share of the proceeds of the cruise

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Willem Albersen Blauvelt, captain of the frigate La Garce, who appoints and empowers Willem Kieft, director general of New Netherland, or his successor, to demand and collect in his name from Symon Joosten, agent of the owners of the above mentioned frigate, all such share as belongs to him, Blauvelt, of the goods which remain in Symon Joosten’s hands. The honorable director above mentioned or his successor shall have power to demand the said share in case Symon Joosten happen to depart or to die before he, Blauvelt, shall have returned here. If it happen that the said Blauvelt should die, the honorable director or his successor shall retain the goods in his hands, as well as his share of the frigate and of the prizes which she will make on the voyage, until claimed, to wit, by his wife, Dorete Blauvelt, residing at London, or by his son, Antony Blauvelt, to whom or their order he, the director, or his successor, may pay and turn over the moneys realized from the goods, which is his, the principal’s will and request. In testimony whereof this is signed by him, Blauvelt, and the witnesses hereto invited. Done in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland the 16th of November.

Wyllem Blaufelt
Willem de Key
Geo. Baxter ]


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.