Declaration of Oloff Stevensen van Cortlandt and Rouloff Jansen Haes that Claes Jansen Calff paid the customs duties on a case of beavers shipped to Holland

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Mr. Oloff Stevensen, commissary of cargoes, and Rouloff Jansen Haes, receiver of the honorable West India Company’s duties here, who at the request of Claes Jansen Calff attest, testify and declare, in place and with promise of a solemn oath if need be and required, that said Claes Jansen in our presence packed two hundred and ninety-eight whole and four half-beavers in one case, No. 13, marked thus: H v B C I, and consigned to his wife, Steventje Cornelis, residing at Amsterdam, the duties on which beavers were paid by Claes Calff to the Company’s receiver, the same being shipped in the ship De Jager, lying ready to sail, whereof Willem Tomassen is master, said case of beavers to be delivered, if God grants him a safe voyage, at Amsterdam, to his, Claes Calff’s, wife above mentioned. All of which the deponents declare to be true and truthful, offering to confirm this on oath. In witness whereof the original record is signed by Oloff Stevensz and Rouloff Jansen in the presence of Adriaen van Tienhoven and Gysbert Opdyc, the 7th of September 1646 in Fort New Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Oloff Stevensz
Roloff Jansen Haes
Gysbert ope Dyck
Adriaen van Tienhoven
Cornelis van Tienhoven


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.