Declaration of Symon Dircksen Pos that he had no knowledge of any goods being consigned to him by Jan van Hardenbergh

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Symon Diroksen Pos, aged 46 years, who at the request of Fiscal Vander Hoykens attests, testifies and declares, in place and with promise of a solemn oath if necessary, that it is true that he, the deponent, had not the slightest knowledge that Mr. Jan van Hardenbergh, merchant in the city of Amsterdam, on the 24th of August 1646, by the ship St. Piter, whereof Symon Jansen of Durigerdam[1] was master, had consigned to him, the deponent, some four cases of duffel, Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5, much less ever had or saw any private letters about them from said Hardenbergh. Furthermore, that no bills of lading have ever been sent to him here to demand the aforesaid cases from the skipper, and he, Pos, further declares that he never asked Mr. Hardenbergh to send him any duffels, nor made any contract or agreement concerning them. All of which the deponent declares to be true, offering to confirm this by oath if necessary. Done the 4th of October anno 1646, New Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Symon Dircksz Pos
Cornelis van Tienhoven
Durgerdam, a village at the mouth of the IJ, a few miles N.E. of Amsterdam.


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 theĀ New Netherland Institute website.