Promise of Lucas Rodenborch, director of the Island of Curaçao, W.I., to guarantee the master of the ship Het Wapen van Nieu Nederland against loss and damage for having broken bulk at Curaçao

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Whereas I had little or no provisions or clothing for the maintenance of the Company’s servants here and the private flute called ’t Wapen van Nieu Nederlandt, whereof Jan Claessen Smal is master and Mr. Willem de Key free merchant, arrived here on the 14th of September, being short of water and wood, I made a contract and trade with the said master and de Key aforesaid and purchased from them some provisions and merchandise, the quantity whereof will appear from the account to the honorable directors, on condition that I should guarantee them against loss and claims for having broken bulk or cargo here, as they were bound for New Netherland.

Therefore, I hereby declare that they have in every respect followed our orders in trading and disposing of their goods here at this place and I therefore promise to free them from all loss and claims. In witness of the truth I have issued to them this certificate signed with my own hand. Done at Curaçao, in Fort Amsterdam, this 2nd of October anno 1646. Was signed: L: Rodenborch.

Laurens v. Heusden
G. Opdyck
Laurens van Heusden
Gysbert ope Dyck


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.