Permit to Jean Labatie of Fort Orange to build a house within the fort and to brew therein

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Whereas Jean La Battie, master carpenter, has had a request presented to us that he be permitted to erect a house inside of Fort Orange and to brew therein without having it interfere with the Company’s work, promising to pay therefor annually to the honorable Company six merchantable beavers; therefore, the same is granted and permitted to him hereby, to wit: that he shall be at liberty to brew in the house built by him there and to enjoy the ground of the house as long as the honorable Company shall retain possession of Fort Orange and as long as the Company’s work while he, La Battie is in its service, shall not be neglected by the brewing, and this on condition of paying the Company annually six merchantable beavers. This day, the 15th of June anno 1647, in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.


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.