Power of attorney from Claes Jansen to Govert Aertsen to collect wages from the West India Company

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Claes Jansen from Emden, baker, who appoints and empowers, as he does hereby, Govert Aertsen to demand, collect and receive in his, the principal’s, name from the honorable directors of the Chartered West India Company, chamber at Amsterdam, the sum of seven hundred and eleven guilders, four stivers, four pennies,[1] earned from their honors by the principal in New Netherland by baking, according to the account hereto annexed. On payment of the said sum by the honorable directors above named, the aforesaid Govert Aertsen from Purmerent, or his substitute, may execute a discharge, which shall be valid, he, the principal, holding further as valid whatever shall be done and transacted in the premises by the aforesaid Govert Aertsen, or his agent. Thus done and signed in the record by Claes Jansz in the presence of Jacob Kip and Symon Dircksen Pos, as witnesses hereto invited, the 26th of July anno 1647, in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Claes Jansen
Jacob H. Kip
Symon Dircxsz Pos
This amount is substituted for “six hundred and sixty-two guilders, seventeen stivers.”


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.