Power of attorney from Rev. Johannes Backerus to Jacob Jansen Twiver or in his absence Lambert Cornelissen Scheltes to collect salary due him by the West India Company

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Johannes Backerius, minister here on the island of Manhatans, who appoints and empowers, as he does hereby, Jacob Jansen T’wiver, residing in the Wieringer Waert, or in his absence to Lambert Cornelisz Scheltes, residing in the Heere Huygewaaert,[1] to ask, demand and receive in his, the principal’s, name from the honorable directors of the Chartered West India Company, chamber at Amsterdam, the sum of four thousand and hundred and fifty-four guilders, one stiver, earned by him on the island of Curaçao, together with four hundred guilders earned by the aforesaid Domine Backerius on the ship De Princes, as per the accompanying account. On payment of said moneys by the aforesaid directors to Jacob Jansz Twiber or Lambert Cornelisz above named, or any one substituted by either of them, he shall have power to execute a receipt for the same, he, Domine Johannes Backerius, holding as valid whatever shall be done and transacted by one of the above named attorneys or his substitute in the matter above mentioned, wherefore he, Domine Johannes Backerius, consents that an authentic instrument hereof be made and delivered. Done in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland in the presence of Jan Helt and Jacob Kip, my clerk, witnesses hereto invited, who with the principal have signed the original minute hereof in the record, the 2nd of August anno 1647.

Johannes Backerus
Jan Helt
Jacob Kip
Wieringerwaard and Heer Hugowaard are both polder districts in the northern part of the province of North Holland, Netherlands.


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.