Power of attorney from Symon Joosten to Captain Johan de Fries to receive certain property in the hands of Barrebar Harmans at Flushing

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Symon Joosten from Marrelbeeck,[1] an inhabitant here, who appoints and empowers, as he does hereby, Captain Johan de Fries to demand and receive in his, the principal’s, name from Barrebar Harmans, residing on Vrouwe street at Vlissingen,[2] all goods and effects belonging to the principal which he may have in his hands, nothing excepted. On receiving and obtaining possession of the same, he, the said Captain Johan de Fries, shall have power to execute a discharge, which shall be valid; he, the principal, holding valid whatever shall be done and performed in the matter by the attorney or his substitute, who also, if necessary, shall have power to institute legal proceedings and to prosecute the case to the end, doing furthermore what he, Symon Joosten, might or could do were he present. Thus done and signed by Symon Joosten in the presence of [      ], as witnesses invited hereto, the l6th of August anno 1647, in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Symen Joosen
Willem de Key
Jacob Kip
Probably intended for Merkelbeek, in the province of Limburg, Netherlands.
Flushing, in the province of Zeeland.


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.