Power of attorney from Arnoldus van Hardenberch to Jan Lourensen Appel and Adriaen Jansen to manage his affairs during his absence, with ratification thereof

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Mr. Arnoldus van Hardenbergh, merchant at present residing here in New Amsterdam, who appoints and empowers, as he does hereby, Jan Laurensen Appel and his servant Adriaen Jansz[1] in his absence to have and to exercise the full administration of all wares, merchandise, debts and assets which the said Mr. van Hardenberch leaves to his above named attorneys, as appears by the list or invoice thereof handed to them, with power to both the said attorneys, or in case of the death of either of them during the above mentioned principal's absence to the remaining one ], to do with and dispose of the goods and merchandise, debts and assets as he, Mr. van Hardenberch, were he present, might or could do, according to the Instructions given them; also in such wise that they shall not render to any person in the world any proof or accounting, much less be obliged to allow anyone to make an inventory, excepting only to Johan van Hardenberch, or to the aforesaid Mr. Arnoldus van Hardenberch, or their order. With this reservation, that the said attorneys remain bound to render an accounting of their administration to him, the principal, his above mentioned brother, or their order, and that they shall be responsible for the debts which they will contract. He, the principal, promises to hold and to cause to be held valid whatever said attorneys or their substitutes shall do and perform in the matter. Dated the 24th of August A°, 1648, in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Arnoldus van Hardenberch

Ratification of the preceding power of attorney
I, the undersigned, Arnoldus van Hardenberch, hereby make known and declare, as I am now on the eve of my departure for the fatherland, that I now fully approve and ratify the power of attorney recorded on the other side hereof, executed the 24th of August in the year 1648, as if it were now given, holding the same as binding, in force and valid in all its parts, without any exception. Done at the Manhatans, this 20th of August 1649, in New Netherland.

Arnoldus van Hardenberch
Govert Loockermans
Johannes de Peyster
Jacob Kip


Probably Adriaen Jansen van Ilpendam, who afterwards became a notary public at Albany


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 3, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1648-1660 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.