Power of attorney from Rev. Johannes Backerus to Jacob Jansen Twyver to collect arrears of 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 in the presence of the undersigned witnesses appoints and empowers, as he does hereby, Jacob Jansz Twiver, residing in the Wieringer Waert,[1] or, in his absence, Lambert Cornelisz Scheltes, residing in the Heere Huygewaert,[2] to demand, ask and receive in his, the principal's, name from the honorable directors of the Chartered West India Company, at the chamber in Amsterdam, the sum of three hundred and ninety guilders, fourteen stivers, earned by him, Domine Johannes Backerius, in New Netherland, as appears by the account annexed. On payment of the aforesaid sum by the said directors to the above named Jacob Jansz Twyver or Lambert Cornelisz, or any one substituted by them, they shall have power to execute a receipt therefor in due form; he, Domine Johannes Backerius, holding as valid whatever shall be done and transacted in the aforesaid matter by one of the above mentioned attorneys, or his substitute. Wherefore he, Domine Backerius, requests that an authentic instrument be made hereof Thus done and the original hereof in the record signed by Domine Johannes Backerius, with Jacob Kip and Johannes Rodenborch, as witnesses hereto invited. Actum, Manhatans in New Nether land, this 31st of August 1648.

Johannes Backerus
Johannes Rodenborch ]
Jacob Kip
C. van Tienh.


Wieringerwaard; a polder district in the provice of North Holland, near the island of Wieringen.
Heer-Hugowaard; a polder district N.E. of Alkmaar, province of North Holland.


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.