Power of attorney from Paulus Leendersen van der Grift to Hans Bartelsen and Simon Evertsen van der Grift to receive a legacy left in Holland to Gysbert Gerritsen

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, residing in Fort Amsterdam, appeared Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, naval storekeeper here, chosen guardian, with Hans Bartelsz, of Gysbert Gerritsz, minor son of Gerrit Gysbertsz, in his lifetime residing at Amsterdam, who before and in the presence of the undersigned witnesses appoints and empowers, as he does hereby, the above named Hans Bartelsz, residing at Naerden, his co-guardian, and Symon Eversz van der ] Grift, in the place of the principal, to demand, collect and receive in the principal's name, in their capacities aforesaid, from Willem Martensz Vlym the sum of twelve hundred Carolus guilders, willed and bequeathed to the said Gysbert Gerritsz by his aunt, Tryn Gerrits, in her lifetime wife of the aforesaid Willem Martensz Vlym, in order to place the said money, consisting of two bonds issued by the general government, for greater security in a safer and more secure place than they now are, for the greater benefit and profit of the said minor Gysbert Gerritsz. And in case the above named Willem Martensz be unwilling or refuse to deliver the said sum of twelve hundred guilders or the bonds to the attorneys, the same shall by virtue of this power of attorney and as co-guardians of the aforesaid orphan have authority to sue the above mentioned Willem Martensz at law and to prosecute the case to final determination; to observe all terms of court, whether as plaintiff or defendant, to hear judgment pronounced and to appeal therefrom; also to substitute one or more persons and doing furthermore whatever the case may require, even though fuller and more specific authority were necessary, with power, moreover, to do whatever the principal, were he present, might or could do; he, the principal, promising to hold and to cause to be held valid all that the aforesaid attorneys or their substitutes shall do and transact in the matter abovementioned, of all of which he requests an authentic instrument.Thus done and the original hereof in the record signed by Paulus Leendersz and by Jacob Kip and Johannes Roodenborch, the first of September Ao. 1648, in Fort Amsterdam, New Netherland.

Pouwelis Lendersz van die Grift
Johannes Rodenborch
Jacob Kip
Govert Loockermans


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.