Award of arbitrators

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[1]Article 1. In regard to the differences between Mr. Theleman Willekens and Pieter Cornelisz, it is agreed that all expenses, losses and charges, including jailer's fees, board, satisfaction to the fiscal and the court, counsel fees and all such like expenses, by whatever name called, shall be and remain at the charge of Pieter Cornelisz, gunner, that is, as regards himself and not including the disbursements which Mr. Theleman has made and incurred on his own account, on condition that Mr. Theleman shall make him a present of sixty guilders and in addition pay the expenses incurred in this arbitration.

2. That on both sides the law suit shall be dropped and terminate hereby, absolutely and without fraud or deceit, provided that parties shall grant each other a release of all claims growing out of any dispute or difference up to this time. The above mentioned gunner especially binds himself to assist in conveying the ship home to Geluckstadt in good faith and as in duty bound, and on arriving safely at home, neither the one nor the other shall in any manner revive or agitate any of the old differences in the least, on pain of being considered by every one who shall read this or hear it read as having acted, not as honorable men, but as dishonorable persons.

3. Mr. Theleman Willekens shall pay here to his aforesaid gunner befeore he departs from here six months' wages on account, in current pay

And thus, Pieter Comelisz, gunner, as plaintiff, by his chosen friends, Mons. George Baxster and Daniel Litscho, against Mr. Theleman Willekens, defendant, by Capt. Nuton and Augustin Heerman, is condemned and both parties are irrevocably agreed under all circumstances. Done the 20th of December 1648.

Geo. Baxter
Daniel Litscho
Brian Newton
Augustyn Herrman

In witness of the fact that Mr- Theleman Willekens and Pieter Cornelisz are satisfied with the above conditions and arbitration and without any exception whatsoever are and remain agreed and have settled with each other, they have subscribed these with their own hands. Actum ut supra. Without guile or deceit.

Pieter Cornelissen
Thieleman Willekens
Cornelis van Tienhoven


This award is in the handwriting of Augustin Herrman.


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 theĀ New Netherland Institute website.