Deposition of Laurens Cornelissen van der Wel that Cornelis Melyn had circulated rumors in New England of Director Stuyvesant's removal from office

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, appeared Laurens Cornelisz van der ] Wel, aged 38 years, who at the request of the honorable fiscal attests, testifies and declares, in place and with promise of an oath if necessary, that it is true and truthful that he, the deponent, in November last, heard divers Englishmen at Boston and other places say that Cornelis Melyn had said that he would manage to have the English sail to Fort Orange as well as the Dutch and be free from duties as we were. Also, that Melyn had said to the English that he had power to remove Mr. Stuyvesant He, the deponent, coming a second time to New Haven on the 24th of February, Mr. Goudjer,[1] the deputy governor at New Haven, inquired of him, the deponent, if Governor Stuyvesant had been removed. To which the deponent answered “No,” and aksed "Why?" Mr. Goudjer replied: "Such is the report here." The deponent declares this to be the truth. Thus done the 30th of March 1649.

Louweris Cornelisz vander Wel
C. van Tienhoven


Stephen Goodyeare.


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.