Power of attorney from Teunis Dircksen van Vechten to Jan Jansen Damen to have charge of the property of the late Cornelis Maersen on Manhattan Island

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Teunis Dircksz Poentie,[1] as guardian of the heirs of the late Cornelis Maersen,[2] in his lifetime residing in the colony of Renselaerswyck, hereby appoints and empowers Jan Jansz Damen to have charge in his absence of the property of the late Cornelis Maersen at the Manhatans, to lease or sell the same to the best advantage of the heirs and to collect and pay the debts as he, Jan Damen, shall consider most advantageous, doing in all things as he, Teunis Dircksz, guardian, could or might do were he present, on condition that he render an account thereof He, the principal, promises to hold and to cause to be held valid whatever shall be done and transacted in the matter aforesaid by the above named Jan Damen. In testimony whereof this is signed by the principal and witnesses, this 2d of July 1649, in New Amsterdam.

Teunis Dircksz Poentie
Jacob Kip


Teunis Dircksen van Vechten, nicknamed Poentje. See Van Rensselaer

Bowler MSS., pp. 181, 819.

Cornelis Maessen van Buren. See Van Rensselaer Bowler MSS.,

pp. 180-81, 807.


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.