Power of attorney from Jan Evertsen Bout to his wife to take care of his affairs during his absence in Holland

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Before me, Jacob Hendricksz Kip, clerk of Secretary C. van Tienhoven, and in his absence, appeared the worthy Jan Eversz Bout, at present about to depart on a voyage to the fatherland, who in the presence of the undersigned witnesses declared that he appointed and empowered, as he does hereby, Tryntie Symons d'Witt, his wife, who remains here in New Netherland, to demand and receive in his absence all such debts, cash and goods as may be due him here at the Manhatans, or elsewhere; also to satisfy and pay all that he may owe here or elsewhere and further in his absence to act as if he, Jan Eversz Bout, were present, to execute receipts and to do whatever else may be required; he, the principal, holding valid whatever his above named wife shall perform in his absence. In token of the truth this is signed with the witnesses hereto invited, this 19th of August 1649, in New Amsterdam.

Jan Evertsz Bout
Willem Turck
Willem Tomassen


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.