Power of attorney from Adam Roelantsen Groen to Jacob Tysen to take charge of his children and affairs during his absence

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Before me, Jacob Hendricksz Kip, appointed by the honorable director general and council of New Netherland, in the absence of the secretary, appeared the worthy Adam Roelantsen Groen from Dockum, at present about to depart on a voyage to the West Indies, who in the presence of the undersigned witnesses declared that in the best form to him possiblehe appoints and empowers, as he does hereby, Jacob Tysen, an inhabitant here, or in Jacob Tysen’s absence his, Jacob Tysen’s, wife, named Maretie Claes, to have during the principal’s absence a fatherly and motherly care of his children who remain here with them. Also, especially, to ask, demand and receive such debts as are due to him, Adam Roelantsen, here or elsewhere, whether it be what the Company already owes him, or, in case of his death or departure, may yet be earned by or be due to him, as shall appear by the bond and account thereof in existence, it being the principal's wish that they, the attorneys, in case of his death or otherwise, shall have authority to pay themselves out of the said debts before all other creditors what he owes them according to the bond executed by him, and further in his, the principal's, absence in all things to do and perform as he might do and perform if he were personally present, promising at all times to hold good, binding and irrevocable what shall be done and performed in the matter aforesaid by his above named attorneys. He requests an instrument hereof in due form. Thus done and signed together with the witnesses, this 4th of December 1649, New Amsterdam.

Adam Roelants Groen
William Nobel
Daniel Roggen
Jacob Kip


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.