Power of attorney from Arent van Curler to Dirck van Schelluyne to collect the rent of a farm from Thomas Spicer

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This day, date underwritten, before me, Cornelis van Ruyven, appointed secretary in New Netherland in the service of the General Chartered West India Company, and before the hereinafter named witnesses appeared Monsr Arent van Corlaer, residing in the colony of Renselaers Wyck, who declared that he canceled and annulled a certain power of attorney granted to David Provoost under date of the 14th of June 1651, in his suit against Tomas Spicer, and declared further that he has appointed and empowered, as he hereby does appoint and empower, the worthy Dirck van Schelluyne, notary public residing in this city of New Amsterdam, specially in his, the principal's, name and behalf to demand and receive all such moneys and goods with the interest thereon as are due to him, the principal, from Mr. Tomas Spicer for rent of a certain farm,[1] and to give him a receipt therefor; in case of unwillingness to institute legal proceedings (either de novo, or to continue the proceedings which Davit Provoost has already instituted in the matter aforesaid),[2] to cause the obtained judgment to be put in execution and to prosecute the same to the end; from all judgments, whether definitive or interlocutory, to which he objects, to appeal or to seek mitigation and to prosecute the same; to substitute one or more attorneys ad lites only in his place (with power, also, to compromise, settle and agree as his good judgment shall dictate);[3] he, the principal, promising to hold and to cause to be held all that shall be done and performed in the matter aforesaid and what appertains thereto by the aforesaid his attorney or by his substitute ad lites of the same force and validity as if it were done by him, the principal, in person, under binding obligation as by law provided, on condition that the attorney, under like obligation, remain bound, at the demand of the principal, to render due account, proof and balance of his aforesaid transactions. All without fraud. Thus done in Fort Amsterdam, this 6th of October 1654.

A: van Curler
Johannes Magapolensis
Carel van Brugge
Cornelis van Tuyven


Meaning the farm of the late Jonas Bronck. See lease of the farm dated June 25, 1643, in New York Colonial MSS., 2:62a.
The words in parentheses are inserted in the margin.
The words in parentheses are inserted in the margin.


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.