Power of attorney from Hendrick Barentsen Smith to his brother Dirck Smith to collect money from the West India Company

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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 Hendrick Barentsen Smith from Lochum, late a soldier in the service of the Hon. West India Company in New Netherland, who constitutes and empowers, as he hereby does constitute and empower, his brother Dirck Smith, at present an ensign here in the service of the said Company, to collect, demand and receive in his name such moneys as are due him by the said Company, promising to hold valid whatever shall be done herein by the latter, on condition that he, the attorney, shall be bound to render to the principal a proper account, proof and balance. Thus done in Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 11th of May anno 1655.

Hendrijck Berendtz Sth.


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.