Agreement of Hendrick Luft to serve out the time for which Jan Hendricksen is engaged as a soldier of the West India Company

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Before me, Cornelis van Ruyven, appointed secretary in New Netherland in the service of the West India Company, appeared Jan the cabinet-maker,[1] a soldier, of the one part, and Hendrick Loeft, from the bishopric of Fulda in Hessen,[2] of the other part, who declared that in an amicable and friendly manner they had mutually agreed as follows: Hendrick Loeft engages and promises to serve out and satisfy as an honest soldier should the time for which Jan the cabinetmaker is bound to the West India Company, for which he, Loeft, may ask and shall receive the pay which Jan the cabinet-maker would earn from now on until he were discharged and shall have delivered to him the gun and sword-belt which he, Jan the cabinet-maker promises to pay the above named Loeft, for serving out his enlisted time, the sum of seventy guilders in seawan and a pair of shoes. With all of which the parties are fully content and satisfied and they promise to perform the same as men and soldiers of honor, binding to this end their persons and properties. In testimony of the truth they have signed this Done at Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 6th of August 1655.

Jan Hendrijckse
Henrich Luft
Cornelis van Ruyven
Henric ]h Luft


Jan de kistmaecker; erroneously translated by E. B. O'Callaghan as Jan the trunkmaker.
Het stift Vol in Hessenlant; given in O'Callaghan's translation as "the diocese of Wol in Hesse."


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.