Declaration of Isaac Allerton that he had paid the amount of a bond given for Ralph Whory

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Before me, Cornelis van Ruyven, secretary in New Netherland, personally appeared Isaacq Allerton from Suffolk, aged about 70 years, who in the presence of the undersigned witnesses declared at the requisition of the Honorable and Valiant Petrus Stuyvesant, director general of New Netherland, to wit:

That in the year 1647, he, Isaacq Allerton, became surety for one Raeff Whory for the freight charges of two ships freighted by the said Raaff Whory, according to the tenor of the charter party, of which one ship, called De Groote Gerrit, properly belonged to the honorable West India Company, and the other, called Het Wapen van Nieu-Nederlant, really belonged to Willem de Key and his partners at Amsterdam. The aforesaid Raaff Whory having failed to pay the stipulated freight charges of the ship De Groote Gerrit, he, Isaacq Allerton, upon her return was called upon to pay by skipper Jelmer Tomassen, who sued out an attachment against the person of the deponent as surety for the recovery of the aforesaid fl. 1800, whereupon he, Isaacq Allerton, did make payment, not to the Hon. Petrus Stuyvesant, either as a private individual or as director general, but to one Adriaen Keyser, then bookkeeper of the General Chartered West India Company, also secretary of New Netherland, in whose book the aforesaid eighteen hundred guilders to the behoof of the General Chartered West India Company are canceled in the debit account of the deponent, as the deponent and the undernamed witnesses, Capt. Tomas Willet, merchant of New Plymouth, Mr. Jan Brown of Salem, hereby declare that on the date hereof they have seen the canceled entry of the said sum in the debit account of Mr. Ysaacq Allerton under date of the 9th October 1648, on folio 17 of the Great Ledger of the above mentioned Company, and that to the behoof, not of Mr. Petrus Stuyvesant as an individual or as director general of New Netherland, but to the behoof of the General Chartered West India Company Furthermore, the said Isaacq Allerton declares that on account of the aforesaid 1800 guilders he was arrested, not by the said P. Stuyvesant, either as a private individual, or as director general, but by the skipper Jelmer Tomassen. The aforesaid Isaacq Allerton further declares that he does not know that the aforesaid Raaff Whory ever had or has left any goods in his, the deponent's, hands in New Netherland, but the deponent knows well and hereby declares that the aforesaid P Stuyvesant has never caused any goods or merchandise belonging to the said Raaff Whory to be attached in his, the deponent's, hands. Thus done in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 23d of October anno 1655.

Isaac Allerton
John Browne
Thos Willett
Cornelis van Ruyven


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.