Dutch colonial council minutes, 3-24 June 1638

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On the 24th of June ] [1]

Whereas the master ] house-carpenter Is about to leave for the fatherland and ] there are but few carpenters here fit to succeed in his place; therefore, having observed the ability of ] C-illis Pietersen van der ] Gouw, we have appointed him master carpenter, at fl. 38 a month, from the 1st of June anno 1638.

Nicolaes Coorn is engaged as sergeant at fl. 18 a month and fl. 100 a year for board, from the 15th of September anno 1638, as it is necessary to have someone to drill the soldiers in the proper use of arms.

Jeuriaen Rodolff is engaged as sergeant in the place of Coorn, at fl. 18 a month and fl. 100 for board, on the 7th of December anno 1638.[2]

On the 10th of June

Cors Pietersen, plaintiff, vs. Adam Boelantsen, defendant, regarding the inheritance of the late Adam Roelantsen's wife, who is the plaintiff 's wife's mother. The court having examined the inventory signed by the notary and witnesses and all debts, claims, and furniture, etc. being deducted, it is decided that 12 gl. 10 st. are still due to Cors Pietersen and no more.

Jan Schepmoes ordered henceforth not to lodge any sailors or to tap wine, on pain, In case he acts contrary thereto, of being obliged to leave the Manhattes, It being recommended that he support himself by farming.

On the 24th ditto

Wolphert Gerrltsen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Evertsen, defendant. Default.

Cornelis Lambertsen Cool, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis van Vorst, defendant, for payment of fl. 4. Default.

Cornelis Lambertsen Cool, plaintiff, vs. Jan van Vorst, defendant, for payment of fl. 25. Default.

Various free men having petitioned the council for grants of the land which they at present cultivate, the request of the petitioners is granted, provided that at the expiration of ten years after taking possession of their plantations they shall pay yearly to the Company one-tenth of all the produce which God shall grant to the soil; also, for the house and garden from now on yearly one pair of capons.[3]


Date supplied from Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, 14:9.
Nicolaes Coorn was reduced to the ranks on December 2, 1638. See the entry in the minutes under that date.

Revised from Laws and Ordinances of New Netherland, p. 16.


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 4, Council Minutes, 1638-1649 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.