Dutch colonial council minutes, 7 October 1638

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On the 7th of October

Everardus Bogardus, minister, plaintiff, vs. Anthony Jansen from Salee, defendant, for slander.

Declaration of Philip de Truy, made in court at the request of Bogarde, that on the departure of the ship Soutberch. anno l633, the said Truy, going to the strand to draw water, heard and saw the following: Grietjen Reyniers, wife of Anthony Jansen aforenamed, being likewise on the strand, the crew of the Soutbergh aforesaid called to her, "Whore, Whore, Two pound butter's whore!" Whereupon Grietjen, paying little attention to this, lifted up her petticoat and turning to ] the crew pointed to her behind.

Declaration of Symon Dircksen Pos that on last Thursday he heard Griet Reyniers say that Bogarde, the minister, owed her some money and that he had taken oath that he did not owe her anything, she saying further, "Although he has taken the oath, nevertheless he is indebted to me."

Declaration before the court of Hans Schipper and Jochem Beeckman, both soldiers, that last Thursday they both heard Griet Jen Reyniers, the wife of Anthony Jansen, say that the minister, Bogardus, had taken a false oath. On the other hand, Anthony Jansen alleged that the minister had said that his present wife before he married her had earned a skirt of f1. 40.

Case adjourned to the next court day, in order meanwhile to examine the evidence and testimony of witnesses.

By virtue of the judgment given on the 3d of June last against Anthony Jansen, Ulrich Lupoldt, fiscal, is hereby authorized to levy execution on the property of Anthony Jansen up to the amount required for ] the payment of Bogarde.


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.