Dutch colonial council minutes, 14-21 October 1638

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On the l ]4th of October anno ] 1638

Johannes La Montaenje, plaintiff, vs. Tobias Tonissen, defendant, for slander.

The plaintiff demands proof that the ration meat was dried at his house and sent away without the defendant having eaten or had his share thereof as well as the plaintiff.

The defendant declares under oath before the court that what he has spoken in regard to La Montaenje is untrue, namely, that he had dried and carried away the meat without giving his servants any of it to eat, acknowledging that he had his share of the meat as well as the plaintiff.

On the 16th of October, being Saturday

Griet Reyniers appeared in court and declared the following in the presence of the hereinafter mentioned persons:

"I, Griet Reyniers, acknowledge in the presence of the commander and council and all other persons present that I lied what I said regarding Domine Bogardus, namely, that the same was a perjurer, and I pray God, the court and Bogardus for forgiveness, promising that I shall hereafter comport and conduct myself in such a way that the commander and council and everybody else shall be satisfied."

On Thursday, being the 21st of October29

Everardus Bogardus, minister, husband and guardian of Anna Jans, plaintiff, vs, Anthony Jansen from Salee, defendant, for slander.

Anthony Jansen, appearing in court, declares that he has nothing to say against Anna Jans, wife of Bogardus, acknowledging and considering her to be an honorable and virtuous woman and promising henceforth to say nothing to the prejudice of the plaintiff or his wife.

Ulrich Lupoldt, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Evertsen, Hendrick Cornelissen van Vorst and Gerrit Diroksz, defendants.

Plaintiff demands that the defendants be punished, alleging that they have traded in furs contrary to their oath. The defendants deny that they have traded any furs. Parties to reappear 14 days hence to produce clear proof.


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.