Dutch colonial council minutes, 28 October - 18 November 1638

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On Thursday, being the 28th of October anno 16 ]38

Ulrich Lupoldt, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Anthony Jansen ] from Salee, defendant. He charges the defendant with having stolen the wood which Philip ] de Truy had cut in the woods.The defendant says that he is not guilty of the charge. Case put over until the next court day, the parties meanwhile to bring proper proof of everything.

Ulrich Lupoldt, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Cors Pietersen, defendant. The plaintiff, by virtue of the complaint of the Indians and the deposition of two persons, demands that the defendant be punished for assault and theft. The defendant answers that he has never seen the Indians here, much less taken from them any seawan or cloth. Sivert Cant declares in courtthat It was the same Indian whom Cors Pietersen threw overboard. Fredrick Lubbertsen declares that he well knows the Indian and received from him a half fathom of seawan to procure from the defendant the return of the cloth which was taken from him. Case adjourned to the next court day.

On Thursday, being the 5th of November anno 1638

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Cors Pietersen, defendant, for assault. Plaintiff demands judgment and justice against the defendant. The case between the plaintiff and the defendant being carefully considered, the defendant is condemned to restore what he took from the Indians and to pay 50 stivers for the benefit of the fiscal and costs.

On Thursday, being the 18th of November anno 1638

Nicolaes Coorn, plaintiff, vs. the soldiers, defendants.The plaintiff states that not all the soldiers are thieves, but only Hans Schipper, Jochem Beeckman ] and Jacob Swart. Case put over to the next court day.


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.