Dutch colonial council minutes, 2 December 1638

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And whereas complaints are made by many persons that their gardens have been robbed and their poultry taken away, if there be any one who can give information of the thieves, he shall be paid by the honorable director twenty-five guilders as a reward, and in case he has been guilty himself be pardoned and his name concealed.

Likewise, every one of the Company's servants, of whatever rank or capacity he may be, is commanded not to leave the island of Manhatans without the express consent of the honorable commander. Whoever shall be found to have acted contrary hereto shall forfeit three months' wages. Thus done in council and on this date, being the 25th of November, and published and posted in Fort Amsterdam.

On Thursday, being the 2d of December anno 1638

Gerreken Hessels, plaintiff, vs. Anthony Jansen from Salee, defendant, for having attached the sum of fl. 24 and 4 stivers. The plaintiff demands that the attachment of the fl. 24, 4 st. in the hands of the defendant, sued out by Jan Claesen Alteras, be vacated, since he, the plaintiff, does not owe Jan Claessen anything now, except for a hog for which the payment will become due on the 1st of May anno 1639, which payment Alteras aforesaid can not claim at present.

Anthony Jansen is ordered to satisfy the plaintiff as the attachment is null and void and the fl. 24 and 4 st. are deemed to be not subject to attachment by said Alteras, as the claim which he has against the plaintiff has not yet become due.

Tomas Bescher, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Jansen, tailor, defendant, for slander. Case put over for a week so that parties may bring further 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 theĀ New Netherland Institute website.