Dutch colonial council minutes, 19 May - 16 June 1639

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On Thursday, being the 19th of May anno 1639

Jan Brouwer, plaintiff, vs. Ge ]orge Homs, defendant, for payment of f 1. 60. Plaintiff demands payment of what is due him. Ge ]orge Homs admits the debt and promises to pay within five or six weeks when Mr. Allerton shall have returned to the Manhates from the North.

Isaac Allerton, plaintiff, vs. Vroutjen Ides, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment of four sheep and fl. 25 in cash, as appears by the bond of Mr. Cock. Defendant admits the claim and is ordered to pay within four or five months.

On the 26th of May

Jan Pietersen, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Jacobsen Stillen, defendant, for payment of maize. Default.

Ulrich Lupoldt, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Caspaer van Buren, Dirck Dircksz, the robber. Plaintiff demands that the defendants be punished for violation of the ordinance of the honorable director and council inasmuch as contrary to the ordinance they have remained on shore without consent. Defendants admit that they have spent the night on shore without consent. They are therefore condemned to pay a fine of one month's wages each.

On the l6th of June

Ulrich Lupoldt, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Tobias Pietersen, defendant. Defendant is condemned to pay a fine of fl. 6 to the fiscal pnd fl. 6 to the poor, Inasmuch as he has threatened to beat the fiscal, which the defendant has admitted in court.

Caspar van Beuren, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Pietersen, skipper of the Westindise Raven. defendant. Parties have settled their differences in court.

Ulrich Lupoldt, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jochem Beeckman, soldier, defendant, accused of manslaughter. The plaintiff demands that the defendant be punished with the sword until death ensue, as an example to others who commit homicide.


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.