Dutch colonial council minutes, 16 May 1640

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On the 16th May 1640, at the house of the honorable director of New Netherland, the following six persons were examined, to wit:

What is your name?  Answer. Jop Cears 
Where born?  Answer. In Bretfortsthier 
How old are you?  Answer. Twenty-eight years. 
On what conditions did you go to reside on Long Island, under the English orScotch?  Answer. Under the English, with authority from Mr. Foret. 
Who brought them there, and who was their principal?  Answer. Lieutenant Houw 
What did they intend to do there, and if more folks are to come?  Answer. To plant and build dwellings;does not know for certain how many folks are still to come there. 
Where did he reside in New England?  Answer. At Lin, in Matetusje's bay, 8 miles from Boston. 
Did he not see the arms of the States?  Answer Saw them when cut down; was on board when it was done. 
Does he not know who did it?  Answer. Lieutenant Daniel Houw and Mr. Foret did it together; does not know which in particular did it. 

All of which he has declared upon oath before the honorable director and council, to be true and truthful, and further knows not.


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.