Dutch colonial council minutes, 16 May 1640

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Were they to settle under English or Scotch rule?  Answer. English, and they have acknowledged Lord Sterlincx for their Lord; and if 'twere found that the land belonged to the States they would have been subject to them. 
Where did he live in New England?  Answer. At Lin, in Matetusje's bay, eight miles from Boston. 
Did they come there with the knowledge and consent of Mr. Wintrop, the Governor of the Bay?  Answer. He understood so. 
Mr. Foret's permission, brought them to where they intended to plant; it was intended that 20 families should come, and if the land was good they expected a great many people. 
Did he not see the arms of the States?  Answer. Saw them when brought on board. 
Does he not know who tore them down and conveyed them on board?  Answer. Lieutenant Houw and Mr. Foret brought them on board and he understood that they had torn them off. 
Does he not know who carved the fool's face on the tree in the stead of the arms?  Answer. Does not know that any of his people did it. 

Declares this to be true and truthful and confirmed the same on oath before the honorable director.

Interrogatory of Philip Cartelyn

Where born?  Answer. In Bockingamschier. 
How old are you?  Answer. Twenty-six years. 
Who was the principal person that brought them there?  Answer. Lieutenant Daniel Houw. 
On what conditions did they come there; under the English or Scotch?  Answer. Under the English with Mr. Foret's permission, as far as he knows. 
What did they mean to do there?  Answer. To plant and make a plantation. 
Were many people to come there?  Answer. Some were to come to look at the land, and if they liked it they were to settle there; if not, they were to depart; the number he did not know.  


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.