Dutch colonial council minutes, 9-16 August 1640

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On the 9th of August anno 1640

Pieter Andriessen, plaintiff, vs. Aeltjen Douwes, defendant, for slander. Defendant has in court prayed the plaintiff for forgiveness, acknowledging and holding him to be an honest and honorable man.

Jochem Kaller, plaintiff, vs. Adam Roelantsen, defendant, for slander. Plaintiff demands reparation of honor. Defendant having acknowledged that he has nothing to say against the wife of the plaintiff and that he has nevertheless defamed her, he is condemned to pay fl. 2:10 to the poor.

Cornelis Willemsen, plaintiff, vs. the wife of Tomas Broen, cadet, defendant, for slander. Having seen the unfounded complaint of the plaintiff and heard the answer of the defendant who declares the plaintiff to be as far as he knows an honest and honorable man, the defendant is acquitted and absolved from liability as to costs.

On the l6th of August Claes Jansen Ruyter, plaintiff, vs. [      ] Ridder, defendant. Plaintiff, as husband and guardian of his wife, Pietertjen Jans, requests and demands that the defendant prove the defamatory words which he alleges to have heard from others. The defendant, answering, says that he does not know precisely word for word what was said. Parties are ordered to leave each other unmolested and henceforth to live together in peace.

Gregoris Pietersen, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Lambersen Cool, defendant. Default.


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.