Dutch colonial council minutes, 25 October - 1 November 1640

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On Thursday, being the 25th of October 1640

Whereas Gysbert van Dye, commissary of Fort De Hoop on the Fresh river,[1] intends to sail for the fatherland on the ship Waterhont and his place is become vacant, it is deemed necessary by us to choose another suitable and experienced person in his place. Therefore, having considered the ability of Hendric Roesen, we have engaged him as commissary of Fort De Hoop aforesaid on the same salary which was paid heretofore, namely 36 gl. a month, and free board for the commissary.

Cornelio vander Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Abraham Planc, defendant, for having traded maize contrary to the ordinance. Plaintiff demands that the defendant be punished as it is customary to punish those who violate the ordinances of the Company ] and that the defendant be condemned to pay the fine provided therefor. Case put over until next week.

On the 1st of November anno 1640

Cornelio vander ] Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Abraham Planc, Cornelis Lambersen Cool and Ge ]orge Rappaelje, defendants, for violating the ordinance concerning the trading of maize. Defendants answer that they have traded from 10 to 11 schepels of maize. Defendants are ordered to comply with the ordinance or to settle with the fiscal.

The fiscal is ordered to prove that the wife of Ge ]orge Rappaelje did not trade any maize with the Indians before the 28th of October last.


Fort Hope on the Connecticut river.


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.