Dutch colonial council minutes, 20-27 March 1642

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On the 20th of March anno 1642

Cornelio vander Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Seles, defendant. Plaintiff charges the defendant with having shot other people’s hogs in the woods, maintaining that this causes great loss to the inhabitants and proving the truth of the accusation by depositions. The fiscal is ordered to have the witnesses personally appear before us in order to confirm their depositions by oath. Meanwhile the defendant shall remain in custody, unless he furnish bail for his appearence before he leaves the Fort. Tomas Hal becomes bail for Jan Celes to appear a week from today.

Andries Hudden, plaintiff, vs. Dirck Corsen Stain, defendant. Plaintiff does not appear and default is taken against him and if he does not appear before noon it is decided that the suit against the defendant shall be dismissed.

Maryn Adriaensen, plaintiff, vs. Tomas Hal, defendant.

Default against the plaintiff, as he does not appear.

On the 27th of March

Andries Hudden, plaintiff, vs. Dirck Corsen, defendant.

Whereas the plaintiff for the second time has failed to appear and two defaults have been taken against him and whereas time does not permit further delay, the director end council decide that the defendant according to our previous resolution may continue his voyage without being prevented from doing so by the plaintiff. The plaintiff's claim against the defendant is hereby dismissed, so that the defendant shall hereafter be free from any further action by the plaintiff on that account.


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.