Dutch colonial council minutes, 26 June 1642

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On the 26th of June 1642

Davit Pietersen from Hoorn, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Jansen, tailor, defendant, for payment of a certain account outstanding between the parties, amounting to fl. 173:19, which sum the defendant admits he owes. He requests time to make payment.

The defendant, upon his request, is granted a respite of six weeks to make payment, provided that if there are any items in the defendant's counter claim which heretofore have been paid, he shall be obliged to pay these in addition to the aforesaid sum.

Cornelis Melyn, plaintiff, vs. Johannes Winckelraan, defendant.

The plaintiff, by virtue of a contract made with the Lord of Nederhorst at Amsterdam, requests that the defendant show him by what authority he came to him last winter on Staten Island with his men and cattle, saying that he came to fulfil the aforesaid contract of which a copy had been given to the defendant, and for what reason he left there and planted another colony behind the Col, without asking for his advice according to the contract.

The defendant answers that he came into this country in the name and on the part of Meyndert Meyndertsz, whose agent he is and for whom he is establishing a colony behind the Col, according to the orders given him, in accordance with the patent granted to his master by the honorable directors and shown here to the director. Case put over until further information arrives by what authority the defendant came here.

Cornelio vender Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan from Meppelen, defendant, for slander. Case put over until the next court day and the skipper ordered to refrain from further abusive language and to prove the statements made by the fiscal.


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 theĀ New Netherland Institute website.