Dutch colonial council minutes, 12-14 November 1642

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On the 12th of November 1642

Whereas criminal charges and suit for slander between Adriaen vander Donck, officer of Renselaerswyck, and Frans Allersz, cooper, have been brought before us in which the honor of the parties is attacked; therefore, the parties having entered into an amicable and a friendly agreement, acknowledge that they know nothing of each other but what redounds to their honor and virtue. Consequently the case is dismissed.

Hendrick Jansen from Oldenborch, aged 20 years, soldier, acknowledges that he bought from the gunner 2 pounds of powder to be used at Achtert Col, where he was commanded to go, which powder he sold to Schepmoes; also 8 yards of linen out of the store of which he sold 4 yards to the wife of Jan Pietersz for fl. 3:10.

Hendric Jansen is ordered to perform his guard duty as required arid to remain in the Fort until next session of the court.

On the 14th of November 1642

Whereas Tomas Pop and Rogier Jorissen, both soldiers in the service of the Chartered West India Company, forgetting their honor and oath, have presumed to leave their respective companies without furlough or passports, all of which is directly contrary to the articles sworn to by them, is unservicable to the country and tends to lessen the military discipline and respect for the high authorities; therefore, the aforesaid soldiers are summoned to appear by the beating of the drum and called upon to justify themselves in respect to these desertions, on pain, if after having been three times summoned they do not appear, of being proceeded against by the honorable fiscal as according to military law shall be found necessary. This proclaimed by the beating of the drum.


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.