Dutch colonial council minutes, 8-22 January 1643

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In the Name of God, Amen

Anno 1643, the 8th of January

Hans Hansen, plaintiff, vs. Nicholaes Sloper, defendant. Plaintiff demands a crosscut saw from the defendant which he claims belongs to him. The defendant denies the claim and offers the plaintiff the choice to take the oath. The plaintiff cannot prove that it is his saw and refuses to take the oath. The defendant “takes the oath that the saw belongs to him. The plaintiff's claim is denied and he is condemned to pay the costs.

Jan Dette, plaintiff, vs. Jan Haes, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment of fl. 5:5, which debt the defendant admits. The defendant is condemned to pay.

Cornelio vander ] Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Sneidger, defendant, for violation of the published ordinance regarding weights and measures, which violation is proved by the fiscal. The defendant is condemned to pay the fine according to the ordinance.

Barent Dircksz, baker, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Willemsz, defendant. Default

On the 22d of January

Jan Brint, cooper, plaintiff, vs. Mr. Heyl, defendant, concerning some question which has arisen between them. Default.

Barent Dircksen, baker, plaintiff, vs. Robbert Bello, defendant, for payment of fl. 50 for rent of a plantation. The defendant admits the debt, but says that damage was done by hogs through the plaintiff’s negligence. The plaintiff and defendant having been heard, the defendant is condemned to pay fl. 25.

Tomas Tailleyr, plaintiff, vs. Jan Forbus, defendant, for payment of fl. 32. The defendant admits the debt and requests that he be released from his surety bond. The defendant is condemned to pay and it is ordered that the defendant be released from the surety bond. The defendant promises to pay this week in tobacco.

Maryn Adriaensz, plaintiff, vs. Paulus Jansen from Vlissingen, defendant. Default.

Mr. Allerton and Tomas Bacxter are authorized by the honorable director and council to satisfy Jan Heyl and Jan Brint, or to give us their opinion as to what would be just.


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.