Dutch colonial council minutes, 22-30 April 1643

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The 22d of April 1643

Between Willem Kieft, director-general and the council of New Nether land of the one side and Oratamin, Sachem of the savages living at Achkinkes hacky,[1] who declared himself commissioned by the savages of Tappaen, Rechgawawanc, Kichtawanc[2] and Sintsinck, of the other side a firm peace was concluded today in the following terms:

All injuries done by the aforesaid tribes to the Dutch or by the Dutch to them shall henceforth and forever be forgotten and forgiven.

They promise mutually not to molest each other any more in the future, but if the Indians learn that any tribe not mentioned herein had evil intentions against the Christians, they will faithfully forewarn them and not admit such within their limits.

For the confirmation and ratification of this treaty presents were mutually given.

We pray God, that this peace may be kept unbroken by the savages.

On the 30th of April 1643

Cornelis Lambertsen Cool, plaintiff, vs. Jan Damen, defendant, demands restitution of the land which the plaintiff alleges belongs to him and which at present is cultivated by the defendant. The defendant expressly denies this. It is ordered that the plaintiff prove his claim.

Michiel Picet, plaintiff, vs. Piere Pia, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment of fl. 20. The defendant admits the debt and says that he has a counter-claim against the plaintiff. Andries Hudden and Elslandt are ordered to examine the account and to settle the matter.

Nicola Boet, plaintiff, vs. Michiel Picet, defendant, demanding payment according to the decision of referees. First default.

Abraham Rycken, plaintiff, vs. Michiel Pouwelsz, defendant. First default.

Cornelio vander ] Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Dirck Cornelisz, defendant, for having taken away the sentinel's hat. and nailed it to a post. The defendant is granted eight days to make proof to the contrary.


Hackensack, N. J.
Sleepy Hollow.


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.