Dutch colonial council minutes, 14-28 January 1644

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In the year of our Lord and Savior, 1644, on the 14th of January, being Thursday

Dirck Cornelissen, plaintiff, vs. Piter Cornelissen, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment of fl. 32:10. Defendant admits the debt and requests delay of one month. The defendant is ordered to pay in one month.

Piere Pia, plaintiff, vs. Pircel, defendant, on account of accusation of theft to the detriment of the plaintiff. Ordered, if the defendant cannot prove within 8 days that he brought his money to Piere Pia's house, that Piere Pia and his wife shall be heard and take the oath that they are innocent. And then the defendant shall make reparation for the injury to character.

Jochim Kiersteede, plaintiff, vs. Sybolt Claesz, defendant, for payment of fl. 72 for a share in a small yacht. Ordered that the defendant prove that the plaintiff did not deliver the yacht complete with its appurtenances and that he have his man, Barent Dircksz, to whom he appeals, appear on the next court day; or, in default thereof, that Sybolt Clasz shall pay.

The 28th of January, Thursday

Andries Tomassen, plaintiff, vs. Jeuriaen Otsen, heir of Hans Nelisen, defendant, for some goods belonging to him, which Hans Nelisen is alleged to have lost, to which the plaintiff makes oath. Ordered that fl. 25 be paid out of Hans Nelisen's estate.

Piere Cecer, the Italian, plaintiff, vs. the widow of Jan Manje, regarding his legacy from Manje, deceased. The widow says that she delivered to the plaintiff the legacy which was promised to him, to wit: one bed, two pillows, one green blanket, a folding chair, a purple coat lined with crimson baize, fl. 15 worth of boratto, and a flatiron, the receipt of all of which Piere Secer acknowledges; wherewith the case is dismissed.


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.