Dutch colonial council minutes, 25 August - 2 September 1644

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August 25, 1644

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Philip Gerritsen, defendant, about attachment of beer. Plaintiff demands payment from the defendant, as the tavern keeper or the brewer must pay the excise according to the ordinance. Defendant is condemned to pay fl. 15, being the excise on five barrels of beer.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Philip Gerritsen, on account of attachment of beer ], in the sum of fl. 9. He is condemned to pay according to the ordinance.

On August 18th last appeared the brewers residing about Fort Amsterdam and jointly declared that if they voluntarily paid the three guilders on each barrel of beer, they would have the Eight Men and the community about their ears.

The director and council of New Netherland make known to all persons that they shall not harbor nor give any food to Huybert Jansen and Michiel Cristoffelsen on pain of forfeiting one hundred guilders; and the aforesaid persons are summoned to appear within twenty-four hours to prove their innocence. This day, August 25, 1644.[1]

On September 1, 1644

Frederick Lubbersen, plaintiff, vs. Laurens Cornelisz, defendant, for delivery of what belongs to the house which the plaintiff bought from the defendant.

Ordered that defendant produce satisfactory evidence of the purchase, or in default thereof make oath, and if he refuse to do so, plaintiff shall be allowed to make oath.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Laurens Cornelisz, defendant, for fl. 20 fine. Defendant is condemned to pay.

Willem de Key, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Kip's wife, for slander. 1st default.

September 2

Frederic Lubbersen, plaintiff, vs. Laurens Cornelisz, defendant. Skipper Laurens promises voluntarily to build the dike in front of Frederic's lot and his own,[2] provided the honorable director have the path leading to the secretary's house put in order once for all.

Defendant is discharged from his obligation ] with respect to the tuyn [3] and plaintiff? ] must recover damages from those who destroyed the tuyn.


Revised from Laws and Ordinances of New Netherland, p. 41.
On April 14, 1643, Laurens Cornelissen sold to Frederick Lubbertsen a house and lot fronting on the East River and adjoining the path leading to the secretary's house, which corresponds to the present Maiden Lane in New York City.
The meaning of the word tuyn in this connection is uncertain. The word may mean a garden, an enclosure, and also a framework of sticks and wattled twigs to retain the earth of the embankment along the river front.


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.