Dutch colonial council minutes, 2 September 1644

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On September 2

Everardus Bogardus, minister, and Dirck Cornelisz are kindly requested by the honorable director and council of New Netherland to settle if possible the dispute between Fredrick Lubbersz and Laurens Cornelisz respecting the delivery of the house sold by Laurens Cornelisz to Fredrick Lubbertsz, because they have been appointed thereto by parties and because the case was somewhat known to them.

Laurens Cornelisz requests that the honorable director may be pleased to remove the attachment against his money in Fredrick Lubbersz's hands.

The director answers that he is ready to release Fredrick Lubbersen's money, as soon as Laurens Cornelisz gives him security that the beavers sent to Holland by his brother and consigned to a stranger shall come into the hands of the right owners, Messrs, de Visser and de Baet; also, that all the beavers which have been handed to him by his brother shall be sent to Holland for the account of said friends and ] delivered to the owners or to him; furthermore that he proved the debt. The order which I have is from Mr. de Baet, wherein he instructs me to see to it that Laurens Cornelisz's brother makes a return.

September 8

Laurens Cornelisz requests that Elslandt and his wife shall declare in what manner and at what price he sold the three pieces of beaver, and six fishers.

Elslant’s wife declares that her husband sold the beavers and fishers to Laurens Cornelisz for fl. 30.

Willem de Key declares that Elslandt said to him that he sold three beavers and six fishers to Laurens Cornelisz for fl. 30, but counting the goods by the piece the amount should have been at least fl. 36.

Laurens Cornelisz says in court that he received 25 beavers from his brother and sent them over to his masters at Amsterdam without anything more.

Willem de Key, plaintiff, vs. the wife of Philip Gerritsz and Hendric Kip. Ordered that plaintiff shall produce his witnesses on the next court day.

Tomas Hal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Damen, defendant, for payment for posts and rails. Defendant says that the work was not finished in time according to contract. Jan Damen is ordered to pay the plaintiff, or to return the rails and posts to the place from which they came.


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.