Dutch colonial council minutes, 25 November - 15 December 1644

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November 25, 1644

Hans Kiersteede, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Jansen, defendant, for payment of fl. 84:12, which he had attached in the hands of De Caper. Defendant acknowledges the debt, wherefore it is ordered that the money shall be placed in the custody of the honorable director and council.

At the request of Cornelis Melyn there was heard in court Gerrit Hendricksz, aged between eleven and twelve years, who acknowledged that Jacob Melyn stood against the wall and made water, having a piece of bread in his hand and a dog with him. He threw a potsherd at the dog and accidentally hit Jacob Melyn in the eye. The boy had not spoken to him, Gerrit. He also says that Cornelia, Melyn’s daughter, struck him, so that the neckerchief fell from her shoulders, he stepped on it, so that it tore.

December 1, 1644

Tomas Hal and Sybolt Classen, having a dispute about the building of a house, request the appointment of arbitrators to settle the case and choose Jeuriaen Hendricksz and Piter Cornelisz.

The director and council order the arbitrators to reconcile the parties if possible; otherwise, to give us their opinion in writing. The cost shall be charged to the person whom the arbitrators shall think proper.

On December 7

Cornelio vander ] Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan Haes. 1st Default.

Cornelis Volckersen, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Pietersz, defendant, because the defendant's dog bit a goat of the plaintiff to death. Plaintiff demands payment for the goat, as he informed the defendant several times that his dog bit goats. Ordered that plaintiff prove that he warned the defendant that the dog was dangerous.

December 15, 1644

Cornelio vander ] Hoydens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Symon Jansz of Durikerdam, skipper and supercargo of the ship St. Piter, defendant, for smuggling herring, brick, powder, guns, being contraband goods. The plaintiff, presenting his complaint in writing, demands confiscation of the ship and goods. The fiscal is ordered to give the skipper copies of the complaint and affidavits in the afternoon.


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.