Dutch colonial council minutes, 10-12 January 1645

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On January 12, 1645

Fredrick Lubbersen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Cornelisz, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment for the posts which the defendant received and claims compensation for ] the loss which he suffered thereby.

Defendant acknowledges that he received a quantity of posts and loaned 250 of them to Planck. Ordered that within a fortnight, if not prevented by the ice, Jan Cornelisz shall in return deliver posts of as good a quality as those which he received.

The honorable court martial having seen the complaint of the fiscal and the defense of Barent Jorisz Tourbay, it is ordered that he shall beg pardon of his captain, ensign and sergeant; he

is further condemned to be put on the wooden horse and if he commit such offenses again, he shall be punished severely.

Whereas on the 27th of November 1642 Jan Jansen Schepmoes was prosecuted by the fiscal of New Netherland before the director and council for having purchased some beavers which had been stolen by a soldier at Fort Orange, in consequence whereof he got into trouble at the time, and whereas he, Jan Jansen Schepmoes, as far as we know, has behaved himself well and decently in this country and we are certain that he did not know that the said beavers were stolen, we have acquitted him of the false charges brought against him at the time by the fiscal. We also request that no person molest the above named Schepmoes on that account.

This day, January 10, 1645, in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.

signed ] Willem Kieft

February 16

Barent Hendricksz, plaintiff, vs. Emanuel of Gerrit de Reus, for payment of fl. 6 for wages. Defendant acknowledges the debt. Defendant is condemned to pay the amount ] within eight days with costs.

Ordinance further prohibiting the sale of fire arms and ammunition to the Indians[1]


Revised from Laws and Ordinances of New Netherland. p. 47.


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.