Dutch colonial council minutes, 2-8 May 1645

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May 2, 1645

Adam Brouwer, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Jansen, locksmith, defendant, about the purchase of a house. Plaintiff demands delivery of the deed. Defendant is willing, provided the plaintiff bind himself for the payment of the account rendered to him.

Ordered that in the deed the house be mortgaged until the defendant shall be paid.

Gysbert Opdyck, plaintiff, vs. Teunes Cray's wife, defendant, for slander. Defendant is ordered to produce proof.

Gysbert de Leuw, plaintiff, vs. Captain Johan de Fries, defendant, for slander. Parties ordered to produce proof.

Borger Jorissen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Haes. 2d Default.

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Melyn, defendant, for payment of fl. 3307:10, for purchase of the confiscated hides of the St. Piter. Melyn acknowledges that the account rendered is correct. The fiscal demands payment. Defendant refuses to pay, wherefore the fiscal is authorized to levy execution against the defendant and in case the property of the principal be not sufficient to sue the surety.

We, Willem Kieft, director general, and the council of New Netherland, certify and. declare that Jacob Jacobsz Hoy, gunner in Fort Amsterdam, on the 22d of April 1643 at our order and command was to discharge three cannon in honor of the solemn peace then concluded with the Indians, among which cannon was a brass six-pounder, which burst and exploded, in consequence of which the aforesaid Jacob Roy was severely wounded, so that for a long time he was under the care of surgeon Hans Kierstede, who with the help of God succeeded in restoring the said Jacob Hoy to health, but the said injury has left his right arm stiff, as can be seen. Thus done, the 8th of May 1645, in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.


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.