Dutch colonial council minutes, 27 July - 25 August 1645

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July 27, 1645

Symon Dircksen Pos says in court that the council of the colony is a false council.

The director general and council having examined the itemized bill presented by Adriaen vender Donck for loss of time and expenses, the amount is estimated at 70 days at fl. 4 a day and fl. 20 to pay for the writing of the documents in the colony.

August 10, 1645

Piter vander ] Linden, plaintiff, vs. Jan Snediger, defendant, for delivery of two beds. Symon Pos declares that he was present when fl. 24 was promised for one bed and the best bolster with two small pillows. Defendant is ordered to make delivery according to the deposition.

Cornelis Teunesz, attorney for Jan de Fries, plaintiff, vs. Jan Wilcocx, defendant, regarding some dispute which Jan de Fries and Wilcocx had on the road. Parties, making complaint and answer, produce affidavits on both sides. Wilcocx exposes his arm in court and says that the scar was left where the minister's wife struck him with a stick.

Claes Jansen, baker, plaintiff, vs. Willem Bredenbent, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment according to the contract. Ordered that if Willem prove that Claes promised him something aside from the contract, it shall be given to him.

Piter Cornelisz, plaintiff, vs. Tomas Sandersen, smith, defendant. 1st Default.

August 25

Cristiaen Cristiaensen and Piter Pitersen, plaintiffs, vs. Arent Corsen, defendant. Whereas they, the plaintiffs and the defendant, by a bond dated November 10, 1645, are jointly bound to pay Jacob Blenc in Virginia for pork, of which each of them received his 1/3 share, plaintiffs demand that the defendant make provision for the payment, as he remains here in the country and they go to Virginia to pay there. Defendant says that his money is ready; he desires security against all future demands before he is willing to pay.

The court having seen the complaint and the answer. It is ordered that the defendant shall hand to the plaintiffs his 1/3 of the payment and that they remain bound to pay Blenck and to give a proper discharge here to the defendant, who is released from all further demands on account of said bond.


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.