Dutch colonial council minutes, 7-21 September 1645

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On September 7, 1645

Jems Bier says in court that Captain de Vries, without any reason, before Wilcocx had given any cause for it, called said Wilcocx a dog, a son of a bitch, and similar names, notwithstanding Domino Bogardus, his wife and a Dutchman (unknown to him) were standing in his doorway. Also, that Tomas Hal was present there, but that he does not know whether it was at the beginning or the end of the dispute when said Hal came there; which Jems Bier has confirmed on oath.

Captain Vries, plaintiff, vs. Jan Wilcocx, defendant. Case adjourned until the arrival of Tomas Hal.

Claes Jansen, plaintiff, vs. Willem Bredenbent, defendant. Ordered that a copy of the complaint shall be delivered to the defendant.

September 21, l645

Cornelis Antonisz, attorney for Jan de Fries, plaintiff, vs. Jan Wilcocx, defendant. Case adjourned until tomorrow morning, at eight o'clock sharp, to see whether the affidavits are rejectable.

Willem Bredenbent, plaintiff, vs. the heirs of Cornelis Lambersen Cool, defendants. The case is adjourned until Huych Aertsen comes down, as parties refer to him.

Piter Cornelissen, plaintiff, vs. Tomas Sandersen, defendant, because the defendant called the plaintiff an informer. Defendant acknowledges the slander. Ordered that defendant prove that the plaintiff called him a crazy devil.

In court appeared Gerrit Douman, sergeant, who produced three affidavits made in the presence of the fiscal, from which it would seem that he, Douman, was the heir of Jacob Naviere and whereas we, the director and council, have no objection thereto, he, Douman, is given permission to obtain a copy of the said Navier's account and to demand the earned wages due to him from the honorable directors at Amsterdam. The chest is provisionally turned over to him, under inventory.


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.