Dutch colonial council minutes, 15 February - 8 March 1646

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On February 15, 1646

Claes van Elslandt, attorney for Mr. Wolter van Twiller, plaintiff, vs. Sybolt Clasen, who married the widow of the late Aert Teunesen of Putten, defendant, for restitution of fl. 123 paid to Aert Teunesen. Plaintiff demands proof as to whom and for what the money was disbursed. Defendant says that the fl. 123 were included in the item of fl. 273 adjusted with plaintiff, as appears by plaintiff's own account, and that he can not furnish any particulars now, as the person who expended it is dead and he denies that he owes fl. 150.

The director and council having seen the written demand and defendant's verbal answer and that the widow knows nothing of this matter, it is therefore ordered that the account shall remain unsettled until Mr. van Twiller furnish further explanation, according to which the parties must regulate themselves.

Oloff Stevensen, plaintiff, vs. Everardus Bogardus, minister, defendant. Default.

February 22


Oloff Stevensen, plaintiff, vs. Everardus Bogardus, minister, defendant, for slander. Plaintiff demands proof of the charges brought against him in the answer delivered today and denies the same expressly. Ordered that the defendant prove the charges in eight days.

March 1, 1646

Tomas Becxter, plaintiff, vs. Jan Wilcocx, defendant, because Wilcocx accused the defendant of being a wood thief. Plaintiff demands reparation of character. Ordered that Wodtkock prove his charges in eight days, on pain of punishment.

Teunes Nysen, plaintiff, vs. Jeuriaen Fradell, for payment of the debt which his wife owed to Jan Celes, deceased. Parties agree, on condition that after a year from this date Jeuriaen Fradell shall turn over in payment his house and lot situated on the highway and a sound cow, whereupon Tonis Nyssen shall have no further claim.

Lambert Clomp, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Teunesen, defendant. Ordered that the defendant appear in person.


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.