Dutch colonial council minutes, 9 March 1646

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On March 8, 1646[1]

The answer of Everardus Bogardus, minister, dated the 8th of March, having been read, it is ordered that if he has any further objections to make, either against the witnesses or otherwise against the proceedings, he must present the same within eight days and state the occasion which the honorable director and council have given him for abusing them from the chair of truth and for refusing to obey their order; in default whereof we shall proceed to pronounce judgment in the case, notwithstanding his subterfuges. This day, March 8, 1646.

Lambert Clomp, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Tonisen, defendant, for delivery of the sloop Farnambuco. After examination of the documents and the acknowledgment of the defendant, it is ordered that the contract made in regard to the sloop shall remain in force and be carried out.

Oloff Stevensen, plaintiff, vs. Everardus Bogardus, defendant. The accusation of said defendant having been read, it is ordered that Oloff Stevensen shall make answer thereto in eight days.

March 9

Whereas the honorable Fiscal vander Hoykens has requested us, the director and council, that provisional curators might be appointed over the children and property left by the late Lyntjen Martens, wife of Adam Roelantsen, until the arrival of the father or definite news from him, we find the same to be highly necessary and can not select for the purpose any more fit persons than the four nearest neighbors, to wit: Philip Geraerdj, Hans Kirsteede, surgeon, Jan Stevensen, schoolmaster, and Oloff Stevensen, commissary in the store. Therefore, we have appointed the same, as we hereby do, curators of the children and property aforesaid until the above mentioned time. Thus done in our council in Fort Amsterdam, the 9th of March 1646.

Robbert Coppingh, plaintiff, vs. Claes Jansen, defendant. Plaintiff represents in writing that defendant, together with Roelandt Hackwaert, bound himself as surety and co-principal to pay him, plaintiff, the sum of three hundred guilders, as appears from the signature of the above named Claes Jansen. He therefore demands payment of the aforesaid sum. Defendant denies that he signed as surety or principal and says that he was deceived and that the value of ] his signature does not extend beyond that of a witness, the more so as the writing was not read to him when the signing took place; which he offers to confirm on oath.

The honorable director general and council of New Netherland having seen the complaint and written document of the plaintiff, together with the defendant's denial and offer to take an oath, it is ordered that Robbert Coppingh shall bring a sworn certificate from Robbert Dunsterre and Willem Durant, or one of them, that the aforesaid bond was word for word read to Claes Jansen before he signed it and that he signed it, not as a witness, but as a surety and co-principal; and when this is proved, Robbert Coppin shall receive justice as is proper.


Revised from Doc. Rel. Col. Hist. N. Y., 14:72, reprinted in Eccl. Rec. N. Y., 1:199.


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.