Dutch colonial council minutes, 12 April 1646

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April 12, anno 1646[1]

Having seen the answer of Everardus Bogardus, minister, delivered in writing on the 12th of April, whereby he refuses the civil offer made to him by the director and council on the 22d of March last, to leave the decision of the ] suit against him in the hands of two Reformed ministers and some impartial church ] members of this country, but appeals to the coming of a new director and council, and whereas we are uncertain as to the time when a new director may arrive, we can not neglect to put a stop to the disorders and scandals which have prevailed hitherto, but are resolved to proceed with the suit. We therefore order that an answer to his last writing delivered to us shall be sent to him, Domine Bogardus, within eight days, to be replied to by him for the last time on the 26th of this month, in default whereof the case shall be decided.

Jan Onderhil, plaintiff, vs. Jan Joons,[2] defendant. Plaintiff says that defendant entered into a contract to serve him until after haying time and produces various depositions to that effect. Defendant asks copies of the depositions, which are allowed him on condition that he make answer hereto in eight days, on pain of having judgment given against him.

Jan Onderhil, plaintiff, vs. Sergeant Huybert, defendant. Plaintiff complains that defendant hired his servant without his consent. Ordered that plaintiff prove his assertion.

Joris Wolsie, appearing for Tomas Willit, plaintiff, vs. Cornelis Tonisen, defendant, for the balance of the purchase money of a house. Ordered that defendant may not sell the house until Tomas Willit's wife is paid.

Barent Jacobsen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Joons, defendant, for fl. 25:18. Defendant denies the debt and asks proof.

Creupel Bos,[3] plaintiff, vs. Piter Cornelissen, defendant, for rent of a certain parcel of land. Defendant promises to keep his agreement.

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

Ordered, as before, that the defendant shall cause his witnesses to appear personally in court and shall further bring in such evidence as he can produce to prove his accusations against the plaintiff.


Revised from Doc. Rel. Col. Hist. N. Y., 14:72-73; reprinted in Eccl. Rec. N. Y., 1:199-200.
John Jones.
Literally: Cripple Bush.


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.