Dutch colonial council minutes, 7 June 1646

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On June 7, 1646

Core Pitersen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Lichtvoet, defendant, for payment of 40s. English for freight. Ordered, that plaintiff prove the justice of his claim.

Cornelio vander ] Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Borger Jorisen, for slander and threats. The plaintiff, presenting his complaint in writing, shows by depositions that the defendant abused the plaintiff as a villain and threatened to take some of his flesh yet before he, the plaintiff, left the country.

And whereas he, the defendant, acknowledged it and begged for pardon, he was allowed to make satisfaction to the fiscal according to the award of referees, but when they met, he made fun of them, so that the fiscal, ex-officio, was obliged to summon the defendant to appear in court for the third time. We therefore condemn the defendant, as we do hereby, to pay a fine of sixty guilders, with costs, and to remain in prison until he has paid the said 60 guilders. And whereas he, the condemned, while sentence was being pronounced by us, said with threatening language: “That will do; only give me papers to that effect;" he shall, after paying, remain confined in chains in the said prison for another twenty-four hours, on pain of arbitrary correction if hereafter he be found to have done or spoken anything to the prejudice of the Company or its honorable officers.

Lysbet Tyssen, plaintiff, vs. Tomas Bacxter, defendant, for payment of fl. 75. Defendant acknowledges that he received fl. 50 and two hides, so that the entire sum ammounts to fl. 63:10. He is condemned to pay.

Piter Jacobsen, plaintiff, vs. Tomas Bacxter, defendant, for payment of fl. 253, on which fl. 5 are paid. Defendant acknowledges the debt. He is condemned to pay at plaintiff's discretion.

Joris Dircksen, plaintiff, vs. Jan de Cuyper,[1] defendant, for defendant having drawn his knife on him, plaintiff. Ordered that the fiscal make inquiry.

June 8

Cors Pitersen, plaintiff, vs. Jan Lichtvoet, defendant. Plaintiff demands payment and submits the matter to the discretion of Jacob Wolphersen.

Dirck Volckersen, plaintiff, vs. Antony de Hooges, defendant, for damages suffered through defendant's detention of the sloop Renselaerswvck. The complaint and the answer of parties having been read, de Hooges is discharged and plaintiff ordered to institute his action against Nicolaes Coorn.

Piter Wyncoop, plaintiff, vs, Antony de Hooges, defendant. Parties have settled in court.


Jan, the cooper.


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.