Dutch colonial council minutes, 14-17 June 1646

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14th of June

Cornelio vander ] Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Rem Jansen,[1] chief boatswain of the ship T’Amandere, prisoner, defendant. Plaintiff presents his complaint in writing and demands justice. Defendant admits that he knew that the former skipper had stolen three Negro women from the said ship and that he, the prisoner, received three pieces of eight from the proceeds, but says that he gave the skipper something else in return. Ordered that the fiscal make further inquiry before the next court day.

Cornelio vander ] Hoykens, fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Hendrick Antonisen, steward of the ship T’Amandere, prisoner. Plaintiff in writing demands sentence of the prisoner for neglect of duty in remaining on shore during the night without leave. Defendant demands copy of the complaint, which shall be given him.

Isaack Allerton, plaintiff, vs. the honorable fiscal, defendant, for powder seized by defendant. Whereas the plaintiff has offered to confirm by oath that the aforesaid powder was received at his house by his servant during his absence and without his knowledge, the fiscal is ordered to restore the aforesaid powder, provided the servant pay a fine of fl. 25.

The honorable fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Jan de Vries, defendant, for slander and scandalous remarks against the honorable director and his commission. Ordered that a copy of the affidavit shall be delivered to the defendant.

Tomas Bacxter, plaintiff, vs. Willem Bredenbent, defendant, for payment of fl. 50. The court having heard the demand and the answer, the defendant is condemned to pay fl. 25.

Tomas Bacxter, plaintiff, vs. Teunes Tomassen, defendant, for payment of fl. 36. As the defendant admits the debt he is condemned to pay.

l ]7th of June

The fiscal, plaintiff, vs. Hem Dircksz, chief boatswain of the ship T 'Amandere, a prisoner. Having seen the complaint and the affidavits which the fiscal produces, whereby it appears that he, the prisoner ], struck the supercargo van Heusden on board and threatened him with a knife; having also heard said prisoner's defense and his acknowledgment that he knew that 3 Negroes had gone secretly on shore at the Barbadoes without the supercargo's knowledge and that the former skipper who had stolen them presented him with pieces of eight; also, that contrary to the ordinance he has remained on shore at night; all of which are matters of grave consequence and tend to the serious prejudice of the honorable West India Company, we, therefore, condemn, as we hereby do, the aforesaid Rem Dircksen to leap three times from the yard arm, to be flogged by all the members of the crew and further to be immediately dismissed from the ship and to forfeit three months' wages for the benefit of the fiscal.


Under date of June 17, 1646, given as Rem Dircksen


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.