Dutch colonial council minutes, 18-24 October 1646

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On the 18th of October 1646

Antony Jansen, plaintiff, vs. Edman Adley, defendant, for damage which the defendant is said to have done to cattle.

Ordered that the plaintiff shall prove that the defendant does not take proper care of his cattle and farm, for which purpose the magistrates of Breuckelen are requested by the parties and Jan Eversen and Huych Aertsen are authorized and requested by us to inspect the farm and cattle of Antony Jansen, to judge whether Adley does as a lessee should. The parties shall satisfy the said referees and if it be found that Adley has been neglectful, he shall leave the farm, or give security.

Adriaen Dircksen, plaintiff, vs. Marten Arentsen, defendant. Third default.

Whereas the defendant has allowed the third default to be entered against him, he is condemned to satisfy the plaintiff; in default whereof, the plaintiff shall have the right to have the defendant put in debtors' prison at his expense.

Tonis Nyssen, plaintiff, vs. Mr. Stikley, defendant, in a case of appeal. Plaintiff demands his sow and the increase thereof. Parties having been heard in court, the plaintiff refuses to swear that the sow belonged to him and the defendant swears that the sow which Tonis claims belongs to him and that he bought her from Willem Washbandt. Willem Wasbandt likewise declares that he sold the sow to Mr. Stickli and that she was raised by him. Whereupon the plaintiff's demand is denied and he is ordered to pay the costs of the trial. Thus done in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 18th of October 1646.

To Cornelis Groesen, supercargo of the ship St. Jacob:

Whereas since the departure of the ship St. Jacob we have been reliably informed that the skipper, Haye Jansen, tried to sell here about 4000 pounds of lead, for which purpose he spent here several days on shore with his mate, leaving his ship off Staten Island; and whereas by a careful watch which we caused to be kept there we have not been able to learn that the said lead was landed, consequently, that it must still be on board the ship, and whereas the ship has departed from here and the said lead was not found by our men who went on board, owing to the quantity of ballast, water, wood, etc., with which the ship was encumbered; therefore, we hereby order and recommend to you to pay all possible attention to this in Virginia and to remember the oath which you took to the honorable directors; also, that the opinion which people here have of you, that you connived with the skipper, may thereby be found to be untrue. Sent on board the 24th of October anno 1646.


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.