Dutch colonial council minutes, 10 January 1647

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In the year after the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, one thousand six hundred and forty-seven.

This day the 10th of January

Paul Heyman, heretofore cadet, is appointed in council superintendent of the honorable Company's Negroes at 25 gl. a month and 100 gl. a year for board.

Symon Dircksen Pos was asked in court what payment he promised to make to Mr. Augustyn Herman as surety for Cornelis Maessen. Symon Pos answers that he was bound to pay in seawan, silver coin, or beavers, and that in the colony of Renselaerswyck he had offered silver money in payment to Mr. Augustyn, except that it fell a little short of the full payment. Augustyn Heerman says that he must have beavers, and not seawan or silver money; also, that Pos offered silver money at a much higher than the current rate. Ordered that parties shall prove their statements.

Whereas some difficulty has arisen between Jan Teunesen, schout, and Jan Eversen, magistrate of Breukelen, about slander, and the difference is of little moment and it would be of dangerous consequence should the court in their own locality remain divided, parties are therefore reconciled before the court here, promising by clasping of hands that each will respect the other in the office to which he has been called.


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.