Dutch colonial council minutes, 28 September 1647

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The 28th of September 1647

In council in Fort Amsterdam. Present: The Hon. Director General, Mr. Dincklagen, Mons. La Montangne, Lieutenant Nuton, Paulus Leendersz and Commissary de Keyser. All that is material in regard to the commission and claim of Andru Forester, the pretended governor of Long Island etc., was after mature deliberation well weighed and considered.

First, seeing an unsigned written parchment in the form of a commission, from which depended an old broken seal.

Secondly, that said Forrester had exhibited on Long Island, to the English residing under the allegiance and obedience of the Lords States, his commission, and thus induced the simple farmers to believe many things, whence further encroachments on this jurisdiction are to be feared and expected; in order to prevent such and similar mischiefs, it is unanimously resolved and concluded in council, for the sake of our Sovereigns' reputation, the Company's interest, and the prosperity of our nation in these parts, to send the pretended governor a prisoner to Holland by the ship De Valckenier, to vindicate his commission before their High Mightinesses. Was signed: P. Stuyvesant, L. van Dincklaghe, La Montangne, Brian Nuton, Poulus Leendersz van die Grift and A. Keyser.

[1]Appeared in council, Andries Hudden, commissary on the South river, and demanded proof of Mr. Dincklagen wherein he had defrauded any person, or whom and where he had robbed any one of anything, and what induced Mr. Dincklagen to utter such slanders against the above named Hudden.

Whereas it is highly necessary for the preservation of the Company's guns, muskets, and other munitions of war to appoint a captain at arms to have proper supervision over the soldiers and means of defense; therefore, the honorable direotor general and council have considered Hans Wever a proper person, who is this day appointed captain at arms at 16 guilders per month.

Was signed: P. Stuyvesant, L: van Dincklaghe, La Montangne, Brian Newton, Poulus Leendersz van die Grift and A: Keyser.


Revised from Doc. Rel. Col. Hist. N. Y., 12:42.


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.