Dutch colonial council minutes, 8 July 1648

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Jan Heyn presents a petition to the council, wherein he requests that his brother, Laurens Heyn, be allowed to come here with his merchandise from Virginia on condition that he pay the usual customs, on which petition it is ordered that the petitioner's brother shall be allowed to come hither with his goods on payment of the customary duty on the imported and exported goods. This 8th of July anno 1648, in Fort Amsterdam, in New Netherland.

Whereas it is rumored that Claes Bordingh, in October 1647, conveyed a quantity of guns up to Fort Orange, he is asked in council how many guns he took thither and from whom he had received them? To which Claes Bordingh answers that he has no recollection thereof, but as he refuses to confirm his assertion by an oath, notwithstanding that the director and council promise that if he declare the truth his name shall be withheld and that no harm shall come to him on that account, he is committed to prison and allowed time to bethink himself.

The 8th of July 1648

Abraham Willemsz, carpenter, appeared in court and declared on his manly troth, with offer of an oath, that he bought from Cornelis and Claes Jansz, sailors of the ship St. Beninjo, at New Haven toward the north, two kegs of powder, weighing about 70 lbs., for himself and Egbert van Borsum, jointly, which powder was resold here at the Manhatans to Jacob Reynsen. He declares further that he bought no guns or lead. This 8th of July 1648, in New Amsterdam.

The farmers residing on the island of Manhatans have jointly presented a petition to the honorable director general and council, wherein they set forth the unfavorable crop of this year, as well as many other reasons which make it impossible for them to pay the honorable Company this year the tenth of the crop. All of which being considered by the honorable director and council, they find said representation to be true; considering further that the tenth would for this year amount to very little and would hardly be worth the labor, they have remitted them the tithes of this year, 1648, on condition that if God should bless the tillage they will pay the tithes next year. Thus done and resolved in full council. Present: the honorable general, Mr. Dincklaghen, Mr. La Montagne, Briant Nuton, Paulus Leendersz, naval store keeper, and Adriaen Keyser, commissary. The 8th of July, in New Amsterdam in New Netherland.


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.