Dutch colonial council minutes, 18-23 July 1648

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On the 18th of July, at the request of the master of the ship De Pynappel, the council, in the presence of the fiscal, inspected the entire hold, room, cabin and other places and opened provision casks, so that to the best of our knowledge not a place in the ship escaped proper inspection. Nothing was found that was not in the invoice, but everything agreed perfectly, except 11 guns belonging to private persons, which were brought ashore, so that the ship is declared free and the soldiers taken off her. Dated as above. Present: L. van Dincklaghen, La Montagne, Poulus Leendersz and the secretary.

On the 18th of July anno 1648

Whereas Mr. Isaack Allerton complains that the honorable Company will not readily be paid by Raef Ory for the freight of the yacht Groote Gerrit to Barbados, but that he as surety will apparently have to pay the freight, he, Allerton, therefore requests that he may be arrested here on his bond, on condition that he may depart on entering counter security. The honorable council, the general being absent, having seen Allerton's request, arrest said Allerton here, who offers as sureties Mr. Ritchert Smith and Ge ]orge Bacxter, who promise to pay the honorable Company In case Raef Ory, or he, Allerton, do not pay.

In like manner the aforesaid Ritchert Smith and Ge ]orge Bacxter offer themselves as sureties for Willem de Key for a sum of fl. 1200, which Raef Ory owes for freight on the ship De Bever, and in case said Ory or Mr. Allerton do not pay. Smith and Bacxter, promise to pay said sum.

In the margin was written: Present: Mr. Dincklaghen, Lieutenant Nuton, Poulus Leendersz and Adriaen d'Keyser.

Whereas on the night of the 21st, after the watch was posted, one Gerrit Jansen Slomp was stabbed to death at the house of Abraham Pietersz, tavern keeper on the Island of Manhatans, where he had been drinking, therefore, Abraham Pietersz is provisionally forbidden, pursuant to law, to tap or to entertain company until further order. This 23d of July anno 1648, in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherlands Present: Mr. Dincklagen, La Montagne, Briant Newton, Paulus Leendersz and A: Keyser. (The general being absent).


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.