Dutch colonial council minutes, 9-30 November 1648

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The 9th of November anno 1648

Whereas the yacht De Cath, of which Jeuryaen Andriessen ] was master, arrived here from Curaҫao with a cargo inside Sandy Hook, otherwise called Godyns Point, in a safe ] port and, the wind being contrary, tried to tack to before Fort Amsterdam, said yacht, in tacking, stranded on a sand bank with such force that notwithstanding all effort it could not be brought off, except the effects which were in and on her, inclusive of the masts; only, by the splitting of the ship, a quantity of salt was dissolved. The effects and merchandise being calculated against the monthly wages earned by the crew of the said ship, the proceeds according to the inventory were found to amount to more than the accrued wages; and whereas the ship's crew appearing: in a body before the council request a final settlement according to maritime law, it is therefore resolved and concluded in council to furnish a proper account to all the members of the crew of the yacht De Cath, who shall be paid and satisfied by the honorable director at Amsterdam, on condition that they shall continue in the Company's service until their bounden time shall have expired. This day, the 9th of November 1648. Present: The honorable general, Mr. Dincklagen, Briant Nuton and Paulus Leendersz.

The 23rd of November anno 1648

Jeuryaen Andriesz, late master of the yacht De Cath, presents to the council a petition requesting a settlement of his account and his discharge, or other employment, whereupon the following apostil is entered on the petition: The petitioner shall be granted a final account and whereas there is no employment for him here at present he is discharged, but attention will be paid to his future employment, for which his person remains recommended. The apostil is granted in the presence of the honorable director general, the honorable deputy and Brian Nuton.

The honorable director general and council having seen the complaint of Pieter Wolphersz, guardian of the children of Claes Jansz, baker, that Geertie Nannincx, widow of the said Claes Jansz, collects the outstanding debts and alienates and sells the property; therefore, for the reasons aforesaid, the court messenger is ordered to notify Geertie Nannincx that henceforth, without the knowledge of Pieter Wolphersz, she must not undertake to collect any debts or to alienate any property, on pain of other measures being taken in the matter. Present: the honorable general, Mr. Dincklagen, La Montagne, Brian Nuton and Paulus Leendersz.


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.