Dutch colonial council minutes, 17-19 July 1649

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Having heard in council Philip de Truy, court messenger, who reports that he handed to the Nine Men a copy of a petition dated the 21st of June and the apostil of the 5th of July, concerning the petition of Cornelis van Tienhoven, presented by them on the 14th of July last and by order of the director and council summoned the Nine Men for the second time to produce the aforesaid petition in council within twice twenty- four hours, which has not been done. This 17th day of July anno 1649, at New Amsterdam.

Declares that he served the aforesaid summons on the Nine Men for the third time. Date as above.

19 July

Philip de Treuy, court messenger, appearing in council, declares that under date of the fifth of July he received from the Nine Men a copy of a certain petition, dated the 21st of June, which petition (being an authentic copy), with the apostil thereon, he again delivered on the 12th of July to one of the Nine Men, to wit, Augustyn Hermans, standing in front of the council chamber, or more specifically, the lodging of the honorable director general. Having presented and delivered the same into his hands, he received for answer from said Augustyn Heermans: "Pray, keep the same for a while, until I ask you for it. I must go to the wedding." Therefore, he kept the petition and the apostil thereon for him.

He further declares that on the 15th of July last he de novo received orders from the director to serve the said notice, which he did the same day on the aforesaid Augustyn Hermans, Jacob Wolphertsz, Olof Stevensz and Amoldus van Hardenberch. On the 17th ditto he for the third time served the said notice on the aforesaid four representatives of the commonalty, upon which third notice Augustyn Heerman on the 19th of July handed me a certain writing in the form of an answer, which I have delivered to the honorable director. This day, the 19th of July 1649, in Fort Amsterdam.

Propositions made by the chiefs of the savages dwelling about the Manhatans, namely, Seysegeckkimus, Oratannin, Willem of Tappen and Pennekes of Achter Col, on the last named date in the council chamber in Fort Amsterdam, in the presence of Domine Johannes Megapolensis, minister of Renselaerswyck, Arent van Curler and Johannes van Twiller.[1]

1. Pennekeck, chief of Achter Col, making a speech in the Indian tongue (being translated), said that the Southern Minquas had asked them to live in all friendship with the Dutch, which they promised to do and to that end they had brought a present here to the honorable director general.


Revised from Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, 13:25.


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.