Reasons why Daniel Witthet is detained a prisoner at New Amsterdam

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Daniel Wittet[2] rightfully [      ] coming to the court of justice [      ] reason he has been held here so long [      ]

The honorable director and council answer [      ] that he, Daniel Wittet [      ] obedient to the resolution and order of the director and council, about which you were informed by a letter[3] dated [      ] in the month of December 1651 [      ] director and council hereby as previously [      ] that if he and his partners [      ] proper obedience to the same, that they would consider his release. In case of further disobedience they would be required to do it again [      ] .

P. Stuyvesant
H. van Dyck
La Montagne
Brian Newton


As a result of the 1911 Capitol fire in Albany, New York, volume five suffered damage along the tops and along the right side of the first 50 pages.
Daniel Whitehead was among the early group of settlers from Connecticut which moved to Heemstead on Long Island in 1644.
This letter has been lost. The council minute concerning Whitehead has also been lost together with the council minute book from 2 August 1649 to January 1652.


Translation: Gehring, C., trans./ed., New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 5, Council Minutes, 1652-1654 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1983).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.