Court proceedings: Samuel Tou vs. Dirck van Schelluyne

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Samuel Tow, plaintiff, against Dirrick Schelluyn [      ] of widow [      ] [1]

Jacob Vis, plaintiff, against Fiscal Tienhoven; the plaintiff demands 1½ pieces of red cloth, 17 to 18 ells in length, for which he demands compensation for its seizure by the fiscal.

Samuel Tou, plaintiff, against Dirrick van Schelluynen, defendant, pertaining to the decision of the arbitrators made for both parties concerning a certain piece of land at Mispachts Kill belonging to the heirs of Richert Beert.

The plaintiff appears at the session (together with the defendant) and demands payment, according to the decision made by Thomas Hall and Thomas Stevens as arbitrators on 27 May, amounting to the sum of f510 for use of the land and the benefits which Samuel Tou derived therefrom, subject to the approval of the director and council.

The director and council, after seeing the arbitrators' report concerning the dispute, authorize the aforesaid arbitrators to estimate and appraise the rent for the use of the land, and to offset it against the improvements made by Samuel Tou, or, in case the aforesaid arbitrators cannot agree, they shall appraise the buildings and fences on the aforesaid land, as they find them now standing, and balance the cost of the improvements against the use of the land and the rent.


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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.