Court proceedings: Capt. Thomas Adams vs. Cornelius Houtewall

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. . . Brian Newton, fiscal.

Thomas Adams, plaintiff, against Cornelys Houtewael ]; the plaintiff complains that the defendant agreed to his contract and requests that he receive satisfaction for his deficiencies or that he honor the contract.

The director and council having heard the parties, order them to submit their testimony in writing within 24 hours for reply or else to settle with one another.

Houtewaal chooses as his arbitrators: Govert Loockermans and Jacob Wolfertsen; and Thomas Adams chooses: David Provoost and Carel van Brugge.

Captain Tomas Adams, plaintiff, against Cornelis Houtewael, defendant; the plaintiff appears at council, exhibiting a certain contract which he made with the defendant, together with letters from the defendant to the plaintiff written about this matter, as well as an order from the court at Hartfoort, in which he, the plaintiff, was condemned to pay f40 sterling for damages which the sellers have suffered by lack of payment.

The defendant responded to this saying that he made the contract and wrote the letters; however, that his papers, proof and [      ] which he had to the contrary, were given to the notary, Schuyluyn.[1]

The director-general and council having heard the parties on both sides concerning the falsehoods reported by the defendant to the plaintiff as shown in the letters, as well as the plaintiff's complaint of great damage and loss which [      ] according to the court at Hartfoort on 4 December 1652,[2] old style, [      ] ; we therefore [      ] in order to assure the plaintiff, and order the parties [      ] as soon as possible . . . Last several lines are lost.  ]


Dirck van Schelluyn.
There is no record of this case in the court at Hartford.


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.