Resolution to build a weigh house in New Amsterdam and regulate weights and measures according to the standard of Amsterdam

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Upon the written request of the mayors and schepens of the city of New Amsterdam:
The director-general and council consent that a weighhouse and scales be erected and that an ordinance be considered when the weighhouse is completed. They are to procure weights and measures which shall be according to the weights and measures of Amsterdam, and all other weights and measures of this province shall be regulated accordingly in conformity with previous ordinances and resolutions made and published in regard to this matter. Copies of them shall be given to the majors and schepens so that in the meantime they may direct the schout to regulate, weigh or measure all weights, ells[1] and other measures accordingly, and stamp them with a mark determined by the mayors and schepens.


The Flemish ell was 27 inches in length and used to measure cloth.


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 theĀ New Netherland Institute website.