Resolution on a petition of the master of the ship Elbing for permission to sail for Fatherland

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. . . and the schepen, Leendertsen.[1]

Petition of Jan Jansen Visscher.
With all respect and humility, Jan Jansen Visscher, skipper and supercargo on the ship, de Elbinck, makes known how he, the petitioner, at present has loaded his cargo, signed the manifests, taken on water and firewood and is ready to sail directly to the fatherland today or tomorrow with the first good wind granted by God; and whereas your Honors require a special permit and authorization thereto, he humbly requests that your honors give him such permission and authorization by issuing him a document or pass in proper form. Thus doing etc.

Eight days ago the petitioner's request was partly answered. Since which time the petitioner continually loaded more and more cargo; and even on the very date when he submitted this last petition to us, he took on various barrels of tobacco and cases of peltry. The director and council were informed that even today some peltries have been packed for shipment, and that because of this the manifests are not yet ready; however, when they are ready and signed, and the duties are accounted for then the plaintiff shall not be held responsible for more than 8 or 10 days for damages to him or his owners. After expiration of the aforesaid time necessary, if it is ordered to hold the plaintiff' ship here longer because of reasons pertaining to the province, then the director-general and council, on behalf of this province shall pay the promised monthly salaries beyond the excess days of demurrage, or to be paid according to arbitrators and the judgment of the commissioners selected thereto in Amsterdam.


Paulus Leendertsz van die Grift.


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.