Order to the magistrates of Fort Orange and Renselaerswyck to report how much grain each citizen and farmer posesses

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The director-general and council of New Netherland, having further considered the present scarcity of bread again, resolve, not only to write again to the court of Fort Orange and colony of Rensselaerswyck strictly to observe and execute the former ordinances concerning the malting and brewing and unnecessary baking of bread again, but also to direct and authorize them to appoint, out of their number, two or more persons who shall visit the citizens and countrypeople, especially bakers and brewers, in Fort Orange and Beverwyck as well as in the colony of Rensselaerswyck, in order to determine how much bread grain each one of them has in store; also, all inhabitants of the two districts are commanded not only to furnish full and satisfactory information to the magistrates and their deputies, but also to give them a complete account and proof of where they send their grain or how they consume it themselves. Thus done and enacted by the director-general and council of New Amsterdam, 30 May 1653. ] [1]


Pages [129] and [130] have been lost; [129] has been recovered from a translation in Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Volumes I-XI, edited by E. B. O’Callaghan; Volumes XII- XIV, edited by Berthold Fernow; Albany, 1865-1883, 14:206.


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.