Petition of the burgomasters and schepens of New Amsterdam requesting that delegates be summoned from the respective Dutch towns and villages

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To their Honors, the Director- General and Council of New Netherland.

The present mayors and schepens of this city of New Amsterdam make known with all due respect that:
Whereas our commissioners Martin Crigier and Poulus Leendersz vande Grift informed our board concerning what the assembly of commissioners on behalf of your honors, us and the respective English villages finally resolved on the 27th of November (the motives of which can be related verbally to your honors) that the commissioners from all the Dutch and English villages and settlements shall assemble on the 10th of next month to write to the lords-directors, as lords and superiors of this province, about the present state of affairs here. Therefore, we, the aforesaid mayors and schepens, fully comprehending the necessity of the same, make the friendly request of your honors to summon commissioners from the respective Dutch villages and settlements to appear on the appointed day and make such a remonstrance to the lords directors for the peace and welfare of the country as shall be considered necessary. In expectation of your honors' favorable decision, done in council this 29 November 1653 at New Amsterdam.

Arent van Hattem
Marten Crigier
P. L. vander Grift
W. Beeckman
Pieter Wolfersz


See The Records of New Amsterdam, 1653-1674, edited by Berthold Fernow, 7 vols., 1897 (reprinted Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1976), 1:131 for the city's copy of this letter.


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.