Resolution appointing Mr. La Montagne to command an expedition against privateers who are hovering about Flushing, L. I.

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Whereas new reports have been brought in and complaints made by inhabitants of this province that the English pirates, such as Bacxter and others, have returned to the waterways of this jurisdiction and are hovering about near Vlissingen and the vicinity on Long Island, and whereas it is feared that, as before, these pirates or robbers may commit some hostilities either by water or on land against the person or property of the good inhabitants of this province; therefore, the director-general and council, in order to protect their subjects according to their official oath and duty, with the power and means entrusted to them by God and their superior authority.- have resolved to appoint and authorize the honorable Mr. Johan de la Montagne, councillor of New Netherland, as they herewith appoint and authorize him to pursue, attack and apprehend the aforesaid pirates, however and whenever it is possible, by water or on land, giving the aforesaid Mr. la Montangne additional power and authority to enlist and command all such people as he believes suitable for this expedition, whether they be officials of the Company or other free inhabitants. Done at Amsterdam in New Netherland, 13 December 1653; was signed;

P. Stuyvesant
Nicasius de Sille
C. van Werckhoven


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.