Peremptory order to the several delegates of the convention (by name) to disperse, and not to meet again on pain of arbitrary correction

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Decision on the preceding petition
The remonstrants are again and for the last time referred to the previous reply and the express order given by the director-general and council, and communicated to the remonstrants by the fiscal, not to address the director-general and council anymore under the name and title of "General Assembly"[1] or "delegates," for the so-called "assembly" is not only charged but absolutely declared to be illegal, because it has not been convened either by order or with the consent of the director-general and council. Therefore, we, the director-general and council, order you, Arent van Hattem, Marten Crigier, P. L. vandie Grift, Willem Beeckmans, Pieter Wolfersz, Geo. Bacxter, Robert Coo, Elbert Elbertsz, Tomas H. Hasseard, John Hickes, Tomas Spicer, Paulus vander Beecq, Fredrick Lubbertsz, Tomas Swartwout, J. Hubbart, Jan Strycker, Tobias Feke, not to assemble anymore in such a form and manner, but to disperse on sight hereof under pain of our extreme displeasure and arbitrary punishment. Done at the meeting of the director-general and council, 14 December 1653, New Amsterdam, New Netherland; below was written:

Cornelis van Ruyven


This is a translation of Dutch lants vergaderinge.


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.