Resolution to summon the burgomasters and schepens before the director-general

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Anno 1654, 21 July, New Amsterdam.

For important reasons and for the sake of greater harmony, it has been resolved by the director-general and council not to investigate further what the mayors and schepens have done nor to make any changes among them for the time being; however, it has been deemed advisable to summon them before the honorable director-general, in the presence of the servants of God's word, to call to their attention the mistakes and errors made in their addresses to the director-general and council and to the lords-superiors blank  ] , reminding them seriously of their duties and the obedience and respect which they owe to the high administration, after which what has happened will be forgotten forever. After this admonition, the letters from the lords-superiors will be handed over to the mayors and schepens, and the good intentions therein made known to them. Thus done at the session of the director-general and council held in New Amsterdam, New Netherland, 21 July 1654; present: the director-general and all the high councilors.


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.