Certificate of Thomas Willet and others, respecting the condition and value of flour landed from the Shark

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the above-written inventory was taken [      ] presence and that he [      ] agree [      ] inventory with the aforesaid [      ] had taken into the ship, de Hay, [      ] word [      ] word; however, certain reasons prevent them from signing the aforesaid: they found the flour [      ] small barrels, weighing 15,750 pounds net. Whereas the flour is spoiled and almost worthless for human consumption, we estimated, in all fairness, it at 50 stivers per hundred pounds. This we declare to be true and so attest by our signatures. Done in New Amsterdam, New Netherland, 23 November 1654; and was signed: Tho. Willett, P. L. van die Grift, Oloff Stevensz, Pieter Schaeffbanck; in the margin was written: As witness: Adriaen van Tienhooven; signed: Jan Lubbersz.

In the year 1654, New Amsterdam, the 24th of October, at the request of the honorable director-general and council of New Netherland, Mr. Thomas Willett, captain and merchant from New England; Poulus Leendersz vande Grift, schepen of the city of New Amsterdam and Lourence Cornelisz, resident of the aforesaid city, being all seafaring men, appraised and valued, in the presence of the fiscal, the ship, de Hay, with everything found on board, as follows:


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.