Extract from the resolutions of the States General

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In the suits pending before the High and Mighty Lords States General of the United Netherlands between Samuel Blomaert, Mr. Johannes de Laet, for himself, as well as in the name and on behalf of and as attorney for his sisters and brothers, and Jacomo Bessels for himself as well as attorney for his mother, brothers and sisters, and Toussain Mussart, plaintiffs on the one side, and Wouter van Twiller, acting for Jan Veelen, both executors of Kiliaen van Rensselaer, defendants, on the other side. Their High Mightinesses having seen the deposition together with other papers and proofs do hereby condemn the defendants in the capacity in which they act, to render to the plaintiffs as partners in the colonie called Rensselaers Wijck, more fully mentioned in the suit, pertinent and due account, proof and reliqua, not in gross, but in detail according to the tenor of the contract of management and adminstration of the aforesaid colonie and its appurtenances possessed by the above-named Kiliaen van Rensselaer, deceased, in his lifetime, and by the defendants, in their official capacities, after his death, as well as of all its fruits, avails, profits and emoluments by them respectively had and enjoyed; and to tender and pay to each of the four plaintiffs one just tenth part of whatever the defendants shall be found by balance to be indebted to them; also, to bring to a neutral place and exhibit to the plaintiffs all books, letters and papers in any wise concerning the aforesaid colonie and its direction, none excepted, so that they may be preserved there for the behoof of the partners of the aforesaid colonie. And furthermore, to regulate themselves strictly in the future in every particular relating to the management of the aforesaid colonie and its dependency, and whatever appertains thereunto, agreeably tothe contract or agreement in the premises, entered into and signed on the first of October 1630 between Samuel Godeijn, Samuel Blommaert, Kiliaen van Rensselaer and Johannes de Laet, on behalf of Albertus Conradi Burgh; and that, accordingly, when the fief shall be taken up in the name of Kiliaen van Rensselaer's son and his successors, it be well and faithfully expressed in the ground briefs that to the aforesaid Kiliaen van Rensselaer's son and his successors, belongs no greater superiority or authority than to the aforesaid plaintiffs, his equals and partners in the aforesaid colonie, except simply the title of patroon, provided always that the management of the aforesaid colonie shall consist, according to the aforesaid agreement, of four persons or votes, to wit, the defendants presenting two votes, and the aforesaid Blommaert and Mussaert one vote, and the heirs of Johannes de Laet, deceased, or the widow and heirs of Adam Bessels, the fourth vote; and to pay the costs of this suit, for reasons moving their High Mightinesses thereunto. Thus resolved and pronounced in the assembly of the High and Mighty Lords States General on the 14thof June 1650.It was signed: Bouchorst (as above); below was written: By order of same, signed Cornelis Musch. Further below was written: In 's Gravenhage at home of the widow and heirs of the deceased Hillebrant Jacobsz van Wouw, general printers ofthe High and Mighty Lords States General, anno 1653.


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