Ordinance establishing the duties to be paid to the farmer of the excise on exported liquors

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The director general and council of New Netherland hereby make known that, upon the remonstrance and petition of the Dutch and English merchants frequenting this place concerning the duties imposed on exported wines, beer, and distilled wines and spirits, they have facilitated and moderated one third part in form as follows: that in order not to annul the leasing arrangement, and not to prejudice the farmer, the seller has to pay the farmer one third; the purchaser one third and the remaining third shall be entered as an offset to the farmer, together with the receiver of the director general and council, so that the buyer and seller each individually has to pay the farmer only,

on one tun of beer  ƒ1:00:—  
on an ancker of brandy, Spanish wine or spirits  ƒ1: 1:—  
on one ancker of French or Rhine wine  ƒ :11:—  
larger or smaller containers in proportion. 

Thus done at the session of the honorable director general and council held at Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 7th of June 1656.[1]


Also in LO, 231. See LWA, 34 for earlier ordinance.


Translation: Gehring, C., trans./ed., New Netherland Documents Series: Vol. 16, part 1, Laws and Writs of Appeal, 1647-1663 (Syracuse: 1991).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.