Actions of debt; information against Barent Pietersen for selling liquor to an Indian

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Ordinary Session Held in Fort Orange
End of October 1656


La Montagne, commissary
Rutgher Jacobsz
Andries Harperss,[1]

Juffrouw Johanna Thullert,[2] plaintiff, against Harmen Jacobsen, defendant.
The defendant failing to appear, default is entered against him.

Juffrouw Johanna Thullert, plaintiff, against Govert Hendricksen,[3] defendant.
The defendant failing to appear, default is entered against him.

Jochim de Backer, plaintiff, against Willem Hoffmeyr, defendant.
The parties having been heard, the court refers the case to referees chosen by the parties respectively, to settle the matter in an amicable manner.

Henderick Anderiessen, plaintiff, in a case of slander against Henderick Gerritsen, defendant.
The plaintiff demands reparation for injury to his reputation done by the defendant.
The defendant denies that he has injured the plaintiff’s reputation in any way.
The court orders the plaintiff to prove his charges.

Jan Janssen van Eeckelen, plaintiff, against Abraham Pietersen Vosbergen, defendant.
The plaintiff demands compensation for two hogsheads of French wine, the balance of three, put by the plaintiff in the defendant’s cellar, which were spoiled through the defendant’s fault, as the said defendant refused to sell them to some who tried to buy them.
The defendant maintains that the said damage is not his fault, as the wine was not placed in his care, but only put in his cellar with his consent by the plaintiff, who gave him permission to sell as much of it as he could, which he did, having sold one hogshead ]. The remaining two hogsheads, which spoiled, he tried to improve with the help of Mr. van Hamel, as the plaintiff afterwards also sought to do with the said Hamel’s help.
The parties having been heard, the court orders the plaintiff to take back the wine in question. In regard to the damage, the plaintiff’s demand is denied and the defendant is discharged.

Jochim de Backer requests the court to grant him a place for a garden.
The court will take the request under advisement and after inspection of the place requested, accommodate the said Jochim in all fairness.

The Honorable Anderies Herbertsen, magistrate, has declared before the court that the 27th of this month a Maquas Indian came quite drunk into his house and after committing many acts of violence left some goods in his house. Coming the other day to the said house to fetch his goods, he declared to the deponent that the wine which made him drunk was fetched by three Indian women from Barent Pietersen Molenaer.


Rutger Jacobsen and Anderies Herbertsen, respectively, in NYCM
T’Hulter in NYCM; i.e.. Madam Johanna de Hulter
Geurt Hendericksen in NYCM


Translation: Gehring, C., trans./ed., New Netherland Documents Series: Vol. 16, part 2, Fort Orange Court Minutes, 1652-1660 (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press: 1990).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.