Application of sheriff of Renselaerswyck for arrest of Jan Joosten; action against Marcellis Jansen for selling liquor on his premises last Sunday during the sermon

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38 ] Ordinary Session Held in Fort Orange

January 23 1657

President, J. La Montagne
Rutger Jacobsen
Anderies Herbertsen
Jacob Schermerhoom
Philip Pietersen

The officer of Renselaerswyck,[1] plaintiff, requests ] by petition maintenance of justice in regard to some offense committed in the colony of Rencelaerswyck by Jan Joosten, producing to that effect the testimony of three witnesses.
Jan Joosten, appearing, produces other testimony to the contrary.
The court orders Jan Joosten to communicate a copy of his testimony to the petitioner, the officer. Meanwhile, he is to remain under arrest in the fort until he gives sufficient bail for the judgment in the case.
During the same session there appeared before the court Henderick Jochimsen, who offered himself as surety and principal for the satisfaction of the judgment for the person of Jan Joosten.

Frans Barent ]sen Pastoor, plaintiff, against Jan van Bremen, defendant.
The plaintiff demands payment of the sum of ƒ73:5, due to him by balance of account.
The wife of the defendant, in the absence of her husband appearing in his place, admits the debt.
The court, having heard the parties, condemns the defendant to pay the aforesaid sum in the space of six weeks, meanwhile declaring valid the attachment by the plaintiff of the defendant’s property in Katskil.

Jan Daniel, deputy schout, plaintiff, against Marcelus Janssen, innkeeper, defendant.
The plaintiff says that last Sunday he found three men drinking in the defendant’s house during the preaching, contrary to the ordinance.[2] He requests that the defendant be condemned to pay the fine mentioned in the aforesaid ordinance.[3]
The defendant replies that he did not tap, but that he served a quarter keg of beer to some carpenters who were working for him.
The court, having heard the parties, condemn the defendant, Marcelus Janssen, to pay the sum of ƒ18:- according to the ordinance.


Gerrit Swart, schout of the patroonship from 1652 to 1665
See LO, 258, for this ordinance.
six guilders for each person found drinking illegally


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.