Interrogatories on which Hans Vos was examined

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Extraordinary Session held in Fort Orange
April 14, 1657

Interrogatory of Hans Vos, residing at Katskill, conducted at the request of the officer, J. La Montagne, before the Hon. Anderies Herbertsen and Jacob Schermerhoorn, magistrates of the said court, April 14, Anno 1657.

1. How old he is and where bom?  1. Answers, 40 years and bom at Leunenborch.[1]  
2. Whether last fall, being assisted by Michiel, his servant, he did not get two ankers of anise water at the rift of Katskil?  2. Answers, No. 
3. From whom he received or bought the same?  3. Answers as above; did not get any. 
4. Whether he did not sell the same to the Indians and to the Christians?  4. Answers, No. 
5. Whether he, Hans Vos, did not order Michiel, his servant, to get another anker of anise water out of a canoe and whether he took the said anker to his house?  5. Answers, No. 
6. Whether shortly afterward there was not another anker of anise water in his house?  6. Answers, That during the whole fall he has not had any wine except one anker from Eldert de Gojer and a half anker from Lourens Lourensen. 
7. Whether he did not say, in the presence of Lange Gijsbert, If anyone denounces me or blabs that I sell, or have sold, any wine to the Indians, I’ll tie a rope with a stone around his neck and throw him into the kill?  7. Answers: No. 
8. Whether in the evening, before the trouble occurred, he did not sell some ten kan of brandy to the Indians?  8. Answers, No. 
9. Whether after the accident had taken place he did not give to the said Indians a keg full of wine, containing seven or eight kannen 9. Answers, No. 

Femmetien Albertsen, appearing before the aforesaid magistrates at the request of Hans Vos, declares that the Indians, having come into his house at Katskil, wanted to force Jan Anderiessen, her brother-in-law, to get a bottle of brandy at Hans Vos’s, which they said they had paid for.


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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.