Action of Daniel Rinckhout against Leendert Pietersen

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Extraordinary Session Held in Fort Orange
July 11, 1657

President, J. Lamontagne
Jacob Schermerhoorn
Philip Pietersen
Abraham Staets
Jan Tomassen
Goossen Gerritsen
Adriaen Gerritsen

Daniel Rinckhout, plaintiff, against Leendert Philipsen, defendant.
The plaintiff says that he made a verbal contract with the defendant whereby the defendant was bound to accept all the sewant which the plaintiff was to receive in the space of two months and to give for it beavers at the rate of ƒ10:6 per beaver, in accordance with which the plaintiff brought about two hundred seventy guilders in sewant to the defendant’s house and left it there in his absence, which sewant the defendant nine days later sent back. He demands therefore that the defendant be ordered to fulfill the contract and to accept the sewant that the plaintiff has received and will still receive during the aforesaid time and satisfy him for it.
The defendant acknowledges the contract, but says that the plaintiff did not ] deliver the sewant to him within the time agreed upon.
The plaintiff replies that the period of two months has not yet expired.
The parties having been heard, the court condemns the defendant to fulfill his contract and to pay the plaintiff the sum of about ƒ270:- in beavers at the rate of ƒ10:6:- for each beaver, and according to the contract to accept all the merchantable sewant which the plaintiff shall receive until the end of the term of the said contract and furthermore to pay the costs of the extraordinary session.


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.