Action of debt: Dirck Keyser vs. John Roelofsen

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Extraordinary Session Held in Fort Orange
July 18, 1657

President, Johannes La Montagne
Jacob Schermerhoorn
Philip Pietersen
Master Abraham Staets
Jan Tomassen
Goossen Gerritsen
Adriaen Gerritsen

Dirck Keyser, plaintiff, against
Jan Roeloffsen, defendant.
The plaintiff demands payment of thirteen beavers for merchandise that was delivered to the defendant and his partner, Jacobus Loockermans.
The defendant claims that his partner. Jacobus Loockermans, paid the beavers that were demanded and produces a daybook in which was written by way of memorandum that thirteen beavers were received and paid.
The plaintiff produces his book, showing by the defendant’s account that the defendant still owes the plaintiff thirteen beavers.
The court, having heard both parties and examined both the books, asks the defendant to swear to them, which he refuses to do, demanding that according to law the plaintiff swear to his book, which he does in our presence.
The court, therefore, condemns the defendant to pay the number of thirteen beavers demanded, cash, and in addition the costs of the suit, estimated at 28 guilders.


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.