Actions for debt; complaints against Lambert Albertsen van Neck, Jurriaen Theunesen, Cornelis Theunissen Bosch, Hendrick de Backer

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Ordinary Session Held in Fort Orange
September 14, 1660


Anderies Herpertsen
Jan Verbeeck
Frans Baerentsen Pastoor
Evert Jansen Wendel

Johannes La Montagne, in his capacity as officer, plaintiff, against Lambert Albersen van Neck, defendant.
The plaintiff complains, according to his complaint delivered in writing, that the defendant offered resistance to the court officer ] in regard to the collection of the chimney tax.
The defendant says that he offered resistance because he would not allow his property to be carried out of the house.
The honorable court orders the honorable plaintiff to furnish the defendant with a copy of his complaint, to make answer thereto on the next court day.

Idem plaintiff, against Jurriaen Theunesen, defendant.
The plaintiff says and complains that the defendant, on the 23d of August last past, did not hesitate to beat some of the magistrates at the house of Juffrouw Dijckmans and furthermore to abuse the honorable court, according to the affidavits thereof, which the plaintiff produces. He demands, therefore, that the defendant be arbitrarily punished.
The defendant says that he knows nothing about it, as he was very deeply intoxicated.
The honorable court, having examined the affidavits and heard the complaint of the plaintiff and the answer of the defendant, condemns the defendant to pay a fine of thirty guilders and the costs of the suit.

Idem plaintiff, against
Default. Marcelis Jansen, defendant.

Idem plaintiff, against
Default. Adriaen Jansen van Leyden, defendant.

Idem plaintiff, against
Default. Cornelis Theunesen Bosch, defendant.
The plaintiff complains and says that the defendant, contrary to the latest ordinance, has ventured to send his servant into the woods and to employ him there as a broker to fetch Indians with beavers.

Idem plaintiff, against Hendrick de Backer, defendant.
The plaintiff, as attorney for Gerrit Swardt, schout of the colony of Rensselaerswijck, says that the defendant on the 5th of August, being a Sunday, did not hesitate to cart a load of hay at the third ringing of the bell, which is contrary to the law of God and the ordinance of the supreme authorities. On account of which the said honorable schout has fined the defendant ƒ12, according to the ordinance. He demands therefore that the defendant be fined the aforesaid amount.
The honorable court condemns the defendant to pay a fine of twelve guilders, according to the ordinance, and costs.

Michiel Tades, plaintiff, against Baltus Jacobsen, defendant.
The plaintiff demands of the defendant payment of one thousand seven hundred fifty guilders on account of the purchase of ten head of cattle.
The defendant claims that he owes not more than one thousand six hundred fifty guilders.
The plaintiff replies and exhibits a bill of sale, signed by the defendant, bearing the sum of ƒ1750.
The defendant says that he signed the bill of sale by mistake and that he did not know any better.
The honorable court orders the defendant to pay the plaintiff the sum of ƒ1650, which he acknowledged, in cash. As to the one hundred guilders in dispute, the parties are referred to the Manhattans, as the purchase took place there and the defendant says that he has further proof there.[1] Decision as to the costs of the suit is reserved until judgment in the case.

Willem Theunesen, plaintiff, against Baltus Jacobsen, defendant.
The plaintiff demands of the defendant payment of two beavers for goods received.
The defendant admits the debt, but says that he has a counterclaim of twelve guilders for freight and house rent.
The honorable court, having heard the parties and the testimony of Michiel Tadus, orders the defendant to pay the plaintiff the sum of two beavers demanded in cash.


See RNA, 3:228, for the disposition of this case at Manhattan.


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.