Appeal of Richard Britnell of a judgment of the court at Heemsteede in favor of Thomas Ireland and Daniel Whitehead

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Petrus Stuyvesant, on behalf of their honorable High Mightinesses, the lords States General of the United Netherlands, and the honorable lords directors of the chartered West India Company, chamber at Amsterdam, director general of N.Netherland, Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba and dependencies thereof, together with the honorable lords councilors, have summoned hereto the court messenger, Claes van Elslant de Jonge, greetings.

Whereas Ritchert Britnel has remonstrated to us by petition that he finds himself greatly injured for reasons shown to us in the judgment handed down by the magistrates of Heemsteede dated the 2 and 16 January between him, and Tomas Irelandt and Daniel Whithead. For this our assistance is requested.

Therefore, we order you to summon the aforesaid Tomas Irelandt and Daniel Whithead to appear here before us in Fort Amsterdam on Thursday, being the 20th of March, or to send a deputy, to respond to any demands and rejoinders that the aforesaid Ritchert Britnel shall make or effect against them, inviting those of the aforesaid court to appear or to send deputies on the date stated above (if it please them) in order to see us annul or confirm the aforesaid judgment; providing copies for use of the parties, and relating to us what you encounter.

Done at our meeting held in Fort Amsterdam in N. Netherland, the 20th of February 1659.



Translation: Gehring, C., trans./ed., New Netherland Documents Series: Vol. 16, part 1, Laws and Writs of Appeal, 1647-1663 (Syracuse: 1991).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.