Letter from Jacob Alrichs to director Stuyvesant

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My Lord. After closing my letter to you today, I received one from you by Meyndert Doedesz who sailed from there with some planks for Mr. Jac Visch. A storm had taken him past the bay to Virginia where he landed. From there he came overland and has just arrived here. I see from the aforesaid letter that you intend to send a frigate belonging to a French private to Curacao, and would like to employ some able-bodied seamen. I have inquired around here for some means to serve you in this matter but can find no people who are so inclined. Nevertheless, I shall inquire further tomorrow and thereafter more intensely since it is not possible to do so now for lack of time.

I spoke with Meynert Doedesen about obtaining some cattle, but get such answers as claims and contradictions of high prices which he demands for them [      ] I don't know what to think...

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...nevertheless I believe that they did not consider them suitable and therefore they shall deliberate more about what is reasonable.

Concerning the murder of a Christian by an Indian returning from Minquas country: I refer you to my letter in which I have already written about it. In closing, after cordial greetings and commending you to God's protection. I remain

J. Alrichs


Translation: Gehring, C. trans./ed., New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vols. 18-19, Delaware Papers: Dutch Period, 1648-1664 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1981).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.