Order allowing Elizabethtown, Newark, Woodbridge and Piscattaway, New Jersey to send delegates to surrender to the Dutch

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At a Meeting of the Honorable Commanders Cornelis Evertse and Jacob Benckes and their adjoined Council of War, in the City Hall of the City of NEW ORANGE, this 12th of August, New Style, Anno 1673.

PRESENT-  Commander Corn Evertse, 
Commander Jacob Benckes, 
Captain Anthony Colve, 
Captain Nicolaes Boes 
Captain Abram v. Zyll. 

John Baker, Jacob Melyn, John Ogden, cum sociis, Deputies from the village of Elizabethtown, Niew-worke, Woodbridge and Piscattaway, situate in the Province heretofore called New Yarsey, praying, by petition, that they may be allowed to send some Delegates from their said villages to treat with the Admirals and associate Council of war respecting the surrender of their towns under the obedience of their High Mightinesses, the Lords States of the United Netherlands, and his Serene Highness, the Prince of Orange, and that no audience be granted to their late Governor, Capt. John Berry, before and until the same be granted to the said Delegates, &c.

Ordered. The Petitioners, namely the inhabitants of the villages of Elizabets Towne Nieworke, Woodbridge and Piscattaway, are hereby allowed to send their Delegates hither on next Tuesday morning, to treat with us.

Dated at the City Hall of the City of New Orange, this 12th August, 1673.

It is furthermore resolved by the Admirals and Council of War, and the following Order is dispatched to the three remaining villages situate in said Province of New Yarsey:

(Signed),  Cornelis Evertse, Junior. 
, Jacob Benckes, 
(Signed),  N. Bayard, Secretary. 


Translation: O'Callaghan, E.B., trans./ed., Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New-York, vol. 2 (Albany: Weed, Parsons: 1858), pp. 569-730 (vol. 23, pp. 1-270 only).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.