Petition presented by delegates of Oysterbay, with order granting the same

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At a Meeting of the Commanders and Honorable Council of War, holden in Fort Willem Hendrik, 23rd August, Anno 1673.

Present —  Commander Cornelis Evertsen, Junior, 
Commander Jacob Benckes, 
Captain Anthony Colve. 

The Delegates from Oysterbay appearing, handed in the following Petition:

Now in as much as wee have answered your Requierings, who were never under your Government, and therefore never had occasion to make any agreement with your nation, about Rights & priviledges given or allouwed, because divers in of towne Schruple in takeing of an Oath or training, or to be forced to maintaine â Minister not of their Judgement and therefore we desire Liberty in such Casses Relating to Concience & to Civil things as you have Promissed; there shall be no Respect to Nations itt is sum Satisfaction to us who do Expect you will performe as you have promissed, and is manifested by your honnor to New towne flushing, Jamaica, Hemsted & oisterbay.

The Delegates from Oysterbay delivering the above Petition to the Commanders and adjoined Council of War and the same being taken into consideration, their Petition aforesaid was consented to and allowed. Dated Fort Willem Hendrik, 23 August, 1673.

Agreeably to our previous order, the inhabitants of the Towns of Woodbridge, Elizabets Towne, Shrousbury, Middel towne, situate in the Kill van Col, and Manarneck, situate on the Sound over right Oysterbay, have nominated and this day presented to the Council a double number as Magistrates for their respective Towns.


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.