Letter from the governor and general assembly of Connecticut to the Dutch authorities at New Orange

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The Delegates of Hartford Colony delivering in the following letter requesting some verbal conference, are told to put their proposals in writing.

Hartford 7th August 1673.


Although wee have heard of ijour Action at Ijorke ijet because the cheife trust of those parts did Reside in other hands from whome you have too suddenleij surprized it, wee made our Busnisse to attend what was devolved uppon our selves that waij nextlij yet wee understanding you content not yourselves with what ijou have alreadij taken but demauad submission of the people, his Majesty’s subjects seated on Long Island Eastward beyouad Oisterbaij & have seized â vessel of Mister Silke one off our people near one of or harbors, Wee have therefore sent James Richards & Mister William Rosewell to know your further intentions, & wee must lett you know, that wee & our Confederates the united colonyes of New Englant, are by our Royall soueraiyne Charles the second made keepers of his subjects liberty in these partes & doe hope to acquit ourselves in that trust through the Assistance of all mighty God, for the Preservation of his Majesty’s Colonijes in New England, which is all att present represented to you from the Government: & General Assembly of the Colonij of Connecticutt, signed per their order

per mee John Allyn Secretary

Pr James Richards & Mister William Roseweil.


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.