Order to the towns on the east end of Long Island to nominate magistrates; appointment of magistrates for Staten Island

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At a Meeting of the Commanders and adjoined Council of War holden on the 25th

August, 1673.

Present—  Commander Cornelis Evertse, Junior, 
Commander Jacob Benkes, 
Captain Anthony Colve. 

The delegates from the Towns of Seatalket, Southampton, Huntinghton, Easthampton and Southhold, appearing, are ordered to cause their respective inhabitants to nominate and to present here, each, one for Schout and one for Secretary of the Five Towns, and four for Magistrates, only such as are of the Reformed Christian Religion, or at least well affected to it, from which nomination the election shall then be made.

From the nomination of the inhabitants of Staten Island, are elected Magistrates thereof:

As Schout and Schepen,   Pieter Biljou. 
As Schepens:  
Tys Barentse, 

who have this day taken the oath, whereupon the election is sent to the inhabitants of said island.

John Russell is until further order, allowed to take charge of Capt. Manning's plantation situate on Mespat Kil.

The Delegates from Midwout, Amesfort, Breukelen, Utreght, Boswyck, Bergen and Staten Island are notified of the necessity of fortifying the city and of each contributing to said necessary work according to its means, which they undertake and promise; whereupon they are referred to the Burgomasters and Schepens of this city, to confer with them thereupon.


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.