Letter from gov. Colve to the magistrates of Hempstead

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Letter sent by the Governor to the Magistrates of Hemstead.

This Messenger delivered to me the Nomminatie off ye towne for a Magestrate in the stead off John Smith, out off which I have Elected Robbert .Jackson, who bij these Presents is Established & Confirmed in the said office; but the said Messenger withall acquainted me that a Strainger hath beine at your towne who Endeavoured to disturbe your Pease, devulging that he was sent by some other authorilij, all which in â wel regulated government Can Nott be Suffered, wherefore You are greatly to be blaimed, for Your Neglect in not apprehending off that Person, & Sending off him to mee; and iff for the future Such a bouldnesse should be Committed You are hereby Warned Nott to Passe it bij, be Cause such Persons are to be sent to Me for to receive Punishment according to deserts, or by further Neglect You must Expect to be accounted accessarij therein & accordingly treated; and Whereas report is Made Unto me that the rest off Your Inhabitants which where ordered to do ye oath off allegiance uppon the Schouts Warning have not appeared; Wee have therefore thought fit to Issue the Inclosed order which You are required forthwith to Publish in Your Towne; Not Else at Present but that I am

was underwritten 
Dated att fort Willem   Your friend 
hendrick this 25th off   A: Colve. 
September 1673. 


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.