Instructions for Andries Draeyer, commandant and schout at Willemstadt (Albany)

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Instruction for Andries Draeyer, Commander and Schout:

1. The pure, true Christian Religion, agreeably to the Synod of Dort, shall be taught and maintained in all things as it ought, without suffering any the slightest attempt to be made against it by any other sectaries.

2. He is earnestly recommended to keep his men in good order, and to be punctually all night within the Fort.

3. He shall do everything in his power to entertain good correspondence with the Commissaries of Wiilemstadt.

4. He shall as much as possible keep the Natives and Indians devoted to him, and according to his ability render the Dutch government agreeable to them, and obtain from them all the information he can respecting the trade and doings of the French, and prevent all correspondence they may carry on with the inhabitants of Wiilemstadt.

5. In issuing the rations he shall regulate himself by the following:

For each man, a week, 6 lbs. of beef or 3 1/2 lbs. of pork; 6 lbs. of bread;1/2 lb. of butter, or 2 stivers Hollands instead.

1 skepel of peas a man, a month. In addition.

1/2 barrel of small beer for seven men.

6. In regard to the office of Schout, he shall conduct himself therein according to the instruction which shall be sent him to that effect.

7. Furthermore, he shall have to regulate himself agreeably to any additional orders and instructions which will be transmitted to him from time to time.

8. He shall not fail on all occasions to report what passes there, and when necessary to send a boat express for that purpose. Dated Fort Willem Hendrick, 26th 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 theĀ New Netherland Institute website.