Instructions for the commissary

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Instruction for the Commissary.

1. The Commissary shall have to regulate himself as follows in the issuing of provisions: For each man, a week, 3 1/2 lbs. beef and 2 lbs. of pork, and in case beef only be issued each man shall receive as rations, 7 lbs. of beef, or 4 lbs. of pork; 7 lbs. bread; 1/2 lb. butter, or the value thereof, 2 stivers Hollands.
For 7 men, per week, 1/2 barrel small beer.
For each man, per month, 1/2 peck of peas.
For each man, for three months, 1/4 skepel of salt.
The sergeants and gunners shall each receive one ration and a half.
The corporals, each one ration and a quarter.
2. The Commissary shall keep a correct account of the provisions which shall be placed in his hands, and not issue any ration except on the muster roll of each company, signed by me, and pay strict attention to what remains from time to time in store, and be accountable therefor to Burgomaster Ægidius Luyck, as Commissary of Provisions, to whom he also from time to time send requisitions for what provisions he may require.
3. He shall take good care of the munitions of war, and not issue any arms, powder, lead or match, except on my written order. The Commissary shall keep proper account of the daily wages of the working people; what they are employed at, and note down the least neglect, to the end that on settling with them the same may be deducted, and they shall receive an order on Burgomaster Ægidius Luyck for what they have done.
4. Whenever any men are required to assist in executing any work, he shall make application to the officer of the guard. 4th October, 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.