Report of capt. Knyff and the other commissioners sent to administer the oath of allegiance

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October 19, 1673. Captain Willem Knyf and Lieutenant Anthony Malipart, having been on the first instant by commission qualified to administer the oath of allegiance to the remaining inhabitants of Long Island, situate east of Oysterbay, returning this day, Report:

That in obedience to said commission, they had repaired to all the said towns, and there called Town Meetings, and proposed to them the oath of allegiance to their High Mightinesses and his Serene Highness, which all of them refused with the exception of Oysterbay, where it has been taken, and Huntington, where the inhabitants requested to be excused from the oath on promising fidelity in writing to the government. Said Commissioners bringing with them the written answer of said Town, in words following:


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.