Orders on a petition for the better government of the Esopus

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At a Council holden in Fort Willem Hendrick the 25th October, 1673.

Present—  Governor Anthony Colve, 
Councillor Cornelis Steenwyck. 

On the petition presented to the Council by Isaac Grevenraet, Schout of the Towns of Swaenenburgh, Hurly and Marbletown,
It is ordered as follows:
An ample commission and instruction shall be furnished the Schout, and the Magistrates there are recommended to give orders that the Schout in arresting evil-doers be assisted by the Burgher watch; and whereas we are informed that the Town of Swaenenburgh is provided with about 80 lbs. of powder, the Magistrates there are therefore ordered to give thirty pounds of it to the villages of Hurly and Marble; in regard of the lead, the petitioner shall receive to wit, 30 lbs. for Swaenenburgh and 20 lbs. for Hurly and Marble; as regards the demanded salary, the same is refused, because no such thing has ever been allowed any Schouts within this government, but he is continued as Auctioneer of the aforesaid Towns. And with Secretary Montagne, empowered to collect the excise there until the first of May next, until which time it is resolved for reasons to continue the previous excise unaltered, on condition that due account, proof and reliqua thereof be rendered the Receiver-General; and finally, the Schout and Magistrates of the Town of Swaenenborgh are recommended and commanded to send down the two metal guns by the first opportunity, inasmuch as the same are required here.


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.