Names of the militia officers of New Orange and their oath

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The undernamed commissioned officers of militia of the city of New Orange, vizt: Captain Cornelis Steenwyck, Captain Marten Kregier, Captain Johannes van Brugh, Captain Egidius Luyck, Lieutenant William Beeckman, Lieutenant Jacob Kip, Lieutenant Christoffel Hooghlant, Lieutenant Nicolaes Bayard, Ensign Crabriel Minvielle, Ensign Stephanus van Cortlant and Ensign Gelyn Verplanck, being summoned by the Governor-General to the Fort, his Honor thanked them for the great zeal they exhibited in fortifying this city, recommending them to persevere therein until the work be completed, promising on his side that their High Mightinesses will not fail to appreciate it and to be induced to take the greatest interest in the preservation and prosperity of the city. They being further told that they had as yet neglected to take the military oath, to which end they were now summoned, the said officers accordingly took the following oath at the Governor's hands:

We N. N. each in his respective station being chosen and commissioned by the Governor- General of New Netherland as officers of the militia of the city of New Orange, do promise and swear in the presence of Almighty God to be true and faithful to their High Mightinesses the Lords States-General of the United Netherlands and his Serene Highness the Prince of Orange and their Governor already appointed or to be hereafter appointed here; to apply ourselves earnestly to the welfare and peace of the abovenamed city and its inhabitants and to the utmost of our ability defend and help to defend it against all its enemies and not suffer anything to be attempted to its injury or prejudice, and furthermore, regulate ourselves according to the orders and instructions which we shall happen to receive from time to time from our superiors. So truly help us God Almighty!

Fort Willem Hendrick in New Netherland, this 21st December, 1673. 
Loving ffriends 


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.