Commission of Jacobus van de Water to be town major of New Orange

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Commission granted to Jacobus van de Water as Major and Auditor of the city of New Orange.

Anthony Colve, Governor-General of New Netherland for their High Mightinesses the Lords States-General of the United Netherlands and his Serene Highness the Prince of Orange.

To all those who shall see these presents or hear them read. Greeting, make known:
Whereas for the greater security of the city of New Orange and the maintenance of good order among the Burghers and military of the city aforesaid, it is necessary that a fit person be appointed Major of the abovenamed city, therefore have I, by virtue of the commission and authority of their High Mightinesses and his Serene Highness the Prince of Orange, constituted and appointed, do hereby constitute and appoint Jacobus van de Water Major of the city of New Orange, and Auditor of its court-martial, hereby giving to the abovenamed Jacobus van de Water, full authority and special command to fill and exercise the office of Major and whatsoever depends thereon within' this city, according to the orders and instructions to be received by me in the premises; furthermore ordering and commanding all officers, burghers and militiamen of the city aforesaid to acknowledge said Jacobus van de Water as Major and Auditor of the abovenamed city. For such I have considered necessary for the public good and the greater security of the city.
Dated Fort Willem Hendrick, this first day of the month of January, 1674.


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.