Letter from gov. Colve to the magistrates of Schenectady

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Governor Colve to the Magistrates of Schenectada.
Good Friends.
The Magistrates of Willemstadt have complained to me, that you have not evinced towards them that respect which is due them; you are, therefore, ordered, being an inferior court to that of Willemstadt, to avoid such conduct in future. It is also complained that you pretend to the privilege of the Indian trade, which, as is alleged, has been always prohibited to you; the privilege granted you by the Commanders extends only to what heretofore was allowed by the late Governor Stuyvesant and no further. Furthermore, Captain Schuyler, in like manner, lodges a complaint against the Schout Harmen Vedder, which he substantiates by affidavits. I am surprised that said Vedder dare act in such a manner against said Schuyler, without having any, the least order thereto. I have referred the matter to Commandant Drayer and Mr. Jeremias van Renselaer. The aforesaid Vedder shall have to regulate himself accordingly. For the present nothing else, than I remain

Your friend, 
Fort Willem Hendrick, first January, 1674.  (Signed),  Antony Colve. 


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.