Order prohibiting the sale of strong liquors to soldiers and sailors in the public service

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Whereas, it is found by daily experience that, notwithstanding previously issued orders and proclamations, some inhabitants oi this city still presume to sell strong drink to the soldiers and sailors in the public service here in Fort Willem Hendrick, and on board the ships of war, whence great mischiefs arise; therefore the Governor of New Netherland hath thought proper renewing and amplifying the foregoing proclamations on this subject enacted, strictly to interdict and forbid all persons, of what quality soever they may be, to sell, barter, give credit for the payment, or to make a present, without the consent of some of the superior officers, of any strong liquor, much less to receive, pawn or buy any clothing, arms, ammunition, or other material therefor, and whosoever is found contravening these shall not only not receive any satisfaction for his delivered wares, but moreover pay a fine of one hundred guilders in Beavers for each time, and the officers whom these may concern are recommended and commanded to lake care that these be put into execution and the violators therof be duly prosecuted. Done Fort Willem Hendrick, this 24th 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.