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John Archer requesting by petition, that Johannis Vervelen be ordered to hand over to him (the Petitioner) the books concerning the town of Fordham,
Schout Vervelen is hereby directed to hand over to the Petitioner the books and protocols properly belonging to him.

Timotheus Gabrie, Pltff., 
Jan Janse Veryn, Deft

Deft. setting forth by petition that he is sick, requests therefore delay to appear at the next Court, which is granted.
On petition of Joost van der Linde, Hendrick Janse Spier, Hendrickde Backer and Harmen Edewartse, requesting that each of them may be given and granted a piece of ground on Staten Island at the mouth of the Kill van Koll,
Petitioners are deferred in the matter of their request, to the time of the disposal of lands.

The Fiscal, Pltff., 
George Dennis, Deft

Pltff. alleges that Deft. has been, contrary to the proclamations of the government, to New England and brought rum from there and landed it at Oysterbay without paying any license; also landed an anker of rum in Mespaths Kill, and retailed it by the small measure; therefore concludes that Deft. ought to be condemned in a fine of twelve hundred guilders in Beaver, with confiscation of the boat and cargo.
Deft. admits having landed one anker of rum for his own supply in Mespaths Kill, but says he gave no order to sell it, and denies all further charges brought against him.
The Governor-General and Council, having heard parties, find that the rum brought to Mespaths Kill was landed and a part sold there contrary to the orders of the government; therefore declare said anker of rum confiscate and forfeit for the behoof of the Fiscal, and dismiss the Fiscal's further demand until he shall produce additional proof, and condemn Deft. in costs.

Captain Willem Knyff, Fiscal, Pltff.,  
Sellout Anthony de Milt. 

Pltff. alleges that the Deft. did, on the 21st May last, use force and violence at the house of Mettle Wessels; therefore concludes that he ought to be condemned in a fine of fifty Beavers, with costs.
Deft. denies having used force and violence, but says what he did was done by order of the Burgomasters; requests that Pltff., for his unfounded trouble, may be condemned in a like fine with costs.
The Governor-General and Council, having heard parties and examined their produced affidavits, find what the Deft. hath done was according to order; therefore dismiss Pltff.'s demand, and, for reasons, divide the costs incurred therein between them.


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.