RESOLUTION appointing Lucas Rodenborch provisional director

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Resolution drafted the 22nd of August 1644 at Fort Amsterdam on Curaçao.

Furthermore, it has been proposed and considered who of the common councilors should provisionally fill the vacated office in place of the departing Director Stuyvesant during his absence or until further instructions from the honorable lords-directors; the aforesaid honorable director proposed to them two of the most eminent, qualified and trusted councilors, namely, the captain-lieutent Jacob Lopper and the commissary, Lucas Rodenborch, both of whom require no statement concerning their previous service as to why one or the other might be preferred. Therefore, we the undersigned, have, after deliberating to the best of our knowledge on the capacity and ability of both for such a position, nominated and chosen by a plurality of votes the person of Lucas Rodenborch, the present commissary of personnel, provisions and merchandise; trusting in his ability, fidelity and good will to look after and attend to the interests of the Company as provisional director and commander. Thus done and concluded at the place, day and year as stated above.

P. Stuyvesant
Jan Jansen van Nimmegen
J. Scherff
Jacob Matthijsz van Rijtthooven
Q. P van Seventer
A. Verellen
Heindrick Henderick Braw
Pieter From


Translation: Gehring, C., trans./ed., Curaçao Papers, 1640-1665 (New Netherland Research Center and the New Netherland Institute: 2011).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.