LETTER from Hendrick Martens, commander at Aruba, to Petrus Stuyvesant

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Honorable, Valiant, very Discreet Lord, My Lord Petrus Stuyvesant, General in Nieuw Nederlandt and over the Curaçao islands and the dependencies thereof, namely, Bonairo and Aruba.

Greetings. I hereby inform your honor that by order of the honorable Mathyas Beck there is coming aboard the galiot twenty-four horses, among which there are two mares for Mr. van Ruyven on his account according to the receipts herein contained.[1]

Also coming by order of the honorable Mathyas Beck, six sheep together with six castrated goats.

Shipped aboard Den Eyckenboom, by order of Director Mathyas Beck, is one horse for my honorable lord General’s son. Herewith I commend your honor together with his loved ones and entire family to the merciful protection of the Almighty.

Done at Aruba, 18 May 1660.

My honor’s obedient and loyal servant and soldier,

Hendrick Martens

By the galiot Nieuwer Amstel

Addressed: ] Honorable, Wise, Prudent and very Discreet Lord, My Lord, Petrus Stuyvesant, Dr.-General of N. Nederlandt, Curaçao, Bonairo, Aruba etc. residing in Fort Amsterdam

By the galiot Nieuwer Amstel.


See 17:68a for receipt.


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.