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RECORDS OF 


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FROM 1653 TO 1674 ANNO DOMINI 




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EDITED BY 

BERTHOLD FERNOW 



VOLUME V. 

MINUTES OF THE COURT OF 

BURGOMASTERS AND SCHEPENS 

JAN. 8, 1664, TO MAY I, 1666, INCLUSIVE 



PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF 

THE CITY OF NEW YORK 



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COURT MINUTES OF NEW 

AMSTERDAM 



Tuesday, 8^ January 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, pltf. v/s Reinier Willemsen, baker, 
deft. Pltf. again produces the a/c which he has against the deft. Deft, 
demands copy thereof, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens considering the case ask parties if they are willing 
to submit their difference to them, not in the quality of Judges but as 
Moderators ? Answer, Yes. They, therefore in such capacity render as 
award, that deft, shall have to pay pltf. instead of fifty one guilders, forty 
three guilders, and that each shall have to pay his own costs; with which 
award parties hold themselves content. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Bruyn Huybertsen, deft. Pltf. says, he cannot 
obtain any payment from deft, and the time allowed him is long since 
expired. Deft, says, he has not worked. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree, that the pltf. shall have to regulate himself according to the ren- 
dered judgment and take an acte. 

Arien Huyberzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Andries Messagier, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, twelve guilders balance of hire of his 
boat. Resolveert Waldron as attorney of deft, says, that the pltf. took 
Jan Hendricksen van Gunst with him, which he could not do as he had 
hired himself and boat to him, therefore he retained the twelve guilders, 
also ran risk of losing his goods. Pltf. says, that deft, had nothing to 
object against it when here at the Manhattans. Burgomasters and 
Schepens postpone the case until Messagier's arrival. 

▼OL. V— 1 



2 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

Lambert Barenzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty two guilders for boat hire. 
Deft, produces in writing, what he has to object. Burgomasters and 
Schepens refer the matter in question to Pieter Marius and Lucas Andries- 
sen, to hear parties, examine them, to decide the case and if possible recon- 
cile parties; if not to report their award to the Court, the attachment 
remaining so long valid. 

Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen, baker, deft. Defts. 
2^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, forty four guilders seven stivers in 
sewant according to a/c exhibited in Court, saying he has furnished the 
like to deft. The W. Court order deft, to bring the monies into consign- 
ment of this City. 

Jan Smedes, pltf. v/s Dirck Siecken, deft. Pltf. says, he sold deft, 
a horse according to agreement exhibiting it, for the sum of four hundred 
and twenty five guilders and that the deft, will not receive the horse, 
though he notified him by the Court Messenger. Deft, says, he found 
that the horse which he was to receive was lame in the hind leg and there- 
fore he would not accept him: also that the pltf. stated, even though the 
horse had but three legs he should not get him; undertaking to prove it. 
Pltf. denies having said so ; but if the horse were in good order he should 
not have him, tho* he had but three legs; and that deft, well knew he met 
with an accident. Deft, says, the pltf. brought the horse back to his 
stable, also to the smith, after which he requested him to allow him to 
run on his land, which he allowed him, and that the pltf. again took him 
away from there. Pltf. says, that he from the first told the deft, that the 
horse would not eat. Burgomasters and Schepens order parties on both 
sides to prove their statements. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Vincent, Gerrit Teunisen 
Kray and Jan de Foreest, defts. Pltf. concludes, that defts. shall sit two 
days in close confinement on bread and small beer, without receiving any 
thing else; or to be fined, each paying the sum of twelve guilders, for 
having on last Thanksgiving ran fuddled and tipsy along the streets; 
having got it out of Joannes van Brugh's cellar. Defts' parents appear- 
ing before them, Isaack de Foreest says the boys had not been in the 
cellar, and that they privately got the drink from the abovenamed van 
Brugh's negroes. Burgomasters and Schepens dismiss the Officer's suit 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 3 

and order the parents to punish their children for their committed offence 
and charge them not to repeat it. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Otte Gerrits, deft. Pltf. says, he 
entered a fine against deft, for having cut wood on Sunday. Deft, says, 
the fire would not bum ; he therefore took a stick from it and split it. 
Burgomasters and Schepens excuse the deft, from the fine charging him 
to do so no more, on pain of the fine imposed therefor. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, 
deft. Pltf. says last Sunday fortnight he entered a fine against deft, for 
having cut wood at Gerrit van Tright's place. Deft, denies it and says 
he has no knowledge of it. Pltf. declares by his office, that the same is 
true. The W. Court condemn the deft, in a fine of six guilders for his 
obstinacy in denying it, whereas it is found to be true. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, a fine of five and twenty guilders for having been fight- 
ing with Albert Albertsen. Deft, admits it, relating the reasons from 
which it arose, and that Albert Albertsen first struck him, whereupon he 
struck back. Postponed until it be found, how the case between Albert 
Albertsen and the Officer turns out. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaensen Lantsman, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft. . twenty five guilders for having been 
fighting with Albert Albertsen. Deft, says, it occurred because he had 
shoved his wife. The case was postponed as above. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Albert Albertzen, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. persists in his demand of i8^ Decemb' pro- 
ducing pursuant to the order of Court, date aforesaid, proof that deft, 
had been fighting with Lodowyck Pos and first struck him, also that he 
shoved Lantsman's wife and was at blows with him. Deft, says, that 
Lodowyck Pos attacked liim on the street, which is free to every one; 
seized him by the sleeve and said — You rascal, You scoundrel! — and 
would have him go with him to Mighiel Tades. Parties on both sides 
demand, that the declarations produced be affirmed under oath by the 
deponents. Burgomasters and Schepens order the Officer to summon on 
the next Court day Willem Cregier and Willem Bogardus to confirm by 
oath their rendered declarations, ordering Albert Albertsen to summon 
bis witnesses in like manner to confirm their rendered declarations by oath. 



4 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

Evert Dirckzen van As, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, deft. 
Both in default. 

Jacob Vermont, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Sigismondus Lucas, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. The W. Court excuse the deft, from arrest 
as the weather does not permit his coming. 

David Wessels, arrestant and pltf. v/s Roeloff Swartwout, arrested 
and deft. The W. Court declare the attachment valid. 

Pieter Jacobs Marius appearing requests that he, in quality of curator 
of the estate left by Anna Comelis dec*?, may lift the monies arising from 
the sold goods of Nicolaas Langevelthuyzen remaining in consignment 
of this City, as the aforesaid Velthuyzen is indebted to said estate ; such 
proceeding from certain conditions of sale of lands, saying he must give a 
deed of the lands by order of the Orphan Chamber on condition of hold- 
ing his recourse against the aforesaid Velthuyzen's estate. Burgomasters 
and Schepens decree, that Pieter Jacobs Marius shall exhibit proof, that 
he is so ordered, before he can lift the monies. 

Mighiel Tades requests by petition, that Walewyn van der Veen shall 
be ordered to deliver over by this day eight days the papers and docu- 
ments in the suit against him, under such penalty as the Court shall deem 
proper. Whereupon was apostilled : The petition considered, order shall 
be given herein. Order to Wal : van der Veen. Walewyn van der Veen 
is hereby ordered by the W. Court of this City to deliver in to the Sec- 
retary of this City, on next Tuesday being the 15*?* January of this year, 
by inventory in due form, his papers, documents and exhibits used in the 
suit against Mighiel Tades, as attorney of Isaack de Sterre. 

Isaack de Foreest demands execution of the judgment, which he has 
obtained against Andries Joghimsen. The Marshal is ordered to put 
these in execution. 

Tuesday, 15 Janua^ 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren^ 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Jan Smedes, pltf. v/s Dierck Siecken, deft. Pltf. demands, that 
deft, shall pay him for the horse he sold him. Deft, says, he has sum- 
moned pursuant to the order of the last Court day, Jan Meinderzen, 
carman, Elbert Aarsen and Comelis Jansen Clopper as witnesses of the 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 5 

trade in question; who appearing, Jan Meinders declares he heard, that 
Jan Smedes said, Dirck Siecken should not have the horse though it had 
but three legs; then further says, — that he thereto added, even if it were 
sound. Elbert Aarsen declares, he heard that the pltf. on being asked 
by Hendrick Jansen the baker's man whether Dirck Siecken should have 
the horse, gave for answer, that he should not have it now, had it only 
three legs, and that such words passed the evening after the sale. Cor- 
nelis Jansen Clopper declares, that Jan Smedes brought the horse two 
different times to him saying, Comelis will you look once at my horse and 
see what ails it ? and that he after looking at him said — It is sick; it has 
a sore throat. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, also the 
witnesses dismiss pltf. 's suit, and for cause order each to bear his own costs. 

Jacob Vermont, arrestant and pltf. v/s Sigismundus Lucas, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. says, he gave deft, a pair of shoes to be repaired, de- 
manding them back from him. Deft, says, that the pltf. coming to him 
during the troubles with the Indians asked him, if he would repair his 
shoes ? Whereunto he answered that he had neither kit nor chest in the 
house, in which to lock them, but if he wished to stuff them into the straw 
bed, that he may do so; and not objecting he stuck them in, saying the 
pltf. stood by when he did so. Pltf. replies and says, that the deft, stuck 
his shoes with his own and he retained his, and that he told him, if he 
had not made so much talk, he should have got the shoes back. Deft, 
says, he does not know where the shoes are nor what has become of them, 
offering to affirm the same on oath. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard parties, and the deft, affirming on oath, that he knows nothing 
directly nor indirectly of the shoes nor where they are, dismiss the pltf. *s 
suit. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Smith, deft. 
Pltf. as curator of the estate left by Anna Comelissen dec*?, exhibits an 
a/c made between them both in presence of Isaac Greveraat, Old Schepen 
of this City and Francis Boon, qualified thereunto by the Burgomaster on 
Jan^. 9 last, demanding payment of what is due him by balance and says 
deft, will charge the beaver to him @ ten guilders. Deft, says, that 
Lauwerens Jansen has so received them. Pltf. replying says, he cannot 
prove it. Burgomasters and Schepens persist in their judgment rendered 
ag^ August 1662. 



6 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen, baker, deft. Defts. 
third default. Pltf. demands from deft, forty four guilders seven stivers in 
sewant, with costs. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn deft, ex con- 
tumaciam to satisfy and pay the pltf. the forty four guilders seven stivers 
sewant with costs. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan de Witt, miller and Elias 
Janzen, defts. Deft. Jan de Witt in default. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, arrestant and pltf. v/s Elsie van Reuve- 
camp, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. The W Court declare the 
attachment valid. 

Claas Bordingh and Pieter Jacobzen Marius, pltfs. Sybout Clazen> 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Comelis Gerlofsen, pltf. v/s Dirck Janzen from Oldenburgh, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Elias Janzen, pltf. v/s Jan de Witt, miller, deft. Deft, in default. 

Lucas Dirckzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Pelgrom Clock, arrested and 
deft. Both in default. 

Tryntie van Campen, pltf. v/s Hermen de Kersaus vaarder, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the attachment served on deft, be 
declared valid. The W. Court declare the attachment valid. 

Pieter Jacobsen Marius appearing exhibits an acte of Burgomaster 
Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, who states therein, that he ordered Pieter 
Jacobs to give a deed of the land belonging to Nicolaas Velthuyzen and 
situate in the Vlaackebos (Flatbush) and that he should be preferred in the 
monies of said Velthuyzen, demanding that he may lift pursuant thereto 
the monies of the estate of Nicolaus Velthuyzen ded remaining in con- 
signment of this City. Burgomasters and Schepens decree that the ex> 
hibited acte is sufficient enough to be preferred in the monies and to lift 
them. 

Dirck Janzen van Deventer demands execution of the judgment, 
which he has agst. Thomas Hal, pronounced the 4*^ Decemb' 1663. The 
Marshal is ordered to execute these. 

Willem Bogardus and Willem Cregier appear in Court, who have con^ 
firmed by oath their declaration rendered at the request of the Officer 
Pieter Tonneman against Albert Albersen, drummer. Jan van Gelder 
appearing wishes to know, why he is summoned. He is told whereas he 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 7 

is attorney of Albertsen and has become security for the judgment, he 
is to summon the witnesses in Albert Albertsens behalf to confirm their 
declarations by oath. Whereupon he requests eight days time as they are 
not present; which is granted. 

Tuesday the 22"? Jan^. 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderz vander Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan de Witt, miller, deft, and Jan 
Teunisen as witness. Jan Teunisen absent. Pltf. concludes, that deft, 
shall be condemned in an amende of one hundred guilders for that he 
beat one Elias Jansen, so that the blood followed. Deft, denies it. Pltf. 
undertakes to prove it. The W. Court order the Officer to prove it. 

Elias Janzen, pltf. v/s Jan de Witt, miller, deft. Pltf. concludes, 
that deft, shall be condemned to pay him the sum of one hundred and 
fifty guilders and a new, good, grey hat, promised him for services to be 
rendered, according to contract, at the mill to May next; saying that the 
deft, without assigning any reason has discharged him from the mill ; all 
with costs. Deft, says, if the pltf. had behaved himself he should not 
have given him the sack. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay 
the pltf. according to loss of time, as he, pltf., declares that he had rather 
be away from deft, than to remain with him, as they should be always in 
a broil. 

Elias Janzen appearing declares, that there was a pound of candles 
in the mill, which was missed, and that Jan de Witt would have it that he 
took them; whereupon he gave him for answer, that it was not true and 
that perhaps a dog had been in the mill and eaten them; saying he must 
not lay them to his charge, for perhaps he was as honest as he. After 
which the abovenamed de Witt came behind, where he sat on the mill 
stone and struck him, so that the blood followed ; and that this was seen 
by no other person than by Jan Teunisen. 

Jan Teunizen, pltf. v/s Jan de Witt, miller, deft.* Pltf. says, that he 
had contracted to make a vault in the bay, for which he had been paid 

* Jan de Witt and Jan Teunisen from Leerdam were partners and owned this wind- 
mill, which was situated in the present City Hall Park ** on the line of the Great Highway," 
now Broadway. They dissolved partnership, De Witt retiring the following May. — O'C. 



8 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

and was hard pressed to finish it — that deft, would not allow him his 
journeyman, though he offered him a man in his place. Deft, says, he 
could not agree to that as he did not want another in the mill. And 
whereas parties cannot agree herein with each other, it was therefore pro- 
posed, if it were not better, that Jan de Witt should keep the mill alone a 
month more or less, on condition of paying his partner a certain sum for his 
share for the time he keeps it to himself, which they both agree to: And 
whereas they cannot agree with each other on what the abovenamed de Witt 
should give for the time he alone had the mill. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree, that each shall choose a man to reconcile them therein, to which 
they have no objection and Jan de Witt on his side therefore chose as 
referee Burgomaster Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, and Jan Teunisen 
Schepen Jacob Backer, who have accepted it. 

Jan Teunizen returning, the declaration of Elias Jansen hereinbefore 
written, was read to him and he is asked if it were true ? Answers, Yes 
and that he should not like to get such a blow and he made his nose bleed 
with the blow. 

Symon Barenzen, pltf. v/s Abraham Pieterzen Carpyn, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, twelve guilders for passage of his wife to Fort Orange. 
Defts. wife appearing says, that she agreed with the pltf. for the passage 
at six guilders and that she should find herself; but she offered him eight 
guilders, and that he let her have it for ten guilders. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that the pltf. be notified, to be content with eight 
guilders. 

Joannes Verveelen, pltf. v/s Joannes Nevius, as Vendu Master, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, in said quality, payment of nine hundred 
guilders from the monies arising from the sale of the house of Barent 
Cruytdop sold by execution for the sum of seventeen hundred and five 
guilders in seawan, by virtue of judgment and mortgage, with interest. 
Deft, says, that Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck dec"?, who purchased 
the house, had again offered it for sale to get the payment for it, but that 
he died when the sale was to take place, and that the said house was 
offered for sale by the executors and minors of the aforesaid Gerrit Hen- 
dricksen, but was not sold and is withdrawn by the executors for the 
benefit of the estate, as it could not bring enough; then that they had 
privately sold it to Jan Joostens wife, who brought to this City Hall the 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 9 

first payment being four hundred and ninety two guilders, eighteen 
■stivers, eight pence. The executors appearing deny having offered the 
house at public sale; — then say, they sold it with consent of the Sec- 
retary to Jan Joosten's wife with Joannes Verveelens approbation. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that as the pltf. has the first mort- 
gage, he shall draw the monies lying in consignment and the remainder 
up to nine hundred guilders, when the other monies shall come in, then 
not to enjoy any preference for interest, but to come in concurrence with 
the other creditors. 

Tryntie van Campen, pltf. v/s Hermen de Kersouws vaarder,* deft. 
Defts. second default. Pltfs. husband appearing is told to arrest the deft., 
when he comes here. 

Pieter Jacobsen Marius and Claas Bordingh, as attomies of Jan 
Hendrickzen Sybinck, pltfs. v/s Syoubt Claezen, deft. Pltfs. demand 
from deft, in that quality three hundred guilders capital, Holland cur- 
rency, according to obligation, and thirteen years four months interest. 
Deft, requests, by petition time for 5 @ 6 months. Pltfs. exhibit copy of 
petition presented by deft, dated ig^ July 1661, wherein he requested 
two years time from date, at which time he promised to discharge every 
year the half; then as that was in no part performed, they therefore de- 
mand payment. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, as the deft, has not 
observed to pay the demanded sum in the above requested two years and 
the pltfs. urge the immediate payment, that the deft, shall be summoned 
for the third time, when he is ordered to appear in person. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius and Claas Bordingh, as curators of the estate 
left by Anna Comelis dec*?, state by petition, that there is due them in 
said quality from the estate of Nicolaas Velthuyzen the sum of seventy six 
guilders in beavers and twenty five guilders seven stivers in sewant, and 
that in virtue of lands bought by the aforesaid Nicolaas Velthuysen a^ 
auction pursuant to conditions and proposals annexed to aforesaid pe- 
tition ; and whereas some monies remain for the benefit of the aforesaid 
Velthuysens estate in consignment at this City Hall request, that they 
may lift them in diminution of this claim. Apostil on the petition: 
Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the conditions and pro- 
posals mentioned herein, also the payment made thereon, find by appear- 

♦ Literally translated: The Daisy Sailor.— B. F. 



lo Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

ance of the a/c, affixed to the conditions and proposals, that the petitioners 
have received in their quality fifty five guilders six stivers more than be- 
longs to them ; they decide therefore that they shall have to return thi& 
back for the benefit of the estate left by the aforesaid Nicolaas 
Velthuysen. 

Maria Verlett, widT of Paulus Schrick, appearing requests that final 
disposition may be made of the case in question between her and Metje 
Wessels, brought before this Court on the 6^ Nov' last. Burgomasters 
and Schepens condemn Metje Wessels to satisfy and pay Maria Velett 
the demanded three beavers, whereas she has remained in default to con- 
firm under oath and to exhibit further proof (pursuant to order dated the 
6? Nov' aforesaid), that she has satisfied and paid the demanded three 
beavers. 

Jacomyntie Janz, pltf. v/s Emmerentie Claaz, deft. Pltf. says, she 
bought goods from the deft, and gave her in pawn a pair of bracelets with 
pearls and having now given her the payment, she demands the brace- 
lets. Deft, says, the pltf. sold her the bracelets for thirty guilders sewant 
at first, when she came to this country and she retained three guilders for 
a bonnet, which she had of her. She offers to affirm the same by oath 
and that she had a pocket handkerchief and other things and she returned 
the pocket handkerchief, for which she paid the pltf. fourteen guilders in 
seawant. Pltf. replies on her troth, that she did not sell the pearls; admits 
she had from deft, as much stuff as would serve for a skirt and fourteen 
guilders in seawant. Deft, rejoins; she bought the bracelets, but she re- 
quested that she might keep them till Easter, so that folks may not remark 
that she had sold the bracelets; but if deft, {sic) will declare on oath^ 
that she did not sell her the bracelets, she will return them. Pltf. offers 
to do so. Burgomasters and Schepens notify parties to hold themselves 
in readiness for the next Court day and consider about confirming their 
statement on oath. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen Steenhaalder, deft. Pltf.'s wife 
appearing demands from deft, eighty guilders in sewant for half a cow. 
The President says that the eighty guilders are deducted from deft.'s 
salary and charged to Eghbert Meindersens a/c. Deft, is ordered to fetch 
Eghbert Meindersen; returning, he says he cannot find him. 

Willem Willekes appearing exhibits a judgment ag'st Reinier 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 1 1 

Willems, baker, and the notification made thereon, demanding execution. 
Reinier Willems, baker, also appearing says the Goodman Bon put too- 
much to his a/c. ; he paid him seawan and beavers, which he did not enter. 
The Marshal is ordered to execute these. 

Albert Albertsen, drummer, pltf. v/s Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe> 
Jeremias Janzen and Stoffel van Laar, defts. Jeremias Janzen absent. 
Pltf. demands, that the defts. who are present shall confirm their declara- 
tions by oath. The same being communicated to defts. they offer to do 
so, and did it at the hands of the President. 

Tuesday 2g^ Jan'y 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, Olof Stevensen van 
Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan de Witt, miller, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, a fine of one hundred guilders for having struck his 
man Elias Jansen so that the blood came. Deft, demands proof thereof 
and whereas the declaration rendered thereof is read to him, he says, that 
the Officer must have bought the declaration. Pltf. demands, that the 
deft, shall be condemned for his indecent words in a fine of six guilders 
for the poor. Deft, further heard admits to have beat his man Elias 
Jansen. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn deft, in a fine of ten 
guilders taking into consideration, that it was his man; further for his un- 
mannerly talk to pay to the Deaconry of this City the sum of six guilders. 

Jacomyntje Janz, pltf. v/s Emmerense Claazen, deft. Burgomasters 
and Schepens ask party, if she is ready to affirm by oath her statement ? 
Answers, Yes; pltf. persisting, that she gave the deft, the bracelets with 
pearls in pawn and did not sell them. Deft, says again, that she bought the 
bracelets with pearls from the deft. [pltf. ?] and that Jesyntje Verhagen, 
residing in the New town, told her, that Jacomyntie had regretted that she 
had bought the bracelets with pearls from her and had not yet paid for 
them. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft. Emmerensie to prove so. 

Allard Anthony appearing delivers into Court papers concerning the 
estate left by Symon Jansen Cort. The W. Court decree, that curators 
be appointed for said estate, qualifying therefor Jacob Kip, Schepen of 
this City, and Claas Gangelofzen Visser, and give them the following 



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certificate — ^Whereas Symon Hermsen Cort has lately departed this 
world, leaving some goods and papers, over which it is necessary that 
curators be appointed, so that those interested may get what is their's; 
therefore Burgomasters and Schepens elect and qualify as curators of the 
aforesaid estate Jacob Kip Schepen of this City and Claas Gangelofzen 
Visser, authorizing them to regulate the estate left in the speediest man- 
ner, to receive, satisfy and pay the debts and credits and after despatch 
of business to give into the Court a/c of their administration. Done etc. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius and Claes Bordingh, pltfs., v/s Sybout Clazen, 
deft. Pltfs. in quality as agents of Jan Hendricksen Sybinck demand 
from deft, pursuant to obligations three hundred guilders, Holland cur- 
rency, principal and thirteen years four months interest. Deft, admits 
the debt, then says it is not his fault that it is not paid, but that it occured 
through his brother's debt: demands time. The W. Court order deft, 
to satisfy and pay pltfs. in their quality according to demand. 

Metje Wessels and Maria Verlett, widow of Paulus Schrick, appearing, 
Metje Wessels exhibits her debtbook and a/c relative to the case in ques- 
tion, which a/c being handed to Maria Verlett, she says she shall at once 
look for that a/c in her husband's book. Re-appearing a short time after, 
she exhibits the book and a/c regarding this. The W. Court postpone 
the case to the next Court day. 

Lambert Barensen, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, deft. Pltf. produces 
the award of the arbitrators appointed by the W. Court in date 8*? January 
last; demanding from deft, according to the award the sum of eighteen 
guilders with costs, according to a/c thereof exhibited. Deft, says, he 
is security for the pltf. at the North for ten guilders and offers to pay, if 
he will clear him from that. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to 
satisfy and pay the pltf. the eighteen guilders also three guilders twelve 
stivers costs, on condition that the pltf. shall first free deft, from the ten 
guilders for which he was security at the North for him. 

Jan de Witt, miller, pltf. v/s Jan Teunizen, deft. Pltf. says, he 
hired from deft his share of the wind mill to the i*' May next for one hun- 
dred guilders and that deft, will not deliver his key to him ; also that they 
bought timber together for both their common advantage, the overplus of 
which timber, as they have settled, he deft., will not divide, and he is 
endeavouring to throw the affair again into jeopardy. Deft, denies 



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having bought timber with the pltf. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard parties, refer the matter in question to Abraham Clock and Jan^ 
the trunk maker, who are authorized to take up the matter of parties in 
presence of Schepen Jacob Strycker, to hear and examine parties; further 
if possible to reconcile them; if not to report their decision to the 
Court. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen Steenhaalder, deft. Pltf. again 
demands from deft, payment of eighty guilders for half a cow. The 
President produces an a/c of Eghbert Meindersen, saying that that half 
cow is charged on the farmers a/c for a/c of deft. The a/c produced 
being exhibited to pltf., he says he objects somewhat to it. The W. 
Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. as he bought from him and 
not from Eghbert Meindersen. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft., as curator and guardian of the estate left by Gerrit 
Hendricksen van Harderwyck, the sum of seven and seventy guilders 
besides costs ; producing an extract from the Minutes of the Court of this 
City regarding this. Deft, says, pltf. must prove, what it arises from. 
Burgomasters and Schepens refer the case in question to Tymotheus 
Gabry and Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, both old Schepens of this City, 
to take up the a/c of parties, to examine the same and settle the a/c; 
further if possible to endeavour to reconcile parties ; if not to report their 
decision to the Court. 

Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf., v/s Isaac Crisson, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, three hundred and fifty pieces of firewood with the costs. 
Deft, admits the debt, then says it also concerns his father. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Teunis Cray, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hermen Barensen, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands, that the deft, shall be ordered to make good to him 
the buckwheat, which he delivered him, minus the seed. Deft, says that 
of the buckwheat, which pltf. gave him, fully the half was nut shells, 
peach stones and other dirt, and he has delivered as much seed as he has 
received. Pltf. produces a declaration of the land, which deft, has sowed 
for him, and says that defts. cattle have run in his plantation. Deft, 
says, the pltf. ought to have put up a proper fence. Pltf. says, that deft, 
ought to have put up a proper fence, as not he but deft, must fix the 



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fence. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties dismiss the 
pltfs. suit, and discharge the deft, from arrest. 

Hendrick Hendricksen Obe, pltf., v/s Sara Verbrugge, deft. Pltf. 
prosecutes an attachment issued ag'st a hogshead of tobacco standing 
for him in the Weigh-house here, brought in payment from an English- 
man from Mispatt. Deft, says, that the man delivered her the tobacco in 
payment of his arrears and that Jacques Cousseau was to receive the 
tobacco back. Pltf. replies, that the man told his wife — here is a hogs- 
head of tobacco for your husband, and that the deft., as she must have 
money from the same man, told him she would attach the tobacco, and 
undertakes to prove by declaration of two persons, who heard the man 
with the tobacco tell him, that he had brought him a hogshead of tobacco. 
One of the witnesses appearing, who is summoned by the pltf., declares, 
that the Englishman to whom the tobacco belonged told Hend"^ Obe, I 
bring you the tobacco. Burgomasters and Schepens postpone the case 
until the next Court, when the person delivering the tobacco shall have 
to declare for whom he brought the tobacco here, and to whom he first 
delivered it. 

Pieter Janzen, drummer, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands delivery of the [skins] purchased from deft., saying that he resold 
them to others, while he has paid something on them. Deft, answers, 
that not he, but his wife had sold the skins to pltf. and that he let them 
lie for a month after date, and as he was afraid that they would spoil, as 
the pltf. in that time did not look after them, he sold them again to avoid 
suffering damage. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, 
dismiss pltf.'s suit. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pietertje Jans, deft. Deft in 
default. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman appearing, requests, that the Court may 
definitely dispose of the demand and conclusion taken ag'st Albert 
Albertsen, drummer, and Arent Jurriaansen Lantsman. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having considered the demand and conclusion of the Officer 
against Albert Albertsen, drummer, and Aret Jurriaansen Lantsman to- 
gether with the declaration on both sides produced, confirmed on oath by 
the deponents, condemn Albert Albertsen for having struck Lodowyck 
Pos, in a fine of twenty five guilders and Arent Jurriaansen Lantsman for 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 15 

having struck and shoved Albert Albertsen also in a fine of twenty five 
guilders. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman recommends to Burgomasters and 
Schepens, as the election is at hand, to nominate such persons as make 
profession of religion, no opponents of the Superior or Inferior govern- 
ment, but peace loving and such as are fit for that office. 

Friday iV February 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

The Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. 
Nether] and having considered the papers, documents and vouchers made 
use of on both sides in the suit between Pelgrom Clocq, Notary Public of 
this City, pltf. in a case of defamation, against Jacob Vis, deft, in said 
case, after the production on both sides of all papers, writings, and 
vouchers material in the case, and the same being read, re-read and 
weighed, decree and adjudge, whereas the deft, sufficiently admits in his 
writing to have committed a mistake through haste and requests there- 
fore to be excused, that the one shall not trouble the other party herein 
any more, but live in peace and quietness with each other, condemning 
Jacob Vis in the costs of the suit entered by Pelgrom Clock, taxed by the 
Court at twenty five guilders. Thus done and adjudged by the Burgo- 
masters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N : Netherland. Ady 
as above. 

In accordance with the recommendation of the Officer Pieter Tonne- 
man made on the twenty ninth instant on the subject of the nomination 
of new Burgomasters and Schepens by Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens 
aforenamed, Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens proceed to the nomina- 
tion in presence of Comelis van Ruyven, appointed by the Right Honor- 
able Director General and Council of N. Netherland, and in writing 
nominated as follows to wit: — 

As Burgomaster : — As Schepens : — 

Comelis Steenwyck IIIIIIII 8 Isaack Greveraat IIIIIIII 8 

Govert Loockermans II 2 Cristoffel Hooghlant IIIIIII 7 

Allard Anthony II 2 Hend : J : vander Vin IIIIII 6 



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Joannes van Brugh 


II 


2 


Jacob Strycker 


II 


2 


And whereas the votes tie on the 


four above written the 


following 


were named anew : — 






Govert Loockermans 


mil 


5 


Allard Anthony 






Joannes van Brugh 


I 


I 


Jacob Strycker 


II 


2 



Tymotheus Gabry IIII 4 

Gerrit van Tright IIIIIIII 8 

Nicolaes de Meyer IIII 4 

Hend : Hend : Kip the Elder II 2 



Steven van Cortlant 
Govert Loockermans 
Isaack de Foreest 
Marten Cregier Junior 
Jeronimus Ebbinck 
Joannes de Peister 
Hendrick van Dyck 
Nicolaes Verlett 
Antony de Milt 
Joannes Verveelen 



mil s 

mm & 

III 3 

I I 

IIII 4 

II 2 

I I 

I I 

I I 

I I 




By plurality of votes the following are nominated to the Rt Honble 
Director General and Council of N : Netherland — to wit. 

As Burgomaster : — 

Comelis Steenwyck, 

Govert Loockermans. 
As Schepens : 

Isaack Greveraat, 

Gerrit van Tright, 

Cristoffel van Hooghlant, 

Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, 

Steven van Cortlant, 

Tymotheus Gabry, 

Nicolaes de Meyer, 

Jeronimus Ebbinck. 
and communicated to the Rt Honble Dr. General in the following sealed 
letter — 
Honourable Valiant Sirs, 

Whereas the election is at hand and you, R* Honble, have been 
pleased to endow this City with the privilege of nominating the succeed- 
ing Burgomasters and Schepens, who having made the nomination in 
presence of Comelis van Ruyven (Your Honors' delegate) a double num- 
ber is presented to your Hon" by plurality of votes to wit: — 



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As Burgomaster : 

Cornells Steenwyck, 

Govert Loockermans 
As Schepens : 

Isaack Greveraat, 

Gerrit van Tright, 

Cristoffel Hooghlant, 

Hend: J. van der Vin, 

Steven van Cortlant, 

Tymotheus Gabry, 

Nicolaes de Meyer, 

Jeronimus Ebbinck. 
Requesting your Honours to elect there from such as your Honors shall 
deem for the advantage of this City. Done Amsterdam in N: Nether- 
land, the First February 1664. Beneath Stood, 

By order of the W. Heeren Schout, Burgomaster and Schepens of the 
City aforesaid — was signed, Joannes Nevius, SecrefJ 

Tuesday, 2""* Feby. 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

Nicasius de Sille, Supreme Councillor and Fiscal of N. Netherland 
and Delegate from the Right Hon"* Director General and Council of N. 
Netherland appearing in Court, delivers in the election on the nomination 
made yesterday by Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens, reading as 
following — 
Honourable, Beloved, Faithful — 

From the nomination exhibited are elected by us, 
Paulus I^eendertzen vander Grift, to be continued as Old Burgomastt 

Cornells Steenwyck, Burgomaster — 
As Schepens 
Jacobus Backer, Presiding Schepen — 
Tymotheus Gabry, 
Isaack Greveraat, 
Nicolaes de Meyer, 
ChristofFel Hooghlant, Schepens, 

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And Nicasius de Sille, First Councillor and Fiscal of N. Netherland, is 
hereby delegated and authorized to discharge the retiring Burgomaster 
and Schepens after suitable acknowledgements for their performed ser- 
vices, to instal the newly elected after having taken the oath and to com- 
municate this as heretofore to the Burghers in presence of the retiring 
(Magistrates) wherewith we shall, after cordial salutation, recommend 
your Worships to God's protection and remain — Beneath Stood — 
Honourable Beloved Faithful Your affectionate friends, The Director 
General and Council of N. Netherland — Signed P. Stujrvesant. 
Aside Stood — Done Fort Amsterdam in N: Netherland the 2*? Feb. 1664. 

And after the customary ringing of the bell three times is read out 
from the platform in front of this City Hall as follows: — 

Whereas according to the privilege of this City some of its Magis- 
trates, who have served out their time retire and others are chosen in their 
places by the Director General and Council of N. Netherland, Therefore 
the Director General and Council abovementioned after invocation of 
God's holy name, have from the nomination made elected and confirmed 
(as they hereby do) N. N. as Magistrates of this City for the ensuing 
year — 

Which is communicated to the commonalty, that the aforesaid per- 
sons may be duly respected and honoured. Thus done in the meeting 
of the Rt Hon**!* Director General and Councillors of N : Netherland etz. 

Monday, ii*? Feby. 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Greveraat, Nicolas de Meyer, 
Cristoffel Hooghlant. 

Exhibited in Court the following representation from the Right 
Hon"* Director General to the Council of New Netherland and the 
Schout and Burgomasters of the City of Amsterdam in N. Netherland, 
with request that they should give their opinion point by point on the 
same consisting of ten items, and Whereas it is a matter of great importance 
the Schout and Burgomasters deem it prudent to communicate the same 
to the Schepens together with the Treasurer Oloff Stevensen van Cortlant 
and Allard Anthony, both old Burgomasters of this City, to give, with 
them, their advice on the aforesaid points by five o'clock this afternoon ; 



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for this purpose each of them is furnished with a copy of the afore- 
said representation, to deliberate thereupon, and to give their opinion 
of the same. 

Representation to the Council of N. Netherland, the Schout and 
Burgomasters of this City. 
Honourable Sirs, 

It is unnecessary to extend this with a relation of matters so notorious 
and familiar with every one, to wit the summons and demand first by 
letters from those of Hartford, subsequently, by force of arms— ^r^/ by 
one Jan Coo with a troop of about 80 @ 90 foot and horsemen in the 
English towns only on Long Island ; afterward and recently by one Jan 
Scott with a troop of about 80 horse and also as many foot not only in the 
English, but also in the Dutch towns on said Island. 

As your Honours know and are informed no similar hostile proceed- 
ings have hitherto been made use of against these, but to prevent blood- 
shed and consequent greater mischiefs, efforts have been made by 
embassies and written protests to bring matters to an accommodation, at 
least to refer to the Lords Sovereigns. 

This appears to be as yet without fruit and as by reports it seems 
probable that such will not be agreed to, — and in as much as various and 
many discourses are mooted, by this one and that, on this subject — some 
praising the forbearance used therein, others, not reflecting on the con- 
sequences, judging the non-resistance and non-opposition by force and 
violence to be cowardice, scandal and insult for our nation, I have 
deemed it necessary to submit the following propositions to your Honors, 
and to request your written answers, after mature deliberation, thereunto 
both for your and our better vindication — 

WRITTEN ANSWERS. 

First — I think, but under correction of better information and con- 
viction founded on reason, that by non resistance and passive demeanour 
little or nothing has been lost or omitted, in regard, that the summoned 
villages on Long Island, both Dutch and English, can now or within one, 
two or three months, according to opportunity, be again, with a like 
force, summoned and reclaimed by us in the name of their High Mighti- 
nesses and the Lords Directors, as they were summoned and claimed first 
by Hartford, afterwards by Jan Coo and now recently by one Jan Scott 



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for England's Majesty, if the matters in dispute were to be adjusted and 
the boundaries traced without worse consequence. Your Honours' advice 
is therefore requested upon the aforesaid and following — 

Answer to the first: — 

That hitherto nothing is lost, and what has been done by Jan Coo 
and Jan Scott can be again summoned and reclaimed, after some months^ 
in the name of their High Mightinesses. 

Secondly. In case Jan Scott, as he styles himself the invited and 
chosen President of a rebellious mob, should return in March according 
to his promise, to establish some other and new order in the English and 
Dutch villages, do your Honours consider it advisable to oppose him by 
force ? with what strength and on what footing ? 

Answer 2. 

We are fully of opinion that it is not to be suffered nor endured, that 
such persons should revolt being for the most part subjects of the Lords 
Majors and their High Mightinesses, our and their sovereigns, and more- 
over endeavour to force the loyal inhabitants thereunto ; but it is known 
to every one that the Netherlanders, your Hon? faithful subjects, are 
burthened with onerous duties for the cargoes, sent hither from Holland, 
which causes scarcity of merchandize; and burthened, over and above 
with fl. 4. 4 for every anker of brandy, distilled waters, Spanish wine, 
and for the French wine half as much that is exported to the North or 
the Virginias, the most of which is sold for tobacco, which tobacco in 
being transhipped to Amsterdam must again pay here thirty stiv. per 100 
lbs. , while the waters or brandy is here sold for sewant, for which beavers 
must be traded. Add to this the excessive duties payable by the tapster, 
on a hogshead of French wine fi. . . .; for an' anker of brandy fl. 
. . . and others in proportion ; and by the burgher for his consump- 
tion . . . and in addition thereunto, the tax on chimnies, on cattle, 
etc., which taxes have greatly enhanced the merchandize — considering 
moreover, the little money from the returns to Fatherland, the little com- 
merce and trade, in consequence of which many brave inhabitants have 
departed hence, many houses stand empty and unoccupied, whereby the 
Burghery here is so enfeebled and impoverished, that many are unable 
to earn their living much less to undertake military expeditions and 
watchings without proper remuneration ; many being, moreover, indebted 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 21 

to the traders or factors, who cannot get any pay. This causes few and 
slight returns to their Masters or partners ; consequently most of the best 
must depart, (some having set their prosperity on this land) to the great 
diminution of the advancement of this place. It were, therefore, de- 
sirable that the Lords Majors, Directors of the Hon"* West India Com- 
pany, of the Amsterdam Chamber, had employed for the benefit of this 
country the monies which they have now for so many years received for 
duties both in Fatherland and here, as well in enrolling and sending 2 @ 
300 brave discharged soldiers as in fortifying this our City; doubting not, 
had such been done, but those who now revolt would have taken good 
care, knowing that we being strong enough would have given them plenty 
of trouble and reduced them by force of arms to obedience. That, then, 
now not being the case, we think firstly that every Burgher is bound to 
defend his place within its walls, and the military or soldiery of the Com- 
pany outside and the country and villages round about, wherever it is 
necessary, both against the savage barbarians as the English or other 
nation, who would injure us and no farther. 

Thirdly. It may probably be inferred from rumours as well as from 
the manner in which they proceed, (without any commission from higher 
authority as far as we can up to this time judge), that they desire and 
seek only for opposition and that bloodshed may follow, so as to seize 
occasion therefrom to give not only the Dutch villages up to fire and 
sword, but also to plunder this place for which purpose, 'tis said the sixth 
man should be enlisted and impressed in the adjoining colonies. Time 
and circumstance must determine the truth. 

Answer 3. 

We believe, that the English want nothing else, than that some of 
their blood be spilt, to seize occasion therefrom and to attempt nothing 
but to plunder this place, as the greater portion is a ragged troop. What 
regards the impressment of the sixth man, we have also heard the same, 
but without any certainty. Yet that never alarms a brave soldier who is 
on his guard; and this matter is commended to the R' Hon**!* Director 
General and Council in order to protect the entire country from the 
attack of enemies, pursuant to the exemptions promised by the Hon^!* 
Company. 

Fourthly. If it should happen according to the rumors and threats, 



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that they summon or cause to be summoned this City like the English and 
Dutch villages on Long Island, 'tis my absolute advice and opinion that 
such ought and must be resisted by all possible means. Wherein also 
specially your Honours' advice and written resolution are requested^ 
being how and with what means. 

Answer 4. 

We are of opinion hereupon, that the Burgher is not bound to dispute 
whether this be the King of England's soil or their High Mightinesses; 
but if they will deprive us of our properties, freedoms and privileges, ta 
resist them with our lives and fortunes, doubting not but our good inhabi- 
tants shall again prove themselves the same as they shewed themselves in 
the Year 1653, in the English War, defending the Company with their lives 
and property. 

Fifthly. The openness of this place along the water side, both along 
the East and North Rivers being notorious and manifest as well to your 
Honours' as to us, how and in what manner is it best to fix and defend it^ 
and therefore ? 

Answer 5. 

The fifth article shall be answered here below in the Sixth. 

Sixthly. Do your Honours not think it practicable and necessary to 
set this off, as quick as possible with sufficient palisades against an unex- 
pected attack ? and that an estimate be made for that purpose as to how 
many palisades each householder and each unmarried man, each accord- 
ing to his quality, ought to and is able to furnish and within what time. 

Answer 6. 

It is stated in the second article, that the Burghers are exhausted and 
therefore cannot burthen themselves. The income of the City is also so 
trifling that it cannot complete the few works heretofore begun for the 
City, the a/cs of which were made public every year from which it appears 
the greater the revenue the greater the expences. We should, therefore, 
request the RJ Hon**l* Director General to be pleased to lend the Com- 
pany's Negroes to cut and haul palisades with the City's Negroes for two 
wings, one to be brought to the North, the other to the East River. 

Seventhly. Do your Honors not consider it necessary, that half a 
Burghers Company shall parade in the evening from now henceforward 
duly provided with arms, powder and ball and keep watch through the 




1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 23 

night and through the day with a corporal's guard, until the result and 
issue of the current reports appear ? 

Answer 7. 

We are of opinion that when occasion demands not only half a 
Burghers Company should watch by night and be ready, but even an 
entire, yea all the three Companies — but for the day watch it should be 
understood that this could be fitly performed at this City's gates by the 
Hon**!* Company's soldiers lying in garrison here; yea, it ought to be done 
in order to pay due attention to what goes out and all that come in. 

Eighthly. Whereas it has long been, and still continues to be re- 
ported, that the English have bought the country of the Neuwesinghs 
and endeavour to settle there contrary to (our) will and prohibition, what 
do your Honors think best in this very dangerous conjuncture, to prevent 
and hinder it, provided a number of 25, 30, @ 40 soldiers be sent thither, 
either more or less, according as Your Honours and we judge may prevent 
by anticipation ; or do your Honors consider it best and most advantage- 
ous at present not to divide the small military force, whereupon your 
Honours special opinion advice and written resolution are requested ? 

Answer 8. 

We have paid especial attention hereunto. We should, under correc- 
tion, leave that to the judgment of the R' Hon"* Director Gen! and 
Council of N. Netherland, our superiors at this place, who best know 
how and wherewith to defend the country, and the interest of the Hon*^* 
Company and of their High Mightinesses, the States General. 

Ninthly. Is it not necessary to send some person secretly to the 
North to enquire privately about the rumours and reports of listing and 
calling out every sixth man in the adjoining colonies and what number 
that would reach and whom to employ thereto ? 

Answer 9. 

We consider such to be necessary, but we must command and leave 
that to the Hon*i** General. 

Tenthly, and for this time lastly, What is to be written or sent to the 
rebellious President Jan Scot, if, as he proposes, he shoud call together 
the English and Dutch towns on Long Island, in the beginning of March 
at Heemstede ? 

Done at Fort Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 8*!* Feb. 1664. Was 
signed P. Stuyvesant. 



24 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

Answer lo. 
In our opinion Jan Scott, self-elected chief and President, should be 
written or sent to, whether his assembly in March be at Heemstede or 
Sytaquet, the rather as it was concluded in the embassy last month to 
Jamaico, as we understand, that all the English towns on Long Island 
should remain under his Majesty of England until the 2o*l* of February, 
Old Style ; and if nothing were written thereon, they might possibly per- 
sist in it and assume it to their great advantage and propose it to his 
Majesty, to our great inconvenience, your Honour's inhabitants. 

It is also stated therein, that the Dutch towns, all inhabited by Dutch, 
shall remain under their High Mightinesses the Lords States General until 
that time under this clause, saving his Majesty of England's sovereignty 
over the places aforesaid ; and these conditions are subscribed on the one 
side by Capt. Jan Young as Commissioner of Connecticut and Capt Jan 
Scott as Chief and President of the rebellious and revolted troop, and on 
the other side by the Secretary Van Ruyven and Burgomaster Olof 
Stevenzen van Cortlant and Cornelis Steenwyck old Schepen, delegated 
by the R' Hon*^ D' General and Council of N. Netherland, being in- 
structed to do what they considered best in the conjuncture of the time. 
Whereupon, as your Honour understands, negotiations should be had in 
order to gain time, or whether what has been done therein as above re- 
lated should be annuled and the papers taken back, we must leave and 
commend to your Honours' wiser judgment. Done Amsterdam in N. 
Netherland the ii*? Feby. 1664. 

J. Backer, P. L. van de Grift, 

Timotheus Gabry, Cornelis Steenwyck, 

Isaac Greveraat, O Stevensen v. Cortlant, 

Nicolaes de Meyer, AUard Anthony. 
Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Tuesday 12 Feb: 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendertz vander Grift, Cornelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Greveraat, Nicolaas de Meyer, 
Cristoffel Hooghlant. 

Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, pltf. v/s Eghbert van Borssum, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, again a balance of eighty five guilders for a boat 



^ 



f664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 25 

built for him for the sum of one hundred and seventy guilders. Deft, 
says, the boat is unfit to be used on the Ferry. Burgomasters and 
Schepens refer the matter in question to Pieter Jacobs Marius and Jan 
Ariaansen, ship carpenter, to examine the boat and see whether the same 
be built or not according to agreement and to hear and examine parties 
touching their difference ; further to reconcile them if possible ; if not to 
report their award to the Court. 

Jacob Keren, pltf. v/s Elsie Barens, deft. Pltf. says, he lived in the 
-deft's house and returning from a funeral, the deft, charged him with 
having stolen from her a little bag of money, which she missed and 
looking saw, that his dishes were taken from the wall; thereupon deft, 
said, that they were with the little bag of money, whereupon he observed 
— Open your chest, I shall then open mine and we shall see, where the 
money and the dishes are; which chests being opened, it was found that 
the dishes were in deft's chest. Deft, says, 'tis not so, but she in a joke 
said will you wager me a pot — I shall also do the same to you — telling 
that his dishes were in her chest. Pltf. denies it. The Officer joins the 
adverse party, demanding that parties shall go to prison until the matter 
be investigated. The W. Court having heard further explanation from 
the President order parties to keep quiet or that further provision shall be 
made therein. 

Gerrit Janzen Roos, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hermen Barenzen, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the attachment 
be declared valid. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the attachment 
valid. 

The curators of the insolvent estate of Reinert Janzen Hoom, pltfs. 
v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Pltfs. in their quality demand, deft, shall 
«wear, that the a/c which he brings in against the estate is just, and that 
he has not received in payment any more than he has credited the estate 
with. Deft, offers to declare so on oath, saying he has not received any 
more to his knowledge; and he has done so at the hands of the Officer. 
The W. Court order pltfs. in their quality to satisfy and pay the deft, ac- 
cording to the condition of the estate. 

Ditto curators, pltfs. v/s Eghbert van Borssum, deft. Pltfs. in their 
quality demand as before. Deft, is asked, who has kept, the a/c. ? An- 
swers his son Hermanus. He was therefore ordered to call him, where- 



26 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664. 

upon he says he *s from home; then will see if he have returned. Coming 
back with his wife says, his son is not yet home, and his wife declares that 
nothing more was received, than he was credited for; offering to affirm 
the same on oath ; and took the same at the hands of the Officer. The 
W: Court order pltfs. in their quality to satisfy and pay the deft, accord- 
ing to the condition of the estate. 

Metje Wessels entering exhibits her book and a/c concerning the 
case in question between her and Maria Schrick. The W. Court recom- 
mend her to go to Maria Shriek and to arrange the matter together. 

The curators of the insolvent estate of Reindert Janzen Hoorn, pltfs. 
v/s Merritje Lubbers, wife of Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, deft.. 
Pltfs. in their quality demand, that deft, shall declare upon oath, that the 
a/c which she brings against the aforesaid estate is just and that she has 
not received any more payment than she has placed to the credit of the 
aforesaid Hoorn. Deft, exhibits her dec**'* husband's book and a/c, kept 
in this instance. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that whereas the 
a/c is confirmed by the dead, that the pltfs. shall satisfy and pay the deft, 
according to the condition of the estate. 

Ditto curators, pltfs. v/s Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, deft. Pltfs. 
demand as before. Deft, offers to do so and has also done so at the 
hands of the Officer. Burgomasters and Schepens order pltfs. in their 
quality to satisfy and pay deft, according to the circumstances of the 
estate. 

Ditto curators, pltfs. v/s Dirck Wiggersen, deft. Deft, absent. The 
Court Messenger Claas van Elslant appearing says, that deft, told the 
Court Messenger Pieter Schaffbanck, that he did not claim any thing 
from the estate. 
Ordinance enacted by Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of this City 

in the matter of their non-appearance at, or coming too late, to the 

Ordinary or Extraordinary Court. 

Resolved, concluded and enacted at the Court of Schout, Burgo- 
masters and Schepens, that the previously enacted ordinance of Schout, 
Burgomasters and Schepens then in office on the subject of their non- 
attendance or too late appearance at, ordinary or extraordinary Court 
shall be strictly observed and obeyed to wit: — 

Whoever comes half an hour too late shall forfeit ten stivers 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 27 

Whoever comes an hour too late one guilder 

Whoever is wholly absent two guilders. 

It is further concluded and enacted, that the fees from the extraordinary 
Court shall lie and be kept apart and those, who come too late or are 
absent then, shall forfeit as above — but from this are excepted all such as 
may go to Fort Orange, South River or New England on their business, 
also whoever is sick or shall have any just cause of absence — but this^ 
after proof, remains at the discretion of the W. Court, then to fine those, 
who may have none. And that the aforesaid be better observed and 
obeyed it is unanimously concluded by the Board that on whomsoever the 
aforesaid fines fall, shall settle his a/c, according to the pleasure of the 
Board, without any gainsay. In witness whereof the Schout, Burgo- 
masters and Schepens have subscribed these the I9*^ Feb. 1664. 

Pieter Tonneman, P. L. van der Grift, 

Isaac Greveraat, Comelis Steenwyck, 

Nicolaas de Meyer, Jacob Backer, 

Christoffel Hooghlant, T)rmotheus Gabry. 

Tuesday, 19 FeW 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenders vander Grift, Cornelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Greveraat. 

Gerrit van Tright, pltf. v/s Balthazar de Haart, deft. Pltf. as cura- 
tor of the estate left by Elmerhuysen Clein, demands payment from deft* 
of the sum of nineteen hundred and ten guilders, arising from the matter 
of a purchased a/c, of the Hon".* West India Company bought by deft. 
Deft, admits the debt. Pltf. replying says, that deft, will pay him i(i 
loose sewant. Deft, maintains he can do so, inasmuch as it was not con- 
ditioned, that payment should be made in stringed wampum. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard parties, decree that deft, shall satisfy 
and pay the pltf. in good stringed merchantable sewant, as it is a con- 
siderable sum. 

Albert Alberzen, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Verlet, deft. Pltf. says he 
brought with him last year a horse from the North, the expence of which 
the deft, engaged himself to him to defray according to acte exhibited in 
Court, and that the deft, has not yet paid the same, and that he, the pltf.^ 
was arrested therefor at the North ; exhibiting certificate thereof, demand- 



28 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

ing release with costs. Deft, says, the horse does not concern him, but 
Thomas Hal; does not deny but he has bound himself for the pltf. and 
that Thomas Hall was also arrested at the North for the same business 
and that pltf. must look to Thomas Hal. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree, as the deft, has engaged himself for the pltf. that he shall have to 
release him with costs, on condition of holding guarantee, where he thinks 
proper. 

Arent Isaackzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Aarenzen Spaniard, deft. Both 
in default. 

Hendrick Hendricksen Obe entering requests, that he may receive 
the tobacco in question between him and Sara Verbrugge according to 
acte instituted in date 29^ January last. He asked, if the case cannot be 
laid by ? Answers No — and no other man but he has disposal of his 
property — ^persisting that it is his tobacco. Burgomasters and Schepens 
persist in their judgment dated 29. January afores^ 

Willem Willekes entering states, that he cannot receive any payment 
from Reinier Willemsen, baker: requests therefore that further order be 
issued. Burgomasters and Schepens order the Marshal to levy execution 
against Reinier Willemsen, baker, without delay, whereunto the Officer 
Pieter Tonneman is requested to lend the Marshal a helping hand. 

* Saturday, 22I of February 1664, at the City Hall. Present Messrs. 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer, 
Cristoffel Hooghlant. 

Read at the meeting the request presented by the Burgomasters of 
this City on the 21^ of February last to the Hon"* Director General and 
Council of N. N., concerning the present conditions of the country and 
its necessities, to wit, to make this City strong with a stone wall on the 
land side and palisades along both the river fronts; the money required 
to do this to be raised among the wealthiest inhabitants at interest, on 
condition, that they may have the tapsters' excise on wine and beer. The 
Director General and Council having issued an order granting it, the 
President further reports, that Mr. van Ruyven has already offered 1000 
fl. and the Director General has said, he would not give less on interest. 
It is also asked, whether it is not necessary, to summon the old Burgo- 




1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 29 

masters and Schepens and ask them, how much they will loan to the City 
on interest, whereupon it is unanimously resolved, to summon not only 
the old Burgomasters and Schepens, but also the wealthiest inhabitants 
for the following Monday, which was agreed upon and the Schout, Burgo- 
masters and Schepens present have promised to loan on interest as 
follows: 

Schout Pieter Tonneman 200 fl. 

Burgomaster P. L. van der Grift 300 " 

" Comelis Steenwyck 1500 " 

Old Burgom^ O. S. van Cortlant 1500 ** 

Schepen Jacob Backer 500 ^* 

" Tymotheus Gabry 300 " 

" Isaack Grevenraat 200 ** 

" Nicolaas de Meyer 500 " 

" Christoffel Hooghlant 300 " 

And what Mr. van Ruyven promises 1000 " 



6300 fl.* 

[The preceding between * * was omitted by Dr. E. B. O'Callaghan, 
and is now, in 1897, translated by B. Femow.] 

Monday, 24 Feb. 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Isaack Greven Raat, Nicolaes de Meyer, Cristoffel Hoogh- 
Lant. 

Some of the Burghers and inhabitants of this City being sent for to 
Court the petition, which the Burgomasters of this City presented on 21*5 
Feb. last to the R? Hon^^ Director General and Council of N. Nether- 
land is communicated and read to them together with the order received 
thereon. To this purpose they are asked, how much they will give the 
City on interest pursuant to the obligation, the copy whereof here 
follows : — 

We the undersigned, each for himself individually, promise to give 
on interest in behalf, and for the fortification of this City, pursuant to the 
order obtained on their petition by the Burgomasters of this City from the 
R! Hon".* Director General and Council of New Netherland dated 21*' 



30 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

February 1664., the sum hereunder written, the interest to count at ten 
per cent, and to commence when each shall have paid his last promised 
pennies and continue, until the monies given on interest shall be paid 
back, for the longest the time of five consecutive years from date, in such 
value as the zewant at present circulates between man and man, to wit: — 
eight white or four black beads for one stiver, and the interest shall be 
punctually paid every year, under bond of this City's property, and the 
farming of the tapsters wine and beer excise consumable within this City, 
pursuant to the'order afores*? granted to this City, and have signed 

Jacques Cousseau fl. 1000. 

Reinout] Reinoutsen 200. 

Jacob Kip 100. 

Gerrit van Tright 400 

Willem"de Marschalck 800. 

Jeronimus Ebbinck 200 

Frangois Boon 400. 

Balthazar de Haart 250. 

Reinier Rycken 200. 

Hendrick] Willemzen, baker 250. 

Jacob Teunizen Kay 250. 

Freryck Flipzen 200. 

Jacob Leisler 250. 

Coenraat ten Eyck 200. 

Roelof Roelofzen 100. 

Hans Stein 300. 

Hendrick Obe 300. 

Mattheus][de^Vos 200. 

Reinier Willemzen, baker 100. 

Bartholdus Maan 100. 

Lauwerens van der Spygel 100. 

Claas Lock 200. 

C. I. Verbraack 100. 

Dirck van der Clyf as agent of Sieur Arent Jansen ^ 

300 



Jansen ) 
of.... ) 



Moesman but with^his consent, a sum 

Carel van Brugge 100. 

Mighiel Tadens 100. 



JL664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 31 

Tomas Lamberzen 200. 

Tomas Lauwerens 100. 

Jan E verzen Bout 300. 

Jan Schryver 200. 

Stoffel van Laar 200. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh 250. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser 250. 

The Deaconry have promised to the Burgomaster 

Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift 2000. 

Dirck Janzen 100 

Antony de Milt 100. 

Hendrick Kip the elder 100. 

AUert Conninck 100. 

Jan Janzen van Brestee 150. 

Evert Duyckingh 100, 

Tomas Francen 100. 

Jan Hendrickzen van Bommel 100. 

Jacob Strycker 150. 

Comelis Aarzen 100. 

Gerrit Fullewever 100. 

Hendrick van de Water 100, 

Guiliam d'Honneur . , 200. 

Asser Levy 100. 

Isaack de Foreest 250. 

^giduis Luyck 200. 

Joannes Dirckzen Meyer 200. 

Paulus Richard one Cargo 500. 

Ambrosius de Weerhem 100. 

Claas Bordingh 100. 

Jonas Barteltzen 100. 

Arien van Laar • 150. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten 100. 

Abel Hardenbroeck 100. 

Daniel Verveelen 200. 

Alexander Stertaer 100. 

JVillem Abraham van der Borden 100. 



y loo. 



32 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664. 

Denys Isaackzen van Hartevelt loo. 

Jurrien Blanck loo. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius loo. 

Eghbert Meinderzen loo. 

Andries Rees loo. 

Jan Joosten loo. 

Lucas Andriezen loo. 

Claas Janzen, baker 150. 

Sybrant Janzen Galma 100. 

Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen 100. 

Eghbert van Borsum sends word by Jan Jelizen ) 
Kock that he will give on interest 

Huge Barenzen Clein 100. 

Pieter Janzen Schell 100. 

Hermen Wessels 100. 

Allard Anthony 250. 

Resolveert Waldron 100. 

Pieter Winster, hatter 100. 

Nicolaes de la Plaine 100. 

Dauid Joghimzen 100. 

Wemaer Wessels 100. 

Symon Janzen Romein 200. 

Sjrmon Felle 100. 

Evert Pieterzen, schoolmaster 100. 

Coenraet ten Eyck ( as curators of the es- 1 
Boelte Roelofzen 



( as curators of the es- 1 

< V 1500, 

( tate of Aaltje Bickers ) 



fl. 18,100. 
The Heeren C. v. Ruyven, Schout, Burgomasters, 
Treasurer and Schepens of this City have signed 
for • 6300. 

fl. 24,400. 

The R? Hon**!* Direct! Gen! P: Stuyvesant 1000. 

D* Johannes Megapolensis 6oo. 

D* Samuel Drisius 500* 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 33 

Nicolaes Verlett 400. 

Govert Loockermans 500. 

Marten Cregier 100. 



fl. 27,500. 



Friday 7*^ March, 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Cornelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Christoffel Hoogh- 
lant. 

This date the President exhibited and communicated to the Court 
the sealed letter, obtained from the R! Hon"' Director Gen! and Council 
of N. Netherland to the effect, that their Honors granted the Burgo- 
masters of this City the tapsters excise of wine and beer consumable 
within this City's jurisdiction and that so long until the money raised for 
the fortification of this City is paid with interest. 
To the Right Hod".' Direct' Gen! and Council of N. Netherland. 
Right Hon*^!' Sirs, 

The Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam 
in N. Netherland respectfully represent — 

That although your Honors convoked in the month of October of last 
year a General Provincial Assembly which was held on the iV, 2"."* and 3^? 
of November following by Deputies from the adjoining towns and settle- 
ments only, because the delegates from the Colony of Renselaerswyck and 
villages of Beverwyck and Wildtwyck were unable to come down and sail 
back at the time, owing to the inconvenience of the approaching winter: 
and whereas after the aforesaid meeting of the Assembly, our neighbours, 
the revolting English, have made attempts under one Jan Scott against 
this State endeavoring to reduce our villages on Long Island under their 
obedience, with divers threats which they gave out, of making some 
attempt on this place ; all which we think unnecessary to enlarge on, as 
such is sufficiently known to every one and what they further sought to 
commit in invading, taking possession of, and inhabiting the Neuwe- 
singhs, we find ourselves necessitated to turn to your Honors with urgent 
entreaty that in this highly imperious necessity, in which the whole 

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34 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

country is placed, you would again convoke a General Provincial As- 
sembly as early as possible and call together some Deputies both from the 
surrounding places and towns as specially from the Colonies of Reinselaars 
Wyck, Beverwyck, and Wild Wyck to enact by a unanimous vote, what 
shall be found proper for the prosperity, quiet and peace of this Province, 
which ought to be immediately reported to our Lords and Principals in 
Europe, so as to be able to send it over with the Delegates in the ship the 
Statyn ; awaiting hereon your Honour's disposition we are and remain, 
(Under Stood) your Honours obedient servants. The Schout, Burgo- 
masters and Schepens of the City Amsterdam in N. Netherland. Signed, 
P. L. van der Grift. Lower Stood. By order of the same. Signed 
Joannes Nevius, Sec^. Done the i8 March 1664. 

Conformably to the Apostile dated 27*!" Octob. last, the petition was 
deemed just and necessary. Therefore the letters thereto required shall 
be drawn up and placed in petitioners hands to be despatched by the 
earliest departing sloops. Done Fort Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 
18*!* March 1664. Under Stood. By Order of the Hon".' D^ Gen! and 
Councillors of New Netherland. Signed C. v. Ruyven Secrt'^ 

Tuesday 18*!* March 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Raaf Barcker, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, eleven hundred and twenty six guilders in tobacco 
and that deft, shall be condemned to pay him before his departure; he 
has attached his person. Deft, admits the debt, but says he durst not 
land the tobacco here, since it is contrary to the act of his Royal Majesty 
of England. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to satisfy 
and pay pltf. the demanded sum, declaring the attachment so long valid. 

Hermen Wessels, pltf. v/s Hendrick Arenzen Spaniard, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, seven beavers or one hundred and forty guilders in 
sewant for surgeon's fees etc. Deft, says, that the pltf. after cursing him, 
said he should pay him the hundred and forty guilders, and [that he 
should go board with him a month for it; then that he could not deter- 
mine on that and endeavored to agree with him. Burgomasters and 
Schepens refer the matter in question to Gerrit van Tright and Balthazar 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 35 

de Haart to take up the matter in question ; to hear and examine parties, 
to decide the case and to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report 
their award to the Court. 

Arent Isaackzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Arenzen Spaniard, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, six guilders in beavers for a pair of shoes received 
long since from him. Deft, says, that he assigned the pltf. over to young 
Kees to receive his pay in wheat for the shoes and he accepted it ; which 
the pltf. denies. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to satisfy 
and pay the pltf. the six guilders in beavers. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Hendrick Arenzen 
Spaniard, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, according to a/c produced the 
sum of one hundred and twenty guilders in seawan and eighty gl. in 
beavers. Deft, demands, that pltf. shall give him the writing relative to 
the settlement between him and the pltf. and written by Wemaer Wesesls ; 
he shall then pay him whatever is over. The W. Court orders the deft, 
to prove at the next Court day that there is a settlement. 

Nicolaas du Puys, pltf. v/s Jacob Keren, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, (qt a building sold to him, according to hand writing the sum of 
fifty guilders in sewant. Deft, denies the debt and says he bought the 
same on condition, that he could pay. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties condemn deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. the fifty 
guilders. 

Gerrit van Tright, pltf. v/s Tryn Claas, deft. Pltf. in quality as 
curator of the estate left by Dirck Keizer dec*? demands from deft, by 
balance the sum of two hundred and fifty guilders twelve stivers in 
beavers according to a/c exhibited in Court. Deft, says the only objec- 
tion, she has is that the duffels bought from him were four ells short and 
that she informed Dirck Keiser thereof, who gave for answer to deduct 
one beaver therefor on closing the a/c. Pltf. says, that does not appear 
by the book. Deft, offers to confirm the same on oath if necessary and 
on being required. Pltf. says, he is satisfied with her word. The W. 
Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. in the quality in which he 
acts the two hundred and fifty guilders twelve stivers in beavers deducting 
one beaver for the four duffels found too short. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Jacob Smitt, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, twenty three guilders seventeen stivers and a half for his share 



36 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

of a present made to the Indians for the whale presented to him and says, 
he has attached some monies, as he is unwilling to pay the whole. Deft, 
says, others rec^ two parts for his one share and that the others have been 
spoken to twice and he not. The W. Court decree, that the deft, shall 
have to satisfy and pay the pltf. the half of the three and twent}' guilders 
and seventeen and a half stivers. 

Comelis van Borssum, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, deft. 
Pltf. concludes, that deft, shall be condemned to restore the boat and line 
without delay to the place, from which he unlawfully and improperly re- 
moved them and pay the costs, which he caused the pltf. by the drifting 
of the boat and the hire of another boat in order, not to allow the Ferry 
to be interrupted or inconvenienced, with costs and to all such ends as 
may most profitably and advantageously serve him. Deft's wife appearing 
says, that the boat her husband was to make for the pltf. in lieu of the 
boat, which he took away, is ready according to contract and pursuant 
thereunto he may take away this boat. Pltf. replying says, the boat is 
not made according to contract. The Court refer the case in question to 
Pieter Jacobs Marius and Jan Ariaansen, ship carpenters, to see if the 
boat, which deft, made in return for the pltf. is made according to con- 
tract and if they cannot reconcile parties to render their report in writing 
to the Court. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Hendrick Obe, deft. Pltf. produces certain 
extract from the minutes of 2g^ January last relative to and regarding the 
case between her and the deft, in quality as curator and guardian of the 
estate left by Gerrit Hendricks van Harderwyck. Deft, says, the arbitra- 
tors appointed thereunto by the Court on the date aforesaid could not 
settle the matter. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in ques- 
tion de novo to Jacob Strycker and Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, both old 
Schepens of this City, to take it up anew in the presence of Schepen 
Tymotheus Gabry, to hear parties, to examine the case and decide it, and 
to reconcile parties if possible, if not to report their award to the Court. 

Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, pltf. v/s Lambert Barenzen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, as successor of Aris Otte * the sum of ninety one 
guilders ten stivers pursuant to Notarial act and a/c produced in Court, 
with costs ; and says that deft, has promised him, when he paid him eighty 

^ I. e., as husband of Otte's widow. 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 37 

guilders, to satisfy and pay him. Deft, says, he maintains he is not 
bound to pay the principal and interest, if he is not to receive what pltf. 
owes the estate. The W. Court condemn deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Pieter Pia, pltf. v/s Cataryna van Laar, deft. Pltf. produces a judg- 
ment dated 7. Nov' 1662. ag'st the deft's mother demanding payment 
thereof or that he may sell the property remaining with him. Deft, says, 
she endeavored to agree with the pltf. but he would not do so and de- 
mands that the property in pltf*s hands may remain attached for the debt 
until her father arrives, whom she expects. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree, if pltf. receive not payment according to aforesaid judgment 
within the time of six consecutive weeks, that he may then sell the prop- 
erty to obtain his pay therefrom. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Willem Bogardus, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Ditto Schout, pltf. v/s Gysbers Freryckzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Ditto Schout, pltf. v/s Dirck Smitt, deft. Deft, in default. 

Freryck Gysbertzen, pltf. v/s Symon Barenzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Maat Seeuw (the Zealander), 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Obe, pltf. v/s Sara Verbrugge, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Vinge, Jacques Cousseau and Pieter Stoutenburgh, curators of 
the estate left by Raghel van Tienhoven dec*?, appearing, state, that Al- 
lard Anthony has an obligation dated the twenty fifth of January 1653, 
executed by the Rt. Hon".' P. Stuyvesant, Comelis van Tienhoven and 
Paul us Leendersen van der Grift for the sum of two thousand guilders, 
each for a just third part, and that Allard Anthony says, that the two 
third parts of the aforesaid R^ Honble P. Stuyvesant and Paulus Leenders 
van der Grift are paid and that the remaining third part has not been 
paid either by Comelis van Tienhoven or his wife; they demand there- 
fore, that Allard Anthony shall confirm the same on oath. Allard An- 
thony also appearing, offers to swear, that on the aforesaid obligation he 
received from the R' Hon : P. Stuyvesant and P. L. vaa der Grift, each 
their third part, but on the third part of Comelis van Tienhoven he has 
not received any thing, neither from the aforesaid Tienhoven nor from 



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his wife; and pursuant thereto he has confirmed the same on oath at the 
hands of the Officer. 

The curators of the estate of Raghel van Tienhoven dec"! request^ 
that two arbitrators be appointed by the Court to take up the a/c be- 
tween them in the quality in which they act and Allard Anthony. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens appoint thereunto Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, old 
Burgomaster and Treasurer of this City, and Gerrit van Tright, authoriz- 
ing them to take up the a/cs, to discuss the same, to hear and examine 
parties, to decide the a/cs. to reconcile parties if possible ; if not to report 
their award to the Court. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius appearing demands execution of the judg- 
ment, which he obtained against Sybout Clasen in date 29 January last. 
The Marshal is ordered to put these into execution. 

Symon Janzen Romein appearing demands execution of the judg- 
ment, which he obtained against Jan Rutgersen Moreau in date 23^ 
Octob. 1663. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgment 
obtained on the 29^ January last against Arent Juriaensen Lantsman, 
Albert Albersen and Jan de Witt, miller. Apostille: The Marshal is 
ordered to levy execution on each of these. 

Albert Alberzen appearing exhibits a judgment pronounced against 
Nicolaes Verlett dated 19 Feb. last; also an a/c of costs to the sum of fi. 
15. in beavers and fl. 12. in seawant besides the loss of 60 bushels of maize 
lying yet attached at Stamfort at the discretion of the Judge together with 
the failure of his good and other damages, demanding right and justice. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that Albert Albersen shall have to 
regulate himself according to the tenor of the above written judgment. 

The President states, that the General notified him and the Burgom' 
Comelis Steenwyck to publish the placard sent to the Board of Schout^ 
Burgomasters and Schepens in date 15 jSept 1663 about respecting the 
Sabbath and enquired the reason such was not done, whereupon they 
answered, that the Board found themselves agrieved in some particulars^ 
but that they should communicate it to the present Board to hear their 
advice thereon, for which purpose communicating it to the Board in order 
that it should state its opinion, it advises: — 

Burgomasters and Schepens having seen, read and considered the 




1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 39 

Placard enacted by the Rt. Honble Dr. Genl and Council of N. Nether- 
land in date lo*? Sept' 1663 concerning the observance of the Sabbath 
and sent on the 15^ of this month to Burgomasters and Schepens to pub- 
lish it at the usual place, judge the observance thereof to be highly neces- 
sary, but should not dare to publish such a Placard as divers sections 
thereof are too severe and too much opposed to Dutch liberties. 

Tuesday 25 March 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat. 

Jurrien Blanck, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laar, deft. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard the cause of parties on both sides deferring the 
decision thereof to their W. not as Judges but as Moderators, decree that 
S toff el van Laar shall pay the Poor of this City, for injuring the pltfs. son, 
the sum of six guilders, and to the Officer Pieter Tonneman the sum of 
twenty guilders; and that Jurrien Blanck shall in like manner pay to the 
Poor of this City the sum of six guilders and twenty guilders to the Officer 
abovenamed, for the hostility committed in the deft's house, and if the 
one again disturb the other touching the above question, he, who shall do 
so, if being complained of, shall pay the sum of twenty guilders. 

Joannes Nevius, pltf. v/s Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. 
demands, that the attachment be declared valid, which he obtained on 
defts. monies in the hands of Oloff Stevens van Cortland, treasurer of this 
City, by virtue of a judgment obtained against deft, in date 11 Septf 1663 
and executorial letter dated 4*!" Decemb'. following. The deft, demands 
before the case be further impleaded, that it be postponed until a com- 
plete meeting of Burgomasters and Schepens. The W. Court declare the 
attachment valid and grant the defts. demand. 

Freryck Gysberzen vanden Bergh, pltf. v/s Hendrick Aarenz. 
Spaniard, deft. Pursuant to the order of the last Court day the deft, 
exhibits a writing of Wemaer Wessels, who declares therein, at the re- 
quest of both parties, that he knows, a settlement was made by him, but 
the balance due to the one or the other he does not know, and it was 
closed and written by him. Deft, says, it was only a blotter, but he does 
not know, where it remains ; but has never recei v^ any pay from him ; de- 
manding further from deft, in addition to the eighty guilders in beavers 



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and a hundred and twenty guilders in seawant, the sum of three guilders 
seventeen stivers in sewant and one beaver for board. Deft, says, that 
he has paid the pltf. according to settlement except the three guilders 
seventeen stivers and one beaver, which he admits owing. The W. Court 
condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltfs. demand. 

Eghbert Meindersen, pltf. v/s Arien Huybersen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands in writing to be released from the land,* which he bought from 
deft, as no deed or conveyance of it has been given him according to 
written agreement, whereby he is greatly injured; all with costs accrued 
and still to accrue. Deft's wife appearing exhibits the deed of sale dated 
19*1* Dec' 1663. and says, it so happened because the Surveyor could not 
be got to survey the land. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard 
parties, decree whereas the pltf. has never legally addressed the deft, rela- 
tive to the conveyance of the aforesaid land, that the sale shall stand good 
and order deft, to furnish pltf. within fourteen days time with a proper 
conveyance and deed of the aforesaid land. 

Foppe Robberzen, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Couwenhoven and 
Seletje Jans, widow of Hendrick van der Walle dec*?, defts. Pltf. says, 
that he and deft, with Hendrick van der Walle liberated a servant belong- 
ing to Nicolaes George for ten pounds stg. demanding from deft, payment 
thereof. Deft, exhibits a copy of a writing in English regarding the 
aforesaid and says he offered payment of his share. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that each shall have to pay no more than his third part. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. 
Defts. 2*! default. 

Cornelis Teunizen, pltf. v/s Schipper Isaack Gerrissen Schaap, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, a keg with powder given him. Deft, says, he 
brought the keg of powder ashore, and as the store was closed and it 
could not remain on the street, he brought it to the house of the pltfs 
country woman, who says 'twas stolen out her house. Pltf. replies he 
gave it in charge of the deft., who also promised him to give it back to 
him. Deft, admits it. The W. Court order deft, to return to pltf. the 
keg of powder on condition of holding his guarantee against the person, 
into whose house he brought it. 

♦ Twenty two and one half roorgens (45 acres) in Newtown, L. I., granted to 
Huybertsen Novbr. 14, 1654. Albany Records H. H., 22. 



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Thomas Hall, pltf. v/s Cornelis Aarenzen and his wife, defts. Both 
in default. 

Susanna Bresar, pltf. v/s Symon Janzen Romein, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe appearing exhibits a proof, that the 
tobacco in question between him and Sara Verbrugge was delivered to 
him; demanding that he may receive the same. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree and notify him thereof, that he shall exhibit his proof to 
his party and summon her for that purpose. 

Albert Alberzen, drummer, appearing exhibits the judgment with the 
estimate of costs against Nicolaas Verlett in the case in question, insti- 
tuted the 19^ Feb: last; saying he cannot come to an arrangement with 
the aforesaid Verlett; requesting therefore that the same may be put in 
the hands of the Marshal. The W. Court order copy of the bill of costs 
to be handed to party to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Tuesday the 8*^ April 1664; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzeu vander Grift, Cornelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer, 
Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Freryck Gysberzen vanden Bergh, pltf. v/s Symon Barenzen, deft. 
Defts. 2I default. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty guilders five stivers. 
The W. Court orders the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary 
of this City. 

Susanna Bresar, pltf. v/s Symon Janzen Romein, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands, that the deft, as attorney of Pieter Lucasen van der Goes, shall 
repair the fence of the aforesaid Pieter Lucasen *s lot as she suffers much 
damage in her garden from the hogs. Deft, promises to do so and to 
make the fence close this week. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft. 
to observe his promise. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, pltf. v/s Sara van Brugge, deft. Pltf. 
again demands that he may receive the hogshead of tobacco in dispute 
with the deft, producing the declaration of the man, who delivered it. 
Deft, says, that she must have one hundred and eighty gl. from the same 
man; she received the hogshead of tobacco in deduction of the debt. 
Schepen Christoffel Hooghlant declares, that he coming with the pltf. to 



42 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

his house, the pltfs. wife immediately told her husband, that the English- 
man had brought him the hhd. of tobacco. Pltf. says, that he sent a man 
to Mispatt to pack the tobacco in question and gave the hogshead for that 
purpose. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that the pltf. may take the 
hogshead. 

Tomas Macky, pltf. v/s Riddel, deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. 

entering complains that Riddel's wife detains his clothes from him. The 
Officer becomes attorney for the pltf. The W. Court orders the Officer 
to inform himself of the matter and if possible endeavour to reconcile 
parties. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Boele Roelofzen and Coenraat 
ten Eyck, as curators of the estate of Aaltje Bickers, defts. Pltf. de- 
mands payment from defts., in their aforesaid quality, of the half of nine- 
teen and a half beavers for a hogshead of French wine and an anchor of 
brandy received at the wedding of Aaltje Bickers with Nicolaas Velthuy- 
zen. Defts. say, that the pltf. held on to the estate and maintain, that 
they are therefore not bound to pay. Pltf. replying says, that the Cura- 
tors of the estate left by Nicolaes Velthuyzen informed him, that the estate 
was fully adequate. Burgomasters and Schepens order defts. to answer 
the demand in writing on the next Court day. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Etienne Gaineau,* deft. Pltf. 

concludes in writing, that the deft, shall be condemned in a fine of fihy 

guilders heavy money, for that he pushed a boy into the water and ducked 

him, also shoved the boy's mother. Deft, answering through Schepea 

Tymotheus Gabry, as his interpreter, demands copy of the demand and 

says, that he did not push the boy into the water, but that he fell in and 

he gave the boy a box on the ear, because he had made game of him and 

that he pushed the mother from him, because he could not understand 

her; further that the Officer shall bring his witnesses and he shall bring 
* Esdenne (or Stephen) Gaineau of Rochelle, came to New Amsterdam in the sum- 
mer of 1 66 1, having sailed in May of that year in the ship Beaver from Amsterdam, 
accompanied by his wife and two children. In 1662, he purchased a house and lot in 
Pearl Street, west of Whitehall, then the shore of the East river, and in the following year 
his dau. named Sarah was baptized in the Dutch Church. On the 2? June 1677 he 
obtained a grant of 80 acres of upland with 10 a. of meadow on the West side of Staten 
Island by the river side, whence his descendants subsequently moved to New Jersey. He 
is supposed to have been the ancestor of the present Gano family. — 0*C. 




1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 4S 

his. Burgomasters and Schepens grant deft, copy of the demand and 
order parties on both sides to produce their witnesses finally on the next 
Court day. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Willem Bogardus, deft. Defts. 
2I default. The pltf. demands from deft, fifty guilders according to the 
rule of the Court, for having been fighting at Metje Wessels' house; with 
costs. The W. Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary 
of this City. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Madaleen Vincent and Foppe 
Robberzen's wife, defts. Pltf. concludes in writing that the defts. shall 
be condemned according to placard each in a fine of five and twenty 
guilders for having thrown filth into the Graft. Madaleen Vincent * says, 
she did not do so, but laid it on the bank and that it was not filth but 
snow, as she can prove. Foppe Robberzen's wife says, that she threw 
snow, but no filth in the Graft and she can prove it by the neighbours. 
The Officer appealing to the Court Messengers, Claas van Elslandt and 
Pieter Schaafbanck appearing were heard hereupon, who declare, that 
they saw the defts. lay snow and not filth near the Graft. Burgomasters 
and Schepens therefore dismiss the Officers entered suit herein. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Dirck Smits, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Gysbert Freryckzen, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Swaantje de Potter, pltf. v/s Adriaan Vincent, deft. Deft, in default. 

Janneke Heermans, arrestant and pltf. v/s Kit Davidts, arrested and 
deft. Both in default. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen^ 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Gysbert van Imbroeck, pltf. v/s Jan Jelizen Rock, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Jan Clasen, arrested and deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Joghim Beeckman, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Jan Clazen, arrested and 
deft. Both in default. 

* Madaleen Vincent was the wife of Adriaen Vincent and lived on the East side of 
Broad Str., betw. Beaver and Sonth William. 



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Jacob Janzen Bastiaanzen, smith, pltf. v/s Moer Pieters and Maat 
Seeuw, defts. Defts. in default. 

Susanna Bresar appearing exhibits a judgment dated 17 Octob. 1662. 
pronounced against Willem Jacobsen, baker, demanding that she might 
sell the goods, which she has in pawn from him. The W. Court decree, 
that she shall notify Willem Jacobsen of the judgment. 

Mighiel Tades requests by petition, that Walewyn van der Veen shall 
be ordered de novo to deliver to the Secretary of this City within a certain 
prefixed time, his vouchers, papers and documents appertaining to the 
suit against Mighiel Tades, on pain that justice shall be done on the 
papers produced by Mighiel Tades to the Secretary in January last. 
Apostille : Walewyn van der Veen shall be ordered upon a certain penalty 
to produce his papers mentioned herein at the Secretary's office at the 
next Court day. Walewyn van der Veen is hereby ordered by the W. 
Court of this City to produce at the Secretarys office of this City by the 
next Court day his papers, documents and vouchers appertaining to the 
suit against Mighiel Tades in quality as attorney of Isaack de Sterre and 
that under proper inventory, on pain, if he remain in default, that justice 
shall be done on the vouchers and papers produced by the aforesaid 
Mighiel Tades. 

Schipper Isaack Gerrizen Schaap appearing states, that he is con- 
demned to deliver to Comelis Teunissen the powder had in charge from 
him; saying, whereas he had asked the Fiscal, if he could land the 
powder of the passengers and such being permitted by his Honour, he 
brought the same ashore, and in order that it should not remain on the 
street, since the public store was closed, he conveyed it to the house of 
the aforesaid Cornelis Teunissen* s country woman, maintaining that he 
had fulfilled (his engagement), inasmuch as he is not bound according to 
bill of lading to look after other goods, having landed them, also that the 
aforesaid Comelis Teunissen has summoned him about the powder in 
question after the woman, with whom the powder was left had gone away 
and therefore knows not, where he is to have his guarantee. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard the debates of Schipper Gerrisen 
Schaap persist in their rendered judgment. 

Gerrit van Tright, as curator of the estate left by Elmerhuyzen Clein, 
communicates, that Gerrit van Sleghtenhorst has a claim according to ob- 




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ligation on the estate of Elmerhuyzen Clein and does not find the debt in 
the book; demanding that the afores*? Sleghtenhorst shall have to affirm 
the justice of his claim by oath, which Sleghtenhorst offers to do. Where- 
upon Gerrit van Tright says, he is satisfied with the willingness. There- 
fore do Burgomasters and Schepens order Gerrit van Tright to satisfy and 
pay Gerrit Sleghtenhorst his claim according to obligation. 

Nicolaas du Puys demands execution of the judgment, which he ob- 
tained against Jacob Keren in date iS*? March last. The bailiff is ordered 
to put these in execution with the costs to accrue thereon from this date. 

Comelis Teunissen appearing exhibits the judgment, which he has 
obtained on the 25^ of March last ag'st Skipper Isaack Gerrisen Schaap, 
demanding execution. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution 
with the costs to accrue thereon from this date. 

Willem Willekes appearing demands again his payment from Reinier 
Willemsen, baker. Burgomasters and Schepens order the Marshal for the 
last time to levy execution without delay on Reinier Willemsen, baker; in 
order to further the same the Officer Pieter Tonneman is requested to 
lend the Marshal a helping hand. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgment ob- 
tained on the 25*? of March last against Jurrien Blanck. The Marshal 
is ordered to put these in execution. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman wishes to know, whereas some dead hogs lie 
here and there on the street, where he shall have them conveyed and by 
whom, to prevent the stench, which proceeds therefrom. He was notified 
to send the City's Negroes, whom he shall order to collect and bury the same. 

Whereas on the 18*? of March last the R! Hon**!' Director General 
and Council of New Netherland determined on a General Assembly, 
which is convoked for the tenth of April of this year, and the same being 
at hand Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that two from their Board 
shall be commissioned to attend the same and to aid in concluding, what 
shall be found to appertain to the advantage of this country; whereunto 
their W:, by plurality of votes, elected Comelis Steenwyck, Burgomaster, 
and Jacob Backer, Schepen of this City. 

Freryck Gysberzen vanden Bergh demands execution of the judg- 
ment dated 25*!* March last against Hendrick Arensen Spaniard. The 
Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 



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Tuesday 22I April 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Cornells Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Nicolaes de Meyer, Christoffel Hoogh- 
lant. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Schryver, deft, Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, one hundred and twenty gl. heavy money for twenty 
persons, which he found on Sunday being the 6^ of April in the afternoon 
after the 2I sermon at the defts. house, as well sitting as standing, drink- 
ing — @ six guilders for each person, pursuant to placard, and a year and 
six weeks prohibition of trade. Deft, says, the pltf. has not entered a 
fine against him and he tapped a little pint for strangers on account of their 
thirst. Whereas the Placards dated 26* Octob 1656 and 15* Sept^ 1663 
on the observance of the Sabbath, contradict each other. Burgomasters 
and Schepens unanimously resolve to repair on Thursday next at nine 
o'clock in the morning to the Assembly of the Director General and 
Council to speak to them on this subject; also for what reason those, 
irho reside beyond the Fresh Water are allowed to tap more on the Sab- 
bath than the tavemkeepers of this City. And in consequence the case 
was postponed so long. 

Schepen Nicolaes de Meyer, pltf. v/s Tomas Conninck, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, forty three planks according to obligation passed by 
the deft, in this case dated lo*^ August 1661. Deft, says, he has paid the 
planks, since he informed pltfs. wife, when at Fort Orange, that they were 
ready and she should send a yacht to load them in, which she also had 
promised, then did not do so, and that in the meanwhile the planks were 
carried away by the high water to the number of seventy four. Pltf. 
denies it, holding himself to the obligation, which purports, that the deft, 
must deliver the planks to the sloop and if necessary he can prove, that 
those who were to take in the plank did not find them at the place, where 
they should get them. Pltfs. wife appearing declares, that the sloop was 
sent to take in the planks, but did not find them. Deft, says, it so hap- 
pened the first, but not the second time, Pltfs. wife says, that the deft, 
informed her only once that the planks were ready for delivery. The W. 
Court order deft, to prove within the time of six weeks that pltfs. wife 
had accepted the planks in payment: in default thereof the deft, is 
ordered to satisfy and pay the pltf. 




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Pieter Pia, pltf. v/s Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. demands 
from the deft, two hundred and twelve guilders arising from the sale of 
some goods sold for him. The deft, says, he has paid the pltf. by an 
order on Jacob Leisler, from whom he must have money and the deft, 
owes him, saying further, that it stands admitted there is yet due him 
from the pltf. by balance of a/c twenty six guilders seventeen stivers. 
The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf., what is fairly due 
him. 

Thomas Lodowyckzen, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van Schorel, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft., according to settlement made by arbitrators, 
the quantity of fourteen hundred and seventy eight pounds of tobacco. 
Deft, demands copy of a/c, saying there is an error in it, to point it out 
on the next Court day. The Worshipful Court grant the deft, a copy of 
the a/c. 

Eghbert van Borssum, arrestant and pltf. v/s Aucke Jans, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltfs. wife entering prosecutes the attach- 
ment. The W. Court declare the attachment valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Smitt, deft. 
Deft, in default, 

Hendrick van de Water, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hendrick van de Water, pltf. v/s Roelof Janzen van Meppelen, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Symon Janzen Romein entering exhibits the execution granted on 
the judgment against Jan Rutgersen Moreau, and demands that it may 
take its course ; also an attachment on his goods or monies, on which he 
wishes to levy at Fort Orange. And whereas no replevin has been passed 
Symon Jansen Romeyn is ordered to demand one from the Hf Officer. 

Jacob Vis entering demands his papers used in the suit against Cor- 
nelis Pluyvier; also attachment against Pelgrom Clocq and imprisonment 
of his person, whenever found here, complaining, that he is slandered by 
him in the highest degree. Burgomasters and Schepens grant the request 
both to have the papers and imprisonment, on condition of agreeing as to 
the costs to accrue by the imprisonment. 

Mighiel Tades appearing exhibits the order granted on Walewyn van 
der Veen dated 8*? April last, and the note made thereon. Burgomasters 



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and Schepens undertake to dispose opportunely of the papers produced 
by Mighiel Tades against Walewyn van der Veen. 

Albert Alberzen appearing exhibits the bill of damages suffered and 
yet to suffer from having been arrested at the North on the part of Nico- 
laas Verlett and his goods remaining still attached ; he requests advice 
what he is to do therein. Burgomasters and Schepens order and advise 
him to notify Nicolaes Verlett, through the Court Messenger to give him 
a certificate of release so as to depart to the North, and refusing such, to 
proceed notwithstanding to the North, there exhibiting the order of this 
Court. 

Boele Roelofzen and Coenraat ten Eyck, as curators of the estate 
left by Aaltje Bickers, answer to the suit entered by Claas Gangelofzen 
Visser dated 8*? April. The W. Court order copy to be furnished to 
party to reply thereunto at the next Court day. 

Tuesday, 29*?* April 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pietcr Tonneman, Comelis Steenw}xk, Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, 
Isaack Greveraat, Nicolaas de Meyer, Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Mf Hans Kierstede appearing states, that he has made an attachment 
on the goods of Caspar ter Smitten and Joannes Sluyter in Lauwerens de 
Sille's hands and requests, that the attachment be declared valid. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens decree, that Mr Hans Kierstede shall summon 
Lauwerens de Sille and Jan Schivelbergh for the next Court day and show 
cause for the attachment; meanwhile declaring the attachment valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Smith, deft. 
Pltf. demands from the deft, a fine of one hundred and thirty two 
guilders heavy money for twenty two persons, whom he has found on the 
sixth of April being Sunday at defts. house a drinking — with prohibition 
of trade for a year and six weeks, and costs. Deft, says, there were not 
so many persons at his house, and he had no beer at the house then, only 
a little pint of beer of what remained when he tapped for Herman the 
Serjeant. The case was postponed by the W. Court until the next Court 
day. 

Evert Duyckingh, pltf. v/s Wemaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, five months rent according to lease and a/c exhibited to Court. 
Deft, says, there is no other difference between them except on the price 




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of the tobacco and a bleaching field, producing an ofifset a/c. Whereas 
the difference in a/c relates to the bleachery and the price of the tobacco 
the same is referred by the W. Court of this City to Jacques Cousseau and 
Jacob Kip, both old Schepens of this City, to take up the matter in ques- 
tion in the presence of Schepen Jacob Backer, to hear and examine par- 
ties, to discuss and decide the case and if possible endeavour to reconcile 
parties ; if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Hendrick van de Water, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Defts. 2? 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, one thousand and fifty pounds of 
tobacco according to obligation. The W. Court order deft, to bring the 
demanded tobacco in consignment of this City. 

Tomas Lodowyckzen, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van Schorel, deft. Pltf, 
demands from deft, according to settlement, payment of fourteen hundred 
and seventy eight pounds of tobacco. Deft, communicates by writing an 
error, which is in the a/c, requesting therefore, that two indifferent per- 
sons be appointed and authorized to review the a/c in presence of one of 
the Bench. Whereunto the W. Court appointed Nicolaas Verlett and 
Isaac Bedloo to take up the a/c which parties have against each other, in 
presence of the Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, to hear and examine parties 
and decide the case, and if possible endeavour to reconcile parties ; if not 
to report their award to the Court. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Symon Barenzen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, twenty guilders five stivers according to a/c 
with costs. Deft, admits the debt, promises to pay as soon as he can do 
it. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyze, deft. 
Pltf., as agent of Eghbert Beninck, says, that deft, brought from Pietertje 
Jans a coat, kettle and waterpot belonging to Eghbert Beninck, which 
Pietertje had in charge. Deft, says, he must have money from Pietertje 
and in diminution of debt bought aforesaid goods. The W. Court decree, 
that the pltf. must address himself to Pietertje Jans and not to the deft, 
for the goods, which she had belonging to Eghbert Beninck. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Lofd Grof, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, one hundred and eight guilders and five stivers in tobacco due him 
from Claas Boot according to obligation, demanding that the deft, shall 
pay the same as he had hired Nicolaas Boots bark. Deft, says, pltf. must 

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look to Nicolaes Boot and not to him and exhibits a contract made with 
N. Boot. The W. Court decree, that the pltf. shall take patience until 
Nicolaas Boots arrival. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Lofd Grof, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
on a/c of Nicolaas Boot, pursuant to obligation two hundred guilders in 
seawant. Deft, says, he has no order to pay. The W. Court decree, 
whereas the obligation stipulates no time of payment, when it must be 
satisfied, that the pltf. must wait the time of Nicolaas Boot's coming. 

Joannes Withart and Jacob Vis, pltfs. v/s Anneke La Chair, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, three hundred and twenty nine guilders ten 
stivers for beer debt. Deft, says, the matter was heretofore adjusted by 
arbitrators. Jacob Vis demands, that the matter between him and the 
deft, may be reconsidered. Jacob Vis' request being considered, the W. 
Court de novo appoint Schepen Jacob Backer and Joannes de Witt to take 
up the matter in question in presence of Schepen Isaack Greveraat in 
stead of Pieter van Couwenhoven, old Schepen of this City, to rehear and 
examine parties, to debate and decide the case ; further to endeavour to 
reconcile parties if possible ; if not to render a report of their award to 
the Court. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Anneke La Chair, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, for himself the sum of two hundred and eighty six guilders ten 
stivers, also a coverlet amounting to thirty guilders in sewant. Deft, 
admits the debt; demands time. Pltf. replying says, that deft, has in bad 
faith and to defraud the creditors, after she knew that the estate was in- 
solvent, mortgaged her house ; protesting against the said executed mort- 
gage. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn deft, to satisfy and pay the 
pltf. 

Lofd Grof, pltf, v/s Jan the Quaker, deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. 
says, he attached the deft, and requests that the attachment be declared 
valid. The W. Court declare arrest valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Smedes, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Schepen Nicolaes de Meyer, pltf. v/s Janneke Heermans, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Ditto de Meyer, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Deft, in 
default. 



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Tomas Conninck, pltf. v/s Tomas Lodowycksen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Deft, in default. 

Albert Alberzen appearing says, he understood from Pieter Jacobsen 
Marius, that the com, which he has at the North, is there attached for an 
action and claim, which the English have against Nicolaes Verlett, for 
which he had entered himself as bail and demands, that Nicolaes Verlett 
shall be ordered to send to the North as security as much property as the 
debt amounts to. The W. Court notified him to send as much property 
to the North as the debt amounts to and to collect the same again from 
Nicolaes Verlett, with costs. 

Whereas there is a difference and question between Mf Gerrit van 
Tright and Dirck Janzen van Deventer, for the settlement of which par- 
ties on both sides have requested the President of the Burgomasters and 
Schepens to appoint two arbitrators to take up the matter in question, his 
Worship appointed for this purpose Allard Anthony, old Burgomaster of 
this City and Nicolaas Verlett, who are authorized to take up the differ- 
ences of parties to hear and examine the parties touching the case, to de- 
cide the question, to reconcile parties if possible, if not to report their 
award to the Court of this City. Done Amsterdam in New Netherland 
the 2"! May, 1664. 

Tuesday, 6^ May, 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer, 
Christoffel Hooghlant. 

The R* Hon".* Petrus Stuyvesant, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen and 
Antony the Negro, defts. Pltf. demands from the deft, an issue from or 
passage to his house and land brought from Leendert the Farmer, where 
it heretofore was or at another suitable place. Deft. Gerrit Hendricksen 
says, that he took in the same with the Hon^!* General's consent, before 
the General had purchased the land and house from Leendert the Boor 
(farmer). Pltf. replying admits, that such was asked ; then says, that 
when his wife and Leendert the Boor's wife resided near the Fort the 
deft. Gerrit Hendricksen told his Honor, that no avenue was necessary 
and in consequence permitted it ; and his Honor requests the Burgo- 



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masters to inspect it. Deft, states, that the General has taken his valley 
from him without giving him back another. The General demands the 
ground brief, which being exhibited and read, it was found by the same, 
that the deft, might use the valley so long as the Company permitted and 
the General thereupon declares, that he bought the Bouwery and the 
valley annexed from the Company, with permission to the deft, to mow 
therefrom as much salt hay as his Hon^ shall be permitted to mow fresh 
hay from his, and that until farther order from the Directors; saying 
further, that such was not the main question and demands, that whoso- 
ever will pasture his land lying within a common fence must set it off. 
Whereupon the W. Court decrees, that such an order must be enacted by 
the R* Hon".* Director General and Council. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard the matter in question debated on both sides decree, that it 
shall be ocularly inspected by arbitrators for which purpose were ap- 
pointed the Burgomasters of this City, with them Jan Vigne, old Schepen 
of this City and Thomas Hall, Burgher here. 

Jan Vigne, Eghbert Wouterzen, Comelis Aarzen, Aart Cornelizen, 
Severyn Lauwerens and Comelis Jacobzen Stil appearing with the R? 
Hon".* Dr General, Jan Vigne states that the General has enclosed the 
Highway heretofore made use of and made another road, which is not 
passable in winter. Whereunto the Hon**l* General answered, he shall 
attend to it. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. says that 
deft, illegally attached his monies in Jan Schryver's hands, requesting 
that the same be declared invalid, and that deft, be condemned in a fine 
of fifty guilders for the injuries, he committed against him. Burgomasters 
and Schepens declare the attachment invalid and decree if the pltf. has 
any claim against deft, he shall summon him. 

M' Hans Kierstede, pltf. v/s Joannes Schivelbergh and Lauwrence 
de Sille, defts. Pltf. concludes, whereas he maintains he has a preference 
on the goods, actions and credits in this country of Caspar ter Smitten 
and Jan Sluyter, traders at Haarlem in Holland, on a/c of six hundred 
and sixty six guilders with the accrued and accruing interest pursuant to 
two obligations to wit, one of three hundred and sixty six guilders, due 
22^ Dec' 1663, and the other of three hundred guilders due 22 Jan^ 1664 
subscribed by both their hands, remaining with Willem Turck, merchant 



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at Haarlem in Holland, and as they have failed, that he be admitted to 
prosecute and obtain from the aforesaid goods the payment, free of costs 
and damage, the last penny with the first ; and that the attachment mean- 
while may stand good; with costs. Deft. Joannes Schivelbergh says, the 
case must be entered at Haarlem, as the obligations were executed there. 
The W. Court declared the attachment valid, until further advices be red 
from Holland relating to this matter or the obligations be sent hither. 

Joannes Schivelbergh appearing demands by virtue of procuration 
from Caspar ter Smitten and Jan Sluyter, exhibiting the same, that he 
may take possession of the goods of the aforesaid ter Smitten and Sluyter 
according to inventory made thereof by the Secretary Joannes Nevius. 
Whereupon he was informed, had such been demanded before attachment 
had been made, it could not have been refused. After which he demands 
to be discharged from the guardianship of the child left by Hendrick 
vander Walle dec**. Whereupon the W Court answered, he must request 
that from the Orphan Masters of this City. Requesting further that he 
may open the sealed papers and writings, that he may make use of them. 
Burgomasters and Schepens allow Joannes Schyvelbergh to open the 
sealed writings and papers, provided they be inventoried by the Secretary 
Nevius in presence of Sieurs Jacques Cousseau, old Schepen of this City, 
and Nicolaas Verlett. 

Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, 
deft. Defts. 2"** default. Pltf. demands from deft, on an obligation 
passed before the Secretary Joannes Nevius, the sum of three hundred 
and seven guilders in tobacco forty guilders in beavers and nineteen 
guilders ten stivers in seawant, with costs. The W. Court order deft, to 
bring the demanded sum in consignment of this City. 

Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf. v/s Janneken Heermans, deft. 
Defts. 2^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, by balance of a/c. four hun- 
dred and ten guilders sixteen stivers in tobacco, according to a/c with 
costs. The W. Court order deft, to bring in consignment to the City the 
sum demanded in tobacco. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and sixteen guilders in seawant 
according to obligation. The W. Court order deft, to bring the monies 
in consignment of this City. 



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Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, thirty seven guilders four stivers according to a/c. Deft, exhibits 
certain a/c. heretofore red from the pltf., which being examined was 
found to agree with the last a/c of the pltf. exhibited, except some 
stivers. The W. Court orders deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the thirty 
seven guilders four stivers. 

Tomas Conninck, pltf. v/s Tomas Lodowyckzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from the deft, four months fifteen days earned wages @ four hun- 
dred pounds of tobacco per month according to contract made with each 
other. Deft, says, that pltf. bound himself in the contract to teach a 
person to saw wood and as he does not know, whether that person can do 
so, he cannot agree to the payment. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. according to contract. 

Schipper Jacob Janzen Huys and Jacobus Vis, pltfs. v/s Jacques 
Cousseau and Isaack Bedloo, defts. Pltfs. demand, that the defts. shall 
be ordered to explain, what Joannes vander Meulen has given them, all 
written in a book remaining with defts., consisting in salt, sugar, ginger^ 
and other wares ; which book they demand, that they might see. Defts. 
say, that though they furnished pltfs. the a/c thereof they have no objec- 
tion to it, provided it be done in presence of arbitrators, which the Court 
found consistent with fairness and they thereunto appoint Gerrit van 
Tright and Joannes Withart, in whose presence defts. are ordered to ex- 
hibit to the pltfs. per Joannes van der Meulen's book what was done and 
effected in their case by the abovenamed van der Meulen. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Geertje Jans, deft. Pltf. says, he gave three 
** dickies " to deft, for sale, which he had given as a present to his 
nephew Joannes Hooft — as his nephew above named wrote to him so ta 
do in order to pay his debt from the proceeds ; demanding therefore from 
deft, the sum of seventy five guilders, for which the dickies are sold. 
Deft, says, she sold the dickies to M! Balthus, who will reserve, what he- 
must have from the pltf. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the 
pltf. the seventy five guilders. 

Joannes Withart, arrestant and pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen ter Heun, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, nine hundred and ninety^ 
two guilders five stivers eight pennies according to a/c exhibited in 
Court. Deft, says, he has rec? no a/c. and if he has, does not know^ 



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where it is ; and that pltf. sued him at N. Utrecht and attached his 
money. Pltf. replies, not he but his attorney did so, and that deft, at the 
time excepted to the a/c. Pltf. again appearing demands, that deft, be 
imprisoned. Burgomasters and Schepens permit the imprisonment of 
deft, and order pltf. to furnish deft, a/c of his claim. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Pietertje Jans and Jan Gerrizen van 
Buytenhuyzen, defts. Pltf. demands, that the goods which Pietertje Jans 
has of Eghbert Beninck may not be alienated and that Pietertje Jans shall 
have to pay in the monies for the goods, which she sold to Jan Gerrisen 
van Buytenhuyzen. The W. Court order Pietertje Jans to speak and 
apply to Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen for payment of the goods, which 
she sold him belonging to Eghbert Beninck and if she cannot obtain any 
payment thereby, to summon him before the Court. 

Arien van Laar, pltf. v/s Jan Teunizen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Deft, in default. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Freryck Gysberzen vanden Bergh, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen vander 
Vin, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen vander Vin, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Leentje Dirckz Servaas, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Willem Rasenburgh, deft. Deft, in default. 

Skipper Jan Janzen Bestevaar appearing demands, that he might 
attach the monies to be realized by Hendrick Jansen van der Vin from 
hire of his house leased to M' Jacob Varrevanger, and payable by the 
aforesaid M' Jacob. Burgomasters and Schepens demand the reason 
why. Whereunto he answers, that he has an acquired right against him 
and as he cannot exhibit any acte thereof, because he has none, was 
ordered to take one out and exhibit it. 

Jan Lauwerens with Jan Jampingh, Priscilla Hom and her brother, 
all children of Joris Hom (George Holmes) appearing, Jan Lauwerens 
represents, that the oldest of Joris Hom's children speak to him in quality 
as guardian with Joris Woolsy for their father's property, and as Joris 
Woolsey has removed from here, he demands to be also discharged from 



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his guardianship, offering to deliver over the monies, which he has in 
hand of the estate, saying further, that Joannes van der Meulen has at- 
tached Priscilla Horn's share. Burgomasters and Schepens decree and 
resolve, that Jan Lauwerens shall continue as guardian and that Jan 
Jampingh and Priscilla Hom being arrived at their majority shall be in 
place of Joris Wolsey and that the monies, belonging to the estate and re- 
maining with Jan Lauwerens, shall be expended for the repairs of the 
house and whatever the aforesaid Jan Jampingh and Priscilla Hom may- 
execute regarding the estate shall be done with advise and consent of Jan 
Lauwerens. 

Tuesday, 13 May 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Cornelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer, 
Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Schout Pieter Tonneman, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the two hundred guilders, which deft, should have given and 
paid him the pltf. by letter and order of Jan Paulus Jacquet and according 
to assignment. The deft, demands copy of the a/c, to answer thereunto 
at the next Court day. The W. Court order pltf. to furnish party with a 
copy of the a/c to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jacques Cousseau, arrestant and pltf. v/s Robbert Ritsco, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, six hundred and twenty four guilders 
in tobacco according to a/c. Deft, says, he offered pltf. tobacco, but he 
is not willing to accept it; also had not the a/c; therefore does not know, 
how much the debt is and what he has had. Pltf. replying says, that he 
sent the a/c to deft, yesterday and that deft, sent it back to him and the 
tobacco to be rec^ in payment was not good ; he requests, that he may re- 
move the rudder and sails of defts. vessel. The Court having given pltfs. 
a/c to deft, to go with it to Hendrick Obe and to see what he has to 
object to it, returning he states, that he has no objection to it. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens allow the pltf. to remove the defts. rudder and sails 
and order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf., the attachment remaining 
meanwhile valid. 

The Officer rising represents, that he has conveyed Robbert Ritsco 
to prison on the statement of Jacques Cousseau as having order thereto; 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 57 

then that said Ritsco is gone out of confinement violating the same ; de- 
manding therefore sixty guilders fine affixed thereunto. Jacques Cous- 
seau called hereupon and appearing is asked, who gave orders to imprison 
Robbert Ritscoe ? Answers that Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck allowed 
him to remove the rudder and sails from on board and to do all that he 
could, which B' Steenwyck admits, saying there was no mention of im- 
prisonment. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Tomas Hall, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, according to settlement nine hundred and three 
pounds of tobacco, also eighty guilders two stivers in sewant. The W. 
Court order deft, to bring the demanded tobacco and sewant into con- 
signment of this City. 

Arien van Laar, pltf. v/s Jan Teunizen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
<left. four hundred and sixty six and two third guilders for one instalment 
of the house, which deft, bought of him pltf. according to deed of sale, 
saying he has paid thereupon one hundred guilders. Deft, demands time. 
The W. Court condemn deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. 

Maria Telljer, pltf. v/s Jan Frys, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
pursuant to a certain writing of Jan Blaclets, one hundred guilders in 
sewant for rent of the house, which Jan Blacklets bought from Samuel 
Etsal.* Deft, appearing with his wife says, he has rented the house only 
for this month, offering on expiration of the time to pay the rent, if he 
•only know to whom he is to pay, whether to Samuel Etsal or to Jan 
Blacklets. The W. Court decree, that deft, shall pay Samuel Etsal the 
hire of the house, which he rented from Samuel Etsal, provided it appear, 
that Jan Blacklets is not entitled to it. 

Maria Telljer, pltf. v/s Tomas Lodowyckz, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, two hundred planks, which deft, has loaded from Pieter 
Loockermans to deliver to Nicolaes Verlett. Deft, says he brought 
away the planks, laid them on the bridge and shewed them to Nicolaas 
Verlett ; and that meanwhile they were taken off; producing copy of an 
•extract from the Minutes of this Court dated iV Nov' 1661. The W. Court 
order deft, to prove at the next Court day to whom he delivered the planks. 

* Blacklits purchased from Etsal, 23d Sept. 1663, a house and lot on the east side 
of Broadway, about midway between Beaver Street and the present Exchange Place. It 
was 34^ ft. on Broadway and ran back 18 rods (or 200 ft.) towards Broad Street. — O'C. 



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Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Leentje Dircks Servaas, deft. Defts. 2* 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, according to obligation one hundred 
guilders and eighty seven gilders according to a/c. The W. Court order 
deft, to bring the monies in consignment of this City. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. demands- 
from deft, thirty five guilders six stivers. Deft, admits the debt ; then 
says, he has a small a/c against it. The W. Court orders deft, to pay the 
pltf. on condition of deducting what shall be found justly to belong to 
him on a/c. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Willem Rasenburgh, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, sixty guilders Holland Currency, according ta 
obligation. The W. Court order deft, to bring the money or its value in 
consignment of this City. 

Anneke Antoney, pltf. v/s Maria Pia, deft. Pltf. demands, that 
deft, shall discharge the attachment, which her ded father has made onr 
seventeen guilders. And whereas the attachment is not prosecuted the W 
Court decree the same invalid and the pltf. promised to deliver to deft> 
the goods, she has in hands of Pieter Pia. 

Jacob Vis, pltf, v/s Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, deft. Pltf. says^ 
he has no demand against the deft, as what he claimed from deft, is dis- 
charged by Tymotheus Gabry in quality as Vendu Master. 

Joannes Withart and Albert Alberzen ter Heun appearing, Joannes 
Withart demands, whereas the abovenamed Albert Alberzen has appeared 
this day according to promise, that he shall be ordered to satisfy and pay 
him the sum of nine hundred and ninety two guilders five stivers and eight 
pence according to a/c, against which Albert produces an offset a/c. de- 
manding the costs in the suit which the abovenamed Withart caused him 
and still shall create; whereupon Joannes Withart demands the interest 
for his money. The W. Court appoint and authorize Jacob Kip, old 
Schepen of this City, and Isaack Bedloo to take up the a/cs of parties in 
presence of Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer, to hear and examine parties, to 
debate and decide the case in question, and to reconcile parties if pos- 
sible; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Eghbert Meindersen, pltf. v/s Otte Gerrits, deft. Deft, in default. 



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Grietje Herkers, pltf. v/s Catalyntje Jans, deft. Deft, in default. 

Gerrit van Tright requests by petition, whereas he entered into a 
certain agreement with Jan Willett dec* in date 28*?* 7*^ 1663, to send for 
some goods from Holland for said Jan Willet for which he, Jan Willet, 
should pay him according to the purchase in Holland forty eight guilders 
per cent, in pieces of eight to be counted @ forty eight stivers per piece 
of eight; and since the abovenamed Willet is dead, and the petitioner has 
offered them to Thomas Willet, father of deceased, to assume them for 
his son, notifying him thereof by the Court Messenger, who gave for 
answer thereupon : if the petitioner will summon him about it he will ap- 
pear; and as he petitioner claims, that the aforesaid imported merchan- 
dize is subject to leakage, where some of them are, requests that he may 
sell them at the charge of the estate left by the abovenamed Jan Willet^ 
to receive the monies and whatever comes short to charge against the 
estate and property of the above named Jan Willet until final payment 
with costs. Apostille: Should petitioner think he has any claim on the 
estate of Jan Willet ded he may summon therein, whomsoever he thinks 
proper. 

Tomas Conninck demands execution of the judgment, which he ob> 
tained in date the sixth of this month against Tomas Ludowyckzen, with 
costs. The Marshal is ordered to put these into execution with the costs 
to count from date. 

Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer requests execution of the judgment, 
which he obtained on 6^ May last against Janneke Heermans. The 
Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. Hendrick Jansen vander 
Vin demands execution of the judgment, which he obtained against 
Lambert Barensen in date 18^ March 1664. The Marshal is ordered ta 
put these in execution. 

Maria Verlet requests execution of the judgment, which she obtained 
on 22I January 1664 against Metje Wessels. The Marshal is ordered to* 
put these in execution. 

Tomas Lodowyckzen appearing requests six weeks time to pay the 
judgment, which Tomas Conninck obtained against him, for the tobacco,, 
which he obtained from the Virginias; whereunto was answered, he must 
endeavour to agree with his party thereupon. 

Lysbet Pieters appearing represents, that she paid Gerrit Pietersen 



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on a/c of Jan Perie, what Jan Perie had assigned to him, which the 
abovenamed Gerrit Pietersen declares by writing to have received and 
the above named Gerrit Pietersen also appearing likewise declares the 
same: the aforesaid Lysbet Pieters consequently demands the benefit of 
the payment. The W. Court order Lysbet Pieters to take out a certifi- 
cate of what relates hereunto. 

The Board of Burgomasters and Schepens resolves to present the 
following petition to the R^ Hon**!* Director General and Council of N. 
Netherland: 

To the R^ Hon".' Director General and Councillors of N. Netherland. 
Right Hon»*i« Sirs 

Burgomasters and Schepens of this City represent to your Honors 
with all respect, that whereas the OfHcer has summoned divers persons 
before them at the usual Court day for violation of the Sabbath and 
whereas there are in the last placard some points in direct opposition to 
the custom of Holland, the petitioners request your Honors to appoint a 
time to confer with your Honors thereupon, which doing, we are and 
remain — 

Under Stood — ^Your Honors faithful subjects, The Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the City Amsterdam in N. Netherland. Was signed Corfl 
Steenewyck. Lower Stood — By order of the same, signed, Johannes 
Nevius, Secrety. 

Tuesday, 13*!* May 1664. In the City Hall in the afternoon. Present 
the Heeren Cornelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Jacob 
Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land have considered the papers, documents and vouchers used on both 
sides in the suit between Mighiel Tadens, as attorney of Isaack de Sterre, 
merchant at Amsterdam in Europe, pltf. against Walewyn van der Veen, 
deft., in which pltf. in quality as aforesaid concludes, that the deft, shall 
be condemned to restore him the six hundred and thirty six guilders ten 
stivers in sewant and four hundred and seventy planks, which he received 

from him in diminution and on a/c of a mortgage * executed by him in 
* The premises mortgaged by Tades were a house and lot on the North side of Pearl 
Street, about the third lot west of the present Whitehall Street. Mortgage Book^ 1654- 
1660, 127.— O'C. 




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favour of Isaack de Sterre dated 24* April 1659 for the sum of sixteen 
hundred and fifteen guilders two stivers in beavers, and to pay the interest 
for that he has used the aforesaid sum in sewant, as also the planks or 
what he has rec*! therefor; further, to furnish him the lifted original copy 
of the aforesaid mortgage and to pay him thirty seven guilders eighteen 
stivers, book debt, with costs. Deft, denies having received the sewant 
and planks in diminution of the mortgage, but really on deposit, and 
says the suit is wholly beyond the procuration produced by the pltf. on 
which his suit is founded, concluding for its invalidity inasmuch as the 
pltf. received said power of attorney by subreption and obreption on a 
false calumnious representation in bad faith; and entering an offset suit, 
demands that the pltf. shall be condemned to repair honorably and 
profitably the damage and blame done him, by his false representations 
to Isaack de Sterre, according to the laws adduced by him; with costs. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having read, pondered and weighed whatever 
is material, adjudge and condemn the deft, to furnish and deliver to pltf. 
the mortgage which he has against the pltf. and further the six hundred 
and thirty six [guilders] ten stivers in sewan and four hundred and 
seventy planks received, as he admits on deposit from the pltf. ; also to 
pay the pltf. the thirty seven guilders eighteen stivers book debt, dismiss- 
ing, besides, parties further demand and conclusion on both sides and 
condemn deft, in the costs of this suit. Done Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land — ady as above. 

Tuesday, 20* May, 1664; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenewyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer, 
Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the deed and conveyance of his house, situate west of 
the Heerestraathy the Landgate.* Deft, says, that it was given him in 

* The premises in this suit were situate on West side of Broadway, where is now 
the cemetery of Trinity Church, and on the site or immediately North of the latter edifice. 
Vis purchased it 22^ August 1657, and sold it 18 June 1664 to Jan Meindersen, Valentine^ 
Manual, 1861, 594 ; '65, 708. It will be seen farther on, that attachments were issued 
•gainst the purchase money in Meindersen's hands, — O'C. 



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pledge because he had become security for the pitf. to Hans Stein for 
payment of tiro hundred and sixty four guilders six stiTcrs and a half, 
which he owed Hans Stein demanding from the pltf. in reconvention a 
balance of two hundred guilders eighteen stivers with interest and costs. 
Pltf. admits, that the deft, was security for him to Hans Steyn for pay- 
ment of two hundred and sixty guilders six and a half stivers, against 
which he has to bring in a piece of stuff given him and sold for him for 
three and sixty guilders, eight stivers; also seventy eight guilders fifteen 
stivers in beavers deducted from his a/c for Hendrick Jansen van der 
Vin ; the pltf. also demands from deft, a hogshead of French wine. 
Whereupon deft, says, he has credited the pltf. with that against what he 
had become security for the pltf. as principal. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard the arguments of parties on both sides against 
each other, order Jacob Vis to satisfy and pay Tymotheus Gabry four 
guilders and one stiver still due to Gabry, while Gabry is ordered to 
restore to the pltf. the deed or conveyance remaining with him, ordering 
deft, further, to produce proof at the next Court day regarding the hogs- 
head of wine. 

Willem Rasenburgh appearing says, that Hans Steyn has obtained a 
judgment against him to bring sixty guilders Hollands Currency in con- 
signment of this City, about which he has agreed with Schepen Jacob 
Backer; then requests that Hans Steyn shall return to him the seventy 
two ells Osnaburgh linen given him ; also the a/c from which the obliga- 
tion and debt arise. Whereupon he was notified to summon Hans Steyn 
herein on the next Court day. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf., as attorney of 
Isaack Vermeulen and arrestant, concludes, that the attachment issued 
against the deft's monies in Jan Mainarsen's hands shall be declared valid 
by virtue of right acquired by a judgment for the sum of three hundred 
and seventy five guilders Holland currency; and to be admitted in the 
quality in which he acts and Jan Mainersen be ordered to receive and dis- 
burse the arrested monies as far as is justly due to Isaac Vermeulen, with 
the costs incurred herein. Deft, says, he has an a/c ag'st it. The W. 
Court declares the attachment valid. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. 
prosecutes an attachment issued ag'st deft's money remaining with Jan 




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Meindersen, produces a judgment, which deft, executed in behalf of him, 
pltf., on the house which he, deft., sold to Jan Meindersen, the money 
•whereof lies ready. Deft, admits to have given the mortgage in behalf of 
the pltf. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Defts. 
^1 default. Pltf. demands from deft, thirty six guilders in sewan. The 
W. Court order deft, to bring the monies in consignment of this City. 

Schepen Isaack Grevenraat, pltf. v/s Jan van Gelder, deft. Deft, in 
•default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Joris Dopzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Eferyt (John Everett ?), 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. says, he has attached the 
defts. person. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Tomas Sanderzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Janzen Bos, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands that the arrest of the defts. 
person be declared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Jacob Vis appearing represents, that he had instituted a demand on 
the last Court day against the Officer Tonneman. The Officer answers in 
writing the entered demand of Jacob Vis. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the matter in question to Jacques Cousseau, old Schepen of this 
City, and Isaack Bedloo to take up the a/cs., which parties on both sides 
have against each other to hear and examine parties thereupon, to debate 
and decide the case and to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report 
their award to the Court. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser demands execution of the judgment, which 
he obtained against Jacob Vis on date 13^^ May last. The Marshal is 
ordered to execute these. 

This date 23^ May 1664 appeared before me Joannes Nevius, SecrefJ, 
Walewyn van der Veen declaring to appeal to the R! Hon"' Director 
General and Council of N. Netherland from the judgment pronounced 
by the W Court of this City between him and Mighiel Tades in date 13* 
of this month. 

Tuesday, 27'? May, 1664; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenewyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, 



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Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer^ 
Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Johan de Deckere, Councillor of New Nethcrland, pltf. v/s Balthazar 
de Haart, deft. Pltf. concludes for the acknowledgment or denial of a 
bailbond for one Jan Willeth dec*?, passed in favor of the pltf. in date II*^ 
Octob' last, and in pursuance thereof, for condemnation for the sum of 
four hundred and thirty two pieces of eight, with costs, damages and in- 
terest to ensue or arise according to the lapse of time ; all according to 
the afores*? bail bond and the obligation made hereupon, provided that 
execution shall be superceded to July next ensuing. Deft, admits the 
bail bond, but says the time is not yet expired. The W. Court orders the 
deft, to satisfy the bail bond to the pltf. on the day fixed. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Smitt, deft. 
Pltf. concludes according to placard for a fine of forty two guilders heavy 
money according to the rule of the Courts for that he deft, has tapped 
after ten o'clock at night, and on the 20'!" instant people to the number of 
five persons were at his house, and that there was noisy singing and chant- 
ing; with costs. Deft, says, it just struck ten o'clock, when the pltf. 
came to his house and that only two @ three persons sat and had only a 
small horn of beer. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to 
pay the pltf. the sum of sixteen guilders and order him henceforth to 
have better guard over himself herein. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jacob Teunizen Cray and Pieter 
Janzen, defts. Pltf. concludes, that the deft, shall be condemned ac- 
cording to Placard each in a fine of three guilders for having sat drinking 
after the watch was set at Hend*^ Jansen Smitts and each to pay addi- 
tional three guilders for the poor for singing and carousing there. Defts. 
say, they went forth between light and dark from on board ship to drink 
a can of beer and went away between half past nine and ten, but did not 
sing. Burgomasters and Schepens dismiss the pltf's suit and entered 
conclusion. 

Schepen Isaack Grevenraat, pltf. v/s Jan van Gelder, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, a balance of an obligation being one hundred and 
eighty nine guilders ten stivers. Deft, not appearing admits the debt in 
writing, then demands time until July. The pltf. demands payment, as 
the time has elapsed; with the costs. The W. Court condemn deft, to 




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satisfy and pay the pltf. the hundred and eighty nine guilders ten stivers. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven and El- 
bert Elberzen, defts. Pltf. demands from defts. a/c and reliqua of his 
fathers estate and that two be appointed to take up and examine the a/c. 
Defts. offer to render an a/c and reliqua on condition that the pltf. shall 
first furnish them the a/c of what he claims from the estate ; also demand- 
ing arbitrators to regulate and settle the matter. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order the pltf. to furnish defts. the a/c demanded. For the 
settlement of the matter were appointed Allard Anthony, old Burgomaster, 
and Jacob Kip, old Schepen of this City, who are authorized to hear dif- 
ferences and to examine them; further to argue and decide the matter 
and if possible to endeavour to reconcile parties; if not to report their 
award to the Court. 

Willem Rasenbergh, pltf. v/s Hans Stein, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, the obligation of his which he has in hands as he has paid him, ex- 
hibiting a/c, also certificate of notice and protest served on deft. Deft, 
says, nothing is yet paid according to obligation. The W. Court having 
looked into the a/c produced decree, that deft, must be satisfied to re- 
ceive the linen @ six stivers the ell as payment of the obligation, and 
order deft, to restore to the pltf. the obligation, which he has of his in 
his hands. 

Jan Hackinghs, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jeremy Wedderly, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, a/c of fourteen hhds of tobacco, 
which he received in Mr. Broun *s ketch on a pretended order from him, 
the pltf. Deft, says, he received no more hogsheads, than he had order 
for. Whereas the question is one of a/cs. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the matter to Tomas Willeth, Jan Lauwerens and Isaack Bedloo to 
hear parties touching their difference, to argue and examine the case, 
further to decide it and if possible to reconcile parties ; if not, to report 
their award to the Court, the attachment remaining meanwhile valid. 

Raimond Staaplefort, pltf. v/s Lambert Huyberzen Mol, Hendrick 
Lambersen Mol and Jan Ariaansen, defts. Pltf. exhibits an agreement 
and contract made with defts. before his departure for the Virginias de- 
manding fulfillment thereof. Defts. say the vessel is not yet hauled up or 
present and state that they paid some monies for the pltf., for which they 
are not satisfied. Pltf. heard herein says all is disposed of in the con- 

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tract. The W. Court order defts. to fulfill and perform the produced 
contract. 

Pietertje Jans, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, in sewant one hundred and forty two guilders for 
goods bought from her belonging to her brother in law. Deft, produces 
an offset a/c for the sum of one hundred and forty guilders arising from 
purchase of two ankers of brandy, which she rec*! from his nephew An- 
dries van Buytenhuyzen dec*! according to declaration of Hermen Dous- 
sen; producing further an agreement of division of what the pltf. and 
Hermen Doussen had in company and traded together and says that pltf. 
sold him the goods as her own. Pltf. denies it, also to have received the 
brandy. Deft, is ordered to bring his nephews a/c book to see on whose 
a/c the purchased brandy stands, and when he returned, it was found to 
stand on Hermen Doussen 's a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard parties order Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuysen, the deft., to satisfy 
and pay Pietertie Jans the hundred and forty two guilders. 

Joris Stevenzen, pltf. v/s Grietje Gerrits, widow of Pieter Andriezen, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, to be released from the payment of half a 
cow and the increase thereof. The W. Court having heard parties refer 
the matter in question to Jan Eversen Bout and Eghbert Woutersen to 
hear and examine parties touching their difference ; to reconcile them if 
possible; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Pietertje Jans, pltf. v/s Aafie, wife of Adolf Pietersen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, forty three guilders balance due of one hundred and 
thirty guilders. Deft, says, she has nothing to do with pltf., only with 
her brother in law, from whom she received the goods. The W. Court 
dismiss pltfs. action. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Jan Evering, deft. Pltf. demands one hun- 
dred and sixty guilders twelve stivers from deft, according to a/c. Deft, 
produces an award of arbitrators. Pltf. says, he has still an a/c over 
and above. The W. Court refer the matter in question to Tomas Willcth 
and Raimond Staaplefort to hear parties further and to see, whether par- 
ties have any further claim against each other than the award mentioned ; 
to examine them regarding this and to endeavour if possible to reconcile 
them; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Jan Janzen van St. Obin, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Pltf. de- 



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mands from deft, still twenty four guilders in wheat at beavers price, a 
balance of an obligation dated lo*? Octob' 1661. Deft, admits having 
bound himself by signature to pay the pltf. for Andries de Haas; then 
says he shall write and inquire, whether it has not been paid; he also 
says, he has a claim against pltf. for a tub of soap etc. Pltf. says, that 
is deducted. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to satisfy and pay 
the pltf. according to obligation. 

Govert Loockermans appearing states, that there is still due him from 
the estate left by Wolfert Gerrisen dec*? the sum of one hundred and fifty 
eight guilders in beavers and five guilders eleven stivers in sewant and 
with this view has attached the monies in Elbert Elbertsen's hands, which 
he requests shall be declared valid. The W. Court decide as the property 
and money do not rest here in this place, that the requirant has to prose- 
cute the attachment at the place, where they remain. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Otte Gerrits, deft. Both in default. 

Eghbert Meindersen, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Abraham Verplanck^ 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Allard Anthony appearing represents, that the W. Court of this City 
appointed Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck and Joannes van Brugh in 
the case in dispute between him and Schepen Tymotheus Gabry as attor- 
ney of Daniel Gabry; and as he wishes for an end of the matter, and the 
aforesaid van Brugh is not here, but is gone last year to Patria, requests 
that the W. Court may appoint another in his place. Schepen Tymotheus 
Gabry arising says, he understood from Allard Anthony, that he intended 
to go to Fatherland this year; he requests therefore that the matter shall 
be arranged by the principals ; if not that the arrival of Joannes van Brugh 
may be waited for, he having knowledge of the matter. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having considered the request on both sides, decree as the 
case was commenced here, that the matter must also be terminated here: 
appoint, for the quick despatch thereof, the Schepen Jacob Backer instead 
of Joannes van Brugh to take up the a/c of parties in question, to hear 
and examine them thereupon, to argue and decide the question and if 
possible to endeavor to reconcile parties; if not to report their award to 
the Court. 



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Arian van Laar demands execution of the judgment, which he ob- 
tained in date 13^ May last against Jan Teunisen. The Marshal is 
ordered to put these into execution. 

Hendrick van de Water demands execution of the judgment, which 
he obtained on the 29^ April last against Carel van Brugge. The Mar- 
shal is ordered to put these into execution. 

Joannes Withart appearing exhibits the a/c of costs accrued in the 
suit between Jacob Vis and Isaack Vermeulen, whose attorney he is; re- 
questing, that Jacob Vis shall be ordered, if he have any claim against 
Isaack Vermeulen to communicate it to him forthwith; further that the 
attached monies of the abovenamed Vis remaining in Jan Meinaarsen's 
hands be brought into consignment of this City. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh requests by petition, that Jan 
Meinaarsen shall be ordered to assign within the hands of the W. Court 
of this City such sum of money as he must [pay] to Jacob Vis on a/c of 
the house purchased from him ; and after assignment of the monies, that 
then he, the petitioner, and Joannes Withart, also having a suit gained 
^against the aforesaid Vis, may discuss about preference and concurrence. 
Apostille: — Whereas Joannes Withart has also made and prosecuted an 
attachment on the monies herein mentioned, the W. Court decree that 
parties have to summon each other regarding preference and concurrence 
— the monies remaining meanwhile attached. 

Sybout Clazen appearing represents, that Pieter Jacobsen Marius and 
Claas Bordingh obtained a judgment against him, and that he found by a 
certain writing that there is some money in the Orphan Chamber in Hol- 
land, which heretofore he could not find; requesting therefore delay to 
write to Holland about it, offering security for the claim. The petitioner 
is ordered by the Court to speak to parties about it. 

Extraordinary Meeting holden on Friday 30* May A® 1664. In the 
City Hall. In the afternoon. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman^ 
Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Jacob Backer, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s M' Anderson, skipper of 
M' Henry Hutson's frigate, deft. In virtue of a special bond passed by- 
Henry Hutson to him, the pltf., in date 25^ Sept» A^ 1662 and due in 



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November of said year, the pltf. demands from deft, as skipper of the 
aforesaid Henry Hutson's frigate, the quantity of four thousand four 
hundred and eleven pounds of both hides and tobacco and thirty six 
guilders seventeen stivers additional also in tobacco, demanding that by re- 
fusal of prompt and immediate payment the aforesaid frigate may be sold 
by execution, with interest and costs incurred therein and yet to accrue. 
Deft, demands delay until the next Court day. Whereupon the pltf. says 
that the deft, does so for the lapse of a year and six weeks time. Where- 
unto the deft, replies a day or two cannot serve his turn. Burgomasters 
and Schepens allow the pltf. to bring ashore the sails and rudder of the 
aforesaid frigate; and whereas the deft, demands delay until the next 
Court day, twenty four hours were granted him to answer the abovemen- 
tioned demand. 

Jan Hingsman, skipper, pltf. and arrestant on the bark the Return^ 
v/s Francis Douty, deft. Pltf. and arrestant demands from deft, (as he 
answers for aforesaid bark as agent of the owners of said vessel according 
to acte thereof dated the 5*?* Novemb' 1663 exhibited in Court) the sum 
of three hundred and ten pounds two shillings and four pence stg. for 
money disbursed for the bark at Boston and monthly wages as well for 
himself, his boys as the sailors or seamen earned on board aforesaid bark 
pursuant to a/c produced. Deft, having seen and considered the a/c, 
answers some private debts in the a/c are settled by the principals in 
Virginia, and that the pltf. has received obligations for the remainder. 
Parties being again further heard on the 31? May following, declare that 
they have agreed together to settle by arbitration the particular debts and 
a bond in favour of M' Flemming. The pltf. therefore demands from the 
deft, only the monthly wages as above payable at Boston in New England, 
as the seamen must be discharged and paid. Deft, answers, he has no 
order from the owners of the aforesaid bark, and if the pltf. can prove 
that he has so agreed with the owners, to sue the bark for it. Pltf. says 
such was not agreed to in writing, but verbally and he offers to affirm the 
same by oath, declaring that his time to navigate the aforesaid bark is ex- 
pired the middle of this month, and he should have received his pay at 
Boston, and that Knelme Winslo should take possession again of the bark 
at Boston. Knelme Winsloo appearing in Court and heard hereon declares 
that the aforesaid bark should, according to orders be received by him 



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here from Francis Douty. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard the 
arguments of parties on both sides, read and considered their writings pro 
duced and further having examined the sailors or seamen and weighed 
moreover, all that might be material, find that according to the written 
order of the owners of the ship the Return dated 6*!* Nov. 1663 the pltf. is 
not authorized to demand from deft, payment of the monthly wages both 
for him and the seamen at Boston in N. England, but that he must regu- 
late himself according to the defts. orders: decree therefore that the deft, 
shall pay the earned monthly wages here. Done Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land. Ady as above. 

Extraordinary Meeting holden on Saturday, the 31 May 1664. In 
the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck^ 
Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack 
Grevenraat, Nicolaes de Meyer, Christofifel Hooghlant. 

After disposal of the above suit enter 

Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Dauid Anderzon, skipper 
of Mr Henry Hutson's frigate, deft. Pursuant to the order given yester- 
day to the deft, by the W. Court, the deft, is asked if he be ready with 
his answer to the pltfs. demand instituted yesterday against him. An- 
swers, he is not inclined to answer to day giving for reason that he is not 
ready, but shall do it on the next Court day. Whereunto the pltf. says, 
inasmuch as the deft, has failed to answer, that he protests against all 
costs, damages and interest incurred by the bark, sails and appurtenances 
and yet to accrue; and demands that the aforesaid bark be seized by exe- 
cution to obtain his payment. Thereupon according to bottomry bond, 
maintaining that the deft, is shut out from the answer as he has not obeyed 
the order of the Court. Deft, being informed of the demand of the pltf. 
and notified, that he was yesterday allowed twenty four hours time to 
answer the demand, persists again in his answer; saying he is privileged 
to answer or not; that he is a foreigner and has enough against the de- 
mand : and being further asked, if he then persists not to serve his turn by 
the lapse of a year and six weeks time, answers that he will not take advan- 
tage of it and rejects that right, and being further heard requests a half 
hours time, which was allowed him by the Court. Deft, re-entering with 
Francois Rombout, the pltf. again demands immediate execution on Henry 




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Hutson's vessel, whereupon the deft, through francois Rombout demands 
time until the next Court day. Whereas it is the vacation and the vessel 
lies at great expence the deft, is informed, that the case cannot admit so 
long a delay; whereupon he demands time until next Tuesday. Such 
was allowed him by the Court, and he is asked if he have nothing more 
to bring in; answers nothing else except the request for an interpreter, 
which he is allowed to take. The pltf. demands if he should find further 
security necessary that he may take it wherever he may find it proper. 
Burgomasters and Schepens grant the pltf. his request. 

Extraordinary Meeting holden on Tuesday the 3I June 1664. In the 
City Hall. Present the Heeren Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen 
vander Grift, Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nico- 
laes de Meyer, Christofifel Hooghlant. 

Pursuant to the order of the last Court held on the 31V May last 
Dauid Anderzon, deft, v/s Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck, pltf., pro- 
duces his answer in writing to the demand entered by the pltf. against 
him in date 30^ May 1664, protesting for his principal for all damages, 
interest and costs already had, suffered and done and yet to suffer and 
accrue through the pltfs. procedure, to prosecute the pltf. for the same, 
wherever he shall think proper: demanding first and foremost, that he 
may finally answer with reason and concisely, that he be furnished with 
due copy of such mortgage or other special legal contract as the pltf. 
claims to have as foundation of his proceeding against Hendrick Hutson's 
vessel, concluding in case of refusal, that the pltfs demand and conclu- 
sion entered and taken against him shall be dismissed and he deft, be re- 
leased free of costs and charges therefrom; with costs. The pltf. replying 
to the answer rendered by the deft, maintains, that it is sufficient to have 
exhibited to deft, the bond executed by Henry Hutson in his favor; de- 
manding copy of defts. answer, conveyance and other papers thereunto 
depending; and says, he thinks it most prudent for the deft, that he enter 
security for the judgment of the Court in order to prevent all damage to 
the frigate, sails and other appurtenances, which may accrue through 
lengthy proceedings. Whereunto the deft, answers through his interpre- 
ter Francois Rombout, that he shall see, if he can get bail and declares, 
that though the vessel in question is entirely conveyed to him by William 



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Kerver, yet he only owns a fourth part thereof; that the other three 
fourth parts belong to the above named Kerver. The pltf. says, he can 
prove that the aforesaid vessel belonged within a year and six weeks to 
Henry Hutson and consequently still belongs to him. And whereas the 
pltf. will not give the deft, any time to see, if he can obtain bail, parties 
are ordered on both sides by the W. Court to furnish each other with 
copy of their produced papers to answer thereunto at the next Court day; 
to wit the pltf. copy of his bond to the deft, and the deft, copy of his 
entered answer, conveyance of the frigate and other papers thereunto 
depending to the pltf. 

This day the 3"? June 1664 has Jan Dammeraal confirmed by oath in 
the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens in the absence of Schout Pieter 
Tonneman, his two depositions rendered in behalf of Burgomaster Steen- 
wyck executed before the Notary Mattheus de Vos and witnesses in date 
as above. 

Tuesday, 17^ June 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, IsaackGrevenraat, Christofifel Hooghlant. 

David Anderzon, pltf. v/s Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck, deft. 
Pltf. demands that the sails of his frigate be restored to him, as he 
chartered the frigate to Jacques Cousseau; offering to give bail for the 
judgment. The deft, demands, that the pltf. shall be condemned to 
answer definitely the claim made on him in date 30^ May last on pain of 
non-suit or to give security for the judgment and that he shall also have 
to prosecute the suit to a conclusion without any delay. Burgomasters 
and Schepens allow the pltf. to receive and take the sails with him, on 
condition of previously entering sufficient bail for the judgment also of 
defending the suit in question with and against Cornelis Steenwyck and 
carrying the same without delay to a close. 

Allard Anthony, Wemaer Wessels and Hendrick Obe entering re- 
quest, that the attachment, which they have taken against Henry Hutson 's 
bark shall be declared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment 
valid. Dauid Anderzon and Francois Rombout, his interpreter, entering 
request to know if any of Henry Hutson 's creditors have attached the 
frigate ? Was answered. Yes; and that the same was done by the Hf Al- 



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lard Anthony, Wemaer Wessels, and Hendrick Obe; whereunto David 
Anderson says that he protests against them for all costs, damages and 
interest, which the bark shall thereby suffer. The W. Court directs 
•copy of the protest to be furnished to parties. 

Willem de Marshalck, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, four hundred guilders in zeawant, which according 
to obligation he promised to pay for Lauwerens Tomer. Defts. wife ap- 
pearing admits the debt, saying she cannot receive any payment from the 
people and has announced her land for sale, from which the pltf. should 
receive his pay; offering the deed and requests time. The W. Court 
order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Arent Fransen, pltf. v/s Sybout Clazen, deft. Pltf. says there is due 
liim from one Jan Ryersen the quantity of three thousand pounds of to- 
bacco, who made over to him the house and lot, for which deft, is agent in 
payment for the quantity of one thousand pounds of tobacco, exhibiting the 
writings and papers thereof: demanding therefore, that deft, in quality as 
aforesaid shall transport and convey the same legally to him. Deft, offers 
to do so, if he be legally discharged therefrom. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that the deft, in his quality aforesaid shall legally trans- 
port and convey the aforesaid house and lot to the pltf., provided the pltf. 
free him from any future claim therefor. 

Willem de Marshalck, pltf. v/s Thomas Willett, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, according to a/c exhibited nine hundred and thirty two guild- 
ers in seawan and three thousand eight hundred and thirty two pounds of 
tobacco. Deft, denies the debt and says, that the pltf. agreed with 
Thomas Hall for the sale of duffels and blankets, after which he came to 
him the next day saying, he had no particular acquaintance with Thomas 
Hall, therefore asked, if he would go bail for Thomas Hall, to which he 
answered Yes; and that he has until this day, no knowledge of the eight 
blankets and twenty four ells duffels amounting together to thirty two 
hundred pounds of tobacco. Burgomasters and Schepens decree that the 
pltf. must first prosecute and beat the principal at law. 

Arien Van Laar, pltf. v/s Thomas Willett, deft. Pltf. exhibits a 
writing concerning the matter with the deft's ded son Jan Willett and 
demands as deft, has received some hogsheads of tobacco for his son, 
that he pay him according to the aforesaid writing. Deft, says, he told 



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pltf., that he has nothing to do with his son's things, and he has promised 
him to write about it to the parents of his son's wife, which he has done^ 
but has received no answer to this date, and has placed the tobacco in 
the hands of the Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck for the benefit of the 
creditors. The W. Court decree, that the pltf. shall have to look for his 
pay along with the other creditors from the effects of Jan Willett dec''. 

Gerrit van Tright, pltf. v/s Thomas Willet, deft. Pltf. says, he 
claims, that the deft, shall have to pay him a certain contract, which he 
enterf into with his dec"^ son Jan Willet to send for some goods for him 
to Holland, which he has done, and that the goods have arrived here and 
are subject to leakage. Deft, says, it does not concern him. Pltf. reply- 
ing says, that deft, has taken some hogsheads of tobacco belonging to his 
son. Deft, rejoining says, that he has placed the tobacco in the hands of 
Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck for the benefit of the creditors. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree, that the pltf. may sell the goods he sent for 
and received for Jan Willett decf to the best advantage, and hold his 
guarantee for the damages to be thereby suffered, along with the other 
creditors, on the effects of Jan Willet dec!* 

Francois Rombouts, arrestant and pltf. v/s Francois Douty, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. as attorney of Francis Bayer demands from deft, payment 
of the sum or quantity of two thousand three hundred and seventy five 
pounds of tobacco, according to obligation, which he passed in favour of 
Francois Bayer. Deft, admits the obligation and says he has paid three 
or four persons according to obligation, demanding eight days time as he 
has not all his papers with him. Pltf. says he cannot well let the deft, go, 
as he has no security, that he will return. The W. Court condemn deft, 
to pay the pltf. in the quality in which he acts deducting what he can 
fairly prove to have been paid thereon, the attachment remaining mean- 
while valid. 

Tryntje Wessels, widow of Jan Rutgersen Moreau, pltf. v/s Claas 
van Elslant the younger, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, per a/c seventy 
six guilders eighteen stivers. Deft, says, he never had a/c thereof and 
did divers things for the pltf. as well as for her ded husband, for which 
he never received any thing. Burgomasters and Bchepens order parties on 
both sides to exchange a/c of the claims, which they have against each other. 

Jan Gerritzen van Buytenhuyze, pltf. v/s Pietertje Jans and Hermea 




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Dousen, defts. Deft. Hermen Douzen in default. Pltf. says, that deft. 
Pietertje Jans asserts, she is not bound to pay him the two ankers of brandy 
received from his nephew Andries van Buytenhuyzen dec*. Deft. Pietertje 
Jans answers, that she paid it to Hermen Dowzen in otters. Pltf. says, it 
does not appear so on the book. The W. Court decree, that Hermen 
Dousen must be heard thereon. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Otte Gerrits, deft. Defts. 2"^ default. 
Pltfs. wife appearing demands from deft, thirty guilders with costs. The 
W. Court order deft, to bring the monies into consignment of this City, 
with costs. 

Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Lucas Andriezen, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. demands profit of default. 

Schepen Christoffel Hooghlaat pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, 
deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. [says] that he has notified the deft, thro" 
the Court Messenger for payment according to mortgage and furnished 
him with copy thereof; but he sent him back word declaring he knew the 
contents thereof; demanding therefore payment according to mortgage 
with costs, interest and damage accrued or to accrue. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickz Steelman, deft. Both in 
default. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Sted* 
man, deft. Both in default. 

Reinier Rycken, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Willem Marshalck, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Jeremy Wedderly, pltf. v/s Jan Hackings, deft. Deft, in default. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Symon Barensen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Reimond Staaplefort, pltf. v/s Jan Hackinghs, deft. Deft, in default* 

Antony de Milt, pltf. v/s Jan de Witt, miller, deft. Deft, in default. 

Agnytje Hendricks, pltf. v/s Jacob Leisler, deft. Deft, in default. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser appearing says, he has attached the monies 
of Jacob Vis in hands of Jan Meinersen and that by virtue of acquired 
right, demanding that the attachment be declared valid. The W. Court 
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Jacob Vis entering demands of Schepen Tymotheus Gabry the ground 
briefs or deeds of the house and lot standing and lying west of the Heere 
Straat by the Landgate. It is ordered to exhibit the last judgment, 
which doing, parties on both sides are ordered to observe the same and 
pursuant thereunto Jacob Vis produces the four guilders one stiver, which 
were placed in the hands of Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, after which 
said Gabry delivers over the deeds of aforesaid house and lot, which were 
handed to Jacob Vis. Regarding the hogshead in question, the arguments 
of parties on both sides being heard hereupon. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree, that the hogshead in question shall avail Gabry in payment, 
whereas Jacob Vis has rendered himself security in solidum therefor; but 
in case Jacob Vis can prove the aforesaid hogshead was paid for by Solo- 
man La Chair as buyer thereof or by any of his, Gabry shall return the 
aforesaid payment to Jacob Vis. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgment which 
he obtained in date 2^^ May 1664 against Hendrick Jans Smitt. The 
Marshal is ordered to execute these. 

Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the bill of costs, 
which Hans Steyn delivers in against Willem Rasenburgh, to receive from 
him his pay, decree that the costs incurred on both sides shall be paid 
and that each shall have to bear his own. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh demands by petition to lift, under 
bail de restituendo the monies due him by Jacob Vis and that from the 
hands of Jan Meindersen unto whom they remain. Apostille: Petitioner's 
request is granted on condition, that he give bail to return the money, if 
such were found hereafter right. 

Jeremy Wedderly requests by petition, that Jan Hackingh shall be 
ordered to make good and to pay to him the damage suffered by his un- 
righteous molestation, committed against him from the 12^ May of this 
year to this date, and that an end be put to the matter. Apostille: Peti- 
tioner finding himself aggrieved by what is herein mentioned has to sum- 
mon his party hereupon and institute his action against him. 

M^ Hans Kierstede requests by petition an order that an ample 
quantity of the effects of Jan Sluyter remaining in the estate of Hendrick 
van der Walle may be sequestrated and kept in the hands of a faithful 
person of such quality and sufficiency, from which the petitioner shall be 



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able to obtain his arrears, whenever the obligations against Jan Sluyter 
shall have arrived here; free of cost and charges as he, petitioner, is not 
inclined to have any partnership of the abovenamed Sluyter in Holland. 
Apostille: Petitioner must have patience, until Lauwerens de Sille shall 
have arrived here from Fort Orange. 

Tuesday, 24* June 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Christoffel Hoogh- 
lant. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Merritje Goetbloet, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, thirty guilders heavy money for having tapped on 
Sunday morning during the sermon, saying he found five persons at her 
house. Deft, requests eight days time to bring in what she has against it. 
The W. Court grant deft, eight days time. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Tomas Conninck, deft. The H' 
pltf. demands from deft, according to Placard, ten guilders for that he 
has found with deft, unstamped measures, after the Crier had notified 
every one to have the ells, cans and weights stamped by the sworn Meas- 
urer — with confiscation of what has been found unstamped with deft. 
Deft, says, he did not hear the Crier and has been misinformed. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens condemn the deft, in a fine of ten guilders accord- 
ing to Placard. 

Dauid Anderzon, pltf. v/s Burgom' Comelis Steenwyck, deft. Pltf. 
produces, besides other pieces, his answers to the pltfs. \sic\ demand. 
Deft, says, that the pltf. communicated the answer to him yesterday and 
replies thereunto requesting, that it be rejoined to as soon as possible and 
the papers delivered over to Secretary Nevius. The W. Court order copy 
of the reply to be furnished to party to rejoin thereunto as soon as pos- 
sible, so that all the papers relating to this suit may be ready at the next 
Court day. 

Schepen Christoffel Hooghlant, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, 
deft. Defts. 2^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, one thousand and 
fifty guilders in beavers according to mortgage. The W. Court order 
deft, to bring the sum demanded in consignment of this City. 

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from deft, a year's wages amounting to one hundred guilders in seawant 
and four beavers, since he will not retain her any longer in service, pro- 
ducing an affidavit. Deft, says, inasmuch as the pltf. consumed almost a 
bottle of preserved strawberries, also biscuit of his; moreover as it came 
to his ears, that she had two fellows climb over the wall to her, whilst he 
was at church with his wife, and received no service from her, he has 
nothing to do with her. Pltf. denies having had the fellows climb over 
the wall, also having eaten the preserves; then says the children eat the 
preserves. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard and examined par- 
ties, decree and order the deft, to pay the pltf. a quarter's wages according 
to agreement. 

Dauid Anderzon, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, Hendrick Obe and 
Wamaer Wessels, defts. Pltf. concludes in writing, that defts. shall 
be condemned to indemnify and pay him the costs, damages and in- 
terest suffered by the illegal attachment of the frigate, which they pretend 
belongs to Hendrick Hutson. Defts. say, if the pltf. will declare on oath, 
that Hendrick Hutson has, of his knowledge, no share nor interest in the 
aforesaid frigate and the bill or sale was made in good faith, they will re- 
lease the vessel from arrest, and be, themselves, so far satisfied. The 
pltf. offers to do so. With which offer the defts. are content to release 
the bark from arrest and also have released her from the 21V of this 
month. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties discharge the 
frigate in question from the arrest, and condemn the defts. in the costs. 

Antony de Milt, pltf. v/s Jan de Witt, miller, deft. Defts. 2I de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and sixty two guilders 
sewant with the costs. The W. Court order the deft, to bring the sum 
demanded into consignment of this City. 

Willem de Marschalck, pltf. v/s Tomas Hall, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, four thousand nine hundred and eighty two and a half pounds 
of tobacco and thirty two guilders in beavers additional, for goods sold 
him. Deft, admits the debt and says, he had stated, he should pay as 
soon as possible fixing no positive time, and expected M' Sauy in the 
spring, with whom he should receive tobacco, but got none. The W. 
Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the sum demanded. 

Willem de Marschalck, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. 
Defts. 2^. default. Pltf. demands from deft, four thousand one hundred 



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and fifty eight pounds of tobacco according to obligation saying, fifty five 
pounds are paid thereon. The W. Court order deft, to bring the sum 
demanded into consignment of this City. 

Reinier Rycken, pltf. v/s Jan Hendricksen Steelman, deft. Defts. 2*^ 
default. 

Pltf. as attorney of the undernamed persons demands in said quality, 
according to obligations, from deft, first for a/c of Hendrick Huyg the 
quantity of a thousand and four pounds of tobacco; for a/c of Pieter 
Jansen Emilius the quantity of twelve hundred and fifty eight pounds of 
tobacco, and for a/c of Daniel van Donck three hundred and eighteen 
guilders in beavers. The W. Court order deft, to consign the sums 
demanded with the Secretary of this City. 

Benedit Aamel (Benedict Arnold), pltf. v/s Dauid Joghimzen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, eleven pounds of beaver producing a judgment 
of sequestration. Deft, says, he purchased with Tomas Jansen Mingael 
the goods, from which the debt arises and paid his share and is not in- 
debted to the deft. ; further to have settled with Tomas Jansen in pltfs. 
presence, and paid pltf. seven pounds of beaver, telling him, now I have 
paid you; asking him further, if he were satisfied with Tomas Jansen ? 
Who answered thereupon. Yes; asking him to let him take Tomas Jansen 
for the payment ; acknowledging he had nothing further to claim from 
him; promising to erase his name from the obligation, which he should 
have done had he had it by him ; offering to confirm his statement on 
oath. Pltf. denies^ that such transpired ; also offering to confirm it on 
oath: Burgomasters and Schepens having heard and examined parties 
on both sides decree and order the deft, to pay the pltf. the half of eleven 
pounds weight of beaver. 

Jeremy Wedderly, pltf. v/s Jan Hackinghs, deft. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having heard parties on both sides, refer the matter in ques- 
tion to Isaack Bedloo and Francis Rombout authorizing them to hear and 
examine parties on both sides relative to their difference, in presence of 
Schepens Jacob Backer and Christofifel Hooghlant, to argue and consider 
the case, further, to decide it; and to endeavour to reconcile parties if 
possible; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pictertje Jans, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 



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Schout Pieter Touneman, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Willem de Marschalck, pltf. v/s Rcinier Willemz, baker, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Hermen Douzen, summoned by Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuyzen 
entering, declares, that there is still to be paid the sum of fifty six guilders 
in beavers on the two ankers of brandy, which were bought from Andries 
van Buytenhuyzen dec!*, whilst he traded in company with Claas Jansen 
Ruyter and Pietertje Jans, his wife, and were entered to his a/c. 

Tomas Willet entering states, that about fourteen days or three weeks 
ago, when the case in question between Jan Hackingh and Jeremy Wed- 
dcrly was discussed before arbitrators, a certain person, who had the 
greatest knowledge of the case, asked the aforesaid Jan Hackinghs in Jan 
Lauwerens presence, if he were not content with the tobacco, which he 
had in dispute with the aforesaid Wedderly — To which he answered, Yes. 

Jan Schryver entering says, he has attached the monies of Jacob Vis 
brought by Jan Meindersen in consignment of this City, and that by 
virtue of an obligation ; demanding that the attachment be declared valid. 
The W. Court decreed, that Jacob Vis be summoned on the next Court 
day. 

Arien van Laar entering demands that [he may receive his payment 
of what he has to claim against Jan Willet dec^ from the tobacco belong- 
ing to the abovenamcd Jan Willet and remaining with the Heer Comelis 
Steenwyck. The Court decree, that notices be affixed first whereby every 
one shall be advised and notified that if any one has any claim against the 
estate left by Jan Willett ded he shall communicate the same to the Sec- 
retary Nevius, in order that from the creditors curators be appointed, who 
shall have to regulate the estate left by the abovenamed Jan Willett in 
this country. 

NOTICE. 

Notice is hereby given to all persons, that if any one has any claim 
against the estate left by Jan Willet dec*?, he shall make himself and his 
claim known to the Secretary Joannes Nevius, within six weeks from this 
date 24*^ June of the Year 1664. 

The Secretary Joannes Nevius, arising, informs the Court of this City 
that be has seen a copy of the answer rendered by or on behalf of Dauid 




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Anderson to the demand of Burgomaster Cornells Steenwyck, copied by 
Walewyn van der Veen, requesting to know, whether such copying by 
others may be done. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, No; and that 
the papers in the suit consisting of demand, answer, reply and rejoinder, 
which parties enter against each other, must be copied by the above- 
named Nevius and therefore that the fees for copying the answer afore- 
said are due him; therefore order the aforesaid Vander Veen not to 
demand them, interdicting him to do so and to be careful for the future 
on pain of not using for six weeks the pen belonging to his profession 
and from which he derives fees. 

Tuesday, the first July 1664; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Christofifel Hoogh- 
lant. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pietertje Jans, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, according to Placard a fine of ten guilders for not 
having the beer measure stamped. Deft, says, that it belongs to Willem 
Bogardus and is not her's, therefore durst not have it stamped and has no 
other measure and heretofore sold by her cup. The W. Court condemn 
deft, to pay pltf. the fine of ten guilders. 

Schepen Isaack Grevenraat, pltf. v/s Jan Jelizen Kock, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, two hundred and twenty five guilders in seawan for 
one year's house rent due first of May last. Deft, admits the debt; then 
says, the pltf. has not performed what he promised, to wit that he could 
make fire on two fireplaces, also to have the windows glazed. Pltf. says, 
such was not agreed on. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay 
pltf. the rent due deducting the damage, which by arbitration shall be 
found to have been suffered in consequences of the glass not being in- 
serted and not having two hearths, to estimate which were appointed 
Pieter van Couwenhoven, old Schepen of this City, and Hendrick van 
Dyck, who are authorized to hear and examine parties about their differ- 
ences and to endeavour to reconcile them if possible, if not to report their 
award to the Court. 

Schepen Christoffel Hooghlant, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, 
deft. Defts. third default. Pltf. demands definitive judgment and that 

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deft, shall be condemned to satisfy and pay him a thousand and fifty 
guilders in bearers according to mortgage executed agunst him. The 
W. Court condemn the deft, ex cantumaciam to satisfy and pay pitf. the 
sum demanded. 

Jacob Kip, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen, ship carpenter, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft a boat, which he undertook to build for him and must 
have been long ago ready. Deft, says, the boat is almost finished and 
has yet about three @ four days work on it. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order deft, to have ready within fourteen days time the boat, which he 
undertook to build for the pltf. and in default thereof the pltf. may have 
recourse against him for the damage, which may be therefrom suffered. 

Willem de Marschalck, pltf. v/s Reinier Willemsen, baker, deft. 
Defts. second default. Pltf. demands from deft, nine hundred and thirty 
two guilders in sewant. The W. Court order deft, to bring the monies in 
consignment of this City. 

Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen, pltf. v/s Pietertje Jans, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, fifty six guilders in beavers. Deft, denies the debt, 
as she did not receive the goods; acknowledges an acte of separation be- 
tween her and Hermen Doussen to have been executed before the Notary 
Mattheus de Vos and witnesses; then says, she was constrained thereunto. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, seen and read the deed 
of seperation from copartnership in merchandise between her and Hermen 
Doussen, order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the fifty six guilders 
in beavers. 

Jan Schryver, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
the sum of six hundred and fifty two guilders nine stivers according to 
obligation dated 26^ August 1662. Deft, admits the debt. The W. 
Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Sara Verbrugge, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. says, he handed Claas van Elslant the judgment against 
Carel van Brugge and that he gave it up to Carel. Elslant denies it. 
The W. Court order Claas van Elslant the younger to return the judg- 
ment to Claas Gangelofzen. 

Arent Janzen Keuninck, pltf. v/s Jan Bru)m, deft. Pltfs. wife enter- 
ing demands from the deft, a canoe loaned by her and not returned, 
whereby she has been much inconvenienced. Deft, says he brought the 



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canoe back to the place, from whence he took it and where he was 
directed by the pltf. to bring it. Pltf. says, that the deft, should have 
made her aware of that. Burgomasters and Schepens refer parties to 
Tomas Hall and Abraham Verplanck to hear and examine them and to 
reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Tryntje Wessels, widow of Jan Rutgerzen Moreau, pltf. v/s Claas 
van Elslandt the younger, deft. Pltf. again demands from the deft, 
seventy six guilders eighteen stivers with costs. Pursuant to the order of 
the last Court day, deft, is asked, where his a/c is ag'st the pltf. Answers^ 
was first notified on last Saturday. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn 
the deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. the sum demanded with costs, deducting 
what is justly due him. 

Jeremy Wedderly, pltf. v/s Jan Hackingh, deft. Pltf. says, he sum- 
moned deft, for having slandered him for a rogue. Deft, answers, that 
before this action is instituted the first case in question must be settled, 
which question was referred in date 24 June last to arbitrators, who have 
delivered to the Court a report of their acts and award. After divers 
arguments passed over and hither between parties Jan Hackings offers 
to give security in one hundred pounds stg., that he shall prove within 
three months time, that Jeremy Wedderly agreed with Capt. Coeck to 
bring for half a crown each hogshead on board his ship, and if he cannot 
prove it within the aforesaid three months, he will forfeit the aforesaid 
hundred pounds sterling to the behoof of the abovenamed Wedderly; 
with which Wedderly declares himself satisfied. 

Lambert Huyberzen Mol and Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, pltfs. v/s 
Raimond Staaplefort, deft. Pltfs. demand payment from deft, of what 
they earned in defts. bark according to award of arbitrators, exhibiting the 
award. Deft, shews the contract made regarding the repair of the bark with 
the pltfs. previous to his departure to the Virginias, demanding the loss and 
interest suffered by the delay of the work. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the matter in question to Pieter Jacobsen Marius and Lauwerens 
Comelissen vander Well, authorizing them to take up the work and see if 
the same be executed according to contract, and if so executed to estimate 
what has been earned by over work, and to render a report of their award 
to the Court. 

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default. Pltf. demands from deft, five hundred guilders according to 
Placard, and to be excluded from trade for one year and six weeks, as he 
found twelve Indians at defts. The W. Court order the deft, to bring 
the sum demanded into the consignment of this City. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Gerrit van Tright, deft. Deft. 
in default. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Isaack Bedlo, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, arrestant and pltf. v/s Reinier Pieterzen, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickz: Steelman, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Dirick Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Willem de Marschalck entering demands execution with the costs, 
which he obtained in date 17*^ June against Eghbert Meindersen, and 
against Tomas Hall in date 24 June following. The Marshal is ordered 
to levy execution on these with costs. 

Pietertje Jans demands execution of the judgment, which she ob- 
tained against Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuyzen in date 27 May. The 
Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

Dauid Anderzon rejoins to Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck's reply. 
The W. Court orders copy to be furnished to party and parties on both 
sides are ordered to desist from further productions, to exchange papers 
with each other and to produce their deduction and principal intendit by 
inventory on the next Court day. 

Reinier Rycken demands execution of the judgment, which he ob- 
tained in date 24 June last against Jan Hendricksen Steelman. The 
Marshal is ordered to put these into execution. 

Agnytje Hendrickx demands execution of the judgment which she ob- 
tained in date 24 June last against Jacob Leislaar. The Marshal is 
ordered to execute these. 



Tuesday, 8* July 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift Jacob 
Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Pltf. dc- 




i664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 83 

canoe back to the place, from whence he took it and where he was 
directed by the pltf. to bring it. Pltf. says, that the deft, should have 
made her aware of that. Burgomasters and Schepens refer parties to 
Tomas Hall and Abraham Verplanck to hear and examine them and to 
reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Tryntje Wessels, widow of Jan Rutgerzen Moreau, pltf. v/s Claas 
van Elslandt the younger, deft. Pltf. again demands from the deft, 
seventy six guilders eighteen stivers with costs. Pursuant to the order of 
the last Court day, deft, is asked, where his a/c is ag'st the pltf. Answers, 
was first notified on last Saturday. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn 
the deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. the sum demanded with costs, deducting 
what is justly due him. 

Jeremy Wedderly, pltf. v/s Jan Hackingh, deft. Pltf. says, he sum- 
moned deft, for having slandered him for a rogue. Deft, answers, that 
before this action is instituted the first case in question must be settled, 
which question was referred in date 24 June last to arbitrators, who have 
delivered to the Court a report of their acts and award. After divers 
arguments passed over and hither between parties Jan Hackings offers 
to give security in one hundred pounds stg., that he shall prove within 
three months time, that Jeremy Wedderly agreed with Capt. Coeck to 
bring for half a crown each hogshead on board his ship, and if he cannot 
prove it within the aforesaid three months, he will forfeit the aforesaid 
hundred pounds sterling to the behoof of the abovenamed Wedderly; 
with which Wedderly declares himself satisfied. 

Lambert Huyberzen Mol and Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, pltfs. v/s 
Raimond Staaplefort, deft. Pltfs. demand payment from deft, of what 
they earned in defts. bark according to award of arbitrators, exhibiting the 
award. Deft, shews the contract made regarding the repair of the bark with 
the pltfs. previous to his departure to the Virginias, demanding the loss and 
interest suffered by the delay of the work. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the matter in question to Pieter Jacobsen Marius and Lauwerens 
Comelissen vander Well, authorizing them to take up the work and see if 
the same be executed according to contract, and if so executed to estimate 
what has been earned by over work, and to render a report of their award 
to the Court. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Defts. 2*^ 



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default. Pltf. demands from deft, five hundred guilders according to 
Placard, and to be excluded from trade for one year and six weeks, as he 
found twelve Indians at defts. The W. Court order the deft, to bring 
the sum demanded into the consignment of this City. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Gerrit van Tright, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Isaack Bedlo, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, arrestant and pltf. v/s Reinier Pieterzen, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickz: Steelman, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Dirick Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Willem de Marschalck entering demands execution with the costs, 
which he obtained in date 17*^ June against Eghbert Meindersen, and 
against Tomas Hall in date 24 June following. The Marshal is ordered 
to levy execution on these with costs. 

Pietertje Jans demands execution of the judgment, which she ob- 
tained against Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuyzen in date 27 May. The 
Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

Dauid Anderzon rejoins to Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck's reply. 
The W. Court orders copy to be furnished to party and parties on both 
sides are ordered to desist from further productions, to exchange papers 
with each other and to produce their deduction and principal intendit by 
inventory on the next Court day. 

Reinier Rycken demands execution of the judgment, which he ob- 
tained in date 24 June last against Jan Hendricksen Steelman. The 
Marshal is ordered to put these into execution. 

Agnytje Hendrickx demands execution of the judgment which she ob- 
tained in date 24 June last against Jacob Leislaar. The Marshal is 
ordered to execute these. 

Tuesday, 8*^ July 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift Jacob 
Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Pltf. de- 




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mands from deft, according to Placard a fine of five hundred guilders 
heavy money for having tapped on Sunday to twelve Indians, and some 
he has found drunk: all with costs. Deft, says, the Indians came drunk 
to his house and he tapped small beer for them, but no strong beer. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens condemn deft, in a fine of thirty guilders for that 
drunken Indians were found on Sunday at his house. 

Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Henry Hutson, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, according to a bond, executed by deft, in his 
favour, the quantity of four thousand four hundred and eleven pounds of 
tobacco and hides and in addition thirty six guilders seventeen stivers in 
tobacco, demanding that deft, shall be condemned to satisfy and pay it 
to him. Deft, admits the debt. The W. Court condemn the deft, to 
satisfy and pay the pltf. according to bond. 

AUard Anthony, Wemaer Wessels and Hendrick Obe, pltfs. v/s 
Dauid Anderzon, deft. Pltfs. say, that the deft, has had them notified 
to satisfy and pay him the costs according to judgment, and they gave 
him for answer, that he should furnish them with the particulars thereof, 
and have given him notice thereof through the Court Messenger and that 
the deft, demanded copy of the notice, which they furnished him. Deft, 
again demands notarial copy of the notice. The W. Court order the deft, 
to furnish the pltfs. particulars of costs and that within the time of thrice 
twenty four hours on pain of nonsuit. 

Henry Hutson, pltf. v/s Dauid Anderzon, deft. Pltf. demands his 
vessel from deft, and requires to know why he detains it from him. Deft, 
demands before he answers to the main question, that pltf. shall enter 
security for the costs of the suit, offering to do the same; and then to 
answer. Pltf. maintains, that he is not bound to give security for his 
own property, and says that every one knows, that the vessel is his prop- 
erty. Burgomasters and Schepens order parties on both sides to give 
security for the costs to accrue and the deft, is ordered then to answer 
the demand on the next Court day. 

Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, pltf. v/s Reinier Willemsen, baker, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, fifty one guilders in beavers, for which 
he must return back to deft, seventy seven guilders ten stivers in sewant; 
saying he will reckon it at twenty guilders per beaver. Deft, says, had 
the pltf. given him the sewant he should have paid him the beavers, offer- 



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ing to calculate the sewant @ sixteen guilders per beaver, the rate at which 
the seawant was traded at the time he loaned it to pltf. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having heard parties decree, that the seawant shall be cal- 
culated @ twenty guilders per beaver. 

Lambert Huyberzen Mol, pltf. v/s Raimond Staaplefort, deft. Pltf. 
demands from the deft, one hundred and seventy five guilders eighteen 
stivers; exhibits the award of the arbitrators appointed by the W. Court 
in the case in question between him and the deft, on the last Court day. 
Deft, offers to pay, provided that the pltf. shall give security, that the 
bark is well built. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, and 
seen the award of arbitrators order Raimond Staaplefort to pay Lambert 
Huyberzen Mol the sum of one hundred and forty guilders eighteen 
stivers for wages and disbursements. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Defts. 
2*^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, five hundred and four guilders in 
seawant per a/c. The W. Court order deft, to bring the monies in con- 
signment of this City. 

Dirck Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Defts. 2^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, a gun given him to be repaired. The 
W. Court order deft, to bring the gun into consignment of this City. 

Albert Alberzen, pltf. v/s Nicolaes Verlett, deft. Deft, in default. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Abraham Verplanck, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Claas van Elslandt, the younger, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Lauwerens, pltf. v/s Hendrick Willemzen, baker, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Symon Boyer, pltf. v/s Raimond Staaplefort, deft. Deft, in default. 

Margriet Reddel, arrestant and pltf. v/s Tomas Crabbe, arrested and 
deft. Both in default. 

Margriet Reddel, pltf. v/s Symon Barenzen, deft. Both in default. 

Dirck Clazen Pottebacker, pltf. v/s Symon Janzen Romein, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Tomas Lodowyckzen, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van Schorel, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Dauid Anderzon, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Pltf. produces cer- 



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tain interrogatories, requesting that deft, shall be heard thereupon under 
oath. Burgomasters and Schepens commission from their Board Tymo- 
theus Gabry and Isaack Grevenraat to hear and examine the deft, under 
oathy at pltfs. request, in presence of the Officer Pieter Tonneman, on the 
interrogatories by him produced. 

Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen and Tryntje Wessels demand execu- 
tion of the judgment which they have obtained against Pietertje Jans and 
Claas van Elslandt the younger in date first July 1664. Apostille: The 
Marshal is ordered to levy execution on these. Schepen Christoffel 
Hooghlant demands execution of the judgment, which he obtained in 
date first July 1664 against Jan Hendricks Steelman. Apostille: The 
Marshal is ordered to levy execution on these. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser demands execution of the judgment, which 
he obtained in date 20^ May 1664. ag'st Carel van Brugge. Apostille: 
The Marshal is ordered to levy execution on these. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser entering communicates, as he intends to 
depart by the first opportunity to Cura9oa, that he delivers up to the 
Court what is in his hands, whether writings, books or papers concerning 
the estate left by Symon Hermsen Cort, also of the insolvent estate of 
Nicolaas Velthuyzen. Burgomasters and Schepens decree and order him, 
to deliver them over to his fellow-curator, appointed with and besides 
him; to wit, regarding the estate of Symon Hermsen Cort to Jacob Kip, 
old Schepen of this City; and to Pieter Jacobsen Marius regarding the 
estate of Nicolaas Velthuyzen and to take a receipt. 

Willem Abrahamzen van der Borden and Daniel Verveelen appear- 
ing represent, that a tannery is established between their houses and lots 
and as they fear their water shall be thereby spoiled and they shall also 
have to endure great stench from the tanning of skins, they request, that 
such be forbidden, especially the digging of a pit, in which the skins are 
soaked or washed. Burgomasters and Schepens decree as others have 
been allowed to make a tannery behind their house and lot, such cannot 
be forbidden. 

Jeremy Wedderly asks by petition to know, whether Burgomasters 
and Schepens are satisfied with the bail bond executed by Jan Hackingh. 
Apostille: Burgomasters and Schepens are satisfied with the bail bond 
executed by Jan Hackingh. 



88 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

On the petition of Hendrick Janzen Smitt, wherein he requests, that 
two may be appointed to value the pay which he has to offer Pieter 
Jacobs: Marius and Claas Bordingh as curators of the estate left by Anna 
Comelis ded; also release from such interest as the aforesaid curators 
demand from him, inasmuch as he has not refused payment from the first 
instance. Apostilled: Burgomasters and Schepens persist in their ren- 
dered judgment and appoint Jacob Kip, old Schepen of this City, and 
Isaack Bedloo to estimate and value the goods, which shall be offered in 
payment. 

The Burgomaster and the Presiding Schepen communicate to the 
Board of Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens, that they were invited to the 
Assembly of the R! Hon^® Director General and Council, and that the 
Director Gen! and Council read to and informed them, that they have 
understood by reports of persons worthy of belief, that a ship arrived 
some weeks ago at Boston in New England from Old England bringing 
also intelligence, that two frigates and a fly-boat, each mounted with be- 
tween 40 @ 50 guns, lay at Portsmouth ready to go to sea, having on 
board three hundred soldiers and each ship one hundred and fifty sea- 
men; and one Capt. Clercq arrived fourteen days afterwards at Boston, 
relating for news, that the same ships had gone to sea; further that a 
friend had spoken with one Capt. Bryden at Boston, who told him that 
he firmly believed, the ships were already arrived in the west. And after 
this was stated and communicated to them, the Director General and 
Council asked them, what is to be done and resolved therein. To which 
they gave for answer, that they knew not, whether they were sent for as 
Burgomasters and Schepens or as associates. Whereunto the Director 
General and Councillors replied as Burgomasters and President Schepen ; 
proposing the following points to give their advice thereupon : — 

Firstly, whether it were best to let the vessels remain here which lie 
here in the road and to be on the look out, or whether they should be 
despatched forthwith to Fatherland ? 

2. How shall we have to act at this conjuncture ? 

3. And if the ships should come here, what is then to be done ? 

To give advice thereupon Burgomasters and the President Schepen 
answer, they must communicate it to the whole Board, to receive their 
opinion thereon, which being allowed them with request to make it known 



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to the Director General as soon as possible ; they have communicated the 
same now with the request to give their advice on the preceding proposi- 
tions. 

Such being taken into consideration, it is by the Board of Schout, 
Burgomasters and Schepens unanimously resolved: — 

Firstly that the skippers ought to be warned in time to be on their 
guard. 

2. That it is necessary to bring this place forthwith into a posture of 
defence, to which we daily use our possible endeavours. 

3. And should the ships come here to be on our guard and to wait, 
what directions and order they may have and to regulate ourselves then 
according to the circumstances of the time. The Director General and 
Council need not doubt, but the Burgomasters and Schepens together with 
the commonalty, shall exert themselves as much as they have done here- 
tofore. 

N : B. A letter of requisition for Schepen Isaack Grevenraat, regis- 
tered in the blotter on the 8* of July 1664. 

Extraordinary Meeting holden on Wednesday the g^ July 1664: In 
the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack 
Grevenraat, Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Tomas Wells and Jan Hackingh, pltfs. v/s Raimond Stapelfort, deft. 
Pltfs. demand from deft, an anchor and rope according to charter party. 
Deft, says, he cannot answer at present, as he was not warned in time nor 
did he get any reason for the summons ; requesting copy of the demand 
to answer thereunto. The W. Court grant the deft, copy of the demand 
to answer thereunto at the next Court day, and parties on both sides are 
ordered to give in to the Court in Dutch their papers documents and 
principal intendit, which they shall produce against each other. 

Tuesday I5*^ July, 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Christoffel Hoogh- 
landt. 

Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Henry Hutson, deft. Pltf. demands from 



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deft, payment of four hundred pounds of tobacco for a painting given 
him in the Virginias and sold by him there. Deft, admits the debt. The 
W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Hendrick Obe, pltf. v/s Henry Hutson, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, nineteen hundred pounds of tobacco according to obligation. Deft, 
admits the debt. The W Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Wemaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Henry Hutson, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, eight hundred and fifty pounds of tobacco according to obligation. 
Deft, admits the debt. The W. Court orders deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Henry Hutson, pltf. v/s Dauid Anderzon, deft. Pltf. again demands 
from the deft, his vessel, which he retains from him. Deft, produces his 
answer in writing pursuant to the order of the last Court day. Pltf. re- 
plying wishes to know, how the vessel is gone from him and if the con- 
veyance is good. Deft, producing the conveyance, the pltf. is shewn his 
hand signature and seal and is asked if he has not so written and set his 
seal ? Thereupon answering says, in truth and on affirmation by oath he 
cannot say, that it is his signature, absolutely denying that it is his seal; 
and that the deft, must prove it. The W. Court order the deft, to prove, 
that the signature, which is to the deed is Henry Hutson's signature. 

Albert Alberzen, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Verlett, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, as per a/c one hundred and twenty three guilders for cost and 
damage suffered by attachment of his person and goods at the North for 
payment of expences on a horse brought from the North here according 
to what he, the pltf., instituted against the deft, in date 19? February of 
this year. Schepen Jacob Backer appearing for the deft, and rising up 
exhibits a letter written to the deft, by him, who has issued the attachment 
against the pltf's person and goods, wherein he requests, that the deft, 
should send him over the payment the soonest possible, and that the goods 
are released from attachment. Pltf. replying says, such was done recently 
on the deft's writing, and he has meanwhile suffered great damage. Jacob 
Backer in the quality in which he acts concludes the pltfs. demand to be 
unfounded, as the whole does not amount to more than four pounds and 
ten shillings sterling and had to leave so much attached, and he must 
apply for the damage of what more is arrested to him who has done it; 
saying that he pltf. will not be refused the interest of the four pounds ten 
shillings which he has lost. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard 



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parties on both sides and seen and considered the a/cs produced by the 
pltf. decree, that deft, shall have to pay the pltf. the sum of six guilders 
in beavers for the arrest by the Constable; further ten guilders in sewant 
for loss of two days lying in arrest; also ten guilders for remaining two 
days at Onquey to settle the matter; also twenty guilders likewise in 
sewant for damage, that the payment lay under attachment. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, about fifty six guilders in beavers belonging to him for interest 
by non-payment of a bill of exchange. Deft, demands in reconvention 
from pltf. sixty guilders eleven and two third stivers in beavers and five 
guilders and four stivers in sewant. Pltf. says, that the deft, promised 
him proper interest offering to affirm so under oath, or that deft, shall 
confirm tlie contrary under oath. Deft, says, he did not promise any 
interest, but a present. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, 
to pay the pltf. due interest @ ten per cent from date because he has not 
paid the pltf. at the proper time; and appoint Jacob Kip, old Schepen of 
this City, and Isaack Bedloo to compute the interest in case parties can 
not settle the a/c together. 

Tomas Lodowyckzen, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van Schorel, deft. Defts. 
2^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty six guilders in beavers ac- 
cording to obligation. The W. Court order deft, to bring the monies in 
consignment of this City. 

Jan Lauwerens, pltf. v/s Hendrick Willemzen, baker, deft. Defts. 
2^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, seven beavers according to obliga- 
tion. The W Court order the deft, to bring the monies in consignment 
of this City. 

Nathaniel Zeeman, Nicolaas Prett and Ritzert Bartelott, pltfs. v/s 
James Capps, deft. Pltfs. demand from deft, their earned monthly wages 
and freedom from the vessel saying, that the deft, promised to pay them 
and to give them freedom at the first place, to which they should come. 
Deft, denies it. Pltfs offer to confirm it by oath or prove it by two in- 
different persons. Deft, demands from the pltfs. by writing in reconven- 
tion, what they have taken from him. 

Philip Asban entering prosecutes an attachment made on a parcel of 
Ambergris (for his masters in London) in the hands of the widow Litsco 
and says, he has summoned James Caps to hear reasons for the attach- 



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ment and, demands that James Caps shall prove, that he took the papers 
from his chest, as he has accused him with it. Burgomastejs and Schepens 
refer the matter in question to Covert Loockermans, old Schepen of this 
City, Tomas Willet, Jan Lauwerens and Isaack Bedloo to hear parties, to 
examine and decide the case and if possible endeavour to reconcile par- 
ties; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Lucas Dirckzen entering demands, that he may lift the monies, which 
Denys Isaacksen brought in consignment of this City for Pieter Jansen, 
mason. Whereupon Lucas Dircksen was informed, that they were taken 
in date 22I May 1663 by Oloff Stevenzen van Cortlant, and he must take 
out an acte thereof. 

Burgomast' Comelis Steenwyck requests, that David Anderzon shall 
be ordered to exchange with him the papers, which he shall produce 
against him at law, and says he will not make use of the letter, of which 
Dauid Anderzon demands copy; further protests for the costs, damages 
and interest hitherto suffered by delay and still to accrue. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order Dauid Anderson to exchange with Burgomaster Cor- 
nelis Steenwyck the papers, which he intends to produce in the suit 
against him; and what relates to the demanded copy of the letter, written 
by Henry Hutson to him. Burgomasters and Schepens decide such is not 
necessary as the Burgomaster will not make use of it in the suit at law 
instituted against him. 

Freryck Gysberzen vanden Bergh entering demands that he may 
take his money due him by Jacob Vis and brought in consignment to this 
City. He is ordered to obey the judgment of the Court; to enter bail 
and return in the afternoon. 

Joris Dopzen entering, is handed the fl. 46 brought by Jan £ver3rn 
in consignment of this City and belonging to him according to award of 
arbitrators. 

Metje Wessels and Dirck Wessels demand execution of the judgment, 
which they obtained on 8^ of this month against Jan Hendrickzen Steel- 
man. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

Hendrick Obe entering states, that he with AUard Anthony and Wer- 
naar Wessels have caused Dauid Anderzon to be notified of the order of 
Burgomasters and Schepens dated 8^ of this month in order to have par- 
ticulars of a/c pursuant thereunto. 



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This date i6*?* July, Freryck Gysbersen vanden Bergh has lifted 
through Abraham his wife's son by a former marriage, the monies due 
him by Jacob Vis to the sum of fl. 259. 9. from the consignment of this 
City, brought there by Jan Meindersen ; and pursuant to the order on his 
petition in date 17? June of this year, Nicasius de Sille and Pieter Tonne- 
man have given bail for him, as required. 

Wednesday, 16 July, 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren'Pieter 
Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Jacob 
Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman concludes, as Hendrick Jansen Smitt has 
hanged himself and destroyed his life on the branch of a tree at the Kalck- 
hoeck on this side of the Fresh Water, that his goods shall be forfeit, the 
corpse drawn on a hurdle as an example and terror to others, and brought 
to the place, where it was found hanging and there shoved under the 
earth; further that a stake, pole or post shall be set there in token of an 
accursed deed. 

Burgomasters and Schepens " administering justice in the name and 
on the behalf of the Noble, High and Mighty Lords States General of the 
United Netherlands of the Hon"* Lords Directors of the Privileged West 
India Company and the Hon^!" Director General and Council of N. 
Netherland," * having considered the Officer's conclusion adjudge and 
sentence, (whereas Hendrick Jansen Smitt has been an old Burgher here, 
of whom no bad behaviour was ever heard, and as his next neighbours, 
eight in number, entering, have requested a decent burial,) that the body 
shall be interred in a comer of the Church yard in the evening after the 
ringing of the nine o'clock bell; further the forfeiture of his goods left 
by him to be applied as is proper. Thus done and adjudged by Burgo- 
masters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Netherland. Ady 
as above. 

Hendrick Kip the elder, Hendrick Willemsen, baker, Jacob Teunis 
Kay, Teunis Cray, Frans Jansen van Hooghten, Ambrosius Weerhem, 

* The passage within qnotation marks in this judgment was in the margin of the 
Record, having been subsequently added for reasons set forth at page 94. Haying a 
reference (ihus t) coinciding with a similar one in the body of the text, the passage was 
here entered accordingly in its proper place by the Tr. 



94 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

Nicolaes Backer and Pieter Winster, hatter, entering request in the name 
of Hendrick Jansen Smiths surviving widow, that the body shall be 
honourably committed to the earth, as Hendrick Jansen Smitt was an old 
Burgher.* 

The above sentence is handed by the Officer Pieter Tonneman and 
Secretary J : Nevius to the Rt. Honble Director General and Council in- 
closed in the following letter. 

Honourable Valiant Sirs, — 

Whereas Hendrick Jansen Smitt has hanged himself in the Kalck- 
hoecky on which deed the Officer entering his demand, the Burgomasters 
and Schepens pronounced the enclosed sentence, which Burgomasters 
and Schepens request you R! Hon*^^ to approve; and remain — Under 
Stood — Your Honours' affectionate subjects The Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Netherland, Signed Cornells 
Steenwyck. Lower Stood By order of the same — Signed, Joannes 
Nevius Secrety. At the side stood — Done Amsterdam in N. Netherland 
the 16*!* July 1664. 

To which above written letter and enclosed judgment, the following 
answer was given by the Director General and Council of N: Netherland 
and placed in the hands of Burgomasters and Schepens. 

On the request of the W. Burgomasters and Schepens of this City to 
the effect that the Director General and Council should approve the 
sentence this day pronounced by the said Burgomasters and Schepens re- 
garding the suicide Hendrick Jansen Smitt — Serves for answer: — ^that 
though the Director Gen*l and Council for reasons thereunto moving de- 
ferred the pronouncing of the judgment on this criminal action for this 
time and until further advice to Burgomasters and Schepens, the Director 
General and Council find that the Court have, moreover, omitted to state, 
as it should be, in the judgment by whose authority and qualification the 
judgment was delivered by them. Though there is no objection to the 
sentence itself as it is couched, yet it or its form they cannot approve, 
unless the abovementioned required circumstances be entered and written 
therein; which being done the aforesaid sentence is hereby approved. 
Thus done in the Assembly of the Hon"* the Director General and Coun- 

* N.B. This petition is presented after the HT Officer hath instituted his demand 
and before the sentence was pronounced. 



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cil of N. Netherland holden in Fort Amsterdam: Ady i6 July 1664. Was 

signed, P: Stuyvesant. Lower Stood By order of the same. Signed C. 

V. Ruyven, Secretary. 

Copia. 

Extract from the Register of Resolutions of the R^ Hon^"* Director 

General and Council of N. Netherland adopted at their Assembly. 

On Wednesday the 16 July 1664. 

At the Meeting in the Council Chamber in Fort Amsterdam appeared 
the W. Schout, Burgomasters and President of the Schepens of this City 
requesting in the name of the W. Court of this City, in substance, that 
they be not abridged in their obtained privileges, which empower them, if 
their Schout were prevented, to inform themselves in the first instance of 
murderers and to apprehend the same, as the Fiscaal this day had pre- 
vented the Schout taking away from there the dead body of Hendrick 
Jansen Smith, found this day hanging at the entrance of the Kalck-hoeck^ 
as he ought to have done; maintaining, further, that all offenders within 
the jurisdiction of this City should first be apprehended by their Schout 
and if such were first caught by the Fiscaal or his substitute, that in such 
case he ought to be handed over a prisoner to their Schout except the 
Company's servants who, their W: understand if apprehended in any 
committed offence by their Schout in absence of the Fiscal or his deputy, 
such prisoner shall in like manner be delivered up to the Fiscaal. 

To the petition of the W. Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens serves 
for answer, that as said Burgomasters and President of the Schepens de- 
clare, that the Schout of this City was officially by the dead body of him, 
who hanged himself, before the Fiscaal, it is decreed that the said dead 
body shall be placed in the hands of the abovementioned Schout Tonne- 
man, to be proceeded against before the W. Court of this City according 
to the form of law, and sentenced conformably to their instruction. 

What appertains to the second petition, that all offenders who may 
be apprehended within this City's jurisdiction by the Fiscaal or his deputy, 
may be placed in the hands of the Schout of this City, it is thereupon 
finally and categorically answered — on account of the shortness of the 
time it is deferred and postponed 'till more favourable opportunity. Done 
Fort Amsterd". Ady as above: Signed P: Stuyvesant. Lower Stood: 
Agrees with the aforesaid Register. Signed C : v. Ruyven, Secretary. 



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Thursday, 17* July, 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Cornells Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift^ 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Christofifel Hoogh- 
lant. 

James Caps, pltf. v/s Robbert Sweits and Jan Herten, prisoners and 
defts. Pltf. says, the defts. opened his chest and took therefrom some 
papers and writings; he therefore had them imprisoned. Deft. Robbert 
Sweits answers, he had common access to the chest, where the papers lay 
and the chest was entrusted to him, and he took no other papers and 
writings than his own written by himself, being his journal and the medi- 
cines belonging. Pltf. denies that the deft, had common access to the 
chest, and says, perceiving, that papers were taken from the chest he 
hung the key on another place, and could prove so. Pieter Adriaansen 
Besem, Jacob Jansen van Amsterdam, Abraham Israel de Pyse, a Jew, 
with his son entering as witnesses; Pieter Adriaensen declares, that he 
saw Robbert Sweits take some papers out of the chest, which stood open, 
but says does not know what papers they were, nor where they remained, 
and that he immediately went to the chest, took from it clothes and other 
goods and replaced them like a cabin boy; declaring further that the 
skipper was the first cause of all that occurred in the ship and that he 
abused the sailors as dogs and brutes, threatening to shoot them with a 
pistol and blunderbuss, and to wreck the ship. Abraham Israel de Pyse 
declares such to be for the most part known to him. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard parties on both sides as well as the declaration of 
witnesses and paid attention to all that is material, find that the pltf. has 
unjustly detained the defts., therefore condemn the pltf. to pay the costs 
and damages, which defts. by the unjust imprisonment have suffered, dis- 
charging the prisoners free of cost and charges from confinement. 

Nathaniel Zeeman, Nicolaes Prett, Ritzert Bartelett, Robert Sweits 
and Jan Herten, pltfs. v/s James Caps, deft. Pltfs. demand from deft, 
their earned monthly wages and discharge, firstly, because he had 
promised such to them; being willing so to affirm on oath; secondly^ 
because they cannot remain with him and offer to swear, that the deft, 
had threatened to cause the vessel to be scuttled. Deft, gives for answer, 
that it is a heap of inventions. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard 
parties, seen and read, besides, the report of the arbitrators appointed by 



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their Worships, dated the eighth of this month, also understood the award 
of the arbitrators, condemn deft, to pay pltfs. their earned monthly wages 
and to give them their discharge from the ship, as demanded. 

Philip Asbon, pltf. v/s James Caps, deft. Pltf. demands, that the 
deft, shall declare on oath, whether the attached Amber gris belongs to 
his master or him; and if it belong to his master, that he may take it, 
pursuant to the writing therein exhibited; if not that the deft, shall give 
sufficient security that the attached Amber gris shall be given to the 
master, as he must execute a bond of five hundred pounds sterling to a/c 
to his masters, and says that there is seven pounds of Amber gris. Deft, 
says, the Amber gris belongs, for the most part, to him, and besides that 
he has a fourth of the other part. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard parties and seen and examined the papers produced by the pltf. find 
that the pltf. has no right to demand any goods or a/c from the deft, and 
therefore declare the attachment made on the Amber gris invalid. 

Whereas Burgomasters and Schepens had this day intended to publish 
the Placard dated 23^ of June of this year, made by the Direct' General 
and Council of N. Netherland; then whereas they have perceived that the 
same is affixed to the gate of the Fort; having also understood that the 
Director General and Council have sent the substance of it to the traders, 
the Burgomasters and Schepens therefore decree it to be unnecessary to 
publish the aforesaid Placard from the Puy of this City. 

Regarding the renewal of the Placard against lodging Indians at night 
it was also declared unnecesary by plurality of votes. 

Mighiel Tades demands execution of the judgment, which he has ob- 
tained against Walewyn van der Veen in date 13*^ May last, from the W. 
Court of this City; whereupon it is ordered by the President of Burgo- 
masters and Schepens of this City: The Marshal is ordered to put these 
in execution. Done Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 24*^ July 1664. 

Extraordinary Meeting holden on Tuesday the 29*^ July, 1664. In 
the City Hall. Present the Heeme Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen 
vander Grift, Jacob Backer, Tjrmotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, 
Nicolaes de Meyer. 

Received and read the papers documents and vouchers used on both 
sides in the suit between Henry Hutson, pltf. v/s Dauid Anderson, deft., 

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and William Karver, being adjoined in the case. Pursuant to the order 
of Burgomasters and Schepens of this City dated 15^ of this month of 
July the defts. produce divers papers and writings wherein they set forth 
and prove, that the hand signature to the conveyance of the ship in ques- 
tion, the Expedition^ made by Henry Hutson to Hendrick Goederyck in 
date 13*^ April 1663, is the hand signature made by himself, and in con- 
sequence thereof conclude that the claim of the present pltf. shall be 
declared by definitive judgment to be unjust and calumnious, that they 
be absolved therefrom, and the pltf. be condemned to desist absolutely 
therefrom; demanding quick expedition of justice and further, that the 
aforesaid pretended pltf. shall go into close confinement, unless immediate 
bail be given for the judgment with costs. Pltf., the produced papers and 
writings being exhibited and communicated, declares that the conveyance 
of the aforesaid vessel, the Expedition^ is false, and that it is not his 
writing or subscribed by him, and that the transport of the vessel, as 
before executed to Goederyck was done pro forma^ and he withdrew it 
again ; and that the defts. shall in his favour desist and withdraw there- 
from. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard the arguments of parties 
on both sides and considered read and examined the documents and 
papers produced by both parties, and pondered and weighed all that is 
material, find that the signature to the conveyance of the vessel in ques- 
tion, which Hendrick Hutson has executed in favor of Hendrick 
Goederyck, agrees with the handwriting of the other papers, which defts. 
produce as having been executed by Hutson ; the writing of the aforesaid 
conveyance agrees also with the other writing of the aforesaid Hutson ; it 
was, moreover, proved by three distinct witnesses, that Henry Hutson 
consented and signed as witness, that Hendrick Goederyck conveyed and 
made over the aforesaid vessel to William Karver; and whereas the afore- 
said Hutson brings forward no probable proofs of property in the afore- 
said boat except verbal assertions, they adjudge and sentence that 
Hendrick Hutson has no right to the bark in question, the Expedition ; 
nonsuit him in consequence in his demand and entered conclusion herein ; 
he paying for cause the costs incurred hereupon. 

The Burgomaster Cornelis Steenwyck appearing states, that an in- 
dividual is demanding from him a sum of money earned on board the 
bark of James Mils, sold by execution ; and whereas the obligation re- 



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mains in consignment of this City, and no payment can be made except 
with the knowledge of the Court, he therefore says, he wishes to com- 
municate it to Burgomasters and Schepens. 

Hendrick Obe, guardian with Bartholdus Maan of the children left 
by Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck, entering demands that curators 
may be appointed over the estate left by the abovenamed Gerrit Hen- 
dricksen to regulate the same and to sell the property both real and 
personal. 

Extraordinary Meeting holden on Wednesday, 30^ July: In the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus 
Leenderzen vander Grift, Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Gre- 
venraat, Nicolaes de Meyer, Christoffel Hooghlant. 

Pieter Adriaanzen Besem and Jacob Janzen van Amsterdam, pltfs. 
v/s James Caps, deft. Pltfs. demand from the deft, their earned monthly 
wages according to contract. Deft, says, he has contracted a-new with 
pltfs. to prosecute the voyage with him, producing a declaration. Pltfs. 
replying acknowledge to have made a new contract with deft. ; then say 
deft, has sold his ship. Deft, denies it. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree and order the pltfs. to perform according to their new made con- 
tract their voyage with the ship the Prudence and schipper James Caps, 
and order the deft, to pay the pltfs. their earned monthly wages, if he has 
sold the ship. 

Philip Asbome, Nathaniel Zeman, Robbert Sweits and Jan Herten, 
pltfs. v/s James Caps, deft. Pltfs. say, that deft, accused them with 
having broken open his chest and taken out of it two pieces of gold of six 
guilders each piece, further his a/c book, his masters order, a gold ring 
with a fine stone therein, divers letters sent to merchants, in which some- 
thing was enclosed and sealed, divers obligations, a parcel of Cornelian 
Corals, with a piece of his linen ; also about fifteen pounds Corals ; de- 
manding proof thereof or reparation of character. Deft, says, the Corals 
belong to him and he can prove so and that some one had promised him 
to testify that the pltfs. had opened his chest, but he could not get their 
affidavits and they departed. He declares further, that Philip Asbome 
took the Corals from his chest; which Philip Asbome denied, saying that 
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presence on acd of the freight, and if deft, had enquired of him about it, 
he should have returned them to him; denying further having any thing 
more to do with him and that the books were brought by the ship's boys 
to the widow Litsco. Deft, says, that they still lie in Philip Asbom's 
chest, to enquire into which the Court commission the Officer Pieter 
Tonneman, Schepen Nicolaes de Meyer and Secretary Nevius together 
with the Court Messenger, who are to inspect Philip Asbome's chest in 
presence of James Caps, which being done, no ace! book was found in 
the same, but a package of papers amongst which James Caps maintains 
there are some, which belong to him; which papers being exhibited by 
the Commissioners to the Court and examined, none were found belong- 
ing to James Caps. And whereas James Caps cannot prove what he has 
charged against the pltfs. the W: Court decree, that James Caps shall de- 
clare in Court and in presence of parties herein, that he has accused them 
of what he cannot prove and that such was wrong on his part, with 
promise to do so no more, and to acknowledge them to be honest men. 
Which James Caps having communication of, he has so declared and 
promised in Court and in presence of his parties. Burgomasters and 
Schepens therefore condemn the abovenamed James Caps in the costs of 
this suit. 

Extraordinary Court held on Saturday 2. Aug: 1664: In the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander 
Grift, Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Nicolaes de Meyer. 

William Kerver, pltf. v/s Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck, deft. 
Pltf. says, he has to demand three things: — Firstly, a quick termination 
of the case, as he lies here at great expence with two vessels. Secondly, 
he states, that he was heard last Friday on an interrogatory here and had 
to swear against himself, in direct opposition to all the laws of the world; 
excepting further, that Henry Hutson deserves that no belief should be 
attached to his answer to the interrogatory, inasmuch as he has, in con- 
tradiction to the judgment rendered on the 29^ July last, testified against 
him, and that he, Hutson, is the principal, on whom the case in question 
is depending, and what Hutson fails to pay he must do, and that the 
abovenamed Hutson swears in his own suit against him, Kerver. Thirdly, 
excepts to one on the Bench, who is a connexion of the deft. To which 



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three points deft, answers — Firstly, that Dauid Anderzon yesterday had a 
letter communicated to him thro' the Court Messenger by way of notifica^ 
tion, wherein he states that he has an instrument still to produce and then 
no more, with a requested copy of the interrogatory, which he immediately 
furnished him; saying further that the abovenamed Anderson has not ex- 
changed with him any copy of the instrument, which he will not yet pro- 
duce and has drawn back the notice : Therefore could not have his papers 
ready for production in order to obtain quick despatch. Secondly, he 
had to look to his party for testimony, as the last deed of sale is made be- 
tween Hutson, Goederyck and Kerver, without any witnesses, and as to 
what Kerver excepts against Hutson, he maintains Hutson is his party, 
as he endeavoured to defraud him in the first and last deed of sale, trust- 
ing that the Court will favourably receive, what he endeavored to get from 
hk party. After some propositions and answers made over and hither by 
parties deft, declares to be content, that the writings of the case in ques- 
tion and further proceedings be put aside and that there be no more 
thought of arguing the case anew on both sides, provided time were 
allowed till Wednesday next in order to come to a quick termination of 
the case. William Kerver is also satisfied. Then whereas Dauid Ander- 
son cannot nor will not consent thereto, parties on both sides agree, that 
the written proceedings shall take their course; William Kerver and 
Dauid Anderson promising to furnish Cornelius Steenwyck with copy 
of the last rendered judgment, of which they gave notice to M. 
Steenwyck. 

Lysbet Cornelissen, widow of Gerrits Hendricks van Harderwyck, 
requests by petition, that some one be authorized, to make up a pertinent 
statement of the estate with the guardians of the abovenamed Gerrits sur- 
riving children, in order to regulate hereafter with them. Apostille: 
Petitioner's request is granted, if the creditors so consent, whereof the 
petitioner shall have to exhibit proof on the earliest opportunity. 

Extraordinary Court held on Tuesday, 5^ August 1664: In the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen vander 
Grift, Cornells Steenwyck, Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack 
Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

James Caps, pltf. v/s Philip Asborne^ deft. Pltf. says, that the deft 



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meddles with his ship and crew; requesting that if he has better order 
tiian he, that he shall exhibit it. Deft, says, the pltf. has orders by letter 
from M' Samson, one of his masters at the Barbadoes, to sail to Guinea 
and thence to other places, which direction and order he has broken and 
not obeyed. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard and examined 
parties' arguments on both sides, seen, read and weighed moreover papers 
and writings produced, find that deft, has no authority to meddle with 
the ship and crew, which are entrusted to the pltf. They therefore 
decree, order and charge the deft, no more to meddle with the ship and 
crew, but let the pltf. wholly and entirely command the same. 

BurgomT Comelis Steenwyck appearing says he has seen a petition 
of Dauid Anderson and Will: Karuer, requesting that nothing may be 
finally done as it is an extraordinary Court day, which was ordered by 
others. 

. Dauid Anderson and Will: Karver request by petition, that Burgo- 
master Comelis Steenwyck shall be ordered to prepare, what he has to 
bring in ag'st them, so that they may receive quick despatch of the case 
in question. Copy hereof is ordered to be furnished to party to answer 
thereunto in the time of twice four and twenty hours. 

This date 6^ August 1664 appears before me, Joannes Nevius, Secre- 
tary etc. M' Henry Hutson stating that he appeals to the R* Hon"* 
Director General and Council of N. Netherland, from the judgment pro- 
nounced by the W. Court of this City between him, William Karver and 
Dauid Anderson in date 29^ July last. 

Extraordinary Court, held on Thursday, 7*.** August 1664: In the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander 
Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack 
Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Philip Asbome, pltf. v/s James Caps, deft. Pltf. says, the deft, 
stated on the last Court day and offered that if the pltf. will give good 
security for the ship and payment of the monthly wages as well to him 
deft, as the sailors of the ship and other expences incurred, that he should 
give him up the vessel, but did not clearly understand it then. Deft, 
answers, that he said, if he, the pltf., has better right to the ship than he, 
he should make it appear, and then he shall deliver the ship over to him 



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on entering security for the expences incurred and payment of the 
monthly wages both to him and the sailors ; and if he cannot make it ap- 
pear, he then does not admit what he has heretofore stated and further to 
proceed in the case, as is determined by the Court. Pltf. replying offers 
to give good security for the ship and expenses incurred here thereon, and 
all that regards the ship, and moreover that the ship shall be delivered 
over to the owners at Barbadoes; and if he, the deft., will go hence to 
the Barbadoes, and render an a/c to the owners, that his wages and what 
more shall be coming to him, shall be paid. Deft, rejoining says again, 
that he stated on the last Court day, if he, the pltf., had more right to the 
ship than he, he should give bail for the ship, and will make a voyage to 
the Barbadoes and shall return here, and before delivering the ship over 
to him he shall pay him all the expences he has incurred on the same. 
Parties re-entering, pltf. declares, it is impossible for him to bind himself, 
that the ship being at the Barbadoes with his masters can be delivered 
back here, but will engage himself that if the pltf. will also go to the Bar- 
badoes his monthly wages shall be paid him there. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard parties on both sides persist in their rendered 
judgment, and dismiss pltfs. suit, as the deft. James Caps has a claim 
upon him. 

Extraordinary Court held on Saturday, 9^ Aug? 1664: In the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen vander 
Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack 
Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Philip Asbome, pltf. v/s James Caps, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, pursuant to contract entered into with MT Samson, the owner of the 
ship named the Prudence, the sum of five and thirty pounds eighteen 
shillings stg. good pay, according to a/c. for monthly wages and costs 
and in addition two hundred guilders in sewan for expences incurred 
here; producing a copy of contract made with the abovenamed Samson. 
Deft, says, he has nothing to do with the conditions, which Samson 
made with the pltf. and has no orders to pay him. Pltf. replying says, 
that MT Samson sent the cooper from on board his ship at Gravesend, and 
that deft, paid the cooper notwithstanding MT Samson and not the deft, 
had made a contract with the cooper. Deft, rejoining says, he paid the 



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cooper on the award of arbitrators and on M' Asbome's testimonjr, as he 
had done his work on board and was under his command; also passed an 
obligation to M? Samson to pay him the wages of the cooper as he was in 
his service. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties' arguments 
decree and order the deft, to pledge the share, which M' Samson has in 
the ship and cargo, to the pltf., for this purpose to pass a notarial acte to 
him, the pltf., whereby he promises and binds himself not to pay or give 
the abovenamed Samson his share either of the ship or cargo, until the 
pltf. shall be satisfied and paid his earned monthly wages and other ex- 
pences, which on settlement shall be honestly due him, as the above 
named Samson and not the deft, has hired the pltf. 

In the name and behalf of the W. Court of this City, Dauid Ander- 
son b hereby ordered and charged to communicate to Henry Hutson 
within the time of four and twenty hours, copy of the action and claim, 
which he has against the said Hutson, whereby he has caused him to be 
imprisoned to answer thereunto. Done, Amsterdam in N: Netherland 
the 19*^ August, 1664. 

By Order of the W: Heer President of Burgomasters and 

Schepens of the City aforesaid. 

Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

Saturday 23"? Aug^ 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tjrmotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat. 

The President proposes, whereas the rumor prevails that the frigates, 
which have arrived at Boston, will come here, should which happen and 
Burgomasters be sent for to the Fort by the R5 Hon^ Director General 
and Council what shall be done and concluded if the time does not admit 
the calling a meeting of Burgomasters and Schepens. 

Whereunto it was agreed to wait the time, in order to hear what 
demonstration the frigates shall shew, and regulate themselves afterwards 
accordingly. 

It was also resolved by the Court to demand twenty five negroes from 
the "Ri Hon^ Director General and Council for the space of eight days to 
labour at the City's works which are to be commenced the next coming 
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Monday, 25*?" Aug? 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenders vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat. 

I. At this conjuncture of time and current rumors, the Board, in 
actual session, decrees and resolves: — First, that one third of the inhabi- 
tants, as well inhabitants as Burghers of this City, without any exception 
shall appear in person or put another in his place furnished with a shovel, 
spade or wheel-barrow, to labour every third day at the City's works, on 
a penalty of six guilders. 

3. That the guard shall be kept and a whole company paraded, 
which shall commence this day and that the drum shall be beaten at five 
o'clock in the afternoon. 

3. That every one, who mounts guard shall receive one pound of 
powder and a pound and a half of lead. 

4. That the brewers shall not malt any hard grain during eight days 
nor brew beer higher than twelve guilders the ton. 

Further to demand the following by form of petition from the R^ 
Hon".' Direct^ General and Council. 

To the R? Hon^*• Director General and Council of N. Netherland. 
R5 Hon*»i" Sirs, 

The Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam 
in N. Netherland represent with due respect to your Honors: — 

Whereas we are of a certainty informed, that four frigates have 
arrived from Old England at Boston or thereabouts in N. England, pro- 
vided with a considerable number of soldiers with intention, as reports 
run, to attack and invade this place and the adjoining districts especially 
on Long Island, and are even now on the way to come here, which 
should the consequence thereof make itself manifest, requires that this 
place be put in proper defence; Your Honors humble petitioners find 
themselves therefore necessitated to apply to your Honors requesting, 
that you would be pleased to favour this place with eight pieces of good 
and heavy cannon provided with their carriages, balls, swabs, brushes, 
picks and spoons which being granted, this place being then provided with 
a quantity of twenty two pieces, they demand also for each piece fifty 
pounds of powder amounting to the quantity of eleven hundred pounds 
and ball in proportion, also six hundred pounds of lead for bullets, to be 



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used by the Burghers for their muskets; and whereas it is to be feared, 
that this place shall have to bear the first attack, before the fort be 
assaulted, therefore it is necessary to demand a greater number of people, 
than the Burghery can turn out, and as your petitioners have resolved, 
that a Company of Burghers shall keep guard every night, they request, 
that the same be strengthened at first by soldiers and the Company's serv- 
ants, and that the day watch shall be kept by soldiers at both gates, and 
in case of being besieged or attacked by those, who seek to injure us, that 
all the soldiers and Company's servants with the Burghery shall repair to 
this City's walls, it being considered that this place being lost, the fort is 
not tenable or very little so; and if it happen that in skirmishing, any 
Burghers should require powder, he shall have free access to the Com- 
pany to be furnished there with powder; on which very fair and not less 
necessary request, they await your Hon? disposition and remain — ^Under 
stood Your Honours' faithful subjects, Schout, Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the City aforesaid; — Signed, P. L. vande Grift. Lower 
stood. By Order of the same. Signed, Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

APPOSTILLE. 

The proper fortifying of this place is not only granted to the petition- 
ers for this time, but also earnestly recommended ; which that it may be 
most speedily effected, the Dr Gen'l and Council have already thereunto 
contributed the aid of the Hon^.^ Comp^ negroes, and this day the assist- 
ance of a corporal's guard of soldiers; we shall assist with all possible 
might and means. What regards the request for some fit and heavy guns 
in addition to the 14 pieces previously delivered to the City, six pieces 
additional are allowed with suitable powder and ball requisite and neces- 
sary thereunto ; to wit, one thousand pounds of powder and six hundred 
pounds of lead. As to the required aid of the Comp! Military to assist 
with the Burghery to defend the City, the D! General and Council con- 
sider it to be absolutely necessary and also promise to do to the utmost; 
suitable orders shall, in this conjuncture be issued therefor; and it is pro- 
visionally allowed that one half the number of people shall watch by night 
with the Burghery and attend to the day watch at the City gates, so long 
as the Burghery work. Done, fort Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 26^ 
August 1664: Was signed, P. Stuyvesant. Lower stood. By order of the 



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Hon^ Director General and Council of N. Netherland. Signed, C: v. 
Ruyven, Secretary. 

Tuesday the 4^ [stc] SeptT 1664: In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens, except Jacob Backer. 

The Court resolves to send for the following persons to this City Hall 

and to learn from them, how much grain they at present have: — 

Skepels 

Comelis Fluyvier declares to have 60 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker. 

Reinier Willemzen, baker about 200 

Hendrick Janzen, baker nothing 

Lauweren van der Spygel 60 

Huge Barenzen 

Jacob Teunizen Kay 500 

Antony de Milt 50 

Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen 25 

Tomas Lauwerens 80 

Antony de Milt and Tomas Lauwerens declare, that they generally 
sell and bake twenty skepels per week. 

Tuesday, 9*!* Sept' 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

The Court is informed that divers soldiers, who have worked for the 
City, claim about four hundred guilders, to pay which means must be 
provided. 

Wemaar Wessels summoned entering. Burgomasters demand payment 
of his arrears to the City for the excise and he must find means to pay; to 
which he gives for answer, that he is unable to do any thing and has yet 
much due him, of which there are many, who have claims against the 
Company. Burgomasters and Schepens order Wemaar Wessels promptly 
to satisfy and pay his arrears to the City within twice twenty four hours 
time. 

Eghbert Meindersen entering, Burgomasters demand payment from 
him of his arrears to the City on ace! of the excise, as the soldiers who 



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fortify and have laboured at the City will be paid. Whereunto he answers, 
does not know what he owes, also has no money over and that divers 
cattle were slaughtered, which were not returned to him; also receives no 
excise. Burgomasters and Schepens order him to settle with the Treas- 
urer; and as regards that he had no notice of what was butchered, Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree, that he shall wait a little, to speak further 
thereupon. 

Order on the Treasurer: Olofif Stevensen van Cortlant, the Treasurer, 
is hereby requested and ordered by the W. Burgomast^ of this City to 
make up his a/cs regarding the City's income and disbursements forth- 
with. Done etc. as above. 

NOTICE. 

All and every one, who are any wise indebted to this City, are hereby 
notified to make known the same within 8 days from this date lo*^ Sept^ to 
the Treasurer Oloff Stevensen van Cortlant. 

Wednesday, afternoon lo Sept^ 1664: In y*. City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenders vander Grift, Comelis Steen- 
wyck, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaes de Meyer. 

Dauid Anderzon, as atty of Will: Kerver, entering with Henry Hut- 
zon, his adversary, he is asked, why he has imprisoned Hendrick Hutzon ? 
Whereupon he exhibits a writing wherein he sets forth the reasons, saying 
he has furnished Henry Hutson with copy thereof. Henry Hutson de- 
mands, that he shall be shewn copy of the power of attorney, which 
William Karver has executed to him, David Anderson. Whereas Dauid 
Anderson has not taken any copy of the procuration he is ordered to do 
so, and to exhibit the same to the Court, tomorrow being the 1 1^ Sept^ in 
the forenoon at nine o'clock, when the Court shall sit for decision of the 
case in question. 

Willem Doeckles entering with Anneke Ryzens, widow of Salomon 
La Chair, represents, that he intends to enter into the marriage state with 
the abovenamed Anneken, and whereas the estate left by the abovenamed 
Salomon la Chair is indebted more, than it has due to it, he declares he 
abandons it, and the abovenamed Anneken states, that she too pushes it 
with the foot; and whereas divers creditors have claims against the estate 
aforesaid. Burgomasters and Schepens appoint Jacob Rip, old Schepen of 




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this City, and Isaack Bedlo, curators over it, who are requested and 
ordered to have it inventoried by the Secretary Nevius and Anneke 
Rysens is ordered fairly to surrender all the residuary property, real and 
personal nothing excepted, without concealing any part thereof directly 
nor indirectly, which she shall have to confirm on oath. 

Whereas Isaac Bedlo is about to depart for the Virginias and is 
authorized and qualified by the Court of this City as curator of the estate 
left by Salomon la Chair dec^, it is therefore necessary to put another in 
his place, and Simon Jansen Romein is hereby authorized and qualified 
in his place, to manage with Jacob Kip the aforesaid estate according to 
acte thereof being and remaining with Jacob Kip aforesaid, as the same 
shall be found proper. Done N: Yorcky on the Island Manathan the 
ifd. I'V 1664. 

Thursday ii^ Sept^ 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaes de Meyer. 

Dauid Anderzon, pltf . v/s Henry Hutson, deft, and a prisoner. Fltf. 
as substitute of William Karver, empowered by the wife of James Herres, 
demands from deft, one hundred pounds sterling for the ace! of the frigate 
named The Expedition^ according to obligation executed in favor of the 
abovenamed Jeems Herres, demanding also as substitute of the above- 
named Korver, from the deft, four thousand four hundred and eleven 
pounds as well of hides as tobacco, according to obligation passed to 
Comelis Steenwyck who has conveyed the same to and for the behoof of 
the abovenamed Karver pursuant to acte thereof; further four pounds st'g 
according to a writing; and again that deft, shall be condemned to 
abandon all right and title of property in the frigate heretofore called the 
Expedition and to retire in favour of the abovenamed Korver, and in de- 
fault of paying the aforesaid obligation and execution of the conveyance, 
that the imprisonment shall stand good and the deft, be condemned 
in the costs thereof. Deft, answers. Firstly that the pltf. shall have to 
exhibit power of attorney from Jeems Herres to his wife, to substitute 
some person; Secondly, that he is the next according to law to the obliga- 
tion, which he executed in favour of Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck, on 
condition of paying for it as much as the abovenamed William Karver 



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shall give the aforesaid Steenwyck for it; Thirdly, regarding the four 
pound sterling, he sa3rs, he accepted the writing to accommodate a sailor 
in hb employ, but not to guarantee its pa3rment. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard parties decree and order Dauid Anderson to 
prove, that Jeems Herres has given his wife a procuration to substitute 
some other person in her stead, and orders Henry Hutson to satisfy and 
pay the pltf. in the quality in which he acts, the obligation, which he 
passed in favour of Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck for the sum, which 
William Korver promised therefor to the abovenamed Steenwyck at such 
time as the abovenamed Korver promised to pay it to the aforesaid Steen- 
wyck, for the pa3rment of which, with the costs of imprisonment, he shall 
have to give sufficient security, in default whereof the imprisonment 
to stand good; regarding the four pounds sterling. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decide the writing therefor to be invalid in law, and regarding 
the execution of the deed for the bark heretofore called The Expedition, 
the Court has sufficiently adjudged thereon in date 29^ July last 

Joan de Deckere entering says, that by virtue of a procuration he has 
made an attachment on the monies of Tymotheus Gabry in the hands of 
the Receiver Comelis van Ruyven, for so much as the above named 
Gabry has to his credit with the Hon*^ Company. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree as Tymotheus Gabry is a Burgher, he must, according 
to privilege, be first cast in law. Returning he exhibits a judgment 
against the abovenamed Gabry. Whereupon Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree as the same is over-long, the abovenamed Gabry is first to be 
heard, as to what he has against it. 

Tuesday, 16 Sept' 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck^ 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Johan de Deckere, pltf. v/s Tymotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. as attor- 
ney and agent of Tobias de Conninck dwelling at Amsterdam in Holland, 
demands that the attachment issued by him on the acc^ with the Company 
in the deft's favour, shall be declared to have been well and legally done, 
or otherwise that he be admitted to do it again, and further that execu- 
tion shall be decreed on a judgment for the sum of nineteen hundred and 
fifty guilders Hollands, pronounced by the Court of the City of Amster- 




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dam in Europa on the I5*^ June 1652 against the deft, with the interest 
accrued thereon unto the full pa3rment; concluding further for the ac- 
knowledgment or denial of certain obligation dated 11 Octobf 1646 made 
before the Notary Pieter Capoen and witness at Amsterdam ; and accord- 
ingly for condemnation and provisional sequestration of the sum of seven 
hundred and fifty guilders Hollands with the interest accrued thereon to 
the full payment, abating Solutum cum exfensis. Deft, says, he knows 
nothing of the judgment pronounced at Amsterdam, as he was not then 
in Holland; also no monies can be attached, where no judgment pre- 
cedes; and that the monies do not belong to him, but to the children of 
Abraham Wilmerdonck and are to go to Holland to satisfy the people; 
also that something has been paid on the obligation of the seven 
hundred and fifty guilders; demanding time and copy of every thing, 
to answer the same at the next Court day. Pltf. replying says, 
that the deft, first conveyed the monies to his son's name and 
therefore it is untrue, that they belong to Abraham Wilmerdonck' s 
children. Deft, requests, that it be taken into consideration, that the 
debts contracted here may be preferred before those in Holland. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard parties' arguments on both sides, and 
observed whatever is to be observed, condemn the deft, to pay to pltf. in 
the quality in which he acts, the three obligations according to the judg- 
ment of the Court of Amsterdam in Holland, dated 15^ June 1657 with 
the interest thereof; and regarding the obligation of seven hundred and 
fifty guilders Hollands, Burgomasters and Schepens decree that copy 
shall be furnished to party, to answer thereunto on the next Court day. 

Joannes Nevius, as Vendu Master, rising up prosecutes an attachment 
issued against the monies which Schepen Tymotheus Gabry has to his 
credit with the Company in the hands of the Receiver Comelis van Ruy- 
ven and that by virtue of right gained on 11^ Sept' 1663. Burgomasters 
and Schepens declare the attachment valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Adam Onckelbagh, deft. Pltf. 
concludes, that the deft, shall be condemned to sit in this City Hall on 
beer and bread for the space of three months or pay a fine of four hun- 
dred guilders, for that he took by force from Com* van Ruyven's negro 
bread and drink, which he was to carry to Midwout to the abovenamed 
van Ruyven's wife, and cut two holes in his head, which savours of re- 



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bellion at this conjuncture. Deft, says, he was bound by oath to prevent 
the conveyance of any victuals to the enemy and gave the bread and 
drink back to the negro, and that the said negro so treated him, that he 
could hardly save his life, which was seen by several. Burgomasters and 
Schepens condemn deft, in a fine of fifty guilders to be applied as is 
proper, for the committed injury, from which greater dangers might have 
arisen. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Denys Isaackzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, a fine of one hundred guilders for having beaten Jons 
Dopzen, so that the blood followed, leaving open the action of the 
Chirurgeon. Deft, denies it. Pltf. undertakes to prove it. The W. 
Couit order pltf. to produce his proof. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pieter Clazen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, a fine of fifty guilders, for that he had been fighting late 
in the night with Hermen the Serjeant. Deft, says, he does not know 
anything about it. Pltf. produces some declarations with this view. 
Deft, demands, that the deponents confirm their declaration by oath. 
And whereas Pieter Adriaansen Besem, one of the witnesses is about to 
depart for Fatherland, Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that he shall be 
examined on interrogatories, and Schepens Jacob Backer and Nicolaes de 
Meyer were commissioned by the Board to examine him thereupon and to 
confirm his deposition on oath at the hands of the Officer. 

Henry Hutzon, pltf. v/s Dauid Anderzon, deft. Pltf. says, that 
he does not understand the judgment pronounced by Burgomasters and 
Schepens on the ii*? Sept' last between him and the deft, concerning the 
claim, which William Kerver has against him on ace* of an obligation, 
which he passed to Com. Steenwyck, who sold and conveyed over the 
action to the abovenamed Kerver. Deft, says, if he the pltf. can satisfy 
Com: Steenwyck for William Karver and pay the costs, he will release 
him from imprisonment. The judgment being interpreted by the Court, 
the pltf. says he appeals therefrom to the High Court. Again, the pltf. 
demands a servant being on board defts. vessel, having a suit against 
him. The Court decree that he, the pltf., shall have to summon the man 
and institute his action against him. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Hermen Meinderzen, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 




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Joncker Vos, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hermen Meinderzen, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Jan Lauwerens, arrestant and pltf. v/s Harmen Meinderzen, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the attachment made 
on deft's person and goods be declared valid. The Worshipful Court de- 
clares the attachment valid. 

Daniel de Honde Coutrie, pltf. and arrestant v/s Hermen Meinder- 
zen, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the 
attachment be declared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment 
valid. 

Gerrit Fullewever, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hermen Meinderzen, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltfs. wife entering demands, that 
the attachment be declared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment 
valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Reinier Willemzen, baker, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, pltf. v/s Claas Diedelofzen, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. says, that deft, intends to depart, demanding at- 
tachment of his person, which is allowed him by the W. Court. 

Cors Janzen and Robbert Watzon, arrestants and pltfs. v/s James 
Caps, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltfs. request, that the 
attachment be declared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment 
valid. 

James Reddel, pltf. v/s Andries Joghemzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Gelein Verplanck entering states, that he satisfied and paid for the 
house and lot of Francois de Bruyn * sold by execution and bought by 
him, requesting deed thereof. Burgomasters and Schepens promise to 
have a deed made out. 

M' Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger entering prosecutes an attach- 
ment made on the person and goods of Hermen Meinderzen, demanding 
that it be declared valid. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the attach- 
ment valid. 

* Francis de Bruyn, or rather Browne, was from Yorkshire, Eng., and served as a 
soldier in Cura9oa in 1643, whence he came about the following year to New Amsterdam, 
where he married Catharine dan. of Caspar Verlett in 1657 and owned a house and lot 
between Pearl and Bridge Streets, west of Broad Street. — O'C. 

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Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, as Vendu Master, entering demands, 
that Hermen Meindersen shall be placed in security and his goods be 
attached, as said Hermen Meindersen, late Serjeant, owes him the sum of 
two hundred and ninety guilders in sewant and twelve beavers, and having 
understood that the abovenamed Hermen Meindersen intends to convey 
himself with his wife secretly from this place, and some goods being re- 
moved by his wife and concealed. Burgomasters and Schepens grant the 
request, and order the Officer to place the aforesaid Hermen Meindersen 
in arrest or security. 

Jan Hackinghs entering requests, as he has according to his offer 
dated i^ July of this year, in the case between him and Jeremy Wedderly, 
produced proof, that the abovenamed Wedderly has agreed with one 
Capt. Kooc for half a crown to bring each hhd. on board his vessel, that 
the bond and mortgage made to this effect be erased, annulled and with- 
drawn. Burgomasters and Schepens grant the request and order their 
Secretary to erase and annul the mortgage. 

Tryntje Wessels, widow of Jan Rutgersen Moreau, entering demands, 
that the Marshal shall proceed with the execution of the judgment, which 
she obtained against Claas van Elslant, the younger, on the i? July of 
this year, as she cannot get any pay from the said Elslant. The W: 
Court order the Marshal to proceed to execution without any delay. 

Albert Trumpeter entering prosecutes an attachment made on a hog. 
The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Anneke Ryzens, widow of Salomon La Chair, requests by petition, 
as her goods are inventoried by order of the Court for the benefit of the 
creditors, that she may be allowed to retain a picture of her and her de- 
ceased husband, a large grograin gown belonging to her maiden estate; a 
cap bought in her widowhood ; four shifts and three skirts also purchased 
in her widowhood, as the debt of the widowhood is paid ; requesting also 
to retain the bed on the valuation of arbitrators. Apostile: The petitioner 
has to apply to the curators and to speak with them on this matter. 

The Court resolves to write the following to the Lords Directors: 
Right Hon".* Prudent Lords, the Lords Directors of the Hon*^ West 

India Company, Department of Amsterdam. 
Right Hon"* Lords, 

We, your Hon" loyal, sorrowful and desolate subjects, cannot neglect 



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nor keep from relating the event, which thro' God's pleasure thus unex- 
pectedly happened to us in consequence of your Hon'.' neglect and forget- 
fulness of your promise — to wit, the arrival here, of late, of four King's 
frigates from England, sent hither by his Majesty and his brother, the 
Duke of York, with commission to reduce not only this place, but also 
the whole N. Netherland under his Majesty's authority, whereunto they 
brought with them a large body of soldiers, provided with considerable 
ammunition. On board one of the frigates were about four hundred and 
fifty as well soldiers as seamen, and the others in proportion. 

The frigates being come together in front of Najac * in the Bay, 
Richard Nicolls, the admiral, who is ruling here at present as Govemour, 
sent a letter to our Director General, communicating therein the cause of 
his coming and his wish. On this unexpected letter the General sent for 
us to determine, what was to be done herein. Whereupon it was resolved 
and decided to send some Commissioners thither, to argue the matter with 
the General and his three Commissioners, who were so sent for this pur- 
pose twice, but received no answer, than that they were not come here to 
dispute about it, but to execute their order and commission without fail 
either peaceably or by force, and if they had any thing to dispute about 
it, it must be done with his Majesty of England, as we could do nothing 
here in the premises. Three days' delay was demanded for consultation ; 
that was duly allowed. But meanwhile they were not idle; they ap- 
proached with their four frigates, two of which passed in front of the 
Fort, the other anchored about Nooten Island f &nd with five companies 
of soldiers encamped themselves at the Ferry, opposite this place, together 
with a newly raised Company of horse and a party of new soldiers, both 
from the North and from Long Island, mostly all our deadly enemies, 
who expected nothing else than pillage, plunder and bloodshed, as men 
could perceive by their cursing and talking, when mention was made of a 
capitulation. 

Finally, being then surrounded, we saw little means of deliverance; 
we relsolved what ought to be here done, and after we had well enquired 
into our strength and had found it to be full fifteen hundred souls strong 
in this place, but of whom not two hundred and fifty men are capable of 
bearing arms exclusive of the soldiers, who were about one hundred and 
* Njrack* f Nut, now Governor's Isl 'oL 



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fifty strong, wholly unprovided with powder both in the City and in the 
fort ; yea, not more than six hundred pounds were found in the fort be- 
sides seven hundred pounds unserviceable. Also because the fanners, 
the third man of whom was called out, refused, we with the greater por- 
tion of the inhabitants considered it necessary to remonstrate with our 
Director General and Council, that their Honors might consent to a 
capitulation, whereunto we laboured according to our duty and had much 
trouble; laid down and considered all the difficulties, which should arise 
from our not being able to resist such an enemy, as they besides could 
receive a much greater force than they had under their command. 

The Director General and Council at length consented thereunto, 
whereto Commissioners were sent to the Admiral, who notified him that 
it was resolved to come to terms in order to prevent the shedding of 
blood, if a good agreement could be concluded. 

Six persons were commissioned on each side for this purpose to treat 
on this matter, as they have done and concluded in manner as appears by 
the articles annexed. How that will result, time shall tell. 

Meanwhile since we have no longer to depend on your Honours^ 

promises of protection, we, with all the poor, sorrowing and abandoned 

Commonalty here must fly for refuge to the Almighty God, not doubting 

but He will stand by us in this sorely afflicting conjuncture and no more 

depart from us: And we remain — Under stood — Your sorrowful and 

abandoned subjects — Was signed, 

Pieter Tonneman, 

Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 

Comelis Steenwyck, 

Jacob Backer, 

Tymotheus Gabry, 

Isaack Grevenraat, 

Nicolaas de Meyer. 

At the side was: — Done in Jorck heretofore named Amsterdam in 

New Netherland A*? 1664 the 16^ September. 

Tuesday the ^f Septemb' 1664: In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Comelis 
Steenwyck, Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nico- 
laas de Meyer. 



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Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Reinier Willemzen, baker, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, a fine of twenty five guilders for having struck a 
woman. Deft, denies it. Pltf. undertakes to prove it. The W. Court 
order the pltf. to prove his statement. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Symon Barenzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, a fine of one hundred and fifty guilders, because he had 
been fighting. Deft, denies it. Pltf. undertakes to prove it at the deft's 
cost. The W. Court order the pltf. to prove his statement. 

Albert Trumpeter (bugler), pltf. v/s Daniel Toumeur, deft. Pltf. 
says, that he missed a hog, being a sow, which he had placed on Baren 
Island with other hogs and which the deft, removed from there. Deft, 
admits having taken a hog from the Island, saying that some of N. 
Haerlem have hogs also running there, and that one requests the other 
when going to the Island to look after his hogs ; and as he was there to 
cut grass, returning from work he saw a hog lying on the strand very sick, 
which he laid loose in his canoe and brought to the village, making the 
same known in order to learn, whose hog it was; whereof he produces 
declaration. Then as no one claimed the hog, he let it lay over the 
night, to see if some one, to whom the hog belonged, would not come in 
the meanwhile. But he found it dead on the next day. The W. Court 
having heard parties decree, the deft, shall replace a hog on Baren Island 
for the pltf., from which he removed pltfs. hog, or that he make good the 
removed hog to the pltf. 

Lysbet Coutrie, pltf. v/s Willem Rasenburgh, deft. Pltf. demands 
from the deft, eighty five guilders in seawant according to a/c. Deft, 
admits the debt; then says, he cured the pltfs. leg and agreed with her, 
that she should deduct forty guilders, and that he should pay her the re- 
maining forty five guilders, which he offered. Pltf. denies being in defts. 
debt ; has settled with him. Deft, offers to declare so on oath. Pltf. says, 
if deft, will declare it on oath, she will strike off the forty guilders; which 
the deft, undertaking, he has done so at the hands of the Ofiicer. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens therefore decree, that the pltf. shall let the forty 
guilders in question lie to the defts. credit and stand for payment on a/c. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Philip Asbome, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. demands, that the attachment issued ag'st deft, be de- 
clared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 



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fifty strong, wholly unprovided with powder both in the City and in the 
fort; yea, not more than six hundred pounds were found in the fort be- 
sides seven hundred pounds unserviceable. Also because the farmers, 
the third man of whom was called out, refused, we with the greater por- 
tion of the inhabitants considered it necessary to remonstrate with our 
Director General and Council, that their Honors might consent to a 
capitulation, whereunto we laboured according to our duty and had much 
trouble; laid down and considered all the difficulties, which should arise 
from our not being able to resist such an enemy, as they besides could 
receive a much greater force than they had under their command. 

The Director General and Council at length consented thereunto, 
whereto Commissioners were sent to the Admiral, who notified him that 
it was resolved to come to terms in order to prevent the shedding of 
blood, if a good agreement could be concluded. 

Six persons were commissioned on each side for this purpose to treat 
on this matter, as they have done and concluded in manner as appears by 
the articles annexed. How that will result, time shall tell. 

Meanwhile since we have no longer to depend on your Honours* 

promises of protection, we, with all the poor, sorrowing and abandoned 

Commonalty here must fly for refuge to the Almighty God, not doubting 

but He will stand by us in this sorely afflicting conjuncture and no more 

depart from us: And we remain — Under stood — Your sorrowful and 

abandoned subjects — Was signed, 

Pieter Tonneman, 

Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 

Comelis Steenwyck, 

Jacob Backer, 

Tymotheus Gabry, 

Isaack Grevenraat, 

Nicolaas de Meyer. 

At the side was : — Done in Jorck heretofore named Amsterdam in 

New Netherland A"? 1664 the 16^ September. 

Tuesday the ^f Septemb' 1664: In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Comelis 
Steenwyck, Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nico- 
laas de Meyer. 



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Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Reinier Willemzen, baker, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, a fine of twenty five guilders for having struck a 
woman. Deft, denies it. Pltf. undertakes to prove it. The W. Court 
order the pltf. to prove his statement. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Symon Barenzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, a fine of one hundred and fifty guilders, because he had 
been fighting. Deft, denies it. Pltf. undertakes to prove it at the deft's 
cost. The W. Court order the pltf. to prove his statement. 

Albert Trumpeter (bugler), pltf. v/s Daniel Toumeur, deft. Pltf. 
says, that he missed a hog, being a sow, which he had placed on Baren 
Island with other hogs and which the deft, removed from there. Deft, 
admits having taken a hog from the Island, saying that some of N. 
Haerlem have hogs also running there, and that one requests the other 
when going to the Island to look after his hogs; and as he was there to 
cut grass, returning from work he saw a hog lying on the strand very sick, 
which he laid loose in his canoe and brought to the village, making the 
same known in order to learn, whose hog it was; whereof he produces 
declaration. Then as no one claimed the hog, he let it lay over the 
night, to see if some one, to whom the hog belonged, would not come in 
the meanwhile. But he found it dead on the next day. The W. Court 
having heard parties decree, the deft, shall replace a hog on Baren Island 
for the pltf., from which he removed pltfs. hog, or that he make good the 
removed hog to the pltf. 

Lysbet Coutrie, pltf. v/s Willem Rasenburgh, deft. Pltf. demands 
from the deft, eighty five guilders in seawant according to a/c. Deft, 
admits the debt; then says, he cured the pltfs. leg and agreed with her, 
that she should deduct forty guilders, and that he should pay her the re- 
maining forty five guilders, which he offered. Pltf. denies being in defts. 
debt; has settled with him. Deft, offers to declare so on oath. Pltf. says, 
if deft, will declare it on oath, she will strike off the forty guilders ; which 
the deft, undertaking, he has done so at the hands of the Officer. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens therefore decree, that the pltf. shall let the forty 
guilders in question lie to the defts. credit and stand for payment on a/c. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Philip Asbome, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. demands, that the attachment issued ag'st deft, be de- 
clared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 



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Schepen Jacob Backer, pltf. v/s Annetje Kocks, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

M' Hans Kierste, pltf. v/s Johan Schovelbergh and Lauwerens de 
Sille, defts. Defts. in default. - 

Jan Ariaanzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Ryck Hendrickzen, deft. 
Both in default. 

Hendrick Obe, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Both in 
default. 

Guiliam d'Honneur, pltf. and arrestant v/s Hermen Martens, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Freryck Flipzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Walraven du Mont, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Abel Hardenbrook, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen in Flat- 
bush, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. 

Leendert Dirckzen van Venlo, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Jan Vigne entering with Reinout Reinoutzen states, that he lost a 
cow, which was killed, the hide of which was brought to Reinout, who 
bought it; demanding therefore, that Reinout Reinoutsen shall declare, 
who brought the hide to his house and from whom he bought it. Reinout 
Reinoutsen says, they are strangers and he does not know the people. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decree and order the Officer Pieter Tonne- 
man to take information with Jan Vigne, from whom came the hide, which 
Reinout Reinoutsen bought. 

M' Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger entering states, he understood, 
that some goods belonging to Hermen Martensen are concealed, which 
are not on the inventory, and requests that the abovenamed Hermen Mar- 
tensen's wife shall be closely examined on interrogatories on this subject 
and by denial be placed in closer confinement. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that the above named Hermen Martens' wife shall be 
heard on interrogatories, whether she have no more goods than she gave 
up on inventory, and thereto appoint from their W. Board Schepens Tymo- 
theus Gabry and Isaack Grevenraat, to whom she shall have so to declare. 

M' Hans Kierstede entering states, that he laid three boards of cedar 
wood from a canoe on Hermen Martens place and that he bought them 
from him, which with the other goods of the abovenamed Hermen are 



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inscribed on the inventory; requesting he may receive them, as he paid 
for them. The W. Court order M' Hans to prove his statement. 

Cors Janzen and Robbert Watzen entering, demand payment of 
James Caps according to a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens order them 
to make up and exhibit the a/c of their claim against James Caps. 

Hendrick Hutzon, pltf. v/s Ritzert Ley, deft. Pltf. says, that the 
deft, bound himself to serve him for some claim, which he has against 
him according to acte subscribed by him, exhibiting the same. Deft, 
denies that the acte was subscribed by him. The W. Court decree, that 
the case be carried to the Fort before the superior government. 

Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, arrestant and pltf. v/s Claas Diedelof- 
zen, arrested and deft. Defts. 2^^ default. Pltf. demands from the deft, 
forty nine guilders five stivers in seawant balance of an a/c as appears by 
obligation, with costs, and demands that the attachment be declared valid. 
The W. Court declares the attachment valid, and decree that the monies 
shall be brought into consignment of this City. 

ACTE OF AUTHORITY TO THE CURATORS OF THE ESTATE LEFT BY 

HERMEN MARTENS. 

Whereas Hermen Martens, late Serjeant in the West India Company's 
service here, has fled and absconded hence, being indebted a considerable 
sum to divers creditors, leaving some furniture and papers, and as it is 
deemed necessary by Burgomasters and Schepens of this City, that cura- 
tors be appointed to regulate the insolvent estate left behind, to take up 
the goods on inventory and sell them for the greatest advantage of the 
creditors; the Burgomasters and Schepens aforesaid therefore elect and 
qualify as curators Mf Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger and Lauwerens 
de Sille, who are authorized and required to regulate the estate aforesaid, 
and with the knowledge of Burgomasters and Schepens so to manage it, 
as shall be found most advantageous for those interested. Done in N. 
Jorck on the Island of Manhattans the ]) 7^ 1664. 

In the name of the Court of this City the Officer Pieter Tonneman 
is requested and authorized with the Secretary and Court Messenger to 
inspect and search at the house to be pointed out by M' Jacob Hendricks 
Varrevanger for the goods, which Hermer Martens, late Serjeant of the 
Hon^* West India Company here, is said to have carried thither. Done 
N: Jorck on the Island Manhattans the \^ fV 1664. 



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In the Name of the Court of this City the Marshal is authorized and 
ordered to sell publicly to the highest bidder the entire moveables left by 
Hermen Martens, late Serjeant, absconded from here, and not to allow 
the purchaser to take any goods before and until payment shall be made 
by him. Done N : Jorck lying on the Manathans Island the ^^ Septemb' 
1664: By Order of the W. President of Burgomasters and Schepens of 
the City aforesaid. 

Tuesday, f Jth. Sept^ 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

M' Tho: de La Vaal, arrestant and pltf. v/s Philip Asborne, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the at- 
tachment valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. and arrestant v/s Philip Asbom, 
arrested and deft. Defts. 2*^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, a fine of 
one hundred guilders for that he severely beat one Robbert Watsen and 
James Caps; demanding sequestration of the monies. The W. Court 
order deft, to bring the monies demanded into consignment of this City. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. and arrestant v/s Jan Arcet, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the attachment be de- 
declared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf. and arrestant v/s Sigismondus 
Lucas, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the 
attachment be declared valid. The Worshipful Court declares the attach- 
ment valid. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. and arrestant v/s Jan Arcet, arrested and deft. 
Both in default. 

Tomas Lauwerens, pltf. and arrestant v/s Jan Arcet, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. Pltf's wife entering requests, that the attachment 
be declared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Bommel, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jamis Dauidts, deft. Deft, in default. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Susanna the negress, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 



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Nicolaas Gosten, pltf. v/s Jonas Ranson, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Obe, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. Pursuant to obligation passed 29^ of August 1663 and due in 
March following pltf. demands from deft, first, four hundred and ninety 
four guilders twelve stivers arising from a debt payable to Eduard Leeck 
in Osenbrughs linen @ two pounds of tobacco the ell, and distilled waters 
at one hundred pounds per anker, and moreover four ankers of brandy 
and three hundred and ten pounds of tobacco. The W. Court order 
deft, to bring the sum demanded into consignment of this City. 

M^ Hans Kierstede, pltf. v/s Joannes Schevelbergh and Lauwerens 
de Sille, defts. Pltf. produces a petition and order thereupon dated 1 7^ 
June last; the petition setting forth whereas he the pltf. and petitT fears, 
that the goods, effects, actions and credits of Jan Sluyter, trader at 
Haarlem, insolvent, remaining among the estate of Hendrick van der 
Walle may by this and other means be alienated and conveyed away, 
notwithstanding he has attached the same, which was declared valid ; he 
requests therefore that the abovenamed Sluyter may be ordered for the 
security of his debt, to place under the charge of a faithful person suffi- 
cient effects belonging to him and remaining among the estate of the 
abovenamed van der Walle, from which he, the pltf., may obtain his debt 
by virtue of the obligation against Jan Sluyter, when it shall have arrived 
here, free of cost and charges, as he is not disposed to have any com- 
munication with Jan Sluyters creditors in Holland. Lauwerens de Sille 
promises to retain so much of the goods of the abovenamed Sluyter in 
hands, that the pltf. shall obtain his pay free of cost and charge and 
they, the defts., offer to give bail for the same, wherewith the pltf. says 
he is content; and in pursuance thereof the W: Court order them to obey 
and perform the same. 

Mattheus de Vos entering represents, that for want of time he has not 
drawn out a procuration executed by James Caps to M^ Thomas de la 
Vaal ; therefore he reads the substance thereof to the Court saying, he is 
requested by the abovenamed M! de la Vaal, to represent him here before 
the Court and concludes in the name thereof, that the sails of the ship, 
the Prudence, attached may be released from arrest, and if the above- 
named Asbom has any claim on the abovenamed James Caps, that he 
shall have to speak to him. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that M' 



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Tho' de la Val may lift the sails lying under attachment, on condition of 
giving security for the judgment. 

Weraaar Wessels entering demands, inasmuch as the W. Burgo- 
masters have interdicted the exacting of any duties on exported goods 
during eight days, but merely to enter the same, that he may be granted 
an acte of interdict. Burgomasters and Schepens consent only to the 
entering of goods exported by responsible persons, but he is to demand 
and receive the duties from such as are not trustworthy; and in the mean- 
while not to pay any more money to the Receiver of the Company on this 
a/c, than what is due to the day, when this place was surrendered and 
all this until the Govemour Nicolls shall be spoken to on the subject. 

Lysbet Pieters entering exhibits extracts and writings regarding the 
case in question relative to the payment of some beavers for Jan Perie 
to one Gerrit Pietersen, which as she paid to the above named Gerrit 
Pietersen and heretofore could not exhibit any proof, than what has 
since been received requests, that she be released from the payment 
of the accepted obligation. Burgomasters and Schepens persist in 
their judgment rendered in this case in favour of Schepen Tymotheus 
Gabry. 

The H! Officer Pieter Tonneman requests in writing that * 

Annetje Hendricks entering requests to know, why she is imprisoned, 
to which was answered, because she secreted the best of her goods and 
left the worst in the house. To which she answers she has no other, than 
what she returned. The W. Court informed the prisoner Annetje afore- 
said, that she shall have to tell, if she hid any thing, where she left it, as 
the curators of the estate left by her husband undertake to prove it. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order the abovenamed curators to prove 
within the time of thrice twenty four hours, that the abovenamed Anneken 
has secreted her property. 

On the l^th SeptembT in the afternoon, were assembled at this City 
Hall the Heeren Schout Pieter Tonneman, Burgomaster Comelis Steen- 
wyck, and Schepen Jacob Backer. 

Anneken Hendrick, wife of Hermen Martens van den Bos, entering 
is asked, whether she is not aware that some of her goods were brought 

* This entry is thus incomplete in the orig. — Tr. 



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away ? Whereunto she answers No; persisting that she did not remove 
any goods, and has no other goods than what her husband took with him ; 
declaring further that neither her husband nor any person else acquainted 
her, that any property had been secreted or carried away. Mf Jacob 
Hendrickzen Varrevanger and Lauwerens de Sille, curators of the insol- 
vent estate left by Hermen Martens van den Bos, entering, were informed, 
that Annetje Hendrickz still firmly denies having secreted or removed any 
property, and are warned not to say except what they of a certainty know, 
to which they answer, that a French woman, unknown to them but known 
to Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, has stated to them, that some goods were 
removed to the house of Arien van Laar from the house of Jan the Shoe- 
maker residing next the house occupied by the abovenamed Hermen 
Martens, and that the abovenamed Jan helped to carry them. Where- 
upon Arien van Laar is sent for and appearing is asked, whether goods 
were not brought to his house from Hermen Martens van den Bos. 
Whereunto he answers No and are not and have not been at his house; 
saying, that the Magistrates may freely visit his house. Annetje Bertran, 
being the French woman named, entering is asked, whether she does not 
know, where Hermen Martens van den Bos* goods are and where they 
were carried ? Answers, knows nothing of them, and that one says thus 
and the other says so, and there is no certainty in such statements. She 
is further asked, if she has not said something, that she knew that the 
property was removed from Jan the Shoemakers house to Arien van Laar's 
house ? To this she again answers, that she said she saw a chest brought 
from Hermen the Serjeants house to the house of Grietje next door, and 
heard that was brought back from there to Arien van Laar's. Arien van 
Laar being again heard hereon still persists, that no property of the above- 
named Hermen Martens was brought to his house, and demands proof 
that goods were brought to his house and if property were found, that he 
pass for a dishonest man. 

This date 22 Sept' 1664: old style, Andries Andriesen's wife brought 
fl. 43. into consignment of this City to pay for ten skepels of peas bought 
of Comelis Hendricks, drummer, and attached by Arien Appel. 

In the name of the Court of this City, the Marshal is authorized and 
ordered to sell publicly to the highest bidder the goods and moveables 
left by Salomon La Chair ded and not to allow any goods sold to be re- 



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moved before payment be made. Done, N : Jorck situate on Manhattans 
Island, the 23I September, Old Style, 1664. 

Tuesday, 27*?* Sept' 1664 Old Style: In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Cornells 
Steenwyck, Tjrmotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Robbert Watzen and Cors Janzen, pltfs. v/s M' Thomas de la Val, 
deft. Pltfs. demand from deft., as attorney of James Caps, to wit: — 
Robbert Watzon eight pounds sterling and in addition seventeen guilders 
in seawant brewing and washing money payable on the abovenamed Kaps' 
a/c. and earned monthly wages ; and Cors Janzen four pounds two shil- 
lings six pence sterling according to a/c. both for him and his son. The 
deft, says, he considers it strange that they the pltfs. ask so much, after 
one Daniel Donbaar by settlement with the aforesaid Caps brings in no 
more than twenty six shillings ; saying further if they had any claim 
against the aforesaid Caps they ought to have spoken to him, whilst he 
was here. Pltfs. say, that the abovenamed Caps had gone away before 
they knew it. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that the pltfs. shall 
receive their earned monthly wages on the decision and award of Jacques 
Cousseau, old Schepen of this City, and Jan Lauwerens, Burgher and in- 
habitant here, who are hereby authorized and qualified to examine, dis- 
cuss and decide the pltfs. a/c. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s M' Thomas de la Val, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, according to a/c rendered the sum of four hundred and eighty 
eight guilders nine stivers for James Caps. Deft, says it appears from 
Caps' writing, that he does not owe pltf. more than three hundred 
guilders. After some discussion over and hither between parties, M' de 
la Vaal offers to pay Mighiel Tades on James Caps' a/c the sum of four 
hundred guilders in sewant, with which Mighiel Tades is satisfied. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jamis Dauidts, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, a little less than a thousand pieces of firewood for a piece of land * 

* This land was at Pamrapo, bdow Jersey City on the line of the N. J. Central 
R. R. De Forrest had boiight it from Jan Comelissen Crynen and sold it to James 
Davison or Davits April 15, 1655. Davison was an Englishman, who kept a tavern in 
N. A. and Albany, and ran a sloop betw. N. A. and Albany. He sold the land in 1670, 
obtained some on Staten Island in 1676 and died 1688. 




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sold to him, and in addition two hundred and fifty two and a half ells of 
Osnaburgh linen paid him, when he went to Fatherland under promise, 
when returned, to pay the same to him on his arrival here. Deft, says, 
that the pltf. promised to deliver him the deed of the land immediately, 
when he purchased it, which is not yet done, whereby he has suffered 
great loss, as he could have sold the land, demanding therefore the in- 
terest on the thousand pieces of firewood delivered. The W. Court order 
the deft, to pay the pltf. the thousand pieces of firewood; also the two 
hundred and fifty two ells of Osnaburgh linen, when the pltf. is ordered 
to give deft, due conveyance and deed of the aforesaid land. 

Comelis Gerlofzen, pltf. v/s Paulus Turck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, thirty two guilders Holland currency, which according to 
notarial obligation must be paid in Holland by his father out of the 
monthly wages due by the Company. Deft, says, his father kept his 
money for himself for clothes sent to him. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. according to obligation aforesaid. 

Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf. v/s Tomas Coninck, deft. Deft, 
in default. Pltf. produces the judgment, which he obtained against the 
deft, on the 22''.*' of April last, demanding, as he has failed to obey it, 
condemnation with costs. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the 
deft, as he has failed in proof pursuant to judgment dated 22"? of April 
last, and does not appear on summons, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the 
forty three planks according to obligation thereof passed in date 10^ 
August x66i with costs. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Arent Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Ditto Freryck, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laar, deft. Deft, in default. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, in default. 

Arent Isaackzen, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Deft, in default. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Susanna the Negress, deft. Both in default. 

Hendrick Obe, pltf. v/s the curators of the estate left by Salomon La 
Chair, defts. Pltf. in default. 



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Leendert Dirckzen van Venlo, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. 
Both in default. 

The H' Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Arent Juriaansen Lants- 
man's wife and Hend'k Janzen, baker, defts. Defts. in default. Pltf. 
demands that defts. shall be ordered to give evidence of the truth at their 
own costs, and imprisonment in case of refusal or on default at the third 
summons. The W. Court grants the request. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Bommel, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, forty three guilders in zeawant for goods and 
small beer received. Deft, admits the debt, but says he worked for the 
pltf. in the year 1657, for which nothing has been paid. Pltf. replying 
says, he has settled with deft's wife. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
parties on both sides to produce their a/cs on the next Court day. 

Lauwerens de Sille, pltf. v/s Cristina Steentgens, deft. Pltf., as 
attorney of Abraham de Kuyper, trader at Amsterdam, in Holland, de- 
mands from deft, the outstanding debts proceeding from the goods, 
which her dec^ husband received from the abovenamed Abraham. Deft, 
says she gave up the estate and that the a/cs remain with the curators. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order the pltf. to summon the curators with 
the deft, for the next Court day. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, sixty three guilders twelve stivers in seawant, balance 
of a/c. Deft, admits the debt, promising payment. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order deft, to pay the pltf. the sum demanded within the time 
of fourteen days from the date hereof. 

Jan the Carpenter, pltf. v/s Hans Carelzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, twenty four guilders and a half for wages. Deft, says, that the 
pltf. worked only three tides, while he had hired him according to con- 
tract to work in his service on his bark for one year, @ 26 gl. per month, 
and that the pltf. after he had sailed once along with him, silently run 
away, whereby he has suffered great damage. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties on both sides, decree and order deft, to pay the pltf. 
the sum of sixty guilders in sewant, with which the action and claim they 
have against one another for the matter aforesaid shall be terminated. 

Coenraat ten Eyck, arrestant and pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen ter Heun, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 65. 10 in sewant, requir- 




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ing prompt payment and in default thereof, that the issued attachment be 
declared valid. Deft, admits the debt; requests time till Christmas. The 
W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. or to enter sufl&cient bail 
for the pajrment to the pltf's satisfaction; the attachment remaining so 
long valid. 

Sara Pieters, pltf. v/s Hermje Lodowycks, deft. Pltf. demands from 
the deft, the linen, which she bought from Claas Tysen Kuypers wife and 
brought to her to make. Deft, admits having the linen and offers to 
return it, if the pltf. restores her the four guilders, which she previously 
gave. The W. Court orders deft, to return to the pltf. the purchased 
linen belonging to her, provided she, the pltf., restores to deft, the four 
guilders given for the linen. 

Willem Doeckles and Anneke Ryzen, his wife, and with them the 
curators of the insolvent estate left by Salomon La Chair dec"!, entering, 
Willem Doeckles requests an act of indemnity; whereupon the curators 
abovenamed are asked, whether the whole aforesaid insolvent estate is 
perfectly given up without concealing anything. To which they answer 
they know no better and that Anneke Rysens has offered to confirm under 
oath the inventory of the aforesaid estate. The aforesaid Anneke enter- 
ing says a gown and petticoat are in pawn with Freryck Flipsen for debt 
to the sum of one hundred and sixty guilders contracted by her widow- 
hood estate. And whereas Willem Doeckles has agreed to pay the debts, 
which Anneke Rysens contracted in her widowhood, she was informed, 
that the aforesaid gown and petticoat come to the benefit of the creditors, 
whereupon she earnestly requests to retain them. Burgomasters and 
Schepens allow Anneke Ryzens to retain her gown and petticoat, and 
decree before granting Willem Doeckles an act of indemnity, that the 
abovenamed Willem Doeckles shall request an act of satisfaction from the 
curators of the aforesaid estate, and exhibit the same to their Worships. 

Arien Appel entering states, that he has attached some skepels of 
pease brought by Comelis Hendrickzen, drummer, for Andries Andriesen, 
requesting as he must give up the pease to the aforesaid Andries accord- 
ing to the Burgomasters order, and the abovenamed Comelis Hendrickzen 
owes him fl. 39. that he may lift, under bail, the monies brought in con- 
signment as payment of the peas. Burgomastres and Schepens allow the 
petit' to lift the consigned monies under bail. 



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Schout Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgment, which 
he obtained against Mighiel Tadens on date 8 July and against Hendrick 
Janzen Smitt in date i6 July A? 1664. The Bailiff is ordered to put these 
in execution. 

M' Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger and Lauwerens de Sille, curators 
of the insolvent estate left by Hermen Martensen van den Bos, entering, 
and with them Annetje Hendricks, wife of Hermen Martens aforesaid; 
the abovenamed curators are asked, whether they have red any proof, 
that the abovenamed Anneke has concealed or removed any property ? 
Answer, No ; and request that the abovenamed Anneke may be further 
heard about the goblet, as they understood from two women — Andries 
Rees' wife and the neighbour, who sewed with her — that they lately saw 
the goblet ; which being communicated to the abovenamed Anneken, she 
denies to have lately had the goblet and demands that the witnesses be 
brought forward within the time of four and twenty hours. The Court 
decree, that the aforesaid Anneke Hendricks be released from her im- 
prisonment, as the aforesaid curators do not exhibit any further proof. 

Adam Monckelbagh entering states, that a judgment was passed 
against him to pay a fine of fifty guilders for having used force and 
violence against Mr. Cornells van Ruyven's negro, denying the same and 
demanding proof thereof, saying he can prove the contrary, and that the 
witnesses are without, who may, he asks, come in. The Court decree, 
that such ought to have been done in the first instance; persist in conse- 
quence in their rendered judgment. 

The creditors of the estate, left by Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harder- 
wyck dec*?, request by petition, that curators may be appointed over the 
said estate, so that the same may be regulated. Apostille: Petitioners 
are referred to the Orphan Chamber of this City. 

Whereas Willem Doeckles having married Anneken Rysens, widow 
of Salomon La Chair dec*!, has unto us Burgomasters of this City of N. 
York, situate on the Island Manhattans, heretofore called Amsterdam in 
N. Netherland, exhibited an act of satisfaction executed by the curators 
of the insolvent estate left by the abovenamed Salomon la Chair, dated 
7*!* October of this year. New Style, requesting of us act of indemnity or 
freedom from claims with and against every one, who would claim, 
trouble or prosecute him or his wife aforesaid in any wise for any debt^ 




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action or pretence against the aforesaid estate; Therefore, we seeing the 
good disposition of the aforesi curators on the surrender of the aforesaid 
estate and goods by the abovenamed Anneke Rysens cannot refuse the 
afores^ request of the aforesaid Willem Doeckles, as he has paid the debts, 
which his wife contracted in her widowhood after her husband's decease, 
to give him a declaration such as this ; requiring every one whomsoever he 
may be, who may claim or presume to have any action or pretence to the 
aforesaid estate, no more to trouble or to speak to the said Willem Doeckles 
or Anneke Rysens touching the before-mentioned debts contracted by her 
former husband Salomon La Chair, since all their property has been sold 
by the curators appointed thereunto by the Court of this City, and she 
has declared under oath, that she has not any more than what she has 
surrendered to the curators. In testimony hereof signed. Done N. 
Yorck situate on the Island Manhattans the 27*^ Septemb! 1664: old Style 
— (Was signed) P. L. van der Grift, Comelis Steenwyck. Lower stood: 
— To my knowledge, signed — Joannes Nevius Secretary. 

Tuesday, 3*? Octob: 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Gre- 
venraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Johan de Decker, pltf. v/s Jan Lauwerens, deft. Pltf. says, that the 
deft, paid the General of his money, given to him, sixty one pieces of 
eight and one guilder; requesting them back. Deft, admits having given 
the General the aforesaid sum. The W. Court order deft, to restore and 
pay to pltf. the sixty one pieces of eight and one guilder. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Pltf., as 
attorney of Adriaen Blommaerts widow, demands from deft, payment, 
according to obligation of one hundred and eighty guilders in tobacco, and 
also in his individual capacity a balance of thirty five guilders in beavers 
for goods sold to him and Mr. Allard Anthony. Deft, says, he gave the pltf. 
a hogshead of tobacco on the hundred and eighty guilders, offering to pay 
the balance; and did not know, but the a/c regarding him individually 
was paid; therefore does not know how the a/c stands. Pltf. replying 
says, that he deducted the hogshead of tobacco from the a/c, which he 
individually has against the deft, and Allard Anthony, but it is indifferent 
to him and therefore his individual debt is greater. The W. Court refer 

▼OL, v.— Q 




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In the Name of the Court of this City the Marshal is authorized and 
ordered to sell publicly to the highest bidder the entire moveables left by 
Hermen Martens, late Serjeant, absconded from here, and not to allow 
the purchaser to take any goods before and until payment shall be made 
by him. Done N : Jorck lying on the Manathans Island the ^-11^ Septemb' 
1664: By Order of the W. President of Burgomasters and Schepens of 
the City aforesaid. 

Tuesday, fjth. Sept' 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Backer, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

M' Tho: de La Vaal, arrestant and pltf. v/s Philip Asbome, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the at- 
tachment valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf, and arrestant v/s Philip Asbom, 
arrested and deft. Defts. 2^. default. Pltf. demands from deft, a fine of 
one hundred guilders for that he severely beat one Robbert Watsen and 
James Caps; demanding sequestration of the monies. The W. Court 
order deft, to bring the monies demanded into consignment of this City. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. and arrestant v/s Jan Arcet, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the attachment be de- 
declared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf. and arrestant v/s Sigismondus 
Lucas, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the 
attachment be declared valid. The Worshipful Court declares the attach- 
ment valid. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. and arrestant v/s Jan Arcet, arrested and deft. 
Both in default. 

Tomas Lauwerens, pltf. and arrestant v/s Jan Arcet, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. Pltf s wife entering requests, that the attachment 
be declared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Bommel, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jamis Dauidts, deft. Deft, in default. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Susanna the negress, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 



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Nicolaas Gosten, pltf. v/s Jonas Ranson, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Obe, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. Pursuant to obligation passed 29^ of August 1663 and due in 
March following pltf. demands from deft, first, four hundred and ninety 
four guilders twelve stivers arising from a debt payable to Eduard Leeck 
in Osenbrughs linen @ two pounds of tobacco the ell, and distilled waters 
at one hundred pounds per anker, and moreover four ankers of brandy 
and three hundred and ten pounds of tobacco. The W. Court order 
deft, to bring the sum demanded into consignment of this City. 

M' Hans Kierstcde, pltf. v/s Joannes Schevelbergh and Lauwerens 
de Sille, defts. Pltf. produces a petition and order thereupon dated 17*^ 
June last; the petition setting forth whereas he the pltf. and petitT fears, 
that the goods, effects, actions and credits of Jan Sluyter, trader at 
Haarlem, insolvent, remaining among the estate of Hendrick van der 
Walle may by this and other means be alienated and conveyed away, 
notwithstanding he has attached the same, which was declared valid; he 
requests therefore that the abovenamed Sluyter may be ordered for the 
security of his debt, to place under the charge of a faithful person suffi- 
cient effects belonging to him and remaining among the estate of the 
abovenamed van der Walle, from which he, the pltf., may obtain his debt 
by virtue of the obligation against Jan Sluyter, when it shall have arrived 
here, free of cost and charges, as he is not disposed to have any com- 
munication with Jan Sluyters creditors in Holland. Lauwerens de Sille 
promises to retain so much of the goods of the abovenamed Sluyter in 
hands, that the pltf. shall obtain his pay free of cost and charge and 
they, the defts., offer to give bail for the same, wherewith the pltf. says 
he is content; and in pursuance thereof the W: Court order them to obey 
and perform the same. 

Mattheus de Vos entering represents, that for want of time he has not 
drawn out a procuration executed by James Caps to M' Thomas de la 
Vaal ; therefore he reads the substance thereof to the Court saying, he is 
requested by the abovenamed M' de la Vaal, to represent him here before 
the Court and concludes in the name thereof, that the sails of the ship, 
the Prudence, attached may be released from arrest, and if the above- 
named Asbom has any claim on the abovenamed James Caps, that he 
shall have to speak to him. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that M' 




122 Court Minutes of New AmsterdaiiL [1664 

Tlu/ de la Val may lift the sails lying under attachment, on condition of 
griring security for the judgment. 

Wemaar Wessels entering demands, inasmuch as the W. Burgo- 
masters have interdicted the exacting of any duties on exported goods 
during eight days, but merely to enter the same, that he may be granted 
an acte of interdict. Burgomasters and Schepens consent only to the 
entering of goods exported by responsible persons, but he is to demand 
and receive the duties from such as are not trustworthy; and in the mean- 
while not to pay any more money to the Receiver of the Company on this 
a/c, than what is due to the day, when this place was surrendered and 
all this until the Govemour Nicolls shall be spoken to on the subject. 

Lysbet Pieters entering exhibits extracts and writings regarding the 
case in question relative to the payment of some beavers for Jan Perie 
to one Gerrit Pietersen, which as she paid to the above named Gerrit 
Pietersen and heretofore could not exhibit any proof, than what has 
since been received requests, that she be released from the pajrment 
of the accepted obligation. Burgomasters and Schepens persist in 
their judgment rendered in this case in favour of Schepen Tymotheus 
Gabry. 

The H! Officer Pieter Tonneman requests in writing that * 

Annetje Hendricks entering requests to know, why she is imprisoned, 
to which was answered, because she secreted the best of her goods and 
left the worst in the house. To which she answers she has no other, than 
what she returned. The W. Court informed the prisoner Annetje afore- 
said, that she shall have to tell, if she hid any thing, where she left it, as 
the curators of the estate left by her husband undertake to prove it. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order the abovenamed curators to prove 
within the time of thrice twenty four hours, that the abovenamed Anneken 
has secreted her property. 

On the l^th Septemb' in the afternoon, were assembled at this City 
Hall the Heeren Schout Pieter Tonneman, Burgomaster Comelis Steen- 
wyck, and Schepen Jacob Backer. 

Anneken Hendrick, wife of Hermen Martens van den Bos, entering 
is asked, whether she is not aware that some of her goods were brought 

* This entry is thus incomplete in the orig. — Tr. 



1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 123 

away ? Whereunto she answers No; persisting that she did not remove 
any goods, and has no other goods than what her husband took with him ; 
declaring further that neither her husband nor any person else acquainted 
her, that any property had been secreted or carried away. Mf Jacob 
Hendrickzen Varrevanger and Lauwerens de Sille, curators of the insol- 
vent estate left by Hermen Martens van den Bos, entering, were informed, 
that Annetje Hendrickz still firmly denies having secreted or removed any 
property, and are warned not to say except what they of a certainty know, 
to which they answer, that a French woman, unknown to them but known 
to Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, has stated to them, that some goods were 
removed to the house of Arien van Laar from the house of Jan the Shoe- 
maker residing next the house occupied by the abovenamed Hermen 
Martens, and that the abovenamed Jan helped to carry them. Where- 
upon Arien van Laar is sent for and appearing is asked, whether goods 
were not brought to his house from Hermen Martens van den Bos. 
Whereunto he answers No and are not and have not been at his house; 
saying, that the Magistrates may freely visit his house. Annetje Bertran, 
being the French woman named, entering is asked, whether she does not 
know, where Hermen Martens van den Bos' goods are and where they 
were carried ? Answers, knows nothing of them, and that one says thus 
and the other says so, and there is no certainty in such statements. She 
is further asked, if she has not said something, that she knew that the 
property was removed from Jan the Shoemakers house to Arien van Laar's 
house ? To this she again answers, that she said she saw a chest brought 
from Hermen the Serjeants house to the house of Grietje next door, and 
heard that was brought back from there to Arien van Laar's. Arien van 
Laar being again heard hereon still persists, that no property of the above- 
named Hermen Martens was brought to his house, and demands proof 
that goods were brought to his house and if property were found, that he 
pass for a dishonest man. 

This date 22 Sept' 1664: old style, Andries Andriesen's wife brought 
fl. 43. into consignment of this City to pay for ten skepels of peas bought 
of Comelis Hendricks, drummer, and attached by Arien Appel. 

In the name of the Court of this City, the Marshal is authorized and 
ordered to sell publicly to the highest bidder the goods and moveables 
left by Salomon La Chair ded and not to allow any goods sold to be re- 



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moved before payment be made. Done, N : Jorck situate on Manhattans 
Island, the 23* September, Old Style, 1664. 

Tuesday, 27** Sept^ 1664 Old Style: In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Comelis 
Steenwyck, Tjrmotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Robbert Watzen and Cors Janzen, pltfs. v/s M' Thomas de la Val, 
deft. Pltfs. demand from deft., as attorney of James Caps, to wit: — 
Robbert Watzon eight pounds sterling and in addition seventeen guilders 
in seawant brewing and washing money payable on the abovenamed Kaps' 
a/c. and earned monthly wages ; and Cors Janzen four pounds two shil- 
lings six pence sterling according to a/c. both for him and his son. The 
deft, says, he considers it strange that they the pltfs. ask so much, after 
one Daniel Donbaar by settlement with the aforesaid Caps brings in no 
more than twenty six shillings ; saying further if they had any claim 
against the aforesaid Caps they ought to have spoken to him, whilst he 
was here. Pltfs. say, that the abovenamed Caps had gone away before 
they knew it. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that the pltfs. shall 
receive their earned monthly wages on the decision and award of Jacques 
Cousseau, old Schepen of this City, and Jan Lauwerens, Burgher and in- 
habitant here, who are hereby authorized and qualified to examine, dis- 
cuss and decide the pltfs. a/c. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s M' Thomas de la Val, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, according to a/c rendered the sum of four hundred and eighty 
eight guilders nine stivers for James Caps. Deft, says it appears from 
Caps' writing, that he does not owe pltf. more than three hundred 
guilders. After some discussion over and hither between parties, M' de 
la Vaal offers to pay Mighiel Tades on James Caps* a/c the sum of four 
hundred guilders in sewant, with which Mighiel Tades is satisfied. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jamis Dauidts, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, a little less than a thousand pieces of firewood for a piece of land * 

* This land was at Pamrapo, below Jersey City on the line of the N. J. Central 
R. R. De Forrest had bought it from Jan Comelissen Crynen and sold it to James 
Davison or Davits April 15, 1655. Davison was an Englishman, who kept a tavern in 
N. A. and Albany, and ran a sloop betw. N. A. and Albany. He sold the land in 1670, 
obtained some on Staten Island in 1676 and died 1688. 




1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 125 

sold to him, and in addition two hundred and fifty two and a half ells of 
Osnaburgh linen paid him, when he went to Fatherland under promise, 
when returned, to pay the same to him on his arrival here. Deft, says, 
that the pltf. promised to deliver him the deed of the land immediately, 
when he purchased it, which is not yet done, whereby he has suffered 
great loss, as he could have sold the land, demanding therefore the in- 
terest on the thousand pieces of firewood delivered. The W. Court order 
the deft, to pay the pltf. the thousand pieces of firewood ; also the two 
hundred and fifty two ells of Osnaburgh linen, when the pltf. is ordered 
to give deft, due conveyance and deed of the aforesaid land. 

Comelis Gerlofzen, pltf. v/s Paulus Turck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, thirty two guilders Holland currency, which according to 
notarial obligation must be paid in Holland by his father out of the 
monthly wages due by the Company. Deft, says, his father kept his 
money for himself for clothes sent to him. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. according to obligation aforesaid. 

Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf. v/s Tomas Coninck, deft. Deft, 
in default. Pltf. produces the judgment, which he obtained against the 
deft, on the 22''.** of April last, demanding, as he has failed to obey it, 
condemnation with costs. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the 
deft, as he has failed in proof pursuant to judgment dated 22I of April 
last, and does not appear on summons, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the 
forty three planks according to obligation thereof passed in date 10^ 
August 1 66 1 with costs. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Arent Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Ditto Freryck, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laar, deft. Deft, in default. 

Eghbcrt Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, in default. 

Arent Isaackzen, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Deft, in default. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Susanna the Negress, deft. Both in default. 

Hendrick Obe, pltf. v/s the curators of the estate left by Salomon La 
Chair, defts. Pltf. in default. 



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Leeoden Dirciizct A'at Vaiit. pit:, vj £igmisn ! 
2k^: ii: default. 

Tht H' Scbout Pictcr TcnmcmaL.. pk:. v 's Aran li 
fuac's wife and Hend'i: Jaxizeii. iakcr. detth. JjetsL. iz. rirfmih 2 
defoand^ that d«f t^ suaL ut ordered tl fEivt; gridgnra- of liie iruli a: ^nieir 
owrc costs, auc ixupriktinmexc ir cast of igfim' or 01. "<*Ta-nV jc tiic iiij r c 
summons. The W. Cour: gsaxia tbe Teqnesi. 

I&aack de Jortsesi. phf v f lac HsndxickzcL rac BnnnnffT.. otfi. 
yixi. dt:maxids> iniOL deft, itirrr thitst imilden il ^eauam far ^ooffi g^^g 
small beer receivtrd. I>eii. admns ibe debi. bm sais be wxckec iar 'ntt 
pltf. IE tht year 1C57. Icir irbicb nodmi^ ha^ been paid. PM. TEgihriziif 
savfe, he hat» tiettkrc wiii: defi't iriic. BnrgamBStszs and Srhrpfrnt arder 
parties on both side^ ic pruduce ^mr a a ol ^le next Conn dnr. 

Laumeren^ de bilk. phf. t £ r.-.-icy4na Steenxgens. drfr Fku as 



attomej of Abraham de £.UTpe:. trader ar Amatsrdani, in Hdllizid. 
maadt from deft, the outsiandixx^ debts prcx^eeding from tte ^oods^ 
irhicb her dec*^ hubbanc Tisoartc. from the abcnmamed AbiahsziL De£L 
bay» she ^ave up the estate and that like a a remaic iriiii iiie 
Bur^omasten; and Schepens order tite pM. to "Twrmnrr^ liie ccr 
tibe deft, for the nert Court dar. 



Jiitrtholdufc Maai;. pitf. t s Eiibcrt Meindcrzcn, deft. Phf. de- 
Dua&dt from deft, tiirtr three guilders treHre sareis in seswfint, biijacc 
<A a/^. I>eft. admitfc the debt, prooiisin^ paTmcmt. Ba-gamsgns and 
^Juepeat order deft, to par the pitf, the sr^m demanded iriiiiin die dmc 
of fourttjeii dayt from the date hereof. 

Jao the Carpeoter, pltf. v/s Hans Carelzen, dcfL Pltf. demands 
ir^jux deft, twenty four guilders and a half for wages. Deft, says, Aat the 
pltf. worked only three tides, while he had hired him according to con- 
U'4/x Vj work in his «rrvice on his bark for one year, (3 26 ^ per month, 
aiid tiiAt U*e piif . after he had sailed once along with ^™, silently run 
away, wl^rt:\jy he /jura suffered great damage. Burgomasters and Schepens 
tuivint^ he;ird piirtie* on Vnh sides, decree and order deft, to pay the pltf. 
tli« feui/i of bizty j^uilders in sewant, with which the action and daim they 
have ag;iiii*t one iinother for the matter aforesaid shall be terminated. 

O/enraal ten Kyck, arresUnt and pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen ter Heun, 
arrefeUd a/jd deft, Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 65. 10 in sewant, requir- 




1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 127 

ing prompt payment and in default thereof, that the issued attachment be 
declared valid. Deft, admits the debt; requests time till Christmas. The 
W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. or to enter sufl&cient bail 
for the payment to the pltf's satisfaction; the attachment remaining so 
long valid. 

Sara Pieters, pltf. v/s Hermje Lodowycks, deft. Pltf. demands from 
the deft, the linen, which she bought from Claas Tysen Kuypers wife and 
brought to her to make. Deft, admits having the linen and offers to 
return it, if the pltf. restores her the four guilders, which she previously 
gave. The W. Court orders deft, to return to the pltf. the purchased 
linen belonging to her, provided she, the pltf., restores to deft, the four 
guilders given for the linen. 

Willem Doeckles and Anneke Ryzen, his wife, and with them the 
curators of the insolvent estate left by Salomon La Chair dec*!, entering, 
Willem Doeckles requests an act of indemnity; whereupon the curators 
abovenamed are asked, whether the whole aforesaid insolvent estate is 
perfectly given up without concealing anything. To which they answer 
they know no better and that Anneke Rysens has offered to confirm under 
oath the inventory of the aforesaid estate. The aforesaid Anneke enter- 
ing says a gown and petticoat are in pawn with Freryck Flipsen for debt 
to the sum of one hundred and sixty guilders contracted by her widow- 
hood estate. And whereas Willem Doeckles has agreed to pay the debts, 
which Anneke Rysens contracted in her widowhood, she was informed, 
that the aforesaid gown and petticoat come to the benefit of the creditors, 
whereupon she earnestly requests to retain them. Burgomasters and 
Schepens allow Anneke Ryzens to retain her gown and petticoat, and 
decree before granting Willem Doeckles an act of indemnity, that the 
abovenamed Willem Doeckles shall request an act of satisfaction from the 
curators of the aforesaid estate, and exhibit the same to their Worships. 

Arien Appel entering states, that he has attached some skepels of 
pease brought by Comelis Hendrickzen, drummer, for Andries Andriesen, 
requesting as he must give up the pease to the aforesaid Andries accord- 
ing to the Burgomasters order, and the abovenamed Comelis Hendrickzen 
owes him fl. 39. that he may lift, under bail, the monies brought in con- 
signment as payment of the peas. Burgomastres and Schepens allow the 
petit' to lift the consigned monies under bail. 



128 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

Schout Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgment, which 
he obtained against Mighiel Tadens on date 8 July and against Hendrick 
Janzen Smitt in date i6 July A? 1664. The Bailiff is ordered to put these 
in execution. 

M' Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger and Lauwerens de Sille, curators 
of the insolvent estate left by Hermen Martensen van den Bos, entering, 
and with them Annetje Hendricks, wife of Hermen Martens aforesaid; 
the abovenamed curators are asked, whether they have red any proof, 
that the abovenamed Anneke has concealed or removed any property ? 
Answer, No; and request that the abovenamed Anneke may be further 
heard about the goblet, as they understood from two women — Andries 
Rees' wife and the neighbour, who sewed with her — that they lately saw 
the goblet ; which being communicated to the abovenamed Anneken, she 
denies to have lately had the goblet and demands that the witnesses be 
brought forward within the time of four and twenty hours. The Court 
decree, that the aforesaid Anneke Hendricks be released from her im- 
prisonment, as the aforesaid curators do not exhibit any further proof. 

Adam Monckelbagh entering states, that a judgment was passed 
against him to pay a fine of fifty guilders for having used force and 
violence against Mr. Comelis van Ruyven's negro, denying the same and 
demanding proof thereof, saying he can prove the contrary, and that the 
witnesses are without, who may, he asks, come in. The Court decree, 
that such ought to have been done in the first instance; persist in conse- 
quence in their rendered judgment. 

The creditors of the estate, left by Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harder- 
wyck ded, request by petition, that curators may be appointed over the 
said estate, so that the same may be regulated. Apostille: Petitioners 
are referred to the Orphan Chamber of this City. 

Whereas Willem Doeckles having married Anneken Rysens, widow 
of Salomon La Chair dec*^, has unto us Burgomasters of this City of N. 
York, situate on the Island Manhattans, heretofore called Amsterdam in 
N. Netherland, exhibited an act of satisfaction executed by the curators 
of the insolvent estate left by the abovenamed Salomon la Chair, dated 
7*? October of this year. New Style, requesting of us act of indemnity or 
freedom from claims with and against every one, who would claim, 
trouble or prosecute him or his wife aforesaid in any wise for any debt,. 




1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 129 

action or pretence against the aforesaid estate; Therefore, we seeing the 
good disposition of the aforesl curators on the surrender of the aforesaid 
estate and goods by the abovenaraed Anneke Rysens cannot refuse the 
afores*! request of the aforesaid Willem Doeckles, as he has paid the debts, 
which his wife contracted in her widowhood after her husband's decease, 
to give him a declaration such as this ; requiring every one whomsoever he 
may be, who may claim or presume to have any action or pretence to the 
aforesaid estate, no more to trouble or to speak to the said Willem Doeckles 
or Anneke Rysens touching the before-mentioned debts contracted by her 
former husband Salomon La Chair, since all their property has been sold 
by the curators appointed thereunto by the Court of this City, and she 
has declared under oath, that she has not any more than what she has 
surrendered to the curators. In testimony hereof signed. Done N. 
Yorck situate on the Island Manhattans the 27*!* Septemb' 1664: old Style 
— (Was signed) P. L. van der Grift, Comelis Steenwyck. Lower stood: 
— To my knowledge, signed — Joannes Nevius Secretary. 

Tuesday, 3*? Octob: 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Gre- 
venraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Johan de Decker, pltf. v/s Jan Lauwerens, deft. Pltf. says, that the 
deft, paid the General of his money, given to him, sixty one pieces of 
eight and one guilder; requesting them back. Deft, admits having given 
the General the aforesaid sum. The W. Court order deft, to restore and 
pay to pltf. the sixty one pieces of eight and one guilder. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Pltf., as 
attorney of Adriaen Blommaerts widow, demands from deft, payment, 
according to obligation of one hundred and eighty guilders in tobacco, and 
also in his individual capacity a balance of thirty five guilders in beavers 
for goods sold to him and Mr. AUard Anthony. Deft, says, he gave the pltf. 
a hogshead of tobacco on the hundred and eighty guilders, ofifering to pay 
the balance; and did not know, but the a/c regarding him individually 
was paid; therefore does not know how the a/c stands. Pltf. replying 
says, that he deducted the hogshead of tobacco from the a/c, which he 
individually has against the deft, and Allard Anthony, but it is indifferent 
to him and therefore his individual debt is greater. The W. Court refer 

▼OL. v.— Q 



1 30 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

the case in question to Hendrick Jansen van der Yin and Jacob Kip, old 
Schepens of this City, to take up the same, to hear parties on both sides, 
to decide the case and to endeavour if possible to reconcile parties; if 
not, to report their award to the Court. 

Arent Jansen Moesman, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Dirck van der 
Clyff appearing for the pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and four 
guilders nine stivers in seawant and fifty seven guilders twelve stivers in 
tobacco according to obligation on a/c of the estate left by Six vander 
Stighelen decl Deft, admits the debt; then says he has one and a half 
beaver against it for what was given to the abovenamed Sicz van der 
Stighelen and can prove such. Pltf. says, the matter is of no great im- 
portance; otherwise the deft, should have to confirm his statement on 
oath. The W. Court condemn the deft, to satisfy the pltf. according to 
obligation, deducting what he has justly against it. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Judick Verlett, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from the deft, two hundred and sixty three guilders, two stivers in 
seawant, as he has understood, that the deft, is heir of her parents. Deft, 
produces an open letter of her dec*! father, given to her heretofore, 
wherein her father states, what he has against it. Pltf. says, he had 
enough [of the goods] at the time, when her decl father brought them in 
a/c against him ; there was therefore no necessity to buy from her decl 
father. The W. Court refer the case in question to Jacques Cousseau, 
old Schepen of this City, and Gerrit van Tright, to hear parties' case and 
to examine and decide the matter, and to endeavour to reconcile parties 
if possible; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart and Jacob Vis, 
defts. Pltf. demands from defts. a just a/c, proof and reliqua of the beer 
brewed by him and the defts. in company pursuant to a certain contract 
made and executed therein before the Notary Dirck van Schelluyne. 
Defts. produce the contract saying, the half of the profits belongs to the 
pltf. and the debts are not yet come in ; therefore cannot render any acd 
The W. Court having read the contract, order the defts. to render to pltf. 
pursuant to the aforesaid contract, due a/c, proof and reliqua of the beer 
brewed in company. 

Arent Isaacksen, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. says, he gave the 
deft, a looking glass in pledge for a debt; and as he has paid the same. 




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he demands that the deft, shall give him back the looking glass or its 
value. Deft, admits to have been paid the debt and to have had the 
looking glass; saying that it remained by accident at the Esopus. The 
W. Court order the deft, to return the looking glass to the pltf. or to 
satisfy him for it. 

Leendert Dirckzen van Venlo, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, twelve guilders in seawant for wages. Deft, 
[says], the pltf. has earned it; saying that the Burgomasters promised to 
pay the laborers. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Daniel Verveelen, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. demands from the 
deft, seventy nine guilders ten stivers balance; also forty six guilders ten 
stivers a beer debt. Deft, admits having had the beer, then says, received 
no a/c of it, which is furnished him by the pltf. The W. Court order 
deft, to pay the pltf. the forty six guilders ten stivers, deducting what he 
can fairly prove to have against it. 

Willem Doeckles, pltf. v/s Arien Lauwerens and Andries Clazen, 
defts. Pltf. says, he contracted with defts. to go with him in his service 
to the Virginias, and that they broke through it; producing the contract. 
Defts. say, the Governour will not let them go; producing acte thereof 
signed by his Honour. The W. Court consider the contract void, which 
the pltf. made with defts., inasmuch as they are forbidden to depart by 
the Governour before the public work is completed, which they had 
undertaken. 

Albert Alberzen ter Heun, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Pltf. 
says, he agreed with deft, through the intervention of arbitrators about 
the case, which they had against each other and was obliged to sign to a 
declaration, contrary evidence of which he has received ; to get which the 
deft, would not allow him any time, exhibiting the writing regarding this. 
Deft, says the contrary, what the pltf. brings in is deducted from defts. 
a/c. The W. Court refer the matter in question de novo to the previous 
arbitrators to wit, Jacob Kip, old Schepen of this City, and in place of 
Isaac Bedlo, Joannes de Peister, also old Schepen of this City, to take up 
the a/c and difference in question, which parties have ag'st each other, 
in presence of Schepen Nicolaes de Meyer; to hear and examine the 
parties further; to argue, consider and decide the case; to endeavour, if 
possible, to reconcile parties; if not to report their award to the Court. 



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Schout Pieter Tonneman, arrestant and pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands benefit of the de- 
fault and that the arrest be valid. The W. Court declares the attachment 
valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Albert Trompetter, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Arent Juriaanzen Lantsman's 
wife and Hendrick Janzen, baker's, wife, defts. Defts. 2* default. Pltf. 
demands, that defts. shall be ordered to give evidence of the truth on 
pain of imprisonment. The W. Court grant the pltfs. request and order 
the defts. to give the Ofl&cer, pltf. herein, evidence of the truth, on pain 
of imprisonment. 

Asser Levy, arrestant and pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, arrested and 
deft. Both in default. 

Abel Hardenbrook, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. demands, that the attachment issued against defts. money in Resol- 
veert Waldron's hands be declared valid. The W. Court declares the 
attachment valid. 

Arien Huyberzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Kersten Janzen, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst, arrestant and pltf. v/s Lauwerens 
Lauwerenzen, arrested and deft. Both in default. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman demands, that a Court Messenger be 
placed at Annetje Smits house at her cost, until the abovenamed Annetje 
Smitt shall resolve to satisfy him according to judgment dated 16^ July 
or to settle further with him. Burgomasters and Schepens grant the 
Officer's request, that a Court Messenger be placed at Annetje Smits 
house at her cost. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgments, 
which he obtained against Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman and Aart Marten- 
sen in date 30'i' Octob. 1663, and against Adam Onckelbagh in date x6 
September 1664. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

Tomas Coninck appearing exhibits a writing, whereby, according to 
the order of this W: Court dated 22? April he will prove, that he delivered 
the plank in question to the wife of Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having looked into the proof, find it not to be suffi- 



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cient enough; therefore persist by their rendered judgment dated 27*^ 
Septf last, as this also was not produced at its proper time. 

Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer demands execution of the judgment, 
which he obtained in date 27^ Sept^ last against Tomas Coninck. The 
Marshal is ordered to put these into execution. 

Hendrick Obe demands execution of the judgment, which he obtained 
in date H 7b' last against Jan Hendricks Steelman. The Marshal is 
ordered to put these in execution. 

Tomas Dauidts requests by petition postponement of further pro- 
cedure and execution in the matter in question between him and Isaack 
de Foreest, entered on the last Court day, to investigate further into the 
case. The Court persists in its rendered judgment. 

Isaack de Foreest demands execution of the judgment, which he ob- 
tained against Tomis Dauidts in date 27^ 7^ last. The Marshal is 
ordered to put these in execution. 

Joannes Withart appearing demands to come in concurrence, as to 
what he claims from the estate left by Salomon La Chair ded, with those, 
who have obtained a mortgage on his house and lot, as he has entered a 
protest against the rendered mortgage, the same having been executed in 
fraudutn Creditorum, Burgomasters and Schepens decree, if Joannes 
Withart maintains action of preference, he shall summon those who pre- 
tend to have preference by virtue of mortgage, and to institute his action 
against them. 

Tuesday, 11 Octobf 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

The Burgomasters being assembled, D^ Joannes Megapolensis and 
D^ Samuel Drisius appear stating, that they had got their discharge from 
the Company, dated the last of the month of September, notwithstanding 
which as they were inclined to serve the Commonalty, they had addressed 
themselves to the Govemour Richard Nicholls and spoke to his Honour 
about the wages, who gave them for answer, that it runs for the time of 
six months, to which time the Company is receiving the recognitions 
(Duties), after which time he shall see how the matter shall be arranged-^ 
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with that view applied to the Burgomasters to speak to their Worships 
thereon; to which the Burgomasters replied, that the a/cs of the City's 
income and expenditure shall be made up as soon as possible, which shall 
then be shewn to Govern^ Rich. Nicolls and they shall then speak further 
with his Hon' regarding the wages as well of the Ministers, as of the other 
servants of the City. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Albert Tnimpetter, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, pursuant to award of arbitrators, the sum of thirty 
guilders for a fine imposed. Defts. wife appearing says, she does not 
know for what the fine is to be given, as her husband was struck; admits 
to have demanded arbitrators to settle the matter in order to prevent 
further mischiefs, but is not content with their award. The W. Court 
decree, as deft, is not content with the award of arbitrators, that the Offi- 
cer shall enter his case anew and for this purpose summon the deft, again. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, according to a/c produced, the sum of forty guilders 
twelve stivers. Deft, denies the debt, demanding a Contrario from the 
pltf. eight guilders eight stivers for seven ells of Osnabrug linen. Pltf. 
says, it is credited on the a/c. and that he, deft., has agreed with him 
conformably to the a/c. Deft, denies it. Pltf. offers to confirm it on 
oath or defers to the defts. oath. The W. Court condemn the deft, to 
satisfy and pay the pltf. the sum demanded, as he, pltf., has aflfirmed his 
produced a/c under oath. 

Jacob Kip and Gerrit van Tright, pltfs. v/s Arent Janzen Moesman, 
deft. Pltfs. in quality as attomies of Mighiel Jansen Muyden, demand 
from deft, in writing according to documents therewith produced, the 
sum of seven hundred and ninety five guilders two stivers. Dirck vander 
Clyff, as attorney of deft., demands copy of the declaration and produced 
documents to answer thereunto on the next Court day. The W. Court 
order copy of demand and produced documents to be furnished to party 
to answer thereunto on the next Court day. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Margriet Jelys, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, eighty six guilders in sewant according to a/c. Deft, promises 
to pay what she justly owes; saying she has something against the a/c, 
which is shewn. The W Court having heard parties and examined the 
a/c, condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. the eighty six guilders. 



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Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, a/c and reliqua of what they have outstanding with each other; and 
demands further, that the monies of his house brought into consignment 
and attached by Joannes Withart be released from attachment to pay 
therefrom a certain woman of Fort Orange, to whom he is indebted. 
Deft, produces the a/c. which he has outstanding with the pltf. placing 
the same in pltfs. hands. The W. Court order pltf. to bring in on the 
next Court day what he has against the a/c delivered. 

Orsel Antony, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
two hundred and ten guilders in sewant, with costs incurred and still to 
accrue. Deft, admits the debt. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, 
to satisfy and pay the pltf. the sum demanded with costs. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Anneke Ryzens, deft. Pltf. demands, that the 
case in question between him and deft, be settled by arbitrators. Deft's 
husband appearing says, the matter is settled. Pltf. says, he has a writing 
as to what was done in the case, which he was ordered to fetch; return- 
ing he exhibits it. Burgomasters and Schepens having seen the writing, 
appoint de novo for the arrangement of the case in question, Joannes de 
Witt and in place of Schepen Jacob Backer MT Balthazar de Haart to 
take up the case in question in presence of Schepen Isaack Grevenraat, 
to hear parties on both sides and to examine, argue and decide the case ; 
further to endeavor to reconcile parties if possible ; if not to report their 
award to the Court; and they order Jacob Vis to produce before the said 
arbitrators, what he has to bring in, on pain of nonsuit. 

Margriet Jelis, pltf. v/s Claas van Elslant, the Elder, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, seventeen guilders sixteen stivers in sewant. Claas 
van Elslant, the Younger, appearing says, his father has stated, that it is 
only thirteen guilders, but that it may pass so. The W. Court condemn 
the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the seventeen guilders sixteen stivers. 

Lauwerens de Sille, pltf. v/s Cristina Steentgens, Jacques Cousseau 
and Gerrit van Tright, defts. Pltf., as attorney of Abraham de Kuyper, 
demands from the deft, the outstanding debts, proceeding from the goods, 
which her decl* husband has received, and contracted after her husband's 
death. Defts. Jacques Cousseau and Gerrit van Tright as curators of the 
insolvent estate of the deft, say, that they have written to the curators in 
Holland, whereunto they expect an answer and cannot sooner do any 



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thing in the matter. Pltf. says, that he is preferred. The W. Court 
order the pltf. to prove it. Pltf* returning produces the proof. The W. 
Court order copy hereof to be furnished to party to answer thereunto on 
the next Court day. 

Joost Koockuy pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroek, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, an ox hide of his ox taken from him by the English and killed. 
Deft. sajTS, if pltf. will give him back the money, which he paid for the 
hide he shall deliver it up to him; and did not know that the hide was 
stolen, as the English said they brought it from the fort. The W. Court 
order deft, to return the hide to the pltf. or to satisfy him for it, as con- 
clusive proofs are produced that the stolen ox belonged to the pltf. 

Albert Alberzen ter Heun appearing produces the return of the arbi- 
trators appointed by the W. Court in date 3^ of this month, over the case 
between him and Joannes Withart, and with it written proofs regarding 
the sum of three hundred guilders in question, which Joannes Withart, 
also appearing, was informed of; whereupon he says, he has nothing to 
object to the declaration, producing his letter book. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard parties and examined their writings and book 
decree, as Joannes Withart considered the declaration valid, that the 
case shall be this day finally disposed of by the arbitrators, appointed on 
the third of this month, without any longer delay or postponement, as far 
as the aforesaid arbitrators can be disposed to do for this day, to which 
end they are to hear parties anew and examine, argue, weigh and con- 
clude the case. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. 
says, that Salomon La Chair's widow has mortgaged her house to the deft, 
for the whole amount due to the creditors, whilst he was at Fort Orange ; 
against which mortgage he protested on his return from above; and he 
requests therefore to come in concurrence with the deft, in the mortgage. 
Deft, says, that the aforesaid widow executed the mortgage without any 
constraint. Pltf. says, the widow was incapacitated to mortgage her 
house as she knew the estate to be insolvent. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order the pltf. to prove his statement, that the aforesaid widow could not 
do so. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Anneken Kockx, deft. Deft, in 
default. 




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Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Maxgriet Jelis, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Asser Levy, arrestant and pltf. v/s Pieter Paltier, arrested and deft. 
Both in default. 

Bartholomeus van Schel, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzeny 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Mr Hans Kierstede appearing represents, that Joannes Schevelbergen 
and Lauwerens de Sille cannot give him any security pursuant to the 
order of the W. Court of this City in date |{th of September last; but that 
they ofifer to pledge as much of the goods, as his action and claim against 
Jan Sluyter and Casper ter Smitten amount to, and requests accordingly 
such may be done and placed with such person as the Court shall please 
thereunto to appoint, according to inventory at the invoice price after 
purchase in Holland. Burgomasters and Schepens grant the request and 
decree, that the goods shall be placed under inventory in the safe keeping 
of Joannes van Brugh, old Schepen of this City, on condition of giving a 
receipt therefor. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven appearing exhibits certain acte against 
Judick Verlett in the case in question between him and her and the 
return of the arbitrators. The W. Court decree to request the arbitrators 
to meet together once again to settle the matter in question according to 
acte thereof existing. 

The Ofl&cer Pieter Tonneman requests, that the prisoner Jan Dirck- 
sen may be heard and examined; to which purpose Burgomasters and 
Schepens appointed from their Board the Schepens Tymotheus Gabry 
and Isaack Grevenraat, to hear and examine said Jan Dircksen. 

M' Evert Pieterzen, Schoolmaster of this City, represents, as his 
allowance from the Company is struck ofif, that Burgomasters and 
Schepens shall be pleased to keep him at the same allowance; to wit, fl. 
36 per month, il. 125 for board, Hollands currency, free house for school 
and residence and free passage to Fatria ; offering his service and to 
continue the same. Apostille: Petitioner shall have to be patient for the 
space of eight days, when his petition shall be disposed of. 

Hon^* Affectionate Friends: — Mattheu Blanchan has exhibited to us 
some writings and papers concerning a half anker of distilled anise water 
not entered and therefore seized by your Worships through your Officer, 



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at the New Village or Graote Stuck from the house of one Lewys Dubo, 
the said Blanchan's son in law, who had received it from the aforesaid 
Blanchan ; and after it was consumed, your Officer instituted his action 
herein for the confiscation of said anker, and in addition demanded a fine 
according to Placard, wherein he, Blanchan, is condemned. The afore- 
said Blanchan finding himself aggrieved by this judgment has seasonably 
appealed. Then as the appeal could not proceed in consequence of the 
troubles with the English as with the Indians; and, also, cannot be yet 
prosecuted as conflicting with the 13^ Article of the treaty made between 
the English and us, therefore after having examined the papers we find 
the case not as taken by your W's Officer; also, the Hon**?* General Stuy- 
vesant told the aforesaid Blanchan, in presence of the Burgom' P. L. van 
der Grift, that he owed no fine and you must wait somewhat with the 
other case; also it cannot be inferred from the Placard to which your 
Officer appeals, that the aforesaid Blanchan has forfeited any thing, as 
the Placard is without force in regard to time. Therefore we would in a 
friendly manner request, that the matter in question between your Wor- 
ships Officer and the aforesaid Blanchan be arranged and settled in love 
and friendship ; which doing we shall, in like circumstances, equally 
reciprocate. We are and remain (under stood) Your affectionate friends 
the Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of N. Yorck situate on the 
Manhattans Island the 11^ Octob.' 1664. Lower stood; — 

By order of the same, signed 

Joannes Nevius, Secret^. 
The Superscription was * 

Wednesday, \Y. Octob. 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Comelis Steenwyck^ 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Joris Dopzen's wife appearing exhibits the boots which were stolen 
from her and which she has recovered. Whereas the theft must have 
been committed by a soldier, who is a Pole, and Capt. Marten Cregier 
has had said soldier in his company, the aforesaid Cregier is sent for to 
the City Hall, who being shewn the boots, is asked if he has any know- 

* The address is omitted io the original ; the letter was written to the Court at 
Wiltwyck, now Kingston, Ulster Co. — Tr. 



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ledge thereof and if the boots belong to the Pole ? Answers, Yes; and 
knows it no better than by seeing them on the Pole's feet, but cannot 
swear to it. Jan Dirckzen van Amhem, prisoner, entering declares that 
he did not see the boots before now with the Pole except when he bought 
them and that he bought them for two guilders and sold them again for 
three to a Frenchman, who brought them away. Joris Dopzen's wife re- 
appearing states, she told the Officer, that if no further proof can be 
found, that the abovenamed Jan Dirckzen took or helped to steal the 
boots, he may allow him to be released from confinement and that she is 
not disposed to bear the expence. The Court decree, that Jan Dirckzen 
shall be discharged for the present from confinement on his personal 
security to appear, if any further proof should be found, as there is no 
additional evidence appearing that he has stolen or helped to steal the 
boots. 

Thursday, 13^ Octob: 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

This day the a/c of the Treasurer Olof Stevensen van Cortlandt re- 
garding his administration of the City revenues is taken up and the orders 
examined, which were found to agree with the book kept. 

Willem Willemzen and Thomas Verdon, inhabitants of Gouwanus 
appearing with them Tomas Fransen, carman, complain of the great 
injury inflicted on them by some English, about twenty persons in num- 
ber from one of the ships lying in the Bay; and the abovenamed Willem 
Willemzen declares, that they took away his powder, lead and gun, also 
the stockings and shoes from his feet, further six to seven pounds of rolled 
tobacco just spun, and a young hog together with a red under- waistcoat ; 
and with a hanger severely struck Tomas Verdon's wife, whilst the above- 
named Verdon was out with the abovenamed Tomas Fransen, and inflicted 
a blood wound on her arm, because she sought to prevent them from 
taking any property with them; and took the goods out of the chest and 
strewed them over the floor, keeping watch at the door, so that he should 
not run out to call the neighbours ; and when they missed him, because 
he climbed out through a back window, they then hastily took the goods 
from the chest and strewed them over the floor, as already declared. 



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Tuesday, 18*^ Octob: 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Margriet Jelis, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. Pltf. concludes, that the deft, shall be condemned in a fine of thirty 
guilders, because he found five persons drinking at her house on Sunday 
afternoon between two and three o'clock during the preaching. The W. 
Court order the deft, to bring the monies into consignment of this City. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Ambrosius Weerhem, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Bommel, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Stofifel van Laar, deft. Both in default. 

Bartholomeus van Schel, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen, 
deft. Both in default. 

Pieter Janzen, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck and Claas Dicklofzen, 
defts. Deft. Abel Hardenbroeck in default. 

Claas Dicklofzen, pltf. v/s Freryck Flipzen, deft. Pltf. says, he 
brought hither to the Bridge for deft, at his request three hundred pieces 
of firewood in a scow and notified the deft, to remove them, which he has 
not done and meanwhile the scow was swamped by the bad weather and 
sunk and the firewood drifted away. Deft, says, the pltf. spoke to him 
about seven o'clock in the evening and he could not examine the wood 
and told him as there has arisen dispute sometime about the wood he must 
first see it; also, he had no place to secure it. Therefore he did not 
draw it. Pltf. replying says, he came here an hour before sunset with the 
scow and can prove it; he went shortly after to defts. house to speak to 
him, but found him not at home, and that the deft, was notified by the 
carman, that he had come with the wood. The W. Court having heard 
parties on both sides decree, as the deft, bespoke the wood from the pltf. 
and had notice, that he had come with the wood and that the pltf. was 
here an hour before sunset, that the deft, shall pay the pltf. the sum of 
twenty four guilders. 

Joost Koocku appearing demands execution of the judgment, which 
he obtained in date 11 Octob. against Abel Harderbroeck, with costs. 
The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution with the costs. 



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Joannes Nevius prosecutes an attachment issued against the monies 
of Wilhelmus Beecke remaining with the Company. The W. Court de- 
clares the attachment valid. 

Arent Janzen Moesman answers the demand of Jacob Kip and Gerrit 
Tright in the quality, in which they act. The W. Court order copy to be 
furnished to party to reply thereunto at the next Court day. 

Joannes Withart, as attorney of Isaack Vermeulen, requests by peti- 
tion to lift under bail Jacob Vis* money brought in consignment of this 
City by Jan Myndersen as much as shall be found due to the said Ver- 
meulen on ace* of a judgment pronounced by the W. Court of this City in 
date 14*^ Sept' 1661. as he has the oldest acquired right; and in order to 
estimate the Holland money in seawant, that the W Court will be pleased 
to appoint and qualify two persons acquainted with the arrangement of 
affairs and a/cs., also that Jacob Vis shall be ordered to appear before 
the authorized men bringing in what he may have to claim from the afore- 
said Isaack Vermeulen. Apostille : For the settlement of the matter herein 
mentioned and the further questions and differences between Jacob Vis 
and Joannes Withart both on his private a/c. as in quality of att'y of Isaack 
Vermeulen, the W. Court of this City appoint and qualify Joannes de 
Peister and Jeronimus Ebbinck, both old Schepens of this City, in 
presence of Schepen Nicolaes de Meyer, to reduce the silver money to 
sewant; further, Jacob Vis is ordered by the W Court of this City to ap- 
pear before the aforesaid authorized men to bring in what he has against 
the aforesaid Vermeulen and Joannes Withart and after settlement of the 
matter the petitioner in quality of attorney of the aforesaid Vermeulen, is 
allowed to lift the monies of the abovenamed Vis, remaining in deposit 
with this City, under bail de restituendo^ should the same be found here- 
after proper. 

Jacob Vis entering requests, that the W: Court appoint and author- 
ize two arbitrators to arrange the matter in question between him and 
Joannes Withart individually as well as in his capacity of attorney of 
Isaack Vermeulen in order thus to terminate the matter with the above- 
named Withart. The W. Court appoint and qualify in the case aforesaid 
Joannes de Peister and Jeronimus Ebbinck, old Schepen of this City, 
to take up, decide, and close the question which parties herein have, 
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Maria Teller, widow of Paulus Schrick, appearing, requests that the 
Marshal shall be ordered to execute the judgment, which she has against 
Wemaer Wcssels. Whereas Maria Teller,* widow of Paulus Schrick 
ded, complains to the W. Court, that the Marshal does not prosecute her 
case, which she has according to judgment against Wemaar Wessels, the 
Marshal is therefore ordered by the Court aforesaid to put into execution 
the said annexed judgment. Done etc. 

M' Evert Pietersen appearing represents that, by Apostille rendered 
to his last petition, he was notified to wait eight days for what shall be 
done in his case. He therefore comes to be informed of it. Whereupon 
Burgomasters and Schepens notify him to wait still a day or two. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman requests discharge from office, as he is 
about to depart, and that another may be appointed in his place; further 
a settlement from the City under the City's seal and signature; also pay- 
ment of his services according to salary granted by the City. 

Albert Albertzen ter Heun and his wife appearing produce a copy of 
award in the suit in question between him and Joannes Withart, and that 
Joannes Withart ratified the award under his signature, on condition that 
they should confirm by oath, what the good men or arbitrators have 
awarded. All which having been read by Burgomasters and Schepens 
and the abovenamed Albert Alberzen and his wife having been informed 
thereof and asked, if they well knew the tenor of an oath, reading such 
to them; and if it were their intention to take their oath therein, they 
answer Yes. And in conformity thereunto, they have taken the same at 
the hands of the Hf Officer. Burgomasters and Schepens therefore de- 
cree that the award shall stand good; approving and ratifying the same. 

Friday, 14*^ Octob' 1664 at one o'clock in the Afternoon having been 
sent for, appeared at this City Hall Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen 
vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, 
Nicolaas de Meyer, Allard Anthony, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau, Isaack de Foreest, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Burgomasters reported, Govemour Richard Nicolls had the evening 
previous informed them, that he should appear in person to administer 

* A da. of Casper Verleth ; her first husband was Johannes van Beeck ; her second. 
Paulus Schrick, and on April 9, 1664, she married Wn. Teller. 



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the oath and with that view Burgomasters should summon to this City 
Hall the Magistracy of this City and some of the principal inhabitants. 
After which Govemour Nicolls appeared in person with his Secretary at 
this City Hall, enquiring where Petrus Stuyvesant, Secretary van Ruyven 
and the preachers were ? It was thereunto answered, it was not known 
that they should be sent for. To which the Govemour Nicolls said, that 
they should be sent for. Who being invited they immediately came. 

The Govemour Nicolls requests of the present assembly to take the 
following oath: — 

I swear by the name of Almighty God that I will be a true subject 
to the king of great Britain and will obey all such commands as I sal re- 
ceive from his majestie, his Royall Highnesse James duke of Yorck and 
such govemours, and Officers as from time to time are appointed over 
me by his Authority and none other whilst I live in any of his majesties 
territories. So help me God. 

[Here follows in the original a translation of the foregoing Oath into 
Dutch.] 

The preceding oath being read to the meeting by Govemour Nicolls 
divers debates occurred thereupon by some of the assembly. Finally all 
in the meeting roundly declared that they could not take such oath, unless 
Mr. Nicolls should please to add to the said oath — Conformable to the 
Articles concluded on the Surrender of this place — as they feared by taking 
such oath they might nullify or render void the articles. 

Then D* Megapolensius and Secretary van Ruyven stated that they 
saw no impediment to taking such oath. Nevertheless divers words oc- 
curred over and hither thereupon ; after which Govemour Richard Nicolls 
finally departed with his secretary from the meeting. The assembly also 
then adjourned. 

On the Tuesday following the Burgomasters went with the Treasurer's 
book of the City accounts to Govemour Richard Nicolls, and placed the 
same in his hands together with the bond granted to the City by the late 
Director General and Council. After which divers debates arose on both 
sides in presence of Coll. Cartwright and Mf Thomas Willet regarding the 
oath, and then the Govemour said, that the Commonalty were greatly 
distracted by some. Burgomasters thereupon declared, that they had no 



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knowledge thereof and persisted again that they could not take the oath 
before and until it was thereunto added — Conformable to the Articles con- 
cluded at the Surrender of this place. Whereupon the Govemour exhibited 
and delivered to the Burgomasters the following writing: — 

Whereas there is a false and Iniurious aspertion cast upon the Oath 
of Obedience to his Ma*^ his Royall Highnesse the duke of Jorck and the 
Govemo' and Officers appointed by his Ma*^ Authoriti and that some 
persons have maliciously sought to distract the minds of the Inhabitants 
of Neujorcke by suggesting that the Artycles of peace so late and 
solemnly made signed and sealed were intended by that Oath to be made 
Null and of none effect, to the end that such wicked practises may not 
take the effect for w^ they are designed and that all nou under his Ma^ 
obedience as denizens of his towne, may be undeceived, and not give any 
longer creditt to the disturbers of the peace of thie Government; I doe 
thinke fitt to declare that the Articles of Surrender are not in the last 
broken or intended to be broken by any words or expressions on the said 
Oath, and if any person or persons here after shall p'sunne to give any 
other construction of the joind Oath then is herein declared, I schal 
accompt hun or them disturbers of the peace of his Ma^ subjects and 
procede accordingly, I doe further oppoint and order that this declaracGnd 
bee for thwith read, to all the Inhabitants and Registred: as also that 
every denizen under my Gouemm^ doe take the said Oath who intend to 
Remane here under hie Ma**?* Obedience. Given under my hand this 
eighteenth day of Octob' in the yeare of our Lord God 1664: was signed 
Richard Nicolls. 

At the side stood: To the Burgomast? and other the Magistrates 
of New Yorcke. 

[Here follows a translation of the above into Dutch.] 

This date 20*!* October 1664. In this City-hall assembled Pieter 
Tonneman, Paulus Leenderts vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, Tymo- 
theus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer, Allard Anthony, 
Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, 
Jacob Kip, Hendrick Kip, the Elder, Jacques Cousseau, Jeronimus Eb- 
binck, Govert Loockermans, Isaack de Foreest, Jan Vinge. 

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afterwards, and the writing of Govemour Nicolls being read to the meet- 
ing, it was asked whether the aforesaid oath could not be taken, inasmuch 
as Mr. Nicolls stated in writing, that the articles of the surrender of this 
place are not broken in the least, nor intended to be broken ? Whereupon 
it was universally resolved in the affirmative, provided the abovenamed 
Govemour Nicolls shall seal his given writing. Then Mr. Tonneman 
says, he cannot give his advice thereupon as he intends to depart for Hol- 
land with the ship lying ready to sail. 

Tuesday 25* OctobI 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Joannes van Brugh, arrestant and pltf. v/s Comelis Ryerzen, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, three hundred and ninety eight 
guilders seven stivers in beavers arising from board and freight in coming 
over with the ship, the Roseboom A" 1663. Deft, says, he was much 
damaged, because the ship the Roseboom did not come out with the ship 
the Eeckeboom ; such was promised, exhibiting to this effect a written bond 
of Gerrit Aarsen Fuyck. Pltf. says in reply, that the ship Eeckeboom must 
have gone out through the ice against the wind; exhibiting certain proof 
to that effect. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties and read 
the writings by parties produced, find that the ship the Eeckeboom must 
have run to sea thro the ice passage, and decree as Gerrit Aarsen Fuyck 
bound himself except stress and other misfortunes, that the deft, shall 
satisfy and pay to the pltf. the demanded sum, and declare meanwhile the 
attachment valid. 

Mary Adriaanzen, wife of Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Joannes 
Withart and Jacob Vis, defts. Pltf. says, that the deft. Jacob Vis em- 
powered her husband to prosecute the suit between him and Joannes 
Withart against Dirck van Schelluyne; which was done, and that Joannes 
Withart has attached the payment. She requests that the deft, shall be 
ordered to satisfy and pay her the costs accrued in the suit amounting to 
the sum of ninety guilders in zeawant. Deft. Withart says, he is not in- 
debted to her. Then he doeis not deny having seized the pay. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree, as the debt arises from the suit, which the 
pltfs. husband prosecuted for the defts. that the pay shall be made from 

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what was attached. Therefore order the defts. to satisfy and pay the pltf. 
therefrom. 

Joannes de Witt, arrestant and pltf. v/s Joannes La montagne Senior, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the attachment 
shall be declared valid, until the deft, shall have satisfied him and paid 
six beavers. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Pltf. says, 
he was insulted, affronted and illtreated by the deft, in the presence of 
more than twenty persons with abuse as a rogue, villain, cheat, swindler 
and dishonest person; further threatening that he shall meet him, when 
together in the ship and they arrived in Patria^ pushing and shoving him ; 
demanding as he ought not suffer such, that deft, shall be condemned to 
repair the injury honourably and profitably — honourably, by begging with 
uncovered head and on bended knees forgiveness of God, justice and 
him, who is injured, and acknowledging that he is heartily sorry for it; 
profitably, by paying a fine of twenty five beavers, to be applied as is 
proper; inasmuch as he is willing to declare on oath that he would not 
suffer such insults for such a sum ; nay for any worldly wealth, and that 
the deft, shall remain so long imprisoned in this City Hall, until he shall 
have satisfied and paid the condemned monies or beavers: all with costs. 
Deft, denies having said such injurious words, but says he has as much to 
say as Tonneman in private. The W. Court order the Officer to prove 
within the time of twenty four hours, wherein he has been injured by the 
deft. 

Joannes de la Montagne, Senior, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, twenty beavers according to award of arbitrators 
in the case in question between him and the deft. Deft, admits some- 
thing to have been settled by arbitrators between him and the pltf., then 
says he does not know for how much and requests copy of the demand to 
answer thereunto at the next Court day. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree, as the deft, says, he does not know for how much the case in 
question was settled, that the pltf. shall have to prove for what and for 
how much. 

Schepen Nicolaes de Meyer, arrestant and pltf. v/s Nathaniel Britten, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. says, that the deft, executed an obligation in his 
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guilders in sewan due in the month of April or first of May A? 1665,* say- 
ing that he did so whilst drunk ; demands, therefore, that he shall have to 
declare the same valid: further complains to have been slandered by the 
deft., by whom he was abused as a rogue and cheat; saying. Come out; 
drawing out his knife and scratching with it, which he can prove. Deft, 
admits that he signed the obligation ; then says he does not know, if he 
did so according to the conditions of the deed of sale of the land bought 
by the abovenamed Albert Albersen: also, the time for the payment is 
not elapsed, and the obligation is payable, when he shall have got the 
valley purchased in addition. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that 
deft, shall declare the obligation to be correct or prove the contrary 
within fourteen days. 

Hendrick Hugen, pltf. v/s Kier Wolters, deft. Both in default. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Freryck Flipzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Claas Didelofzen entering requests execution of the judgment, which 
he obtained in date 18'!' October last against Frerick Flipzen, with costs. 
The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution, with costs. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgment, 
which he has obtained in date 1 1^ Octob' last against Joannes Withart. 
The Marshal is ordered to execute these. 

Jacobus Vis entering demands, that the Court appoint another in the 
stead of Joannes de Witt for the arrangement of the matter in question 
between him and Anneke Rysen. The W: Court persist in their appoint- 
ment dated ii^^ October last. 

Tryntje Wessels, widow of Jan Rutgerzen Moreau, entering com- 
plains, that she can not get any money from Claas van Elslant, the younger, 
and is not able to have him imprisoned. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order Claas van Elslant, the younger, to satisfy and pay the abovenamed 
Tryntie Wessels according to judgment between this and the next Court 
day, on pain of the loss of his office. 

* Albert Albertsen Terhune, a ribbon weaver, leased the Nyack tract in the Town 
of New Utrecht, L. I., in 1657. In consequence of Indian alarms, the people on outly- 
ing farms were ordered to remove to villages. Declining to obey this order, because he 
was only a lessee of the farm, Terhune was brought before the Director and Council Aug. 
19, 1660, and fined 50 fl. In the preceding June he had purchased a farm in Amersfoort 
(Flatlands) from Jacob Steendam, but this purchase was annulled. He removed however 
in 1665 to that town, where the land above referred to was lying. 



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On the petition of Joannes Withart, apostilled — Whereas the annexed 
petition is not signed, no disposition is made therein. 

Stoffel Mighielzen requests by petition to have the office of Crier 
back again. Apostille: — Petitioner's prayer is granted. 

Jacob Kip and Gerrit van Tright reply to Arent Jansen Moesman; 
and Laurens de Sille replies to Cristyna Steentgens and the curators of 
her estate. Apostille : The W. Court order copy to be furnished to party 
to rejoin thereunto at the next Court day. 

Arent Juriaansen Lantsman, a prisoner for rioting, disturbance and 
noise, committed at night in his house, entering, the Officer concludes, 
that the prisoner shall be condemned to be brought to the place, where 
justice is usually executed and there be fastened to a stake with rods 
hanging around him, and banished beyond this City's jurisdiction; 
further that the gun be confiscated, with which he threatened to shoot 
the first, who should arrest him for his perpetrated fault; with the costs 
of suit. The prisoner answering to the Officer's conclusion says, he is 
ignorant of what he did as he was drunk; praying forgiveness. Lodo- 
wyck Pos and his wife, parents of the prisoner's wife, also appearing and 
having heard the demand and conclusion of the Officer, say do not ex- 
pect, that it will come to that and intercede for him as they hope, he 
will amend. The W. Court having considered the demand and conclu- 
sion of the Officer also the intercession of the prisoner's parents, condemn 
Arent Juriaansen Lantsman to beg forgiveness of God, justice and his 
parents, and to pay to the Officer Pieter Tonneman the sum of fifty 
guilders with costs of Court, further promising to do so no more, and to 
remain imprisoned until he shall have satisfied and paid the aforesaid 
judgment. 

The W. President of Burgomasters and Schepens does hereby de 
novo appoint Nicolaas Verlett and Joannes de Peister, old Schepen of 
this City, as arbitrators or good men over the matter in question between 
Jacob Vis and Anneke Rysens, last widow of Solomon La Chair ded, to 
take up the case in question in presence of Schepen Isaack Grevenraat, 
to hear and examine parties on both sides; to discuss and decide the 
case; further to endeavour to reconcile parties if possible; if not to re- 
port their award to the Court. And Jacob Vis is ordered to produce 
before the arbitrators aforesaid what he has to bring in on pain of nonsuit. 



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Done N. Jorck situate on the Island of Manhatans, the 28*!* Octob', Old 
Style, 1664. 

Tuesday, the First Novemb' 1664. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander 
Grift, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Joannes de la Montagne, Senior, deft. 
Defts. second default. Pltf. demands from deft, payment of six beavers, 
saying he prosecuted at the last Court day the attachment against his 
person and that the deft, has departed. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree, that deft, shall be ordered, by a legal letter to be written to him 
by their Secretary, to satisfy the pltf. or to send an attorney to defend his 
cause, or that the case shall be proceeded with. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Nathaniel Britten, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Defts. wife appearing states, that 
her husband injured his leg and therefore cannot come, and that she was 
present, when the difficulty happened to Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer. 
Burgomasters and Schepens declare the attachment valid. 

Freryck Flipzen, arrested and pltf. v/s Immetje Evers, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands in writing, as he has hurt his foot, 
that the deft, shall satisfy and pay him seventy two guilders and seventy 
two planks and that meanwhile the attachment shall be declared valid. 
Burgomasters and Schepens declare the attachment valid. 

Pieter Comelizen the Swede, pltf. v/s Bastiaen the Wheelwright, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, two hundred and thirty guilders for an 
ox sold him. Deft, says, he bought the ox on time and that pltf. spoke 
to him in presence of two neighbours before the coming of the English 
and asked, whether he would pay for the ox or return it, on paying the 
hire of the same, demanding eighty guilders and he brought him back the 
ox. Pltf. admits it and asked eighty guilders for the hire and that the 
deft, offered four skepels of rye. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the 
case in question to Cousyn Gerrisen and Focke Jans, arbitrators, to hear 
and decide their question and difference, to examine the same, to award 
what the deft, shall have to give for the use of the ox, and to endeavour 
to reconcile parties; if not, to report their award to the Court. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Frerick Flipzen, deft. Deft, having hurt his 



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foot and being unable to appear demands in writing, that the case in ques- 
tion between him and the pltf. shall be referred to arbitrators. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens refer the case in question to Joannes van Brugh 
and Jeronimus Ebbinck, both old Schepens of this City, to hear parties 
touching their differences, to examine them, to debate and decide the 
case, to endeavour to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their 
award to the Court. 

Eghbert van Borssum, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen van Hooghten, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Skipper Jan Bergen, pltf. v/s Jamis Dauidts, deft. Deft, in default. 

Nelis Matthyzen, pltf. v/s Denys Isaackzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tryntie Wessels, widow of Jan Rutgers Moreau and Claas van Els- 
lant, the younger, entering produce their a/cs on both sides, which they 
have against each other. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in 
question to Andries Clasen and Comelis Jans Clopper to take up parties' 
a/cs on both sides, to hear parties and to examine their a/cs on both sides^ 
to discuss the matter and determine it, and further to endeavour if possible 
to reconcile parties ; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Joannes Withart requests by petition, that in place of Schepen 
Nicolaas de Meyer and Joannes de Peister, the Court may appoint two 
others to take up the matter in question between him and Jacob Vis, pur- 
suant to order dated 18*!^ Octob' last; inasmuch as the abovenamed de 
Meyer and de Peister will not do any thing therein. Apostille: The W. 
Court appoint in place of Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer, Schepen Tymotheus 
Gabry. 

Cristina Steentgens, last widow of Gabriel de Haas, and the curators 
of his estate, rejoin to Lauwrens de Sille; Arent Jansen Moesman also 
rejoins to Jacob Vis and Gerrit van Tright in quality of attorney of 
Mighiel Janzen Muyden. Order on both rejoinders: The W. Court 
order copy to be furnished party and parties on both sides are ordered to 
desist from further production, to exchange their papers with each other^ 
and to produce their deduction and principal intendit by the next Court 
day. 

Lysbet Comelis, last widow of Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck, 
appearing requests a certificate from the Court, that she disclaimed the 
whole estate left by her deceased husband and that all her own property 



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is taken away by the curators thereof. The Court order, that if she have 
any thing to say, to summon the curators for the next Court day. 

Jan van Gelder appointed by the late D' General and Council of N. 
Netherland in date 29 Novemb^ 1663 curator, with Claas Gangelofzen 
Visser, of the estate, left by Pieter Jansen van Gluckstadt, appearing re- 
quests as the abovenamed Claas Jansen Visser is gone to Curasao, that 
another may be appointed in his stead. On which aforesaid, order is 
made: Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven is hereby authorized and 
qualified by Burgomasters and Schepens of this City pursuant to the 
within acte, as curator, in the stead of Claas Gangelofzen Visser, gone to 
Curasao. Done etc. 

Burgomasters and Schepens resolve to farm the Burgher excise of 
beer and wine, also that on all cattle slaughtered for consumption within 
this City, and that the farming shall take place on Tuesday next, being 
the eighth of this month of November^ and for this purpose order their 
Secretary to write and affix notices. 

This day 2^^ November 1664 appeared before me Joannes Nevius, 
Secretary of the City of N : Yorck, situate on Manhattans Island, Jamis 
Dauidt giving notice that he appealed to the Hon : Govemour Richard 
Nicolls from the judgment dated 27. September of this year pronounced 
against him by the W. Court of this City between him and Isaack de 
Foreest. Done N. Jorck: ady as above. 

LETTER TO JOANNES DE LA MONTAGNE. 

MonsT de La Montagne, 

Whereas Joannes de Witt summoned you before the Court of this City 
on the 25^ Octob' last. Old Style, attaching your Honor's person, and 
prosecuted the summons on the next Court day following, which was on 
the first of November; on which your Honour did not appear, neither on 
the first summons nor on the second, to hear such demand as he should 
institute against you, to wit payment of six beavers, therefore your 
Honour is hereby notified in the name of the Court above named to pay 
the aforesaid Joannes de Witt the six beavers or to appear in person or 
to send an attorney to defend your suit in whatever you have against it; 
otherwise the case through neglect shall be proceeded with as is fit. 
Herewith closing they commend you to God's mercy. (Under stood) 
By Order of the Court of the City of N. Yorck, situate on the Island 



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Manathans. Was signed Joannes Nevius Secretary. At the Side stood. 
Done N: Jorck, situate on Manathans Island the first Novemb' 1664. 

Tuesday, 8* Novemb' 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from the deft, twenty four guilders for four persons, whom he 
found drinking at defts. house on Sunday during the preaching. Deft's 
wife appearing says, that four Englishmen came to her house demanding 
a drink of beer for their thirst, which she refused them, saying if the 
Schout come he would fine her, as she could not tap on Sunday during 
the preaching; whereupon they said they were very thirsty and will be 
guarantee against the trouble, and that Jan van Gelder and Jacob Vis are 
acquainted therewith, whom for this purpose she has summoned as wit- 
nesses. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn deft, in a fine of twelve 
guilders payable to the pltf. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jamis Dauidts, deft. Pltf. says, 
he found four persons drinking at defts. house last Sunday about ten 
o'clock, during preaching; concludes for a fine of four and twenty 
guilders, with prohibition of six weeks trade. Deft, says, no club was 
sitting and he did not tap within doors, but sold his drink by the can and 
small measure out of doors and treated some friends. The W. Court 
condemn the deft, in a penalty of twelve guilders payable to the Officer. 

Abel Hardenbroeck, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan the baker, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. says, he has attached the defts. person 
and goods on a/c of rent, whilst he dwelt in his house. Requests that 
the attachment shall be declared valid, with costs. The W. Court de- 
clares the attachment valid. 

Nelis Matthysen, pltf. v/s Denys Isaacksen, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, bargained with him for some timber for the sum of fifty five guilders, 
demanding the half thereof. Deft, says, he bargained for the timber for 
skipper Claas Gangelofzen Visser, and he had spoken to him whilst here; 
also, he has not delivered the timber either at its proper time nor of the 
right measure. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, refer 
the matter in question as to the delivery of the timber according to con- 



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tract, to Frans Jansen van Hooghten and Sybrant Jansen Galma to hear 
parties hereupon, to decide the case and to give their opinion hereon, ac- 
cording to which award the deft, is ordered to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Stoffel van Laar, arrestant and pltf. v/s Walter Salter, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. produces an a/c ag'st the deft, of eleven skepels of wheat, 
eleven pounds of butter and nine pounds of tobacco, whereon he says he 
received forty one guilders, fifteen stivers and a half in seawan. Deft, 
demands particulars of a/c of every thing in form. The W. Court order 
the pltf. to furnish deft, an a/c of all particulars in due form, and then 
refer the matter in question to M' Balthazar de Haart and Hendrick Obe 
to take up the a/c, to hear parties on both sides, to examine the same, to 
discuss and decide the case, and endeavour to reconcile parties if possi- 
ble; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Eghbert van Borssum, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen van Hooghten, deft. 
Pltfs. wife appearing demands from deft, payment of the second year's 
earned wages of her two children namely Barent and Hendrick van Bors- 
sum according to contract entered into with him. Deft, says, the lost 
time being counted, the time has not yet expired, and whenever they 
shall have served it, he shall then pay them. The W. Court order deft, 
to satisfy and pay the pltf. for the second year's earned wages of her two 
abovenamed children, on condition that the said Barent and Hendrick 
van Borssum shall serve out the lost days in full according to contract. 

Skipper Jan Bergen, pltf. v/s Jamis Dauidts, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, three hundred and forty guilders two stivers in beavers for 
freight of his goods. Deft, says, he suffered damage in the goods. Pltf. 
says, it was settled by arbitrators, exhibiting the acte thereof. Deft, says, 
he is not satisfied with the award and says he reserves his acte. The W. 
Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Freryck Hendrickzen Kuyper, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, thirty seven and a half guilders for a half years 
rent due, and told defts. wife to vacate the house. Deft, says, he hired 
from people gone to Holland and paid them. Pltf. replying says, that 
the deft, has promised to pay him the rent. Deft, denies it. The W. 
Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Jonas Barteltzen, Farmer of the Great Excise on wines consumable 
by the tapsters and tavemkeepers within this City, pltf. v/s Hendrick 



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Obe, deft. Pltf. concludes in writing, that deft, shall be condemned in 
a fine according to placard for the wines laid in by him and not entered^ 
according to depositions; consisting of one item — a barrel of brandy of 
four and twenty quarters and four hogsheads of French wine and that the 
said wines shall be confiscated; with costs accrued and to accrue herein. 
Deft, says, the hogshead of brandy was sent from Holland for him, and 
the Beer Carriers were charged to get a permit for the hogshead of wines, 
bought from Thomas Molegraafif and as to the other hogsheads he told 
the pltf., he should pay him, when the excise be due, and does not tap to 
every one and lodges strangers; maintains therefore he is not obliged to 
pay the full excise and requests copy of the depositions. The Officer 
declares himself associate with the other party to the termination of the 
case. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties condemn the 
deft, to pay the pltf. the full excise on the wines laid in and not entered, 
with costs of clerk hire. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. again 
demands from deft, a/c, proof and reliqua of the beer brewed in com- 
pany with him, pltf. 'and Joannes Withart, saying that an a/c without 
signature was furnished him, which was considered waste paper; there- 
fore returned. Deft, requests an end of the matter, the rather to be quit 
of Joannes Withart. The W. Court order pltf. to summon Joannes Wit- 
hart once more with Jacob Vis. 

Freryck Hendrickzen Kuyper, pltf. v/s Huge Barenzen and Annetje 
Jacobs, defts. Pltf. says, that the defts. accused him and no one else, of 
having robbed Annetje Jacobs to the amount of the sum of forty guild- 
ers. Deft. Annetje says, no other person than the pltf. and his wife can 
come into the house. Deft. Huge Barens demands copy of the declara- 
tion to answer thereunto. Burgomasters and Schepens grant copy of the 
demand and order pltf. to prove on the next Court day that defts. ac- 
cused him of theft. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, arrestant and pltf. v/s Elsie van Reuve- 
Camp, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands the benefit 
of the default and that the attachment be declared valid. The W. Court 
declares the attachment valid. 

l". Arent Isaacksen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Rut Jacobsen, arrested and 
deft. *: Deft, in default. 




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Albert Albertzen entering produces the judgment, which he has 
against Nicolaas Verlett and says he cannot receive any payment from 
him. The W. Court orders him to enter the Court Messenger's return 
on the judgment. 

Lysbet Comelisen, late widow of Gerrit Hendricksen van Harder- 
wyck, entering with Hendrick Obe and Wemaar Wessels, curators of the 
estate of the abovenamed Gerrit Hendrickzen, requests that the W. Court 
be pleased by their interposition to direct the matter touching the estate 
left by her deceased husband and the creditors of said estate so that she, 
the petitioner, may be discharged and set free, inasmuch as she has con- 
veyed the whole of the abovementioned estate to the curators, and 
renounced the same and publicly sold every thing except a few clothes 
appertaining to her body, so that no obstacle may remain, whereby her 
good intention to solemnize her approaching marriage may be super- 
ceded. The written petition being read to the aforesaid curators, they 
declare they have nothing to object to it, especially as the petitioner has 
offered at the Orphan Chamber to confirm by oath that she has honestly 
given up the entire estate left by the abovenamed Gerrit Hendricksen. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the petitioner's request, 
heard the curators of the aforesaid estate thereupon, and having under- 
stood their consent, find the request consistent with justice, therefore 
allow the petitioner the following Acte. Whereas Lysbet Cornelis, widow 
of Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck, has declared before the W. 
Court of this City in presence of the Curators of the estate left by the 
aforesaid Gerrit Hendricksen, that she has surrendered all the effects, 
whether debts, credits or chattels, left by the aforesaid Gerrit Hendrick- 
sen, renounced the same for the benefit of the creditors, and therefore 
prays, that she pursuant thereunto may be discharged from the aforesaid 
creditors, and no more troubled or applied to regarding the debts, and 
that an acte to this effect may be granted her; Therefore, the W. Court 
aforesaid have heard the said curators hereupon, who declare they have 
no objection thereto, especially as the abovenamed Lysbet Cornelis has, 
before the Orphan Masters of this City, offered to confirm by oath, that 
she surrendered all in good faith and honestly, without concealing any 
thing, therefore all and every one, whoever they may be, who may main- 
tain or think they have any action or claim against the estate aforesaid. 



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are requested not to trouble or apply to the said Lysbet Comelis about 
any debt contracted by her abovenamed deceased husband, as she has 
previously desisted from and renounced every thing, which is sold by the 
curators for the benefit of the creditors. Done N. Jorck, situate on the 
Island of Manhattan the 81* Novemb' Stilo Vetery, 1664. 

Walewyn vander Veen entering states, he has learned that Sieur 
Cousseau endeavours to put an execution on him on account of a suit 
gained on a bill of exchange; exhibiting a contract of marriage between 
him and his wife ; requesting that in virtue thereof the execution may be 
stopped or prevented, inasmuch as the community of property is expressly 
excluded therein. Further to have fourteen days time to arrange the 
matter relative to the bill of exchange, to see meanwhile about coming to 
an agreement; if not that as he intends to depart hence to Holland, he 
may not be prevented from his journey as he shall endeavour to satisfy 
the creditors in Holland. The Court having seen the contract of mar- 
riage between Walewyn van der Veen and Elisabeth Meersman his present 
wife, made and executed before the Notary Jan Volckarsen Oly and wit- 
nesses dated 18 April 1654: in which community of property between 
them both is expressly excluded. Burgomasters and Schepens therefore 
notify Jacques Cousseau not to seize the property of the abovenamed 
Elisabeth Meersman in order to levy execution thereupon. 

James Way entering requests, in virtue of authority from the Magis- 
trates of New Town, payment from Hans Steyn of the sum of thirty five 
guilders due to one Willem Jansen deceased at Mispats Kill. Hans 
Steyn's wife also entering, says the money is ready and she is willing to 
pay, if she be freed from further claims. The W. Court having seen the 
Acte, decree, that Hans Steyn shall pay James Way the thirty five guild- 
ers, provided James Way shall give on receipt a certificate of the payment, 
and leave the acte of authorization in the hands of Hans Steyn. 

The curators of the estate left by Solomon la Chair dec*", entering ex- 
hibit the a/c of said estate as sold, and say it is not worth the trouble to 
divide the monies proceeding from the goods sold ; also that in the a/c of 
the goods sold are a few items of expences brought in not belonging to 
the estate in their opinion, *but of little importance, exhibiting the items, 
but submitting the same to the judgment of the Court. 

The attorneys of Mighiel Jansen Muyden entering represent, that 




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they must, contrary to their intention, institute a written suit against 
Arent Jansen Moesman, and that they were slandered by the scriveners 
on both sides, who introduced in the writings matter not concerning the 
case ; and say if such should remain they must direct the case otherwise ; 
requesting that the matter may be examined by arbitrators; also that the 
scriveners may be checked on account of their unseemly writings. 

Tuesday, 22I Novemb' 1664. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Denys Isaackzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Jacob Kip and Gerrit van Tright, 
defts. Deft. Jacob Kip in default. Pltfs. wife appearing demands from 
deft. Gerrit van Tright twenty two guilders sixteen stivers saying, that 
he told her, he retained the monies against what he claims of her on a/c 
of Mighiel Muyden, and that she gave Mighiel Muyden a parcel of 
sewant in payment of an anker of anise, but knows not how much — but 
there was eighty guilders — for which she was not credited, but it was 
marked on the door in her house, which she can prove by Jan Adriaan- 
sen Duyvelant, who stands outside ready to appear. Jan Adriaansen 
Duyvelant entering and being heard hereupon declares, that he was at 
Mighiel Muyden's house and sat and wrote there a little before the de- 
parture of said Muyden in the Purmerland Churchy and that Muyden 
said — that is Eghbert Meindersen's money, marked on the door behind, 
of which he immediately gave some to his people, but declares does not 
know how much. Deft. Gerrit van Tright exhibits an acc^ from Mighiel 
Jansen Muydens book, between him and the pltf., whereby it appears, 
that the pltf. is still indebted by balance to Mighiel Muyden eighty four 
guilders one and a half stiver, and as regard the a/c between them both 
says he has agreed with the pltf. for twelve guilders six stivers. Pltf. 
says, she has nothing to do against what her husband has done herein. 
Parties were ordered to bring their books, which being done. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens find, after they had duly seen and weighed every 
thing, also considered the declaration of Jan Adriaansen Duyvelant, that 
Mighiel Jansen Muyden shall still have to pay pltf. by balance the sum 



158 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

of eleven guilders fifteen stivers, which the deft, was ordered to do in 
his quality of attorney. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart and Jacob Vis, 
defts. Pltf. again demands from the deft. a/c. proof and reliqua in 
debita forma of the beer brewed in company, according to contract. 
Deft. Joannes Withart produces the a/c signed by him herein, and says 
Jacob Vis is unwilling to sign also the same; whereupon Jacob Vis 
answers, that he has paid some expences incurred after date of the settle- 
ment by arbitrators between him and Joannes Withart, which are not in 
the a/c. and must be brought therein ; he therefore could not sign : where- 
upon Joannes Withart replies that the produced a/c is conformable to 
what it was made by the arbitrators. Pltf. Jacob van Couwenhoven 
says, the a/c. signed by Joannes Withart and shewn to him, does not 
concern him in the least. Burgomasters and Schepens order the defts. 
to deliver to the pltf. within the term of fourtimes four and twenty 
hours specification of all the beer brewed in company according to con- 
tract in debita forma. 

Joris Stevenzen, pltf. v/s Asser Levy, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, a calf of two years. Deft, says he does not know, why he owes it. 
Pltf. replies: he sold the deft, an ox for a cow and a calf. Deft, denies 
it; saying the pltf. made such contract with Hermen, the Serjeant. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens having heard parties, decree, whereas the pltf. 
never sued the deft, or Hermen, the Serjeant, herein before, that the 
deft, shall deliver the pltf. a calf of four to five months. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Tomas Hall, deft. Pltf. as att'y of 
Jan Joukes demands from deft, according to his book, a hogshead of 
tobacco of three hundred and thirty pounds gross delivered to him, pro- 
ducing the book. Deft, says, he has not received the tobacco; demands 
proof and to whom delivered. Deft, is asked, whether he will declare 
on oath that he had not received the tobacco ? Answers, Yes. But 
takes eight days time to recollect himself further, which was allowed 
him. 

Hendrick Obe entering produces the judgment pronounced by the 
W. Court of this City dated the 8*? of this month against him in the cause 
between him and Jonas Bartelsen for payment of excise of the wines laid 
by him, and says he laid in some wines ^not only to tap them, but to sell 




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again; requests therefore to know whether he shall have to pay more ex- 
cise than on what he has tapped. Burgomasters and Schepens persist in 
their rendered judgment and decree, that he shall have to store the wines, 
on which he intends to trade not in the cellar under his house but else- 
where; and that he must strictly return the wine, he has tapped out. 

Jonas Bartelsen, Tax master (Fanner) of the great excise of wine, 
entering exhibits the judgment, which he has obtained from the W. Court 
of this City against Hendrick Obe dated the 8^ this month, with the re- 
turn of the Court Messenger on the service of said judgment ; requesting 
pursuant thereunto payment of the excise according to the aforesaid 
judgment. 

Joannes Withart entering exhibits the award of the arbitrators in the 
case in question between him and Jacobus Vis, and says that the costs 
are taken up by the arbitrators. Jacob Vis also entering says the costs 
after date are paid and not in the a/c, which he gave in to the arbitrators. 
Jacob Vis is ordered, in the meeting of the Court, to exhibit his a/c 
herein by five o'clock in the afternoon. 

Joannes Withart requests by petition, inasmuch as Joannes de 
Peister, who was appointed by the Court with Jeronimus Ebbinck to 
settle, in presence of Schepen Tymotheus Gabry the matter in question 
between him and Jacob Vis, will not attend the case nor have any thing 
to do with it, that another be appointed in his stead. Apostille: Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree, that those appointed herein mentioned shall 
settle the case or give reasons of refusal. 

The Ofl&cer Picter Tonneman requests, that another Ofl&cer may 
before his departure be chosen to succeed in his place at the next Court 
day, in order then to take his leave and to wish his successor luck in his 
place. Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the request resolve 
to invite the old Burgomasters and Schepens to meet them in this City 
Hall at three o'clock in the afternoon, to choose, in form of a common 
Council, an Officer in stead of Mr. Pieter Tonneman. 

Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer exhibits a written declaration of some 
people of N: Uytreght, viz. Comelis Beeckman and Jan Sely, to the 
effect that the obligation executed by Nathaniel Britten in his favor for 
Albert Albertsen ter Heun dated 9 May 1664 is correct, and that the 
abovenamed Britten executed the obligation whilst sober, without making 



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any exception thereto; requesting therefore that the W. Court shall de- 
clare the obligation valid. Burgomasters and Schepens having considered 
the declaration pronounce the obligation valid, inasmuch as the above- 
named Nathaniel Britten has not obeyed the order issued to him by this 
Court in date 25*? OctoW last. 

Tuesday 22I Novemb' 1664: In the afternoon, at the City Hall. 
Present the Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens, as well in office as Old, 
except Allard Anthony and Jacob Kip. 

The Assembly being formed as a Common Council is informed by 
the President for what purpose the meeting is called — to wit, whereas the 
Officer Pieter Tonneman has acquainted the Burgomasters and Schepens, 
that he intends to depart with the ship the Eendracht lying ready to sail, 
and therefore requests that another may be chosen in his place, therefore 
they are to nominate three @ four persons, which being done Allard 
Anthony is chosen as Officer of this City in place of Pieter Tonneman by 
plurality of votes and with the approbation of the Hon"* Govemour 
Nicolls. 
Copy of a Letter written to His Royal Highness James Duke of York, by 

the Grace of God our most Gracious Lord, Health! 

It has pleased God to bring us under your R. H's obedience wherein 
we promise to conduct ourselves as good subjects are bound to do, deem- 
ing ourselves fortunate that his Highness has provided us with so gentle, 
wise and intelligent a gentleman as Governor as the Hon**!* Colonell 
Nicolls, confident and assured that under the wings of this valiant gentle- 
man we shall bloom and grow like the Cedar on Lebanon, especially be- 
cause we are assured of his Royal Highness' excellent graciousness and 
care for his subjects and people. 

The Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of this City of New Yorck, 
on the Island of Manhattan, Your Royal Highness* faithful subjects and 
humble liegemen hereby request, that his Highness would be pleased to 
benefit and favor this place with the same rights and privilege, that his 
Majesty our King and most gracious Lord is conferring on all his subjects 
in England; that is, that ships of all nations may come and bring into 
England the products of their own country, and may sail thence thereunto 
back again free and without impost on condition of paying the King's 



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duty. But inasmuch as this place has been some years impoverished by 
onerous recognitions, which we have been, heretofore, obliged to pay, 
We, therefore, thro' regard for this our Commonalty and the prosperity 
of his Highness', our Most Gracious Lord's, lands in this Province, and 
not only for our, your Highness' humble loyal subjects eternal praise, but 
also as a general renown for his Royal Highness throughout all Christen- 
dom, pray that no more be paid here for five or six years than ships and 
goods pay, which come from other places out of England, or even fron^ 
England to Boston or any places in New England or else go to their own 
countries, which being so long free of all burthens or at least paying but. 
few, we doubt not but his Royal Highness will at the close of these years, 
learn with hearty delight the advancement of this Province even to a. 
place from which your Highness shall come to derive great revenues,, 
being then peopled with thousands of families and great trade by sea fromx 
New England and other places out of Europe, Africa or America. And 
in order that every thing may be taken in hand with greater pleasure, zeal 
and courage, we respectfully request that all privileges and prerogatives, 
which his Royal Highness may please to grant this place in addition to • 
those inserted and conditioned in the capitulation on the surrender of 
this place may be made known by Letters Patent from his Royal High- 
ness and his Majesty of Great Britain our Lord, not only in the United. 
Provinces, but also in France, Spain and other Hansa and Eastenx* 
places.* 

Praying then his Royal Highness to be pleased to take our interest 
and the welfare of this country into serious consideration; and if his 
Highness would please to vouchsafe to write a letter to us, his dutiful 
subjects he will oblige us more and more to pray for his Royal Highness, 
our most Gracious Lord that God the Lord may spare your H. in long 
continued health and prosperity. We are and remain Your Royal High- 
ness' dutiful subjects, Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of this City. 
(Was signed) Comelis Steenwyck; Lower stood — By order of the W! 
Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of the City aforesaid; was signed 
Joannes Nevius Secret^. At the side stood — Done, New Yorck on Man- 
hattans Island 1664. the 22^ November and was sealed with the Great 
Seal of this City impressed on Red Wax. 

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Thursday, 24*? Novembf 1664. In the City Hall. Present the 
Hceren Pieter Tonneman, Cornells Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen 
vander Grift, Tymotheus Gabry, Nicolaes dc Meyer. 

The President states, that with the approbation of the Hon"* Gover- 
nour NicoUs, he had written the preceding letter to his Royal Highness 
James, Duke of Yorck, which he could not communicate to the meeting 
before as his Honour had it with his letter, which he had written to the 
same his Royal Highness. He therefore communicates it this day, asking 
their opinion thereof. Whereupon all answer, *Tis well. 

It is further resolved and determined by the Assembly to farm both 
the Burgher excise on beer and wine and the excise on the slaughtered 
cattle to be consumed within this City's jurisdiction. For this purpose 
the Secretary is ordered to write notices and to have these affixed that 
the farming may take place on Wednesday next being the last of this 
month November at the house of Juffrouw Wessels at four o'clock in the 
afternoon. 

Further resolved and determined to give notice to tapsters and 
tavemkeepers and those, who follow tapping that if they will continue 
their trade they must seek a license by . . . 

Tuesday 29*?* Novemb' 1664. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen 
vander Grift, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, payment of the half of some black Amber bought in company with 
others, according to declaration produced thereof. Deft, answers in 
writing, that when the pltf. offered him the black Amber, he said he 
knew nothing about it; and if he were assured that it was good he would 
then take the half thereof. Also it may well have been, that he was 
drunk when he said he should take the half, but he never since spoke to 
him about the black Amber until now. Pltf. replying says, he spoke 
several times to him about it. Parties' arguments on both sides being 
heard. Burgomasters and Schepens decree that the deft, cannot excuse 
himself by having been drunk, but shall satisfy and pay the pltf. the half 
of the black Amber. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. demands that he 



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again ; requests therefore to know whether he shall have to pay more ex- 
cise than on what he has tapped. Burgomasters and Schepens persist in 
their rendered judgment and decree, that he shall have to store the wines, 
on which he intends to trade not in the cellar under his house but else- 
where; and that he must strictly return the wine, he has tapped out. 

Jonas Bartelsen, Tax master (Farmer) of the great excise of wine, 
entering exhibits the judgment, which he has obtained from the W. Court 
of this City against Hendrick Obe dated the 8^ this month, with the re- 
turn of the Court Messenger on the service of said judgment; requesting 
pursuant thereunto payment of the excise according to the aforesaid 
judgment. 

Joannes Withart entering exhibits the award of the arbitrators in the 
case in question between him and Jacobus Vis, and says that the costs 
are taken up by the arbitrators. Jacob Vis also entering says the costs 
after date are paid and not in the a/c, which he gave in to the arbitrators. 
Jacob Vis is ordered, in the meeting of the Court, to exhibit his a/c 
herein by five o'clock in the afternoon. 

Joannes Withart requests by petition, inasmuch as Joannes de 
Peister, who was appointed by the Court with Jeronimus Ebbinck to 
settle, in presence of Schepen Tymotheus Gabry the matter in question 
between him and Jacob Vis, will not attend the case nor have any thing 
to do with it, that another be appointed in his stead. Apostille: Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree, that those appointed herein mentioned shall 
settle the case or give reasons of refusal. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman requests, that another Officer may 
before his departure be chosen to succeed in his place at the next Court 
day, in order then to take his leave and to wish his successor luck in his 
place. Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the request resolve 
to invite the old Burgomasters and Schepens to meet them in this City 
Hall at three o'clock in the afternoon, to choose, in form of a common 
Council, an Officer in stead of Mr. Pieter Tonneman. 

Schepen Nicolaas de Meyer exhibits a written declaration of some 
people of N: Uytreght, viz. Comelis Beeckman and Jan Sely, to the 
effect that the obligation executed by Nathaniel Britten in his favor for 
Albert Albertsen ter Heun dated 9 May 1664 is correct, and that the 
abovenamed Britten executed the obligation whilst sober, without making 



i6o Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

any exception thereto; requesting therefore that the W. Court shall de- 
clare the obligation valid. Burgomasters and Schepens having considered 
the declaration pronounce the obligation valid, inasmuch as the above- 
named Nathaniel Britten has not obeyed the order issued to him by this 
Court in date 25^ Octob! last. 

Tuesday 22"? Novemb' 1664: In the afternoon, at the City Hall. 
Present the Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens, as well in office as Old, 
except Allard Anthony and Jacob Kip. 

The Assembly being formed as a Common Council is informed by 
the President for what purpose the meeting is called — to wit, whereas the 
Officer Pieter Tonneman has acquainted the Burgomasters and Schepens, 
that he intends to depart with the ship the Eendracht lying ready to sail, 
and therefore requests that another may be chosen in his place, therefore 
they are to nominate three @ four persons, which being done Allard 
Anthony is chosen as Officer of this City in place of Pieter Tonneman by 
plurality of votes and with the approbation of the Hon"* Govemour 
Nicolls. 
Copy of a Letter written to His Royal Highness James Duke of York, by 

the Grace of God our most Gracious Lord, Health! 

It has pleased God to bring us under your R. H's obedience wherein 
we promise to conduct ourselves as good subjects are bound to do, deem- 
ing ourselves fortunate that his Highness has provided us with so gentle, 
wise and intelligent a gentleman as Governor as the Hon^!* Colonell 
Nicolls, confident and assured that under the wings of this valiant gentle- 
man we shall bloom and grow like the Cedar on Lebanon, especially be- 
cause we are assured of his Royal Highness' excellent graciousness and 
care for his subjects and people. 

The Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of this City of New Yorck, 
on the Island of Manhattan, Your Royal Highness' faithful subjects and 
humble liegemen hereby request, that his Highness would be pleased to 
benefit and favor this place with the same rights and privilege, that his 
Majesty our King and most gracious Lord is conferring on all his subjects 
in England; that is, that ships of all nations may come and bring into 
England the products of their own country, and may sail thence thereunto 
back again free and without impost on condition of paying the King's 




1664] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam, 161 

duty. But inasmuch as this place has been some years impoverished by 
onerous recognitions, which we have been, heretofore, obliged to pay, 
We, therefore, thro' regard for this our Commonalty and the prosperity 
of his Highness', our Most Gracious Lord's, lands in this Province, and 
not only for our, your Highness' humble loyal subjects eternal praise, but 
also as a general renown for his Royal Highness throughout all Christen- 
dom, pray that no more be paid here for five or six years than ships and 
goods pay, which come from other places out of England, or even fron^ 
England to Boston or any places in New England or else go to their own 
countries, which being so long free of all burthens or at least paying but. 
few, we doubt not but his Royal Highness will at the close of these years, 
learn with hearty delight the advancement of this Province even to a. 
place from which your Highness shall come to derive great revenues,, 
being then peopled with thousands of families and great trade by sea fronb 
New England and other places out of Europe, Africa or America. And 
in order that every thing may be taken in hand with greater pleasure, zeal 
and courage, we respectfully request that all privileges and prerogatives, 
which his Royal Highness may please to grant this place in addition to • 
those inserted and conditioned in the capitulation on the surrender of 
this place may be made known by Letters Patent from his Royal High- 
ness and his Majesty of Great Britain our Lord, not only in the United 
Provinces, but also in France, Spain and other Hansa and Eastenii 
places.* 

Praying then his Royal Highness to be pleased to take our interest 
and the welfare of this country into serious consideration; and if his 
Highness would please to vouchsafe to write a letter to us, his dutiful 
subjects he will oblige us more and more to pray for his Royal Highness, 
our most Gracious Lord that God the Lord may spare your H. in long 
continued health and prosperity. We are and remain Your Royal High- 
ness' dutiful subjects, Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of this City. 
(Was signed) Comelis Steenwyck; Lower stood — By order of the W! 
Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of the City aforesaid; was signed 
Joannes Nevius Secret^ At the side stood — Done, New Yorck on Man- 
hattans Island 1664. the 22I November and was sealed with the Great 
Seal of this City impressed on Red Wax. 

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1 62 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1664 

Thursday, 24*!* Novemb' 1664. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen 
vander Grift, Tymotheus Gabry, Nicolaes de Meyer. 

The President states, that with the approbation of the Hon"* Gover- 
nour Nicolls, he had written the preceding letter to his Royal Highness 
James, Duke of Yorck, which he could not communicate to the meeting 
before as his Honour had it with his letter, which he had written to the 
same his Royal Highness. He therefore communicates it this day, asking 
their opinion thereof. Whereupon all answer, 'Tis well. 

It is further resolved and determined by the Assembly to farm both 
the Burgher excise on beer and wine and the excise on the slaughtered 
cattle to be consumed within this City's jurisdiction. For this purpose 
the Secretary is ordered to write notices and to have these affixed that 
the farming may take place on Wednesday next being the last of this 
month November at the house of Juffrouw Wessels at four o'clock in the 
afternoon. 

Further resolved and determined to give notice to tapsters and 
tavemkeepers and those, who follow tapping that if they will continue 
their trade they must seek a license by . . . 

Tuesday 29*?* Novemb' 1664. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen 
vander Grift, T)rmotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, payment of the half of some black Amber bought in company with 
others, according to declaration produced thereof. Deft, answers in 
writing, that when the pltf. offered him the black Amber, he said he 
knew nothing about it ; and if he were assured that it was good he would 
then take the half thereof. Also it may well have been, that he was 
drunk when he said he should take the half, but he never since spoke to 
him about the black Amber until now. Pltf. replying says, he spoke 
several times to him about it. Parties' arguments on both sides being 
heard. Burgomasters and Schepens decree that the deft, cannot excuse 
himself by having been drunk, but shall satisfy and pay the pltf. the half 
of the black Amber. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. demands that he 



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may lift under bail in accordance with the award of arbitrators the deft's 
money remaining in deposit with this City arising from the house sold by 
deft, to one Jan Meindersen in quality as attorney of Isaack Vermeulen; 
moreover, payment of three hundred and forty seven guilders sixteen 
stivers, also according to award of arbitrators due him personally. Deft, 
says, he has an offset a/c. requesting to bring the same which is allowed. 
Claas van Elsland, Court Messenger, entering says, Jacob Vis told him to 
acquaint the Court, that he cannot find the account; therefore will not 
appear again before the Court. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn 
deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the three hundred and forty seven 
guilders sixteen stivers as he has failed to produce his offset a/count; the 
pltf. may lift under bail the monies deposited. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Denys Isaackzen, deft. Defts. 
2I default. Pltf. demands sequestration of monies to the sum of thirty 
guilders in the case in question settled by arbitrators. The W. Court 
order the deft, to bring the money into the consignment of this City. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Pltf. again 
demands a/c, proof and reliqua in due form of the brewed beer. Deft, says, 
he shewed the a/c to arbitrators and offered the pltf. his book, in which 
he had entered every thing. Pltf. says, the a/c exhibited to arbitrators 
does not concern him, and demands as the deft, intends to leave, that the 
goods left with him in pawn, to wit — a costly ring and also another ring; 
a costly coverlet, and a piece of cloth may not be alienated, but that the 
same may be placed in the hands of his attorney or in the hands of the 
Court, until the a/c between them both shall be regulated. Burgomasters 
and Schepens decree, that the deft, shall have to render pltf. an a/c of 
every thing concerning their partnership in the brewed beer, and further 
that the specified goods which he has of the pltf's in pawn shall in case of 
departure be placed in the hands of his att'y, who also shall give the pltf. 
herein a writing signed by him, that he has received such goods from the 
deft, not to be alienated to any other person and to be returned back to 
him whenever the a/c between him, the deft., and the pltf. shall be 
liquidated and settled. 

Abel Hardenbroeck, pltf. v/s Jan Frys, deft. Defts. 2"?* default. 
Pltfs. wife appearing states, that they had hired their house to the deft, 
who has not remained during the time of the lease, but departed without 



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paying them; and that the English damage the house now Ijring empty so 
that they do not know, whether they can re-let the house. Burgomasters 
and Schepens decree, that the pltf. may relet his house. 

Jacob Kip, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Pltf., as attorney of his 
father in law Joannes de la Montague senior, demands from deft, thirty 
seven guilders in beavers balance of twenty beavers according to award 
of arbitrators. Deft, says, he has suffered great vexation from the above- 
named Joannes de la Montague and the Commissaries of the Town of 
Beverwyck, demanding for the damage suffered thereby and for the prop- 
erty taken out of the house, according to a/c. the sum of six hundred and 
twenty two guilders ten stivers in sewant and no award has been given, as 
to how much he should give. The W. Court condemn the deft, to pay, 
before he departs, to the pltf., in the quality in which he acts, the 37 gl. 
in beavers balance of the twenty beavers according to award of arbitrators, 
and if he have any claim against the abovenamed Montague or Commis- 
saries, he can institute his action in the premises, wherever he thinks 
proper. 

Joris Stevenzen, pltf. v/s Asser Levy, deft. Pltf. produces a decla- 
ration of Gysbert Elbertsen, who states, that he heard, that the pltf. had 
said to the deft. Asser, I hold you for the man ; and that Asser thereupon 
answered, 'Tis well, I shall manage, so that you obtain a calf. Deft, 
says, he does not know the man. Burgomasters and Schepens persist in 
their rendered judgment. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Ambrosius Weerham and his wife, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen van 
der Vin, deft. Deft, in default. 

Freryck Gysbersen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Marten Hofman, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Balthazar de Haart entering exhibits an obligation executed in his 
favour by Robbert Loveland, requesting that the goods contained in the 
obligation and remaining with him at the aforesaid Loveland's charge 
may be inventoried by arbitrators and as the obligation is long since due, 
he may sell the above goods, to obtain his pay therefrom according to 




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obligation. Burgomasters and Schepens grant Balthazar de Haart per- 
mission to have the goods mentioned in the above written obligation and 
remaining with him at Robert Loveland's charge, inventoried by the Sec- 
retary Nevius in presence of Schepens Isaack Grevenraat and Nicolaas de 
Meyer; but direct that the same be not sold before the first of March, 
1665, and before the aforesaid Loveland shall be notified by the Court, 
where he lives, that the goods remain with pltf. at his charge and to pay 
him for the same according to obligation, or that they shall be sold at his 
expence. 

Anneke van Borssum entering demands execution of the judgment, 
which she has obtained on the 9^ Novem^ last against Frans Jansen van 
Hooghten, with costs. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution 
with the costs to accrue herein. 

The curators of the estate left by Solomon La Chair dec* entering 
request to know, what disposition has been made of their produced a/c. 
Whereunto was answered. Nothing yet; and as the a/c is mislaid, it shall 
be looked up, and attention then paid to the matter. 

Arent Jansen Moesman requests by petition, that the attorney of 
Mighiel Jansen Muyden shall be ordered to exchange papers with peti- 
tioner within 24 hours to be produced a few days after. Apostille: At 
petitioner's request the attorney of Mighiel Muyden shall be ordered to 
exchange within thrice 24 hours the papers of the suit herein mentioned, 
and parties are to produce their papers and principal intendit by inven- 
tory on the next Court day. 

Jacob Kip and Gerrit van Tright, attornies of Mighiel Janzcn Muy- 
den, entering represent, that their scrivener in the suit is at one time 
unable and at another time unwilling to write further in the suit between 
them and Arent Jansen Moesman, and that in consequence of the asper- 
sions thrown at him by the scrivener of Moesman. They therefore 
request, that the case should be argued viva voce before the Court or 
before arbitrators appointed by the Court thereunto, to be thus brought 
to a speedy conclusion. Jacob Kip and Gerrit van Tright are hereby 
ordered by the W. Court of this City to exchange within three times four 
and twenty hours with the aforesaid Moesman their papers, vouchers and 
documents which they intend to produce in the suit with and against 
Arent Jansen Moesman and to produce the same by the next Court day. 



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Whereas the attornies of Mighiel Jansen Muyden represent to the 
Court of this City, that the Notary Mattheus de Vos, their scrivener, in 
the suit with Arent Jansen Moesman, is unwilling to act any further, or 
to trouble himself any more with this case, therefore the Court aforesaid 
hereby order the abovenamed Mattheus de Vos to proceed to the comple- 
tion of the aforesaid suit. 

Gerrit Hendrickzen van Rys requests by petition to be excused from 
the payment of his Burgher-right, as he has not brought any goods for 
himself. Apostille: Although this is not signed yet for shortness of time 
let it serve for apostille — Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that the 
petitioner shall have to pay his Burgher right. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman communicates in writing his retirement 
from the Bench of Burgomasters and Schepens, requesting, First — a cer- 
tificate, that he has done and performed to the best of his power, his duty 
according to circumstances, the spirit of the inhabitants and the constitu- 
tion of this country. Secondly, that the sentences and judgments ob- 
tained and conclusions argued ex officio in his, petitioner's, time may have 
effect as well now, as when he shall have departed, and that those to 
whom he, in his absence, shall leave power and authority, may obtain for 
the same short and quick justice, even as if he were present. Thirdly, 
he requests his Salarium and yearly monies, earned up to date, ex officio 
and on account of his services from the W : Burgomast" concerning this 
point only, that he may collect as much as possible in order, the rather, 
to settle what he may be here and there in arrears and what may 
remain unpaid, he requests a clear and correct settlement signed by 
the W: Burgomast*? and sealed with their City seal, so as to be made 

use of by him as occasion may present, and he the petitioner may 
think proper. 

APOSTILLE. 

To the First, To the Schout shall be delivered an acte, wherein Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens thank him. 

Secondly, That all agreements and judgments obtained heretofore 
by him shall have full effect as if he continued here himself in person 
and office. 

Thirdly, Regarding the years money, it is impossible at present to 
pay any thing, the City being burthened with many heavy debts, but care 



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shall be taken by the first opportunity, that an account be delivered to 
him in due form under the City seal. 

Tuesday, 6*? Dec' 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

George Baxter, pltf. v/s Comelis van Ruyven, as Receiver of the 
Company's Revenues, deft. Pltf. says, he has attached the Company's 
houses, for that the Company owes him according to account, exhibiting 
the same, the sum of fl. 1278: 5: 10. The deft, in quality as aforesaid, 
says he does not pay any thing except by order of Mr. Stuyvesant, espe- 
cially no doubtful items, such as this is ; as the pltf. being a servant of 
the Company rebelled in the beginning of the year 1655 against the High 
and Mighty Lords States and said Comp^, raised up tumult and sedition 
in the village of Gravesend and there erected the arms of the Common- 
wealth of England. Pltf. having understood the answer, says, divers 
times, 'T is a lie: and as such unmannerly speeches before the Bench are 
not tolerated, the W. Court decree, that George Baxter before saying any 
thing further of the case in question, shall pay six guilders in sewant for 
the benefit of the poor, which he was ordered to do. Thereunto he 
answers, first ; that he will not do it ; saying, then, afterwards — I have no 
money with me now. To this is answered, to give order to some one 
to pay. But finally saying, I will not; I shall certainly find you. 
George Baxter re-entering, excuses himself, promising to pay the six 
guilders to the poor. The Officer Allard Anthony undertakes to sue him 
for it. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. 
exhibits an a/c between him and the deft, partly relating to the beer 
brewed in company, whereby the deft, remains by balance of a/c indebted 
fi. 650. 6. and fi. 677. 8. to him personally in beavers, saying he cannot 
render any other a/c regarding the brewed beer, and every item in the 
beer book, when they dissolved the brewery, was closely examined for sev- 
eral years by the arbitrators. Also, Jacob Vis is bound, as well as he to 
render a/c. ; offering the beer books to the deft., in which deft, can see 
every thing according to his pleasure. Deft, says, he places the case in 
the hands of the Court. Burgomasters and Schepens persist in their last 



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rendered judgment and order pltf. to obey the same within twenty four 
hours from date, on pain of imprisonment. 

Jacob Kip and Gerrit van Tright, pltfs. v/s Freryck Flipzen, deft. 
Pltfs., as attorneys of Mighiel Jansen Muyden, demand from the deft, 
seven hundred guilders in seawant according to contract. Deft, says, he 
paid over eight guilders last year. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy 
and pay pltfs. in the quality in which they act. 

Asser Levy, arrestant and pltf. v/s Joost van der Linde, arrested and 
deft. Both in default. 

Mighiel Tades, arrestant and pltf. v/s Joost van der Linde, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Anneke Kocks, arrestant and pltf. v/s Elsie van Reuve Camp, 
arrested and deft. Both in default. But the deft, appeared afterwards 
and excused herself. 

Lambert Barensen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Barent Hoels, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen van Erlangen, pltf. v/s Jan Smedes, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Pieter Nys, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Willem Wilkes entering states, that he must yet have from Reinier the 
baker two beavers balance, and demands the same with costs. The Court 
orders the Officer to go with Willem Wilkes and recover payment from 
Reinier Willemsen, baker, with costs. 

Joannes Withart, as attorney of Isaack Vermeulen, entering requests 
that he may lift, under bail de restituendo^ Jacob Vis* money remaining in 
consignment of this City, in payment, according to award of arbitrators of 
the sum of six hundred and eighty guilders, five stivers and a half. 
Symon Jansen Romeyn also appears, who declares himself bail as princi- 
pal in the premises, promising, should it hereafter appear, that Joannes 
Withart is not entitled to the aforesaid monies and remains in default of 
restitution, to satisfy and pay the aforesaid fl. 680: 5^ under bond accord- 
ing to law. 

Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgment, which he 
obtained on the 8*^ Nov' of this year against Jamis Davidts. The Mar- 
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Balthazar de Haart demands execution of the judgment, which he 
obtained on the 8* November last against Frerick Hendricksen, cooper, 
with costs. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution with the 
costs accrued hereon. 

Balthazar de Haart entering states, that pursuant to the order of the 
Court dated 29*? Novf last, he had inventoried the goods sold to Robert 
Loveland; requesting preference thereon and that no other person shall 
have any right thereunto, but he alone. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree, that Balthazar de Haart and no one else has any right to the 
inventoried goods, as he sold the same to the aforesaid Loveland and 
they are pledged by obligation to him for and to the payment. 

Hendrick Aarsen Spaniard entering, and with him Nicolaas Ver- 
braack, Hendrick Aarsen is notified, that according to obligation he must 
pay for his Burgher Right the sum of fl. 60. and in addition twelve guil- 
ders bridge-money. Whereunto he answers, he can pay nothing for the 
present time; and as the abovenamed Verbraack has bound himself by 
obligation for the payment of the sum aforesaid, to pay the same in 
default of payment by Hendrick Aarsen, Burgomasters and Schepens 
therefore order the abovenamed Nicolaas Verbraack to satisfy and pay 
unto the Treasurer of this City the aforesaid seventy two guilders* 

Tuesday, 6. Novemb' 1664: In the afternoon, at the City Hall. 
Present the Heeren Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of N. Yorck, situate on the 
Island Manathans, considered the exhibits, documents and papers used 
on both sides in the suit between Jacob Kip and Gerrit van Tright, as 
attorney of Mighiel Jansen Muyden, pltfs., against Arent Janzen Moes- 
man, deft. Pltfs. demand from the deft, the sum of five hundred guilders 
balance according to award of arbitrators and in addition two hundred 
and ninety five guilders two stivers consisting of some items forgotten by 
the aforesaid Muyden in the a/c to be laid before the arbitrators. In 
opposition to which the deft, demands from the pltfs., in the quality in 
which they act, a/c, proof and reliqua of the management and adminis- 
tration of his the defts. affairs by Mighiel Muyden ; and further to exhibit 
to him and to leave with him for a reasonable time the books, registers 



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and papers appertaining hereunto or to bring these to a suitable place in 
order to have access to them. Burgomasters and Schepens having read 
all, and weighed and considered whatever may be material, find, that the 
pltfs., in the quality in which they act, say, that in the arbitrators award 
in the case in question between the aforesaid Mighiel Muyden and the 
aforesaid Arent Jansen Moesman some items to the sum of two hundred 
and ninety guilders, two stivers, were forgotten to be given in by Muyden, 
as aforesaid, to the arbitrators; that also, on the contrary the aforesaid 
Muyden also forgot to bring in something for the advantage of the 
abovenamed Moesman; that they] therefore decree that parties on both 
sides shall have to regulate themselves by and adhere to the award of 
arbitrators dated the 26*^ Octob' A* 1663. and to be satisfied therewith, 
without the one reserving or retaining any thing against the other in this 
matter, and consequently dismiss the pltfs entered demand and taken 
conclusion, condemning them in the costs of this suit. 

Tuesday the 13* Decemb' 1664: In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander 
Grift, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaes de Meyer. 

Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck, arrestant and pltf. v/s Ritzert 
Moor, arrested and deft. Pltf. says, he has attached the deft, on ace! of 
tobacco remaining with him belonging to one Liefletheit; and whereas he 
has an obligation against the aforesaid Lieflethet amounting to the sum of 
six hundred and forty three guilders fourteen stivers, he demands that 
the deft, shall be ordered to satisfy and pay him from this aforesaid 
tobacco. Deft, exhibits a written order from the aforesaid Lieflethet, 
saying he directed him, if the pltf. purchased all the tobacco, he should 
have it credited on the a/c and cancel the writing, and not purchasing 
all, to give him no tobacco; then to say to him that he should come and 
pay him himself; acknowledging that he has the tobacco in his vessel, 
but has no order to pay the pltf. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and 
pay the pltf. from the tobacco, which he has of Lieflethet on hand, the 
attachment remaining meanwhile valid. 

Jan Coo, pltf. v/s Abraham Verplanck, deft. Pltf. says, there is due 
him by obligation from Hermen Hendrickx sixty six guilders in beavers 
and thirty three guilders in seawant, producing the writing and that the 



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deft, had accepted to pay. Deft, says, he stated if Hermen Hen- 
drickx did not pay in five months, that he then should arrange for the 
payment, and that Hermen Hendrickx was here in the meantime, to 
whom the pltf. did not speak; therefore requesting time until next April 
and if the aforenamed Hermen did not pay then he should pay. Burgo* 
masters and Schepens condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the 
above written demanded sum in the month of April next, if Hermen 
Hendrickx meanwhile does not come down and pay the pltf. or make 
known, that he may have something against the passed obligation. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten, pltf. v/s Eghbert van Borssum, deft. 
Pltf. demands that defts. boys, who contracted to work for him shall 
serve out their time according to contract. Defts. wife appearing says, 
that the pltf. has not fully paid the boys according to contract and con- 
demnation nor given the shoes and stockings he was to give; also the 
costs of suit. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, order 
the pltf. to pay the boys according to contract and give the stockings and 
shoes with the costs of suit due on date 29*)^ Nov^ last, while the boys are 
also ordered to serve out their time according to contract, together with 
days missed. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten, pltf. v/s Weintje Elbers, deft. Pltf. 
demands, that deft's son hired to work for him shall serve out the seventy 
six lost days. Deft, says, her son came to work and that the pltf. said to 
him, he had no work and sent him back. Pltf. admits, that defts. son 
had come to him to work, that he then said he had no work. Parties 
being heard. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that Weintje Elbers 
may agree to pay the pltf. for her son's lost time at the rate he earned 
per day in that year, when he lost the aforesaid, time, inasmuch as the 
pltf. admits, he refused the boy work. 

Pieter de Nys, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from the deft, one hundred thirteen guilders, 15 stivers in seawant. 
Deft, admits the debt promising to pay by New Year. The W. Court 
order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. by New Year. 

Tomas Appelgat, pltf. v/s Pieter Winster, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, sixty guilders balance of five hundred and forty guilders for a boat 
sold to Arien de Visser, defts. predecessor. Deft, says, the pltf. spoke to 
him before the arrival of the English ships for payment of one hundred 



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and sixty guilders, and he gave him two hats, one of three and the other 
of two and a half beavers, amounting to one hundred and ten guilders. 
Fltf. says, that the deft, gave him the hats for one hundred guilders. 
Parties being heard. Burgomasters and Schepens decree and order the 
deft, to give and pay pltf. the sum of fifty guilders. 

Jacobie Jans, pltf. v/s Sara Sanders, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Jacobie Jans, pltf. v/s Sara Schouten, deft. Both in default. 

Jonas Bartelzen entering produces the judgments against Hendrick 
Obe dated 8^ and 22^ Novemb' with the return of the Court Messenger 
to the notice served of the judgments and a/c to the sum of fl. 346: 2: 8. 
excise and fl. 11: 11. costs, demanding execution of the judgment and 
payment with costs. 

On the judgment, which Tomas Appelgat obtained in date 13^ 
Decembf last against Pieter Winster the President of Burgomasters and 
Schepens ordered in date }| Decemb' as follows: — The Marshal is 
ordered to put these in execution with the costs accrued and still to 
accrue. 

Saturday, 17. Decemb' 1664: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Schout; Tymotheus Gabry and Nicolaas de Meyer, 
Schepens and Committee. 

Eving Saelsberry, Englishman, thirty five years old, appearing in 
Court has, on the requisition and demand of the Officer Allard Anthony, 
testified and declared, and is interpreted ^by S' Balthazar de Haart, 
requested hereunto. 

First, that the prisoner Tomas Fais has stolen from Capt John 
Schout [Scott] a sack with clothes and linen ; also a tub with pewter. 

Secondly, he, deponent, declares that he saw the abovenamed Tomas 
Fais dig up from under a tree a parcel of nails, also hinges and scythes, 
which he brought to another place. 

Thirdly, he saw that he carried some carpenters tools under a hay cock. 

Fourthly, that he found a bar of iron at a certain place on the land 
under the com and the abovenamed Fais came to him sa3ring, that he 
had hid some iron work and had found it again except a bar of iron, 
which he would have from him deponent, but he would not give it him, 
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Fifthly, that the abovenamed Tomas Fais sold a saddle and bridle 
belonging to Capt Schott abovenamed ; also that he offered to sell a par- 
cel of powder in a little tub. 

Sixthly, that the abovenamed Capt. John Schott demanded from 
him, Tomas Fais, a Bible taken from him which he at first denied having 
taken, then afterwards admitted it and returned the book. 

All which he, deponent, affirmed under oath at the hands of the 
Officer abovenamed. 

Besides the aforesaid, the abovenamed Eving Soulsberry declares, 
that he saw one morning early, one Henry Perry removing in Capt. 
Schotts car four barrels and one package with bedding, but where he 
carried it is unknown to him. 

The prisoner Tomas Fais entering and heard hereupon, answers, on 
the First — that he carried the property to William Krenmer from Capt 
John Schott* s mother. 

2^ He took and saved the nails from a glaziers bench ; the hinges he 
got for his chest from Capt Schotts mother; he received the scythes from 
Capt. Schott himself according to conditions made with him in his service 
for five years. 

3° Admits having done so, by Cromby's advice to secure them for 
his master. 

4^ Denies it. 

5? Admits to have sold the saddle for 20? on condition that the pur* 
chaser shpuld give it back on Capt. Schot's demanding it; denying hav- 
ing sold any powder or tried to sell any for Capt. Schotts a/c. and will 
point out, from whom he had the powder. 

6? Admits to have returned it to Capt Schott. 

Saturday, 17 Dec! 1664: In the City Hall, in the afternoon; present 
the abovenamed. 

Henry Perry appearing in Court is asked, where he had brought 
Capt. John Schotts car one morning with the laden goods and who had 
ordered him and what sort of goods were they, which he had loaded on 
the cart ? Answers : — Tomas Fais had given him orders, to take the goods 
away, and loaded on the cart one barrel nearly or about half full of beef; 
one barrel full of oats and one with meal, also a barrel about half full of meal. 



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Further asked, where he had left the bedding ? Answers, it still lies 
at his house. 

Again asked, if he had sold any of Capt. John Schotts nails ? An* 
swers — Sold no nails of Capt Schott, nor bought any of him, but of 
Samuel Etsal 50^^ and from Daniel Lee 1300 English nails. Declaring 
further, that he bought no turkeys for shot, but for powder. 

Again asked about the iron, which Teunis Fais had hid in the com ; 
he declares, that the abovenamed Tomas Fais told Euyingh Soelsberry 
in his presence, that Capt Schott had given him the iron; affirming the 
same under oath at the hands of the Officer. 

This date Henry Perry declares himself bound in the sum of fifty 
pounds sterling to appear and answer in the case aforesaid whenever he 
may be called before the Court of this City, or their Worships Committee. 
In witness he has signed the original hereof on the blotter with his hand. 
Datum as above. 

Tuesday, fj Decemb' 1664: In the City Hall. In the afternoon; 
Present the Heeren AUard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leen- 
dersen vander Grift, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de 
Meyer. 

Capt John Schott appearing, requests that the prisoner, Tomas Fais, 
may appear in Court, pleading guilty and to inform as well as he can, 
where the goods are ; and further that he shall promise to serve him hon- 
estly, being then willing to heartily give him his freedom. The prisoner, 
Tomas Fais, entering is told, that Capt Schott has obtained the Gov- 
emours consent to put him in prison, as he was accused of theft: where 
upon he being further heard and examined, persists in his acknowledgment 
dated 17. of this month; promising to give information, as much as he is 
able, of the missing goods, and that he will honestly serve his master, the 
above named John Schott, and to pay the costs of suit. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having considered Capt. John Schott' s request and heard 
the prisoner Tomas Fais, adjudge, whereas Capt. Jan Schott had placed 
the above named Tomas Fais on one of his principal bouweries, entered 
with the same into a contract for five years, entrusted to him some prop- 
erty, and the above named Tomas Fais pleads guilty, promising also, to 
give as much information, as he can of the missing property and to hon- 



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estly serve the abovenamed Capt Schott henceforward, that the above- 
named Tomas Fais shall be released from confinement, provided the 
abovenamed Capt John Schott shall pay the costs of suit and what ap- 
pertains thereunto, herein incurred. 

Extraordinary Court holden on Friday the 23*! DecembT 1664; Old 
Style. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Allard Anthony, Comelis 
Steenwyck, Paulus Leendertsen vander Grift, Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack 
Grevenraat, Nicolaes de Meyer. 

Burgomaster Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Francis Douthy, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft., in virtue of a mortgage dated 20^ June 1664, ^ 
balance of the sum of three hundred and sixty two guilders and ten 
stivers in tobacco @ six stivers the pound, to be delivered here free of 
cost and charges, for the payment of which sum the deft, bound himself 
in the aforesaid mortgage, specially hypothecating the bark named the 
Return^ and whereas the deft, refuses to pay the aforesaid sum to him, 
the pltf., he demands the costs incurred herein and still to accrue, and 
that the aforesaid bark shall remain so long attached, until he shall have 
satisfied and paid the same. Deft, says, he has satisfied and paid the 
three fourths of the sum mentioned in the aforesaid mortgage, and that 
the remaining fourth part, amounting to the sum demanded, concerns 
Silvester Tetejer (?), for which he has not sent him any property, there- 
fore he cannot pay ; requesting that the bark aforesaid may be applied to 
therefor. Pltf. replying says, he maintains, that he has to apply not to 
the bark, but to the deft, for the payment, and that the deft, may hold 
his guarantee against the bark or where he thinks proper. Parties on 
both sides being heard, and the mortgage read and considered. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the 
sum demanded with the costs, the attachment on the bark the Return 
remaining meanwhile valid, until he deft, shall have satisfied and paid the 
pltf.; and he, the deft., may hold his recourse against whom he thinks 
proper. 

Tuesday, 17* January 1665: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat. 



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Seletje Jans, phf. v/s Jan Vinge and Pieter Stoutenburgh, as cura- 
tors of the estate left by Raghel van Tienhoven, defts. Pltf. demands to 
be released from the lease of the house, in which she resides, rented by 
her dec^ husband from Raghel van Tienhoven dec^, as she finds it diffi- 
cult to make up the rent, and says that Jacques Cousseau stated to her, 
the defts. told him, she should be released from the last year's lease; also 
understood that the defts. have offered to rent the house to JuflfT Wessels. 
Defts. deny it and say, that they told Jacques Cousseau, the lease must 
continue according to contract until the last of January 1665, but they 
should not be hard with her for the last year's rent, producing the lease, 
by which they should hold themselves. Parties being heard. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order the pltf. to prove, that Jacques Cousseau 
told her so. 

Adam Onckelbagh, pltf. v/s Freryck Flipzen, deft. Pltf. says, that 
his wife strung seawant for the deft, and that the deft, will not pay her 
for the stringing as much wages, as she gets from others. Deft, says, he 
agreed with the pltfs. wife to pay four guilders per hundred for the white 
and two for the black, and that his wife did it again for him after that 
date. Pltf. denies it. Parties again entering together with the pltfs. wife, 
the pltfs. wife says, she made no agreement with the deft., as he pretends, 
and she is to get from her brother five guilders for the white and two guil- 
ders ten stivers per hundred for the black sewant. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard and examined parties decree, as the one says, 
that he had agreed with the other and the other denies it, that deft, shall 
pay to the pltf. as wages for stringing according to the custom heretofore, 
five guilders per hundred guilders of the white, and two guilders ten 
stivers, of the black sewant. 

Asser Levy, pltf. v/s Balthazar Bayart, deft. Pltf. says he hired 
Aucke Jansen's daughter till next May and that defts. wife hired her 
again before the time had expired, demanding that the maid shall serve 
out her time, or give reasons why she leaves him. Deft, says, the maid 
came to his wife and asked her, if she would hire her, whereunto she 
answered Yes, if she were free from her mistress; otherwise not; and 
that the girls father had hired her to him and sent him a letter, which he 
shewed to the pltf. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that Aucke Jans, 
the girl's father, shall appear here at the next Court, and give reasons^ 




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why he has taken his daughter from the pltf. before the expiration of the 
time she was hired to the deft, and in default thereof, that the girl shall 
have to return to the pltfs. service. 

Freryck Gysberzen vanden Bergh, pltf. v/s Marten Hofman, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, forty four guilders balance per a/c. for rent and 
consumed drink. Deft, says, the pltf. will not take cognizance, that one 
Claas Pietersen occupied the house with him, and might have spoken to 
him being here; offering to pay his share. Pltf. says, each was respon- 
sible for his own and one for the payment of all. Deft, denies it, saying 
Adam Onckelbagh was present; who entering and being heard hereupon 
declares, he did not hear, that one was responsible for the rent of all, and 
that he had brought the deft, and Claas Pietersen to Daniel van Donck 
to hire the house. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties as 
well as Adam Onckelbagh' s declaration decree, that it will suffice for the 
deft, to pay the pltf. half the rent and the remaining two guilders for the 
wine he drank. 

Joannes Nevius, pltf. v/s Claas van Elslant, the younger, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, according to a/c exhibited the sum of one hundred 
and sixty six guilders fourteen stivers and four pence, with the costs 
accrued and still to accrue, deducting what the deft, earned at the 
burial of his little son. Deft, admits the debt, promising to pay at the 
earliest opportunity. The W. Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and 
pay the pltf. 

Marten Janzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Pieter Hermzen, deft. Pltf. says 
there is still due him from the little vessel the Ruyter by balance, ten 
guilders for labour and that deft, retains by him a canoe and mast belong* 
ing to the skipper of the aforesaid ship, and he sold the mast; demanding 
therefore the payment of the ten guilders. Deft, says, the canoe and 
mast were given him by the skipper and pilot, because they could not 
secure them in the vessel. Pltf. replying says, that the deft, told him, he 
had the canoe and mast in care. Deft, being further heard declares, that 
he sold the mast for twelve guilders and if the skipper of the aforesaid 
ship returns and demands it from him, he shall cut another mast for him. 
Parties being heard and examined. Burgomasters and Schepens find, that 
the canoe and mast are given in care to deft, and not as a present; there- 
fore decree that the deft, shall pay the pltf. the ten guilders demanded 

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and the remaining two guilders, also to retain the canoe yet a year and 
six weeks in his care and he is not to alienate it. 

Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Symon Janzen Romein, deft. Pltf. demands 
that deft., as attorney of Joannes Withart, shall be condemned to pay 
him the half of the black amber bought in company with si Withart and 
then to receive the half of the black amber. Deft, says, that Joannes 
Withart spoke to him only of a lump and that the pltf. shewed him some- 
what more. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. according 
to judgment and to receive the half of the black amber purchased. 

Jacob Kip, pltf. v/s Symon Janzen Romein, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jacob Kip and Gerrit van Tright, pltfs. v/s Dirck van Cl]rf, deft. 
Deft, and van Tright in default. 

Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger and Lauwerens de Sille entering 
exhibit the a/c and distribution of the proceeds of the goods left by Mer- 
men the Serjeant and sold; and declare that some book debts are still 
outstanding, which they were ordered to collect. 

Jan Vinge and Pieter Stoutenburgh, as curators of the estate left by 
Raghel van Tienhoven dec"?, entering request, that they might attach the 
goods of Seletje Jans remaining in the lower part of the house occupied 
by her in payment of one year's house rent. The Court decrees, that 
they may proceed therein. 

Tuesday, 31. January 1665; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaes de Meyer. 

The Hon**.** Petrus Stuyvesant, pltf. v/s Arien Appel, deft. Pltf. 
demands from the deft, sixty five guilders, balance of rent for the last 
year according to a/c delivered to deft.; also eight hundred and fifty 
guilders for half a years house rent beginning All Saints A^ 1663. to May 
A^ 1664. and according to contract entered into with the deft, regarding 
the above house which he, pltf., rented him from May A* 1664 to All 
Saints following for the additional sum of four hundred guilders. Deft, 
answers in writing, making an offset demand. Pltf. replying says he 
holds to the contract. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the case in 
question to Joannes van Brugh and Joannes de Peister, both old Schepens 
of this City, to hear parties in presence of Schepen Nicolaes de Meyer 




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regarding their difference ; to argue and consider the case ; to endeavor if 
possible to reconcile parties, if not to report their award to the Court. 

Burgomast! Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Arien Appel, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, one hundred and thirty two guilders in beavers or 
three hundred and thirty guilders in seawant balance of an obligation, 
and in addition eight hundred and thirty five guilders in zewant according 
to a/c delivered to him, demanding payment according to obligation with 
the costs, interest and damage. Deft, says regarding the first item, that 
he does not owe so much and will examine the a/c. and regarding the 
second item, he has an a/c in sewant against it. The W. Court condemn the 
deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. deducting, what is fairly due him on the same. 

Comelis Van Ruyven, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jonas Magnus, the 
Swede, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the 
attachment be declared valid and that the Officer be authorized to put 
the deft, in prison, whenever he comes hither. Burgomasters and 
Schepens declare the attachment valid authorizing the Officer to imprison 
the deft, on his coming here. 

Burgomaster Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, pltf. v/s Eghbert 
Meinderzen, deft. Pltf., as Treasurer of this City, demands from deft, a 
balance of six hundred and ninety guilders eleven stivers for excise duty 
due. Defts. wife entering admits the debt and promises to pay as soon 
as possible. The W. Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the 
pltf., in the capacity in which he acts. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. Pltf's wife 
entering requests, that her husband may be discharged from the bail bond 
which he gave for the payment of the defts. negro. Defts. wife entering 
says, if the Court so decide, it shall be done. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that the defts. negro for the payment of whom the 
pltf. went security shall not be alienated, before the pltf. shall be released 
from the bailbond. 

Jacob Kip, pltf. v/s Simon Janzen Romein, deft. Pltf. as attorney 
of his father in law Joannes Monjeer de la Montagne senior, demands 
from deft., as attorney of Joannes Withart, the sum of thirty seven guil- 
ders ten stivers in beavers. Deft, says, he has no beavers in hand for 
Joannes Withart; requesting time. The W. Court condemns deft, to 
satisfy and pay pltf. 



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Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Jacob Kip and Simon Janzen Romein, as cura- 
ton of the estate left by Solomon La Chair, deft. Pltf. produces a mort- 
gage against the estate left by Solomon La Chair dec"! demanding payment 
pursuant to the award of arbitrators and preference on the house and lot 
of the above named La Chair, in virtue of the aforesaid mortgage. Defts. 
say, the point herein is, whether the privilege of preference thro' the 
mortgage is derived from the arbitrators' award or not. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having considered the award of arbitrators decree, that the 
pltf. enjoys preference on the estate left by Solomon La Chair for the 
sum of five hundred and four guilders, eighteen stivers, also for forty one 
guilders four stivers on the part of the Company. 

The Officer Allard Anthony represents, that Claas Cromptap has 
been arrested by Isaack de Foreest, old Schepen of this City, which 
arrest he has violated, and afterwards he came to him saying he settled it 
with Isaack de Foreest, whereunto he answered, that he has not settled 
with his Worship, because he has broken his arrest; maintaining that he 
had become subject to the fine. 

Pieter van Couwenhoven and Jan van Gelder, as curators of the 
estate left by Pieter Janzen, mason, pltfs. v/s Anneke Kockx, deft. 
Pltfs. in their aforesaid quality demand from the deft, six hundred and 
two guilders according to extract from the defts. book. Deft, also pro- 
duces certain a/c. The W. Court refers the matter in question to Jacques 
Cousseau, old Schepen of this City, and Gerrit van Tright to take the 
case in presence of Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, to hear parties, to argue 
and decide the case, to endeavor to reconcile parties if possible ; if not,' 
to report their award to the Court. 

Jan Craffoort and Nicolaes Maltomer, pltfs. v/s Tomas Bruyver^ 
deft. Pltf. demands from the deft., as well for themselves as for their 
fellow seamen, navigating a ship with deft., their earned monthly wages 
or security therefor. Deft, promises to pay those, whom he engaged,, 
whenever they shall have completed the voyage according to contract and 
that the others have to look for their pay to those, who hired them. 
Parties being heard, Burgomasters and Schepens decree and order the 
pltfs. and their fellow seamen herein, to prosecute and complete their 
undertaken voyage, and order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltfs. their 
earned monthly wages or to give bail for the payment. 




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Jan Vinge and Pieter Stoutenburgh, curators of the estate left by 
Raghel van Tienhoven dec*?, entering and with them Seletje Jans, widow 
of Hendrick van der Walle, dec*?, the aforesi curators demand, that the 
attachment, which they made on the goods of the abovenamed Seletje 
Jans for ace! of rent due, may be declared valid. Seletje Jans produces 
an extract from the Register of the Resolutions of the Orphan Chamber 
of this City, wherein it is proved, according to the order of Burgomasters 
and Schepens, that Jacques Cousseau told her, that the aforesaid curators 
should have to release her from the last year's rent. The aforesaid cura- 
tors deny it and say, that they only said, she should go out of the house ; 
but their meaning was not that she should not pay for it. The W. Court 
having looked over the extract and that the aforesaid curators acknowl- 
edge to have said, that the abovenamed must vacate the house, therefore 
decree that the abovenamed Seletje shall be released from the last year's 
rent and if she was to have paid any thing for it, they ought to have noti- 
fied her thereof. Declaring the attachment made on the goods valid. 

Jacob Kip and Gerrit van Tright, as attorneys of Mighiel Janzen 
Muyden, pltfs. v/s Dirck van Clyf, deft. Pltfs. demand in their afore- 
said quality from the deft, as attorneys of Arent Jansen Moesman the sum 
of five hundred guilders balance of obligation. Deft, says, that the pltfs. 
ought to have spoken to his patron, he has no order from him to pay 
them. The W. Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltfs. in 
the quality, in which they act. 

Lauwerens van der Spygel, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from the deft, payment of two and a half ankers of brandy 
@ one hundred and twenty guilders pr. anker. Defts. wife entering 
says, that the pltf. has received some payment therefor and she gave him 
a silver tobacco box in pawn. Pltf. replying says, the tobacco box was 
sold him in payment. Burgomasters and Schepens order parties on both 
sides to exhibit in proper form on the next Court day the a/cs, which 
they have against each other. 

Lysbert Drisius, pltf. v/s Dirck Storm, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
had hired her house, from which he went away by stealth, and that, 
meanwhile, the doors, windows and gutter are taken away and stolen; 
also he has not paid any rent. Deft, says, he hired the house from the 
pltfs. husband, enquiring if she had a power of attorney. And whereas 



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the pltf. has no power from her husband, to which the deft, excepts, the 
case is postponed, until she shall have exhibited such. 

Antony Warton Marshal, Die Charleton, Philip Johns, and Jacob 
Vis, entering, the abovenamed Antony Warton, Die Charleton, and Philip 
Johns declare and make known, that Burgomaster Paulus Leendertsen 
▼ander Grift came to Eghbert Meindersen's house for money on acc^ of 
the taxes and that the abovenamed Eghbert offered to give him an assign- 
ment on them, who owed him a certain sum, to which the abovenamed 
vander Grift gave for answer, that he would not give a stiver and a half 
for his claim against them ; which the abovenamed Eghbert offers to con- 
firm by oath; saying that he has thereby impaired their character and 
credit. Burgomaster vander Grift denies it. Jaapie, wife of Eghbert 
Meindersen, also entering says, she does not know, but she is pregnant; 
offering also to confirm by oath, that Paulus Leendersen van der Grift 
says so. The W. Court order Jaapie to prove her statement. 

Paulus Leendersen van der Grift produces a petition presented by 
Eghbert Meindersen to the Burgomasters, wherein he requests some 
abatement from the farming of the taxes, as he has not received any excise 
from the cattle slaughtered as well before as after the English troubles. 
On which petition was apostilled : — In abatement of the farming herein 
mentioned the petitioner is allowed the sum of two hundred guilders in 
sewant ® eight white or four black beads for one stiver. 

Jan van Gelder, pltf. v/s Jan Adriaanzen Duyvelant, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hendrick Obe entering requests, that he may be allowed preference 
on the effects and property left by Solomon la Chair, for expences on a/c 
of the dead of an anker of French wine amounting to the sum of forty 
guilders in sewant, also for other debts according to expences. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree, that Hendrick Obe shall be allowed prefer- 
ence for as much as regards the expence for the dead, but for the other 
no more than to come in concurrence with other creditors. 

Albert Alberzen ter Heun entering requests, that Jacob van Couwen- 
hoven shall give him deed and transport of the land purchased from him. 
The W. Court order Jacob van Couwenhoven to give Albert Albersen, 
between this date aforesaid and the next Court day due deed and convey- 
ance of the land sold him or to shew cause, why he will not do so. 



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Asser Levy entering represents, that Aucke Jans does not obey the 
order of the last Court day to shew cause, why he took his daughter away 
from him, and that the daughter has gone to live with Balthazar Bayard 
at the Bay. The W. Court decree to notify Aucke Jans by legal note, to 
come hither and shew cause, why he took away his daughter from Asser 
Levy before the time of engagement was lapsed. 

Arien Appel requests by petition payment for the English sent him 
by the Burgomasters, according to a/c annexed for board and lodging. 
Apostille: Petitioner shall have to apply to the Govern' Richard Nicolls, 
or Tho: de la Vaal, inasmuch as the soldiers belong to the abovenamed 
Govemour Nicolls* garrison. 

Thursday, 2I ¥eW 166^: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Isaack Grevenraat, Nicolaas de Meyer. 

Whereas pursuant to the capitulation on the surrender of this City to 
the government of his Royal Highness the Duke of York, it is granted 
and given to this place that they, pursuant to the 16^ Article, shall abso- 
lutely have the selection of the new succeeding Magistrates of this City in 
place of those, who have served out their time; and since the election 
takes place to day and the Of&cer Allard Anthony, communicates to Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens, that the Hon^l* Richard Nicolls, Deputy Gover- 
nour under his Royal Highness the Duke of York has notified him, that 
Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens shall have according to custom to 
proceed to the election. Therefore Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens 
being for that end assembled have by plurality of votes elected and con- 
firmed by their W. Board, as 

0/d Burgomaster 
Comelis Steenwyck, 

And Old Schepen 
Tymotheus Gabry. 
Proceeding further to the further election, they choose and confirm by 
plurality of votes 

As Burgomaster 

Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant. 

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Joannes van Brugh, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 
Which above written election Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens com- 
municate to the Hon**!* Govemour Richard Nicolls by the following Let- 
ter, requesting his Honour's approbation. 
Right Hon*^ Richard Nicolls, 
Whereas the time of election occurs to day, Schout, Burgomasters 
and Schepens proceeded to the same, pursuant to the capitulation and 
your Hon7 order and have elected the following: — 

As Burgomaster 
Comelis Steenwyck, continuing, 
Olof Steven zen van Cortlant. 
As Schepens 
Tymotheus Gabry, continuing, 
Joannes van Brugh, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 
Which Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens communicate to your Hon^ 
requesting your Hon" approval thereof. Done N. Yorck, Situate on the 
Island of Manathan, the 2^- February i66^. Under Stood, 

By order of the^same, was signed, 

Joannes Nevius, Sec'^ 
The above being exhibited thro* the Officer Allard Anthony to the 
R* Hon"* Richard Nicolls and his HonT asked, if he had any objection to 
these persons ? His Hon' thereto answered No. 

Therefore have Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens sent for the 
above elected persons to this City Hall, and after congratulations and 
ringing of the bell three times, announced them to the Commonalty of 
this City in manner as follows: — 

Whereas according to the charter of this City, some of its Magis- 
trates, who have served their time, retire. Therefore Schout, Burgomasters 
and Schepens pursuant to the capitulation made with the R^ Hon"." 
Colonell Nicolls on the surrender of this City to the obedience of his 



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Royal Majesty of Great Britain, the Duke of York and the above men- 
tioned Hon"* Nicolls, now Govemour of this country, as appears in the 
16^ Article, and by the Hon: Govemour Nicolls order and approbation 
have nominated and elected 

As Burgomasters 
Comelis Steenwyck, old Burgomaster, 
Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant. 

As Schepens 
Tymotheus Gabry, President, 
Joannes van Brugh, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 
This is made known to the Commonalty, that they may honour and 
respect the abovenamed persons, as ought to be honoured such Magis- 
trates of his Royal Majesty, the Duke of Yorck and his Honour our Lord 
and Govemour Richard Nicolls. Thus done at the City Hall in N. 
Jorck on the Island of Manhatan A"^ 1665. Ady 2^ February Old Style. 

OATH. 

Whereas Jou Comelius Steenwyck and Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant 
are chosen to the office of Burgomasters and Jou Tymothy Gabry, 
Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip and Jacques Cousseau 
are also chosen to the office of Schepens in this citty of New Jarke, Jou 
do sweare by the everliving God, that according to Jo' best power and 
skill in Jo' places Jou will doe right and justice to all persons and in all 
cases wherein jou shall act by vertue of Jo' offices and demeane jo 
selves in jour places according to the good and wholesome Lawes, which 
are or shall bee ordained by vertue of his majesty es Commission to his 
Royall Hignesse the duke of Jorke Within this Govemement and Citty 
of New Jorke: So helpe Jou God. [Thus, English in the original.] 

Tuesday, 14* February 1665: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van 
Bmgh, Joannes de Peister, J>icob Kip. 

The Schout, Allard Anthony, pltf., v/s Annetje Jans, deft. Pltf. 
says, he fined the deft, for having tapped with unstamped cans; demand- 



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ing the fine of ten guilders according to placard with the costs. Deft, 
says, as she had but little to sell, she was allow^ to do so by the late 
Schout Tonneman and Hon**!* Paulus Leendersen van de Grift. Pltf. 
replying says, it is not true, as Mr. Tonneman notified her by Jan Jelis- 
sen Kock, that she must not tap with unstamped cans. Burgomasters 
and Schepens postpone the case, until Jan Jelissen Kock shall be heard 
hereupon. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Dirck Storm, deft. Pltf. says, he 
has fined deft, three several times for having tapped after nine o*clocky 
demanding the fine according to placard with costs. Deft, denies it. 
Pltf. undertakes to prove it. The W Court orders the pltf. to bring in 
his proof. 

Schout Allard Anthony, "^pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Pltf. says, 
that the deft, killed a hog and entered it at thirty guilders sewant and 
told others that it cost him thirty guilders in beavers; also he had it not 
killed by the sworn butchers; concludes for the confiscation of the hog 
and the fine fixed thereon with costs, as he has defrauded the revenue 
and slaughtered without the order of the Court. Defts. wife entering 
says, she bought the hog for thirty ells of blue Osnabrugh linen and did 
not know, that any other than the sworn butchers could not slaughter 
cattle: also stating it to Mr. Gabry, he did not inform her differently. 
The W. Court decree, as the deft, obtained a permit from the Collector 
of the excise to kill the hog, and was told by him to do so, she, deft, 
shall be excused from the confiscation and fine, paying only thirty stivers 
excise; as it is understood, that the hog was in proportion worth more 
than was given in. 

Schout Allard Anthony, arrestant and pltf. v/s Cristiaen Pieters, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. says, it appears by Tonneman*s book, that the 
deft, has violated an attachment prosecuted on the 2*? July 1663, by Isaack 
Grevenraat; demanding in consequence from the deft, the fine of sixty 
guilders with costs. Deft, says, as it was in the Indian war he was 
allowed by Burgomasters to go home on condition of appearing at the 
next Court day, and in the meanwhile two Christians living in the village 
with him were killed by the Indians. Isaack Grevenraat also entering 
states, that the deft, was allowed to go away. The Officer replying says, 
the deft, has not fulfilled the promise of his wife to appear on the Court 



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day; and therefore the attachment is prosecuted and declared valid. 
Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to pay to the Oflficer the 
sixty guilders fine, unless that he can prove, that he had Burgomasters 
consent to go. 

Lysbet Drisius, pltf. v/s Dirck Storm, deft. Pltf., having power and 
authority from her husband, demands from deft, one hundred guilders 
rent according to lease; demanding further, that deft, shall be con- 
demned to pay the costs and damages done to the house, from which he 
went secretly away. Deft, requests copy of the demand saying, he 
requested a settlement, to which he is still inclined. Burgomasters and 
Schepens refer the matter in question to Pieter van Couwenhoven, old 
Schepen of this City, and Frerick Flipzen, to hear parties in the presence 
of Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, to argue the case, and to reconcile parties 
if possible, if not to report their award to the Court. 

Lambert Huyberzen Mol, pltf. v/s Pieter Jansen van de Langh 
Straat, deft. Plft. demands from deft, thirty one guilders ten stivers, 
balance of the hire of a scow. Deft*s wife appearing says, her husband 
is at Najack and that one Gerrit Pietersen with her husband hired the 
scow, and as the abovenam^ Gerrit Pietersen has gone to Holland, that 
the pltf. is demanding the whole hire from her husband alone. The 
Court postpones the matter, until the arrival of the deft, at the next 
Court day. 

Tomas Lauwerens, pltf. v/s Freryck Arensen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Lauwerens van der Spygel, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meindersen, deft. 
Deft, in default. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in ques- 
tion which parties have ag*st each other to Jacobus Gabry and Gerrit van 
Tright to hear parties in the presence of Schepen Joannes van Bnigh, to 
examine and argue the case, to endeavour to reconcile parties if possible; 
if not to report their award to the Court. 

On the petition of Arien Appel presented on the last Court day. 
Apostilled: — Whereas the Honble Govemo' Richard Nicolls states in 
writing under petitioners request, that he allowed and sent the soldiers 
their daily rations, Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that the case shall 
be argued by arbitrators, whereunto were chosen by Burgomasters and 
Schepens for the City, Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, old Burgomaster 
and now Treasurer of this City; and the petition^ shall also choose on his 



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side, who shall have to discuss and settle this matter in the presence of 
Mr. de la Vaal. 

Jacob Vis requests by petition, two arbitrators may be authorized, 
instead of Joannes de Peister, at present Schepen of this City, and Nico- 
laas Verlett, who is mostly at Bergen, to hear him, in presence of one of 
the Bench, sustain and debate the case in dispute between Anna La 
Chair and him, the petr., since the abovenamed Anna La Chair is de- 
parted, to decide the points in question, which he intends to bring in 
against the curators of the aforesaid La Chair's estate; and to report their 
advice hereupon to the W. Court. Apostille: Burgomasters and Schepens 
commission and authorize Hendrick Janzen van der Vin and Jeronimus 
Ebbinck, both old Schepens of this City, to take up the matter in ques- 
tion in the annexed petition laid down, in presence of Schepen Joannes de 
Peister; to hear and examine the petitioner; to debate and decide the points 
in question, which he intends to bring in against the curators; to endeavour 
to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Lauwerens de Sille requests by petition, that the curators of the 
insolvent estate of Gabriel de Haas dec*? may be ordered to produce at 
the next Court day their papers and vouchers regarding the suit instituted 
against him or in default thereof to dispose of the same according to 
right. Apostille: The curators shall be served with an order hereupon. 

ORDER. 

Cristina Steentgens, last widow of Gabriel de Haas dec*!, and the cura- 
tors of the said estate are hereby ordered by the W. Court of this City, to 
produce at the next Court day their vouchers, documents and papers used 
in the suit against Lauwerens de Sille, on pain that in default justice 
shall be done on the papers produced by the adverse party. 

Asser Levy represents, that he sent a legal letter to the Court of 
Amersfoort to notify Aucke Jans that he must obey the order of this 
Court dated 17^^ January last, and says, he has not obtained any result 
therefrom. He requests to know, what further remains for him to do ? 
It is decreed to send another legal order to the aforesaid Magistracy 
about the aforesaid matter. 

Asser Levy further communicates, that he has attached the monies of 
Aucke Jans in the hands of Jan Brouwer, which attachment he prays 
may be declared valid. The W : Court declares the attachment valid. 



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Symon Janzen Romein entering requests, that two arbitrators be 
appointed to terminate the matter in dispute, regarding the black amber 
between him as attorney of Joannes Witthart and Jacob Vis. The W. 
Court commission for the settlement of the case aforesaid, Isaack Grev- 
enraat and Nicolaas de Meyer to hear parties concerning their difference 
in presence of Schepen Jacob Kip, to examine the case and decide it, ta 
endeavour if possible to reconcile parties ; if not to report their award to 
the Court. 

Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens at present assembled unani- 
mously declare their inclination to obey the formerly enacted Ordinances 
on the subject of being absent and coming too late as well at ordinary as 
extraordinary Court days. 

Tuesday, 21 FeW 1665: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Cornelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Ty- 
motheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout, Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Dirck Storm, deft., and Antony 
Warton as witness. Pltf. says, that pursuant to the order of the last 
Court day he has summoned Antony Warton as witness, for that deft, has 
tapped three several times after nine o'clock. Antony Warton entering 
for this purpose declares, that he was three several times at his defts. 
house; once in the evening about nine o'clock, and afterwards about ten 
o'clock and found four persons, and a third time after ten and found two 
men and one female. Deft, denies it, undertaking to prove the contrary, 
saying nobody but his lodger was found in the house. The Officer con- 
cludes for a fine of six guilders for each person. Burgomasters and 
Schepens condemn deft, as the case is somewhat dubious in a fine of six 
guilders with the costs. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Jan Smedes, deft. Pltf. says, that 
defts. horse in a fright ran over Frans Jansen van Hooghten's child, from 
which it died, and that he warned deft., when the same horse, whilst run- 
ning away, hurt Ambrosius' child, that he should get rid of the horse and 
harness him no more to the cart ; concluding for satisfaction to the parents 
of the killed child and in addition the fine fixed by law, with costs. Deft, 
denies having been warned by the pltf., not to put the horse any more to 



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the cart, but that he should not stand on the cait; saying further, that 
the horse is not a runaway and he ran away, because the soldiers loaded 
the goods badly on the cart. The Court decrees, that the Officer shall 
enter his suit herein in writing against the next Court day. 

Schout Allart Anthony, pltf. v/s Jacob Keren, deft. Deft, in 
default. The Court Messenger sent by order of the Court after the deft, 
reports, that he is in the bush. 

Schout Allard Anthony, 'pltf. v/s Annetje Jans, deft., and Jan Jelizen 
Kock, as witness. Pltf. says, that pursuant to the order of the last Court 
day, he has summoned Jan Jelizen Kock to render testimony of the truth, 
that he warned deft, not to tap with unstamped measures, who entering 
for that purpose declares, that he warned deft, in the name of the late 
Schout Tonneman not to tap with any unstamped cans, to which deft, 
says she told Jan Jelisen, she was allowed to do so, which Jan Jelisen 
denies. The Officer concludes for a fine of ten guilders according to 
Placard with costs. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard the 
adverse party and the evidence, condemn the deft, in a fine of ten guilders 
with costs. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Claas van Elslant, the younger, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, one hundred and seventy guilders, eighteen stivers 
according to a/c. Deft, says he has paid one hundred guilders by Wer- 
naar Wessels. Pltf. replies, that is deducted. The W. Court refer the 
matters in question to Isaack Grevenraat and Hendrick Jansen vander 
Vin, old Schepens of this City, to take up the a/cs, which parties have 
against each other, to hear and examine parties, to decide the case and to 
endeavour to reconcile parties if possible; if not, to report their award to 
the Court. 

Lambert Huyberzen Mol, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen van de Langh 
Straat, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, thirty one guilders ten stivers 
balance, according to a/c. of a scow, hired. Deft, says, he does not owe 
more than the half of the hire, producing an a/c of what is paid thereon 
to the sum of eighteen guilders, and that the pltf. has to get the other 
half from Gerrit Pietersen, who hired the scow with him. Pltf. says he 
accepts the a/c. and that the deft, was guarantee for Gerrit Pietersen and 
received the money; also told him, deft., to look to no one else but him. 
Deft, denies the whole of it. Parties being heard on both sides, the W, 



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Court decree, that the deft, is not bound to pay the pltf. more than thirty 
stivers; and as he the pltf., never asked the deft, for the remainder of the 
pay previous to the departure of Gerrit Pietersen, he therefore cannot 
have recourse to the deft, herein. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. 
Deft, absent. Pltf. says, the deft, was with him and enquired the 
reasons, why he had summoned him ? Acquainting him thereof, he 
answered he had no knowledge of the case. Then having instructed him, 
he requested him to inform the Court, he was sorry for it and that it hap- 
pened through drink, and therefore should not appear. He promised 
him to do so ; therefore communicated it to Burgomasters and Schepens, 
asking if he should proceed further in the case ? Whereunto they unani- 
mously decide. No. 

Marritje Jellis, pltf. v/s Catarina de Sille, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tryntje Wessels, arrestant and pltf. v/s Dirck Volckerzen, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Burgomaster Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant en- 
tering represents, that he allowed the deft, to go home, as Isaack de Foreest 
became bail for the judgment for deft, and that he should appear in Court. 

Dirck Volckerzen, pltf. v/s Rutgert Janzen, deft. Pltf. in default; 
deft. sick. 

Grietje Pieters, pltf. v/s Lysbet Ackermans, deft. The Court Mes- 
senger entering says, the deft, sent word, that she cannot come, as she 
hurt herself. 

Assur Levy and Aucke Jans entering, Asser Levy demands, that 
Aucke Jans shall, pursuant to the order dated 17^ January last, give 
reasons, why he has taken his daughter away from him. Whereunto 
Aucke declares, that Asser told him, he might take his daughter with him 
and look for another place for her; whereupon he requested, that he 
should keep his daughter with him yet 14 days, as he was not housekeep- 
ing and meanwhile he should look out for a place; which is not denied 
by Asser, who then says, the differences, which caused such expressions 
were laid aside ; saying the maid was instigated by mischief makers and 
produces a letter written him by Aucke Jans, wherein he states that he 
understood from several that his daughter suffered much from him; 
requiring to know the persons, who said so ; Aucke Jans answers there- 
unto, he was not bound to make them known to him : producing a decla- 



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ration of Jan Gerrisen van Couwenhoven, who heard that Asser Levy's 
wife told Aucke Jans, he might take his daughter away. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having heard parties and read and considered the declara- 
tion decree, that Aucke Jans' daughter shall be released from Asser 
Levy, as regard the hire, and that Asser shall let her have the clothes and 
pay the wages for the time served with him; regarding the action for 
defamation, he can institute the same when and where he thinks fit. 

Thursday, a".** March 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Lysbet Ackermans, deft. Pltf. 
says, that the deft, has weighed out butter with an unstamped pound 
weight; further found at her house a half pint wine measure, also un- 
stamped; likewise saw on the 8^ January last that folks went into her 
house on Sunday after the third bell rang, to drink ; and moreover he 
was with Govert Loockermans and Boele Roeloffs, Deacons of this City, 
at her house, and took therefrom a blanket received in pledge for drink 
from a man living on the charity of this City; saying further that she 
scolded and abused him and applied even Godless words to D? Megapo- 
lensis, concluding therefore firstly regarding the unstampt weight and 
half pint for the confiscation of the same and the fine imposed thereon 
according to Placard; also for the tapping on the Sabbath for a fine 
according to Placard, and for the insults to repair the same according to 
law, and to go into close confinement and pay the fine according to 
Placard for having tapped on a pledge; all with costs. Deft, answers 
first, she never weighed with that weight; offering so to afiirm under 
oath; saying after she had missed it for a long time, she had found it in 
a chest under some old rags. The Officer says he can prove it by Jan 
Jelissen. Secondly, she never tapped with that half pint, offering also so 
to affirm by oath ; and gave a drink to her children out of it. Regarding 
the third, she denies it, and says two days after date she caused the cooper 
to stop up the barrel. And as relates to the fourth says, that the man 
named Abraham complained to her, that he had nothing to eat nor any 
shoes to his feet and he should go to the bush to cut wood and offered to 



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sell the blanket to a fanner; from which she dissuaded him, assisting him 
with a pound of butter, a loaf and a pair of shoes, and did not buy the 
blanket and told him when he returned from the bush to bring her wood. 
Meanwhile she kept the blanket. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard parties decree, that the deft, shall have to clear herself by oath, 
that she has not tapped with that half unstampt pint, nor tapped on Sun- 
day after the third bell ; further that Jan Jellissen shall be heard on the 
next Court day regarding the unstampt weight and that the Officer shall 
have to prove, that he was insulted by deft., dismissing provisionally his 
claim regarding the imprisonment of the deft. 

Schepen Jacques Cousseau, pltf. v/s Skipper Syvert Bergen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, firstly that, he might have the use in his voyage 
to Fatherland of the best berth in his cabin ; secondly that he take from 
him on freight one hundred hhds. of tobacco on condition of paying as 
much as others for the same. Thirdly to have the preference in the trade 
of all his goods; all this according to handwriting. Deft, answering to the 
first, concedes it; regarding the second, says that he stated he should 
carry over willingly the hundred hogsheads of tobacco, if they could agree 
and some days after asked twenty guilders for each hhd. and as the pltf. 
offered no more than eighteen, maintains therefore to be released there- 
from. Pltf. replying denies it; saying that the deft, agreed to take over 
one hundred hhds. (and can prove so by Daniel de Hondecoutrie and the 
mate) previous to agreeing with S' Jeronimus Ebbinck and being on 
board did not speak of any price for freight; but if deft, will affirm by 
oath, that he did not agree for any tobacco on freight with him, he will 
withdraw. Deft, rejoining says, that he can prove, the pltf. offered 
eighteen guilders for each hogshead, and was unwilling to give more for 
fifty hhds. Regarding the third point says, he concedes it and will readily 
agree to it, and to offer the pltf. the preference. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that parties on both sides shall have to bring in their 
proofs, regarding the 2*^ point, by the next Court day, and the other 
points are disposed of according to offer. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf, v/s Jan Vinge and Pieter Stoutenburgh, as 
curators of the estate left by Raghel van Tienhoven dec*?, defts. Pltf. de- 
mands from defts. payment of the sum of sixty five guilders eleven stivers 
in beavers, balance as per a/c. with costs. Defts. acknowledge the debt 

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and request a/c. and payment from the Vendu Master Joannes Nevius of 
the goods sold belonging to the abovenamed Raghel van Tienhoven, dec^ 
The Vendu Master, M' Joannes Nevius, arising says, he has a judgment 
against the Schepen Tymotheus Gabry; demanding, that execution may 
issue in default of prompt pa}nnent, producing the judgment. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens condemn the curators to satisfy and pay the pltf. 
and having seen the judgment, the return of the Court Messenger, the 
bonds and what further is material, decree and decide, that Tymotheus 
Gabry shall promptly pay his arrears within fourteen days to the Vendu 
Master and in default the execution shall be proceeded with, and in 
prosecution of the same, to inventory the goods and place keepers in the 
house, so that they may not be alienated. 

Grietje Pieters, pltf. v/s Lysbet Ackermans, deft. Pltf. says, she 
drew a pint of beer at deft's house and that the deft, accused her with 
having stolen a beaver from her house. Deft, denies it, saying she stated 
to the deft. I have lost a beaver, have you got it ? Pltf. says, that the 
deft, stated to her, there was no one else in the house but you ; also that 
Mary Pia had said to her, that she had stolen a beaver from the deft. 
Mary Pia entering admits saying so, had heard it from others. Pltf. 
demands proof or that in default deft, shall go to prison. Mary Pia 
undertakes to prove it. The W. Court orders Mary Pia to prove that the 
pltf. stole a beaver from deft. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Sophia Jans, deft. Pltf. says, he 
had fined the deft., because she had weighed butter for sale with an 
unstamped weight and that Jan Jellissen was present and also saw it: 
concluding for the confiscation of the weight, and the fine according to 
Placard ; with costs. Deft, denies it undertaking to prove the contrary. 
The W. Court orders deft, to bring in her proof at the next Court day, 
and decree, that Jan Jelissen shall also be heard hereon. 

Marytje Jellis, pltf. v/s Cataryna de Sille, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, fifty guilders in sewant for a half years wages of 
her daughter. The W. Court orders the deft, to bring the money into 
consignment of this City. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Jacob Keren, deft. Defts. second 
default. Pltf. demands summoning of the defts. person. The W. Court 
decrees to postpone the case, until the arrival of Governour Nicolls. 



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Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Mary Verplanck, deft. Defts, 
second default. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten demands, that Jan Smedes may be 
ordered to keep out of his sight, and not to resort to the Manathans, so 
as to prevent mischief. Whereupon was ordered: — On the written peti- 
tion of Frans Janzen van Hooghten, the Officer is ordered by the W. 
Court of this City, to warn and notify Jan Smedes, that he keep himself 
as much as possible out of Frans Jansen van Hooghtens sight and remain 
in his house or beyond this place, until a reconciliation shall take place 
with him, regarding the death of his child. 

Metje Wessels entering complains, that she can not get any termina- 
tion with Claas van Elslant; saying that the arbitrators are always ready. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order Claas van Elslant, the younger, to keep 
himself in readiness on the appearance of the arbitrators appointed on 
21^ FeW last by the W. Court of this City, in the case in question between 
him and Metje Wessels on pain of condemnation according to the demand 
instituted against him by the abovenamed Metje Wessels. 

Whereas Jacob Vis by petition requested on the last Court day, that 
Symon Jansen Romein shall have to take the half of the black amber in 
question, on pain of imprisonment ; and whereas the abovenamed Vis has 
not produced with his papers handed in, the affidavit appertaining to this 
matter, which being this day produced, the Court finds, that it does not 
specify any quantity. Therefore Burgomasters and Schepens appoint 
for the decision of the case in question, as to the quantity of black 
amber, bought between Jacob Vis and Joannes Withart, Isaack Greven- 
raat and Nicolaas de Meyer, both old Schepens of this City, to take up 
the matter in question, in presence of Schepen Jacques Cousseau, to hear 
and examine parties, to discuss and decide the question, to endeav- 
our if possible to reconcile parties, if not to report their award to the 
Court. 

Schepen Jacques Cousseau requests, that two from the Bench be 
appointed to hear on interrogatories, in presence of the Officer Allard 
Anthony, some persons regarding the matter in question between him 
and Skipper Syvert van Bergen. On the petition of Mr, Cousseau are 
appointed Tymotheus Gabry and Joannes de Peister to hear, in presence, 
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Tuesday, 7*^ March, 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
AUard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant,, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Mary Verplanck, deft. Pltf. says> 
that the deft, bought from the soldiers a Testament belonging to Schepen 
Jacob Kip: concluding, that she shall restore the little book and pay the 
fine affixed by Placard thereto, with costs. Deft, admits having bought 
the little book from the soldiers, who said that they had brought the book 
with them from the South, and says Mr. Kip cannot prove that it is his 
book. Pltf. demands, that the deft, shall be ordered to bring the little 
book before the Magistrates. Burgomasters and Schepens having looked 
into and read the Placard, find that the case in question does not depend 
on it; therefore decree, that the Officer cannot institute his action herein 
against the deft., but against those, who have stolen the book. The 
aforesaid judgment being communicated to the Officer, he says he is not 
placed over the soldiers, but over the Burghers; and that the Marshal is 
placed over the soldiers. Mary Planck entering accompanied by Schepen 
Jacob Kip, he says, it is his book, that Mary Planck bought from the 
soldiers. Mary Planck is ordered to place the book in question in the 
hands of the Court; which she does. Schepen Jacob Kip is asked, by 
what marks he can prove, that the purchased book belongs to him. An- 
swers, that the book is soiled on the back and in the middle is signed by 
Van Leuw. Offering to affirm by oath that it is his book; can also prove 
it by his whole household. The Court decrees, that Mary Verplanck 
shall leave the book in question at this City Hall, until she produce 
proof, from whom she bought it. 

Schout Allart Anthony, pltf. v/s Sophia Jans, deft. Deft, in default. 
Default was allowed by the Court and a new summons granted. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Lysbet Ackermans, deft. Pltf. 
produces an extract dated 2*^*^ instant relating to the case in question 
between him and the deft, and says, he has summoned Jan Jellisen to 
give evidence of the truth ; who entering, declares that deft, has weighed 
with unstamped weights, giving as reason, that he found it lying on a shelf 
in her shop with a half pound weight, and that his wife carried a pound 
of butter to deft. Deft, says, that she had two half pound weights and 




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weighed the butter with them, offering to affirm on oath, that she did not 
weigh with that pound-weight nor tapped with that half pint — also that 
she has not tapped on Sunday after the third bell. Burgomasters and 
Schepens advise the deft, to consider until next Court day about affirm- 
ing her statement by an oath. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Jan Smedes, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. produces his demand in writing ag'st the deft, concluding, that the 
horse, by whose running away Frans Jansen van Hooghten's child was 
killed, be forfeited and that it be placed in security without delay, and 
that the deft, shall satisfy him about the dec*? child; all with costs. The 
W. Court order copy to be furnished party to answer thereunto on the 
next Court day. 

Schout Allard Anthony, arrestant and pltf. v/s Goedy Grae, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. says, that deft, on the i6^ of OctobT 1663, was attached 
here by Nicolas Boot and went away beyond arrest, that the attachment 
was declared valid, concluding for the fine of sixty guilders. Deft, ex- 
hibits the a/c. whereupon the attachment was ordered and which was 
satisfied and paid by Lauwerens de Sille on the 28^ Octob' 1663. Lau- 
werens de Sille heard hereupon, declares that he spoke to N. Boot for the 
deft, on the day, when he attached her, who was satisfied with him, and 
he paid him on the 28* of 8ber. The Court decreed, that the pltf. can- 
not institute any action against the deft, herein inasmuch as by L: de 
Sille's declaration it appears she has not violated any arrest, because he 
had gone security for her. 

Grietje Pieters, pltf. v/s Marya Pia, deft. Pltf. says, she summoned 
deft, pursuant to order of the last Court day to prove, that she heard, 
that she had stolen a beaver from Lysbett Ackermans. Deft, says, the 
woman, she heard it from, stands without: who, named Sara Teunis, being 
called in and appearing says, that she being at Tomas the baker's house, 
there heard from Jesayntje Verhage, commonly called the Zeelanders 
little widow, that the pltf. stole the beaver from Lysbet Ackermans. The 
W. Court order Sara Teunis to prove the same at the next Court day. 

Schepen Jacques Cousseau, pltf. v/s Skipper Syvert van Bergen, 
deft. Pursuant to the order of the last Court day the pltf. produces a 
declaration made by Neeltje Urbanus, also answers of some witnesses 
interrogatories. Against which the deft, produces a declaration of Dirck 




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van Clyff. Deft, entering and being asked, whether he did not speak 
with the pltf. about the freight after he had agreed with Jeronimus 
Ebbinck about freight, answers. No: but spoke previously with pltf. 
about the freight and could not agree, as he offered only eighteen guil- 
ders, and they parted from each other, the business not concluded; 
offering so to affirm under oath. This being communicated to pltf. he 
denies it saying that he, the deft., shall have to prove it pursuant to the 
order of the last Court day. Parties being further heard and examined, 
the deft, declares, that pltf. asked him, how much he should give for 
freight of a hundred hogsheads of tobacco and he asked twenty guilders 
per hhd. and that the pltf. offered eighteen guilders, but declares he 
cannot say, that pltf. did not say, he would give more and the pltf. 
declares he offered no money nor refused any; offering to prove such on 
oath. The W. Court having heard and examined parties on both sides 
and moreover considered and read the papers and vouchers produced; 
further weighed and observed all that is to be attended to, decree and 
adjudge, that the deft, shall convey over one hundred hhds. of tobacco 
for the pltf. on payment of freight therefor the same as others, inasmuch 
as the deft, does not deny to have undertaken to take over one hundred 
hhds. of pltfs. tobacco and the pltf. has not refused to pay the same as 
others, though, according to the deft, he offered no more than eighteen 
guilders; and as no probable proof appears on either side, that the one 
has discharged the other. 

Jeronimus Ebbinck, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, deft. 
Pltf., as attorney of Geraard Hamel, produces a deduction received from 
Holland regarding the matter in question with the deft., demanding pay- 
ment according to a/c. of the sum of four hundred and ninety six guil- 
ders, seventeen stivers Holland currency with the interest running to the 
payment in full. Deft, says, he adheres to the award of the arbitrators, 
appointed by the W. Court, dated i6* January 1663. Burgomasters and 
Schepens refer the matter in question to Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, 
old Burgomaster, Nicolaas de Meyer, old Schepen of this City, and Gerrit 
van Tright appointed by the Court in the stead of the arbitrators dated 
16. January 1663. aforesaid; to hear parties, to examine them, to discuss 
and decide the case, and to endeavour, if possible to reconcile parties ; if 
not to report their award to the Court. 



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Jacob Vis requests by petition, that Symon Jansen Romein shall 
swear in the place of Joannes Withart, that black amber was not bought 
more than once or twice in partnership, or if the Court should think 
proper to tender the oath to him in support of his good right, he shall 
then take it; also that S3rmon Jansen may be granted copy of this peti- 
tion, to show his disposition thereupon by the next Court day. The 
aforesaid petition having been read to Symon Jansen Romein, who ap- 
pears, it was resolved to enter the following apostille thereupon: The W. 
Court order copy hereof to be furnished to party to answer finally thereto 
on the next Court day. 

Lauwerens de Sille entering requests an end of the matter in ques- 
tion, instituted by written suit against Cristina Steentgens, last widow of 
Gabriel de Haas, and the curators of said estate, which the Court prom- 
ised him. 

Tuesday afternoon, being the 14? March, 1665. In the City Hall. 
Present the Heeren Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevenzen 
van Cortlant, Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Kip. 

The Hon"* Petrus Stuyvesant, pltf. v/s Jan Vinge and Pieter Stout- 
enburgh, as curators of the estate left by Raghel van Tienhoven decl 
defts. Pltf. says, that Comelis van Tienhoven received in the year 1650, 
on his credit from Nicolaas van Lith, once the sum of three hundred 
guilders, and again one hundred and fifty guilders, making together the 
sum of four hundred and fifty guilders Hollands, demanding payment 
thereof from the defts. in their quality. Defts. demand, that the pltf. 
shall prove it. Whereupon the pltf. produces the a/c received from the 
aforesaid van Lith. Defts. say, they maintain that as the aforesi van 
Lith required and received from Comelis van Tienhoven an obligation 
for the sum of four hundred and fifty guilders, which he gave him, he 
according to the custom of trade should also have demanded an obliga- 
tion therefor from him for the demanded four hundred and fifty guilders, 
had he received them.* Whereupon the pltf. exhibits in further proof 
thereof, a letter written to him in date 18^ January 1650, by the above- 
named Comelis van Tienhoven, and further said that Comelis van Tien- 

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hoven received the money shortly before his departure, for which he gave 
the obligation to the abovementioned van Lith ; exhibiting also a petition, 
which he says he presented for the aforesaid Comelis van Tienhoven at 
his request to the Lords Directors of the priviledged West India Com- 
pany, Department of Amsterdam, and as it is noted on the margin of the 
aforesaid petition that the three hundred guilders must be four hundred 
and fifty, the defts. say, if Comelis van Tienhoven had known it, why 
should he cause three hundred guilders to be written. Further they,* 
defts., state, that it does not appear by the* book written and left by Cor- 
nelis van Tienhoven, that any thing is due to the pltf., but indeed to 
others. The Court having weighed the matter asks the pltf., if he will 
affirm on oath, that there was never any offset by settlement to the monies 
after the a/c was sent him, nor that he had received any money in pay- 
ment therefor, and that the debt is just. Whereunto he answers. Yes — at 
all times. Which the pltf. has done at the hands of the Officer at the 
request also of the defts. Burgomasters and Schepens therefore condemn 
the defts. in their aforesaid quality to satisfy and pay the pltf. the de- 
manded four hundred and fifty guilders in silver pay or its value. 

The Hon"* Petrus Stuvyesant, pltf. v/s Arien Appel, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. demands the use of his house or of two rooms occupied by 
the deft, or security for the rent. 

Jeronimus Ebbinck entering produces the return of the arbitrators 
appointed thereunto by the W. Court in date 7^ March last, in the case 
in question between him, as attorney of Geraard Hamel, and Hendrick 
Jansen vander Vin. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of New Yorck, situate on the 
Island of Manathan, considered the papers, vouchers and documents 
used, on both sides in the suit between Lauwerens de Sille, as attorney of 
S' Abraham de Cuyper, pltf., in a case of preference with Cristina Steent- 
gens, late widow of Gabriel de Haas and the curators of said estate, defts., 
wherein the pltf. concludes that defts. in their aforesaid quality shall be 
condemned to render due proof, a/c. and reliqua of the goods of Abraham 
de Cuyper, which Gabriel de Haas had in hands ; also of the effects and 
debts proceeding from the goods and to be preferred thereupon. Against 
which the defts. conclude, that the pltf. has no preference as the above 
named Cristina Steentgens has letters of cession from the High Court; 



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also, the goods were given on half profits. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having read, pondered and weighed all that is material, decree and 
adjudge, that the pltf. shall enjoy preference on the goods of Abraham de 
Cuyper found with Cristina Steentgens at the death of Gabriel de Haas, 
on the sale by the Marshal Mattheus de Vos, but no further; and to come 
in concurrently in all the outstanding debts thereof and in the proceeds 
of the goods of the aforesaid de Cuyper with the other creditors, demand- 
ing the same from the insolvent estate of the abovenamed de Haas, espe- 
cially since it appears, by obligation, which the abovenamed de Haas 
passed in favor of and to Abraham de Cuyper, that said De Haas should 
not conceal his goods or such should be charged to his estate, and not on 
the debts; further that the defts. shall not be bound to render a/c. proof 
and reliqua further than can be seen by the books left by said De Haas 
with the defts. and condemn parties on both sides each in his own costs. 

Tuesday, being the 21*^ March 1665: In the afternoon, at the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Tymo- 
theus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip. 

Hon*^' Petrus Stuyvesant, pltf. v/s Arien Appel, deft. Pltf. demands 
first from the deft, payment of the sum of one hundred and ninety guilders 
balance of rent due last Novemb' according to award of arbitrators; 
secondly, that the deft, shall give him up the house again or enter good 
security for the rent. Deft, produces an a/c ag'st the pltf. saying, he is 
not indebted to him; claiming that a/c will set off against a/c. Pltf. 
having communication of the a/c. says in reply, as the same contains 
some disbursements incurred relative to the coming of the English at the 
summoning of this place, they do not appertain to him in particular, and 
he told the deft, to summon him or the Secretary van Ruyven about them, 
to which he shall answer. Parties on both sides being heard and exam- 
ined. Burgomasters and Schepens decree as deft, by a/c does not deny to 
owe last Novemb' to the pltf. the sum of nine hundred and ninety guil- 
ders, but says, he has an offset a/c against it for the sum of twelve hun- 
dred and thirty seven guilders 16 stiv: which is not accepted by the pltf., 
as it does not concern him individually; and as Arien Appel the day 
afterwards by award of arbitrators made an assignment to the pltf. of 
eight hundred guilders in tobacco, which he said he paid on a negro; and 



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as on the evening before, the principal question was about the house rent 
and not about the negro, when the deft, paid the eight hundred guilders, 
that the aforesaid eight hundred guilders shall go to the hire of the house 
and not to pay for the negro: the Burgomasters and Schepens condemn 
the deft, to pay to the pltf. one hundred and ninety guilders balance of 
the demanded rent, looking for his further claim where and as he thinks 
proper. Regarding the second, to vacate the house or give security; 
Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that the lease shall stand good 
according to contract as that does not require the giving security. And 
as the pltf. has a dormant mortgage for the rent on the furniture and 
other property, they dismiss his demand herein regarding the same. 

Albert Leendertzen and Ariaantje Comelis request by petition satis- 
faction and payment for, or restitution of their land taken by the Hon: 
Petrus Stuyvesant and laid out by allotment for the Village of N: Haer- 
lem. Which petition being read to the Hon: Petrus Stuyvesant, he says 
he will answer thereunto. The W. Court order copy hereof to be fur- 
nished to Petrus StU3rvesant, to answer thereunto in writing. 

On the handing in of the award of arbitrators in the case in question 
between Jeronimus Ebbinck, as attorney of Geraard Hamel, and Hen- 
drick Jansen vander Vin, also the required costs, is endorsed: Burgo- 
masters and Schepens approve the above award and dismiss Jeronimus 
Ebbinck's further demand. 

Boele Roelofif and Pieter Jansen Marius entering as Deacons of this 
City represent, that Dirck Claas"^ Pottebacker has driven away his wife, 
and that the aforesaid woman suffers great want and lies on straw without 
bed or bedding in Herri Bresar's house at the Ferry by the Fresh Water, 
and has the ague; and that Dirck Clasen executed a writing in their 
favour for what he thinks to give for her support ; but they say, they can- 
not get along with it. Therefore request, that an order be given for a 
larger maintenance ; also that she may receive her bed, which she pledged 
for debt. Burgomasters and Schepens inform them thereon to write to 
the Magistrates at N. Haarlem, where the aforesaid Dirck Claas Potte- 
backer lives and that the abovenamed Dirck Clasen shall take back his 
wife or allow her more maintenance. 

On the judgment, which Mattheus de Vos has obtained in date 2"*. 
March last against the curators of the estate left by Raghel van Tien- 



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hoven, the President of Burgomasters and Schepens has ordered as follows 
on the 23I March, as said De Vos states: — The Officer Allard Anthony is 
requested and ordered to put this in execution. 

This day, 25^* March 1665. Old Style, the Officer Allard Anthony 
h^ placed in my hands the original of the following copy: — 

Vpon the complaint of Charles Bridges, and Sarah his Wife against 
William Newman and Thomas Senequam an Indian now in Custody Jou 
are hereby Required to simmon a Court to meete to morrow to Examine 
heare and determine the matters in Controversy betweene the said Par- 
tyes and to proceed therein according to Equity and good Conscience; 
Given under my hand at fort James in New Jorcke this 23I day of March 
1664: was signed Richard Nicolls. At the Side Stood: — To the Schout, 
Burgomasters and Schepens of New Jorcke. 

Pursuant to the written order of Burgomaster Cornells Steenwyck 
placed in my hands by Carel van Brugge in date as above, the following 
order is made: — 

In pursuance to the order of the President of Burgomasters and 
Schepens of this City Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh and 
Joannes de Peister are hereby appointed and authorized to appear this 
4ay at two o'Clock in the afternoon at this City Hall and to hear and to 
examine all such persons and acts as Carel van Brugge or his wife shall 
have to institute on and against the persons placed at his request in prison 
by the Officer Allard Anthony. Done, New Yorcke Situate on the Island 
of Manathan the 25? March, Old Style, 1665. 

By order of the W. President of Burgomasters and Schepens, of the 
City aforesaid. 

Joannes Nevius, Sec^. 

Saturday, 2^^ March 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Tymo- 
theus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacques Cousseau. 

Interrogatories whereon William Niuman, a prisoner, is heard and 
examined in Court: — 

First. How old are you ? First. Answers, Thirty Eight Years. 

2. Where were you bom ? 2. Ans: In England; in the County Foy 
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3. Have you not sold an Indian to Carel van Brugh as a West India 
Indian ? 3. Ans: The Indian said, he was a West India Indian. 

4. Did you not promise the Indian to come and bring him back four- 
teen days after he should have been clothed ? 4. Ans: No; but received 
him from M' Jackson and the Indian so states to get his freedom thereby, 
knowing he has no writings by him. 

5. Have you not stolen men's and women's garments ? 5. Ans: No: 
I have not seen any. 

6. Have you not stolen any serge ? 6. Ans: No; Tho' the Indian 
says it ; I have never seen any serge of hers, except what she gave me for 
the Indian. 

7. Have you not stolen a wig from a chest ? 7. Ans: No; I have 
never seen any wig. 

8. Have you not stolen knives ? 8. Ans: No: 

Interrogatories on which is heard and examined in Court the Indian, 
whom William Niuman sold to Carel or Sara Verbrugge, named Thomas 
Senequam. 

First. How old are you ? First. Answers, Twenty four years. 

2. Whence are you ? 2. Ans: Was bom at Boston. 

3. Has not your Master William Niuman sold you to Carel van 
Brugge or his Wife ? 3. Ans: Yes. 

4. Was it not with your free will ? 4. Ans : Can answer nothing 
thereto. 

5. Have you stolen any man's or womans garments ? 5. Ans: No; 
nor do I know that Master has done so, and if I knew of it, I should 
say it. 

6. Have you stolen any serge ? 6. Ans : No ; but my master Niuman 
has given it to me and promised to give more, when he should fetch me. 

7. Have you not stolen a wig from a chest ? 7. Ans: Master gave it 
to me and said he should cut his hair ofif, and put it on, when he ran 
away, and no one else would know, but he was an Englishman. 

8. Have you not stolen knives ? 8. Ans: Yes, three knives. 

9. Is he not M' Jacksons servant ? 9. Ans. No agreement was ever 
made between me and M' Jackson, but he is a free Indian and was nevei^ 
bound to him. 

10. How comes it that you went away from M' Jackson, when you 



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was his servant ? lo. Ans. Because he beat me and then he took my 
clothes and went away. 

11. How is it you came to William Neuman and where ? ii. Ans: I 
came to him at Warryck, and William Niuman asked me, if I would go 
with him to Herfort he should give me ten shillings. 

12. Did he give you the ten shillings when you came to Herfort ? 
12. Ans: He came not there, but brought me here; also did not pay for 
the canoe sold to him. 

13. How came it, that you resolved to accompany him here after you 
told him, that you would go to Herfort ? 13. Ans. We agreed together, 
that he was to teach me the trade of a tinker, and he should furnish me 
food and clothes for a long time. 

14. Where is the written agreement entered into between you and 
Niuman ? 14. Ans: 'Twas left at Paketocq with Tomas Stanton to keep» 

15. Did not you and William Niuman agree together to cheat whom- 
soever he should sell you to, and make a profit through you ? 15. Ans: 
No. 

16. How came it then, that William Niuman sold you to Sara Bridges 
and you consented thereto ? 16. Ans: I consented thereto, because Will: 
Niuman promised to take him back in his boat, and bring him to a place, 
where this government had nothing to say; either to Boston or in the 
Virginias. 

17. How comes it that you acted so dishonestly by your neighbours, 
as to endeavour to cheat another for Niuman 's profit? 17. Ans: My 
master ordered him so to do. 

He further declares voluntarily, that he saw his master take a new 
pair of mens shoes from Mistress Bridges room, and carry them off, and 
saw his master have a dozen of copper Jews harps but does not know 
where he got them; but they were tied like those of Mistress Bridges. 
Carel van Brugge and his wife entering, the aforesaid interrogatories and 
the answers made thereunto were communicated to them, after which they 
request to have their own property back which remains in the hands of 
the Constable at Westchester, with costs thereon incurred and still to 
accrue; and that the Indian shall remain so long bound to them, until he 
shall have served out the remainder. William Niuman also entering and fur- 
ther heard and examined relative to the serge, wig and knives, answers — 




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that Tomas Senequam told some soldiers, that he bought the serge at 
Boston. To which Tomas Senequam answers, It is not true; but said 
that the cloth cost seven guilders at Boston ; and as for the wig (which 
Tomas Senequam declares that William Niuman gave him, and said, he 
should cut off his hair, and put it on when he came to fetch him, and 
when he ran away no one should know, but he was an Englishman) 
he denies such again, and what relates to the knives denies that. William 
Niuman is asked, where he got Tomas Senequam. Answers, at Warryck 
and bought him from his master and gave forty pound sterling good pay 
for him, but not to M' Jackson but on his order to another: says further, 
he made an agreement at Packetocq at Tomas' Stanton's with the above- 
named Tomas to learn a trade with him for seven years, and after the 
seven years he should be free. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard 
Carel and Sara van Brugge against William Nieuman and Tomas Sene- 
quam and examined both on interrogatories and verbal debates; and con- 
fronted the aforesaid Niuman and Tomas above named with each other, 
decree that Carel and Sara van Brugge shall have to ask an order from 
the Hon".' Governor Nicolls, whereby they may again get the property now 
in the hands of the Constable at Westchester. Meanwhile, that the 
abovenamed William and Tomas the Indian shall remain so long appre- 
hended ; and what it shall afterwards be found, that Carel and Sara van 
Brugge may come short, that William Niuman and Tomas Senequam shall 
have to pay that, with the costs incurred thereon and still to accrue, 
either in money or service, saving the right of the Officer. 

Arent Juriaansen Lantsman requests by petition, that his wife, who 
is gone away from him to her parents, may be ordered to return. Apos- 
tille: Beletje, the wife of Arent Juriaansen Lantsman, is ordered to return 
to her husband, as it does not appear to the Court, why she has left her 
husband, and all persons are forbidden to harbour her. 

Wednesday, the 29* March, 1665. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevenzen van Cort- 
lant, Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cous- 
seau. 

Arent Juriaansen Lantsman and Beletje his wife entering with Lodo- 
wyck Post her father; the aforesaid Lantsman requests that his wife shall 



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return to him with the children. Whereupon the aforesaid Beletje shews 
in writing, why she was obliged to absent herself from her husband. The 
causes being read to the aforesaid Lantsman, he demands proof thereof 
and that two women may be sent for and heard. Beletje returning was 
informed of the difficulties, which would arise by her leaving her husband 
and unanimously urged her to return to him; and should it happen, that 
troubles again arise to bear them as well as possible. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard parties on both sides decree, that Arent Juriaan- 
sen Lantsman shall promise before God and justice to keep a peaceable 
house from now henceforward with his wife and to behave himself de- 
cently, and that if it be heard, that he misdemeans himself before his 
wife, and lawful cause be found to separate him, bed and board, from his 
wife, such shall be done. The above sentence being read to the afore- 
said Lantsman, he promised in Court before God and justice to observe 
it, and to keep peaceable house with his wife and to live with her as an 
honest man ought to do, and that he shall never think of what has passed. 
After which Beletje with her father entering and being informed of the 
promise, which her husband has made, she also promises to demean her- 
self toward her husband, as she is bound to do, whereupon they went 
home together. 

The President of Burgomasters and Schepens states, that he was yes- 
terday in company with Burgomaster Oloff Stevensen van Cortlant to the 
Hon^^ Gov^ Nicolls and that his Hon' represented that, as the soldiers 
were not boarded or washed nor had pot or kettle to cook for themselves, 
it was therefore necessary to quarter the soldiers in the Burghers houses, 
saying he should furnish weekly to each soldier four pounds of meat, a 
pound and a half of pork, three pounds of pease and seven pounds of 
bread and that those, on whom the soldiers should be quartered shall for 
each soldier be paid weekly two guilders lodging money, which shall be 
paid by Burgomasters, for which the City shall have in addition to the 
great excise, the income of the Scales and the Ferry, and that eighty sol- 
diers shall be quartered two and two in a house ; requesting therefore, 
that each of the Board shall give his advice hereupon. 

Whereupon Burgomasters and Schepens advise and resolve to see 
some Burghers, to endeavour to have them consent thereto. 

Further the Board resolves to send the Officer to the Hon^* Nicolls 




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and to acquaint his Hon', that Burgomasters and Schepens are assembled 
and request his Hon' to be pleased, according to the resolution adopted 
yesterday, to come to the meeting. 

The Officer returning reports, that his Honf is not yet dressed, and 
requests that Burgomasters and Schepens would please come to him. 

Friday, 31? March 1665 : In the afternoon. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

Divers Burghers and inhabitants being invited to appear at the City 
Hall this day, the subjoined appeared to whom the President of Burgo- 
masters and Schepens communicated and made known, that the Hon^ 
Govemour Nicolls resolves, in consequence of the soldiers having com- 
mitted here within this City great insolences and insults towards divers 
Burghers and inhabitants and are still committing such, and as they live 
together and have neither washing nor board, nor cooking done for them, 
but practise nothing but how to perpetrate these and other disturbances, 
that it is necessary therefore for the greater peace of the Burghers to 
quarter them out, in order to prevent further insolences and insults, and 
that his Hon! promises to give weekly four pounds of meat, a pound and 
a half of pork, three pounds peas, and seven pounds of bread ; and when- 
ever then any troubles are heard, and any person suffer any damage or 
imposition, the Hon^.*^ Gov^ promises to make good the same and charge 
the damage to the soldiers, who are billetted in the house, where the 
damage occurs for not having prevented or endeavoured to prevent it; 
and those who have received any soldiers shall receive every week their 
lodging money. Therefore the President asks, who is inclined to take in 
any soldiers ? then an agreement shall be made with them about the 
lodging money. 

Abraham Kennel Joris Dopzen, absent. 

Andries Andriezen Tomas Hal, absent. 

Hendrick van Bommel Abraham Verplanck, cannot. 

Tomas Kock says he cannot. Pieter Ebel, cannot 

Serjeant Exton excuses himself. The man in the Knight St. George 

The Smith in the fort, absent. can take only one. 



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Carvet 

Cors Janzen cannot. 

Tomas Major must go away. 

Tomas Sanderzen 

Teunis Tomazen Quick. 

Jan Hend. van Gunst 

Jan Arensen 

Next Verlett 

Albert Leenderzen 

Wessel Everzen 

Gerrit Manner takes two men. 

Gerrit Janzen van Aamhem departs 

with this Ship. 
Andries Rees says, he cannot do it, 

because he is afraid of being 

robbed. 
Roelof the butcher undertakes four 

persons, if he can agree. 
Paulus Turck says, one to be a 

Tailor and is afraid more would 

inconvenience. 
Jan de Fries goes to Holland. 




Lambert Mol 

Hendrick Mol 

Rutgert the Porter 

Stofifel in Smits Valley, cannot. 

Jan Vinge, cannot. 

Pieter Lauwerenzen cannot ; has no 

bed. 
Pieter Hermzen. 
Jan Bos has no bed, otherwise 

should ask it. 
Comelis Drummer, cannot. 
Barent Jacobzen, absent. 
Spaniard, absent. 
Jan Jelizen Koeck absent. 
Claas van Elslant cannot. 
Tomas the Carman absent. 
Philippies widow cannot. 
Grietje chimney sweepers 
The sailmaker absent 
Joghim Beeckman cannot. 
The Englishman next 
Bartboldus Maan absent. 



Pieter Janzen, Drummer, cannot. 

Carel van Brugge and his wife entering, he demands the sum of one 
hundred guilders in good pay in addition to the property, which he has 
received and for so much still missed and stolen by William Niuman from 
them, together with costs, and says he misses five shirts, eight ells of 
serge, one pair of shoes, knives, jews-harps and yarn. Tomas Senequam, 
an Indian, declares, that William Niuman's wife sent to him and notified 
him, that if he would say that he had stolen the serge, knives, shoes, 
yam, jews harps, and shirts he should get his freedom and she would 
induce the soldiers to help him out of the hole and he gave for answer, 
that he would not do so. 



Saturday First of April, 1665: In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Allard Anthony, Comelis Stecnwyck, Olof Stevenzen van 

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Cortlant, Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Kip. 

William Niuman, the prisoner, entering is informed, that Care! and 
Sara van Brugge say, that over and above the received goods, they miss 
five shirts, eight ells of serge, one pair of shoes, knives, yam, jews harps; 
whereunto he answers, that he does not know, but they were the shoes, 
which she had bought from M? Bridges. He is asked, if he bought the 
Indian for the whole of his life ? To which he answers he bought the 
Indian of Jackson and can prove it; and that for forty pounds sterling, 
but has only a small note of it, and declares that the Indian engaged him- 
self to serve him all the days of his life. The Indian Tomas Senequam 
also entering denies, having done it or any such thing. William Niuman, 
prisoner, being heard by Burgomasters and Schepens in presence of Carel 
and Sara van Brugge, pltfs. against the same for and regarding the sale 
of an Indian made by him, and as the Indian, named Tomas Senequam 
says this Niuman has no right nor property in him to sell him; and 
whereas Carel and Sara van Brugge had paid Nieuman for the said Indian, 
irhich he got back at Westchester by a warrant of the Govemour Nicolls, 
and saying they had incurred many expences with and for this Niuman 
besides the goods, which they miss out their house, some of which, as 
Tomas Senequam says, were stolen by William Niuman and some by him- 
self; all which Niuman denies. Burgomasters and Schepens having well 
weighed the matter, with the Govemour' s approbation adjudge, as the 
evidence of an Indian is not sufficient, and the Indian admits that he 
himself stole, that the Indian Tomas Senequam shall serve Carel and Sara 
van Brugge, until he has satisfied the costs incurred, and William Niu- 
man shall be released from confinement to bring in his proof, that the 
Indian belongs to him, when he shall take him back on pa3rment of the 
costs incurred herein both for himself and for the Indian, and that within 
the time of three months on pain of being deprived of the Indian; Carel 
and Sara van Brugge being meanwhile ordered to satisfy and pay all 
said costs of locking and unlocking etc. The above sentence being ex- 
hibited to the Hon. Govf Nicolls by Comelis Steenwyck and Joannes 
van Brugh deputed thereunto by the Board, and to request his Honour's 
approbation, returning report, that his Honf approves and commends the 
same. 



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Thursday, 6^ April 1665; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Cornelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant* 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

The President states, that he and Burgomaster van Cortlant were at 
noon in the fort with the Hon^ Govemour NicoUs, and that his Hon? 
accused them of sloth in regard, that they had not done their duty in 
quartering the soldiers in the Burgher's houses, saying if they had not 
sufficient authority he should give it them, and he should hear them once 
more on the subject in the evening and send for them for that purpose. 
They request therefore to know, what they should do in the matter; 
whereupon it was unanimously resolved and concluded by the Board, as it is 
a serious matter, to request from the Govemour that the subject be post- 
poned 'till tomorrow in order to hear thereon the old Burgomasters and 
Schepens as well as some of the principal Burghers, and to ask their advice. 

Friday, 7* April 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Cornelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister. 

Bartholdus Maan entering complains and represents, that two sol- 
diers struck him on the head on the 5*^ of April or thereabouts, New Style; 
secondly, that though the Honble Gen! Nicolls forbade him to tap for the 
soldiers, he is nevertheless obliged to do so, for the soldiers force him to 
it; besetting in crowds his door and have taken two of his great glasses; 
thirdly, that the soldiers have accused him of having presented a pistol at 
them to shoot them, which is untrue, for they have taken the pistol from 
his bedstead and went away with it, but he got it again outside his door; 
fourthly, two soldiers were yesterday at his house, who asked for a can of 
wine, which he also tapped for them and whilst tapping they put their 
hands on his wife's belly, whereupon he said, that was not manners, and 
that Willem Bogardus had a quarrel with one of the soldiers and fell to 
fisticuffs with each other, and that meanwhile a soldier went from the 
house and fetched ten others, who came in with naked swords hacking 
and striking all within their reach, and that they gave him also a cut, also 
to Daniel Verveelen; further in the night after the rounds had passed, 
they smashed the windows in pieces, which was also done previously. 



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On the same date with the Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens, 
assembled as above, appeared both the old Burgomasters and Schepens, 
also some of the principal Burghers; whom the President of Burgomasters 
and Schepens informed that the Hon. Gov. Nicolls concluded, in order to 
prevent all the insolence and disturbances committed by the soldiers and 
which they still perpetrate, to quarter the soldiers on the Burghers; and 
that his Honf pledged himself that the houses, in which the soldiers 
should be quartered, should be freed from all dangers, as the soldier or 
soldiers therein would protect the house from disturbances ; further that 
the soldiers shall every week be rationed with four pounds of meat, a 
pound and a half of pork, three pints of peas, and seven pounds of bread. 
Their advice is therefore required to be given if they are inclined to lodge 
one or two. Whereupon they unanimously excuse themselves and say 
they would rather contribute than receive the soldiers into the house. 

The R! Hon".* Govemr Nicolls appearing at the meeting was in- 
formed of the advice and resolutions of the assembly ; and the said meet- 
ing was once more asked man for man, in presence of the abovenamed 
Gov' Nicolls if they intended to receive and lodge soldiers, and what 
they mean to do. Whereupon answering they adhere to their expressed 
resolution, viz: they would rather contribute than lodge soldiers. After 
which the old Burgomasters and Schepens together with the Burghers 
present withdrew. 

After the withdrawal of the same Govf Nicolls handed the following 
writing to the Burgomasters and Schepens assembled, asking, at the same 
time, if the Board were complete; to which was answered that two were 
absent, namely, Jacob Kip and Jacques Cousseau, who are sent for. 

Copy: 

These are to strictly Charge and requifere yow that yow giue mee a 
Lyst of such houses as are capable to lodge the numbre of a hundred 
souldiers, and so to distribute them, that not aboue two may be lodged in 
any one house with respect to those condition I haue formerly made for 
easing the inhabitants by making good allowance of provisions to the 
Souldiers out of my Stores for so doeing the shall be to yow a sufficient 
ordre and descharge. Given vnder my hand this 7'^ April at the Stadts 
House to the Scout, Burgomasters and Schepens of N: Jorcke. Was 
signed R: Nicolls. 



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Burgomasters and Schepens having read the writing, state that the 
Commonalty dread receiving the soldiers, witnessing the insolence they at 
present commit. 

Jacob Kip and Jacques Cousseau appear in Court to whom is com- 
municated, the above writing of Gov! Nicolls. 

Extraordinary Court holden on Friday, 7^ April 1665; at the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Comelis Steenwyck, Tymotheus Gabry, 
Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip. 

Abraham van Tright, pltf. v/s Skipper Syvert van Bergen, deft. 
Pltf. concludes in writing, that the deft, shall be condemned to take on 
board his ship, according to promise fifty hhds. of tobacco, from which 
he shall realize his pay for the goods consigned by his father Cristoffel 
Gerrissen van Tright by the ship the Broken Hearty of which the deft, has 
come as skipper, to his brother Gerrit van Tright and sold to Mr. Jacques 
Cousseau; according to the custom here observed: with costs. Deft, 
denies having contracted to ship fifty tubs of pltf s. tobacco ; then says, he 
presumes the tobacco which he will ship is not his, for he sold his goods 
for exchange on Holland, as he himself informed him. Pltf. replying 
says, he must look to this tobacco to get his pay from it ; and was sent 
over for this purpose ; exhibiting the agreement made with Mr. Cousseau 
regarding the sale of the goods. Deft, says, if the pltf. will declare on 
oath, that this tobacco, which he will ship is his tobacco, and the pro- 
ceeds of his goods, which he brought with him, then he will receive it, 
though he leave his own behind. Whereupon pltf. says he has no other 
tobacco on board, except what he is to receive his pay from. And 
whereas the matter is doubtful, parties are asked, if they will leave their 
difference to Burgomasters and Schepens, not as Judges but as Modera- 
tors; to which they answer on both sides, — Yes. The matter which par- 
ties have with and against each other being considered, discussed and 
weighed, Burgomasters and Schepens declare in quality as Moderators 
and not as Judges, that skipper Syvert van Bergen shall ship of the to- 
bacco in question with M! Abraham van Tright the quantity of thirty 
hogsheads and that each shall have to bear his own costs. 

Tuesday, 18* April 1665; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 




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AUard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

The Hon**i* Petrus Stujrvesant, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst, 
deft. Pltf. demands from the deft, the sum of one hundred and eighty 
guilders beaver value, balance of an obligation. Deft, says, he has paid 
thereon one hundred and sixty six guilders ten stivers in seawant ® 
twenty guilders per beaver to Dirck van Clyff for the pltf's a/c. request* 
ing time for the payment of the remainder. Pltf. says, he accepts in pay- 
ment the hundred and sixty six guilders ten stivers seawant, @ twenty 
guilders pr. beaver; demanding, therefore, still the hundred and eighteen 
remaining guilders. The W. Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay 
the pltf. in beavers value the remaining hundred and eighteen guilders. 

Teunis Hermzen, pltf. v/s the Hon"' Petrus Stuyvesant, deft. Pltf. 
demands from the deft, according to a/c signed by Mr. van Ruyven the 
sum of one hundred and forty nine guilders eight stivers fourteen pennies, 
bal?. Deft, says, the matter does not concern him personally, and there- 
fore he is not indebted. Pltf. says, that the deft, accepted him here as a 
soldier. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, decree that 
the pltf. must address himself to Comelis van Ruyven and look for his 
pay there, who has the Company's effects in hand and has also signed 
the a/c. 

Marcus Radley, pltf. v/s Schepen Jacques Cousseau, deft. Pltf. 
demands from the deft, seven hundred and fifty pounds of tobacco, for 
freight of two hundred planks sent for Isaack Bedloo to the Virginias. 
Deft, answers, the reasons why Isaack Bedloo has [not] paid are these; 
the pltf. had contracted to bring forty hogsheads [of tobacco] for Isaac 
Bedloo here, [which he has not] done. Pltf. replying says, he never 
refused to fulfill his contract. [Remainder illegible.] The W. Court 
order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the seven hundred and fifty 
pounds of tobacco. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Immetje Evers, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. says, that deft, has violated an attachment, 
which he prosecuted against her goods in date first November 1664^ 
demanding the fine fixed thereunto. Deft, says, she was not attached 
but summoned and will confirm the same by oath; she can also prove it. 



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Pltf. saySy it appears by Tonnemans book, that the boatmen were notified 
not to take her with them. The W. Court orders deft, to prove within 
twice twenty four hours, that the boatmen were not forbidden to take her 
with them and if she, deft., cannot bring any proof, because the sloop, in 
which she went away, may have departed upwards, she deft, shall give 
bail to exhibit such proof within the time of six consecutive weeks. 

Isaack Grevenraat, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Dauidts, deft. Pltf. demands, 
that the deft, shall receive fifty two pieces of green deer skins sold to him 
@ twelve stivers in beavers the piece, on condition of paying, what he 
promised for them; saying, if the deft, deny it, he shall have to confirm 
it on oath. Deft, says, he will declare in the presence of God, that he 
did not buy them. Pltf. replying says, he will declare on oath, that the 
trade was absolute and final. Parties being heard by the W. Court, it is 
decreed that the words spoken by the deft, in place of an oath, are suffi- 
cient enough; they therefore dismiss the pltfs. demand herein. 

Wernaar Wessells, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, for tax according to a/c rendered, the sum of one hun- 
dred and thirty nine guilders two and a half stivers. Defts. wife entering 
says, she has an offset a/c. The W. Court order deft, to deliver to pltf. 
her offset a/c within three times four and twenty hours. 

[Mr. Hans] Kierstede, arrestant and pltf. v/s Tomas Wan , 

arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the attachment 
be declared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Walter Saltus, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. says, he has an action, because he [deft. ?] is a receiver of 
stolen goods; also that he has defrauded the City revenue ; requesting 
therefore, that one of the Court Messengers may be placed in defts. house 
to keep the goods, which are therein, so that they may not be alienated, 
until he shall have purged himself herein. Burgomasters and Schepens 
grant the Officer's request. 

Wernaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Jeronimus Ebbinck and Symon Janzen 
Romein, defts. Pltf. demands from defts. fifteen guilders four stivers for 
expenses disbursed on appearance in the settlement of the matter in ques- 
tion between skipper Moe Pietersen, whose attorney Symon Janzen 
Romein is, and Jeronimus Ebbinck regarding leakage of wines, and the 
matter was referred by the adverse party to arbitrators. Deft. Jeronimus 



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Ebbinck says, he knows of no appearance; Symon Jansen Romeyn 
acknowledging, that the matter arranged by arbitrators was written at the 
pltf' s house. Parties being heard, Burgomasters and Schepens decree 
and order that the defts. shall pay to the pltf. each half of the demanded 
fifteen guilders, four stivers. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Anneke van Borssum, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from the deft, one hundred and thirty nine guilders three stivers 
in sewant balance of a/c delivered. Defts. son entering requests copy of 
the demand, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. The W. Court 
grant copy of the demand to party to answer thereunto at the next Court 
day. 

Arien Huyberzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Obe, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft., as curator of the estate left by Gerrit Hendricksen van Har- 
derwyck, sixteen guilders two stivers for costs. Deft, demands the deed 
of the house, and says if any thing were allowed to pltf., he shall come in 
concurrence. The W. Court having heard parties decree, that the pltf. 
shall furnish to deft, the demanded deed of the [paper destroyed] and the 
deft, shall pay him four guilders for the deed, and the pltf. shall then 
make no further demand from the other. 

Dirck Clazen Pottebacker, pltf. v/s Antony Dirckzen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from the deft, seventy guilders disbursed monies and fifty guil- 
ders for the half of a canoe. Deft, says, he made a contract with pltf. 
who disbursed him the money, to serve him one year for the monies dis- 
bursed, receiving from the pltf. a pair of stockings, one pair of shoes, and 
that he served him three months ; when the drum beat, he asked his 
liberty from the pltf. to enlist, who consented, on condition, that he 
should leave him thirty guilders to the good on the Company's a/c. and 
tAvelve days earned by him after that date and eight guilders disbursed 
by him at divers times ; he requested a/c. ; then he could not get any. 
The W. Court refer the matter in question to Hendrick Jansen vander 
Vin and Isaack Grevenraat, both old Schepens of this City, to hear and 
examine parties on both sides ; to argue and decide the case ; to endeav- 
our to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their award to the 
Court. 

Abraham Lubberzen, pltf. v/s Gerrit the butcher, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from the deft, seventy guilders for rent ; also the damage done the 



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house. Deft, says, that his wife offered the pltf. a pledge and ought not 
to pay more than sixty four guilders; further that the house was not tight 
and that the pltf. said, if he did not make it tight before the winter, he 
would not ask for any rent. Pltf. denies it. The W. Court refers the 
matter in question to Roebert Roeloffsen and Nicolaas de la Plaine to 
hear and examine parties on both sides, to endeavor to reconcile them 
if possible, if not to report their award to the Court. 

Jacob Teunizen Kay, pltf. v/s Jan van de Water, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands, that the deft., who is hired by him for a year, shall serve out his 
time. Deft, admits to have hired himself to the pltf. for a year; and says 
he served him half a year and they came to words with each other, he 
shoved him on the breast and told him to quit his house. Pltf. replying 
denies it; then says, that he told him, if he will not do his work he must 
leave. Parties being heard on both sides, the W Court order deft, to 
serve out his time with the pltf. 

Huge Barentsen Clein, pltf. v/s — , baker, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, one hundred and fifty guilders eighteen stivers according to 
a/c. prosecuting an attachment, made on defts. goods with Nicolaas de 
Meyer, old Schepen of this City. Deft, says he promised pltf. a lot of 
firewood and it lies in the bush and he informed the pltf. to have it hauled 
and he did not do so: saying further that he, the pltf. has a ring of his 
wife's in pledge. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in ques- 
tion regarding the item of a/c. to Hendrick Jansen van der Vin and 
Isaack Grevenraat, both old Schepens of this City, to take up the a/cs 
which parties have against each other; to hear and examine parties there- 
upon; to decide the case and to endeavour to reconcile parties if possible; 
if not, to report their award to the Court. 

Denys Isaackzen, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. Pltf. says, 
that the deft, contracted with him to make a tub, according to declara- 
tion produced; and that he then caused another to make it; demanding 
that he may make the tub and he be paid the costs. Deft, admits having 
had some talk together about this, but he refused the pltf. the making of 
the tub, as he had made other tubs, which were no good ; saying he can 
prove so. Pltf. says, he will make a good tub or no money. The W. 
Court order deft, to prove, that the tubs made by the pltf. are no good. 

M' Gerlent, arrestant and pltf. v/s M' Woodert and Moses Dorham, 



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arrested and defts. Fltf. demands from the defts. pajrment of the quan- 
tity of seven hundred and twenty pounds of tobacco according to obliga- 
tion against Tomas Jervits, defts.' principal. Defts. say they will pay, if 
the witnesses, who signed the obligation with Tomas Jervits, will declare 
on oath, that the signature of the obligation is the hand of Tomas Jenrits. 
Willem Palsen, one of the witnesses entering, has affirmed on oath at the 
hands of the Officer, that he signed the obligation produced as witness 
and saw that Tomas Jervits also had signed and sealed it and delivered it 
over to MT Gerlant. Therefore Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the 
defts. to satisfy and pay the pltf. the demanded seven hundred and 
twenty pounds of tobacco according to obligation ; the attachment 
remaining meanwhile valid. 

Charles Stockx, Tomas Sex and Francois Nouvelle, arrestants and 
pltfs v/s Moses Dorham, arrested and deft. Pltfs. demand from the 
deft, their earned monthly wages. Deft, says, he does not know, how 
their contract runs in the Virginias. Pltfs. say as their unloading is here, 
they seek their pay here, fearing when they come to the Virginias the 
tobacco will be away and then they cannot get any pajrment. Parties 
being heard on both sides, Burgomasters and Schepens decree and order 
the deft, to pay for their principal to the pltfs. their earned monthly 
money; then the pltfs. shall be bound to fulfill their voyage towards the 
Virginias. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Aaltje Constapels, deft. Pltf. demands 
from the deft, one hundred and fifty guilders in seawant. Deft, says, she 
assigned pltf. over to Teunis Hermsen, with which he was satisfied. Pltf. 
says, assignment is no pay and he has not received any payment. Deft, 
says, she sold Teunis Hermsen two different a/cs against some in the 
Esopus. Teunis Hermsen entering admits freely to have bought the a/c 
of Aaltje Constapels, then says received nothing from the people; admits 
having accepted to pay Comelis Pluyvier. Pltf. exhibits an a/c sub- 
scribed by Teunis Hermsen. Parties being heard and in addition the a/c 
being seen, which the pltf. produces against Teunis Hermsen and accepted 
to be paid by said Teunis according to signature. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree that the pltf. shall have to collect the demanded hundred 
and fifty [guilders] brought in Teunis Hermsen *s a/c, from him, and 
not from the deft. Aaltje Constapels. 



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Tomas Sex, pltf. v/s M' Woddert, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
nine hundred and fifty three pounds of tobacco according to obligation 
ag'st Tamis Jarvits, the defts. principal. Deft, says, he is fully aware of 
the obligation. Burgomasters and Schepens order M' Woddert to pay to 
the pltf. the nine hundred and fifty three pounds of tobacco according to 
the tenour of the obligation. 

The Hon"* Petrus Stuyvesant, pltf. v/s Arien Appel, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Schout AUard Anthony, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Bos, deft. Deft, in default. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Arien Appel, deft. Deft, in default. 

Arien Appel, pltf. v/s Pieter Schaafbanck, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Freryck Flipzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Don Pauwel, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the attachment served on the 
deft, shall be declared valid. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Arien Huyberzen, pltf. v/s Freryck the cooper, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Cousyn Gerrisen, pltf. v/s Eghbert Wouterzen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Seletje Frerycks, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Adriaanzen Duyvelant, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. The W. Court declares the attach- 
ment valid. 

Isaack Grevenraat entering requests, that his house, where the sol- 
diers are quartered may be again placed at his disposal on the first of 
May, when the lease is expired. 

Daniel Verveelen entering prosecutes an attachment served on the 
monies of Jacob Vis in the hands of Symon Jansen Romeyn, requesting 
that the same be declared valid. 

In the Afternoon of the 15? April 1665 the Schout, Burgomasters 
and Schepens being assembled : — 

Francois Rymant appears in Court demanding satisfaction for his 
wound received in Bartholdus Maan's house, maintaining that the afore- 
said Bartholdus Maan inflicted it on him or that he knows, who gave it to 
him. He was informed that the Officer shall enquire about it. 




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Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the answer of Symon 
Jans Romeyn rendered to the demand of Jacob Vis persist in their order 
rendered in date 3^ March last, and as Jacob Vis admits himself incapable 
of arguing his case, he may substitute another. 

Wednesday Afternoon, being the 19*!* April 1665; are assembled at 
the City Hall the Heeren Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Olof Ste- 
venzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, Tymotheus Gabry, 
Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

The President states, the Govemour Nicolls has ordered in writing 
the Burgomasters and Schepens, after divers debates previously had, to 
quarter one hundred soldiers on the Burghers and inhabitants of this City, 
for which on his side he promises to pay weekly as lodging money for each 
soldier the sum of three guilders in sewant or goods equivalent besides 
their weekly rations; whereupon Burgomasters and Schepens expressed 
their duty to induce the Commonalty thereto. Then they found no one 
disposed thereto, except by adding two guilders for each soldier in addi- 
tion to the aforesaid three guilders, and they accordingly found quarters 
for the aforesaid hundred soldiers, which they made known and commu- 
nicated to the Hon. Mr. Nicolls and delivered the list to his Hon', where 
the soldiers should be quartered, who gave it to Capt". de la Vaal and 
Capt Salisbery with orders to inspect the houses, where the soldiers should 
be quartered, to see if they were adapted for the reception and lodging of 
the soldiers; after which inspection they made report to his Hon' judging 
almost all fit except fifteen in number wanting double bedding and pillows 
for two persons, which Burgomasters and Schepens having fitted up, they 
were delivered over to Capt Salisbery on the 18* of this month by order 
of the Hon: Gov! Nicolls; and whereas his Hon' is about to depart for 
Boston, which he will do in three or four days, his Hon' thought fit to 
suspend the quartering until his return here, so as to remove difficulties 
between Burgher and soldier, on condition that Burgomasters and 
Schepens should pay now to the soldiers the two guilders per week in 
sewant as lodging money, which they had previously promised to the 
Burghers for the quartering the soldiers; and whereas Burgomasters and 
Schepens have requested and urged many Burghers in addition, as 
before, to lodge soldiers, who gave for answer they would much rather 



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contribute than lodge soldiers, they have taken such into their serious 
consideration and resolved to accept the proposition of General Nicolls 
considering it to be best for the Commonalty and good inhabitants of this 
City : They have therefore resolved and hereby resolve thereupon to make 
a general assessment, what each shall have to pay weekly for the time of 
six weeks, and have resolved as the following list shews ; from which 
assessment [if] more than the two hundred guilders weekly for the sol- 
diers shall be paid, if the monies to be collected reach so far, whatever 
the Burghers have heretofore disbursed to the garrison previously sta- 
tioned in this City : And the City orders the Burghers to be paid the same 
as Nicolaas de Meyer, Isaack Grevenraat, Molengraaf, Arien Appel, 
and Jacob Teunissen, baker, etc. 



LIST OF THE BURGHERS AND INHABITANTS OF THIS CITY THAT 

ARE assessed: 



The Marketfield. 
The Hon. Petrus Stuyvesant . .fl. 4. 

Annetje Kocks 2. 

Mr. Marten Cregier 2. 

Frangois Boon 2. 

Mr. Cornells van Ruy ven .... 4. 

Antony de Milt 2. 

Mr. Allard Anthony 3. 

Frerick Arenzen i. 

Lysbet Ackermans — 

Jonas Barteltzen 2. 

Metje Grevenraat i. 

The Heere Siraat. 

Lucas Andriezen 2. 

Dirck Wiggerzen i.io 

Mr. Paulus Leenderzen van 

der Grift 4. 

Hendrick van Dyck 2. 

Jacob Swart i. 

Tomas Major i. 

Abraham Fieterzen, miller.. . . i. 



Gerrit Fullewever 2. 

Pieter Simkam i.io 

Jan Fries i.io 

Jan Jelizen Kock — 

Jan Hend : van Gunst i. 

Pieter Ebel i. 

Paulus Turck i. 

Albert Janzen i. 

Marten Hofman i. 

Aaltje Constapels i. 

Barbara d*? i. 

Jan Joosten 2. 

Adam Onckelbagh i.i o 

Pieter Janzen i. 

Adriaan Andriezen — 

On the Strand of the N: River. 
Jacob Leenderz : van der Grift i. 

The Cingel or City Wall. 

Jan Janzen van Langedyck. . . i. 

Jan Teunizen, miller i. 

Jan Videt r . . . x. 



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Abraham Kermer i. 

Grietje, the chimney sweep's 
wife — 

Jacob Janzen Moesman 2. 

Dirck the woolspinner — 

Barent Eghbertzen — 

Pieter Janzen — 

Dirck van Clyff 3. 

High Street 

Anneke Litsco 2. 

Jan Laurens 3. 

Andries Joghimzen i. 

Abraham Lubberzen i. 

Reinout Reinoutzen 2.10 

Mr. Govert Loockermans.. .. 3. 

Mr. Joannes van Brugh 4. 

Wemaar Wessels 2. 

Dirck Janzen van Deventer.. 2. 
Jeremias Janzen Hagenaar. . . i. 

Abraham Clock i. 

Isaac Bedloo i. 

Evert Duyckingh 2. 

Stoffel Hooghlant 2.10 

Abiggel Verplanck — 

Dauid Johimzen i. 

Asser Levy 2. 

Barent Cours 2. 

Arien Huybersen i. 

Wessel Everzen — 

Arent Isaackzen — 

Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer. — 
Cornells Janzen Pluyvier.... i. 

Cors Janzen i. 

Hendrick Asuerus i. 

Joannes Nevius — 

Pieter Janzen Schol i. 



Nicolaas de Meyer 4, 

Huge Barenzen Clein 2 

Walraven Claarhout 4, 

Freryck Hendrick, cooper. . . — 

Alexander Stultke i. 

Sybout Clazen i. 

Arien van Laar 2. 

Aldert Conninck 2. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven i. 

Joannes van Couwenhoven. . . i. 

Lambert Barenzen — 

Hendrick van de Water i.io 

Laurens van der Spygel 2. 

Walter Salter i. 

The Waal, 

Guiliam d'Honneur 2. 

Hendrick Obe 2. 

Balthazar de Haart 4. 

Carel van Brugge 3. 

Gerrit Janzen Stavast 2. 

Hans Stein 2. 

Sy brant Janzen Galma i. 

Comelis Janzen van Hoom.. . i. 

Adolf Pieterzen 2. 

Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevan- 

ger 3. 

Reiner Rycken 2. 

By the Water, 

Hans Dreper 2. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten.. 2. 

Nicolaas Janzen, baker 2. 

Samuel Etsal 2. 

Joannes de Witt 2. 

Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck — 

Hermen Wessels 2. 

Mr. Tymotheus Gabry 2.10 



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Metje Wessels 2. 

Paulus Richard 2. 

Laurens de Sille 2. 

Hans Kierstede 2. 

Jacob Laislar 2. 

Arien Appel 2. 

Daniel de Hond Coutrie 4. 

The Pearl Street 

Pieter Wolferzen 2. 

Hendrick Janzen van der Vin i. 

Mr. Jacques Cousseau 4. 

Pieter Aldricks 2. 

Tomas Conninck, i. 

Hendrick Bos i.io 

Gerrit van Tright 4. 

Pieter Comelizen — 

Claas Bordingh 2. 

Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuy- 

zen I. 

WilKoeck i. 

Estiene Guineau — 

Walewyn van der Veen i. 

Tomas Fransen Carman.... 2. 

Jurrien Blanck 2. 

Tybout N — 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius 2. 

Tomas Lamberzen a. 

Tomas Laurens 2. 

Behind Pearl Street. 

Symon Barenzen — 

Jan Schouten i. 

Isaack Grevenraat a. 

Jan Everzen Bout 2. 

Pieter de Rymer i.io 

Jan Dirckzen Mayer.... •••• a. 
Lodowyck Post — 



The Brewer Street 

Freryck Flipzen 4. 

Reinier Willemzen, baker. ... 2. 

Mattheus de Vos a. 

Jeronimus Ebbinck 4« 

Isaack de Foreest a. 

Mr. Olof Stevenzen van Cort- 

lant 4. 

Jan Janzen van St. Obin i. 

Isaack Kip i. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den 

Bergh 2. 

Hubert Hendrickzen i. 

MT Evert Pieterzen i. 

Winckel (Shop) Street. 

Hendrick Janzen, baker i. 

Arent Jurriaanz: Landtsman. . — 

Mr. Joannes de Peister 3. 

Mighiel Enel 2. 

iEgidius Luyck i. 

Bridge Street. 

Mr. Comelis Steenwyck 4. 

Barent Jacobzen Cool — 

Jacob Vermont — 

Jacob Teunizen Kay a.io 

Hendrick Kip, the elder i. 

Jan Adriaanzen Duyvelant. .. — 

Annetje Smits i. 

Hendrick Willemzen, baker. . 2.10 
Pieter Janzen, steenhaler (stone 

drawer) — 

Pieter Nys 2. 

The Heere Graft. 

Comelis Melyn i. 

Ambrosius de Weerhem z. 

Teunis Kray , — 




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Symon Janzen Romein 3. 

Lucas Dirckzen 2. 

Bartholdus Maan 2. 

Stoffel van Laar 2. 

Claes Pauluzen i. 

Nicolaas Verbraack 2. 

Pietcr Winster i.io 

Coenraat ten Eyck 2.10 

Dauid Wessels 2. 

Aaght Jans, wid : of P. van 

Naarden — 

Nicolaas du Puys — 

Joghim Beekman i. 

Jacobus Backer 3. 

Albert Keuninck — 

Symon Felle i. 

Adriaen Vincent i. 

James Daudits 2. 

The Prince Graft 

Boele Roelofzen 2. 

Nicolaas de la Plaine i.io 

Cornelis Barenz : van der Kuil i. 

Jacob Mens i. 

Paulus Andriezen — 

Obel Hardenbroeck 2.10 

Toroas Lodowycken 2. 

Joannes Hardenbroeck — 

Mr. Jacob Kip 3. 

Jan Arenzen — 

Rutger the porter — 

Freryck Hend: Boogh i. 

Claas Tyzen i. 

Denys Isaackssen 1. 10 

Willem Abrahamzen van der 

Borden i.io 

Bay Koesvelt 2. 



Willem de Tunier (the garde- 
ner) — 

Prince Street 

Albert Pieterzen Swart i. 

Daniel Verveelen 2. 

Gerrit Manate — 

The Beavers Graft 

Roelof Janzen van Meppelen. i. 

Hendrick van Bommel i. 

Dirck Storm — 

Jan Janzen van Brestee 2. 

Eghbert Wouterzen 2. 

Eghbert Meinderzen i.io 

Tomas Sanderzen — 

Teunis Tomazen Quick — 

Jacob Leunizen i. 

Marketfieid Alley. 

Claas van Elslant, the elder. . — 

Isaack Abrahamzen — 

Andries Clazen , . . . x. 

Jan van Gelder i. 

Elsie Barens — 

Lambert Hend: van Campen. — 

Jan Adamzen — 

Jan Meinderzen, carman i. 

Smee (Smith) Street 

Meindert Barenzen, cooper. . 2. 

Geertie Jans i. 

Jan Roelofzen — 

Joris Dopzen i. 

Andries Ress i. 

Immetje, wid: of Frans Clazen — 

Willem van der Schuyr — 

Andries Andriesen — 

Cornelis Hendrickzen, drum- 
mer — 



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Gerrit Janzen van Aarnhem. . i. Comelis Janzen Clopper 2.10 

Jan Wouterzen i. Pieter Hermzen — 

In the Smiths Valley, Pieter Janzen — 

Tomas Hall 2.10 Marten Clazen Smith 2. 

Abraham Verplanck i. Jan Janzen Bos i. 

Lambert Huyberzen Mol i.io James Web in the Knight St. 

Abraham Lamberzen Mol .... i. George — 

Jan Vinge 2. Augustyn Heermans i. 

Stoffel Elswaart i. Without the Land-gate. 

Joost Carelzen i. Dirck Sisken 2. 

Herry Bresar i. Comelis Aarzen 2. 

The wid^ of Laurens Lauren- Pieter Stoutenburgh i. 

zen — Gerrit Janzen Roos i. 

Pieter Laurenzen — Jacob, the Frenchman ....... — 

Jan Ariaanzen, ship carpenter i. 

Jan Jelisen Koeck is hereby authorized by the Burgomasters and 
Schepens to go, with one of the Court Messengers from house to house 
with the assessment list, and collect the monies from each for so much 
as he is assessed. Done etc. 

By Order etc. 

This date, 20^ April 1665 : the above acte of authorization with the 
assessment list being handed to Jan Jelisen by the Burgomasters and one 
Schepen he was ordered to prepare both notes and strings of wampum of 
two guilders to two hundred guilders and deliver them to the Treasurer, 
but he may give the residue of the money in a greater sum to the Treas- 
urer, but he shall not receive any sum without counting it, as he must be 
responsible for the monies, for the counting of which be shall get ten 
guilders a week. 

Thursday, 20^ April 1665: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Walter Salter, deft. Pltf. says, 
that he went last Saturday evening by order of the Hon^ Govern' Nicolls, 
to the defts. house, at the demand of David Werren and George Walker 

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to search the house and to look for certain cordial called Rosa Solis^ 
which was brought to defts. house and stolen from the complainants and 
enquired of the deft, for the Rosa Soiis^ who answered it was not there 
and he knew not of it, and after further search made he found a half 
anker under the bed, in which there was yet some Rosa Solis ; concluding 
therefore, that the Rosa Solis found be forfeited as it is smuggled, and 
further that he be condemned in a fine of two hundred guilders Holland 
currency according to placard ; and that he be moreover punished as a 
receiver of thieves for having the stolen goods in his house; with costs. 
Deft, demands, that justice be done him according to the English laws 
and that his accusers shall appear face to face, be prepared with sufficient 
proofs to sustain the accusation and in default of proof, that he may have 
a valid consideration for his trouble damage suffered. 

In the Afternoon, 20*?* April 1665 ; the above named Magistrates were 
assembled, except Tymotheus Gabry and Joannes van Brugh. 

George Walker and besides him Walter Salter appear: the above 
named Walker demanding restitution from Walter Salter for half an anker 
of Cordial, stolen from his boat, as the same was found, on a search by 
the Officer, in the above named Walter Salters house, saying a man is 
outside, who has knowledge of the matter. Yvent Davidt having knowl- 
edge of the matter entering is asked to tell the truth and is notified, that 
he shall have to confirm his declaration by an oath, explaining to him 
what an [oath means. The abovenamed Yvent Davidts declares, that on 
the thirteenth of this month or thereabout in the evening Walter Salter 
and a Dutchman to him unknown came on board of the abovenamed 
George Walker with a canoe and that he gave him a half anker of Cordial 
from the aforesaid vessel, which Walter Salter laid in his canoe and 
brought it ashore and that he himself went ashore in the canoe with the 
abovenamed Walter Salter and that Walter Salter carried the half anker 
himself from the canoe into his house, about, as he should guess, between 
nine and ten o'clock in the evening, and that he also that same night 
drank out that half anker in Walter Salters house and as he lay drunk, 
the half anker, from which Walter Salter himself tapped, stood by the 
bed and that he drank again out of it now and then through the night 
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in and out, but that Walter Salter took no money for it. The witness 
being asked, as he was drunk, how he could remember, what he saw, he 
•answers, that more passed but he cannot remember except what he has 
declared. The aforesaid Yvent Davidts has confirmed his aforesaid 
declaration on oath at the hands of the Officer, and that what he has 
declared being truthful and true. Walter Salter having heard this decla- 
ration, says he excepts to what Yvent Davidts says — that he did not drink 
with any company except comers and goers, demanding that to that end 
may be heard the following persons: — Zacharias See, Bartholme Salter 
and Jeems Farmer entering declare, that they drank the second night al- 
together and that more soldiers were called in by Yvent Davidts to Wal- 
ter Salter's — are asked if they do not know the Dutchman, who was pres- 
ent and answer thereunto. No, saying Walter Salter even does not know 
him. Burgomasters and Schepens order Walter Salter to bring in tomor- 
row early, his further evidence which he has against the aforesaid accusa- 
tion, and to deliver it in writing to the Secretary Nevius. 

Tuesday, 25^ April 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
AUard Anthony, Cornelis Steenwyck, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Walter Salter, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands, that deft, shall bring in his evidence pursuant to the order of the 
Court of this City dated 20^ April. Deft, produces accordingly the evi« 
dence and answer to the accusation in writing. The Officer demands 
copy thereof to answer thereunto on the next Court day. Deft, demands, 
that the payment of charges and the affront endured may be taken into 
consideration. The W. Court grants the pltf. copy to answer thereunto 
at the next Court day. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Pltf. says, 
that he came to defts. last Sunday about ten o'clock in the morning dur- 
ing the preaching and there found sitting in a little side room, Hans the 
Noorman and another and coming into the room he found on the stair a 
little can and a glass, in which wine was; concluding for the fine accord- 
ing to Placard, because he tapped during the preaching. Deft, says, he 
was then in Church with his daughter; he left his little boy alone at home 




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and charged him to let no one into the house ; also gave no order to tap ; 
and that Hans the Noorman came in to chat with a man living in the 
house, named Matthys de Hagenaar — offering to confirm by oath, that he 
had not given any order to tap either to his son or to any other person of 
the house and that the aforesaid persons received strong drink without his 
knowledge. With which offer the Officer expresses himself satisfied. 

Wernaar Wessels, pllf. v/s Jan Bos, deft. Defts. second default. 
Fltf. demands from deft, forty six guilders six stivers according to a/c 
delivered. The W. Court order deft, to bring the monies in consignment 
of this City. 

Nicolaas de Meyer, arrestant and pltf. v/s Tryutje Herders, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and thirty five guilders 
seventeen stivers with costs and asks that the attachment made of defts. 
person may be declared valid. Deft, admits the debt, then demands as 
an offset from the pltf. the quantity of ten beavers for the use of her 
wagon and horses, to carry his wife and other women to the Flat Bush in 
the English troubles. Pltf. says, that he has to pay no more than his 
share herein. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to 
Govert Loockermans and Jan Vinge, both old Schepens of this City, to 
hear and examine parties, to discuss and decide the case, to endeavour to 
reconcile parties if possible ; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Seletje Freryck, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen Duyvelant, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, about two hundred and twenty guil- 
ders. The W. Court order deft, to bring the monies into consignment of 
this City, the attachment issued and sued against the deft, on the 18^ 
instant remaining meanwhile valid. 

Wernaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. Pltf. says, 
that he has not yet received any a/c from deft, pursuant to the order of 
the last Court day, demanding therefore the hundred and thirty nine guil- 
ders two and a half stivers with costs. Defts. wife entering exhibits the 
a/c, which is handed to the pltf. The W. Court refer the matter in ques- 
tion to Reinier Rycken and Pieter de Nys to take up the a/cs which par- 
ties have against each other, to hear and examine parties thereon, and to 
endeavour if possible to reconcile them; if not to report their award to 
the Court. 

Schepen Jacques Cousseau, pltf. v/s M' Abraham van Tright, deft. 



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Pltf. says, he bought from the deft, a few days after his arrival here, his 
cargoes brought with him, for which was to be paid the freight to the 
skipper and in addition fifty eight per cent, in Holland after the safe 
arrival there of the ship, the Broken Hearty on condition that the deft, 
should ship fifty hogsheads of his pltfs. tobacco ; and whereas deft, failed 
to fulfill it and has shipped only thirteen hogsheads, he persists in his 
notice and protest served yesterday on him deft., with costs. Deft, 
admits having made such agreement with the pltf. to obtain his payment 
from this tobacco in Holland. Pltf. demands, that the deft, shall be 
condemned to fulfill the contract entered into with him. The W. Court 
orders the deft, to fulfill and perform the contract. 

Mr Abraham van Tright, pltf. v/s Skipper Syvert van Bergen, deft. 
Pltf. demands inasmuch as deft, has not obeyed the award of Burgo- 
masters and Schepens as arbitrators in the case between him and the deft, 
regarding the freight of thirty tubs of tobacco, that deft, shall be con- 
demned to carry over the fifty tubs of tobacco; claiming all costs and 
damages suffered or to accrue in consequence of his not taking the fifty 
hogsheads of tobacco over. Deft, says, his ship is full and he cannot 
load the tobacco. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to ship 
and carry over the seventeen tubs of tobacco, balance of the thirty 
according to the award as before. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Anneke van Borssum, deft. Pursuant to 
the order of the last Court day, defts. son delivers, through the Court 
Messenger, his answer to the demand of the pltf. and some papers apper- 
taining thereto. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the case in question to 
Isaack Grevenraat and Cristoffel Hooghlant to take up the a/cs of parties 
on both sides, to hear and examine parties, to discuss and decide the 
case, and endeavour to reconcile parties if possible ; if not to report their 
award to the Court. 

Freryck Gysberzen vanden Bergh, pltf. v/s Joannes de Witt, deft. 
Pltf. demands from the deft, one hundred guilders and six and a half 
stivers. Deft, says, that the pltf. brings in his a/c. certain debt due by 
Jan Gerrisen van Marcken to him pltf. according to a/c producing the 
same. Pltf. says, that the deft, has agreed to pay it. Deft, denies it 
saying, if the pltf. can prove it he will then pay. The W. Court orders 
the pltf. to prove that the deft, has accepted to pay for his father in law 




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Jan Gerrisen van Marcken and in default of proof to look to his father in 
law. 

Cousyn Gerrizen, pltf. v/s Eghbert Woutersen, deft. Pltf. demands 
possession of a farm of Wolter van Twiller's according to acte executed 
to him by Gerrit Rees. Deft, says, he has incurred expence on the farm, 
for which he agreed with Rensselaar, that he should have the use of it for 
four or five years, and that Rensselaar has let him know, that no one else 
but he has authority over it and shall send him down the conditions. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decree, as no power of attorney is exhibited, 
that the case shall be postponed, until Rensselaar writes down or until 
procuration be exhibited; and deft, shall meanwhile have the use of the 
land as long, as his lease runs. 

Francis Freeman, pltf. v/s Bartholdus Maan, deft. Pltf. says, he 
was stuck at defts. house in his head and throat with a knife, demanding 
satisfaction thereof from the deft, or that he shall point out the man, who 
has done so, as it happened in his house. Deft, says, that the pltf. broke 
his windows two different times and cut himself with the point in his 
shoulder. Pltf. demands proof thereof. Burgomasters and Schepens 
find the case to be obscure and cannot be disposed of by them ; therefore 
order parties to be reconciled to each other by the award of Mr. Paulus 
Leendersen vander Grift, old Burgomaster of this City, and Jan Lau- 
werens, who are requested to hear parties in presence of Schepen 
Tymotheus Gabry and to reconcile them with each other. 

Serjeant Exton, pltf. v/s Gerrit Janzen Stavast and his wife, defts. 
Pltf. says, he bought a feather bed from defts., on which he gave them 
one hundred guilders and at that time had no money to pay altogether 
and paid the entire sum six weeks after date, leaving the bed in defts. 
hands: he went to fetch the bed not by day, but about twelve o'clock at 
night and having brought it away he discovered the day after, looking at 
the bed, that it was cut, and he thought the bed was not so heavy with 
feathers, as when he bought it ; whereupon he went to the defts. saying to 
them — the bed is lighter of feathers, than when I bought it; also there 
was no cut in it — asking them how the cut did come into it. Whereupon 
Gerrit Jansen said, that it was cut, to shew how good the feathers were; 
and that his wife came in thereupon, who asked her husband, what he 
pltf. said; who thereupon answered, that he said, there was a cut in the 



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bed and that he thought some feathers were taken out of it; whereupon 
the woman said it was not so and that the bed was, as it came from Hol- 
land. Defts. admit, that there was a cut in the bed, which was made 
fully a month or five weeks before he, the pltf., had bought the bed, 
when there was an Englishman from the Virginias about buying it in 
order to shew him the feathers, acknowledging they, defts., had said 
that the bed was as it came from Holland and they say, no feathers were 
taken out of it, but that they are all in still. After some further explana- 
tions parties are agreed with each other in Court and arranged, to wit — 
that the defts. shall have their bed back and the pltf. his money, which 
he has given for the bed. 

David Werren entering wishes to know, whether the matter between 
him and Walter Salter is disposed of and he shall have any satisfaction 
for the Cordial stolen from him. Whereupon he was informed by Burgo- 
masters and Schepens, that Walter Salter has handed in a written answer 
as well as divers declarations relating hereunto, so that the matter cannot 
be so speedily disposed of, and that Walter Salter demands satisfaction 
for his loss and trouble. David Werren says, had he left his thieving 
and robbing, he should not have been troubled. 

M'. Woddert, arrestant and pltf. v/s Mf Joons, arrested and deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, thirty shillings sterling for passage money. 
Deft, says, he agreed with Thomas Jarvits in the Virginias for thirty shil- 
lings sewant and that the abovenamed Jarvits told him, that was the value 
of ten shillings in silver, which he confirmed by oath at the hands of the 
Officer Allard Anthony. The W. Court decree therefore, that the deft, 
can satisfy and pay the pltf. in the quality in which he acts with thirty 
shillings in sewan. 

Cornelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Aaltje Constapels, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Jamis Dauidts, pltf. v/s Claas Dicklofzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

M' Evert Pieterzen entering requests to know, what is done with his 
petition; whereupon he was informed, that it with other petitions was 
shewn and delivered to the Hon"* Govemour NicoUs, who has postponed 
the matter until his return. 

Symon Janzen Romein entering represents, that the matter in ques- 
tion between him and Jacob Vis regarding the black amber is so far set- 



232 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

tied by arbitrators, appointed thereunto by the Court, to the species of 
payment, whether in beavers or in seawant ; on which Burgomasters and 
Schepens will please render their decision, as the aforesaid arbitrators are 
not willing to proceed therein, saying the award remains in the hands of 
Mr. Jacques Cousseau, who exhibits the same and it is read by Burgo- 
masters and Schepens. 

Comelis Plujrvier entering represents, that he has caused Tomas 
Hermsen to be served by the Court Messenger with the entry made by 
the Court in the case in dispute between him and Aaltje Constapels, that 
he should pay him: who has answered thereupon as the return of the 
Court Messenger shews, and says he has attached the aforesi Tomas 
Hermsen ; requesting that it be declared valid. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that the aforesaid Tomas Hermsen be summoned for 
the next Court day. 

Daniel Verveelen entering demands execution of the judgment, which 
he has against Jacob Vis. The Marshal is ordered to execute these. 

Tuesday, 2^ May, 1665: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Olof 
Stevenzen van Cortlant, Comelis Steenwyck, Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes 
van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven and with him divers others 
entering, they were informed of the resolution and conclusion of the 
Hon: Governor NicoUs, and that for the good of the place an assessment 
list is made of what each shall have to give per week as long as Gov. 
Nicolls shall be from home or at least for six weeks, so that the soldiers 
may not be quartered in Burghers houses and that they were found 
unwilling to contribute the same; they were therefore asked the reasons 
thereof. Whereupon it was answered, that the money was not expended 
as well as it ought and that the soldiers notwithstanding evince their inso- 
lence; also that the assessment was unjust, because one is taxed in pro- 
portion higher than the others. The Board having explained the matter 
in a friendly way to those, who appear, and that it shall not continue 
more than six weeks, they resolve each to bring up what he stands 
assessed. Further, some women appear, to whom the same explanation 
was also given and after some discussion they were allowed each to give 
according to her ability. Tomas Fransen, carman, also appears, who tho* 



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at first he could not conclude on any contribution, finally through friendly 
intervention promised to do so. 

Petrus Stuyvesant entering communicates, as his time is short and he 
is about to depart for Father-land, that he wishes the Bench of Burgo- 
masters and Schepens every luck and happiness, which was also wished 
to him by Burgomasters and Schepens and that he may settle and arrange 
his affairs in Fatherland to his satisfaction: And the abovenamed Hr 
Stuyvesant requests, if the Burgomasters and Schepens think proper, that 
they accord to him a certificate of his comportment, which may avail him 
or his children to day or to morrow. And after the matter was consid- 
ered by Burgomasters and Schepens, they resolve as follows: — 

We, the undersigned Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of the 
City of N : Yorck on the Island of Manathan, formerly named N. Am- 
sterdam, Certify and Declare, at the request of the Hon**!* Petrus 
Stuyvesant, late Director General of N. Netherland, and who now, on 
the change by the English is about to return to Patria, that his Hon' has, 
during about eighteen years' administration conducted and demeaned 
himself not only as a Director General, according to the best of our 
knowledge ought to do, on all occurring circumstances, for the interest of 
the West India Company, but besides as an honest proprietor and patriot 
of this Province and a supporter of the Reformed Religion. Thus done 
and executed in our Court at this City Hall, ady 2? May, Old Style A* 
1665: in N: York situate on Manathans Island. 

Hendrick Jansen vander Vin entering represents his inability to 
bring weekly as much, as he is assessed; requesting to be excused or not 
to give so much as he is taxed. 

Friday, 19* May, 1665: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Jacques Cousseau. 

The Board resolved to write the following letter to the Court of 
Albany. 

Honour**!' Prudent Sirs— 
Whereas we have heretofore notified Jacob Flodder, that he shall 
have to build up and line the bank situate before his lot on the East 



234 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

river * within this City next to the house and lot of the widow Litsco, 
wherein he remains as yet in default, We therefore request your Hon" to 
notify the aforesaid Jacob Flodder by your Court Messenger, at the 
earliest occasion, that he shall immediately perform it or otherwise 
through neglect the aforesaid lot shall be sold by order of the Hon**l* 
Govern' NicoUs and he shall be deprived of his right therein. Request- 
ing to communicate to us in writing the answer given to the notice by the 
abovenamed Jacob Flodder we shall hold ourselves bound in like cases. 
Your Hon" affectionate friends, 

Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of the 

City of N. Yorck situate on Manhatan Island. 

By order of the same, 
Joannes Nevius, Secre*?^ 
Done N. Yorck the 19/29 May 1665. 

The Officer Allard Anthony represents, that the Indians give him 
trouble, because some sewant was stolen from them at the house of Gerrit 
Jansen van Amhem, accusing Abraham Pietersen Carpyn thereof, where- 
upon he has spoken to the aforesaid Abraham, who gave for answer 
thereto, that they lie. Abraham Pietersen entering afterwards and being 
so informed, says he saw no Indians with sewant. The Officer says, that 
the Indian had told it to him in his presence; which Abraham denies; 
saying that the Indian told him, he did not say so, but that other Indians 
had told the Officer so ; offering so to prove. The Officer demands, that 
a certain woman cleaning house for him may be heard; who being 
brought appears and declares, that two or three Indians were at the house 
of the Officer Allard Anthony and one of them complained, that sewant 
was stolen from him accusing Abraham Carpyn therewith; saying and 
giving for reason, that the aforesaid Abraham sent him out to fetch water 
to cook fish with and that whilst he was out, stole the sewant. 

Symon Jansen Romeyn entering represents, that the arbitrators in the 
case in question between him and Jacob Vis regarding the black amber, 

* Plodder purchased in 1656 from the heirs of Jan Jansen Damen a piece of land, 
measuring 22 r. 4 ft., or 290 ft., on the South side of Wall Street, between Pearl and 
William Streets, which he immediately subdivided and sold, leaving, however, a strip in 
the rear vacant. The shore of the East river fronting this strip, he is now ordered to 
sheath against the wash of the tide. — O'C. 



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as to what rate the beavers should be reduced to sewant at, have been 
together and that they on both sides submitted themselves to the award; 
then after the award was rendered and they were to approve and sign it, 
Vis took another conceit and would not sign it; saying he leaves it to the 
Court to be approved or not by them; therefore requesting approval. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the above award of arbi- 
trators find it to be well done and therefore declare that they approve and 
commend the same. Done etc. 

Tuesday, 23I May, 1665: 'In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Walter Salter, deft. Deft, in 
default. Claas van Elslant, the Court Messenger, entering states, that 
the deft, gave him a note and said to hand in the same whenever his 
name should be called ; to which end he gave it in to the Court. 

M' Holingwoordt, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Pltf. demands of 
deft, payment of thirteen guilders eighteen stivers costs incurred in a suit 
and judgment obtained against him. Deft, says, that as the pltf. has not 
sued for any more than the principal, he is therefore not bound to pay 
the costs. The W. Court having heard parties, condemn deft, to pay the 
pltf. the costs demanded, incurred and still to accrue. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Abraham Pieterzen Carpyn, deft. 
Pltf. demands, that the deft, shall be condemned to restore the money 
taken from an Indian with the costs incurred therein. Deft, denies hav- 
ing taken the sewant from the Indian, saying the witnesses stand without. 
Annetje Willems entering as witness says, she cannot say, whether the 
deft, took money from the Indian or not ; saying further, had the Indian 
found it so bad at her house, he would not have returned twice and bar- 
tered beavers. Abraham Pietersen Carpyn returning says, that if the 
Indian says that he has taken the sewan, he will restore it. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meindersen, deft. Pltf. pro- 
duces the award of the arbitrators and as they could not reconcile them, 
they return the difference into Court ; demanding therefore again from 
the deft, one hundred and thirty nine guilders two and a half stivers. 
Defts. wife entering says, she does not owe so much. The W. Court 



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order pltf. to come upon the next Court day with his book and order 
deft, to appear himself in person on pain of nonsuit. 

Jan Laurens, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jeems Nab , arrested and 

deft. Pltf., as attorney of Jan Barcker, demands from deft, according to 
power of attorney produced, thirteen hundred twelve and a half pounds 
of tobacco, according to obligation, which was to be paid in April A* 
1664, therefore he must now pay the same at such rate as the tobacco is 
worth at the aforesaid elapsed time, and that with all the costs, dam- 
ages and interest caused by nonpayment. Deft, demands proof of the 
authenticity of the procuration producing a certain acte of protest made 
by Tomas Carvel, Not: Pub:, entered against the abovenamed Jan Lau- 
werens for all costs damages and interest on acct of an attachment made 
by Jan Laurens on his goods and tobacco and imprisonment of his per- 
son. Pltf. replying says, he attached the defts. tobacco lying on the 
bridge and in the yacht at the bridge but seeing that the deft, put the 
tobacco back in the sloop and finding the sloop hauled off, he thought 
proper to acquaint the Burgomasters thereof, to speak to the Officer and 
to detain the deft., because he feared, he would go away with the tobacco 
and accordingly, he detained the deft, in his lodgings. Thereupon the 
deft, says, he is not speaking with Jan Barcker (in whose favour the obli- 
gation is drawn) and if he spoke to him, he had several claims against 
him; rejecting therefore the procuration given by Jan Barcker to Jan 
Lauwerens, and says it was not made before Notary, but by individuals 
in presence of witnesses, now not present. To which Jan Laurens again 
says, that if Jeems Naber will give him sufficient security, that he will 
pay the debt according to obligation in the same value as on the day due 
with all costs, damage and interest caused by non payment, he will release 
the deft, from the imprisonment and his goods from attachment; offering 
to give counter bail for what the Court shall find due to deft, by Jan 
Barcker and if he, deft., fails so to do, that the imprisonment shall stand 
good. Parties being heard. Burgomasters and Schepens having seen and 
read the papers produced order deft. Jeems Naber to satisfy and pay Jan 
Laurens in the quality, in which he acts, the costs or to give Jan Laurens 
security for the payment, according to his offer, remaining meanwhile in 
confinement. 

Wernaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Bos, deft. Defts. third default. 



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Pltf. demands from the deft, forty six guilders six stivers according to a/c 
delivered with costs. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. 
with costs, ex contumaciam as he has not appeared after three citations. 

Rem Janzen, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. says, that the deft, has 
attached his money on his house and he has no a/c from him. Deft, 
says, he has rendered pltf. a/c long ago, offering if he lost it to give an- 
other; demanding that the pltf. in like manner shall give him an a/c of 
his claim. Burgomasters and Schepens order parties on both sides to 
render each other a/c of what they have against one another. 

Jeronimus Ebbinck, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, deft. 
Pltf. demands, that deft, shall be condemned to satisfy and pay him, as 
attorney of Gerard Hamel, the sum of four hundred and ninety six guil- 
ders seventeen stivers Holland currency with the running interest begin- 
ning 17 Dec' A® 1662. Deft, offers to pay, demanding time. The W. 
Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the sum of four hun- 
dred and ninety six guilders and seventeen stivers Holland currency and 
persist in their appointment rendered in date 21 March last Old Style. 

Lysbet Ackermans, pltf. v/s Antony Dirckzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, twenty guilders sewant. Deft, says, he assigned the pltf. on 
Secret'^ van Ruyven to receive her pay there from his monthly wages and 
did not know better, but she was paid, Pltf. exhibits certain written 
declaration of Mr. van Ruyven, that he has not paid her from defts. 
earned monthly wages. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the 
pltf. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. 
Both in default. 

Tomas Exton, pltf. v/s M' Joones, deft. Both in default. 

Jan Ariaanzen, pltf. v/s Tryntie Wessels, deft. Deft, in default. 

Nicolaas de Meyer entering demands execution of the judgment, 
which he has obtained against Nathaniel Britten, with costs. The Mar- 
shal is ordered to put these in execution with costs. 

Mary Verplanck entering demands her book bought from the English 
soldiers or her money given for it. Is ordered to return on the next 
Court day. 

Tryntje Walinghs entering prosecutes an attachment made on a 
ploughshare and coulter stolen from her by a carpenter among the sol- 




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diers, remaining with Nicolaas de Meyer, who bought it from the soldiers 
and requests, that she may have her own property again. It is ordered 
to summon the carpenter at the next Court day and meanwhile the attach- 
ment is declared valid. 

Anthony Dirckzen entering prosecutes an attachment made on Jacob 
Engelen's money in Samuel Etsals hands. It is ordered to summon 
Jacob Engelen for the next Court day, declaring the attachment valid. 

Hendrick Wiilemsen, baker, entering complains of the trouble which 
he experiences from the water of his neighbour, a woman. It is prom- 
ised, that orders shall be given therein. 

Francis Boon and Coenradt ten Eyck are hereby authorized and 
-qualified by the President of Burgomasters and Schepens of this City, to 
inspect in the presence of Pieter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven, old 
Schepen and Street Inspector of this City, the water course [drain] 
between Hendrick Wiilemsen, baker, and Annetje Gerrits, widow of 
Hendrick Jansen Smitt, to consider the matter and to endeavour if pos- 
sible to reconcile parties; if not to report their award to the Court. 
Done the 25^ May 1665. in N: Jorck situate on Manhatan Island. 

Tuesday, 30* May, 1665: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

Schepen Jacques Cousseau, arrestant and pltf. v/s Evert Dirckzen 
van As, arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, on an obligation 
one hundred and three guilders fifteen stivers in tobacco and four guil- 
ders fifteen stivers balance of a/c and obligation. Deft, admits having 
received from pltf. the goods according to a/c read to him; then says, 
that the tobacco brought by him to pltf. was received as good and brought 
as bad into his a/c. Pltf. replying says, he agreed with the deft, about 
the price of the tobacco. Deft, denies it; then says rather than have 
further difficulty about it, he accepts it ; offering to satisfy and pay the 
pltf. at the next crop or in com, requesting so long a time, which is 
granted and allowed him by pltf. The deft, is therefore ordered by the 
W. Court of this City pursuant thereunto to pay and satisfy the pltf. 
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Cornells Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Alette Sybrants, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf . demands from deft, one hundred and fifty guilders in sewant for one 
years rent and one quarter of a year in addition, as she has departed from 
his house without his knowledge or privacy. The W. Court orders deft, 
to bring the money in consignment of this City. 

Wemaar Wessels and Eghbert Meindersen entering pursuant to order 
of the W. Court dated 23I of this month, the above named Wemaar pro- 
duces his book and says, he delivered to the abovenamed Eghbert an a/c 
conformable to his book, demanding according to it a balance of one 
hundred and forty five guilders and seven stivers, with costs. To which 
the aforenamed Eghbert says, he is not indebted to Wemaar any more 
than seven tuns of beer received in the English War and says in case the 
abovenamed Wemaar will swear to his book he shall pay him ; thereupon 
the abovenamed Wemaar says, he is willing to do so, if it be decided so 
by the Court. The Court asked the abovenamed Wemaar Wessels, if he 
had paid the entire duty ? Answers, No, nor is he inclined to do so ; 
saying he will furnish the abovenamed Eghbert the entire a/c which he 
has with and against him, to see what exception he shall make against it, 
requesting so long a time; which is granted him by the W. Court. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jan van Gelder, deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieterje Jans, pltf. v/s Hendrickje Duyckingh, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Wolfert Webber, pltf. v/s Focke Jans, deft. Both in default. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius and Claas Bordingh entering prosecute an 
attachment issued on the rents belonging to Sybout Clasen remaining in 
the hands of MI Jacob Huges and Lauwerens van der Spygel, and 
request, as they have gained a suit against the abovenamed Sybout 
Clasen, that the issued attachment be declared valid. Burgomasters and 
Schepens declare the attachment valid. 

Tryntje Walinghs entering states, that she cannot get summoned the 
carpenter among the soldiers, who sold her ploughshare and coulter to 
Nicolaas de Meyer, whom she was ordered on the last Court day to cite 
before the Court; requesting therefore, that she may have back the afore- 
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The W. Court orders Tryntje Walinghs to prove that it is her plough- 
share and coulter, which she asks to have. 

Jacob Vis entering produces a declaration dated 20* May, Old Style, 
made in his favour before Secretary Nevius regarding the price of certain 
black amber bought in partnership with Joannes Withart. Burgomasters 
and Schepens persist in their approval rendered in date 19^ May last on 
the award of arbitrators regarding the price in beavers against sewant for 
the aforesaid purchased black amber. 

Tomas Lodowyckzen entering states, that he brought with him from 
the Virginias two hogsheads of tobacco for Mr. Petrus Stuyvesant, and 
that he will not receive them, according to the return on the notice, which 
his agent Arien Appel caused the Court Messenger to serve ; requesting 
that Mr. Stuyvesant's wife shall be ordered to receive the same. The 
W. Court decree, that Tomas Lodowycken may summon Mrs. Stuyvesant 
if he will. 

Whereas Bartholdus Maan in the case in question between him and 
Francois Fryman regarding the abovenamed Fryman being wounded at 
his house, has requested Burgomasters of this City to decide the aforesaid 
case and such being done by them and they decreed that the abovenamed 
Bartholdus Maan should pay to Francois Fryman the sum of sixty guil- 
ders and to the Chirurgeon Mi Tyteman the sum of fifty guilders, which 
fifty guilders the abovementioned Bartholdus Maan has failed to pay. 
Burgomasters and Schepens do therefore order the abovenamed Bar- 
tholdus Maan to satisfy and pay promptly to the abovenamed M' Tyte- 
man the fifty guilders aforesaid. 

Tuesday, 6* June 1665: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout Allard Anthony, arrestant and pltf. v/s Matthys de Hage- 
naar, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the 
attachment issued against deft, be declared valid. The W. Court de- 
clares the attachment valid. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Tomas Major, deft. Pltf. says, he 
summoned the deft, on no other ^account, than to appear before the 



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Court, as he has complained of having been slandered by Matthys de 
Hagenaar; requesting, that it be noted, that the deft, appears before the 
Court. 

Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Freryck Arenzen, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Pieter Simkan, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf. v/s Huge Barentsen Clein, deft. Both in 
default. 

Schepen Jacques CouBseau, pltf. v/s Gerrit van Tright, deft. Pltf., 
as att^ of Balthazar de Marck, pursuant to the procuration executed 
before the Notary Jacob Hellerus by the abovenamed de Marck in date 
7 Dec! 1663, demands from the deft, as curator of the estate left by 
Gabriel de Haas, all the goods, which were found belonging to the afore- 
said de Marck on drawing up and making the inventory by Cristina 
Steentgens, his widow, on the 22"- of Octob, 1663; demanding to be pre- 
ferred thereon in virtue of an obligation and a/c executed by the above- 
named de Haas and to be put in concurrence for the remainder with the 
other creditors. Deft, says, he maintains the procuration to be invalid, 
as it was not entered before the taking of the inventory, and that mean- 
while the widow renounced the estate. The W. Court take the case in 
deliberation. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. 
Pltf. demands, that the deft, shall give security for the rent of his house 
occupied by him. Deft, offers to give security for the rent on condition 
of having a proper lease and demands, that the pltf. shall repair the 
bouse. Pltf. says, he did not promise any rep^ra but really said, if it do 
not suit you, leave it; then admits that he had promised to have a cistern 
made, provided the deft, would furnish the puncheons therefor. Deft, 
says, he can prove by one, who was present, that the pltf. promised the 
repairs. The W. Court orders deft, to prove within the term of eight 
days, that the pltf. promised repairs; further to give bail in the mean- 
while or to quit the house. 

JooBt Godenis, pltf. v/s Yde van Vorst, deft. Pltf., as atlT of Hen- 




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drick Carelsen, demands from deft, the quantity of thirty beavers accord- 
ing to obligation passed by deft, dated 19* Sept' 165 1. Deft, entering 
with his wife admits to have drawn the obligation ; then says, he was not 
aware, that it was for but thirteen beavers and the obligation was never 
shewn him until last year; producing an offset a/c, whereby he has a 
demand against the aforesaid Hendrick, by balance, of the sum of two 
hundred and sixty three guilders nineteen stivers in beavers. The a/c 
being read to pltf., he says, he knows nothing of it and that Hendrick 
Carelsen wrote to him, that he did not owe any one except M' Jacob; 
also that the abovenamed Hendrick worked for her the deft, and can 
prove so. Defts. offer to confirm by oath the justice of their produced 
a/c. and that they have received from the abovenamed Hendrick nothing 
more, also that he did not work for them. The W. Court order copy of 
the a/c to be furnished to pltf. to answer thereunto at the next Court 
day, as to whatever he may have against it and order deft, to produce 
the original a/c then and to prepare to confirm their a/c by oath. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Alette Sybrants, deft. Defts. third 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and fifty guilders for 
rent. The W. Court condemns the deft, ex contumaciam to satisfy and 
pay the pltf. the hundred and fifty guilders, as she has not appeared on 
three citations, 

Nicolaas Verbraack, arrestant and pltf. v/s Eghbert Freryck Arenzen 
Spaniard, arrested and deft. Pltfs. wife entering as attorney for her hus- 
band demands, that deft, shall be condemned to satisfy and pay her 
according to obligation the sum of five hundred and twenty guilders in 
sewant with the interest thereof. Deft, says, he has sailed a whole year 
with her husband and they have never yet had a settlement together. 
Pltf. says, that deft, can himself very well make out the a/c from the 
book, which he took from her husband. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the case in question to Cristoffel Hooghlant, old Schepen of this 
City, and Claas Lock, to take up the a/c in the presence of Schepen 
Tymotheus Gabry to hear and examine parties herein, to discuss and de- 
cide the case, and if possible to endeavour to reconcile parties; if not to 
report their award to the Court. Meanwhile they declare the attachment 
valid« 

Pieterje Jans, pltf. v/s Hendrickje Duycking, deft. Pltf. says, that 



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she sold defts. daughter in presence of her husband an ornamented head 
dress for the sum of fifty five guilders in seawant and that the deft, sent 
her the dress back again to the house: demanding that the bargain stand 
good and that deft, be ordered to take back the dress and pay her the 
iifty five guilders. Deft, says, her daughter had no authority to buy such 
without the knowledge of her parents as she is still under them. Deft, 
says, her father was present, who even said, that it was the childrens 
money. The W. Court order the pltf. to summon Evert Duyckingh for 
the next Court day. 

Arien van Laar, pltf. v/s Grietje Provoost, deft. Pltf. says, the 
deft, apprenticed her son to him for two years to learn the trade of shoe- 
making and he was with him a year and a half, then went away on Ascen- 
sion day and he must come to work yet half a year with him ; he demands 
that he serve out his time. Deft, says, that the pltf. beat her little boy, 
illtreated him and shewed him bad example. The W. Court having heard 
parties decree, that the deft's son shall serve out his time with the pltf. 
and that the pltf. shall treat him properly and not shew him a bad 
example. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. Pltf. exhibits 
certain a/c of debit and credit against the deft, demanding again from 
the deft, by balance thereof one hundred and forty four guilders seven 
stivers and a half with costs, handing the same over to the Court to com- 
municate it to the deft, to say, what he has to object to it. Defts. wife 
entering says, she does not owe so much and will not accept the a/c. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decree, as the deft, will neither accept the 
a/c nor bring in objection to it, that the pltf. shall have to establish the 
justice of his a/c on oath, which he pltf. having done at the hands of 
the Officer, Burgomasters and Schepens order the deft, to satisfy and pay 
the pltf. the demanded hundred and forty four guilders seven stivers and 
a half with the costs, except the excise of ten and a half ton of beer, 
according to award of arbitrators, received in the English War, regarding 
which parties are referred to Mess" the Farmers. 

Jan Coo entering demands execution of the judgment, which he 
obtained against Abraham Verplanck in date 13*!* Decemb' 1664. The 
Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

Tryntje van Campen entering demands the board money of an Eng- 



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lishman lately imprisoned, as per a/c exhibiting the same. The Court 
decrees, that the Officer shall have to take care, that Tryntje van Campen 
obtain her pay. 

Mary Verplanck entering demands to have the book back which she 
bought from the soldiers and paid for, belonging to Mr. Jacob Kip as he 
says; or her disbursed money. The Court decree, that Mr. Jacob Kip 
may take his book back, provided he pay Mary Verplanck the money 
given for it to the sum of ten guilders. 

Comelis Pluyvier entering represents, that he obtained a judgment 
against Teunis Hermsen in date x8^ April last, that the abovenamed 
Teunis Hermsen shall have to pay him the sum of one hundred and fifty 
guilders, which he accepted to pay for Aaltje Sybrants; and as the 
abovenamed Teunis Hermsen has failed to do so and has gone away the 
abovenamed Comelis Plujrvier requests Lettre Requisitoire to the Court of 
the Esopus to put the aforesaid judgment into execution. Burgomasters 
and Schepens grant the request, and for this purpose will despatch an 
official letter to the Court of the Esopus. 
Hon".* Wise, prudent Sirs, 

Whereas Comelis Pluyvier has obtained from us in date i8* April of 
this year a judgment against Tomas Hermsen, resident in your jurisdic- 
tion, who has gone away from hence without having previously contented, 
satisfied and paid the abovenamed Comelis Pluyvier and as the above- 
named Tomas Hermsen has no property within this jurisdiction, against 
which the pltf. might prosecute the execution of the above judgment, We 
therefore require and request your Honors to be pleased in behalf of 
justice to authorize your Hon" doorkeeper to carry into execution the 
aforesaid our sentence and judgment, enclosed herein, on such goods as 
belong to the condemned, being ready to reciprocate thereto being invited 
by your Hon" so to do. Herewith commending your Hon" to God's 
protection, we remain 

Your affectionate friends 

Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of 
New Yorck situate on the Island of Manhatan. 
Done N: Jorck Ady. 6. June 1665. 

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Heeren Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Comclis Steenwyck, Tymotheus 
Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

Mattheus de Vos, as attorney of Nelis Mattysen, represents, th^ 
the abovenamed NcIis Mattysen obtained a judgment in date 7. Nov; 
1658. against Cornells Jansen, woodsawyer, and that the abovenamed 
Comelis Jansen has again obtained a judgment against Raghel van Tien- 
hoven dec". The abovenamed Mattheus de Vos therefore requests, that 
the curators of the aforesaid Raghel van Tienhoven shall be ordered to 
bring into the consignment of this City the aforesaid seventy nine guilders 
and to permit him to lift the same under bail de restitucndo. Apostille: 
The petition considered, the Court orders the curators of the estate, left 
by Raghel van Tienhoven, to bring into consignment of this City the sev- 
enty nine guilders herein mentioned within the time of fourteen days. 

Burgomasters and Schepens having read and considered the papers 
and documents of Jacob Vis persist in their order rendered in date 19? 
May last. 

Tuesday, 13* June 1665: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes 
van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Bartholdus Maan, deft. Pltf. says, 
there was disturbance and trouble at defts. house on the 9^ of June last, 
and that deft, is accused with having drawn a knife, also presented a pii- 
tol and that the Hon: Govern? Nicolls has ordered him to take informa- 
tion in the matter and he has done so, producing the writings thereof. 
Deft, says, the Officer has forbid him to tap any more. The Officer 
says, he was so ordered by the Govern' Deft, demands the reasons 
therefor and that the W. Magistrates please to enquire therein. 

Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, 
deft. Defts. 2" default. Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of seven 
guilders four stivers with costs for goods bought from him by open sale. 
The W. Court orders deft, to bring the monies into consignment of this 
City. 

Balthazar de Hurt, pltf. v/s Hendrick Barenzen Smitt, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, twenty five guilder* in leawant Deft, says be 



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loaned pltf. a canoe and that he bound himself to make it good in case 
the same was broken, and that the canoe is broken to pieces and was sa 
sent back to him. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in ques- 
tion to Hendrick Obe and Abraham Clocq, to hear and examine parties, 
to decide the case and to endeavour to reconcile parties if possible; if 
not to report their award to the Court. 

Sybrant Janzen Galma and Tomas Lamberzen, pltfs. v/s Eghbert 
Meinderzen, deft. Pltfs. produce an agreement made with deft, for 
undertaken work, demanding payment of wages. Deft, says, he has 
overpaid the pltfs. eight guilders. Pltfs. say, they are not paid accord- 
ing to the afores"? contract. Deft, says, he settled with pltfs. in pres- 
ence of Lodowyck Pos. Pltfs. say, the extra work is not included 
therein. Lodowyck Pos entering says, that he was arbitrator for the 
pltfs. in the case in question with the deft., having been requested 
to it, and he decided, that the deft, should pay the pltfs. one hundred 
and eighty guilders according to contract and that there were some words 
passed about extra work, but nothing was done therein. The W. Court 
refer the case in question to Frerick Flipzen and Adolff Pietersen to hear 
parties relative to their difference in presence of Schepen Joannes Van 
Brugh, to examine the same, to argue and decide and to endeavour to 
reconcile parties if possible ; if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Pieterje Jans, pltf. v/s Evert Duyckingh, deft. Deft, being sum- 
moned pursuant to the order of last Court day, pltf. says that the deft, 
was present, when his daughter bought the little head dress from her. 
Deft, says, he was not present from the first and that he would have noth- 
ing to do with it, and says it is now no time to buy head dresses; also 
that, it is not worth so much. Pltf. says, deft, was by all through and 
said, it is the children's money and each has only twenty six guilders; 
and what she states is as true as that she, a sinful woman, stands there. Par- 
ties on both sides being heard Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that 
the sale of the head dress shall stand good and consequently order deft, 
to pay the sum of fifty-five guilders promised therefor, to receive the head 
dress and keep it. 

Grietje Pieters, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Saartje Teunis, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. produces the order of the Court, demanding that deft, shall 
prove, that she stole a beaver and to remain attached. Deft, says, she 



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heard so from Jesyntje Vcrhagcn. Jcsyntjc Verhagen entering says, she 
stated, that Lysbet Ackennans told her, she missed a beaver, but did not 
know who had it, and that Grietje Pietcrs had brought a pint of beer 
from her house and left the door open and that an Englishman and an 
Indian were in her house, but she did not know, who took it. Saaitje 
Teunis also entering says, that Jesyntje did 'not say so, but said that 
Grietje had taken the beaver, so that she again say: would you dare to 
say so to her face; and that such happened in Thomas Laurensen's house, 
where his wife and the wife of Pieter Jacobsen Marius were present also. 
The Court decides to enquire further into the case. 

Nicolaas de Meyer, pitf. v/s Huge Barensen Clein, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Joost Godenis, pltf. v/s Yde van Vorst, deft. Both in default. 

Tomas Hal, pltf. v/s Geertje Hoppe, deft. Both in default. 

Nicolaas de Meyer entering says, he does not know, how he shall 
manage in carrj-ing out the judgment against Nathaniel Britten: produ- 
cing the same with the returns both of the Court Messenger and Marshal. 

Isaack de Foreest entering requests, as Jurrien the cooper has not to 
date entered auy security for the rent, that he vac^e the house. It is 
decided, that Isaac de Foreest shall have to lift an AeU and cause him to 
be nodfied. The Oflicer Allard Anthony demands execution both of 
the judgment in his favour dated 3i" February last against Dirck Storm 
as of the judgment passed in favour of M' Holingwoort in date 33 May 
last ag'st Joris Dopien. The Marshal is ordered to execute these. 

Wemaar Wessels demands execution of the judgment, which he 
obtained in date S^ June against Eghbert Meindersen. The Marshal is 
ordered to put these in execution. 

Secretary Nevius requests in Comelis Pluyvier's name, that the 
judgment, which he obtained against Alette Sybrants in date 6^ June last 
be put in execution with the costs. The Marshal is ordered to put these 
in execution. 

Matthys de Hagenaar, prisoner, entering, the Officer says, he has 
several actions to institute against him — for that he created a riot at 
Thomas Major's house, abused his wife as a whore and him for a thief 
and that he entertained thieves; afterwards created an uproar before the 
door of his the Officers neighbours, and committed awf XotCft and violence 



248 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

last Saturday at Annetje Cox's house and abused her by words; the 
declaration of said Annetje so purports, exhibiting the same. The pris- 
oner undertakes to bring in the contrary, admitting having told Tomas 
Major, that he entertained thieves and as his wife scolded him for a rogue 
he scolded her back as a whore. As for the case of Annetje Kockx he 
says, that she provoked him and hopes as there will be good justice for 
him as for another, that he will take care henceforward, not to fall into 
the Officers hands; he would much rather be in the hands of the Turk. 
The Officer says, he has attached the prisoners boat and goods in Mighiel 
Tades hands, requesting that the attachment be declared valid. The W. 
Court declares the attachment valid and discharge the prisoner from con- 
finement as he shall have to bring in [by the next Court day for his 
defence whatever he can. 

The Hon".* Heer Govemour Nicolls appears in the Assembly who 
delivered to the Court the following Writings after he had them read 
by the Clerk of the Secretary Nicols. 

[Some mischievous person has torn out The Leaf of the Original Record 
which ought to follow next in Order. It contained, as appears from the 
Subsequent Entries, The Order abolishing the Dutch form of Municipal 
Government, and Gov. Nicoll's Charter establishing, for the first time, 
that of Mayor and Aldermen. In order to render these Minutes com- 
plete, the Translator has inserted now the missing Documents from the 
Records in the Secretary of State's Department, Albany. They are as 
follows : — ] 

REVOCATION OF THE FFORME OF GOVERNMENT OF NEW YORCKE UND* 

V" STYLE OF BURGOMAST'^ AND SCHEPENS. 

By vertue of his Ma"f* Letters Patten ts bearing date the 12* day of 
March in the 16*?* yeare of his Ma**.** Reigne, Granted to his Royall High- 
ness, James Duke of Yorke wherein full and absolute Power is given and 
Granted to his Royal Highnesse or his Deputyes, to Constitute, appoint, 
Revoke and discharge, all Officers both Civill and Military, as also to 
alter & Change, all Names and Styles fformes or Ceremony es of Gov- 
ernment; To the end, that his Ma^? Royall pleasure may bee observed and 
for the more Orderly establishment, of his Ma^" Royall Authority, as near 
as may bee Agreeable to the Lawes and Customes of his Ma**?* Realme of 
England ; Upon mature deliberacon and advice, I have thought it neces- 



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sary to Revoke and discharge, And by these p'sents in his Ma"^ name, 
do Revoke and discharge the fFonne and Ceremony of Government of 
this his Ma*^ Towne of New Yorke, under the Name or Names, Style or 
Styles, of Scout Burgomasters and Schepens; As also, that for y^ future 
Administracon of Justice, by the Lawes Establisht in these the Terri- 
toryes of his Royall Highnesse wherein the Welfare of all the Inhabitants 
and the Preservacon of all their due Rights and Priviledges, Graunted by 
the Articles of this Towne, upon Surrender under his Ma"" obedience, 
are concluded; I do further declare, That by a Particular Commission, 
Such Persons shall bee Authorized to putt the Lawes in Execucon, in 
whose abilityes. Prudence and good Affection to his Maties Service, and 
y^ Peace and happynesse of this Govemm' I have especially reason to 
put Confidence, which persons so Constituted and appointed, shall bee 
Knowne and Called by y* Name and Style of Mayor, Aldermen and 
Sherriffe, according to the Custome of England in other his Ma*^ Cor- 
poracons; Given under my hand and Seale, at ffort James in New Yorke, 
this la* day of June 1665. 

Richard Nicolls. 

THE MAYOR AND ALDERMEN'S COMMISSION. 

Whereas upon mature deliberacon and advice I have found it neces- 
sary to discharge the fforme of Govemm' late in Practice w^in this his 
Ma"" Towne of New Yorcke, under the name and Style of Scout, Burgo- 
mast" and Schepens, which are not knowne or Customary, in any of his 
Ma"?" Dominions; To the end that the Course of Justice for the future, 
may bee Legally, equally and impartially administred to all his Ma"." Sub- 
jects as well Inhabitants as Strangers ; Know All Men by these 
Presents; That I Richard Nicolls, Deputy Govern^ to his Royall 
Highnesse the Duke of Yorke, by vertue of his Ma^ Letters Patients, 
bearing date the 12* day of March, in the 16* yeare of his Ma"?* Reigne, 
Do Ordaine, Constitute and Declare, That the Inhabitants of New Yorke, 
New Harlem w* all other his Ma"^ Subjects, Inhabitants upon this 
Island, Commonly call'd and Knowne by the name of the Manhatans 
Island, are, and shall bee for ever, accounted. Nominated and Estab- 
lished, as one Body Politique & Corporate, under |the Govemm* of a 
Mayor, Aldermen and SherriSe, And I do by these P'sents Constitute and 
appoint, for one whole yeare. Commencing from the date hereof, and 




250 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

ending the 12* day of June, w"^ shall bee in the Yeare of Our Lord 1666; 
M^ Thomas Willett to bee Mayor, M^ Thomas Delavall, MT Oloffe Stuy- 
vesant, Mf John Brugges, M' Comelis van Ruyven and M' John Lau- 
rence, to bee Aldermen, and M' Allard Anthony to bee SherriflFe; Giving 
and Granting, to them the said Mayor and Aldermen, or any foure of 
them, whereof the said Mayor or his Deputy, shall be alwayes one, and 
upon equall Division of voyces, to have alwayes the Casting and Decisive 
voyce, full Power and authority to Rule and Goveme as well all the 
Inhabitants of this Corporacon as any Strangers, according to the Gen- 
erall Lawes of this Government, and such Peculiar Lawes as are, or shall 
be thought convenient and necessary for the good and wellfare of this his 
Ma^?* Corporacon; As also, to appoint such under Officers as they shall 
judge necessary, for the orderly execution of Justice; And I do hereby 
strictly Charge and Command all persons to obey and execute, from Time 
to Time, all Such Warrants, Orders and Constitutions, as shall be made 
by the said Mayor and Aldermen, as they will Answer the Contrary at 
their Utmost Perills; And for the due administracon of Justice, accord- 
ing to y* fforme and manner prescribed in this Commission, by the Mayor 
Aldermen and Sherriffe, These Presents shall bee to them, and every of 
them, a Sufficient Warrant and discharge in that behalfe; Given under 
my hand and seale at ffort James in New Yorke this 12*!* day of June 
1665. Rich? Nicolls. 

Wednesday, I4^** June 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes 
van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

The Hon^l* Gov' Nicolls appears in Court and with his Hon' Mr 
Thomas Willet, M' Tomas de la Vail, M' Cornelis van Ruyven and Mf 
John Laurens. Burgomaster Olof Stevensen van Cortlant then repre- 
sents to the Hon^l* Governf, Nicolls that, as it pleased his Honour yester- 
day, according to the abovewritten commission and writings, to change 
the Magistracy of this City, discharging a portion of them from their 
office and appointing others therein, he maintains it is directly contrary 
to the I6*^ Article made on the surrender of this place, which states that 
All Officers and Magistrates shall continue as nmv they are (if they please) 
till the time of election and then ntiv ones to be chosen by themselves^ etc 



i66s] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 25 > 

To which his Hon! says, that article is not infringed in the least, as- 
at the time of election other new ones were chosen by the retiring Magis- 
trates, who continued in office to this date. 

After this divers debates occurred and as his Hon' has received let- 
ters from his Royal Highness James, Duke of York, to establish the gov- 
ernment of this City conformable to the custom of England, his HonT haa 
resolved to proceed to the work, which he this day does; declaring that 
be has nothing to say against the service of those retiring nor against 
their demeanour; acknowledging as good all that they have heretofore 
officially resolved and concluded; and that his Hon' has qualified some 
English for the office on purpose, that parties may be better aided on 
both sides, as well English and Dutch, who go to law and the better to 
strengthen the peace and quiet of the inhabitants of this place. 

After which his Hon. installed in their aforesaid quality M- Thomas 
Willet as Mayor; M: Thomas de la Vail, M^ Olof Stevenzen van Cort- 
lant, M' Johannes van Brugh, M' Comelis van Ruyven and M' John 
Laurens as Aldermen; and Allard Anthony, Sherri£F and took from them 
the annexed Oath. 



Whereas Jou Thomas Willet are chosen and appointed by the Gov- 
emour to be Major of this his Ma"-" City and Corporation of New Jorcke 
and the Libertyes thereof; and Jou Thomas de la Vail, Olof Stevenzen, 
John Brugges, Cornelius van Ruyven and John Laurence to bee Alder- 
men and Allard Anthony to bee Sherriffe for one whole Jeare; Jou do 
Sweare by the Ever living God, that yo will truly endeavour to the best 
of yo- skill with a good conscience and according to the Lawes of this 
Government dispense Justice equally and Impartially tn all cases, and to 
all persons, whereunto by Virtue of iour office, Jou are Impowered, Jou 
will endeavour the Peace and prosperity of this Corporation by putting in 
practice such peculiar Lawes as at p'sent or from time to time, are or 
shall bee found necessary or expedient for the good of the Inhabitants, 
and the Establishment of their Just Rights and priviledges; Soo Helpe 
Jou God. 

After the taking of which oath, and the customary ringing of the bell 
three times, the aforesaid qualified persons are made known and pn^^ 




252 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

claimed to the Commonalty of this City in order that they hold them in 
due respect. 

[Note. — The Records from 1665 to 1673 were kept partly in English though the 
greater portion was in the Dutch Language. 

Wherever entries occurred in English the peculiarity of the Style and Orthography 
has been carefully preserved. 

By this means such entries can be easily distinguished from those originally in 
Dutch, in the Translation of which the modem mode of spelling has been followed. 

E. B. O'Callaghan.] 

Thursday, j^*^ June 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Thomas Willeth, Thomas de la Vail, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, 
Joannes van Brugh, Comelis van Ruyven, John Laurens, Allard An- 
thony. 

It is resolved, concluded and determined by the meeting as fol- 
lows : — 

First to continue in the City's service the Secretary Joannes Nevius,* 
receiving as an annual allowance from the revenue of this City the sum of 
two hundred guilders, sewant, to increase the emoluments and fees of 
writing by allowing to charge for them silver value, or sewant three for 
one, keeping him a month or two on trial. 

Further^ Claas van Elslandt and Pieter Schaafbanck were also con- 
tinued in their offices as Towne Serjeants^ receiving for wages as much as 
they heretofore have received out of this City's revenue. 

Thirdly^ Hendrick Obe is elected Constable of this City, who has 
also accepted the same and taken the proper oath. 

Fourthly^ resolved to send for the Court of Haarlem and the Con- 

* Johannes Nevius, a native of Solen or Zoelen, in the Betuwe District of the 
Province of Guelderland, came to New- Amsterdam about 1650 and there married Arijaen- 
tie Blayck of Batavia, Java, in Novbr. 1653, by whom he had 8 children. He was 
appointed Schepen in 1655 and the next year we find him as owner of a house and lot on 
Broadway, South of Wall Str.; in 1658 he sold* his house and lot on the Northside of 
Pearl Str. betw. Broad and Whitehall Str. to Comelis Steenwyck, when he was appointed 
City Clerk on the resignation of Jacob Kip. He filled this office until June 27, 1665, 
when he resigned, as will be seen under that date ; Nicholas Bayard succeeding him. 
Nevius removed to Brooklyn, where he became lessee of the Ferry and died in 1672. 
His widow m. Jan Aertsen, Fenymaster in Brooklyn in 1676. Valentine, Manual^ 1863, 
798, Documents relating to Col. Hist. vol. xiii. — B. F. 



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stable Resolveert Waldron by letter to come hither by Saturday next, to 
which end the following missive was despatched to them. 
Honourable and affectionate Friends: — 

This serves only that your Honors hold yourselves ready to appear 
here in this City on Saturday next being 17? June, Old Style, with Re- 
solveert Waldron, and to receive all such ordei as shall be communicated ; 
whereunto confiding, we commend your Honors, after cordial salutation, 
unto God's protection and remain, 

(Understood) Your Honors' affectionate friends, 

The Mayor, Aldennen and Sherriffc of this City New Yorck. 
Lowerstood, By Order of the Same, 

Signed, Joannes Nevius, Sec. 
Done, N. Yorck the 17 June 1665. 
Superscription, Honourable, Affectionate the Court of N. Haarlem. 

It U also resolved to draft a Placard relative to the observance of the 
Sabbath. 

Further, Focke Jans, living at the Bouwery, is allowed to lay in 
every week half a barrel of strong beer free of excise, in consideration of 
the great expense, which he has to incur before he can get the beer to his 
house, inasmuch as he has to convey it in his own wagon with his own 
men, also the leakage of the beer on the road. 

And whereas the provision regarding the City revenue as well from 
the Burghers as tapsters excise on wines and beer consumable within the 
jurisdiction of this City is somewhat high, inasmuch as the Treasurer 
deducts five per cent and the Collector in like manner five per cent, it is 
resolved to observe the strictest economy therein; also to order the 
Treasurer and Collector to appear next Saturday afternoon at two o'clock 
here in the City Hall to render a good account of their administration. 

It is further resolved, Whereas the Churchyard of this City lies very 
open and unfenced, so that the hogs root in the same, to send for the 
Church Wardens, for which purpose Govert Loockermans is sent for and 
he appearing, the above written is stated to him, and therefore the neces- 
sity of repairing the same: Whereunto he answered, that could easily be 
done, if there were money in the chest, and sajrs to repair and bring the 
•ame into proper conditicm full five hundred guilders will be necessary, to 
realise which it was concluded, that a coUection be made. 



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OATH OF THE CONSTABLE. 

Whereas you are Chosen Constable of this cittye of New Jorcke vnder 
the Jurisdiction of Major and Aldermen you do sweare by the Almighty 
God that you will carefully Endevor the preserveing of the peace and the 
discoveringh and preventing all attenysse * against the same and that you 
will faithfully and truly execute such warrants as you shall from time to 
time Receive from this Court and in case you shall absent yourselfe you 
shall make choice of some able man for you deputy and in all things 
demeane you selfe as a constable ought to do. Boo Helpe you God. 

Saturday, 17* June 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Thomas Willet, Mayor, Thomas de la Vail, Olof Stevenzen van Cort- 
lant, Joannes van Brugh, Comelis van Ruyven, John Laurens, Alder- 
ments; AUard Anthony, Sheriffe. 

Mr. Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Treasurer, and Tymotheus 
Gabry, Collector, entering produce their a/cs relating to the income, 
receipt and expenditure of the City's domains. 

Resolveert Waldron entering is notified, that he is elected Constable 
of N. Haarlem, which accepting he has taken the proper oath, and the 
Magistrates, who accompanied him, are informed, that they are dis- 
charged from their office, authorizing the aforesaid Constable to select 
three or four persons, who shall have to decide any differences or dispute 
to the extent of five pounds sterling in seawan and no higher, and the 
party who shall not be content with the decision of those elected as afore- 
-said shall be bound to pay to him the Constable the sum of six stivers and 
further to bear the costs of proceeding before this bench of justice. 

Nicolaas de Meyer entering states, that his farmer residing on his 
bouwery at N. Haarlem, has gone away and absented himself from the 
same; demanding, whereas he owes a considerable sum as well for rent 
of said bouwery as otherwise, that he might attach all his goods, whether 
inventoried by the Magistracy there or not. The W. Court grant the 
petitioners request, to attach the aforesaid goods. 

It is resolved, concluded and determined in Court, that from now 
henceforward, until the Hon"* Governor Nicolls shall please to order 
otherwise, the sum of two hundred guilders in sewan shall be raised 

* So in the original, probably meaning Attempts. — B. F. 



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weekly from the Commonalty of this City, who shall have to pay and 
bring in the same, each according as he is assessed ; for the support of 
the soldiers as heretofore. 

The Court also resolved, decreed and determined, to abolish the 
office of Treasurer and the monies as well of the Burghers as tappers 
excise, shall be received by the Collector Tymotheus Gabry, who shall 
have to disburse the same on the order and signatures of Mayor Tomas 
Willet and the Secretary Joannes Nevius; and the aforesaid Secretary 
Nevius is ordered to keep the book thereof and to register the orders. 

It is further resolved, that both the Burghers' and tapsters' permits, 
passed by the Collector, shall be brought every evening to Nicolaas Bay- 
ard by the labourers of the Weighscale and the beer drawers. Which 
aforesaid Weigh house labourers and beer carriers shall appear at this 
City Hall on Monday next at Nine o' Clock of the aforesaid day. 

Monday, 19. June 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Tomas Willet, M' Mayor, Tomas de la Vail, Olof Stevenzen van Cort- 
lant, John Laurens, Aldermens; AUard Anthony, Sheriffe. 

The bakers of this City are ordered to furnish this day to Secretary 
Nevius an account of what they have baked here during five months in 
cakes and hard bread, to whom delivered and how much they still have 
on hand. 

Mr. Comelis van Ruyven appears in Court. 

Tymotheus Gabry, Collector of this City, as regards the excise of 
beer and wines consumable as well by the Burghers as tapsters and tav- 
emkeepers within this City's jurisdiction, entering has promised to con- 
duct himself honestly in his aforesaid office by the following oath: 

OATH. 

You Thimothy Gabry being Chosen collector of the impostt belong- 
ing to his towne by the Major and Alderman do sweare by the Almighty 
God that you will faith fully and truely discharge the trust reposed in iou 
and that you will not directly or indirectly act or contriue any way to the 
prejudice of the revenue but shall on all occasions discouer any fraud 
intended and that you will kepe exact accompt of all Moneys you Receve 
and bee accomptable to the Mayor and Aldermen, so offten as you shall 
bee thereunto reqiared and not to pay any money to any person whatso- 



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euer without a warrant from the Mayor or his deputy and that signed by 
M' Nevius as Entred. Soe helpe you Godt. dated att New Jorcke June 
19*!* 1665. 

Nicolaas Bayard entering is notified, that he shall be furnished, from 
now henceforth with the Excise permits of beer and wine consumable as 
well by the Burghers as tapsters and tavemkeepers within this City's juris- 
diction, to be executed by the Collector Tymotheus Gabry, whereof he 
shall be bound to keep a register; further he shall sit, every Court day, 
with the Secretary Nevius in Court, and keep the minutes of what is 
transacted in English, translate the same into Dutch, make extracts 
thereof in English, and to agree with the aforesaid Secretary for the writ- 
ing both of the same and of the Dutch. 

Pursuant to the frequently enacted order and regulation drawn out 
below have the aforesaid Weigh house and Beer Porters, namely Barent 
Jacobz Kool, Tousein Briel, Crein Jacobs, Jacob Swart and Nicolaas du 
Puys promised to conduct themselves, and also bound themselves anew 
under oath. 

First, They shall be bound to repair at six o'clock in the morning at 
the City Scales and there or in that neighbourhood remain until twelve 
o'clock at noon, to return at One o'clock and then to continue further to 
the going down of the sun. 

2. They shall not carry or bring from one place to the other any 
wines or beer without having previously obtained and received a proper 
permit or licence 

3. They shall be bound to take care at their own expense of their 
own implements to labour at the wine and beer. 

4. They shall not get drunk in the execution of their aforesaid office, 
so that no damage may accrue thereby to the beer, wines or other wares, 
at which they are employed, under the penalty of their day's wages and 
to pay in addition a fine of three guilders for the public chest. 

5. And in case any damage accrue by their drunkenness, they shall 
repair and pay the loss and be fined moreover six guilders for the chest. 

6. And that every thing may proceed in better order and regularity 
their Worships M' Mayor and Aldermen elected and continued Barent 
Jacobzen Cool as Elder, to whom they shall be bound to shew aU 
obedience. 



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7. Which Elder shall be obliged to remain by the Weighscale or 
thereabouts during the aforesaid fixed time without leaving there to the 
inconvenience of the merchants. 

8. And the first returning from work shall repair to another job, 
unless there be something more urgent; he shall then go there, at the 
command of the Overseer (Elder), without any objection, on pain of 
three guilders. 

9. Each time he returns to the Weighscales he shall report to the 
Overseer what work he has done and performed, who shall be bound to 
keep a good account and note thereof for the accommodation of the mer- 
chant; also of the beer. 

10. They shall be bound immediately on the receipt of [the permit] 
to make an incision immediately in the same, and should beer [or wine] 
or other things be lost, he who has lost them shall be fined one guilder 
per permit for the chest. 

11. They shall be bound after the work is done to hand over their 
permits to the Overseer, who shall keep them together until evening and 
then bring the same to Nicolaas Bayard to be registered, or at latest early 
the next day, under a penalty of two guilders for the chest, and for each 
permit that shall be lost he shall pay, in like manner, one guilder. 

12. Whoever does not duly attend shall pay to the chest for one 
whole day three guilders, and whoever comes one hour too late, ten 
stivers. 

13. And in case there should be a pressure of work, so that it would 
be difficult to get along with it, in such case some help may be hired, care 
being taken, that they be trustworthy persons, as they must be security 
for them. 

14. Whoever shall behave illy to any merchants or Burghers shall be 
fined six guilders, and be punished according to circumstances. 

15. Whoever refuses to allow his fine to be deducted on which com- 
plaint is made, the same shall have to bear double punishment. 

16. They shall see, that no person except themselves shall work at 
any wine or beer, and whoever is found thereat shall be fined one third 
for the Beer carriers. 

17. They shall not take any more for their work than their fixed 
wages on pain of their office. 



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18. They shall be bound to repair to every fire on the ringing of the 
fire bell and there to assist, on pain of losing their office. 

19. And if any of the Porters at the Weigh scales happen to fall 
sick he shall draw weekly six guilders. 

20. They shall be bound to present their instruction each year to Mf 
Mayor and Aldermen and request a continuation of their employment. 

21. The Overseer shall be bound to pay the money that is earned 
throughout the week, every Saturday and not on Sunday on pain of six 
guilders for the chest. 

22. But what is earned by loading and discharging ships shall be 
paid by the Overseer according to the opportunity on receipt of the 
money, but not on Sunday as above, on like penalty. 

23. And lastly, the appointed Beer and Weighhouse Porters shall 
promise and swear, that they shall conduct themselves honestly and faith- 
fully in the aforesaid office, not commit any fraud nor allow any to be 
committed and to observe what may hereafter be added to this instruction 
by M' Mayor and Aldermen. 

OATH TAKEN BY THE BEER AND WEIGHHOUSE PORTERS BEFORE 

M* MAYOR AND ALDERMEN. 

We, chosen by the Mayor and Aldermen, Labourers and Weighhouse 
Porters promise and swear in the presence of the Ever Living God, that 
we will promptly regulate ourselves according to our instruction already 
given or to be hereafter given, that we shall not convey, remove or carry 
any beer or wines or any other thing except on a proper permit signed by 
the Collector, and that we shall deliver to Nicolaas Bayart, all received 
permits every evening if possible, otherwise early the following morning. 
So Truly Help us God Almighty! 

Tuesday, 20^ June 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Thomas Willet, M' Mayor; Thomas de la Vail, Olof Stevenzen van Cort- 
lant, John [Laurens], Allard Anthony, Sherriffe. 

Thomas Hal, pltf. v/s Geertje Hoppe,* deft. Mattheus de Vos, as 

* Geertje Hendricks, wife of Andries Hoppe or Hoppen, came with her hasband 
and da. Catrina to New Amsterdam about 1653 or 4. He died in Decbr. 1658, leaving 
her with five children, of whom four were boys. Having been engaged in trade, Hoppe 
and wife had acquired some property, among which was the house and lot, mentioned in 



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substitute attorney for Thomas, concludes that the deft., as she has no 
fixed domicile in this City, shall before she instituted her demand, enter 
sufficient bail or give security. Deft, says, she has house and lot in this 
City. Therefore pltf. in his aforesaid quality concludes in writing, that 
deft, shall be condemned to restore free of cost and damage to Christian 
Davits, [attorney] of Tomas Hal, nine hundred and eight guilders with 
interest thereof for the half of a parcel of land, called Bronckes land, 
conveyed to the aforesaid Christiaen Davidts and paid by him, or to 
transport the same to him, and in case of refusal the aforesaid land and 
all her goods to be pronounced under execution etc. Deft, demands 
copy of the suit. Copy hereof is granted to deft, by the W: Court to 
answer thereunto by the next Court day. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Freryck Hendrickzen 
Boogh, deft. Pltf. concludes for the acknowledgment or denial of his 
obligation for the sum of four hundred and four guilders, two and a half 
stivers. Deft, acknowledges to have executed the obligation. The W. 
Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the aforesaid four 
hundred and four guilders two and a half stivers, according to obligation. 

Jeremias Janzen Hagenaar, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laar, deft. Deft. 
in default. Pltf. demands from deft, according to settlement dated lo^ 
March of this year the sum of sixty two guilders, and further twelve guil- 
ders earned since in fixing and erecting his fence. 

Nicolaas de Meyer entering prosecutes an attachment issued against 
the goods of Aart Pietersen Buys, situate in N. Haarlem, for a claim 
which he has against him, pursuant to the acte thereof executed by the 
abovenamed Aart Pietersen before Secretary Nevius, dated 19 June last. 
The W: Court declares the attachment valid and decide to summon the 
Magistracy of N: Haarlem to shew cause on the next Court day, why 
they claim to be preferred in the aforesaid property to the prosecutor of 
the attachment. 

Further the abovenamed Nicolaas de Meyer produces a judgment 

this suit, on the E. side of Broadway, N. of Beaver Str. The widow Hoppe married 
May 8, 1660, Dirck Gerritsen van Tright and acquired Broncks Land, now Morrisania, 
by deed from Gertruyd Andries, widow of Jacob Jansen StoU, Decbr. 19, 1662, convey- 
ing it on the same day to Herman Smeeman, >vhence it passed to Samuel Edsall, who 
sold the property to Capt. Richard Morris. 




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obtained from the W: Court of this City against Nathaniel Britten with 
the return to the notice. The W: Court decree, that Nicolaas de Meyer 
shall have to summon the person of Nathaniel Britten against the next 
Court day to shew cause, why he refuses to fulfill the aforesaid judgment. 

Grietje Pieters entering demands reparation of character, inasmuch as 
she is accused of having stolen beavers. Whereupon it was ordered, that 
the Court Messenger shall summon the wife of Pieter Jacobsen Marius 
and the wife of Tomas Laurensen, baker, against the next Court day. 

Tryntje van Campen entering demands payment of the board for the 
last imprisoned Englishman, and produces the last issued order of the 
Court of this City. Ordered, that her husband appear and demand the 
same. 

Tomas Kocks, soldier in the Hon"* Govemoi's Company, pltf. v/s 
Jan Adely, sailor, deft. Pltf. says, that deft. Adely climbed yesterday 
over the fence between him and Annetje Smits, and affronted him and that 
he would not retire from his place, so that they came to blows with each 
other and that he tore the shirt from his back, the commencement of the 
dispute and trouble having occurred yesterday at his house. Calling as 
witnesses, William Hetten and Thomas Hetviel, soldiers. Deft, acknowl- 
edges to have climbed over the fence and to have said, that the place or 
ground was as free to him as for Kockx; also if any one struck him, he 
should strike back; then says he knew no better, than that it was the 
kings highway and not Kocks ground. The W: Court order Jan Adely 
to enter sufficient bail or in default thereof to go to prison. And whereas 
he could not give bail, he was taken to prison. 

The W: Court order, that all tapsters and those who make a profes- 
sion of tapping shall be bound to appear next Saturday afternoon at the 
City Hall, bringing with them their last obtained tapsters license. 

Thursday 22*! June 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Thomas Willet, Mayor; Thomas de la Vail, Olof Stevenzen van Cort- 
lant, John Laurens, Aldermans; Allard Anthony, [Sherriffe.] 

Coenraat ten Eyck, Joost Goderus, StofiFel van Laar and Hendrick 
Janzen van der Vin appear in Court to testify the truth regarding the riot 
which occurred on the 19*!* instant. The abovenamed Coenraat ten Eyck 
declares to have been standing on the bridge, where some children came. 



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who said there come three soldiers who say, that they will clear the street ; 
which soldiers coming on the bridge said (as far as he could understand) 
Let every one go home and attend to his business; — one of them drawing 
his sword from its scabbard attacked him, whereupon he ran away ; offer- 
ing if need be and he is required, to confirm the same on oath. And the 
abovenamed Joost Goderus, Burgher of this City, aged as far as he knows, 
six @ seven and thirty years declares, that he was standing on the Bridge 
about seven o'clock in the evening of the 19^ of this instant June, and 
saw three soldiers come on the Bridge, one of whom drew his sword 
striking Coenraat ten Eyck, Joost Carelsen, and him three blows, where- 
upon Hendrick Obe, Constable, charged him to go to the Fort to call the 
soldiers, and having run a little way in the street, he stopped and saw 
that they had drawn their swords and struck the aforesaid Constable, and 
that the said Constable called for help, whereupon he, deponent, return- 
ing took up some stones to go to his aid and saw that one young fellow 
came running out the house of Tomas Kockx, who fired with his gun, 
whereupon the soldiers left the abovenamed Constable; declaring further, 
that the soldier, who struck him, Joost Carelsen and Coenraat ten Eyck 
was freckled in the face, having a blue shirt and was the first to com- 
mence the game, offering to confirm this his declaration by oath, if need 
be and he is required. Further, Stoffel van Laar, Burgher of this City, 
aged twenty six years, declares that he was standing on the Bridge near 
Hans Dreper's about seven o'clock in the evening of the date aforesaid, 
when three soldiers came to sit on said Bridge, one of whom stood up and 
drew his sword driving the boys from the Bridge, after which he ran at 
Coenraat ten Eyck, who having retreated he followed him and struck 
him, whereupon going away he went to stand on the Strand, and there- 
upon the abovenamed soldiers went to Hendrick Obe, and that some one 
called for help for the said Hendrick, whereupon he with others went to 
him and saw that he was wounded and that he retired. Offering also to 
confirm his declaration, if necessary and he be required, on oath. And 
the aforesaid Hendrick Jansen vander Vin, Burgher of this City, old 
about fifty years, declares, that he was standing on Nicolaas Backers 
stoop after the trouble had ceased between the soldiers and sailors and 
saw two soldiers coming from the Fort, one of whom apparently much 
excited drew his sword and went to the Bridge, where many folks were 



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standing, among others Hendrick Obe, the Constable, and that the 
soldiers drove away the boys, who were standing about the Bridge, after 
which coming on the Bridge, they also drove away the people who were 
standing on both sides of the Bridge, striking them with the naked swords, 
and that Hendrick Obe stood by one of the soldiers at the comer of Hen- 
drick the baker's fence, speaking to him holding him by his coat and as 
well as he could remark, would have the soldier accompany him, where- 
upon the two soldiers fell on the aforesaid Hendrick, struck him with all 
their might, with the naked swords, and assaulted him in such a manner, 
that he was obliged to retire; and he saw when the aforesaid Hendrick 
had retired to Jacob the baker's comer, that one soldier ran after him 
with a gun and discharged the same and further has not seen. Offering 
to confirm the same on oath if necessary and he is required. 

Lodowyck Pos, his wife and daughter (the wife of Arent Jurriaansen 
Lantsman), entering, the aforesaid Lantsman's wife requests to be 
divorced from her husband, as she cannot keep house with him. De- 
creed to postpone the matter until the next Court day, when the said 
Lantsman is to be heard and the aforesaid Lodowyck Pos was allowed ta 
retain his daughter with him during that time. 

This day after the usual ringing of the City Hall bell three times is 
published a Proclamation regarding the confiscation of the West India 
Company's effects in consequence of the Company inflicting all sorts of 
injury on his Royal Majesty's subjects; pursuant to the printed Pro- 
clamation. 

Isaack de Foreest entering demands an attachment against the person 
of Francis Douthy for a debt he claims of him. The petition is granted 
and 'tis decreed that Francis Douthy shall remain in this City or give bail 
for fl. 500. 

Saturday 24 June, 1665. In [the City Hall.] Present the Heeren 
Thomas Willet, M'. Mayor; Thomas [de la Vail], Olof Stevenzen Cort- 
lant, Cornelis [van Ruyven], John Laurens, Aldermannen; Allard An- 
thony [Sherriffe]. 

Sergiant Thomas Exten, Thomas , James Webb appear; they 

have had no tapsters licence. Nath. Britten received a tapsters license 
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Further Wemaar Wessels, Bartholdus Maan, Freryck Gysbersen, 
Mighiel Tades, Lucas Dirckzen, Antony de Milt, Eghbert Meinderzen, 
• Dirck Storm, Barent Cours, Anneke Litsco, Jesyntje Verhagen, Patrix 
Hay, Grietje Provoost, Geertje Corssen, Andrees Rees appear, who are 
notified to observe good order, and whenever they find any rioting to 
arise, to go instantly to the watch and give notice of the same so as to 
put an end to the trouble. 

Secretary Nevius is ordered to give the tapsters a licence next Mon- 
day to enable them to tap for one quarter of a year. 

It is resolved that the tonnage, anchorage and other duties shall be 
levied by order of the Major and Aldermannen as heretofore, except the 
Burgher tax, until further order. 

Further, an order is made for Annetje Kock to lodge two soldiers 
named Thomas Johns and William Tott for the term of one month or 
thereabout; she shall receive the same as the others furnishing fire, light 
and washing etc. 

Lodowyck Pos and his daughter Beletje, wife of Arent Jurriaansen 
Lantsman, appear ; the aforesaid Beletje producing a remonstrance, 
wherein she demands, that she be not obliged to go to her abovenamed 
husband; whereupon it is apostilled: — Copy hereof is on request ordered 
to be furnished to party to answer thereunto in writing on the next Court 
day and to appear himself in person and Arent Jurriaansen Lantsman re- 
quests in writing copy of whatever may be filed by his wife aforesaid. 
Apostille : Petitioner's request is granted and he shall receive copy of 
whatever is filed by his wife thereunto to answer at the next Court day 
and to appear himself in person. 

ACTE TO THE SHERIFFE. 

The Sheriffe is hereby requested and ordered by the M' Mayor and 
Aldermannen to inventory the goods of Arent Jurriaansen Lantsman re- 
moved by him from his house and to take possession of said property. 

Tuesday the 27*? June 1665. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Thomas Willet, M' Mayor, Thomas de la Vail, Olof Stevenzen van Cort- 
lant, Comelis van Ruyven, John Laurens, Aldermannen; Allard Anthony, 
Sherifife. 

Nicolaas de Mayer, pltf. v/s Nathaniel Britten, deft. Pltf. produces 



264 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

an obligation for fourteen hundred guilders in sewant executed by the 
deft, in his favor for the a/c of Albert Albertsen, declared valid by the 
Court of this City pursuant to an acte obtained thereof; concluding for 
pajrment thereof. Deft, concludes the obligation to be void and that by 
virtue of a deed of sale of a parcel of land, a lot and valley bought of the 
said Albert Albersen, containing a clause: should the English take the 
aforesaid land during the period of payment, the sale shall be void. Pltf. 
replying says, that deft, made no such exception, when he executed the 
obligation; also, the obligation did not purport such. The Court having 
heard parties on both sides and considered and read the papers produced 
on either side by the parties grant the deft, two months time, as he ex- 
cepts on the clause inserted in the exhibited deed of sale, to make arrange- 
ments in the meanwhile, that the pltf. be satisfied for the demanded four- 
teen hundred guilders according to the obligation passed to him, and if 
not he is condemned then to satisfy and pay the pltf. the aforesaid sum. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. 
Pltf. concludes, that pursuant to judgment of the Court of this City, the 
deft, shall enter bail for the payment of the rent of the house, occupied 
by him or in default thereof to quit the house. Deft, answers, that the 
pltf. promised him repairs in presence of a person, who says, that it oc- 
curred so long ago, he has forgotten it. The W: Court decree, that if 
the deft, remain in default of payment of one quarters rent he shall have 
to give the pltf. sufficient bail for the rent or in default thereof leave the 
house. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf. v/s Marten Hofman, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. demands satisfaction from deft, according to 
judgment. The W. Court order him to summon him by the next Court 
day. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Bartholomeus van Schel, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

[* Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman], Lodowyck Pos and his wife [and 
daughter] wife of said Lantsman enter. Pursuant to the order on the 

remonstrance presented by the abovenamed Beletje on the of the 

month last the aforesaid [torn] was asked for his written answer, where- 
upon he says he could not get any one to [write it] for him, therefore he 
* The original is so torn that it is impossible to make sense of it. — Tr. 



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must transact the affair verbally ; denies to have driven his wife out of 
Hendrick the baker's house; saying further, that he has summoned the 
said Hendrick the baker's wife, also Jacob Vermont's wife to testify to 
the truth, but they have not appeared, relating the occasion thereof. The 
Court order Arent Jurriaansen Lantsman to summon his witnesses by the 
next Court day and should they not appear the Sherriffe was ordered to 
bring them. 

Geertje Pieters entering demands, that Saartje Teunis residing at N: 
Haarlem shall be ordered to prove that she stole beavers from Lysbet 
Ackermans and that the Sheriffe shall detain her, whenever she come 
here. The Court order the Officer, whenever he finds the said Saartje 
Teunis here to detain her, until she prove that Grietje Pieters has stolen 
beaver from Lysbet Ackermans. 

Nicolaas de Meyer entering exhibits an a/c between him and Andrees 
Herpers * extracted from his book by Johannes Provoost at Albania, say- 
ing the Court there decree, that no person has legally a claim against said 
Andries Herpers, unless he exhibit an obligation of debt or affirm by oath 
the justice of the debt, therefore intends to do the same; and he has in 
consequence confirmed the same by oath. In testimony whereof the 
Court ratified the same by impressing their seal thereon. 

Geertje Hendricks, wife of Dirck Gerrisen, demands by petition 
postponement of the suit instituted against her by Mattheus de Vos as 
substitute of Cristiaan Davidts, attorney of Thomas Hall, to shew by wit- 
nesses which she expects from Fort Orange, every day, the contrary of 
what the said de Vos has given in. Apostille: Petitioner is granted four 
weeks time, to do her duty in the meanwhile to get the evidence herein 
required, on condition that the case shall be proceeded with, if no proof 
of having done her duty be forthcoming at that time. 

Joannes Nevius rising up requests his dismissal because he cannot at 
present support or maintain himself and family, since he has no other in- 
come than that received from the City and he cannot bring the emolu- 
ments thereof to so much; The Court having considered the request 
discharge the petitioner from his service. 

The Porters of the Scales and Beer request by petition an increase of 

* Andries Herpers was gunner at Fort Orange (Albany), as early as 1654, and 
Magistrate there 1659 to 1660. He died in i66a. 




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fees as they cannot get along with what is allowed them: whereupon the 

Mayor and Aldermannen decide and consent that they may take and 

demand the following: — 

For A large bale of duffels fl. 2. 

A case of duffels r. 

A case of linen i. 

A Bale of "10 

A Bale of canvas ''10 

A barrel of nails i. 

A tub of prunes i. 

A tub of rice 10 

A tub with axes 15 

A case with kettles 15 

Other goods and trifles in proportion and in the cellar — 

A barrel of or on the scales 8 

A case of tobacco taken from the boat to the weighscales. . .18 

To roll a tub of tobacco home and weigh it 12 

A tub of tobacco on a truck 5. 

Further all goods in the weighhouse in proportion. 

For carrying the beer and wine : — 
Outside the Gate. 

One tun of beer 12 

A halfbarrel of beer 6 

A quarter ditto 5 

Within the Gate. 

A barrel of beer 10 

Half barrel of beer 5 

A quarter ditto 4 

Of the Wines. 

A parcel of oil 2. 

A *' of brandy 1.12 

A hogshead of wine or vinegar 16 

An aam of wine 12 

Ahalfaam " 8 

An anker '' 6 

A half anker 3 



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A' 1663. this 37^ off June. Att a Court holden uppon the Citty 
Hall of N. Yorke. Present W Thomas Willel, Major; M^ Tho: d'La 
Val, M' Oloff Stevcnsen, M' Coraelis van Ruyvcn, M' John Lawrence, 
Aldermen; Allard Anthony, Sheriff, 

ffrancis Douthy, pltf. v/s John Hinxman and Knollum Winslow, 
defts. The Court doth Order that the Partyes shal deliver in their 
Evidence to the following Juries to witt 

JURIES NAMES. 

Caleb Burton, Isaacq Bedloo, Christ hoogland, Balth' de Haert, 
W? doniel, James Bullaine, John Gurland, John Browne, Charles 
Bridges, John damrel, Thos. Carvet, Sam! Edsol. 

The Juries doe Judge that the defenders shal pay the Plantive, Soo 
much as he shall make apppeare by true accounts due unto him from the 
S' defenders, besides the Costs & damages of the Court. The Honn^* 
Court does allowe off the aboves"! Judgement & Nominates for to view 
Examin and make up the accounts betwixt the Partyes, from the tyme 
that the Bark was Sould to M: Tatchcr, til the tyme that she was Re- 
turned egaine to the s' Douthy to Witt M' Jacob Backer, M' Isaacq 
Bedloo M' Balthazar de haert & M' Samuel Edsal. Ady ut supra. 

Knellum Winslow, pltf. v/s ffrancis Douty, deft. The Court does 
order the Parties to deliver their Evidences to the before Standing Juries. 
The juries doe judge that the defend" shal Pay besides the damages of 
the Court to the Plantive, the Somme of five and twenty gilders Wampum. 
The honn"^ Court doe give their Assent to the fores'' Judgement. Ady 
ut supra. 

John Hinxman, pltf. v/s ffrancis Douty, deft. With Consent of 
both Partyes the Court does Order that they shal deliver their evidences 
to the Jury. The juries Judgement is, that the deft, shall pay to the pltf. 
Soo much as is due to him by Bond besides the Cost & damages of the 
Court. The Honnourahle Court doe give there assent to the foresaid 
judgment. Ady as above. 

ffrancis Douty, pltf. v/s Knellum Winslow, deft. In Action of 
Assalt & Batterie the w*! the Court orders that the parties shal deliver in 
their Evidences to the foresaid Juries. The Juries doe allowe to the Plan- 
tive for his fine thirty pence, besides the damages of the Court. The Hon'-'' 
Court doe give their Assent to the abovesvd jttoKCMg>. Ady as above. 



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Thomas Cokx, pltf. v/s John Adely, deft. The plf? did make 
Comp^5 to the Court by his declaration, and makes it appeare by two 
swome Witnesses that the deffendf did lip over his pailes against his Wil 
and further did abuse him in strikinge the pltf. uppon his owne Ground. 
The defend' doth Confesse that he had lipt over the Pailes and did fal in 
quarrel with the pltf. and that, after he had Received several Blowes of 
the Plaintive did Strike him, but that he did not know that the pltf. was 
the Master of the howse. The Honn**!* Court Orders that the defendf 
shall pay to the pltf. for abusinge him uppon his owne ground, in silver 
ten Shillings, besides the damages of the Court, and the pretence of the 
Sherif. Ady as above. 

Allart Anthony, Sheriff, Plantife v/s John Adely, defr. In an action 
of Assalt and Batterye against Tho. Kox. The Pit. demands off the de- 
fender (it beinge a case of great Consequence) ex Officio for the aforesaid 
Action a Penalty of fl. 150. The defender confessing the p'mises submits 
himselfe to the discretion of the Court. The honn^*" Court doth allowe 
to the Sheriff the somme off twenty gilders Wampum besides the Costs 
& Charges off the Court. Ady as above. 

Knellum Winslow, pit. v/s Samuel Moore, deff^. The Court orders 
that parties one either syde shal deliverr in their evidences to the afore- 
named Juries. The Juries doe allowe the pit. the Costs & damages off 
the Court & no moore. The honn"* Court doe give their assent to the 
aforesi Judgement and Allowance off the Juries. Ady as above. 

The Mayor Propoundinge to the Court that Seinge this Citty is verry 
Open and unfortifyed, or the Court did not think it Necessary that the 
Inhabitants should be Brought together to hear or they should be willing 
& what they Will Contribute to the fortifienge off the same. 

The Courts advice is alsoo that the fortifying off this Citty is neces- 
sary, But Judge it best before they Cal the Inhabitants together to hear 
the advice of the Honno**!* Govern' Richard NicoUs. 

The Major giveinge Notice to the Court that he is intended to goe to 
Albania with the first Convenient opportunity, desyres therefore that the 
Court will accept in his absence as his Deputy M' Thomas d' Laval. 
Ady as above. 

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New Yorke. Present W. Tho: Willel, Major; M^ Tho: d'Laval, W. 
Oloff Stevenaen, M'. Comelis van Ruyvnc, M- John Lawrence, Aldeimen. 

The Inhabitants of this Towne by order off the Court bcinge Called 
together — 

The Major Makinge his proposition to the Inhabitants desyeringe 
their advice that seeinge this Towne Lyinge Verry Open and in Noe 
Capacity to Resist the Violence of an Enemie or they did not judge it 
necessary that the Quid works made for the fortifyinge off this Towne 
should be Repaired, and that the West syde alonge Hudsons River should 
be fortifyed with good and sufficient pallisades for the use off which the 
honourable Govern' Richard Nicols hath proffered to Contribute twoe 
thousand Pallissades & thousand Gilders in wampum. 

The Intent of this proposition is not to Constraine any Inhabitant to 
fight against his ownc Nation but to make the Towne defencive against the 
Violence off an enemy w^ might seecke to spoile or destroye the same. 

MT Stenwyck did answer, that whereas the Govern* hath been 
pleased to put the honn*^* Major and Aldermen for to Looke to the Best 
off the Towne & the Inhabitants of the same; what they shal thinck fit 
& Necessary for the Best thereof, he beinge but ordered, shal alwayes 
be found a Willinge & faithful subject. 

Som of the People answeringe, Said that the Towne was sufficiant 
aaough; others that the Could not worke before they had their Armes 
Restored to them againe & many other excuses, but Noe Cathegoricall 
answer was given. Ady as above. 

July the 4^ A". 1665. At a Court held uppon the Citty bowse off 
New Yoike. Present M! Tho: de Lavall, Deputy Major; M'. Oloff 
Stevensen, M; Comelis van Ruyven, M* John Lawrence, Aldermen; Mr. 
AUard Anthony, Sheriff. 

The Sheriff AUard Anthony, pitf. v/s Hendrick Spaniard, deft. PItf. 
says that the deft, being arrested on the 7? June last by Claas Verbraeck, 
broke his arrest and went to Fort Orange; concludes therefore, that deft 
■hall be condemned in a fine of fl. 60. according to Placard. Deft, an- 
swering aaya, that punusat to the order of the Court dated 6 June last 
he had then applied to Timotheas Gabri^ old Schepen, at whose instance 
the Court had ordered the a/c^^^Bjtt^b^wan him and the s". Ver- 



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braeck to be examined by Sieurs Christoffel Hooghlant and Claes Lock, 
but no a/c could be got as Verbraeck was then absent. Deft, is ordered 
to settle with the Sheriff if possible; otherwise to appear again at the next 
Court day. Ady, as above. 

Nicolaes Verbraeck, pltf. v/s Hendrick Spaniard, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands the sum of fl. 520. seawan, as per obligation passed by deft; 
requests that deft, be obliged to pay the same. Deft, owns the debt; but 
says, he has various a/cs with pltf. for freight, earned by pltf. and him in 
company, whereof he cannot obtain a/c. The Dep'^ May? and Aldermf 
appoint and authorize Sieur Chr: Hooghlant and Claes Lock to examine 
and make up the a/cs betwixt parties and compose them if possible, and 
the deft, to pay the obligation within 3 days on condition of first deduct- 
ing what shall be found by afores^ persons to belong to him from the ^ 
Verbraeck on settlement of a/c. 

Sheriff Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Jacob Leendersen, deft. First 
default. Pltf. entering his suit, the deft, is ordered to appear on the 
next Court day. Ady, as above. 

Egbert Mejnderts, pltf. v/s Bartholomeus van Schell, deft. Defts. 
2"^ default. Pltf. entering his suit says the deft, owes him according to 
assignment made by Jacob Vis to him on deft., the sum, of fl. 230. in 
zewan being in deduction of the house purchased by him from Paulus 
Heymans; and further, the sum of fl. 39: 15. in zeawan balance of a/c. 
He demands that deft, shall be obliged to make good the same to him. 
The accounts being examined by the Deputy Mayor and Aldermen, they 
order the deft., being duly summoned to appear on the next Court day, 
on pain of being condemned to pay the account. Concerning the assign- 
ment made by Jacob Vis on the deft, in favor of the pltf., it was decreed, 
that in case the pltf. could not exhibit sufficient proof, that the deft, has 
accepted and undertaken to pay the same, he, therefore, has no demand 
against the deft., but shall seek his guarantee on the drawer of said 
assignment, being Jacob Vis. Ady as above. 

Eghbert Meynderts, pltf. v/s Cryn Jacobsen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of fl. 68: 10. according to account. Deft, admits the 
debt, but says it is not convenient now to pay the pltf. The Deputy Mayor 
and Aldermen condemn the deft, to satisfy the pltf. within the time of 
one month. Ady as above. 



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Arent Juriaansen Lantsman, pltf. v/s Saartie, wife of Hendrick 
Jansen, baker, deft. Deft, in default. 

Freryck Gysbertsen, pltf. v/s Marten Hoffman, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of fl. 23. in zeawan balance of rent according to judg- 
ment. Deft, admits the debt and requests some delay. The Mayor and 
Aid" order the deft, to satisfy the pltf. within 14 days to 3 weeks in the 
aforesaid sum, with costs. Ady, as above. 

Mf Garlet, pltf. v/s Engel Jansen. Default. 

Lodowyck Pos, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaansen Lantsman, deft. Pltf. 
complaining as father of Beletie Lodowycx, maketh known the Unchris- 
tian and insufferable treatment and behaviour of the deft, towards the 
aforesaid Beletie Lodowycx, the deft's lawful wife, to this end exhibiting 
divers attestations and declarations executed by various credible persons 
in the premises; demanding, that deft, shall be condemned in such 
penalty as the Magistrates shall deem on the merits proper; and further, 
that his said daughter, Beletie Jacobsen be not constrained to return 
again to her husband against her will. Deft, answering, denies that he 
improperly treated his wife, Beletie Jacobsen, but says they had some 
differences, whereof said Lodowyck Pos and his wife were the principal 
cause; exhibiting a declaration to this effect; requesting that his wife be 
obliged to return again to him, promising to live henceforward with her 
as man and wife ought to do. Pltf. replying says, that he has now been 
full three different times before the Court regarding the improper treat- 
ment of his daughter by the deft, and he each time promised amendment, 
but never performed his promise; persists therefore in his entered suit. 
The Deputy Mayor and Aldermen having heard the debates of parties on 
both sides, and examined the produced papers and documents, postpone 
the decision to the next Court day; and meanwhile their Worships shall 
authorize some honourable and fitting person to reconcile, if possible, 
the parties, to love and friendship — if not, to report their action to the 
Court. Ady, as above. 

Nota. The Acte of Authorization Stands herewith Registered. 
This for Memorandum. 

Mf Harmen Wessels entering requests, that the attachment issued by 
him on Jan Damen's goods in the hands of Seervyn Laurensen, may be 
declared valid. Fiat quod Fetitur. Ady as above. 



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Grietje Jans being sent for by the Court at the City Hall, on the 
complaints of the surgeon and others touching her scandalous, irregular, 
whorish and evil life and behaviour, is informed (whereas she now being 
with child is excused from further corporal punishment which she well 
deserves) that she must depart within 14 days or 3 weeks' time from this 
City on pain of bodily correction. Ady as above. 

Whereas now at divers times complaints have been lodged before the 
Court of this City against the unbecoming comportment and irregular 
housekeeping of Arent Juriaensen Lantsman, which ought to be cor- 
rected as an example to others ; this however has as yet been deferred at 
his earnest entreaties and promise of amendment: but whereas instead of 
amendment, serious complaints are made de novo of the bad behaviour 
observed by him towards his wife, as more fully can be seen by the 
declarations produced, and though there is now reason sufficient to make 
an exemplary correction in the premises, yet on the proposition of some 
of his friends we yet abstain from any extreme measures, but have referred 
him and his wife, as we hereby do, to the Reverend Domf Johannes 
Megapolensis and Dom? Samuel Driesius, who are requested to arrange, 
if possible the question between Arent Juriaens Lantsman and his wife 
and to reconcile them; then on the promise of amendment and that such 
should not again occur, shall the past be forgiven, but if the one or the 
other party will not abide by nor submit to the advice and arbitration of 
the Rev!* preachers Domini Megapolensis and Driesius between this 
and the next Court day, then proceedings may be expected according to 
the style and custom of law as an example to other evil housekeepers. 
Ady, as above. 

July the Eleventh A? 1665. At a Court held uppon the Citty howse 
of New Yorke. Present Mf Tho. de Laval, Deputy Major; M.' Oloff 
Stevenz, Mf Com v: Ruyven, Mf John Laurence, Aldermannen. 

The Sheriff, pltf. on behalf of Grietie Pieters v/s Josyn Verhagen, 
deft. Pltf. says, that Josyn Verhaegen, deft., told Saertie Teunis in pres- 
ence of Marretie Pieters and the wife of Tomas Lourens, that Grietie 
Pieters had stolen a beaver from Lysbet Ackermans. Deft, answering 
denies it, but says, he stated, that a beaver was stolen from the above- 
named Ackermans and that he heard, there was no one in the house but 



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the above mentioned Grietie Pietersen, but denies having said, that she 
stole it. Marretie Comelis and Tomas Lourens' wife being called in 
declare, they know not what the abovenamed Josyn Verhagen had said, 
as they were occupied about their own business. The Mayor and Alder- 
men having heard the answer of deft, and the evidence of Marretie Cor- 
nelis and of the wife of Tomas Lourensen, condemns the aforesaid Grietie 
Pietersen in the costs incurred herein, the Court further orders hereby, 
that it be not henceforward troubled with such unfounded doings. Ady 
as above. 

Foppe Barent, pltf. v/s Jan van Bremen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, according to a/c the sum of one hundred and thirty two guilders in 
seawan for wages earned by him on the defts. scow. Deft, says, that the 
pltf. sailed with him as passenger, but he promised him no money, only 
said to him, that if at any time he worked a day on his scow he should 
pay him for it, as he indeed hath done. The Major and Aldermen hereby 
appointed and authorized Jan Ariaansen and Pieter Harmansen, ship 
carpenters, as arbitrators in the dispute between parties, to reconcile them 
if possible; if not to render a report to the Bench on the next Court day. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Symon Jansen Romeyn, deft. 
Defts. first default. Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of fl. 124. 7 in 
beavers on an a/c of Johannes Withart, accepted by the deft, to pay to 
him, as appears by the notice repeatedly served by the Court Messenger. 
The Mayor and Aldermen having looked into the a/c order Symon Jansen 
Romeyn, the deft., to appear at the next Court day or to send an attorney 
to answer the pltf's demand on pain, in default thereof, of being con- 
demned then according to the exigence and finding of the matter. Ady 
as above. 

nth July 1665. 

William Hallet, pltf. v/s Poulus Leenderts and Govert Loockermans, 
in the behalfe of Ml Jacques Cousseau, defend? The Pit. deliveringe in 
his declaration to the Court: it is ordered that the Coppie of the same shal 
be Delivered to the defend? & that they shal give in their answer against 
next Court day to be held the i8th of this Instant, & then to Come to 
tryal at the foUowinge Courtinge day, beinge this day fourtnight: ady ut 
supra. 




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Poulus Leenders & Govert Loockermans in the behalfe of MT 
Jacques Cousseau, pit: v/s William hallet, defi The Pit: desiringe 
that the Court will order and Charge [the deft: Will: hallet, that he shall 
imedeately deliver to the Pit: the bond & obligation of M' Cousseau 
accordinge to his Promis and bond made in the si MT Cousseaus Bouck 
N? C. etc. The honn*^ Court orders that the Pit: shal deliver the Coppy 
of their declaration to the defend^ at this after noone, and that the de- 
fend^ as then shal give in his answer to the same, ag? next tuesday, & 
then to Come to tryal at the foUowinge Courtinge day, beinge this day 
fourtnigh, ady ut supra. 

The nth off July 1665. 

Nathaniel Britton, Pit. v/s Albert Alberts, defft. M'. John Rider 
appearinge in the behalfe of the Pit. delivereth in his Declaration to the 
Court: it is ordered that the Pit: shal deliver in the Coppy of the same 
to the defend' and that the Defender as then shal give in his answer to 
the same at the next Court beinge the i8th of this instant: and then to 
Come to tryal at the followinge Courtinge day beinge this day fourtnight, 
as above. 

Thomas Exton, Pit. v/s hendrick ahasueros, Defft. M' John Rider 
appearinge in the behalfe of the PI' delivered to the honn"* Court his 
Declaration : The Hon".* orders that the Coppie of the same shal be de- 
livered to the defend- and that the defender shal give in his answer to 
the same, at the Next Court to be held the i8th of this Instant & then to 
Come to tryal at the followinge Courtinge day, which shal be at this day 
fourtnight as above. 

Jacobus Vis, pUf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. first default. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Bartholomous vander Schel, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the sum of fl. 230. in sewan, being deduction of the 
house bought by him from Paulus Heymans. Deft, admits the debt, but 
says, it is not convenient for him just now to pay and further that to this 
time he could receive neither conveyance nor deed of the house. The 
pltf. replying says, that the deft, must look to the sellers for the deed, but 
not from the pltf., as the pltf. only comes like other creditors of Paulus 
Heymans for a share of the monies, which he promised for the house. 
The Mayor and Aldermen having heard debates of parties, order deft, to 



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satisfy the pitf. within two months from this time, or in default thereof 
the pItf. shall be empowered to summon the deft, on the next succeeding 
Court day, when the same shall be placed in the hands of the jury, then 
to proceed as may be proper according to the exigency and finding of the 
case. Ady ut supra.. 

Arian Appel, pltf. v/s Pieter Schaefbanck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 45 gl. in zeawan, balance of a/c. Deft, admits the debt, but 
says he has not been hitherto in circumstances to pay. The Major and 
Aldermen having heard the demand and the defts. acknowledgment con- 
demn him to satisfy the pltf. within two months from this time. Ady as 
above. 

Barent Harmens, pltf. v/s Tamis Davis, deft. Pltf's wife appearing 
says, that her husband being at Onckeway with Tamis Davis agreed 
together with one Palmer of Onckeway, to aid in driving some catde from 
there hither for Tomas for the sum of 4 guilders per day in seawan, and 
whereas said Pamer was forbidden to drive them here and so refused, 
detaining her husband from day to day, he was under the necessity of 
coming here without the cattle, having been out six days; requesting 
that deft, shall be ordered to pay her accordingly. Deft, answering says, 
pltf. is the cause that his cattle were not brought; denies, therefore, that 
he owes him any thing, as he had agreed with him lo aid in driving the 
catde; but requests that the same may be postponed to the arrival of said 
Faemer, as he is expected here every day, then to be the better able to 
prove his statement. The Mayor and Aldermen having heard the 
debates of parties, order deft, to deposit the money with the Sec": Nicolaes 
Bayard, until the abovenamed Paemer coming here shall furnish further 
explanation and proof, when further order shall be given according to 
the merits of the case. 

Arent Juriaensen Lantsman entering in Court communicates by 
petition in substance, that he and hts wife were, pursuant to the order of 
the Major and Aldermen, dated 4*^ inst., with the Rev' Ministers Dt 
Johannes Megapolensis and D^ Samuel Driesius, but that his wife's 
parents would not come to any agreement nor listen nor submit to the 
advice or arbitration of the Venerable Ministers. He requests therefore, 
that the Court would please to order bis vife to retnni to him, as he 
could not any longer live without his wife, piWQiua^HB to live with 



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her as an honest man ought to do. Whereupon Arent Juriaensen Lants- 
man's wife appearing, assisted by her father, Lodowyck Pos, and the 
above request having been read to her and she being asked, if for this 
time she would not go with her husband on the promise of amendment 
given by him, answers. No; as he had already repeatedly promised the 
same, but never kept it. The Mayor and Aldermen having heard the 
arguments on both sides, and considered the declarations and other docu- 
ments produced, declare, that they have contributed all in their power, 
as well through the clergymen, as otherwise, to reconcile parties in love 
and friendship, but all in vain; and whereas by divers declarations as 
otherwise it is sufficiently apparent to their Worships, that the parents, to 
wit Lodowyck Pos and his wife, are the chief and principal cause of the 
trouble, which has arisen between the parties, they therefore order 
hereby the aforesaid Lodowyck Pos not to detain the abovenamed Beletie 
Lodowycx, wife of Arent Juriaensen Lantsman, in his house beyond 14 
days, within which time parties shall have to be reconciled to each other^ 
or in default thereof they must again make joint application to them; and 
further the abovenamed Arent Juriaens Lantsman is hereby notified and 
warned, that if again any complaints should be made of his improper 
behaviour, he shall then be delivered over to the hands of the Hon^ 
Govemour General to be punished by his Honour in such manner, 
whether by separation from bed and board, imprisonment or otherwise as 
by his Honour shall then be deemed proper as an example to other evil 
householders. 

July 1 8th 1665. At a Court held at New Yorck. Present Mf 
Thomas Willet, major; M! Olof Stevens, M' Com: Van Ruyven, M! 
John Laurence, Aldermen. 

Allard Anthony, Pit: Contra George Waecker. The Pit: declaringe 
by word of mouth that the deH: had carried away, the Pit: his Neger. 
The deH doth desyre that the Pit: shal deliver in his declaration in 
Writinge. The honn"* Court orders that deliver his declaration to the 
Pit: in Writinge before night, and doe further order the defend' to give in 
his answer against next Court, ady as above. 

Thomas Jermy, Pit: Contra Ritchard Woodwal, deft. The Pit: 
deliveringe in his declaration to the Court, the honn^* Court doth order 



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the Pit: Thomas Jermy to deliver Coppy of the same to the defendant and 
doe further order that the deft, shal answer uppon the same, at the Next 
Court: ady as above. 

Richard Woodwal, Pit. v/s Thomas Jervis, deft. The Pit: doth 
Say that be shal deliver in his declaration to the Defendant against the 
Next Court in due time. Whereunto the honn"^ Court doe give their 
assent, ady as above. 

William Edwards, Pit: v/s Core Jansen, Defendant. The Pit: by 
his declaration, demands by Bill off the defend- ten gallons of Brandy, 
for which the defend! besides one Jeremiah Dircx hath past his Bill to 
the Pit: The Defendant saith that the Pit: doth owe him for foure dayes 

Worlte, in Rowinge the Pit: his wife to in Virginia at 2$ ib. tobacco 

p! day. The Pit: doth denye, to bee any thinge in Debtcd to the De- 
fendant. The hono*^ Court doe Order the defendt. to make payment, 
to the Pit: of his bill, besides the damages of the Court, and in case the 
defendant Can make appcare, that the Pit: is any thinge indebted to 
hiin, he may at all tymes Plead his action against him. ady as above. 

Hendrick Cousterie, Samuel Edsal and Warnaer Wessels, pltfs. v/s 
Thomas Levis, deft. M' John Ryder appearing for the deft, requests 
that the proceedings may be postponed until the defts. return as he has 
been sent away by the Hon*^ Govcmour General. The Court grants the 
request. Ady, as above. 

Abram Verplanck, pitf. v/s Harmen Hendricx, alias the Portuguese, 
deft. Pltf. says, that he is bail for deft, to John Coo for the sum of — fl. 
and whereas the pltf. has been various times spoken to, even unto execu- 
tion in the stead of the deft, as principal, he demands that deft, shall pay 
his debt and free the pltf. his bail with costs. Adreaen Van Laer ap- 
pearing for the deft, and being retained bail for the judgment, promises 
to make payment within the time of two months. The W: Mayor and 
Aldermen having heard the arguments of panics, order and condemn the 
deft, to pay the debt within the time of six weeks, besides all the costs 
incurred herein, on pain of execution. Ady as above. 

Received the answer of Albert Albertsen, deft, v/s Nathaniel Britten, 
pltf., to the demand made and entered on the ti^ inst. against the deft, 
as further appears under said date being and it is ordered to furnish 
party copy hereof to answer thereunto on the next Court day. Ady as above. 



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Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Symon Jansen Romeyiiy deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of fl. 124: 7. in beavers, upon an a/c of 
Johan Withart, which the deft, accepted to pay the pltf. Deft, admits 
the debt, but requests eight days delay; says further, that he has divers 
unsettled accounts with the pltf. as well private, as of the partnership in 
the brewery and others. The Mayor and Aldermen having heard the 
debates of parties and examined the accounts, order the deft, to pay the 
abovementioned account to the pltf. within the term of eight days from 
date hereof; meanwhile, if deft, have any claim ag*.* the pltf., he may in- 
stitute his action against him in due place and season. Ady as above. 

Mettie Wessels, pltf. v/s Pieter Wolferts van Couwenhoven, deft. 
Defts. first default. 

Mettie Wessels, pltf. v/s Claes van Elslant, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 82: 19 in seawant according to his hand writing: requests 
payment. Deft, admits the debt, but requests delay. The Mayor and 
Aldermen having heard parties, order deft, to satisfy the pltf. within the 
time of one month. Ady as above. 

Metje Wessels appearing in the Court of Mayor and Aldermen 
demands payment of an account against the City, amounting to the sum 
of fl. 381. in seawan and fl. 65 in beavers. The Mayor and Aldermen 
having examined the account, cannot immediately answer the same before 
the Treasurer has delivered over his books. Ady as above. 

Jamis Davits, deft., and pltf. in reconvention v/s Barent Harmen- 
sen, pltf. The deft, according to the order of the Court dated . . . 
instant to produce further proof of the case between him and the pltf. 

exhibits a declaration made under oath by Paemer of Fairfield 

before the Magistrates there, wherein said Paemer declares that Barent 
Harmensen is the cause that the defts. cattle were not brought, as pltf. 
went away without taking any leave of said Paemer etc. Pltf. says, that 
he waited 4 days for said Paemer to drive the cattle here, and that said 
Paemer was deferring from day to day, saying that he did not know, when 
he should start with the cattle etc. The Major and Aldermen having 
heard arguments of parties and examined the proofs, condemn the deft. 
Tamis Davits to pay to pltf. half the promised hire being 3^ gild" per 
day; Amounting, for six days w*? he waited, to fi. 10: 10. Ady as 
above. 



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Whereas Johannes Nevius, late Secretary of this City, is discharged 
at his request and released from his office, and whereas various matters 
have frequeatly occurred whereunto the old books and papers are neces- 
sary, which hitherto have remained in his possession ; Therefore, we 
hereby order the same, to deliver to the present Secretary Nicolaes 
Bayard, in the presence of Comelis Van Ruyven, all books and papers 
appertaining in any wise to the Secretary, that we may serve ourselves 
thereof, as is proper. Ady as above. 

July the 25-* A? 1665. Att a Court held at New York. Present 
ti' Thomas d' La val, Depty Mayor; M' Comelis Van Ruyven, M' Oloff 
Stevens, M' John Laurence, Aldermen; Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Allard Anthony, Pit: v/s George Walker, Defft. The Pit: Saith by 
his declaration that the defendt : in april last hath Carried away and trans- 
ported from this Island, his Neger Called Lewies, and doth Produce twoe 
testimonies, which declared that the deffL besides one Ephraim Lyele, 
did bringe on the s^ Neger aboard off the Barck Called the At/venture, 
whereuppon master Was Moses Darm then Lyinge in the Bay of this 
North River: desiringe Judgem! of the Court, that the deft: Shal Pay 
all Charges, Losses & damages already Sustained or got to be Sustained, 
etz. The defendant answeringe dcnyes that he hath Carried or trans- 
ported away the Pit! Neger & profers to take his oath to it that he had 
not Scene the Neeger before the tyme he Came in the Boat with Epraim 
Liele, neither that be had any hand in it, but that he at that time did 
goe for Passenger with the s". Vessel, where the si Liele did Carry the 
Pit! Neger away withal & therefore prayeth Justice and Judgem' of 
this Court, & humbly desires Satisfaction & Reparation of the Iniuries, 
accusation or to give him Such Satisfaction as the merit of the Cause 
doth deserve, as alsoo for the false and Scandelous Infonnation, what 
the Court in their Prudence shall thinke meete, for which if the defft: 
had the time he would make appeare to be preiudiced by the Pit! unjust 
suite, above one hundred Pounds Sterlinge, The honnourable Court 
orders the Parties to give their Evidences in, to the followinge a 
Juries: — 

NAMES or TKX JURIX8. 

James Bolline, Jacob Backer, Capt? '■flrtr"'TLJahMU>e« the Peyster, 



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Will: darval, Sam: Edsal, hendrik Obe, Nicolaes meyer, Tom' hall, Simon 
Jans, Charles Bridge, Jurian Blank 

The Juries doe allowe to the Defft. (because the Pit: Can not Suffi- 
ciantly proeve his saings, by Swome Witnesses) the Costs & Charges 
off the Court and noe more: unto w*^ the honn*^ Court doc give their 
assent & approbation — as above. 

Nathaniel Britten, Pit. v/s Albert Albertsen, defend* The defend^ 
deliveringe into the Court his answer, to the declaration of the Pit: &it 
beinge in dutch, the Pit: Could not understand the same, therefore the 
honn*^ Court orders, that the defendant shal deliver within Efght dayes, 
the translate of the same in English, & then to come to tryal this day 
foure Weekes, — ady as above. 

William hallet, Pit. v/s Jacques Cousseau, Defft: The Def^ attumy 
deliveringe in his answer to the declaration of the Pit: & it beinge in 
dutch — the Pit: Could not understand it, — it is therefore ordered, that 
the defendants shal deliver within 8 dayes the translate thereof in Eng- 
lish to the Pit: & to Come to trial this day foure Weekes, ady, as above. 

Jacques Cousseau, Pit. v/s Will, hallet, defft: The honn*^ C? 
orders that the parties shal bringe in their declarations & Evidences 
alsoo ag^ next Court day beinge this day foure weekes — ^ady, as 
above. 

Dirck van Cljff, pltf. v/s Timotheus Gabrie, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of fl. 143. 10. balance of an obligation payable on 
presentation, and whereas he, the deft, has been now frequently spoken 
to for payment, he requests, that deft, shall be condemned to pay the 
note with interest, to wit from the time the payment thereof was first de- 
manded. Deft, admits the debt; says, further, that he never refused 
payment and that he told pltf. last Saturday to come for the pay. But 
he never came. Major and Aldermen having heard parties order deft, to 
pay pltf. his note with costs incurred herein. Ady, as above. 

Wamaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. 
pursuant to obligation and previous judgment, dated 8*!* March 166 1 de- 
mands from deft, payment of fl. 211. 3. in beaver currency, with interest 
thereof, or otherwise prompt execution. Deft, admits the debt; says that 
circumstances do not yet admit of payment ; requests further delay. 
The Major and Aldermen having heard parties, order deft, to pay his 



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note within eight days' time together with the costs herein incurred on 
pain of execution, Ady, as above. 

Wamaer Wcssels, pitf. v/s Hendricx Spanjaert, deft. Defts. i" 
default. 

Lysbet van dcr Veen, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwcnhoven, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, the sum of f!. 331. beaver curr'y according to note; 
requests that deft, shall be condemned to pay pltf. the aforesaid sum 
with costs. Deft, admits the debt; says he is not yet in circumstances to 
pay, but promises to give something now and again in deduction of the 
note. Parties being heard by the Major and Aldermen they order the 
deft, to pay his note to the pltf. within 14 days time with costs incurred 
herein, on pain of execution. Ady. as above. 

Thimotheus Gabrie, pltf. v/s Otto Gerrets, deft. Defts. first default. 

Mettie Wessels, pltf. v/s Pieter Wolphcrts, deft. Defts. 3I default, 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Symon Jansen Romeyn and Jacob 
Vis, deft. Pltf. says, that he has an a/c with Symon Jansen Romeyn as 
attorney of Johannes Withart and with Jacob Vis for the brewery kept in 
company with them, whereby he maintains some money is still coming to 
him, but he never can get a settlement because defts. never make up 
their a/cs with each other herein. He requests that defts. may be 
ordered to settle the a/cs between them both relating hereunto, so that he 
may at once obuin his own. Defts. answer, they are willing, that the 
a/cs be made up. Parties being heard by the Major and Aldermen they 
order defts. to make up and settle the a/cs which they had in partnership 
with each other in the brewery, and that within 8 days time. Ady, as 
above. 

Symon Jansen Romeyn appearing in Court requests that the attach- 
ment issued by him on the monies of Jacob Wolpherts remaining in hia 
hands may be declared valid, until the a/cs. as well of the brewery part- 
nership as individually may be made up and settled. The Mayor and 
Aldermen declare the attachment valid on condition, that the money be 
brought in consignment to the City Hall here. Ady as above. 

Stoffel van Laer, pltf. v/s Adriaen van Laer, deft. Pltf. says, that 
he remained bail to deft, for Claes Boot and that said Boot has now sent 
to pltf. a hhd of tobacco in payment of his debt and th at he Im offered 
the same to deft, who has refused it. Deft. : 




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not merchantable and further that it ought to have been paid full 2 years 
ago and as it is now of less value, than it then was, he maintains, he is 
not now bound to receive it in payment. The Major and Aldermen 
having heard parties, refer the matter in question to Sieurs Jacob Ley- 
sler and Dirck van der Cljff to inspect the tobacco and to reconcile 
parties if possible; if not to report their conclusion to the Court. Ady^ 
as above. 

The petition of Arent Juriaensen Lantsman being read and con- 
sidered making complaint, that his wife still evinces her unwillingness, 
contrary to the last rendered judgment of the 11^ inst., to come home to 
him ; also that his father in law, Lodowyck Pos, is entertaining her con- 
trary to aforesaid order etc. and requesting the Worshipful Court to order 
and constrain the aforesaid Lodowyck Pos according to said judgment, 
not to entertain his wife any longer, and further to order his wife to return 
home to the petitioner; the Major and Aldermen order, that the matter 
be placed in the hands of the preceding sworn jurymen. Whereupon the 
aforesaid judgment dated 11'!' inst. together with the other papers in any 
appertaining to the case being considered by the jurymen, they decide 
that Beletie Lodowycks, wife of the aforesaid Lantsman, shall return 
home to her husband, and that the aforesaid Lodowyck Pos shall no 
longer harbour the wife of the aforesaid Lantsman without the consent 
of her husband or allow others to harbour her and pay the costs in- 
curred herein. The Major and Aldermen having heard and read the 
said verdict delivered by the jurymen approve the same and order the 
same to be executed, as it shall behoove. Ady. as above. 

Jacob Vis appearing in Court states, that the late Burgomasters and 
Schepens of this City on date 2"** March 1665 had referred him and 
Symon Jansen Romeyn, as attomies of Jan Withart, to Sieurs Nicolaes 
de Meyer and Isaacq Greveraat to examine in presence of Sieur Cousseau 
the case in dispute between them, being for the purchase of a parcel of 
impure amber (Amber notr), bought by said Vis and Withart in company, 
and if possible to decide and reconcile parties, but they could not bring 
it to a termination up to this time thro* lack of sufficient proof; and 
whereas he has now received additional proof, he requests the Worsh" 
Court to be pleased to nominate and authorize some persons to hear the 
matter in question discussed and to examine and oversee the additional 



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proofs. The Major and Aldermen having heard the request, grant the 
same, and for this end accord the following cute : Fiat quodpetitur and 
the Major and Aldenncn hereby authorize Sieurs Johan de Peyster and 
Nicolaes de Meyer to hear the case in question debated and to examine 
the additional proofs and if possible to decide the matter and reconcile 
parties, if not to report their action to the Court. Ady, as above. 

Ady, 15 Augs' A* 1665. 

Whereas Symon Jansen Romeyn has stated to us, that the a/cs be- 
tween him as attorney of Johan Withart and Jacob van Couwenhoven, 
and Jacobus Vis regarding the brewery held by them in partnership, are 
still unsettled, requesting that some persons may be commissioned and 
authorized to examine and make up the same between parties, inasmuch 
as they cannot agree and settle among themselves; Therefore the Deputy 
Mayor has hereby commissioned and appointed Sieurs Johannes de 
Peyster, Nicolaes Meyer and Laurens de Sille, to examine the a/cs be- 
tween parties, to hear arguments, and if possible to settle them and 
reconcile parties; if not to report their action to the Hon*^ Court. Ady, 
as above. 

Nota. The award of the arbitrators is filed in the file of declara- 
tions. This as memorandum. 

August the aa"? K°. 1665. Att a Court held at New Yorke. P'sent 
Capt^ Thoml Willet, Major; Capt. Thom^ D' la Val, M.' 0l6f Stevens, 
M' Johannes V, Brugh, M! Comelis V. Ruyven, M- John Lawrence, 
Aldermen; M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

William Hallet, Pit. v/s Jacques Cousseau, deft. The Pit: by hi» 
declaration Saith that he Rec^ a bil from the defEt: of 3333 lbs. of 
Tobacco, 40 Bevers & 5 ;^ Silver w'."" Tobacco was to be paid with 
blanckets at 10 gilders p! peece, or other goods Equivalent to it: and he 
having occation for some goods before the Bil was due, & M' Cousseau 
being alsoo willinge to deliver him the same, Provided that the Pit: did 
set his hand to the deft: booke, w^ he did but when the Pit: did set hi» 
hand to the deft^ booke it was only on account of the Perticulars without * 
any price. The Pit: declares furthermore that he did order the defft: to 
pay to Luke Wataon fl. 358. for which Summe the deft, makes him 



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debtor without any specification of the particulars w^ s*^ summe the ^. 
Watson denyes to have Rec**- & doth yet threaten the pltf. to Sue him 
for it, therefore he desires this honn**^ Court to Consider iff the S^ Cons- 
seau paid monney by his order, he must Proeve the Payment or free him 
from the debt, and doth further desire this honn**!* Court seriously to 
Consider the Premises & that he did not understand dutch nor did not 
knowe what he did write: al w*? more Largely by his declaration may 
appear. Magdalena du Tellit in the behalf of hur husband M^ Jacques 
Cousseau answereth firstly Belonginge M' Cousseau his Person he is in 
this Country esteemed a Person of Credit & honesty, & in noe manner 
suspect of fraudelent Dealings Contrairie to the Pit: declaration, and 
therefore ought the bookes of such a Marchant to have Credit. It Kan 
sufficiantly appear that M' Cousseau doth use in his bookes a short Stile, 
moreover that M' Hallet did Receive the goods in several sorts, soo that 
only in gros manner the summe is set doune, without any of the particu- 
lars therein inserted or mentioned. Besides al this is of more Pouwer 8c 
without any Controverss that when M' Hallet did set his hand to M' Cous- 
seaus booke, by forme of acquittance with promis to deliver the obligation 
Backe againe he hath Confirmed all what Conseminge the Pit: in the 
defft! Booke was written, and therefore, the oath of the Pit: to the Contra 
Can not be sufhciant in this case. But his hand & subscribinge ought to 
Prevaile above al other Pretended sustenues & Considerations. Be- 
longinge that M' Hallet sais he Could not understand duth &tz: it is 
Indisputable that M' Cousseau doth speake the English Linguo sufficiant 
for to Translaet M' Hallet the Tennor of what he did subscribe Reiectinge 
therefore the Pit* pretended sustenues & Considerations, & prayeth 
that hur good damage might be graunted, &tz. The honn**!* Court did 
order that both Partyes shuld give in their Evidences to the followinge 
Sworne Jurymen & doe further order the s*! Juries to give their Verdict 
uppon the same. Verdict of the Juries In the case Betweene Hallet and 
Cousseau. That the pltf. W" Hallet shall deliver up the defts. obligation 
& pay Costs. The honn^'.* Court doe give their assent & approbation 
to the above standinge Verdict & doe Confirm y* same as above. The 
Pit: W" Hallet not acceptinge the Courts Judge"' Appeales to the next 
Court of assizes to be held of New York one the 28*^ of September next. 
James Bullaine, Joh De Peyster, Will. Dorval, Jacob Kip, Christ: 



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Hooghlant, Thorn: Hall, Timothy Gabry, Richard Lofgrof, Isaacq 
Bedloo, John Damrill, Symon Jans Roni°, Francis Rombout, Jury. 

Jacques Cousseau, Pit: v/s William Hallet, Deft; The Pit! wiffe 
in absence of hur husband doth declare that the deft: did unjusdy detaine 
from hur the Pit! obligation & prayeth therefore Judgcm! that the 
defft: shal be ordered to deliver Imediately back againe the obligation of 
the Pit: accordinge to his promis & subsciybinge in the Pll^ Booke 
it'- C. Fol: 100. & in Case of opposition she doth demand the Cost & 
Charges &tz. The defEt: gives noe other answer as he by his hcrebefore 
•tandlnge declaration hath declared, w'^ more Lardgely by his declaration 
appeare in the office of Records filed uppon the file of declarations. The 
Jur! brought in y^ Verdict against the defift: viz: That the Defft: W^ 
Hallet shal deliver up the Pit! obligation & to pay cost. The honnour- 
able C" doe give their approbation to the abovestandinge Verdict, ady as 
above. 

Nathaniel Britten, Pit: v/s Albert Alberts, defft: The Pit: declares 
that he one the 3* day of Aprill 1664 did Covenant with the s^ defft: for 
Certaine howse & Land &tz Scituate, lyinge & beinge in N. Utreght 
by w^ Coven! both Partyes where Engaged to Perfonne the several Con- 
ditions, in the s*^ graunt specified: And Whereas the defft. doth not per- 
fonne the Covenant, not being able to make good his Title to part of the 
Lond, to the Fit: great damage more then one hundred pounds Sterlings. 
The pltf. therefore prayeth that the defft: may make good his Covenant 
& that he may enjoy it wholy, or have his money & damage made 
good & the bargaine void. The defend' in answer to the Pit: declarat^ 
doth declare, that he Conveyed the above s' Land to the Pit: with such 
domineinge servetutes & priveleges, as the same by the defft. was 
possessed, accordinge to the groundbriefe to w^ the same is referred: 
But in Case that the English (within the time of Payment, w^ was to be 
in foure Several termes) might take away & propriate the Land to them- 
selves that then the Bargain should be void, al w^ more Lardgely is ex- 
pressed & may appear by the si Bargain by w'? it Clearly doth appeare 
the The aforesl Bargain doth speake of a General takinge away of the 
Land in question, & in noe manner direcdy or Indirectly, to form part 
of the same. Which Land meddouwet &tz: the ^ Albert Alberts hath 
delivered to the Pit : accordinge to the Conditions in the Bargain specified : 



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since w"^ time the Inhabitants of Gravesand uppon the Last general meet- 
inge at heemstead, did move question ag^ the Inhabitants of N. Utreght 
for Certaine Strooke of meddowe by the late Govern & Councel graunted 
to N. Utreght w*? they Pretended to be theirs & is by the s* meetinge 
allowed to Gravesand: It is Notoir and evident that the Losse of the ^ 
meddowe the Inhabitants of N. Utreght in general is Conseminge, and 
that the same not is applyable to the Late Possess? albert alberts in 
p'ticular. And Whereas the Pit: besides the other Inhabitants of N. 
Utreght was possess*? of the si meddowe, therefore the Pit: must beare 
the Losse of the same Equally with the general Inhabitants of New 
Utreght. The Pit: doth alsoo abusively declare the Pretended damage 
of 100 pounds Starling whereof he doth not proeve the Least iot there- 
fore is the same by the defft. Rejected. There is noe Reason that for a 
small defect as this is, the si agreem^ should be void moreover the Pit: 
hath taken Possession of the si meddouwe &c Longe before the Losse of 
the same is fallen, & therefore must Conforme himself e with the Inhabi- 
tants of N. Utreght as aforesaid. The Defendant therefore Concludes that 
the Pit: shal make good one his Part the Conditions of the si bargaine & 
that his impertinent suit, by yo^ honn* shal be non -suited Cum Expends 
&c. The honn"* Court doe order that Both parties shal give in their 
Evidences to the beforestandinge Swome Jurymen, & doe further order 
the si Juries to give in their Verdict uppon the same. Verdict of the 
Juries: — The Juries doe find for the defft: & Pit: to stand to their Bar- 
gaine, only in Consideration that the meddowe is taken away, by order of 
the General-Court of the Island & not by the English, and that both 
parties had treated, about puttinge of the differance to arbitration, wee 
doe allowe the Pit: to abate uppon his Last Payment the summe of five 
hundred gildors Wampum. And each partie to bare his owne Charges 
& Pay the Cost of the Court. The honn"* Court doe give their appro- 
bation to the abovestandinge Verdict, and doe affirme the same; ady, as 
above. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Jan Evertsen Bout, deft. Pltf. 
demands according to a/c and obligation the sum of fl. 130. 3. 12. Hol- 
lands and fl. 97. 17 in this country currency and requests that the deft, 
shall be ordered to pay the same to the pltf. forthwith with the interest 
accrued thereon. Deft, admits the debt, but says, he has some offset 



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a/cs., which being first deducted he offers to pay the same on the first 
opportunity. The W. Mayor and Aldermen having heard parties refer 
them to Sieurs C. Steenwyck, Johannes de Peyster and Isaack Greveraat, 
who are hereby appointed to examine the a/cs to be produced by parties, 
to hear arguments and if possible to bring about a reconciliation and 
settlement; if not to report their action to the Court. Ady, as above. 

Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. 2"** default. 

Thimotheus Gabrie, pltf. v/s Otto Gerrits, deft. Defts. 2I default. 

Jan Teunissen of N. Haarlem, pltf. v/s Resolveert Waldron, Con- 
stable there, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, accused him with being a thief. 
He demands reparation of character. Deft, says, that there was recently 
stolen in their village a quilt from the house of one Jan the soldier, 
whereupon the deft., as Constable, searched all the houses and could not 
find it; finally he assembled all the townsfolk together in the square and 
told them that a quilt was stolen, and as no stranger had been in the 
village, some of the inhabitants must be guilty. Whereupon he was in- 
formed by Pierre Croyson, that Jan Teunissen, the pltf. herein, had told 
him one day before Jan the soldiers quilt was missed, that said Jan had 
only an empty chest in the house etc. Whereupon deft, had some 
suspicion of the pltf., as he caused Johan Verveelen's negro, last winter, 
to bring about a schepel of com in his own sack to his house from said 
Verveelen's bam, in which said Verveelen caught him and obliged him 
to bring the same back in disgrace to the house; all more fully appearing 
by the declarations existing thereof — He therefore asked him, how he 
knew that there was nothing at all in Jan the soldier's chest ? Being 
thereupon insolently answered by said Jan Teunissen, he said he might 
as well have been guilty of stealing this quilt, as of Sieur Verveelen's 
com, etc. He demands that pltf. shall indemnify him, deft., for lost time 
and pay costs herein incurred. The Mayor and Aldermen having heard 
parties order pltf. to pay defts. lost time, and the costs incurred herein ; 
and if any further complaints of his improper behaviour shall come before 
the Court, he shall be punished as the merits of the case shall deserve, as 
an example to such others. Ady, as above. 

Abel Hardenbroeck, pltf. v/s Denys Isaacksen, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, meeting him yesterday on the Bouwery Road, drew a knife and 
said — Draw, van Leer, or I shall stab and cut you, etc. Proceeding 



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against pltf. with very threatening and abusive words, so that the pltf. 
was obliged to save his life in the house of Cosyn Gerretsen * as the deft, 
pressed hard upon him. Deft, says, that pltf. challenged him yesterday 
morning in the house of Lucas Dircks, the tapster, to fight in the neigh- 
bourhood of the Fresh Water, and as he did not find the pltf. there at the 
appointed time he went further towards the bowery, where he found him 
on the road and asked him. Is this the appointed place etc ? Admits 
further having drawn a knife and to have said — Draw also van Leer. 
Pltf. denies having challenged the deft, and demands, that he shall prove 
it, as there were many people at Luycas Dircks at that time, who without 
doubt have heard him. Deft, answering says, that the pltf. whispered it 
to him, so that none of the bystanders could hear him. Tomas Lodowyck 
entering declares, that as he was proceeding with Abel Hardenbroeck and 
some women folk towards the Bouwery, he saw the deft. Denys Isaackzen 
draw the knife on pltf., whom he pursued with many abusive and 
threatening words. The Mayor and Aldermen having heard parties, 
refer the decision to the Court of Assizes and order deft, meanwhile to 
enter sufficient bail in the sum of fi. 500 Hollands, that he shall comport 
himself towards the pltf. in such wise as an honest and decent man ought 
to do. Ady as above. 

Mette Wessels, pltf. v/s Serg^ Exton, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, the sum of fl. 30. 18. in zeawant for as much, as he spent at her 
house, according to a/c. M' Rider appearing requests copy of the de- 
mand to answer thereunto at the next Court day. The request is granted, 
provided he shall hand in his answer on next Court day. Ady, as above. 

Mattheus de Vos, substitute of Thomas Hal, attorney for Christoffd 
Davits, pltf. v/s Geertie Hoppens, deft. Pltf. requests by petition, that 
whereas the deft, has remained to the present time in default of making 
(according to the order of the W. Court of — June last) any effort to 
bring the witnesses here, who, as she then stated, were at Fort Orange, 
demands that the suit may proceed according to order. Deft. *s attorney, 

♦ Cosyn Gerritsen's farm was near the present Astor Place, having a frontage of 16 
rods on the Bowery and running thence West 100 rods **to a way that is by a certain 
swamp" (Hoffman, E. S. 2, 193), that is the old Greenwich Lane, tbos crossing Broad- 
way to Waverley Place betw. 5V* and 6V* Avenues. The scene of the above told encoun- 
ter therefore was on 4*.*' Ave. and Astor Place. — O'C. 



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M' Rider, requests, that the pltfs. demand as aforesaid may be furnished 
him, as to this time no copy thereof has been handed him : offering then 
to answer by the next Court day. Pltf. says, that he furnished the deft, 
long before this with copy thereof. The Mayor and Aldermen order 
parties to deliver in their papers in due season to the Secretary and the 
deft, was in like manner ordered to deliver in his answer 3 or 4 days 
before the Court, so that the pltf. may then make use of it. Ady as 
above. 

Symon Jansen Romeyn, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. 
Pltf. in his capacity of curator of the residuary estate of Salomon La 
Chair, demands from deft, the sum of fl. 552. in beavers, according to 
obligation. Deft, acknowledges to have signed the obligation, but for 
various reasons and motives which then prompted him, though he then 
did not owe any thing: he says also that he has divers a/cs in offset 
amounting to more than the obligation. The W. Mayor and Aldermen 
having heard parties refer them to Sieurs Johannes de Peister, Nicolaes 
de Meyer, and Laurens de Sille, who are hereby appointed and commis- 
sioned to examine the a/cs and obligation delivered over to them by 
parties to hear the case debated and if possible to reconcile parties, if not 
to report their action to the W Court. Ady, as above. 

Whereas commonly each Court day some of the Board of Mayor and 
Aldermannen, as well as of the appointed jurymen, remain behind long 
after the appointed time of the sitting of the Court, so that long delay 
occurs before the W. Court can commence, It is therefore decreed and 
ordered by the Mayor and Aldermen, that every one, whether of the 
Court or jury, having previous notice hereof, who shall not be present 
half an hour after ringing of the bell, shall be fined a sum of 3 guilderSy 
unless he be prevented by sickness or other necessary circumstances. 
Ady as above. 

Jan Bos, pltf. v/s Frerick Hendricks, cooper, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of fl. 10. in zeawant. Deft, admits the debt and 
promises to pay. The W: Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. the afore- 
said sum with costs. Ady, as above. 

Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Catrina Bradis, deft. Defts. i^ default. 

Egbert Meyndertsen, pltf. v/s Cryn Jacobsen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of fl. 23. 10. according to previous Judgment dated 4 




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July last, with costs. Deft, admits the debt and complains, that he can- 
not get any money from Burghers for his labour. The W. Mayor and 
Aldermen having heard parties condemn the deft, to pay to the pltf. forth- 
with the aforesaid sum with costs hereinbefore incurred thereon. As to 
the costs incurred now, it is ordered, that the pltf. shall pay them, inas- 
much as he has overcome his party at law and obtained judgment; and 
therefore it would now be unjust to draw him again into law. Ady as 
above. 

Allard Anthony, Sheriff, pltf. v/s Claes Andries, deft. Pltf. saySf 
that deft, was out racing with a boat on the 13^ inst. being Sunday con- 
trary to the Placard of 20 June 1665 and concludes, that deft, shall be 
condemned to pay the sum of 25 guilders with costs. Tomas Francen, 
defts. att'y., says, he was with his boat to the fVdfle bogt^ and went 
thence to church at the Vlacke bos (Flatbush). Deft, is ordered to prove, 
that he was to church at the Vlacke bos, Ady, as above. 

Allard Anthony, Sheriff, pltf. v/s Thomas Lodowycx, deft. Pltf. 
says, that deft, was out playing on the 13*!' inst being Sunday, contrary to 
the Placard and concludes that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of 25 
guilders with costs. Deft, admits the charge, but says he was not aware 
of any ordinance to the contrary. He requests to be excused for this 
time. The deft, is for this time excused by the W. Court. Ady, as 
above. 

Tomas Lodowycx, boatman, appears in Court stating, that when he 
went last to the South River he took an anker of brandy on freight from 
Capt. Backer to deliver it to Pieter de Rangiere in the South River, to 
whom he delivered it and in an hour or two afterwards received it from 
said Pieter, to be sent back as, according to his statement, 'twas half 
water. He was thus obliged to bring the same back here, which he did 
and brought it back to said Backer, who refused to receive it, as he said, 
it was good brandy, which he himself brought on board. He requests 
therefore that the Court would order what he should do with it, inasmuch 
as he and all his crew will make oath, that the same was not adulterated 
by them and all his crew say they did not prove it etc. The Major and 
Aldermen order the comparant to deposit the anker with Sheriff Allard 
Anthony and to give security to answer at all times the demand, which 
may be made or entered against him relating to the same. 



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The petition of Arian Comelissen, husbandman, being read and con- 
sidered requesting, that he may be allowed some abatement of excise, as 
he is daily asked hy those passing by, for a drink of beer and he can 
scarcely accommodate them, as he has heretofore found by experience, 
that if he pay the whole tapsters' excise, no profit but loss will be realized 
by the spilling of the beer in carting, loss of time etc. Petitioner is 
allowed to lay in half a barrel of beer, weekly, for the convenience of 
travellers; the Collector Thirootheus Gabrie is therefore ordered to give 
the petitioner a permit for half a barrel of strong beer a week, without 
exacting the established tappers excise thereon. Ady as above. 

On date hereof it is ordered, that six Burghers do every night keep 
watch within this City. Ady as above. 

August the S3^. 

Jeremy Wetheral, Pit. v/s Will: Carver, defft. The Pit: declares that 
the defft: doth owe him for one month & S dayes wages 350 lb. tobacco 
& 50 lb. more for some worke done in Virginia & that the defft: when 
he demanded his monny, abused him both by Words & Blowes &c. as 
more Lardgely by this Pit: declaration may appcaree. The defft! attumy, 
M; John Rider answeringe saith that the defft: gave the Pit: Charge of bis 
Vessel hither & that he was not oblidged to pay him any wages, til his 
Retume to Virginia 8c further saith that when Pit: Came to him to de- 
mand Wages he did bid him begon aboard & follow his Buissenis, 
which he Refused to doe, to the defft! great damage. The Fit: Reply- 
inge saith, that the defft: was as wet bound to Pay him here as his other 
seamen, w^ he bath paid here &c. The Defft: duplyiage saith that the 
Pit: shal proeve by the hand of the defft: or sufficiant witnesses, or other- 
wise that the deft: was bound to pay him here at N. Yorck. By the 
honn*^ Court heard the debatts of Both sydes, doe allowe to the PltSt: 
the 350 lb. tobacco, Concemnige the other 50 lb. the same is Rejected, 
til the Pit: with more Clearer Evidences, doth make appear the Justful- 
nes of the debt, as above. 

]*ill. Carver, Pit. v/s Jeremy Wetheral, defft; The Pit: declares 
that pe shipped the deft, from Virgnf to N. Yorkc & that he did intrust 
the defft: with managem! of his Vessel & entered him in the Custome 
bowse master thereof. Now aoa it kJbt the defL left the Pits. Vessel, 



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and the Pit: Could not heare of him for two or three dayes, at Last he 
Came & demanded his Wages, & the Pit: tould he knewe none that 
was due to the defift : til he Came to Virgn^ & there he would pay him. 
But the defift: refused to goe aboard & Neglected the Plt^ buissenes; 
soo that he was forced to make his Compl^ to the Major, whoe graunted 
the Pit: a Warrant to Command the defift: aboard, but the defft: hearinge 
thereof, hide himselfe, soo that the warrant Could not be Executed, & 
the Pltfif: was forced, to set saile without him, to his great damage: the 
Pltfif : therefore prayeth that the PltT Servant, now defift: may be secured 
or Put in good security to Pay such damage, as the Pit: shal make appeare 
he hath sustained thereby, both here & in his Voyage &c. The Defift: 
doth denye that he was bound to Serve the Pit. any Longer, as to N. 
Yorck & gives further noe other answer, as by his declaration may ap- 
pear, in the office of Records uppon the file of declarations. By the 
honn***^ Court heard the Debatts of both sydes, doe allowe to the defift: the 
Cost and damages of the Court, — ady as above. 

Septemb' 19th 1665. At a Court held at N. York. Present Capt* 
Thomas Willet, Major; Capt? Tho: d' Laval, M' Johannes van Brugh, 
M' Com* Van Ruyven, M' John Lawrence, M' Olofif Stevensen, Alder- 
men ; M' Allard Anthony, Sherifif. 

An account for guaging performed in the City's service by Wamaer 
Wessels on the 22*! April last, amounting to the sum of fl. 50. 12. in 
zewant and 25 gl. expended drink being read and considered, on question 
the sum of 30 gl. in zeawan is granted him for the performed guaging 
together with the expended drink. Ady as above. 

Capt James Belly n, pitf. v/s Dirck Storm, deft. Defts. i^ default. 

Warnaer Wessels, pItf. v/s Thos Carver, deft. Defts. i^ default. 
Pltf. entering his suit is ordered to summon the deft. anew. 

Sheriff Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Jan Archer, deft. Defts. i^ de- 
fault. Pltf. entering his demand is ordered to summon deft, by the next 
Court day. 

Vincent Martyn, pltf. v/s Lubbert Gerritsen, deft. Defts. i^ de- 
fault. Pltf. complaining, that deft, had struck him, is ordered to sum- 
mon the deft, against the next Court day. 

Marten Hoffman, pltf. v/s Jan Hendricx van Gunst, deft. Pltf. 



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says, that he hired his boat to the deft, on the express condition, under 
defts. hand, that he should letum the same to the pltf. uninjured, which 
was not observed by the deft., who returned it to the pltf. much 
damaged. Deft, admits having made such an agreement with the pltf., 
but says that the rigging etc belonging to the boat was rotten and worn. 
The Mayor and Aldermen having heard parties, decree that deft, shall 
repair in a proper manner pltf.'s boat, and Jonas Bartelsen with Barent 
Jacobsen Cool are hereby commissioned and authorized to inspect the 
boat and to see what damage it suffered during the time the deft, had it 
hired, and if possible to reconcile parties; if not to report their proceed- 
ings by the next Court day to the Bench and estimate the costs herein 
incurred to this day, Ady. as above. 

Tomas Exton, pltf. v/s John Pinchron, deft. The pltf. demands of 
the deft, the sum of fl. 95. in Wampum. The deft, acknowledges the 
debt, but sais that is due him from the pltf. 85 white bisketes, which the 
pltf. had of him. The pltf. and deft, are agreed before the Court, that 
the deft, shal pay him the sume of fl, 48. gild: in Wampum, Provided 
that the deft, shal put in Security for the Paim' thereoff and to pay Costs. 
Ady, as above. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. 3* default. Pltf. 
demands of the deft, the sum of fl. 53, according to a/c with costs. The 
Mayor and Aldermen having heard the pltfs. demand and examined the 
produced a/c, condemn the deft, to pay the pltf, the aforesaid sum within 
14 days, with costs. Ady as above. 

Robbert Watson, pltf. v/s William Schotsman, deft. Defts. i? de- 
fault. Pltf. entering his demand, the Shcrif! is ordered to summon the 
deft, by the next Court day, and to take sufficient bail for his appearance. 
Ady, as above. 

Jan Bos, pltf. v/s Juriaen, the cooper, deft. Defts. i" default. 

Timotheus Gabrie, pltf. v/s Otto Geirits, deft. Defts. 3*! default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of fl. 190. 2. according to a/c. Deft.'a 
guardians, to wit Hendrick Obe and Bartel Man appearing request, that 
pltfs. summons be declared null and void, as the deft, is a minor and 
under their guardianship, and if he had any claim against deft. , he should 
hare spoken to his guardians etc. Pltf. says, the debt is partly incurred 
by the derc. in person; he thefefqtfcdldJHftJP'Mk to any other person. 



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but him. The aforenamed guardians answer, that the debt is truly in* 
curred in part by deft., but that he was then under their care; but that 
the principal debt was incurred by the defts. deceased father Gerret Hen- 
dricks. They propose, that the pltf. shall come in concurrently with the 
other creditors. The Major and Aldermen having heard the pltf. and 
defts. guardians, order pltf., if he have any claim against the deft., to 
speak to his guardians about it, as deft, is under age and is still under the 
tutelage of guardians. Ady as above. 

Capt Backer, pltf. v/s Thomas Lodowycx, deft. Pltf. says, he de- 
livered to deft, an anker of pure brandy on freight to the South River 
and that the deft, brought the same back on his return as Pieter de 
Rangiere, to whom the same was consigned, would not receive it, inas- 
much as it was half water. The deft, says and declares, that he delivered 
the anker unchanged to Pieter Rangiere and will swear, that he did not 
know, what was then therein. He produces also a sworn declaration 
from all his crew, that they did not taste, much less adulterated it. 
Pltfs. servant and maid appearing offer to declare on oath, that the 
brandy was pure, when delivered to deft. Parties being heard by the 
Major and Aldermen, they order that deft, shall take the anker of brandy, 
on condition of paying Capt. Backer for it, four beavers and costs. Done 
and dated as above. 

The petition of M' Evert Pietersen, Schoolmaster and Precentor of 
this City, being read and considered, requesting, that he may have some 
proper fixed Salariuniy as he was heretofore paid his wages by the Hon*^ 
Company and has been continued in his employment from that time to 
the present. Is apostilled as followeth: — Whereas order shall be shortly 
made relative to the salary of the Ministers of this City, under which the 
Precentorship also comes, proper order shall then be made herein like- 
wise. Ady, as above. 

William Sincker, pltff. against Pieter Winster, defft. The Pit: demands 
of the deft. Several goods which he left into his Custodie accordinge to 
the defft: his hand and Receipt. The defft: saith that the Pit: uppon his 
departure to delowar gave him order to dispose of them, & send him 
from for the same to delowar which he hath done & sent accordinge to 
his Order a dobbel ankf with rom to Tho : Rust at delawar, whoe doth 
alsoo aknowledge to have Received it as by his Letter doth appeare. 



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further profering in Case the Pit: wil restitute to him a dobbel ankr of 
Rom, that he will deliver to him backe againe al his goods &c. The Pit: 
Denyes that he gave Order to dispose of them. The defift: answeringe 
saith, if the Pit: will declare uppon his oath, that he gave him noe order 
he will deliver his goods back againe. The Pit: Saith he gave him noe 
Order to buy Rom at such an Extraordinary Rate. It is ordered that the 
Pit: shall Restitute to the defft. a dobble ancker of Rom, which beinge 
done that the Defift: shal Redeliver to the Pit: all his goods accordinge 
to Receipt & that both parties shal beare the Costs of the Court Equally. 
Ady as above. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Secretary, pltf. v/s Grietje Pieters, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the sum of fl. lo: 4. for fees in the suit between her and 
Josyn Verhaegen according to a/c rendered: inasmuch as said Grietie 
Pieters was on the — last condemned by the W. Mayor and Aldermen in 
the costs. Deft, denies owing any thing, as she was then accused of 
being a thief by Josyn Verhagen, which he could not then prove. The 
Mayor and Aldermen having heard parties order deft, to pay the afore- 
said sum to pltf. with costs. Ady, as above. 

October the 3'?" 1665. At a Court held at N. Yorck. Present Capt 
Tho: Willet, Mayor; Capt Tho d' La Val, M^Olof Stevensen, M^ Johan- 
nes van Brugh, M^ John Laurence, Aldermen; M' Allard Anthony, 
Sherif. 

Whereas complaint has been made to us on the part of Wolphert 
Webber, that he has suffered much damage in his garden through the 
cattle of Severyn Lourensen, with request that some persons may be ap- 
pointed to inspect the same and estimate the damage, therefore the Major 
and Aldermen of the City of New Yorck this day appoint and authorize 
Mr Thomas Hal, Dirck Siecken and Arien Comelissen to inspect the 
aforesaid garden, to estimate the pretended damage and to determine, 
how the same occurred, whether by imperfect fencing or otherwise, and 
if possible to reconcile parties ; if not, to report their finding to the W. 
Court. Ady as above. 

Robbert Gerret, pltf. v/s Laurence Lane and W? Smith, defts. The 
Pit. declares by his declaration that he had tooke abord of his vessel 
divers goods at New London of the defift? V?* goods the Pit: was obliged to 




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deliver at Barbados accordinge to bil of Loadinge, but Contrary hereunto 
the deffts. being his Passengers, demanded of him to have their goods de- 
livered ashore in this Port of New Yorke, with threatninge & abusinge 
of him, because he would not breake Bulke, the s^ W* Smith did strike 
him with his foote, & the s^ Lawrence tould him if he would not breake 
bulke he would strike him over the face, and haule his vessel ashore & 
bum hur, Soo that he declared to be afraid of his Life, and saith further 
that his Company declare that if, those passengers proceede one their 
Voyage, they wil leave the Vessel & goe noe further, soo that the voy- 
age would be frustrated, & the master disinabled to deliver other 
goods at the Barbadous, w^ he hath taken one fraight therefore he doth 
Protest against the deffts, for al damages. Costs & Intrest by their 
meanes sustained. The defft. Lawrence Lane appearinge in Court Sais 
that he at his first Comminge here in Towne, had spent a Little monny 
& haveinge noe other occasion for the Paim^ thereof, he desired the 
Pit : to unloade a barrel of flower or any other of his goods for the Pai- 
ment of his debt. But doth deny that he did threaten or abuse him in 
any manner. Herry Potephar & herry fletcher appearinge in the Court 
declared that they did see that the defft: W*? Smith did Strike the Pit: 
With his foote & said you Pittiful Rogue I never disgraced myselfe afore 
I came in yo' Company &c. By the honn"' M' Mayor and aldermen 
heard the debates of Both sides & the Testimonies of henrj'' Potephar 
& henry fletcher, they see noe Reason to Compel the Pit. for to take 
their deffts. Persons aboard, & therefore doe order that the s* defft. 
shall Consigne their unloaded goods to any of their friends or agents at 
Barbados whome they Pleas or otherwise to have them unloaded here at 
this Port, Provided that they satisfy the Pit: for the fraight thereof & 
every Partie to Pay his owne Costs & Charges. Ady as above. 

Jan Montagne, Moenes Pietersen and N. Vemeltje, pltfs. v/s Daniel 
Terneur, deft. Pltfs. communicate in form of complaint, that a dispute 
arose a while ago between them and the deft, (all inhabitants of N: Hacr- 
lem) on account of deft's dog having bitten one of the pltfs Montague's 
pigs; concerning which the deft, summoned them before the Constable 
and Commissaries of N. Haerlem, who condemned the pltfs severally on 
the 28*.'' Septemb' last in a fine of one pound Flemish for the benefit of 
the Poor. Deft, delivers in copy of aforesaid judgment and maintains 



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that the same was justly pronounced and delivered. He requests there- 
fore that the same be approved of. The Mayor and Aldermen having 
heard parties' verbal debates, and the produced judgment being examined 
they approve and ratify the same, and for reason condemn each in his 
costs. Ady, as above. 

Resolveert Waldron, Constable at N. Haerlem, pltf. v/s Moenes 
Fietersen, deft. Fltf. says, that deft, has been condemned by the Court 
of Haerlem in a fine of one hundred guilders for and because he had 
sorely beaten the herdsman of said village, named Jacques, according to 
the declaration thereon being, but in place of satisfying said judgment he 
threatened to treat the Constable in a like manner; requesting approval 
of said judgment, etc. Deft, denies, that he beat the abovenamed 
Jacques the herdsman or threatened the Constable etc. Jacques the 
herdsman appearing in person declares, that the deft, struck him, because 
he had driven the defts. oxen with the young cattle of the whole village 
away from the milk cows; proving the same by a declaration made to this 
effect by Joost Opiines (Oblinus). The Mayor and Aldermen having 
heard parties, condemn the deft, first in the fl. loo. according to the 
previously rendered judgment approving the same, and further, to be im- 
prisoned until he give security for his (good behaviour) and to demean 
himself as becomes an honest inhabitant. Ady as above. 

Vincent Martyn, pltf. v/s Lubbert Gerritsen, deft. Pltf. complains, 
that the deft, so beat him awhile ago with a cartrung, that he could not 
walk for some rime. Deft, denies that he beat the pltf. and demands that 
he shall prove it. Pltf. produces a declaration of Geertruyt Barents; 
and Daniel Temeui also appearing, declare that they heard Lubbert 
Gerretsens daughter say. When my father struck Vincent, then Vincent 
thanked my father. The Mayor and Aldermen having heard the verbal 
debates of parties, have pardoned the deft, for this time and warned him, 
if hereafter any complaint be brought against him, that he should be con* 
demned as he deserved; and each to pay half the costs of suit. Ady, as 
above. 

Fop Walton, Pit. v/s James Singleton, deftt. The Pit: declaro 
that the defft: uppon yesterday, in Comp* of M- Tideman, M' Smith & 
others being aboard of a Vessel here uppon the Roads abused him with 
Several foule words, as the s^ Persons more Lardgely f 




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defft: answeringe denied that he gave any bad Language to the pit: 
before the pit: did strike him, desires what the s"! Persons shal declare 
that they shal verify the same with their oaths. M' Tideman & Mf 
Smith appearinge Testified & declared, uppon oath, that after they had 
drunke together one bottle with wine, one out of the Comp^ Called for a Cole 
a fire, the defft: answeringe said there was noe fire, and said further, for 
all the gentlemen that are Aboard I Will doe What I Can, but not for 
that Shitten Scabbed & dorty Jeaknape & fellow, meaning thereby the 
pit: & did soo provoke the Pit: with many other bad Languages be- 
fore the pit. did Strike him. The Sheriff declares to the Court, that 
whereas the major had ordered him uppon Yesterday to apprehend the 
defft: he Refused to goe into prison, Sainge Kill me first & Carry me 
then in that hole etz. Soo that he was forced, to bringe the defft: with 
the Guarde to prison. By the major & alderm*^ heard the debatts of 
both Sides, doe Condemne the Pit: in a forfeiture of ten Shillings because 
he did First Strike the defft: & the defft: because he abused & Pro- 
voked the Pit: to the same, as alsoo for the Contempt of the authority, in 
not obeinge their order in goinge to Prison &c. they doe fine him in the 
summe of fifteene Shill: besides the Costs of the Court & his Imprison- 
ment: ady as above. 

Evert Duyckinge, Hendrick Willemsen, baker, and Thomas Hal, 
firewardens of this City, are hereby authorized and charged from now 
henceforth to inspect as often as they shall think proper all chimnies and 
fireplaces within this City, to fine those, whose are foul in the penalty im- 
posed thereon and to remove those of wood or other improper ones ; and 
all that according to Placard heretofore enacted on that subject. Ady as 
above. 

On this date, the above order is sent to the Firewardens houses. 

October the lo*? A° 1665. Att a Court held att New Yorke. Present 
Capt Tho: Willet, Major; M^ Oloff Stevensen, M^ John V. Brugh, W 
John Laurence, Aldermen; M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

James Bolleyn, pltf. v/s Dirck Storm, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, the sum of fl. 170. zewant, being for an anker of brandy sold deft. 
Deft, admits the debt, but says that Pieter Wolpherts had guaranteed it 
and promised him, deft., to be responsible for it. The Mayor and Alder- 



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men having heard parties, condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 
within 14 days, with costs. Ady, as above. 

Eghbert Mejmdertsen, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of fl. 319: 6. in zeawan balance of all a/cs according 
to award of the arbitrators, to wit Paulus Leendersen and Will: Bogardus, 
authorized thereto by the Mayor on 33. 7*^ last past. Deft, pioniises to 
pay the debt on condition, that pltf. shall declare on oath, that the goods 
delivered to him by the deft, are credited in the last a/c. Pltf. replying 
says, be b ready to do so; and took the oath at the hands of the Mayor. 
The Mayor and Aldermen having heard parties and seen the award of 
the arbitrators condemn the deft, to satisfy the pltf. within 14 days; with 
costs incurred herein. Ady as above. 

AUard Anthony, arrestant and pltf. v/s John Archer, arrested and 
deft. Pltf demands from deft, as bail for K.ich'^ Pantom, 30 "!* of butter 
according to obligation and further (as he on 33I 7'^' of this last year has 
broken his arrest) that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of 60 gl. ac- 
cording to placard. Deft, admits, he was bail for said 30 "? of butter 
offering to pay the same; also that he was arrested on aforesaid date but 
as Pantom then told him, that the debt was paid and the matter not being 
of any importance, he then departed. The Mayor and Aldermen having 
beard parties condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. the aforesaid 30 '^ of 
butter, and in addition a fine of fl. 10. gl. zeawant for having broken his 
arrest; besides costs. Ady as above. 

Nicolaes Meyer appearing in Court requests to know, how he shall 
act toward Nathaniel Britten regarding the judgment, which he obtained 
on 37'^ June last before this Court against said Britten, inasmuch as said 
Britten was relieved from the purchase of the land in question by the last 
General Court held here at N. Yorck; as the debt, being fl. 1400 in good 
merchantable zewant, was accepted by Nath; Britten, according to obliga- 
tion, to be paid for Albert Albertsen for the said land purchased of Albert 
Albertsen by Nath! Britten — whether he should apply to the principal 
debtor Albert Albertzen. Whereupon Albert Albertz being called the 
same is stated to him and he replies, that he claims Nathaniel Britten to 
be indebted so much to him on a balance of a/cs. The Mayor and Alder- 
men having heard the request of Sieur de Meyer and Albert Alberlzen's 
answer, decide that, inasmuch as Nath. Britten is dijU^U/gtttUiic said 




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Court from the purchase of the land, the aforesaid debt does not concern 
Nathaniel Britten ; they therefore condemn Albert Albertsen to pay 
Nicholaes de Meyer the pltf. the aforesaid sum with the costs incurred 
herein. Ady as above. 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker, appearing in Court complains, that he 
daily experiences great damage and inconvenience through the refuse 
water of his neighbour Anna Smits, which she throws over his ground and 
in his cellar,* notwithstanding that the persons authorized by the W: 
Court at divers times to inspect the same ordered her, that she must 
change her drain, which at last she promised Coenraet ten Eyck, Pieter 
Couwenhoven and Francois Boon about the month of June last to do, ac- 
cording to the award and declaration of the aforesaid persons, delivered 
by him into Court; he requests the W: Court may constrain the said Anna 
Smits. The W. Major and Aldermen having read the request and award 
of the aforesaid persons, order and charge the aforesaid Anna Smits 
strictly to observe and obey the same and to change her sewer, so that no 
further complaint may any more be made to the Court on the subject. 
Ady, as above. 

Foppe Robberts, pltf. v/s Anna Cocx, deft. Deft's second default. 

Reynier Rycken, pltf. v/s Kier Wolersen, deft. Defts. first default. 

Jan Bos, pltf. v/s Jurriaen the cooper, deft. Both in default. 

Wamaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Tho? Carvet, deft. Defts. 2? default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of fl. 10 silver, for pork delivered. 
Ordered to summon the pltf. for the next Court day. 

Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Johannes Verveelen, deft. Both in 
default. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Isaacq. Bedloo, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, as attorney of Johannes Vermeulen a/c and reliqua of the 
partnership entered into by them together with Skipper Jacob or that 
deft, shall deliver over to him the books and papers remaining with him 
regarding the matter, so that the same may be copied by him. Deft. 
answering says, that copy of the a/c was already delivered by the late 
Secretary Nevius and maintains, he is not bound to render him any 
further a/c. Pltf. denies having ever had any a/c, but says that copy of 

* He lived on Bridge Str. and Anna Smits, the wife of Hendrick Jansen, the Smithy 
North of him on Stone Str. 






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the a/c was heretofore delivered to Skipper Jacob by order of the Court. 
Persists therefore in his entered demand. The Mayor and Aldermen 
having heard parties, order before rendering judgment, that the late Sec- 
retary Joh: Nevius be summoned by the next Court day, to make further 
examination of the matter. Ady as above. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Samuel Edsal, deft. Defts. first default. 

Anna Smits, pltf. v/s Arent Juriaens Lantsman, deft. Defts. first 
default. 

Dirck Storms, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. Defts. 2'^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, according to a/c the sum of fl. 1105 
in zewant, with costs. Ordered to summon the deft, to appear on the 
next Court day, on pain of judgment. 

Marretie Pietersen, pltf. v/s Juriaen the cooper, deft. Defts. first 
default. 

Thomas Hall, agent of Mf Will. Carver, Pit. v/s Jeremy Wederal, 
deSt: The Pltf: declares that he Paid to the deSt. 100 Tobacco more, as 
by the last Sententc in date 33*^ of august was ordered which the deSt. 
Refuseth to Restitute to him againe. The defiFt. answeringe Saith that he 
had paid his owne Charges, which beinge debated from the afores' loo lb. 
tobacco, he proffers to Restitute the Remainder. The Pit: Replying* 
Saith that by the last Sentence nothing was ordered about the Charges, 
Concludes therefore that each partie must beare his owne Charges. By 
the honn*^ Court, heard the debats of both parties: doe order that 
Thomas hall, beinge attumy of Mr Carver shaJ paye the Charges of the 
Last Sentence, which beinge done, they Condemn the defift, to Restitute 
the afores? 100 lb. tobacco to the Pltffl. as above. 

Claes van Elslant and Pieter Schaafbanck, Serg!, appearing in Court 
represent, that they were employed on all occurring occasions by the 
General, Capt. La Val, M! Van Ruyven and other officers without receiv- 
ing any pay therefor; request that some allowance may be made them, 
as it is impossible for them to support themselves with what is already 
allowed. The Mayor and Aldermen resolve, that the Mayor should con- 
sult about it with the General, Capt la Val and M' Van Ruyven. 

Octobf the 17*^ 1665. At a Court Present Capt? Thomas Willet, 
Major; Capt' Tho: d'La Val, Mr Olof S^n^MiJotoanes Van brugh, 
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The honn**^ Major Propounded to the Court that Right the honn*^ 
Govern' Richard Nicols had acquainted him withal, that he was intended 
to Proceed with the inquarteringe of his Souldiers in Burger's hous". to 
the Number of 80 heads, desieringe therefore the judgem! of the Court, 
which they think the Convenients & best way for the same. 

The honn^ Court doe Judge best to Call about 40 of the Inhabitants 
together, of them, w^ have bene Willinge to quarter the Souldiers by the 
time of the Borgemasters, & to see or they Could dispose them to the 
inquarteringe Voluntarily: — ^Whereas by the articles of surrenderinge of 
this Toune, it was agreed that the Inhabitants should not be forced with 
the inquartering of the Souldiers. 

Timotheus Gabrie being sent for to Court, he is asked for a/c of the 
Burghers excise on wine and beer and cattle slaughtered in this City. 
Which being examined, 'tis found that the City remains indebted to him, 
at this date in the sum of fi. 530. besides his commission. 

Anna Cocx appearing in Court, requests payment of certain account 
due her for lodgings etc. of some soldiers, which being examined, tis 
decided to pay the same from the tapsters excise. She is therefore 
referred to Mr. La Val, to whom the same is paid. 

Octob!' the 18*?* 1665. At a Court held at N. Yorke. Present Capt*. 
Thomas Willet, Major; Capt"? Thomas d'La Val, Mr Olof Stevens, Mr. 
Joh: Van brugh, Mr. Corn: V: Ruyven, Mr. John Lawrence, Alderm^ 

Accordinge to the foregoinge Resolution are diverse of the In* 
habitants of this Towne New Yorke Called into the Court & by the 
Major Proposed to them that the honn**^ Govern' Richard NicoUs was 
Resolved (by want of Sufficient Lodginge into the fort) to inquarter his 
Souldiers for this followinge winter into the Inhabitants houses — Further 
Proferinge to them that those that should Lodge them Voluntarily, they 
should Receive weekly for their Lodginge, Small beere, Fire wood, & 
washing for every head from Capt° La Val one gilder & 8 Pence & 
from The Toune two gilders in Wampum uppon w^? Conditions Volun- 
tarily have promised to inquarter to the Number of 43 heads as may ap- 
pear by the Liste thereof beinge Octob' the 19th 1665. 

At a Court held at New Yorke. P'sent Capt*? Thomas Willet, 



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Major; Capf! Tho. d' La Val, M! Olof Stevens, M^ Joh:V. Brugh, Mf 
Com. V: Ruyven, M' John Lawrence, Aldermen. 

This day are the Remainder of the Towne Inhabitants Called into the 
Court, and by the honn"* Major Proposed to them the Inquarteringe of 
y? Souldiers uppon Terms as here before, Sub date i8th of this Instant is 
Expressed; uppon which Termes & Conditions willingly Promised to 
Lodge the Number of 43 heads, as appeares by the Liste thereof 
beinge. 

Octob^ the 24th, A;^ 1665. At a Court held at N. York. Present 
Capt^ Thomas Willet, major; Capt^ Tho. d' Laval, M^ Olof Stevens, M^ 
Johannes V: Brugh, M' Com: V: Ruyven, M' John Lawrence, Alderman; 
M' allard anthony. Sheriff. 

Focke Robberts, pltf. v/s Anna Cocx, deft. Defts. third default. 
Pltf. says, that deft, is indebted to him by balance the sum of fl. 20. 
zewant, which she refuses to this time to pay, and whereas deft, has been 
now in default for three consecutive Court days, therefore he demands 
judgment. The Major and Aldermen having heard pltf*s demand con- 
demn the deft, to satisfy the pltf. within the term of 8 days from date 
hereof, with costs incurred herein on pain of execution. Ady, as above. 

Mattheus de Vos, substitute of Reynier Rycken, attorney of Hendrick 
Huygen, pltf. v/s Kier Woltersen, deft. Pltf. in his quality demands 
from deft, the sum of fl. 271 in beavers balance of an obligation passed 
by deft, to Sieur Huygen. Deft, admits the debt, but as he is unable to 
pay requests time until next harvest, promising then duly to satisfy the 
pltf. Pltf. refuses the deft*s rendered offer; persists in his entered de* 
mand. The Major and Aldermen having heard parties, order deft, to 
agree with the pltf. by the next Court day, or in default thereof judgment 
shall be pronounced. Ady as above. 

Wamaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Thomas Carvet, deft. Both in default. 

Jacobus Vis appearing in Court, represents that he had now sent for 
Sieur Joh* Nevius pursuant to the order of the W: Court of lo*?* inst. re- 
questing that the W. Court, as S' Nevius declares he does not know, that 
copy of a/c was given him. Vis, be pleased to order Sieur Isaacq Bedloo, 
Johan* vander Meulen's att^., to deliver to him. Vis, the books of the 
partnership entered into by him, Vis, with said Vermeulen and Capt. 



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Jacob, which now remain with him, so that the same may be copied by 
him. Whereupon Sieur Joh! Nevius being called in and asked, if some 
papers regarding this case were not remaining with him, answers. No; 
but says he delivered them to Isaacq Bedloo, Vander Meulen's att^. and 
likewise does not know, if he had given Vis or not copy of the a/c. The 
Mayor and Aldermen having heard Jacob Vis's request and Sieur Johan- 
nes Nevius' declaration, order Sieur Isaacq Bedloo to deliver the books 
and papers concerning said partnership into the hands of two indifferent 
persons, to be by them examined and overhauled in the presence of 
Jacobus Vis (if he will be present) and to this purpose were appointed 
and authorized Sieur Gerrit van Tright and Willem Bogardus, who are 
required to communicate their award in writing to the parties on being 
requested. Ady. as above. 

Lysbete Tysen, pltf. v/s Martin Jans Smit, deft. Pltf. says, she 
hired her house to the deft., the term of which has expired on All Saints 
day of this year, and that deft, refuses to leave at his time. She requests 
that the W Court shall constrain the deft, thereunto. Deft, says, he hired 
pltf's house for a month after All Saints, and that Jan de Vries, the pre- 
vious lessee, has resided in the back room to the present time, and that 
he deft, had not the use except of the front room for the first month. 
He maintains, he is not bound to remove for that time. The Mayor and 
Aldermen having heard parties, order that, if the deft, do not prove be- 
tween this and the next Court day that he hired the house for a month 
after All Saints' day, he shall depart therefrom, as All Saints is usually 
the day for the termination of leases or unless he shall prove, that the 
pltf. drew rent from the abovenamed Jan de Vries for one month after 
All Saints; and pay the costs herein incurred. Ady, as above. 

Jacob Kip and Gerrit van Tright, pltfs. v/s Frederick Philipsen^ 
deft. Pltf. as attorneys of Michael Muyen demand from deft, the sum 
of 600 gl. in zeawan being the last instalment of a contract made by the 
abovenamed Muyen with Margriet Hardenbroock, the defts. wife. Deft. 
says, the pay is ready and offers to pay the same to the pltfs. in their 
capacity, provided they give him a general discharge and release from all 
future claims, as by the aforesaid contract stipulated and agreed. Pltfs 
replying say, that deft, has a special receipt for each item he has paid: 
they offer on the last pay to grant him also a receipt for said item, and 



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maintain, that deft, is thereby sufficiently released. They refuse there- 
fore to grant a general receipt. Deft, rejoining says, that it is so stipu- 
lated by the aforesaid agreement, and he persists therefore in his previous 
answer. The W. Court having heard the verbal debates of parties and 
examined the produced contract decree and order, that the pltfs. in their 
quality, if they will receive the payment according to contract, shall give 
the deft, a general receipt and release for all after claims; in case of refusal, 
they decide, that deft, is not bound to pay said sum, before and until he 
be sufficiently acquitted and released from all after claims by the pltfs 
principal in Holland. It is therefore ordered that the deft, in such case 
may retain by him the remaining instalment until then. Ady as 
above. 

M' Jans Kierstede, pltf. v/s Jacob Kip and Symon Jans Romeyn, 
defts. Pltf. demands from defts., as curators of the insolvent estate of 
Salomon La Chair, the sum of 2^ beavers, requesting, that he may be 
preferred before the other creditors as the same arises from Surgeon's 
fees earned by pltf. from Solomon and his family. Defts. propose, that 
pltf. shall come in concurrently with the other creditors etc. The W. Court 
having heard parties, decree that M' Hans is to be preferred before the 
other creditors as the same is for Surgeons service. They order defts., 
therefore, in their quality to satisfy the pltf. 

Thos Exton, pltf. v/s John Cockrill, deft, and arrested. Defts. i? 
default. 

Marrietie Pietersen, pltf. v/s Juriaen the cooper, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, is indebted to her now over two years for 54 lbs. of tobacco 
and that she has never been able to receive any pay from the deft. 
She demands, that deft, shall be condemned in the value according as 
the same was then costing between man and man. Deft, admits the debt 
and says, that he offered the pltf. the tobacco last year and now again, 
but that she refused to receive it. He maintains therefore, that he can 
still pay with tobacco, which is denied by pltf. The Worshipful Court 
having heard parties, order if the deft, shall not be able to prove, between 
this and the next Court day, that he tendered payment to her last year, 
that then he shall pay the pltf. ten stivers for every pound of tobacco, in 
zewant together with the costs. Ady, as above. 

Robbert Watson, Pit. v/s William Schot, defft. The Pit: declares 



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that he hired, a while agoe the Boat of Hendrik Jans baker uppon Termes^ 
that what he should gaine by the Voyage either with fishinge or fraight- 
inge one third part should be for the boate, and twoe third for him & 
his mate, uppon w*?* Termes he agreed With the defft: to goe a longe with 
him; & have gained in the s? Voyage 60 Shillings, of w*!* the defft: hath 
Received 40*?^ and y' the Remainder yet was due to them of Mr. Risbel, 
of w*?* 4o*r Shill"? the defft: Refuseth to Pay the Pit: his Portion. And 
declareth further that when they were at Stanfort, the defft: SpytfuUy & 
maliciously Went away with the boate & left the Pit: there behind, soo 
that the Pit: was forced to Come & traval by land here to N. Yorke, 
all w"^ more Largely appears by the Pit: declaration filed uppon the file 
of declarations. The defft: answeringe saith that he hired the boate him- 
selfe of the s^ hendrik the Baker & that for the time of 8 dayes (and 
Producing a deposition of the s*? hendrik by w*?* he declared to have let 
out his si boate to the defft: alone) and Whereas they had bene out 
above thes*? time for w*^ he had agreed uppon with the s? hendrik, he 
deard not Stay any Longer but Warned the Pit: Several times to Come 
aboard, which he did not, soo that he, at last was forced to goe without 
him, belonginge the 40 Shill: the defft: acknowledgeth to have Received 
for his & for the s"? hendrik the bakers portion, and that the Pit: was to 
Receive the other 20 shill of Mf Risbel for his Portion &c. By the 
honn*^* Court heard the debatts of Both Parties, doe order. Whereas Mf 
Risbel Shortly is to Come here at New York, that in Case, the s*? Risbel 
doth Confesse the s*? debt of 20 Shill, that as then the same, shall be Re- 
ceived by the Pit: but by Refusinge of Paiment, that the 40 Shill which, 
by the defft: are Received shal be divided equally betwixt them, to wit 
one third for yf boate & twoe third Parts for themselfes, as alsoo the 
Costs & Charges of the Court equally to be divided betwixt them — as 
above. 

The Sherif Allard Anthony, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Smedes, deft. 
Pltf. says, that deft, removed a wagon, which he attached by order of the 
Mayor. Defts. wife appearing says, that her husband is in the bush and 
that he could not appear as the summons was first served yesterday 
evening. Ordered to appear personally by the next Court day and to 
return the attached wagon to the place, it was removed from. 

Dirck Storms, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. de- 



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mands from deft, the sum of fl. 1105. 18 zewant according to a/c. Deft, 
denies owing any thing to pltf. and says that, pltf. is a rascal of rascals 
and he will prove it. Ordered that parties shall draw out each the par- 
ticulars of his a/c and deliver the same in at the next Court day. Ady 
as above. 

Tomas Hall, pltf. v/s Fran9ois de Bruyn, arrested and deft. Deft, 
in default. Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of 150 schepel of oats. 
Mr. La Val arising says, that deft, was sent by a special warrant from the 
General, so that the General maintains he is not liable to arrest. The 
arrest was declared invalid. 

Maria Tellers, pltf. v/s Isaacq Foreest, deft. Pltf. says, she notified 
deft, by the Court Messenger to come and receive his pay, being 136 gl., 
which was allowed him by award of arbitrators, to wit: Sieurs Comelis 
Steenwyck and Gerrit van Tright on date 6^ X^ 1663, and remove the 
attachment served by him on her monies in hand of Sieur Jacob Kip, 
which deft, refused to do: as more fully appears by the notice served by 
the Court Messenger Elslant, on date 19^ inst^ Deft, answering says, 
that he was satisfied and paid, according to aforesaid award and pltfs. 
consent, from the aforesaid sum by Sieur Jacob Kip and therefore the 
attachment on remaining monies is removed. Pltf. replying denies, that 
the arbitrators' award so mentions, also that she ever gave any order 
therefor, but on the contrary, she opposed it and never consented, that 
it should be liquidated out of what Sieur Kip owes her. Mf Gerrit van 
Tright appearing in Court and being asked, what he knows of the case, 
declares nothing, but what appears from the produced award, to wit that 
Mde Tellers remains indebted to Foreest in the above sum of fi. 136, but 
further knoweth not. Deft, rejoining says, that pltf. positively allowed 
and consented to it; offering to confirm the same by oath. The Mayor 
and Aldermen having heard parties and examined the award produced, 
order — if the deft., Foreest, will verify on oath, that pltf. verbally con- 
sented to the deduction of the above sum of fi. 136. granted him by 
award, from Sieur Kip, that the same shall be valid against pltf. But if 
deft, shall not sufficiently prove nor affirm by oath, then the pltf. shall 
satisfy him by the pay according to aforesaid award. Ady, as above. 

Maria Tellers, pltf. v/s Jacob Kip, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
the quantity of 600 ells of Osnaburg linen for the purchase of a house 



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and garden lying at the Fresh Water,* without this City, sold to deft, by 
her late husband Paulus Schrick in date 21. Octob. 1661. according to 
deed of sale thereof being. Deft, admits having made such a trade with 
her deceased husband, but demands Jirst^ that pltf. shall prove her afore- 
said deceased husband's title and right to the same, which if she can do, 
he produces a receipt of Sieur Isaacq de Foreest acknowledging to have 
received from deft, for this pltf's a/c the sum of fl. 136. o. 8. Secondly^ 
he says the time of payment expired a year after date of said contract and 
that she then should have prosecuted it ; he maintains, therefore, that he 
might pay with the value of the Osnaburgh linens at that time, especially 
as he tendered pltf. the payment last year, which she then refused to re- 
ceive. Pltf. replying says — firsts that if deft, questioned her said 
deceased husband's right, he ought to have tried it before the commence- 
ment of the contract, but not after he had been in possession thereof now 
for many years ; she maintains, she is not bound thereto. Secondly refuses 
to allow to avail in payment what he paid Foreest without order or con- 
sent. Thirdly^ as she was not here but at the North on the day the pay- 

^On 31 Jan7 i66a a grant was made to Paulus Schrick of a lot on the S. W. side 
of the Fresh Water and on the E. S. E. side of Chalky Hook, containing about 4 acres. 
His widow having married William Teller, conveyed the lot to Jacob Kip, 19 May 1666. 
The annexed diagram will show its location. — 0*C. 



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ment became due, she could not duly collect the same, which can 
however not excuse deft, for non payment ; and further as the same was 
attached in his hands by Sieur Foreest, she was thereby rendered unable 
to receive the same. Therefore persists in her entered demand and taken 
conclusion. Deft, rejoining says, that Sieur Foreest had a verbal order 
from her therefor, which aforesaid Foreest offers to confirm by oath. The 
Mayor and Aldermen having heard the debates of parties on both sides, 
and the produced papers and documents having been examined, decree, 
that whenever Foreest shall verify on oath, that he had verbal order for 
the receipt of the above mentioned fl. 136. o. 8. the same must and shall 
avail against the pltf. As regards the remainder the Court order for 
reason them thereunto moving, that deft, shall within three times four 
and twenty hours, pay unto the pltf. in beavers for every ell of Osnaburgh 
ten stivers, with costs herein accrued. Ady as above. 

The carters of this City being called into Court, they are notified and 
ordered henceforward not to stand any more on their carts, as much 
danger arises from time to time therefrom. 

Thomas Francen, pltf. v/s John Cocx, deft. Pltf. says, that deft's 
dog bit his horse standing under the cart and demands satisfaction. 
Deft, says, it was not his but the General's dog. The Mayor undertakes 
to speak to the General on the subject. 

Octob' the 31^ A^ 1665. At a Court held at New York. Present 
Capf.Tho: Willet, Major; Capl*^Tho: d' La Val, W O: Stevens, M^ Joh: 
V: brugh, M' John Lawrence, M' Com: V: Ruyven, M' Allard Antony, 
Sheriff. 

Edward Lakfield, Pit: v/s John Heath, defend! The defft: i: de- 
faut. The Pit: deliveringe in his declaration, it is ordered that the Copy 
should be delivered to the defft: for to answer uppon the same against next 
Court. 

Thomas Tiddeman, Pit: v/s John Heath, defend! The defft: i: de- 
faut. The Pit: makinge his declarat^ to the Court it is ordered that the 
Coppy should be delivered to the defft: for to answer uppon the same, at 
the next Court. 

Thomas Exton, Pit: v/s John Cockrin, defend! The deft: 2: defaut. 
The Pit: makinge his declarat? to the Court, It is ordered that Coppy 



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thereof should be delivered to the defft: for to make his answer to the 
same against next Court. 

Nicolaes Backer, pltf. v/s Davit du Foer, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, the sum of fl. 20. balance of rent; with costs. Deft, says, that pltf. 
sold the house, which he had hired of him, before the expiration of the 
lease, to Meyndert the cooper, which cooper caused him, deft., to remove 
from the premises six weeks before the time, which being deducted from 
the aforesaid sum, he offers to pay the pltf. the balance, being fi. 10. 
Meyndert the cooper being called into Court declared, that he caused the 
deft, to remove by virtue of his deed of purchase. The W: Court having 
heard parties condemn the deft, to pay pltf. within the time of 14 
days fl. 10 zeawant, besides half the costs incurred herein. Ady as 
above. 

Maria Tellers, pltf. v/s Wamaer Wessels, deft. Defts. iV default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of 8 beavers and 34 guild? in zewant 
balance of an obligation, according to the a/c annexed: she declares 
further, that when she last spoke to the deft., he abused her as a thief etc. 
and that she and all hers had stolen their deceased father's * goods. 
Demanding, therefore, not only payment, but also reparation of character. 
Whereas pltf. is on the eve of departing the Sheriff is ordered to go to 
deft's house to order him to appear in Court or in case of refusal, to re- 
quire a refusal thereof from him. The Sheriff reports to the Court, that 
the deft. Wemaer Wessels is not to be found. Ordered, that pltf. shall 
leave her papers and proofs here with some one, to whom she will give 
power to summon the deft, for the next Court day. 

Allard Anthony, Sheriff, pltf. v/s Claes Moreau, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, abused his pltf's son last Sunday as a hangman's son in presence 
of Anthony de Mil, Jonas Bogardus, Roelof Kierstede, and Gerrit Huy- 
gen. Deft, denies the same; demands that pltf. shall prove it. The 
abovementioned persons, declare under oath as follows: — Anthony de 
Mil declares, that he heard something said, whereupon the other com- 
panions laughed, but does not know, what it was: Jonas Bogardus, 
Roelof Kierstede and Gerrit Huygen declare, that they heard the deft, 
speak of branding, but does not know, whom he meant thereby. Deft. 
Claes Moriaen being under examination before the Bench, has departed 

♦ Casper Verlcth. 



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and ran away from the Court's order, notwithstanding he was repeatedly 
called back by the Court Messenger. Ady as above. 

Allard Anthony Sheriff, pltf. v/s Abram Pietersen Corbyn, deft. 
Pltf. says, that deft, was arrested by Capt. John Jongh authorized thereto 
by special warrant from the General for having sold strong beer to the 
Indians in opposition to the order of the General made therein. Deft, 
answering says, that he sold nothing but beer to the Indians; says he was 
not aware, that it was prohibited ; and states further, that he got a pass 
from M- Borton to pursue that trade, who verbally consented thereto. 
Whereas Mayor and Aldermen cannot perceive, that strong beer is 
directly forbidden by the last order enacted for this purpose, they refer 
parties, therefore, to the Honour"* Govemour Nicolls, the rather as the 
above named John Jongh' s commission mentions, that the culprit be 
brought before his Hono'. Ady as above. 

Sieurs Jacob Kip and Symon Jans Romeyn, as curators of the insol- 
vent estate of Salomon La Chair deceas^, appearing in Court state, that 
they cannot agree about a/cs with Jacob van Couwenhoven and request, 
that the papers and a/cs be examined by the W: Court, inasmuch as the 
persons, whom the W Court had authorized in date 22'V' August last could 
not come to any conclusion, but had refered parties back to the W. 
Court, as is more fully apparent by their concluded award dated 28* y^ 
last past. The Major and Aldermen having heard the request order, 
that the persons thereunto commissioned on the 22*? Aug** with Sieurs 
Balthazar de Haert and Willem Bogardus shall again renew the examina- 
tion of papers and a/cs to be produced by parties, and to reconcile parties 
if possible ; if not to report their action to the W : Court. Ady as above. 

Anna Coecx appearing in Court states, that she cannot to this time 
receive any pay from Mr. la Val for the lodging of the soldiers agreed for 
with her by the Court. Petitioner was requested to have patience yet 
one, two or three weeks: order shall then be made from what the same 
shall be paid. Ady as above. 

Dirck Storm appearing in Court delivers in copy of the a/c of Pieter 
Wolphertsen van Couwenhoven, pursuant to the order of the Court, dated 
24^ inst. Ordered, copy hereof to be furnished by the Secretary N: 
Bayard to parties, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. Ady, as 
above. 



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The petition of the sworn butchers of this City being considered and 
read in Court, requesting in substance that their fees and wages for 
slaughtering may be somewhat increased ; and further whereas divers 
persons undertake to slaughter within this City without having first ob- 
tained proper consent, that the W Mayor and Aldermen be pleased to 
forbid the same. On question it was ordered — Petitioners are granted 
and allowed as fee and wages for killing, to collect for each beast whether 
ox or cow six guilders, and from other small cattle not more than was 
granted and allowed herefor on date 3 Nov^' 1662; and further no 
person, but petitioners, shall slaughter within this City and therefore the 
following acte is granted them : — Know all men by these presents, that by 
US, the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of New Yorke are continued 
and chosen anew and accepted as sworn butchers; to wit Eghbert Meyn- 
derts, Assur Levy, Roelof Jans van Meppel, Gerrit Jansen Roos, Jan van 
Haerlem, Pieter Jansen, Gerrit Vulevever and Comelis Jorissen, who are 
hereby authorized and directed to slaughter all cattle within this City, 
and may collect for fees for each ox or cow six guilders and further from 
small cattle what was allowed them by the late Burgomasters herefor in 
date of 2r of Nov^ 1662. And all and every are hereby expressly inter- 
dicted and forbidden to slaughter any cattle, whether large or small, of 
what description soever they may be, within this City, unless with the 
general consent of the abovenamed sworn butchers, under a penalty 
hereupon previously enacted. Ady, as above. 

November the 13* 1665. In a Court held at N. York. Present M' 
Com* Van Ruyven, dep'^ Mayor; M^ Olof Stevensen, Mf Joh: V. Brugh, 
M' Joh. Laurence, Aldermen ; M^ Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Timotheus Gabrie, Collector of the excise on slaughtered cattle, 
being sent for to Court, is informed and ordered, whereas the City is 
seriously defrauded in the entering of cattle, that he, as far as his time 
will permit, do before he grant a license to slaughter, go and inspect the 
cattle etc. entered with him, to see if they be entered according to the 
just value, which the abovenamed Collector undertakes to do. Ady, as 
above. 

The sworn butchers of this City being sent for and appearing are in- 
structed, whereas the City has seriously lost in the entering of the cattle. 



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to warn the Burghers, for whom they hence forward shall slaughter, that 
they shall enter the cattle etc. according to their just value, on pain of 
confiscation of the cattle, which are not entered according to their correct 
value; and they are further notified, that Jan Hendricksen van Gunst, 
Richard Nicolls and Richard Dodomit are in addition to them admitted 
as sworn butchers. Ady as above. 

Richard Nicolls and Richard Dodomit have this day taken the 
following oath as sworn butchers of this City. 

We doe sweare in the Presence of the Almighty God, that we as 
Swome Butchers of this Citty, shal Kill noe Cattle hoggs etz. without a 
Ticket of Consent from the Collector of the Major and Aldermen except 
it be for the Right Honn**i* Govern' Richard Nicolls. So help us God 
Almighty. 

The Churchwardens of this City, Sieurs Govert Loocquermans and 
Johannes de Peister entering Court and being asked, if there be so much 
money in the Church Treasury as will fence the grave yard of this City, 
answer No : and that still many small debts are due here and there, which 
they have not been able to pay as yet in consequence of the trifling 
income. 

The Mayor and Aldermen resolve to advance from the Burghers 
excise of this City to the Church wardens as much as shall be required 
for the fencing off of the graveyard, on condition the same be repaid 
from the first incoming money — ^which the abovenamed Churchwardens 
promise to do. Ady as above. 

13*?* novemb' 

William Barker old about 12 years of age, declares before the Court 
that the night betwixt the 8*!^ & 9^ of this Instant he Sleepinge a board 
of John braudlay, his Vessel, that about a half houwer after the beatinge 
of the drom Teunis Cray with his Sunn & his daughter besides the 
Scotts Woman w*!* lives in Smith's Valley, did Come aboard the s*? Vessel 
& the s"? Teunis Cray opening the hatches of the Vessel he measured 
Several Scippels of appels to them & further that he gave to him 3 Stuy- 
vers that he should not speak to noe boddy about it, declares further that 
the s* Teunis Cray did say, if it Should Come to be Knowne that the 
appels were lost that he should say that Teunis Cray his mate had robbed 



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the same, but that he should make noe mention of him, nor his daughter, 
nor of his sonn, as above. 

The SheriflF Allard Anthony is ordered to whip the above named boy 
William Barcker with rods in the afternoon in the presence of the W. 
Alderman John Laurence till he make further acknowledgment, inas- 
much as to the present time all his declaration, which he has made rela- 
tive to the loss of the aforesaid apples is very contradictory. Ady as 
above. 

Johannes de Wit declares, that in the night between the 8* and 9^ 
Inst, about midnight he saw a person pass by his house near the New 
Bridge with a sack, but what it contained, was unknown to him. Ady, 
as above. 

Stoffel van Laar declares in Court, that about midnight between the 
8*!^ and 9^ inst. he met three soldiers coming about in front of Symon 
Jans Romeyn's house, each carrying a sack, but what it contained, he 
knows not and says, that they entered Jacob Wolphertsen's street * with 
it. Ady as above. 

Maria Hofmeyer declares in Court that about midnight between the 
8^ and 9^ inst. she and her husband heard repeatedly several sacks 
emptied at M*? Mills, their next neighbour; she believes of apples, for 
next morning she went to said M" Mils because firewood was stolen that 
night from their place and then about 5 skepels of apples were lying by 
the wall of the house. Ady as above. 

Novemb' 14* 1665. At a Court Present M' Com: V: Ruyven, 
deputy major; M^ Olof Stevens, M' Johannes V: brugh, M' John Laur- 
ence, Aldermen; M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

M' John Laurence, pltf. v/s Denys Isaacksen, deft. Pltf. sets forth 
in his declaration, that there is due him from the deft, a balance of the 
sum of fl. 14: 16. and that deft, has treated him, pltf., very rudely, push- 
ing and threatening him as more fully appears by his declaration and that 
of John Quimby. Deft, says, that his wife agreed with pltf., that if she 
brought two good beavers, the said sum should be then erased and he 
would in addition pay her 10**? of butter, which pltf. now refuses: he 

* Stone Str., E. of Broad, where J. W. van Couwenhoven had his dwelling house 
and brewery. He died about 1670. 



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denies further, that he either pushed or threatened pltf., but says that 
pltf. and abovenamed Quimby have pushed and beaten him repeatedly. 
Pltf. replying says, that he over two years ago he promised deft's wife, if 
she then brought two good beavers, to pay her then lo"?* of butter, which 
she did not do; he persists therefore, in his entered demand offering to 
confirm further points of his declaration by oath. Deft, rejoining says, 
that he repeatedly oflFered payment, which the pltf. denies. The Mayor 
and Aldermen having heard parties condemn deft, i'.* to pay pltf. two 
good whole beavers and order pltf. then to give him io**J* of butter accord- 
ing to agreement, and that deft, shall further pay for this time, on a/c of 
his unbecoming behaviour, a fine of 6 guilders zewant for the Church with 
costs herein incurred. As above. 

Willem Beeckman, arrestant and pltf. v/s Claes Pietersen Cos, 
arrested and deft. Defts. i default. 

Assur Levy, pltf. v/s Johannes La Montagne and Joh: Vemelje, 
defts. Defts. i default. Pltf. entering his demand, requests that judg- 
ment be delivered as he has caused defts. to be summoned by Mayor's 
warrant and they refuse to appear. Ordered to summon the defts. by 
next Court day and if they do not then appear judgment shall be pro- 
nounced. 

Daniel Terneur, on requisition of Assur Levy, declares in Court, 
that he sat as Magistrate of the Village of Haerlem upon the case between 
aforesaid Levy and Johannes La Montagne and that said Montagne was 
then condemned by them to pay said Assur for the loss of the goats, 
which he had delivered to the abovenamed Montagne, 8 head of old goats. 
Ady. as above. 

Jan Pietersen Slot declares in Court on the requisition of Assur Levy, 
that he and Lubbert Gerritsen were chosen by the above named Levy and 
Joh: Montagne as arbitrators in the case between them both, arising out 
of the loss of parties goats delivered by said Assur to Montagne and that 
by their award 8 head of goats were allowed then to Assur. As above. 

Gerrit van Tright, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrick van Gunst, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, the sum of fi. 20. zewant balance of delivered glass 
with costs. Deft, admits the debt but says, that he bought from pltf. yet 
a box of glass, which pltf. now says he has resold. The May' and Alder- 
men having heard parties, condemn deft, to pay pltf. the above fi. 20. 



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with costs and if he can prove, that he bo! still another box of glass from 
pitf. which he has not delivered, he may institute his action against him. 
Ady, as above. 

James Web, pltf. v/s Eduwart Houward, deft. Both in default. 

Assur Levy, pltf. v/s Tho: Exton, deft. Defts. i* default. 

Symon Jans. Romeyn, pltf. v/s Assur Levy, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of 2 beavers, for which deft, had made him an assign- 
ment on Serg! Exton, who refused to accept the same: with costs. Deft, 
says, the same was honestly due him by said Exton, for which he has now 
summoned said Exton, who is in default. He requests, as the pltf. owes 
something to said Exton that he may retain si sum thereupon. The W: 
Court having heard parties condemn deft, to pay pltf. said beavers with 
costs, and if he have any action against Exton he may institute it. Ady 
as above. 

Thomas Lodowyx, pltf. v/s Hendricx Coustrie, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, for freight of goods to the South River etc. fl. 107 in beavers 
and fl. 2 zewant, whereon he has received 50 gilders seawant: he sajrs, 
pltf. has refused to pay him. Deft, says, that no a/c was ever handed to 
him, and demands copy of a/c to examine it: offers to pay him what two 
arbitrators may consider due for said freight: admits further to have re- 
fused to pay him any thing until pltf. settled with him for the damage he 
had suffered by the pltfs. recklessly throwing overboard his defts. goods. 
The W: Court order copy of the a/c to be furnished to party to answer 
thereunto or to settle with the pltf. Ady as above. 

The Sheriff Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Claes Andriesen Moreau, 
deft. Defts. 2*? default. 

The Sheriff Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Willem Kock, deft. Pltf. 
says, he repeatedly warned deft, not to stand on his cart, but walk beside 
it, which deft, refused to do: he requests, that deft, shall be condemned 
in a fine according to Placard. Deft, says, that Mayor Willet allowed 
him to do so, because he was so weak in the bones. The W: Court post- 
pone parties, till the arrival of May^ Willet. Ady as above. 

Dirck Storm, pltf. v/s Pieter Wolphertsen, deft. Pltf. requests, that 
deft, shall answer his rendered a/c. pursuant to the order of the W. Court 
dated 31 Octob. last, and further duly repair his character. Deft, says 
the entire a/c is false. The W: Court order the deft, to hand in his 



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answer in due form in writing to the account^ within 2 wice 24 hours. 
Ady as above. 

On the even? of 1 1^ 9*^ W? Barcker is again examined in presence 
of Claes van Elslant and Pieter Schaefbanck, by order of the Hon^ 
General; declares that Teunis Craey and his daughter and Jan Stevensen 
measured and took away the apples and that the woman who was present 
is the Scotch woman at S' Joris in the Smiths Valley, and that they re- 
moved the hatches; and that is all. He knows not where the apples are. 
1665. in N. York. In presence of US Undersigned, Allard Anthony^ 
Sheriffe, Claes van Elslant, Pieter Schaefbanck. 

On 12^" W? Barcker is again examined by order of the Hon*^* General 
in presence of Schaefbanck and Elslant: says Teunis Cray and his son 
and daughter and the Scotch woman measured and stole the apples, and 
not the boys he saw yesterday. 1665 in N. Yorck. Allard Anthony 
Sheriffe, Claes van Elslant, Pieter Schaefbanck. 

William Barcker, of N. London in new England, old about 12 yeares^ 
declares that about midnight, betwixt Wensday & thursday last past 
foure Souldiers Came a board of T*^' Braidley his vessel & Said that 
they had order of Mr gouldsmith for to fetsh appels from a boarde the 
8^ Vessel & he with their help opened the hatches & measured ft 
longe baggs w^ appels & Carried them away & y! the si Souldiers 
Charged him to declare this to noe boddy, but to say that Teunis Cray 
& his sunn had measured the appels, & gave him 9 stuyvers in Wam- 
pum & threatened him if he did declare it to any boddy, they should 
Cot him — W*?* he declares to be Reason, that he hath Charged Teunis 
Cray with the same & that he did not speak the truth till this time for 
feare of the Souldiers, thus declared in the presence of Mr John Laurence 
alderman & Mr allard anthony Sheriff. In N. Yorke this 19^ day of 
g^ 1665. 

Attested p' me 

N. Bayard Secrets. 

November the isth 1665. At a Court held at New York. Present 
Mf Com: V. Ruyven, deputy major; Mf olof Stevens, Mf Johannes V: 
brugh, MT John Laurence, Mf allard anthony, Sheriff. 

Whereas Complaint was made by Mf goldsmith that betwixt the 8th 



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& 9th of this Instant Certaine quantity of his apples Were StoUen oat 
the vessel of Thomas braidluy then Riding before this port of New York 
(w^ ^ Vessel by him was fraighted from Staffort to this place) uppon 
w^ Complaint at the Request of the sf^ M' goldsmith & Thomas braid- 
lujy the Serv! of the afores^ braidluy, to wit William Baker was appre- 
hended, the w^ at the sf night had Slept a board the s^ Vessel and beinge 
Lawfully Examined the f^- W* Baker declared at first that Teunis Cray 
& his daughter besides Jan Stevens in the afore^ night Came aboard 
of the sf Vessel & hee measured & Carried away the s^ apples & that 
the Scots Woman living in Smith's Valley had bene present Carreinge a 
Lantern in hur hand; & being afterwards Examined againe he declared 
as aforesl except that not the afores^ Jan Stevens, but the Sun of Teunis 
Cray besides the other Persons afore^ had Stolen the si apples, as more 
Lardgely by The Depositions may appeare: And whereas it was manifest 
that the si W? Baker had falsely accused the Sl Jan Stevens of Robbery, 
We thought meete to Examine him further, uppon w^ the aforesi William 
Baker the 14*^ of this Instant moneth freely Confessed that he had falsely 
accused the aforementioned Teunis Cray & the other aforesi Persons; 
— But that at the afore^ night foure Souldiers (the names beinge un- 
knoune to him) Came a board of the si Vessel with Special orders (as they 
said) of Mr. goldsmith for to fetch apples, w^ si Souldiers did helpe the 
si W" Baker to open the hatshes and measured & Carried away 8 baggs 
with appels Charging him the si W? Baker to declare it to noe boddy; 
but to accuse Teunis Cray, & the other aforesi Persons with the same, 
for Recompence of w*?* they gave him 9 stiv? in wampum ; for w*?* fals ac- 
cusations & miscarriages the si William Baker meritted to be Corrected 
& Punished — others to an Example; but Consideringe his Youngenesse, 
the w^ Could not yet Retch to 12 yeares of age, as alsoo the threatnings 
(as he si) that the si Sould" had threatned him withal, w*?* he doth declare 
to be the only Reason that he deard not declare the truth, but had soo 
falsly accused Teunis Cray & the other aforesi Persons with the same; 
Therefore, for these & other Considerations We have for this Time 
thought meete to Deliver the si Boy William Baker again to his aforesi 
master T^ Braidluy, Recommendinge him to Correct the aforesi boy, for 
his Committed fault & to Warn him Seriously for the future to take 
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Braidluy shal pay for him the Costs of his detention, takeinge of In- 
format? &c, and Satisfy Teunis Cray for the losse of the Tyme duringe 
his appretiention and further to agree with the s^ M' goldsmith about the 
Losse of his appels, in Case of none-agreement, the si goldsmith may (if 
he See Cause) Institute his action against him — And Whereas the aforesi 
Boy hath declared & doth Still persist by the same that the si apples 
were stolen by the aforesi Souldiers & this Court not beinge authorized 
to take any Inquisition or to doe any Justice to the Souldiers of the Right 
honn**^' Govern' We thought meete to deliver the depositions of the aforesi 
boy to the si honn*^* Govern' to the end that by his honn' in the prosecu- 
tions thereof may be done as he in his wisdom & prudence shal think 
expedient, dated In New York this 151" of novemb' 1665. 

Novemb' the i8th 1665. At a Court Present M' Com. V. Ruyven, 
dep. major; M' Olof Stevensen, MT Johan V. brugh, M'. John Lawrence, 
Aldermen ; M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Jacob Vis appearing in Court requests, whereas he has exhibited to 
the Sheriff debts and effects more than belongs to Eghbert Meynderts ac- 
cording to judgment obtained against him on the . . . last, that he 
be excused from execution and allowed to take the remainder of his 
goods. The W: Court see no reason for changing the above mentioned 
judgment: the petition is therefore declined. Ady, as above. 

The General Richard Nicolls appearing in Court, the judgment pro- 
nounced on the 151^ inst against William Barcker is communicated to his 
' Hon^ whereupon said boy being further examined by his Hon? declares 
quite contradictory to the preceding depositions, so that it apparently 
seems, he is not right in his mind. He however persists as before, that 
the soldiers stole the apples; and though richly deserving, on account of 
his lies and other faults to be punished as an example to others, the 
Mayor and Aldermen for divers reasons have resolved not to change the 
preceding sentence, but to send the boy home to his master Thomas 
Braidley, to be by him punished for his committed fault. Ady as above. 

The Deputy Mayor states to the Court, that the Generi had proposed 
to him to allow the Burghers to watch anew ; and as the least expensive 
to the City that each bring on his watch two sticks of firewood and 
two one lantern. 



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The W. Court consider it to be better still to continiie the two night 
watches, and therefore resolve to agree civilly with them, together with 
two other volunteers, who mig^t then undertake the watch on the other 
ni^ts — Ady^ as above. 



21: November 1665. At a Couit held at New York. Present 
Com. van Ruyven, depy Mayor; M' Olof Stevensen, M' Johannes van 
Brughy M' John Lawrence, Aldermen; M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Thomas Lodowycx, pltf. v/s Hendrick Cousterier, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 141. 12. in beavers and 2 gL in zeawant for freight 
of goods to the South River according to a/c rendered; whereupon he 
received in zeawant fl. 50. Deft, admits to owe fl. 150. 10. zeawant for 
freight and no more according to a/c rendered. The W. Court refer 
parties to M' Caleb Borton, Capt Marten Cregier and Jan Jans van St. 
Objrin, who are authorized to tax the freight and reconcile parties if pos- 
sible; if not to report their action to the W. Court. Ady, as above. 

Thomas Lodowycks acting this day before the Court as pltf. against 
Hendrick Coustrie in an action of debt, has among other debates accused . 
the' deft, of being a liar and a rogue, and undertook to prove it; where- 
upon the Sheriff arising demands that he may be required to do so. The 
aforesaid Lodowyx was fined for his abusive words. 

Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Johan La Montague, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, the sum of fi. 180 zeawant for rent. Deft, admits the debt: requests 
some delay. Parties being heard by the W: Court the deft, is condemned 
to give satisfaction to the pltf. within six weeks. Ady as above. 

Assur Levy, pltf. v/s Johannes La Montague, deft. Pltf. says, he 
heretofore delivered deft, on half the increase, 42 head of goats, and that 
they were reduced by death with deft, to 7 head which he, with defts. 
consent, sold to Gysbert van Imburge decl, for which loss he agreed with 
deft, on arbitration, that deft, should pay him in Nov' of last year 8 heads 
of old goats, whereupon he, also, obtained judgment against deft, at N. 
Haerlem: he requests now, that deft, shall be condemned to pay the 
same, with this year's increase, together with the costs herein accrued. 
Deft, answering says, that the abovementioned 8 goats were not refused 
to be paid, on condition the pltf. restored to him the butter etc. the pro- 
duce of the 7 goats, w*!* he sold M5 Gysbert before the expiration of the 



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contract, on which he had received the goats — deft, also declares he ob- 
tained judgment against the pltf. at Haerlem, [copy of] which judgment 
he applied for repeatedly to the Commissaries there, but has not been 
able to receive it. Pltf. replying says, that by the aforesaid agreement 
made by arbitration all previous questions relative to the goats are dis- 
posed of. He also denies, that deft, obtained any judgment against him 
in this case. The W: Court having heard the verbal debates of parties 
grant them 8 days time to agree with each other; if not, deft, is ordered 
to hand in the judgment acknowledged to have been obtained by Assur 
Levy against him and remaining in his possession, and that by the next 
Court day, by which time the W. Court shall send for the protocol of N : 
Haerlem to examine the judgment, which deft, pretends to have obtained 
against the pltf. and definitive judgment shall then be granted. Ady as 
above. 

On the 27*^ of 9^ appeared before me, Nicolaes Bayard, the above 
mentioned pltf. Assur Levy, who declares that he agreed with the deft. 
Johan Montagne that deft, should pay him for his claim 8 goats, 2 
wethers, 150 ps. of firewood and 2 cocks provided the pltf. paid the costs 
of this suit, except the loss of Daniel Temeur's and Jan Pietersen's time, 
when they were summoned here as witnesses. Ady, as above. 

Symon Jans Romeyn, as atty of Johannes Withart, appears in Court 
producing an a/c formed by Sieurs Johannes Van Brugh, Johan De 
Peyster and Lourens de Sille chosen by him and Jacob Vis as arbitrators 
to settle if possible between them in the matter of a/cs; by which a/c and 
award said Vis owes Withart fl. 351. 19 the outstanding debts of Jacob 
van Couwenhoven's brewery excepted; and further thereby are annulled 
all previous questions and unsettled a/cs. existing between parties to this 
date. He requests, that the W. Court would be pleased to approve it. 
The W. Court having seen the a/c and award produced, approve the 
same and order parties to conform themselves thereto. Ady, as above. 

Reynier Rycken, attorney of Hendrick Huyghen, pltf. v/s Kier Wol- 
ters, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, on an obligation the sum of fl. 279. 
10. in beavers with costs incurred herein, and says that he cannot agree 
with deft, in conformity to the W. Court order of the 24*?* Octob. last. 
Deft, admits the debt, but as it is impossible for him to pay now, requests 
delay till the next harvest. Pltf. says in reply, if deft, pay him half now, 

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he will grant him delay till the next year for the other half. The W. 
Court having heard parties, condemn the deft, to pay the one half now, 
pursuant to pltf's offer, with costs incurred herein, and to take care that 
the remainder be paid next year to the pltf. without fail. Ady. as above. 

Sieurs Covert Loocquermans and Johannes de Peyster, Church- 
wardens, pltfs. v/s Johan La Montagne, deft. Pltfs. demand from deft, 
the sum of fl. 26. zewant on a/c of the Church. Deft, admits the debt; 
undertakes to pay it. The W: Court condemn the deft, to satisfy the 
Churchwardens. Ady. as above. 

Assur Levy, pltf. v/s Johannes Vemelje, deft. Pltf. says he had 
delivered to deft, as Court Messenger of the Village of Haerlem, a judg- 
ment, he, pltf., had obtained there against Jan Montagne, to serve the 
same on s^ Montagne. He requests that the same be returned. Deft, 
admits having received it and says after he had served notice thereof on 
the deft. Montagne, he delivered the same up to him. The W. Court 
having heard parties, excuse the deft, for this time as he declares he 
acted thro' ignorance, and warn him for the future to do so no more and 
order Jan Montagne, (who is also present and acknowledges to have re- 
ceived it) to bring with him the abovenamed judgment by the next Court 
day. Ady as above. 

The Sheriff Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Claes Andriessen Moriaen, 
deft. Defts. 3*? default. Pltf. demands, as deft, has now been contumax 
three different Court days and failed to appear before the W. Court, that 
he be summoned by sound of the bell. The W. Court order the Court 
Messenger Elslant to summon the deft, at his parents* house, to appear 
at the next Court day, on pain of being called out by the sound of the 
bell. Ady as above. 

John Rider in the behalfe of Robbert halls declares, that he delivered 
a Warrant to the Sheriff, to attach the Boddy of John Cockril for an 
action of debt to the sum of 5 lb. St^ & whereas the s*? Cockril is de- 
parted from this Place without giveing any satisfaction to the si halls, or 
puttinge any Security for his appearance, he prayeth therefore Judgem^ 
against the Sherif allard anthony for the same. The Sheriff answers 
that the Serg' Elslant besides the s*? Cockril declared that the Parties were 
agreed together, & that the Same alsoo was written uppon the bakside 
of the Warrant. M' Sharp declares that the s*? halls declared in his 



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presence to be agreed with the si Kockril. It is ordered that the Sheriff 
shall doe his utmost Indeaver to procure a Special WarrJ from the 
govern' whereby the s*i Cockril might be Charged to make his appearance 
here at N. York before the next Court. 

Teunis Cray, appearing in Court, demands firstly a certificate of his 
innocence respecting the theft of the apples, which between the 8^*" and 
9^ inst. were stolen from a yacht lying here before the City, with which 
the boy Willem Backer had so falsely accused him ; and further what in- 
demnity is due for his loss of time during his imprisonment and to whom 
he is to apply. The W. Court having heard the petition order the Secrety 
Nicolaes Bayard to deliver to the petitioner copy of the declaration made 
by said Backer dated 14* Inst, whereby he is sufficiently cleared and 
allow the petition' for his loss of time 50 stiv per day which shall be paid 
him by Tho: Braidley, the master of aforesaid Baker or some other 
person, on behalf of the City. Ady as above. 

Symon Jansen Romeyn appearing in Court requests, he may be pre- 
ferred in the moneys brought by him to the Sheriff in consignment by 
order of the Court on a/c of Jacob van Couwenhoven, since he was the 
first to attach them. The W. Court order the petitioner to appear at the 
next Court day with the other creditors, who have attached the said 
money, along with Jacob van Couwenhoven, each to bring in his proofs, 
then to see who are to be preferred. Ady as above. 

Abel Hardenbroock*s wife and Nicolaes Verbraeck appearing re- 
quest, that the sum wherein they are weekly taxed to pay for the soldiers 
may be somewhat diminished. The petition is for reason declined. 

Assur Levy, pltf. v/s Thomas Exton, deft. Defts. 2"/* default, 

Jeronimus Ebbingh, pltf. v/s Anthony de Milt, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Maria Tellers, pltf. v/s Wamaer Wessels, deft. Defts. first default. 

Dirck Storm entering states, as he has received the answer of Pieter 
van Couwenhoven, his party, first on last Sunday evening, that he has 
had no leisure to reply to the same as he ought and demands still further 
delay. The petit' is granted still twice twenty four hours time to reply to 
the aforesaid Pieter van Couwenhoven's answer. 

This date, the 27*? of November, the abovementioned reply is 
handed in by Dirck Storm, to the Mayor and tis ordered by his Worship 



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that copy thereof be furnished to party, to rejoin thereunto at the next 
Court day. The order was dated 30*?* 9**^ 1665. 

Decemb' the 2*? 1665. At a Court held at New York. M' Com: 
Van Ruyven deputy m!; M' Olof Stevens, M' J. Virbrugge, M' J. 
Lawrence, Aldermen. 

AUard Anthony, pltf. v/s Claes Andriessen Moreau, deft. Pltf. 
says, that deft, abused his, pltf'^^n, as the son of a Brander,* for which 
he summoned the deft, on 3 1 V Octob. last before this W. Court, and ap- 
pearing, the deft, withdrew and ran away from Court against the order of 
the Bench. He requests reparation of character with costs. Deft, 
appearing in Court acknowledges his fault; says he committed it through 
thoughtlessness and prays to be forgiven for this time ; promises to avoid 
for the future similar or such like faults. The W. Court having heard 
parties, have excused the deft, on his rendered promise for this time and 
notify him, if he again transgresses, he shall then pay the double fine,, 
he is now condemned in the costs incurred herein. Ady. as above. 

Decemb' the 12*? 1665. At a Court held at New York. Capt*- 
Thomas d* La Val, dep. major; M' Oloff Stevensen, M' Johannes V. 
brugh, M» Com: V. Ruyven, M' John Lawrence, Mr. Allard Anthony^ 
Sheriff. 

Assur Levy, Pit: v/s Thomas Exton, defft: The defft: 3? default. 
The Pit: declares that the defft: is Indebted to him the summe twoe 
bevers desireinge that the defft: may be ordered to pay his debt besides 
the Costs of the Court. The Court doe order the defft: to make satisfac- 
tion to the Pit: betwixt this day & next Court, besides, the Costs of the 
Suit. As above. 

John Rider, Pit: vs/s. hendrick assueros, defft. The Pit: i defaut. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s W: Wessels, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, was 
bail to him for John Artcher, and consequently demands from deft, the 
sum of fl. 133. which is due him by said Artcher. Deft, requests, that 
the same be postponed, as it has now been awhile bad weather, until the 
next Court day, when aforesaid Artcher will appear himself in person to 
plead his case. The request was granted. 

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Symon Jansen Romeyn and Warnaer Wessels being sent for to Court 
and appearing, request judgment of the Court, as to which of them both 
was preferred in the monies brought in consignment 25 July last, by order 
of the Court for the a/c of Jacob van Couwenhoven and by them both 
there attached. The W: Court having seen the produced papers and 
proofs of each, decree and order, that the Secretary's fees being first de- 
ducted, Symon Jansen Romeyn be preferred for the sum of fl. 52. 9. 
and that the balance shall be receivW by Warnaer Wessels. Ady as 
above. 

Maria Tellers, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Nicolaes Bayard, 
pltf*s attorney demands from deft, the sum of fl. 64. in beavers and fl. 27. 
3. in zeawant, according to a/c and obligation and reparation of calumny 
uttered, as more fully appears by the declaration. Deft, denies to owe 
so much; requests copy of the a/c. and says he did not calumniate the 
pltf; produces an obligation executed by Caspar Varlet in favor of the 
widow Schilt, from whom he has procuration to recover the same: de- 
manding as the pltf. has been administrator of the abovenamed Varlets 
residuary estate at Herfort, that she shall pay the same, as after all the 
debts shall have been paid, there remain undiminished 30 lbs. sterling. 
Pltf's atty denies, that pltf. ever had any administration of the above 
estate. The W. Court order parties to settle with each other and then 
the deft, shall bring in consignment to the City Hall, the money until the 
further order of the Court. Ady as above. 

Jirhannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Jan Cornelissen, deft. Pltf. in quality 
of attorney for Pieter Adriaensen at Fort Albania, demands from deft, 
the sum of 8 rix dollars in silver and fifty gilders in beavers, with costs. 
Deft, denies the debt, demands that pltf. shall prove it. The Court Mes- 
senger El si ant declares, that when he arrested the defts. wife for the debt 
aforesaid, she acknowledged the debt, except that she meant it was only 
4 rix dollars. The W. Court order deft, to enter sufficient security for 
twice the amount of said sum, until Pieter Adriaensen aforesaid shall 
prove the correctness of the debt. 

Nicolaes de Meyer, pltf. v/s Jan Gerritsen van Buytenhuysen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of fl. 156. 10. in zeawant, according to 
obligation with the costs. Deft, admits the debt; requests ^ delay. The 
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the time of six weeks, besides costs herein incurred, on pain of execution. 
Ady as above. 

Daniel Temeur, deputy Sheriff of New haerlem, Pltff : v/s M' Jesop 
of Westchester, defft: The Pit; declares that the defft: hath falsly ac- 
cused the Inhabitants of haerlem for Stealing of hogs, of the towne of 
Weschester; & delivered to the Court a Sentence of the magistrates of 
haerlem Sub-date 3 Xb' whereby the defft: himselfe is found guilty to have 
sold a hogg of M' Veal of Weschester; desires Reparation of the defama- 
tion, & that good damage might be graunted. The defft: denyes that he 
hath accused the Inhabitants of haerlem for Stealing of hogs, & Sais 
that the differeance about the hog of m' Veal, was ended at Weschester. 
The honn"* Court doe approeve the Sentence given at N. haerlem, & 
whereas it is a case w*^ Consemes the whole Towne, the honn**!* Court doe 
advice the Parties, to agree betwixt themselves & to live friendly & 
neighbourly one with another, ady as above. 

John Cooly, Pit: v/s fredrik arentsen, defft: The Pit: demands of 
the detff : the summe of fl. 55 : 4: Wampum, due to him for a Set of Poump 
Boares, by him made for the defft: for w^** he was bargained to have fl. 120 
& hath Received in part of pay fl. 64: 16: so that Remains due to him 
the s*? summe of fl. 55: 4. The defft: answering Sais that the Pit: was to 
make the si Poump boares good & prefers to pay the Remainder, if the 
s*? boares proeve good. The Court doe order the defft: to proeve the s* 
Boares, betwixt this day & next Court, & to Satisfy the Pit: for the 
Remainder of his debt, & in Case the s*? Boares doe not proeve wel, the 
Pit: is to make them good for the same price. Ady as above. 

Capt^ Tho: d' La Val, Pit: v/s Daniel Temeur, defent. The PU de- 
clares that he bought about 3 moneths past, of the defft: as magistrate of 
the Towne of haerlem foure gardens for the summe of hundred gilders of 
w*^ s*? gardens Johannes Vervelen pretends afterwards to have bought 2 of 
the same. Requesting that- the defft: shal make good his Bargaine and Sale. 
The defft: doth Confesse the sale of the si foure gardens to Capt" d* La 
Vail. The honn"* Court doe order the defft: to make good his Bargain, 
ady as above. 

Daniel Terneur, pitf. v/s Johannes Vervelen, deft. Pltf. says, that 
he in quality of Magistrate and Deacon of the Village of Haerlem, sold 
about 3 months ago to Capt. d' Laval four gardens, of which four 



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gardens, he claims two to be belonging to him. He demands that deft, 
shall prove his title. Deft, answering says, that he bought the above- 
named two gardens about 14 days ago from the pltf. and Resolv^ Waldron 
as Magistrates of the Village of Haerlem. Pltf. replying admits having 
sold two gardens to the deft., but says, the gardens were not shewn to 
him and as many gardens still lie unoccupied, says deft, may have his 
choice of them. Deft, rejoining says, that he meant the 2 gardens, which 
pltf. now says he sold to Capt La Vail, but admits they were not shewn 
to him. Parties being heard, the W. Court decree, that Capt de la 
Val's first purchase must stand good, and if the deft, does not like 
the other gardens, he can again surrender them to the Town. Ady as 
above. 

Dirck Storm, pltf. v/s Juriaen Jansen Kuyper, deft. Defts. i de- 
fault. 

Jan Teunissen, miller, pltf. v/s Jan Jansen Langedyck, deft. Both 
in default. 

Abram de la Noy, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meyndertsen, deft. Defts. i 
default. 

The Sheriff, pltf. v/s Thomas Braidley, deft. Defts. i default. 

Jacobje Jansen, pltf. v/s Lammert Huybertsen Mol, deft. Pltf. 
says and proves by two witnesses, that deft, has calumniated her as a 
swine and a whore; she demands reparation of character and suitable fine 
with costs. Deft, says, he was drunk and did not know what he was say- 
ing, declares he knows nothing of the pltf. but what is honourable and 
virtuous. The W. Court having heard parties condemn deft, in a fine of 
fl. 10 for the Church, with costs. Ady as above. 

Hendrick Coustrie, pltf. and the Sheriff as guardian, v/s Thomas 
Lodowycx, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, called him on 21 g^ last, in this 
W: Court's presence a liar and a rogue. He demands reparation of 
character and that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of fl. 200. zewant, 
with costs. Deft, acknowledges the same; but says it occurred through 
haste: declares he knows nothing of the pltf., but what is honourable and 
virtuous. The W. Court condemn the deft, in a fine of fl. 25 for the 
profit of the Church, with costs herein incurred. Ady as above. 

Ariaen van Laer appearing states, that he agreed for the building of 
a stove with Ryntie d Metzelaer, the mason, and is gone away to the 



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Kill van Kol to work: he requests permission to have it finished by some 
one else. The request of petit' is consented to and allowed. Ady as 
above. 

The Sheriff, pltf. v/s Lammert Huybertsen Mol and Gerrit Mannaet, 
defts. Pltf. says, that deft. Lammert Mol came to him on the . . . 
last to complain, that Gerrit Mannaet had so beaten him with a can at 
Egbert Meyndertsen's, that he received a hole in his head from it. Deft. 
Gerrit Mannaet says, that Lammert first struck him with the tongs. 
Lammert Huybertsen denies, that he first struck the abovenamed Gerrit 
and says no one was present, but Egbert Meyndertsen's little child. The 
Sheriff says, that Gerrit Mannaets wife had personally complained to him, 
that her husband returning home on the date aforesaid from Egbert 
Meynderts and being drunk had struck his own child with a knife on the 
breast, through its clothes. He concludes, that he shall be condemned 
in a fine of fl. loo for wounding the above named Lammert Huybertsen 
and that Lammert shall also be fined fl. 25. according to Placard. The 
W : Court order the Sheriff to imprison the deft. Gerrit Mannaet in order 
to inquire further into the matter: ady as above. 

Hendrick Bos and Claes Pauls* wives appearing represent, that they 
are taxed too much for the weekly contribution for the soldiers to wit 
H: Bos, 2 gl. etc. Pauls 30 stiv, they demand some remission. The W. 
Court having heard the petition allow the petitioners to pay henceforward 
no more each week than the following — Hendrick Bos 25 stiv and Claes 
Paulusen i gl. Ady, as above. 

Whereas in the list of weekly assessment for the benefit of the soldiers 
there is considerable deficit from week to week, because some persons 
remain in default in their weekly money, Therefore we hereby authorize 
and order the Sheriff AUard Anthony to notify the persons, who still re- 
main in default, to bring their arrears within thrice twenty four hours 
after service hereof, to the house of Jan Jillissen Kok, on pain for those 
who remain in default, of paying as a fine double the sum of what they 
are in arrears to the aforesaid assessment. Ady; As above. 

19 Xb' 1665. At a Court held at New York, present Capt" Tho: de 
Laval, Deputy m'; W olof Stevensen, M' Joh: V. brugh, M' C. V. 
Ruyven, Aldermen ; M' allard anthony, Sheriff. 



i666] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 329 

Jeremiah Wetheral, pltf: ag*.* Elias Ells, defft: The pit: defaut, & 
the defft: graunted as a non Suite. 

Abram de La Noy, pltf. v/s Egbert Meyndertsen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the sum of fi. 22.9} zewant balance of a/c. with costs. 
Deft, admits the debt, but says, that he employed the pltf. as book keeper 
qf the excise on slaughtered cattle of this City, and that pltf. without his 
consent has granted divers persons permits to slaughter without receiving 
the established tax ; he requests therefore that pltf. shall first collect this 
outstanding money; he then offers to pay him. The W: Court having 
heard parties condemn the deft, to give and pay the aforesaid sum to the 
pltf. within the term of 14 days, with the costs incurred herein, and if he 
pretend to have any claim against the pltf., he can institute his action on 
the required form. Ady as above. 

The Court having considered, read and examined the papers, docu- 
ments and vouchers produced on both sides by Dirck Storms as pltf. and 
Pieter van Couwenhoven as deft, and pltf. in reconvention and having 
heard the verbal debates on both sides, refer the abovenamed parties 
regarding the a/cs in question to Sieurs Johannes de Peyster, Jeronimus 
Ebbingh, Francois Boon and Nicolaes de Meyer, who are hereby ap- 
pointed and commissioned to examine the papers produced by parties 
and to hear parties debates and if possible to terminate them and to 
reconcile parties ; with power to assume to themselves an umpire in case 
of equality of votes, or if otherwise necessary ; if not to report to the W : 
Court their award and verdict. Ady, as above. 

Ady, 6*?* Jannuary A^ i66J^. Att a Court held at N. York. Present 
Capt" Tho: d' Laval, dep: majo'; M' oloff Stevensen, M' Johanus V: 
brugh, M' Com : V : Ruyven, Mr John Laurence, Aldermen. 

Nicolaes Bayard, the Secretary, informs the W. Court that it is nec- 
essary by reason of the death of Jan Jillisen late Collector, to authorize 
some other person to collect the weekly assessment for the soldiers, pro- 
posing therefore the person of Claes van Elslant Jun' Therefore on 
question being asked, said Claes van Elslant is accepted by their W : on 
such conditions as Jan Jillisen, late Collector, performed the duties, 
being 5 per C^^ on all that he collected, provided he be vigilant and in- 
dustrious in said office. Ady as above. 



330 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1666 

Secretary Nicolaes Bajard infomiing the W. Court, that the time for 
reneiring the tapsters licences had expired on the 25 Xb^ last, the foUov- 

m 

ing order was made bj the W. Coort: — 

Claes van Elslant, the Coort Messenger, is hereby ordered and 
directed to notify all tapsters and tavemkeepers within the jurisdiction of 
thb City to renew their licences within the time of S dajrs from date 
hereof on pain of being deprived of the prirflege of tapping any more fcx* 
the future, and of being moreover fined in a penalty according to Placard. 
Ady, as above. 

Jannuory the g^ At i66f . Tuesday. Att a Court held at N. Yorkc. 
Prsent M! olof Stoensen, M^ Joh: V: Brug^ M! Com: V: Ruyven, MT 
John Laurence, Aldermen. 

Anthony de Milt, pltf. v/s Joost van der Linde, defL Pltf., atty for 
Allard Anthony demands 12 skepels of winter wheat according to obliga- 
tion with costs. Deft, admits the debt; requests two months delay. 
Pltf. accepts defts. ofifer, on entering sufficient security. The W: Court 
having heard parties, condemn deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. within 
the time aforesaid, on condition of entering sufficient baO before his de- 
parture from this place — together with the costs incurred herein. Ady 
as above. 

Jannuary the 16* A^ i66| — Att a Court held at New Yorke. 
Present Capt^ The: d* Laval, deputy majo'; M' olof Stevensen, Mr Joh: 
V: Brugh, M' Com: V: Ruyven, M' John Lawrence, Aldermen; M' Al- 
lard Anthony, Sheriff. 

It is this day ordered, that al actions w*^ shal be determined by Jury- 
men shal Come to tryall one the first Tuesdayes of the months to w^ end 
at the said dayes, a Bench of Juries shal be appointed. 

William Schackerly, Pit: ag^ Thomas Kase, deft. In an action of 
assault & Battery. The Pit: deliveringe his declaration to y^ Court, 
and the defft: Requestinge to have y* Coppy thereof. It is ordered that 
the Coppy thereof Shal be delivered to the defft : for to answer the same 
next Court. 

Tho: Kase, Pit: ag^ W» Sackerly, defft: In an action of debt,— The 
Pit: deliveringe his declaration to y* Court; and the defft: Requestinge to 




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have the Coppy thereof; It is ordered that the Coppy shal be delivered 
to the defft : for to answer the same next Court. 

W? Shakerly, Pit: sl^ Tho: Kase in an action of the Case. The 
Pit: deliveringe his Declaration to the Court; and the defft: Requesting 
the Coppy thereof; It is ordered that the Coppy shal be delivered to the 
defft: for to answer the same ag^ next Court. 

The Sheriff Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Thomas Kase, deft. Pltf. 
says, that deft., when Sergeant Elslant came in his Majesty's name to 
arrest him on the 9^ of this month, shoved the Sergeant on the breast and 
refused to accompany him, so that pltf. was under the necessity to get the 
Constable to assist in bringing the deft, along. Deft, denies the same. 
The W: Court order deft, to enter sufficient bail, before his departure, to 
answer the pltf's suit. 

John Sharp, Pit: ag^ Egbert Myndersen, in an action of Slander & 
defamation. The Pit: deliveringe his Declaration to the Court; and the 
defft: Requestinge the Coppy thereof, for to answer the same ag^ next 
Court; It is ordered that the Coppy shal be delivered to the defft: 

Fredrick Philipsen, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft. fi. 799. 11. in zewant and 72 H. in beavers according 
to a/c and obligation. Deft, demands copy of the a/c to answer there- 
unto by the next Court day. The request was granted. 

Isaacq Foreest, pltf. v/s Pieter Wolphertsen,* deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 18 gl. in zewant for the hire of a pall delivered and hired by 
him to Jan Jillissen on the order of deft, and Susanna Bordings, for the 
burial of his, the defts. wife ; — with costs. Deft, says, he gave orders to 
the elder Elslant to get the best pall for the burial of his late wife and 
that he paid the elder Elslant for the use of it. Parties are ordered to 
summon the abovenamed Susanna Bordings and Claes van Elslant against 
the next Court day. 

Anna Cocx appearing in Court requests payment for the sick soldier, 
lodged at her house by order of the W: Court, according to a/c pre- 

♦ Pieter Wolphertsen van Couwenhoven, who had brothers Jacob and Jan, came to 
N. N. with his father in 1630. He carried on business as a brewer at the comer of Pearl 
and Whitehall Streets. He married i*.* Hester Symons Daws Decbr. 2, 1640 ; 2^ Aeltie 
Sybrants Nov. 22, 1665 and removed to Elizabeth, N. J., where he died. Some of his 
descendants now call themselves Conover. — Genealogy of the Bergen Family, 134. 



324 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

that copy thereof be furnished to party, to rejoin thereunto at the next 
Court day. The order was dated 30^ g^ 1665. 

Decemb' the 2I 1665. At a Court held at New York. M' Com: 
Van Ruyven deputy m'; M' Olof Stevens, M' J. Virbrugge, M' J. 
Lawrence, Aldermen. 

Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Claes Andriessen Moreau, deft. Pltf. 
says, that deft, abused his, pltf'^fcn, as the son of a Brander,* for which 
he summoned the deft, on 3 1 V Octob. last before this W. Court, and ap- 
pearing, the deft, withdrew and ran away from Court against the order of 
the Bench. He requests reparation of character with costs. Deft, 
appearing in Court acknowledges his fault; says he committed it through 
thoughtlessness and prays to be forgiven for this time; promises to avoid 
for the future similar or such like faults. The W. Court having heard 
parties, have excused the deft, on his rendered promise for this time and 
notify him, if he again transgresses, he shall then pay the double fine,, 
he is now condemned in the costs incurred herein. Ady. as above. 

DecembT the 12*? 1665. At a Court held at New York. Capt*. 
Thomas d* La Val, dep. major; M' Oloff Stevensen, M' Johannes V. 
brugh, M» Com: V. Ru)rven, M' John Lawrence, Mr. Allard Anthony^ 
Sheriff. 

Assur Levy, Pit: v/s Thomas Exton, defft: The defft: 3? default. 
The Pit: declares that the defft: is Indebted to him the summe twoe 
bevers desireinge that the defft : may be ordered to pay his debt besides 
the Costs of the Court. The Court doe order the defft: to make satisfac- 
tion to the Pit: betwixt this day & next Court, besides, the Costs of the 
Suit. As above. 

John Rider, Pit: vs/s. hendrick assueros, defft. The Pit: i defaut. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s W: Wessels, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, was 
bail to him for John Artcher, and consequently demands from deft, the 
sum of fl. 133. which is due him by said Artcher. Deft, requests, that 
the same be postponed, as it has now been awhile bad weather, until the 
next Court day, when aforesaid Artcher will appear himself in person to 
plead his case. The request was granted. 

* The Sheriff branded criminals ex officio. 



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Symon Jansen Romeyn and Warnaer Wessels being sent for to Court 
and appearing, request judgment of the Court, as to which of them both 
was preferred in the monies brought in consignment 25 July last, by order 
of the Court for the a/c of Jacob van Couwenhoven and by them both 
there attached. The W: Court having seen the produced papers and 
proofs of each, decree and order, that the Secretary's fees being first de- 
ducted, Symon Jansen Romeyn be preferred for the sum of fl. 52. 9. 
and that the balance shall be receive'd by Warnaer Wessels. Ady as 
above. 

Maria Tellers, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Nicolaes Bayard, 
pltf's attorney demands from deft, the sum of fl. 64. in beavers and fl. 27. 
3. in zeawant, according to a/c and obligation and reparation of calumny 
uttered, as more fully appears by the declaration. Deft, denies to owe 
so much ; requests copy of the a/c. and says he did not calumniate the 
pltf; produces an obligation executed by Caspar Varlet in favor of the 
widow Schilt, from whom he has procuration to recover the same: de- 
manding as the pltf. has been administrator of the abovenamed Varlets 
residuary estate at Herfort, that she shall pay the same, as after all the 
debts shall have been paid, there remain undiminished 30 lbs. sterling. 
Pltf's atty denies, that pltf. ever had any administration of the above 
estate. The W. Court order parties to settle with each other and then 
the deft, shalnbring in consignment to the City Hall, the money until the 
further order of the Court. Ady as above. 

Johannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Jan Comelissen, deft. Pltf. in quality 
of attorney for Pieter Adriaensen at Fort Albania, demands from deft, 
the sum of 8 rix dollars in silver and fifty gilders in beavers, with costs. 
Deft, denies the debt, demands that pltf. shall prove it. The Court Mes- 
senger El si ant declares, that when he arrested the defts. wife for the debt 
aforesaid, she acknowledged the debt, except that she meant it was only 
4 rix dollars. The W. Court order deft, to enter sufficient security for 
twice the amount of said sum, until Pieter Adriaensen aforesaid shall 
prove the correctness of the debt. 

Nicolaes de Meyer, pltf. v/s Jan Gerritsen van Buytenhuysen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of fl. 156. 10. in zeawant, according to 
obligation with the costs. Deft, admits the debt; requests ^delay. The 
W. Court condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. the aforesaid sum, within 




334 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1666 

pointed Thomas de La Val Deputy Mayor and M' oloff Stevensen 
Ald'man of the Citty of New York, to heare & to Determine Difference 
betweene John Sharp Souldier in Capt". Needham's Companie, and 
Egbert myndersen Burger of this Toune, the said Sharp haveing given 
in his Declaration against Egbert myndersen upon an action of Defama- 
tion and Slander. Wee the aboves*? Tho de Laval & oloff Stevensen, 
accordinge to the order of the aboves"? Collonel Richard Nicolls; have 
heard both P'ties, & their Several Witnesses and doe find that the Said 
Sharpe hath not Laid his action Right against the said Egbert myndersen. 
Nevertheless by Reason, the Said Egbert myndersen cannot proeve his 
accusation against the Said Sharp, We doe by this Determine and abso- 
lutely Conclude the Differeance betweene the abovesl P'ties in manner 
followinge that the Said myndersen doe pay all the Charges of the Sute, 
and Expenses made in the Arbitration, he havinge Confessed, he Could 
not provve, What he had aledged against the Said Sharp, and doe Submit 
to the award; Dated In New York, this 3^? day of February A° i66|^. 

Tho: De Lavall, 
O. Stevensen v. Cortlant. 
Nota. Uppon the abovestandinge award is an Execution graunted 
ag** Egb*.* myndersen to Seize uppon Soo much of the goods of the si 
Myndersen as in the s**. award is Exprest. In New York the 6^ of march 
i66| 

Februario the 6*^ A? i66|. Att a Court held at New York. Present 
Capt° Tho: d Laval, Depty Majo'; M^ oloff Stevensen Cortlant, M^ Joh: 
Van Brugh, M' C: V: Ruyven, M' John Lawrence, Aldermen; Mf 
Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Dirck van der Clyff, pltf. v/s Fredrick Hendricx Kuyper, deft. Pltf. 
as attorney of Jacob Moesman demands the sum of fl. 62. 10. zewant for 
rent according to judgment pronounced previously against the deft, by 
the late Burgomasters and Schepens, dated 21" 8^' 1659, with costs. 
Deft, says, that Moesman caused him to leave the house, before the lease 
had expired. Pltf. replying says, that according to the aforesaid judg- 
ment the deft, admitted and even agreed to pay the debt. The W: Court 
having heard parties and examined said judgment, condemn deft, to 
satisfy pltf. within two months time. Ady, as above. 



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Wessel Evertsen's wife appearing complains, that the two soldiers, 
who are quartered at Gerrit Jansen Stavast, had broken her glass yester- 
day evening, and says that Franck, the Governor's man, knows it, as he 
was then at her house. Ordered, that the damage be estimated by Evert 
Duyckinge and the Deputy Mayor has agreed to inquire further into the 
matter. Ady as above. 

Tho. Tiddeman, Pit. v/s Mettie Wessels, defft. In an Action of debt. 
The pit: declares that the defft: is indebted to him the summe of tenne 
pounds Sterlg of Lawful monny of England or Equivalent to it, as ap- 
pears by Certaine Covenant bearinge date the first day of June Last past, 
W^ She now Refuses to pay him. The defiP: answeringe Sais, that She 
profered to pay him, with Wampum three for one, as the Customary 
price is. By the honn"*' Court, are Nominated & appointed, as Arbi- 
ters, to heare & to determine the differance betwixt the s*? p'ties to wit 
m' Johan Van Brugh & m' John Lawrence; whoe are Required to use 
their utmost endeavour for to Reoncile the p'ties afores*! ; iff not to make 
a Retume thereof to the honn^!* Court. Ady as above. 

W° Shackerly, Pit: v/s John Garlant, defft. In an action of Debt. 
The Pit: declares that the defft. is Indebted to him for fraight of goods 
from hence to Boston, the summe of five pounds SterH. The defft. 
haveinge entered a Cros action ag** the pit: Sais that he had about twoe 
ankers Wine damage, W^ the pit: refuseth to make good. By the 
honn^!' Court are Nominated & appointed M' Johan Van Brugh, M' 
John Lawrence, AldEmen of this Citty, & Capt" Moore & m' proud, 
as Arbiters to heare, & to determine the differance betwixt the si Par- 
ties, Whoe are Required to use their utmost endeavour if possible to 
agre the pEties afores*! — if not to make a Retume thereof to the honn**l* 
Court ady as above. 

This day, 9^ February i66f Mde Mettje Wessels complains to the 
W. Deputy Mayor, that she missed some goods out of her house, relative 
to which she has closely examined her servant maid, who has acknowl- 
edged, she had conveyed them to Juriaen Jansen van Auweryck's wife. 
Whereupon the abovenamed servant maid together with the wife of the 
abovenamed Juriaen Janssen being sent for by the Deputy Mayor, the 
said servant maid voluntarily admitted, that she had given a parcel of tin- 
ware to said Juriaen *s wife, and further that said Juriaen *s wife came to 



336 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1666 

her in her mistress's absence and seeing linen lying in the room said, I 
must soon lie in and am so poor, that I have scarcely any linen, and 
asked if she would not give it to her, which, she says, she refused, as 
she had no orders to give away her mistress's property, which, hr -'ever, 
the abovenamed Juriaen's wife took with her. All which* thft' said servant 
maid admitted and declared before the Deputy Mayor in presence of 
Juriaen Jans and his wife; which, on the contrary, is denied by Juriaen 
Jans and his wife. 

Me present 

N: Bayard, Secretary. 
Whereas the Honn**!* Mayors Court of this Citty New York, have ap- 
pointed M' Johannes Van Brugh and M' John Lawrence AldEmen of 
this Citty to heare & to determine a differance betwixt M' Thomas Tidde- 
man & M^ Mettie Wessels; the si M' Tiddeman haveinge given in his 
declaration ag^ Mettie Wessells, uppon an action of debt to the summe of 
Tenne pounds Sterlinge Courant money of England, or Equivalent to 
the same, as appeared by Certaine Covenant betwixt the si Parties made 
bearinge date the first day of June Last past. Wee the abovesi Johannes 
Van Brugh & John Lawrence, according to the order of the aboves? 
honn*^ Court, have heard both Parties and their Several Witnesses, and 
Examined the si Covenant ; and doe by this determine & Conclude the 
differance between the abovesi P'ties, in manner followinge: that the 
si Mettie Wessels Shal pay the si Tenne pounds Sterlg to the si Thomas 
Tiddeman, with Wampum three And a halfe. For one, that is to Say, 
fourty two gilders Wampum, for one pound Sterlg. And the Charges of 
the Court and uppon the Arbitration to be equally Paid betwixt botn 
Parties, dated in New York this 7th day of Feby. A° i66f . 

Johannes Van Brugh, 
John Lawrence. 

February the 13th A? i66|. At a Court held at New York. Prsent 
Capt". Tho. d' La Val, depty may^; M! Olof Stevensen, Mr. J. V. Brugh, 
M'Com: V. Ruyven, M' John Lawrence, Aldermen; M' Allard Anthony, 
Sheriff. 

M' James Bollain, Pit: agst. fredrik arentsen, Defft. the pit: demands 
of the defft: p' balance of account fl. 9. 18. The defft. acknowledges 



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the debt. The Court doe order the defft: to make paiment within the 
Space of three dayes besides the Charges of the Court. 

Harmtie Juriaensen, pltf. v/s Styntie Wessels with Metje Wessels* 
nwirt". Defts. in default. Pltf. says, that defts. accused her of theft and 
demands rep«*ration of character. Ordered to summon the defts. anew 
by the next Court day. 

Timoth Gabrie, pltf. v/s M*^ Mills, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Aeltie Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Egbert Meyndertsen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, the sum of fl. 577. 12. according to a/c for 5 wagons 
delivered to him etc. Deft, denies first having had more than 4 wagons 
and says further, that some items of the aforesaid account are brought too 
high against him in the debit. He produces an ofifset a/c, wherein the 
pltf. is debited fl. 601: 19. Pltf. demands copy of the a/c and under- 
takes to prove by the next Court day that she delivered 5 wagons to the 
deft. The request is allowed and granted by the W. Court and the Court 
appoints as arbitrators, Mattheus de Vos and Jan Gilder, to terminate the 
case if possible. 

Wolfert Webber, pltf. v/s Jan Angola, deft. Pltfs wife appearing 
says, deft, has stolen the wood which her servant man had cut in the 
bush. Deft. Jan Angola, a negro, answering states, that pltfs servant 
had first stolen his wood and complains further, that said servant struck 
him with an axe on the head, but as he cannot speak Dutch, 'tis ordered, 
that he shall bring with him at the next Court day Domingo the Negro as 
interpreter and the other witnesses, who know any thing of the matter. 

The petition of Isaack Grevenraat being read and considered, setting 
lOrth, that he hired to the late Burgomasters of this City his house * stand- 
ing in the Broadway for fl. 220 a year, commencing flrst of May last and 
whereas the soldiers have now left the same, demands payment of the 
rent, and further as the house has been so improperly used, that the 
window glass, hinges and all are most broken and ruined, requests that 
some persons may be authorized to estimate the damage. The above 
petition being read and considered, tis ordered as followeth: — The W: 
Court appoint and authorize to estimate the damage, the W : Paulus Leen- 
dertsen van de Grift, Mf James Bollain and Denys Isaacksen, who are 

* On the £. side of Broadway, about 10 or 12 rods S. of Exchange Place. It was 

the first barrack for English soldiers in New York, outside of the Fort. 
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requested to estimate the committed damage and deliver in the same in 
writing; and regarding the rent, it is ordered, that the first half year due 
be paid. Ady as above. 

Allard Anthony, Sheriff, Pit: v/s M*^ Mills, Deft: The Pit: de- 
clares that the Defft: doth Keep a verry unorderly house, that one Satur- 
day Last there Came Several Souldiers beinge verry dronck out of hur 
house, Which made a great tumult in the Streates & abused & beated the 
People whome they did meete withal the Pit: Concludes therefore that 
the defft: ought not to have Liberty to draw drink any more, & to be 
ordered to depart this Towne. The defft. Sais that the quarrel not was 
in hur house, but that it was after they were gone from hur house. The 
Court doe order that the Sheriff Shal bringe in Testimonies ag*5 next Court. 

Allard Anthony, Sheriff pltf. v/s Nathaniel Britten, deft. Pltf. says 
that deft, fought last Saturday with some Soldiers at M*^ Mills, whereby 
a great Tumult was created : Concluding that deft, shall be condemned 
in a fine at the discretion of the Court ; further forbidden to tap any more. 
Deft, denies having fought and says that he himself has left off tapping. 
Parties being heard by the W Court, the deft, is ordered not to tap 
henceforward any more, and further to give bail that no disturbances 
shall be henceforward caused by his irregular behaviour. Ady, as above. 

Allard Anthony, Sheriff Pit: v/s Omfrie Cley, Defft. The pit: de- 
clares that the defft: doth Keepe a very unorderly house & that he Lives 
with a woman as man & wife, with whome he is not Lawfully married 
Withal Contrary to al godly Lawes, Concludes therefore that he shal be 
ordered not to draw drink any more & to depart this Towne. The defft: 
Sais that as longe, he hath Kept ordinary there hath bene but twice 
quarrel At his house & further that he hath taken the si Woman for his 
wife ; proffers freely to depart from hence with the first open Wether. The 
honn**!** Court doe graunt him time till the Last of the next month of 
march to depart this Towne ; & in Case he should Stay any Longer, then 
the time mentioned, they doe order, that he shal give in Security to 
answer the Sheriff at the Court of assizes — ady as above. 

Mr. Comelis Steenwyck appears in Court offering an a/c of James 
Caps, late master of the ship Prudence, now lying in front of this City, 
amounting to the sum of fl. 1200, which said Caps owes him. Whereon 
he has left in his hands 5^ lb. of crude Amber {Amberfioir) ; he requests. 



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as said Caps has left this place and has been absent a considerable time, 
that he may have his guarantee on the abovementioned ship, which has 
been left behind. The W. Court having heard the request, consents that 
the petitioner may provisionally attach the ship above referred to. Ady 
as above. 

February the 20'!* A*? i66|. Att a Court held at New York. P'sent 
Cap^ Tho: d'Laval, Depty Mayor; M^ Oloff Stevensen, M^ J. V. Brugh, 
M'C. V. Ruyven, M' J. Lawrence, Aldermen; M^' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Harmtie Jurriaens, pltf. v/s Styntie Wessels and Ariaentie Arians, 
the maid of Mde Wessels, defts. Pltf. says, that deft. Styntie Wessels 
has accused her of being a thief and demands reparation of character. 
Deft, says, that she having examined her servant Ariaentie Ariaens, she 
had told her that the pltf. stole, as more fully appears by the declaration. 
The W: Court having heard parties and examined the witnesses on both 
sides order Harmtie Juriaensen and Ariaentie Ariaens to enter sufficient 
bail to appear at the next Court of Assizes, to which time parties are 
ordered to let the matter rest. Ady as above. 

William Hofmeyer, pltf. v/s Catrina Mills, deft. Pltf. says, that 
Juriaen Blanck leased to deft, for him pltf., his, pltf's, house for the time 
of half a year for the sum of fl. 60 zewant and says, that deft, has very 
improperly used it: that the fence and back house are broken down and 
the house very much abused. Deft, denies having leased it for half a 
year and says, that Jurriaen Blanck has promised proper repairs, which 
he has not done, so that she was obliged to leave the house in consequence 
of the leakage, and says she offered to pay according to the time. She 
requests copy of the demand in English. Ordered to furnish copy of the 
demand to the deft, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Symon Jansen Romeyn entering states, that he has summoned Dirck 
Storm before the Deputy Mayor of this City for rent, which he has failed 
to pay him: requests authority to eject him therefore and to rent the 
same again to another. The W: Court having heard the petitioner's re- 
quest and the declaration of the Deputy Mayor, permit the petitioner to 
eject the aforesaid Storm therefrom and to rent the same anew. Ady, as 
above. 

Sieur Comelis Steenwyck entering requests, that the attachment 



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issued pursuant to the order of the Court on the 13*?* inst against the ship 
Prudence may be declared valid ; that the same remain in force, until he 
shall have been paid with interest and the damages be repaired which he 
has suffered or yet shall suffer. The W. Court declared the attachment 
valid. Ady as above. 

Isaacq Greveraat appearing in Court, requests inasmuch as the arbi- 
trators pursuant to order dated 13^^ inst. had taxed the damage done to 
his house in the Broadway by the soldiers, that he might be indemnified 
for it or that it be duly repaired. The W. Court having heard the re- 
quest, no categorical answer is for the present given thereto. Ady as above. 

M' Evert Pietersen appearing in Court, requests that a suitable 
allowance be granted to him, inasmuch as the W Court had, on the 19*^ 
of 7 b' last, promised that an order should be made also regarding his 
stipend, whenever the preachers were granted their salary, which has now 
been done. The W. Court having heard the petition decree absolutely, 
that he shall receive some satisfaction for his service. But whereas the 
City Treasury is at present so low, that the . daily expenses can scarcely 
be met, the petitioner is requested to wait still awhile. Ady as above. 

Wolfert Webber, pltf. v/s Jan Angola, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
stole four sticks of firewood from the bush belonging to Fredrick Hen- 
dricx, boatman, and to him, the pltf., in company, and when Fredrick 
Hendricx came into the wood he deft, attacked him and would have 
killed him, had not Joris Arissen prevented it. Deft, says, that Joris 
Arissen, Webber's man servant, had stolen a part of his wood some days 
before, and further when he was fighting with Fredrick Hendricx, the 
above named Joris struck him on the head with an axe. Pltf. says, that 
he bought the timber, which deft, says was stolen, from Abrosius the 
carter, to whom deft, was bound to deliver it. The W: Court having 
heard the verbal debates of parties and examined the witnesses order 
Joris Arissen to pay the surgeons fees for the blow, which he inflicted on 
deft's head with an axe and to pay the costs. Ady, as above. 

March the 6th i66f. Att a Court held at N. York. Prest. Capt*^ 
Tho: d' La Val, Depty major; M' Johan Van Brugh, M' C. V. Ruyven, 
M' John Lawrence, Aldermen; M' allard anthony, Sheriff. 

Jan Jansen Langedyck, pltf. v/s Jan Teunissen, deft. Pltf. de- 



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mands the sum of fl. 80. in zewan from deft. Deft, denies the debt. 
The W: Court having heard parties, refer them to M' Hendrick Willem- 
sen, baker, and Jacob Teunissen, baker, who are hereby requested to 
examine the a/c of parties and to reconcile them, if possible ; if not to 
report their action to the W Court. Ady as above. 

W? hofmeyer. Pit: v/s Catrina Mills, dfft: The Pit. demands of 
the deft, for a halfe yeares Rente of his house Sixty gild" Wampum & 
further that Shee shal Repaire the glass windowes by hur broken. The 
defft: answeringe Sayes that noe Certaine time was agreed uppon, but 
that the defft: should pay for the time She Should Continue in the same 
f. 120 annually etc as more Lardgely by hur declaration may appeare. 
By the honn**!* Court heard both Parties & their Several Witnesses doe 
order that the defft: Shal Pay the Rent, duringe the terme that she rede- 
livered the Kae of the house back againe & to Repaire the glasse Win- 
dowes in Such a forme, as they Where when the defft: hired the house, 
& to Pay the Charges of the suite. 

Tho* Carvet, Pl' v/s Pieter Simkans, Def The Pit: declares that 
the deft: hath made for him a Suit Cloaths & Refuseth now to deliver 
him the same — the defft. Sais that he is Willinge to deliver the same pro- 
vided that the Pit: doth first pay him for making them. The honn**l* 
Court doe order that the defft: Shal bring the Cloaths at the house of the 
Sheriff from Whence the pit: may fetsch them provided that he first doth 
pay for y' makeing the same. Ady as above. 

Jacob Vis, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Burger Jorisse, attached and deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Mattheus de Vos and Jan van Gelder entering deliver into Court 
their judgment and award in the question between Aeltie Couwenhoven 
and Egbert Meyndertsen. Ordered by the W: Court that aforesaid parties 
shall be summoned by the next coming Court day. 

Allard Anthony, Sheriff, Pit:, v/s Katrena Mills, deft. Deffts. 2. 
default. The Sheriff making his Complt: It is ordered that the defft: 
from hence forth Shal draw noe drinke, or Keepe ordinary any more, & 
further to be Summoned to appeare in owne Person ag** next Court. 

Allard Anthony, Sheriff, Pit: ag'st Nath: Britten, Defft: The 
Sheriff makes Complt: that the defft: accordinge to the order of the Court 
Under date 13 feb. last Past doth refuse to put in Security for his good 



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behavior: the defft: doth proferre, to give in Security to appeare at the 
Next Court of assizes, then & there to answer the Sheriffs Complt: The 
honn".* Court doe order the defft: to give in good Security to answer the 
s"? Complt: at the assizes to the summe of hundred pounds SterF. 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker, entering complains, that Anna Smits 
still fails to alter her watercourse (drain) pursuant to the order of the W: 
Court dated lo^ Octob' last. The Court Messenger Claes van Elslant is 
hereby ordered to proceed to Anna Smits* house and direct her forthwith 
to change her drain mentioned in the foregoing acte, or otherwise to shew 
cause to the contrary at the next Court day. Ady as above. 

Mattheus de Vos, as attorney of Tomas Hal, substitute of Christiaen 
Davits, appearing in Court, makes known by petition in form of com- 
plaint, that he finds himself seriously aggrieved in his quality by certain 
award pronounced on the 24*? of 7b' 1665 last by Messrs. Johan van 
Brugh, Marten Cregier, Allard Anthony and Nicolaes Bayard as arbitra- 
tors betwe2n him in his quality against Geertie Hoppe, requesting the W. 
Court to declare, (for reasons more fully set forth in his petition), the 
aforesaid award to be null and void and to admit the petitioner to sum- 
mon the abovenamed Geertie Hendricksen de tiwo to answer his entered 
demand and adopted conclusion etc. The W : Court having read and 
considered the above petition, have ordered as follows: — Copy hereof is 
to be furnished to parties to answer thereunto in writing by the next 
Court day. Ady as above. 

Rem Jansen, Smith, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. In an action of debt. 
The W. Court having heard parties and the a/c being examined refer the 
same to Sieurs Johannes de Peister and Jeronimus Ebbing, who are re- 
quested to examine the a/c and if possible to reconcile parties; if not to 
report their verdict to the W. Court. Ady as above. 

On this date an order is sent by the W: Court to M' Tho: Hall and 
the other farmers both on this and on the other side of the Fresh Water 
to nominate six proper persons and send them in to the W: Court, as 
Overseers of the Roads and Fences lying around this City. Ady. as 
above. 

March the 20'? A? 166V6. Att a Court held at New York. P'sent 
Capt. Tho: de Laval, Dep*?" Maj'; W. Olof Stevensen, M' Johan van 



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Brugh, M' C. V. Ruy ven, M' John Laurence, Alderm" ; M! AUard An- 
thony, Sheriffe. 

Egbert Meyndertsen, pltf. v/s Jan van Bremen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred guilders zewant with costs. 
Mr. Olof Stevensen rising up says, the deft admits the debt. The W: 
Court having heard the pltf's demand and Mr. Cortlants declaration, con- 
demn deft, to satisfy the pltf. within 14 days time, with costs. 

Aeltie Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Egbert Me)mdertsen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, payment of the fifth wagon, which by the award of arbi- 
trators (dated 24 Feby.) was reserved, and produces two declarations of 
Harmen Jansen and Harck Dircksen, who declare, that they delivered 
three wagons at one time to the deft, and the two remaining by Elslant — 
to wit that he heard the deft, himself say, he had received one wagon 
from Hans the Noorman and one with Rut Jacobsen. Defts. wife appear- 
ing denies the same. The W : Court having heard the verbal debates of 
parties and examined the declarations condemn the deft, also to pay the 
fifth wagon in addition to the said arbitrators' award, at the same price, 
as the remainder were valued at by the arbitrators, with costs. Dated 
as above. 

Tho: Hall, pit., v/s Geertie Hendrick, Deff! Pit. in defaut. The 
defft^ attumy appearinge, declares to the Court, that the Coppy of Pit? 
petition (accordinge to the order of the Court in date 6*? of this Instant ;) 
was delivered to him in dutch, Requestinge that the Pit : might be ordered 
to have the same Translated in English, to the end that he can give in his 
answer to the same. The honn"' Court doe order the Pit : to deliver the 
Translaet Off his Petition in English to defft: and both Prties to appeare 
against Next Court day. 

Anna Smith appearing represents by petition, inasmuch as this W 
Court had been pleased to order her on the 6^ instant to alter the course 
of her drain, that it was impossible for her to discharge her water other- 
wise, than as she had hitherto done, as all the drainage of the adjoining 
lots flows into her lot; requesting for the last time that some persons may 
be commissioned to examine the same and to give their opinion thereon 
etc. The W: Court having heard the petitioners request and Hendrick 
Willemsen, the baker's, answer, have on request of both parties appointed 
and authorized Capt. Marten Cregier, Frerick Philipsen, Hendrick Kip 



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and Pieter Couwenhoven, who are requested to visit the premises as 
soon as possible and inspect the same and to render a report of their 
verdict and award on the next Court day. Ady. as above. 

Tho: Tiddeman, Pltff against Mettie Wessells, Deft. The Plt^ at- 
tumy declares that the defft doth refuse to Stand to the arbitration (by 
the honn**!* M' Johan V. Brugh & M' John Lawrence bearing date the 
7th of Feb7 last past) determined between them & therefore Doth Request 
affirmation of the si award, or else the benefit of y" Lawe against the 
deflft: the deflft: answeringe declares that the Pit: doth not Performe his 
Covenant & Promise in Providinge hur Sun necessary meat, drink & 
Cloathinge w^ beinge done she Promiseth to Pay the monny accordinge 
to the s*? award: — the defft: Profers to give in good security for the Per- 
formance of his Promise accordinge to y' bond. By the honn**J' Court 
heard both Parties doe order the defft: to make Paiment in the time of 14 
dayes, and if she pretends that she in any thing is wronged by the Pit: 
she may Proceed ag^ him accordinge to Lawe. Ady as above. 

20th march. By the honn"5 majors Court Examin the accounts of 
the Court Charges in the action betwixt Egbert myndersen & John Sharp 
doe allowe as followeth. 

to the Sheriff lb. o ** 7 ** 10 

to the Secret"? Bayard lb. i ** — ** — 

to Sharp & his attumy lb. o ** 15. — 

to Wamaer Wessels all the Expences made 
uppon the arbitration. Ady as above. 
Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Burger Joris, deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 
102. 18 zewant with costs. Defts. wife appearing admits the debt, but 
demands, that pltf. shall free her from all claims by Jan Withart, as said 
Withart also pretends to the same and she says further, that she stabled a 
horse for some time for the pltf., which she requests may go in abatement. 
The W. Court having heard parties condemn deft, to pay the said sum 
within 3 weeks with costs, deducting so much for stabling the above 
horse as two arbitrators may determine and further pltf. shall free deft, 
from all claims. Ady as above. 

Joost vander Linde, pltf. v/s Balthazar de Haert, deft. Pltf. says, 
he pawned to defts. brother Daniel a parcel of goods, which deft, re- 
turned to him, (when he paid him the principal) except two sheets and 



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five pillows, which fell short in his goods. Deft, says, he restored all the 
sheets according to his brothers inventory, what regards the 5 pillows, he 
declares his brother told him it was agreed they should be retained for 
the interest of the money. The W: Court having heard parties, order 
pltf. to produce his book at the next Court day. Ady as above. 

This day, the W. Court considered the nomination, which the farmers 
both on this and the other side of the Fresh Water made for Overseers of 
Roads and Fences. Their Worships elected from the same Dirck Sicken 
and Jan Langestraat, and the Court Messenger Elslant is ordered to sum- 
mon them by the next Court day to take the oath of fidelity. Done as 
above. 

March the 27th 1666. At a Court held at New York. Present 
Capt" Tho. d' Laval, Depty majo'; M' O. Stevensen, Mf Joh. Van Brugh, 
M' Com. V. Ruyven, M' John Lawrence, Alderm^; M' allard anthony, 
Sheriff. 

Jan van Bremen, pltf. v/s Jan Stevensen, deft. Pltf. says, he 
entered into contract with deft., that deft, should serve him as a servant 
on the scow for the term of one year commencing on the last of 9*^ past 
and ending on the last of NovbJ next, for the sum of twelve beavers and 
says, deft, now refuses to serve according to said contract. Deft, an- 
swering says, that pltf. does not observe the contract on his side; he is to 
provide him with proper food and drink, yet he cannot receive one stiver 
of his money, which he has already earned. He complains further, that 
pltf. is most of the time drunk, is continually drinking and then treats him, 
the deft., very rudely, striking and beating him so that he dreads that 
some misfortune will sometime overtake him, as he repeatedly threatened 
to cut him down with an axe or to throw him overboard. Pltf. answering 
and giving the lie to deft, is fined by the Sheriff in the sum of 6 gl. for 
the behalf of the Poor. The W: Court having heard the verbal reports 
of parties and the contract being examined order the pltf. to pay deft, 
between this and the next Court day what now belongs to him and 
further that he shall give security to pay the remaining wages according 
to contract on the stated day and treat deft, as a hired man ought to be 
treated and also pay the fine of 6 gl. with costs incurred herein. 

Joost vander Linde, pltf. v/s Balthazaer de Haert, deft. Pltf., ac- 



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cording to the order of the W: Court dated 20*? inst. delivering in his 
book, it is ruled as follows: The W: Court decree in the cause between 
Joost vander Linde, pltf., on the one side, and Balthazaar de Haart, 
deft, on the other, that deft, shall give satisfaction for the 2 prs of sheets 
demanded and 5 pillows on the award of two arbitrators and each pay 
half of the costs; and as arbitrators are chosen by the pltf. Jonas Barte]- 
sen and by deft. Jacob Leyseler, and pltf. is hereby strictly forbidden to 
complain of or prosecute the deft, in any manner for aforesaid difference. 
Ady as above. 

Mettie Wessels, Pit. v/s Tho: Tiddeman, Deft. The Pit: declares 
that hur is due from the defft: for drink etz: the summe of 195 gi Wam- 
pum, & further that she hath furnished hur Sun with Cloathes to the 
summe of 230 gilders W*^^ the defft. was bound to provide him withal ac- 
cordinge to the bond ; Requestinge that the same might be allowed hur in 
account. The defft' attumy answeringe sais, that he will Consent that the 
159 g! shal be allowed in part of pay; & desires further that the Translaet of 
what the Pit: further demands might be delivered to him in English for 
to put his answer to the same ag** next Court. By the honn".' heard both 
Parties, doe approeve that the 195 gild" by the defft: spent at the Pit: 
house, shal be alowed in Part of Pay, Conceminge the further Pretence, 
it is ordered that the Copy of the Pit* declaration, shal be delivered to 
the Defft. to the end that he may put his answer to the same ag*.* next 
Court. 

Sheriff AUard Anthony, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen, baker, deft. 
Pltf. says, that he found on 6*?* of this month four Indians at defts. house, 
after the ringing of the bell in the evening, who were not returned to him : 
he concludes, that he shall be condemned in a fine of 5 guilders for each 
Indian according to Placard. Deft, says, it just struck only 8 o'clock 
and that he intended to have gone immediately to the Sheriff. The W. 
Court having heard parties, condemn deft, in the fine according to 
Placard, with costs. As above. 

This day the Overseers of Roads and Fences elected on the 20* inst. 
by the W. Court being sent for to Court and appearing, have taken the 
oath of fidelity at the hands of the W. Court, that they shall render 
justice according to the instructions given them, touching the fences they 
shall be called to, without distinction or regard of persons. Ady as above. 



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Tho: Hall, Pit v/s Geertie Hendricx, Deft. Pit. 2I defaut. It is 
this day Ordered in this Action, that both Parties shall appeare at the 
next Court, for to Pleade their Cause, or that Judgement shal be given 
uppon the award, ady as above. 

Joost Goderis from Haerlem and Gerrit Hendricx van Amsterdam ap- 
pearing in Court request, as by the death of Cryn Jacobsen late laborer 
and workman at the Public Scales the place is vacant and besides there 
being one short of the number, that the W. Court would be pleased to 
bestow the same on them. The W. Court having heard the preceding re- 
quest, they are (after the same is put to the vote) accepted as public 
carriers and labourers at the Weighhouse, and have taken the oath of 
fidelity at the hands of the W. Court according to the notice furnished 
formerly to the present labourers. Ady as above. 

AN ORDER TO THE UNDERSHERIFF AND CONSTABLE OF N. HAERLEM. 

Honourable, Faithful, Beloved: — 
Anna Reinart complains to me for and because she is falsely accused 
of theft by three women residing in Your town, as more fully may appear 
from the accompanying declaration, with request that she may be 
authorized to summon the aforesaid 3 women here before this W: Court 
and to demand reparation of character in the case. Which being con- 
sidered by me I have deemed proper to order Your Worships hereby to 
cause the said 3 women to appear before you and to examine them closely 
regarding the matter at issue and to send the examination and inclosed 
declarations back to me by said Anna Rainart, that we may make such 
order thereupon as shall be deemed proper on the investigation of the 
case; expecting which etc. 

Your affectionate friend. 

Was signed, Tho: d'Lavall, Dep^ May'. 
New York ady. 31. March 1666. 

Aprill the 3^^ 1666. Att a Court held at New york. Present Capt" 
Tho: d* Lavall, depty major; M' oloff Stevensen, M' J: V: brugh, M; C. 
V: Ruyven, M' John Lawrence, AldEm"; M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Tho: Hall, Pit: v/s Geertie hendrix, defft: The Pit: by a Petition, 
declaring to this Court that there was a differance betwixt him & the 
defft: w''^ they had diff erred to a arbitration and whereas he did find him 



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greatly Wronged by the award of the s*! arbitral*" he humbly Requested 
that this honn".* Court would be Pleased to Nullify the s*? award and 
to admit him to summon the defft. the Novo before this honn**!* Court to 
the end that the differance might be determined by this honn**!* Court. 
The deflF! answeringe Sais that the si arbitr^ had Justly awarded uppon 
the s* differance, therefore Requestinge of this honn"* Court their appro- 
bation of the Same. The honn**l* Court doe graunt to the Pit: a new Suit 
& doe order that the Pit: shal in due time deliver in his declaration to the 
office of Records, w*!* beinge done, that the defft: shal make his answer, 
to the same agV next Court day. 

Jonas Bartelsen, attorney of Joost van d' Linde, entering requests, 
that the W. Court would please approve the award and taxation rendered 
by the arbitrators according to appointment by the W Court on the last 
Court day, regarding the sheets and pillows which M' Balthazaer de 
Haert was ordered to pay to the aforesaid Joost van der Linde. Deft. 
M' Baltus requests to know the reason, why he is ordered to pay for the 
sheets etc. and that the obligation was repudiated. The W. Court having 
examined the award aforesaid approve and confirm the same. Ady, as 
above. 

Mettie Wessels, Pit: v/s Thomas Tiddeman, defft: The Pit default. 
It is this day ordered that there shall be a stop in the proceedings of this 
action for the time of 14 dayes: in w*^ time the Pit: is to pay the mony 
due to the defft: according to the former Sentence. 

Cornelis Van Borsum, Pit: v/s hendrick Barentsen Smit, defft: The 
Pit: declares that he Bargained & Sold to the defft: a young mare of 
about twoo yeares ould, uppon adventure Soo as the same was Running 
in the Woods, for the Summe of 150 gildr? Wampum, w"^ Bargaine the 
defft now doth refuse to Perform. The defft Sais that he heard that the 
horse was dead, before the bargaine was made, & that accordinge to Bar- 
gaine the horse was to Runn in the Woods. The Jury brought in their 
Verdict agV the Pit:, that Com: Van Borsum should make it appeare that 
the mare was alive, when he sould hur to the defft: W*?* being done that 
the defft: Shal Pay the Pit: the Tennour of their Bargaine with the 
Charges of the suit, in the meanetime that the Pit : should Pay the Charges 
of the Court. By the honn"' Court Examined the Papers by both Par- 
ties Produced & the abovestanding Verdict of the Juries, doe approve of 



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the said Verdict, except only that the Court Charges Shal be Equally 
paid, betwixt both Parties. 

Anna Raynart appearing in Court and delivering the examination 
taken by the Under Sheriff and Constable of N Harlem, pursuant to the 
order of the Dep?^ Mayor dated 31V March ult** of Sara Teunissen, Maeyke 
Oblinus and Tryntie Pietersen regarding the charge of theft, they made 
against the abovenamed Anna Rainart and having examined and re- 
viewed the same, the Court order, that the abovesaid three women shall 
declare before the Court of Haerlem, that they know nothing of said 
Anna Rainart except, what is honourable and virtuous, and to execute a 
certificate thereof in due form. Ady, as above. 

Fredrick Philipsen, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Cristiaen Pietersen, deft, 
and arrested. Pltf. demands fl. 140. 5. from the deft, according to a/c 
and that deft, shall be ordered not to use the pltf's cattle except in the 
cultivation of the farm, which pltf. hired to him. Deft, produces an 
offset a/c of costs, whereby pltf. owes him by balance the sum of fl. 38. 
19 and respecting pltf's draft cattle, that he is also using his own cattle on 
pltf's farm: he maintains, therefore that he may justly employ the pltfs. 
as well as his own for his necessity. The W. Court refer parties to Mr. 
Johan van Brugh, Alderman and Mr Thomas Hall, who are requested to 
reconcile parties, if possible ; if not to report to the Court. Ady as above. 

Whereas complaints are made to us that through the expiration of the 
ofHce of the previous Surveyors, such care and attention is not paid to the 
subject of surveying as ought to be, but almost altogether neglected, 
being desirous to provide for which, the Mayor and Aldermen of the City 
of New York have elected as Surveyors of the City Sieur Fredrick Philip- 
sen and Pieter Wolphertsen van Couwenhoven, who are hereby required 
and authorized to pay as much regard to the subject of surveying, as is 
proper. Ady, as above. 

The Court having Viewed & Examined the account betweene Mf 
Comelis Steenwick & James Caps Late mast' off the Shipp Called the 
Prudence^ now Riding before this port amountinge to the summe of twelve 
hundred gild" Wampum, w*?* account by the s? Steenwyck in date the 
13*!* of febr Last past was delivered to this Court, w*?* proffer (it beinge 
Required) to Verify the same With his oath that the s? Summe of monny 
was Justly due unto him from the ^ Caps; doe order that the said 



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account by Capt? Thomas de Lavall shall be Satisfied and Paid out of the 
8? Ship Called the Prudence by the afores? Caps uppon his departure Left 
at this Place & now is Remaininge in the Custodie of the s^ Capt!^ d' 
Lauall, as above. 

Aprill the 24* A? 1666. Att a Mayors Court held In New York. 
Present Capt? Thomas de Lavall, depty mayor; Mf Johannes Van Brugh, 
Ald'm?, M' Com: V. Ruyven, Ald'm?, Mf John Laurence, alderm? M' 
AUard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Thomas Hall, Pit: v/s Geertie hendrixsen, defft: The honn^** Court 
havinge heard the declaration of the Pit:, & the defft? answer to the 
same, doe order that the Coppy of the defft? answer Shal be delivered to 
the Pit: to the end that he may make his Reply unto the same against 
next Court day. 

In the difference between Anthony Jansen van Sal6, pltf. on the one 
side, and Thomas Cocx, deft, on the other, for balance of rent, the Wor- 
shipful Court order the case to be placed in the hands of arbitrators, and 
thereunto were nominated and elected Mr. Samuel Edsal and Pieter 
Wolfertsen van Couwenhoven, who are hereby requested to reconcile 
parties, if possible; if not to report their award to the Court. Ady as 
above. 

Thomas Exton, Pit: v/s Robbert Garret & Samuel Chester, defft: 
The Pit: declares that the defft: Robbert Garret now absent is Indebted 
unto him Accordinge to his obligation the summe of Twelve Pounds 
Sterlinge or 500 Wheight of Sugar. The Court having taken into Con- 
sideration that Thomas Exton 's Attachment had the Precedency before 
the attachment of Mr Samuel Chester, Impanalled a Jury uppon the 
s? attachment who brought in their Verdict that they found for the Pit: 
in the first attachment uppon the goods of Robbert Garret the summe of 
Twelve Pound, or five hundred Wheight of Muscovado Suger with the 
Costs & Charges of the suit. Whereuppon the Court Passed Judgment 
accordingly by Reason that the s^ Court & Jury found that the s? Sam: 
Shester had of the goods of the said Robbert Garret in his Custodie and 
thereuppon ordered the Payment thereof. 

Egbert Meyndertsen's wife appearing requests, that Harmen Jansen 
may be obliged to declare on oath, as to what is in question about the 



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wagon, which her husband was condemned on the 20^ March past to pay 
to Aeltie Couwenhoven. Whereupon Harmen Jansen being summoned 
and appearing offers to swear to the declaration made by him dated the 
lo'!* ult? in this case. The W. Court persist in their previous judgment 
and condemn the abovenamed Egbert Meyndertsen to pay 50 stiv. to 
Harmen Jans for his loss of time in appearing here; with costs. 

Allard Anthony, Sheriff, pltf. v/s Grietie Lammerts, Rebecca Arissen 
and Apolony Vredenburgh, defts. Pltf. says, that defts. purchased 
divers goods from an Indian, which he had stolen here out of the house 
of Arent Juriaensen. Defts. answer, the Indian told them, that he had 
fished the goods up out of the river and further that shortly after the 
sale, they had made it known, so that those, who missed any goods, may 
have the same back on restoring, what had been paid for them. The W: 
Court having heard parties order defts. to restore said goods provisionally 
to the owner. 

In the difference between Pieter van Couwenhoven, pltf. on the one 
side, and Symon Jansen Romeyn, deft, (and pltf. in reconvention) on the 
other, in a matter of a/c the W. Court appointed as arbitrators Sieurs 
Johannes de Peyster, Francois Rombouts and Gerrit van Tright, who 
are hereby authorized to examine the a/cs of parties and to hear the 
same discussed by parties and if possible to reconcile parties; if not to 
report their award to the W. Court. Ady as above. 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker, appearing in Court delivers the written 
award of the arbitrators authorized on the 20* March last by the W Court 
to inspect the drainage, which Anna Smits is making through the cellar 
and over the lot of said Hendrick Willemsen, who decree it is requisite, 
that said Anna Smits lay a proper sewer to drain away her water and re- 
lieve Hendrick, the baker, therefrom, requesting that the W. Court may 
please to approve the same and strictly to order and direct said Anna 
Smits accordingly. The W. Court having heard the award and the award 
being examined order said Anna Smits to observe the decision strictly 
and to lay a proper drain for the relief of Hendrick, the baker, at 
farthest within the term of six weeks from date hereof, under a penalty 
of six guilders for each day she shall, after said time, allow the same to 
be unperformed. 

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says, that deft, sold him a box of glass which he has not delivered him 
and requests deft, be ordered to deliver the same. Deft, denies, that he 
absolutely sold the aforesaid box of glass to the pltf., but only said he 
might have it, if he brought the pay (as he was not disposed to trust the 
pltf.), which he did not do, whereby the trade came to nought. The W: 
Court having heard parties decide, that the trade does not stand, unless 
pltf. prove, that the chest of glass in question was finally sold by deft, 
and that they were fully agreed and concluded on the payment thereof. 
Ady as above. 

Nicolaes Bayard, pltf. v/s Fredrick Arentsen, deft. Defts. iV de- 
fault. 

Richard Cornell, pltf. v/s Comelis Steenwyck, deft. The deft, i 
default. 

May the first A^ 1666. Att a Court held at New York. Present 
Capt". Tho: d'Lavall, depty mayor; M^ Johann V: Brugh, Ml C: V: 
Ruyven, M' John Lawrence, AldEmen; M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

The Secretary delivering into Court the a/c of the weekly assessment 
collected by Claes Van Elslant from 18* Decemb' 1665 to last April 1666, 
being 19 weeks and the same being examined by their Worships they find, 
that many persons are still in arrears for a large sum, and that Claes van 
Elslant has received thereupon to date the sum of fl. 3359 : 5. and per contra 
has paid to the Secretary no more than fl. 2909: 9, so that there remain 
thereon fl. 449: 16, whereof his commission amounting to the sum of fl. 167. 
18 being deducted there should remain per balance the sum of fl. 281: 18 
which being stated to Claes van Elslant by the W Court, he says he paid 
in to the Secretary all the money that he had received. Whereupon their 
W: resolved to appoint another in Elslants place as collector, until he 
shall have called in the remainder of his list and have paid his arrears, 
and thereunto their W. elected Jacques Cossaert; on the same condition 
that Elslant was accepted ; to wit that he shall receive, from all he shall 
have collected a commission of five per cent, provided he make good 
therefrom the loss in zewant, and he is therefore obliged to count the 
same and the following certificate was granted him: Be it hereby made 
known to all, whom it may concern, that Jacques Cossaert, the bearer 
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and appointed collect' of the weekly assessment for the behoof of the 
soldiers, to whom every one from now henceforth shall have promptly every 
week to pay as much, as they are assessed on the following list. Done N. 
Yorck. Ady, this first May 1666. 

In the matter in question between Jacob Vis as pltf. and Teunis 
Cray as deft., it is ordered by the W. Court, that the pltf. shall between 
this and the next Court day, explain from what the obligations arise, 
which were passed to him, the pltf., by Hans Pietersen as well individu- 
ally as partner with deft, and to do so to Sieurs Christofifel Hooghlant 
and Nicolaes Mayor, who are in like manner requested to examine and 
revise the same in the pltfs. books. 

Resolv*? Waldron, pltf. v/s Daniel Temeur, deft. Defts. i* de- 
fault. Pltf. says, that in quality of Constable of N. Haerlem he went to 
the deft, at the request of the inhabitants there, to speak to him about 
the fence and coming to deft, on the farm, he, the deft., took a stick and 
gave him, pltf., a blow and said, ' Now nobody is looking I will duly pay 
you,' and sorely illtreated and beat him, the pltf. He demands proper 
support or that he be relieved from his office. The W: Court order the 
deft, to appear at the next Court to answer pltfs complaint, under a 
penalty of 100 gl. Ady as above. 

Hendrick Spanjiarts wife, pltf. v/s Claes Dietlofs' wife, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, the sum of 10 guilders in zeawan for one pair of pil- 
lows sold her. Deft, acknowledges the debt, but says that pltfs. husband 
lost a half barrel of beer as a wager to her husband. The W: Court 
order deft, to pay the ten gl: with costs. Ady as above. 

AUard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Tho: Braidley, deft, and Jan 
Ariaensen. Pltf. says, deft, took the City palisades and worked them to 
his particular use. He concludes as more fully appears by his declara- 
tion. Deft, answering says, that he fished them out of the river and 
requests he be excused, as he knew not that he could not do so, etc. 
The W. Court having heard parties and considered that deft, is a poor 
man they have pardoned him at his request for this time, warning him to 
conduct himself henceforth better, than he has hitherto done. Ady, as 
above. 

Nicolaes Bayard, attorney of Sieur Nicolaes Varlet, pltf. v/s Fred- 
erick Arentsen, deft. Pltf. says, that his principal delivered to the deft. 

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in the year 1663 a tub of soap and as much black walnut, as would make 
a spinning wheel, for which he was then to deliver a spinning wheel as 
soon as possible, which he has not done. He demands payment of the 
soap and restitution of the delivered wood ; with costs. Deft, admits 
having received the same and says, he long since finished the spinning 
wheel and that he spoke repeatedly to Sieur Varlet to take it away, which 
he has not done ; and further, that he agreed, he should get for the 
making, in addition to the tub of soap, half a beaver, which he under- 
takes to prove by Pieter Jacobsen. Pltf. replying sa3rs, it was not made 
at the time agreed upon, but a full year after the time. The W: Court 
having heard parties order deft, to pay for the soap demanded and to re- 
store the timber, or to deliver the spinning wheel and if deft, can prove 
by Pieter Jacobsen or any other person, that he agreed for half a 
beaver above the tub of soap, the pltf. shall then pay the same. Ady as 
above. 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. 
Pltf. says by his declaration, that according to an Indian's deposition 
deft, sold brandy to the said Indian @ 16 stiv the Mutsje (half a pint) as 
more fully appears by his declaration: he concludes therefore, that deft, 
shall be condemned as the W Court may deem proper. Deft, denies 
having had any strong drink at the time in the house, much less having 
sold any. Says pltf. must prove it. Deft, is ordered by the W. Court 
to enter sufficient bail for his good behaviour and due appearance at the 
next Court of Assizes to be held in this City of N. Yorck to answer the 
complaint to be made and entered there by pltf. against him. Ady as 
above. 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Ariaen van Laer, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. entering his demand in writing, the W: Court orders that 
deft shall appear at the next Court day, thereupon to answer. Ady as 
above. 

Mettie Wessels, pltf. v/s Claes Ebels, deft Pltf. says, that deft, is 
security to her for Brietta Waters for the sum of 50 gl. zewant with costs 
accrued thereon according to hand writing in pltf's book. Deft, admits 
having been bail for the 50 gl., which he has also paid: but knows 
nothing of costs. The W: Court order that deft. Lqu. pltff.] shall deliver 
in by the next Court day an a/c of the costs. Ady as above. 



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