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THE RECORDS OF 
NEW AMSTERDAM 

FROM 1653 TO 1674 ANNO DOMINI 



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VOLUME III. 



MINUTES OF THE COURT OF 
BURGOMASTERS AND SCHEPENS 

SEPT. 3, 1658, TO DEC. 30, 1661, INCLUSIVE 



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COURT MINUTES OF NEW 

AMSTERDAM 



Tuesday, jl Septembr 1658: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, Olof Stevenzen Cort- 
lant, Joannes de Peister, Cornells Steenwyck, Isaack de Foreest. 

Sieur Tymotheus de Gabry appears in Court, prosecuting the attach- 
ment of a barrel of brandy in Nicolaes Verlletts possession in the Public 
Store, belonging to Comelis Harperzen in the South river. The Court 
declares the attachment valid. f 

Burgomast! Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift, pltf. v/s Gysbert Op 
Dyck, deft. Deft, in default. The pltf. exhibits in Court certain obliga- 
tion against the deft, amounting to the sum of fl. 147 : 8 demanding pay- 
ment. The Court orders the deft. Gysbert Op Dyck to pay the pltf. the 
sum of fl. 147 : 8 according to obligation. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. Pltf. in default. 
Deft, says he cannot testify in favor of his father in law. 

Jacob Wolfersen van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. 
According to order of the Court dated 20^ Aug? the pltf. is asked, what 
evidence he has regarding the agreement made with the deft for and 
regarding the brewing of 15 pipes of beer ? Answers, has no other evi- 
dence than what he stated. Govert Lookermans is asked what knowledge 
he hath of it ? Answers, was not at the agreement but heard of fl. 5 ; but 
does not know whether it be for the pipe or barrel as it is long ago. 

Govert Lookermans, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Deft, requests to 
be excused, as he is sick, until he be better, when he will satisfy the pltf. 
or stand suit, whereof pltf. demands copy. The Court orders copy to be 
furnished party. 



2 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1658 

Pieter Jansen Noonnan, pltf . v/s Hermen Barensen, deft. Pltf. says, 
he hired his land to the deft, for the time of six years for which the deft, 
shall pay rent for the first year fl. 250. and every year after fl. 300. to the 
end of the lease according to contract exhibited in Court, but that the 
deft, has not fulfilled the contract. Deft, answers he leased the land 
from the pltf., when the grain was standing and he could not examine it; 
and he afterwards found, that the land was nothing else than rocks and 
stone and could not make that money of it, and aided the pltf. 15 days: 
also that he the pltf. leased the land again for fl. 600. for four years, 
being willing to prove it. Pieter Jansen is asked if he has hired the land 
again ? Answers, he has partially agreed with Lauweren Grootschoe, but 
has not concluded as he wants fl. 200. a year and Lauwerens will not give 
more than fl. 200. The Court orders the deft. Hermen Barensen to prove 
on next Court day, that the pltf. Pieter Jansen has re-leased the land. 

Claas Gangelofs Visser, pltf. v/s Aris Otte, deft. Deft, a third time 
in default. Pltf. demands from the deft, the sum of fl. 62. 11 for wine 
according to book a/c. The Court orders the deft, to pay the pltf. 
within twice 24 hours. 

Aris Otte, pltf. v/s Jan Mufort, deft. Both in default. 

Jan Andresen and Robbert Pitman, pltfs. v/s Major Narrewett, deft. 
Both in default. 

Willem Pietersen, pltf. v/s Jacob Lubbeck, deft. Pltf. is asked, if 
he have obtained an extract from the Minutes ? Answers, No ; he is 
therefore ordered to take out an extract, and to summon the deft, again 
on next Court day: But the deft, may return home on his own security to 
the Schout. 

Philip Behoof, pltf. v/s Metge Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands from 
the deft, payment of fl. 884 in beavers and zeawant, amongst which run 
two ankers of brandy @ fl. 60 the anker in zeawant, according to a/c ex- 
hibited in Court, and says he is about to depart. Deft, admits the debt, 
but says he has no beavers. The Court orders the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Pieter Rudolf us, pltf. v/s Jacob Wolfersen, deft., demands from deft, 
according to notarial obligation the sum of fl. 579: 6. with interest thereon. 
Deft, answers, has an a/c with his father and that his father accepted to 
pay the obligation, with which he pltf. was satisfied. Deft, is asked, who 
has rec*! the goods ? Answers, he rec^ them and not his. father. As the 



1658] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 3 

deft, has received the goods, the Court orders him to pay the pltf. accord- 
ing to obligation, and if he think he have any just claim he may insti- 
tute it. 

Teunis Tomasen Quick, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarensen, deft. As the 
wives of the parties appear in Court, their case in question is not heard. 

M' Jacob Vuges, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft., says, he hired a house 
from deft, and agreed together, that the deft, should make for the house 
such as windows, suitable cellar, etc., whereupon he was to pay him fl. 
300 in beavers, which he has done, according to receipt exhibited in 
Court, which the deft, has not performed. Deft, answers, he caused the 
bouse to be raised in order to have a proper cellar, but promised no pro- 
vision cellar and caused glass to be put in the window panes, but as the 
survey was not made, they were again taken out. The Court orders the 
deft, to bring the window sashes back again to the place he took them 
from, and the case in question was further referred to Hendrick Kip the 
Elder and Pieter Rudolfus to reconcile parties if possible, or otherwise 
to report to the Court. 

Capt. Roselyn, pltf. v/s Affien Porey, deft., demands in writing 
from the deft, payment of fl. 49x4: 16., as she has power from her hus- 
band, to act against the opponents, who excite dispute; for this purpose 
that the arrest be declared valid, which was provisionally instituted against 
the goods in the Custom house and elsewhere, and exhibits in Court the 
a/c. Deft, says, she has no power from her husband, nor does it appear 
on her husband's books, that he is indebted to Roselyn. The Court 
orders copy of the a/c to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the 
next Court day. 

Mighiel Jansen, pltf. v/s Jacob Eldersen, deft. Pltf. in default. 
Deft, delivers in Court an offset a/c ag'st him pltf. The Court orders 
copy of the a/c to be furnished party, to answer thereunto at the next 
Court day. 

Capt Augustyn Beaulieu appears in Court producing his demand ag'st 
Skipper Albert Jansen Roy, Wemaar Wessels, Isaacq Boda for the illegal 
imprisonment inflicted on him by the abovenamed Skipper Roy, Wessels 
and Isaac Boda. The Court orders copy to be furnished to party to 
answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Pieter Jacobzen Buys answers the demand of Capt Augustyn Beau- 



4 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1658 

lieu. The Court orders copy to be furnished to party to answer there* 
unto at the next Court day. 

Mattheus de Vos requests that the Magistrates may dispose of the 
petition given in on the last Court day. Serves for apostille — If Niocolaas 
de Meyer admits having been paid the obligations of Maria Verlett^ the 
abovenamed Meyer is ordered by the Court to furnish the petitioner the 
gross of the three obligations herein mentioned, and if the same are lost, 
he may give him a notarial receipt before his departure. 

Barent Gerrisen and Gerrit Gerrisen appear in Court, and Barent 
Gerrisen states, that Gerrit Gerrisen has a knowledge of the hog which 
his wife bought from Jacob Wolfersen's wife; he declares, that the hog 
Hans Dreper detains is the hog, which Barent Gerrisen's wife bought of 
Jacob Wolfersen's wife. Barent Gerrisen says, that Wolfert Gerrisen will 
swear, that the abovementioned hog is the hog sold by his son's wife to 
Barent Gerritsen's wife; also there is another who will declare it, but that 
he is at Fort Orange. The W. Court orders Barent Gerrisen to come to 
Court next Tuesday with his witnesses, and Hans Dreper and Pieter Jan- 
sen to be confronted against each other. 

The papers and evidence being produced in Court on both sides in 
the suit between Jan Aarsen Coopal Nieuwhoff and Tomas Wettell, the 
Court refers the matter in question to Augustyn Heerman and Jacobus 
Vis as arbitrators to reconcile parties if possible, or otherwise to report to 
the Court. 

The Schepen Isaacq de Foreest states in Court, that his late servant 
maid has not yet fulfilled the judgment of the Court pronounced in date. 
. . . Therefore demands, that the sale of the goods left in his house in 
pledg may be proceeded with. The Court grants the Schepen's request. 

Ordered, that some notices be affixed concerning the farming of the 
excise on slaughtered cattle. 

Cornells Jansen, Woodsawyer, answers Nilus Matthys' demand 
entered in date la August 1658. The CoutX orders Copy to be furnished 
party to reply thereunto at the next Court day. 

Tuesday, 10 Septemb 1658. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Olof Stevensen Cort- 
landt, Joannes de Peister, Pieter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven, Comelis 
Steenwyck, Isaacq de Foreest. 



1658] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 5 

Mattheus de Vos as att'y of Burgomaster Paulus Leendersen van der 
Grift, pltf. v/s Antony Clazen Moor, deft. Both in default. 

Mattheus de Vos as att'y of Egbert van Borssum, pltf. v/s Capt. 
Beaulieu, Nicolaas Boot, Master Jacob Huges, and Simon Felle, defts. 

Nicolaas Boot in default. Pltf. in virtue of a procuration from Egbert 
van Borssum, whose wife also appears, demands from deft. Capt. Beaulieu 
for a/c of said Van Borssum the sum of fl. 3x0: 4: 8 balance, for enter- 
tainment given by the Captain at Egbert van Borssum's as appears by a/c 
exhibited in Court; and says he has summoned the other persons to de- 
dare, if they are partners, as Capt Beaulieu, on being applied to for pay- 
ment of the aforesaid sum, gave for answer, he shall pay half, because the 
others share in the other half — then if they have to pay their part. Of 
whom, Jacob Huges declares, he was invited by the Captain, but if he 
must pay he will do so. Simon Felle declares the same. Pltf. says, that 
Capt Beaulieu had the dishes brought up and agreed for the repast. 
Deft. Capt Beaulieu says, that there were fourteen of them; half of which 
he individually was to pay for, and the others the other half: Offers to 
pay for the absent. Capt Roselyn declares he assisted in agreeing for 
the repast. Annetie van Borssum says, that Capt Beaulieu alone agreed 
for the meals and therefore looks to him. Capt. Beaulieu appearing in 
Court is asked, if he have any objection to the a/c ? Answers, No, ex- 
cept to the fl. 30 for trouble and waiting and fl. 3. for cleaning the things. 
The Court having heard parties and having examined and considered the 
matter decree, that Capt Beaulieu shall have to pay Egbert van Borssum 
250 gl. 4 stiv. 8 pence, deducting 30 fl. charged too much for trouble and 
the pltf. has to collect the remaining money from Adriaan Vincent, Simon 
Felle, Nicolaas Boot, Mr Jacob Huges and Jan Perier, and if the afore- 
said persons prove, that Capt Beaulieu invited them, Capt Beaulieu is 
ordered to pay for them. 

Pieter Janzen Noorman, pltf. v/s Herman Barenzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Capt. Beaulieu, pltf. v/s Skipper Albert Janzen Roy, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands in writing that, as deft, is about to depart, he shall give security 
for the judgment in the claim which he has against him, or in case of 
refusal attachment of his person or for greater security, imprisonment. 
Deft, answers in writing to the demand instituted by the pltf. on the last 



6 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1658 

Court day. The Court orders Skipper Roy to give sufficient security for 
the judgment, and to furnish copy of answer to party to reply thereunto 
at the next Court day. 

Willem Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Jacob Lubeck, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, the sum of fifty five guilders, thirteen stivers, eight pence for freight 
by the Vergulden SchcU (the Gilded Shell) in the same pay as is usual, 
with costs thereof. The Court orders the deft, to pay the pltf. the sum 
demanded in good merchantable zeawant, within three weeks time from 
this, with costs thereof. 

Pieter Janzen Noorman, pltf. v/s Hermen Barensen, deft. Both in 
default. 

Nicolaas Velthuisen, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Nicolaas Velthuyzen, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen Hagenaar, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Teunis Tomazen, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarsen, deft. Parties are not 
heard as the pltf 's wife appears. 

Geertie Hendricks, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Coopal, deft. Pltf. 
says, she must have fl. 30. from Pieter Van Naarden, who had assigned 
her to the deft. Deft, says, he must have stone sufficient for a partition 
wall from the pltf., but has not red it all. He is ready to pay, when the 
balance thereof, estimated by arbitrators, is furnished by her. Pieter van 
Naarden appearing in Court is asked, if he has ridden stone for Jan 
Coopal ? Answers, Yes, and earned therefor fl. 30. The Court orders 
the deft, to pay the pltf. the sum demanded, deducting whatever less was 
ridden and retaining his action ag*st the pltf., if he have any claim. 

Hendrick Tamboer (the drummer), pltf. v/s Tryntie van Campen, 
deft. Pltf. says, he claims fl. 10^ from the deft, for wages. Deft, denies 
owing so much and says, she paid all up to the drawing the water. The 
Court orders parties on both sides to produce due a/c in Court on the 
next Court day. 

Samuel Etsal, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Barent Gerrisen, pltf. v/s Hans Drepcr, deft., delivers into Court 
certain extract from the Minutes of Burgomasters and Schepens dated 3I 
Septb' 1658, bringing also Wolfert Gerrisen as witness as to the sale of 



i65«] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 7 

• 

the hog in dispute with the deft. Wolfert Gerrisen declares, it to be cer- 
tain, that his son's wife sold a young pig to the pltf's wife, but knows not 
that it is the same that is in dispute. The Court orders the pltf . to sum- 
mon to Court his witness, when he returns from Fort Orange, along with 
the other witnesses. 

Matthys Boon, pltf. v/s Hans Ketel, deft., complains of damage 
suffered from the deft's dog, who has bit his hogs, one of which lies sick 
and he does not know, whether it will recover or not, and that he misses 
several. Deft, says, he does not know, whether it occurred or not, as he 
locks up his dog by day and lets him loose by night. Deft, is asked, if 
his farm is enclosed ? Answers, Yes; but that the hogs break through it. 
Pltf. says, that the deft, stated, that he would kill the hogs ; which the 
deft, denies. The Court orders, that arbitrators inspect the fence, where- 
unto are appointed Pieter de Noorman and Teunis Gysbersen Middagh; 
and the Officer of the Court of Breuckelen is requested, if he please to 
accompany them, and examine, if the fence be in good order. 

Cristiaan Pieters, pltf. v/s Jacob Elderzen, deft., says, he cannot get 
any money from the deft. The bailiff was ordered to execute these. 

Jan Stockert, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen Oudtlandt, deft. Mattheus 
de Vos as att*y of Jan Stockert demands from deft. fl. 47 : 7 for earned 
wages. Deft, says, he had a verbal agreement with Jan Stocker and Jan 
Stockert is bound to bring the bark to the South river, whence he brought 
it, and he should have three beavers per month or thirty gilders in sea- 
want ; delivering in Court certain Acte of Protest entered against Jan 
Stockert, for all damage and interest which he shall come to suffer thereby. 
Jan Stockert's att'y says, that he hired himself to the deft, by the month; 
therefore is not bound to bring the bark into the South River. And 
whereas Jan Stockert has departed with the gaJiot to the South River 
without consent and against the protest of deft., his atty's suit is therefore 
dismissed. 

Paulus Janzen, pltf. v/s Jacob Ramaacker (wheelwright), deft. 

Comelis Jansen Clopper, pltf. v/s Simon Janzen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault 

Capt. Beaulieu replies to Pieter Jacobsen Buis' answer. The Court 
orders copy to be furnished party to answer thereunto at the next Court 
day. 



8 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1658 

Jan Rutgerzen appears in Court, exhibiting the judgment dated lo^ 
August 1658 and says he cannot get any money from Gerbreght de Goyer. 
The Marshal is authorized hereby to put these into execution. 

Mighiel Jansen replies to Jacob Eldersen's answer and demand in 
reconvention. The Court orders copy to be furnished to party to answer 
thereunto at the next Court day. 

Aafie Perie answers Capt Roselyn's demand. Capt. Roselyn requests, 
that he might attach Jan Perier's goods in the Public Store. The Court 
grant petitioner's request and order him not to trouble Aafie Perier any 
more. 

Metje Wessels requests by petition from the Court, that the Marshal 
postpone the execution, until she settle with Philip Schooff about an a/c 
forgotten to be produced at the last Court day. The Court orders copy 
to be furnished party to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Comelis the woodsawyer, is ordered to furnish pertinent a/c in due 
form. 

In the case of AUard Anthony ag'st Jacob van Couwenhoven regard- 
ing the brewing of fifteen pipes of beer, the Court decree that AUard An- 
thony shall pay Jacob van Couwenhoven fl. lo for each pipe he rec"^ or 
the tun in proportion. 

This date, 12^ Septemb! 1658, Capt Roselyn offers certain petition, 
wherein he requests, that he may attach the goods and debts belonging to 
Jan Perier, where he can receive the same. Whereupon for apostille is 
rendered: — The petitioner is allowed to attach the debts outstanding at 
this place, on condition of first acquainting the Court on the next Court 
day, in whose hands they remain, to make due disposition therein. 

To the Right Hon".* Director General 

and Councillors of N. Netherland. 
Right Hon**!* Sirs, 

The Burgomasters of the City of Amsterdam in N. Netherland repre- 
sent to you with all humility that they have received a certain humble 
Remonstrance hereunto annexed, signed by some of the Burghers and 
inhabitants, in which they request that we should solicit you to be pleased 
to lend them a helping hand: And whereas there is no doubt of your good 
inclination for the advantage of the Burghers and inhabitants, being 
assured, that you aim at nothing save the welfare and prosperity of this 



i6s8] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 9 

Province and early budding place and of the good Burghers and inhabit- 
ants thereof. They therefore request you to favour the 'aforementioned 
Burghers and inhabitants herein and to be aiding unto them that through 
your authority and interference with the Lords Majores as Patroons of 
this Province, they the petitioners may obtain from their Honors what 
tends most to the advantage of this place. Trusting unto which, we 
remain Rt. Hon^ your Subjects 

The Burgomasters of the City aforesaid. 
By order of the Hon^.* Burgomasters of the City aforesaid. 

Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 
In Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 17^ Septembf 1658. 

Extraordinary Meeting, On Saturday 14 Sept. 1658. In the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Nicasius de Sille, Paulus Leendersen van der 
Grift, Olof Stevensen Cortlandt, Joannes de Peister, Pieter Wolferzen 
van Couwenhoven, Comelis Steenwyck, Isaacq de Foreest. 

Capt. Augustyn Beaulieu, pltf. v/s Skipper Albert Jansen Roy, deft. 
Pltf. produces in writing his demand, wherein he demands from the deft, 
honourable and profitable reparation of character for false imprisonment 
of his person by the deft. Deft, answers by way of rejoinder, that he did 
not make the arrest without foundation, alledging thereunto some reasons. 
Pltf. being asked, if he has any thing else to say, answers nothing except 
reparation of his character, and is further asked, if he will declare on 
oath, that he had no intention to depart ? Answers, he will not only 
swear it, but prove it. Deft, is asked, if he has any further evidence, than 
he has produced ? Answers, has nothing else, than he stated, maintain- 
ing that it is sufficient. Parties being heard and their papers and docu- 
ments produced in Court being examined and having weighed all whatever 
is material, the Court decrees, (as Skip! Albert Jansen Roy imprisoned 
Capt. Augustyn Beaulieu's person on the presumption, that he was about 
to depart without paying him, and the reasons he assigned therefor not 
being considered sufficient by the Court, and Captain Beaulieu having 
offered to swear, that he did not intend to depart and wiU, moreover 
prove it,) that Skipper Albert Jansen Roy shall with uncovered head de- 
dare before the Court in Capt Augustyn Beaulieu's presence, if he will 
attend, that he wrongfully imprisoned Capt Beaulieu, requesting of the 



lo Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1658 

Court and Capt Beaulieu to think no more of it, and that the bail bond 
shall continue for the payment of the judgment of the Court as to the costs. 

On Capt Roselyn's petition requesting confirmation of the attachment 
on the fl. 700, which Capt Beaulieu owes Jan Perier, and that the Capt. 
shall in default of deposit give security; and demands further deposit of 
party's tortoise shell and a beaver coat, lying in the Chest. Apostilled» 
copy to be furnished party. 

The Court resolved to fix the seawant at eight white and four black 
beads for one stiver, and to communicate the same to the Heer General. 

Tuesday, i;*!" Septemb^ 1658: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, Olof Stevensen Cortlant, Pieter Wolfersen 
van Couwenhoven, Comelis Steenwyck, Isaack de Foreest. 

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

Daniel Litsco, pltf. v/s Pelgrum Clocq, deft. Deft, in default. 

Lauwerens Jansen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Barbertge Abbesen^ 
arrested and deft. Both in default. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, pltf. v/s Barbertge Abbesen, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Comelis Janzen Clopper, pltf. v/s Simon Janzen, deft. Defts. 3^ 
default. Deft, demands in writing postponement, until his return from 
Fort Orange, which was allowed him. 

Mattheus de Vos, as att'y of Burgomast' P. Leendersen van der 
Grift, pltf. v/s Anthony Clazen Moor, deft. Pltf. by virtue of a power 
as substitute of Burgomaster Paulus Leenderzen Vander Grift, demands, 
that deft, shall admit or deny the handwriting and book debts exhibited 
in Court, in favor of Jacobus de Weerdt or his assigns. Deft, says, he 
wishes first to see the qualification. Pltf. replies, as the deft, refuses to 
admit or deny the handwriting and book debts, that the monies thereof 
be sequestrated. Deft, again demands qualification, to whom he shall 
render due a/c. and says, that Jacobus de Weert and his wife are dead 
and the estate is vacant. Pltf. demands proof thereof. The Court de* 
cides, that the procuration dated 37 July 1654 executed before the Notary 
Dirck van Schelluyne and certain witnesses in favor of Burgomaster 
Paulus Leendersen vander Grift is valid, the rather as Jacob de Weert at 



i6s8] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 1 1 

his departure the 4^ Novemb' 1654, ceded, transported and conveyed to 
Melchior Herssele all his furniture and all his goods; item, his outstand- 
ing debts, actions and rights, effects and goods ; and all that he the 
assignor had in the world according to copy of deed. Was signed, J. van 
de Yen, Not^ Pub: And Melchior van Herssele advises Burgomaster 
Paulus Leendersen van der Grift in his letter dated 16^ March, 1656, 
wherein he writes and sees and finds, that Antony Claesen Moor is still 
indebted, hoping that the same shall be paid ; hopes also the other 
debtors have paid ; if not it remains with your Hon", who recommended 
it, to act as with your own debts: — It is therefore decreed as before, that 
the procuration is good, unless Anthony Clasen Moor can bring some later 
letters contradicting these. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen, pltf. v/s Tryntje van Campen, deft. Pltf. 
exhibits in Court an a/c against the deft, demanding from the deft, as 
per a/c fi. 12: 18. Deft, says he will bring an a/c against it on the next 
Court day. The Court orders copy of the a/c to be furnished the deft, to 
answer thereunto on the next Court day, on pain of being deprived of his 
right. 

Stoflfel Elswaart, pltf. v/s M! Isaack Allerton, deft., demands from 
deft, receipt for the payment of the land. And whereas he, the pltf., ex- 
hibits to the Court the deed of the land and notarial receipt of payment 
made, the Court decided, that he was sufficiently released. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s M! Allerton, deft. Pltf. again demands 
from deft, pajrment of the sum of fl. 121. 6. for two obligations executed 
by Pieter Janzen of Frederickstatt and Barent Eversen of Stockholm, 
for which the deft has signed as bail to pay him. Deft, says, he will 
prove, that the abovenamed Pieter Janzen of Frederickstatt and Barent 
Evertsen of Stockholm had determined to run away from the ship ; main- 
taining therefore he is not bound to pay. The Court orders the deft, to 
give security for the monies, and to prove within three weeks that the 
abovenamed Pieter Jansen of Frederickstatt and Barent Eversen of Stock- 
holm were willing to run away from the ship. 

Allard Anthony requests by petition revision of the judgment pro- 
nounced by the Court between him and J: Wolfersen in date 11. Sep- 
temb- 1658: Whereupon is apostilled: — The petitioner is received in 
revision. 



12 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1658 

Teunis Teunisen, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarsen, deft., demands pajrment 
of fl. 100 balance in beavers and the chairs, being payment of the last in- 
stalment of a certain lot which deft, bought from the pitf . Deft, admits 
the debt, but says he cannot get any beavers ; demanding delay. The 
Court orders the deft, to pay the pltf. precisely within one month's time. 

Matthys Boon, pltf. v/s Hans Ketel, deft. Both sick. 

Comelis Langevelt, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Pltf. exhibits 
certain extract from the minutes dated 20^ August 1658, wherein the deft, 
is ordered to prove, that the pltf. o£Fered the deft, to give or take the 
tobacco in question for a can of wine. Deft, exhibits three depositions, 
two of which were produced on the 20'!' August. Pltf. requests by peti- 
tion, that the witnesses shall swear, Wemaar Wessels closed the bargain, 
and he the pltf. considered it as good. The Court orders the deft, to 
summon the witnesses at the next Court day to render testimony of the 
truth. 

Teunis Cray, pltf. v/s Jacobus Calf, deft. Deft, in default. 

Comelis Aarsen, pltf. v/s Cristiaan Barenzen's widow, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft. fl. 100. in beavers arising from the sale of a horse. 
Deft, says, she has no objection to it, but has no beavers, offers to pay in 
seawant at beavers price. The Court orders the deft, to pay pltf. the 
sum demanded within the time of fourteen days in beavers. 

Aaiie Leenders, wi%/of Jan Perier, requests by petition, as Capt. 
Augustyn Beaulieu owes her husband, fl. 700. and the money is attached 
by Capt Roselyn and she cannot read nor write, that the aforesaid Capt*. 
Beaulieu shall be summoned by the Court at the next Court day to 
acknowledge or deny his obligation. The Court orders the Court Mes- 
senger Claas van Elslandt to summon Capt. Beaulieu for the next Court 
day. 

The Court orders copy of Comelis Jansen, woodsawyer's a/c to be 
furnished to party, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Pieter Jacobsen Buys rejoins to the reply of A: Beaulieu. The Court 
orders copy to be fumished to party and parties are ordered to produce 
their deduction and intendit at the next Court day. 

Philip Behoof requests by petition, that the Marshal may be ordered 
to proceed with the judgment between him and Metje Wessels. The 
Court order the Marshal duly to execute the judgment herein mentioned. 



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This day, 22 Sept' 1658, Anthony Clasen Moor appeared before me 
Joannes Nevius, Secretary of the City of Amsterdam in N. Netherland, 
and declares to appeal to the Director General and Council of N: Nether- 
land from the judgment pronounced by the Court between him and Mat- 
theus de Vos as attorney of Burgomaster Paulus Leendersen van der 
Grift. 

Apostille on the Petition dated 11. Sept? 

The Director General and Council can well believe, that the peti- 
tioners representation is just, but it is a matter, which must finally be 
demanded and obtained from the Honble. Lords Directors, to whom 
shall be sent with serious recommendation an authentic copy hereof with 
the papers annexed. Should the Burgomasters and petitioners think 
proper, they can also address themselves to them. 

Meanwhile should any of the petitioners have an inclination or 
opportunity to make an experiment of a foreign trade with any of the 
commodities herein mentioned on such conditions as the aforesaid Direct- 
ors have established, agreeably to the printed exemptions or which may 
be enacted on this further petition, the Director General and Council 
shall in no wise prevent it, until otherwise ordered, but rather favor it as 
far as reason and justice admit. Done Fortress Amsterdam in N: Neth- 
erland ady 17"^ SeptembT A": 1658. 

Under Stood, By order of the Hon**!* D^ General 

and Council of N: Netherland. 

C. van Ruyven, Secret^ 

Right Hon^ Wise, Prudent Lords and Patroons, the Commissioners 
for N: Netherland: — 

We have thought proper, Rt. Hon**!* Lords, to make you acquainted 
with the sober condition of trade here, the high price of goods, the small 
profit accruing therefrom, and the scantiness of the receipt of returns, 
which are awakening great trouble among the Commonality of this newly 
flourishing place, in consequence of the heavy burthens, which the Com- 
monalty has to bear by the imposts on the returns, dearly purchased here 
to be sold in Patria for a small price, from which proceeds the deamess 
of cargoes sold to the Commonalty. Should your Hon"? not seasonably 
provide herein many will be necessitated to remove from this place to 
some other, where they shall earn an easier living. 



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We have already advised your Hon? how this City, to render itself 
somewhat defensive in the time of the troubles, incurred a large and 
heavy debt to several traders and inhabitants, who then testified their 
great friendship for us; some of these were paid by the General and the 
remainder are yet unpaid. Schepen Comelis Steenwyck, the principal 
one among the latter, claims a considerable sum. He has applied for it 
by petition divers times both to the General and Council and to the Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens. The Burgomasters promised pa3rment in nine 
months, but as our Treasury is not able to pay the debts and there is no 
prospect of getting out of debt, as the revenue of the City can scarcely 
meet the City's daily expenditure, we therefore address ourselves to your 
Hon? the Lords and Patroons of this Province and of this place, again 
troubling your Hon? to benefit and favor this place— called after the 
renowned City of Amsterdam in Europe — ^with the revenues of the Weigh- 
scales, a just fourth whereof was granted us by the General on 35 January 
1658, with the approbation of the Hon^ Lords and Patroons of this Prov- 
ince, according to copy of the annexed petition and apostiUe; praying for 
reasons before mentioned, that the entire revenue of the Weighscales and, 
in addition, the rent of the Ferry (about which we heretofore frequently 
troubled your Hon?) may, though not obtained to this date, be, as we 
hope, conferred at once on us by your Hon? in consideration of the 
heavy debt, in which we are plunged, so that we may be at once relieved 
from those responsibilities. The balance of the money we shall apply to 
the benefit of this place, to render it, in time of peace, more secure, so 
that we, in time of war, may fear none, but God alone; believing that, 
this place being in a state of defence, many shall be encouraged to come 
hither, for the want whereof it could not be placed in such order as to 
serve as a place of retreat and protection for us and the outside people 
against our enemies. 

Your Hon? proposed, on the contrary, to make use of the Fort lying 
within this place as a retreat. 

To this we answer, it is not capable to protect us a long while from 
the attack of enemies. 'T is true, it is strong enough for a day or two 
against a descent or a general massacre, but not for the reception of- such 
a multitude of refugees from all places situate roundabout here, from 
which great and direful spectacles from famine are to be expected. To 



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this must be added the loss of our properties, to which such a small com- 
pass could not afford security. Stripped of the means collected in our 
younger years, we shall be reduced to poverty and die, in the fullness of 
our da]rs, beholding the misery and calamity of our wives, children and 
friends, having no place of refuge among any of our neighbours, being a 
prey to, or the slaves of the English or the savages. 

May God the Lord forbid this, and by His holy and beneficent Spirit 
so direct your Hon?, that it may be prevented by the conferring and 
granting of such benefits as your Hon'* may deem proper. Trusting in 
all things to your Hon"? wise and fatherly care of this blooming place, we 
shall shew ourselves as your Hon? humble subjects ought to do. 

And whereas this Province increases more and more in population, 
and goods or cargoes are dearer and dearer for reasons above stated, 
and few returns are to be had, many of the Commonalty have placed in 
our hands a certain humble remonstrance on the subject of foreign trade, 
more fully set forth in the copy thereof hereunto annexed, with a request 
to communicate the same to the General that his Hon? may write your 
Lordships thereupon of which we have no doubt. For, with submission 
to your Lordships, it will tend to the advantage of this place and to the 
profit of the Hon^* Privileged West India Company, the Lords and 
Patroons thereof, whose prosperity we endeavour according to our capac- 
ity to promote as much as possible. In the name, then, of the Common- 
alty over whom your Hon? through the General and Council have been 
pleased to appoint us as Overseers and rulers, we humbly request you to 
favour the abovementioned Commonalty therewith. And as it is difficult 
to describe with the pen the necessity therefor, and Schepen Comelis 
Steenwyck proceeds to Fatherland, we refer it to him; Relieving he will 
set forth the necessity thereof in such wise before your Honors, that with 
your Hon? approbation the Commonalty shall be favoured with the For- 
eign Trade. 

Further, laying before your Hon? the great augmentation of the 
youth in this Province and place, which yearly increases more and more, 
and finds itself now very numerous, and though many of them can read 
and write, the Burghers and inhabitants are nevertheless inclined to have 
their children instructed in the most useful languages, the chief of which 
is the Latin tongue ; and as there are no means so to do here, the nearest 



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being at Boston in N. England, a great distance from here, and many of 
the Burghers and inhabitants of this place and neighbourhood having 
neither the ability nor means to send their children thither, we shall 
therefore again trouble your Hon? and humbly request that your Hon^ 
would be pleased to send us a suitable person for Master of a Latin 
School, in order that our children be instructed in, and study such lan- 
guage, not doubting but were such person here, many of the neigh- 
bouring places would send their children hither to be instructed in that 
tongue; hoping that, increasing from year to year, it may finally attain to 
an Academy, whereby this place arriving at great splendour your Hon? 
shall have the reward and praise next to God the Lord, who will grant 
His blessing to it. On your Hon? sending us a Schoolmaster, we shall 
endeavour to have constructed a suitable place or school. 

May God the Lord long preserve your Hon? in health and success- 
ful government, and we remain 

Your Hon? faithful subjects 

The Burgomasters and Schepens of the 

City Amsterdam in N: Netherland. 
Done in our Court held in the City Hall the 19 Septem! 1658. 

To the Right Hon^ Director General and Councillors of N. Netherlands 

Right Hon".- Sirs, 
The Burgomasters and Schepens of the City Amsterdam in N. 
Netherland perceiving the great quantity of seawant coming hither to 
this City from N. England to the great advantage of the latter and loss of 
this place, inasmuch as those of N. England give 25 per cent more of the 
seawant they bring hither, whereby this place is so overstocked that it is 
held in no esteem, and bakers, brewers, traders, labourers and others are 
so particular, that much difficulty is experienced in managing with it; 
they therefore respectfully represent to and request of your Hon?, pro- 
visionally to fix the seawant at eight white and four black beads for a 
stiver, if your Hon? consider it for the advantage of the Commonalty ; 
whereunto awaiting we remain your Hon? faithful servants 
The Burgomasters and Schepens of the City aforesaid. 

By order of the Burgomasters and Schepens of the City afores"!, 

Joannes Nevius, Sec^ 

Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland, the 19 Sept' 1658. 



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Right Hon^ Wise, Prudent Lords and Patroons. 

Pursuant to our last letter dated 19^ of this month Septemb! 1658 
conununicated to your Lordships, this too is for the advantage of the 
country and its inhabitants. 

First, as the tax on the tobacco especially of N. NetherJand is very 
heavy and cannot be borne particularly at this conjuncture, the rather as 
the traders and merchants for their relief and redress, or the better to ex- 
press it, that they may not feel it so severely, sell their wares and mer- 
chandize the dearer, in consequence of the great loss they experience on 
the tobacco both by the importation thereof and the rebate of the places 
in Patria when the tobacco is sold, all which the poor Commonalty of 
this Province and place alone bears, as they must purchase the goods so 
dear that it is a scandal. 

To prevent this we request your L'dsh'ps to be pleased to grant us 
some facility in the impost on tobacco, especially that of N. Netherland ; 
also that the weight of the scales here may be charged 6 per cent, as the 
English, who import the greatest quantity of tobacco here to this place, 
will admit of no discount nor can be persuaded to it. The loss on the 
weight in Patria, which the tobacco merchants suffer in consequence 
should not be so great and the Commonalty purchase at a lower rate the 
goods from the merchants and traders. 

Secondly, as the money and daily currency in this Province, and 
especially in this City of Amsterdam, consists of seawant, in which great 
deception occurs and great quantities of which are brought hither from 
the neighbouring places, so that it is of no value any more, and no busi- 
ness can be done with it with the merchants, traders, shopkeepers, bakers,, 
brewers and other such like, or any thing with difficulty be bought for it,, 
unless goods be paid for @ three to four hundred per cent, and then get 
bad wares. We, therefore request your Hon? in a friendly manner, that 
you would be pleased to send to the Director General, if your Hon? think 
proper, silver coin of an unusual stamp or mint, and having received 
that, better order can be introduced then by the General and Council in 
the Seawant and beavers; in which we confide to their Honors wise 
discretion. 

Thirdly, we shall again trouble your Honors and request you may 
be pleased to send us three new standards with their appurtenances, as 



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the General intends to divide the two Burgher Companies into three, and 
according to the specification hereunto annexed, wherein some necessaries 
are further requested for the use of this City; requesting a note in answer 
hereunto and to the foregoing documents, according to which we shall 
regulate ourselves. 

Right Honble Lords; this is what we propose to and request of your 
Honors, not doubting your Honors good disposition towards the country 
and cities of this Province. We shall await your Hon? favorable disposi- 
tion as to what is herein requested for the advantage of your Honors Sub- 
jects and Commonalty. 

May God the Lord protect your Honors in long continued health 
and prosperous government, and we remain your Honors' faithful subjects 

The Burgomasters and Schepens of the City 

of Amsterdam in N. Netherland. 

Done in our Court holden in the City Hall [date destroyed] in 
Amsterdam in N. Netherland. 

Tuesday, 24 Sept! 1658: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, Olof Stevensen Cort- 
landt, Joannes de Peister, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Comelis 
Steenwyck, Isaacq de Foreest. 

Capt Beaulieu appears in Court, and an obligation is shewn him of 
fl. 700. passed to Jan Perier, and he is asked, if that be his own signature ? 
Answers, Yes; and declares he is indebted so much to Jan Perier. 

Capt? Rooslyn appears in Court requesting both verbally and in 
writing by petition, that Capt Beaulieu with his barber [surgeon], Jan 
Martyn, M' Pieter, and M' Jacob, the barber be asked, if they did not 
hear out of Jan Perier's mouth before his departure for Canada, that he 
acknowledged still to be indebted to Captain Rooslyn ? Who being so 
asked declare as follows: — First, Capt. Beaulieu declares, that he was 
with them at midnight, when they were settling together and neither of 
them signed, and further does not know, what difference is between them, 
and that he must make it appear by the a/c. Beaulieu, the barber of 
the frigate, declares, that he heard between Easter and Whitsuntide last 
past, when they were speaking of a/cs, that Jan Perier said, tho' Capt 
Rooslyn spends his money with me yet six months longer, I shall still be 



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indebted to him. Jan Martyn declares, that he heard Jan Perier say, 
when Capt Rooslyn said to him, you are going away now, let us settle ; 
make up your a/c, I shall also make out mine. M! Pieter corresponds 
with the above witnesses. M' Jacob the barber absent. Whereas Capt 
Beaolieu admits according to obligation, signed with his own hand, being 
indebted fi. 700 to Jan Perier, the Court orders, that the aforesaid monies 
shall be deposited in the hands of the Court, and further orders Aefie 
Leenders, wife of Jan Perier, also to deposit the box with the tortoise 
shell and the beaver coat in the hands of the Court. 

Tomas Verdon, pltf . v/s Hendrick Smith, deft. Deft, in default. 

Mighiel Jansen requests by petition, that the a/cs between him and 
Jacob Eldersen may be taken up by competent arbitrators and to agree 
with each other; otherwise, to report their award of the case to the Court. 
Is appostilled thereon — The a/cs between the petitioner and Jacob Elder- 
sen are referred to Hendrick Janzen vander Vin and Abraham de la Noy, 
to take up the same and to reconcile parties if possible; otherwise to 
report their award and difference to the Court. 

Nelis Matthysen requests by petition, that the a/c between him and 
Comelis Jansen, woodsawyer, may be taken up by arbitrators conversant 
therewith, to reconcile parties if possible, otherwise to report to the 
Court their award and difference. 

The a/cs between the petitioner and Comelis Jansen, woodsawyer, 
are referred to Joannes Withart and Isaacq Grevera to take up the same, 
and to reconcile parties if possible ; otherwise to report their award and 
difference to the Court. 

Aafie Leendersen, wife of Jan Perie requests by petition, as Capt. 
Beaulieu is indebted to her husband Jan Perier in the sum of fl. 700. and 
Capt. Rooslyn has attached said monies for a claim which he, Rooslyn, 
says he has against her husband, that the aforesaid monies may be de- 
posited in the hands of the Court until the time her husband shall return,* 
who shall then be able to defend the cause at law against said Rooslyn. 
Apostille: — The Court orders Capt. Augustyn Beaulieu, as he admits to 
be indebted to Jan Perier fl. 700 according to obligation dated primo July 
1658 signed with his own hand, to deposit the aforesaid money with the 
Court. 

* He never retuned. He aod his yessel were wrecked on the Island of Anticotti. 



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Capt Rooslyn requests by petition sequestration of the fl. 700 in 
hands of the Court, which Capt Beaulieu owes Jan Perier as weU as 
sequestration of the chest with the tortoise shell and a beaver coat in the 
hands of the Court. Apostille: Whereas Capt Beaulieu admits to owe Jan 
Perier fl. 700. according to obligation dated primo July 1658, signed by 
his own hand, the Court orders him to deposit the aforesaid monies in the 
hands of the Court; also Aefie Leendersen, wife of Jan Perier, is ordered 
to deposit the chest with the tortoise shell and beaver coat in the hands of 
the Court. 

Conditions and terms on which the Schout, Burgomasters and Treas- 
urer of this City Amsterdam in N. Netherland propose with the approba- 
tion of the Hon^ Director General and Council to let to the highest 
bidder the Excise on the Slaughter of all Cattle, whether salt meat in 
barreb or fresh brought to market for consumption within the jurisdiction 
of this City of Amsterdam, whether by Officers or common Burghers, the 
Company's Magazine and the Hospital excepted. 

Whoever remains Farmer of the said Excise shall receive for Excise 
of all animab, whether oxen, cows, calves, sheep, goats, hogs or such like, 
one stiver in the guilder payable according to the rule of the general 
Treasury either on the cost or just value of the same, slaughtered within 
this jurisdiction. 

Item, the Farmer shall receive from all salted meat and pork brought 
in here from abroad and consumed in this City either in barrels or not, in 
like manner one stiver in the guilder according to the just value or cost 
as above. The Excise shall commence and be received by the Farmer 
on the 26^ Septemb' next 1658 and terminate on the s6t Septembf 
1659, but he cannot receive or compound but to that date inclusive. 

The Farmer shall pay precisely every quarter of a year to the Treas- 
urer of this City a just fourth part of the promised rent, which shall be 
done in good pay according to the rate of the general Treasury. 

The Farmer shall be bound to give two sufficient securities for the 
promised rent-money. 

It is set up by Wemaar Wessels ®. • fl. 300. 

Raised by Tybout Ryversen to 550. 

Gerrit Hendricksen to 600. 

Tybout Ryversen to • • 650. 



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Wcrnacr Wessels to fl. 660. 

Geriit Hendricksen to 700. 

Wemaar Wessels to 800 

Gerrit Hendricksen to 850. 

Wernaar Wessels to 900. 

Gerrit Hendricksen to 910. 

Wernaar Wessels to. • 930. 

Gerrit Hendricksen to 930. 

Wemaar Wessels to 970. 

Gerrit Hendricksen to 1000 

Wemaar Wessels to loio. 

Gerrit Hendricksen to 1020 

Wemaar Wessels to 1030. 

Gerrit Hendricksen to 1040. 

Wemaar Wessels to 1050. 

Gerrit Hendricksen to 1060. 

Wemaar Wessels to 1070. 

Gerrit Hendricksen to 1080 

Wemaar Wessels to 1 100 

A piece of eight is stuck up and drawn at the 

highest bid by Gerrit Hendricksen at 11 10. 

I beavers are stuck up and again withdrawn and 
licence offered at fl. 500. additional. Gerrit 

Hendricksen remains fanner @ 1 138. 

And Jacob van Couwenhoven and Simon Hermsen Cort, both 
Burghers of this City, enter themselves as security under due renunciation 
for the payment of the above named sum, under bond of their persons 
and goods moveable and immoveable, none excepted, subject to all 
Courts and Judges. In Witness of the truth, the bail and Farmer have 
signed these in the Minutes, This 28^ SeptembT 1658. in Amsterdam in 
N: Netheriand. 

Friday, 27^ SeptT 1658: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, Olof Stevensen Cort- 
lant, Joannes de Peister, Pieter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven, Isaac de 
Foreest. 



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Claas Bordingh and Pieter Jacobsen Marius appear in Court exhibit- 
ing the a/c made of the estate left by Anna Comelisen dec"! by arbitrators 
thereunto appointed by the Court, wherein it is found, that Lauwerens 
Jansen has rec*! fl. 600. in beavers from the estate, as well in debts as in 
goods, and they further declare, that a certain person, a ship carpenter, 
stands without, who has procuration to collect from Lauwerens Jansen 
over fl. 600. in Holland currency. 

Pieter Comelisen Bos of Purmerlant, ship carpenter appears in Court 
exhibiting certain writing of procuration under signature, and not notarial, 
of Philip Schoerlemaar, dated 24 April 1658, in virtue of which he de- 
mands from Lauwerens Jansen the sum of fl. 650. Holland Currency, 
which the aforenamed Lauwerens Jansen rec^ on bottomry from the 
abovenamed Philip Schoerlemaar. Lauwerens Jansen appears in Court; 
admits that he the fl. 650 red on bottomry, and says the curators shall 
regulate the estate, from which the fl. 650 may be paid. The Court de- 
cree, as Lauwerens Jansen has red fl. 600 from the estate in beavers, that 
he shall bring and pay to the curators the fl. 600 in beavers, and collect 
with the curators the remaining debts, from which the abovenamed Pieter 
Comelisen Bos may be paid. 

The Schout Nicasius de Sille produces in Court his demand against 
Hermen Barensen of Amsterdam, which being read to him, he is asked 
if he have any thing to object to it ? Answers, and begs for nothing else 
than Mercy! Mercy! It is decreed by plurality of votes, that the above- 
named Hermen Barensen of Amsterdam shall be whipped in a closed 
room, banished the land, and his goods sold to realise the costs therefrom. 

M' Paulus vande Beck enters himself as bail for his son for the judg- 
ment of the Court in the claim, which Mighiel Paulusen has against him. 

JUDGMENT. 

The Court having seen the demand, papers documents and proofs 
produced by the Schout Nicasius de Sille for and regarding certain theft 
committed by Hermen Barensen of Amsterdam who on examination 
without torture or bonds admitted having stolen three half beavers, two 
new linen sheets, one pair of linen pillow cases, which crimes ought not 
to be tolerated in any country where justice is usually administered, but 
be publicly punished as an example to others. Therefore the Court con- 
demns the abovenamed Hermen Barensen through special consideration, 



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though such a person deserves severer punishment, that he for his com- 
mitted theft, shall be punished with the rod in a room and banished out 
the City's jurisdiction and further in the costs and mises of justice. Thus 
done and adjudged in the City Hall in the Court of the Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Netherlands the 28^ Septembr 
1658. Was Under Signed, 

P. L, van de Grift, 
Olof Stevensen, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Isaack de Foreest, 
Under Stood, Joannes Nevius, Secf 

Tuesday 19^ August 1659.* In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Olof Stevensen Cortlandt, Marten Cregier, Pieter Wol- 
ferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes Pieterzen Brugh, Hendrick Janzen van 
der Vin, Jacob Rip. 

The Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Sluyter and 
wife, defts. The pltf. demands from defts. a fine, for that deft, and his 
wife had been fighting about fourteen days ago with Pieter de Noorman's 
wife and asks, that defts. shall in addition pay the damage they have 
caused by the fight and that deft's wife shall be imprisoned, for having, 
in presence of a respectable company, who were with their wives, hoisted 
her petticoats up to her back, and shewed them her arse; being an 
offence not to be tolerated in a well ordered province. The deft, answers 
he drew his wife away from the others and did not strike. Deft's wife 
says, she drew her petticoats up at her husband and not at the people. 
Hendrick Jansen Sluyter requests, that his wife be excused this time from 
imprisonment, offering the fine and says he will send her to Holland* 
The Court order deft. Hendrick Jansen Sluyter according to his promise 
to send his wife away to Holland and pay pursuant to his offer the fine to 
the Schout, and in addition the damage done by fighting, in default of 
which other provision shall be made therein. 

The Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Pieter Kock and Paulus the 

Drummer, defts. Defts. in default. 

*The Minatet tinoe September 27, 1658, are missing in the original Dutch records.-* 
B. F. 



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Burgomaster Olof Stevenzen Cortlandt and Nicolaas de Meyer, pltfs. 
v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Deft, in default. 

Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Pieter Comelissen van der Veen, deft. 
Deft, appears after being called three times, when the pltf. had 'gone 
away. Allard Anthony appearing in Court requests, that the wines 
attached by him on the 8^ July last belonging to Anthony More may be 
sold by the Bailiff for the benefit of those, who have legal right thereto. 
The Court grants the request and the monies proceeding therefrom shall 
come in consignment to this City for the profit of the interested. 

Allard Anthony appearing in Court states, that in his absence in 
Holland, Gelein Verplanck had sold some of his goods for his a/c to Jan 
van Hoosen, and as it is the aforesaid Gelein's intention to depart for 
Holland by the next ships, he has requested him to speak, before his 
departure for pajrment to those debtors, made by him during his absence, 
who spoke to the aforesaid Jan van Hoosen about pajrment of the balance 
he owed, amounting to five beavers, who denied the debt and wrote the 
same to him: [he states] at the same time, that Jan van Hoosen has lying 
in the hands of Hendrick vander Wal nine beavers, which by virtue of 
the aforesaid, he ordered to be attached, requesting that the attachment 
be declared valid. The Court declares the arrest valid. 

Hendrick van Dyck, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, payment of fl. no, which Teunis Cray owes him, which 
he, deft., accepted to pay as his own debt, according to written acte 
thereof shewn to the Court. Deft, denies it not. The Court order deft, 
to pay the pltf. the fl. no: according to acte thereof, holding his guar- 
antee on Teunis Cray. 

The Schout Nicasius de Sille requests, that the Bailiff be authorized 
to put in execution the judgment against David Wessels and Joghim 
Beekman. The Court order the Bailiff to execute these. 

Simon Turck, pltf. v/s Wolfert Webber, deft. Deft, in default. 

Paulus Heimans, arrestant and pltf. v/s Comelis [Pluyvier ?] 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 306: 8. according to 
sequestration by this Court dated 24 June, last. Deft, says he must first 
earn it. Pltf. replies, that he had spent what he earned. The Court 
persists in its previous judgment and orders deft, to pay the pltf. promptly. 

Simon Turck, pltf. v/s Dirck van Schelluyne as att'y of Albert An- 



1659J Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 25 

driessen, deft. Deft, in default. Symon Turck produces in Court in 
writing his demand against Albert Andriessen concluding, that the attach- 
ment on the two cows grazing with Wolfert Webber shall stand good and 
have its full effect, until the said Albert Andriesen shall have paid him 
his arrears to the amount of fl. 2. sent to him by Joris Jans Rapalje Af 
1649 the 3 Septf in the absence of Pieter Comelissen, millwright dec^, not 
accounted for nor made good by him. The attachment on the cows is 
declared valid by the Court. 

Seletje Ares, pltf. v/s Arent Campen, deft. Defts. 2*^ default. Ac* 
cording to resolution heretofore adopted, pltf. was ordered to cause her 
husband to appear. 

Seletje Ares, arrestant and pltf. v/s Arent Croeger, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. The arrest was declared valid by the Worshipful 
Court. 

Augustyn Heermans, pltf. v/s Jan Andriesen de Graaf and his part- 
ner, defts. Pltf. says, he summoned the deft, to hear the reasons, which 
he has for having attached the brick, being that they remain in default of 
fulfilling the agreement made together; demanding the rent. Defts. 
offer to pay the rent for the first year. Pltf. says, he is satisfied with that, 
but that they must enter bail for the rent of the two other years. The 
Coart having heard parties decide, that the contract shall have its full 
effect; but since it appears, that the lessees have not cut all the wood 
and have arranged the plank for the covering and made other prepara- 
tions at vast expense for brickmaking and in consequence of the unfitness 
of the place have been obliged to begin, in the spring, to draw the clay 
for brickmaking to another spot, in order not to be frustrated at once in 
their work and intention, they shall be allowed to haul the wood cut 
diere and at present necessary for their brick kiln to the place, where 
diey can use it for brickmaking, on condition of paying the promised 
rent. 

Anneke van Ruttenbeeck, pltf. v/s Tryntje van Haarlem, deft. 
Pltf. says, that deft, has asserted, that she sat in the House of Correction; 
demands reparation of character and that she shall prove it. Deft, says, 
she heard it from the mouth of Merritje Loockermans, that she, the pltf. 
had not well conducted herself at Amsterdam, but does not know, who 
had informed her, that she the pltf. had sat in the "Spinning-house." 



26 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

Fltf. replying says, that deft, shall state at the next Court day, from 
whose mouth she has heard that she has sat in the House of Correction or 
that she shall be considered the person. The Court order the deft, to 
state at the next Court day to the Bench, from whom she had heard, that 
the pltf. had been in the House of Correction. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s David Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, a piece of linen, which he took from his house, where it was laid as 
a cloth and gave the same to a schipper voyaging to the North and be- 
came security for the payment. Deft, answers, that the pltf. offered him 
the linen, demanding fl. 6. per ell and that he would not accept it, but 
told him, that if he would send it to the North, if the skipper sold it, he 
could bring back a return in butter, pork and meat and if not that he 
should give him back the linen, and that he thereupon gave it, but denies 
that he had remained bail for the payment, or that he was asked to be so. 
Pltf. offers to confirm by oath and to swear to his book, that the deft, 
had become security for the linen. The Court order the deft, to prove at 
the next Court day, that he had not sent the piece of linen to the North 
on his own a/c, nor remain"! bail for it. 

Isaacq Boda, pltf. v/s. Pieter Jansen, mason, deft. Deft, in default. 

Isaacq Boda, pltf. v/s the wife of Pieter Janzen Steenhaler, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, seven guilders. Deft, says, she cannot pay 
before her husband returns home, but undertakes to pay him before he 
leaves. The Court order deft, to pay pltf. 

Isaacq Boda, pltf. v/s Mesaack the mason, deft. Deft, in default. 

Willem Pietersen, pltf. v/s Paulus Schrick, deft. Deft, in default. 

Caspar Steimits, pltf. v/s Rutgert Janzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Gabriel de Haas, arrestant and pltf. v/s Tomas Janzen, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, nine beavers. Deft, says he does 
not owe more, than eighty guilders in Zeawant. Pltf. replies and sa3rs, 
that deft, told him divers times and recently, that he would bring beavers, 
which deft, does not deny. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. The 
arrest remains meanwhile valid, until the pltf. is satisfied. 

Gabriel de Haas, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen Nienghs, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, thirty eight and a half beavers according to obligation 
exhibited in Court. Deft, acknowledges the debt; requests eight days 
time to answer, and that pltf. shall then shew a note from the Weigh- 



»^S9] Court Minutts of New Amsterdam. 27 

master how much the tobacco weighed. The Court order deft, to pay pltf . 
within twice twenty four hours, as the debt is fair according to obligation. 

Comelis Gerlofs, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Deft, in default. 

Comelis Gerlofs, pltf. v/s Arent Campen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Comelis Gerlofs, pltf. v/s Reinier Gauckes, deft. Deft, in default. 

Comelis Barenzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Swartwout, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, for payment of a lot the sum of fl. 250. in seawant. Deft, 
requests six weeks delay. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. within 
eight days time without delay. 

Jan Willemzen van Iselstein, pltf. v/s Jan Teunisen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 1000 in sewant according to obligation. Deft, 
acknowledges the debt and requests a month or six weeks delay. The 
Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. within the time of one month. 

Jacob Janzen Staats, skipper of the ship the Moesman^ appears in 
Court and says, that he brought from Holland for one Comelis de Jager 
23 hhds. of French wine, for payment of freight of which amounting, ac- 
cording to his estimation, to about 22 beavers, as a pledge is holden one 
barrel of brandy lying in the Company's store, requesting as he has not 
reel any freight from the abovenamed de Jager for the aforesaid wine, 
that he may sell the barrel of brandy to come by his freight. Resolved in 
Court to let him affix some notices for the sale of the brandy by the Bailiff. 

David Wessels appears in Court, says he has taken an inventory of 
the goods of David Dele and requests to know, what he shall do therein, 
whether he shall sell the goods or let them lie; or whether the Magis- 
trates will let them be sold. 

Raghiel van Tienhoven appears in Court, requests by petition that 
Abraham Verplanck and Augustyn Heermans shall be directed by the 
Court first to exchange the inventory and next the papers which will be 
produced by parties on both sides, in order that, such being done, parties 
may deliver into the Court their respective documents by due inventory on 
the next Court day, under such penalty as to the Court may seem meet. 
On the written petition of Raghiel van Tienhoven, Abraham Verplanck, 
Augustyn Heermans and parties are ordered to exchange on both sides 
their papers used in the suit and to produce their deduction, vouchers, 
documents and intendit on the next Court day. 



28 Court Minutes of Ne\# Amsterdam. [1659 

Tuesday, 26. Aug: 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Olof Stevenzen Cortlandt, Marten Cregier, Fieter Wol- 
ferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes Pieterzen van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen 
van der Veen, Jacob Kip. 

Salomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Jan Gillis the younger, deft. Pltf. in 
default. The Schout Nicasius de Sille requests, as deft, has a cellar in 
the rear of Wemaer Wessels house, that he, deft., be asked on interroga- 
tories, how much wines and what for he sold the wines he had in the 
abovementioned cellar, to whom, and where. Deft, answers six hhds, he 
entered of Fredreck Gysbersen's, one remnant of Wormwood wine of 
Paulus Schrick's and in his absence ordered Wemaer Wessels to enter 
still seven hhds for schipper Jacob Jansen Staats. 

AUard Anthony, pltf. v/s Fieter Comelissen van der Veen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, a/c, proof and reliqua of the goods left in his 
hands, going to Holland, requesting that Commissaries be appointed by 
the Court to see after it. Deft, requests copy. The Court granted deft, 
copy of the demand to answer in writing thereunto at the next Court day. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Isaack Grevera, pltf. v/s Willem Traphage, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 7^ beavers for half a years rent or seawant at fl. 12 per beaver, 
according to agreement and obligation exhibited to Court. Deft, says, 
the pltf. promised to make repairs and thereupon signed the obligation. 
Pltf. denies it. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. and if he have any 
claim against the deft, he may then institute his action. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s David Wessels, deft. Deft, answering in 
writing says, that the pltf. cannot legally confirm his own case by oath 
until the Court has deferred to him, and denies having sent away the 
linen on his own a/c, or to have remained bail. Pltf. is asked, if the 
linen sold at fl. 7., whose would the profit have been ? Answers, the defts, 
who thereupon answers, never had spoken about it. Pltf. exhibits the 
book, where he proves it was entered for defts. a/c. @ fl. 6. the ell ; the 
piece 50 ells long. Whereupon he is asked if he has entered it in the 
blotter on the same day and date ? Answers one or three later, and offers 
to bring the blotter, which being allowed, returning says, the blotter is all 
torn in pieces. The Court order copy of the answer to be furnished to 



«659] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 29 

pltf. to reply thereunto at the next Court day, refusing his offer of the 
Oath. 

Paulus Schrick, pltf. v/s Schipper Barent Joghimzen, deft. Pltf. 
requests in writing, that deft, shall be condemned to make good to him 
the damage and interest suffered in his goods, by the departure and con- 
veying him with the same to the Islands, which he was bound to discharge 
there. Deft, exhibits in writing declaration of his ships officers and the 
late Supra Cargo on board his ship, that he was constrained by contrary 
winds and storms and other untoward circumstances to touch at the 
Islands. The Court refer the matter to Joannes de Peister and Adriaen 
Blonunaert, to decide parties case in the presence of Schepen Pieter Wol- 
ferzen van Couwenhoven, and to reconcile them if possible, if not to report 
to the Court. 

Jacob Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Sjrmon Hermzen Cort, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

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

Willem Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Paulus Schrick, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 170 according to obligation for his brother in law Guiliam 
Veriett dec*!* and signed by him, whereas he took possession of his 
brother in law's goods. Deft, says, he took no more than his own, pro- 
ducing certain obligation, and following that a conveyance by said Veriett 
to take some plank in payment of the debt, desisting from the same in his 
favour. The Court dismiss the pltf*s suit, as it appears, that the afore- 
named Guiliam Veriett dec*! had, during his life time, conveyed to the 
pltf. [su] the plank in payment of the debt due him. 

Willem Pieterzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s S)rmon Clazen Turck, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, compensation for plank, 
bought from him and then sold to others, some of which had been picked 
out; demands further from the deft payment according to obligation 
exhibited to Court. Deft, answers verbally, that the pltf. ought to select 
the plank on the receipt; and in writing that he had paid pltf. by assign- 
ment on the Rerkmasters of this City, which assignment was accepted by 
the pltf. Schepen Hendrick Jansen van der Vin rising up answers, as 
well for himself in quality as Churchwarden and for his ConfraUr Pieter 

* Schrick nuuried Maria Verlet, sister of Guliam V. 



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Tonneman, that the assignment was accepted by them on condition, that 
Willem Pietersen should have some patience for the payment until the 
money was in the chest. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. ac- 
cording to obligation and the matter in question relative to the plank is 
referred to Frans Jansen van Hooghten and Adolf Pietersen to examine 
the plank if merchantable or not; to reconcile parties if possible, if not, 
to report to the Court. 

Eghbert van Borssum, arrestant and pltf. v/s Lauwerens Jacobzen, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. 

Paulus Schrick, pltf. v/s Amout Verel,* deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, declaration of the truth, whether the skipper had not transacted 
some business at the Islands for his own particular interest. Deft, pro- 
duces the log of the whole voyage, as to what occurred on the passage 
and at the islands. The Court refer the matter to Paulus Leendersen van 
der Grift and Joannes de Peister to decide the same. 

Isaack Boda, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. Defts. 2I de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft.' fl. 130. in seawant and four beavers. 
The Court order the deft, to deposit the monies within twice twenty four 
hours with the Secretary of this City. 

Isaack Boda, pltf. v/s Frerick Hendrickzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Isaack Boda, pltf. v/s Mesaack the mason, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft. 5 guilders. The Court order deft, to deposit 
the monies within twice twenty four hours with the Secretary of this City. 

Marritjen Ariaanzen, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wesselzen, hatter, deft. 
Both in default. 

Comelis Gerlofs, pltf. v/s Renier Gaukes, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, twenty four guilders. Deft, demands a/c. The Court order pltf. 
to furnish deft, the a/c. 

Roelof Swartwout, pltf. v/s Lysbet Tysen, deft. Pltf. says that the 
deft, has an obligation against Anthony de Hooges, his predecessor,t say- 
ing the same is paid which being shewn in Court, looked over and examined, 
was found to have been paid according to receipt signed by the deft. 

Geertje Hendricks, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Hans Carelse, arrested 

•Qncre: Vide? 

f Swartwout married De Hooges' widow. De Hooges had been Secretary of 
Rensselaerswyck. 



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and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, a balance of twelve beavers and fl. 
18. in zeawant, requesting, that the arrest be declared valid, until deft. 
pay her. Deft, says, he paid the pltf. more, than belongs to her, as the 
other half concerns Jacob Coppe decl Pltf. produces a contract with 
an obligation included therein between her decl husband and Jacob 
Coppe dec"! on the one part and the deft, on the other. Deft, is asked 
if he do not owe it ? Answers, Yes, but has it not at present. The 
Court declares the arrest valid until deft, has paid the pltf. 

Burgomastf Olof Stevenzen Cortlandt and Nicolaes de Meyer, pltfs. 
t/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Defts. 2"^ default. Pltfs. demand 
from deft. fl. 865: 16: 8 on a mortgage and request, that the mortgage be 
foreclosed in default of payment. The Court order the deft, to deposit 
the money within three times twenty four hours, with the Sec? of this 
City, in default thereof, mortgage is foreclosed. 

Reinier Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Velthuyzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, twenty four beavers for two hogsheads of wine. Deft, 
acknowledges the debt and will pay. The Court order the deft, to pay 
the pltf. 

Skipper Barent Joghimzen, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen Clopper, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 100 in beavers for freight. Deft, answers in 
writing claiming compensation for the damage and interest, which he 
suffered by the pltf. going with his goods to the Islands. The Court 
refer the matter in question to Paulus Leenderzen vander Grift and 
Joannes de Peister to decide parties dispute, and reconcile them if pos- 
sible, if not to report to the Court. 

Comelis Janzen Clopper and Marten Janzen Meyer, his servant, ap- 
pear in Court, and Comelis Janzen Clopper exhibits a contract made by 
his agent in Holland with Marten Jansen abovenamed, to serve him here, 
saying he is unwilling to serve and does not abide by the contract. 
Marten Janzen answers, that he agreed with the agent of Com. Jansen to 
receive his earned wages in silver money and that his master will pay him 
in Zeawant. The Court having seen the contract, order parties on both 
sides to observe and fulfill it and Marten Jansen shall according to con- 
tract receive the payment of his hire half beavers and half seawant, the 
beaver at eight guilders and the seawant 8 white or 4 black beads for one 
stiver. 



32 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

Wemaer Wcssels and Reinier Pieterzen appear in Court, Reinier 
Pieterzen demanding from Wemaer Wessels ninety four beavers for vine. 
Wernaer Wessels answers, he bought the wine for Jan Gillis the younger 
from his father Jacob Janzen Staats, and says that his father said My sod 
remains the winter; and offers to pay in winter, or if be will have security, 
he will give bail; saying further that one part is paid by Jan Gillis. The 
Court order Wemaer Wessels to pay Reinier Pieterzen, as he acknow- 
ledges to have bought the wine. 

Comelis Barenzen appearing in Court complains, that he cannot get 
any money from Tomas Swartwout, exhibiting the return of the Court 
Messenger on the notice served on him. Is ordered to notify him again. 

Nicolacs Verlett requests by petition restitution of the money, which 
the brick makers received in bad faith from his brother Guiliam Verlett. 
The Court order copy to be fumished to party to answer thereunto at 
the next Court day. 

Dirck van Schelluyne in quality as att'y for Albert Andriessen Noor- 
man, answers the demand of Symon Clasea Turck. The Court order 
copy to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Tuesday, the t'^ Septemb.' 1659. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Nicasius de Sille, OloS Slevenzen Cortlandt, Marten Cregier, 
Pieter Wolferzen Van Couwcnhovcn, Joannes Pieterzen van Brugh, 
Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, Jacob Kip. 

Govert Loockennans, pltf. v/s Barent Cniiddop, deft, Pltf. in 
default. 

Walewyn van der Veen, pltf. v/s Paulus Leenderzen Van der Grift 
and Nicolaas Verlett, defts. Deft. Nicolaas Verlett in default Pltf. 
demands by virtue of substitution from Isaack de Sterre, whereas the 
attachment issued by him against the goods of Matthys van der Heiden is 
declared valid and defts by virtue of appointment from the Hon*^ Direc- 
tor General and Council have the administration thereof, that they, defta., 
shall give him specification of the goods and sequestration of the monies. 
Defts. request copy of the demand. The Court order copy of the demand 
10 be furnished to party, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Tryntje Beeckman, arrestant and pltf. v/s Symon Joosten, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. in default. 



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Jacob Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Symon Hermzen Cort, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft. fl. 174. 6. in seawant for goods sold to him and 
monies disbursed. Deft, admits the debt, produces an offset a/c for the 
sum of fl. 14 : 7. The W: Court order deft, to pay the pltf. whatever 
balance he fairly owes him. 

Raghel van Tienhoven, pltf. v/s Comelis Aarsen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, according to obligation the sum of fl. 401. saying there- 
on is paid fl. 99. 4., two skepels winter wheat, one skepel of white and 
one skepel of gray pease. Deft, say he has offered an ox, to which the 
pltf. answers, she does not know what to do with it. The Court refer the 
matter in question to Jacobus Vis and Isaacq Grevera to reconcile par- 
ties, otherwise to report to the Court. 

Salomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Jan Gillis the younger, deft. Pltf. 
demands in writing, that deft, shall be heard on interrogatories handed in 
by bim and the answers confirmed on oath. The deft, says he is not 
obliged to swear to his own goods. Pltf. produces a declaration of Willem 
Doeckles and Jan Jurriaanzen. Jan Gillisen declares, he entered thirty 
hhds of French wine, among which the remnant of Wormwood wine of 
Paulus Schrick is included and that the hhds were not full, and some of 
them were sold by him and some by Jan de Cooper, who with Weemaar 
Wessels had power to sell in his absence. Solomon La Chair requests, 
that deft, shall admit or deny whether the wine belonged to him or not. 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker, pltf. v/s Jan Comelisen Van Hoom, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, a muff brought to him by his wife, to have 
it made smaller, which he spoiled; requests payment or that the muff be 
returned. Deft, says, his wife left the muff to be made smaller and nar- 
rower, that he did not cut it off, to wit in the length, but took it in. Plf. 
replies saying, that his wife said to him — ^Jan Comelissen, we wish you 
not to make the muff smaller nor larger, but leave it as it is. Deft, denies 
it. The Court refer the matter in question to Jacob Strycker and Isaacq 
Kip to examine, whether the muff be spoiled, if not spoiled to estimate it: 
to reconcile parties if possible; otherwise to render a report to the 
Court. 

Eghbert van Borssum, pltf. v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft. Pltf. pro- 
duces in Court a lease made with deft., demanding a years rent from deft. 
Deft. sa]rs, he has sent some seawant to Fort Orange to trade for beaver. 



34 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

but has received no beavers yet. The Court order deft, to pay pitf . 
according to contract. 

Mattheus de Vos, arrestant and pltf . v/s Symon Qazen Turck, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 8. 8. for wages with the costs here- 
in incurred and still to accrue. Deft, says that the pltf. cannot ask him 
any more than half a beaver. Pltf. demands, that deft, shall not leave 
before he hath paid him. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. with 
costs herein incurred and to accrue, the arrest remaining meanwhile valid 
until pajrment. 

Willem LauwerenSy pltf. v/s Lanwerens Comelissen vander Wei, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 445 : 9. payable according to arbitra- 
tion fl. 224.9. ^ goods @ price current and fl. 221., Holland currency in 
beavers @ fl. 6. per beaver, or in good tobacco O 4 stiv. the lb. in tubs, 
with costs. Deft, acknowledges the debt ; says he has nothing and if 
pltf. can say, that he has paid anything to others, he shall pay him also ; 
leaving that to the Magistrates. The Court order the deft, to pay the 
pltf. 

Styntje Hermsen, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Defts 2^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 28. 10. in seawant balance for half 
a years rent. The Court order deft, to deposit the money with the 
Secretary. 

Cornells Gerlofs, pltf. v/s Reinier Gaukes, deft. Both in default. 

David de la Ferere, pltf. v/s Andries Jeremias Spyringh, deft. Pltf. 
says he sold 164 pounds of tobacco to deft., who will not receive it. 
Deft, answers, he has not bought the tobacco, but says he tried to get 
some; if they can agree he will then receive it. The Court refer the 
matter to Isaacq. de Foreest and Francois de Bruyn to examine the ques- 
tion, to reconcile parties if possible; otherwise to deliver in their opinion 
to the Court. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Velthuyzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Bartholdus Maan, deft, v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, payment of six hhds of wine @ fl. 44 per hhd. in beaver. 
Deft, admits the debt. Says he bought it for seawant and not for beavers. 
Pltf. says, deft, stated to him over a month ago, that he should pay him, 
if he did not come before the Judge — offering to confirm the same on 



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oath; also to prove it by two, who were by. Deft, says, nobody was by, 
and never intended to buy for beavers. Offering to confirm the same on 
oath. The Court order the pltf. to produce his book in Court at the 
next Court day. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Aris Otte, deft. Deft, in default. 

M? Balthus, pltf. v/s Mary Verplanck, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. 81. beavers less i guilders for merchandize. Deft, admits the debt; 
but says has no beavers ; offers to return the goods. The Court order 
deft, to pay pltf. 

Gabriel de Haas, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen Nienghs, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the costs in the suit had with him, according to a/c for 
the sum of fl. lo. 5. exhibited in Court. Deft, exhibits a declaration, 
that the pltf. stated, he should first want the costs paid, before he would 
deliver up the obligation. The W: Court order the deft, to pay pltf. 



Nicolaas Boots, pltf. v/s Gabriel de Haas, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. 26 beavers accepted to be paid as his own debt, according to obli- 
gation thereof. Deft, says if he is bound to pay it, the obligation men- 
tions it. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Pieter Janzen Nienghs, pltf. v/s Gabriel de Haas, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the obligation as the same is paid. Deft, offers to 
deliver up the obligation, when the costs are paid. The Court order pltf. 
to pay the costs when the deft, is directed to return the obligation. 

Jan Gillis the younger, pltf. v/s Simon Hermzen Cort, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Solomon la Chair, pltf. v/s Jan Gillis the younger, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, abused him on the 27^ August in the presence of Frerick Gys- 
bertsen and Gerrit Decker for a rogue, a thief, a beast; and also said that 
the Burgomasters cannot find an honest man for a Farmer [of the Excise]. 
To which he answered. In what respect am I not an honest man ? He 
replied. Thou art only a cuckold. The deft, denies it. 

Salomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Frerick Gysbertsen and Gerrit Decker, 
defts. Gerrit Decker in default. Pltf. says, that defts. were present, 
when Jan Gillis the younger abused him as a rogue, thief and beast; 
also when he said I shall ask the Burgomasters if they cannot find an 
honest man for a Farmer. And I thereupon asking, In what do I fail of 



36 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

being an honest man ? that Jan Gillis answered: — Thou art a cuckold. 
On all which Frerick Gysbertsen being examined, as to whether it is so, 
answers, he heard them scolding each other, but does not know, what was 
said, except that he heard. Rogue. Was further asked, whether Solomon 
La Chair scolded back ? Answers, does not know. Solomon La Chair 
appears in Court requests that the Heeren will please to commission two 
Schepens with the Schout to examine Gerrit Decker on the interrogatories 
proposed by him. The Court appoint the Schepens Pieter van Couwen- 
hoven and Joannes van Brugh as commissaries: to hear Gerrit Decker on 
the interrogatories instituted by Salomon la Chair, in the presence of the 
Schout Nicasius de Sille. 

Salomon la Chair, pltf . v/s Wemaer Wessels, deft. Deft, in default. 

Symon Clazen Turck, pltf. v/s Mighiel Janzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 663. 8. Deft, says, that pltf. summoned him at Fort Orange 
and proceeds at present on the same; says, it does not concern him, but 
the Patroon, and that the Magistrate there dismissed him. Pltf. says in 
reply, that the Magistrate was not willing to admit him. The Court order 
the pltf. to prove, that the Magistracy at Fort Orange were not willing to 
admit him. 

Andries Joghemzen, pltf. v/s Arent Campen, deft. Both in default. 

Comelis Janzen Clopper, pltf. v/s Jan Hermzen, deft. Deft, in 

default. 

Jacob vanden Bos, pltf. v/s Margriet Herms, deft. Pltf. de-- 
mands from deft. fl. 19. Deft, says, the work is not yet done. Pltf. 
says, it comes to a point and that Lauwerens Andriesen will not have it 
now. The Court order Lauwerens Andries to judge, if Jacob van den 
Bos has earned his money or not. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Jan Cnoulits, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, as atty of Ritzert Smitt,* fl. 208. 10. come too short in a parcel 
of seawant. Deft, answers, if there is anything to be paid, it must be 
paid. The Court defer the case, until the arrival of Ritzert Smitt. 

Pieter Janzen Nienghs, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Deft, in 

default. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Comelis Willemzen, carpenter* 

deft. Deft, in default. 

* Of Ncttqnmqae, L. I. 



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Reindert Janzen Hoom, pltf. v/s Schepen Hendrick Janzen van der 
Yin, deft. Pltf. demands from the deft. 15 beavers, paid for him. Deft, 
says, 't was paid in zeawant. Pltf. offers to prove 't was paid in beavers. 
The Court order pltf. to prove he paid in beavers for deft. 

Jan van Leyden appears in Court stating, that four hogs are running 
thro' his land and commit great damage there ; requests that the fencing 
and damage be valued, the hogs sold, to compensate for the damage. 
The Court order the Schout to take information of the matter. 

Comelis Barenzen appears in Court producing the return of the Court 
Messenger on the third notice to Tomas Swartwout to fulfill the judgment 
and requests the lot may be sold. Was thereupon ordered: — The Bailiff 
is ordered to execute these and to seize the lot and sell the same for the 
profit of the pltf. 

Ordered by the Court, that Pieter Cock be notified in writing to pro- 
duce by the next Court day with proper inventory his papers made use of 
in the suit against Solomon la Chair and the Schout Nicasius de Sille on 
pain of judgment being rendered on the papers of party. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe replies to the answer of the Curators of 
Jeems Cutt. The Court order copy to be furnished to party to rejoin 
thereto at the next Court day. 

Pieter Comelissen van der Veen answers to AUard Anthony's demand. 
The Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereto at the next 
Court day. 

Jan Andriesen de Graaf cum suis answer to Nicolaas Verletts de- 
mand. The Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereunto 
at the next Court day. 

Symon Clazen Turck replies to the answer of Dirck van Schelluyne, 
att'y of Albert Andriesen. The Court order copy to be furnished to party 
to rejoin thereunto at the next Court day. 

Comelis Steenwyck appears in Court, produces an a/c. according to 
the copy underneath, requesting payment thereof, and that something 
may now and again be paid thereon; and also an order on the Weigh- 
scales. Whereupon serves as a marginal note: — ^The petitioner shall be 
furnished with an Order, when occasion admits. 



38 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

The Burgomasters and Schepens of this City 

Drs. 
To obligation signed by Burgomasters and Schepens 1653 the 

22^ De*^ and again renewed de novo by Burgomasters and 

Schepens 24 Jan'y 1658, payable in 9 mo : in beavers fl. 935. 

To 200 lbs spikes, pr Burgomaster Paulus Leendertsen @ 6 

stiv per lb 60. 

To 30 boards of wainscotting for the City Hall pr ditto 45. 

To 132 plank, since my departure to Holland, pr BurgomastT P: 

L : vander Grist, @ 24 stiv 158.8 

1659. 30* August. To 151 plank for the New Bridge by Bur- 
gomaster Marten Creiger's order, @ 22 stiv 166.2 

fl. 1364.10 
Amsterdam, in N. Netherland, 1659. ist. 7*^ 

Was Signed 

Comelis Steenwyck.- 
Lower Stood, 

Rt Worshipful, I request now payment hereof, and remain Your W's 

humble servant. Was signed 

Comelis Steenwyck. 

Tuesday, 9 Septemb' 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Hecren 
Nicasius de Sille, Olof Stevenzen Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Pieter W. 
van Couwenhoven, Joannes P. van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, 
Jacob Kip. 

Schout de Sille states, that he had imprisoned heretofore one Symon 
Leen for and on a/c of being guilty of having broken his arrest; that he 
released him from confinement by reason of his sickness and his promise 
to pay him in six weeks, which has been without any result to this date ; 
and whereas he has sold his land to Jan Pietersen van Holstein, wood- 
sawyer, he has attached the money, requesting that the same be declared 
valid. The Court declared the arrest valid. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft. Pltf . demands 
from deft. fl. 185: 6 in beavers according to obligation exhibited in Court. 
Deft, acknowledges the debt; requests, as he has no beavers, that he may 
pay in other payment. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. promptly, 
according to obligation as the same is due. 



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Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Ritzeit Smitt, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 208: 10, according to a/c of Jan Lauwerens Appel, fallen 
short in seawan. Deft, exhibits in Court a power of attorney passed by 
Jan L. Appel to Isaacq AUerton Senior, and says, he has satisfied and 
paid the abovenamed AUerton for a/c of the aforesaid Jan Appel, as ap- 
pears by the acquittance exhibited. The Court denies the pltf's demand, 
inasmuch as Ritzert Smitt exhibits power of attorney dated i. March 1654, 
passed by Jan Lauwerens Appel to Isaacq AUerton abovenamed, and the 
receipt for the payment executed on the 11* April 1654 by the aforesaid 
AUerton, in said quality; ordering him to return the obligation to Rit- 
zert Smitt, holding his claim against those he deems advisable: with costs. 

Comelis Janzen Clopper, pltf. v/s Jan Hermzen, deft. Defts. 2'* 
default. Pltf. says, deft, hired his house on condition of paying quarterly 
a just fourth part; therefore demands payment or that deft, shall vacate 
the house. The Court order pltf. to give a third summons. 

Jan Gillis the younger, pltf. v/s Symon Hermzen Cort, deft. Defts. 
2^ default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 84 in payment for a hhd of wine. 
The Court order deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary within 
three days. 

Joannes Nevius, pltf. v/s Evert Mareschal, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. in quality as Vendu Master demands from deft, payment of 57 fl. 
for a package of fine black cloth according to a/c exhibited in Court, 
which must be paid before six weeks in beavers; and immediate execution. 
The Court order the Bailiff to execute these without delay. 

Isaack Bedlo, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, ten beavers for half an Aam Spanish wine. Deft, acknowledges the 
debt, but says, he has no money; requests delay and offers the interest. 
The Court condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Salomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. says, he gauged in deft's house with the Schout, Secretary and Court 
Messenger, and found more wine than was entered; complaining that 
deft, broke in pieces the gauging rod, he took with him. The Schout as 
attorney of pltf. demands, that deft, shall be constrained to appear in 
person. The Court ordered the deft, to appear personally on the next 
Court day, on pain of imprisonment. 

Symon Janzen, pltf. v/s Comelis Willemzen, deft. Defts. 2I de- 



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fault. Pltf . demands from deft, three beavers for carpenters tools. The 
Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary within four 
and twenty hours. 

Joannes Van der Meulen, pltf. v/s Wemaer Wessels, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Velthuyzen, deft. Defts. a* de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft. 14 beavers for one hhd of wine. The 
Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City 
within four and twenty hours. 

Cornelius Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Pelgnim Clocq, deft. Both in default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Comelisen Van der Well, deft. 
Pltf. in default. 

Saartje Pieters, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van St. Obin, deft. Pltf. says, 
that she hired her boy to the deft, and that the boy has left him because 
the negro beat him; requests, that deft, shall take back the boy to serve 
out his time and in addition his lost days. Deft, answers, that the boy 
ran away from him, and that he sent the negro after him to get him to 
come back, but he refused saying, I have got tired; and that he must 
serve another year and has hired another in his stead. Pltf. is asked, 
how much he earned ? Answers five or six and fifty guilders. The Schout 
as attorney of deft, demands that the boy shall return to his place, or 
otherwise be fined half his wages. The Court order the boy to return to 
his place and serve out his time according to agreement, the action of 
the Schout remaining meanwhile open. 

Jacob van den Bos, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrisen, mason, deft. Pltf. says, 
he agreed with deft, for the breaking of the rocks for Burgomaster Marten 
Cregier's cellar, and that on halves, and that he, the deft., will not know 
him. Deft, denies it, sapng that pltf. told him, he knew a place, where 
he could break three scows full of stone in a day, but promised to shew it 
to others. He, thereupon, said that does not matter. He said, I shall 
give you the half, and shewed him the place. Coming there, he found 
nothing, and only suffered great damage, expense and loss of time about 
it. The Court order the pltf. to prove his statement in writing, on pain 
of nonsuit. 

Rogier Cock, pltf. v/s MT Presket, deft. Pltf. demands from deft. 
3a English shillings for earned wages. Deft, says, he hired him for the 



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voyage hence to the Virginias and from the Virginias back here again. 
Pltf. denies it. Deft, undertakes to prove it by his crew. The Court 
order the pltf. to go to his place and serve out his contracted time, or in 
default not to draw a stiver pay. 

M' Jacob Vuges, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hendrick, commonly called, 
Spaniard, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. says, he gave deft. 
some medicaments, promising to pay for the same, and whereas he has 
not received any payment, requests the arrest be declared valid. The 
Court declare the arrest valid. 

Gerrit Decker, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, forty guilders 8 stiv. in seawant [wampum]. Deft, acknow- 
ledges the debt, and says he cannot obtain so much from others. The 
Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Willem Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Simon Turck, deft. Pltf. again demands 
from deft, payment according to obligation dated 20^ August, exhibited 
to the Court. Also compensation for plank bought from him and sold 
again on the same inspection, and not inspected merchantable. Deft. 
admits the debt, and says pltf. was satisfied with the assignment on the 
Churchwardens. Pltf. wants to know the time of payment. The Schout, 
as attorney of the pltf. demands imprisonment of the deft., until he has 
paid him, also the pltf. for having broken his arrest; producing two acts 
of arrest against him. The Court order the deft, to pay the Schout and 
the pltf. within the time of thrice four and twenty hours, on pain of im- 
prisonment. 

Symon Turck, pltf. v/s Mighiel Janzen, deft. Pltf. produces a 
declaration of the Not^ Van Vleeck, that he has brought the case in 
question before the Commissary and Commissioners at Fort Orange; was 
referred by them to Magistrates of the Colonie; went to the Magistrates 
of the Colonie bringing the matter before them; whereupon was answered 
by their Honors, that they were satisfied with such a claim, and would 
not accept it, but that Mighiel Janzen must prove it to the Patroon. This 
being read to the deft., he says he has nothing to do with it, as he served 
as " Knecht " [a hired man] at the time. The Court having seen and 
weighed the matter in question, decide, that the same depends on the 
Colonie Renselaerswyck. Therefore refer parties thither. 

Mary Verplanck requests by petition postponement of execution and 



42 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

time of payment, promising to pay him the first beavers she can get; if 
not, is willing he should have his goods back again. The Court persist in 
their previous judgment. 

M' Balthus requests, that the judgment pronounced between him 
and Mary Verplanck be executed. The Court order the Bailiff to execute 
these. 

Nicolaas Boots and Gabriel de Haas appear in Court, Gabriel de 
Haas declaring, that the eight beavers in dispute with Boots were abso- 
lutely received in payment from Salomon La Chair; and that he was not 
willing to receive them, saying to Salomon La Chair's wife. If my com- 
rade, meaning Boots, will receive them, he is content; and Boots there- 
upon took them, who received the same. Nicolaas Boots answers, that he 
said, he should take what he could get for a bad debt. The Court decide, 
that Nicolaas Boots shall accept the eight beavers in dispute between him 
and Gabriel de Haas, as he took the same in payment. 

Pieter Rudolf us appears in Court requesting as he intends to reject 
the prunes in dispute with Schipp' Com! Marsten, factor, that the Court 
may appoint two to see the same and to bear witness. To which were 
appointed by the Court, Schepens Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven and 
Joannes Pieterzen van Brugh. 

Dirck van Schelluyne requests by petition and verbally, that the two 
cows attached by Symon Turck with Webber may be taken by him under 
security, saying that Sieur van Jansen the younger and Teunis Comelis- 
sen stand without, and will go bail ; who appearing in Court offer to enter 
themselves as bail, as principals, for the judgment of the Court. Where- 
upon Wolfert Webber was ordered as follows : — ^Wolf ert Webber is hereby 
directed by the Burgomasters and Schepens of this City of Amsterdam in 
N: Netherland, to let Dirck van Schelhiyne or the right bearer hereof, 
have the two cows attached with you by S: Clazen Turck, as the same are 
discharged from attachment under bail. 

Evert Dirckzen appearing in Court requests, that Reindert Janzen 
Hoom shall be ordered to answer the demand instituted by him in date 8 
July of this year. Whereupon the Court order him to be notified in the 
following manner: — Reindert Janzen Hoom is hereby notified and 
ordered accordingly to answer the entered demand and rendered a/c of 
Evert Dirckzen at the next Court day on pain, in default, of judgment 



i659l Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 43 

being rendered on the papers, which the abovenamed Evert Dircksen 
shall have given in. 

Tomas Fredericksen appears in Court resigning his office as labourer 
in the Weighhouse, thanking the Magistrates for the favor; who accept it, 
thanking him for the service. 

The Schout de Sille requests, whereas he has a prisoner, that the 
Court may appoint two from the Bench in whose presence the prisoner 
may be heard. Whereunto were appointed by the Board, Schepens 
Hendrick Janzen van der Vin and Jacob Kip, who will sit at two o'Clock 
in the afternoon. 

Tuesday, the 9* Sept^ 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Olof Stevenzen Cortlandt, Marten Kregier, Pieter Wolfersen van Couwen- 
hoven, Joannes Pieterzen van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen Vander Vin, 
Jacob Kip. 

On the written Remonstrance of Jan Willemsen van Iselsteyn, the 
Schout Nicasius de Sille is authorized and orderd by the Court, to have 
the four hogs again outcried, that those to whom they belong may come 
forward within twice twenty four hours; otherwise, in default thereof 
they are to be sold within the previously fixed time for the profit of those 
interested. 

On the petition of Augustyn Heermans, wherein he requests revision 
of the judgment dated 19. August between him and the brick makers, and 
that adverse party be ordered to use the wood for brickmaking on peti- 
tioner's land or by removal of what is cut and no more, that his farmer 
Harmen Teunissen may draw it and they enter security for the brick 
already agreed on and pay immediately before carting the wood and in 
addition for the said wood, because it then by removal comes within the 
nature of a sale and not a leasing, and the petitioner is not disposed at 
present to sell to them, but in time he intends to erect a brick kiln himself 
and to pay what arbitrators shall value which he considers fair. Marginal 
order: — ^The Court persist by their previous judgment. 

Ordered, on the petition of Raghiel Van Tienhoven, wherein she re- 
quests that Abraham Verplanck and Augustynus Heermans be directed 
to exchange their documents by inventory; or by neglect that justice 
shall be done at the next Court day on the petitioners papers, with a 



44 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

debarring of all exceptions: Petition is granted and parties adverse are 
ordered to exchange their papers used in the suit and to produce them 
by inventory on the next Court day. 

On the petition of Walewyn vander Veen, wherein he requests quick 
and immediate justice in the case between him and the Heer Paulus Leen* 
dersen van der Grift and Nicolaas Verlett, administrators appointed by 
the HonM* Director General and Council over the residuary estate of 
Matthys Ganderheiden ; serves as Apostille: — Petitioner is referred to the 
Director General and Council, as their Honors have been pleased to 
appoint Paulus Leendersen vander Grift and Nicolaas Verlett administra- 
tors over the residuary estate of Matthys Ganderheiden decl for the 
benefit of his creditors, and they are not obliged to render an a/c, proof 
and reliqua to any other persons, except the forementioned Director 
General and Council, according to proof thereof shewn to the Court. 

Having considered in Court the declaration of Paulus Pietersen on 
and against Jacob vanden Bos and also the a/c against said Jacob, the 
matter in question is referred to Isaacq de Foreest old Schepen of this 
City and Caspar Steimits to examine and consider it and a/c in dispute; 
to decide the case and if possible to reconcile parties; if not, to report 
to the Court. 

The Court read, re-read and considered the declaration of Willem 
Pietersen, M' Paulus van de Beecq, Pieter Lauwerens and his wife, 
setting forth that the will made by Jacob Coppe ded dated 14 Dec' 1653 
was annulled and torn by him. And after examination and consideration 
thereof. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that the declaration made by 
the abovenamed persons is not sufficient to annul the above named will 
made by Jacob Coppe ded as the same is exhibited in full force and it 
does not appear that any thing was willed contrary. Therefore, 't will 
take its full effect. 

Walewyn van der Veen requests by petition relief or redress for the 
tobacco given him in payment by AUard Anthony, as he has lost consider- 
ably by it; whereupon was ordered: — Whereas Allard Anthony has asked 
copy of the protest, the same was granted him, to answer in writing. 

Whereas Pieter Janzen van Weeckendam has according to order 
dated p"* July of this year, exhibited to the Court, declaration of two 
credible witnesses, that he enclosed the land of Pieter Lefebure, where he 



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resided, before he left the same ; the pltf . Walewyn van der Veen's demand 
regarding the fence is dismissed. 

Baitholdus Maan replies to David Wessels answer. The Court order 
copy to be furnished to party to rejoin thereunto the next Court day. 

Allard Anthony replies to Pieter Comelissen Vander Veen's answer. 
The Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereunto at the 
next Court day. 

Schepen Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven and Nicolaas Boot rejoin 
to Hendrick Hendricksen Obe's reply. The Court order copy to be furn- 
ished to party and parties were ordered to exchange with each other the 
papers used in the suit, and to produce their deduction and principal 
intendit on the next Court day. 

Resolved and concluded to send in the following nomination to the 
General and Council to choose one of the same in the stead of Schepen 
Sieur Jeremius Ebbinck. 
Honourable, Valiant, 

Whereas Sieur Jeronimus Ebbinck, Schepen of this City, has departed 
from here in the ship the Moesman for Fatherland and the place is there- 
fore vacant; it being necessary for the completing of the Bench to have 
one in his place, the Burgomasters and Schepens are therefore proposing 
to Y- Honours a double number for that purpose, to elect one therefrom 
in the place of the abovenamed Schepen; to wit: — 

Joannes de Peister 
Comelis Steenwyck. 

Requesting your Honours to be pleased to chuse therefrom such as 
your Honours shall please to find agreeable herein; We Remain, Right 
Hon^ Your Hon? Subjects, The Burgomasters and Schepens 

of this City Amsterdam, in N. Netherland; 

By order of the same, Joannes Nevius, Secret'y. 

The Director General and Council of N: Netherland elect and con- 
firm from the rendered nomination, as Schepen of this City instead of 
Sieur Ebbing Comelis Steenwyck. Done, Fortress Amsterd* in N. 
Netherland the ii. Sept! A? 1659. 

Under Stood, By order of the Hon^ Direct! General and Coun- 
cil of N. Netherland. 

Was Undersigned, — C. van Ruyven, Secret'. 



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Abraham Verplanck and Sieur Augustyn Heennans are for the 
second time hereby notified and ordered to exchange their papers, docu- 
ments and vouchers used in the suit with and against Ragel van Tienhoven, 
to produce their deduction and principal intendit on the next Court day, 
on pain of being debarred from all exceptions. 

At the Court of the Burgomasters and Schepens of this City it is 
Resolved that their Secretary Joannes Nevius shall receive the defaults 
incurred by parties acting in suits before their Worshipful Bench. Done 
Amsterdam in N. Netberland at the Court of the W. Heeren Burgo- 
masters and Schepens the 9? Sept' 1659. 

Tuesday, the x6^ Septf 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Olof Stevenzen Cortlandt, Marten Cregier, Joannes Van 
Brugh, Hendrick Jansen vander Vin, Jacob Kip. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Reinier Janzen Hoor and Pieter 
Janzen Nienghs, defts. Pltf. concludes in writing, that the deft. 
Reinier Jans. Hoor is bound to pay two hundred guilders for and be- 
cause he struck, knocked down and wounded his brother; having no 
knowledge of the dispute, being required to complain. The deft. Pieter 
Jans, answers the matter is settled, and Reinier requests, that his brother 
shall shew the power, which he says he has from his brother. The Court 
orders, whereas the question is between brothers, that the pltf. shall 
Settle with them, and the defts. were further ordered to live in peace 
with each other. 

Abraham Shears, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. Pltf. in virtue 
of a procuration from Ritzert Parker, requests in writing, that deft, 
shall be condemned provisionally to pay the costs and damages caused 
by the wrongfully issued attachment, also the demurrage according to 
the style and manner observed among merchants, and further to com- 
pensate for injuries, on the appraisement and estimation of the Court. 
Deft, requests eight days delay. The Court grant deft, eight days delay 
to answer. 

Joannes Van der Meulen, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft.. Pltf. 
demands from deft, payment of an obligation against him for the sum of 
fi. 189. in beavers, with interest and costs, and in default thereof execu- 
tion. Deft, demands six weeks delay, promising prompt payment then ; 



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meanwhile to give bail to the pltf's satisfaction. The Court order deft. 
to pay the pltf . within six weeks with costs, in condition of entering bail 
for the same. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Comelissen van der Wei, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, sixteen beavers and fl. 40. in zeawant. Deft, 
admits owing the forty guilders, but says he owes only 15 beavers; but 
has not wherewithal to pay. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 

Cornells Pluyvier, arrestant and pltf. v/s Marten van Waart, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 35. with costs; 
requests that the arrest issued may be declared valid. The Court declare 
the arrest valid. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Gysbert Op Dyck, deft. Pltf. as att'y 
of Hendrick Huyges demands for him from deft. fl. 184. in good mer- 
chantable zeawant according to obligation dated 20 Sept' 1658. Deft, 
does not deny the debt, but says cannot meet it: requests time. The 
Court order the deft, to pay pltf. according to obligation. 

Joannes de Peister, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wesels, deft. Deft, in default. 

Willem Bredenbent, pltf. v/s Jan Juriaansen Cooper, deft. Pltf. in 
default. 

M' Balthus, pltf. v/s Abraham Verplanck, deft. Pltf. says the deft, 
has opposed the execution. Deft, says his goods cannot be taken in 
execution for his wife's debt ; also knows nothing of the purchase. 
Whereupon pltf. replies and says that he, deft., told him in his house, 
when his daughter came from above he should be paid, being surprized 
where she has delayed so long. M' Balthus appearing in Court, he is 
asked, whether if Abraham Verplancq gave him an obligation payable in 
a certain time, he would not be content on condition that something 
should be given him for waiting a while ? Answering, he refers it to the 
Magistrates, but will see, what he can do between this and next Tuesday, 
holding his right open. All which having been stated to Abraham Ver* 
planck he says, he also refers it to the Court, offering per obligation to 
pay in the spring or in the trading season. 

Jan Janzen, pltf. v/s Lysbet Tysen, deft. Pltf. says he loaned deft, 
a skepel of barley before the war on promise of receiving a skepel of 
wheat back in its stead, which he has not got; demanding the wheat with 
costs. Deft, says, that the war broke out and she could not sow the 



48 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

grain, which was burnt with the house. The Court order the deft, to 
pay the pltf. with costs, as she has received the grain. 

Jan Janzen, pltf. v/s Hermen Barensen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Sieur Comelis Steenwyck appears in Court, who being informed, that 
he was chosen as Schepen at the election ; accepts it with the tendered 
oath and was wished much luck and received. 

Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, payment of costs to the amount of ft. 30: 5. accord- 
ing to a/c exhibited to the Court; saying he has attached the monies in 
the hands of Joannes Vervelen; requests, that the same be declared valid. 
Deft, offers to pay the costs within fourteen days on the statement of 
the Magistrates. The Court order the deft, to pay the costs according to 
the a/c handed in; the attachment to remain so long valid. 

Tomas Verdon, pltf. v/s Comelis Barensen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. ft. 250. in Seawant with costs; arising from the sale of a house 
and lot; requesting in default of payment, that the same be given back. 
Deft, says, he cannot pay, before the return of the execution, which he 
has on the judgment against Tomas Swartwout. The Court order deft, 
to pay the pltf. as according to contract exhibited the time is elapsed. 

Andries de Haas, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Deft, in default. 

Gysbert Op Dyck, arrestant and pltf. v/s Ritzert Smitt, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 79. 9. balance of a/c exhibited in 
Court. Deft, denies the debt of fl. 43. on acct. of M' Breun, producing 
in writing a demand in reconvention for the sum of fl. 120., which the 
pltf. in convention and the deft, in reconvention should pay to Jan Lau- 
werensen Appel, and is himself held therefor; and demands that the 
arrest against him be declared invalid. The Court refer the matter in 
question to Sieur Jacobus Vis and George Wolsey to settle parties a/cs, 
and reconcile them; the arrest remaining valid, but he may depart under 
bail. 

Lauwerens Andriesen, pltf. v/s Comelis van Giesel, deft. Pltf. says, 
he has an assignment from MT Alricx on Aaltje Baltes and that deft, tried 
to receive the money. Demands payment from the deft, or from Aaltje 
Baltes. Deft, says, that the case was recommended to him, and with that 
view spoke to the woman, seeking to induce her to pay, but she gave for 
answer she would accept the assignment, but would not pay the whole 



x6s9] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 49 

until her husband came home; and that as she is bound to pay Jacob 
Janzen Huys and Jacob Jans the pltf., the case does not concern him. 

Aaltje Baltes, Lauwerens Andriesen and Corns van Gesel appear in 
Court; Aaltje Baltes declaring, she represented to those, who first spoke 
to her, that she should pay half down, and the remainder when her hus- 
band came and that Van Gezel would have the whole ; she signed her 
hand, that she should pay the whole when her husband came home; and 
the assignment belongs to Lauwerens Andriesen. The Court decide, that 
Aaltje Baltes shall pay to Lauwerens Andriesen the half of the assign- 
ment and endorse the same on the back of it; and the remainder, when 
her husband returns. The same being stated to her, she declares she 
is content with it. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Dirck Smitt, deft. Fltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 1 20. in tobacco for Arent Fransen, according to obligation ac- 
cepted by the deft, to pay as his own. Deft, says as before, he has not 
accepted to pay, before Aarent Fransen shall have taken a voyage to 
Virginia, which has not been done. The Court order the pltf. to get the 
principal* 

Tomas Steins, pltf. v/s Jan Cnouwlits, deft. Deft, in default. 

Gerrit Decker, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Gerrit Decker is 
ordered to lift the judgment. 

David de Ferera, pltf. v/s Andries Spieringh, deft. Deft, in default. 

M' Jacob Vuges, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hendrick Aamoutsen, 
arrested and deft. Fltf. demands from deft, half a beaver for medica- 
ments given him, and says he gave an instruction how to use them. Deft« 
admits having received the goods, but says the pltf. did not tell him, how 
often he should take them. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf* 
Meanwhile the arrest to remain so long valid. 

Willem Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Pelgrum Clock, deft. Deft's al default. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 58. 2. for board and drink consumed. The 
Court order the pltf. a third summons. 

Willem Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Sara Pieters, deft. Pltf. in virtue of a 
procuration, demands from deft. fl. 304 according to obligation. Deft. 
says, when she shall see her husband's hand, she will pay. The Court 
refer the matter in question to Sieur Jacob Strycker and Daniel Litsco to 
reconcile parties if possible, if not, to report to the Court« 

TOL. ni.— 4 



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Willem Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Symon Turck, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. again demands payment according to judgment. The Court grant 
the deft, yet twice twenty four hours to satisfy his creditors, on pain of 
imprisonment. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. according to order of the Bench, produces in Court his book, whereby 
he proves, that the deft, bought the wine in question from him for beavers. 
The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. according to the book, on con- 
dition, that the pltf. being required, shall swear to his book. 

Tomas Sandersen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. claims costs. 

Covert Loockermans demands execution on the judgment against 
Barent Cruytdop. The Court order the Bailiff to execute these. 

Symon Janzen Romain demands, that the Bailiff shall proceed with 
the execution of the judgment against Comelis Willemsen. The Court 
order the Bailiff to proceed with the execution. 

Joseph Waldron appearing in Court says that he has attached the 
goods of Comelis the carpenter, for a debt according to settlement made 
with him for the sum of fl. 1661. requests that the attachment be declared 
valid. The Court declares the attachment valid. 

Salomon La Chair and Wemaer Wessels appearing in Court, Salomon 
la Chair declares to have gauged and found in Wemaar Wessels cellar 
under his house, also in the cellar behind his house half an Aam of red 
wine not entered ; and says, that he bought from Jacob Jansen Staats 
seven hhds. of French wine, also not entered ; concluded to have been 
guilty of fraud; and says further, that Wemaer Wessels has broken the 
gauging rod in his hand in pieces. Wemaer Wessels says, pltf. must prove 
that he, deft., defrauded, denying the same. The Court order Salomon 
la Chair to furnish his demand in writing to Wemaar Wessels, to answer 
thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jacob Jansen Moesman (requests), that the Bailiff shall be ordered to 
execute the judgment between him and Symon Hermsen Cort. The 
Court order the Bailiff to execute these. 

Evert Dircksen requests payment from Reinier Jansen Hoom, and 
18 ordered to fumish Claas van Elslant with the last rendered notice, and 
to notify him anew and make the return. 



i6s9] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 5 1 

Stoffel Mighielsen appearing in Court, requests, that the Magistrates 
allow him something for his crying, as a salary. On it was noted:— 
^Vhereas the public crying is a benefitium^ the petitioner has to content 
himself with his earnings. 

Tuesday, i6. Sept^ i^SP- In the afternoon at the City Hall, 
Present the Heeren Nicasius de Sille, OlofF Stevenzen Cortlant, Marten 
Cregier, Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick J. van der Vin, Jacob Kip, Cor- 
nells Steenwyck. 

Scboat Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Hendrick MuUer, a prisoner and 
deft. Pltf. rendering his demand in writing, concludes that deft, shall, 
for bis committed offence, be condemned to go to the wheelbarrow or to 
other labor for the city, as he has no means to pay the fine for the com- 
mitted offence, and is unable to restore the received monies fraudulently 
negotiated; moreover the costs of suit. Deft, is asked if he can pay the 
demand of the Officer ? Answers, has nothing; also does not |cnow, that 
he has committed any crime. The Court having considered the demand 
of the Schout on and against Hendrick Muller and examined and under- 
stood the declaration verifying the complaint of Daniel Temeur; also the 
acknowledgment made, on interrogatories by the abovenamed Hendrick 
Muller, have weighed all that is material, condemn the abovenamed Hen* 
drick Muller for his committed crime to pay the Officer as a fine, to be 
J4;>pUed as is proper, the sum of one hundred guilders, and the costs of 
suit; further to restore the received monies, negotiated in bad faith, or in 
default thereof to go three months to the wheelbarrow. 

On the Remonstrance of Abraham Verplanck and Augustine Heer- 
mans against Raghel van Tienhoven, is ordered:— Whereas the suit is 
complete, the Court decree that parties shall furnish each other copy of 
all the papers used in the suit without any delay, and produce the same 
by the next Court day. 

On the petition of Jan Willemsen van Iselsteyn demanding compen« 
sation for the damage from the hogs suffered by him; serves as apostiUe: 
— ^The a/c of costs caused by the hogs being made out, the petitioner 
shall receive the remainder for the damage. 

On the petition of Symon Turck, wherein he requests, that he might 
attach the goods at the house of Sieur Augustyne Heermans on account 



52 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

of fl. 200. due him. Apostilie: — The petitioner is allowed to attach the 
goods of Guiliam Verlett, ded and institute his action on the next Court 
day. 

On the rejoinder of Pieter Comelissen van der Veen, ordered: The 
Court direct copy to be furnished party and parties are ordered to ex- 
change their papers with each other, and to produce their deduction and 
principal intendit by the next Court day. 

On the rejoinder of David Wessels ordered: — The Court order copy 
to be furnished to party and parties are directed to exchange their papers 
with each other and to produce their deduction and principal intendit by 
the next Court day. 

Whereas the suit between Raghel van Tienhoven, pltf. and Ab: Ver- 
planck and Augustyn Heerman defts., is complete, the Court decide, that 
parties shall deliver to each other copies of all the papers used in the case, 
without delay, and produce the same at the next Court day. 

Tuesday, 33. Sept! 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Olof Stevensen Cortlandt, Pieter Wolferzen van Cou* 
wenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen vander Yin, Jacob Kip, 
Comelis Steenwyck. 

Jan Willemzen van Iselstein, pltf. v/s Nicasius de SiUe, deft. Pltf. 
says, that the deft, has attached his money in the hands of Jan Teunissen, 
for having gone from his arrest; demanding that he shall prove the same. 
Deft, demands, that AUard Anthony may come forward, as having a 
knowledge of the attachment; which being granted, he appears saying the 
Magistrates will find it in the Register; such being looked into, they find 
the attachment to have been made on him, and declared valid ; if Allard 
Anthony shall have delivered at 2 o* Clock in the afternoon, particulars of 
his claim to Oloff Stevensen. The Court order the Officer to prove 
further, that the pltf. has broken his arrest. 

Jan Willemsen van Iselstein, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. Pltf. 
centers his protest against deft, for having scandalously affronted him, and 
iUegal seizure of boat and loss of rope; protesting for all reparation of 
character and damage. Deft, answers, it did not occur without the 
knowledge and order of the Director General and Council. The Fiscaal 
as attorney of his predecessor, Comelis van Tienhoven, requests copy of 



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the demand, and that pltf. shall enter bail before the judgment and in de- 
fault thereof provisional security, until he prove, that the Fiscaal pro- 
ceeded wrongfully. The Court order copy of the demand to be furnished 
to the Officer and order the pltf. to enter bail before the judgment, in 
default thereof nonsuit. 

Joannes de Peister, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 97. in beavers for wine. Deft, says he bought no wine from 
the pltf., but tasted some for his mother. Pltf. demands payment within 
three times twenty four hours, on pain of execution with costs. Deft, 
says he offered the pltf. seawant, but they could not agree about the price 
in beavers. The Court decide, that the deft, shall pay the pltf., as he 
declares he offered seawant, on condition of holding his guarantee on his 
mother. 

Walewyn vander Veen, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaansen, deft. Pltf. by virtue 
of a procuration from Hendrick Heusden, demands payment from the 
deft, of fl. 1041: 17. on a bottomry bond of the ship the Draatvatt^ Jan 
Janzen Bestevaar, skipper or bail ; and in default security of his person 
with costs. Deft, produces certain writing of goods given to the pltf., 
admits the principal, saying the remainder is charged somewhat too high. 
The Court refer the matter in question to Paulus Leendersen vander 
Grift and Joannes de Peister to examine parties a/cs in the presence of 
Schepen Jacob Kip, and to reconcile them if possible; if not to report 
to the Court. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Catryna Capoens, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, on a/c exhibited 25^ beavers and fl. 34: 16. in seawant 
for wine etc. David Joghimsen as husband and guardian of Catrina 
Capoens, appearing, says, does not owe so much, and did not buy the 
wine, and will pay for the skillets, but to make the a/c in seawant, and 
that he the pltf. does not bring in contra reckoning the board money nor 
the washing. The Court refer the matter in question to Sieur Covert 
Loockermans and Isaac Grevera to examine and decide the a/c of parties 
in question; to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report to the 
Court. 

Hans Drepcr, pltf. v/s Samuel Lodowyck, deft. Deft, in default, 

Tomas Sandcls, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, deft. Defts 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 12 for pork and clothes, with the costs. The 



54 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City, 
within three times twenty four hours; with costs. 

Andries de Haas, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. requests, that two 
may be appointed by the Court to examine their a/cs in question against 
each other. Deft, requests the same. The Court refer the matter to 
Sieur Jacobus Backer and Sieur Joannes de Peister to decide the a/cs of 
parties in the presence of Schepen Comelis Steenwyck, and to reconcile 
them if possible; if not to report to the Court. 

Jacobus Vis, arrestant and pltf. v/s Mighiel Pauluzen, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. producing in Court a certain contract, entered into with deft., 
requests, that deft, shall observe the same; and whereas he has already 
exceeded the same by selling goods on credit, he demands bail for the 
same, and that the arrest shall meanwhile be declared valid. Deft, 
answers in writing, that he is not bound to guarantee the goods ; also the 
contract does not contain such. The Court discharge the deft, from arrest 
and order him to restore to the pltf. or his order his goods by the first 
opportunity, according to contract and further, to satisfy for the goods 
sold. 

Jacobus Vis appears in Court; says he has attached the goods of 
Joannes Withart being in his or others' possession ; requests the arrest to 
be declared valid. The Court orders Jacobus Vis to summon the agent 
of Joannes Withart and to institute his action against him. 

M' Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger, pltf. v/s Willem Pieterzen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, the half of fl. 415. on an obligation signed by 
Patervaar, whose agent deft, is and says that the other half is paid by 
Jacob Stoffelsen. Deft, says, he does not know, whether the obligation 
is not paid; also does not know, if the same be signed by him, as he can- 
not write ; requests Patervaar to be written to about it. Pltf. says, he 
frequently told the deft, to write about it, but nothing followed; requests, 
that he may lift under bail the monies brought into consignment to the 
Secretary of this City, with all costs, damages and interest, saying he has 
attached the same, demands that the attachment be declared valid. The 
Court allow the pltf. to lift the monies under bail, and order Willem 
Pietersen to write to Patervaar regarding the certainty of the obligation on 
condition that an authentic copy of the obligation be furnished him. 

Willem Bredenbent, pltf. v/s Jurrian Jansen, deft. Pltf. demands, 



i6s9] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 55 

that deft, shall enter bail for every quarter's rent, and says he let him the 
house on condition, if any war occurred, he may move in to dwell there, 
and that he, the deft, has taken in another. Deft, says he hired the house 
for a year; denies, that it was conditioned that the pltf. could move in 
therein in case of war; saying further he has taken in another on profit. 
The Court order pltf. to prove his statement. 

Jan Janzen, pltf. v/s Hermen Barenzen, deft. Defts 2"? default. 
Pltf. saySy that deft, has hired his house for a year and occupied it one 
quarter. Claims as he left before the year, a half year's rent @ 17 gl. 
the J year. The Court order the deft, to deposit within four and twenty 
hours with the Secretary of this City, the fl. 17. for one quarters rent of 
the house he occupied. 

Tomas Verdon, pltf. v/s Comelis Barensen, deft. Pltf. produces 
the last rendered judgment against the deft, with notice thereby. Where- 
upon is ordered again to notify the deft, by the Court Messenger. 

Abraham Shears, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. Pltf. persists in his 
demand ag? the deft, entered on last Court day. Deft, produces two 
declarations in English, serving to nothing material. The Court postpone 
the case until the arrival of Ritzert Perker. 

Paulus Pietersen, pltf. and arrestant. v/s Albert Janzen, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands that the arrest be declared valid. 
The arrest was declared valid by the Court. 

Lauwerens Comelisen vander Wei, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Jan Gerrizen, pltf. v/s Judick Verlett, deft. Deft, in default. 

Adriaan Vincent and Simon Felle, pltf. v/s Lysbet Willems, deft. 
Anneken Felle, wife of Simon Felle, appears in Court also, interpreting 
the demand of her father, who says, he was out yesterday, and that in the 
meanwhile deft, came to her house making a great noise, saying among 
other things that the abovenamed Anneken had slept with Capt. Beaulieu, 
requesting redress for such injuries, which he cannot suffer. Deft, denies 
it, saying she had said — She, meaning Anneken aforesaid, may go to 
Capt Beaulieu ; she knew, what she has to do with him ; whereas it was 
told her, that she went with Capt Roosyn, and she knew, what she had 
to do with him; which is denied by Anneken Felle. Pltf. says he can 
prove, that deft, has said, that his daughter Anneken Felle had slept with 



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Capt. Beaulieu. Parties appear in Court and Lysbet Willems is asked, if 
she knew any thing against Anneken Felle; Answers, has nothing to say 
against her. She was therefore charged to remain quiet for the future 
and to utter no more such infamous words, and to keep herself still. 

Comelis Pluyvier appearing in Court declares as well in writing as 
verbally to have attached what property Comelis Willemsen has at Dom* 
Drisius; also to have arrested the goods, which he has at the house of 
Joseph Waldron, on a/c of fl. 170 in seawant and 15 whole merchantable 
beavers — requesting that the arrest be declared valid. The Court de- 
clares the arrest valid and orders petitioner to summon him. 

Evert Dirckzen appearing in Court, requests from Reinier Jans Hoom 
payment according to two rendered a/cs, dated 8. July last, one for the 
sum of fl. 40. for earned wages etc. and the other for the sum of fl. 42. 
for arrest, costs and loss of time. The Court order Reinier Jansen 
Hoom, by virtue of contumacy, to pay to Evert Dircksen the fl. 40. ac- 
cording to a/c exhibited in Court dated 8^ July of this year and further 
the costs of suit on taxation by the Court. 

Sara Schepmoes requests, that in place of Daniel Litsco appointed on 
the 16^ of this month as arbitrator with Jacob Strycker another may be 
chosen, and the Court chooses and appoints Daniel dan Donck in place 
of Daniel Litsco. 

Raghel van Tienhoven requests by petition, that Abraham Verplanck 
and Augustyn Heermans her adversaries shall be ordered to furnish her, 
the petitioner, authentic copy of the compromise made by Dirck van 
Schelluyne regarding the settlement of dispute between her husband and 
the heirs of Adriana Cuvilje dec*. Whereupon it is ordered: — Petition 
is granted and adverse parties shall be ordered to communicate to peti- 
tioner authentic copy of the compromise. 

On the written petition of Raghel van Tienhoven, Abr: Verplanck 
and Augustyn Heermans are hereby ordered by the Court to communicate 
to Raghel van Tienhoven authentic copy of the compromise, made by the 
Notary Dirck van Schelluyne in the dispute between Comelis van Tien- 
hoven and Abraham Verplanck, Dirck Volckersen and Jan Vigne all heirs 
of decl Adriaana Cuvilje, relative to the award of Adriaen van der Donck, 
Joannes van Bmgh, and Joannes de Decker all arbitrators in the above- 
named question. — ^Actum. 



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Tielman van Vleeck, substitute of Lauwerens Hendricksen and David 
de Neuf ville, requests by petition, that Abraham Verplanck and Abraham 
de la Noy shall be ordered to rejoin on his rendered reply on pain in case 
of default of nonsuit, and that justice shall be rendered on the pltf's re* 
quest. Apostille: — Request is granted and adverse parties shall be ordered 
to rejoin on petitioners reply, against the next Court day. 

On the written petition of Tielman van Vleeck substitute of Lauwerens 
Hendricks and David de Neufville, merchants at Amsterdam, Abraham 
de la Noy and Abraham Verplanck as adversaries of petitioner are hereby 
ordered by the Court to prosecute their suit and to rejoin to petitioners 
reply. 

Tielman van Vleeck as att'y of Symon Clasen Turck requests by peti- 
tion, that Sybout Clazen shall be ordered to deliver by the next Court 
day his papers used against the abovenamed Symon Turck; also that 
Dirck van Schelluyne att'y of Albert Andriessen shall be ordered to 
rejoin to Symon Turck' s reply. Apostille: — Petitioner's request is 
granted, and parties shall be ordered to prosecute their suit by the next 
Court day. 

On the written petition of Tielman van Vleeck, as att'y of Symon 
Clasen Turck, Sybout Clazen is hereby ordered by the Court to deliver 
in by the next Court day his papers and documents used in the suit 
against Symon Turck. 

On the written petition of Tylman van Vleeck, att'y of Symon Clasen 
Torek, Dirck van Schelluyne att'y of Albert Andriessen is hereby ordered 
by the Court to rejoin to the reply of Symon Turck abovenamed 
Done etc. 

Nicolaas Velthuyzen requests by petition to get back his ox sold to 
Jacob Janzen Flodder and not paid for. Apostille: — Petitioner has to 
summon Flodder or in his absence his agent and to institute his action 
against him. 

On the 26. Sept^ 1659. 

Pieter Comelissen van der Veen requests in writing of the Presiding 
Burgomaster and two Schepens, that Allard Anthony his adversary shall 
be ordered to communicate to him authentic copy of the produced pro- 
curation, also of the inventory of the goods, which stand entered on the 



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margiii thereof. Aposdlle: — Fi4ii utpctiimr^ and paities shall be ordered 
to famish him the request mentioned herein. 



On the written request of Sieur Pieter Comelissen van der Veen, 
Allard Anthony is hereby ordered bj the Court to fnmish Pieter Comelis- 
sen ran der Veen authentic copy of the produced procuration together 
with the inventory of the goods which stand entered on the margin thereof. 

Conditions and Terms, on which the Schout, Burgomaster and 
Treasurer of this City of Amsterdam in Xew Xetherland, intend, with 
the approbation of the Right Hon^ Director General and Council, to 
farm to the highest bidder the Excise on the slaughter of all cattle, 
whether salted meat such as pork or salted and dried brought in barrels 
or fresh to market for consumption within the jurisdiction of this City 
Amsterdam, as well by all officers as common Burghers, except the 
Honble Companys store and the hospitals. 

"VMioever shall remain farmer shall receive for Excise of all cattle, 
whether oxen, cows, calves, sheep, goats, hogs or such like, one stiver 
in the guilder payable on the purchase or just value thereof, which shall 
be slaughtered within the jurisdiction of this City. 

Item, the farmer shall receive for all salted meat and pork either 
brought in here from without and consumed within this City as well in 
as out of barrels, in like manner one stiver according to the just value or 
purchase as above. 

The Excise shall take its commencement and be received by the 
farmer on the 26^ Septem^ next 1659 and end on the 26. September 
1660, but he cannot receive or compound any longer, than to the date 
aforesaid inclusive. 

The farmer shall pay precisely every quarter to the Treasurer of this 
City a just fourth part of the promised impost, which shall be made in 
good zeawant pay. 

The farmer shall remain bound to enter two sufficient securities for 
the promised farm rent. 

Wlioever makes the highest bid draws three guilders. 



Raised by < 



1659] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 59 

Sett up by Willem Doeckles @ fl. 500. 

/ S toff el Meghielsen ® 600. 
Jan Hendricksen @ 650. 
Stoffel Meghielsen @ 700. 
Gerrit Hendricksen @ 750. 
Jan Hendricksen @ 800. 
Stoffel Meghielsen @ 825. 
\ Jan Hendricksen @ 850. 
On the highest bid drawn by Gerrit Hendricksen @ 875. 
3 gl. offered drawn by Gerrit Hendricksen @ 925. 

3 gl. offered drawn by Gerrit Hendricksen @ 975. 

3 gl. offered drawn by Gerrit Hendricksen ® 1025. 

5 gL offered drawn by Egbert Meindersen @ 1075. 

I beaver offered drawn by Gerrit Hendricksen @ 11 25. 
I beaver offered and retired. Impost produced fl. 500 more than the 
offered bid. Egbert Meinderzen remains fanner @ fl. 1135 and Daniel 
Temeur and Jan Hendrickzen Steelman enter themselves as security as 
principals under renunciation of beneflt Ordinis divisionis et excussionis 
for their effects; consenting and promising to satisfy and pay and give on 
the specified time aforesaid the above written sum of eleven hundred and 
thirty five guilders under bond of their respective persons each for his 
own, and property real and personal, present and future, nothing ex- 
cepted subject to all Courts and judges. In Testimony and for perform- 
ance is the Original Minute of this Copy, remaining with the Secretary of 
this City, signed by the farmer and sureties in the presence of the Schout, 
Burgomasters and Treasurer, the 25^ September in Amsterdam in N. 
Netherland. 

WARNING. 

It is hereby made known to each and every one, that who ever shall 
or will slaughter any cattle, whether oxen, cows, calves, sheep, goats, hogs 
or such like, for their own consumption or to be sold fresh for consump- 
tion within this City, must state it to Eghbert Meindersen, residing at the 
Landport, fanner of the Slaughter Excise, giving him the correct price or 
value thereof and obtain from him a proper permit, paying him one stiver 
in the guilder according to the price or value as aforesaid; on the for- 



6o Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

feiture of the meat and the penalty thereto affixed, which remains in de- 
fault thereof; Also, to return to the abovenaroed Pachter all salted meat 
and pork in barrels or dried coming in from without and for consumption 
within this City, equally paying one stiver in the guilder according to the 
just value or price thereof, and what meat or pork as aforesi coming in 
from without and consumed here but again exported shall be also com- 
municated to the farmer and a permit taken, and another permit on being 
exported, payment for each permit, each time, three stivers, on condition 
of correctly reporting the quantity and the weight of the meat or pork 
under the forfeiture of the same and the fine thereunto affixed. Let 
every one be hereby warned and protect himself from injury. 

Tuesday, 21" Octob' 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Olof Stevenzen Cortlandt, Joannes van Brugh, Comelis 
Steenwyck. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille and Eghbert Meindersen, farmer of the 
Slaughter Excise, pltfs. v/s Ide Comelissen van Vorst, deft. Pltf. Egh- 
bert Meindersen concludes in writing, whereas the deft, has brought two 
tubs of meat within this City without having returned the same, though 
notice has been given divers times both to his wife and his brother in law 
to return the same ; that the meat be confiscated and the fine imposed 
according to order, with costs. Deft, answers, he brought the meat here, 
because he was obliged to fly from the Indians, intending to take the 
same back at a more favourable time and that the pltf. first warned him 
on last Saturday after sundown : Whereupon he answered he should speak 
of it to the General. The Schout as attorney says, that the deft, has been 
warned three times by his wife and friends. Pltf. Eghbert Meindersen 
appearing says, that deft's wife wished to sell him the cattle, and he gave 
her for answer he had no time, and that the people told him, they, defts., 
had brought the meat into the City; whereupon he had spoken to them 
warning them, to which they replied strangely and unbecomingly and 
various other circumstances. Requesting maintenance of the placard. 
Parties being heard, the Court decide, whereas Yde Comelissen van 
Vorst through dread of the Indians has, outside in a free place slaughtered 
certain meat and in a sort of flight brought the same here, to convey the 
same, on occasion, back from here to use it on his bowery; and whereas 



1659] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 61 

he was warned, that he must take out a licence and neglected the same, 
that he shall pay as a fine the sum of twenty guilders, with costs. 

Burger Jorizen, pltf. v/s Schout Nicasius de Sille, deft. Pltf. pro- 
duces agaii>st the deft, an a/c for the sum of fl. 25 : 7 half beavers and 
half zeawant and five beavers for the breaking of a wagon. Deft, pro- 
duces an offset a/c of four beavers, given to the pltf. thro' his wife, and 
two bars of iron weighing 81 lbs. @ four beavers per ct. amounting to 
about three and one quarter beavers. Parties being heard, the Court de- 
cide, that the pltf. shall have to pay the 81 '^ of iron ® three beavers the 
hundr^ and parties were ordered to pay each other's a/cs. 

Frerick Philipzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hendrick Bierman, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. The Court declare the arrest valid. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Comelis Jansen, woodsawyer, deft. Pltf. 
demands by virtue of procuration from Nelis Matthysen, that the attach- 
ment on the deft's monies in the hands of Pieter Kock be declared valid, 
inasmuch as he has given, summoned and renewed the notice to the deft, 
of the judgment against him, and if the arrested monies cannot reach as 
far as to satisfy the judgment; then execution. Deft, says he has paid 
Nelis Matthysen over one hundred guilders. Pltf. replying says, Nelis 
Matthysen told him, that he had received from deft, no more than fl. 65 
The Court declare the arrest on the monies valid and order the deft, to 
prove, that he has paid Nelis Matthysen over One hundred guilders, and 
if he will he may summon him for the next Court day. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Rutger Jansen, deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. 
demands from deft, payment of fl. 82: i. in seawant, or bail before his 
departure. The Court order pltf. to have the deft, notified to satisfy 
him before his departure. 

Isaack Grevera, arrestant and pltf. v/s Benedict Amel, arrested and 
deft Pltf. says, he sold deft, a piece of Osnaburg linen, 33 ells Dutch 
measure, and whereas the same is 33 ells Osnaburg measure long, and 
amounts to 57^ eUs Dutch measure, and pltf. had only paid him for thirty 
three eUs Dutch measure, and he afterward saw the mistake, demands 
restitution or payment for the remaining twenty four and three quarter 
ells received more than has been paid for. Deft, says, he knows nothing 
about it Pltf. repl3ring says, he can prove by Jan Lauwerens, that deft. 
told him, he had paid the piece of linen @ thirty three ells, whereupon 






62 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

Jan Lauwerens answered, it was a mistake, and that he should have 
spoken of the remaining ells. Jan Lauwerens appearing in Court de- 
clares that deft, told him, he bought the piece of Osnaburg linen ® three 
and thirty ells Dutch measure and that he answered, that was a mistake 
and the remaining ells should be asked from him. The Court order the 
deft, to restore or pay the pltf. the 24!^ ells Osnaburgh linen received 
more than have been paid for, the arrest remaining meanwhile so long valid. 

Lucas Dirckzen, pltf. v/s Reinick Gerrisen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 8 whole and two half beavers for tobacco pipes and a cap; 
also fl. 15 : 16 in zeawant according to obligation. Deft, acknowledges 
the debt, but says he has not wherewith to pay. The Court order deft, to 
pay the pltf. 

Jacob Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Anneken Cristoffels, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft. fl. 62 : 10 for a quarters rent. Deft, acknowledges 
the debt, but says she cannot pay. The Court order deft, to pay pltf. ac- 
cording to conditions. 

Aaltje Bickers, pltf. v/s Jan Broersen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Rutgersen, pltf. v/s Jacob van den Bos, deft. Deft, in default. 

Adriaan Vincent, pltf. v/s Lysbet, wife of Marcus de Sousoy, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Jan Swaan, pltf. v/s Hendrick Smitt, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hans Carelsen, pltf. v/s Comelis Hooghboom, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Gillis the younger, pltf. v/s Simon Hermsen Cort, deft. Deft. 
in default. 

Pieter Rudolfus, plft. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Deft, in default 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarsen, deft. Deft, in default. 

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

Tomas Sandersen requests, that execution be issued on the judgment 
against Pieter Jansen. The Court order the Bailiff to put these in 
execution. 

Styntje Hermzen requests, that execution be issued on the judgment 
against Jacob van Couwenhvoen. The Court order the Bailiff to execute 
these. 

Evert Dirckzen requests, that the judgment against Reinier Jansen 
Hoom be executed. The Court order the Bailiff so to do. 



i6s9] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam, 63 

Metje Wessels requests that the judgment against Lauwerens Cor* 
nelis* van der Wei be put in execution. The Court order the Bailiff to 
execute these. 

Sara Pieters requests, that Willem Pietersen shall return her the obli- 
gation, which her husband signed and paid. Whereupon she is ordered 
to summon him to Court. 

Allard Anthony requests by petition, that Pieter Comelissen van der 
Veen shall be ordered to produce in Court at the next Court day his 
papers used against him on trial. Petitioner's request is granted and 
Pieter Comelissen van der Veen is ordered to produce his papers at the 
Court of the Burgomasters and Schepens on the next Court day. 

On the written petition of Allard Anthony, Sieur Pieter Comelissen 
van der Veen is ordered to produce at the meeting of the Court of this 
City at the next Court day, without any delay his papers, documents and 
vouchers used on trial against the petition'. 

Tuesday, 28*!* Octob. 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Heerea 
Nicasius de Sille, Olof Stevenzen Cortlandt, Pieter van Couwenhoven,. 
Joannes van Bmgh. 

Allard Anthony, arrestant and pltf. v/s Rutt Jacobzen, arrested and 
deft. Both in default. 

Aeltje Bickers, pltf. v/s Jan Broerzen, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 44. and says that Reindert Jansen Hoom 
had promised to pay her in four days for Jan Broersen, and that she there- 
upon allowed Jan Broersen to depart, and that Hoom will not do it^ 
but gave her ill language. The Court order pltf. to summon Hoom. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. 2^ default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, three beavers @ fl. 4: 16 stiv. in seawant with 
costs. The Court order deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary 
of this City within four days. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarsen, deft. Defts. 2^ default. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 200 wherein are included four beavers @ fl. 
8 each, with interest; having been loaned to him under promise of retum- 
i&g them in four or six weeks. The Court order the deft, to deposit the 
money within four days with the Secretary of this City. 

The Schout causes Nicolaes Velthuysen and Aaltje Bickers to be 



64 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

summoned before the Burgomasters and Schepens to give explanations 
on three points; viz. why they have separated from each other; andly 
why they did not satisfy the Orphan Masters; why they claim Jan Broer- 
sens money. 

Jan Swaan, pltf. v/s Hendrick Smitt, deft. Pitf. demands from 
deft. fl. 200. for the first instalment of the laAd sold to him. Deft, 
admits the debt; says, he has been sick and has no money; requests 
delay and ofifers to pay in com. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf « 

Saartje Pieters, pltf. v/s Willem Pietersen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Gillis the younger, pltf. v/s Symon Hermsen Cort, deft. Defts. 
2. default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 84. The Court order the deft, 
to deposit the money within four days. 

Willem Doeckels, arrestant and pltf. v/s Dirck Janzen, arrested and 
deft. Both in default. 

Jan Rutgersen, pltf. v/s Jacob van den Bos, deft. Defts. 2^. default. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. a8. The Court order pltf. to summon deft, 
once more. 

Jan Rutgersen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, deft. Deft, in default 

Jan Gerrisen, mason, pltf. v/s Janneke Heermans, deft. Pltf. de* 
mands from deft. fl. 12. 12 for the hire of two ladders taken by Dirck 
Clasen and brought to deft's father's house at the Fresh Water. Deft. 
says, that pltf. spoke to her mother about them, when she was last here, 
who said to him, that she knew nothing of them and that she should speak 
to her children about them, and that he the pltf. is in her mother's debt, 
but her mother owes him nothing and that he had heretofore demanded 
fl. 8. 8 of her and now fl. 12 : 12, varying his words. The Court order the 
deft, to pay the pltf. fl. 8: 8 and if the pltf. has any further claim, he 
must prove it. 

Nicolaes Backer, arrestant and pltf. v/s Caspar Caspersen, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Adriaan Vincent, pltf. v/s Marcus de Sousoy's wife. Defts. 2I 
default. 

Marcus de Sousoy, pltf. v/s Tousom Bryel and his wife, defts. Pltf. 
in default. 

Gerrit Janzen Roos, pltf. v/s Jan Comelisen, deft. Deft, in default* 

Jacob Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Anneken Van Borssum, deft* Pltf, 



1659] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 65 

demands from deft, an a/c. ; producing an a/c against her, the deft. 
Deft, answers, that the pltf. shall deliver to her an a/c, against which 
she shall futnish him an offset a/c. and offers to pay what remains. 
PltTs a/c was delivered to the deft, in Court. The Court order the deft, 
to deliver the a/c to pltf. within twice twenty four hours and to satisfy 
him according to a/c. 

Abraham Janzen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Caspar Steimits, pltf. v/s Bartelt Clazen, deft. Pltf. says, he hired 
a boy to the deft, for fl. 90. and a pair of shoes in the year; and that he 
defL does not know how he shall be released from the boy, and that he 
the deft inflicted with a blow a hole in the boy's head, who also appears, 
iU using him; requesting that deft, shall be punished as he ought to be, 
as such is not to be borne. Deft, says, the boy was unwilling to do, what 
he ordered, and he got angry about it. The Schout Nicasius de SiUe 
as Guardian demands the fine and that deft, shall be condemned in the 
payment of a certain sum for the surgeon's fees and the smart. Deft, 
requests to be rid of the boy and will pay him for the time he has served 
with him. Pltf. demands that deft's request shall be dismissed, demand- 
ing the whole year. Deft, rejoins; persists in his answer. The Court 
order the deft, to pay the whole year's hire and surgeon's fee and fl. lo. 
for the injury; and ten guilders fine to the Officer, 

Jacob van den Bos, pltf. v/s Pieter Pietersen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Barent van Loo, pltf. v/s Reindert Jansen Hoom, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Josep Waldron, deft. Pltf. producing in 
writing his demand, concludes, that deft, shall be condemned to return 
him, through preference by virtue of documents and judgment and execu- 
tion a bed and bolster, two pillows, two pair of sheets, one pistol and one 
gun sold to Comelb Willemsen, carpenter, a fugitive, for ready money and 
not yet paid and sold back again to him the deft. Deft, says, he knew 
not, but they were his own; that the pltf. had accepted regarding them a 
bill on Holland; and moreover has been contented by Dom* Drisius 
relative to the wages, which Com* Willemsen earned from him. Pltf. 
replies and says, that the bill has been returned with protest and that 
Com: Willemsen did not finish his work at Dom* Drisius. The matter in 

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question was postponed by the Court, until the estate and condition of 
Comelis Willemsen, carpenter, shall be made known. 

Comelis Hendrickzen, pltf. v/s Janneken Tomasen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, a little ox, bought from her and on which money has 
been given. Deft, says, she has been unfortunate, that her horse has 
died; she will hold this as a draft ox, and if she loses this, she will be 
wholly embarrassed. The Court order deft, to deliver the pltf. the ox 
sold to him, or to satisfy him. 

Joannes Nevius, pltf. v/s Joannes de la Montague Junior, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, payment of fees amounting to fl. 3. 6. 4 for 
selling his lot. Deft, answers; he would know for what he should pay: 
demands copy of ^the conditions and terms of the aforesaid lot. The 
Court order the pltf. to deliver deft, copy of the conditions and to de* 
mand his fees according to ordinance. 

Andries de Haas, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Pltf. produces the 
award of the arbitrators relative to the a/c, which he had with the deft, 
demanding payment according to award. Deft, demands, that he may 
be admitted to revision, as there are some points, in which he finds him- 
self aggrieved, and says he will answer thereon at the next Court day and 
shew where the fault lies. The Court having examined the compromise 
and the approval of the award dismiss the deft's request and order him 
to satisfy the pltf. according to award of the arbitrators. 

Joannes de Peister requests, that the judgment against Wemaar Wessels 
be put in execution. The Court order the Bailiff to put these in execution. 

Comelis Barensen appears in Court, requests that the sale of Tomas 
Swartwout's lot by execution shall be proceeded with. The Court order 
the Bailiff to proceed with the execution. 

Comelis Pluyvier appearing requests, that he may lift under bail the 
money of Comelis WiUemsen, carpenter, attached in the hands of Dom* 
Drisius. The Court refuse the petitioner's request. 

Comelis Pluyvier and Josep Waldron are hereby ordered and author- 
ized by the Court in quality of Curators to regulate the residuary estate 
and property of the absconding Comelis Willemsen, carpenter, and to give 
notice, that if there be any one having any claims against the above 
named Comelis Willemsen to make the same known within fourteen days. 



i6s9] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 67 

Jan Willemsen van Iselstein appears in Court requesting an end of 
the hundred guilders attached in the hands of Jan Teunissen. Where- 
upon he was ordered to address the Schout. 

Bartholdus Maan requests by petition, that David Wessels shall not 
be granted any pretense or default against him, petitioner, promising, as 
he shall be absent six or seven days from home, that as quick as Andries 
Joghimsen shall return, to produce the declaration and to furnish party 
with copy thereof. Petitioner's request is granted. 

David Wessels requests by petition that Bartholdus Maan shall be 
ordered to conform, within four and twenty hours [to the order] dated i6 
Sept^ last. Petitioner was refused his request, until the arrival of Andries 
Joghimsen. 

Allard Anthony requests by petition, that if Pieter Comelissen van 
der Veen does not produce his papers against petitioner to day, he shall 
be excluded from all exceptions and legal provisions as being contumax, 
and that justice be done on his produced papers according to conclusion* 
Pieter Comelissen van der Veen is, for reasons, allowed fourteen days. 

Pieter Comelissen Van der Veen requests by petition delay of some 
Court days to produce his papers made use of in suit against Allard An- 
thony. Petitioner is granted fourteen days time, and is ordered then to 
produce his papers punctually, which were used in the suit against Allard 
Anthony. 

Schepens Pieter Van Couwenhoven and Joannes Van Bmgh are 
hereby ordered by the presiding Burgomaster, to proceed with the Schout 
to the house of Jurrien Blanck and inform themselves of the declaration 
made to the Schout abovenamed. Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland 
29^ Octob? 1659. 

By order of the presiding Burgomaster of the City aforesaid. 

Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 

This date 29. OctobT 1659 appeared before me Joannes Nevius, Secre- 
tary of the Burgomasters and Schepens of the City Amsterdam in N. 
Netherland, Jacobus Vis, who declares to take in deduction the judg- 
ment of the Court of'this City dated 28^ Octob! last between him and An- 
drees de Hbsls relative to the award, according to compromise and 



68 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1659 

approbation of paitioy of tbe aiiKtratoni, in f^csence of the Schcpen 
Comelis Sticenwyck tiierconto appointed br tbe Conit. 

Condidons and Tcnns vfaefrc^Kio tbe Scbout, Bnrgomastcn and 
Tieasuer of tbis City of Amsterdam in Xew Xcdieriand intend, witb tbe 
approbation of tbe Hon^ Director Geneval and Cooncil of New Netber- 
land, to farm according to tbe laudable custom and order of Our Fadier* 
land, to tbe bigbetf bidder die Bnrg^ier Exdse of Wines and Beer to be 
consumed witbin tbe jurisdiction of tbis Citj of Amsterdam, extending to 
tbe Fresb Water: As follows 

Hlioerer sball remain Farmer of said Excise sball receiTe for excise 
as well from die Company's as City's Officers, from aU Bnr^^iers and 
tavemkeepers for tbe wines and beer by tbem to be consumed: 

For tbe anker of brandy, Spanisb wine, distilled waters or otbers of 
socb like value, tbirty stiTcn. 

For an anker of Frencb wine fifteen stirers; tbe bogsbead reckoned 
@ five ankers. 

For a tun of strong beer, one guilder. For a tun of small beer, six 
stxrers, larger or small casks in proportion. 

Tbe farming sball commence and tbe excise be paid to tbe Pacbter 
(fanner) on tbe first November next, ending on tbe last Octob. r66o. 
But be sball receive no m'ore excise tban to tbe date aforementioned 
inclusive. 

Tbe Farmer sball be bound to pay to tbe Treasurer of tbis City pre- 
cisely every quarter of a year a just fourtb part of tbe promised rent in 
good current pay. 

Tbe Farmer sball be bound to keep for tbe accommodation of tbe 
Burgbers, an office open during tbe winter mornings from eigbt to eleven 
o'Qock; and in tbe afternoon from two to five o* Clock ; and during tbe 
summer mornings from seven to eleven o* Clock and in tbe afternoon from 
two to six o'clock; but no precise time is to be observed for strangers or 
travellers. 

Tbe Fanner sball be bound to give two sufficient securities, under 
due renunciation for tbe promised rent 

Wboever offers tbe bigbest bid draws a Rix dollar paid by Salomon 
La Cbair on fl. 



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One ditto set up ; drawn by M! Paulus @ 

One ditto set up; drawn in again. Farming offered @ fl. 1000 above 
the bid offered. Mr. Paulus van de Beeck remains Farmer @ fl. 3510. 
Joannes de la Montagne Junior and Thomas Verdon become his securi- 
ties as principal under renunciation of the benefit Ordinis divisionis et ex- 
4ussion£s and known effects thereof, for the payment of the aforesaid thirty 
five hundred and ten guilders. In testimony and observance are these 
undersigned by the Farmer and sureties, under bond of their respective 
persons and goods real and personal, present and future, none excepted, 
subject to all Courts and judges. Done Amsterdam in N: Netherland 
31. Octob: 1659. Was signed Mr. Paulus van der Beeck. Witnesses 
Joannes la Montagne Junior and the mark of Tomas Verdon. 

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Tuesday, 4. Novemb' 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Kicasius de Sille, Oloff. Stevenzen Cortlandt, Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
Jacob Kip, Comelis Steenwyck. 



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Isaack Grevera, pltf . v/s Tryn Claas, deft. Pltf . produces in writing 
his claim, demanding reparation of character from injuries suffered from 
deft, and that the same shall be corrected, honorably and profitably. The 
Schout as attorney of deft, requests copy of the demand. The Court 
order copy to be furnished to the Heer Schout, as guardian. 

Jurriaan Blanck, pltf. v/s Isaack Grevera, deft. Pltf. complains that 
deft, illtreated his little daughter, when coming out of school, whereupon 
his wife went to deft., who also has treated her more rudely, which he 
cannot sufifer. Deft, denies it altogether, being willing to prove the con- 
trary. Schout Nicasius de Sille as guardian, requests that deft, be heard 
before Commissioners on certain interrogatories, and report being after- 
wards rendered, that further proceedings may be duly adopted. Deft, 
demands copy of the complaint. The Court deny the Schout's demand 
and order copy of the complaint to be furnished to the deft. 

Abraham Lubberzen, pltf. v/s Merritje Drepers, deft. Both in default. 

Gerrit Janzen Roos, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, deft. 
Defts. 2".' default. Pltf. demands from deft, four schepels of wheat. 
The Court order deft, to deposit with the Secretary of this City the four 
skepels of wheat within three times twenty four hours. 

Adriaan Vincent, pltf. v/s Marcus de Sousoy and his wife, defts. 
Pltf. says that defts have stated, he has another wife with four children ; 
will have the same proved. Defts wife says, that she heard it from her 
husband, who knows it and offers to prove it. The Court order the deft, 
to prove, according to his offer, that pltf. has another wife with four 
children. 

Marcus de Sousoy, pltf. v/s Tousein Bryel, deft. The Court asks 
deft., if it be known to him, that Adriaan Vincent has another wife with 
four children ? Answers, that he being for four and twenty years at Am- 
sterdam has heard it so stated. Pltf. says, if the witness here be not 
sufficient, he will send his wife to Holland to have evidence collected. 
The Court order pltf. to have the declarations drawn up before a Notary 
and witnesses. 

Jacob van den Bos, pltf. v/s Pieter Pieterzen Menist, deft. Defts. 
2? default. Pltf. demands from deft, six guilders for wages. The Court 
order deft., to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City within 
three times four and twenty hours. 



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Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Pieter the Noorman, deft. Defts- a1 de- 
fault. 

Teunis Cray, pltf. v/s Cornells Hendrickzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Jacob, van den Bos, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 28., which he owes Roeloff Janzen van Meppelen, trans- 
ferred to him, according to acte of transfer thereof exhibited to the Court. 
Deft, says, he does not owe pltf. and has not settled with Roeloff Janzen, 
having an open a/c. with him. The Court order deft, to produce at the 
next Court day, what he has against it, on pain of payment. 

The Schout Nicasius de Sille demands a fine from Jan Rutgersen for 
having tapped without license {sender spinhuys ceel). Jan Rutgersen 
being asked, if he has not taken out a license, answers; No, but that he 
has let it remain with Gerrit the Fanner. 0£Fers half the fine. The 
Court condemn Jan Rutgersen to pay the Officer fl. 12: xo. being half the 
fine, according to his own offer, with costs. 

Barcnt van Loo, pltf. v/s Reindert Janzen van Hoom, deft. Pltf. 
demands from the deft, restitution of a gun given him in his yacht going 
on the expedition to the Esopus, or fl. 22. Deft, says, he has not seen 
the gun and that he, pltf., must prove it. Demands his day's hire. 
Pltf. replies, he asked him, if his gun were safe, to which he answered. 
Yes. Deft, rejoining says, he let the pltf. see several guns in his yacht, 
but that was not among them and if he can prove that his gun came into 
the yacht, he will pay. The Court order pltf. to prove that he put his 
gun in defts. yacht. 

Teunis Cray, pltf. v/s Jan Andriessen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, sixteen guilders. Deft, says, he paid him eight guilders in stone 
and sent him eight guilders more to his house, but that they would not 
receive it. Pltf. replies and says, the stone were to be taken for board 
on condition, that he should give him a dog, which he did, but the boys 
have killed the dog. The Court order the pltf. to prove, that he agreed 
for the stone for board. 

Teunis Cray, pltf. v/s Cathalyntje, wife of Joresy, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Jan Snedigh, pltf. v/s Matthys Boon, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
fl. 10. balance of fl. 14, one pair of stockings, one pair of shoes, for his 
son's wages. Deft's wife appears; produces a written contract, which he 



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made with the pltf. for the hire of his son, complaining, that pltf. has 
forcibly taken his son away from him, deft., whilst he is now sick. Pltf. 
denies it ; and says if he can prove that, he will give up all. The Court 
order the deft, to prove the same. 

Jan Snedigh, pltf. v/s Age Bruynsen, deft. Pltf. says, that the deft. 
has seized his money, being three guilders, in the hands of the farmer on 
Jacob Hayen's land. Deft, says, had he paid him, it had not happened. 
Pltf. replying states, that the deft's claim against him concerns also his 
comrade, and he has paid for him. Deft, rejoining says he agreed for it 
with him the pltf. The Court order the pltf. and his comrade to give the 
deft, each thirty stivers. 

Tomas Sandersen appears in Court requesting, that the execution of 
the judgment between him and Pieter Jansen may take its course declar- 
ing, that Pieter Jansen had a barrel of a gun to repair at his house and 
was willing to give it back to him, but he would not take it. Tomas San- 
dersen was told by the Court, to send for Claes van Elslant, the Court 
Messenger, and to give him the barrel to hand to Pieter Jansen. 

Andries de Haas* wife appears in Court producing the judgment be- 
tween him and Jacob Vis, with the Court Messenger's return, by which 
return it appears that Jacobus Vis requests copy of the compromise rela- 
tive to the arbitration of the question. The Court grants Jacobus Vis 
copy of the compromise. 

Jan Van Seyen's wife appears in Court producing the judgment be^ 
tween her husband and Jan Teunis, requesting the money, which is due 
them by Jan Teunissen. Whereupon she was informed to go with Claas 
van Elslant to the Fiscal and take a note from his hand, that the money 
of the attachment is unpaid. 

The Court having considered the question relative to and concern- 
ing payment of forty four guilders, which Jan Broersen is owing to Aaltje 
Bickers, wife of Nicolaas Velthuyzen, and Reindert Jansen Hoom has 
accepted to pay for Jan Broersen to Aaltje aforesaid, ask Nicolas Velt- 
huyzen, wherefore he seeks to retain the aforesaid money for a sum, 
which Reindert Jansen Hoom owes him ? Answering he denies it, 
saying, that Hoom aforesaid has requested him thereunto, but he refused 
saying, the woman has her money from there. Whereupon Reindert 
Jansen Hoom being called in appears and acknowledges the same, saying 



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further, had Aaltje abovementioned treated him kindly and spoken to him 
for payment, he should have given her the money, still promising to pay 
her. Which the Court ordered him to do. Nicolaas Velthuyzen is 
further asked, why he has turned his wife out of the house and why he 
will not live with her ? Answers, he has not done so, but gave her a 
blow, because she took his money, that he had laid in his chest; saying 
that he had lost half a quartern to Burgher Joris, and coming into the 
chest, wherehe had laid a pound Flemish to get change therefrom, he saw 
there was money taken from it, and that she removed her bed and her 
goods by a carman, whilst he was not in the house; being willing to prove 
that by the next Court day. Aaltje denies to have taken the money from 
the box^ saying there was not so much in it ; only thirty stivers received 
for small beer. Nicolaas Velthuyzen replying says, that she gave her 
child money to buy one thing or another to eat, as the child would not 
eat of what was cooked and served up to table, of which they eat, request- 
ing separation from bed and board. Whereupon he is told, that his wife 
is pregnant by him and the child will require maintenance. He answer- 
ing thereunto ofifers to maintain the child when it comes, and to send her 
home a fat hog of one hundred pounds weight, two skepels of wheat, and 
one skepel of maize, and then nothing more. Aaltje declares, that he 
struck her with the tongs in presence of Tomas Wandel and that Burgher 
Joris was by, when he said, — ** Bride for the Devil ! " and, " Get out the 
house.'* Nicolaas Velthuyzen is asked, if he cannot resolve to live again 
in love with his wife ? Answers, his inclination and will do not tend that 
way and has no disposition towards her; therefore cannot resolve there* 
onto; declaring the same before God and Justice, and submitting himself 
to the law. Nicolaas Velthuyzen and his wife being heard by the Court, 
they decide, whereas Nicolaas Velthuyzen cannot resolve to live any more 
in love with his wife,* that he shall provisionally supply her with one fat 
hog, two skepels of wheat and one skepel of maize, according to his own 
o£fer for her support, and further disposition shall be made for the main- 
tenance of her and her child. Nicolaas Velthuyzen is further and finally 
asked, why he has not given satisfaction to the Orphan Chamber regarding 
the proof of the children's share of his wife's, their mother's property and 

* Vdthoysen m. Aeltie Lubberts, widow, Jane, 1659, only five months previous to 
this suit for separation. 



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inheritance. Answers, Let the Orphan Masters sell the goods and pay 
the debts and he is then content to divide with the children what may 
remain, on condition of keeping the oldest child. 

Tuesday, ii. Novemb. 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Olof Stevensen Cortlandt, Joaimes van Bnigh, Hen- 
drick Janzen vander Yin, Jacob Kip, Cornelius Steenwyck. 

The Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Reinier Gaukes, deft. Deft. 
in default. The officer demands benefit of the default. 

Saartje Pieters, pltf. v/s WiUem Pieters, deft. Both in default^ 
whereof deft, is in 2I default. 

Merritje Boots, pltf. v/s Anneke Pia, deft. Both in default. 

Jurriaan Blanck, pltf. v/s Beletje Plettenbergh, deft. Pltf. demands 
in writing, that deft, be heard on certain questions instituted by him in 
further explanation of his case in the action of slander against Isaack 
Grevera. Deft, produces a written declaration, made by her before the 
Notary Mattheus de Vos and witnesses in explanation of said matter in 
the behoof of Isaac Grevera. The Schout requests copy of the declara- 
tion written by Mattheus de Vos and that the Magistrates be pleased to 
appoint Commissaries to hear Beletje the deft, on the interrogatories pro- 
duced by pltf. Beletje entering is heard by the Court on the abovemen- 
tioned interrogatory, under offer, if nece.^ary and being requested, to 
confirm her rendered answer to the questions by oath. The Court order 
copy of declaration and interrogatory to be furnished to party on both 
sides to answer thereunto. 

Tielman van Vleeck, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jacob Plodder, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. as att'y of Symon Clazen Turck re- 
quests confirmation of arrest and that the same be declared valid. The 
Court order pltf. to summon the deft, again. 

Marcus de Sousoy, pltf. v/s Guiliam Comely, deft. Deft, in default 
The Schout demands copy of the slanders and of all information regard- 
ing them. The Court order the pltf. to go to the Schout and request and 
obtain from him a letter, wherein the Schout Adriaen Hegeman is 
requested to take the declaration of the above named Comely relative to 
the matter whereon he hath summoned him. 

Madaleen Jans, pltf. v/s Aafje Leenders, deft. Pltf. demands from 



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deft, thirty guilders balance of rent remaining due. The Court order 

the pltf. to get her husbands procuration, or her husband must come 

himself. 

Aafje Leenders requests, that the goods taken last year from her 

house and brought in deposit of this City may .be again taken by 

her. Whereupon she was informed by the Court, that order should be 

taken thereupon. The Court resolved to sell said goods and to deposit 

proceeds thereof with the City. 

The Schout requests, inasmuch as the goods brought from Jan 
Perie's house and removed to the City Hall of this City, have remained 
there one year and six weeks, that they be sold for the benefit of the 
creditors or heirs, the proceeds to be brought in deposit of this City, until 
it shall be determined who is entitled thereto. The Court appoint Pieter 
Rudolfus and Mr. Jacob Vuges in the presence of the Schepen Comelis 
Steenwyck, as curators of the monies proceeding from Jan Perie's goods 
brought in deposit to the City Hall of this 'City. 

Teunis Tomassen, pltf. v/s Barent Gerrisen, deft. Pltf 's wife appears 
in Court, as he is sick, demanding from deft. fl. 28. 15. according to 
verbal agreement for and because her son has worked with deft. Deft, 
admits having taken the boy @ fl. 11. per month, and pocket money every 
week, but says the boy is still bound to him for another half year; also he 
has not done, what he was bound to do, for which he was to receive 
spending money; therefore he does not owe the spending money. Pltf. 
replies and says, that her husband will have the money for the b.oy, every 
week and that he, the deft, said, he will not see the boy at the table. 
Deft, rejoins and says, that he stated, if the pltf. will have his money 
every week for the boy, he does not require the boy. Requests, that the 
boy serve out his time, promising to pay him. The Court order the pltf. 
to let her boy serve out his time according to agreement, on condition 
that he be paid according to agreement. 

Jan Smedingh appears in Court demanding of Matthys Boon pay- 
ment of fl. 10. balance of fourteen guilders, inasmuch as according to 
order of the Court issued on 4^ Nov! last he remains in default of proof, 
that he has not taken away the boy from him by force. The Court order 
Matthys Boon again for the 2I time to bring in his proof by the next Court 
day, OQ pain of nonsuit 



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Tuesday, i8. Nov'. 1659. In the City HalL Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen Cortland, Pieter van 
Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, Jacob 
Kip, Cornells Steenwyck. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Rcinier Gaukes, deft., says, that 
about twelve days ago the deft, used great violence at the house of Clery 
Aart; abused the widow as a bawd and the daughter as a whore and 
struck Hendrick Pietersen, who strove with gentleness to get him out the 
house; also Jan Gillesen Koeck, wherefore Mr. Paulus Leendertsen van 
der Grift has had him removed. Requests the fine and something at the 
discretion of the Judges, for the Poor. Deft, says he knows nothing 
about it, as he was drunk. The pltf. is asked, if he have proof ? An* 
swers, he can prove by Mr. Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, who has 
caused him to be called; and if need require declarations enough can be 
had, but then more costs shall be incurred. 

Reinier Gaukes appearing in Court, is asked, if he be well aware, that 
he struck Kint in 7 Water and the bell ringer? Answers, he knows noth- 
ing of it; does not deny, that he has not struck and that the officer must 
prove it. The Court order the officer to bring in proof at the next Court 
day. 

The Schout, Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Pieter van de Water, deft. 
Deft, in default. The pltf. produces in writing his demand against the 
deft, and says, that the father excepts to the minority of the deft. The 
Court order the officer to summon the father and son against the next 
Court day. 

Schepen Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, pltf. v/s Margriet Meyeringh, 
deft., says, he has attached with consent of the Burgomaster, the deft's 
money in the hands of Mr. Paulus Leendersen. Requests, that the arrest 
be declared valid and that she, deft., be ordered to pay him. Deft, 
exhibits pltf 's a/c saying, whether he does not recollect that she gave him 
four beavers and sold him the cushions for five gl. in zeawant, and pro- 
posing various other things to him. The Court refer the matter in ques- 
tion to Joannes de Peister and Jacob Strycker to examine the a/c and to 
reconcile parties if possible; if not to report to the Court. 

Jurriaan Blanck, pltf. in reconvention and deft, in convention, v/s 
Isaack Grevera, deft. Pltf. produces in writing his demand in reconven- 



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tion * to the answer of convention, concluding that deft, must swear on 
five articles presented by him, otherwise that he be not received, and in 
order to deny the defts. demand and conclusion he will accuse the defts. 
wife. Deft, demands copy. The Court order copy to be furnished to 
party, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Geertje Hoppe, pltf., v/s Arent Jurriaansen Lantsman, deft., de- 
mands from deft. fi. 60. Deft, says he could have paid pltf., but cannot 
do so now. Admits the debt. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 

Saartje Pieters, pltf. v/s Willem Pieterzen, deft. Pltf. demands, that 
deft, shall place in her hands the obligation executed by her husband in 
favor of Patervaar, producing the written report of the arbitrators appointed 
by the Court dated x6 SeptT last. Deft, demands payment of the obliga- 
tion. Pltf. replies, that the monies were some years ago attached in her 
hands, whereby she could not pay, and whereas some money has been 
lifted by M' Jacob Hendricks Varrevanger under bail on a claim against 
Patervaar, the pltf. is ordered by the Court to bring without delay the 
remainder of the money, according to obligation, into consignment of this 
City's Secretary. 

Ticlman van Vleeck, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Coopal, deft. Pltf» 
as attorney of the General Petrus Stuyvesant concludes, that deft, shall 
be condemned according to conveyance and a/c. to pay the remaining fi. 
68. 6. arising from grain and cash from Jacob Schellinger with costs, 
whereas he, on application, gave for answer, he has paid; of which there 
is no proof. Deft, requests, that two arbitrators be appointed, who shall 
examine what is paid thereupon, ofifering to satisfy what is wanting — 
whereanto were appointed by the Court Govert Lookermans and Lieuten- 
ant Daniel Litscho. 

Skipper Jacob Janzen Huys and Lauwerens Andriesen, pltfs. v/s 
Salomon Hanzen, deft. Pltf. Jacob Janzen demands from deft, three 
hundred guilders, balance of an obligation dated 30^ August 1659. Deft. 
says, he designs to pay, provided he were away from the Colonie Nieuwer 
Amstel; saying, he has no money but goods. Pltf. Lauwerens Andriesen 
to whom the monies must be paid says he is content therewith, on condi- 
tion of being delivered at prices current. The Court order deft, accord- 
ing to his last promise made before the Court on the 16 Sept' last, to pay 

* See Note toI. I., p. 116. 



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Loockermans, and not after a lapse of several years), he is bound to 
execute a discharge for him, the deft. Pieter Comelissen van der Veen, 
in due form and parties are condemned each in their own costs. Done 
in Court of Burgomasters and Schepens (absent Olof Stevensen Cortlant, 
Pieter van Couwenhoven and Joannes van Brugh.) at the City Hall dated 
as above. 

Tuesday, the 25* Novf 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlandt, Pieter 
van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, 
Jacob Kip. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen and Pieter 
van de Water, defts. Deft. Pieter van de Water in 2I default. The pltf. 
rendering his demand in writing, requires from deft. Pieter van de Water, 
or from the father, Walewyn van der Veen, as he says his son is a minor, 
the fine for having shot at partridges and wounded a person near the Fort 
within this City, contrary to the Placard of the year 1652; and in addition 
the gun or the value thereof: also as he has violated the Sabbath, the 
fine thereon according to Placard. Deft. Walewyn van der Veen de- 
mands copy. The Court order copy to be furnished to party to answer 
thereunto at the next Court day. 

Maria Boot, pltf. v/s Anneke Pia, deft. Pltf. demands in writing 
from the deft, fourteen guilders balance on one anker of brandy, three 
gl. in apples and three guilders due for a cloth, with costs. Defts. hus- 
band appears with her in Court delivering into and demanding from the 
pltf. fl. 10. for delivered brandy and disbursed money, also for four days 
work, that his daughter was cleaning at the pltfs. The Court refer the 
matter to Joannes van der Meulen and Jan Jansen van Breeste, arbitra- 
tors to decide their dispute, and if possible to reconcile them; otherwise 
to report their action to the Court. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, deft. Deft. 
in 2I default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 47. 2 according to a/c fur- 
nished him. The Court order the deft, to deposit the monies within eight 
days with the Secretary of this City. 

Paulus Heimans, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, deft. Deft« 
in default. 



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Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Pieter van Haalen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Tomas Swartwout, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Joannes Nevius, pltf. v/s Joannes Vervelen, deft. Pltf. in quality as 
Vendu Master demands payment of the first instalment of the lot sold by 
execution, as the time is expired by deed of sale. Deft, admits the pur* 
chase according to condition; excepts, that the building belongs to him 
as it was sold according to the inventory and agreement. Pltf. replies, 
that deft, is misled by Cornells Barentsen and the building of the house 
does not appear in the conditions. The Court decide, that by the invent- 
ory the woodwork was understood, and by the agreement, the size of the 
lot; and consequently the deft, is condemned to pay the first instalment 
which is due. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Joost Goderus, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Janzen, the farmer, pltf. v/s Aafje Leenders, deft. Pltf's 
wife appears in Court demanding fl. 30. from the deft, balance of rent 
with costs. Deft, admits the debt; says has nothing and cannot pay. 
The W. Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Tomas Mareschal, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van de Lange Straat, deft. 
Both in default. 

Asser Levy, pltf. v/s Hermen Barenzen, deft. Both in default. 

Daniel Toumeur, pltf. v/s Metje Wessels and Jan Gerrisen van Buiten- 
huys, defts. Pltf. says, that deft. Metje Wessels has killed a hog without 
notifying the Fanner thereof. The Schout says, that deft. Metje Wessels 
has killed a hog without an excise license, but excuses her, as she says, she 
sent her daughter to the Farmer to give notice of the hog, but she could 
not find him. Deft. Metje Wessels answers, that she instructed her daughter 
to pay the excise on the hog but could not find the farmer and that she 
should have entered it as worth fl. 20. Pltf. says, that deft's daughter 
was with him and that he went with her to deft's house and saw, that the 
hog was already kiUed and was begun to be cleaned, before they designed 
notifying him. Deft. Metje Wessels rejoining says, she will prove, that 
she was willing to give notice of the hog before it was kiUed. The Court 
order the deft. Metje Wessels to prove, by the next Court day, that she had 
sent her daughter to the Farmer, before she let the hog be killed. 

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according to obligation, or in goods on a valuation of appraizers to be 
selected on both sides. 

Cornells Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, deft. Pltf, 
demands from deft. fl. 47. 7. Deft*s wife appears in Court, who is in- 
formed by the Court, that her husband must himself appear. 

Claas Pieterzen Cos, pltf. v/s Geurt Coerten, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Hendrick Loof, pltf. v/s Wemaer Wessels, deft. Deft, in default. 

St3mtje Hermes, pltf. v/s Maria Boot, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, a swadling cloth placed with deft, for pork; says she gave eight 
guilders for the cloth. Deft, says, she gave the cloth to Anna Pia to take 
care of it, who using the same let it be burnt. Deft, was ordered by the 
Court to return the cloth back to the pltf. the same as she got it, or the 
value thereof. 

Hendrick van Dyck appears in Court producing the judgment against 
Gerrit Hendrick van Harderwyck and as he cannot get any pay, though 
he has caused service of notice, summons and renewal; requests means of 
justice. The Court order the Bailifif to levy execution immediately. 

Andrees de Haas appears in Court requesting fulfillment of the judg- 
ment against Jacob Vis dated 28^ OctobT last on award of arbitrators. 
The Court order Bailiff to levy execution on these. 

Juffrouw Wessels appearing in Court says, she has attached some 
goods for the behoof of Jan Janzen Verein (Verus ?) in the hands of 
Timotheus de Gabry, requesting the arrest to be declared valid. The 
Court declares the attachment valid. 

Hendrick Janzen Spiers requests by petition, that Aafie Leenders 
shall be ordered to pay him 30 gl. balance of rent. Apostille: — Petitioner 
is ordered to summon Aafie Leenders for the next Court day. 

Pieter Rudolfus appears in Court producing two judgments, one 
against Lodowyck Pos and the other against Frerick Aarsen; requesting 
an order authorizing the Bailiff. The Court order the Bailiff to put both 
in execution. 

Schepen Comelis Steenwyck requests an order on the Treasurer for 
the sum of three hundred guilders in deduction of his claim. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens grant the petitioners request, and the order on the 
Treasurer shall be furnished him. 



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Tuesday the i8* Nov? 1659. In the afternoon at the City Hall. 
Present the Heeren Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen Cortlandt, Joannes 
▼an Brugh, Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, Jacob Kip, Comelis Steenywck. 

On the perusal of the papers used in the suit between AUard Anthony 
and Pieter Comelissen van der Veen, Schepen Joannes van Brugh retires 
from the Court, as well because the drum beat and his company has the 
watch, as principally because Pieter Comelissen van der Veen is his 
nephew. 

Reindert Janzen Hoom requests by petition, that he might attach the 
galliot named Nieuwer Amstd (or a claim for provisions contracted for by 
Alexander D'injossa, which he has against the Colony of New Amstel. 
Serves as apostille: — ^The attachment is not allowed for weighty reasons. 

Burgomaster Olof Stevenzen Cortlant retires from Court as the matter 
in suit between Allard Anthony and Pieter Comelissen van der Veen is 
progressing and the abovenamed Pieter Comelissen van der Veen is his 
nephew by marriage.* 

Burgomasters and Schepens having considered, read, re-read and ex- 
amined the papers, documents and pieces used on both sides in the suit 
between Allard Anthony, pltf., on and against Pieter Comelissen vander 
Veen, deft., wherein the pltf. concludes, that deft, shall be condemned to 
render him a/c, proof and reliqua of the administration of the goods given 
him in the year 1653, at his departure for Holland, according to inventory 
and procuration thereof: Against which the deft, concludes he is not 
bound inasmuch, as pltf. some years since has taken away all his father 
in law's books, writings and papers, as his substitute. Pondering over 
what may be material the Court decide, that the deft. Pieter Comelissen 
van der Veen shall be held, to make good all that the pltf. Allard Anthony 
finds short in resuming the goods, books and obligations of Govert Loock- 
ermans, and if he, the deft., has any claim he can speak to the above- 
named Govert Loockermans, his substitute, about it; but if he, the pltf., 
cannot prove to have received any thing short, (which must appear by 
inventory that must have been made out in the first instance on the 
assumption of the goods, books and debts of the abovenamed Govert 

^Oloff Stevensen ▼*n Cortlan^t had married, February 26, 1643, Anneke Loocker- 
mans, sapposed to have been a sister of Govert Loockermans. Van der Veen had married, 
Jannaiy 7, 1652. Elsie Tymens, step-daughter of Govert, and thus became van Cortlandt's 
nephew by marriage. This Elsie m. as second husband Jacob Leisler. — B. F. 



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arrested Reintje Pieters to depart demanding from Lauwerens Lauweren- 
sen statement of the a/c conveyed to him by Jan Ariaansen exhibited to 
the Court. Deft, says, that he does not owe a stiver to Jan Ariaansen 
and has overpaid him. The Court order copy of the a/c conveyed to the 
pltf. by Jan Ariaansen to be furnished to the deft, and deft, is ordered to 
prove, that he paid Jan Ariaansen and in default thereof to render pltf. 
proper a/c. 

Comelis Pluyvicr, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, deft. Pltf. 
produces the judgment pronounced against deft, at the last Court day 
demanding payment from the deft, or requests that the judgment be put 
in execution. Deft, admits the debt and says, he has nothing. The 
Court order the Bailifif to levy execution herein, with costs. 

Paulus Heimans, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft. fl. 135. and in addition fl. 6. requesting pajrment. 
Deft, admits the fl. 135, but knows nothing of the fl. 6. Says, he has no 
money. The W. Court order deft, to pay pltf. the hundred and thirty 
five guilders. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Joost Goderus, deft. Defts 2^^ default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, balance of fl. 89 according to obligation with 
interest and costs. The Court order pltf. to summon deft, once again. 

Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, plft. v/s Raghel van Tienhoven, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, seventy nine guilders balance of 17 days work 
@ fl. 8 per day with their two men saying, he had paid his comrade. 
Deft, produces an extract from her husband's book, also her husband's 
book, whereby she will prove, that the pltf. is paid. Which being read 
to the pltf., he denies the whole, except one item of fl. 58, saying he re- 
ceived only fl. 57. The Court having examined the matter and that the 
a/c refers to the sawyers and not exclusively to the deft., refer the matter 
in dispute to Sieur Joannes de Peister and Frans Jansen van Hooghten to 
decide the same in the presence of Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven, and 
if possible to reconcile parties, if not to report to the Court. 

Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Pieter van Haalen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, half a year's rent deducting what has been done thereon 
by deft. Deft, admits the debt; requests a month's delay. The W: 
Court order deft to pay pltf. with costs. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Mighiel Paulusen, deft. Pltf. producing an 



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extract from the Minutes dated 23 Sept^ 1659 requests fulfillment of the 
contract made with deft. Deft, says, he has satisfied the pltf. for the 
goods sold, except a parcel of seawant retained by him to trade for 
beavers. Pltf. replies and says, that deft, obstructs his hold with goods. 
Deft, rejoins, he keeps the goods by him in the hope of profit. The 
Court order the deft, to satisfy the pltf. or give security in regard, that he 
promised to bring back the goods. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Jacob Steendam, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. The Schout requests, that the attachment, which he issued against 
deft's meat, be declared valid. The W. Court declare the attachment 
valid. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Jacob van den Bos. Deft, in default. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendricksen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Burger Jorisen, pltf. v/s Hans Vos, deft, Pltf. demands from deft. 
fulfillment of the contract made with him relative to hire of his bouwerie,* 
and provisionally his cattle from the bouwerie in these dangerous times, 
as the deft, has no fodder for the cattle. But should he, deft., give him 
security for his cattle, then he will leave them to him, and let him bring 
back the grain, which he took from the bouwerie. Deft, demands time 
to answer till the next Court day. The Court grant the deft, eight days 
time to answer and order him to put in bail for the judgment. 

Pieter Janzen, pltf. v/s Jacob van den Bos, deft. Deft, in default. 

Beletje Jacobz, pltf. v/s Barent Gerrisen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Bruyn, the mason, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, deft. Parties request, 
that the Court may appoint two arbitrators to inspect the work, which the 
pltf. did for deft, in building hb deft's cellar, and to value the same. 
Whereunto were selected by the Court Paulus Leendersten van der Grift 
and Covert Loockermans to make ocular inspection of the work, and to 
f^mat^ the same and if possible to reconcile parties; if not to report to 
the Court. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Pieter Rudolfus, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 448. for eight hhds of vinegar @ 7 beavers per hhd. with 
interest according to a/c exhibited in Court. Deft, says, he bought vine- 
gar from the pltf. and found it was rusty, whereupon he asked him, if 
there was older cider ? To which he answered, No, saying he had two 

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hhds of cider, but sold them to an Englishman; and that he bought 
genuine goods from him, but he delivered him counterfeit. Pltf. denies 
it and says, that he, the deft., had spoken to him of it long after the date, 
he sold the vinegar, as it was, and the deft, said, he wished to make it 
good. The Court order deft, to prove, that the pltf. had sold him wine 
vinegar and that he found it to be cider, and the pltf. was then ordered to 
take the vinegar back. If he cannot prove it, then deft, is ordered to 
satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Tryn van Campen, pltf. v/s Comelis Hendricksen, deft. Pltf. says 
he hath attached money of the defts. in the hands of Jan Hansen van de 
Lange Straat, for a claim of fl. 22. 10. balance of an obligation for the 
sum of fl. 50. 10. with costs, prosecuting the attachment. Deft, says, he 
paid fl. 30, so that there remain but fl. 20. 10. according to a/c exhibited 
to Court. Will pay the half now and the remainder over two months. 
The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. with costs and the attachment 
remains so long valid in the meantime. 

Jan Snedingh, pltf. v/s Matthys Boon, deft. Pltf. produces an ex- 
tract from the Minutes, from which it appears that deft, is ordered to 
prove, that pltf. took away by force his boy, hired to him. Deft, says he 
can prove it by a man, who is in the Esopus — ^that the other, who knew 
it, is dead. The Court order the deft, to satisfy the pltf., as he has failed 
to prove according to the last rendered judgment. 

Tuesday, 9^ Decemb' 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen Cortlant, Joannes van 
Brugh, Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, Jacob Kip, Comelis Steenwyck. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Aris Ott^, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the fine for and because, he has tapped on the sword of one 
Hendrick van der Waal contrary to the Placard, that there should not be 
any tapping on pledges; and in addition something for the poor. Deft, 
denies it, saying the sword was brought to his house after the watch, but 
not that there should be tapping on it, and that he was not in the house 
when they brought it there. The Under Sherifif, Resolved Waldron, ap- 
pears in Court, on the request of the Schout declaring that the deft, told 
Van der Waal, he could not get back the sword, until he first paid the 
three cans of wine, which were tappi thereupon. Which is also denied 



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by the deft. The Court order the Officer to prove, that the deft, has 
tapped on the sword. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Broer Janzen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. The pltf. demands benefit of the default. 

Samuel Etsal, pltf. v/s Tomas Teller, deft. Pltf. complains, that the 
deft., his servant man, did nothing, while he was out, and having spoken 
to him about it, he gave for answer, he had done as much as others. Re- 
quests, that he shall comply with the contract made with him and conduct 
himself as a good servant ought. Deft, denies, that a contract was made. 
Pltf. shews it, saying, that whilst his wife was out, deft, took a contract, 
he made with his boy out of the chest, presuming that it was the contract, 
which he had made with him; requesting to have the same back. Deft, 
denies having taken a contract out of the chest and says that the pltf. 
does not know his trade and therefore cannot teach him. The Court 
having heard parties order them on both sides to conform to and fulfill 
the contract made with each other. 

Mighiel Paulusen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Pietersen, deft. Pltf. says, he 
sold deft, a foal for eight beavers or four tuns of beer; demanding pay- 
ment. Deft, says, he paid him in beer through Jacobus Vis. Pltf. replies 
and says, he must pay for the beer himself to Jacobus Vis. Whereas the 
question has been at issue for a year between Jacobus Vis and the deft, 
before this Court and judgment has been pronounced in date 17? Dec. 
1658, the Court confirms it. 

Hendrick Pietersen, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. demands payment of costs. 

Dirck Smitt, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Meyer, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
has attached in his yacht 74 planks belonging to him and received in pay- 
ment from the Noorman at Fort Orange. Deft, says, that the planks, 
which he has in hb yacht, belong to him as they were sent to him, exhibit- 
ing to this effect a letter written to him. Pltf. replies, that he has proof, 
the 74 planks belong to him; therefore he was ordered to draw the same, 
which he did. Comelis Vermeulen and Hendrick Spaniard appear as 
witnesses of Dirck Smitt in Court and the abovenamed Hendrick declares, 
that he was present when one Noorman offered the payment to Dirck 
Smitt; the above named Comelis Vermeulen also declares, that he knows 
the 74 planks to belong to Dirck Smitt. Deft, demands, that they con- 



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finn their declaration on oath. The aforesaid witnesses being called in, 
thej were asked if thej wiU confirm their declarations by oath ? Answer, 
Yes. Whereas the witnesses offer to swear, that Dirck Smitt has received 
the 74 planks for his a/c from the Noorman in payment, which planks 
were shipped, the attachment is dismissed and the deft, is ordered to allow 
the remaining planks to be taken from the yacht. 

Andries Clazen, pltf. v/s Jan Everzen Bout, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, cut two holes with the tongs in his little daughter's head, in service 
with him about three weeks ago. Deft, answers, that it is a stiffnecked 
thing and will not listen to what is said to her, and thro' hastiness flung 
the tongs after her, but not with a view to injure her, as it occurred unin- 
tentionally. Pltf. replies, she lay abed some days. The Schout, as 
guardian of the peace, demands the fine, payment of surgeon's fees and 
the pain, and that Mr. Hans [Kierstede] may be heard before Commis- 
sioners relative to the wound. The Court order Andrees Clazen to get a 
declaration from M? Hans regarding the wound and exhibit the same to 
the Court at the next Court day. 

Pieter Janzen, mason, pltf. v/s Jacob van den Bos, deft. Pltf. in 
default. 

Jan Rutgersen, pltf. v/s Jacob van den Bos, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft fl. 30. 15. with costs included therein. Deft, says he does not 
owe pltf. one stiver. Pltf. replies and says, that he obtained the debt by 
conveyance from Roeloff Janzen van Meppel, exhibiting the same, and 
that it arises from a canoe. The Court order deft, to restore the canoe 
or to satisfy him the pltf. without delay. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Claas Pieterzen Cos, deft. Deft, in default. 
Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, pltf. v/s Raghel van Tienhoven, deft, 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 79. balance of fl. 136. for 17 days wages with 
his two helpers @ fl. 4 each per day. Deft, says, that he bought out his 
comrade for fl. 20. and requests, that the Notary Mattheus de Vos may 
come in; who appearing says, as it is found by the deft's husbands book, 
what is paid to sawyers and he pltf. cannot prove, that there were other 
sawyers than he and his mate, he concludes, that pltf's demand shall be 
dismissed as by absence or death the a/cs or books, left behind, merit 
belief as such are confirmed by death. Pltf. is asked where is his mate ? 
Answers in the Fort. Who being brought declares that he sawed for 



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Comelis van Tienhoven with Comelis Jansen, but that he has been paid 
by Comelis Jansen fl. 20. saying further that, Comelis Jansen had sum- 
moned Tienhoven before the Council, but they had agreed together at 
Oloff Stevensen's, who being asked declares, he has some knowledge of it; 
and Comelis Tysen further declares, that no other sawyers, than they 
both had sawed for Tienhoven. Comelis Janzen called in, is told, that 
he shall have to confirm by oath, that the debt is honestly due him and 
that no payment has been received by him or for his sake; and that he 
has to think well of what an oath is; and should he take a false oath his 
soul will be damn'd; and eight days more were given him to that purpose. 

Simon Hermzen Cort, pltf. v/s Bmyn the mason, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Frerick Aarzen, pltf. v/s Jan Eraat, deft. Pltf. producing in 
writing his demand requests, that deft, shall be condemned to repair 
honorably and profitably the injuries done to his wife. Deft, produces a 
certain letter purporting that some ells of linen were given to pltf 's wife 
to be handed him, which he did not receive. Requests to know, where 
the same remain. Pltf. is asked, whether his wife has received the linen ? 
Answers, she rec^ 10} ells of linen, but says, knows nothing of it. The 
Court order the pltf., that his wife must appear in person on the next 
Court day bringing, if she can, with her proof, that she gave the linen to 
some person at Fort Orange. 

Maria Peeck, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen Clopper, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Styntje Hermes requests, that the Bailiff shall proceed with the 
execution of the judgment between her and Jacob van Couwenhoven. 
The Court order the Bailiff to proceed with the execution. 

On the petition of Andries de Haas it is ordered: The petitioner has 
to regulate himself according to the writ of appeal. 

Pieter Rudolfus appearing requests, that action be taken on the proof 
handed in by him according to the order of the last Court day. Where- 
unto was answered that it shall be done. The Court order copy of proof 
to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the next Court day. M' 
Balthos requests copy of proof given in by Pieter Rudolfus; which is 
granted him by the Court. 

Burger Jorisen appears in Court exhibiting the return of Claas van 



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Elslant the younger, Court Messenger, on the notice served by him on 
Hans Vos of the judgment of the Court of this City dated 2I of this 
month ult?, who gave for answer — I give back to Burger Jorisen, from 
this day, bis bouwerie; he may do with it, what he can, and we can take 
two arbitrators, who [shall settle] our differences. Requests, therefore, 
to enjoy his own. The Court refer the matter to Mighiel Jansen and 
Thomas Hal to decide in the presence of a third to be chosen by them, 
if necessary, the question between him and Hans Vos, and to reconcile 
parties if possible; if not to report to the Court. 

Hans Vos appears in Court, requests to know what reason Burgher 
Joris has to seize his grain ? Is answered, that it is disposed of. 

The Schout, Nicasius de Sille, requests by petition divorce and 
separation of marriage, in such manner as the laws allow, between him 
and his wife Catharina Croegers on account of her unbecoming and care- 
less life, both by her wasting of property without his knowledge, as by 
her public habitual drunkenness. Apostille — Regard being had to the 
quality of the petitioner, he is referred to the Director Gen'l and Council. 

The Schout Nicasius de Sille appears in Court stating, that his wife 
being drunk on last Sunday eight days, he appointed some person to watch, 
if she should put something out of the house; says that one of his children 
told him, she saw her push some goods to Jacobus Vis in going out of the 
house, who has informed him of it, and that it was some papers. Where* 
upon he said to Vis, that he should seal it apart in a paper, for if any 
thing were missed, it should be charged to him ; declaring to have issued 
an attachment against such papers in his hands, and requests it may be 
declared valid. The Court declare the same valid. 

On the rejoinder in convention and reply in reconvention of Jurriaan 
Blanck against Isaacq Grevera, is ordered, copy to be furnished to party 
to rejoin to the reply in reconvention. 

Mr. Isaack AUarton the younger appears in Court requesting, that 
the Court may appoint curators to the residuary estate in this country, of 
his father decl, and regarding the papers remaining at New Haven in the 
hands of the Court there, requests that they be written to, to send the 
same here. The Court appoint as curators Paulus Leenderzen van der 
Grift, Govert Loockermans, M? Jan Lauwerens and Mf George Wolsy. 

The Court having communicated to Mr. Nicasius de Sille the answer 



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of Walewyn van der Veen to his demand, he answers in reply, persisting 
by his entered demand dated 25? November last. The Court order copy 
hereof to be furnished to party, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Tuesday j6^ Decemb' 1659. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevensen Cortlant, Joannes van 
Brugh, Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, Jacob Kip, Cornells Steenwyck. 

The Under Sheriff Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Romein Servein, 
deft. Pltf. says, deft, was found one Sunday riding with his car on the 
strand; also whilst driving his car was sitting on his car; demanding the 
fine for both. Deft, denies it not. The Court condemn the deft, to pay 
twelve guilders to the Officer. 

The Schout requests both for himself and for the Under Schout, that 
they may seize the cart whenever they find any carters sitting riding on 
their carts along the streets. The Court grant the Schouts request. 

The Uiider Schout, Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Tomas Verdon, 
deft. Pltf. says, that he found the deft, sitting on his cart whilst riding 
along the street; demanding the fine, according to placard. Deft, says, 
he sat on the cart, whilst riding through the mud, and until he should 
have time to drive up to the hill. Pltf. replies and says, that he saw him 
sitting riding on the cart along side of the Weighscales. Deft, answers it 
was opposite the scales. The Court condemn the deft, in a fine of six 
guilders, because driving on the street he remained seated on the cart. 

Schepen Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Marry Peeck, deft. Deft, in 
default. The pltf. says, he attached some monies belonging to her on a 
claim of fl. 143. 18. according to obligation dated 3I Sept^ 1658 request- 
ing the attachment to be declared valid. The Court declare the attach- 
ment valid. 

Maria Peeck, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen Clopper, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Comelis Janzen Clopper, pltf. v/s Abraham Janzen, deft. Both in 
default. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Josep Waldron, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Hendrick Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Pltf. says, he has 
paid deft, for the horse bought from Mighiel Paulusen the sum of fl. 88. 
and requests release from any demand by Mighiel Paulusen. Deft, ad- 



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mits having received the money. The Court order the deft, to receive 
the money brought in consignment and to free Hendrick Pietersen from 
the demand of Mighiel Paulusen, according to previous judgment dated 
17 December 1658. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft. Pltf. says, 
he has attached two hundred and twenty five guilders of the defts. in the 
hands of the Vendu Master Comelis van Ruyven, requesting, that the at- 
tachment be declared valid, and that the Bailiff may proceed with execu- 
tion on the judgment exhibited against the deft. Deft, requests, that he 
may agree with the pltf. taking two arbitrators for this purpose. The 
Court order the Bailiff to proceed with the execution. 

Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Govert Loockermans, George Wol- 
sy and Jan Lauwerens appear in Court and are informed by the Court of 
the request of Isaacq AUerton the younger, that the Magistrates here 
should appoint some curators, who might regulate the estate of his de- 
ceased father here and that they are chosen thereunto by the Court and 
sent for here to know, if they will be pleased to accept it. 

Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift says, that there are a great many 
bad debts here and that those of New Haven might take the best debts to 
themselves, sending the creditors to them; whereunto was answered, that 
the Magistrates shall be written to and requested to send the books, papers 
and a/cs concerning this place and to communicate with each other; 
arranging also together for any trouble that may attend it. Whereupon 
they were told to draw their fees of office; finally they accept the same 
after much conversation. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Joost Goderus, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, balance of fl. 89. according to obligation dated 14 September 165 1 
and due anno 1652 on the departure of the ships to Holland with interest 
thereof and costs. Deft's wife appearing in Court exhibits certain a/c of 
26 gl. 10 stiv., which Jacobus Vis had accepted in payment of the afore- 
said obligation, saying the same must be deducted on the fl. 89 and that 
her husband offered the pltf., when he was at their house yesterday, some 
elk hides, which he would not accept. The Court order deft, to pay the 
pltf. according to obligation what remains due thereon, on condition of 
deducting the a/c exhibited to Court. 

Joannes de Peister appears in Court exhibiting the judgment against 



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Wemaer Wessels, and requests, that the Bailiff may be authorized to pro- 
ceed with the execution. The Court order the Bailiff to proceed with the 
execution. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. Defts. 2*^ de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from the deft. fl. 64. 11. according to judgment, 
and demands execution; whereupon it is ordered to notify him once more. 

Claas Gangelof zen Visser, pltf. v/s Nicolaes Velthuyzen, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Grietje Aarens, pltf. v/s John Eraat, deft.' Deft, is at the Esopus. 
Pltf. is informed, that deft, demands linen from her, whereunto she 
answers, that she demands, what she hands in, in writing; and whereas 
party is not present the matter is postponed till his arrival. 

Jan Rutgersen, pltf. v/s Barber Philipzen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 6: 7. Deft, admits the debt exhibiting an a/c of what is due her 
from his son, which he promised her to pay. The Court order deft, to 
pay the pltf. 

Symon Hermzen Cort, pltf. v/s Bruyn the mason, deft. Deft's 2^ 
default. Pltf's wife appears in Court demanding 14 gl. from deft, for 
drink. The Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary 
of this City within twenty four hours. 

Egbert Wouterzen, pltf. v/s Dirck Claazen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of fl. 1361. balance of the purchase of land* and 
cattle according to contract. Deft, acknowledges the debt and says he 
will willingly pay as soon as he can. The Court order the deft, to pay 
the pltf. the fl. 1361. according to contract. 

Jan Smedingh, pltf. v/s Moenes the Swede, deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieter Hermzen, pltf. v/s Frans Bloetgoet, deft. Deft, in default. 

Arent Jurriaanzen Lansman, pltf. v/s Frerick Hendrickzen, deft, and 
Comelis Gerlof and Merten, silversmith. Deft, in default. 

Dirck Mighielsen, pltf. v/s Stoffel de Waart, deft. Deft, in default. 

Andrees Clazen, pltf. v/s Jan Everzen, deft. Pltf. appears with his 
little daughter wounded by the deft, exhibiting the wound to the Court. 
Deft's wife appears in Court; says her husband flung the tongs at the 

• On the Wett tide of the Hndfon, immediately South of Comnnipaw, and now 
known aa Raooocna in the corporate limita of Jeney City. See Winfitld^ HisL of Land 
Titka in Hndson Co., N. J., p. 56, alao map of Bergen, Lot z6. 



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chQd's bead, but soc with die inteiil to hmxt ho; aad dut it was of rery 
Utile consequence. The litde giii dcclaied to the Comrt die reason, iriiy 
it happened. The Omit haring heard parties^ also die dcciaratioD of the 
little dan^iter and haring seen die wovnd, condenm the deft to pay the 
sorgeon's bill and for the injury fl. 20. and fl. 10 fine to die oficer. 

Burger Jems' wife appears in Court requesting, diat nothing be done 
before next Court day by the Bench relative to die award of die artHtrat- 
ors in the case betwixt her hnsband and Hans Vos; demanding copy of 
the award dien to answer thereunto. The Court order copy of the award 
to be famished to party to answer dierevnto at the next Coort day. 

Stoffel Eduwaart's wife appears in Court requesting payment of hire 
of her boat and wages for her hnsband, who was away widi Josep Wal- 
dron to the North to look after his son, who had ran away widi Comelis 
Willemsen, carpenter; also die boat taken away by said Comelis horn 
Schepen Hendrick Jansen van der Vin — producing to thb effect certain 
account to the sum of fl. 32. Schepen Hend: Jansen yan der Vin says 
the expense concerns them three — to wit him regarding the boat; Josep 
Waldron regarding his child and Stoffel Eduwart regarding his saiL 
Josep Waldron appearing in Court being informed of the case and request 
of Stoffel, demands copy of the a/c to answer thereunto at the next Court 
day. The Court refer the matter in quesdon to Qaas Bording^ and Claas 
Tysen to decide the same and reconcile parties. 

ISarent Cruytdop appears in Court requesting to attach the monies of 
Tomas Reyers in the hands of Jacques Cosseau, which was permitted him 
by the Court. 

Joannes Venrden, Comelis Barenzen, Tomas Verdon and Douwe 
Hermzen appear in Court and Tomas Verdon requests, that the proceeds 
of the first instalment of Tomas Swartwout's lot sold by execution and 
bought by Joannes Venrelen *■ may be allowed to Vervelen as an o€bet 
on behalf of Comelis Barens, in regard to the action which he has against 
Comelis Barenzen, on condition of deducting the costs incurred thereon. 

Joannes Vervelen being asked, whether he accepts the same ? 
Answers, Yes. The request is therefore granted by the Court. 

* Tbit lot WM 00 Um East Mb of BroAd Str., comer of Beaver. Doawe Hemsen 
psrehMed the sdjolnlag lot from Coraelis Berentaca, who had aoqnired it from Thos. 
Vordon. VaUnHn, Maoasl, 1865, pp. 69a, 693, and 699. 



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Joannes Venrelen requests by petition^ that he may be allowed, with 
the lot bought of Tomas Swartwout on execution, free building of the 
house according to agreement to be erected on the lot. The Court under- 
stand that the agreement speaks only of the timber, and not the building 
of the house. 

Jan Rutgersen demands execution on the judgment between him and 
Jacob van den Bos, dated 9. December last. The Court order the Bailiff 
to put these in execution. 

Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, appearing in Court has declared on 
oath, at the hands of the President, that the monies demanded of Raghel 
▼an Tienhoven in suit dated 2I and 9*^ decembf of this year, are honestly 
due, the Court having previously well and expressly enquired of him, if 
he was very certain of it; he answers. Yes; demanding the costs incurred 
in the suit. The Court after the oath was taken, grant Comelis Janzen 
the aforesaid monies of Raghel van Tienhoven. 

Joannes Nevius, Secretary, requests attachment on the monies of 
Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, in the hands of Raghel van Tienhoven on 
a claim, which he has against Comelis Janzen for fees for writing in the 
suit between him and Nelis Matthysen, in the costs of which he is con- 
demned. The petition'.'* request is granted by the Court. 

Matthys Boon appears in Court producing a declaration regarding 
the hire of Jan Smedingh's boy and that Jan Smedingh took him away by 
force. The Court persist in their previously rendered judgment dated 
2I Dec! last. 

Comelis Barensen appears in Court requesting the payment due him 
by Tomas Swartwout above the first instalment of the lot sold by execu- 
tion. The Court answer him, he must look for the same from Thomas 
Swartwout and to summon him. 

Comelis Pluyvier and Josep Waldron appear in Court declaring in 
quality as curators of the residuary estate of the absconding Comelis 
WiUemsen, carpenter, that they come to exhibit to the Court, as they 
do according to inventory, the goods left behind by said Comelis as follows : 

At Josep Waldron's 
One bed and appurtenances as a bolster with two pillows; one quilt, two 
sheets, one pillow case, one gun, a grindstone, one chest with old rags of 
no value. 



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At Geertje Hoppe's widow of Andries Hoppe 
was found an ocUgon little table, and an old work bench. 

With Doin* Drisius 
is remaining, according to writing and acknowledgment signed by him, 
th« sum of fl. 60, in Zeawan, which he earned there in wages. 

Baltfaaiar dc Haart requests by petition, that Pieter Rudolfns shall be 
coademncd, as he remains in default of proof, to satisfy and pay him for 
ch« vinegar bought of him. The Court order copy to be famished to 
p^rty to answer by next Court day. 

Comelis Pluyvier produces in Court with the inventory of the prop- 
«tT, left behind by Cornells Willerosen, annexed, a demand in case of 
pi«ference to the goods disposed of, sold to Comdis WiUemsen and not 
jviid for. and again sold by said Comelis to Josep Waldron; requesting, 
ttut such goods may be adjudged back to him by virtue of preference, 
ih« rather as according to minutes of the Coon dated ao May and ai"^ 
g;^' attachment is afKrmed on the monies in hands of Dom* Samuel 
Itrisius, being sixty guilders. Josep. Waldron demands copy of the re- 
buts! saying, that Comelis Pluyvier was content with the bill of exchange 
l>«»9ed to bim for the goods sold to Comelis WiUemsen, and in addition 
ijjun, the sixty guilders atUched with DT Drisios; producing certain 
settlement made with C(»nelis Willemsen, dated 17. Sept^ of this year, 
«nd the acknowledgment, that he owes him the smn of a. 163 in uawant ; 
offering to prove, that he bought the property from Comdis Willemsen. 
The Court order Josep. Waldron to prove by the next Coun day that he 
purchased the bed and appoitenances from Comelis Willemsen, carpenter. 

Extraordinary Sessiiw, Tnesday, 33* December 1659. In the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Nicasias de Sille. Marten Cregier, Qlof 
$t«venten Cortlant. Pieter van Conwenbovea, Joannes van Bni^ Hen- 
drick Ja««n van d« Vin. 

Reindert Janien Hoom, jJtf. v s Capt. Jan Jacob, deft PItf. it- 
ni I'l. • oeft. by ttalance, the sum of three hundred and four gtiUders 
■mt tor ':rcn sti%-«s in exchange on Holland and fifty ei^t gnDdciv nine- 
icrn rtu-er* in goods, beaver price, for and on a, c erf certain mochandite. 
purchase*! in pro^Tsions by .\)exa>der d' Hinojona for the Colony of 
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the City of Amsterdam in Holland, and received by Nicolaas Verlett on 
a/c of the abovementioned Colony, as appears by the a/c of said Verlett 
exhibited in Court. For fulfillment of which the deft., on the galiot New 
Amstel having been attached for non payment, became security according 
to notarial acte executed on the 20^ Novemb' last before the Notary 
Mattheus de Vos and witnesses. Against which the deft, demands acte 
of attorney of Jacob Alricx, Director of the abovenamed Colony passed 
in favor of the abovementioned Alexander. All which having been un- 
derstood and seen by Burgomasters and Schepens, the acte of bailbond 
and the declaration, which Skipper Jacob Jansen Huys has made to the 
effect, that he served Mr. Alricx, in Van Swieringh's presence with copy 
of the protest on the attachment of the galiot by the abovenamed Hoom, 
therefore condemn the aforenamed Jan Jacobsen to satisfy and pay Rein- 
der Jansen Hoom, with costs of this suit, the sum of three hundred and 
four guilders fourteen stivers in exchange and fifty eight guilders nineteen 
stivers in goods, beaver price according to contract, bond and a/c. on 
condition of holding his guarantee where he shall find appertaining. 
Done as above. 

Tuesday, 13 January 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen Cortlant, Pieter van 
Conwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, Cor- 
nelia Steenwyck. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, arrest^ and pltf . v/s Hendrick Janzen van 
Naarden, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. The pltf. demands benefit 
of default and that the arrest be declared valid. The Court declares the 
arrest valid and grant the pltf. benefit of the default. 

The Heer Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Herry Breser, deft. 
The pltf. says that deft's negro has struck a hole in the head of Capt. 
Jacob Berck's boy — demanding the fine. Deft, says, he has punished 
the negro, and if the Magistrates also will punish him they may do it; de- 
claring to have heard from the mouths of the boys in the streets, that they 
had pdted each other with snowballs and that Capt. Jacob's boy had 
abused his negro, whereupon he gave him a blow on the head. The 
Court order the Ofiicer to inform himself further. 

The Schepen Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Mary Peeck, deft. The 

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pltf. says, he has attached fl. 150. in beaver in the hands of Cornells Jan- 
sen Clopper, which the deft, claims, in payment of certain obligation 
dated 3. Sept! 1658 executed by the deft's husband in his favor for the 
sum of fl. 143. 18. requesting that he may lift the money in pa3rment. 
Deft, says, she does not trouble herself about her husband's affairs and 
that he, pltf., has to look to her husband. 'The pltf. replies, he sold the 
goods to her. The Court order Comelis Jansen Clopper to bring the 
money in consignment to the Secretary of this City within three times four 
and twenty hours. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Comelis Jansen, woodsawyer, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. prosecutes the attachment issued on the monies 
of the deft, in the hands of Raghel van Tienhoven requesting he may lift 
the same under bail, as he legally defeated the deft, in every thing. The 
Court permit the pltf. to lift the monies under bail and grant his request. 

Maria Peeck, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen Clopper, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, balance of the 2"^ instalment on the house*; and pltf. is asked 
how much that is ? Answers, that the writing which she exhibits shews 
that; also that deft, well knows it. Deft, says, he is ready at all hours to 
pay, providing that pltf. shows procuration from her husband and gives 
transport and receipt. Pltf. says it does not concern her husband. The 
Court order pltf. to deliver to deft, due transport and ground brief accord- 
ing to deed of sale; and then deft, is ordered to bring within thrice four 
and twenty hours, the money in consignment to the Secretary of this City. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Mary Peeck, deft. Pltf. says, he reel 
two beavers from the deft., which are good for nothing, which he returned 
her and in satisfaction thereof has attached two beavers in the hands of 
Jan Jansen Clopper. Deft, says, he must speak to her husband. Pltf. 
replies, he gave her, the deft., the two beavers, that were good for nought. 
Deft, says, she knows nothing about it. The Court order pltf. to prove, 
that he gave the deft, the two beavers that are good for nothing. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Velthuyzen, deft. Both 
in default. 

Capt. Jan Jacob, pltf. v/s Alexander Carolus Curtius, deft, and 
Daniel Toumeur. Deft. Alexander in default. Pltf. demands benefit of 
the default. Daniel Toumeur appearing declares to have sold a hog for 
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i66o] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 99 

Capt. Jacob to Alexander Carolus Curtius, for five beavers and to have 
received the hog; he promises to give two beavers down and the remain- 
ing three at the end of the month. Capt. Jacob says, he has attached the 
galiot; requesting that the attachment be declared valid. The Court 
declare the attachment valid. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaansen, deft. Pltf . demands from 
deft. fl. 43: 10 balance of fl. 60. for an anchor of brandy which the deft, 
bought for him for the fisher. Deft, says, he knew nothing better, than 
that he was paid, inasmuch as Jan de Vries stopped fl. 40. to pay the 
pltf. Pltf. says, if it be found to have been paid, he will return three 
fold. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. the balance of the 
brandy. 

Arien Jurrienzen Lansman, pltf. v/s Frerick Hendrickzen^ deft. 
Pltf. says, that when he was at the Esopus, he shipped a sack with four 
skepels of grain with the deft, and that the same is missed: demands 
restitution. Deft, says, does not know having received grain from pltf. 
Pltf. says, he can prove it. Marten Silversmitt and Comelis Gerlofs as 
witnesses appear and Merten declares, that he brought the grain on board 
and that Comelis Gerlofs took it over, which Comelis admits, so that it is 
well known, that Lansman has shipped the grain with him, the deft. 
Whereas pltf. has proved by evidence, that he has shipped grain with the 
deft., the Court orders deft, to restore to pltf. the grain with the sack or 
the value thereof. 

Arien Jurriaanzen Lansman, pltf. v/s Tomas Janzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, payment of nine pounds of tobacco @ twenty stivers per 
lb. Deft, says it was only eight pounds and that it was Indian tobacco. 
Pltf. saySy he permitted the deft, to turn out a hogshead of tobacco, that 
he may pick the best from it. Deft, offers to pay five guilders for the 
tobacco. The Court order pltf. to take the five guilders in payment. 
Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugh, deft. Both in default. 
Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Symon Joosten, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. demands, that the attachment, which he levied on the deft's money 
in Capt Jacob's hands be declared valid. The Court declare the arrest 
valid. 

Comelis Barenzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Swartwout, deft. Pltf. demands 
payment from deft, of fl. 195 with costs. Deft, requests, that the building 



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for which Douw Hennsen owes him be sold from which as far as it goes 
pltf . may be paid, offering to satisfy the remainder. Pitf. sajrs, he attached 
about fl. 60 belonging to deft, in the hands of Douw Hennsen, requesting, 
that the attachment be declared valid. The Court order deft, to pay the 
pltf. the remaining fl. 195. with costs, and the attachment is declared 
valid. 

Pieter Hermzen, pltf. v/s Frans Goetbloet, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf 's wife appearing was informed, that her husband must appear. 

Teunis Cray and David Wessels, pltf. v/s Lambert Huyberzen Mol 
and Stoffel Elswaart, defts. Pltfs. demand from deft. Lambert Huyber- 
sen Mol restitution of a kedge and rope sold him by David Dele, their 
agent. And from Stoffel Elswaart a foremast sail with a rope thereon. 
Deft. Lambert Huybertsen Mol answers, that he took the kedge and rope 
in payment for fl. 70., which David Dele owed him — fl. 40 wages and fl. 
30 stockings sold him. Deft. Stoffel Elswaart sa3rs, the sail and rope 
were given him in payment for and on a/c of fl. 27 gl. 16 stiv. disbursed 
to and for him in divers sums. The Court dismiss the pltfs* demand 
leaving them their redress against those, who sold the yacht, but it was 
left optional with them to take the sail and pay Stoffel the fl. 27: 16 for 
his disbursements on proving to whom and for what the disbursements 
were made. 

Grietje Pieters, pltf. v/s Jan Eraat, deft. Pltf. produces her demand 
against the deft, in writing for injuries she received from him. Deft, ex- 
hibits certain declaration of Symon Janzen Romein and Stoffel Jansen, 
carpenter, against which pltf. has declared, that she received a piece of 
linen for six shirts from Mighiel, a sailor, to hand them to Jan Eraat. 
The Court order the pltf. to make good to the deft, so many ells of linen 
as she received from Mighiel, the sailor. 

Aris Otte, pltf. v/s Lambert Huybertzen Moll, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Comelis Hendreckzen, pltf. v/s Hans Vos, deft. Deft, in default. 

Lauwerens Lauwerenzen and Dirck Janzen, pltfs. v/s Mr. Ritzert 
Raimont, deft. Pltfs. demand from deft, payment of the sum of fl. 1400. 
for purchase of a yacht named the Swarten Arent (the Black Eagle) sold 
to him, or security for the payment. Deft, acknowledges the debt, saying, 
has nothing to object; and requests time. The demand and answer of 



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parties being heard and the declaration and evidence given before the 
Schout and presiding Burgomaster thereupon being examined, Burgo- 
masters and Schepens find, that it is a full and absolute purchase and sale, 
even notwithstanding there are found some errors in the contract of sale 
and date, they therefore condemn the deft, to pay and satisfy the pltfs. 
according to the contract of sale and condemn the deft, in the costs and 
mises of suit. 

Schepen Comelis Steenwyck requests an order on the Baili£F for fl« 

Burgomasters and Schepens decide to make the following known to 
those whom it may concern. 

N. N. is hereby ordered by the Court of this City (his suit at law 
against N: N: being depending before this Court, and the time of election 
approaching) to produce by inventory against the next Court day, after 
exchange of papers, his deduction and principal intendit, desisting from 
further production, in default whereof no justice shall be done therein. 
Done etc. 

Isaac Grevera rejoins in reconvention to Jurriens Blanck's reply in 
same case. The Court order copy hereof to be furnished to party and 
parties are ordered to desist from further production, to exchange their 
papers with each other and to produce their deduction and principal in- 
tendit at the next 'Court day by inventory. Done. 

Pieter Rudolf us replies to Balthazar de Haart's answer. The Court 
order copy to be furnished to party and as the election is at hand, parties 
are ordered to desist from further production, to exchange their papers 
with each other and to produce by inventory their deduction and princi- 
pal intendit on the next Court day. 

On date 14^ January 1660, the Presiding Burgomaster ordered me. 
Secretary Joannes Nevius, to enter on the margin of the demand of 
Schoot Nicasius de Sille against Hendrick Jansen Claarbout van ter 
Goes: — ^Burgomasters and Schepens refer the Fiscaal and his demand to 
the Director General and Council of N : Netherland. 

On date 15 January 1660. the Presiding Burgomaster has ordered me, 
the Secretary, to write on the margin of the principal copy of the demand 
of the Schout Nicasius de Sille against Hendrick Jansen Claarbout van 
ter Goes: — ^Whereas Burgomasters and Schepens do not find themselves 



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qualified by their Instmcdon to sentence and execute capital punish- 
ment, the Schoot is requested on behalf of the Buigomasteis and Sche- 
pens to demand of the Director General and Councfl further and more 
ample qualification ; or to enter the demand as Fiscaal before the Director 
General and CounciL 

On date 17^ January 1660 has Dirck van Schelluyne furnished me, 
Secretary Joannes Nevius, his rejoinder and demand in reconvention, as 
attorney of Albert Andriessen against Tielman van Vleec att'y of Symon 
Claxen Turck; also rejoinder of Abraham Verplanck against ditto Van 
Vleeck as substitute of Anthony Clasen More: Whereupon the President 
of the Burgomasters and Schepens of Amsterdam in N. Netheiland 
ordered :---^3opy hereof to be furnished to party and parties are ordered 
to exchange their papers with each other and to produce their deduction 
and principal intendit by inventory on the next Court day. 

Afterwards the Director General granted on the demand of the 
Schout de SiUe, as follows: — ^The Director General and Council of N. 
Netherland having considered and read the above stated demand of the 
Schout the Honble Nicasius de Sille presented to the Burgomasters and 
Schepens of this City on and against Hendrick Janzen Claarbout, at 
present a prisoner, grant them the conceded Aposdlle desired by them: 
And for reasons qualify Burgomasters and Schepens aforesaid to sentence 
and execute judgment on said prisoner according to the exigency of the 
case, provided, in case the o£Fence of the aforesaid prisoner be adjudged 
by them to be capital, in majori gradu^ they demand the Director 
General and Council's approval thereof. Done Fort Amsterdam in N. 
Netherland the 21. January 1660. Was signed Petrus Stujrvesant. Under- 
stood By Order of the Honble Lords Director General and CounciL 
Was signed C. V. Ruyven, Secretary. 

Tuesday, 20 January. 1660. In the City Hall: Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen Cortlant, Pieter van 
Couwenhoven, Joannes Van Bnigh, Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, Jacob 
Kip, Comelis Steenwyck. 

Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Romein Servin, deft. Both in default. 
The Schout de Sille rising says he cannot get the fine from the deft, pur- 
suant to the judgment of the Court dated 16* XW 1659. Burgomasters 



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and Schepens order the Officer to lock up deft's cart until aforesaid judg* 
ment be satisfied. 

Jan Jacobzen, pltf. v/s Alexander Carolus Curtius, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, five beavers for a hog according to evidence of Daniel 
Toumeur and the costs accrued thereon. Deft, offers an exception as 
not being amenable before this Court, but before the Director General and 
Council; says he purchased a hog for two beavers and two blankets and 
can prove so by Jan Schryver, who being called in declares, that Dom^ 
Rector* commissioned him to buy a hog for two blankets and two beavers 
and says, that Daniel Toumeur as authorized by Jan Jacobz. told him, 
that Dom* Rector should have the hog for two beavers and two blankets. 
The Court order parties on both sides to summon their witnesses against 
the next Court to confront them with each other. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Velthuyzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Velthuyzen, deft. Pltfs. 
2.' default and defts. 3I default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Walle. Deft, in default. 

Paulus van de Beeck, Farmer of Burghers Excise of Wine and Beer, 
pltf. v/s Willem Doeckels and Arien Jurriaanzen Lansman, defts. Pltf. 
says, that deft. Willem Doeckles has entered an anchor of brandy and 
drew not a permit; the Schout as guardian says, that he stuck a gim- 
let in and tapped therefrom. Demands therefore confiscation of the 
liquor, and in addition the fine according to placard. Deft. Willem 
Doeckles answers saying, that he entered the liquor for the man, who 
lives in the rear of his house, who says that he notified the farmer of it 
and is innocent; and some having brought him drunk home, took away 
the anker through fun. Pltf. says, the deft. Lansman took the brandy 
into his house without drawing a permit. Deft. Lansman answers, he is 
innocent thereof as another took the anchor from the house, but admits 
he was present. The Schout de Sille demands, that the Farmer be main- 
tained. The Court order the deft. Willem Doeckles to prove at the next 
Court day, that the Burgher excise on the anchor in question has been 
paid. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugh, deft. Defts. 3I default. 

^Alcx. Carolus Curtiiis. He was Rector or prindpal of the Latin school in 
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i*ltf. denuuids from deft. fl. 84 for coosumed drink according to a/c fur- 
nished him. The Court order deft, in consequence of Us 2* default, to 
deposit the fl. 84. with the Secretary of diis City within three timet twenty 
four hours. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. t/s Andrees Rees, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 14. on settlement of a/c exhibited in Court, for excise. Deft. 
says, that previous to his departure for the Esopus he owed pltf. accord* 
ing to his a/c only four guilders and a half, and he has not tapped since. 
The a/c having been read item by item to the deft., he is asked if it be 
so ? Answers, Yes. The Court therefore order the deft, to pay pltf. ac- 
cording to settlement of a/c. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Geertje Hoppe, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. A. aa, 3 on settlement of a/c. Deft, says, she does not owe 
him, but that he is indebted to her, exhibiting an a/c to that effect, which 
the pltf. seeing says, he has setded that with her except three MuUjts, 
and did not drink the can of wine with sugar, and expects to be able to 
prove by her blotter to have settled with her relative to her a/c produced. 
Burgomasters and Schepens grant parties eight days further to examine 
each others a/cs and to bring in further proof. 

Pieter Hermzen, pltf. v/s Frans Bloetgoet, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 75. rent according to contract signed by deft. Deft, 
acknowledges the debt; requests time. The Court order deft, to pay 
pltf. within eight days. 

Dirck Volckenen, pltf. v/s Jan Andriezen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Reinier Willemsen, pltf. v/s Gerrit Scgerzen, deft. Both in default. 

Sybrant Mighielzen, pltf. v/s Cristiaen Antony, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Nicolaas Meyer, pltf. v/s Dirck Clazen Potlebaclcer, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Pieter Rudolfus and Jacques Corteljau, pltfs. v/s fiarent Cruytdc^, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Isaack Grevera appears in Court saying, that be should in conformity 
with the order of the Magistrates have produced his papers in the suit 
against Tryn Claas, but as his Notary has been occupied, be could not do 
it; promising to do it by tomorrow; whereupon he is ordered to place his 
papers, as soon as they are ready, in the hands of Secretary Nerius. 



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The Schout Nicasius de Sille requests, that the Magistrates be pleased 
to take into consideration the renvoy to the Director General and Council 
rdadve to the felon, Hendrick Claarbout commonly called the Speck 
Coper [the Pork buyer], so as to conclude the case. Burgomasters and 
Schepens request and instruct the Schout to prosecute the case of the 
prisoner Hendrick Claarbout before the Supreme Council. 

On the 20? January 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasitis de Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen Cortlant, Pieter van 
Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, Jacob 
Kip, Comelis Steenwyck. 

In the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens being considered the 
vouchers, documents and papers used on both sides in the suit between 
Solom<m La Chair, late Farmer of the Burger Excise of beer and wine to 
be consumed within this City's jurisdiction, pltf. against Pieter Kock, 
deft., for smuggling, which pltf. says deft, has committed, all being 
noderstood by Burgomasters and Schepens, they adjudge, whereas it ap- 
pears that the deft. Pieter Kock has of the eleven entered anckers dis* 
posed of one again and consumed one himself, and presented three ankers 
for tappers and Burgers excise and the remaining six anckers were seized 
by the Fiscaal as preserver of the rights of the upper Pacht^ that he has 
not defrauded the pltf. in his farming herein as not one of the six were 
consumed by him, they, therefore, dismiss the pltf*s suit and entered con- 
clusion and condenm each on both sides in his own costs of this suit. 
Thus done and adjudged in the Court of the W: Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in New Netherland. Ady as above. 

Marten Kregier. 

Burgomasters and Schepens in their Court having considered, read 
and re-read the papers, documents and vouchers used on both sides in 
the suit between the Schout Nicasius de Sille in quality as law preser- 
ver, pltf. against Pieter Kock, deft, find that the pltf. concludes whereas 
Pietn Kock, intending to tap, as appears by the three ankers of brandy 
catered for tapsters excise, has not taken out any license to tap, that he 
be condemned to fulfill the law of the City and pay in addition to him, 
pltf., the fine according to Placard published to that effect. All being 
weighed by Burgomasters and Schepens, that may serve as material, and 



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that nothing fundamental has been introduced by the deft, to his defence, 
they condemn the deft., therefore, to pay herein as a fine to the Officer 
the sum of twelve guilders and the costs of this suit. Thus done and ad- 
judged in the Court of the W. Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of 
Amsterdam in New Netherland. Ady as above. 

Marten Rregier. 

Thursday 22"?* Jan'y 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen Cortlandt, Pieter van 
Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, Jacob 
Kip, Comelis Steenwyck. 

The demand of the Schout against Hendrick Jansen Claarbout being 
read to the Burgomasters and Schepens, and the apostille concerning the 
reference of the Schout with this his demand to the Director General and 
Council; also the return reference by the Director General and Council 
of the above mentioned Officer to the Burgomasters and Schepens, the 
Schout therefore requests that his demand against Hendrick Jansen Claar- 
bout be granted. Whereupon, Hendrick Jansen Claarbout entering, the 
demand of the Officer is read to him and having understood the same 
begs his life, acknowledging, that bespoke ill; and being asked if he have 
any thing to object to the interrogatories and answers given thereunto, 
answers. No; is again remanded and conveyed to the place whence he 
was brought. Burgomasters and Schepens postpone the case of the 
prisoner Hendrick Jansen Claarbout, till to morrow being 23 January of 
this year, at eight o* Clock in the morning. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land having considered, read and re-read the papers, documents and 
vouchers used on both sides in the suit between Bartholdus Maan, pltf., 
against David Wessels, deft., the pltf. concludes in Court for a piece of 
linen cloth of fifty ells @ six guilders per ell, which he, deft., gave to a 
skipper trading towards the North debiting him for the same in his book 
and in his writings in the suit says, that deft, became security for the pay- 
ment of the aforesaid linen; which, in the one and the other, is denied by 
deft, saying, that the piece of linen was given to the aforesaid skipper to 
the North, to bring back pork, meat etc., which he might trade for it and 
to deliver back to the pltf. whatever he could not sell: All being weighed 



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by Burgomasters and Schepens and whatever is material being examined, 
they decree and order, since the pltf. has debited him, the deft., in his 
book for the aforesaid piece of linen as having purchased the same, and 
in his writings in the suit says, he has become bail and has no other proof; 
that deft., David Wessels, shall appear at the next Session of the Court of 
Burgomasters and Schepens and, in presence of Bartholdus Maan, if he 
will assist, purge himself under oath, that he has not purchased the piece 
of linen in question nor became bail for the same, and on refusal thereof 
to satisfy and pay for the piece of linen with costs of suit, which being 
done the pltfs. suit is dismissed and he is condemned in the costs of suit. 
Thus done and adjudged in the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens of 
the City of Amsterdam in New Netherland. Ady as above. 

Marten Kregier. 

Thursday 22"^ Jany. 1660. in the afternoon. At the City Hall. 
Present the Heeren Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen 
Cortlandt, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes Van Bnigh, Hendrick Jan- 
sen van der Vin, Jacob Kip, Comelis Steenwyck. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in New Nether- 
land having considered, read, re-read the vouchers, documents and 
papers made use of on both sides in the suit between Balthazar de Haart, 
pltf. against Pieter Rudolf us, deft., relative to eight hhds of vinegar in 
dispute, purchased by deft., pltf. requesting payment from the deft, 
thereof, to which deft, concludes, that he is not liable, as he purchased 
wine vinegar and found it to be cider; all being examined and weighed 
by Burgomasters and Schepens, they decide, whereas parties, on either 
side, have produced no proof of the trade made with each other, as the 
purchase was verbally made between them, that deft. Pieter Rudolfus 
shaD declare on oath, pltf. Balthazar de Haart sold him the vinegar as 
wine vinegar and that he found immediately on receiving it at home, that 
it was cider vinegar, as the same had not as yet been adulterated by him, 
which being done, pltf. is ordered to take back the said vinegar, which is 
itQl on hand, and deft, is ordered to pay the pltf. cash for the remainder 
of the vinegar sold or consumed by him according to the purchase and 
judgment rendered on date 2I Decemb' 1659; or by refusing to take the 
oath deft, is ordered to pay the pltf. for the vinegar purchased from him 



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according to invoice with costs thereon according to the demand. Thus 
done and adjudged in Court of Burgomasters and Schepens of City of 
Amsterdam in N. Netherland. Ady as above. 

Marten Kregier. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the vouchers, docu- 
ments and papers used on both sides in the suit between the Schout N. de 
Sille as preserver of the law, pltf., against Pieter van de Water, deft., for 
fine according to Placard for and on a/c of violation of the Placards both 
in shooting at partridges within the circuit of this City and thereby 
wounding one Hartman Wessels as well as the violation of the Sabbath, 
against which the deft, concludes as the prohibition by aforesaid Placards 
was not known by him, he is therefore not guilty: Burgomasters and 
Schepens having read, re-read, examined and weighed the vouchers, 
documents and papers, condemn the deft. Pieter van de Water in a fine 
for the Poor of six guilders, which Walewyn van de Veen is ordered to 
pay to the Poor; and parties were each condemned in their own costs of 
this suit. Thus etc. Marten Kregier. 

Whereas there are some Placards in this City, which have not been 
renewed for many years, and are unknown to many Burghers and inhabit- 
ants, wherefore the same cannot be observed by such, the Schout is there- 
fore hereby ordered and charged by the Burgomasters and Schepens 
yearly at proper seasons to renew such placards as occasion demands, so 
that no one may plead ignorance thereof, but every one may observe 
them. Thus done and enacted in Amsterdam in N: Netherland in die 
Court of the Burgomasters and Schepens of said City the 22^ January 
1660. 

Burgomasters and Schepens having considered, read and re-read the 
vouchers papers and documents used in both sides in the suit between 
Symon Clazen Turck as husband and guardian of Meriitje Pieters, 
daughter of Pieter Comelissen, dec'd, millwright, and thereby lawful 
heir of the same as herein relieving the orphan child of decl Tryntje 
Pieters ded, daughter of said Pieter Comelissen, or Tielman van 
Vleeck's substitute, pltf. against Sybout Clazen, deft., for and on a/c 
of four hundred and forty guilders in question for four hundred boards 
at twenty two stivers each, which the pltf. Simon Claazen Tuix: dauns, in 



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the quality, in which he acts, from Sybout Clasen; in opposition to which 
the deft. Sibont Clasen concludes not to be indebted, inasmuch as he has 
satisfied and paid the same, producing certain proofs to this eflPect: All 
which vouchers, documents and papers and whatever is material pro- 
duced by parties on each side being examined and weighed by Burgo- 
masters and Schepens, they find by copy of certain letter dated 19 May 
1649 from Pieter Comelissen and copied by D: v. Hamel, Secretary of 
die Colony of Reinselaerswyck, that Pieter Comelissen agreeably to the 
demand of Sjonon Clazen Turck sold to Sybout Clasen four hundred 
boards @ 33 stiv: each amounting to four hundred and forty guilders 
abovementioned, of which fl. 440. he, Pieter Comelissen, writes to 
Albert Andriessen, that he had received from Sybout Clasen one hundred 
and sixty two guilders, and further seventy eight guliders, so that, he 
writes, there remain from Sybout Clasen two hundred guilders, and that 
Catalyn and Joresy have promised him the balance and if he had it here 
to send it up; and as it appears from Catalyn and Joresy 's letter, that the 
fl. 200, which Sybout Clazen owed to Pieter Comelissen, rec^ by them, 
was sent up by them on 3!* September 1649 to Albert Andriesen Noor- 
man, whilst Pieter Comelis". aforesaid was in the Virginias and the afore- 
said sum of fl. 440. by the abovenamed Sybout Clasen is satisfied and 
paid, therefore the pltfs. suit instituted herein is dismissed and he is con- 
demned in all the costs incurred in and relative to this suit. Thus etc. 

Marten Kregier. 
Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in New Nether- 
land having considered, read and re-read the vouchers, documents and 
papers used on both sides in the suit between Tielman van Vleeck, substi- 
tute of Anthony More, attomey of Lauwerens Hendricksen and David de 
NenfviUe, merchants at Amsterdam in Europe, pltfs. against Abraham de 
la Noy and Abraham Verplanck, defts. for and in the matter of render- 
ing due a/c, proof and reliqua of two fifth parts, which the aforesaid 
Lauwerens Hendricksen and David de Neufville inherit in the cargo, sent 
by Jacob Yerplanck and Abraham de la Noy in the year 1651 to N. 
Netherland in the Waterhont [the Waterdog] according to proof and 
declaration thereof executed by Willem Janzen Bruynen having married 
Dicw eitje de Flienes, late widow of Jacob Verplanck dec^, and Gilbert de 
Flicnes residing at Weesp, uncle and guardian of the surviving child, 



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which the abovenamed Jacob Verplanck procreated by the aforesaid 
Diewertje, as such is found to appear in the books left by the abovenamed 
Jacob Verplanck according to act and conveyance thereof executed 
before the Notary Pieter van Buitene and certain witnesses, dated 17*^ 
May 1658: against which Abraham Verplanck concludes, that he is not 
bound to render a/c, proof and reliqua to any other than to his brother, 
Jacob Verplanck or his heirs. All which being examined and considered 
by Burgomasters and Schepens, and that the above named Willem Janzen 
Bruynen and Gilbert de Flienes have executed the abovementioned 
declaration and conveyance at the request of the abovenamed Lauwerens 
Hendricksen and David de Neufville, to serve them according to cir- 
cumstances and to enable them to sue for their two fifth parts in said 
returns, as they shall understand, giving them order to prosecute for the 
return proceeds of the \ parts from the administrators; the same being 
for all time held as well done and confirmed. Therefore Burgomasters 
and Schepens decree and adjudge, that the administrators shall be held 
to render to pltf. due a/c, proof and reliqua of the goods sent by Jacob 
Verplanck to them for as much as relates to the two fifth parts of the 
aforesaid cargoes. They condemn parties each in their own costs incurred 
in this suit. Thus etc. 

Marten Kregier. 

Friday, 23I January 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Marten Kregier, Olof Stevenzen Cortlandt, Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, Jacob Kip, Comelis 
Steenwyck. 

On the declaration produced by the Under SheriflF Resolveert Wal- 
dron regarding the wounding of Capt Jacob's boy by Herry Bresars 
negro, is ordered: — ^The Schout's demand is dismissed, unless he bring 
better proof. 

On the demand of the Schout Nicasius de Sille against the prisoner 
Hend: Jansen Claarbout, Burgomasters and Schepens vote each for him- 
self for the conclusion of the sentence as follows: — 

Burgomastf Marten Cregier: 
That he shall be whipped and branded and banished for all his life out of 
the Province of New Netherland. 



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Burgomastf Olof Stevensen Cortlandt: 
Though he be worthy of death yet from special grace he adjudges, that 
he be whipped and branded and banished. 

Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven: 
He shall be put to death. 

Schepen Joannes van Brugh: 
Decides, that he shall be whipped, branded and banished the country. 

Schepen Hend: J. van der Vin: 
That the offender is worthy of death and ought according to the Schout 
de SiUe's demand, be punished until death follow; with the costs and 
mises of justice. 

Schepen Jacob Kip: 
The reasons being sufficiently discussed in complete Court, and papers 
and confession being examined, he can in conscience and conviction, not 
vote otherwise than that he Hendrick Jansen Claarbout ought according 
to law be executed by death. 

Schepen Cornells Steenwyck: 
Decides, that he be whipped and branded under the gallows, the halter 
being around his neck, and banished for ever and sent hence with his wife 
and children on pain of the gallows; thanking the Magistracy on his 
bended knees for their merciful and well deserved justice. 

After collection of the votes it was decreed by the Burgomasters and 
Schepens, by plurality that the offender Hendrick Jansen Claarbout shall 
be brought to the place, where justice is usually executed and, with the 
rope around his neck, be whipped, branded and banished the country, 
and condemned in the costs and mises of justice. 

It is deemed necessary by the Court, and the President Burgo- 
master Marten Cregier, with Comelis Steenwyck, Schepen, are appointed 
to go to the Director General and Council, to request from their Honors, 
liberty to erect a gallows before the City Hall and also to be empowered 
to banish criminals from the District of N: Netherland: Who returning 
bring with them a written apostille to their verbal request as follows: 

On the proposition and request of the Committee of Burgomasters 
and Schepens of this City presented to the Assembly of the Hon^!* Direc- 
tor General and Council of N : Netherland, said Magistrates are, for this 
time, anthorized and qualified not only to banish the apprehended Hen- 



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drick Jansen Claarbout beyond this City's jurisdiction, but also beyond 
the Province of N. Netherlands in case it has been decided by plurality 
of votes, that he deserves the same; and they are likewise permitted to 
allow a half-gallows to be erected before the City Hall, should that be 
necessary for carrying the judgment into effect. Done, Fort Amsterdam 
in N. Netherland the 23"? January A? 1660. Was signed P. Stuyvesant. 
Lower Stood, By Order of the Hon*'^* Director General and Council of 
N. Netherland and was signed, C. v. Ruyven, Secretary. 

Friday, 23'?' January 1660. In the afternoon. At the City Hall. 
Present the Heeren Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen 
Cortlandt, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Jan* 
zen van der Vin, Jacob Kip, Comelis Steenwyck. 

On the demand of Comelis Langevelt against Wemaar Wessels, 
wherein he asks, that Wemaar Wessels shall be condemned to pay him 
the sum of thirty guilders, sixteen stivers according to a/c for purchase 
of seven tubs of tobacco sold at public auction by Comelis van Ruyven, 
the Venduemaster on the 13*^ June 1658, is endorsed: — Pltf. shall notify 
Wemaar Wessels by the Court Messenger to pay the fl. 30. 16. mentioned 
herein, and on refusal of payment he can institute his action. 

Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the demand and con- 
clusion of Comelis Plu3rvier in a case of preference to the bed and 
appurtenances bought by Josep Waldron from the absconding Comelis 
Willemsen, carpenter, and against that being read the declaration 
produced by Josep Waldron setting forth, that he had bought the bed 
and appurtenances in question from the abovenamed Comelis Willemsen 
in payment of board and rent: all having been read, examined and 
weighed by Burgomasters and Schepens, they decide, that Comelis 
Pluyvier cannot enjoy any preference, because he drew a bill of exchange 
for pajonent of the bed and its furniture sold to Comelis Willemsen, but 
that the bed and furniture shall belong to Joseph Waldron for the pay- 
ment according to sale: And parties are condemned each in his own 
cosu. Done. Marten Rregier. 

BurgomatCers and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N: Nether- 
land having considered and read the papers, documents and vouchers pro- 
duced no both sides in the suit between Raghel van Tienhovea, pltf.. 



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against Abraham Verplanck, Jan Vigne and Augustyn Heermans, defts. 
for satisfaction and payment of two thousand and forty one guilders forty 
stivers, which the pltf. demands from defts. according to a/c and obliga- 
tion signed in the presence of arbitrators; against which defts. say, that 
errors have been found in the papers and writings exhibited to the 
arbitrators and request review of a/cs. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having examined and weighed, what is material, find that parties fully 
settled and balanced in the presence of Mr. de Decker, Adriaen van der 
Donck, Mr. Joannes van Brugh and Dirck van Schelluyne as arbitrators, 
the heirs of Adriane Cuvilje remained indebted to Comelis van Tien- 
hoven in the sum of three thousand five hundred and eighty six guilders, 
nineteen stivers being signed A? 1655 the 2*^ June; therefrom must be 
deducted fifteen hundred and forty five guilders five stivers, which Cor- 
nelis van Tienhoven was yet indebted to the estate of Adriane Cuvilje 
decl, so that there yet remains the demanded fl. 2041 : 14 according to 
the obligation of 2"^ October 1656, and whereas Tienhoven cannot defend, 
in consequence of absence, this settlement nor render other a/cs; and 
parties have settled a/cs in presence of arbitrators, and the same has 
been twice signed by the heirs, to wit on the 2*^ June 1655 and on the 2"' 
Octob. 1656, from which it appears, that they had a year and a day's time 
and if they had to offer any thing or required review of a/cs, they could 
do so before the signing of the last obligation and before the departure of 
Comelis van Tienhoven; Therefore no review of a/cs can be granted to 
die defts., but they are condemned to pay the pltf. the full demanded sum 
of fl. 2041 : 14 according to obligation, with costs of this suit. Thus done 
and adjudged in the Court of the Burgomasters and Schepens of said 
City. Ady as above. 

Marten Kregier. 

Tuesday, 27*^ January. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen Cortlant, Pieter van 
Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, Jacob 
Rip, Comelis Steenwyck. 

The Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Velthuyzen, deft. 
Deft in default. The pltf. requests, that the attachment on the goods 
here and in the house, both by the lessor and interested persons, be de- 



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dared valid; also that the goods both here and in the house be provision- 
ally inventoried, and the arrested and summoned Nicolaas Velthujsen be 
cited, by ringing of the bell, to hear all such demand and conclusion as 
the Schout and his creditors shall have to make. The Schout Nicasius 
de Sille is hereby requested and authorized to proceed and inventory in 
presejice of Pieter van Couwenhoven and Comelis Steenwyck with the 
Secretary Nevius, Nicolaas Velthuyzen's goods attached both at his 
house and in the City Hall. 

The Schout Nicasius de Sille requests the Burgomasters and Schep- 
ens, as Ml Brown is going to the Virginias with his bark, to send the offen- 
der Hendrick Jansen Claarbout there with his wife and children, as he is 
a burthen to the City. Mf Brown being sent for appears in Court and is 
requested to take along with him to the Virginias the offender Hendrick 
Jansen Claarbout, and that he shall be satisfied therefor by the City, on 
his return ; which the aforesaid Mr Brown undertakes. Schout de Sille is 
therefore ordered by Burgomasters and Schepens to convey the above- 
named Hendrick Jansen Claarbout with his wife and children on board, 
on the departure of the aforesaid Mf Brown. 

Capt. Jan Jacobzen, pltf. v/s Daniel Toumeur, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Daniel Toumeur, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen van Hooghten, deft. Both 
in default. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Velthuyzen, deft. Both in default. 

Claas Gangelofze, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Velthuyzen, deft. Both in 
default. 

Schepen Comelis Steenwyck requests, he may lift under bail the 
monies of Mary Peck attached in the hands of Comelis Jansen Clopper. 
The Court grant the petitioner his request when the monies shall come in 
deposit. 

Reindert Janzen Hoom, pltf. v/s Jacob Janzen Huys, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Capt Jan Jacobzen appears in Court exhibiting an apostille to his 
petition, presented to the Director General and Council; requests re* 
vision of the judgment rendered on 23*^ December 1659 between him and 
Reindert Jansen Hoom, inasmuch as he is thereby condemned to pay 
Reindert Jansen Hoom aforesaid the fl. 304: 14 stiv. in exchange and fl. 



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58. 19. goods according to contract in direct contradiction to the bail- 
bond. Apostille: — Whereas further explanation is requested of the word 
exchange in the judgment pronounced 23"! Xb' 1659 between Reindert 
Jansen Hoom and Capt Jan Jacobzen the Court's meaning, therefore, is 
that Capt Jacob shall pay what Hoom demands of exchange, according 
to his bounden letter dated 20 Nov^ i^59- 

Arien van Laar, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Deft, in default. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Deft, in default. 

Marritje Roelofs, pltf. v/s Jan Tiboutzen, deft. Both in default. 

Pieter the Noorman, pltf. v/s Jan Comelissen, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, has refused [to allow him] to ride over his land, over which a 
wagon road passes and has been for some years, and that he permits 
freely the deft, to ride over his valley. Requests the Magistrates will be 
pleased to aid him therein. Deft, appeals to the ground brief, saying, if 
this be exhibited, it could be seen where the fault lies and the Magis- 
trates could find more light. The Court order Pieter the Noorman to 
produce the ground brief on the next Court day. 

Comelis Barenzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Swartwout, deft. Pltf. exhibits 
the judgment of the Court pronounced against the deft, demanding the fl. 
195 with costs. Deft, requests he may sell the improvements on the lot 
sold to Douw Hermsen. Which is allowed by the Court and he is ordered 
to take his papers remaining with the Secretary of this City. 

Lysbet, wife of Symon Hermzen Cort, pltf. v/s Bruyn the Mason, 
deft. Pltf. in default. 

Dirck Volckerzen, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen, deft. Defts 2? de- 
fault. Pltf, is ordered to furnish party copy of a/c. 

David Wessels and Teunis Cray, pltfs. v/s Lambert Huyberzen Mol, 
deft Deft, in default. Pltfs. conclude in writing for pertinent relief, 
that they shaU be relieved by virtue of the contract regarding the yacht 
and boat sold to David Dele, still unpaid for; and by refusal and non 
payment, special mortgage thereon, conformably to what is expressed in 
deed of sale and bond, which belong in preference to the pltfs ; and in 
order, that the pltfs. may not be injured in their just action by judgment 
dated 13? January, that deft, be condemned to the restitution of the 
kedge and rope, and further to exhibit the contract of wages besides the 
quantity of stockings sold to David Dele; with costs. Apostille: — ^The 



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Court persist in their previously rendered judgment dated 13. January 
last. 

Reindert Janzen Hoom, pltf. v/s Jan Joghimzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 180. for a ship's anchor payable in zeawant. Deft, 
admits having bought the anchor from the pltf. for the use of the galiot. 
The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. according to purchase. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser appearing in Court says, he claims fourteen 
beavers from Nicolaas Velthuyzen for a hhd of French wine, and five and 
a half beavers for an anker of brandy, making together nineteen and a 
half beavers. Whereunto the Court answer him; he can institute his 
action with others, when the goods are sold. 

Mr. Paulus van de Beeck, Farmer of the Burghers* excise on beer 
and wine consumable within this City, appears in Court exhibiting the 
order given to Willem Doeckles. The Schout, as guardian, concludes, 
whereas Willem Doeckles remains in default of obeying the Court's order, 
that he shall be condemned for fraud committed by him, as shewn at the 
last Court, in the fine thereunto attached; and whereas M> Paulus has 
not furnished the deft. Willem Doeckles with a copy of the Court's order, 
he was directed to give it to the Court Messenger to hand it to Willem 
Doeckles, whereby he shall have to regulate himself. 

Jan Eraat appears in Court exhibiting the judgment pronounced by 
the Court between him and Margriet Pieters, and the return of the Court 
Messenger to the notice served on her; whereupon he was told, first to 
take the linen, which she offers and if he have any further claim he can 
then institute his action again. 

Allard Anthony exhibiu by petition, that he has received from the 
Secretary Comelis van Ruyven an Apostille to his petition, presented to 
the Director General and Council, wherein he demanded an appeal from 
the judgment pronounced between him and Pieter Comelissen van der 
Veen; requesting further explanation from the Court on the said judgment 
rendered iS*!* November 1659. Apostille: — ^Whereas Allard Anthony has 
requested by petition to the Hon**!* Director General and Council of N. 
Netherland an appeal from the judgment pronounced by the Court of 
this City, dated 18. November 1659 in the case between him and Pieter 
Comelissen van der Veen, and is again referred by the Hon*^ Director 
General and Council to the Court; he requesto explanation of the judg- 



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mcDt, therefore the Court can only perceive that parties dispute about the 
word " redress," by which word the Court understand a/c, proof and 
reliqua. 

Tomas Wandel requests, by petition, that Nicolaas Velthuyzen's 
goods both in the house, he occupies, and those removed and brought to 
the City Hall, may be inventoried so that free of cost and damage he may 
draw his pay for rent therefrom. Apostille: — The petition shall come in 
concurrence with others, when the goods are sold, on condition of prov- 
ing, that his claim is fair. 

Tielman van Vleeck requests, as the absconding Nicolas Velthuyzen 
owes him fl. 151 : 13 according to the a/c annexed, that his claim be regis- 
tered with reservation, and that whenever the creditors shall come in 
concurrence together each one in fair preference, the petitioner may be 
reserved and kept according to the nature of the case itself. Apostille: — 
Petitioner's claim being just, he shall come in concurrence with the other 
creditors, whenever the goods shall be sold. 

Wednesday, 28*^ January 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen Cortlandt, Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, Jacob Kip, Comelis 
Steenwyck. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N: Nether- 
land having considered, read and re-read the vouchers, documents and 
papers used on both sides in the suit between Tielman van Vleeck at- 
torney of Symon Clasen Turck, (as husband and guardian of Merritje 
Pieters, daughter of ded Pieter Comelissen, millwright, and his lawful 
heir, as well for himself as representing herein the orphan child of Tryntje 
Pieters, deceased daughter of said Pieter Comelissen) pltf. against Dirck 
van Schelluyne, attorney of Albert Andriesen Noorman, residing at Fort 
Orange deft, relative to and concerning two hundred guilders, which 
Symon Clasen Turck is demanding from Albert Andriesen for so much, 
that Albert Andriesen has received from Joresy in the absence of Pieter 
Comelissen, millwright, dated 3"^ September 1649, gone to the Virginias, 
and not computed by him nor made good as appears by contract made 
between Albert Andriessen and Symon Clasen Turck by the intermedia- 
tion of — Corlear and Dirck van Schelluyne according to acte thereof exe- 



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cuted before D: V. Hamel, Secretary of the Colony of Reinselaais Wyck, 
dated 27^ September 1658; and whereas the words of the contract read 
as follows: — " Firstly, Symon Turck shall collect, receive, retain and dis- 
pose of as his own according to his pleasure, all outstanding debts receiv- 
able, wherever they be, all effects and goods found in the house of the 
ded* Pieter Comelissen, whether belonging to him individually or to this 
Company or Association ; On the other hand, Albert Andriesen assumes 
to himself all the debts payable where and to whomsoever they may be, 
relating to their partnership, whether these stand in the name of Pieter 
Comelissen or his own name, promising to release Symon Clasen Turck 
from all claims relating hereunto." — Having looked into, examined and 
weighed every thing material, Burgomasters and Schepens find it right, 
that the pltf*s demand be dismissed, inasmuch as they find, that the two 
hundred guilders were not to be received, but were paid several years 
since to Joris Rapalje, who sent the same to Albert Andriesen Noorman 
and are accordingly not payable to the estate of Pieter Comelissen, but 
whenever Symon Turck or his attorney can prove that, at the time of set- 
tlement of a/cs and writing of the contract, Albert Andriesen Noorman 
notified Symon Turck, that he should receive the fl. 200., hereinbefore in 
question, from Sybout Clasen, then Albert Andriesen shall give and pay 
the abovementioned fl. 200 with costs and in default of proof the pltf. is 
condemned in the costs of suit. Regarding the demand in reconvention 
about certain planks, no disposition can be made therein as the same is 
moved according to the Lites Coniestatio. Thus done and adjudged by 
the Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in New Nether- 
land as above. 

Adj as above 

Martin Kregier. 
Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land having read and reread the vouchers, documents and papers, used on 
both sides in the suit between Jurrien Blanck, pltf., in case of damage 
with and against Isaack Greveraat, deft., in the same cause and pltf. in 
reconvention against Jurrien Blanck in the same cause. The pltf. Jurrien 
Blanck concludes, that the deft. Isaack Greveraat shall be condemned, 
for his slander committed in his deft's house on his wife, both in words 
and deeds, to repair the injury honourably and profitably; honourably by 
aopearing before the Court begging of the injured and justice forgiveness. 



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profitably by paying to the Poor at the discretion of the Court of this City. 
Against which the deft. Isaack Greveraat concludes, inasmuch as the pltf . 
and his wife came to his house and there not only used many words, but 
tried to strike him in his own house with a slipper, that the pltf. in con- 
vention shall be condemned to repair the inflicted injury honorably and 
profitably. Wherefore having weighed and examined all that is material 
contained in the demand of Jurrien Blanck, Burgomasters and Schepens 
condemn parties, on both sides, for their pinching, beating, striking and 
injuries committed against each other, each in the fine of twenty five 
guilders to be applied as is proper with payment of costs; and parties on 
both sides are expressly ordered and charged, in the name of the Court, 
henceforward neither in acts or words to molest one another about the 
aforesaid dispute, but to live with each other in peace and harmony, on 
pain should any one act contrary, of his being fined one hundred guilders 
or so much as shall, according to the circumstances of the case, be deemed 
proper. Thus etc. Martin Krygier. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N : Nether- 
land having read, and re-read the vouchers, documents and papers used 
on both sides in the suit between Hendrick Hendncksen Obe, pltf., 
against Pieter van Couwenhoven and Nicolaas Boot, in quality as curators 
of the insolvent estate of Jeems Butt, defts., wherein pltf. concludes, that 
the defts. shall give him due transport of the bark belonging to Jeems 
Butt, sold by them at open auction and bought by him; against which 
defts. conclude, inasmuch as the pltf. remains in default of bringing up 
the purchase money at the fixed time, but brought it in consignment long 
after the rating of the zeawant, that the pltf. shall be condemned to give 
and pay the difference of the reduction of the zeawant: All having been 
examined and weighed by Burgomasters and Schepens, they find inasmuch 
as the pltf. always evinced a willingness to bring up the money at the 
time fixed by the conditions on condition, that they previously should 
give due and formal transport of the bark and release him from all con- 
sequences, which has not yet been done, Burgomasters and Schepens 
decide and adjudge, that the pltf. can therefore satisfy and pay with the 
deposited monies in the quantity and quality, that he deposited the same. 
They order the defts. to convey to the pltf. the bark in due form, and 
parties on each side are condemned each in his own costs. Thus etc. 

Martin Krygier. 



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This day, tg^ January 1660. appears before me Joannes Nevius, Sec- 
retary etc., Dirck van Schelluyne in the name of Abraham Verplanck and 
Augostyn HeermanSy who declare to appeal to the Director General and 
Council of N. Netherland from the judgment pronounced by the Court of 
this City on the aj*!^ January last between them and Raghel van Tienhoven. 

Saturday, 31? January 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Martin Cregier, Olof Stevenzen Cortlant, Pieter van 
Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, Jacob 
Kip, Comelis Steenwyck. 

The Burgomasters relate, that the General has recommended them to 
put such persons in nomination as are friendly and not opponents. 

Balthazar de Haart and Pieter Rudolfus appear in Court, who being 
informed of the judgment dated 22^ January last in the suit, which they 
had with each other; and agreeably thereto Pieter Rudolfus is asked, if 
he is resolved to state on oath, that Balthazar de Haart has sold him the 
vinegar as wine vinegar, and that he found immediately after having 
received it at his house that it was cider ? Thereunto he answered, that 
he was willing to swear, that Balthazar de Haart sold him wine vinegar, 
but says he does not know if any thing had been put in the vinegar or 
other wine mixed with it and therefore he would not take an oath there- 
upon for all the goods in the world. M' Balthazar de Haart appears in 
Court, who is informed and told what he heard, that Pieter Rudolfus 
offered to swear — ^thereunto he answers, if he swear I shall prove the con- 
trary, saying that the Notary Mattheus de Vos and Wemaer Wessels 
know wine vinegar and that Pieter Rudolfus came to him, about the vine- 
gar, and said to him to come and prove that he sold him the vinegar as it 
was. Pieter Rudolfus appearing in Court was informed that the Court 
hold to the judgment rendered by them, asking him if he intend to take the 
oath ? He answers as before, that for all the world he would not take an 
oath about it, saying there might be something else among it. Whereupon 
he is ordered to satisfy the judgment. 

DEFINITIVE JUDGMENT. 

Whereas Pieter Rudolfus has refused on the last January of this 
year, to swear, pursuant to the rendered judgment dated 22^ Jan'y last. 



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he is therefore condemned by the Court to satisfy and pay for the eight 
hogsheads of vinegar, bought from Balthazar de Haart according to sale; 
with costs of suit. Thus done in Court of Burgomasters and Schepens 
of the City of Amsterdam in N. Netherland. Dated as above. 

Bartholdus Maan requests by petition revision of the papers, docu- 
ments and exhibits used in the suit against David Wessels about a piece 
of linen of 50 ells in question. Bartholdus Maan and David Wessels ap- 
pear in Court, who were informed of their cause and of the judgment 
pronounced in their written suit against each other; whereupon David 
Wesseb is asked, Who gave the piece of linen to the skipper trading to 
the North ? Answering admits, that he did it on condition of bringing 
for it, if it were sold, butter, pork and meat and whatever he could not 
sell should be returned to the owner, saying he gave no security for the 
payment of the linen, neither did he buy it. Burgomasters and Schepens 
ask him, if he will swear to it ? Answers, Yes; offering to do so in the 
presence of Bartholdus Maan. On the taking of the oath Bartholdus 
Maan, going out of Court, says, I will not be present; I make him a 
present of it. The Court, therefore, dismiss Bartholdus Maan's suit, 
agreeably to the judgment rendered, and condemn him in the costs of 
suit, in manner as foUoweth: 

DEFINITIVE JUDGMENT. 

Whereas David Wessels in accordance with the judgment rendered 
on the 22^ January last has this last of January of this year offered to 
swear, and Bartholdus Maan, on the offer and tender of the oath said, I 
wiU not be present; I make him a present of it; — ^in conformity to the 
aforesaid rendered judgment Bartholdus Maan's demand is dismissed 
and he is condemned the costs of suit. Thus. 

Jacob Hugues requests by petition, that according to preference as 
surgeon, he shall first and before all be preferred in the monies, which 
shall proceed from the boat and goods of the banished Hendrick Jansen 
Claarfoout for and in regard of his earned yearly salary and attendance in 
his sickness on his departure with MT Brown, to the sum of eighteen 
guilders. Whereupon was noted in the margin: — When the goods are 
sold the costs of the proceedings of justice shall be paid and the peti- 
tioner's request attended to. 



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Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 



[1660 



Sunday, first February 1660. In the afternoon. Present in the City 
Hall, the Heeren Nicasius de SiUe, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen Cort- 
lant, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Hendrick Janxen van 
der Yin, Jacob Kip, Comelis Steenwyck. 

Burgomasters and Schepens being assembled CallegiaJiter^ their Wor- 
ships, pursuant to the recommendation made yesterday, made the nomina* 
tion in writing, each one by himself, in presence of Mr. Nicasius de Sille, 
Delegate from the Director General and Council of N: Nethexland, as 
followeth: — 



The nomination of Burgomastf 

Marten Cregier 

For Burgomaster, 
Paulus Leenders Van der Grift, 

Joannes van Brugh. 

For Sck^ens. 
Govert Loockermans, 

Joannes de Peister, 

Jacob Strycker, 

Tymotheus Gabry, 

Jacobus Backer, 

Pieter Comelis" Van der Veen, 

Jan Vigne, 

Isaack Greveraat 

Nomination by Schep'i PietT van 

Couwenhoven. 

For Burgomaster, 
Paulus Leenders vander Grift, 

Allard Anthony. 

For Schepens. 
Joannes de Peister, 

Jacob Strycker, 

Hendrick Kip, the Elder, 

Jacob Backer, 

Pieter Comelis* vander Veen, 

Pieter Rudolfus, 

Francois de Bmyn, 

Isaack Greveraat 



Nomination by Burgomaster Olof 

Stevensen. 

For Burgomaster. 
Paulus Leenders" vander Grift, 

Joannes van Bmgh. 

For Schepens, 
Joannes de Peister, 

Jacob Strycker, 

Govert Loockemiians, 

Hendrick Kip, 

Jacobus Backer, 

Pieter Prins, 

Pieter Rudolfus, 

Tymotheus Gabry. 

Nomination by Schepen J. van der 

Vin. 

For Burgomaster, 
Paulus Leenders van der Grift, 

Pieter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven. 

For Schepens. 
Govert Loockermans, 

Joannes de Peister, 

Hendrick Hendricksen Kip, 

Pieter Rudolfus, 

Pieter Comelis* van der Veen, 

Tymotheus Gabry, 

Jacob Strycker, 

Joannes Vigne. 



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Nominadon of Schepen Joannes 
van Bnigh. 
For Burgomaster. 
Paulas Leenders van der Grift, 
Govert Loockennans. 

For ScAefens. 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Pieter Cornells* van der Veen, 
Isaack Greveraat, 
Pieter Rudolf us, 
Frerick Lubbersen, 
Timotheus de Gabry, 



Nomination by Schepen Jacob Kip. 

For Burgomaster, 
Paulus Leenders van der Grift, 
AUard Anthony. 

For Sckepens. 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Govert Loockennans, 
Pieter Cornelissen van der Veen, 
Pieter Rudolfus, 
Francois de Bruyn, 
Joannes Vcrvelen, 
Isaack Greveraat. 



Mattheus de Vos. 

Nomination by Schepen Cornells Steenwyck. 

For Burgomaster. 

Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, 
Allard Anthony. 

For Schepens. 

Jacob Strycker, 

Govert Loockennans, 

Joannes de Peister, 

Pieter Cornelissen van der Veen, 

Isaack Greveraat, 

Francois de Bruyn, 

Frerick Lubbersen, 

Jan Vigne. 

Scrutiny of the Votes. 



For Burgomaster. 
P. Leenders van der Grift, IIIIIII 7 
ADaid Anthony, III 3 

Joannes van Brugh, II 2 

Govert Lockermans, I i 

Pieter van Couwenhoven, I i 

For Schepens. 
Govert Loockermans, II III 5 

Joannes de Peister, IIIIIII 7 

Jacob Strycker, IIIIIII 7 

Timotheus Gabry, IIII 4 



Jacobus Backer, 



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P. Cornells'', van der Veen, IIIIIII 7 



Jan Vigne, 
Isaack Greveraat, 
Hendrick Kip, 
Pieter Rudolfus, 
Francois de Bruyn, 
Frerick Lubbersen, 
Mattheus de Vos, 
Joannes Vervelen, 



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And Whereas the votes of the By plurality of votes for nomination 
eighth Schepen stick, four among As Burgomaster. 

them having each three votes, it is Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, 

de novo asked who of the four shall Allard Anthony, 
be nominated. For Schepens. 

Nomination. Joannes de Peister, 

Marten Cregier, Jacob Strycker, 
Olof Stevensen, ^ Pieter Comelissen van der Veen, 

Pieter van Couwenhoven, Govert Loockermans, 

Joannes van Bnigh, Isaack Greveraat, 

Hend*^ Jansen van der Yin, Pieter Rudolfus, 

Jacob Kip, Timotheus Gabry, 

Comelis Steenwyck. Jacobus Backer. 

Honourable Valiant. 
Whereas the election is at hand, and you Right Hon^ have been 
pleased to endow this City with the privilege of nominating the succeeding 
Burgomasters and Schepens, therefore Burgomasters and Schepens in the 
presence of Mr. Nicasius de Sille, Delegate from the Director General 
and Council, do by plurality of votes propose in nomination to you Rt. 
Hon**!* a double number, to wit: — 

For Burgomaster, 
Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, 
Allard Anthony. 

For Schepens, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Pieter Comelissen, 
Govert Loockermans, 
Isaack Greveraat, 
Pieter Rudolfus, 
Timotheus Gabry, 
Jacobus Backer, 

Requesting that you Right Honourable would be pleased to elect there- 
from such as you think proper for the service of this City, Thus done 



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in the Court of Schout, Bourgmasters and Schepens of the City of Am- 
sterdam in N. Netherland, the first of February 1660. 

By order of the same; 

Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 
The superscription was, To the Right Honoui^ the Director General 
and Council of New Netherland. 

Monday, a^ February 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van 
Brug^ Hendrick Janzen van der Yin, Jacob Kip, Comelis Steenwyck. 

Nicasius de Sille, Councillor and Fiscaal with the Secretary Comelis 
van Ruyven appear in Court as Delegates from the Director General and 
Council of N: Netherland to the Burgomasters and Schepens to deliver a 
letter from the Director General and Council abovenamed, which reads 
as follows: — 
Honourable, Beloved, Faithful — 

From the presented Nomination are elected by Us: 

For Burgomasters, 

Marten Cregier, as Old Burgomaster, 

Allard Anthony, Burgomaster. 

Comelis Jacobsen Steenwyck, Presiding Schepen, 

Jacob Strycker, 

Govert Loockermans, 

Timotheus Gabry, 

Jacob Backer, as Schepens, 

And Nicasius de Sille, Councillor and Fiscaal with the Secretary 
Comelis van Ruyven are hereby delegated and authorized to discharge the 
outgoing Burgomasters and Schepens after due acknowledgments for their 
rendered serivce; to instal those newly elected after taking the oath, and 
in the presence of the retiring Burgomaster and Schepens to announce 
them, as heretofore, to the Burghers and inhabitants of this City; where- 
with after cordial salutations We commend Your Worships to God's protec- 
tion and remain, Honourable, Beloved, Faithful, your good friends The 
Director General and Council of N. Netherland and was signed P. 
Stuyvxsant. At the side stood; Done Fort Amsterdam in N. Nether- 



126 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [t66o 

land the x^ Feb? i66e. The sapencripdan «u, HoDoanUe, Beloved, 
Faithful Scbont, BnigDousteis and Srhrpcm of the Cilr of AmstenUm in 
N. Nedteriand. 

And pmsoant to tbe teofOt of the above written letter, after reading 
the tntfiiictioD to tbe newiy dected Bni^omanen and Sdwpens, the oath 
of allegiance is taken, and after ringing the bdl three times, it is an- 
nounced to the Bargfaera and inhabitants of this City, in manner as 
foUovetb: — 

Wbcfcas according to the pririlege of diis Citjr some of its Magis- 
trates, who hare Kzrcd out their time, retire Tcaifj and others are chosen 
in their [riaccs by the Director General and Coandl of N. Netheiland, 
Therri^ote the Director General and Cooacil aforesaid after invocation 
of God's holy Name, hare from the presoited nomination for the ensning 
year, dected and confirmed as Magisnates of this City, as tbey hereby do. 

Marten Ctegier, as OU Bmrgim^iter. 

AUard AnthonT. Smrg^mmsttr. 

Cometis St e enwyck. Praidfnt ScJufen, 

Jacob Strycker, 

Govert Loockermans, 

Timothens Gabry, 

Jacob Backer. SeMeftms. 
Who are announced to the Commonalty, that they may bold tbe afore- 
said pcnons in due respect and consideraticMi. Thus done in the Court 
of the Hon^ Direct^ Gen'l and Council of K. Netheiland holden at 
Fort Amsterdam in N. Netheiland the »"? Fel^ 1660. 

On 3^ February 1660. after ringing the beD once, the person of 
Nicolaas Velthnyxen was summoned in the presence of tbe Schout de 
Sille and the Schepens Timothens de Gabiy and Jacob Backer, in tbe 
manner following: — Uliereas Nictdaas Velthayaen has absccmded and 
(one away from here, all Burgjieis and inhabitants of this City are hereby 
ch4.r^[->: not to harbour or entertain him, bat forthwith to produce him on 
pam \<i ihe enactment herein; and Nic<daas Vdtfanyscn is hereby for the 
second lime summoned to ^pear at the City Hall within eight days and 
there to hear all such demand and ccmdnsion as the Schout and the 
creditors shall hare to present against him, and in default thereof the 



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Schout and the creditors shall proceed to final judgment. Thus done 
and enacted in Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 3"! Feb. 1660. 

On date 4^ February 1660, appears before me Joannes Nevius, Sec- 
retary, Pieter ^udolfus, declaring to carry in appeal before the Director 
General and Council of N. Netherland the judgment of the Court in his 
case against Balthazar de Haart. 

Tuesday, 10. February 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de SiUe, Marten Cregier, AUard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Covert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Jacob Kip, pltf. v/s Reindert Janzen Hoom, deft. Both in default. 

Metje Wessells, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Walle, deft. Defts. 2^. 
default. Wemaar Wessels appears in Court for his mother demanding 
from deft, one hundred and twenty eight guilders, sixteen stivers zeawant, 
balance of book debt. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to de- 
posit the money within three times twenty four hours with the Secretary 
of this City. 

Hendrick van der Walle, pltf. v/s Metje Wessels, deft. Pltf. in 
default. 

Cors Jansen, pltf. v/s Andries Andriesen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 32. 3. Deft, denies the debt, saying that coming from the South 
River, he brought salt and grain for the deft, and settled with him, and 
owes him nothing. Pltf. produces his book in Court, proving that deft, 
is in his debt. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question 
to Francois de Bruyn and Pieter Comelissen van der Veen to reconcile 
parties if possible, if not to report to the Court. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen, deft. Both in default. 

Dirck Nickelisen, pltf. v/s Stoffel Elswaart, deft. Pltf. demands in 
writing from deft, restitution of his canoe, which he, deft., retains, pro- 
ducing a declaration from three credible witnesses whereby he proves, 
that it is his canoe. Deft, answers and says a long time ago he was out 
shooting, and that he was frequently fired at with bullets, and that he took 
the canoe from the Indians; also he did not ask for the canoe and he 
cannot comprehend him. The Court order the deft, to restore the canoe 
to the pltf. 



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Simon Heripien Cort, pltf. v/s Cornelia Janzen, woodsAiryer, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Symon Hennten Cort, pltf, v/s Jan Cornelizen Swackeohals,* deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Symon Hermten Cort, pltf. v/s Romain Serrein, deft. Pltf. de- 
miindi from deft. A, 41. according to obligation and fl. 13. for nuJcing 1 
ran, and further fl. 3. 9. for drink consumed. Deft, admiu the debt and 
•ayi, that pltf. has some goods belon^g to him in his hands; and when 
he reitorei these he will pay. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to 
p«y the pltf. and if he have any claim on the pltf., he can institute his action. 

Simon Henuien Cort, pltf. t/s G^^t Gerrizen Cooper, deft. E)efL 
in dt'fault. 

,\lexandfr Carolus Curtins appears in Court, requests that his wit- 
nrww* may be heard relative to the bog in dilute with Capt Jacob. 
Jan Schry^xr appears as witness in Court, and is informed, that the Rector 
<,-a)l« v>n him; whereupon be declares, that the hog in question was bought 
Iv4 tw\i b««v¥is and two bljukkets; offering to confiim tbe same on oath. 
\Vhr-rea» ^'a)«I. Jacob's witness has not been heard, CapL Jacob bordered 
t\t suwuK« I'Uaiel Touitwur at dw next Cooit dav. 

Mr. INtutus van de Bewk appears in Court exhibiting the extract 
t)\xiu tNr wkinutn reiui^v K> the suit against Willea DoccUes and Ariaan 
J\tMiMt\!«r« IjuvwfcAB. wttit ^c renun of the Court HesMngcr to the 
»\4iv« **r(N<r^ v^ WiIItTM LV<e<.~ki«s. Tb« Scikxu, as gnardiap sa^s, that 
\Vt::>-ut IV'CvkW XjB sj'eet r«n> Co«rc lity* -a j-rodMug his proof. Wil- 
K-wt IVi^N-kW l■<(\>.^t >o=^ $'^«a a bv ^« Court Messenger, is read by 
Its- V\'^it t^-^r^ittA^ftts -lac $ci»«pess ct-ftviiaia TCI^ Doeckles to pay 
^,t t^V fcAiwK-* l^y- ^:v'*«.t«\v'j«>'« siK aakxr «< Sraady. and in the costs 
M>i xwti. aa4 Ml f^tu.'-^s ^>)fi w «<k reii::«s5 J v i w t^cae. who entered the 

^MMlH|t> '•ti'Ksjt UX-t^ ..Njt a ■-•crw.C. 

w.,'»'aML .*. \: V N lNr«v^ n iVif >aa\i5 ,1 v .-rx<n:s 'jttjea OofipCT on a/c of 
M ■•M«»>'.— ..•< <• t^*^ )^ iti.'v.-nA 'j.-t ??ev~s. tnd t^ afiotc aai d imey 
ft Jiiyi.>MKv' .. -• I'V i-Vs- Scv-w*;-. ,■( =iiS. C;r%, =Mt ^ mea lift tbe same 



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The President states, that a certain interrogatory is communicated to 
him by the General, whereupon Timotheus de Gabry and Jacobus Vis are 
heard and have answered; saying that the Govemour of New Haven re- 
quests, that the witnesses heard on the interrogatory may confirm their 
evidence with an oath. Whereupon Timotheus de Gabry and Jacobus 
Vis entering are asked if they are resolved thereto ? Answer Yes. And 
have confirmed on oath, at the hands of the Officer, their answer given 
to the interrogatory. 

On the petition of Tielman van Vleeck for Nicolaas Velthuyzen, re- 
questing safe conduct for the abovenamed Velthuyzen is endorsed: — 
Whereas it does not appear, that the absconding Nicolaas Velthuysen re- 
quests safe conduct from them, they can make no disposition therein, until 
Nicolaas Velthuyzen requests such from them. 

Dirck Smitt appears with Mary Peeck in Court; requests, whereas 
Mary Peecks moneys are deposited by Comelis Jansen Clopper with the 
Secretary of this City, that he may lift them for a claim for rent, wherein 
it is agreed to be paid in beavers. Burgomasters and Schepens answer 
him, that they cannot do any thing with the beavers brought in deposit, as 
Cornells Steenwyck is allowed to take them on bail. 

Pieter Hermzen appears in Court producing the judgment pronounced 
between him and Frans Bloetgoet. Requests, that the Bailiff may be 
authorized to put the judgment in execution. The ^ Court order the 
Bailiff to put these in execution. 

M' Paulus van de Beeck appearing in Court exhibits the judgment of 
the Court between him and Pieter van Halen; requesting execution there- 
upon. The Court order the Bailiff to put these in execution. 

Jan Comelissen de Zeuw (the Zealander) appears in Court produc- 
ing the judgment of Burgomasters and Schepens dated 27^ January, in 
the cause between him and Pieter the Noorman. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order him to have Pieter the Noorman notified by the Court 
Messenger. 

Pieter Rudolfus and M' Jacob Hugues appear in Court, requesting 
iHiereas they have been appointed in the presence of Schepen Comelis 
Steenwyck, as curators over the deposited chest with Krett (?) and the 
beaver coat of Jan Perier, that they may take the same home and seU them 
for the benefit of those having just claims thereon. Burgomasters and 



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Schepens grant the petitioners their request providing they comply with 
the demand of the Heer Schout de Sille, dated ii. November 1659. 

On this day, 10 Feb^ 1660. is Nicolaas Velthuyzen summoned a 
second time after the usual ringing of the bell. 

Tuesday, the 17^ February 1660. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Comelis Steenwyck, Jacob 
Strycker, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Jacob Kip, pltf. v/s Reindert Janzen Hoorn, deft. Deft, in default. 

Joannes de Peister, pltf. v/s Jurriaen de Ku3rper, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 120. in good current zeawant for an ox, payable in three 
times four and twenty hours with costs, on pain of execution. Deft, says, 
he has nothing to object to it, and expected seawant from Fort Orange, 
but did not get any. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Arien Jurriaenzen Lansman, deft. Deft 
in default. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Mary Peeck, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
by virtue of a procuration from an Englishman at the North, fl. 64. 4 ac- 
cording to an obligation and fl. 194. more on a/c exhibited to the Court, 
making together fl. 258. 4 saying he has attached so much money in the 
hands of Comelis Jansen Clopper. The presiding Burgomaster says, he 
has no knowledge of it. Deft, admits the fl. 64. 4. to be due according 
to obligation, saying she has no knowledge of the other; and that be owes 
her three guilders for venison. The Court order the pltf. to furnish deft, 
with a copy of the a/c to answer thereunto at the next Court day; declar- 
ing the attachment invalid. 

Cors Janzen, pltf. v/s Andries Andriesen, deft. Pltf. says he hired 
his house from the deft, and that deft, refuses him a lease. Deft, pro- 
duces a declaration, wherein he proves, that the pltf. did not hire his 
house. Pltf. replies, that they conversed together about the rent and that 
deft, asked fl. 150. rent and he made an offer thereon. Finally he said, 
I hold the lease; declaring, that the affiant was not present and he gave 
him his full demand. Deft, says, that pltf. sent a little girl to his house 
to ask him, if he should remain in the house or not. He answered thereto. 
No, but that he should look for another house. Pltf. says, he sent the 
girl for the lease. Parties being heard. Burgomasters and Schepens dis- 



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miss pltTs suit, as it appears there was no renewal of the lease, but by 
declaration warning of the rent. 

Dirck Nickelsen, pltf. v/s Stoffel Elswaart, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. produces the judgment dated lo? of this month, and therewith 
the return on the notice served by the Court Messenger. Whereupon was 
endorsed: — The Court order the Under Sheriff Waldron to take the canoe 
from Stoffel Elswaart and restore it to the pltf. at Stoffel Elswaart' s 
expence. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen, deft. Deft, in default. 
David Wessels, pltf. v/s Gerrit Segers, deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. 
says, he has attached the deft's grain in the hands of Anthony Jansen 
van Vaas; requesting that the same be declared valid. The Court 
declare the attachment valid. 

David Wessels, pltf. v/s Bartholdus Maan, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. demands in writing, that deft, shall be condemned pursuant to de- 
claration delivered to pay him the costs of suit between him and deft, ac- 
cording to judgment pronounced therein. The Court order Bartholdus 
Maan again, to pay David Wessels the costs according to declaration and 
judgment rendered. 

Anthony Janzen, pltf. v/s Gerrit Segerzen, deft. Both in default. 

Symon Hermzen Cort, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen, Woodsawyer, deft. 
Defts. 2"! default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 147. 19. The Court 
order deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City within 
three times four and twenty hours. 

Symon Hermzen Cort, pltf. v/s Gerrit Gerrizen, deft. Defts. 2I de- 
fault Pltf. demands from deft, fourteen guilders ten stivers for con- 
sumed drink. The Court order the deft, to deposit the money with the 
Secretary of this City, within three times four and twenty hours. 

Simon Hermzen Cort, pltf. v/s Jan Comelisen Swackenhals, deft. 
Defts. 2"^ default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 12. 18. The Court order 
deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City within three 
times four and twenty hours. 

Bruyn the mason, pltf. v/s Simon Hermzen Cort, deft. Pltf. in 
default. 

Immeken Clazen, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft fl. 70. for a half year*s rent. Deft, produces in writing the condi- 



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tionSy on which he had hired the house; to wit, for one hundred and 
twenty guilders the year, provided the house was repaired, as it cannot 
be slept in dry. The Court order deft, to pay the pitf . for the last half 
years rent sixty guilders, on condition of keeping the house for his use, if 
he please, until the year is up. 

Tomas Swartwout's wife, pltf. t/s Pietemelle La Montague, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Jan Andriesen de Graaf, pltf. t/s Hendrick Janzen Spiers, deft 
Pltf. demands from deft. fi. 43. for brick. Deft's wife s^pearing shews 
in writing, that pltf. in place of delivering her good whole brick, de- 
livered her broken and refuse brick. Demanding therefore that the same 
be valued by arbitrators. Pltf. replies and says, that the deft, caused the 
first of the heap to be drawn. Offering to prove it. The Court order 
the pltf. to prove, that deft, has caused the first brick from the heap to be 
drawn. 

Gabriel Carpesy, pltf. v/s Matthys Muller, deft. Deft, in default. 

Gabriel Carpesy, pltf. v/s Gerrit Pelser, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
has hired his house. Deft, says, that pltTs wife hired him the house for 
fl 50. on condition of making the same tight; that she did not do so; he 
was therefore obliged to remove and to go and dwell at the wharf and he 
resided there three months. The Court order the pltf. to cause his wife 
to appear at the next Court day; also the deft. 

Gabriel Carpesy, pltf. v/s Jan Jansen, deft Deft, in default 

Elsje Jans, pltf. v/s Janneke Qazen, deft Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 20. ballance of wages earned from her by her late husband. 
Deft, says, the contract was not fulfilled part of which remains still un- 
performed; and she has paid over fl. 30. Pltf. replies, that over work 
was done; and that they had submitted it to arbitrators, who set off one 
against the other. The Court refer the matter in dispute to Sybout 
Clazen and Abraham Jansen, carpenter, to reconcile parties in presence 
of Paulus Leendersen van der Grift and to decide their dispute. 

Daniel Toumeur, pltf. v/s Frans Jansen van Hooghten, deft Pltf. 
demands from deft, one beaver balance of a hog and two guilders for 
slaughtering. Deft, says, that on buying the hog, he was told by the pltf., 
that he had no meazled hogs among his; and on slaughtering it found it 
meazled. Deft, is asked, if he killed the hog shortly after bujring it ? 



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On date ijV" Feb? 1660 is Nicolaas Velthuyien summoned a third time 
after the usual bell ringing to appear in this City within eight days to hear 
all such demand and conclusion as the Schout and creditors shall have to 
make against him, and in default thereof to proceed to final judgment. 

Tuesday the 24? February 1660. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Allard Anthony, Comelis 
Steenvyck, Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, 
Jacobus Backer. 

The Schout dc Sillc requests by petition, as Nicolaas Langeveltbuyzeo 
has absconded from here and his property, left behind, attached both in 
the City Hall of this City and at his house is taken care of at great ex- 
pense, that the same be sold for the benefit of the costs of Court and the 
creditors. Burgomasters and Schepens authorize Paulus Leendersen van 
der Grift and Joannes de Peister, Orphan Masters of this City, to sell 
Nicolaas Langevelthuyzen's property and to deposit the monies proceed- 
ing therefrom with the Secretary of this City, when further disposition 
shall be made therein by the W: Court, and the following authority is 
given to the Orphan Masters: — 

[This AcU is not given in the Original Record.] 

Schout de Sille and Metje Greveraat, pltfs. v/s Isaack de Haan, deft. 
The pltf. Metje Greveraat produces in writing her complaint relative to 
the dcfts. unbecoming acts and injuries, and demands justice of the Court 
in their righteousness, and to prevent him henceforward repeating such or 
similar things. Deft. Isaack de Haan (the written complaint being read 
to him) admits to have acted unbecomingly, saying he was drunk. The 
Schout as guardian of the widow, and on some confession by the deft, 
with frivolous excuse of drunkenness concludes, as deft, is on the eve of 
his departure for Fort Orange, that he shall stand committed, until the 
Schout take further information and proof; requesting eight days. Deft, 
replies and says, that the pltf. states, that he had said that her daughter 
had her belly full; that he did neither think nor say so. Pltf. and her 
guardian rejoin and persist in their demand and reparation of character 
in such manner as is proper. Deft, requests copy of the demand at his 
expense. The Court order copy of the demand to be funiished to pltf. 
to answer thereto at the next Court day. 




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

Jan Comelissen, the Zealander, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen Noonnan, 
deft. Pltf. demands, that deft, shall exhibit the ground brief, so as to 
see the error in question. Deft, exhibits the ground brief. Pltf. says, 
he bought twenty five morgens of land * from deft, shewing a declaration 
dated 7^ Feb^ 1660. of Lauwerens Pieters and Barent Joosten, who 
testify that Pieter the Noorman sold the 25 morgen to Jan Comelissen. 
Deft, says, he sold pltf. no more, than Claas van Elslant measured, and 
the land was pointed out in the pltf*s presence. Jan Cornelisen, the 
Zealander, is asked why he summoned Pieter the Noorman ? Answers on 
a/c of the cart road and declares, that the witnesses heard from Pieter 
the Noorman, that he sold Jan Cornelisen the Zealander 25 morgens of 
land and says no one but they and their wives were by at the sale. The 
Court order pltf. to bring in proper form a notarial declaration, that deft. 
sold him twenty five morgens of land. 

Jacob Kip, pltf. v/s Reindert Janzen Hoom, deft. Detfs. 2"! default. 
Pltf. demands from deft. pa3nnent of twelve beavers, and requests com- 
missioners for settlement of a/cs. with deft, and that in the presence of 
one from the Bench. The Court appoint for settlement of a/cs. Joannes 
van Brugh old Schepen and Daniel van Donck to settle the a/cs in ques- 
tion in presence of Schepen Comelis Steenwyck, and to reconcile parties 
if possible, if not to report to the Court. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Mary Peeck, deft. Pltf. produces the judg- 
ment pronounced between him and the deft, and says he furnished deft, 
with an a/c but can come to no a/c with her. Deft, says, she knows 
nothing of this a/c. The Court refer the matter in question to Paulus 
Leenderzen van der Grift and Joannes de Peister to settle parties' a/cs. 
and to reconcile them if possible ; if not, to report to the Court. 

Hendrickje Swartwout, pltf. v/s Pietemelle La Montague, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, seven months wages for her daughter hired by 
the deft, at fi. 50. the year. Defts. husband appears in Court and says, 
he is not bound to pay any hire, as his daughter was two days with her 
parents without their knowledge. Parties being heard, the Court decree, 
that deft, shall pay the pltf. a quarter's wages for the whole period her 
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136 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1660 

daughter has been in defts. service, as the parents kept their daughter 
two days at home without the knowledge of either master or mistress. 

Jan Rutgersen, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendricksen, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf . demands from deft, eleven guilders balance of a/c. The Court order 
deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City within three 
times four and twenty hours. 

Reindert Janzen Hoom, pltf. v/s Teunis Cray, deft. Pltf. in default 

David Wessels, pltf. v/s Bartholdus Maan, deft. Pltf. producing 
his demand in writing against deft, demands from deft. fl. 23. 7^ for costs 
incurred in the suit between him and deft. Joannes Nevius, Secretary. 
rising says, as it is a matter wherein he has also summoned the deft, he 
demands from deft, payment of fi. 9. 2. with costs incurred and to be in- 
curred herein. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to satisfy 
the pltf's demand according to judgment rendered and that in the space 
of four and twenty hours, with costs incurred and to be incurred, on pain 
of execution; and in default of payment the Bailiff is authorized to pro- 
ceed with the execution, with costs. 

Nicolaas Meyer, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, the ribbon weaver, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Willem Traphagen, pltf. v/s Isaack Greveraat, deft. Pltf. produces 
his demand in writing against the deft., which being read to deft., he 
says the Magistrates have better information ; producing the papers used 
in the suit against the pltf. Isaack Greveraat appears in Court demand- 
ing from deft, another half year's rent & 15 beavers the year. Willem 
Traphagen appears in Court, who being advised of the papers produced 
by Isaack Greveraat, namely, an acte of obligation and bond dated 23 
April 1659, wherein he obliges himself to pay within two months and in 
default thereof to quit the house. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard demand and answer of parties, and having moreover seen the pro- 
duced papers, persist in their previous judgment rendered 17. Febr'y 1660. 

Lauwerens Andriesen, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Lauwerens Andriesen, pltf. v/s Francois Abrahamzen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, a lock and chain, which deft, took from a canoe in 
his charge. Deft, says, he saw no chain nor lock and sailed the canoe 
out of friendship with Jan de Boer. The Court order the pltf. to prove 
who has taken the chain and lock. 



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Jan Andriesen de Graaf, pltf. v/s Madaleen Hendricks and Nicolaas 
Backer as witnesses. According to order of the Court, dated 17 Feb? last. 
Nicolaas Backer appearing as pltf's witness, declares, that Hendrick Jan- 
sen Spiers has helped him to load the brick from the heap, and says he 
always rode the same as well for deft, as for Samuel the hatter (Edsal). 
I>eft. Madaleen produces a declaration to the effect, that her husband told 
deft, on being notified to have the brick drawn that it was not fit weather. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decree, whereas the brick was purchased in 
the heap and Hendrick Jansen Spiers helped to load the first brick and 
had the remainder brought to the house by Nicolaas Backer, that there- 
fore his demand is dismissed. 

Jan Eraat, pltf. v/s Grietje Pieters, deft. Pltf. says, he comes again 
for the linen, producing the judgment of the Court dated 13^ January of 
this year 1660. Deft, says, the linen is attached and that the man, who 
attached it, is satisfied with her. Pltf. says, that the deft, will not give 
him back more than ten and three quarter ells, and cannot obtain six 
shirts from it. The Court order the deft, to deposit the linen in question, 
within twice twenty four hours, with the Secretary of this City. 

Teuntje Straatmans, pltf. v/s Matthys' Muller, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 25. for a half years rent. Deft, says, he cannot remain dry 
in the house. Pltf. says, he well knew, what the small house was, as he 
occupied it before, and it was tight and fitting. The Court order the 
deft to pay the pltf. five guilders for five weeks rent, the time he occupied 
the small house. 

Teuntje Straatmans, pltf. v/s Gerrit Pilser, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft fl. 50. for rent. Deft, says he resided there 3 months and produces a 
declaration as to the conditionsjentered into with her. The Court order the 
deft to pay the pltf. thirteen guilders for the time he occupied the house. 

Gabriel Carpesy, pltf. v/s Jan Jansen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft fl. 6: 15 and one pound of butter for taking care of his cow. Defts. 
son appears in Court and says, that pltf. let his cow stray in the bush and 
he and his brother in law Dirck Siecken were two days in search of her. 
Pkf. says, that deft, did not deliver his cow like others, on the blowing of 
the horn, to be led to pasture. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. the 
six guilders and fifteen stivers and a pound of butter for the pasturing of 
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Daniel Tourneur^ pltf. v/s Joannes van der Menlen, deft. Deft 
absent. Burgomasters and Schepens order the pltf., as it is a matter of 
evidence, to take Joannes van der Meulen*s written declaration. 

Comelis Hendrickzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hans Vos, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, three skepels of grain or fl. 15. for 
wages. Deft, admits to owe, but says not so much. Pltf. says, they 
agreed for a crown a day in grain at beavers price, and he worked eleven 
days and a half, and received thereon three skepels of fj^xn^ of which, 
two skepels were wheat and one skepel rye. Deft, says, he offered pltf. 
the grain, but he would not receive it; whereupon deft, answers, it was 
then no time to receive grain. The W: Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 
in the time of fourteen days, three skepels of grain or fl. 13. 10. in 
zeawant. • 

Comelis Janzen Clopper and Mary Peeck appear in Court and Cor- 
nelis Jansen Clopper demands of Mary Peeck conveyance of his house 
bought from Mary Peeck's husband. Mary Peeck demands, that she 
might receive the remainder of the money brought in deposit to the Secre- 
tary of this City and not attached. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
Mary Peeck to convey the house to Comelis Jansen Clopper and allow 
her to take the balance of the deposited money, not attached. 

Kerry Bresar appears in Court; demands money from the J^^rk 
buyer* s * sold goods, for rent to the amount of fl. 40. and further, a half 
barrel of small beer paid for him, according to obligation shewn to the 
Court. The Court decree, that he shall come in concurrence with others 
for what remains after the expenses of justice are paid. 

On the petition of Merritje van der Sluys is endorsed: — The Court 
order the petitioner to appear in Court on the next Court day with Chris- 
tiaen Nysen's wife. 

On the petition of Allard Anthony is endorsed: — ^AUard Anthony is 
ordered by the Court to fumish Pieter Comelissen van der Veen what he 
requires to have a/c. proof and reliqua of. 

On the petition of Pieter Comelissen vander Veen is endorsed : — Pieter 
Comelissen van der Veen is ordered by the Court to fumish within six 
days after receipt of Allard Anthony's demand, a/c, proof and reliqua of 
the goods by him found short; according to the previous judgment. 

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Tuesday 2"^ March 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Marten Cregier, AUard Anthony, Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, 
Timotheus Gabry. 

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

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Walle, deft. Pltf. 
requests to know, why the deft, had summoned him on the last Court 
day. Deft, says, for payment of a claim, that he has against his mother; 
producing in writing his answer and conclusion to the demand entered by 
the pltf. dated loV^ Feb^ last. Pltf. replies, that the Magistrates will 
please to examine it, asking the deft, for the obligation; to which he 
answers, he handed it to his sister in good faith, and not the mother, and 
never settled with her, as she was sick. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the matter in question to Joannes van Brugh, old Schepen, and 
Joannes van der Meulen to examine parties' a/cs. ; to settle the same and 
to reconcile parties if possible ; if not to report to the Court. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Ariaen Jurriaenzen Lansman, deft. Deft, 
m default. 

Ariaan Jurriaanzen Lansman, pltf. v/s Jan Quisthout, deft. Both 
in default. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Jan Comelisen Koele, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Geertje Hoppe, pltf. v/s Maghtelt Gerrits, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, twelve guilders for two earthen dishes at 24 stiv. the piece and the 
balance in brandy, which her husband either drank there or has had 
carried out, and says, that she abused her for a mother of whores. Deft, 
admits owing eight shillings for the two earthen platters, and if her hus- 
band has drank any thing there, he must be spoken to; and she scolded 
her for a thief. Pltf. denies it, replying that she drank as well as her 
husband. Deft, says, she worked for the pltf. and earned fl. 4^. De- 
mands also payment of that; which pltf. denies. Parties being heard the 
Court orders each to give in their a/cs. and to furnish one another with 
their claim and if they cannot agree to produce the a/cs at the next Court 
day. 

Lauwerens Andriesen, pltf. v/s Freric Aarzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
fl. 59. from deft, and four chairs according to obligation shewn to the 



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Court. Deft, denies owing so much. The Court order deft, to pay the 
pltf. the fifty nine guilders and four chairs according to obligation. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Capt. Post, deft. Deft, in default. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Daniel Toumeur, deft. Deft, in default. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Janzen Spiers, pltf. v/s Jan Andriesen de Graaf, deft. 
Pltf. says he bought brick from the deft, and that he broke them; produc- 
ing the judgments rendered the 17^ and 24!^ FeM last; also, the declara- 
tion produced last Court day, and requests by petition reconsideration; 
but says beforehand therein, if the deft, can swear, that he did not break 
or exchange the brick, he is satisfied to pay him immediately. Deft, is 
asked, if he will confirm by oath that he has not exchanged the Brick in 
question ? Answers, Yes. Burgomasters and Schepens order the pltf. 
to pay deft, for the brick, as he offers to swear, he did not change them. 

Jan Comelisen, the Zealander, pltf. v/s Pieter the Noorman, deft. 
According to order by the Court on the last Court day, pltf. produces 
notarial declaration of Lauwerens Pieters and Barent Joosten executed 
before the Notary Mattheus de Vos and witnesses, dated 25^ Feb^ 1660., 
who declare, that they heard Pieter the Noorman say, he sold Jan Cor- 
nelisen the Zealander, 25 morgens of land. Deft, requests copy of the 
declaration. Pltf. demands to proceed for costs and damages, which is 
granted him. The Court order copy of declaration to be furnished to 
party to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jan Rutgerzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Barber Phlipzen, arrested and 
deft. Both in default. 

Reindert Janzen Hoom, pltf. v/s Tryntie van Campen, deft. Both 
in default. 

Reindert Janzen Hoom, pltf. v/s Cors Janzen, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Arien van Laar, arrestant and pltf. v/s Albert Keuningh, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. says, that deft, owed him a skepel of wheat and gave him 
rye for it. Deft, admits he delivered pltf. a skepel of rye, but says it was 
taken from clean rye, and he gave a hat full in addition. The W: Court 
order the pltf. to be satisfied with the skepel of rye and discharge deft, 
from arrest. 

Eghbert van Borssum, pltf. v/s Jurrien Blanck, deft. PltTs wife ap- 



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pears in Coart, demanding from deft, payment of fi. 94. i. by virtue of a 
bail bond executed on 4V* Octob. 1659 before the Notary Dirck van Schel- 
luyne and witnesses. Deft, requests, that pltf. shall have three or four 
days patience or sell the goods, which she has in store as collateral secur- 
ity. The Court order deft, to pay pltf. the fl. 94: i. in the space of four 
days. 

On the remonstrance of the Orphan Masters is endorsed: — Burgo- 
masters and Schepens authorize the Orphan Masters to cause to be forth- 
with sold the goods of Nicolaas Langevelthuysen and to retain the money 
proceeding therefrom at the further order of the Burgomasters and 
Schepens. 

On the petition of Pieter Cornelisen van der Veen is endorsed: — 
Whereas Pieter Cornelisen van der Veen requests by petition, that AUard 
Anthony shall within a short time specify and exhibit to him what he 
has found too short, therefore AUard Anthony is ordered to render to 
Pieter Cornelisen van der Veen within four times four and twenty hours 
after notice hereof, what he has found too short in the receiving of the 
goods, on pain of nonsuit. 

Tuesday, 9^ March 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Marten Cregier, Jacob Strycker, Timotheus Gabry. 

Whereas the majority of the Board is not assembled, the session is 
postponed to this day eight days, and parties are ordered to appear on 
the next Court day. 

On the petition of Nicolaas Velthuyzen, wherein he requests six 
months safe conduct, as he expects his absence will be injurious to the 
creditors, but to help to settle the matter by his presence or to come to a 
friendly settlement with the creditors. Apostille: — Burgomasters and 
Schepens refer the petitioner to the Director General and Council. 

Tuesday, 9^ March, 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Marten Cregier, Comelis Steenwyck, Jacob Strycker, Timotheus Gabry. 

Ordered, on the petition of Pieter Cornelisen van der Veen, wherein 
he requests, as it appears, that Allard Anthony has no just claim against 
him, and 'tis sufficiently seen, what special great costs, trouble and vil- 
lainous vexation he has caused him, that Allard Anthony through contu- 



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macy and nonsuit be condemned to observe silence and quietness forever, 
with costs. Petitioner is ordered by Burgomasters and Schepens to 
render to Allard Anthony within four times four and twenty hours a/c. 
proof and reliqua of the goods, which he sold and enumerated in the 
margin. Allard Anthony was also through graciousness a second and last 
time ordered to specify within four times four and twenty hours aftet 
notice hereof to Pieter Comelisen van der Veen what he has found too 
short in receiving the goods; on pain of nonsuit. 

Josias Willekens appears in Court, requesting indemnification from 
Claas Mighielsen for a hhd. of tobacco, which he allowed to roll in the 
water, to this end causing an attachment to be placed in the hands of 
Ritzert Airy on some money due there to the above named Claas Mighiel- 
sen. Deft, says, he did not do it willingly, and having taken it out of the 
water he had it stripped and found it rotten inside and had about 
twenty or thirty pounds of it twisted. Burgomasters and Schepens refer 
the matter in question to Jacob Steendam and Hendrick Hendricksen 
Obe to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report to the Court. Mean- 
while the arrest remaining so long valid until the case is decided or parties 
be reconciled. 

On date, 15^ March 1660. appeared before me, Joannes Nevins, 
Secretary, Allard Anthony, declaring that he appeals to the Director 
General and Council from the order dated 9^ March 1660. ult? granted 
on the petition of Pieter Comelissen van der Veen in his cause against 
him, the appellant. 

On date, 16. March 1660. the following Placards are published from 
the City Hall of this City, after the customary ringing of the bell. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land. To all those who shall see or hear These read. Health: — Be it 
known: Whereas many Scotsmen and Traders come here every year in 
the hither bound ships, who, without having sought, much less obtained 
their Burgher Right according to the privilege granted them by the 
Director General and Council, depart from here to Fort Orange or else- 
where with their merchandize, trade the same away there and thus deriv- 
ing the greatest benefit carry it away, which the Burghers and inhabitants 



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of the City being deprived of must miss, and thus the bread is taken out 
of their mouths, in direct opposition to the privilege of Staple and Burgher 
Right, granted by the Lords Directors of the West India Company to the 
City, which further to prevent Burgomasters and Schepens studying to 
priamtain their privilege and the prosperity of this City, order and charge 
all Scotsmen and traders not to attempt to sell any goods here or to depart 
from this place to the Fort Orange or elsewhere within this District of N. 
Netherland with their merchandize or goods without having previously 
sought and obtained their Burgher Right and holding within this City an 
open shop, which that such may be duly held and observed, We order 
and charge our Officer here to pay proper attention thereto and to proceed 
on the merits against the contraveners. Every one is hereby warned and 
put on his guard against damage. Thus done and Enacted in Amsterdam 
in New Netherland in the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens the 9^ 
March 1660. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land. To all those who shall see or hear These read. Health! Be it 
known — ^Whereas some Burghers and inhabitants of this City have ex- 
hibited to Burgomasters and Schepens certain remonstrance to obtain a 
foreign trade or commerce, which remonstrance having been com- 
municated by the Burgomasters and Schepens to the Director General 
and Council, their Hon? were pleased to recommend the matter to the 
Lords Directors of the West India Company, who, according to an ex- 
tract of a despatch received from the Hon*"!* Lords Directors by the 
Director General and Council, have been pleased to favour this Province 
with a foreign trade, the rather as being a means to encourage some to 
the cultivation of land, on the prosecution and promotion of which the 
prosperity and advancement of this state depends; but under express 
condition, that the ships, which shall proceed from here to France, Spain, 
Italy, the Caribbean Islands and other countries, to trade or sell their 
freighted country produce or whatever wares or merchandize it may be, 
shall be bound and holden to steer right for the City of Amsterdam in 
Europe with the returns they may obtain, or if to this place to discharge 
and traffic, to pay such customs as the Director General and Supreme 
Councillors shall find reasonable; Which is communicated to the Com- 
monalty so that those interested may regulate themselves accordingly. 



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Thus done in Amsterdam in N. NetherUnd in the Court of Burgomasters, 
the 9^ March, 1660. 



Tuesday iffr March 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Marten Cregier, Cornelia Steenwyck, Jacob Strycker, Govert Loocker- 
mans, Timotheus Gabry. 

David Joghimzen, pltf. t/s Carsten Jansen, deft. Pltf. demands to 
know, why the deft, having the land in lease * gives up his agreement, ex* 
hibiting the lease made between Jacob Hay and Pieter Clasen on which 
the deft, entered. Deft, says, he cannot remain dwelling on the bouwery; 
he must obey the order of the supreme government; and he cannot make 
use of the land; he must ride his grain over three and a half thousand 
paces through the rough forest. The Court decree, as the Director 
General and Council have ordered a village in the neighbourhood of the 
bouwery, that the pltf. as lessor must deliver the house standing on the 
farm at the village at his own cost, and then the lessee shall fulfill the con- 
ditions of the lease. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Walle, deft. By virtue 
of power from his mother pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and eight 
and twenty guilders eighteen stivers according to a/c exhibited in Court. 
Deft demands in writing, that pltfs mother shall declare at what time 
and to whom she paid obligation, saying he gave the obligation to Mary, 
her daughter, who denies it; demanding from his mother fl. 31. 16. 8. ac- 
cording to a/c exhibited in Court. Pltf. says that the deft, according to 
the tenor of the obligation has paid five instalments; offering to prove by 
the Messenger, that the deft, gave the obligation to his mother; and asks 
the deft., if he will swear to his book that the a/c was correctly entered ? 
Answers, Yes. The Court having heard parties, seen the a/c on both 
sides and moreover the award of arbitrators and that parties have no other 
difference than about the obligation, order Metje Wessels to shew by the 
next Court day, with whom and wherein she had settled the obligation in 
question with Hendrick van der Wall. 

* This Und had been granted to Dirck Volckertsen, who lold it to Hay or Hqrci in 
1653 ; it it now in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The village mentioned is anppoaed to have 
been at the Wallabont See SHlfj, Brooklyn, I, X13, II, 321. 



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Arien Jurriaanzen Lansman, pltf. v/s Jan Quisthout, deft. Both in 
defaalt. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/g Capt Post, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
fl. 29. 7. in Zeawant. Deft, admits the debt and says, he never spoke 
to him about it until now. The W. Court order deft, to pay the pltf. in 
six weeks. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Willem Bogardus, deft. Deft in. default. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Comelis Jansen Coele, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Anthony van Aalst, deft. Pltf. says he sold 
the deft, a sail, mizzen mast and rigging, a part of which he received and 
that he will now draw back and told him that what he bought should be 
at his own risk; demanding for what he sold him, fi. 70. in zeawant and 
seven beavers. Deft, requests copy of the demand. Burgomasters and 
Schepens grant deft, copy to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Hendrick Janzen Spiers, pltf. v/s Willem Traphagen, deft. Pltf's 
wife appearing in Court demands from deft, one hundred and eighteen 
guilders for grain sold him. Deft, acknowledges the debt; demands time 
and says he gave pltf. pawn in hand. Pltf. says, the pledge is not worth 
so much. The Court order deft, to pay pltf. the hundred and eighteen 
guilders. 

Jan Andriezen de Graaf, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Spiers, deft. 
Coraelis Pieterzen Hooghboom, co-partner in the brickmaking, appears 
m Court demanding payment from the pltf. for the brick, he bought from 
them. Deft's wife appearing in Court, requests by petition, that de Graaf 
shall confirm by oath not only, that he did not change the purchased 
brick in question, but also that he has not broken it. Burgomasters and 
Schepens postpone the matter to the arrival of Jan Andriesen de Graaf, 
that he may purge himself under oath, that he has not changed nor will- 
ingly broken the brick in question. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Jacques Cosseau, deft. Pltf. in de- 
fault 

Pieter Janzen, mason, pltf. v/s Mary Boodt, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Janzen Hagenaar, pltf. v/s Jan Swaan, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Romein Servin, pltf. v/s Jan Quisthout, .deft. Deft, in default. 

Coraelis Janzen van Hooin, pltf. v/ Arien Huyberzen, deft. Pltf. 

WML m.'— SO 



146 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1660 

demands from deft, one hundred and seventy five guilders balance of pur- 
chase of lands. Deft, says, the pltf. was content with Pieter Jansen Witt 
and now addresses him ; he says he has offered him payment in pease @ 
four guilders the skepel, for which he can sell them. The Court order 
deft, to pay the pltf. the hundred and seventy five guilders. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Ariaan Jurriaanzen Lansman, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, one hundred and ninety five guilders, two stivers 
balance of rent. Deft, requests, that the lease be read, which is done 
and 'tis mentioned, that 'tis let for fi. i6o per annum, which is denied by 
him saying, he hired it for only fl. 150., but that Jan Quisthout his part- 
ner should make a bundle of clothes for the ten guilders, with which he 
was satisfied and that they both hired the house, saying further that the 
other is a man of family and he is a single man, complaining that the 
house and cellar are not in proper repair. The Court order the deft, to 
pay the pltf. the fl. 195: s. & eight beads of zeawant for a stiver^ on con- 
dition of holding his guarantee on Jan Quisthout, and if he have any claim 
for repairs of the house he can institute his action against the pltf. 

Claas Tysen, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Carstenzen and his wife, defts. 
Defts. in default. 

Saartje Pieters, pltf. v/s Sara Lauwerens, deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 743. 10. in beaver and fl. 184 in zeawant according 
to a mortgage exhibited in Court. Deft, acknowledges the debt; prom- 
ises to pay as soon as possible. Pltf. sa]rs and grants the deft, time, until 
the first trading season, provided in case he should not then pay, he may 
seise the property according to mortgage. Burgomasters and Schepens 
give the deft, time, until the season for trading according to pitfs. offer 
and in default of payment to seize the goods. 

Raghel van Tienhoven, pltf. v/s Comelis Aarzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 401. according to obligation, whereon she declares, 
the has received fl. 99. 4 in zeawant and one skepd of white peas ® three 
guilders and one skepel of gray peas four guilders and two skepds of 
wheat 9 five guilders the skepel, amounting together to fl. 117. Deft, 
denies owing so much producing an offset a,'c but without day or date, 
Pltf. demands costs of suit* The Court order deft, to pay the phf. ac- 
cording to obligation, deducting the fl« 117, that the pltf. acknowledges 



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to have received and if any further pa]rment has been made on the 
obligation he shall have duly to prove it. 

Fierick Aarzen, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van de Lange Straat, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fi. 8. for two chairs. Deft, admits the debt and 
says he offered the pltf. payment in plank. The Court order the deft, to 
pay the pltf. 

Aris Otte, pltf. v/s Ritzert Ary, deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. says, 
he has attached with deft, some goods and earned wages of Claas Mighiel* 
sen alias Jopie for a claim, he has against him, and that deft, gave up said 
property and wages to Jacob Steendam. Whereupon the Under Sheriff 
being sent for appears in Court, who was informed of the matter and 
ordered to maintain the pltf. in his right, as Ritzert Airy has let some 
goods go, that were attached with him. 

Hendrick Martenzen, pltf. v/s Hermanus van Borssum, deft. Pltf. 
demands remuneration for damage to a canoe, which deft, committed by 
sailing against it with his boat. Deft, denies it. The Court order the 
pltf. to prove, that deft, injured his canoe. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Claas Janzen Ruiter, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, conveyance of the land * purchased from him and paid for exhibiting 
the judgment of the Court dated 28^ Jan*y 1659. Defts. wife appears in 
Court; pretends the arbitrators pronounced half costs. Pltf. says, that 
the costs allowed by the arbitrators are understood for appearance. Deft, 
says, they were the costs of suit. The Court having heard parties, deft, is 
ordered to let the pltf. properly survey the land and to deliver the con- 
veyance at his cost, and parties shall mutually each bear half the costs 
of the appearance of arbitrators also of the in^[>ection of the grain. 

Arien de Visser, pltf. v/s Jan Aarsen Coopall, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. ft. 43. 15. for thirty five days hire of his boat at 25 stiv. per 
day. Deft, says, he settled with pltf. and that Black Marchandt asked 
the boat from him saying, he had authority therefore from the pltf. Pltf. 
denies it, saying he gave deft, the boat and not Black Marchandt. The 
Court refer the matter in question to Lambert Huybertsen Moll and Jan 
Hendricksen Stelman to decide the case in question and to reconcile 
parties if possible, if not to report to the Court. 

^ Nemr the present Jerolamon Str., Brooklyn, betw. Court Str. and the East River, 
nearly opposite the Battery. See for its location map in the Beigen Genealogy, p. 399. 



148 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1660 

Pieter Janzen Noorman answers the declaration of two persons pro- 
duced by Jan Comelissen the Zealander on the 2^ March 1660. The Court 
order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereunto at the next Court day. 

On the petition of Pieter Comelissen van der Veen, by which he re- 
quests perpetual silence on the part of AUard Anthony in the case which 
he has against him — is endorsed: Burgomasters and Schepens find^ that 
the petitioner has not rendered the a/c in due form, since he does not 
shew to whom the wares were sold and for what and what pay he rec^ 
which he was ordered. 

Jan Rutgerzen appears in Court producing the judgment pronounced 
between him and Jacob van den Bos and the notice given by the Bailiff. 
Bailiff is authorized to put these in execution and in default of goods 
being exhibited to put him in jail. 

Besides the reading of the before written Placards, is also read the 
following for a day of Fasting and Prayer conmiunicated to Burgomaster 
Marten Cregier in a closed letter. 
Honourable, Beloved, Faithful: — 

Whereas it has pleased God, the righteous Ruler of Heaven and the 
whole Earth justly to visit us, nay many amongst us for their sins' sake, 
the cause of all punishments, with Hot fevers, heavy Rheums, Dizziness 
of the head and many more diseases; the Province in general with threats 
of encroachments and invasions of neighbours on our long possessed 
Lands, Streams and Rivers, with Rumours of Wars and the daily fruits 
thereof, as Murders and Burnings by the Indians, Barbarous Natives com- 
mitted here especially on our countrymen and fellow inhabitants in the 
Esopus which the Righteous and not less Merciful God hath so mitigated 
and directed that, beyond our expectation, the worst did not happen ac- 
cording to the base intention of the Barbarians before He put a stop to 
the same, expecting, no doubt our repentance and conversion from our 
crying and God provoking sins such as the public desecration of His Sab- 
bath, the prophanation of His Name by cursing and swearing, our luke- 
warmness and torpor as regards His service, our drunkenness, debauchery, 
wantonness, whorings, cheatings, and many other public sins in vogue 
amongst us, to the scandal of Christian neighbours and barbarous natives; 
from which, if we do not turn, we have nothing to expect but that we shall 
perish like others and that there shall fall on us not the Tower of Siloa but 



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God's wrath from Heaven, kindled for our greater punishment if we do 
not be converted. In order then to ward off the one and obtain the other 
from the AUbeneficent God, the Director General and Council have, with 
this view, deemed it necessary to enact and prescribe a General Day of 
Fasting and Prayer which shall be holden every where within this Province 
on Wednesday before Easter being the 24*^ March. Therefore all Inhabit- 
ants of this Province both Officers and Subjects, are hereby charged to 
appear on the day aforesaid in the Church, or where it is the custom to 
preach or read God's word, in order to ardently invoke, after hearing 
God's Holy Word, the Name of the Lord with humble and stricken 
hearts, to pray and beseech Him that his Divine Majesty would be 
pleased to ward off from him and put an end to His righteous punishment 
and well earned chastisement which our crying and clamorous sins de- 
serve; to continue peace and good correspondence between us and our 
Neighbours; to keep and maintain us and this early budding Province in 
His Fatherly Protection against the machinations of these Barbarous Na- 
tives and all lUwill of those who seek its Downfall and Ruin; to bless the 
fruits of the earth with early and late rains, and before all other things to 
let us increase and grow in the Fear and Knowledge of His Name and in 
the hatred of our own sins; particularly, also, that his Divine Majesty 
would please to favour the Rulers and Governors of the Land with know- 
ledge, wisdom, prudence and holiness that they may aim at, resolve and 
courageously carry out whatever may promote the welfare of the Country 
and the prosperity of the good inhabitants: which that it may be the 
better practised and observed the Director General and Council forbid on 
the aforesaid day of Fasting and Prayer, during Divine Service, all exer- 
cise and playing at Tennis or Ball, Hunting, Fishing, Trading, Ploughing, 
Sowing, Mowing, all unlawful games such as dice playing, and getting 
drunk under the penalty already established; and the Ministers of God's 
Holy Word within this Government are requested to form their prayers 
and sermons to the purpose aforesaid. Thus done in the Assembly of the 
Heeren Director General and Council holden in Fort Amsterdam in N. 
Netherland the 23"% Feby 1660. 

Under Stood, By order of the Heeren Director General 

and Council of N. Netherland. 
Was signed, C. van Ruyven Secret^ 



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Tuesday 13. April 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Marten Cregier, Comelis Steenwyck, Jacob Strycker, 
Govert Loockennans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. Deft. 
in default. The pltf. requests benefit of default. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. The pltf. requests as above. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Seletje Arens, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. demands as above. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen's wife, deft. The 
pltf. demands the fine for that deft, has tapped for some soldiers in the 
morning. Deft, requests eight days. The Court postpones the matter 
until the arrival of the Under Sheriff. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Spiers, Catalyn 
Jorges, Bartelt Sibranzen and Mighiel Sibranzen, defts. Which case 
was also postponed until the arrival of the Under Sheriff. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Timotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, pltf. v/s Aris Otte, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. demands the benefit of the default. 

The Schout de Sille retiring from Court requests to be excused as the 
scow is coming ashore with goods. 

W Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Skipper Crul, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the consumption excise, as the deft, sold his wine like other 
burgers. Deft, denies having sold the wine in such fashion, saying he 
had neither cellar nor store, where in to keep the wine and sold the same 
on the strand. Schepen Comelis Steenwyck, rising, says the wine be- 
longs to him. Whereupon the pltf. says, Then hast thou smuggled. De- 
manding no more than his right. Mr. Steenwyck demands satisfaction for 
the pltf. saying, that he has smuggled. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties, decree as the wine was sold as it stood on the strand 
without being entered, that the Farmer has no claim. Dismiss his 
demand, in consequence. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Anthony van Aalst, deft. Mattheus de Vos 
as deft's att'y answers in writing pltf's demand made last Court day. 
Pltf. says, that the sale was final and that an Englishman was present at 
the sale, from whom pltf. is ordered to get a declaration. 



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Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Comelis Barenzen and Douwe Hermzen, 
defts. Pltf. produces in writing his demand against the defts., conclud- 
ing that Douwe Hermsen shall be condemned to erect the small house, 
which he undertook, in front of the lot he bought from Comelis Barensen, 
and that Comelis Barensen shall suffer and allow it. Deft. Comelis 
Barensen says, he has nothing to do with it. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decide, that pltf. shall have to be satisfied with the lot and timber sold 
according to conditions and proposals read at public sale. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Walle, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, payment of fl. 128. x8. declaring, she had paid to deft. 
the obligation in question according to the order of the last Court day. 
Deft, denies it and demands from pltf. fl. 31: 16: 8. Deft, is asked, why 
he gave the obligation to pltf. ? Answers, he gave the obligation to pltf. 
when he moved from Joannes de Peister's saying: *' Meuitje, hold the ob- 
ligation, I shall come and settle with you tomorrow or the day after." 
Deft, entering again, was asked, if he will declare on oath, that he did 
not receive any thing on the obligation, and has not settled, and he shall 
well consider. Answers, Yes. Burgomasters and Schepens order Metje 
Wessels for the second time, to prove to whom, at what time and in what 
species she paid the obligation in question to van der Wall. 

Jacques Cosseau, pltf. v/s Anthony Bagyn, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Adriaan Vincent, pltf. v/s Antony Bagyn, deft . Pltf's wife appears 
m Court demanding from the deft. fi. 140. 7. in seawant. Deft, admits 
the debt; says he has nothing. The Court order deft to pay pltf. 

Maria Boot, pltf. v/s Barent Cmytdop, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Pieter Jansen, mason, pltf. v/s Maria Boot, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. complains, that the deft, slandered him, abusing him as a rogue and a 
thief; producing declaration of two persons to that effect. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order Maria Boot to appear in Court on the next Court day, 

in default whereof the Under Sheriff shall be ordered to bring her. 

« 

Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Anna van Borssum, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the farmer's excise on six hhds. of French wine. Deft, 
says, she had paid the excise thereon, producing for this purpose a permit^ 
to remove, from the books of Salomon La Chair. The Court order the 
deft, to prove, that it is the same wine, which she removed from the 
Ferry to Daniel van Donck's cellar. 



152 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1660 

M' Paulus complains, that Anneken van Borssum took too much 
ferriage from him in difference of a/cs. exhibiting the a/c. Which 
being communicated to Anneken, says that her son Hermanns who is 
without, has better knowledge thereof; and being called in, he says that 
the Fiscal told him he may take six stivers ferriage from each person when 
ice is going. Parties were recommended in Court to settle their dispute 
among each other. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visscher, pltf . v/s Reinier Gaukes, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Jan Teunissen, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
twenty one guilders five stivers. Deft, acknowledges the debt and says, 
he offered to pay pltf. in the harvest, and that he has nothing now. The 
Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. twenty one guilders five stivers. 

Claas Pietersen Cors, pltf. v/s Geurt Coerten, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Thomas Wandel, arrestant and pltf. v/s Ritzert Bridnel, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands from the deft, the obligation against William Herck 
dec"^, as the same is paid by the aforesaid Herck. Deft, says, it is not 
entirely paid. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question 
to Carel van Brugh, Tomas Hall and Jacobus Vis to decide the same and 
to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report to the Court. The arrest 
remaining meanwhile valid. 

Salomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Ritzert Bridnell, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, sixty six guilders six stivers arising from consumed board, 
loaned monies and excise, requesting that the arrest of the deft, may con- 
tinue, until he is paid. Deft, admits the debt; promises to pay as soon 
as he can. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. and the arrest re- 
mains meanwhile valid. 

Eghbert Wouterzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Claas Pieterzen Cos, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, payment of monies dis- 
bursed to the sum of fl. in. 8. with interest, and requests that he may 
not be allowed to depart before he has paid. Deft, says he has paid and 
earned something thereon. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 
the hundred and eleven guilders and eight stivers, on condition of deduct- 
ing what he can prove he has fairly paid and earned thereon; the arrest 
remaining meanwhile valid. 



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Claas Pietersen Cors, pltf. v/s Isaack Abrahamzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Jan Smedingh, pltf. v/s Moenes Pieterzen, deft. Pltf. says he hired 
a small house from the deft, for 24 gl. the year and has occupied it half a 
year; is on a bouwery where he is going to live the half year and that 
others reside in the house; and he paid the deft, thirteen guilders and 
that deft, has seized eleven guilders with Jan van der Bilt; asks why he 
has done so ? Answers, for the remaining rent. Deft, is asked, if the 
others have gone to dwell in the house with his consent ? Answers, Yes. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties decree, as the deft, 
allowed others to reside in the house, that, in that case he has no claim 
on the pltf. Therefore pltf. may receive the money from Jan van der Bilt. 

Romein Servyn, pltf. v/s Jan Twisthout, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. produces an assignment of Jacob Vis on deft. Burgomasters and 
Schepens advise the pltf. to see Jacobus Vis, as the deft, will not pay. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Willem Bogardus, deft. Defts. 2*^ default. 
Pltf. demands from the deft. fl. 24. 7. The Court order deft, to deposit 
the money with the Sec? of this City within three times twenty four hours. 

Claas de Noorman, arrestant and pltf. v/s Goodman Bets, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Sybout Clazen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Smitt, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hendrick Martenzen, pltf. v/s Hermanns van Borssum, deft. Pltf 's 
wife appears in Court producing according to the order of the last Court 
day, a declaration against the deft, setting forth, that the deft, stated he 
wfll let the canoe be repaired. Deft, admits it, and says he so stated 
to prevent trouble; requests copy to answer thereunto at the next Court 
day; producing also a declaration against the pltf. Deft, appearing in 
Court is informed, that it is better to let the canoe be again repaired than 
to proceed further, which will be more expensive ; which he, the deft, 
undertakes to do; which offer is communicated to the pltf. by Burgo- 
nusters and Schepens; and she is ordered to be satisfied therewith, to 
prevent further costs. 

Hay Olferzen, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft eighteen days wages less one quarter of a day @ four guilders per 
day. Deft, says, he spoke to pltf. to work with him; he shall enjoy with 



154 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1660 

him the wages earned; which pltf. denies. The Court refer the matter to 
Pieter van Couwenhoven and Adolf Pietersen to reconcile parties if pos- 
sible; if not, to report to the Court. 

Jaa Jansen Hagenaar, pltf. v/s Jan Swaan, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 29. 16. for wages at his house. Deft's wife appears in 
Court; acknowledges the debt. Burgomasters and Schepens order the 
deft, to pay the pltf. 

Joseph d'Acosta, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Deft, in default. 

Comelis Barenzen's wife appears in Court demanding payment of the 
last instalment for the lot, which her husband sold Tomas Swarwout. 
The Court say it is disposed of. 

Asser Levy appearing in Court requests, that he may take, under 
security the i7f ells of cloth and 12 gl. in seawant lying attached at the 
City Hall, in Anthony Baguyn's chest, which he gave him. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order Asser Levy to produce proof at the next Court day, 
that he gave the cloth and money to Antony Bagyn. 

Jacques Cosseau appears in Court; says he has attached the goods of 
Anthony Bagyn at the City Hall for fl. 27. in seawant, and a sow on half 
the increase ; demanding payment thereof. Burgomasters and Schepens 
say, when the goods are sold, he shall come in concurrently with others. 

Arien de Visser appears in Court producing the judgment in the suit 
against Jan Coopal, saying, that Jan Coopal will have nothing to do with 
the arbitrators ; and that he summoned him, but it is not on the roll, and 
he has left. Burgomasters and Schepens say, when he returns to arrest 
him. 

Carel van Brugh and Sara Comwel his wife request in writing, that 
the attachment on Anthony van Hardenberghs goods remaining with 
Govert Loockermans may be declared valid by virtue of a legacy, which 
the abovenamed Herdenbergh left his sister Lysbet. Apostille: — ^The 
arrest is declared invalid, until proof be made, that the goods remaining 
with Govert Loockermans belong particularly to Anthony van Herdcn- 
bergh decl 

Pieter Comelizen van der Veen requests by petition that AUard An- 
thony shall be estopped in his claim according to the order of the 9^ 
March and condemned to perpetual silence, with costs. Apostille: — ^The 
Court persist in their previous Apostille dated 9^ March last. 



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Tuesday 27. April 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Olof Stevensen Cortlant, in place of the absent Burgomasters, Jacob 
Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry. 

Olof Stevensen Cortlant exhibits in Court the following acte of quali- 
fication : — 

Whereas both the ruling Burgomasters of this City are absent, the 
Old Burgomaster Olof Stevensen van Cortlant is hereby requested, ap- 
pointed and qualified to attend during their absence in place of the pre- 
siding Burgomaster and to manage all occurring City matters both in and 
without this Court. Done Fort Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 36^ 
April 1660. Understood — By Order of the Honble Director General and 
Council of N. Netherland; was signed 

Comelis van Ruyven Secref^ 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf . v/s Maria Boot, deft. Both in default. 

Pieter Jansen, mason, pltf. v/s Maria Boot. Pltf. says, that the deft, 
accused him of being a thief and a rogue, producing a declaration of Huy* 
bert de Bruyn and Jacob van den Bos and demands, that she shall prove 
it, or otherwise that she shall receive what such merits; claiming all 
damages. Deft, says, he first scolded her and that he ought to quarrel 
with men and not with women; she could also have obtained a declara- 
tion, had she brandy to spend. Pltf. denies having scolded her and 
says she shall prove it. The Court postpone the matter to the next Court 
day. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Reinier Gaukes, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty five guilders and six stivers for 
consumed board. The Court order the deft, to deposit the money with 
the Secretary within three times four and twenty hours. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen Coele, deft. Defts. 2I de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty seven guilders two stivers for 
consumed board. The Court order the deft, to deposit the money with 
the Secretary of this State within three times four and twenty hours. 

Huybert de Bruyn, mason, pltf. v/s Raghel van Tienhoven, deft. 
Both in default. 

Willem Doeckles, arrestant and pltf. v/s Glaude La Metre, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 260: 15 according to a/c exhibited 
to the Court. Deft, having communication of the a/c says, the fl. 185 



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standing in the a/c lies ready at Joannes Vervelen's; and when he, the 
pltf., caused him to be arrested, he looked for him and found him in a 
tavern, where he asked him for the a/c, in presence of Isaack de Foreest, 
who was by ; to which he answered I have not the a/c, which being 
stated to Willem Doeckles, he is asked, why he did not then furnish the 
a/c to him ? Answers he said, I have not yet made it out ; I will give it 
to you tomorrow. Parties being heard, Glaude La Metre is ordered by 
the Court to pay Willem Doeckles the fi. 185, balance of the fi. 385. and 
if Willem Doeckles has any claim further on Glaude La Metre, he shall 
furnish him the a/c thereof and institute his action; and Glaude La Metre 
is discharged from arrest, as he was with Willem Doeckles in company 
with Isaack Foreest and demanded the a/c from him, but it was not given 
him. 

Hans Dreper, pltf . v/s Hay Olferzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Hay Olferzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. prosecutes an attachment served on the monies of the deft 
in the hands of Hendrick Jansen Spiers on a claim his wife has against 
him by virtue of a judgment. The Court declare the arrest valid. 

Tomas Verdon, pltf. v/s Jan Quisthout, deft. Deft, in default. 

Nicolaas Meyer, arrestant and pltf. v/s Evert Dirckzen van As, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands in writing fulfillment of contract for 
delivery of timber according to agreement, made with deft., claiming all 
costs, damage and interest suffered thereon, as the same must be de- 
livered before the winter. Deft, says, he was sick ten weeks, and that he 
pltf. expected some timber. Nicolaas Meyer, appearing in Court, de- 
mands that deft, shall deliver the timber according to contract and agree- 
ment within eight days. Evert Dirckzen appearing in Court and being 
informed of the demand of Nicolaas Meyer promises to deliver the timber 
within fourteen days. The Court order deft, to deliver the timber ac- 
cording to his promise within fourteen days. 

M' Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger, arrestant and pltf. v/s Marten 
the Carpenter, arrested and deft. Both in default. 

Sybout Clazen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Smitt, deft. Pltf. says, 
he worked for deft, at his house and cannot agree about wages: requests 
of the Court, that two arbitrators may be appointed to tax the same. 
Defts. wife appears ; requests the same. The Court refer the matter to 



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Pieter van Couwenhoven and Abraham Janzen, carpenter, to examine the 
work and estimate the same and to reconcile parties if possible ; if not to 
report to the Court. 

Josep. d'Acosta, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Defts. 2I default 
Pltf. demands from deft, one beaver and two guilders in zeawant. The 
Court order the deft, to deposit the beaver and the two guilders in sea^ 
want within three times four and twenty hours with the Secretary of this 
City. 

Burger Jorisen, pltf. v/s Geertje, widow of Reyer Stoffelzen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft. pa3rment of a lot * sold to her and says, that 
deft, will make him responsbile for what she loses on the lot by the survey 
of the Surveyors, and that she has built on the lot. Deft, says, he sold 
the lot, but has not conveyed it to her. The Court postpone the matter 
to the arrival of the Burgomasters. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Jan Teunissen, deft. Pltf. demands from deft. 
fl. 21. 5. Is asked how long an indulgence does he give him ? Answers 
fourteen days. Deft, promises to pay him in the harvest. The Court 
order deft, to pay pltf. within the time of fourteen days, and in default 
thereof the arrest issued shall take effect. 

Joannes Vervelen requests by petition, that Comelis Barenzen shall 
be condemned to build the small house, the expense of which'he told him 
at the sale of the lot and timber he was to bear; if not that he indemnify 
him for the damage he will suffer thereby as he said the building was in- 
cluded therein; whereupon he purchased the lot. Apostille: — The Court 
persist in their last rendered judgment, and if the petitioner thinks he has 
any claim on Comelis Barenzen on the ground, that he has misled him, 
he can institute his action against him. 

Pieter Jansen Trynenburgh, alias Noorman, requests by petition, 
that Jan Comelisen the Zealander shall ^be again ordered to render his 
reply on the next Court day, on pain of nonsuit with costs, inasmuch as 
he has remained in default to reply according to the order of the 16^ 
March last. Jan Comelisen the Zealander is hereby for the second time 
ordered by the Court of this City to prosecute his suit, that he has against 

* Thit lot was on the S. W. corner of the present Beaver and William Str. and was 
c o tt Tcyed AprU 14, 1660. Sonth William Str. has since been cat through it. Valentine's 
Maaaal, '65, p. 666.— B. F. 



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Pteter Jansen Noorman, and to reply to the aforesaid Pieter Janscn's 
answer on the next Court day. 

The Under Sheriff Resolveert Waldron appears in Court sajring, that 
he comes in the name of M' de Sille, to prosecute the attachment issued 
against one Hendrick MuUer's goods lying in store, in the possession of 
Comelis Steenwyck; also against the goods of Comelis Willemsen, car- 
penter, arrived in the ship the Beaver^ as they both have absconded from 
here. The Court declare the arrest valid. 

Wednesday, 28^ April 1660. Extraordinary Session holden in the 
City Hall. Present the Heeren Olof Stevensen Cortlant, in place of the 
absent Burgomasters ; Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus 
Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

M! Willem Weit, pltf. v/s M^ Samuel Smitt, deft. Parties have 
settled with each other. 

Tuesday, 4 May 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Nica- 
sius de Sille, AUard Anthony, Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, 
Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Schout de Sille, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. Defts. 2I default. 

The Heer Schout de Sille, pltf. v/s Bartelt Sybranzen and Mighiel 
Sybranzen, defts. Deft. Mighiel Sybranzen in default. The pltf. says, 
that deft, fought in the street with his servant before Pieter Janx. 
Deft, denies it, saying they did not fight with each other, but were 
together in sport to see, for a can of wine, who was the strongest. Pltf. 
replies and says, that deft, told him, that his man first struck him and 
that he would not have such a servant and that the servant is away from 
him. Deft, rejoins and says, he did not strike except in play; offers to 
confirm such on oath, and demands that it be proved, that he had been 
fighting. The Officer tenders the oath to the deft., whereupon deft, an- 
swers he will prove by witnesses, that they were together only in sport for 
a can of wine — saying wherefore should I take an oath ? The Court 
order the deft, to prove by the next Court day that they were together at 
the time only in sport. 

The Under Sheriff Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Moses Lucena, deft. 
Pltf. says, that deft, was fighting with Jan Jansen van Rotterdam; de- 
mands the fine. Deft, says, Jan Jansen first struck him and that he 



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must defend himself. Burgomasters and Schepens postpone the matter to 
the next Court day and order the Under Sheriff then to summon Jan 
Jansen to confront them with each other. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen, deft. The pltf. 
saysy that the deft, in company with Abel Hardenbroeck and others broke 
windows and made a noise in the street. Deft, denies it, but admits he 
was in company. The pltf. demands postponement, until the arrival of 
Marten Cregier and that deft, shall meanwhile give bail to appear, when 
summoned or otherwise remain in the place in which he is. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order the deft, to enter bail to appear on the summons of 
the Officer and defend himself, and the case is postponed till the arrival 
of Marten Cregier. Jacob Strycker enters himself as bail for the deft. 
Frans Janzen. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Jons Dopzen's Wife, deft. Pltf. 
says, that deft, is ordered to produce proof, that she did not tap after nine 
o'Qock at night. Deft, produces certain declaration from three persons, 
namely Crynen Marselis, Evert Clasen, Comelis Comelisen van der Ree, 
who declare that they did not see the deft, tap any drink for soldiers, who 
came into deft's house at night against her will and consent; and the 
deft, answers the pltf 's demand, dated 13'!' April last. The Under Sheriff 
j^pears in Court; say he has witnesses, to whom the deft, stated, that she 
tapped at night a mutje of brandy and a can of beer; Willem Bogardus, 
appearing for this purpose, declares that she, deft., told [him so. Deft, 
says, she stated that she tapped by day. The Under Sheriff Resolveert 
Waldron says, that the soldiers came there at two o'Clock at night and 
remained there until day, and that the Burgomaster Marten Cregier heard 
the soldiers, as they stood on the square before his house ''^ boast of it; 
and that deft, told him, the man servant with the powder in his face 
stated, that he would pay the shot (club money). Whereunto deft, 
answers, that he neither said so nor had drunk any. The Court order 
the Under Sheriff to produce further proof. 

Tomas Verdon, pltf. v/s Jan Quisthout, deft. Defts. 2^ default. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 22. 5. for firewood and an axe. The Court 
order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City within 
three times four and twenty hours. 

^ Ob the Wotside of Bowling Green, the tbove mentiooed " Sqnare." 



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Huybert de Brayn, pltf. t/s R^j^tel van TienboTen, deft. PItf. uj%, 
be agreed with deft, to repair a chimney, lo that it shonid not smoke, and 
that he Kmght to do to in divert wa]rs, and that deft will not pay him 
now. DefL lays, that the pltf. ondeitook to repair it from above and 
that he made a number of holet to accompliib his object thereby; will 
prove this; and that it still smokes. The Court order the deft, to produce 
her proof at the next Court day. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Hay Olfenen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 38 for consumed drink. Deft, acknowedges the debt and has 
nothing to object to it, but says, he has no money. The Court order the 
deft, to pay the pltf. the fl. 38. within three times four and twenty hours. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Jacob de Haan, deft. Both in defanlL 

Pieter Jansen, mason, pltf. v/s Maria Boot, deft, and Huybert de 
firuyn and Jacob van den Bos, witnesses. Pltf. demands reparation of 
character from deft., for having abused him as a rogue and a thief, and 
that she shall prove it. Deft, says, if he had not troubled her, she should 
not have scolded him. Pltf. denies having troubled her. Deft, is asked 
if she can prove, that the pltf. is a rogue and a thief ? Answers, No; 
saying, I know not what he is. Was further asked, if she can prove, that 
be troubled her and if there were any one present ? Answers that Bmyn 
the Mason was there, but that he withdrew; 8a)ring further, that the wit- 
nesses have testified for a pint of brandy. Bmyn the Mason denies it, 
relating how the matter occurred, and that she said, she would prove it, 
but had not heard, that he had scolded her, and that the Notary Tielman 
van Vleeck told her to cease, but she would not. The Schout as guardian 
of the peace against Maria Boot concludes, as there is no proof to the con- 
trary and according to her own confession, that the aforesaid Maria Boot 
shall have to satisfy the pltf. to beg of justice remission and forgiveness 
and to pay a fine of twenty five guilders ; with costs. Maria Boot is asked, 
what she has to object; answers, to postpone it lo her husband's return. 
The Schout replies; whereas the deft, frivolously ezcepu and is ttill 
speaking ill, what ought not be suffered before the Bench of Justice, and 
tli.-ii the deft, shall remain in Boot's chamber, until the sentence or judg- 
ment l>e fulfilled. The Court having heard parties and the demand and 
conrliision of the Officer, condemn the deft, for her bad and unbecoming 
larii:u.tge (which ought not be tolerated in a well ordered place, where 



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justice is maintained,) in a fine of twenty five guilders, praying the pltf. 
and Justice for forgiveness and further to pay the costs of suit. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Arent Lauwenzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Nysie Andries, pltf. v/s Cors Jansen, deft. Pltf. sajrs, that deft, re- 
fuses to vacate the house, which he hired from her, and that his house is 
empty and that she must leave the house, which she occupies. Deft, says, 
he hired the house for a year and that the time is up on the 3I June next 
coming and offered an assignment and to pay the remainder in fourteen 
days in fulfillment of the rent. Pltf. replies, that he hired the house to 
May. Deft, denies it; and sajrs there was no lease made. And whereas 
there is no proof on either side, the Court refer the matter in question to 
Dirck van Schelluyne and Burger Joris to reconcile parties if possible; if 
not to report to the Court. Meanwhile the deft, is ordered to vacate 
pltTs house. 

Grytje, the maid of Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Susan, wife of Claas 
Tysen, cooper, deft. Deft, in default. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 14: 14: 8 for earned salary: demands payment or in 
default thereof immediate execution. Deft, says, he has not got his 
payment; promises to pay. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 
with costs. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Jan Jerrisen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft fl. 5: 14: 8 for earned fees; requests payment or in default thereof 
immediate execution. Deft, says that Gabriel de Haas' wife will not pay 
him. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. with costs. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Barent Gerrisen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 5: 14. 8 for earned fees; requests payment or in default immedi- 
ate execution. Deft, sajrs, Hans Dreper will not pay him the costs. The 
Court order deft, to pay pltf. with costs. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Styntje Hermz, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 10. 4: 8. for earned fees; requests payment or in default im- 
mediate execution. Deft, says she has not been able to get any money of 
Jacob van Couwenhoven's rent. The Court order the deft to pay the 
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Styntje Hermz^ pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoveiiy deft. Deft in 
default. The Court order the Bailiff to put in execution without delaj 
the judgment, which St3mtje Henns has against him. 

Barent Gerrizen, pltf. v/s Hans Dreper, deft Pltf. demands from 
deft, the costs incurred in the suit, which he had against him about a hog; 
with costs thereof. Deft says, he had the pltf. asked by the Court Mes- 
senger about the costs and how much they were. The Court order the 
deft, to pay the pltf. the costs. 

Nicolaas Meyer, pltf. v/s Dirck Clasen Pottebacker, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft. fl. 285. in good current seawant according to obliga- 
tion dated 13. Feb: 1660 due ist May following; with costs incurred and 
to be still incurred. Deft, demands time to go up [the river] to collect, 
what he has outstanding there to pay the pltf. saying he intended, that he 
should get it. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. according to 
obligation on condition of deducting what is paid thereon. 

Jan Gerrizen, pltf. v/s Gabriel de Haas' wife, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Jacob van den Bos, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft fl. 3. 18. for costs. Deft, says, he searched for pltf's canoe; 
offers to pay him when he has given him salvage. The Court order deft 
to pay pltf. without delay. 

Resolved, ratified and concluded in Court, that the previously en- 
acted Ordinance of Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens on the subject of 
appearance at and absence from the ordinary, extraordinary and other 
meetings shall be strictly obeyed and observed conformably to its tenor; 
to wit: — 

Whoever comes half an hour too late shall pay a fine of ten stivers. 
Whoever comes one hour too late twenty stiv: 

Whoever is absent altogether .... forty stiv: 
but herefrom are excepted all, who shall have gone for the regulation 
of their affairs to Fort Orange, the South River or New England; also 
those, who are sick or have any just cause to be absent The same re* 
maining to be proved at the discretion of the Court to fine those, who 
shall not then have any such. And that the abovewritten be better 
obeyed and observed, it is unanimously concluded by the Board, that 
those, on whom the aforesaid fines shall *fall, shall pay, whatever the 



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Boafd shall please, without any objection. Done in the Court of Schout, 
Burgomasters and Schepens in the City Hall the First of June 1660. 

Nicasius de Sille, 
Allard Anthony, 
Marten Kregier, 
Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Govert Loockermans, 
Timotheus Gabry, 
J. Backer. 

Tuesday, first of June 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de SiUe, Allard Anthony, Marten Cregier, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. The 
pltf. says, the deft, was in company with others and broke windows by 
night, for which he wishes to compromise. Deft, denies not only, that 
he broke windows, but also that he wishes to compromise. The pltf. says, 
that the others, who were with him say, that he broke the windows, which 
is again denied by the deft. The Under Sheriff Resolveert Waldron says, 
that deft, went in company with the others from Andries Rees to Joris 
Dopzen's and stated, that they were among them. The pltf. appears in 
Court; is asked what his demand is and where his declarations ? Answers 
he has exhibited the declarations, and that he demands ;^2o. Flemish ac- 
cording to the placard and ordinance of Holland. The Court order the 
pltf. to bring in his documents and proofs at the next Court day and 
again to summon for that time Abel Hardenbroeck with Frans Jansen. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille v/s Arien Jurriaanzen Lansman, deft. The 
pltf. demands from deft, the fine according to Placard because deft, does 
not proceed with the solemnization of his marriage. Deft, says, he 
could not be ready as the clothes were not yet made; also last Sunday fort- 
ni^t the last publication was made. 

The Under Sheriff Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Jan Jansen van 
Rotterdam and Moses Lucena, defts. Pltf. [complains], that defts. have 
foQf^t with each other in presence of him and the Schout, demanding the 
fine according to placard; the which is a double fine as the occurrence 



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took place in the presence of the Officers or one of the Magistrates. Deft. 
Lucena says, that Jan Jansen first struck hira, which is denied by Jan Jan- 
sen. Moses Lucena admits, that he gave Jan Jansen a shove and he there- 
upon struck him. The Court condemn the defts. Jan Jansen and Moses 
Lucena each in the fine of two pounds flemish. 

Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Bartelt Sybranzen^ deft. The 
pltf. says, that deft, was ordered on the last Court day to prove, that 
he did not strike his servant, but that they were in jest together. Deft. 
says, that the Schout shall prove, that he fought with his man. The pltf. 
says he, himself, saw it. The Court grant deft, still fourteen days delay 
to produce his witnesses. 

The Schout Nicasius de Sille and Hendrik Janzen van der Yin 
appear in Court and the Schout declares, that some. cheeses have come 
from Holland for one Jan Gouwenbergh, who sailed after their arrival 
and that the same lie in Hendrick Jansen van der Yin's cellar, which with 
the knowledge of the General were taken from the cases, in which they 
lay and inventoried by Secretary Nevius in presence of two witnesses and 
lay there apart from each other; and whereas the aforesaid cheeses were 
not in good condition creating, a great stench both in the cellar aforesaid 
as thereabout, request that they be sold by the Court in presence of one 
of the Bench, for the best advantage of the interested. The Court grant 
the request of the Schout de Sille and Hendrick Jansen van der Yin and 
they have power to have the above mentioned cheeses sold by the Yendn 
Master Timotheus Gabry in presence of Jacob Strycker. 

Burgomaster Allard Anthony, arrestant and pltf. v/s Ritzert Bulck^ 
arrested and deft. The pltf. says, that deft, came with one RoelofiF Jan- 
sen, lace maker, and settled the claim, which he had against him for five 
hundred pieces of firewood, which he should deliver him in three parts 
and that the time to pay the whole is entirely elapsed; demanding pay- 
ment. Deft, says, he gave the pltf. one hundred pieces of firewood and 
to avoid coming before the Court agreed with him; he further makes 
known his ill circumstances. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 
the five hundred pieces of firewood according to agreement, and relieve 
him from arrest. 

Govert Loockennans, pltf. v/s Age Bruynsen, deft. The pltf. says, 
that deft, cut sods from the best of his land; demands indemnification — 



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requires the sum of fifty guilders. The Officer, as guardian, demands the 
fine according to placard. Deft, says, he knew not whose land it was. 

Francois de Bruyn, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Arcot, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. says, that he purchased from deft, a mare and a foal for fifteen 
pounds sterling payable in Osnaburgh linen ® twelve stivers the ell and 
anise @ thirty guilders the anchor, and that he experienced great damage,' 
because the deft, did not deliver the horse, as he was to deliver it to an 
Englishman. Deft, produces a declaration of Anthony van Aalst, 
executed before Secretary Joannes Nevius, dated the first of June of this 
year, and witnesses; also a translation of Francois Bil's declaration from 
the English; also one of Eduart Lockmort and many other papers, by 
which he pn^ves, that he wanted to deliver the horse and that the pltf. 
stated, he did not care whether he got the horse or not; demanding to be 
discharged from arrest, the purchase to be annulled and all losses and in- 
conveniences herein made good. Pltf. demands eight days time under- 
taking to prove otherwise and says, that he offered the deft, the payment 
and that he should come for the same with a yacht, and requested him to 
get a man to bring the horse to the Manhattans, which he did; agreed 
with him for twenty shillings, which he promised to give him; saying, that 
the deft, should make ten shillings thereby; and undertakes to prove 
otherwise by the produced witnesses. Francois de Bruyn called in ap- 
pears, and is informed by the Court of the great expense, that would 
attend remaining under arrest ; whereunto he answers, that the deft, may 
be provisionally discharged from arrest and withall that his cause shall 
proceed. The Court discharge deft, from arrest and order the pltf. to 
produce his proof at the next Court day. 

Jacob van Couwenhowen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. sajrs, he comes for his father. He is asked if he 
has procuration ? Answers, Yes, but not with him; was therefore 
ordered to bring the same; the same is delivered in and being seen and 
read, they find the procuration is passed not only to the pltf., but also to 
his brother Pieter and Elbert in the Bay and that the one shall not act 
without the other; the deft, was therefore discharged from arrest. 

Catharina Boot, arrestant and pltf. v/s Albert Albertzen, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, nine guilders balance of five deer 
skins ® fl. 5. each, on*which her father received a hog for sixteen guild- 



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CIS. Deft says, he gave the hog to the father for two beavers, to which 
the pltf. says, she knows nothing of beavers. The Court postpone the 
case to the return of Nicolaas Boot and discharge deft from arrest 

Joannes Nevius, pltf. v/s Bartholdus Maan, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft fl. 12. 5 for fees in the suit against David Wessels with the 
costs incurred and still to be incurred and requests, that he may lift die 
monies attached in the hands of the Vendu Master Timotheus Gabry. 
Deft, says, he renews the suit. The Court allow the pltf. to lift the 
monies attached in the hands of the Vendu Master. 

Jacques Corteljau, arrestant and pltf. v/s Albert Alberaen, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. in default 

Capt. Jacob, pltf. v/s Alexander Carolus Curtius, deft, and Daaid 
Toumeur as witness. Deft, in default. 

Abraham Lucena, pltf. v/s Romein Servyn, deft Pltf. produces in 
writing his demand against the deft, for the sum of 11 guilders 16 stiv. 
and complains, that deft, called his wife a whore; producing a declaration 
to this efifect. Deft says, he owes the pltf. no more than fl. 10. 16. and 
that pltf*s wife first called him a rogue. The Heer Schout as guardian 
demands, that deft, shall be amerced in a civiL^ne, as he denies not 
having said it. Pltf. says, he did not summon the deft, so much for the 
debt, as for the injury. Parties being heard and examined the deft is 
ordered to pay the pltf. the fl. 10. x6. and parties on both sides were 
ordered to keep quiet and not to trouble each other any more. 

Albert Alberzen, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft Pltf. pro* 
duces his demand in writing, demanding from deft. 25 morgens of land, 
bought from him according to deed of sale; also the transport Deft 
says, he has nothing to object, sajring first, that the general ground brief 
must be drawn up from [his 'fathers ground briefs and demands copy of 
the request The Court order copy of the demand to be furnished to 
deft, at his request, to answer theretmto at the next Court day. 

Huybert de Bruyn, pltf. v/s Raghel van Tienhoven, deft Deft in 
default Deft, delivering according to order of the last Court day her 
evidence in writing, it was read to the pltf., who answering thereunto 
denies, what is so testified and says, that no person was present, when the 
agreement was made. The Court order the deft. Ra|^el van Tienhoven 
to appear with her witnesses on the next Court day. 



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Jan Aanen, pltf. v/8 Hendrick Arenzen, deft Pltf . demands fram 
deft, wages for the repair of his yacht according to contract passed before 
die Notary Dirck van Schelluyne and certain witnesses; also for the extra 
work. Deft, says, the yacht is not yet repaired and caulked and that he 
has retained his gun and rest^; claiming damages suffered thereby; de* 
maads arbitrators to examine and value the extra work. The Court refer 
die case to Lauwerens Comdisen van der Wei and Lambert Huyberzen 
Mol to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their action to the 
Court. 

Ritxert Bulck, pltf. v/s Jeems Brady, deft. Pltf. complains, that 
deft does not erect his house, for which he contracted. Deft, says he is 
waiting for the timber; being willing to prove the same. The Court 
order deft to build the house without delay and pltf. is ordered to fur* 
nidi sattaMe timber. 

Jacob Janxen Staats, skipper of the Moesman^ prosecutes the attach- 
ment issued against Jan de Ruyter's goods still in his ship, requesting 
diat the attachment be declared valid. The Court declare the attachment 
vmUd. 

Whereas the tifl||^ expired, the Court Messenger is told to inform 
the parties, who are not yet disposed of, to return on the next Court day; 
and it is resolved by the Board to assemble at seven o'Clock in the morn- 
ing, on the next Court day. 

After the adjournment of the Board, Cornelia Plujrvier appears, who 
inf<»ms Mr. Allard Anthony, that he is come to prosecute the attachment 
issued i^ainst the goods of the absconding Comelis WiUemsen, carpenter. 
The President orders Comelis Pluyvier to return on the next Court day. 



Tuesday, 8? June 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, Allard Anthony, Marten Cregier, Jacob Strycker, 
Covert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

On Jan Comelissen the Zealander's rejoinder against Pieter Jansen 
Noorman is ordered; The Court order copy to be furnished to party to 
rejoin thereunto at the next Court day. 

• On the petition- of Taelman Van Vleeck, attorney for Symon Clasen 

* ^ Th< anticait gmf or mbsket bad ft test or supporter on which it was laid when 
aboal tobe-discfaaiged. ••••••• 



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Turck, wherein he requests, that the Court may not only examine, but 
also expedite the solution given in by him relative to the fulfilment of the 
interlocutory judgment pronounced 28^ January last, it is ordered: — Copy 
of the solution shall be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the 
next Court day. 

On the petition of Tielman van Vleeck attorney for Joannes Witthart, 
ordered: — ^Whereas the monies are adjudged to Joannes van Brugh by 
virtue of a mortgage and accordingly preferred, the petitioner cannot receive 
any of the same except of the overplus concurrently with other creditors. 

On the petition of Hendrick Jansen Spiers ordered: — ^Whereas the 
petition is contrary to the form of law Hendrick Jansen Spiers is ordered, 
if he have any claim against Robbert Roelantsen and M! Abraham, to 
summon them before the Burgomasters and Schepens. 

On the answer of Anthony van Aalst against Mighiel Tades, ordered: 
— ^The Court order copy to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at 
the next Court day. 

On the petition of Abraham Lucena is endorsed: — Petitioner is or- 
dered to summon Romein Servyn at the next Court day and to appear 
with his wife before the Court. 

On the petition of Abraham Verplanck, wherein he requests revision 
of the papers used in the suit against Raghel van Tienhoven ordered: — 
The petitioner shall deposit twenty guilders in the hands of the Court 
before being admitted to revision. 

On the petition of Mary de Truy ordered: — Petitioner is referred to 
Govert Loockermans and Isaack de Foreest, guardians of the minor 
children. 

On the petition of Annatje Hartmans ordered: — Petitioner is ordered 
to summon Walewyn van der Veen for the next Court day and to institute 
her action against him. 

The bill of Pieter Janzen, mason, in the suit, which he had with Mary 
Boot being considered and examined by the Court, their W? decree, that 
Mary Boot shall have to pay the a/c of the Court Messenger, fl. 6. 
The writings by the Notary Tielman van Vleeck, also the ex- 
tracts from the Minutes 5, 

And to Pieter Jansen, mason la. 

Making together . . . • • • • • « fi. 33, 



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Burger Jorisen, pltf. v/s Geertje Stoffels, deft. Pltf. says, he sold a 
lot to deft, for 25 beavers in the trade season and fl. 275 in seawant down^ 
and reel thereon fl. 200. and that deft, refuses him the remainder of the 
pay; demands payment with costs and damages. Deft, says, part of the 
lot has been surveyed off and that he, pltf., cannot deliver her the lot as 
he sold it; and has had no deed of it. Pltf. replies, that she, deft., had 
built on the lot before it was diminished by survey. The Court having 
heard parties order the deft, to pay the pltf. the fl. 75. in zeawant and 
the 25 beavers on the day due and pltf. is then ordered to give deft, con* 
veyance and deed of the lot. 

Jan Andriezen de Graaf, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck ai^d Hendrick 
Janzen Spiers, defts. Defts. in default. 

Claas Ganglofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Spiers, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf 's wife appears in Court saying,, her husband pro- 
secutes an attachment issued against the money, which Hay Olferzeix has 
to the good with Hendrick Jansen Spiers for a claim, which he has against 
Hay Olfers for the sum of fl. 44. 19. by virtue of a judgment. Requests 
that she may lift the monies under bail. The Court order Hendrick Jan-* 
sen Visser to pay Claas Gangelofsen Visser the fl. 44. 19 on a/c of Hay 
Olfersen, if he have so much belonging to him; otherwise as much as he 
has, and the remainder as quick as he have it. 

Comdis Melein, pltf. v/s Sybout Clazen, .deft. Pltf. concludes in 
writing, that deft, shall be condemned to pay him the sum of fl. 550. in 
beavers with interest thereof for purchase of a lot bought in the beginning 
of April 165 1, which lot is built on. On condition of deducting what is 
paid thereon proving the same. Deft, demands copy. The Court order 
copy to be furnished to party, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Huybert de Bruyn and Raghel van Tienhoven appear with Reinier 
Rycke and Robbert Roelantsen in Court according to order of the Court 
of the I? of this month.- Reinier Rycken is a^ked by the Court, if he 
were by at the agreement made between Raghel van Tienhoven and 
Huybert de Bruyn. Answers, no; but that Huybert told him, that he had 
temporarily made the holes in the chimney and when it was dry weather 
he should close them again and repair the chimney. Was further asked, 
if it still smoked, when the holes were there ? Answers, Yes — ^just as be- 
fore. Huybert de Bruyn denies it saying, he stated, that different means 



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must be used to prevent it smoking; and if the witnesses will <:onfinn 
their declaration by oath he is content and demands not a stiver. The 
Court refer the matter in question to Hendrick Hendricks Kip and 
Pieter Comelis vander Veen to inspect the work and to reconcile parties 
if possible; if not to report their action to the Court. 

Hubert de Bruyn» pltf. v/s Simon Hermsen Cort, deft Pltf. de> 
mands, that deft* shall discharge the attachment issued on some money: 
promises to pay on deducting what he earned of him as he worked for 
him. Deft, says he did not put him to work, but WiUiam Veriett; de- 
manding the costs of suit. Parties being heard the Court order deft, to 
pay the pltf. with costs according to his own offer; and that deft, shall 
deduct the six guilders earned wages. 

Jan Gerrisen, pltf. v/s Catarina de Kaas, deft. Defts. s^ default. 
And whereas pltf. has not brought with him the last judgment against 
deft, he is ordered to bring it along. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Defts. 2* 
default Pltf.y as curator of the residuary estate of Roelof Jansen de- 
mands by virtue of the same seven beavers from deft, for the estate. The 
Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Sec^ of this City within 
thrice twenty four hours, on condition of deducting what is paid thereon. 

Paulus Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Jacob van den Bos, deft. Deft in default. 

Marritje Clazen, pltf. v/s Comelis Hooghboom, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Jacob de Haan, deft. Defts. 2I default 

Paulus Haimans, pltf. v/s Herry Bresar, deft. Pltf 's wife appears in 
Court demanding in writing from deft. fl. 40. and says, that deft, gave her 
thereon three hundred clapboards, counting the 100 fl. 10. and diat 
they were unfit for covering : Demands indemnity or that deft, shall take 
them back. Deft, admits the debt, and says he dressed the clapboards 
and made them fit to lie. Requests two arbitrators to look at and value 
the clapboards. The Court order deft, to pay pltf., on condition of de> 
ducting the clapboards delivered according to valuation of Jan Jansen 
van Breeste and Meindert Barensen hereby qualified by the Court to value 
the same. 

Daniel Toumeur, pltf. v/s Merritje Qaas, deft. PltPs wife appears 
in Court demanding from deft. fl. 31: is for meat purchased from her. 



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Deft, acknowledges the debt, saying the money is owed him by others, on 
which he relied and cannot get it. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf . 

Joris Wolsy, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Pltf. as attorney of Jorge 
Dod demands from deft. fl. 147. for the same, according to obligation. 
Deft answers in writing. Demands copy of the obligation, saying there 
is an error in it. The Court grant copy of obligation to deft, to point out 
the error at the next Court day. 

Hendrick Hendricksen, pltf. v/s Anna Webbers, deft Pltf. demands 
from deft in writing the sum of fl. ax: 11. balance of fl. 64. 16. Deft 
denies the debt, saying that the pltf. worked for her, and that he con- 
cealed nine ells of linen and a skepel of gray peas. The Court refer the 
matter in question to Solomon La Chair and Jan Schryver to examine the 
a/c of parties on both sides and to reconcile them if possible; if not to 
report their action to the Court 

Gabriel Carpesy, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Carstensen, soldier, deft Deft, 
in default. Pltf*s wife appearing in Court was told, as deft is a soldier 
to summon him before his proper judges. 

The Under Sheriff Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Jan Hendricksen 
▼an Gunst, Meindert Barenzen and his servant, Barent Cruytdop, Hans 
Dreper, defts. Pltf. demands from die defts. the fine according to 
placard for boarding the vessels coming from Fatherland on their firs, 
arrival. Deft Jan Hendricksen says, he expected glass from Holland by 
the skipper Jacob Jansen Staats and went on board to learn, if the g^ass 
had arrived and declares further, that the others were not aware of the 
placard; also were not warned. The Schout de Sille says, 'tis known, 
that he endeavoured heretofore with a naked sword in his hand, to pre- 
vent the people boarding the vessels, but could not do it; whereupon he 
has orders to say no more, but to report those, that went on board and 
fine them. The Court condemn the defts. each seperately in the fine of 
twenty five guilders according to placard. 

The Schout de Sille requests, that Hans Dreper be condemned in a 
fine for the poor, as he did not hesitate on the prosecution of the Under 
Sheriff, to say before the Court: Thou lyest Hans Dreper being called 
in, appears and is informed, that he shall pay to the Poor for his unbe* 
coming language the sum of six guilders and not leave the City Hall 
before he shall have paid the six guilders. 



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Schout de Sille, pltf. v/s Mary Boot, deft. Deft, in default. The 
pltf. demands execution on the judgment between Pieter Jansen^ mason, 
and Maiy Boot, as she refuses to pay. The Court order the Bailiff to put 
these in execution. 

Schout de Sille, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. The plft. pro- 
duces some affidavits and the declaration, that the deft, at night and at 
unseasonable hours in company with some soldiers created an uproar and 
great insolence in the street by breaking windows. Which declaration 
and affidavit being read to the deft., he denies having committed it, 
acknowledging that he was with the company, but had no hand in break- 
ing the windows; saying further, he did not know before, where those 
persons live who made the affidavits. The Schout is asked what his de- 
mand is ? Answering says — ^twenty pounds Flemish according to Placards 
and Ordinances of Holland. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard, 
read and re-read the demand and conclusion of the Schout; the declara- 
tion by him produced relative to the insolence and perverseness perpe- 
trated by the deft, at night with an evil design; all having been examined 
and weighed by the Worshipful Court, they find that it is a matter, which 
ought not to be tolerated where justice is administered, but punished for 
the prevention of further inconveniences, therefore condemn the -deft, in 
a fine of forty guilders to be applied as is proper. 

Schout de Sille, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen, deft. The Schout concludes, 
whereas the deft, was in the company of those, who created an uproar in 
the street at night and at unseasonable hours according to the declaration 
thereof produced, that he shall, according to the Placards and Ordinances 
of Holland, be condemned in a fine of twenty pounds Flemish. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard, read, re-read the demand and con- 
clusion of the Officer and examined and weighed the declaration produced 
by him to this effect condemn the deft, in the fine of twenty guilders to 
be applied as is proper. 

Covert Loockermans, pltf. v/s [Age] Bruynzen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. The Officer demands from the deft. . . .^ according to pla- 
card, because the deft. . . . has cut sods. Demanding , . . 
thereof. Pltf. demands indemnification for damage suffered by the 

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digging, as the deft, took away the best of the soil. The Court condemn 
the deft, in the fine according to Placard at the discretion of the Officer. 

Hendrick Comelizen, pltf. v/s Geertniyt Haps, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pltf. was allowed to arrest the deft., if he will. 

M«rritje Roelo£Fs, pltf. v/s Hendrick Egberts, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. demands from the deft, four guilders. The Court order 
the deft, to pay the pltf. the four guilders and costs of suit without delay. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Hendrick vander Walle, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Cornells Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 37: z. Deft, admits the debt; demands time until the 
arrival of the Spaniard. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. within 
fourteen days. 

Comelis Janzen Clopper, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, two beavers, 13 guilders in *seawant and fifty guilders 
on an assignment. Deft, acknowledges the debt; requests time. The 
Court order deft, to pay the pltf. within fourteen days. 

[Comelis Janzen] Clopper, pltf. v/s Hendrick Willemzen, baker, deft. 
Deft in default. 

Abraham Jacobzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. says, that deft, received from him six hundred guilders. Pltf. is 
ordered to summon the deft, again. 

On the petition of Comelis Pluyvier, ordered: — Petitioner shall place 
in the hands of the Court twenty guilders before he is received in revision. 

On the petition of Metje Wessels endorsed: — Copy of the solution 
shall be furnished party, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. On 
the solution endorsed: — The Court order copy to be fumished to party, 
to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

On the demand of Metje Wessels against Hendrick van der Walle 
regarding an acceptance of an assignment to be paid to her on a/c of 
Matthys Capito. Endorsed: — ^The Court order copy to be fumished to 
party, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Tuesday, 15 June 1660. In the Qity Hall. Present the Heeren 
Nicasius de Sille, AUard Anthony, Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, 
Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 



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The Hon^ Schout Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Bartelt SybnAzen, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Clazen Ruyter, pltf. v/s Skipper Jacob Janzen Staats, deft. 
Pltf. requests, that the deft, shall allow him, to take his goods arrested by 
hira on his ship. Deft, says, that he advanced to the pltf. fl. 488. that by 
obligation and bail he is security for six hundred guilders, received by 
deft, on bottomry according to bottomry bond, thereof besides procura- 
tion; requesting fulfillment and that deft. [pltf. ?] shall enter bail or 
remain where he now is. Pltf. says, he will pay, but he cannot do so, 
before he receive his goods. The Court having heard parties, order the 
pltf. to pay deft, the fl. 488 Holland currency, or the value thereof without 
delay; and regarding the six hundred guilders with twenty per cent, bot- 
tomry, also Holland currency, the pltf. was ordered to give bail for the 
shipment of the value thereof at the deft's departure according to the 
bond, which being done, the deft, was ordered to allow the pltf. to take 
the goods shipped. 

Abraham Lucena and his wife, pltfs. v/s Romain Serv3m, deft. 
Pltf. produces in Court the petition presented at the last Court day and 
the order thereupon together with the judgment pronounced on the z? 
inst between him and the deft., declaring to be injured thereby, since his 
wife's honor is not repaired; requests, therefore, now, in addition to the 
petition aforesaid, reparation, which petition being read in presence of 
the deft., he says, if the pltfs wife had not first abused him as a rogue, 
he should not have scolded her — thereupon the pltf's wife answers, that 
she settling with the deft., and the deft, denying the debt, she said to 
him, if thou doest that, thou actest as a rogue, whereupon he abused her 
for a whore. Parties being heard, and the Court having considered and 
weighed the matter in dispute relative to the slander, decide that Romein 
Servyn shall declare before the Court, that he knows nothing of the 
Abraham Lucena's wife except, what is honourable and virtuous and 
acknowledge to have spoken untruth, when he accused her of being a 
whore, praying for forgiveness; and Abraham Lucena's wife was likewise 
ordered to declare, that she can say nothing of Romein Servyn^ save 
what is honourable and virtuous. Which being read to parties each has 
demanded forgiveness of the other in Court, declaring to have nothing to 
say against each other except, what is honest and virtuous; and Abraham 
Lucena's wife promises to make an acte hereof in due form. 



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Metje WesseU, pltf. v/s [Hendrick van] der Walle, deft Parties 
being absent, the deft, delivers in writing his reply and answer to the 
demand entered in writing on the last Court day. 

Comelis Janzen Clopper, pltf. v/s Hendrick Willem, baker, deft. 
Pltf. demands fl. 76. 11 stivers from the deft, for iron work at the water 
mill at Gowanus, which the deft, ordered. Deft, says he has not given 
order for so much, but only for fl. 27 @ 28. Pltf. says, he stated that he 
would not work another blow thereon, if he must look to Adam Brouwer, 
exhibiting certain writing, whereby the deft, bound himself for the money. 
The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. the fl. 76. iz. as he bound him- 
self for the monies. 

Comelis Pluvier, pltf. v/s Jacob de Haan, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands fl. 32. 17. from the deft. The Court order the deft, to 
lodge the monies with the Secretary of this City within three times 
twenty four hours. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugh*s wife, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from the deft. fl. 15. 13. for weighmoney, and a half anker excise 
according to a/c thereof exhibited. Deft, denies to owe so much. The 
Court refer the matter in dispute to Joannes vander Meulen and Master 
Gerrit van Tright, to examine the a/c and to reconcile parties if possible; 
if not to render a report of their doings to the Court. 

Balthazaar de Haart, pltf. v/s Anthony van Aalst, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Jan Aarzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Anneken Hartmans, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. Pltf. 
produces the petition and order rendered thereupon at the last Court day, 
wherein are demanded from the deft, according to the a/c annexed, the 
surgeon's fees a|id the damages for her son wounded by the deft's son. 
Deft, requests copy. The Court order copy to be handed to party to 
answer thereunto by the next Court day. 

Merritje Claas, pltf. v/s Comelis Hooghboom, deft. Defts. 2^- de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, two beavers for a years washing, and two 
guilders for washing over the year. The Court order the deft, to deposit 
the money with the Secretary of this City within three times four and 
twenty hours. 

Geertntyd Andriessen, pltf* v/s Dirck Gerrizen and Geertje Hen« 
his wife, defts. Pltf. assisted by the Notary Mattheus de Vos 



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demands from the deft, four hundred guilders and two cows, according 
to contract of sale pursuant to deed of purchase thereof. Deft, requests 
copy. The Court order copy to be furnished to party to answer thereunto 
by the next Court day. 

Andries Joghimsen, pltf. v/s Comelis Swackenhals, deft. Deft, in 
default, 

Arien Simonzen, pltf. v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft. Pltf. in virtue 
of procuration demands from the deft, for a/c of Aaltje Blanck fifty seven 
guilders, seven stivers and a half Holland currency according to a/c ex- 
hibited. Deft, denies the debt and says he did not buy his leather from 
her, and that the pltf. cannot prove it. The Court order the pltf. to pro- 
duce further proof (inasmuch as deft, denies, that he bought the goods) 
that he has purchased the goods. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Eghbert van Borsum,* deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft fl« 76, ii, for expenses incurred on the house which he 
has hired from him. Deft, says, he shall satisfy him, when his wife 
returns home. The Court refer the matter in question to Pieter van 
Couwenhoven and Isaack Greveraet, to examine the differences of parties 
and if possible to reconcile them; if not to render a report of their 
doings to the Court. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Deft, in default. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Paulus Haimans, deft. Deft, in default. 

Beletje Hendricks, pltf. v/s Hendrick Hendrickzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Albert Alberzen, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. produces the order on the written demand against the deft. 
The Hon^ Loockermans declares, how the matter lies between Albert 
Albertsen and Jacob van Couwenhoven. The Court order the deft, to 
deliver to Albert Albertsen the five and twenty morgens of land by the 
first opportunity. 

Jan Janzen Bestevaar, pltf. v/s Abraham Jacobzen Pott, deft. Pltf. 
demands sixty five guilders in beavers from the deft, for freight and pas- 
sage money. Deft, acknowledges the debt, saying he cannot obtain any 
money from others. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. within 
three days. 

* Paper destroyed. 



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Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s James Brady, deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieter Janzen, Mason, pltf. v/s Maria Boot, deft. Defts. 2^ default. 
Pltf. says, deft, will not pay him the costs of suit, and that he has sum- 
moned her through the Court Messenger. The Court order the pltf. to 
summon the deft, twice more by the Court Messenger. 

Jan Andriezen de Graaf, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Spiers and 
Tielman Vleeck, defts. Deft. Tielman van Vleeck, authorized by Hen- 
drick Jansen Spiers, requests in writing presented to Court by the Secre- 
tary Nevius, that Jan Andriessen de GraafiF shall confirm by oath, that he 
has not changed the brick (in dispute with Hendrick Janzen Spiers) nor 
has broken it. Jan Andriessen de Graaf was asked, if he will truly swear, 
that he did not change the brick (in dispute with Hendrick Jansen Spiers) 
nor designedly broken it; answers. Yes — and has confirmed the same by 
oath at the hands of the Schout de Sille. Therefore did the Court order 
Hendrick Jansen Spiers to pay Jan Andriessen de Graaf for the brick in 
question, which he purchased from him with costs of the entire suit. 

Denys Isaackzen, pltf. v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 59. balance of wages, and besides this extra work. Deft, 
says, all is not yet finished; demands arbitrators to estimate the extra 
work. The Court refer the matter in question to the Hon^* Paulus Leen- 
dertsen van der Grift and Abraham Jansen, carpenter, to examine the 
work, to value the extra labor and if possible to reconcile parties; if not 
to report their doings to the Court. 

Hendrick Comelizen, pltf. v/s Geer[truyd] Andries, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands two skepels of wheat from deft. Deft, says, she has no wheat and 
must wait, until the wheat is ripe. Pltf. says, he is content with zeewan 
at four guilders the skepel; demanding costs. Deft, says, she has no 
zeewan. The Court order the deft, to pay the eight guilders with com- 
pensation of costs. 

Joris Wolfs, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Deft, produces written 
proof pursuant to order of the last Court day, wherein the error of the 
note appears; declaring to owe only five and forty guilders. The Court 
order the deft, to pay the five and forty guilders according to his own 
acknowledgment. 

The replication of Hendrick van der Walle'to the answer of Metje 
Wessels being considered in Court, it was decided to send the following 

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acte to Metje Wessels: — Metje Wessels is hereby ordered by the Court of 
this City to appear at the next Court day before the meeting of Burgo- 
masters and Schepens, bringing with her her book to prove, that she has 
paid to Hendrick van der Walle the note in dispute between them both. 

Order, on the answer of Sybout Clazen in convention and demand in 
reconvention against Comelis Melein : — The Court order copy to be fur- 
nished to party thereunto to answer at the next Court day. 

Order on the replication of Pieter Janzen Noorman against Jan Cor- 
nelizen de Zeeuw [the Zealander.] The Court order copy to be furnished 
to party, and parties were ordered to abstain from further production, to 
exchange each other's papers, and to produce by the next Court day an 
inventory of their deduction and principal exhibits. 

Tuesday, 22I June 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Allard Anthony, Marten Cregier, Comelis Steenwyck, Jacob Strycker, 
Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Metje Wesels, pltf. v/s Hon*4« Timotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. says, 
that a case belonging to Jan Jansen Verein was in deft's house, on which 
she had issued an arrest, which arrest was accepted by deft. Deft, says, 
that there was a case at his house, which resembled that of Jan Jansen, 
but that it did not belong to him. 

Jan Janzen Bestevaar appears in Court requesting that the arrest of 
two hogsheads of French wine belonging to Diederick van Hamel in the 
possession of Gerrit Visbeeck be declared valid. The Court declare the 
arrest valid. 

Hendrick van der Walle, pltf. v/s Metje Wessels, deft. Pltf. pro- 
duces the order of the last Court day, wherein the deft, was directed to 
bring into Court her a/c book and note, to prove thereby, that she settled 
the note in question with the pltf. Whereupon the deft, exhibited her 
book and notes kept, as she said, according to her fashion — ^no date 
affixed. Deft, was told, that the matter is referred to ** good men " 
(arbitrators) and why had she not exhibited the a/c to them; thereupon 
pltf. says, that they could do nothing with the arbitrators, which is denied 
by her. Deft, being called in appears and is asked if van der Walle has 
no a/c in her books ? Answers, in other books; in this book some fiddle- 
faddles, and if she be indebted to him, she will pay him; was further 



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asked, if they had entered all the items of payment of the note; answers 
the last item was to be entered [but] van der Walle let it stand. Further, 
if she were [sure] that the note is paid and whether she will confirm the 
same by oath ? Answers, she will not listen to anything more about it, 
as her head is already too much bothered by it; and if the Magistrates so 
decide, she will take the oath in a righteous case, saying, it is paid, so 
sure as the light shines. Hendrick van der Walle being called in appears 
and is asked, if he has agreed, that the note should be paid in zeewan ? 
Answers, Yes: the beaver counted ® ten and a half guilders, and agreed 
on the first payment of the note, and that he gave the note one evening to 
Mary, the defts. daughter, as she sate sowing a shirt, adding, I shall ac- 
count with your mother. Was further asked, if he had received no 
money, which he had not noted ? Answers, None. Metje Wessels being 
called in, appears: she is asked, if she had made the payment ® six white 
or three black; or eight white or four black pieces of seewan for one 
stiver ? Answers, knows nothing about it. Whereupon it was notified to 
her that, before she took an oath, the Burgomasters and Schepens gave 
her eight days more time. Thereupon she demanded no delay, but a de- 
cision and that the costs of suit be remembered. Which resolution being 
communicated to Hendrick van der Walle, says he is content, and that 
they may proceed with it. Burgomasters and Schepens having demanded 
of Metje Wessels, if she will truly declare on oath, that she has settled 
with Hendrick van der Walle concerning the contents of the note in ques- 
tion between them both, and fuHy paid the same ? answers, Yes: Where- 
upon she took the oath at the hands of the Hon^ Burgomaster. Therefore 
Hendrick van der Walle was ordered to pay Metje Wessels her claim 
against him with costs. Martin Kregier. 

After taking the oath, Metje Wessels said, it was a gross malice on 
the part of van der Walle and the Magistrates to keep me waiting so long. 
Which the Court having considered, they resolve to defer the same until 
the Hon^ Officier shall arrive in Court. 

Guiliam de Marck, pltf. v/s Wernaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. requests 
to be informed, what claim the deft, has on him and why he has arrested 
and imprisoned him; exhibiting the a/c. and requests that deft, shall 
swear to the same. Pltf. was asked, if he had any objection to the a/c. 
\Miereupon he exhibits some items, which do not agree with jthe other 



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bill. Deft, says, that he has made a mistake and has credited himself 
with too little — proving the same by his book. The Court order the deft, 
to pay the pltf. with costs of imprisonment. 

Faulus Blyenbergh appearing in Court requests arrest on the goods 
in the yacht of M' Paulus and Joannes Montagne, being associated with 
Francois de Bruyn; saying that Francois de Bruyn removed the same 
without his knowledge and made away with the beavers. The Court 
decides, that if he, Blyenbergh, had any thing to claim from de Bruyn, 
he may summon him. 

Jacob Janzen Staats, pltf. v/s Jan Clazen de Ruyter, deft. Pltf. 
says, that deft, refuses payment of the fl. 488. on the taxation of the 
Hon*^ Paulus Leendertzen vander Grift and Nicolaas Verlctt, and that 
deft, cannot obtain any bail for the remainder; demands payment and 
that be may sell the defts. goods under arrest. Deft, says, he must 
allow the pltf. to sell the goods. The Court order the deft, to pay the 
pltf. the fl. 4S8. within the term of four and twenty hours. As regards 
the fl: 600. on bottomry the deft, was ordered, pursuant to the last sen- 
tence, to enter bail within three times four and twenty hours, in default 
whereof the pltf. was empowered to enter on the arrested goods under 
benefit of inventory, and to take advantage of the same. 

MT Jacob Huges, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriarosen Lantsman, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

M! Jacob Huges, pltf. v/s Simon Hermzen Cort, deft. Both is 
default. 

Com' Janien. pltf. v/s Lodowyck Vos, deft. Deft, in default. 

Burgher Jonseo, pUf. v/s Rachel van Tienhoven, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

J« .. v/s. Pieter Janien, Mason, deft. Deft, in defaolL 

^^ rtlf. v/s Willem Docckles, deft. Defts. i"^ default. 

W ,rom the deft, for board. The Court order the 

, . Rtici *ith the Secretary of this City within three 



< ilus Hcimans, deft. Defts z*!' default. 
- dl fl. 13 for wines. The Court order 
; the Secretary of this City within three 





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Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s James Brady, deft. Defts. 2"! default. Pltf. 
demands from the deft. fl. 9. 9. with costs. The Court order the deft, to 
deposit the money with the Secretary of this City within three times four 
and twenty hours. 

Jan Andriezen de Graaf, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Defts. 
2I default. Pltf. demands from deft, for 2000 brick fl. 32. in zeewan or 
fl. 24 in beavers. The Court order deft, to deposit the money with 
Secretary of this City within three times twenty four hours. 

Barent Cruytdop, arrestant and pltf. v/s Capt Post, arrested and 
deft. Defts. 2^. default. Pltf. sues out the arrest issued against the deft. 
The Court declare the arrest valid. 

Harmen Wessels, pltf. v/s Willem Bredenbent, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 30 in zeewan, or fl. 20 in beaver, or fl. 15. in silver money 
for having cured a sore in deft's wife's shoulder and says that deft, allows 
him only six guilders in zeewan. Deft, says, it is enough, as he can hire 
him for a whole year for twelve guilders. The Court refer the matter in 
question to M' Hans Kierstede and M' Jacob Varrevanger to examine 
the a/c and to reconcile parties if possible; if not, to report their proceed- 
ings to the Court. 

Barent van Maarle, pltf. v/s Jan Aarzen, deft. Pltf. demands of 
deft, payment of one hundred and twenty five guilders, eight stivers prin- 
cipal on bottomry on merchandize in Holland currency and twenty four 
guilders on cash or bottomry according to bottomry bond exhibited in 
Court. Deft, says, he has nothing to object; hopes to pay the pltf. The 
Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Pieter Hermzen, pltf. v/s Jan Aarzen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, fourteen beavers for wages. Deft, says, he has nothing to say 
against it. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 

Jan Aarzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Aarzen, commonly called Spaniard, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of fl. 166. balance of wages, half 
beavers, half zeewan according to decision of good men chosen by the 
Court. Deft, says, he is satisfied with the decision; and has referred him 
to Barent van Maarle, with which he is not content. The Court order 
the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Isaack KLip, pltf. v/s Carel Beauvois, deft. Pltf. in virtue of a 
power from his brother in law, demands from the deft. fl. 270. half 



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beavers and half zeewan, for rent according to lease from Jelis Pietersen, 
his brother in law. Deft, says, he has offered security to pay the money 
by bill on Holland. Pltf. says, there are some here, to whom his father 
in law has given drafts on him, and that they will not wait. The Court 
order the deft, to pay the pltf. 

On the answer of Geertje Hendrickse against Mattheus de Vos as 
attorney for Geertruid Andriesen, widow of Jacob Jansen Stol, ordered: 
— The Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereunto at the 
next Court day. 

On the reply in convention and answer in reconvention of Comelis 
Melein, ordered: — The Court order copy to be furnished to party to 
answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

On the reply of Michael Tades against Anthony van Aalst, ordered: 
— The Court order copy to be furnished to party to respond thereto on 
the next Court day. 

On the request of Joseph Waldron, wherein he asks to be allowed to 
sell the goods in his house belonging to the fugitive Com: Willems, car- 
penter, in order to have his further guarantee thereon, ordered: — The 
petitioner may cause the goods in this case to be sold under inventory by 
the Bailiff and bring the proceeds thereof in consignment to the Secretary 
of this City. 

Meritje Claas appearing requests execution of the judgment pro- 
nounced against Comelis Hooghboom. The Court order the Bailiff to 
execute this with costs. 

Arien Symonzen appears in Court — ^whereas he was ordered on the 
last Court day, in a claim against Barent Cmytdop, to furnish further 
proof, that Barent Cmytdop bought the goods, inasmuch as he denied the 
same — requests, that Barent Cmytdop shall enter security for the monies 
of the purchased goods in question ; offering on his part to give bail for 
further proof. The Court persist in their previous decision. 

Tuesday, 29. June 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Hccren 
Nicasius de Sille, AUard Anthony, Martin Cregier, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Borger Jorizen, pltf. v/s Rachel van Tienhoven, deft. Pltf. demands 
restitution of monies placed in consignment with the Secretary, prodnc* 



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ing for this purpose proof in writing thereof; which monies he says were 
removed by cleft's husband, therefrom. Deft, says, that pltf. may look 
for the monies to those, to whom he gave them. Whereas the matter has 
been moved before the Rt. Hon"* Director General and Council and the 
monies were consigned there, parties were therefore referred to their 
Honors. 

Paulas van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Jacques Cousseau, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fi. 62. 12 for excise. Deft, produces certain a/c. 
against pltf. whereby it appears, that the pltf. remains still indebted to 
him fl. 10: 14: 8. Pltf. replies, that the deft, received thirty eight 
ankers from Holland, and bought four; wishes to know, where they are. 
Deft, says, he is not obliged to give him any account thereof; requests 
that pltf. shall be ordered to allow him according to permit, to bring 
home the wine, or in case of refusal, that it be brought by the labourers. 
The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. two guilders for consumption of the 
wine, which he has broached up to the time, that he allowed the same to 
be guaged for tapping; and if he the pltf. have any further claim against 
the deft, for having drawn more, than he entered, he may institute his 
action with due proof; and deft, was further ordered to furnish pltf. with 
copy of his rendered a/c. 

Walewyn van der Veen, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, three hundred and seventy seven guilders, thirteen 
stivers, by virtue of a mortgage. Deft, acknowledges the debt. The 
Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 

Boele Roelofifsen, pltf. v/s Dirck Jansen, deft. Pltf. demands in 
writing of the deft, a just third part of what he with the deft, and Abra- 
ham Lubbersen bought from Tousin Bryel according to certificates thereof 
produced. Deft, says, why has he not applied to the person, who sold 
him the lot; undertaking to prove the contrary. The Court refer the 
matter in question to the Honble Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift and 
Picter Wolferts van Couwenhoven in presence of the Hon".* Schepen 
Tymotheus Gabry to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their 
proceedings to the Court. 

Pieter Jansen Noorman, pltf. v/s Frerick Hermzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands of deft. fl. 85. balance of fl. 90. purchase of a small house. Deft, 
says, he does not deny, that he owes him and offers the interest due and. 



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to give security for payment; requests time and says he will find means. 
The Court order the deft, to pay pltf. 

Jan Ariaanzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Arensen commonly called Span- 
iard, deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. produces the judgment against the 
deft, and requests payment; whereupon is endorsed: — ^The Court order 
the Bailiff to execute this. 

Carel Beauvois, pltf. v/s Isaack Kip, deft. Pltf. demands abatement 
of rent from the deft, for repairs, which ought to have been done to the 
house, in which he resides according to contract and which have not been 
performed. Deft, says, he told him to get a carpenter and have him do 
it, deducting it from the rent. The Court refer the matter in dispute to 
Isaack Greveraat and Jacques Cousseau to decide the same and to re- 
concile parties if possible; if not to report their proceedings to the Court. 

Willem Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Simon Clazen Turck, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from the defC two ankers of brandy for fl. 28. according to note 
passed by the deft to him. DefL produces a decision of good men (arbi- 
trators) relative to planks together with a written answer. The Court 
order the deft, to pay the pltf. according to obligation. 

Abraham Jacobzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Strycker, arrested 
and deft. DefL in default Pltf. produces an agreement made with 
deft, concerning cattle. The H<xi^ Jacob Strycker, standing up, says 
he offered himself as bail for the a|^>earancc of the deft, at the Court day, 
which the weather at present did not permit; offering himself as security 
for the deft The H<xi^ Schont as coosenrator of justice and Abraham 
Jacobsen*s guardian, demands payment of default, loss and interest 
thereof. The Court order Jan Strycker to i^ppear <xi the first sununons 
on pain of judgment without ^peaL 

Wolfert Webber, pltf. v s Frerick , deft Deft in default. 

Lambert Jant^i, pltf. t s Hermen Smecman, deft. Both in default 

Walewyn van der Veen, arrestant and pltf. y/s Rctndert Pietersen 
van Bolsait^ arrested and deft Deft in default Pltf. demands benefit 
of default 

Joannes Withaxt pltf. v s Jacob Vis« deft Deft in default 

Claes Tyi en, cooper, pltf. v s Jan Simonzcn, cooper, deft Deft in 
default. 

JaAjurri4umten, pitt.v s Pieier Janxeit. mason, deft Both in default 



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Bastiaen Clazen, pltf. v/s Daniel Toumeur, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Pieterzen van Hasselt, pltf. v/s Abraham Martenzen, car- 
penter, deft. Both in default. 

Dom*. Samuel Drisius, the Hon*^ Govert Loockermans and the 
Hon^ Olof Stevenzen Cortlant, arrestants and pltfs. v/s Jan Seman, 
arrested and deft. All in default. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Barent Cniytdop, deft. Deft, in default. 

Dirck Clazen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Grever, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Francois de Bruyn is hereby ordered by the Court of this City to 
produce within the term of eight days his proofs in his suit against Jan 
Arcett on pain of judgment without right of appeal and condemnation of 
costs. 

* Ordered on the reply of Mattheus de Vos as attorney of Gertrude 
Andries, widow of Jacob Janzen StoU: — The Court direct copy to be 
furnished to party to respond thereto by the next Court day.** 

[This paragraph * to **, is here inserted again in the original Record, 
evidently by mistake of the cferk of the Court. It is consequently omit- 
ted in this translation.] 

Ordered on the response of Sybout Clazen: — The Court direct copy 
to be furnished to party and parties are ordered to desist from further 
production, to interchange each others papers and to communicate by in- 
ventory their deduction and principal exhibit at the next Court day. 

Ordered on the response of Anthony van Aalst: — The Court order 
copy to be furnished to party, and parties were directed to desist from 
further production, to interchange each others papers and to communicate 
by inventory their deduction and principal exhibit at the next Court day. 

Ordered on the answer of Walewyn Van der Veen against Anneken 
Hartmans: — ^The Court direct copy to be furnished to party to reply 
thereunto on the next Court day. 

Ordered on the decision of the arbitrators on the question of a/c be- 
tween Wolfert Webber and Hendrick Hendricksen, tailor, Burgomasters 
and Schepens having considered the decision of the arbitrators in the 
matter of a/c between Hendrick Hendricksen and Wolfert Webber, find 
the same well examined and considered. The same is therefore hereby 
approved. 



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^Vhe^eas the Hon*!' Officer, as conservator, retired from Court after 
the docket was gone through, the Burgomasters and Schepens, still as- 
sembled, order that he have communication of the words spoken by 
Metje Wcsscls on the last Court day after she had taken the oath pre- 
sented to her on trial relative to the dispute in question with Hendrick 
van der Walle. 

Metje Wessels appears in Court prosecuting arrest served on the 
monies of Alexander d'Inoyossa in the hands of francois dc Bruyn. 

Extraordinary Court holden on Thursday the 8*^ July 1660. In the 
Cit>- Hall. Present the Heeren Nicasius de Sille, Allard Anthony, Cor- 
nells Steenwjck, TjTnotheus Gabry. 

Jan Janzen van Schorel, pltf. v/s Abraham de La Moy, deft. The 
pltf. concludes in writing, that the deft, shall be adjudged to receive the 
goods, which he purchased for him in Holland according to his order and 
brought with him and are also come in the ship the ^eileJ Cvw accord- 
ing to verbal agreement, with condemnadon to pay the same with a 
hundred per cent in beavers according to purchase with the costs herein 
incurred and to be suffered, producing certain memorandum dated 22 
May 1659., which the defL gave him before he bought the goods, as well 
as the notice, which he caused to be served on the deft, by the Notary 
Manheus de Vos and witnesses to receive the goods and dated i" July 
1660, together with the answer according to return on the notice with 
protest for costs, damages and interest caused by deft, served thereupon 
on 1* July 1600. Deft, answers in writing, to wit: that the pltf. has 
refused to deliver the goods, which he brought for him, and he is not 
bound to receive any gixwis not bro\:ghl by the pltf., which have come in 
the other shii', inasmuch as the coadilions between parties were ex- 
pressly, to wit — the S'-'^xls were to be brought in the first arriving ship, 
and to }uy j:vx<d attention to prevent i2<--rr and loss, which is not the 
i.iiiT -concluding there!.>r< th.it the flifs demand shall be discharged 
jii.; rh.it he shall indem:i;:y and re-^uir the loss thereof according to esti- 
iu.it'.. <n and valuation o: the Co'.^rT, :::afr.^'.:ch as he has not followed his 
tiTiUt ind ivn^iiiAons, saying ihAS he hjs s-?ered loss on account of the 
rh.-.-f I'iti, Tr;''.:e*; tVcv hio. nij-if a \-erb.i: agreement with each other, 
bi'!  Hpr *.*s no «)c-"..o:". o: ar^v loss thai he shv-"j'.ii be bound to make 



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good. Deft, denies such; saying that he agreed, the pltf. must answer 
for the loss on the wares except the wine glasses, which he well knows, 
the pltf. cannot deliver here for any per centage. And whereas they con- 
tradict one another as to the terms of the agreement, it was proposed to 
the deft., that it should be left to an oath, whereunto the deft, replied — 
If the pltf. will confirm his statement by an oath, he may do so ; he would 
not. Parties being called in, Jan Jansen van Schorel is asked, if he will 
swear, that he did not contract with Abraham de la Noy, that he should 
be liable for the loss on the goods brought over for Abraham de la Noy; 
and answers Yes, but had rather be excused. Whereupon Abraham de 
la Noy was asked, if he required, that Jan Jansen should swear; he an- 
swered Yes; and he accordingly took the oath at the hands of the Hon^ 
Officer. Abraham de la Noy was therefore ordered to receive the goods, 
which Jan Jansen van Schorel brought for him, according to invoice and 
purchase thereof with one hundred advance to be paid in beavers. For 
special reasons parties on either side were ordered to pay each half the 
costs incurred in this suit. 

The Under Schout Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Arien Janzen Vis- 
scr, Symon Fransen, Joghim Andriesen and Jan Gerrizen, defts. Pltf. 
demands from defts. the fine according to Placard, for that they, the 
defts., had been on board the ships at their arrival from Holland here. 
Deft. Arien de Visser says, he stood on the chain plate and was not on 
board. Deft. Symon Fransen acknowledges to have been on board. 
Deft. Joghim Andriesen says, he was on board, but kept his hand on the 
side of the vessel. Deft. Jan Gerrizen says, he was not on board, but 
stood with Arien de Visser in the chains. The Hon"* de Sille requests 
maintenance of the Placard. The Court condemn Symon Franzen and 
Joghim Andriezen each in the fine of five and twenty guilders for having 
been on board; and Arien de Visser and Jan Gerrizen each in the fine of 
twelve guilders ten stivers for having stood in the chains. All to be 
applied in the proper manner. 

Tuesday 24* August 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Picter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Allard Anthony, Jacob Strycker, 
Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Skipper Jacob Janzen Staat, pltf. v/s Arien Symonzen, deft. Pltf. 



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demands from deft., by virtue of a procuration from Daniel Coppens 
passed before the Notary Pieter van Buitene and witnesses, dated 21. 
February 1660, the sum of fl. 720 Holland currency arising from the 
transaction of fl. 600. principal on bottomry and 20 per cent according to 
bottomry bond dated 6 December 1659, to be paid here in beavers or to- 
bacco. Deft, acknowledges the debt; promises to send over the pay- 
ment by the ship, the Otter^ at his own risk and to give bail for the 
performance thereof. Jacob Jansen being present, was asked, if he were 
satisfied with the offer, answers, Yes, as he is about to depart and will 
leave power with Michel Muyen. The Court order Arien Symonsen to 
send the payment of the bottomry and interest according to bottomry 
bond by the ship, the Otter^ free of cost and loss according to his offer, 
entering bail in the meantime without delay before the departure of the 
skipper Jacob Jansen. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Barent Cruitdop, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, payment of the sum of fl. 227: 10. reduced to 17^ beavers; also 
17^ beavers additional besides two beavers interest, according to no- 
tarial obligation passed before the Notary, Tielman van Vleeck and 

witnesses, dated 14 Feb: 1660. and pursuant to agreement. Deft, ac- 
knowledges the debt: promises to pay the zeewan and ten beavers for 

the balance; requesting time. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 

without delay as he is on the eve of his departure. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of five hundred and eighty guilders in 
beaver according to mortgage dated 14 February 1660 due in June fol- 
lowing exhibited in Court of Burgomasters and Schepens. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order deft, to pay the pltf. without delay the five hundred 
and eighty guilders in beaver according to mortgage as the same is due 
and pltf. is about to depart. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Simon Clazen, mate, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, a thousand bricks for vinegar according to agreement. Deft, 
says, he promised to bring with him the thousand bricks, if he came as 
skipper, and to have so agreed. Pltf. denies it saying, he agreed, if he 
came as skipper or pilot and not before the mast and that the Hon^ 
Paulus Leendertsen and the Hon. Comelis Steenwyck were present. 
Whereupon it was ordered to take the declaration of the Hon: Paulus 



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Leendeitsen, which being done and exhibited, the Court order Simon 
Clazen, mate, to pay the pltf. Pieter Rudolfus the thousand brick, inas- 
much as he agreed with him to bring them. 

Skipper Jacob Janzen Huys, pltf. v/s Jan Mattheus, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 17: 3. for freight from the South. Deft, says, he 
does not refuse the freight, if he get back the hide shipped in the galliot 
weighing one and twenty lbs. English weight, which is missing. The 
Court order the deft, to pay the fl. 17: 3 to the skipper, the pltf. 

Walewyn vander Veen, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pltf. as attorney for Isaack de Sterre demands from deft, the half 
of sixteen hundred fifteen guilders and two stivers due on the i? day of 
August 1660 according to mortgage, dated 24^ April 1659 and produced 
in Court, saying he has given him notice to pay the same; and requests 
that the Bailiff be ordered to execute the same. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order the Bailiff to put into execution the eight hundred seven 
guilders eleven stivers due being the half of sixteen hundred fifteen 
guilders two stivers. 

Elsie van Reuvecamp, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickren, Farmer (of 
Excise), deft. Pltf. says, she pawned some goods to the deft, for the sum 
of gl. 95, whereupon she paid twenty guilders, and that the deft, sold 
them. Requests restitution thereof, offering to pay fl. 75. Deft, acknow- 
ledges to have sold the goods for fl. 32. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order Elsie van Reuvecamp to deposit the fl. 75. with the Secretary 
within the space of 3 times four and twenty hours; and Gerrit Hendricks 
was equally ordered to deposit with the Secretary within the term of three 
times four and twenty hours the goods, which he has received from Elsie 
▼an Reuvecamp. 

The Hon*^ Schepen Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Capt. Jan Jacob- 
zen, deft. The pltf. demands from deft. 50 good sound merchantable 
beaver hides according to notarial obligation produced in Court. Deft, 
acknowledges the debt; says he has no beavers; oflfering to pay in goods. 
The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. without delay, inasmuch as the 
obligation is due. 

Baudewyn van Nieuwiandt, pltf. v/s Maria Besems, deft. The 
pltf. produces in Court an extract out of the Resolution book of the 
Hon^ Director General and Council of N. Netherland, wherein his suit 



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instituted with the deft, is referred to the Court of this City; therefore 
presenting certain petition, wherein he requests, that deft, shall be heard 
on some points contained in the petition, and that authentic copy of her 
deposition be granted him. The deft. haWng heard the interrogations, 
answers that she denies all that is asked her, producing certain five 
papers which are numbered by the Court with N^ i. 2. 3. 4. 5. And N"! 
I is a little letter, which he wrote her without date; N"^ 2. a copy of a 
written promise to marry her, dated 3 June 1659, on enjoying her virginity 
(zuivere schoot) and signed by them both; N"? 3. a torn little letter written 
on the side with red pencil ; N^ 4 a declaration or certificate of her be- 
haviour made by D' Samuel Coster and M! Jacob Block, surgeon at Am- 
sterdam, dated 5 March 1660. N^ 5. One or two ballads. Deft, was 
asked where the original is of that writing, wherein he promised to marry 
her ? Answers, that her box being open he abstracted it therefrom on 
board the ship. The pltf. being asked if that was so, answers Yes; he 
tore it. The Court order copy of the demand to be furnished to party to 
answer thereunto at next Court day. 

Capt. Jan Jacobzen, pltf. v/s Alexander Carolus Curtius, deft, and 
Dan! Toumeur as witness. Deft, in default. Pltf. produces a written 
declaration of Daniel Toumeur relative to the sale of the hogs in question 
which the pltf. sold to the deft, declaring, under ofifer of oath, that the 
same were sold for five beavers; and whereas Jan Schyver is also ac- 
quainted with the purchase, he was ordered to be called, who appearing 
declares, under offer of oath, that the sale was for two beavers and two 
coverlets; and whereas both these offer to confirm their declaration by 
oath, the Court tendered the oath to Daniel Toumeur, who having taken 
the same, the deft, was condemned to pay the pltf. the five beavers, 
which he promised for the hogs in question. 

Willem Comelizen, pltf. v/s Jasper Bildert, deft. Settled. 

Nicolaas Meyer, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, in default. 

Aris Otte, pltf. v/s Symon Clazen Turck, deft. Both in default. 

Jan Janzen de Jongh, pltf. v/s Jacques Corteljau, deft. Deft, in 
default, 

Willem Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Simon Clazen Turck, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Metje Wessels, deft. Deft, in default. 



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Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Cornells Pluyvier, deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Andrees de Haas, deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen de Jongh, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Dirck Wesselsen, pltf. v/s Jurriaan the cooper, deft. Both in 
default. 

Hendrick Willemzen, baker, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Loo, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Jan Bestevaar, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, deft. Deft. 
in default. 

Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Tomas Swartwout, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Jan Ariaanzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Arissen, commonly called the 
Spaniard, deft. Gone to Fort Orange. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Geertje Hendricks, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

David Joghimzen, pltf. v/s Geertje Hendricks, deft. Both in default. 

Styntje Pieters, ptlf. v/s Jan and Reinier de Vries, deft. Both in 
default. 

Grietje Dircks, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Andriezen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Paulus Schrick, pltf. v/s Solomon La Chair, deft. Both in default. 

Styntje Pieters, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Claas Boot, deft. Deft, in default. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Jan Los, gunner of the Speckled 
Cow, deft. Deft, in default. 

Paulus Heimans, pltf. v/s Herry Bresar, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Thomas Hal, pltf. v/s Claas Pieterzen Cos, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Tryntje van Hengelen, pltf. v/s Merritje Pieters, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Robbert Roelantzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Walle, deft. Deft. 
in default. 

Walewyn van der Veen appears in Court requesting execution of 
the judgment against Paulus Heimans. The Court order the Bailiff to 
execute the same. 



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Walewyn van der Veen appears in Court exhibiting a judgment and 
order rendered 2 Xber 1659, requesting pursuant thereunto, that Lau wrens 
Lauwrensen shall be ordered to render a/c, on pain of imprisonment. 
The Court order Lauwerens Lauwerensen pursuant to the aforesaid order 
to render a/c in due form within the term of six weeks after arriving on 
pain of imprisonment. 

Jan Ariaenzen appears in Court, requesting payment from Hendrick 
Arenzen of wages at the repairing his yacht; whereupon he was directed 
to wait until the arrival of Hendrick Arensen. 

Wemaer Wessells appeared in Court requesting disposition of his 
petition handed in for payment of the bill of exchange drawn by the 
Hon^ J. Alrichs on the Lords Burgomasters of the City of Amsterdam^ 
for the sum of 670 gl. 6 stuyvers, and to have his recourse against the 
property of the drawer of the bill, according to the style and manner of 
the law of exchange ; whereupon was annotated, Fiat ut petitur. (Petition 
granted.) 

Pieter Rudolfus appears in Court exhibiting a judgment pronounced 
by the Court between him and Jacob van Couwenhoven and the notice 
given thereupon by the Court Messenger; requesting execution thereon. 
The Court order the Bailiff to put these into execution. 

Tuesday, 31. August 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, AUard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck^ 
Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

M' Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger appears in Court proposing, that 
Dirck Houthuysen, smith, has fled from here, and that many have been 
to him who have given him one thing and another to make, requesting to 
have the same restored. He therefore requests of the Court, that they 
might describe the goods and give notice, that the goods be sold. The 
Court decide, that the goods of the absconding Dirck Houthuyzen shall 
be inventoried and after three notifications, bills be drawn up to sell the 
same. 

Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, deft. Pltf. 
says, he went the rounds on Sunday evening, the fourth of August, with 
three soldiers and on coming to the deft's house found three sailors there 
with a backgammon table and candle before them; he also found at his 



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house on a Sunday during the sermon, three sailors, who afterwards came 
to him and enquired if he had people ? He answered Yes. Thereupon 
entering, he found a party of women. As his wife was in labor in the 
house, he, thereupon reproving him, was treated by him very ill. De- 
manding the penalty according to the placard. Deft, does not deny it, 
but says the sailors had not any drink. The Court condemn the deft. Jan 
Jurriaansen in a fine of thirty guilders for that he entertained people after 
nine o'Clock, and tapped during the sermon, to be paid to the Officer to 
be applied according to law; and for having behaved offensively to the 
Officer, in the fine of ten guilders for the poor. 

Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Pltf. says, 
he came on the eighth of August to the def t's house in the morning before 
the preaching and found a man in the house and a glass with brandy in it; 
also returning in the afternoon, he found a glass with beer or some thing 
dse, he knows not what, in it; and reproving the deft, for desecrating 
the Sabbath, the deft, berated him for a rascal. Deft, says, he had been 
on the watch and coming home in the morning he tapped a little drop 
for himself, of which some remained in the glass, and that he thereupon 
went to sleep. Meanwhile people came into the house, but did not tap, 
and in the afternoon some beer remained in the glass, from what his chil- 
dren had asked for. Denying to have ill treated the officer, but said: 
Come, see here what the house contains. The Court order the deft, to 
prove his assertion. 

Jan Bestevaar, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen vander Yin, deft. Defts. 
second default. Pltf. demands in writing from deft. fi. ia8. in beavers 
according to obligation dated aa July 1659. ^^^ three months afterwards; 
also twenty eight guilders Holland currency for two pounds with the 
advance. The Court order the deft to bring within three times four and 
twenty hours in deposit to the Secretary of this City a hundred and 
twenty eight guilders in beavers and the twenty eight guilders Holland 
currency with the advance. 

Jan Janzen de Jongh, pltf. v/s Jacques Corteljau, deft. Defts. al 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, fifteen hundred and eighty guilders 7 
stivers according to a/c rendered to him dated 17 January 1660. and ex* 
hibited in Court. The Court order the deft, to deposit the monies with 
the Secretary of this City. 

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Nicolaas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Jan Los, deft. Pltf . demands 
delivery of a case with fifteen bottles of brandy, which his wife bought of 
him, according to proof to be rendered thereof. Deft, says, he told her 
to come within twice four and twenty hours to examine the case; will 
prove the same and she did not come. The Court order parties to pro- 
duce their proofs on both sides at the next Court day. 

Balthazar de Haart pltf. v/s Geertje Hendricks, deft. Pltf. demands 
of deft. fl. 57:10 in zeewan and fl. 88. in beavers according to obligation 
due the 15^ March 1660. Deft, says she told the pltf., she could not give 
him beavers this year, and she has given him seven beavers, and he must 
wait somewhat longer; but as regards the zeewan she can settle. The 
Court order the pltf. to summon deft's husband against the next Court day. 

Willem Pietersen, pltf. v/s Simon Clazen Turck, deft. Deft, in de* 
fault. Pltf. exhibiting the judgment against the deft, dated 29. June 
1660. demands payment thereof, saying , he received from deft, an anker 
of brandy and caused him to be summoned for the other. The Court 
order the pltf. to summon the deft, twice more for the one anker of 
brandy. Meanwhile the pltf. was ordered to deposit with the Secretary 
of the City the fourteen guilders Holland currency, which shall remain to 
Symon Clasen Turck on the anker. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Jan de Jongh, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 893. 14 in beavers and fi. 146. 5. in zeewan according to settle* 
ment. Deft, acknowledges the debt and says, he told pltf. that he was 
to get (money) from Jacques Corteljau and he should pay him for it. The 
Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 

Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Tomas Swartwout, deft. PltTs wife 
appears in Court who, in virtue of a procuration from her husband, dated 
a8. August 1660, demands from deft, by authority of a procuration from 
Jan Barentsen Wemp dated 39 and assigned on 30^ April 1660 to M' Paulus 
her husband, the sum of fl 90. for 103 plank sold by Jan Barentsen to 
him, deft. Deft, says something is paid thereupon, but knows not how 
much; offering to prove the same at the next Court day. The Court 
order deft, to produce his proof at the next Court day. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Comelis Pluvier, deft. Pltf. denumds 
fms deft fl. 748. in beavers, with interest thereon, according to obUga* 
tion and twelve beavers for a bed, also according to obligation. Deft. 



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says, he ofifered payment upon the fi. 748 and the interest, but he would 
not accept less than the payment in full. The Court order the deft, to 
pay the pltf. according to obligation. Regarding the obligation of twelve 
beavers for a bed of Christina Chesters, the deft, was ordered to produce, 
whatever he has against it. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Andrees de Haas, deft. Pltf. demands 
of deft. fl. 106. in beavers. Deft, says he never has been furnished with 
an a/c thereof. On receipt of the same he offers to pay. The Court 
order pltf. to furnish deft, with the a/c. 

Robert Roelantsen, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Walle, deft. Defts. 
2I default. Pltf. demands from deft, nine beavers balance of sixteen 
beavers, for a lot sold to him. The Court order deft, to deposit the nine 
beavers with the Secretary of this City. 

Tryntic van Hengelen, pltf. v/s Pieters, deft. Pltf. demands 

from deft. fl. 21. for eleven hundred pears bought from her. Deft, 
acknowledges to have bought the pears and says the pltf. sold pears to 
others at one dollar the hundred. Ofifers to give as much as others. 
Phf. says, she can prove, that she sold the pears to deft. @ two guilders 
the hundred. The Court order the pltf. to produce her proof at the next 
Court day. 

Joannes Withart, pHf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Pltf. demands of deft, 
his just half of the monies received for beer money, belonging to him as 
wdl as deft. ; exhibiting the a/c. Deft, demands copy of the demand. 
The Court order copy to be furnished to party to answer thereunto by the 
next Court day. 

Pieter Janzen, pHf. v/s Maria Boot, deft. Deft. sick. Pltf. exhibits 
the papers used in the trial against the deft. ; demanding costs according 
to judgment. The Court order the pltf. to arrange for the return on the 
jvdfment. 

Grietje Dirck, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Andriesen, deft. Defls. 2I de«' 
fanlt. Pltf. demands of deft, thirteen beavers on an obligation dated 
4 Nov5 1659 due first of May 1660. The Court order deft, to deposit 
the money or beavers with the Secretary of this City. 

Paulus Schrick, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Pltf. demaAd^ 
frmn deft. t. 90. in beavers and iU 90. in zeawan for a half iaatk * of 

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brandy, saying something is paid on it. Deft, requests to be furnished 
with copy of the account The Court order the pltf . to furnish the deft, 
with copy of the a/c. 

Nicolaas Meyer, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Pltf. concludes in 
writing that deft, be condemned to make good to him the 1260 bricks 
by balance of 700, which he brought on freight for him from Fort 
Orange; besides a canoe, which the deft, to discharge the brick, loaded 
to sinking; the bricks sunk and tore the canoe. Deft says, the pltf. was 
too hasty in drawing the brick and could not obtain any scow. He there- 
fore came with the canoe to draw the brick. The Court order the deft, 
to deliver to pltf. the 1260 bricks, which were shipped, leaving the canoe 
at the cost of those who sent it on board. 

Jan Janzen van Breste, pltf. v/s Cristiaan Pieters, deft Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 44. for rent due in May according to lease exhibited 
in Court. Deft, says, he hired the house with the trees standing in the 
garden, and that one tree was taken out the garden, from which he could 
have made three beavers. The Court refer the matter to Pieter Comelis- 
sen van der Veen and Isaack Greveraat, to decide the question between 
the parties and if possible to reconcile them, if not to report to the Court 

Tomas Wandel, arrestant and pltf. v/s Pieter Gys, arrested and deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 138 balance of a years rent, and says, that 
deft, let his house to another. Deft, says, that pltf. promised him to 
make the house tight and habitable and did not do so, and when he men- 
tioned it, his wife said to him, if it don't suit you, go out The Court 
refer the matter to Isaack de Foreest, old Schepen of this City, and 
Isaack Bedloo, to decide the difference of parties and to reconcile them 
if possible; if not to report to the Court 

Walewyn vander Veen appears in Court requesting, that the BailifiT 
may proceed with the execution of the judgment against Michel Tades. 
The Court order the Bailiff to proceed to execution. 

Joannes de Peister, pltf. v/s Claas Jansen Ruyter, deft. Deft in 
default 

Joannes de Peister, pltf. v/s Herman Douzen, deft Deft in 
default 

Walewyn van der Veen, pltf. v/s Mighiel Janzen, deft Deft in 
default 



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Abraham Lubberzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Frerickzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Paulus Heimans, pltf. v/s Heny Breser, deft. Deft, in default. 
Arien van Laar, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen, deft. Deft, in default. 
Eldert Jurriaanzen, pltf. v/s Francis de Bruyn, deft. Both in default. 
Paulus Blyenbergh, pltf. v/s Lysbet Greveraat deft. Deft, in default. 
Joris Wolsy, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tuesday 31. August afternoon. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Martin Cregier, Allard Anthony, Comelis 
Steenwyck, Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry. 

On the petition of Maria Besems, wherein she requests copy of the 
answers to the interrogatories proposed to her on the 24? ult., also that 
Boudewyn van Nieuwland shall enter sufficient bail for his person and 
goods, as he is a vagabond fellow and could easily remove himself and his 
goods to another place, until he has proved, what he accused her of, it is 
ordered: — Petitioner shall be furnished with copy of the answer, and 
Boudewyn van Nieuwland was ordered to enter sufficient bail for the 
judgment. 

On the judgment of Elsie van Reuvecamp against Gerrit Hendrick- 
zen, fanner, is endorsed: — ^The Court order the Bailiff to execute the 
contents hereof. 

On the judgment of Jacob Hendricksen Varrevanger against Lo* 
dowyck Pos, endorsed: — ^The Bailiff is ordered to put these in execution. 

On the reply of Annetje Hartmans against Walewyn van de Veen, 
is ordered: — ^The Court direct copy to be furnished to party to respond 
thereto by the next Court day. 

On the response of Geertje Hendricks against Geertruyd Andries, 
ordered: — ^The Court direct copy to be furnished to party, and parties 
were ordered to desist from further exhibits, to interchange each others 
papers and to produce at next Court day their deduction and principal 
intendlt by inventory. 

On the petition of Hendrick Hendrickzen, wherein he requests resti- 
tution of the pieces and papers which were used as well at trial as before 
the good men against Wolfert Webber and were lost by Schaafbanck, as 
the Notary Clock his advocate says; was endorsed: — ^Whereas the papers 



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are lost, the petitioner is allowed to take those registered with the Secre- 
tary. 

On the petition of Joannes Withart, wherein he requests to institute 
an acte of preference against Joannes van Brugh is endorsed: — Fiat ut 
petitur. 

On the judgment of Walewyn van der Veen produced between him 
and Mighiel Tades; ordi: — ^The Bailiff is directed to proceed with the 
execution. 

On the petition of relief of Tielman van Vleeck attorney of Mighiel 
Tades, endorsed: — If the petitioner find himself aggrieved, he can address 
himself to the Hon^ the Direct' General and Councillors of N. Nether- 
land. 

The Burgomasters and Schepens of the City Amsterdam in New 
Netherland have considered, read and re-read the pieces, documents and 
papers used on both sides in the suit between Cornells Meleyn, pltf., at 
and against Sybout Clazen, deft. The pltf. demands payment from the 
deft, for certain lot which he sold the deft, for the sum of five hundred 
and fifty guilders in beavers with interest thereon; to which the deft 
always answers, he is ready to pay for the purchased lot, refusing saUUum^ 
and says that the pltf. has failed to give him proper conveyance thereof; 
requests therefore that the reckoning with each other may be in the pres- 
ence of arbitrators, proposing before the removing the conveyance to 
assign what then shall be found belonging to him; and demanding in 
reconvention, inasmuch as he could sell the said lot twice and it not being 
conveyed, he was prevented, not being able to deliver it, that the pltf. 
shall be condemned to make good the loss and interest, incurred thereby, 
such being found consistent with justice. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having considered and weighed all that is material, find that parties have 
not come to any final settlement with each other, therefore refer the 
matter to the Hon^* Oloff Stevensen Cortlant, old Burgomaster and now 
Treasurer of this City, and the Hon^** Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift, 
also Old Burgomaster and late Treasurer of this City, to examine and 
settle parties a/cs on both sides, and if possible to reconcile them; if not 
to report their proceedings to the Court. Done as above. 

On the date, 2 September 1660. has Daniel Toumeur in pursuance 
with the preceding judgment of the Court of this City, confirmed by oath 



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his abovewritten declaration at the hands of the Hon^ Schout Pieter 
Tonneman, in presence of the Hon^* Schepen Timotheus Gabry and me 
the underwritten Secretary. Done as above. 

Joannes Nevius, Sect' 

This standing in the margin was entered under the judgment pro- 
nounced on the 24*^ August between Capt. Jan Jacobz and the Rector 
Alexander Carolus Curtius. 

Whereas there is question and difference of a/c between Jan Gerritsen 
van BujTtenhuyzen and Dirck Wessels the Burgomasters of this City 
hereby authorize and qualify the Hon^ Joannes de Peister, old Schepen 
and now Orphan Master of this City, and Sieur Daniel van Donck to 
examine the a/cs which parties have against each other, to settle the same 
and if possible to reconcile parties; if not to report their proceedings to 
the Court. Done the 3. September 1660. 

Tuesday, 7. Septemb' 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

The Hon'i* Fiscaal Nicasius de Sille appears in Court requesting dis- 
posal on the following; i? judgment in the suit, which he has against 
Bartelt Sybrans; 2*^ that disposition be made of the memorial, which he 
placed in the hands of the Hon^* President; 3"?' that his substitute may 
be accepted in his place against those, on whom there should be any 
claim, or may be allowed to act in instituting suits; otherwise if necessary 
he will appear in person. Wherein was disposed: — ^The Hon^ Nicasius 
de Sille, Fiscal of New Netherland and late Schout of this City, may if he 
have any causes, request the Hon^ President to appoint an Extraordin- 
ary Court day to institute his action in the case occurring during his 
Sheriffalty. The Hon^ de Sille, entering, it was proposed to him, that 
the Magistrates would be willing that he should agree with the Hon^ 
Schout Tonneman that, where he had any claim or should institute his 
action during the term of his Sheriffalty before the same, that he should 
allow his cause to be pleaded before this Bench by the Hon^ Schout oa 
condition of enjoying the half thereof — whereupon he answered, he should 
in no wise consent. 

Hon^ Joannes de Decker, pltf. v/s Abraham de la Noy, deft. The. 



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pltf . demands from deft, one hundred and eighty five guildexs and five 
stiv: for four half aams of sack, purchased in his name at public auction 
from Joannes van Brugh, and says, speaking to him about the payment, 
he had for answer, that he knew him not. The deft, still says, that in 
this matter he does not know the pltf., and he paid the auctioneer from 
his goods, which he sold for him. The pltf. says, if the deft, can prove 
at the next Court day, that he paid the auctioneer, he is content. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order Abraham de la Noy to prove at the next 
Court day, that he satisfied and paid for the wine. 

Abraham de la Noy, pltf. v/s Jacob Janzen Sam, deft. Deft, in default. 

Cors Janzen and his wife, pltfs. v/s Comelis Hendrickzen and his 
wife, defts. The pltfs. request to be let live in peace, inasmuch as the 
defts. cause them great trouble, scolding them. Defts. answer, that the 
pltfs. are always annoying them. Pltfs. produce certain declaration rela* 
tive to the dispute which they have with the defts., whereof defts. demand 
copy. The W: Court order copy of declaration to be furnished to party 
to'answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Paulus Blyenbergh, pltf. v/s Lysbet Greveraat, deft. Pltf. says, he 
sold deft, a piece of stuff 36 elb long & $1 ells for one beaver or fl. 4. the ell 
zeewan. Deft, denies to have so bought the stuff, sajring she bought the 
stuff for zeewan @ fl. 3: 10. the ell, and if she could get beavers, he 
should have beavers for it. Mde Steenwyck also i4>peared, declares she 
was present at the sale and bought the stuff in company at the price her 
mother states. Pltf. says, he is willing to confirm his statement by oath. 
Deft, says, she is fully content to take her oath, that he sold her the stuff, 
as she represents. Parties being called in were asked if they will leave it 
to the Magistrates ? Answer on both sides. Yes. The Court chosen as 
moderators of parties decide, that deft, shall pay the pltf. for the stuff in 
question @ fl. 3. 15. in zeewan. 

Joannes de Peister, pltf. v/s Claas Janzen Ruiter and Hennan 
Douzen, defts. Pltf. demands from the defts. fl. 433: 16. in beavers ac- 
cording to contract exhibited in Court. Defts. say they cannot sail; 
request six weeks time. Pltf. requests, that defts. be condemned to 
satisfy him within eight days on pain of execution. The Court order the 
defts. to pay the pltf. within one month according to contract on pain of 
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Balthasar de Haart, pltf . v/s Dirck Gerrizen van Tright, deft. Deft. 
in default. 

The Hon'i* Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Tomel, 
deft. Deft, in default. The pltf. demands the arrest of deft. The 
Court authorize the pltf. to arrest him. 

Alexander Carolus Curdus appears in Court acknowledging to have 
xeceived the judgment pronounced against him in the matter between him 
and Capt. Jan Jacobz. saying for this time, he submits to the same. 

Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarsen, deft Deft, in default. 

Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Jan Los, deft. Pltf. says, he found 
<left. on the 8^ August at Salomon La Chair's with brandy. Deft, says 
that Solomon La Chair gave him a little sup, and that the glass stood on 
die wine stand, but that the pltf. cannot say, that he had drank it. Re- 
:solveert Waldron, entering, says, that Jan Los was by, when Solomon La 
Chair berated him as a rascal, which Jan Los being asked, answers, he 
did not hear, but says he heard talk, but knows not what; ofifering to 
<onfinn the same by oath. The Court dismiss the pltfs. demand, as he 
•cannot produce any proper proof. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visscher, pltf. v/s Jan Los, deft. Pltf. according 
to last Court day, produces written declaration to the effect, that deft. 
:9old his wife a case with fifteen bottles of brandy and that he should bring 
'the case to the quay and should let the woman know, the case was there, 
ao as to give notice to the farmer. Deft, was asked for his proof; answers 
he has none. The Court order the deft, to deliver the pltf. the case with 
the brandy. 

Met)e Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrisen van Buitenhuisen, deft. About 
-M, dispute which she has with the deft, relative to her son. Deft, exhibits 
the decision of arbitrators. The Court having seen, read, and re-read the 
decision of Joannes de Peister and Daniel van Donck as arbitrators be- 
tween her son and the deft, appointed by the Hon: President to decide 
their difference, approve and praise the same. 

Joris Wolsy, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen, cooper, deft. Defts. 2^ de- 
fault Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 33: 8 stivers in zeewan according to 
obligation therefor, exhibited in Court. The Court order the deft, to de- 
posit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

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default. Pltf. demands frofn deft. 1L 25. in zccwan. The Court order 
def c to deposit the monies with the Se ci c ta ry of this Citj. 

Frans Janxcn van HoogMcn, pitf. ▼/> J*'' Aiiaanscn Dujvelant, 
deft. Delt in deCanlt. 

Tidman Tan Vleeck, pltf. t/s Jan Andriessen de Giaaf and Conelius 
Hooif^boom, defts. Pltf. in defaolt. 

Jan Rntgencn, pkf. t/s Maiten the caipenter, deft Deft, in de* 
fault. 

Jan Janzen de Jon^ ancstant and phf. t/s Hendiick Arenzen 
commonly called the Spaniard, arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. II. 156. in beavers and fl. 45. 13. in zeewan for board etc. according^ 
to a/c exhibited in Court. DefL says, he has nothing to object, and is 
willing to assign him on the Noorman and to have one beaver passage 
money for his wife, who is going to Fort Orange; offering to pay the 
balance. The W: Conn order the deft, to pay the pltf. ; the arrest re- 
maining in the meanwhile valid, so long as that is not satisfied. 

Jan Ariaanzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Arenzen, coomionly called the 
Spaniard, deft Pltf. demands from deft, payment of wages at his yacht, 
as per a/c produced. Deft, produces certain protest and notice, served 
on the pltf. for that the pltf. did not finish the yacht by the time ap> 
pointed, and in addition a request. The Court refer the matter in ques- 
tion to Dirck van Schelluyne, Mattheus de Vos, Qaas Tysen and Pieter 
Jacobsen Marius to examine the a/cs of parties, to setde the same and ta 
reconcile parties if possible ; if not to report their proceedings to the Court. 

Robbert Roelanzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Walle, deft. Defts. 
3^ default. Pltf. produces the judgment of the Court of the last Court 
day between him and the deft, with the Court Messenger's return; re^ 
questing costs. The Court condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. the nine 
beavers, with costs of suit. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Andries de Haas, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 106. in beavers according to a/c. furnished. Deft, acknow* 
ledges the debt, says he has no beavers nor can he get any. The Court 
order deft, to pay the pltf. 

Pieter Rudolphus, pltf. v/s Jacques Corteljau, deft. Pltf. concludes 
in writing, that deft., attorney for Pieter J. Buys, shall be condemned to 
mortgage to him the aforesaid Buys's house standing in the fVimJtel 



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(Market) Street for a claim according to obligation for the sum of fl. 
1609 in zeewan and 55^ beavers. Deft, demands copy of the claim and 
obligation. The Court order copy of the demand and obligation to be 
furnished to party to answer thereunto by the next Court day. 

Jacques Corteljau, entering, exhibits copy of notice served by the 
Court Messenger on Nicolaes Boot relative to an action on a mortgage, 
which Pieter Jacob Buys, for whom he is attorney, has on his house, and 
the return thereupon; requests that the Bailiff be ordered to seize Nicolaas 
Boot's house and to sell the same by execution. The Court order the 
Bailiff to execute the mortgage against Nicolaas Boot. 

Pieter Rudolfus requests, that the Bailiff be ordered to execute both 
judgments: one against Jan Jansen the Younger and the other against 
Comelis Pluyver; whereupon was inscribed: — ^The Court order the 
Bailiff to put these in execution. 

Abraham Lubberzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Frerickzen, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. The pltf. demands from deft. fl. 60. for a small boat, and says, 
deft, is at Fort Orange. 

Eduart Prischott (Prescot), pltf. v/s Stoffel Hooghlandt, deft 
Pltf. demands from deft, eight and twenty beavers according to contract 
for fourteen hogsheads of tobacco which he sold deft, for goods, two 
beavers per hhd. being included therein. Deft, denies, that two beavers 
were included in the contract besides the goods, and never promised the 
same to the pltf. Pltf. says, that deft, stated, that if he could get beavers, 
he should accommodate him with them. Deft, says, he stated, if an 
abundance of beavers came, that he should shew him that courtesy and 
acccunmodate him, but therein was not willing to be obligated; offering 
to confirm the same by oath, saying having been on board with the Hon: 
Covert Loockermans about the tobacco, the half of which he commenced 
receiving, that M' Prischott as before speaking of the beavers, he put his 
foot over the side and said — If you will speak of beavers, I will not re* 
ceive the tobacco, but go away. Pltf. says, he can prove that deft 
promised the beavers, which witnesses entering declare to have heard so 
from Mr. Prischott and not from Stoffel Hooghlant. M' Prischott 
exhibited his book in Court, wherein he had entered the conditions in 
writing offering to verify the same by oath, which being proposed to 
Stoffel Hooghlandt, he said to tender the oath to Mr. Prischott. Previous 



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to the oath being tendered to Mr Prischott, parties were asked, if thej 
were willing to leave it to them in quality of moderators ? They an> 
swered, on both sides, Yes; Therefore the Court decide in quality of 
chosen moderators, that the deft. Stoffel Hooghlant do pay and satisfy 
the pltf. M' Prischott one beaver on each hhd: amounting in all to four- 
teen beavers. 

The Hon: AUard Anthony, arrestant and pltf. v/s Arent Franzen, 
skipper of Sander Leenderzen's yacht, deft. The pltf. demands satisfac- 
tion of eight beavers balance of some wines, which he gave Sander Leen- 
derzen to sell, (which were) sold and the money received; enquiring 
therefore, if he could be satisfied for* the said eight beavers from the 
freight; if not, the yacht to remain in arrest. Deft, answers, he has no 
advice to give. The Court therefore declare the arrest valid until the 
pltf. be paid. 

Comelis Martsen, factor, pltf. v/s Pieter Rudolfus, deft. Pltf. ac- 
cording to judgment produced, demands from deft, the costs of suit 
between them, and besides these fl. 56. 11. for freight, etc. as per a/c 
exhibited in Court. Pltf. was asked, if he communicated the a/c to 
deft. ? Answers, No. Deft, says, he paid the pilot for piloting the ship, 
in presence of the pltf. and Comelis de Bruyn, according to a/c. exhibited 
in Court. Pltf. says, he knows nothing of the pilotage nor did De Bniyn 
ever inform him of it, nor did the deft. The Court order parties on both 
sides to furnish each other with copies of a/cs. and Pieter Rudolfus was 
ordered to prove, that the monies were employed for the pilotage. 

Walewyn van der Veen, pltf. v/s Mighiel Janzen, deft. Ptlf. in 
virtue of procuration from Adriaen Bloemmaert demands from deft, an 
account of the sum of five hundred and thirty two guilders 13 stivers here 
in beavers, arising out of exchange and re-change on Pieter Dircksen and 
an a/c exhibited in Court, the bill of exchange being returned back pro- 
tested. Deft, denies, that he promised a hundred (advance) in default 
of payment. Acknowledges to have bought some goods from Sieur Ad- 
riaen Blommaert for exchange to the amount of three hundred and thirty 
guilders Holland currency. The Court order the pltf. to produce the 
protested bill of exchange at the next Court day. Meanwhile to furnish 
deft, with copy of the a/c. 

Mighiel Janzen, pltf. v/s Simon Janzen Romein, deft. Pltf. de- 



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mands, that deft, release him from the bill of exchange returned protested. 
Deft, says, he is attorney for Marcus Vogelsanck, and that it is known 
that Marcus Vogelsanck sold a house to Mighiel Jansen on payments and 
for performance of the payments he has arrested the monies. Pltf. says, 
the payments due have been paid and the arrest was made before the day 
of the payment arrived. The Court order Mighiel Janzen to prove by 
the next Court day, when the monies were arrested by Marcus Vogel- 
sanck; when the payment is due on the house, which he bought from 
Marcus Vogelsanck. 

Tuesday, 7*^ September 1660; In the City Hall in the afternoon. 
Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Allard Anthony, 
Cornells Steenwyck, Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus 
Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Whereas there is a dispute about beer money between Joannes 
Withart, pltf. against Jacobus Vis, deft., therefore the Court refer the 
case to Joannes van Brugh, old Schepen of this City and Joannes de 
Peister, old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, in presence of 
the Hon : Schepen Comelis Steenwyck to take up the a/cs of parties in 
dispute, to decide the same, and if possible to reconcile parties; if not to 
report their proceedings to the Court. 

On the demand of Joannes Withart in case of preference against 
Joannes van Brugh, ordered: — ^The Court direct copy to be furnished to 
party to answer thereunto at next Court day. 

On the petition of Baudewyn van Nieuwlandt endorsed: — ^The Court 
persist in their last rendered judgment, dated 31. August of this year. 

On the petition of Jan Jurriaansen Becker endorsed: — The Court 
persist in the judgment by them pronounced. 

The Hon: Schout Pietet Tonneman, requests verbally to enjoy the 
fines incurred: Whereupon was read the instruction given to this Bench, 
and he was told to request the interpretation thereof from the Rt. Hon^ 
General. 

Whereas Tomas Swartwout has remained in default of proving, that 
he has paid any thing on the ninety guilders arising from the hundred and 
two planks, which M' Paulus is demanding from him by virtue of procur* 
ation from Jan Barentsen Wemp, Tomas Swartwout was therefore hereby 



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ordered by the Court of this City to produce his proofs at the next ses- 
sion, on pain of being deprived of his right. 

On the judgment between Grietje Dircks and Lauwerens Andriesen 
ordered, the Court direct the pltf. to summon the deft, by the next Court 
day. 

The Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N: 
Netherland having considered the exhibits, documents and papers de- 
livered into their Assembly by Reindert Janzen Room touching payment 
of a certain bill of exchange drawn in his favor by the Hon: Jacob 
Alrichs dec', Director of the Colonie of New Amstel, on the Burgo- 
masters of the City of Amsterdam in Europe, and returned under protest; 
—all being read and deliberated on, order the auctioneer Timotheus 
Gabry to pay Reindert Jansen Hoom the bill of exchange produced, with 
change and re-change and costs thereof, out of the first and readiest 
monies from the sold goods of the Hon*^ Jacob Alrichs deceased. 

Comelis Pluyvier appears in Court producing, according to order of 
the last Court day, what he has against the note of twelve beavers for the 
bed belonging to Cristina Chesters, to the sum of fourteen guilders ac- 
cording to a/c. exhibited to Court. The Court allow Comelis Pluyvier to 
deduct the fl. 14 in beavers from the note. 

Reinder Janzen Hoom appears in Court requesting to be allowed to 
arrest the monies of Alexander d'Hinojossa in the hands of Francois de 
Bruyn for a claim, which he has on the aforesaid d'Hinojossa for the 
quantity of eighty nine and a half pounds of beaver, arising from goods 
sold, according to a/c. exhibited in Court; ofifering to confirm the same 
by oath. The Court order Reindert Janzen Hoora, to draw up the a/c 
in form on a half sheet of paper; to sign the same and bring it to the 
Secretary, to state thereunder, that he offered to confirm the same by oath. 

Jan Janzen Bestevaar appears in Court exhibiting the judgment pro- 
nounced between him and Hendrick Jansen Vander Yin, and the return 
on the notice made by the Court Messenger. Ordered to summon Hend: 
Jans. Van der Vin again for the next Court day. 

Tuesday. 14 SeptT, 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck^ 
Jacob Strycker, Covert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 



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The Hon: Joannes de Decker, pltf. v/s Abraham de la Noy, deft. 
In pursuance of the last Court day the defts. wife appearing in Court was 
asked, if she had Jacob Jansen Sam's receipt for the payment of four 
aewts of sack, which her husband bought at open sale from Joannes van 
Bnigh, who sold the wine by the Vendu Master for the pltf. The deft, 
produces two extracts from the Vendu Master's book, wishing to represent, 
that she considered the wine paid for therewith, inasmuch as Jacob Jan- 
sen Sam sold some goods for her by public auction, the payment whereof 
she has not received, but it remains as received with the Vendu Master, 
otherwise still due. The pltf. was asked by what right he demanded the 
money; if he had an assignment or power from the Vendu Master? 
Answers, No; also, inasmuch as it is his wine, does not need it, saying he 
should be bound in some degree to shew proof, that it is his wine, which 
Joannes van Brugh sold for him. The Court decide, that the Hon: 
Joannes de Decker shall produce proof that the wine sold by Joannes van 
Bnigfa through the Vendu Master, M' Jacob Jansen Sam, belonged to 
him: the proof being received, the deft. Abraham de la Noy is ordered, 
if he had not paid the money demanded for the sold wine to the Vendu 
Master, to give the same to the pltf. 

Abraham de la Noy, pltf. v/s Jacob Jansen Sam, deft. Defts. 2^ 
default. Pltf's wife appearing in Court demands of deft, the sum of fl. 
953: 6. in seewan sold on condition exhibited in Court. The Court order 
the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

The Hon: Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. 
The pltf. says, that deft, struck the wife of Frerick Aarsen, according to 
affidavits thereof exhibited in Court; demanding, therefore, 2$ gl. fine 
according to Placard, and moreover the costs and fmses of justice. Deft. 
denies it, saying, that Frerick Aarsen's wife berated him for a rich beggar 
and raacal and he pushed her from him; exhibiting written proof. The 
Court order Frerick Aarsen's wife and Jan Rutgersen to appear in Court 
at the next Court day, to produce in writing their action and proofs 
wluch they have against each other. 

The Hon: Burgomaster Marten Cregier, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan 
Cnottliss, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. The pltf. demands the 
anest against the deft for a claim of six beavers be declared valid^ The 
Court declare the arrest valid. The Hon: Steenwyck coming forward 



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says, he has a claim of six beaver hats against him, and requests he might 
arrest him. His honor was granted his request. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Teuntje Straatmans, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, one hundred guilders according to Placard for having 
struck one Styntie Hermesen, so that the blood followed; according to 
signature and proof thereof exhibited in Court. Deft, acknowledges the 
blow, saying, that Styntje had given her provocation, calling her publickly 
a whore. Was asked, if she have any proof ? Answers, No. The Court 
condemn the deft, in a fine of 2$ guilders to be applied as is proper and 
order her to keep quiet and still or that other provision shall be made in 
the matter. 

Cornells Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarsen, deft. Deft, in default. 
The pltf. demands from deft. fl. 135 on a mortgage. Requests that the 
same be put in execution. The Court order the Bailiff to put the same 
in execution. 

Cornells Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Herman Douzen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. The pltf. demands from deft. fl. 387: 15. on a mortgage and 
requests that the same be executed. The W: Court order the Bailiff to 
put the same into execution. 

The Hon: Cornells Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lants- 
man, deft. Deft, in default. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten, pltf. v/s Joannes Dujrvelant, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 51. 16. and half a beaver 
for default of payment at the fixed time according to obligation exhibited 
in Court. The Court order the deft, to deposit the money with the Sec- 
retary of this City. 

Lauwerens Andriessen, ptlf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. Pltf« 
demands from deft. fl. 8. 12. for drink had from him. Deft, acknow- 
ledges the debt, says he is willing to pay him. The W Court order deft 
to pay the pltf. 

Grietje Dirckz, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Andriezen, deft. Pltf. demands, 
from deft, thirteen beavers. Deft, acknowledges the debt, says he 
offered to pay in Zeewan and has no beavers. The Court order deft, to 
pay the pltf. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Dirck Gerrizen van Tri^t, deft. 
Defts. 2I default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 88. in beavers and fl. 57. 



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10. m zeewan. The Court order deft to deposit the money with the Sec- 
retary of this City. 

Comelis Martzen, factor, pitf. v/s Pieter Rudolphus, deft. Pltf. 
says, he has furnished deft, with copy of a/c. pursuant to order of last 
Court day, demanding by written petition the freight and costs incurred 
in the suit about prunes. Deft, according to order, produces a dedarar 
tion of Jan Jansen de Jongh purporting, that he had paid De Bruyn some 
silver coin in his basement kitchen, which had been given him. Pltf. 
producing a certain list of debtors left with Nicolaes Verlett, his agent, 
saying, if the deft, had any claim against him, he should have spoken to 
him about it; and he could prove by Mr. Loockermans, that he had paid 
the pilotage and victualling on a/c of the ship, all which Loockermans 
says, he can prove by his books. Pltf. was asked, by what right he de- 
mands the freight from deft. ? By virtue of procuration or conveyance ? 
Answers, by conveyance, saying the debt concerns him personally, 
exhibiting the conveyance. The Court having seen the conveyance exe- 
cuted before the Notary Public Nicolaas Antonides and witnesses dated 
14 Decxmb' 1659, which Comelis Marten, factor, has from Comelis de 
Brajrn, wherein de Bruyn transfers to the factor the charges arising from 
freight due here to the ship the Brawn Fish^ order the deft, to pay the 
pltf. the freight and costs of suit, deducting his disbursed monies. 

Dirck Wigherzen, pltf. v/s Bartelt Sybranzen, skipper of Jacob Janzen 
Plodder's yacht, deft. Pltf. demands from deft. 48 beavers on a note, 
and 150 green boards of 15 ft long and 200 oak plank also 15 ft. long. 
Deft, requests, that the yacht arrested by the deft, may be released from 
arrest, as he refused him copy of the demand and has no claim on him 
nor anything against the yacht. The Court refer the matter in question to 
Sieur Nicolaes Verlett and Sieur Jacob Kip to arrange parties a/cs, the 
yacht being allowed to remain under arrest, previous to sailing for Fort 
Oiiage. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Reindert Janzen Hoom, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Lambert Huybertzen Mol, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft. fl. 47. 16. arising from expended drink. Deft asked, 
why he refused him the a/c. ? Answered, he never refused, exhibiting 
the same in Court The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 



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Jan Ariaanzen de Graaf, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Deft. 
in default. 

Tielman van Vleeck, pltf. v/s Jan Andriesen de Graaf, deft. Pltf. 
in default. 

Dan'l Toumeur, pltf. v/s Comelis Hooghboom, deft. Both in de* 
fault. 

Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Tomas Swartwout, deft. Deft, in 
default.* Pltf. produces the order of the last Court day, which the deft. 
has not obeyed. It is therefore ordered to take the produced (paper) for 
granted. Whereas Tomas Swartwout remains in default to exhibit his 
proof according to order of the Court dated as above, he is ordered to 
pay the fl. 90. with costs to M! Paulus in the quality, in which he acts. 

Eduoard Priscott, pltf. v/s Tomas Grengert, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, an a/c of, or satisfaction for two hogsheads of tobacco, and 
payment of balance of a/c of freight. Deft, says he is willing to pay, 
what is reasonable. The Court refer the matter in dispute to MT Willet, 
George Wolsy and Captain Jan Jacobs to arrange the a/cs of parties, to 
decide the same and if possible to settle them; if not to report their 
doings to the Court. 

Nicolaes Verlett requests by petition, that he may unload the tobacco 
belonging to James Mills, which he arrested, and that the arrest be de- 
clared valid ; whereupon was ordered: — The petitioner's request b 
granted and he may have the tobacco brought to a particular, disinter- 
ested place. 

Tuesday, the 14^ Sept' 1660; In the afternoon at the City Hall. 
Present the Heeren Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens. 

The decision of the arbitrators in the suit between Jan Ariaansen, 
ship carpenter, and Hendrick Arensen, commonly called Spaniard, being 
entertained and read, they find that the matter is duly weighed. They 
therefore approve and praise the same. 

On the petition of Mighiel Janzen, ordered: — The Court order copy 
hereof to be furnished Symon Jansen Romein, that he may produce by 
the next Court day what he has against it. 

Eduart Priscott, pltf. v/s Richard Witbeck and Jan Frost, defts. 
Pltf. demands, that deft, shall declare what they know of the matter 



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between him and James Wilky and Richard Gryn [Green]. Whereupon 
they answer, that they did not see and do not know that James Wilky 
struck M' Prescott. 

Tomas Verdon, pltf. v/s Claas Pieterzen, deft. Pltf. demands in- 
demnification of a canoe loaned to deft, and not returned to the place, to 
which he ordered him to bring the canoe; demanding what it cost him, 
fl. 30. Deft, acknowledges to have had the canoe, and not to have 
brought to the place designed, saying another took the canoe and went 
with it on board. The Court refer the matter in question to Caspar 
Steinmets and Jan Swaan, arbitrators, to reconcile parties if possible; if 
not to report their proceedings to the Court. 

Claes Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Marten van de Waart, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault 

Comelis Hendrickzen, pltf. v/s Cors. Janzen, deft. Parties produce 
in Court their affidavits in the question of fighting which they had to- 
gether. The Officer, on hearing parties' acknowledgment, demands five 
and twenty guilders from each according to Placard. The W. Court 
condemn parties each in the fine of five and twenty guilders to be applied 
as is proper, and parties were ordered to live in peace and quietness with 
each other, or in default that provision shall be made therein. 

Geertje Corssen, pltf. v/s Styntje Herms, deft. Pltf. says that deft, 
is all the time calling after and scolding her. Deft, denies it; pltf. says 
she can prove it. Parties were ordered in Court to act peaceably towards 
each other, or that other provision should be made in the matter, and the 
first who shall renew, shall be punished as an example to others. 

Jan Teller, pltf. v/s Mr. Priscot, deft. Pltf. demands from deft. 
32 english Shillings for two months wages. Deft, says he must have more 
from him than his wages amount to. The W: Court refer the matter in 
question to Mt Willett, George Wolsy and Capt Jan Jacobs, to decide 
parties' differences, and if possible to reconcile them, if not to report 
their proceedings to the Court. 

Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Pieter Ebel, deft. Deft, in default. 

Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarsen, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. says that deft, struck Pieter the Constable for endeavoring to im- 
pound a pig that was not ringed according to the Placard. Requests 
maintenance. The Hon: Schout therefore demands a fine of five and 



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twenty guilders. The Worshipful Court condemn the deft, in z fine of 
fl. 35. and order him to deposit the same with the Secretary of the 
City. 

Arien Janxen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lambertsen Mol, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Lambert Huybertzen Mol, pltf. v/s Isaack Kip» deft. Pltf. appears in 
Court drunk. Therefore was not heard. The Heer Officer demands 
that pltf. be fined six guilders for coming before the Court drunk. The 
Court condemn the Pltf. in the fine of six guilders. 

Jan Gerrizen, pltf. v/s Simon Qazen Turck, deft. Deft, in default 

Eduart Priscot, pltf. v/s James Wilky and Richard Gryn [Green?], 
def ts. For that the defts. took his boat from the ship against his wQl and 
shoved and struck him according to affidavits read to the Court. Defts. 
deny it, saying that of the witnesses one is a Turk, and the other a slave. 
Said witnesses being thus objected to, produce in writing their vindication 
and James Wilky says, that M! Priscott first struck him. The Court 
order M' Priscott to bring further proof by credible witnesses. The Offi- 
cer demands, that the goods of James Wilky and Richert Gryn shaU 
remain arrested until the matter is disposed of. The Court grant* the 
Officer's request. 

Aris Otte, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaazen, deft. Both in default. 

Lysbet Comwel, pltf. v/s Rutgert Jansen, deft. Pltf. states that the 
deft, said in the street, that she was every mans bawd — ^according to 
affidavits. Demands, that he shall prove it. Dtft. denies such: produc- 
ing counter evidence, saying has no knowledge of her and knows nothing 
except that she is an honest girl. Pltf. demands, that deft, pay the costs 
of suit, which was denied by the Court. 

Robert Roelantzen appears in Court; requests that the Bailiff may 
execute the judgment pronounecd against Hendrick van der WalL The 
Court order the Bailiff to put it in execution. 

Walewyn van der Veen appearing in Court was told, it had come to 
the Magistrates' ears, that he, finding himself aggrieved by the judgment 
of the last Court day relative to the protested exchange, had calumjiiated 
the Magistrates, saying they know not what they are — they are mere 
blockheads with more of the like; all which he Vander Veen denies. 
The Schout undertakes to prove it. Van der Veen requests to know the 



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oiaii who reported so of him, a&d if he cannot prove it, that he be pun* 
lahcd; and proving it, he is willing to suffer punishment. Walewyn van 
der Veen produces the protested bill of exchange. Burgomasters and 
Schepens postpone the matter to the next Court day. 

Wamaer Weasels appears in Court producing certain judgment rela- 
tive to the payment of a bill of exchange in favor of Reindert Jansen 
Hoom, saying he had given notice to the Vendue Master to pay the 
same, who thereupon replied, as to be seen in the Messenger's return. 
Requests still payment thereof. 

Timotheus Gabry, rising, sajrs that the curator the Hon: Joannes de 
Decker concluded, that the case should go before the Supreme Council, 
as benefit of inventory is granted there. Wherefore it is ordered to state 
on the judgment:— Whereas the Hon^ Director General and Supreme 
Comdcil have granted benefit of inventory, the petitioner is ordered to in- 
stitute fais case before and address himself to their Honors. 

Tuesday, ai. Septemb? 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, AUard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pitf . v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. 
Pltf . says that the deft, insulted and calumniated the Magistrates of this 
City, having spoken of them according to evidence thereof. The Hon: 
Jacobus Backer, Schepen of this City, rising at the request of the Schout, 
declares, that he was on some business at the house of Daniel Litscho, 
where the deft, caused him to be called from the room, in which he was 
— who after having some discourse with him, came to speak among other 
things of the judgment on the bill of exchange under protest. The deft, 
said the Magistrates knew not what they are, and were only foob and 
simpletons. The Hon: AUard Anthony, Burgomaster of this City, at the 
request of the Schout rises and declares that Walewyn vander Veen speak- 
ing of the judgment on the protested bill of exchange said— Hhey know 
not, which of the two declarations aforesaid was denied by Walewyn van 
der Veen; requesting that his verbal proposition and written exception 
handed in, may be disposed of, saying if not, I shall appeal. Walewyn 
van der (Veen) being called in the Officer concludes, nmmmpjgidiy that 
deft, shall, for his committed insult, be condemned to repair the injury, 



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honorably and profitably ; honorably, by praying with uncovered head for- 
giveness of God and Justice; profitably, by paying as a fine the sum of 
twelve hundred guilders with costs, and in case of refusal to go into close 
confinement. The deft, requests, that disposition be made of his entered 
exception, and if such were not decided he should be obliged to appeal, 
sajring he does not answer to the main matter. MHiereas Wallewyn van 
der Veen insulted the subaltern bench of justice of this City and spoke 
calumniously of the same, touching which the Officer making his demand 
and Burgomasters and Schepens having heard the demand and proof of 
the Schout, adjudge, that Walewyn van der Veen for his conunitted 
insult shall here beg forgiveness, with uncovered head, of God, Justice 
and the Court, and moreover pay as a fine the sum of one hundred and 
ninety guilders to be duly applied, with costs, and in case of refusal he 
shall go immediately into confinement. Which judgment being read, 
Walewyn van der Veen said, I appeal and request copy of the sentence to 
answer its principal points, saying further — People complain at the South 
BJver; but I may well do so m3rself here. MHiereas Walewyn van der 
Veen has refused to obey the sentence, he was ordered by the Court to 
go into his house in confinement and to be kept there by a Court Messen- 
ger until he shall have obeyed it. 

To the Rt. Hon^ Director General and Councillors of N. Nether- 
land 

Rt. Honourable 

The Burgomasters and Schepens of this City respectfully represent to 
y! Honours, that Walewyn van der Veen has refused to obey the pro- 
nounced sentence hereunto annexed and has been committed a prisoner 
to his own house, until he shall have conformed to the same. We request, 
inasmuch as the insult is destroying the authority and respect of this Court 
of Law, the support of the Supreme government so that similar occur- 
rences may be prevented. Remaining 

Under Stood, Your Honours' humble subjects 

The Burgomasters and Schepens of this 

City of Amsterdam in N. N. 
Done, Amsterdam in N: Netherland sx. 7^ 1660. 

MHiereas the Hon: Joannes de Decker exhibits to the Court of Burgo- 
masters and Schepens acte of Joannes van Brugh, that the wines, which 



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he sold for him through the Vendu Master Jacob Jansen Sam, were his 
property. Burgomasters and Schepens order Abraham de La Noy to 
satisfy and pay the Hon: Joannes de Decker for the same, on condition, 
that the Hon : de Decker shall free Abraham de la Noy from all after claims. 

Abraham de la Noy produces the judgment pronounced against Jacob 
Jansen Sam, the return of the Court Messenger on the notice to pay the 
same standing thereupon. The Court order the Bailiff to put this into 
execution. 

Schepen Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen, Lants- 
man, deft. Pltf. demands of deft, payment of fl. 88. 9. on a note payable 
in tobacco with costs. Deft, acknowledges the debt. Says there is no 
tobacco to be had: requests time. The Court order the deft, to pay the 
pltf. with costs. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, five and twenty guilders fine for having struck the 
wife of Frerick Aarsen, according to affidavits thereof exhibited. Deft, 
denies it, bringing with him Merritje Pieters, Albert Trumpeters wife, as 
witness, who declares, that she did not see him strike Frerick Aarsen's 
wife. Grietje Pieters, Frerick Aarsen's wife, appears in Court, saying 
that Jan Rutgersen struck her, and if she had not prevented it, he should 
have beaten in her brains ; relating the causes, which gave rise to it. The 
Court condemn Jan Rutgersen in a fine of six guilders for having struck 
the wife of Frerick Aarsen, and Grietje Pieters, Frerick Aarsen's wife, in 
the fine of three guilders for her evil speaking. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Joannes Nevius, deft. Pltf. demands of 
defL fl. 280: 8 according to a/c. and acknowledges to have received 
thereon fl. 168. Deft, acknowledges the debt. The Court order the 
deft, to pay the pltf. 

Mattheus de Vos, arrestant and pltf. v/s Pieter Lucasen, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. The Court declared the arrest valid, until he 
shall have satisfied the pltf. 

On the petition of Comelis Martsen, factor, wherein he requests re- 
vocation of the judgment of date the 14*^ inst. and that Pieter Rudolf us 
shall be condemned to pay the demanded freight and costs according to 
a/c thereof exhibited to Court, the Court persist in their previous 



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Govert Loockennans, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault 

Claes Gangelofzen Visscher, pltf. v/s Pieter Jansen, mason, deft. 
Both in default. 

Jan Andriessen de Graaf, pltf. v/s Tielman Van Vleeck, deft. Pltf. 
in default. 

Tielman Van Vleeck, pltf. v/s Jan Andriesen de Graaf, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Arien Janzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, deft. Both in 
default. 

Daniel van Donck, pltf. v/s Pietertje Jans, deft. Both in default. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Reindert Janzen Hoom, deft. Defts. s^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 79. 9. for consumed drink. The 
Court order the deft, to deposit the monies at the Secretary's office of this 
City. 

Reindert Janzen Hoom, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Both in 
default. 

Joannes Verveelen, pltf. v/s Reindert Janzen Hoom, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Jan Gillis de Jongh, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Paulus Schrick, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Deft, in deftndt. 

Salomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Botfi in 
default. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Anneke La Chair, deft. Both in 
default. 

Pieter de Nys, pltf. v/s Wemaer Wessels, deft. Deft, in default. 

Mighiel Muyen, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Tomas Wandel, pltf. v/s Jan Cnoulits, deft. Both in default. 

Pieter Comelizen vander Veen, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarzen, deft. Both 
in default. 

Paulus Blyenber^, pltf. v/s Hendrick Arenzen, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

On the answer of Simon Janzen Romein, att'y for Marcos Vogel- 
sanck, against Mighiel Jansen ordered: — ^The Court direct copy to be 
furnished to party to answer thereunto at next Court day. 



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Maria Besem requests by petition, that Boudewyn Van Nieuwlandt 
shall, as he remains contumax in giving bail, be ordered de novo to enter 
security within 34 hours under such penalty as the Court shall deem 
proper. Marginal note: — Ordered, that he enter bail within the period 
of 3 times four and twenty hours for the judgment, or otherwise for the 
sum of fl. 3000. The Acte reads: — In the name of the Court Boudewyn 
▼an Nieuwlandt is hereby again ordered to enter sufficient security for the 
judgment of the Court aforesaid to be rendered in the suit between him 
and Maria Besem or at least for the sum of three thousand guilders and 
that within the period of three times four and twenty hours. Done. 

Pieter Rudolfus appears in Court requesting answer to the demand 
he made on Jacques Corteljou, attorney for Pieter Jacobsen Buys, on a 
note; or security for his claim. The Court order Jacques Corteljau to 
answer on next Court day the copy of the demand and obligation of Pieter 
Rudolfus on pain of deprivation of right. 

Pieter Janzen, mason, appears in Court sa3ring, he cannot obtain any 
payment of costs from Nicolaes Boots wife in the suit, which he had 
against her and he should take no more trouble about it, giving the claim 
which he has against Maria Boot for the aforesaid costs taxed by the Court 
on S^ June 1660. at the sum of fl : 33: 5 to the Poor except six guilders, 
which the Court Messenger must have. The Court order the Bailiff to 
execute these and to hand the proceeds to the Deacons. 

Tuesday, 28. Septemb' 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Covert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Andrees Rees, deft. Pltf . says, 
he had fined deft's wife, because there were nine pins at her house last 
Sunday during preaching, and the can and glass stood on the table. 
Deft, says, he was not at home, but on the watch — and that there were 
no nine pins at his house, nor can the pltf. say, that he saw drinking at 
his house during the preaching. Deft's wife appears in Court; denies 
that diere was any nine pins or drinking at her house, saying that some 
came €0 her house, who said that Church was out, and that one had a pin 
and the other a bow! in the hand, but they did not play. The Schout 
states, that deft's wife said, she did not know but Church was out, and 



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offered to compound with the Schont. Parties being heard, deft, was 
condemned by the Court in the fine of six guilders to be applied as is 
proper. 

Schout P. Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Schiyver, deft. Pltf. says, that 
the deft, tapped half an hour after evening bell ring, demanding fl. 25. 
fine and fl. 6. for each person. Deft, says, it is impossible to drive the 
people out of the house so precisely, and half an hour passes easily by, 
before each one has paid his money. The Court condemn the deft, in 
the fine of twelve guilders to be applied as is proper. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Maria Peeck, deft. Pltf. says, 
he has fined the deft, for that she had tapped after nine o'clock. Deft, 
denies it, saying that two sat at her house, who counted their money 
which she owed them, and she did not tap a drop. The Court dismiss 
the Officer's suit. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pierre Pia, deft. The Officer 
says, that deft, tapped last Sunday after the watch was set and six per- 
sons were at his house; demanding from deft. fl. 25. and six guilders for 
each person. Deft, denies it, saying there were three at his house, who 
were standing up to leave. The Court dismiss the Officer's suit 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Los, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, was fighting at Solomon La Chairs after nine o'clock and Resolveeit 
Waldron knows it. Deft, denies it wishing to prove it. Resolveert Wal- 
dron appearing at the Court declares to have seen it: offering to prove 
the same. The Court order parties on both sides to bring forward their 
proofs at next Court day. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Wessel Everzen, deft. Pltf. de» 
mands from deft, the fine for having sold fish on last Sunday forenoon. 
Deft's wife appearing says, that it happened before the ringing of the belL 
The Court dismiss the Officer's suit. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Albert Trompetter, deft. Pltf. 
says, that deft, sold fish on Sunday morning, and that Resolveert Waldron 
has subjected him to the fine. Resolveert Waldron appearing in Court 
declares he fined him be<:ause he sold fish on Sunday morning. Defts. 
wife appears in Court says, it occurred before the ringing of the belL 
The Court dismiss the Officer's suit, as the occurrence took place before 
the preaching. 



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Schepen Goveit Loockennans, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. 
7^ default The pltf. demands from deft, fl: 330. in beaver according 
to the obligation exhibited in Court. The Court order the deft, to de- 
posit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Pieter Rudolfus, pltf. v/s Jacques Corteljau, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. demands security for the money coming to him from Pieter Jacobs. 
Buys according to obligation exhibited in Court. The Court order Claas 
van Elslandt the younger, Court Messenger, to summon Jacques Corteljau 
in their name at the next Court day. 

Pieter Nys, pltf. v/s Wamaer Wessels, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 264. in beaver for three hogsheads of French 
wine. The Court order the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary 
of this City. 

Simon Hermzen Cort, pltf. v/s Huybert de Bruyn, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, payment of the judgment dated S^ June with costs for 
a/c produced. Deft, says, the pltf. arrested the money in the hands of 
Hendrick Jansen Spiers and therefore he cannot give him any money, 
before he has released that. Pltf. says, if Hendrick Jansen Spiers pay 
him, he will be satisfied. The Court order deft, to fulfill the judgment 
with fl. 7 : 8 costs taxed by their worships. 

Arien Janzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, deft. Pltf. says, 
that the deft, had made a boat for him, which he had not finished ac- 
cording to agreement and contract, though he paid him wages for making 
it, and that deft, took the boat from before his door and sold it; claims 
the debt or the disbursements. Deft, acknowledges copy of the demand 
and says, he told the pltf. Arien, there must be money — ^Whereupon he 
answered, I cannot pay you, before next May; take your own. Pltf. was 
asked, how long he had the boat ? Answers, that it lay three weeks 
before his door and he used it twice; thereunto deft, answers, he can 
prove otherwise. The Court refer the matter in dispute to Frerick Lub- 
bexsen and Burger Jorissen to decide parties' dispute and if possible to 
reconcile them; if not to report their doings to the Court. 

Jan Andriezen de Graaf, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, two beavers for brick. Deft, says, he paid him ac- 
cording to a demand in o£fset, which he exhibits in Court. Pltf. says, he 
gave pay and that he would not receive it, and returned the same to 



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Claas van Elslaad. Deft. ny%^ he can prore, Aat he mMj demand 
beaven for feet, which he shewed according to order. The Court there- 
fore direct Jan Andriesaen de Graaf to recetre die seewan and die half 
bearer from Claas van Elslandt. 

WiUem Weit, phf . v/s Willem Pieckelingh deft PItf . demands fal- 
fiOment of the contract, whereby deft boond hhnself to him to sail in his 
bark for seewan. Deft, says, that pltf . discharged him and he can prore 
it by witnesses, who s^ypearing in Court, declare Aat William Weit told 
the deft. : I discharge you; if you wish to go, you may, but you shall not 
have any of your earned wages. The Court dierefore pronounce the 
deft, to be free of Mr. Weit 

Pieter Jacobzen Marins, arrestant and pltf. v/% Rutgert Jansen, 
arrested and deft Pltf. demands from deft. 520 lb. good leaf tobacco 
according to obligation signed by him, deft, and Abraham Kimberley, re- 
questing payment before his departure and that the arrest meanwhile be 
declared valid. Deft, says, it is due by Abraham Kimberley. The Court 
order deft, to pay the pltf., the arrest remaining meanwhile valid until 
payment. 

The 2S^ Septemb'. 1660. In the City Hall. Present all the Magis- 
trates, except Covert Loockermans, sick. 

On the demand of a fine by Nicasius de Sille, against Maria Boot, 
dated 4 May of this year, the Court order die Bailiff to execute this 
within four and twenty hours. 

On the petition of Abraham de la Noy, wherein he requests, that the 
Bailiff be authorized to proceed in the speediest manner with the execu- 
tion, and that Decker's judgment be postponed until the Vendu Master 
has paid him. La Noy, so that Decker also may get his own, the Court 
order the Bailiff to proceed in the quickest manner with the execution 
and fulfillment of the judgment, which Abraham de la Noy has againsi 
Jacob Jansen Sam. 

Merritje Beckers, pltf. v/s Mary Boot, deft. Deft, in default Pltf. 
demands from deft. fl. 10. 17. balance of a/c as exhibited &i Court, and 
requests, that she may arrest her goods. The Court authorise Merritje 
Beckers to arrest die goods of Maria Boot, wherever she knows diey are. 

WiUem Simson, pltf. v/s W. Mollens, deft. Pltf. demands from 



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deft the handwritings he has belonging to him and which is long since 
paid. Deft, says, he must have from pltf . 275 lbs. sugar, for which the 
pitf. has passed an obligation, which has remained with the Spaniard, by 
whom he was captured. Pltf *s wife also appearing says, that deft at Bar- 
badoes took out of her chest a silver boat, which has remained with him. 
Deft, denies it, saying he has not done so. The Court order parties on 
both sides to prove their assertions. 

Paulas Schrick, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft balance of fl. 143. 4. for half an aam of brandy according to 
a/c dated 3 Septf 1658 exhibited in Court. Deft produces a counter 
a/c for the sum of fl. 546. 15^, the contents of which is denied by the 
pltf. saying, it is discharged. The Court order parties to draw up their 
a/c, each in due form and to deliver the same to one another and then 
the matter was referred to Sieur Daniel van Donck and Sieur Isaack 
Greveraat to examine parties a/cs, debate the same and if possible to 
reconcile both sides; if not to report to the Court. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Pieter Pietersen, deft. Pltf. says he loaned 
fl. 26. 7. and fl. 9: 7 to deft Deft, denies it. Pltf. undertakes to prove 
it The Court order pltf. to prove his statement. 

Leuntje Schoone, pltf. v/s Jan Stocker, deft. Pltf. demands fl. 28. 
£rom the deft. Deft says, she never spoke to him, nor did he ever re- 
fuse any money, and owes no more than fl. 21. The Court order the 
deft to pay the pltf. the fl. 21. and if she have any further claim, she 
most prove it 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Reindert Janzen Hoom, deft. Defts. 2' 
default Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 40: 2 in zeewan and fl. 7: 2 found 
to be short in zeewan and also fl. 86. in beavers. The Court order deft 
to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Baltus Lookeman, deft Deft in default. 
Pltf. demands arrest of his person for a claim for the sum of fl. 429, with 
coats. The Court grant the pltf. his request to arrest the deft, until he 
be paid. 

Jan Becker, pltf. v/s Jacob, de Haan, deft. Deft in default. Pltf. 
demands a second summons. 

Leuntje Schoone, pltf. v/s Jan Clazen, deft. Deft in default 

Nicolaes Boot, pltf. v/s Saartje Burgers, deft. Both in default 



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MarU Pceck, pltf. t/s Reiiidert Janxen Hoom, deft Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Barent CruTtdop, pltf. t/s Pieter van Halen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Abraham Lubberzen appeals in Cotiit requesting an end of the little 
boat, which he disputes about widi Tomas Frericksen; whereupon was 
ordered: — Whereas there is a question between Abraham Lubbersen and 
Tomas Frericksen about a litde boat, Sieor Pieter Wolf erzen van Couwen- 
hoven and Sieur Hendrick Janzen van der Yin are therefore hereby 
ordered by the Court of this City and authorized to decide the question 
of parties and to reconcile the one to the other if possible; if not to re- 
port their proceedings to the Court. 

Comelis Martzen, factor, appears in Court, producing the judgment, 
which he has against Pieter Rudolfus with the return of the Court 
Messenger on the notice served on him for the fulfillment of the judg- 
ment. Endorsement: — ^The Court order the Bailiff to put these into 
execution. 

By Burgomasters and Schepens of this City of Amsterdam in New 
Netherland being considered the petition of Mighiel Tades relative to the 
assigned fl. 636: 10 in zeewan and 470 planks at 25 stivers each in abate- 
ment of the mortgage, which Sieur Walewyn van der Veen, attorney for 
Sieur Isaack de Sterre, merchant at Amsterdam in Europe is having; 
which mortgage must be paid in beavers, and through want of beavers the 
aforesaid Mighiel Tades has assigned the aforesaid zeewan and planks at 
12 gl. per beaver, requesting that it may be paid therewith. Whereupon 
Sieur Walewyn van der Veen being called, appearing, the written request 
of Mighiel Tades was propounded to him, who thereupon answered, he 
cannot undertake it for his principal ; but saying, to accommodate him he 
will keep the consigned plank and money in store until half the mortgage 
is paid, and to wait until the next trading season or the coming of die 
second pay on the mortgage. Which resolution taken by Sieur Walewyn 
van der Veen is submitted to Mighiel Tades, who was asked what he has 
to decide thereon ? Answers, if possible he would rather it might go in 
abatement and fulfillment of the first payment on the mortgage. Whereas 
such cannot be agreed to, Burgomasters and Schepens therefore decide in 
quality as moderators, that Mighiel Tades shall deliver to Sieur Walewyn 
van der Veen the consigned fl. 636 : 10. and four hundred and seventy 



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plank to be stored in payment of the mortgage and Sieur Walewyn van 
der Veen consents to turn the consignment into beavers to wit @ is 
guilders per beaver, if he can convert the same to the profit of Mighiel 
Tades and to the discharge of the mortgage. Done at Amsterdam in New 
Netherland the sS^ September 1660. 

Regarding the difference in payment between the pieces of Eight, 
which Pieter Rudolfus loaned to Comelis de Bruyn and which must be 
restored by Comelis Marssen, factor, according to judgment in abatement 
of what Pieter Rudolfus owes the aforesaid Comelis Marssen, factor, ac- 
cording to a/c exhibited thereof. Burgomasters and the presiding Schepen 
decide, that Pieter Rudolfus shall rebate two and a half pieces of Eight 
for one beaver on the claim, which Comelis Marssen, factor, has on him. 
Done Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 2. October 1660. By Order, etc. 

Tuesday, 5. Octob: 1660. In City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, Joseph 
Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Aris Otte, deft. Defts. 2^ de- 
fault. Pltf. concludes in writing, that deft, shall be condemned in the 
fine of fl. 50., for that he the deft, was found to have tapped two several 
times on the 26*^ Sept^ of this year, after the setting of the watch; first at 
ten o'clock, for which he had fined the defts. wife, and afterwards on the 
same night between eleven and twelve o'clock, besides fl. 24. for four per- 
sons, who sat and drank; furthermore still fifty guilders, for that he deft, 
was fighting at the house of Solomon La Chair with one Jan Los after 
setting of the watch, with costs, all according to the Placard. The 
Court order the deft, to deposit the hundred and twenty four guilders 
with the Secretary of this City within three times four and twenty hours. 

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

The Schout, pltf. v/s The Steward of the Oak Tree, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. 3^ de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, three hundred and thirty guilders in 
beaver and requests, that the Sheriff be ordered to remove from his house 
his arms, which he brought there to manufacture. The Court order deft. 



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to pay the pltf. fl. 330. commanding the Officer to remove from deft's 
home Loockeiman's fire arms. 

Jacques Cousseau, pltf. v/s Reindert Jansen Hoom, deft. Pitf. de- 
mands from deft fl. 14: 10. in beavers purchased by deft at aoction, 
requesting, that deft, shall pay the same to the Vendu Master or the Sec- 
retary before his departure. Deft, acknowledges the debt; says he has 
no money. The Court order deft, to pay the money to the Vendu Master. 

Reindert Janzen Hoom, entering, produces a certain a/c against 
Alexander d'Hinojossa, dated the 3I April 1659, amounting to the quan- 
tity of 87^ lb. beaver arising out of a hogshead of Spanish wine and three 
half aems aniseed, requesting, as he is on the eve of leaving, that he may 
swear to it. Whereas Reindert Jansen Hoom offers to declare on oath 
the justice of the produced a/c, the same is taken down by the Officer, 
and he accordingly took the oath at the hands of the Officer, Pieter Ton- 
neman. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Reindert Jansen Hoom, deft Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 86: in beaver and fl. 47. 13 in zeewan according to 
a/c presented in Court. With costs incurred and to be incurred thereon. 
Deft, acknowledges the debt, but does not know how much, as he has 
not settled. The Court order parties to settle with each other in presence 
of Sieur Paulus Shriek and Symon Jansen Romein, who are authorized to 
unite parties if possible; if not to report their proceedings to the Court 

Abraham de la Noy, pltf. v/s Reindert Janzen Hoom, deft Pltf. 
demands from deft. fl. 118. Deft, says, he brought something with him 
for the pltf. and also paid him some money in Holland. The Court order 
parties to settle with each other in presence of Sieur Isaack Bedloo and 
Sieur Joannes Van der Meulen, who arc authorized to reconcile parties if 
possible; if not to report their proceedings to the Court 

Hendrick Janzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Evert Mareschal, deft Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, security for the rent of his house. Deft's wife appear- 
ing in Court says, the time is not yet expired. The Court order the pltf. 
not to speak before the expiration of the time. 

Rut Jacobzen, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Pltf., complaining 
of the sale of his house and lot, by Comelis Steenwyck and Sieur Joannes 
Withart, as his attorneys, sold by public auction, and purchased at sale by 
Joannes Withart, requests an advance on the price, as he sold the same for 



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more ; saying, that the sale was not a legal one — ^partly because Mr. Thomas 
WOletty who is co-attorney with Sieur Steenwyck above named and Joan- 
nes Withart, is not known in the conditions and contract; secondly that 
the house and lot were knocked down by Steenwyck before they were sold 
at auction. Deft, answering says, he persists by the sale and that before 
it was said " I hold up *' he cried. Mine ! Whereupon he was asked, if 
he bade in the house for himself or for those for whom he was attorney 
besides others ? Answers, for himself. Further asked, as he bade for 
himself, if he had made it known ? Answers, No. Rut. Jacobsen, 
entering, was asked if he has proof, that the house and lot were 
"held up" before they were sold. Answers, Yes; exhibiting two 
written declarations under ofiFer of oath, one from the Vendu Master 
Joannes Nevius and the other from the Schepen Jacobus Backer, say- 
ing if necessary he can get some more. Comelis Steenwyck, attorney 
with the deft, standing up, declares under ofiFer of oath, that Sieur Withart 
cried " Mine ! ** before he called out " I hold up.'* Further that he had 
agreed with Sieur Withart, he should hold up, when it came to fl. 50 over 
the sum ofiFered at auction. Offering to confirm the same by oath. The 
Court Messenger Claas van Elslandt the Younger, called in was asked, if 
he knew that the house and lot ofiFered by public or open sale, were " held 
up " by the Heer Steenwyck before Sieur Joannes Withart cried. Mine ! 
Answers Yes, saying he first heard " I hold " ; and then it was said. Mine! 
Offering to confirm the same by oath. Joannes Withart entering was 
asked, what has he against the affidavits ? Answers, he holds to the sale, 
and if there was any thing to be said, why was it not spoken before the 
deed was written. Has nothing to say against the witnesses, undertaking 
to prove, that he bought the house and lot before the same were " held 
up." Whereupon the Court order him so to do by the next Court day, 
or in default judgment shall be pronounced. 

Ritchert Smith, pltf . v/s Comelis Melein, deft. Pltf. demands of 
deft, payment of a note for the sum of fl. 114. signed by deft's wife, the 
same to be paid in beaver; relating at length the circumstances, from 
which it arose. Deft, says, that for the payment of nine pounds sterl'g 
which he owed M' Smitt, he agreed with him for two ankers of strong 
waters, which he should come and draw from Staten Island, keeping them 

for M' Smitt, and that Mt Smitt promised to do so, either himself or by 
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another. And the ankers lay a long time before they were taken away. 
Meanwhile the war broke out with the Indians, who destroyed everything, 
taking himself and his people prisoners. Maintains he is not bound to 
make the same good, saying further, that Mr. Smitt accompanied by some 
Englishmen came to his wife whilst he was in Holland and forced her to 
sign the note. Pltf. denies it all. The Court order Comelis Meleyn to 
prove, that he agreed about the pajrment of the nine pounds sterlg by the 
two ankers of strong waters, and when Mr. Smitt should draw the two 
ankers of strong waters from Staten Island, and further that his wife was 
constrained to sign the note exhibited by M^ Smitt. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Pieter Pieterzen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
the deft. fi. 26. disbursements and nine guilders for consumed drink. 
Deft, says, he bought sole leather from an Englishman, 15 lbs at 34 stiv. 
per lb. and must pay the Englishman. But if the pltf. can shew a power 
to lift the money for the Englishman he will pay him. Acknowledges the 
debt for the drink. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. the nine 
guilders and to deposit the 26 gl. with the Secretary of this City. 

Claas Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Marten 'de Waart, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, indemnification for a canoe drifted away, whilst in his hands, 
producing two statements thereof; one of Joannes Lubbelinck and the 
other of Nicolaas Ybert, saying that he was obliged to make good the 
same to Tomas Verdon, from whom he had borrowed it, paying therefor, 
according to arbitration fl. 30. demanding, also, the costs incurred. Deft 
says, that Nicolaas Ybert lent it to him and he delivered it back. The 
Court order the deft, to prove his statement at the next Court day. 

Mighiel Tades, arrestant and pltf. v/s Balthus Lookermans, arrested 
and deft. Defts. 2^ default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 429. in zeewan. 
The Court order the deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this 
City, the arrest remaining meanwhile valid. 

Willem Cogens, pltf. v/s James Mils, deft. Pltf. demands in writing 
according to statement that the deft, shall be condemned to pay bim the 
monthly wages, for which he received him in his service in quality of sea- 
man. Deft, rendering his answer by petition, parties were referred by 
the Court to Isaack Bedlo and Paulus Schrick who were authorized to 
hear parties differences and decide the same; if possible to reconcile tbem, 
if not to render a report of their proceedings to the Court. 



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WiUem Pickely, pltf. v/s Willcm Porter, deft. The question of par- 
ties being heard, the Court refer the same to Isaack Bedloo and Paulus 
Schrick to hear the same, to decide the differences and if possible to 
reconcile them, if not to render a report of their proceedings to the Court. 

Pieter Terragon and Marcus de Sousey, pltfs. v/s Hendrick Baren- 
sen, smith, deft. Pltfs. complain, that deft's hogs commit damage in their 
land. Deft, says, he has yoked his hogs and their fences are not close. 
Requests that some one be appointed to examine it. The Court appoint 
Pieter Jansen de Witt and Jan Comelis de Zeuw * to inspect the fence 
and to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their proceedings to 
the Court. 

Maria Becker, pltf. v/s Maria Boot, deft. Defts. 2I default. Pltf. 
saysy she has caused the deft's goods to be arrested, and that she is away 
with the property. The Court order the pltf. to find out where Maria 
Boot has any money and to seize the same. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Broerzen, 
arrested and deft. Deft, has gone away beyond his arrest. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, arrestant and pltf. v/s Arent Janzen, 
arrested and deft. Deft, has gone away beyond his arrest. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan the Pilot of the 
Oak Tree, arrested and deft. Deft, has gone away beyond his arrest. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hendrick Reinder- 
zen, arrested and deft. Deft, is gone away beyond his arrest. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, arrestant and pltf. v/s Gerrit Broersen, 
arrested and deft. Deft, is gone away beyond his arrest. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Jan Becker, deft. Deft, in default. 

Lauwerens Andriezen, pltf. v/s Barent Cruitdop, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Lauwerens Andriezen, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. 

Jan Eraat, appears in Court requesting execution on the judgment 
against Grietje Pieters. The Court order the Bailiff to execute these. 

On the judgment of Burgomasters and President Schepen dated 2^. 
Octob: 1660 handed in by Comelis Marsten Factor, against Pieter Rudol* 
ftts, ordered: — ^The Schout Pieter Tonneman is authorized by the Court, 

* The pftitifit to this rah were settlers at Bnshwick, L. I., where the referees also 
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228 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1660 

together with the Bailif to notify Pieter Rudolfus for the last timt^ that 
he pay the remaining balance to Comelis Marssen Factor, and in case of 
refusal to enter execution immediately against him. 

On the petition of Jan Jacobs, is endorsed: — ^The Court refer the 
petitioner to the Rt Honble General and Council of N. Netheiiand, to 
have the costs taxed there, as the suit is pending before their Honours. 

Tuesday, 12. Octob' 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, deft. Pltf. re- 
quests, that deft, shall be condemned to furnish him with the a/c he has 
against him and that the Magistrates be pleased to appoint two to examine 
the same. Deft, says, he is ready to deliver him over the a/c. and de- 
mands the same. The Court appoint to this purpose Jacques Cosseau 
and Isaack Grevera to examine the a/c of parties, to settle the same and 
to reconcile parties if possible; if not to render a report in writing to the 
Court of their proceedings. 

Balthus Lookermans, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Pltf. wants to 
know, why the deft, demands f. 429 from him. Deft, exhibits the note, 
from which the same arises. Pltf. shews by a/c that the same is paid and 
that he bought from deft, the ten head of cattle for fl. 1650, whereof the 
deft, shews in writing, that the cattle were sold for fl. 1750., about which 
fl. 100 difference, he says he was at law at Fort Orange with the deft., 
and that he, the pltf., had asserted, he was able to prove it here at the 
Manhattans and now offers to do so in eight days. The Court, therefore, 
order pltf. to prove by next Court day that he bought the cattle from the 
deft, for fl. 1650. Balthus Loockermans, entering, demands acie of what 
has passed and that he may appoint some one in his place, as he intends 
leaving for Fort Orange; which the Court allows him, on condition of 
giving security for the judgment. 

Grietje Pieters, pltf. v/s Jan Eraat, deft. Pltf. wants to know, what 
claim deft, has against her, inasmuch as she accounted for the linen ac- 
cording to order. Deft, says, she accounted only for io}> ells and there 
is not sufficient linen for him to get six shirts from. Pltf. says, she had 
no more linen from him. Deft, answers, that pltf. admitted to Simon 



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Jansen Romein and StofiFel Jansen, carpenter, that she received enough 
of linen for him for six shirts, whereof he had exhibited an affidavit, as 
the judgment dated 13. January last proves. Jan Erat was ordered to 
call Simon Jansen Romein, who appearing was asked, if Grifstje Pieters 
admitted to him, that she received for Jan Eraat a piece of linen for six 
shirts ? Answers, that Grietje Pieters had said so and that she had given 
it to a woman, who had left for Fort Orange. Symon Jansen having read 
to him the contents of his written declaration dated 13. January 1660 ex- 
hibited in Court by Jan Eraat, was asked. If he will confirm the same on 
oath ? Answers, Yes. Which was stated to Grietje Pieters, who was 
called in, who thereupon answered, then I will pay it. And whereas 
Symon Jansen Romeyn on being sent for to Court to confirm his declara- 
tion by oath, excuses himself, that he cannot do it as he has people with 
him, the matter was postponed by the Court until the next Court day. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Jacob de Haan, deft. Defts. 2^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft. fi. 23. 9. The Court order the deft, 
to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Deft, in default. 

Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, pltf. v/s Ensign Dirck Smitt, deft. 
Pltf. in default. 

Hendrick Barenzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Jacob Elderzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Both in default. 

Pieter Rudolfus appears in Court requesting, that the Bailiff, assisted 
by the Schout Pieter Tonneman may duly proceed with the execution of 
the judgment against Frerick Aarsen and Comelis Pluyvier for the claim, 
which he has against them. The Court authorize the Schout Pieter Ton- 
neman to proceed with the judgment; the Bailiff to assist. 

Joannes Withart produces in Court a declaration and fact destructive 
relative to the sale and purchase of the house of Rut Jacobsen in question. 
The Court order copy of fact destructive and declaration annexed to be 
furnished to party, thereunto to answer by the next Court day. 

M' Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger requests by petition, that who- 
soever (claims) any of the goods left by Dirck Houthuysen shall after one 
or two notices state by proper return, what they demand as having given 
aforesaid Smitt to make and that the goods after that time, be sold without 



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any distinction ; further that he, petitioner, be permitted to lease the 
house occupied by said Smitt, as the time is expired before All Saints, and 
that the man, who occupies the front room shall vacate the same. Where- 
upon was noted in the margin: — ^Petitioner's request is granted and he 
shall cause the man in the front room to be summoned by the next Court 
day. 

Tuesday 19. Octob! 1660. In the City Hall. Present the HeereD 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Allard Anthony, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Burgomaster Allard Anthony,' arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Van Qeef, 
arrested and deft. The pltf. demands of deft, a beaver and a half or so 
much buckwheat at beaver price, for a hanger sold to the deft. Deft 
says, that the pltf. did not ask more than 2 skepels. He brought an ox 
last year to the pltf. and he should give him over and above, two skepels 
of buckwheat for the hanger. Pltf. replies; he can prove by his book, 
that he sold the deft, the hanger for i^ beavers. Demands the costs in- 
curred herein and still to be incurred, and requires, that the deft, shall 
remain here so long, as he has not satisfied him. For the bringing of the 
ox he will pay as others. The Court order the pltf. to prove, that he sold 
the deft, the hanger; the arrest, meanwhOe remaining valid. 

Hendrick van Dyck, plft. v/s Titus Cyre and Jan van Cleef, defts. 
Pltf. demands from defts. pajrment of fl. 350. in zeewan with costs, for 
purchase of a horse mill. Deft. Titus Cyre says, that Jan van Cleeff 
agreed to pay his part, which Jan van Cleef being asked, answers, Yes. 
Pltf. replying, demands therefore that deft. Jan van Cleef shall be con- 
demned to pay him fi. 250. according to contract. Nicasius de Sille ap- 
pearing requests, that Jan van Cleef shall remain in arrest, until be has 
paid or has released him from the bail bond. The Court order Jan van 
Qeef to pay the fl. 250. to the pltf. according to contract, with costs, the 
arrest remaining meanwhile valid. 

Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, pltf. v/s Ensign Dirck Smitt, deft. 
Pltf. requests from deft, payment of one hundred and forty seven ells of 
linen sold to deft. @ 11 stiv: the ell payable in wheat & three guilders the 
skepel, saying he received thereupon eighteen skepels and that deft 
charges him in the a/c four guilders the skepel. Defts. wife appearing in 



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Court says, that her husband bought the linen from deft. @ ten stivers 
the ell, payable in wheat @ four guilders the skepel. Parties being 
heard pltf. was ordered by the Court to prove at the next Court day, 
that he sold the linen to deft. @ ii stivers payable in wheat ® 3 gl. the 
skepel. 

Balthus Loockennans, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Pltf. produces, 
according to order of the last Court day, through the Notary Mattheus de 
Vos, his witnesses relative to the purchase of the cattle, which he bought 
for the deft, for fl. 1650. viz. Sjrmon Clazen Turk, who, under offer of 
oath, testifies, that the cattle in question were sold for about fl. 1300 in 
beavttr, but payable in zeewan or planks calculated at @ fl. 10. per beaver, 
which together should amount, as he well knows, to seventeen and a half 
hundred guilders. And Sjrmon Joosten testifies with offer of oath, that 
the purchase of the ten head of cattle in question was, according to his 
recollection for the sum of fl. 1650. in zeewan. The evidence being read, 
the deft, says, that the witnesses were not by, when the sale took place, 
but afterwards heard, that pltf. according to obligation signed by him 
sold the cattle for fl. 1750. The Court order Balthus Loockermans to 
bring in further proof on next Court day or in default thereof, judgment 
shall be rendered on the note. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 47. 4 balance of a/c rendered. Deft, exhibits a counter 
statement and says, that pltf's a/c is not correct, exhibiting the same and 
pointing out the items, which are incorrect. Pltf. replies and says, that 
the same being examined by his book will probably appear otherwise. 
The Court order parties on both sides to exchange their a/cs with each 
other and settle in presence of Joannes van der Meulen and Balthazar de 
Haart, who are authorized to examine the same and to reconcile parties if 
possible; otherwise to report their proceedings to the Court. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Jacob de Haan, deft. Defts. 3^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, three and twenty guilders nine stivers. 
The Court order deft, to pay pltf. 

Hendrick Barensen Smitt, pltf. v/s Pierre Terragon and Marcus de 
Soasoy, defts. Pltf. was ordered in Court, inasmuch as the matter in 
question is referred to arbitrators, to demand a letter from under their 
hand and to exhibit the same. 



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Grictje Wenebe, pltf. y/% Jan Garizcn Tan Bnitcnhnyzcn, deft. Pltf . 
in default. 

Jacob Hendfickzen Varrerang^, pM. r/% Maiten de Waait, deft 
Both in default. 

Hendrick Baxenzcn Smit. pltf. r/s Jacob Eldenen, deft. Both in 
dffanlt, 

Laniens Slo js, arrestant and pltf. r/s Baltfans Loockennans, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default The Court declare the ancst Talid. 

Maria Beckers, pltf. t/s Maria the K^;reaB, deft. Deft, in defanlL 
The W. Court having considered . . .* Plnyvier wherein . . • 
Radolfus importunes to pay him his arrears — promising to pay the same 
within six weeks in seewan for beaver at as hi^ a price as the Court 
shaU deem fair for beavers. Whereupon was endorsed: — ^The Schout 
Pieter Tonneman is ordered to stay the impending execution, until Pieter 
Rudolf us is made acquainted with the matter. 

Schepen Coruelis Steenwyck proposes as die season for slaughtering 
is at hand and he is about to kiU some cattle, therefore requests that he 
may pay the farmer for what he consumes as well as for die meat, which 
he may deliver to die Burghers and for what he should send or deliver to 
the store, that he mig^t convey with a permit merely without paying any 
excise. Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the request de- 
cide, that Comelis Steenwyck shall have to pay the farmer for vriiat he 
consumes and sells to the Burghery of thb City, and he shall procure 
merely a permit for what he sends or delivers to the Company. 

Pieter Rudolfus was informed of the offer of Comelis Pluyvier by 
the Court, recommending the matter to him through courtesy: whereunto 
he answers if Pluyvier can accommodate him with ten to twelve beavers, 
as he is much in want of them, he will wait for the remainder until the 
next trading season. Whereupon Comelis Pluyvier being sent for appears, 
who learning the answer of Pieter Rudolfus promises to do his best therein. 

Pieter Rudolfus appears in Court and again requests security for the 
claim, which he has on Pieter Jacobsen Buys, and that from Jacques 
Corteljau said Buys' attorney. Whereupon the Court acquainted him, it 
would first hear said Corteljau. 

[Jacob] Hendricksen Varrevanger appears in Court requesting, that 

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the property of the absconding Dirck Houthuysen, smith, may be sold by 
the Bailiff, so that he may get his own. Burgomasters and Schepens 
authorize Schout Pieter Tonneman with the Bailiff to sell next Saturday 
by Secretary Nevius the goods of the absconding Dirck Houthu3rsen, 
smithy and for that purpose to affix notices of the sale. 

On the two judgments dated 8*^ June and 8*^ July 1660, in favor of 
Resolreert Waldron and Fiscal Nicasius de Sille against those, who had 
been on board the ships, ordered: — ^The Court authorize the Bailiff to put 
these in execution. 

M' Paulus van de Beeck requests execution of the judgment asainst 
Tomas Swartwout. The Court order the Bailiff to execute these. 

On the petition of Maria Beseras, marked in the margin: — Petition 
granted and the Officer charged to make inspection forthwith. 

On the a/c of the Bailiff Mattheus de Vos to the amount of fl. 13: 17 : 
8, endorsed: — ^The within a/c is approved by the Court. 

On the petition handed in by Jan Hendricksen van Gunst, Hans 
Dreper, Barent Cru3rtdop, and Meindert Barensen and servant, noted in 
the margin: — ^The Court persist in their pronounced sentence. 

Tuesday, 26. Oct^ 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, AUard Anthony, Jacob Strycker, 
Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Pieter Rudolfus and Jacques Corteljau appear in Court, and Jacques 
Corteljau was informed, that Pieter Rudolfus has applied for security 
for the payment of the note, which Pieter Jacobs. Buys, whose attorney 
he is, has passed to him: whereunto was answered, he has procuration 
from Pieter Jacobs. Buys, but no order to give security for his property, 
yet on being constrained thereto he shall do so. He was again asked, if 
he had any thing to object to the note. Answers the note is good and 
has nothing against it. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn Jacques 
Corteljau as attorney of Pieter Jacobs. Buys to pay Pieter Rudolfus the 
note, which he passed to Pieter Rudolfus. 

Burgomaster Allard Anthony, pltf . v/s Barent Cru3rtdop, deft. Pltf . 
demands of deft, one beaver on the behalf of Jacob Janzen Staat, which 
he agreed with the deft, for nine guilders four stivers, or in stead of the 
beaver sixteen guilders in zeewan with costs. Deft, acknowledges to owe 



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the beaver, but says he has no beaver. The Court order deft, to pay the 
pitf . the beaver with costs. 

Burgomaster AUard Anthony, arrestaot and pltf. v/s Jan van Qeef, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. pnrsnant to the order of the last Court day 
proves by his book, that be sold the deft, the hanger in question, and 
that deft, promised to give for it as much buckwheat as his fovb 
could eat in half a year, but requires no more than a beaver and a half, 
for the same hanger cost him so much. Requests pa3rment thereof with 
costs. Deft, denies to have bou|^i the hanger from the pltf. Pltf., 
coming in again, was asked, how much buckwheat he demands ? An- 
swers, as much as a beaver and a half amounts to, the buckwheat esd- 
mated at beaver's price, and as others would sell it for. The Conn 
condemn the deft, to pay for the pltTs hanger twelve guilders in snch 
grain as he can deliver at beaver price, with the costs of suit, dedncttog 
what he earned as wages for bringing the ox etc., the arrest in the mean- 
while remaining valid. 

Mr. Jacob Hendrickien Vanevanger, pltf. v/s Marten van de Waart, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, the full rent of the front room, which he 
faired frv-ini the absconded Dirck Houthuvsen, smith, who rented the whde 
house frvun him. pltf., accor>iiag to the lease thereof passed before Notary 
Maitheus de Yos, and that deft, shall vacate the house. Deft, says, be 
hired the t~Tv.>Di room for one year from cbe abaconding Dirck Houtbuyzen 
and paid thereoo A. 69:$.. accoidini; to a c exhibited thereof. Deft, was 
asked, if he should wish to resvain loager in the boose; answers, yes, if 
he could remain: if not requests resnmtioo of the money, ^lich be paid 
htm over the amount of renL The Court order the deft, to pay the hire 
of the loom from the time Dick Hoath^yacn absconded to date and that 
at S)Kh rate, as be hired the saone t'roci Dirck BoothnjacB, and to vacate 
the [wcubes. if he cansM a^ree with yc Jacob. 

Mi^hi^ Muyen. pitf. v t Roekic' Jaiuea na Meppden. deft. Phf. 
deo^.^'.b o< d<rtt. C eo. in M««aii dedoctiag whjt is paid tbereoD. Deft 
kVe-o- Irij^ the d<;'Vc kxt-.Oj^ he h^i r^<j thexeoB iftecn gtdlden, and 
t*NfjL.->t* licae. Vae Coort «\iet Artt to pay (Ik phf. the baliarr of forty 
Bov t:t.>ins. 

v~Uj» t>Mer£<». v^' V « Manen de Want. deft. Phf. demands 
tifj^x. ;^urMLattt t» e« i^-lfimms dttcd 5^ OcwtC Us. p^Bcnt of the 



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canoe drifted away while in the possession of deft. Deft, says, he was 
from home and returned last . . .^ and says he has his proofs ; but on 
account of the shortness of the time could not have them [ready]. The 
Court order deft, once more to prove at the next Court day, that he gave 
the canoe in question back to the owner, on pain of deprival of his right. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visscher, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visscher, pltf. v/s Willem Provoost, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Mighiel Muyen, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Janzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Anthony Janzen van Salee, deft. 
DefL sick. 

Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman appears in Court about his case against 
Ensign Smith and is told to wait three or four weeks more, as the above- 
named Ensign died yesterday. 

Comelis Barenzen appears in Court requesting by petition acte of 
authority on the Bailiff for payment of the last instalment on the lot 
bought at public sale. Apostille (marginal remark.) — Petitioner is 
ordered to summon his party by the next Court day. 

Joannes Withart requests by petition time to answer the reply of the 
'^ fiit destructyf^* until the arrival of Tielman van Vleeck. Apostil. — 
Petitioner is allowed time imtil next Court day to reply to the answer of 
Feit destructyf of his party. 

On the petition of Anneken Idens, wife of Mighiel Tades, was apos- 
tiUed: Petitioner shall have to procure an Acte of what is set forth in her 
petition. 

Whereas Balthus Loockermans remains in default to produce further 
proof, according to order of last Court day that he bought the cattle in 
question from Mighiel Tades for sixteen hundred and fifty guilders the 
aforesaid Balthus Loockermans is therefore condemned by Burgomasters 
and Schepens to pay to Mighiel Tades the seventeen hundred and fifty 
guilders according to obligation passed therefor on condition of deducting 
what was paid thereon, and further in the costs of suit. 

On the petition of Jmmetje Dircks widow of Frans Claasen, apostil: 
— ^Attention shall, on occasion, be paid to the petitioner's request. 

* Paper destroyed. 



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Tnodar, ^- Novemb! 1660. In the City HalL Praent dw Heeren 
Pieter Tonnatun, Allard AaAoaj, Hirtcn CrcgiCT, Comdis Stcoiwyt^ 
Jacob StTfckcr, Timothetu Qtixf. 

Hendrick Janzcn Smitt, pltf. t/s Antonr Janzcn nn Vus, deft. 
Deft, in de£anll. 

Barent Cnjtdop, pltf. t/s Hendrick Ketckboren, deft Both ia 
defMdt. 

Corndit Bucnzen, ^m. t/s Joannes Verrdai, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Joris Dopcen, fdtf. ▼/> Tomas Wandel, deft. Deft m defaolt. 

WiUem Doeckles, pbf. t/s Arien van Laar, defL Deft in defaulL 

Wniem Doecklet, pltf. t/s Romem SerrTti, defL Deft in defaulL 

Daniel Toomenr, pltf. t/s Comelis HooghbcxHn, deft Both in de- 
fault 

Claaa Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. t/s Willem ProToost, deft Defts. 
af defanh. Pltf. demands ftmn deft eight gnilden nine stiTCn for board. 
The Court order deft to deposit the money with the Secretaiy of this Citj. 

Oaas Gangelofxen Visser, pltf. t/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft 
Defts. a default Pltf. demands from deft one hundred and forty fin 
[guilders] sixteen stiTers for board. The Court order deft to deposit the 
money with the Secretary of this City. 

Jan Ariaanzen, pltf. t/s Teunis Cray, deft Pltf. demands from deft 
seventy four guOders scTen stiTen and two beavers according to a/c ex- 
hibited in Conrt Deft's wife spears in Court; says, when pltf. finishes 
the boat, he shall receive his money; and that she has an o&et a/c, which 
she offers to present at the next Court day. The Court order parties, on 
both sides, to band each other their a/cs which they have against one 
another and then to institute their action before the Bench on the next 
Court day. 

Jan Rutgerzen appears in Court, and requests that the Bailiff shall 
pat in necnlion the judgment between him and Pieter Pietenen. The 
Court order the Bailiff to put this in executicm. 

Or the notice served on Joannes Withart by Pieter Scbaafbanck, 
Court Messenger, on behalf of Hattheus de Vos, attorney for Rutt Jacob> 
sen and his return, is ordered: — Whereas according to return of Pieter 
Schaafbanck, Court Messenger of this Ci^, Joannes Withart notifies that 



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he has his rejoinder ready against the attorney of Rutt Jacobsen, he is 
therefore hereby ordered by the President to furnish forthwith copy of 
his rejoinder to party; and parties on both sides are ordered to exchange 
with each other their papers and to produce by next Court day, by inven- 
tory, their deduction and principal intendit. Done Amsterdam in New 
Netherland the 6f Novemb' 1660. 

Tuesday, the 9. Novemb' 1660. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Marten Cregier, Comelis 
Steenwyck, Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, 
Jacob Backer. 

Burgomaster Allard Anthony, arrestant and pltf . v/s Willem Brouw- 
er's wife, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. requests, that the 
arrest be declared valid. The Court declare the arrest valid. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Gerison van Buytenhuysen, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Romein Servyn, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Willem Janzen van Berckelo, arrestant and pltf. v/s Willem Brouwer's 
wife, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieter Terragon, pltf. v/s Barent Cruitdop, deft. Deft, excused. 

Comelis Barenzen, pltf. v/s Joannes Vervelen, deft. Pltf. demands 
by petition pa3rment from deft, for a lot, which deft, bought at public sale 
by execution, and in default thereof that the lot be resold by execution. 
Deft, demands copy of the petition producing a demand in reconvention, 
and in default thereof that the lot be resold by execution. Deft, de- 
mands copy of the petition producing a demand in reconvention and other 
papers and documents appertaining to suit. The Court order the deft. 
to bring the monies, being the last payment of the purchase of the lot, in 
deposit to the Secretary of this City, within three times four and twenty 
hours. Meanwhile copy of the petition is granted him to answer there- 
unto at the next Court day. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Wandel, deft. Pltf. exhibits in 
writing, that there are due to him from Mr. Mills sixty guilders, for the 
payment of which Thomas Wandel has given security. Govert Loocker- 
mans as attorney for Thomas Wandel says that Tomas Wandel told the 
pltf., if M' Mills do not pay, I will pay for him; which Loockermans 



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undertakes on condition, that M^ Mills declares, he has no objection to 
the a/c. The Court order the deft, in his quality to pay the pltf. in one 
month, should M' Mills remain in default. 

Willem Doeckles, pltf. v/s Arien van Laar, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, a pair of shoes and two gl. ten stivers in zeewan according to 
decision of arbitrators, for wages. Deft, says the shoes are long since 
ready and that he paid Hans Stein for a can of wine for deft. The Court 
order deft, to pay the pltf. the pair of shoes and ten stivers. 

Willem Doeckles, pltf. v/s Romein Servyn's wife, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, four guilders loaned her. Deft, says on the four guilders she 
earned three, offering to pay the one guilder. The Court order deft, to 
pay pltf. the one guilder. 

Jan Snedingh, pltf. v/s Simon Hermzen Cort, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 36. for timber. Deft, offers to pay the money to morrow or 
the day after, but must first see the timber, and says he does not owe 
more than fl. 29. and has paid four guilders ; saying he agreed for fl. 35. 
Pltf. replies and says that deft, owes fl. 36. The Court orders pltf. to 
deliver the timber within the space of three days and the deft, to pay fl. 
36. for the timber, giving the pltf. today ten gl. on the amount. 

Joannes Withart rejoins to the reply of Rut. Ijacobsen]. The Court 
order copy to be given to party, if he has it not. 

On the judgment of Claas Gangelofzen Visser is endorsed: — ^The 
Court order the Bailiff to execute this. 

On the judgment of Nicasius de Sille is endorsed: — ^The Court order 
the Officer, Pieter Tonneman to proceed with the Bailiff to the execution 
hereof. 

Pieter Rudolf us, entering, demands execution on the judgment 
against Jacques Corteljau. Ordered to let the return of the Court Mes- 
senger on the judgment stand. 

Claas Pietersen, entering regarding the canoe in dispute, is ordered 
to produce an Acte, 

Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuysen entering relative to the dispute and 
difference, which he has with and against Metje Wessels, it is disposed 
of as follows: — ^Whereas there is some difference between Mde Metje Wes- 
sels and Jan Gerrisen Van Buytenhuyse, Burgomasters and Schepcns 
refer the matter in question to the Heer Joannes de Peister and Daaid 



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Tan Donck to examine the same and decide, and to reconcile parties if 
possible; if not to report their proceedings to the Court at the next 
session. 

Tuesday, i6. November 1660. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, AUard Anthony, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf . v/s Bareiit Cruytdop, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Aris Otte, pltf. v/s S3rmon Turck, deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieter Terragon, pltf. v/s Barent Cru3rtdop, deft. Both in default. 

Jonas de Sweet, pltf. v/s Moenes de Sweedt (the Swede.) deft. Pltf. 
in default. 

Aris Otte, arrestant and pltf. v/s Ritzet Airy, arrested and deft. 
Deft, in default. The Court declares the arrest valid. 

Philip Casige, pltf. v/s Tomas Hall, deft. Pltf. requests, that deft, 
shall restore him his saw, which he arrested, demanding payment of the 
time, that he could not use the saw, with costs. Deft, asked the pltf., if 
it is his saw ? Answers, Yes. Whereupon he declares, that he missed a 
saw and that a saw was brought to the smith, who informed him of it; be- 
lieving it to be his. Pltf. replies and says, that he can prove by witnesses, 
that it is his saw. Deft, rejoining says Hermen Barensen and Tomas 
Huygens can make declaration of the saw, who appearing in Court, Her- 
men was asked if he has a knowledge of the saw in question, which is at 
the smith's ? Answers, No. The Court orders parties to take the saw 
from the smith's, and that the smith's boy shall come with it. Marten 
Jansen Mayer, the smith's boy, appearing in Court with the saw in ques- 
tion, was asked if he has any knowledge that the saw belongs to Thomas 
Hall ? Answers, It is very like the saw, but does not know certainly; 
giving as a reason, that he knocked out the teeth with a chisel, and the 
marks of the chisel remain in some places, which are visible, also, in this 
saw. Hermen Barensen and Thomas Huyghens being shewn the saw, 
are asked if they have any knowledge of the saw ? Hermen Barensen 
answers, No. and Tomas Huygens answers, he sawed only once with the 
saw, and must see the handles which being brought by Philip Casyge, 
were shewn; answers, he has no knowledge of it. Tomas Hall seeing the 



240 Court Minutes of New AmsterdanL [1660 

saw, declares he cannot well say, that it is his saw and has no other 
knowledge, than the declaration of the smith's boy. Philip Casige, enter- 
ing, was asked, what he asks for the loss of time. Answers, fl. 50. as he 
has lost with his three besides. The Court decide that Philip Casigc 
shall take back the saw, and condemn Thomas Hall to pay Philip Casigc 
fl. 13. for lost time. 

Claas Pietersen Cos, pltf . v/s Thomas Hal, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, delivery of a mare and a foal bonf^t from him. Deft, says; 
Pay me and I will deliver the mare and foaL Pltf. replies and says, the 
horse and foal were boog^t on time, and that he paid fl. 68. on the horse; 
o£Fering to prove the same. The Court order pltf. to produce his proof 
at the next Court day. 

Qaas Pietersen Cos, pltf. v/s Isaac Abrahamsen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from d^t. fl. 25. for an old boat sold to him. Deft acknowledges 
to have bought the boat, but says it has not been ddivered to him. Pltf. 
says, defL knew very well, that the boat was there and he ought to have 
looked to it, and the boat lay there full six weds after the sale. The 
Court order the pltf. to prove at the next session that he had delivered 
the boat to the deft 

Romdn Servyn, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgenen, deft Pltf. demands from 
deft payment of nine and a half scows of stone ^ five and a half gnilden 
per scow, for wages, also the expenses incurred in bringing his horse frcKn 
the Island, which the deft was obliged to do by agreement. Deft pro- 
duces a declaration proving, that he sent a scow to ^e Island to bring 
away Romeyn the carter, with his hcuse and cart and had bron^t away 
the cart but the hcuse having strayed in the bush, he could not bring it, 
because it could not be found. The Court refer the matter in dilute to 
Isaack Greveraat and Nicolaas de Merer to settle parties' question, and 
reconcile them if possible; if not to report their proceedings to ^e Com! 

Tomas Hal, pltf. v s Tomas Huyghens, deft Pltf. demands, that the 
Court will be pleased to order the deft to deliver him the posts and rails, 
which he agreed to cut for him. Deft says, that pltf. has his number of 
the posts and rails, complaining of loss suffered by the work. The Court 
order delt to furnish phf. with his number of posts and nils, and pltf. 
was ordered to pay the deft his earned wages. 

Tomas Hall, pltf. v s Hermcn BaresizcB, deft FM» requests, that 



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deft, be ordered to make holes in his posts and to sharpen his rails which 
he let out to another, in whose place he stood and who had neglected the 
work. Requests that he may proceed. Deft, says, he is ready to do the 
same. The Court order deft, to proceed with the work and pltf. was 
ordered to satisfy the deft, after the work was finished. 

Claas Pieterzen appears in Court saying, that he notified Marten de 
Waart of the sentence dated 26^ October last. Whereupon he was in- 
formed and ordered to notify Martin de Waart three times by the Court 



Joannes Vervelen appears in Court producing according to (order of) 
the last Court day, answer to the request given in by Comelis Barensen, 
demanding therein, that the arrest on the beavers assigned by him may 
stand and that arbitrators may be appointed by the Court to decide the 
matter in dispute between him and Comelis Barensen, or that their wor- 
ships may otherwise dispose in the case as they shall deem proper. Which 
answer and demand being read to Comelis Barensen, appearing in Court 
he says, that the witnesses mentioned by Joannes Vervelen in his answer 
have nothing to do with it. The Court having heard parties; seen and 
considered the writings used in the suit, deny Joannes Vervelens demand, 
and condemn him in the costs of suit; consent to allow Comelis Barensen 
to lift the assigned beavers. 

Comelis Pluyvier demands execution on the judgment dated 14*^ 
Sept! against Lambert Huyberzen Mol. The Court order the Bailiff to 
execute these. 

Pieter Rudolfus demands execution on the judgment dated 26^ 
October against Jacques Corteljou attorney for Pieter Jacobs Buys. The 
Court order the Bailiff to execute these. 

Tuesday, 30* Novf 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren, 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Comelis Steenwyck, Jacob Strycker, 
Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

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

Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Joghim Andriessen, deft. Schout 
Pieter Tonneman rising says, being requested thereto demands from 
deft, in the name of the Fiscal, the fine according to judgment dated 8^ 



242 Court IVIinutes of New Amsterdam. [1660 

July last, for that the deft, had been on board the ships contrary to the 
Ordinance and Placard, requests that failing to pay, the deft, shall go to 
prison, until he has satisfied it. Deft, says, he was not aware of the 
judgment and that the same was not read to him. The Court Messenger 
Claas van Elslandt being called in was asked if he has not notified the 
deft. ? Answers, Yes, once at his parents' house. The deft, was told, 
he must pay the fine. Whereupon he answered, he has not any money 
yet, offering to pay in about six weeks. Whereupon he is ordered to give 
bail; thereon answering says, if he should bring a note, that it will be 
paid, asking if that would not be agreeable ? Was answered, whereupon 
he went out to fetch it; returning he brings the 35 gl. fine, paying the 
same into Court. Whereas Joghim Andriessen vindicates himself, not 
having been aware of the judgment, and the Court Messenger declares he 
notified the deft, only once, the Burgomaters and Schepens therefore 
excuse the deft, from the costs. 

Resolveert Waldron, pltf. v/s Jan Symonzen, servant to Meindert 
Barenzen, cooper, deft. Schout Pieter Tonneman rising demands in the 
name of the Fiscal, (being requested thereto) the fine due by deft, for 
having been on board the ships, contrary to the order of the Placard, and 
according to the judgment dated 8'^ July last. Deft, answers, he has no 
money, and says he met with an accident to his thumb and has taken up 
money from his master, with which he bought clothes, and that his 
master will therefore not be willing to advance for him. Requests delay 
therefore for one to three months. Burgomasters and Schepens consider- 
ing the complaint which deft, makes, gives him, deft., time until May 
next, ordering him then to pay the fine. 

Aris Otte, pltf. v/s Symon Turck, deft. Defts. 2^ default. Pltf. de- 
mands from the deft, twenty planks or five and twenty guilders in zeewan. 
The Court order deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Maria Becker, pltf. v/s Maria Portogys, deft. Defts. 2^ default 
Pltf. demands from deft, five and twenty guilders and five stivers for 
clothes etc. given her daughter, hired to her and gone away before her 
time. The Court order the deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary 
of this City. 

Arien Van Laar, pltf. v/s Joost Goderus and Jan Comelissen, defts. 
Defts. in default. 



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Jacobus Vis and Joannes Withart, pltfs. v/s Symons Hermzen Cort, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Ditto Vis and Withart, pltfs. v/s Teunis Cray, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Joannes van der Meulen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

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

On the reply of Mighiel Janzen against Symon Janzen Romein, 
ordered : — Copy to be furnished to party thereunto to rejoin by the next 
Court day. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman exhibits in Court an order on certain 
remonstrance presented to the Director General and Council. The Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens decided to register the same. 

Joannes Nevius, rising, prosecutes an arrest made on a tub of butter 
in the possession of Albert Trumpeter belonging to Jan Arcet alias Jan 
Coopal; having a claim thereon. The Court declare the arrest valid. 

Comelis Barenzen appearing in Court requests that the Court appoint 
two arbitrators to inspect the beavers consigned by Sieur Joannes Ver- 
velen, [and to state] if they can be valid payment. 

At Comelis Barenzen's request the Court of this City appoint Sieur 
Joannes de Peister, old Schepen of this City and Sieur Daniel van Donck 
to take up and examine the beavers consigned by Sieur Joannes Vervelen, 
whether the same be valid pay, otherwise to value the same, and endeavour 
to make parties agree about the pay, as much as possible ; if not to report 
their proceedings to the Board. 

Tuesday 7^ December 1660. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Marten Cregier, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Salomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. 
demands of deft, payment of a balance of four hundred and two guilders 
in beaver and two hundred and sixty six guilders, one stiver book a/c. in 
zeewan with costs and interest. Deft, demands copy of note and extract 
from the book. The Court order pltf. to furnish deft, with copy of the 
note and of the a/c. 



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Claas Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Marten de Waardt, deft. Pltf . being absent, 
Claas van Elslandt, Court Messenger, produces in Court the demand of 
the pltf. against deft, and the return on the notice given to deft. Where- 
upon deft, was asked what proof he has ? He thereon answers, that he 
cannot get the Negroes, who have knowledge thereof, to any proof, and 
that he brought the Pagay^ to Nicolaas the Carman's where he was 
ordered to bring it. The W. Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. for 
the canoe and condemn him in half the costs of suit. 

Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, pltf. v/s Anneke Smits, deft. Both in 
default. 

Jacob Vis and Joannes Withart, ptlf. v/s Simon Hermzen Cort, deft 
Pltf s. in default. 

Ditto Vis and Withart, pltfs. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Both in 
default. 

Ditto Vis and Withart, pltfs. v/s Teunis Cray, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Wolfert Webber, pltf. v/s Ryck Hendrickzen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Joannes de Peister appears in Court requesting execution on the 
judgment against Jurrien Jansen Auweryck. The W: Court order Bailiff 
to execute these. 

Nicolaas Gangelofzen Visser appears in Court saying, lie has arrested 
some beavers belonging to Salomon La Chair in the hands of Oloff 
Stevensen, requesting that the arrest be declared valid. The Court order 
Nicolas Gangelofzen Visser to summon Salomon La Chair by the next 
Court day. 

On the petition of Hendrick Barenzen, smith, is noted in the margin: 
— Petitioner is to draw up an acte of what is contained herein. It is 
further ordered: — ^Burgomasters and Schepens direct Marcus de Sousay 
to make his fence close and Pieter Terragon and Marcus de Sousay are 
ordered to keep quiet and peaceable, and no more to vex or trouble 
Hendrick Barentsen, smith, or that provision shall be made by the Court. 

After the adjournment of the Court, appeared Joannes Van Bru[^ 
in the City Hall producing his answer to the demand against Joannes 
Withart, as he intended to have come in time. Which answer being 

* Ptobably a comptxm of the word '' Penigua,** a boat. 



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shewn to the President, he ordered copy to be furnished to party to reply 
thereunto at the next Court day. 

Whereas there is question and difference between Wolfert Webber 
and Ryck Hendricksen, about which parties cannot agree, therefore it is 
referred by the Presiding Burgomaster to Jan Vigne, old Schepen of this 
City and Comelis Aartsen to settle the difference of parties, and if pos- 
sible to reconcile them; if not to report their proceedings to the Court. 
Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland 14 X^ 1660. 

On the reply of Joannes Withart against Joannes van Brugh ordered 
by the President: — Copy hereof is directed to be furnished party there- 
unto to rejoin by the next Court day. Done Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land the 30 December 1660. 

Tuesday 4*?* January 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Marten Cregier, Comelis Steenewyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Reindert Janzen Hoom, 
deft. Defts. 2I default. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan de Witt, deft. The pltf. 
says, that deft, insulted the Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, calling him a 
bastard, and 4cniands that he shall repair the injury profitably and 
honourably, and pay a fine at the discretion of the Court. Deft, acknow- 
ledges he said so, but in jest, not thinking that it should be so taken, and 
he might well have been silent. The Schepen Gabry, rising, declares 
that one evening the clock striking nine, it was not heard by him, the 
deft, said if thou canst not hear that, thou must be a bastard. And 
whereas Jan de Witt answers, that such was spoken by him in jest and 
not from malice. Burgomasters and Schepens say to Jan de Witt, stand- 
ing inside, that they forgive him for this turn, but he must take care not 
to repeat the offence or that other provision shall be made. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Tryntje van Campen, deft. As deft, had 
no money with her to pay her default, she was still held in default. 

Sybout Clazen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen, smitt, deft. Both in 
default. 



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Comelis Janzen, pltf. v/s Tryntje van Campen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, seventy four guilders in zeewan for goods given her to sell for 
him. Deft, says, she owes only a balance of fifty six guilders, as she gave 
him money at two different times, and settled for the trouble. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having examined the a/c according to the exhibits 
of parties find only fl. 56 to be due by balance and ordering the deft to 
pay the same immediaetly. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Jacob Janzen Sam, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, one hundred and ninety guilders in zeewan. Deft, acknow- 
ledges the debt. The Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 

Jacob Janzen Sam, pltf. v/s Metje Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, payment in beavers for goods sold by public auction. Deft. 
says, she is willing to pay. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, six beavers according to obligation, saying there are 
paid OD it 24 gl. six stivers at two different times. Deft, says, the debt 
arises for wine, belonging to the pltf. and Arien Symonsen and agreed 
with them for twelve gl. per beaver, which the pltf. denies. Deft, pro- 
duces an offset a/c for the sum of 46 gl. five stivers. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order deft, to pay the pltf. the six beavers according to obliga- 
tion, and what regards, what is paid thereon in zeewan as well as the a/c 
produced by the deft., Burgomasters and Schepens refer to Sieur Van 
der Meulen and Sieur Joannes Withart to examine the same, to cause the 
parties to agree about the payment of the obligation if necessary; if not 
to report their proceedings to the Court. 

Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Marten de Waart, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, laid in three barrels of beer for his wedding and paid excise 
only on five half barrels and had no permit for one half barrel. Deft. 
says, he told Barent Jacobzen, the beer drawer, to take out the permit. 
Pltf. acknowledges, that Barent Jacobzen was with him to enter the half 
barrel, but deft, would not pay for the permit, and he would not trust 
him, and deft, then laid in the beer without permit. Burgomasters and 
Schepens condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. the ten stivers with the costs 
incurred hereon. 

Simon Janzen Romein rejoins to the reply of Mighiel Janzen, where- 
upon was ordered: — The Court direct copy to be furnished to pltf. and 



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parties were ordered to desist from further productions, to exchange with 
each other their papers and to produce at the next Court day, by inven- 
tory their deduction and principal intendit.* 

On the judgment which Comelis Pluyvier has against Reindert Jan- 
zen Hoom dated 21V Sept' 1660. it is ordered by the President at the 
request of Comelis Pluyvier: — The Bailiff is directed to put this in execu- 
tion. Done II. January. 1661. 

On the rejoinder of Joannes van Brugh against Joannes Withart it is 
ordered by the President: — Copy hereof is directed to be furnished to 
party, and parties are ordered to desist from further production ; to ex- 
change their papers with each other and to produce by inventory at the 
next Court day their deduction and principal intendit.* Done Amster- 
dam in N. Netherland ii*^ Jan^ 1661. 

Tuesday, 18. Jan'J 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Marten Cregier, Jacob Strycker, 
Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

The Schout, Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, masoo, deft. 
Pltf. requests in writing, that deft, be condemned in a fine of one hun- 
dred guilders according to Placard, for that deft, had been at hand grips 
with one Hendrick Muller, so that blood followed and a knife also was 
drawn. Deft, denies it, saying that he had no dispute with the man nor 
drawn any knife, but that others struck him from behind as he came out 
of Dopzen's house: undertakes to prove such. Pltf. asks, why was he 
willing to compound it with him ? which he denies. Pltf. undertakes to 
prove his declaration. Parties were ordered by the Court to produce 
their proof by the next Court day. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Reindert Janzen Hoom, 
deft. Defts. 3"! default. Pltf. asks from deft, one hundred guilders for 
that he the deft, being a quarrelsome man struck one Jan GiUisen Junior, 
so that the blood followed. Requesting therefore condemnation accord- 

* According to the piactice of the Dutch Ronum Civil Law, parties on the condii- 
aan of the evidence exchange their papers and hand to the Court a snmmary argument 
lomded thereon in support of their case. This was called the InUndit^ that is, what the 
party ** intended " to prove by documentary evidence, refuting the allegations of the other 
aide. — Damhooder, Prax. Civ., du 167. 



248 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. I1661 

ing to the placard. The Schout was asked, if he had proof ? Answering 
states that Timotheus Gabry has knowledge of the matter, also Wamaer 
Wessels and others. The Court order the Schout to produce his proof at 
the next Court day. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf . v/s Jan Gillis, the Younger, deft 
Deft, in default. 

Jacob Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Jacob Janzen Sam, deft. Pltf. 
demands of deft, the monies amounting to the sum of fl. 522: 5: 12. for 
goods, which he in quality of Vendue Master sold for him. Deft, says, 
that Claas van Elslandt the Elder received the money and distributed it 
Requests therefore that he with the Schout may take from his house so 
much property as the money amounts to; and that he has given Jacob 
Janzen Moesman fl. 49. and has paid of his own in heavy money one 
hundred guilders and that Moesman bought for fl. 15. The Court order 
Jacob Janzen Sam to pay Jacob Janzen Moesman the fl. 522. 5. 12 de- 
ducting what has been paid. 

Roelof Janzen van Meppelen, pltf. v/s Egbert Meinderzen, deft 
Pltf. says he has slaughtered some cattle in company with the deft, and 
agreed with him for wages ©26 stivers per head. Demanding a balance 
of sixty one guilders nine stivers according to a/c exhibited in Court. 
Deft, acknowledges he has entered into such an agreement with the pltf. 
and that no money has yet been received; that pltf. is unwilling to paj 
the expence of the men. He was to have slaughtered three with them, 
and did slaughter five with them. Pltf. is asked, if he helped to slaughter 
the cattle which he brings into account ? Answers, they slaughtered them 
together. Deft, says, he can prove by Pieter Jansen and Willem Jansen 
van Borckelo, that pltf. said he would help to bear the expence. Which 
being stated to pltf. he says, if deft, can prove that, he will bear the ex- 
pence alone. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, order 
deft, to pay pltf. and decree that the deft, shall bear three quarters and 
the pltf. one quarter of the expense. 

Asser Levy, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen deft. Pltf. says he bought 
and slaughtered some cattle with deft, and that the monies were received 
by the deft. ; and receiving the balance from deft, after settlement of a/c, 
he said he should count it after him and acquainting him thereof, that 
deft, abused him as one, who supported thieves and such like; for which 



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he demands reparation. Deft, denies it. PItf. says, he can prove it, 
which the Court ordered him to do by the next Court day. 

Hendrick Janzen, Smitt, pltf. v/s Aaltje Mareschal, deft. PItf. de- 
mands from deft, half a year's rent according to lease. Deft, says, that 
pltf. has not observed the contract inasmuch as the house and cellar have 
not been repaired, as they ought to have been, requesting time until the 
arrival of her husband from the Virginias, whom she expects with 
Reyntje. The Court refer the matter in dispute to Hendrick Hendrick- 
sen Kip and Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, old Schepens of this City, to 
visit the cellar and the house and see if they be fit for use according to 
contract, and to reconcile parties if possible as to their dispute; if not to 
report their proceedings to the Court. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Bartelt Sybranzen, deft. PItf. de- 
mands from deft, a balance of thirty four guilders in zeewan according to 
obligation produced. Deft, says, he is willing to assign him to Myn 
Heer ; he will not consent thereto. The Court order deft, to pay the 
pltf. fl. 34. 

Jacob Janzen Sam, pltf. v/s Claas van Elslant the Elder, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Deft, in default. 

Assar Levy, pltf. v/s Jan Arianzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Salomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Both 
in default. 

Hendrick Janzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Anthony Janzen van Vaas, deft. 
Deft, absent. Whereas deft, does not belong to this jurisdiction, the 
Court order pltf. to arrest and summon him, when he comes here. 

Jan Jurriaanzen, pltf. v/s Andries Joghimzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Gillis the Younger, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Comelis Duyvelant, deft. Deft, in default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Lucas the Drummer, deft. Deft, in default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Deft, in default. 

Wemaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Gillis the Younger, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen, pltf. v/s Simon Hermzen Cort, deft. Deft, 
m default. 



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Wolfert Webber, pltf. v/s Ayntje, Jan Ariaanzen's wife, deft. 

Ditto Webber, pltf. v/s Hendrick Hendrickzen, deft. Whereas 
pltf's wife appears for him in Court without his procuration, the sum- 
mons was declared invalid and pltf's wife ordered to cause her husband 
to appear. 

Arien Van Laar appears in Court saying, whereas he built a house* 
next to Tomas Wandel and Tomas Wandel's house stands on his ground, 
and he not being here, and not knowing, who is his agent, requests there- 
fore the Court's consent to lay a gutter to catch the dropping from Tomas 
Wandels house. The Court allows Arien van Laar to erect a gutter at 
the expense of the owner. 

Cornells Janzen appears in Court exhibiting the judgment against 
Tryntje van Campen and the notice served on her; requesting execution 
with costs. The Court order the Bailiff to execute these. 

Joannes Vervelen appears in Court demanding payment of the obli- 
gation against Anthony Baguyn passed before Secretary Joannes Nevius 
and witnesses, and permission to sell the property in a chest brought 
under arrest to the City Hall of this City. Whereupon he was ordered to 
summon his party, if he find him here or elsewhere; and if he be unable 
to find him to request that he may be cited to appear. 

Tuesday the iS*? January 1661. Afternoon. Present, in the City 
Hall, the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, AUard Anthony, Marten Cregier, 
Comelis Steenwyck, Jacob Strycker, Covert Loockermans, Timotheus 
Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

Resolved in Court to petition the Director General and Council rela- 
tive to the Scotsmen (pedlars) travelling thro' and fro, that by being 
absent four months they may lose their Burgher right and remain here a 
year and six weeks. Which is proceeded with on Wednesday. 19 Jan^ 
1661. at II oCl'k in the forenoon at the City Hall, present all the Magis- 
trates. 

Tuesday 25. January 1661. In [the City Hall.] Present the Hecrcn 

Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Marten Cregier, Comelis Steenwyck, 

Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

' *Oii Stone Str. ninning back to S. William, immediately W. of Wandel's. VaL, 
Manual, 1865, 668. It was about 21 ft. East of Broad Str. 



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Merritje Besems, pltf. v/s M' Gerrit van Tright, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pltf. assisted by Mattheus de Vos, her chosen guardian herein, 
requests in writing, whereas from a reliable source she understands, that 
Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt has ordered Wessel Wessels to pay Mr. Gerrit 
van Tright 390^ lbs. tobacco, that the aforesaid quantity of tobacco 
together with all wares and merchandize, outstanding debts, credits 
remaining with the said M' Gerrit may stand arrested by her to defray 
therefrom the expenses of her lying in and support of the child, which 
she has begotten by the aforesaid Baudewyn van Nieuwland; and on Mf 
Gerrit denying the aforesaid property or having any goods of the above- 
named Baudewyn, that he shall purge himself thereof under oath; other- 
wise that petitioner be admitted to take possession of the aforesaid 
tobacco, and further all wares etc. which may be found with the said M' 
Gerrit, for, first, the childbed expenses to be taxed by the Court and 
further the yearly maintenance of the child as the Court shall in justice 
deem proper until further arrangements, when other disposition shall be 
made in the case; with costs. Marginal order: — Arrest valid, and party 
is granted first default. 

Jan Jurriaanzen, pltf. v/s Andrees Joghemzen, deft. Defts. 2*^ de- 
fault. Pltf. demands of deft, twelve guilders thirteen stivers balance of 
a/c exhibited in Court, with costs. The Court order deft, to deposit the 
pennies with the Secretary. 

Jan Janzen van de Langh Straat, pltf. v/s Simon de Sweedt, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, twenty five guilders balance of a piece of land 
sold him for ninety guilders. Deft, says, that pltf. cannot deliver him 
the land. Pltf. replies, that he sold the deft, the land, as he bought it 
and that deft, had sold the piece of land back to the man, from whom he 
bought it. Deft, rejoins, that the pltf. had promised him a ground brief, 
which pltf. denies. The Court refer the matter in dispute to Comelis 
Aarsen and Peter Stoutenburgh to reconcile parties^ if possible as regards 
the piece of land in question, if not to report their proceedings to the 
Court, 

Ryck Hendrickzen's wife, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Van Bommel, 
deft. Pltf. complains, that deft, said, she stole his goods. Deft, denies 
it, but says he remarked, that he had missed some goods. The Schout as 
guardian concludes with party that deft, shall prove that pltf. stole the 



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pork; and pltf. that deft's wife gave her the pork. Deft, undertakes to 
prove, that pltf. stole the pork from him and that his wife did not give it 
to her. The Court order deft, to produce his proof by the next Court day. 

Asser Levy, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen, carpenter, deft. Defts. 2^ de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, fifty guilders, which stand full three 
years. The Court order deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft Pltf. 
demands from deft, payment of the sum of twenty six guilders eighteen 
stivers according to decision of arbitrators, and further four guilden 
three stivers being half the costs incurred on appearance, with costs of 
this suit. Deft, says, that he offered pltf. a draft on Oloff Stevensen 
Cortlandt, which he had accepted and now will not accept; and to pay- 
half the costs of appearance to Lieutenant Daniel Litscho. Pltf. says, he 
has been spoken to about it, and therefore paid the whole. The Court 
order Salomon La Chair to pay Claas Gangelofzen Visser the twenty six 
guilders eighteen stivers together with the four guilders three stivers costs; 
also the costs of this suit. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. 
Pltf. produces, pursuant to last Court day, a declaration of Claas van Elslant 
for that deft, had been at handigrips with one Hendrick Muller so that 
the blood followed. Deft, again denies it and requests as the witnesses 
are unwilling to appear, that they may be constrained thereto by the 
Court. The OfRcer demands, that deft, be deprived of his witnesses, as 
he has not produced the same. J oris Dopzen one of defts. witnesses ap- 
pears; was ordered to make his declaration to the Secretary, and Titus 
Cyre and Diewertje, a soldiers wife, were ordered to appear to give in 
declarations. 

Asser Levy, pltf. v/s Junrien Blanck, and Adolf Pieterzen, defts. 
In case of evidence as to the truth to be given on certain interrogatories 
produced by the pltf. in Court; which interrogatories the defts. having 
heard, declares, as more fully is to be seen in s^ interrogatories. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Defts. 2^ default 
Pltf. demands from deft, fifty five guilders ten stivers according to a/c 
furnished. The Court order deft, to deposit the monies with the Secre- 
tary of this City. 

Pieter Rudolfus appears in Court requesting that the execution be 



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proceeded with of the goods of Pieter Jacobs: Buys, pursuant to the judg- 
ment of the 26^ Octob: 1660., wherein Jacques Corteljou is attorney. 
The Court order the Officer Pieter Tonneman to assist the Bailiff to levy 
the execution for fulfillment of the outstanding judgment. 

Hendrick Janzen Smitt appears in Court exhibiting the decision of 
arbitrators in the question between him and Aaltje Mareschal authorized 
by the Court on the 18*!* Jan'y last; whereupon was ordered: — The Court 
having read the decision of arbitrators annexed, approve and laud the 
same, and order the deft. Aaltje Mareschal to pay the pltf. Hendrick 
Janzen Smitt the expired half years rent, and Hend'k Janzen was 
ordered to repair the house. 

Salomon La Chair appearing in Court requests, that the arrest placed 
in the hands of Secretary Nevius on the monies of Elsje van Reuvecamp 
may remain in force, until she arrive here, to obtain justice against her. 
The Court declare the arrest invalid, as the case is not yet in question. 

Alexander Carolus Curtius, Rector, appears in Court, setting forth 
that the Farmer has spoken to him about payment of the excise; and 
whereas Professors, Preachers and Rectors are exempt from excise in 
Holland he sustains he also is exempt from excise, the rather as the 
Director General has granted him free excise. The Court decided, that 
the D^ Rector shall pay the excise. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen, tailor, requests by petition execution on the 
claim, which he has against Wolf ert Webber according to decision of arbi- 
trators and approval of the Court, dated 29. June 1660. Ordered, The 
Bailiff is directed to put these in execution. 

On petition of Walewyn van der Veen, wherein he requests disposi- 
tion in the case against Mighiel Jansen, ordered:— Whereas this petitioner 
has not exhibited in law the bill of exchange before this Court, and has 
not summoned his party, so no disposition can be made of the matter, the 
rather as petitioner hath never legally requested the same. Wherefore 
the petitioner is ordered duly to cause his party to be summoned. 

On the judgment against Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck in 
favor of Elsie van Reuvecamp, dated 24^ August 1660, according to de- 
claration of the Schout Pieter Tonneman it was ordered by the presiding 
Burgomaster, the Officer Pieter Tonneman is directed to assist the Bailiff 
in the execution in fulfillment of the annexed judgment. 



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Wolfert Webber, pltf. v/s Styntie Jans, deft. Deft, in default. 
Jan Jurriaanzen, pltf. v/s Gerrit Gerrizen Cooper, deft. Deft in 
default. 

Saturday, 29*?" January 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, AUard Anthony, Marten Cregier, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

The Burgomasters and Schepens of this City having considered, read 
and re-read the papers, documents and exhibits on both sides in the suit 
between Joannes Withart pltf. in case of preference on and against Joan- 
nes van Brugh deft., in which suit pltf. insists to be prefered in the pro- 
ceeds of the sold ketch, named William and John^ formerly belonging to 
Isaack Allerton, the Elder, by virtue of a sale by him to said Allerton 
for cash of sails and rigging used for the abovenamed ketch, concluding 
to have a tacit mortgage; against which the deft, concludes, that inas- 
much , as the pltf. obtained from Isaack Allerton aforesaid a note dated 
29. January 1658, wherein he promises to pay the monies of the pur- 
chased sails and rigging in the spring of said year, and that the above- 
named Allerton has passed to him a special mortgage on the sold ketch, 
therefore the deft. [pltf. ?] cannot be allowed any preference. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having pondered over and weighed all the papers 
and documents, decree and adjudge, that whereas it does not appear by 
the obligation passed by the aforesaid Allerton to the pltf., that the sails 
and rigging were sold for cash but on time, because the pltf. granted 
time to the abovenamed Allerton, therefore dismiss the pltf*s demand; 
admit the deft, to take possession of and receive by virtue of the mort- 
gage the monies arising from the sold ketch and goods. Thus adjudged 
in the City Hall Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 29. January, 1661. 

Allard Anthony. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of this City having considered, read, re- 
read the papers, documents and exhibits produced on both sides in the 
suit between Rut Jacobzen pltf. on and against Joannes Withart deft, 
over bargain and sale of a certain house and lot belonging to the above- 
named Rut Jacobsen sold by Comelis Steenwyck and Joannes Withart, 
agent for the abovenamed Rutt Jacobsen, and bought by Joannes Withart; 
in which pltf. concludes for an advance of the purchase of said house, 



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because the same was not lawfully sold, inasmuch as Mr. Tomas Willet, 
co-agent was not mentioned in the conditions of sale, also because the 
word, I Mdupy was pronounced by Comelis Steenwyck before the word 
** Mine** was uttered by Joannes Withardt; whereunto deft, concludes, 
on the contrary, saying he called the word " Mine ** before the word / 
Md up was pronounced ; moreover the proposals and conditions of sale 
were fulfilled. Burgomasters and Schepens having weighed all that is 
material, decree and adjudge — ^Whereas Comelis Steenwyck, pltf's co- 
agent with Joannes Withart, has allowed and approved the sale of the 
house in question, on condition that he become bail under renunciation 
for the payment of the money, that the sale of the house shall stand good, 
dismiss the pltf*s demand and condemn parties on both sides each in his 
own costs. Thus adjudged etc. 

Allard Anthony. 
Burgomasters and Schepens of this City having considered, read and 
re-read the papers, documents and exhibits entered on both sides in the 
suit between Geertruyt Andriessen, widow of Jacob Jansen Stol deceased, 
pltf. against Geertje Hendricks, late widow of Andries Hoppe dec^, deft, 
in which pltf. demands from deft, payment of four hundred guilders bal- 
ance of purchase of land and houses passed between their deceased hus- 
bands according to contract under hand made with each other, and in 
addition two cows; against which deft, concludes, that inasmuch as pltf. 
cannot deliver her the sold land, free from all Indian claims and the thir- 
teen hundred tiles taken from the house are not restored to her; that the 
pltf. shall not only be dismissed, but condenmed to restore her the twenty 
four hundred guilders, which she has paid on the land and houses: Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens having weighed and reflected on all, that is 
material in the case, condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. the demanded 
four hundred guilders, on which payment the pltf. is ordered to deliver 
to deft, due conveyance and deed of the sold land and housing and that 
deft, has to demand the thirteen hundred tiles from those, who have en- 
joyed them. Parties on both sides were condemned to pay each her own 
costs incurred in this suit. Thus adjudged etc. 

Allard Anthony. 
Burgomasters and Schepens of this City having considered, read and 
re-read the papers, documents and exhibits produced in both sides in the 



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suit between Mighiel Jansen, pltf., against Sjrmon Janzen Romeyn agent 
for Marcus Vogelsanck residing at Amsterdam in Europe, deft., over an 
arrest served on certain monies in Fatherland belonging to the pltf., ud< 
justly arrested by Marcus Vogelsanck on a claim for money due him here 
by the abovenamcd Mighiel Jansen on purchase of his house and lot, 
which must be paid here, according to a bond passed therefor, wherennto 
the deft, io his capacity concludes, that the arrest on Mighiel Jansens 
money as aforesaid is legally done, inasmuch as pltf. remains in default 
of fulfilling the payment due, according to aforesaid bond. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having weighed and considered whatever is material that 
has been produced by parties, conclude and find, that the arrest levied 
by Marcus Vogelsanck on the monies in Fatherland is illegal — therefore 
condemn Symon Jansen Romeyn in his quality as agent for Marcus 
Vogelsanck to indemnify the pltf. in all the costs, damages and interest 
as well as the principal sum, which, Mighiel Jansen has suffered by the un- 
just arrest, and Michiel Jansen, was ordered after indemnification to 
satisfy and pay Marcus Vogelsanck or Symon Jansen Romeyn, his agent, 
the remaining monies, which he owes to Marcus Vogelsanck according to 
the aforesaid bond and Symon Jansen Romeyn is further condemned in 
his quality aforesaid in the costs incurred in this suit. Thus adjudged in 
this City Hall, Amsterdam in N: Netherland the 19^ January 1661. 

AUard Anthony. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of this City having considered the de- 
mand and conclusion of the Officer on and against Reyndert Janicn 
Hoom, for and because that the aforenamed Hoom had fought with Jao 
Gillis the younger on the 13? December 1660, and beat the aforesaid Jan 
Oillis, so that the blood flowed, according to declarations to that effect 
exhibited; that he has three different times summoned him, but he has 
not appeared, therefore condemn the aforesaid Reyndert Jansen Hoon 
to pay the Officer the fine of five and twenty guilders with costs. Thus 
adjudged at the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens at this City Hall, 
Amsterdam in N: Netherland the 39. January 1661. 

On the petition of Tielman van VIeeck, agent of Symon Clasen 
Turck, wherein he requests, as Albert Andricssen Noorman remains in 
default, to answer the solution given in to Court on 8? June 1660., that 
the abovenamcd Albert Andries* shall in contumacy be condemned to 



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pay him petitioner the computed two hundred guilders remaining due to 
him; Whereupon was ordered. The petitioner shall notify his party 
hereof according to law. 

Tuesday, first February 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, AUard Anthony, Marten Cregier, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Strycker, Govert Loockermans, Timotheus Gabry, Jacobus Backer. 

At the Court of Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens appeared the 
Hon^ Valiant General Petrus Stuyvesant to assist at the nomination of 
the succeeding Burgomasters and Schepens. 

The Officer, rising, asks if any of the Magistrates had any objection, 
that he should codperate with the Magistrates in the nomination of suc- 
ceeding Burgomasters and Schepens. Question being put, it was de- 
cided, that he could not, inasmuch as it manifestly conflicted with the 
Instruction of the Schout and the laws and customs of the City of Amster- 
dam in Europa. 

The Director General decides, that the Schout shall have vote and 
co-nomination, assuring them that it shall so be concluded by the Direc- 
tor General and Council of New Netherland. Burgomasters and 
Schepens declare, if the Director General and Council should so decide, 
so it must be with them: Whereupon the Director General requested that 
the nomination be postponed until an Acte thereof be given to the Burgo- 
masters and Schepens. 

After some further debate over and hither, the meeting adjourned 
until four o'clock in the afternoon, which being again complete. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman exhibited to the Court an AcU from 
the Hon^.* Director General and Council of N : Netherland which reads 
as follows: — 

Director General and Council of N: Netherland comparing the pre- 
vious with the present Instruction of the Schout of this City, decide for 
caase that the Schout must preside in the Court of Burgomasters and 
Schepens and consequently have opinion and vote in the annual nomina- 
tion of the subaltern Magistrates of this City and all other matters, 
wherein he is not a party. Thus done at the Assembly of the Hon^ 
Director General and Council held in Fort Amsterdam in New Nether- 
land the first of February Anno 1661. Understood P. Stuyvesant — 

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Lower Stood, By Order of the Hon^ Director General and Council of 
N. Netherlands was signed — C. V. Ruyven, Sec^. 

Which being read in Court, Burgomasters and Schepens say, that it 
is contrary to the Instruction, he not bringing with him hb instrucdons 
and that Burgomasters are thereby deprived of their authority. 

The Director General reading the Instruction of the Schout sajrs, 
that by the first rank remaining to the Schout, he understands the pre- 
sidency. 

The President suggests that the instruction of the Fiscaal also directs, 
that he shall preside in the Court, yet, however, the presidency remamed 
with the Burgomasters, of which they were now deprived. 

Whereupon the General says, that such was connived at by the 
Director General and Council. The Director General says, that he is 
content, if the Schout will desist from the presidency granted to him in- 
ferentially to day, until such shall be decided by the Hon**!* Majores con- 
formably to the above Acte. 

Whereupon the President states, the Board concludes, that the 
Schout shall codperate in the nomination for the present time and desist 
from any further, unless it be otherwise decided by the Hon: Lords 
Majores. 

The Hon*^ Director General and the Officer are satisfied therewith, 
whereupon Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens proceed to the nomina- 
tion as followeth: — 

The Schout ; AUard Anthony ; 

For Burgomaster. For Burgomaster. 

Paulus Leenderzen Vande Grift, Paulus Leenderzen Vander Grift, 

Olof Stevenzen Cortlant. Comelis Steenwyck. 

For Schepens. For Schepens. 

Piet5 Wolfcrzen Van Couwenhoven, Pieter Wolferzcn, 
Joannes van Brugh, Joannes van Brugh, 

Joannes de Peister, Joannes de Peister, 

Jan Vigne, Hendrick Kip, 

Hend'k Janzen Vander Vin, Jan Vigne, 

Frerick Lubberzen, Hend'k Janzen Vande Vin, 

Berger Jorizen, Frerick Lubberzen, 

Isaac Greveraat. Isaack Greveraat. 



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Marten Cregier ; 
For Burgomaster. 

Paulus Leenderzen Vander Grift, 
Cornells Steenwyck. 

For Schepens, 

Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
Hendrick Janzen Van der Vin, 
Joannes van Brugh, 
Jan Vigne, 
Frerick Lubberzen, 
Isaack Greveraat, 
Joannes Vcrvelen, 
Gerrit van Tright. 

Jacob Strycker ; 

For Burgomaster, 

Paulus Leendersen Vander Grift 
Olof Stevensen Cortlant 

For Schepens. 

Joannes van Brugh, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Hendrik J. van der Vin, 
Jeronimus Ebbinck, 
Hendrick Kip, 
Pieter Rudolfus, 
Isaack Greveraat, 
Joannes Vervelen. 

Timotheus Gabry ; 

For Burgomaster, 

Paulus L: Vander Grift, 
Olof Stevensen Cortlant. 

For Schepens, 

Joannes de Peister, 
Pieter Wolferzen, 
Hendrick Janzen Vander Vin, 
Jeronimus Ebbinck, 
Joannes van Bnigh, 
Frerick Lubberzen, 
Isaack Greveraet, 
Jacob Kip. 



Comelis Steenwyck ; 
For Burgomaster, 

Paulus Leendersen Vander Grift, 
Joannes van Brugh. 

For Schepens, 

Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
Jacques Cousseau, 
Isaack Greveraat, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Frerick Lubberzen, 
Jeronimus Ebbinck, 
Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, 
Borger Jorizen. 

Govert Loockermans ; 

For Burgomaster. 

Paulus Leendersen Vander Grift. 
Olof Stevensen Cortlant 

For Schepens. 

Joannes van Brugh, 
Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Hendrick Janzen Vander Vin, 
Pieter Rudolfus, 
Jeronimus Ebbinck, 
Antony de Milt, 
Isaac Greveraat. 

Jacobus Backer ; 

For Burgomaster. 

Paulus Leenderzen Vander Grift, 
Olof Stevensen Cortlant 

For Schepens, 

Joannes Van Brugh, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
Hendrick Janzen Van der Vin, 
Jeronimus Ebbinck, 
Pieter Rudolfus, 
Isaack Greveraet, 
Antony de Milt. 



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The Votes coUected are 


found 






Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift 


iiiinii 8 


Olof Stevenzen Cortlanl 


mil s 


Cornells Steenwyck 


II a 


Joannes van Bnigb 


I 1 


For &iep€iis ; 




Pieter van Couwenhoven 


IIIUII 7 


Joannes van Bmgh 


IIIIIII 7 


Joannes de Peistcr 


iiiiin 7 


Jan Vigne 


III mil 3-s 


Hendrick Janien van det Vin 


mum 8 


Fierick Lubberzen 


mil 5 


Bnrger Joriaen 


II I 


Isaack Greveraat 


iiiimi 8 



Hendrick Kip II 

Joannes Vervclen II 

Gerrit van Tright I 

Jacques Cosseau I 

Jeronimus Ebbiock IIIII 

Pieter Rudolfus III II 

Antony de Milt II 

Jacob Kip I 

Named for Burgomaster and Schepens — 
Paulus LeenderseD van der Grift, 
Olof Stevensen Cortlaot. 
For Schtptns. 
PieiervaD Couwenhoven, Joannes de Feister, Hend: Janz.Vaiidei Vin, 
Isaac Grereraat, Joannes Van Bmgh, Jan Vigne, Frerick Lubbersen, 
Jeionimus Ebbinck, which said persons were presented according to the 
sealed letter the same as last year to the Hon'i* Direct! General and 
Council. 



Wednesday, a^ February 1661. In the City HaU. Present alt the 
Magistrates of the Subaltern Court. 

Nicasius de Sille, Councillor and Fiscal of N. Netheriand, and 



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Comelis van Ruyven, Secretar?^, delegated by the Direct^ Gen! and 
Council appear in Court, bringing besides their commission, the election 
of the succeeding Burgomasters and Schepens elected by the Directf 
Gen! and Council to wit: — 

Allard Anthony, Old Burgomaster, 
Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift, Burgamasf, 

As Schepens : — 
Tymotheus Gabry, Old Schepen; Pieter Wolferts van Couwenhoven, 
Joannes van Brugh, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck; who after the usual 
ringing of the bell three times are here announced and made known to 
the Commonalty, that every one may hold them in due respect and con- 
sideration as is proper, agreeably to the Acte made thereof. 

On the judgment between Rut Jacobzen and Joannes Withart dated 
29. Janl^ appeal is made from foregoing judgment by Mattheus de Vos, 
atty of Rut. Jacobz. to the Hon: Direct! Gen! and Council of N. Neth- 
erland. Done etc. the 7: February 166 1. 

Tuesday, 8^ February 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, AUard Anthony, Paulus Leenderts vander Grift, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Jan 
Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Raghel van Tienhoven, deft. 
The pltf. demands from deft, fifty guilders, having twice subjected her 
to a fine for having neglected, after divers notices, to erect her sheet- 
piling and to fill the same in with earth. Deft, answers and says, she 
cannot do that before others, such as Isaack de Foreest and the pltf. have 
arranged their portion, as they must sheet before her. The Court decide 
that the pltf. must first speak to those, who are bound to erect their sheet- 
pilbg first. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. 
The pltf. again demands from deft, the fine of one hundred guilders for 
having been fighting with one Hendrick MuUer; according to declara- 
tions produced; and says that deft, has drawn a knife, according to Hen- 
drick MuUer's declaration. Deft, denies having drawn a knife and says 
that three of them fell on him, wherefore he was obliged to defend him- 
self and he sought no dispute; according to deposition. Burgomasters 



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and Schepens having heard parties and read and considered the deposi- 
tions produced, condemn the deft, to pay the Officer a fine of twenty five 
guilders, and in addition the costs of suit. 

The Schout, Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Antony de Milt, deft. The 
pltf. demands from deft, in writing the fine of twenty five pounds flemish, 
or fl. 150 according to the Placard of the Honi^ Director General and 
Council, dated 26*?" September 1656. for having his bread, both large and 
rusk, under weight, as found by him on inspection: with costs. Deft, 
says, that the Officer told him, as there was no fixed weight for the rusk, 
he had therefore no complaint against him on that account; who now 
informs him that the large loaf was between seven and eight half ounces 
too light, and requests that the Magistrates would please hear Hendrick 
Willemsen, baker, and Comelis Barens, baker, being acquainted with 
baking. The pltf. demands that the Schepen Gabry and the Court Mes- 
senger Claas van Elslant the younger, also Andries de Haas be heard on 
interrogatories proposed by him. Burgomasters and Schepens postpone 
it, until the roll be gone through. 

Anneken Webbers, pltf. v/s Styntje Jans, deft. Both in default. 

Jan Jurriaazen, pltf. v/s Gerrit Gerrizen, cooper, deft. Defts. 2* de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, thirteen guilders, six stivers for club- 
money due. The Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secre- 
tary of this City. 

Arien van Laer, pltf. v/s Jan Comelissen and Joost Goderus, defts. 
Defts. 2^ default. Pltf. is ordered to summon his party for tl)e third 
time, as he has allowed several Court days to pass by. 

Maria Besems, pltf. v/s Gerrit van Tright, deft. Mattheus de Vos, 
chosen guardian in this case, appearing with the pltf. in Court, concludes 
in the pltf's name, that deft, shall be ordered to place in the hands of the 
Court the tobacco of Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt arrested with him; also 
all wares, merchandize, outstanding debts, actions, credits, and whatever 
he have in hand belonging to the abovementioned Boudewyn van Nieuw- 
landt. Deft, says he has nothing belonging to Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt, 
who is indebted to him. Mattheus de Vos in quality aforesaid, requests 
that he shall purge himself therefrom under oath. Deft, says, he is not 
obliged to take an oath about it. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, 
that deft, shall purge himself under oath, that he had no property of 



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Boudewyn van Nieuwlandts, when the attachment was made on the 
tobacco. For this purpose they grant him eight days for consideration. 

Lucas Dircksen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Van Bommel, deft. Both in 
default. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen, pltf. v/s Simon Hermzen, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. Pltf. demands of deft, restitution of his lot sold to him; saying, 
he *has not paid any thing on it, nor can he obtain any pay from him. 
Pltf. was ordered to summon deft, again. 

Merritje Roelofs, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Deft, in default. 

Merritje Roelofs, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanz Duyvelant, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

After having gone thro' the roll, Hendrick Willemsen, baker, 
is, at the request of Antony de Milt, called in, who is asked, if dough 
weighed out in due quantity for a loaf can lose a quarter of a pound in 
baking ? Answers Yes; and that he can shew it immediately, if the magis- 
trates will please see it. Was further asked. How does it happen ? An- 
swers, that it remained too long in the oven. Was asked again, What 
weight he puts in his loaves ? Answers, those of five stivers, two pounds. 
Comelis Barensen, at the request as above, declares, that the custom in 
Holland is, that when the loaf is two ounces too light, it is not regarded ; 
if four ounces too light, he is told for the first time to pay more attention; 
and being found out a second time, is subjected to a small fine. At the 
request of the Officer, Tymotheus Gabry, Claas van Elslant the younger, 
and Andrees de Haas are questioned on interrogatories proposed by him. 
They, under offer of oath, answered as appears by interrogatorium re- 
maining in the hands of the Schout. 

It is resolved by the Bench ; as the time has expired, to return at 
three o'Clock in the afternoon to dispose of the case between the Schout 
and Antony de Milt. In pursuance of which resolution. Burgomasters 
and Schepens are assembled in the afternoon, except Joannes van Brugh, 
a relative of Antony de Milt. Antony de Milt appearing in Court was 
asked, if he has any thing more to propose ? Answers, Nothing except 
what he has shewn and requests as, according to the declaration of 
Nicasius de Sille, it is his first time, he may, like the other bakers on 
their first offence, be excused, also according to the declaration of his 
servant man, he had no criminal design in the matter as at the time he 



264 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1661 

was not at home; calling God to witness. Louwerens Van der Spiegel, 
Antony de Milt's man, being sent for to Court, appears, who on being 
questioned in the case declares, that the dough for the baked bread is 
weighed by his Baas (master), and that his Baas was out for yeast, while 
the bread was in the oven, and was not out of the city. Was asked how 
much the dough weighed for a loaf to be baked ? Answers, Eight and 
a half pounds. Anthony de Milt entering was asked where he was ? 
Answers, About his business and was absent about four hours. Again 
asked, how much dough he weighed for a loaf ? Answers, Eight pounds 
ten ounces for over baking. The Schout's demand being read to Antony 
de Milt, he was asked, if he has any objection to it ? Answers, there is 
no weight fixed for the rusk and he had baked the whole week, and that 
there was not as much bread in the oven this time, as there had been be- 
fore; also the oven was hotter and the bread stood longer than ordinary 
in the oven, whereby the bread was very much overbaked. Andries de 
Haas being cited before the Court on the demand of the Officer, was 
asked, if he knows, that being at the Schout's house the day before the 
Schout inspected the bakers, a half loaf was brought by the Schout's son 
from Antony de Milt's, which was found four ounces too light ? An- 
swers, Yes. Was further asked, if he is willing to confirm his declaration 
by oath ? Answers — ^and accordingly confirmed his declaration by oath 
at the hands of the President. 

JUDGMENT. 

Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the demand and con- 
clusion of the Schout Pieter Tonneman on and against Antony de Milt, 
deft., for and on account that the deft, was found by the pltf. on inspec- 
tion to have some bread, both wheaten and rusk too light, whereupon he 
concludes for the confiscation of the baked bread found too light, the 
interdiction of the deft, from baking any more bread for six weeks and 
further, that he be condemned, according to Placard in the fine of one 
hundred and fifty guilders; against which the deft, says, he had no crimi- 
nal design, inasmuch as he was from home and his man left the bread too 
long in the oven. Burgomasters * and Schepens having considered and 
weighed all that is material, condemn the deft, in the fine of one hundred 
and fifty guilders with the costs of suit, excusing him, for reason, from 
non-baking for six weeks, and the Officer was dismissed in this his fur- 



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thcr demand. Thus sentenced by the Burgomasters and Schepens of 
the City of Amsterdam in New Netherland the 8^ February 1661. 

Allard Anthony. 
Resolved, determined and concluded in Court that the repeatedly 
enacted Ordinance of Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens relative to ap- 
pearances and absences from Ordinary, Extraordinary and other Meetings 
shall be strictly observed as appointed, to wit: — 

Who comes half an hour too late Ten Stivers. 

Who comes one hour too late Twenty stiv: 

And who is altogether absent Forty stivers. 

But herein are excepted all such as for the arrangement of their business 
should be gone to Fort Orange, South River or New England ; also those, 
who are sick or have any fair cause for their absence, which after proof 
remains discretionary with the Court whether such then should not be 
fined. 

And that this be the better obeyed and observed, it is unanimously re- 
solved by the College, that those on whom the aforesaid fines shall fall, 
must pay whatever the College may please, without any contradiction. 
Done in Court of the Schout Burgomasters and Schepens at the City Hall 

the 8^ of February x66x. 

Pieter Tonneman, 

Allard Anthony, 

P: L. van de Grift, 

Timotheus Gabry, 

Pieter Couwenhoven, 

J: Vinge, 

Jeronimus Ebbinck, 

Johannes van Brugh. 

Tuesday 15. Feb: 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolfertsen van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, 
Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman exhibited in Court a half wheaten loaf 
weighing about four ounces too light taken from Hendrick [Willemsen] 
the baker residing at the comer of the Marckvelt alley, which is weighed 
and so found in Court. 



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Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Willem the carpenter, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft. 20 gl. balance of a hog sold to him. 
Deft, says, the hog purchased from the pltf. was foul and meazled. 
The pltf. replying says, that he told the deft., when he killed and cleaned 
the hog, that if he regretted his bargain, he would take it back for two 
pots of beer. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in dispute to 
Hendrick Kip, old Schepen of this City and Egbert Meyndersen, farmer, 
to decide the difference between parties and if possible to reconcile them; 
if not to make a report of their proceedings to the Court. 

Govert Loockermans and Jacobus Backer, pltfs. v/s Metje Wessels, 
deft. Govert Loockermans and Jacobus Backer in quality as attomies 
for the interested creditors of Reyndert Jansen Hoom, request in writing 
that the attachment of the papers both assigned and conveyed, seized in 
the hands of Sec^ Nevius, be declared valid, and that Metje Wessels and 
all others, whom it may concern be commanded to annul and not meddle 
with the aforesaid transport dated 5 January last and given to them, as 
being worthless and passed to defraud the common interested creditors. 
Tielman Van Vleeck, as attorney for Metje Wessels, requests copy of the 
petition and demand and concludes, that it is not receivable and that the 
pltf's demand and conclusion be dismissed and copy of transport be 
allowed in favor of Metje Wessels; with costs. Whereof pltf. demands 
copy. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest valid and parties 
on both sides were ordered to furnish copy of the demand thereunto to 
answer at the next Court day. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Joannes Nevius, deft. Tielman Van Vleeck 
as attorney for the pltf. requests, that deft, shall furnish him, in his qual- 
ity, copy of the transport passed by Reindert Jansen Hoom in favor of 
Metje Wessels. Deft, says, the same is arrested with him by the afore- 
said Magistrates for the interested creditors. Burgomasters and Schepens 
say that disposition is made therein. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Gillis the Younger, deft. Tielman van 
Vleeck in quality as attorney for the pltf. demands from deft. fl. 425: 18. 
balance of a/c. Deft, says, he paid fl. 150. to the Secretary van Ruyven 
for the pltf. and paid her one hundred guilders according to a/c. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order parties on both sides to furnish particulars of 
a/c to each other to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 



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Maria Besems, pltf. v/s Gerrit van Tright, deft. Deft, in default. 
PItf. concludes, that Mf Gerrit van Tright shall place in the hands of 
the Court of this City all wares, merchandize, outstanding debts, actions 
and credits belonging to Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt, a fugitive, which 
were remaining with him at the time the arrest was made, with declaration 
under oath, that he transported, alienated, hid or conveyed away, directly 
or indirectly none of the same; or purge himself, that he had not nor 
now has any of the same. Burgomasters and Schepens, pursuant to their 
Worships' last issued order, direct Mf Gerrit van Tright to appear on the 
next Court day before Burgomasters and Schepens under the penalty of 
five and twenty guilders. 

Hendrick Hendricksen, pltf. v/s Symon Hermzen Cort, deft. 
Defts. 3^ default. Pltf. demands, that he may resume the lot, which 
he sold to deft., as he cannot obtain any payment therefor; with costs. 
Burgomasters and Schepens permit Hendrick Hendrickzen to resume his 
lot and to institute his further action against the deft. 

Francis Hoi, pltf. v/s Maria Geraerd, deft. Pltf. in quality as attor- 
ney of Alexand' Bruyn, demands from deft, seventy pounds sterling 
according to two obligations signed by deft. Mattheus de Vos, as hus- 
band and guardian of the deft., says, according to laws on this subject, 
quoting some authors, the obligations are insufficient, as it does not ap- 
pear on their face, from what the obligations arise ; therefore null and of 
no value, concluding therefore that pltf's demand be dismissed with costs. 
Pltf. demands, that Salomon La Chair, who is without, may be called to 
serve as interpreter; that was granted him; entering he tells the pltf. the 
deft's conclusion; whereupon the pltf. answers: a note signed by a 
debtor is held with them as good tho' it be not stated therein what it pro- 
ceeds from. Francis Holl, with Salomon La Chair again entering, was 
asked if he has any knowledge what the notes arise from ? Answers, 
No; requesting, that deft, shall acknowledge or deny that she signed the 
obligations, which being proposed to Mattheus de Vos, he answers that 
his wife must know that and persists in the nullity or that further proof 
be produced. Maria Gerardy sent for appears with Mattheus de Vos in 
Court, who having communication of Francis HoU's demand, says she 
was forced to sign the notes to discharge her son from the arrest served 
on him, and that Alexander Briant has received from her son a transport 



268 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1661 

and procuration to receive at Barbados one hundred and six pounds 
sterlg. for certain share of the ship called King Damd^ which belongs to 
her son, and expects that the same is received by the aforesaid Alexander. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, order Maria Gerardy 
to cause proof to come between this and May from the North, that her 
son Jan Geraerdy has passed to Alexander Briant a transport and pro- 
curation to receive at the Barbados the hundred and six pounds stg. in 
part pa3rment of his debt due him: and Francis Holl is ordered to prove 
by specification, what the notes arise from. 

Anneke Hendricks, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen, deft. Pltf. states, 
that deft, has said, she stole pork and sausages from him, and demands, 
that he shall prove it. Deft, states, that he never said so, but that she 
has taken the pork from him ; producing for this purpose a declaration, 
of which pltf. demands a copy. The Schout, as guardian for deft., re- 
quests, that pltf. shall provisionally go into close confinement, until she 
shall furnish him with further information of the matter. Burgomasters 
and Schepens dismiss the Officers demand, and order copy of declaration 
and demand of the Officer to be furnished to Anneke Hendrix to answer 
thereunto at the next Court day. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Deft, in default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Lucas Hendrickz, drummer, deft. Deft in 
default. 

Jan Jurriaanzen, pltf. v/s Jurriaan Hanel, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Jurriaanzen, plft. v/s Dirck Gerrisen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Jurriaansen, pltf. v/s Bartelt Sybransen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Comelis Melein appears in Court exhibiting the decision of arbitra- 
tors, dated lo: yber 1660, appointed by the Court as given in the case 
between him and Sybout Clasen and approved by them: Requests there- 
fore fulfillment thereof. Burgomasters and Schepens having seen and 
read the decision approve and laud the same, and order Sybout Clasen to 
fulfill and pay to Comelis Meleyn. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker exhibits the notice for fulfillment of the judg- 
ment dated 25^ January last against Andrees Joghims. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order Jan Jurriaanzen Becker to summon An dries Jo^im- 
sen a third time, to sue him at the next Court day — ^with costs. 



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Tuesday, 23. February 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, AUard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen Vander Grift, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Johannes van 
Bnigh, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

The Schout, Pieter Tonneman, propounds that he had summoned 
Hendrick Jansen, baker, for that he has baked his bread too light, who 
came to him, to settle the same with him, which he would not do, without 
the knowledge of the Court. For this purpose proposing this in order to 
ascertain, how Burgomasters and Schepens shall please to decide. It was 
decided by the Court, by plurality of votes, that such shall be proceeded 
with before the Bench, and the Officer is ordered to summon Hendrick 
Jansen, baker, at the next Court day and to institute his action against 
him. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Andries Joghimsen, deft. Defts. 
3' default. Pltf. demands according to judgment on the 3I default of 
deft, dated 25. January i66x twelve guilders, thirteen stivers due by 
balance of a/c exhibited in Court. With costs. The Court condemn the 
deft, on the 3"^ default to pay the pltf. the twelve guilders thirteen stivers 
with the costs hereon incurred or still to be incurred. 

* Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Dirck Gerrizen, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, four guilders 3 stivers. The Court 
order the deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Jan Jurriaanzen, pltf. v/s Jurriaan Hanel, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 15: 12: 8 with costs. Deft, says, he was security for nine 
guilders ten stivers for Jan Corvoe and that Jan Corvoe has been here in 
a canoe with wood and that he told him of it and told him to arrest him 
and sue him. And acknowledges to owe three guilders eighteen stivers 
on his own a/c, offering to pay the same as soon as he can. Pltf. says, 
that Jan Corvoe told him, he had nothing to do with him, and he must 
look to Juriaen Hanel. The Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 8 gl. 
35 stivers, and the pltf. has his further guarantee on Jan Corvoe. 

Maria Besems, pltf. v/s Gerrit van Tright, deft. Pltf. produces in 
Couit the decision of the Bench dated 15. February last against the deft., 
that he pursuant thereto shall have to purge himself under oath, that he 
had not nor has any goods, actions credits etc: sought in the suit, belong- 
jng to Boudewyn van Nieuwlant. Deft, says, he is not bound to swear to 



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his damage and appeals to the Director General and Council of N. Neth- 
erland. 

Arent Jurriaanze Lantsman, pltf. v/s Anneken, widow of Dirck 
Smitt, deft. Pltf. says, he sold to deft's husband one hundred and forty 
seven ells of linen @ xx stivers the ell, payable in wheat @ three guOden 
the skepel, proving the same by his book. The a/c being read from the 
book to deft., she says the linen was bought by her husband % lo stivers 
the ell payable in com at four guilders the skepel. Burgomasters and 
Schepens refer the matter in question to Jacob Jansen Sam and Hendrick 
van der Wall, to decide the question; to reconcile parties if possible; if 
not to report their proceedings to the Court. 

Isaak de Foreest, pltf. v/s Elsje van Reuvecamp, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pltf. requests, that the arrest by him served on the monies of the 
deft, in the hands of Secretary Nevius be declared valid. The Court de- 
clared the arrest valid. 

Abraham Verplanck, pltf. v/s Wolfert Webber, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Wemaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Both in default. 

Wemaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Paulus, the drummer, deft. Both in 
default. 

Walewyn vander Veen, as attorney of Adriaen Blommaert demands 
in writing from Mighiel Janzen fl. 532: with one hundred advance in 
beavers and the interest thereof. The Court order copy to be furnished 
to party to answer thereunto at next Court day. 

On the answer of Anneke Hendricks, pltf. in case of damage against 
Jan Hendricks, deft.. Ordered: — The Court direct copy to be furnished 
to party to reply thereunto at the next Court day. 

Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. 
Netherland hereby make known to all and every one that, pursuant to 
the order dated 3xV January last, received on their petition presented to 
the Right Hon^ Director General and Council of N. Netherland, who* 
ever shall absent himself from here for four consecutive months, without 
holding fire and light here, loses his Burgher-right — ^and must purchase 
the same anew on his return. Further no person shall transport himself 
with his goods and merchandize to Fort Orange or elsewhere to trade, 
without as before pursuant to the order of said Director General and 



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Council dated 25 May 1660, having resided and kept an open store here 
in this City six consecutive weeks, but may do the same, according to the 
abovementioned order, on payment to this City of twenty guilders in 
beavers, or the real value thereof, over and above their Burgher-Right. 
Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 2$^ Feb'y. 166 1. By order etc. 

Tuesday the first of March i66x. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen Van de 
Grift, Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes 
van Brugh, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, 
deft. Pltf. demands from the deft, in writing one hundred and fifty 
guilders for having baked his bread underweight, according to declara- 
tions exhibited to this effect. And further one hundred and fifty guilders, 
for that he, the deft., took out of the house of Jan Jurriaansen Becker a 
half (wheaten) loaf, which was under weight, bought and paid for by 
him ; according to declaration aforesaid. Deft, says, he had, at the time, 
heavy baking; and his oven was half full and the bread was reduced by 
the heat, also four fires had been in the oven; and he brought the loaf 
from Jan Jurriaanzens house to weigh and to see if it was too light, and 
that he weighed his bread in presence of Jan Janzen, junior, and Jan 
Adriaanzen Duyvelant, which was of weight. The deft, was called in 
and asked, if he had any thing else to produce besides what he had 
brought in — ^Answers, nothing except that Jan Jurriaansen's wife had told 
him, when he took the bread from the house saying, that he wished to 
weigh it, that he may do it. Was asked, if Jan Jansen the younger and 
Jan Adriaensen Duyvelant had seen that bread weighed ? Answers, Yes. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to bring in by the next Court 
day, what he can in his defence. 

Maria Beckers, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen, baker, deft. Pltf. re- 
quests by written remonstrance, that deft, who has berated her for a 
whore, a swine, an informer and jade, shall be held to restore her char- 
acter, honorably and profitably. Deft, says, he is not aware, that he 
scolded her, also that he knows nothing of her but what is honest and 
virtuous. The Court order the pltf. to produce further proof by the next 
Court day. 



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Burgomaster Paulus Leenderzen Van der Grift, pltf. v/s Jurricn 
Blanck, deft. Pltf. says, that there is due him from one Jan Waterbeny 
of Stamford two pounds, seven shillings, eight pence 8t*g on a note payable 
in butter @ eight stivers per pound, which the deft, at the request of said 
Waterberry accepted on the 28^ June in the year 1658. Deft, acknow- 
ledges to have been responsible for the same. Burgomasters and 
Schepens condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Jan Jansen Bestevaar, the younger, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen van 
der Vin, deft. Pltf. as attorney for his father demands in writing from 
deft, one hundred and twenty eight guilders Holland cur'y for two 
pounds of silk. Deft, acknowledges the debt; requests four @ five weeks 
time. The Court condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. within the time of 
six weeks. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Elsje van Ruyvecamp, deft. Defts. a^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, nineteen guilders in heavy money d 
ten seewan beads for one stiver. The Court order the deft, to deposit 
die money with the Secretary. 

Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, pltf. v/s Anneken, widow of Dirck 
Smitt, deft. Pltf. sets forth, that the arbitrators appointed by the Bench 
at the last Court day, to decide their dispute, could not agree; demand- 
ing therefore from the deft, nine skepels of wheat with costs. Deft, pro- 
duces certain a/c, from which it appears, that the pltf. owes her seven 
gnflders ten stivers. Burgomasters and Schepens to bring parties to a 
settlement ask them, if they will leave the matter and difference to them, 
as arbitrators and not as judges ? Answers, Yes. Which difference being 
weighed and considered by their Worships, they decide, in aforesaid 
quality, that Anneke Smitt shall pay Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman for his 
claim six skepels of wheat, and that each party shall bear his own coats. 

Jan Rutgersen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

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

Wamaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft Defts. 2' defank. 

Pltf. demands from deft thirty eight guilders, two stivers. The 
Omrt order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Wamaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Paulus, drummer, deft Defts. a* de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, eighty six guilders in seewan according 



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to obligation dated 20^ Novembr 1658. The Court order deft, to deposit 
the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Jacobus Backer, attorney with Covert Loockermans of the interested 
creditors of Reyndert Jansen Hoom, a fugitive, requests, that Tieknan 
van Vleeck, attorney for Metje Wessels, shall answer copy of request, 
dated 15. Feb. last furnished to him, on pain of nullity of all exceptions, 
declinatory, declaratory, and peremptorily, according to law. Tielman van 
Vleeck, attorney of Metje Wessels, is hereby ordered to answer, at the 
next Court day, the request and demand of Covert Loockermans and 
Jacobus Bakker, attomies of the interested creditors of Reindert Janzen 
Hoom on pain of deprival of all rights. 

On the reply of Jan Hendrickzen van Bommel against Annetje Hen- 
diick, wife of Ryck Hendricks, annotated in margin: — The Court order 
copy hereof to be furnished to party, to rejoin thereunto at the next 
Court day. 

On the answer of Mighiel Jansen against Walewyn Van der Veen, 
attorney for Adriaan Blommaert, is marked in the margin: — The W: 
Court order copy hereof to be furnished to party, to reply thereunto at 
the next Court day. 

Tuesday 8^ March x66i. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Picter Tonneman, AUard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 
Picter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Jan Vigne, 
Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Burgomaster Allard Anthony, pltf . v/s Tryntie Heimans, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Joannes de Decker, pltf. v/s Schepen Timotheus Cabry, deft. Pltf. 
in default. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Elsie van Reuvecamp, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, nineteen guilders in heavy money @ ten zeawans for 
one stiver. Deft, says, she is not unwilling to pay and has offered him 
wood in payment; and that he arrested the money, which she had assigned 
for two months to the Schout and Schepen Cabry. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order the Secretary Nevius to pay the pltf. the 19. guilders 
heavy money and to hand to the Heer Cabry forty six guilders and the 
balance to the Schout Pieter Tonneman. 



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Mary Lauwerens, pltf. v/s Sander Leex^erzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, balance on a note of sixteen and a half beavers for two yoke 
of oxen. Deft, says, he does not owe more than sixteen beavers. Re- 
quests six weeks time. The W: Court order deft, to pay the pltf. within 
six weeks time. 

Abraham Verplanck, pltf. v/s Dirck Teunisen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft., according to contract passed before the Notary Dirck van 
Schellifyne, dated 31. March 1653, payment of six skepels wheat and 
four skepels of rye, whereupon are paid two skepels of wheat and two 
skepels of maize. Deft, denies the debt; demands copy. The W: Court 
order copy hereof to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the 
next Court day. 

Sieur Jacob Strycker, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen, deft. Pltf. complains, 
that his servant, in stead of working, goes out drinking and remains out 
all night. Demands that he shall repay him his passage money, which 
he disbursed for him and be discharged ; produces the contract made be- 
tween them. Deft, does not deny it. Ofifers to serve the time he has 
lost. The W: Court order the pltf. to pay the deft, what he earned, de- 
ducting the passage money paid for him, and to discharge him. 

Janneke Heermans, pltf. v/s Comelis Langevelt, deft. Pltf. says, 
she gave one Balthus Jacobsen Loockemans among other goods a pair of 
gold pendants with pearls to be sold for her with other articles, which 
pendants with pearls he pawned with deft, for a bed bought from him. 
Requests restitution thereof. Deft, demands copy of the demand and 
proof, to answer thereunto by the next Court day. Burgomasters and 
Schepens grant deft, his request. 

Wemaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, two hundred and eleven guilders, three stivers, beavers, 
according to obligation with interest. Deft, says, he has nothing against 
it, requests time. The W: Court order deft, to pay the pltf. within the 
period of six weeks. 

Jan Rutgersen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen van Werckendam, deft. 
Defts. 2*! default. Pltf. demands from deft, six guilders and fifteen 
stivers. The W: Court orders the deft, to deposit the money with the 
Secretary of this City. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Symon Turck, deft. Deft, in default. 



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Tielman van Vleeck, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Maria Beckers, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, deft. Pursuant to 
last Court day, pltf. produces further proof, that he, deft., had scolded 
her for a whore, a trollop, an informer and a swine. Again requests 
reparation of character, honorable and profitable. Deft, says, he is not 
aware having abused her for a whore and trollop, and if he did so 't was 
thro* passion. Hendrick Janzen, baker, was asked, if he has any thing 
to say against the woman ? Answers, No ; saying further she is a decent 
woman, who does not give another, what belongs to him. Burgomasters 
and Schepens postpone the matter to the next Court day. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pltf. says, that deft, has taken work from him, which he has not 
executed, and that he has already spent his money. Requests, therefore, 
that deft, be forbidden to work for another, before he has finished the 
work he contracted for with him. Burgomasters and Schepens allow the 
pltf. to do that. 

Abel Hardenbroeck and Pieter Janzen Schoel, pltfs. v/s Coenraat 
ten Eyck, deft. Pltfs. demand, that the deft., their master, shall free 
them from the watch money. Deft, requests, that the pltfs. shall pay him 
the disbursed money for passage from Holland hither, and complains, 
that they do not work for him, but sit and drink whole nights and then 
coming home to play the Baas^ and as he has no service from them he 
discharges them. The President states, that the deft, [pltfs.] have be- 
haved so at their master's, that he was obliged to go out the house at 
night and call for help. Whereupon Abel Hardenbroeck says, he was 
then drunk. The Officer as guardian of Coenraet ten Eyck, requests, 
whereas Coenraet ten Eyck complains of force and violence committed 
on him, that the pltfs. shall go to jail, when he shall inform himself fur- 
ther on the matter. Burgomasters and Schepens grant the Officer his 
request. After reading which request to the pltfs. they were conveyed 
to prison. 

Roelof Janzen, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Frerick Cristofifelzen, pltf. v/s Tamas Davidts, Dirck Janzen Smitt 
and Daniel Vervelen, defts. Pltf. states, that defts. hired him to sail on 
halves the yacht, which he bought from Dirck Smitt and to earn therefor 



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two beavers per month ; and whereas he has sold his half , therefore they 
will break his agreement with him, concludes that by marine law, as he 
has been a month employed, his service and wages must continue or in 
case of refusal, payment of half a years wages. Deft. Tamis Davidts 
says, he partly hired and partly did not hire the pltf. Dirck Smitt and 
Joannes Vervelen declare, it is known to them, that Tamis Davidts hired 
the pltf. and also navigated and passed one month in his service on board 
his yacht. Pltf. was asked, if he is content, that it be referred to arbitrat- 
ors ? Answers Yes. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter 
therefore to Pieter Jacobs Marius and Dirck Smitt to decide the same in 
the presence of Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, to reconcile parties if pos- 
sible; if not to render a report of their proceedings to the Court. 

Joannes Withart appears in Court requesting to be allowed to arrest die 
monies belonging to him and Jacobus Vis, (according to decision of arbi- 
trators) and in the hands of Jacob J. Sam, to the amount of fl. 220. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decide, that petT shall duly summon Jacobus Vis. 

Tielman van Vleeck, as attorney for Metje Wessels, entering delivers 
into Court the answer of Metje Wessels to the request of Govert Loocker- 
mans and Jacobus Bakker, attomies of the interested creditors of Renier 
Jansen Hoom, and demands that if any of the Magistrates have any 
claim, they would please not to sit (on the bench.) The W. Court order 
copy of the answer to be furnished to parties to reply thereunto at the 
next Court day. 

Wolfert Webber appears in Court produces an a/c of the costs of 
suit, which Hendrick Hendricks has against him: requests that the same 
be taxed. The W. Court order Hendrick Hendricks to produce at the 
next session of the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens particulars of all 
the costs incurred in the suit between him and Wolfert Webber. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman requests copy of the declaration, 
made by Jan Janzen the younger, and Jan Adriaanzen van Duyvelant in 
favor of Hendrick Janzen, baker. The W. Court order copy to be fur- 
nished to the Officer to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

The Schout requests, that the W: Court will be pleased to appoint 
Commissaries, to hear some persons on certain matters, on interrogatories, 
whereunto were commissioned Pieter van Couwenhoven and Joannes van 
Brugh. 



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On the reply of Walewyn van der Veen against Mighiel Janzen, 
ordered: — The W: Court direct copy to be furnished to party to rejoin 
thereunto at the next Court day. 

On the rejoinder of Annetje Hendricks against Jan Hendricksen van 
Bommely ordered: — The W: Court order copy to be furnished to parties, 
and parties on both sides are instructed to desist from further production, 
to exchange with each other their papers, and to produce with inventory 
their deduction and principal intctuUt at the next Court day. 

Tuesday, i^ March 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes van 
Brugh, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, 
deft. Deft, in default. Burgomasters and Schepens order Hendrick 
Janzen to deliver in by the next Court day, whatever he may have for his 
defence in the action, which the Officer is having against him, on pain of 
deprivation of his right. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, plft. v/s Gerret Gerrizen, deft. The 
Schout concludes, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of fifty guilders 
for having struck one Annetje Cristoffels, caught her by her plaited hair 
and thrown her on the ground; according to declarations thereof ex- 
hibited. Deft, denies having done so. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order the Officer to produce further proof. 

Wemaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Defts. third default. 
Pltf. exhibits in Court the judgment, dated first of March last, and the 
Court Messenger's return on the notice served on him to deposit the 
monies; again therefore demanding thirty eight guilders, two stivers, ac- 
cording to a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to pay 
the thirty eight guilders, two stivers as he absents himself on the third 
summons. 

Wemaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Paulus Tamboer, (drummer) deft. Defts. 
third default. Pltf. demands from deft, eighty six guilders in seawant, 
according to obligation dated 20. NovT 1658. exhibiting the judgment 
dated i. March 1661. and the return of the Court Messenger to the notice 
served on him to deposit the money. Burgomasters and Schepens con- 



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demn the deft, to pay the fl. 86. inasmuch as he is absent on the third 
summons. 

Joost GoderuSy pltf . v/s Wemaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, fifty seven guilders eighteen stivers, one piece of eight and six 
pounds of butter, according to a/c exhibited in Court. Deft, requests 
copy of the demand, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. The 
W: Court order copy of demand and a/c to be furnished to party to 
answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
nine hundred and ten guilders nine stivers, according to decision of 
arbitrators on a/cs., dated 2*^ X^ x66o. Solomon La Chair, as attorney 
for deft., demands copy of the request. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order copy of the demand and a/c. to be furnished to party to answer 
thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jan Rutgersen, pltf. v/s Simon Turck, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, forty seven guilders nine stivers for board and drink according to 
settlement dated 8*^ Feb: i66i. Deft, demands copy of a/c, of what he 
consumed to answer thereunto at the next Court day. Pltf. says they 
settled with each other; bro't in the defts. a/c of what he had chalked 
on the door and after settlement wiped it out. Burgomasters and 
Schepens refer the matter in dispute to Solomon La Chair and Hendrick 
Hendrickzen Obe to take up the a/c of parties, decide the same, and if 
possible to reconcile parties; if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Roelof Janzen, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Defts. 2"^ default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, ten guilders for a kettle sold to him. The W: 
Court order the deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Tielman Van Vleeck, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Defts. first 
default, whereas he, pltf., did not appear on the last Court day. 

Bartel Lott, pltf. v/s Jacob Leuniz, deft. Deft, in default. Tiel- 
man van Vleeck, as attorney for pltf., demands, that deft, shall be heard 
on interrogatories produced by him, in the presence of the Magistrates to 
be commissioned thereunto from the Bench by the W: Court. To which 
Jan Vigne and Jeronimus Ebbinck were appointed by the W: Court. 

Jan Ariaanzen, pltf. v/s Teunis Cray, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 68. 15. and two beavers according to a/c. exhibited to the Court. 
Deft, produces an offset a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the 



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matter in question to Sieur Jacobus Backer, old Schepen of this City, 
and Sieur Nicolaas Meyer to examine the a/c. of parties, to decide the 
same, and reconcile them if possible; if not, to report their decision to 
the Court. 

Tamis Davidts, pltf. v/s Frerick Cristofifels, deft. Pltf . demands in 
writing from deft, indemnification for damage of 140 lbs. rolled tobacco 
suffered by his neglect and carelessness in the yacht. Deft, demands 
copy of the suit to answer thereunto at the next Court day. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order copy to be furnished to party, to answer 
thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Willem Moer, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft. 14 gl. balance of 32 lbs. of 
tobacco sold to him, for which he should pay six schepels wheat or one 
guilder in seawant for each lb. of tobacco. Deft, says, there was only 
30 lbs. of tobacco, and he offered him six guilders now and the balance 
in 14 days, when he should return from the Esopus and to leave goods in 
pledge. The W: Court order deft, to pay the pltf. the twelve guilders 
within the term of four weeks, on condition of giving security to the pltf., 
the arrest remaining so long valid. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Joost Goderus, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Reintje de Metselaar (the mason). Both in 
default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Tryntje Heimans, deft. Both in default. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen appears in Court, delivering in, according to 
order of the last Court day, specification of the a/c in the suit between 
him and Wolfert Webber, for the sum of fl. 24. 14. 8. Wolfert Webber 
delivers in thro' the Court Messenger Claas van Elslant copy of said a/c. 
adding under the same, that he finds himself aggrieved in the above 
written particulars. Which a/c. of Hendricksen being considered and 
examined by Burgomasters and Schepens, Wolfert Webber is ordered to 
satisfy and pay the same to Hendrick Hendricksen except the item of 
one guilder ten stivers, on request made relative to the lost vouchers. 

Asser Levy appearing in Court says, that Elsie van Reuvecamp has 
assigned him the deposited fl. 75. and that he understood Isaack de 



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Foreest has attached the same maintaining, that he has no attachment 
thereupon, inasmuch as the same belongs to him by virtue of assignment. 
Whereas the monies are paid to Isaac de Foreest according to order, so 
Asser Levy cannot receive any of them, but he was promised to receive 
the money of the firewood, which Elsie van Reuvecamp must bring and 
deliver to Joannes van Brugh. 

Aris Otte appears in Court; says he has attached the monies of 
Evert Dircksen van As to the amount of 125 gl. for a claim, which he has, 
w^ monies are in the hands of Hendrick Janzen, baker'; requesting that 
the attachment be declared valid. Burgomasters and Schepens declare 
the arrest valid. 

Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger by petition requests to lift out the 
hands of the Baili£f by virtue of preference, the monies to the amount of 
ninety five guilders in beaver and one hundred and seventy five guilders 
in seawant according to a/c against the insolvent estate of Dirck Hout- 
huysen. Burgomasters and Schepens order the petitioner to deliver in by 
the next Court day a list of the creditors of the absconding Dirck Hout- 
huysen, when they will appoint two curators to regulate the insolvent 
estate. 

Ordered, on the answer of Comelis Langevelt against Janneken 
Heermans: — The W: Court direct copy to be furnished to party to reply 
thereunto by the next Court day. 

Ordered, on the reply of Jacobus Backer, attorney with Govert 
Loockermans of the interested creditors of Reyndert Jansen Hoom, 
against Metje Wessels and Wemaer Wessels, guardian: — The W: Court 
direct copy to be furnished to party, to rejoin thereunto by the next 
Court day. 

Burgomasters and Schepens consider the demand of Abel Harden- 
broeck and Pieter Janzen Schol, pltfs. against Coenraat ten Eyck, their 
master, deft., entered last Court day, that their master shall free them 
from the Rattle watch tax, as they, according to contract, do not owe it. 
Deft, says, he is not bound to free them, producing the contract; com- 
plaining of the force and violence done him by them. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decide, whereas it does not appear by the contract, that Coen- 
raat ten Eyck is held to free them from the Rattle watch money, they 
are bound to pay it; order and charge them to conduct themselves 



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honestly and loyally towards their master, so that further complaints may 
not be made against them. 

The Schout, Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, pris- 
oner and deft. The pltf. concludes, that deft, shall be condemned, on 
complaint of his master Coenraat ten Eyck, to remain in solitary confine- 
ment three months on bread and water, or relieve himself therefrom by a 
sum of one hundred guilders, for force and violence used and committed 
at divers times against his master at night in his own house, being obliged 
to call for help; as per declarations thereof produced. The Officer's 
demand and conclusion being read to deft., he answers, all that he is 
charged with is not true and what was done by him happened in drunken- 
ness. Burgomasters and Schepens having read and understood all that is 
material, condemn the deft, in the fine of -fifty guilders for the force and 
violence used towards his master; with costs. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen Scholl, deft, 
and prisoner. The pltf. concludes, that deft, on complaint of Coenraat 
ten £yck, his master, shall be condemned to remain in close confinement 
on bread and water six consecutive weeks or repair the same by the sum 
of fifty guilders, for having with Abel Hardenbroeck opposed himself 
to his master aforesaid, allowing himself to be seduced by the said Har- 
denbroeck. Deft, denies having offered force and violence to his master, 
and seeing that his comrade treated him so disrespectfully, h€ went out 
the house. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn deft, in a fine of twelve 
guilders and costs of suit for the rude threats made use of towards his 
master, in company with his comrade. 

Tuesday, 22"! March, 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jeron- 
imus Ebbinck. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, thirty two guilders nine stivers which he, deft., said 
he paid Arien Symonsen, what Arien Symonsen denied; demanding, 
further, the costs incurred herein. Deft, says, he assigned him to Arien 
Symonsen for the aforesaid sum, which he has paid. Pltf. replies, says 
that Arien S]rmonsen told him, that it was for another debt. Arien 



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Symonsen, entering, was asked if Solomon La Chair paid him thirty two 
guilders nine stivers ? Answers, Yes; for some wine sold him. Deft. 
demands, that pltf. shall return him the obligation and give the assign- 
ment back to Arien Symonsen with costs. Pltf. says he will return the 
obligation to him, when he has paid it. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order the deft, to pay the pltf. the thirty two guilders nine stivers with 
costs, which being done, pltf. was ordered to return the deft, the obliga- 
tion, also to restore the assignment. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Isaack Kip, deft. Pltf. demands payment of 
forty two pounds tobacco given him to sell for him at the Esopus for 
wheat. Deft, asks, where the tobacco was weighed and says there were 
only twenty eight pounds delivered, at five pounds for one skepel. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens refer the matter in dispute to Abraham de la 
Noy and Hend : van der Walle, to reconcile parties if possible, if not, to 
render a report of their action to the Court. 

Marcus de Sousoy, pltf. v/s Anneken, widow of Dirck Smitt, deft. 
Pltf. says, he hired land from the deft, and that deft, sold it without his 
knowledge and that he had yet a year of it. Demands to remain out his 
time. Deft, says, pltf. has not fulfilled his contract, inasmuch as she has 
not received of him more than three pounds of butter from three cows 
and he paid no rent ; also he did not return a skepel of seed com and 
that she sold the land with his knowledge; that he should quit and 
promised to do so; undertaking to prove the same. The W. Court order 
the deft, to produce her proof by the next Court day. 

Arris Otte, pltf. v/s Symon Turck, deft. Defts. third default. Pltf. 
produces the judgment against deft, dated 30 Nov' 1660 to deposit with 
the Secretary of this City the demanded twenty planks or 35 gl. in 
seawan, and the notice served thereof. Burgomasters and Schepens con- 
demn the deft, to pay the pltf. the twenty planks or 25 gl. as he has 
absented himself on the third summons. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Defts. 2^ de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, seven guilders for slaughtering, earned 
over a year. The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the monies with 
the Secretary of this City. 

Romein Servyn, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. Both 
in default. 



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Nicolaas Meyer, arrestant and pltf. v/s Albert the ribbon weaver, 
arrested and deft. Both in default. 

Arien S]rmonsen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen Noorman, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, 
deft. The officer demands from deft. 150 gl. for having baked his bread 
too light, according to proof exhibited thereof to the Court; and more- 
over, that he bake no bread for six weeks; also furthermore, one hundred 
and fifty guilders for having taken from the house of Jan Jurriaansen 
Becker a half wheaten loaf, without the knowledge, against the will and 
in spite of Jan Jurriaanzen or his wife, which loaf was brought and paid 
for by the aforesaid Jan Jurriaanzen' s wife; all with costs. The demand 
and declaration being read to deft., he denies having baked a batch of 
three sorts mentioned in the declaration, and going home he shewed the 
bread taken out of Jan Jurriaansen Becker's to Jan de Young and Duyve- 
landt, and requested them to see it weighed. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties and read and considered the declarations produced 
' on both sides, condemn Hendrick Jansen, baker, for his light baked 
bread in the fine of one hundred and fifty guilders according to Placard 
with costs, excusing him, for special reasons, as well from the prohibition 
to bake for six weeks as from the demand made by the officer relative to 
the hostility and removal of the loaf from Jan Jurriaansen Becker's house. 

Maria Becker, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, deft. Pltf. re- 
quests by petition, as deft, has abused her for a whore, a swine, a trollop 
etc. (according to proof thereof exhibited) that he shall repair her char- 
acter, honorably and profitably, at the discretion of the W. Court, all with 
costs. Deft, is asked if he had any thing to say against the pltf. and 
answers nothing except what is honourable and virtuous, offering to give 
her a writing thereof under his hand. The W. Court condemn the deft, 
in the costs of the suit incurred herein ; charging him to guard himself 
against such for the future. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jeremias Janzen, deft. The 
pltf demands from the deft, fifty guilders for that the deft, has been 
fighting at night with Marten van Weert at Hendrick Hendricksen Obe's. 
Deft, denies it. The pltf. undertakes to prove it. The W. Court order 
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The Schont Pieter Tomieiiiaii, pltf. ▼/' Marten van Waart, deft. 
Hie Heer Schoat demands from deft, fifty [guilders] for fighting with 
Jeremias Janzen by night at Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe's. Deft, denies 
it. The pltf. undertakes to prove it. The W: Court order the Scbout 
to prove it. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Gerrit Gerriren, cooper, 
deft. The pltf. concludes, that deft, shall be condenmed to sit six weeks 
on bread and water or to repair such by fifty guilders fine, with costs, for 
having been fighting with Comelis de Hagenaar, Frerick Hendricksen de 
Cromp cooper, and struck, pulled by the plaits of the hair and threw on 
the ground the aforesaid Frerick's wife; according to declarations 
thereof produced, and says that deft, endeavoured through others to 
compound it, if it could be done for 25 gl. The demand and declaration 
being read to the deft., he says, that Freryck's wife and he afterwards 
assaulted him, and he must defend himself and denies having been fight- 
ing with Comelis de Hagenaar. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn 
the deft. Gerrit Gerrizen in a fine of ten guilders with costs of suit. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Tr3mtje Claas, wife of Jan 
Janzen van Rotterdam, deft. The pltf. concludes, that the deft, shall 
sit fourteen days on bread and water for having attacked and abused the 
Burgomasters in the public street or to retrieve it by 25 gl. fine. Deft, 
says, she spoke without any harm and denies having used ill language. 
The W: Court condemn the deft. Tryntie Claas to pay to the poor a 
fine of five guilders charging her to take care not to do so again to any 
body. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Comelis Tysen, woodsawyer, deft. Whereas 
deft, was summoned this day, his absence is excused and pltf. is ordered 
again to call him and nothing can be done on his petition relative to the 
money, which he has to the good from the sawing for the claim of nine 
guilders heavy money, and also fl. 5. 17. additional as being a soldier he 
cannot be counted among the Burghers. 

At the request of Burgomasters, Pieter van Couwenhoven and Joan- 
nes van Brugh were commissioned by the Schepens to hear some persons 
on interrogatories. 

Ordered, on the rejoinder for Metje Wessels and Wemaer Wessels as 
guardian, against Govert Loockermans and Jacobus Backer, attomies of 



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the interested creditors of Reyndert Jansen Hoom : The W: Court order 
copy to be furnished to party and parties were ordered to desist from 
further production, to exchange their documents with each other and to 
produce by inventory at the next Court day their deduction and principal 
intendit. 

Ordered, on the reply of Janneke Heermans against Comelis Lange- 
velt: The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party, to rejoin there- 
unto by the next Court day. 

Ordered on the rejoinder of Mighiel Janzen against Walewyn van 
der Veen, attorney of Adriaan Blommaert: The W: Court order copy to 
be furnished to party and parties were ordered to desist from further pro- 
duction, to exchange with each other their papers and to produce their 
deduction and principal intendit by inventory on the next Court day. 

Ordered on the answer of Jacobus Vis against Joannes Withart: 
The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereunto at 
the next Court day. 

ORDINANCE FOR THE BAKERS, ACCORDING TO WHICH TO BAKE THEIR 

BREAD. 

One whole wheaten loaf must weigh Eight pounds. 

One half ditto Four pounds. 

One whole rye loaf. Eight pounds. 

One half ditto Four pounds. 

One white loaf of ten stivers Two pounds. 

One ditto five stivers One pound. 

Rolls or Rusks (achierlingen) must weigh two pounds and not less; 
halves in proportion and all this until further order; and N. N. is hereby 
ordered by Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of this City to regulate 
himself accordingly on the penalty pursuant to Placard, and to mark his 
baked bread with a particular mark, on the forfeiture of the bread, which 
shall be found unmarked together with a fine of twenty five guilders; and 
farther to bring to the Secretary of this City, within three times four and 
twenty hours the stamp, with which he intends to mark his bread. Done 
at Amsterdam in N. Netherland in the Court of Schout Burgomasters 
and Schepens, at this City Hall the 25^ March i66i. 



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Tuesday 29. March. 1661. In the City HalL Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulas L. van der Grift, Timothens 
Gabry, Joannes van Brugh, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. The 
Officer concludes, that deft shall be forbidden to tap for six months, for 
having entertained three or four persons after setting of the watch at ten 
o'clock at night, and further to pay a fine of 25 ^. for having struck the 
negress of Cristjmtje Capoens, so that she fell to the ground: all with 
costs. Deft, says, that those who were found in his house after setting of 
the watch were his lodgers; offering to prove it, and that they had eaten 
nothing, as the victuals were not yet ready. Joris Dopzen being ordered 
to produce his proof, appears exhibiting it in writing, which being read, 
the Officer requests copy thereof. Regarding the striking of the negress 
of Crist3mtje Capoens, the deft, says: * Burgomasters and Schepens allow 
the Officer copy of the declaration. 

Jacob Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Comeliz. Teunizen, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, delivery of one hundred skepels of bar- 
ley. Deft, says, he sold no barley to pltf. Pltf. says, that one Reyer 
Comelissen, the miller, bought the barley for him whom he must also 
satisfy therefor, and that deft, had also agreed to deliver him the barley; 
offering to prove the same by Jacobus Vis and Arien van Laar, who heard 
the same. The W: Court order Jacob Wolfertsen van Couwenhoven to 
prove by next Court day, that deft, agreed to deliver him the barley, 
which his miller had purchased. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
per balance of a/c exhibited in Court one hundred and fifty four guilders, 
fifteen stivers, and says he cannot receive any final a/c from deft. Solo- 
mon La Chair as att'y of the deft., requests copy of the demand. Bur- 
gomasters am Schepens grant deft, copy of demand, to answer thereunto 
by the next Court day. 

Romein Servyn, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, sixteen guilders according to obligation, with costs. Deft says, he 
accepted this for his man servant; requests eight days time. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order the deft, to pay pltf. the sixteen guilders in 
the time of eight days, with costs. 

^ Omitted in the original. 



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Simon Hermzen Cort, arrestant and pltf. v/s Joannes de la Mon- 
tague, arrested and deft. Pltf. says, that his chest with carpenters tools 
stands in the defts. house, from which he missed one thing and the other. 
Requests his chest and tools back. Deft, shews an acte^ whereby the 
chest and tools stand attached, also the protest made against him and the 
contract of the building. Which having been read to pltf., he says, that 
deft, got the contract from him, when he was drunk. Burgomasters and 
Schepens refer the matter in question to Symon Janzen Romeyn and 
Adolff Pietersen, to decide the parties' differences, to reconcile the same 
if possible, if not to report to the Court their decision, and the arrest re- 
mains so long valid until the matter is disposed of. 

Arien Symonsen, pltf. v/s Pieter J. Noorman, deft. Defts. a"? 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, forty guilders for one mizen mast. 
The W: Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this 
City. 

Adam Bremer, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarzen, deft. Pltf. as att'y for 
Douwe Classen demands from deft, nineteen guilders sixteen stivers, re- 
questing quick expedition as he is going to the North Deft, acknow- 
ledges to be indebted to Douw Clazen; offers to pay on receiving receipt. 
The W. Court order Frerick Aarzen to pay the pltf. the nineteen guilders, 
sixteen stivers, and after payment Adam Bremer is ordered to deliver to 
the deft, authentic copy of the procuration and acquittance for the 
receipt. 

Jan Hendrickzen van Bommel, pltf. v/s Claas Arenzen's wife and 
Styntje Jans, wife of Jan Ariaanzen, defts. Pltf. demands, that defts. 
shall be further heard and examined on oath by the W. Court of this 
City, or by Commissioners to be appointed thereto, on certain written 
articles to be produced. Burgomasters and Schepens having considered 
the request appoint Timotheus Gabry and Jan Vigne to hear the defts. 
on certain articles put in writing. 

Teunis Cray, pltf. v/s Claas van Elslant, the Younger, deft. Pltf's 
wife appearing in Court demands from deft. 35 gl. 12 stiv. Deft, ac- 
knowledges to owe something, saying it is worth looking after and he will 
pay the pltf. what balance is due him, assigning him to Jan Ariaanzen. 
The W : Court refer the matter in question to Hendrick Janzen van der 
Vin and Hendrick Kip, old Schepens of this City, to take up the a/cs of 



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parties and whatever they found the deft, owed to pltf. the deft, wis 
ordered to satisfy and pay the pltf. retainiDg bis action agxinit Jan 
Ariaanzen. 

Soloroon La Chair, airestant and pltf. v/s Jan Teunisscn, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demand that arrest be valid. Bnigo- 
masters and Schepens declare the arrest valid. 

Schepen Piet^ Wolferzen van Couwenboven and Simon Felle, pitfs. 
v/s Daniel Toumeur, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jacques Litare, pltf. v/s Gysbert Comelisen, deft. Deft, in defanlt. 

Wemaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Coraelis van Gesel, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Joost Goderus, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzeo, deft. Deft, in default. 

Abraham van Nas appears in Court representing in writing that some 
papers and documents relative to the residuary estate of Isaack Allerton * 
the Elder, remain with him, which he wishes to be rid of; and whereu 
he does not know, who are appointed curators over the said Ailerton's 
residuary estate, he addresses himself to the W. Court of this City, re- 
questing to know to whom he is to apply in order to deliver over by 
inventory his papers and documents, on condition of receiving fl. 65. 4. 
commission money. On which request is ordered: Petitioner has to 
address himself to the W: Heer Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Goveit 
Loockermans, Joris Wolsey and Jan Lauwereoce, curators of the tesid- 
uary estate of Isaack Allerton, the elder, appointed by this W: Coon: 
and whereas the abovenamed curators have no acte of authorization, the 
Secretary is hereby empowered to furnish them with the same. 

ACTE OF AUTHORIZATIOII. 

Whereas the W: Heer Paulus L. van der Grift, Govcrt Loockermans, 
Joris Wolsey and Jan Lauwrens were chosen and appointed by the W: 
Court of this City on the date 16 Decerob' 1659 as curators of the resid- 
uary estate of Isaack Allerton, the elder, deceased, and no acte of 
authorization has been given them to this day, Therefore the abovenamed 
curators are hereby authorized and qualified, by the W. Court aforesaid, 
lo regulate, according to the condition of affairs, the aforesaid residuary 
estate, so that each one may obtain, what is belonging to him. D<Hie 
Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 29 March 1661. By Order etc. 
* On« <rf the MaTflower POgriBi, 



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Johannes Vervelen appears in Court and requests to be allowed to 
sell the chest and goods of Antony Baguyn being under attachment at the 
City Hall, for a claim according to agreement made in conformity to de- 
cision of arbitrators before the Secretary Joannes Nevius and witnesses, 
dated 2. April 1660. Burgomasters and Schepens order Joannes Ver- 
velen to summon his party by the next Court day and to institute his 
action against him. 

Annetje Hendricks, wife of Ryck Hendricksen, requests by petition, 
that Jan Hendricksen van Bommel, her party, may be ordered to ex- 
change within twice 24 hours, the papers made use of in the suit against 
her, according to order dated 8 March last; whereupon was Ordered: — 
Party herein shall be ordered to exchange within three times four and 
twenty hours, the vouchers, papers and documents used in the suit 
against her. 

On the petition of Annetje Hendirck, wife of Ryck Hendricks, Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens order Jan Hendricksen van Bommel to exchange, 
within three times four and twenty hours, the vouchers, documents and 
papers, used in the suit against the abovenamed Annetje Hendricks. 
Done Amsterdam in N. Netherl'd the 39^ March 1661. By order etc. 

Ordered on the reply of Joannes Withart ag'st Jacobus Vis: The 
W: Court direct copy hereof to be furnished to party to rejoin thereunto 
at the next Court day. 

On the rejoinder of Cornells Langevelt against Janneke Heermans, 
ordered: The W: Court direct copy to be furnished to party and parties 
are ordered to desist from further production, to exchange their papers 
with each other, and to produce their deduction and intendit by inventory 
on the next Court day. 

Tuesday 3. May 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Timotheus Gabry, 
Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

The Fiscaal Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s Claas Martenzen, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Hans Stein, arrestant and pltf. v/s Claas Pieterzen Cos, arrested and 
deft. Arrest valid. 

Anthony Janzen van Vaas, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Smitt, deft. 



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Pltf . exhibits an a/c for the sum of twenty six guilders for costs and loss 
of time, caused to him by deft. Whereas the dispute between the parties 
consists mainly about division of a lot, the case was therefore referred by 
Burgomasters and Schepens to Daniel Van Donck and Abraham Jansen 
carpenter to discuss the matter in presence of the Surveyor and to recon- 
cile parties if possible ; if not to render a report of their action to the Court. 

Govert Loockermans, arrestant and pltf. v/s Lauwrens Andriesen,* 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, two hundred guilders for 
the lot, on which he built, deducting what he has paid thereon, according 
to the tenor of the Church book. Deft, acknowledges the debt; requests 
time 'till harvest. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to pay the 
pltf., the arrest remaining in the meanwhile valid. 

Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven and Symon Felle, pltfs. v/s Daniel 
Toumeur, deft. Defts. 2^ default. Pltfs. as attomies for Adriaan Vin* 
cent demand 53 gl. 10 stiv. from the deft The W: Court order the deft, 
to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Bruyn, the mason, pltf. v/s Geertje Stoffels, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 38., belonging to Hendrick Janzen Spiers attached in her 
hands, and says that she agreed to pay him. Deft, says, that others also 
claim the money. The W: Court order the deft, to pay the 28 ^. 

Schepen Jan Vigne, arrestant and pltf. v/s Boutje, arrested and deft. 
Pltf. says, that he bought wood from Tomas Higgens and paid for the 
same, who shewed him the wood, and that deft, prevents him from re- 
moving it. Deft, says, that the wood belongs to him and that his son cut 
it. Burgomasters and Schepens order the deft, to prove by the next Court 
day, that the wood belongs to him. 

Jacques Cosseau, pltf. v/s Jemima Moreau, deft. Pltf. complains 
against deft, for having injured him, telling first certain circumstances, 
how it came, and demands as she had no cause thereto, that she shall fall 
on her knees and ask forgiveness of God, Justice and him, and pay, 
moreover, to the poor at the discretion of the W: Court; with costs. 
Deft, denies to have injured the pltf. Pltf. undertakes to prove it The 

^ The deft in this case purchased, Octbr. 13, 1660, from the Chvrdiwwdeiii a loC 
on the West tide of Broadway, North of the then Chvichyard be t ween Morris and Rector 
Streets. It ran W. to the river, baring 43 feet front by 15 rods, Dntdi, or 195 feet 
length. Valentine, Manual, 1865, 676. 



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W: Court order parties on both sides to institute their action in writing by 
the next Court day. 

Jacques Renau, pltf. v/s Jacques Cosseau, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, a letter of discharge and contract. Deft, says, that pltf. owes 
him still ten guilders and whenever he pays him he shall give him a re- 
ceipt. Burgomasters and Schepens allow pltf. to have a copy of contract 
at his own expence, and to obtain a discharge on paying deft. 

Jacques Lytare, pltf. v/s Gysbert Teunissen, deft. Pltf. says, he 
cleared some of the deft's land; requests permission to plant thereon. 
Deft, says, he has not cleared the land, but only cut the bark off the 
trees, and left the trees lie on the land, without clearing the same. The 
W. Court order pltf. to prove his statement. 

Couzyn Gerrizen, pltf. v/s Ryck Hendricksen, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, agreed to saw timber for a wainscot for him, which he will not do 
now. Deft, says, that the other, who sawed with him, has left; acknow- 
ledging to have agreed with him. The W. Court order deft, to saw the 
timber agreed for, according to contract. 

Willem Abrahamzen, pltf. v/s Robbert Roelanzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, seventeen beavers and a half with interest for the half 
of a house sold to him. Deft, acknowledges the debt, but says he 
occupied it and counts the rent against the interest. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order parties to account with and to pay one another; dismiss 
them as well from rent as from interest. 

Robbert Roelanzen, pltf. v/s Jacob Janzen Moesman, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, two hundred and forty two guilders in beavers for 
wages. Deft, answers in writing, that pltf. and his comrade have not 
performed the work agreed on. Requests that the damage be made 
good, which he suffered thereby. Pltf. says the work is completed. 
Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Abraham 
Qock and Frans Janzen van Hooghten, to inspect the work and to see, 
if it be finished according to contract; if not to order that what is wanting 
be performed. 

Hendrick Janzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Aaltje Mareschal, deft. Deft, in 
default. Whereas on a claim for rent pltf. has attached defts goods on 
board his vessel, the attachment was acknowledged valid by the W: 
Cooft, and pltf. is ordered to cite the deft, again. 



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Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Wessel Geraaitzen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft. fl. 43. 10. and says he has attached the money in the 
hands of Secretary van Ruyven. Deft's wife appearing in Court says, 
the money is lifted. Burgomasters and Schepens order pltf. to summon 
Wessel Geraartsen again. 

Lieve Ottensen, pltf. v/s Cornells van Gesel, deft. Pltf. by virtue 
of a procuration from Barent van Wely demands from deft, payment of 
eight hhds. of wine sold for D* Welius, late Minister at the South river. 
Deft, acknowledges to have sold the wine; requests copy and says, he has 
an offset a/c to shew and that he has left his papers at home in the South 
River. Burgomasters and Schepens allow deft, a copy, and order him to 
answer within six weeks time. 

Aris Otte, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the monies belonging to Evert Dircksen van As amounting to 
one hundred and twenty five guilders, attached in his hands. Deft, says, 
he rec' on a/c of Evert Dircksen van As fifteen and one third skepels of 
wheat amounting to seventy five guilders, and paid for freight two 
guilders five stivers, delivering the balance being seventy two guilders 
fifteen stivers into the hands of the W. Court. And further, that Slinger- 
landt must pay the remainder. The W: Court order, that fl. 73. 15 shall 
remain in deposit and that the pltf. shall summon Evert Dircksen. 

Hendrick van Doesburgh and Comelis Hendricksen, pltfa v/s Arien 
Janzen Visser, deft. Pltfs. demand from deft, twelve guilders, which he 
deducted from them on a/c of a fine. Deft, says, he paid the Fiscaal 
four pounds flemish as well in fish as seawant and that he told him, they 
must make good their part and gave him a certificate thereof under his 
hand, but that he lost it. The W. Court order pltfs. to pay the deft, three 
guilders, as they fished together, each for his share in the fine. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Bartelt Sybranzen, deft. Pltf. de^ 
mands from deft, payment of the costs of the suit he had against him. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having examined the judgment find, that pltf. 
made no demand for costs, nor that deft, was condemned in any costs; 
dismiss therefore pltfs suit. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Jonas Willemzen, deft. Pltf. de> 
mands from deft. fl. 61. 13. 8 according to a/c. With costs. Deft, says 
he passed an obligation to pltf. for fl. 31. 10. and knows nothing of the 



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rest, and the obligation is paid. Pltf. is asked, if he furnished the deft 
an a/c. ? Answers Yes and allovred him also to look in his book and he 
promised to pay him, which he has not done. The W: Court order pltf. 
lo furnish deft, with particulars of a/c for thirty one guilders, ten stivers 
and besides the a/c exhibited to bring his book with him at the next Court 
day. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Seletje Arens, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 355 : 10. according to a/c. Deft, acknowledges the debt, but has 
paid thereon fl. 30. to Jacobus Vis. The W. Court order deft, to pay 
pltf. in six weeks on deducting what has been paid thereon. 

Asser Levy, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen van Hooghten, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, has agreed to build a house for Wessel (Eversen) the fisher, 
which must be finished by May and to this time the agreement is without 
effect, and whereas he has hired the same house from the abovenamed 
Wessels and cannot occupy it, he claims the damage he shall suffer 
thereby, as he must remain so long in another man's house. Deft, says, 
he undertook the house, but for no time and must moreover wait for the 
materials to make the roof tight: he has spoken to Wessel Evertsen about 
them, who gave him for answer, he could not bring them so soon. Pltf. 
sajrs, he laid the roof on long ago, and that deft, went to other work 
leaving that stand. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to go to the 
work and remain there until it be finished, without working on another. 

Resten (?) Janzen, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Meyer, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, thirty guilders for a canoe loaned to deft, and fallen in pieces, 
and seven ® eight guilders, for which he had hired the canoe. Deft, 
acknowledges to have had the canoe and that the same was broke in 
pieces, but told the pltf. to look for another, whereupon he answered, he 
would have no canoe. The W. Court refer the matter to Arien Dircksen 
and Lambert Hendricksen Mol to reconcile parties. 

Arien Symonsen, pltf. v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft. Pltf. as attorney 
of . . . again demands from deft, payment of . . . shewing a 
letter from Cristiaan Blanck written by order of his mother. Deft, says, 
he bought not the cloth for him. The W: Court order the pltf. to exhibit 
on the next Court day, the a/cs, documents and papers relating to the 
case. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Andrees Rees, deft. Pltf. demands of 



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dcA. ft. >7. balapcc of a/c Deft i^rs, be ooljr own four tmu of beer. 
Phf. replies, that be famished d^t with an a/c for pajment, vfaicb be 
imdeitook tinri^r hie own " gf f^ rf The W: Court order parties to tft tif 
finally vidt each other, and defL was mdefcd to pay pltf. what be owes 

Jan Snedin^ pltf. ▼/> Hans Vos, deft Pltf. demands from deft 
fifty nine gnildcis for board which his child consttmed widi him, promii- 
ing to pay fifteen goilden every month. Deft, s^s he cannot do it so 
•ooo. The W. Conrt order deft to pay the phf. according to contract 

Hans Stein, pltf. t/b Lodow^ Poa, deft Deft in default 

Hendrick Janzen ran dcr Vin, pltf. v/s Aiis Otte, deft Deft in 
default 

Anneke van Borssom, pltf. v/s Abraham Jacobzen, deft Both in 



Jacomyntie Godems, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, deft Both in default 

Hendrick Lamberzen Hoi, pltf. v/s Jonas Willemzen, deft Pltf. in 
default 

Geer^e Stoffels, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft Deft in default 

Albert Pieterzen, trumpeter, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaasen Duyrelant, deft 
Deft in default. 

Hans Steio, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft Deft in default. 

Albert Meyer, pltf. v/s Roeloff Janzen, deft Both tn default. 

Gecrtje Corssen, pltf. v/s Jeremias Janzen, deft. Deft, in default 

Hetje Wessels, pltf. v/i Jan Ariaanzen Duyvelant Deft in default. 

Met)e Wessels, pltf. v/s Trynlje Heimans, deft Deft, in default 

Hetjie Wessels, pltf. v/s Lucas Hendrickzen, drummer, deft. Deft 
in default 

Tryntje Hendricksen, pltf. v/s Giytje van den Ham, deft Both in 
default. 

Jan Hendricksen van Guntt, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarzen, deft. Both 
in default 

Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, pltf. v/s Willem Simson, deft Both in 
default. 

Sclctjc Arens, pltf. v/s Jan Lauwerens, deft Parties' case was post- 
poned to a future occasion. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Hillegond Jons, deft. Deft in default. 



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Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Joghim Beekman, deft. Deft, in default. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Jacomyntje Godenis, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Jan Snedingh, pltf. v/s Jan Smedens, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven appears in Court; exhibits proof, that Cor<* 
nelis Teunissen promised to deliver the grain in question, which Reyer 
Comelissen, miller, bought for him from said Comelis Teunissen. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order Jacob van Couwenhoven to summon Comelis 
Teuniss again. 

On the rejoinder of Jacobus Vis against Joannes Withart, ordered: — 
The W: Court direct copy to be furnished to party, and parties were 
ordered, to desist from further production, to exchange with each other 
their papers; and to produce their deduction and principal intendit with 
inventory on the next Court day. 

Tuesday, lo? May 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Jan 
Vigne. 

Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven, and Symon Felle v/s Daniel 
Toumeur, deft. Defts. 3I default. Pltfs. as attomies of Adriaen Vin- 
cent demand from deft, fifty three guilders. Burgomasters and Schepens 
condemn the deft, as he has not appeared on three summons, to pay 
pltfs. in the quality in which they act, the fifty three guilders. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Tryntje Heimans, deft. Defts. 2^ default. 
The W. Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of 
this City. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Lucas Hendriclu. drummer, deft. Defts. 
second default. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the money with the 
Secretary of this City. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen Duyvelant, deft. Defts. af 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and thirty six guilders 
for board and spent money. The W. Court order deft, to deposit the 
money with the Secretary of this City. 

Geertje Stoffels, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. 2"^ default. 
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according to oUigztioB, dated la. Sqit^ 165*, for wato and nerclundue 
ddmred. The W: Covrt order Ae dcfL to dcpont Ae monej with the 
Secretai7 of this City. 

Hans Stein, {dtf. t/s Lodovyck Pos, d^L Etefts. xT* drfanh. Pltf . 
dcnunds from defL foity one goildera. The W. Coon order deft to de- 
posit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Hans Stdn, |rftf. t/s wmera DoecUes, defL Defts. ^ defaalL 
Pltf. demands from defL fifty goUders. The W. Coart order defL to 
deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Cots Janzen, [ritf. t/s Jeiemias Jauen, ddt. Defts. x^ defoolL 
ntfs. wife appean in Court demanding fnHn defL seven goQdeis. The 
W: Court order defL to deposit the money with the Secretary of this Qty. 

Hans Stein, pltf. t/s Jacob Vis, d^L DefL in default Phf. de- 
mands, that defL shall be ordered to answer die a/c furnished him. 
Burgomasters and Scbepens order Jacobus Vb to answer the a/c fur- 
nished him by Hans Stein, on the next Court day, on pain of nonsuit 

Mattheos de Vos, pltf. t/s Aris Otte, defL Pltf., as atty of Wtllem 
Teller, concludes, that the attachment on the seventy two guilders, fifteen 
stivers deposited with the W: Court by Heodrick Jansen, baker, be de- 
clared valid, as the deft is still ^indebted for rent since i' Hay 1659 the 
sum of fl. 144. 9. in beavers, and fl. 44. 9 in seawant, and therefore the 
deft, in all justice has deserved an immediate execution ; and requests 
that he be admitted to lift the fl. 73. 15 in deduction of the aforesaid 
onder security de rcstitveitdo, if hereafter the same may be found proper. 
Deft, says, he is to order Arien Symonsen, who goes to Fort Orange, to 
pay one hundred guilders for him to Willem Teller. Burgomasters and 
Schepens grant Hattheus de Vos hb request to lift the monies on security. 

Lieve Ottes, anestaot and pltf. v/s Comelis van Gesel, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. as attorney of Barent van Wely concludes, as he had caused 
deft, to be arrested, that the arrest shall stand good, until deft shall have 
shewn and exhibited him counter reckoning of the eight hbds of wine 
sold for D^ Welius, late Preacher in the South River; (as he b not bound, 
according to the lites contestatio, to follow to the deft's jurisdiction) or 
to give- tiiiflicient security for the judgment, with costs. Deft requests by 
petition, that the arrest shall be declared invalid, and he, petitioner, be 
nltowvd 10 depart free of costs and damage, in order to fulfill the order of 



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the W: Court of thb City; further so that he may suffer no injury in his 
other affairs. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that the arrest shall 
stand good or that deft, shall give bail to produce to pltf . within six weeks 
counter a/c of the eight hhds of wine. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Tomas Willemzen, deft. Pursuant 
to the order of the last Court day pltf. produces particulars of a/c. 
against the deft. ; also ^is .book, from which he took the a/c. Deft, 
denies the debt. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to bring in, 
what he has against it by the next Court day, on pain of deprival of his right. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Wessel Gerrizen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 43. in seawant according to obligation with costs, for 
divers goods sold to him. Deft, acknowledges the debt ; promises pay- 
ment but says, that pltf. must yet have patience. The Worship^ Court 
order the deft, to pay pltf. according to obligation, within the time of six 
weeks with costs. 

Rutger Jacobzen, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Whereas there is 
a difference between the][pltf. and deft, about a/cs, pltf. requests, that 
the W: Court commission two arbitrators in the [presence of one or two 
from the Bench. 

In the matter of question and difference of a/c between Rutger 
Jacobsen and Joannes Withart, the W: Court appoint Tymotheus Gabry 
and Jeronimus Ebbinck, Schepens of this City, and Joannes de Peister 
and Jacobus Backer, old Schepens, to discuss the same and decide as they 
shall find the same just in equity. 

Gcertruyt Wyngaart, pltf. v/s Gele3m Verplanck, deft. Pltf. requests 
by petition, that deft, shall be obliged to marry her, the petitioner, inas- 
much as he had so far seduced her, with faii^words and promises, that he 
had carnal conversation with her, and she is pregnant with child by him: 
or by refusal, to pay her, for the defloration, a sum of six hundred 
guilders in beavers, one hundred guilders for the expence of her lying in, 
and one hundred guilders a year for the child's aliment, in aforesaid pay; 
and whereas deft, is a bachelor, that he shall give suflicient bail for the 
yearly maintenance of the child, demanding costs, in case of suit. Deft, 
demands copy. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party, to 
answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

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present, was brou^t in by ^e Court Messenger , in the name of the W: 
Conrt. On S4>pearing the written demand of pltf. was read to him, 
whereupon he says, he has not nor had any goods of Boudewjn van 
Nienwlandty whereupon he is or dered, at phTs request, to purge himsdf 
thereof on oath. Therenpon he states^ that he had some goods, but that 
soch were giren him by Boadewjn in payment of the sum of fi. 550, 
which he owed him. Was further asked, what and how much he re- 
ceived for the goods. Answers, about the aforesaid sum, without further 
naming the description. Burgomasters and Schepens order Gerrit van 
Tri^t within four and twenty hours from date, to place in the hands of 
the Secretary of this City particulars of the wares and merchandize, given 
him by Boudewyn van Nieuvdandt, also of outstanding debts, actions, 
credits belcmging to the aforesaid Boudewyn, and left with him and 
where the same remain (xmveyed to, on pain of imprisonment. 

The Schout, Pieter Tonneman, pltf . v/s Jeremias Janzen and Marten 
van Waart, defts. The Heer Officer demands from each of the defts. a 
fine of fifty guilders for street riots and fighting, which they defts. had 
and committed with each other by ni|^t and at unseasonable times, at the 
house of Hendrick Hendricks Obe and in the street, according to proofs 
produced thereof with costs. 

Defts. deny it: Jeremias Janxen acknowledging, that he had threat- 
ened Marten van Waart, but did not strike nor assault him. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having seen and understood the Officer*s demand 
and the produced declarations find, that defts. committed great insolence, 
noise and uproar by night and at unseasonable hours, as well at Hendrick 
Hendricksen Obe's house as in the street; yea so much that many sprung 
out of bed, opened doors ^d windows, not knowing what was doing, 
which cannot and ought not to be tolerated ; therefore condemn the 
defts. for their perpetrated insolence each in a fine of thirty six guilders 
to be applied as is proper; all with costs, charging them not to repeat it 
henceforward or that it shall be provided against 

Daniel van Donck, ptlf. v/s Andrees Haas, deft. Deft, in default. 

Qaas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Josep. Waldron, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Hennen Douzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 



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Romeyn Servyn, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auwerick, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Ordered on the answer of Jemima Moreau against Jacques Cosseau: 
— ^The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party to answer thereunto 
at the next Court day. 

On the petition of Wessel Evertsen against Frans Janzen van Hoogh* 
ten, ordered: — ^The W. Court order copy to be furnished to party to 
answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Ordered on the petition of Jan Gillis, the young^, requesting 
attachment on the monies of the Heer d'Hinojossa in the hands of 
Francois de Bruyn, also a legal order: — ^The W: Court declares the 
arrest valid. 

The dispute between Jan Lauwrens and Andries Joghimsen was by 
the W: Court referred to the Road Inspectors and Surveyor to decide the 
same and to reconcile parties if possible; otherwise to report their action 
to the Court. 

Metje Wessels is hereby ordered by the W. Court of this City, if she 
pretends to have any claim on Reynier Willemsen, baker, on a/c of her 
son to summon him by the next Court day instituting her action. 

Ordered on the judgment between Jan Snedingh against Hans Vos, 
dated 3 May last: — ^The Bailiff is ordered to put these in execution. 

Whereas divers suits are depending in Court, it is therefore ordered 
by the W: Bench, that the following be communicated to each; as to Jan 
Hendricksen van Bommel contra Annetje Hendricksen, wife of Ryck 
Hendricksen; Metje Wessels v/s- Govert Loockermans and Jacobus 
Backer attomies of the interested creditors of Reyndert Jansen Hoom; 
Comelis Langevelt v/s Janneke Heermans; Walewyn van der Veen v/s 
Mighiel Janzen; Jacobus Vis v/s Joannes Withart. 

N: N: is hereby ordered by the W: Court of this City to produce by 
inventory on the next Court day, his vouchers, papers and documents in 
the suit against N: N: Done etc. 

Thursday, 12? May 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony^ 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh. 

Marten van Waart, prisoner of the Officer, coming forward is ex- 



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amined on some interrogatories and is granted fouf and twenty hours 
more for reflection. 

ORDER. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman is hereby ordered by the W: Heeren 
Burgomasters and Schepens to bring from the house of the prisoner Mar- 
ten van Waart all the beavers, otters, panthers and raccoon skins and 
others remaining there according to inventory made thereof; also the 
silver spoons; keeping all the same in his charge at his house until further 
order. 

Saturday 14 May 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh. 

The prisoner Marten van Waart, entering, and the Puncta Interrcga- 
Horns proposed to him on the 12^ instant being again asked him, he 
answers as before; whereupon he was again asked, why he sent a note to 
the Heer Comelis Steenwyck, informing him therein, that all the beavers 
which lay in his garret belonged to the abovenamed Heer Steenwyck ? 
Answers thereto, that he was not aware, that the beavers which lay under 
the raccoon skins had been found. Answers to the sixth article read to 
him, that he was half drunk, when he took the spoons, and laid them the 
next morning under the kettle. The prisoner, under threats of being 
placed on the rack, was asked where he got die silver-handled knife? 
Answers, persisting in his confession. 

Tuesday, 17. May 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus 
Ebbinck. 

Madaleen Hanzen, pltf. v/s Joannes de Decker, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Willem Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Schepen Timotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, one hundred and thirty eight guilders, two stivers, 
arising from a balance of goods sold at public auction, deducting the 
commission. Deft, says, that he has spoken to Tomas Hall about the 
payment, who answered him, that he had an a/c with Willem Pieterzen. 



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Burgomasters and Schepens order Tymotheus Gabry to pay Willem 
Pietersen. 

Schepen Timotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Tomas Hall, deft. Pltf. de» 
mands from deft, sixty guilders, fifteen stivers for goods bought of 
Willem Pietersen at public auction, with costs. Deft, says, that he has 
an a/c. with Willem Pietersen and must have more from him. The W: 
Court order the deft, to pay pltf. the sixty guilders, fifteen stivers. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Skipper Jacob Janz. Staat, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, indemnity for the damage of five bundles of 
fine line rope, twenty five bundles fine line marline, and ten bundles of 
hoisting rope. Deft, says, that he laid it safe and dry and no water could 
come to it, by which it could be injured, taking as witnesses two of his 
crew, who appearing declared in like manner. The W. Court refer the 
matter in question to Schepen Comelis Steenwyck and Pieter Jacobsen 
Emilius, skipper of the ship the Hope^ to discuss the matter and to recon- 
cile parties if possible; if not, to render a report of their action to the 
Court. 

Daniel van Donck, pltf. v/s Andries de Haas, deft. Defts. 2^** de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and thirty guilders eight 
stivers in beavers and two hundred and eighty guilders eleven stivers 4 
pennies in seawant by acd requesting payment. The W. Court order 
deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Reinier the baker, deft. Pltf. demands pay* 
ment of deft, according to decision of arbitrators on question about her 
son. Deft, produces an a/c against her son. Whereas the papers are 
not present, nothing is done in the case. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. 3'^' default Pltf. 
demands from deft, forty one guilders, with costs. Whereas deft, has 
not appeared on three summons, the W. Court order him to pay pltf. with 



Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, fifteen guilders sixteen stivers with costs. Deft, says, that Arien van 
Laar has deducted a crown from him, which he paid pltf. for him; also 
five guilders, which another must pay. Pltf. replies and says, that the 
crown is deducted and he has agreed to pay the five guilders. The W. 
Court order deft, to pay pltf. with costs. 



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Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Claas Pietersen Cos, deft Defts. 2^ default. 
Pltf . demands from deft, fifteen guilders eighteen stivers. The W. Court 
order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Geertje Stoffels, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. 3*? default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and fifty guilders in beavers ac- 
cording to obligation dated 12 Sept! 1652, for goods and merchandizes 
delivered. The W: Court order deft, to pay the pltf., as he has not 
appeared after three summons. 

Merritje Jacobs, pltf. v/s Greetje Frericks, deft. M' Jacob Varre- 
vanger appears in Court demands from deft, three beavers and two thirds, 
loaned to her : with costs. Deft, says, that it was promised to her to earn 
the money. Pltf. says, that the chairs, which her husband made for him, 
are not worth the money. Deft, produces an a/c. against the pltf. for 
the sum of fifteen guilders, sixteen stivers. Pltf. undertakes to pay it, 
demanding payment of the beavers. The W: Court order the deft, to pay 
the pltf. the three beavers and two thirds, and pltf. was ordered to pay 
the deft, the fifteen guilders and sixteen stivers. 

Jacob Leenderzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Pltf. says, deft, sold 
him two cows heavy with calf, and one has a calf and the other not; de^ 
manding therefore another cow with calf, in its place. Deft, acknow- 
ledges to have sold him two cows, but spoke of no calves; also does not 
know, whether they were with calf or not. The W: Court refer the matter 
in question to Eghbert Woutersen and Mighiel Jansen, to reconcile parties 
if possible; if not to report their action to the Court. 

Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Francois Douty, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, on agreement twenty guilders for fraud in the payment of 
excise on two barrels of cider, committed by an Englishman, for whom 
the deft, became bail. Deft, says, he is forbidden to pay by the Fiscaal 
de Sille, as well as by Resolveert Waldron. Burgonusters and Schepcns 
dismiss the pltfs suit, as cider is hitherto not subject to any border 
duty, and further order him not to collect any excise therefrom, before 
he has petitioned for and obtained the same. 

Arien Symonsen, pltf. v/s Bafent Cruytdop, deft Pltf. demands by 
virtue of a procuration from Aagie Blanck, widow of Hermen Blanck, the 
sum of fifty six guUders, seventeen stivers and eight pence Hollands cni^ 
for linen bought from her, according to a/c produced, exhibiting two 



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letters written thereupon, one to Barent Cruytdop and the other to him. 
Deft, again denies having bought and received the linen from her, offer- 
ing to confirm such on oath; also no bail remains for the payment; saying 
he was requested to bring some traders to her, as he had done, who had 
bought it and requests time till the arrival of the beaver, as he has written 
about it, whereunto he expects an answer. Burgomasters and Schepens 
grant deft, time 'till the coming of the beaver. 

Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, pltf. v/s Joost Carelzen, deft. Pltf. says, 
he bought a lot in company with deft, from Rachel van Tienhoven and 
afterwards ten additional feet, and that they had divided the same and 
agreed with each other that deft, should break up the little house, in 
which he resides, in which he remains in default. Deft, acknowledges, 
that he bought the lot in company with deft, and that there was a writing 
drawn about the removal of the little house, but that no time was speci- 
fied therein, and also that he could not accomplish it. The Officer con- 
cludes as Hendrick Lambertsen Mol called the deft, a liar before the 
Bench, that he be condemned in a fine of six guilders. Joost Carelsen 
being asked, how long a time he requires to remove the house, answers 
six weeks. Burgomasters and Schepens grant the deft, six weeks to re- 
move the house, and condemn the pltf. for his unbecoming language 
before the Bench, in a fine of six guilders to be paid to the Officer. 

Albert Alberzen, pltf. v/s Merritje Drepers, deft. Pltf. says, he 
sold deft, four kegs of herrings for thirty six guilders, two of which were 
open, and two closed, and says he sold them as they were. Deft, denies 
it. Pltf. calls on Madaleen Hansen, who appearing says, that Albert Al- 
berzen stated; there stand two kegs open and two shut, which I have 
not seen . I sell them as they stand. The W : Court order deft, to pay pltf. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Jonas Willemsen, deft. Pltf. 
shews, that he has notified deft, to answer the a/c, which he has against 
him for the sum of sixty one guilders thirteen stivers and a half. Deft, 
is asked, what he has to answer ? Says some stand outside, who must 
have drawn those goods; who entering, the a/c. item by item was read to 
them and whereas no correct answer was given thereto, pltf. was asked, if 
he were willing to confirm by oath, that his a/c. is fair ? Answers, Yes. 
Sach being stated to the deft, he says, if he will swear thereto, he will 
pay. The Officer having received Jan Jurriaanzen's oath, the deft. Jonas 



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WiJlemxa vacofdciedbjrtheWiCiMnttDaaaljad p^ Aepltf. ft. 6i. 
1^ 8. with coSs. 

Komein Sefryn jp pc jiin g is Conn rcq » m» m order on the BaOiff 
retire to the jndpaxt p ionw io ced againM Jmriea Jasaen, cooper, 
dated 39. Haicb. The W. Court onler the BaibS to pot dwM into 
ezemtiofi with coats. 

Oaaa Pieterzen appean ia Cont ediibiting tfae jodgraent dated 7. 
Dec 1660 Jgaiw^ Maiten ran Waait r^aiding a canoe, and die retnni 
of the Cottit KcsKnger tfacmpoo. Oidexed to keep the umc 

ii! Gernt van Tri^it reqoeats by petition, that Boadewyn van 
Nimvlaadt'a goods remaininc with liim, also the ofttstandins ddMs, ac- 
tions and credits maj be takoi Dp by the Seoetaiy Neniu or sotne other 
penon to be appointed by the W: Court, as soon as he dull have a 
schedule of his goods. On which reqaest it was ordered, fi^ in ptes- 
ence of Scbepen Pieter van Conwcnhoren. 

Ordered, on the reply of Jacques Cosscan »£■"»■* Jemima Moreao: 
— ^The W: Conrt order copy to be famished to party to rejoin thereunto 
at the next CooR day. 

On Hatthens de Vos' information, that be cannot arrange his p^>er* 
in the suit agaiut Uetje Wessels, it is ordered in the margin: — Time b 
granted to the next Court day. 

Ordered on the petition of Pieter Rudolfus, in which it is requested, 
that the Bailiff may be ordered to seize Pieter Jacobsen Buys* house in 
order to sell it by execution: — fiat. Sale to be on the 17 June next in 
the afternoon at four o'Clock at Hde Wessels house. 

Ordered on the answer of Jacob Vis against Hans Stein: — The W: 
Court order copy to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the 
next Court day. 

Ordered on the answer of Gelein Verplanck against Geftniydt Win- 
gers: — The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party to refdy there- 
unto at the next Court day. 

T)ie question, which Wessel Eversen has against Frans Janaen vaa 
Hooghten is referred by the W: Court to Sieur Nicolaas de Heyer and 
Robl'crt Roelantsen to examine the work of Frans Jansen, to decide par- 
tie*' dispute if possible, to reconcile the same, if not to report their acttoo 
to the Court. 



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Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Bru3m the Mason, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen Spiers, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

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

Comelis Steenwyck appears in Court requesting, that Ritzert Bullock, 
who is imprisoned for debt may be brought up, who entering is asked by 
the Heer Steenwyck, whether he does not still owe Mde Nueton a bal- 
ance of seventy eight guilders, fifteen stivers on a/c of one hundred 
and seventeen guilders ? Answers, Yes, which the Heer Steenwyck says 
he must pay him; asking him, when shall he pay him ? Answers, from 
the crop of tobacco. Whereupon the Heer says, he shall give bail; 
whereto he has no remedy. Therefore prompt payment is required and 
he is carried back to prison. 

The prisoner Marten van Waart entering was asked, in presence 
of the Heer Comelis Steenwyck, if he did not send a note to the said 
Heer, giving him thereby to know that all the beavers, which lay on 
his garret, belonged to him, Steenwyck; that he acknowledges; saying 
he did not think of the ten beavers, which lay under the raccoon skins. 
Whereupon dito Steenwyck says he is certain, that they belong to him 
and that his wife told him so yesterday evening, that she well knew, they 
must be his beavers as no body else had any beavers. The prisoner 
being taken away, Comelis Steenwyck requests restitution of the beavers 
and that the Magistrates would please have some consideration for hb [the 
prisbner's] friends and his wife, and not punish him according to his 
deserts. Whereupon was answered. It will be seen what shall be done. 

Thursday, the 19 May, 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Timotheus Gabry, 
Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Bmgh, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

The prisoner, Marten van Waart, brought in, the Officer, nomine 
pffidi^ enters his suit against the delinquent, concluding that for his com- 
mitted theft, he shall be brought to the place, where criminal justice b 
usually inflicted and there shall be well and publicly fastened to a stake, 
very severely scourged and further banished out this jurisdiction for the 

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tenn of 25 years and condemned in the costs and mises of josticey or all 
with costs. Which demand and conclusion being first read to him, he 
was asked, if he had any thing more in his case than he had acknow- 
ledged ? Answers, No, and he had acknowledged every thing he had 
done, and being read to him, he falls on his knees and begs for mercy 
and forgiveness and that he may not canse any scandal to his wife and 
friends, promising to demean himself henceforth honestly. Having been 
carried back to the place, whence he was brought, the case is debated by 
the W: Magistrates, the demand and conclusion of the OfiScer considered 
and weighed and the prisoner, by plurality of votes condemned to be 
privately whipped, banbhed ten years and condemned in the costs and 
mises of justice, which sentence is communicated to him. 

Hans Vos, deputy of the Officer, entering is asked why he let Ritzert 
Bullock escape ? Answers he could not help it; Was told to see, how he 
should be treated and is again conveyed to prison. 

Pieter Schaafbanck, jailer, entering is reprimanded for not having 
fastened the doors of the prison better; answers, as Hans Vos has his 
residence in the prison room, he cannot attend to the prisoners, who are 
confined there. He was ordered to place Hans Vos on bread and water. 

Saturday, 21 May i66z. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Jeroni- 
mus Ebbinck. 

The demand and conclusion entered against the prisoner Marten van 
Weert by the Officer Pieter Tonneman for his grave and shameful act of 
theft committed at various times and divers places according to his own 
voluntary confession and acknowledgment without torture or force; first 
having stolen seven or eight years ago a quantity of zeewan from the 
house of Pieter Kock dec*!; having stolen from Comelis Steenwycks house 
at divers times a quantity of otters and beavers together with some pieces 
of manufactured or Haarlem stuffs and a piece of fine napped cloth, 
also a piece of fine linen ; having lately stolen from Cristyntje Capoens' 
house at the feast or celebration of the marriage of Lauwerens van 
der Spygel and Sara Webbers, to which wedding he was invited, hadf a 
dozen silver spoons — ^being considered by the Magistrates of the Court— 



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all which cannot be properly tolerated in a well regulated place, where 
justice is administered, but must be corrected and punished as an exam- 
ple to others. Therefore the Court of this City administering justice in 
the name and on the behalf of the High and Mighty Lords States General 
of the United Netherlands, the Lords Directors of the Privileged West 
India Company and the Director General of New Netherlands condemn 
the abovenamed Marten Van Waart as they hereby do, that he shall be 
severely scourged with rods in a closed chamber, banished ten years out 
of this jurisdiction and further in the costs and mtses of justice. Thus 
done and adjudged at the Court of the W. Magistrates, Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the City Amsterdam in New Netherland the 21. May, 1661. 

P. L van der Grift, 
Allard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabry, 
Pieter Couwenhoven, 
Johannes van Brugh, 
Jeronimus Ebbinck. 
Abraham Verplanck appears in Court exhibiting to the Magistrates an 
acte of pardon to the following effect: — 
Honourable and Right Worthy Friends — 
Oat of consideration for the youth, through the intercession of friends 
and hope of improvement, the sentenced criminal Marten van Waart is 
excused and pardoned from the whipping, the banishment remaining, 
until proof and manifestation of reform. Done, Amsterdam in New 
Netherland 21. May 1661. Under Stood, Your affectionate friend, was 
subscribed P. Stuyvesant. 

Geertruydt Wingers appears in Court, saying she understands, that 
Geleyn Verplanck intends to depart for Fort Orange and whereas the 
sait is not yet at an end between her and him, requests that he may be 
condemned to remain until the matter shall be disposed of. Whereupon 
the following order was directed to be served on Gele3m: — At the request 
of Geertruydt Wingers Geleyn Verplanck is hereby ordered by the W: 
Court of this City not to leave for the Fortress Orange or elsewhere, be- 
fore and until the suit, which he has with Geertruydt Wingers shall be 
disposed of by the W: Court; or otherwise to put some one in his place, 
who shall defend his case. Done etc. 



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Abniuai Vcq^JDckictanii&glliaBkstiie liagktiatcs for die merdfnl 
jflflike dbewB to Maitm ran Weot, reqnots, dut ILutea oiaj be allowed 

^£0 to Sr^? *fh?ii-rk*f chaisber. wlucii was aaoted. 



Toeidaf, S4 lUj 1661. In ^e Gtj HalL Present die Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Panlns Leendenen ran der Grift, Allaid AndiODy, 
Timodieiis Gabry, Pieter ran Coowenhoven, Jenmimns EblMnck. 

Hendrick Janzen SpicfBy f^. t/s Joannes de Decker, deft. Mat* 
thetis de Vof appearing for the deft in Cooit, sajrs before the suit was 
infdtttted Joannes de Decker pleaded to him the exception dedinatorj, 
as not being amenable before this Bench, and if the pltf. had anj de* 
mand against him he must sue before the Diicctf General and Coondl. 
Bttrgomasters and Schepens gnmted 2^ default. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. t/s Wemaer Wessels, deft Pltf. sajs, 
that deft has injured him and accused him with being a forger, as by 
declaration thereof produced: demands reparation of character. Deft, 
denies having said so. Pltf. scolded him more than he did the pltf. : re* 
quests copy of the demand. The W. Court order copy to be furnished to 
pltf. to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jacob Janren Staat, pltf. v/s Eldert Jurriaanxen and Jan Jansen 
van Schorel, defts. Pltf. by virtue of procuration from Sieur Gnillielmo 
and Gio van der Voort dated 27 Decemb' 1660. demands from defts. the 
sum of one thousand and sixty guilders Holland cur^, which defts. had 
rec^ on bottomry according to bottcmiry bond. Defts. say, they intend 
returning home this year, and to satisfy said Guillielmo and Gio van der 
Voort, but, returning, say prefer to settle with the pltf. here and pay him, 
requesting arbitrators to reconcile them with each other. Burgomasters 
and Schepens refer the matter to Joannes van Brugh, Schepen of this City 
and Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this 
City, to discuss the same, to reconcile parties, and on decision and agree> 
ment the defts. were ordered to pay the pltf. in the quality, in which he 
acts, of which payment pltf. is ordered to pass an acquittance to the deft 
in due form. 

Daniel van Donck, pltf. v/s Andrees de Haas, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, one hundred and thirty guilders, eight stivers in beavers and 
two hundred and eighty guilders eleven stivers and four pence in seawan. 



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Deft, is asked, if he have any thing to object. Answers No; requests 
six weeks time. The W. Court order deft, to pay and satisfy the pltf. 
within six weeks time. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Spiers, deft. Pltf. as 
attorney of Jacob Schellinger demands of deft, one hundred and thirty 
guilders sixteen stivers, according to a/c. with costs. Deft, says, he has 
paid the a/c five years ago, requesting that should anything be found due to 
him by the aforesaid Schellinger, that pltf. should agree to pay it, promis- 
ing on his part to do the same, which the pltf. being asked, if he will 
agree to, Answers, Yes. The W. Court refer the matter in question to 
Joannes de Peister, old Schepen of this City and Daniel van Donck to 
take up the a/c of parties decide the same, and to reconcile them if pos- 
sible, if not to report their action to the Court. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Comelis Teunizen, deft. Defts. 
2I default. Pltf. demands again from deft, delivery of 150 skepels of 
barley. The W: Court order Comelis Teunissen to bring the barley in 
question into the consignment of this City. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Spiers, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, nine guilders ten stivers which he had accepted to pay 
for Jeems Bredy. Deft, denies it, saying that he stated, that if Jeems 
Bredy had so much to the good with him, that he then should pay it. 
The W. Court order Hans Dreper to prove that deft, has absolutely 
agreed to pay the fl. 9. 10. for Jeems Bredy. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, deft. Pltf. produces two 
di£Ferent declarations to the efifect that deft, knew that the herrings he 
sold his wife were no good. Deft, says, that he sold the herrings indiffer- 
ently as they were. Burgomasters and Schepens ask parties, if they will 
submit their cause to them, not as Judges but as Arbitrators ? Answer 
on both sides. Yes. Burgomasters and Schepens having weighed the 
matter decide, that Hans Dreper shall pay Albert Albersen for the her- 
rings in question twenty seven guilders, which was communicated to parties. 

Jan Grol, pltf. v/s Wolfert Webber, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
by procuration and a/c. the sum of one hundred and fourteen guilders, 
four stivers Holland cur'y for stone lime and cement. Deft, demands 
copy of a/c. The W: Court order copy of a/c to be furnished to party, 
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Robbert Roelantsen and Abraham Janzen, carpenters, pltfs. v/s 
Annetje Dircks, widow of Pieter Kock, deft. Pltfs. say, that they con- 
tracted to build a house for deft's deceased husband; but deft, has agreed 
for it with another: demand to do the work. Deft, says, that with the 
death of her husband the contract is also dead; maintaining, the may 
take up others. The W. Court order deft, to allow the pltfs. to build the 
house or to satisfy them. 

Willem Pietersen de Groot, pltf . v/s Schepen Pieter van Couwen- 
hoven, deft. Pltf. demands by virtue of a procuration and documents 
from the deft, in quality as curator of Jeems But, the sum of one hundred 
and fifty guild? and seventy five guilders in addition for monthly wages 
earned by Antony Rigge, sailor on the Bark named yan and Maria^ 
also thirty six guilders for Eldert Hendricksen, also sailor of said bark. 
Deft, says, he agreed to pay only one hundred guilders^ offering to pay 
the monthly wages, if ordered by the W: Court. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order deft, in his quality to pay the pltf. the sum of two hundred 
and fifty guilders his monthly wages earned on the bark yan and Maria 
on a/c of Anthony Rigge; Also, thirty six guilders for Eldert Hendricksen^ 
his monthly wages earned on said bark. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Comelis Pluyvier, deft. Solomon La Chair as 
attorney for the pltf. says that deft, bought of said Vis two beds with 
bolsters and four pillows at one hundred advance in beavers, or to replace 
the beaver with sixteen guilders; and refused two @ three days after to 
give an obligation therefor; concluding that he, deft., shall be condemned 
to sign the said obligation, or otherwise to cause the said beds and appen- 
dages to be brought to the place, from whence he took them, at his ex- 
pence. Deft, says, he did not refuse to sign an obligation, but bought the 
same for seawant. Solomon La Chair having brought, by order of the 
Court Jacobus Vis' blotter, the aforesaid two beds, bolsters and four pil- 
lows were found to stand entered — sold for thirty two and a half beavers, 
which being stated to Comelis Pluyvier, he says, that Jacobus Vis first 
made his demand in beavers, but as he would not listen to beavers, sea- 
want was asked; thereupon he bid and bought them. Burgomasteis 
and Schepens order Comelis Pluyvier to prove, that he bought the beds, 
bolsters and pillows for zeawant. 

Arien Symonzen, pltf. v/s Barent Cmytdop, deft Pltf. says, that last 



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Wednesday he was furnished by Jan Dircksen Schilder with a notarial 
extract from the ledger of Aagien Carstens, widow of Hermen Blanck, of the 
cloth in question, which deft, should owe her; exhibiting the extract, also 
further procuration. Deft, persists, that he did not buy the cloth nor 
promised to pay for it. Burgomasters and Schepens persist by their last 
rendered judgment. 

Nicolaas Meyer, pltf. v/s Willem Ellewaatt, deft. Pltf demands 
ddivery of the wares, which he bought from deft. Deft, exhibits in 
writing the annexed declaration, that the trade of the goods was made in 
seawant according to their value in Holland cur'y at seventy five per cent, 
according to the just purchase in Holland, which he gave him according 
to invoice, and requests, that the already delivered goods may be examined 
by inventory by any one to be appointed thereto, also the goods packed 
by the pltf. with his own hand. Such being read to pltf. says, the trade 
was made at eighty per cent advance in zeawant. The W: Court order 
Nicolaas Meyer to prove his assertion. 

Dirckje Janz, pltf. v/s David Wessels and Teunis Cray, defts. Pltf. 
demands from defts. two hundred guilders arising from a balance for the 
purchase of a yacht, which her husband, Jan Martens, sold to Jacob Jan- 
zen and Ide Ibes, and the aforesaid Jacob Janzen again sold his half to 
Teunis Cray and the other half is assumed by David Wessels, who sold it 
again to one David Dele before the day the aforesaid fl. 200. were due. 
Therefore demanding payment and that two persons be appointed to look 
over and examine, in presence of one of the W: Schepens, the documents 
referring to the same, to reconcile parties or to render a report of their 
action. Deft, demands copy of the request. The W: Court refer the 
matter in question to Jacobus Backer, old Schepen of this City, and Isaack 
Grevera to look over and examine, in presence of Schepen Joannes van 
Brugh parties' documents and papers, to decide the same, and to reconcile 
them if possible; if not to render a report of their action to the Court. 

Gysbert Op Dyck, pltf. v/s Ritzert Smitt, Jr., deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, ninety nine guilders nine stivers according to a/c. Deft, 
denies the debt, saying he has a claim on him for full seven hundred and 
forty four guilders. Pltf. says, what he demands b due to him individ- 
ually, and if his father has any claim on him, he may speak to him. The 
W: Court order parties on both sides to settle a/cs with each other. 



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Jan Rutgenen, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Both in 
defaolt. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Jan King, deft. Deft, in default. 

Saartje Pieters, pltf. v/s Bmyn the mason, deft. Deft, in default. 

Marten Clazen, pltf. v/s Aris Otte, deft. Deft, in default. 

Maria Besems requests by petition, that Mr. Gerrit van Tri^t be 
ordered to let the goods of Boudewyn Nieuwlandt, remaining with him 
and inventoried on 24 May, be brought to the City Hall to be distributed, 
where it is proper, according to her, petitioner's, request dated 25 Janu* 
ary last. Marginal order: — Request is granted, and M' Gerrit van Tri^t 
is ordered to let the goods be brought to the City Hall. 

Ordered, on the petition of Hans Stein serving as a reply against 
Jacobus Vis: — ^The W: Court order copy hereof and of declaration 
annexed to be furnished to party to reply thereunto at the next Court 
day. 

On the rejoinder of Jemima Moreau against Jacques Cooean, 
ordered: — ^The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party and parties 
were ordered to desist from further production to exchange their papets 
with each other and to produce their deduction and principal intendit by 
inventory on the next Court day. 

Ordered on the judgment of Geertje Stoffels against Lodowyck Post 
— ^The W: Court order the Bailiff to execute these. 

On the judgment of sequestration of Metje Wessek against Lucas 
Hendreckzen, drummer, Tryntje Heimans and Jan Ariaanz: Duyvelant, 
on each ordered: — ^The W: Court direct the Bailiff to execute these. 

On the petition of Ritzert Smict the younger, wherein he requests, 
that the house and lot of Jan Cnoulitz may be sold, to get his arrears 
being 68 ^ beaver, balance of obligation containing the quantity of 70 ^ 
beaver. Noted in the margin: — Notices shall be given for the sale of the 
house herein mentioned to the greatest advantage. 

Appeared before me, Joannes Nevius, Secretary, this afternoon, 
Nicolaas Meyer, stating that after he had lifted the judgment of the W: 
Court of this City in the matter in question between him and Willem 
Ellewaart, he was to the house of the President Paulus Leendertsen van 
der Grift, requesting copy of his presented petition and declaration, and 
that such was granted him by the President, therefore on the petition and 



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declaration therein contained is ordered: — Copy hereof and declaration 
annexed is granted to party. 

On the 28^ May appeared before me Joannes Nevius, Secretary, 
Claartje Alders, wife of Hans Steyn, exhibits acte of the President Paulus 
Leenderzen van der Grift to order the Bailiff to put in execution the judg- 
ment, dated 17 May last, against Lodowyck Pos and Willem Doeckles, 
and conformably thereto such order is given ^ acte on said judgment. 
Done as above. 

Whereas Dirck Houthuysen absconded from hence in the year 1660, 
leaving some goods, which were sold by the Bailiff, according to order of 
the W. Court of this City for the profit of the interested creditors of the 
abovenamed Houthuysen, Burgomasters and Schepens deeming it neces- 
sary that curators be appointed for the regulating said estate, so that the 
creditors may get as much as possible of what is theirs, therefore there 
are hereby elected and authorized thereto by their Worships, Jacob Kip, 
old Schepen of this City, and Mf Gerrit van Tright, who are ordered to 
regulate the aforesaid estate as quick as possible. Done, Amsterdam in 
N. Netherland the 24*^ May 166 1. 

Hans Vos requests by petition discharge from prison, shewing 
therein, that he is innocent of the escape of Rytzert Bulck from the 
prison room. Hans Vos entering was reprimanded for his drunkenness 
and excused for this time. 

Pieter Schaafbanck, jailor, entering was told that according to his 
office he must take charge of the prison, keeping the prisoners confined, 
and whereas he has not done so, as regards the person of Ritzert Bulck, 
he is bound to make good the loss. 

Allard Anthony demands, that Schaafbanck shall make good the 
claim, which he has against Ritzert Bulck. Allard Anthony was notified, 
if he intended to make any claim on the jailor, to enter his suit. 

Friday 3"!* June 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, Timotheus 
Gabry, Jan Vigne, Jeronemus Ebbinck. 

Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the suit between 
Janneke Heermans, pltf. ag'st Comelis Langevelt on a claim of certain 
earrings and pearls, which Comelis Langevelt received in pawn from one 



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Balthns Jacobs Loockcnnan for a bed boii|^ by bim, which aforesaid 
pearls and earrings the pltf. gave to the above named Loockermans with 
other goods to sdl the same for her best advantage; and whereas it does 
not appear by the papers oi the pltf., that die pearis and earrings were 
pawned to deft and Comdis Langevdt also denies the same, it was 
therefore decided by BorgomasterB and Schepcns, that Comelis Langerek 
shall afirm on oath that he has not received any earrings or pearis Cram 
Balthns Loockermans for the porchased bed. Comelis Langerdt sent 
for appears in Co«irt; was asked about the earrings and pearls; answer- 
ing acknowledges to have received earrings and pearis from a woman, to 
whom Balthns Loockermans is married, saying he bought the same. Was 
asked if he will truly affirm on oath to have bought and paid for the pearls 
and earrings; answers is not bound to swear in hb own case. Was again 
asked, if he had then boufd^t the ear rings and pearis, or were they placed 
with him in pawn ? Answers again is not bound to swear in his own case 
and that Janneke Heerman shall prove, that they are her earrings and 
pearis. Comelis Langevdt returning, at his request, says; there lie the 
pieces and papers, I desire judgment, I surrender no goods. Comelis 
Langevelt was asked, if he preferred bringing the earrings to the City 
Hall or would he rather go to prison ? Answers, he will give up no ear* 
rings. And whereas he refuses to deliver up the earrings, the jailor was 
ordered to convey him to prison. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of this City having read and considered 
the papers, documents and pleas made use of on both sides in the suit 
between Annetje Hendricks, wife of Ryck Hendricks, pltf., against Jan 
Hendricksen van Bommel, deft., for and regarding reparation of char- 
acter, which the pltf. requests, as the deft, goes aspersing her, diat she 
had stolen pork and sausages from him, which was denied by deft, say- 
ing, he stated that she took away from him the pork and sausages, accord- 
ing to proof produced thereof. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
read and weighed every thing decide, whereas there is at neither side, 
any full or sufficient proof, that the pork and sausages were taken away, 
that parties shall be both called before the Judges to reprimand them and 
to charge them to keep themselves still and peaceable and not to trouble 
each other any more about this matter. They condemn parties each in 
his costs. 



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Whereas on the disposal of the suit between Covert Loockermans 
and Jacobus Backer in quality as attorneys of the interested creditors of 
Reyndert Jans Hoom, with and against Metje Wessels, some of the 
Magistrates, as well Burgomasters as Schepens are relatives and in- 
terested, the Court therefore resolved to add to the Board Joannes de 
Peister and Jacob Strycker, old Schepens of this City, in order that there 
be, besides the ruling Burgomaster and Schepens, none interested to sit 
at the trial, and render judgment. 

Tuesday, 7. June 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Solomon Etsal appears in Court requesting, that he may arrest Abra- 
ham Willet, inasmuch as he is unwilling to pay the freight of three hhds. 
of tobacco, which he has paid for him to Edward Prescott. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens grant petitioner's request, declaring the arrest valid. 

Geertruydt Wingers replies to Geleyn Verplanck. The W. Court 
order copy to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the next Court 
day. 

Friday, 10. June 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, Timo- 
theus Gabry, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Lysbet Anthony, about ten years old, a prisoner for theft, entering 
was ordered to say what she stole: declares to have taken black seawant 
from her mistress, the wife of D* Drisius, but knows not how much; ac- 
knowledges to have also stolen a parcel of seawant from Jan Jurriaanzen 
Becker, where she lived; and declares, that Barbar, the negress, who 
lived at Jan the joiners had stolen a silver bell from Burgher Jorisen* 
which she gave her to keep, which bell Burgher Jorisen has again got 
back, and says that Barbar lives at her brother in law's; persisting that 
the cupping woman had told her to steal, and that she did not steal any 
more than the aforesi seawant. The acknowledgment of her daughter 
having been read to Mary, the Mother of Lysbet, she was ordered to 
chastise her, or in case of refusal to let the same be done; Mary, under- 
taking it, has with the assistance of Long Anna, severely punished and 
whipped her daughter with rods in presence of the W: Magistrates. 



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Annetje Minnen, widow of Cornells Nysen, late seedier of the Rt. 
Hon*^ Director General, going on her three and twentieth year, bom ia 
Amsterdam, and Neeltje Pieters, wife of Romeyn, the carman, also going 
on her three and twentieth year, bom at Serdam, being sent for to Court 
appear. The Officer says, that they, under pretext of bujring some linen, 
have stolen some goods from the house of Symon Jansen Romeyn, con- 
cluding that they shall be corrected and punished therefor. Neeltje 
Pieters denies having stolen the goods. The Officer undertakes, to 
prove it, requesting that Neeltje and Annetje shall go to prison, until he 
shall take further information in the matter. Whereupon Annetje de- 
clares, that she said to Neeltje at the house of Symon Jansen Romeyn, 
Give me a pair of stockings; which Neeltje did, giving her three pairs. 
Neeltje says, that she thought, that was in trade. Symon Janzen Romeyn 
brought by the Court Messenger, appears, is asked what theft was com- 
mitted at his house, and was told to speak the precise truth: answering 
says, five to six pairs and some galloon and other cord is stolen, by the 
above named Annetje and Neeltje, who bought at his house one or two 
ells fine linen and buttons and that he had received them back. The 
declaration of Symon Jansen Romeyn being read to Annetje and Neeltje, 
Annetje says, that Neeltje gave her the stockings and that Neeltje sold 
the stockings to Hilletje, the baker's. Neeltje says, that Annetje sold 
her the stockings for a crown. Symon Jansen Romejm again entering 
says, he got back five pair of stockings, three pair of white and one pair 
of grey; and that he being a certain time at a house in Pearl Street, was 
asked, if he had buyers at his place without money, telling him of the 
stolen goods, and that they were carried hither and thither, and had re- 
ceived them back from Jurrien, the goldsmith, Comelis Langevdt, 
Hilletje, the baker's, also a pair of slippers from Hendrick Asuerus and 
some black lace, yam, silk and silk ribbon, missed, but cannot say where 
it remained. Neeltje acknowledged to have sold the stockings ; three 
pairs of stockings to Hilletje, the baker's, and one pair to Jan the Car- 
man's wife, and that Symon Janzen has had back one pair hose, and says 
she bought the stockings from Annetje. Annetje denies it. Annetje 
says, that Neel stole a napkin and a Salter. Neel says, that Annetje put 
the stockings in her bosom at Symon Jansen Romeyn's house; also 
brought some goods to her house. Neeltje acknowledges to have sold a 



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piece of cord to Herry Breser; one bought from Anoetje. Annetje denies 
it Annetje and Neeltje were asked about the black lace and thread, 
and silk and silk ribbon. Answer, they did not take any. Were asked, 
where they sold the slippers ? Neeltje acknowledges to have sold slippers 
to Pieter Jacobsen's Merritje, but says they were her own. Annetje says, 
that Neel stole a napkin and salt cellar from Tryn Claas, which Neel 
denies. Annetje says, that Neel did it, drawing it afterwards out of her 
bag. Tryn Claas appearing in Court was asked, if a certain female had 
stolen anything from her? Answers, no; but that Comelis Langevelt's 
wife lost a napkin. Neeltje asks Tryn Claas about the stockings; who 
declares that she told her that Annetje had given her the stockings to sell, 
and that she had put them in her bosom at Symon Jansen's. Annetje 
confesses, she gave Neel the stockings and says that Neeltje told her that 
she had not paid for the stockings; whereupon she said. Bless us, what 
have you done ! and let it remain there, thinking if there followed no 
inquiry, that there would be no harm. Merritje, wife of Comelis Lange- 
velt, appearing in Court is asked, if she had, at any time, lost a napkin 
and salt cellar ? Answers, Yes, but knows not, who took them, and that 
they were brought back by Romeyn's wife, believing that they were taken 
from her. Neeltje confesses to have taken the napkin and says that Annetje 
afterwards brought the salt home to her, and that Annetje gave her a 
piece of lace which she had taken from Pieter Jacobsen's Merritje. Neel 
acknowledges to have taken it from Symon Jansen Romeyn, and to have 
brought it him back. Merritje, the wife of Comelis Langevelt is asked, 
whether she had had her napkin and salt cellar back ? Answers, Yes; 
and that the same were brought to Tryn Claas. Annetje and Neeltje 
were asked, if they had taken any thing else from Symon Jansen Romeyn. 
Answer, No. Burgomasters and Schepens order the Officer Pieter Tonne- 
man to convey Annetje and Neeltje to prison, which was done. 

The interested creditors of Reindert Jansen retire from the Court. 

JUDGMENT. 

The W: Court having considered, read and re-read the vouchers, 
documents and papers, made use of on both sides in the suit between 
Govert Loockermans and Jacobus Backer, old Schepens of this City and 
attomies of the interested creditors of the absconded insolvent Reyndert 
Jansen Hoom, pltfs. with and against Metje Wessels and Wemaer Wes^ 



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that in these are counted two hhds, which were included in Samnel 
Etsal's forty one, and asks to whom is he bound to deliver the pltTs two 
hhds, to him or to Samuel Etsal, and it is decided to him, and that the 
same are wrongfully received by Samuel Etsal. Barent van Maarle asks 
of pltf. nineteen hhds., to which it was answered that he has received six- 
teen and three delivered for him to Samuel Etsal, according to the letter 
of receipt. Samuel Etsal says, he was not present and if Pretcot will 
swear, he may do it. Olof Stevenzen, appearing by request, was asked, 
if he ever was by, when Samuel Etsal took the tobacco in his bark; de- 
clares that Prescot said to deliver forty one, if the bill of lading stated so 
much. Barent van Maerle says, he shipped sixteen. Pltf. was asked 
about the cargo of the tobacco. Answers, in consequence of the notifica- 
tion of the President. Samuel Etsal and Barent van Maarle were asked 
how many hhds of tobacco they had put on board Prescott's ketch ? 
Answer 

6 at Jamestown 

15 at Elizabeth River. 
4 don't know where. 

13 Sandersen's. 
3 from Reintje's yacht, concerning Maarle, 

41 
Barent van Maarle x6. hogsheads. Richard Ary is asked, if he have 

a writing from Prescott ? Answers, Yes; shewing t\ke same. Prescott is 

asked, if that is his hand ? Answers, No; shewing his ordinary writing 

book, saying there are some letters, which resemble it; offering to confirm 

on oath, that it is not his hand. Whereupon Samuel Etsal is informed, 

that Prescott will affirm on oath that he did not receive six but five hhds. 

according to the note. Thereupon Samuel Etsal says, he will leave it to 

the Magistrates. Ritchard Ary says, he loaded the tobacco in Jamestown 

River, and knows well six hhds were laden; five from Samuel's boat and 

one belonging to him. Was ordered to call Robert Kay. Samuel was 

asked, if the six hhds. belonged to him ? Answers five to him and one to 

Jan Gerrisen and to leave it to Prescott's oath. Ritchard Ary was asked, 

if he knew well, what marks were on the hhds ? Answers, Yes; making 

the mark, and says he well knows, that is the mark. And is further 



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asked, if he knows, when these hhds of tobacco were brought on board ? 
Answers, z6^ or 17^ of April; but does not stand on a precise day. 
Samuel Etsal, entering, requests to withdraw the declarations delivered 
in, and to have an end of the matter; referring it again to Eduard Pres* 
•cotts oath. Samuel Etsal and Barent van Maarle further heard: Samuel 
Etsal says, he red 39 hhds and Barent van Maarle 14, and that 4 hhds 
still lie in Prescotts store. Prescott says, he misses three hogsheads, and 
has delivered Samuel Etsal 41 and Barent van Maarle 14. Barent van 
Maarle says, that Prescott has asked him, how many hhds of tobacco he 
had received ? Whereupon he answered fourteen, demanding a receipt 
therefor, and that he afterwards asked Samuel, how many hhds he had 
received. Thereupon answering forty one, he requested a receipt there* 
for, which he received from both of them. Samuel Etsal says, if Prescott 
will declare on oath, that the two hhds are not included among the 41. he 
will pay; and Barent van Maarle offers to affirm on oath, that the two 
Uids. are included among the forty one. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decide, that the case shall go over until to morrow at one O'Clock, when 
the sailors shall be on hand. Ritchard Stocken and Ritchard Wilbeck as 
witnesses declare at Samuel Etsals request, that Prescott said, Barent van 
Maarle's two hhds. are included among the forty one. Samuel Etsal is 
hereby ordered by the W: Burgomasters and Schepens of this City to 
prove between this and tomorrow at one o'Clock, that he had signed 
duplicates for the receipt of two hhds of MT Prescotts tobacco. 

Tuesday 21. June 166 1. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes Van Brugh, Jan 
Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbing. 

Willem Pieterzen de Groot, pltf. v/s Schepen Pieter van Couwen- 
hoven and Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, defts. Hendrick Hendricksen 
in default. Pltf. demands from deft. Couwenhoven 75 gl. according to 
acte, which he exhibits. The deft, says, the judgment, dated 24 May, is 
paid, which pltf. acknowledges. The W: Court decides, that pltf. has to 
regulate himself according to judgment passed some years ago. And 
Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe was granted one default. 

Antony Janzen Van Vaas, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Smitt, deft. 

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Pltf . demands from deft, seventy seven guilders eleven stivers for costs of 
unnecessary suit, according to a/c exhibited in Court. Deft, demands 
three feet of a lot coming to him of the ground, which he bought. Bur* 
gomasters and Schepens having heard parties, and seen the measurement 
of the sworn surveyor Jacques Corteljou, dated 28. May of this year, 
done in presence of the Road Inspectors and arbitrators appointed there- 
unto by the W. Court, and found that Anthony Janzen's lot agrees with 
his ground brief and that Hendrick Jansen Smitt has two feet and a half 
of ground more, than his ground brief mentions, order Hendrick Jansen 
Smitt to content himself with the aforesaid measurement and condemn 
him to pay the pltf . the sum of forty guilders, the further costs remaining 
at the charge of the pltf. 

Pieter Jacobsen van Schermer, pltf. v/s Schipper Jan Janzen Beste- 
vaar, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, forbade him to do duty on board, giving 
him the sack, because he was three & four days ashore. Deft, says, pltf. 
has gone divers times on shore to drink, and has lost in all nine days, he 
warned him to leave it off, and that he himself must do his work, and that 
he discharged pltf. according to contract from service on the ship ; pro- 
ducing the contract to the W: Court. Pieter Jacobsen was asked, how 
many days he lost ? Answers, four. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard parties dismiss the pltf. from the service of the ship and order 
skipper Jan Janzen Bestevaar to pay him his monthly wages, deducting 
six days. 

Comelis Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Skipper Jan Janzen Bestevaar, deft. 
Pltf. says, deft, has discharged him and he was only one day from the 
ship. Deft, says, he was two days on shore from the ship, drinking, 
which pltf. admits, but that the first time is long passed. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having heard parties dismiss Comelis Pietersen from his 
ship's service and order Jan Jansen Bestevaar to pay him his earned 
monthly wages, deducting the three [sic] days. 

Saartje Pieters, pltf. v/s Bruyn the Mason, deft. Defts. 3*^ default. 

Pltf. demands from deft, forty six guilders, according to a/c exhibited 
to Court. The W. Court order deft, to deposit the monies with the Sec- 
retary of this City. 

Tielman Van Vleeck, pltf. v/s Jan Gillis, the Younger, deft Pltf. 
in default. Pltf. having delivered in, through the Court Messenger, the 



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demand against deft, and also extract from the roll of the Director and 
Commissaries of the Colonie of N. Amstel, dated x? June 1661; about an 
action, which Alexander d'Hinojossa has against Reyndert Jansen Hoom. 
It is ordered as follows: — The W: Court order copy of demand and ex- 
tract to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Barent Gerrisen, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, hatter, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands half a years house rent at one hundred and twenty guilders per 
annum. Deft, says, he occupied it but five months and that the pltf. did 
not fulfill his contract, to make the house tight. The W: Court refer the 
matter in question to Salomon La Chair and Arien van Laar to decide 
parties case, to reconcile them if possible if not, to render a report of their 
finding to the Court. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Isaack Vermeulen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, twenty seven and one half beavers and some seawan. Deft, ac- 
knowledges to have received the 27^ beaver and says, he has an offset 
a/c: requests in writing postponement until his arrival from Fort Orange. 
The W: Court refer the matter in question to Jacob Strycker, old 
Schepen, and Joannes van der Meulen to examine the a/c of parties, to 
settle the same and to reconcile parties if possible; if not, to report their 
finding to the Court. 

Samuel Jacobs, pltf. v/s Geertje Stoffels, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
has attached her money, demands the reason. Deft, says, because he is 
about to leave. Pltf. says, he paid the rent to May and owes only six 
weeks rent. The W. Court declared the arrest invalid and condemned 
the deft, in the costs. 

Nicolaas de la Plyne, arrestant and pltf. v/s Eduard Prescott, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, discharge according to fair 
a/c rendered to him. Deft, says, has no receipt to give, as there is no 
obligation passed for the goods, and he will examine the a/c, when he 
shall return to the Virginias. Burgomasters and Schepens order Eduard 
Prescott to answer, within three times twenty four hours, what he has to 
object to the a/c, the arrest remaining meanwhile valid. 

Eduard Prescott, pltf. v/s Evert Mareschal, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, ten guilders for freight of a box. Deft, says, the goods in his 
chest got wet; and that people say it is too much. The W. Court order 
deft, to pay the pltf. the ten guilders. 



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David Wends, pltf. t/s Tomas Swaitwoot, deft PM. demands, 
Aat the house shall be proceeded with according to die plan. Deit, ssq^s, 
he sold it to Comelis Barensen, who agun woUd it to Domr Hermsen. 
Comelis Barensen and Donw Hermsen entering, Comelis Baicnaen de- 
clares to have sold the lot to Donw Hermsen, who adoMnriedges to have 
boa^t it, and says that it wonld have been long ago finished, if Comdis 
Barensen had cleared it: The W. Court ordered Donw Hermsen to pro- 
ceed with his work forthwith. 

David Wessds, pltf. v/s Simon Janxen Romein, deft. Pltf. produces 
in writing demand in reconvention and answer in convention to the de- 
mand of Dirckje Jans. Deft., as attorney of Dirckje Jans, exhibits die 
decision of arbitrators in the case, which Dirckje Jans had against pltf. 
David Wessels is asked, what he has to object to the dedsion ? Answers, 
he does not understand the matter, therefore has made the matter known 
to others. The W: Court order party to be furnished with copy of de- 
mand in reconvention and answer in reconvention and David Wessds 
with copy of the decision (award); and parties were ordered to answer 
thereunto on the next Court day. 

Caspar Steimits, pltf. v/s Douwe Hermsen,* deft. Pltf. says, deft, 
has stated, that he, pltf., has removed the boundary stakes of his land; 
demands that he shall prove it; and if he cannot do so, that he will re- 
tract what he said and pay costs and lost time. Deft denies having said 
so. Pltf. proves it in writing by witnesses, that he said so in full com- 
pany. Such being read to deft., says he knows nothing of having said 
so, and if he so said, he must have been drunk. Douw Hermsen and 
Caspar Steinmets entering, Douwe Hermsen is asked, if he has any thing 
to say against Caspar Steymits? Answers No, except what is good. 
Burgomasters and Schepens condemn Douwe Hermsen to pay to the Poor 
the sum of twelve guilders for that he has slandered Caspar Steymits and 
further in the costs and loss of time; charging him to have a care of him- 
self for the future. 

Arent Comelisen Vogel, pltf. v/s Jan Pieterzen, wood sawyer, deft 
Parties request arbitrators about their a/cs, which they have with each 

* They lived near Beigen, N. J., at the place now called Marion. Steinmets had 
originallj resided at Ahaafaniu, N. J., and died in 1703. Win/uU^ Land Titles, 46^ 78. 

79. 



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other to take up and decide the same. Burgomasters and Schepens com- 
mission Joannes de la Montague Junior and Tomas Hal for the decision 
of a/cs, which parties have with each other, who are authorized to discuss 
the same and to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their decision 
to the Court. 

Bartholdus Maan, and Jan Gillis jun!, pltfs. v/s Tielman Van 
Vleeck in quality as curator of the bankrupt estate of Nicolaas Velthuy- 
xen, deft. Deft, in default. Burgomasters and Schepens refer Barthol- 
dus Maan and Jan Gillis the Younger to the Orphan Masters of this City, 
who are ordered to appoint in place of Pieter Rudolfus decl another 
curator^ being one of the largest of the creditors as curator with Tielman 
▼an Vleeck, and to direct the same within the term of fourteen days to 
pay to the creditors each pro rata from the receipts, if there be no pre- 
ferred claims. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Metje Wessels, deft. Both in default. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Lambert Huybersen Mol, deft. Both 
in default. 

Symon Janzen Romeyn, pltf. v/s David Wessels, deft. Pltf. in de- 
fault. 

Albert Comelizen Wantenaar, pltf. v/s Andries de Haas, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Eldert Jurriaanzen, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Both in 
default. 

Eldert Jurriaanzen, pltf. v/s Joris Dopsen, deft. Both in default. 

Arien Symonzen, pltf. v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft. Both in default. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Sander Leenderzen, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Rutger Janzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tomas Janzen Mingael, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Deft. sick. 

Isaack Kip, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Grever, deft. Deft, in default. 

Herry Brezar, pltf. v/s Willem the baker, deft. Deft, in default. 

Paulus Verbeeck, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. 
Deft in default. 

Daniel Toumeur, pltf. v/s Symen Felle, deft. Deft, in default. 

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order dated . . . , he states, that he has evidence, that his son cut 
wood with Tomas Higgens, which is drawn off by Schepen Jan Vigne. 
Lauwrens Lauwerensen appearing for this purpose in Court, declares to 
testify, that Arent Comelissen's son has cut wood with Thomas Higgens, 
saying he saw the same. Schepen Vigne was asked how much wood he 
hauled home ? Answers, he bought 700 pieces, and must yet have 275 
pieces. Arent Comelissen answers to the question, that he has Ijring out 
about 60 pieces and that he must yet bring out 157 pieces. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order both Jan Vigne and Arent Comelissen, to summon 
Tomas Higgens, by the next Court day. 

Geleyn Verplanck rejoins to the reply of Geertruyt Wyngaais. The 
W: Court order copy to be furnished to party, and parties on both sides 
were ordered to desist from further production, to exchange their papers 
with each other, and to produce their deduction and principal intendit,* 
by inventory at the next Court day. 

Wolfert Webber answers the demand of Jan Grol. The W: Court 
order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereunto at the next Court 
day. 

Neeltje Pieters and Annetje Minnes, prisoners, appear in Court, 
against whom the Officer prosecutes his charge, concluding that Neeltje 
Pieters shall, for her committed theft, be brought to the place where 
justice is usually executed and there be bound fast to a stake, severely 
scourged and banished for ten years from the jurisdiction of this City, 
and that Annetje Minnes shall, whilst justice is administered to Neeltje 
Pieters, stand by and look at her, and after justice is executed shall be 
whipped severely within doors and banished for six years out this City*s 
jurisdiction, as she was with those from whom the goods were stolen by 
the abovenamed Neeltje, giving them up to them. Which demand being 
read to the prisoners, they fall on their knees and beg forgiveness. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens grant the prisoners three times four and twenty 
hours, to bring in what they may have for their excuse. 

* According to the practice under the Dutch Civil Law, parties on the condmioo of 
the evidence, exchange their papers and hand into Court, with them, a summary aignment 
founded thereon in support of their case. This was called an ItUemdit^ that la, what the 
party '* intended" to prove by his documentary evidence. Damhouder, Pnx. Civ..ch. 
167.— 0*C. 



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Saturday, 25 June 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter W: van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus 
Ebbinck. 

Annetje Minnes, prisoner, appearing in Court is asked, if she has 
well considered, how much money she received ? Answers, Yes, and has 
not received any, declaring, that Neeltje lent her a crown, and she gave 
her back a dollar thereon, sold no stockings to her, but that she gave 
Neeltje the stockings not thinking, that she would keep them without 
paying. Was asked, if she had not brought Neeltje any into her stall 
and if she did not receive a crown for the stockings. Answers, No. 
Neeltje Pieters, a prisoner, appearing in Court was asked, if she had 
bought the stockings from Annetje ? Answers, yes, and that they had 
divided together the money proceeding from the stockings, but does not 
know how much; then declares she received for the three pair of stock- 
ings last sold, seven and a half guilders, the half of which Annetje got; 
which being reported to Annetje, says it is not true, but that she borrowed 
a cro¥ni from her as before, and paid her Marys dollar, coming to the 
Wooden Horse and there earned it by work; and that Neeltje told her, she 
may keep it, and that she now says, she kept the crown for the pair of 
stockings. Neeltje being taken back to prison, Annetje Minnes is placed 
on the rack, and threatened with torture. Standing in the rack she is 
asked if she has not received any money for the stockings and helped to 
steal the stockings and had received none of the six guilders ten stivers 
for which the stockings were sold ? Answers, No; and cannot say any 
thing else with truth, than what she has said. Returning from the 
rack, she begs for pardon ; as she had not discovered, that Neel had 
stolen the stockings was conveyed away back again. 

M; Gerrit van Tright requests by petition copy of the request 
of Maria Besems, wherein she demands that the chest with Boudewyn 
van Nieuwlandt's goods, remaining with him may be brought to the City 
Hall; so that he may use the same if he should think proper. Where- 
upon it is marked in the margin : — Fiat copy of the request ; and the 
Officer is ordered to bring the chest with the goods it contains, herein 
mentioned, as well as the loose things immediately to the City Hall of 
this City. 



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JUDGMENT. 

The demand and conclusion of the Officer Pieter Tonneman on and 
against the prisoners Neeltje Pieters, wife jof Rcmieyn Servyn, carman^ 
bom at Serdam over and about certain crimes of theft committed by her 
at two different places, being considered by the W: Court of this City^ 
Burgomasters and Schepens having examined the prisoner Neeltje Pieters, 
and she having voluntarily confessed, without torture or bonds, that she 
stole from Symon Jansen Romej^i stockings, thread, pins and other cord; 
also from Merritje, wife of Cornells Langevelt, some linen; all which, in 
a well ordered City, where justice is wont to be administered, cannot and 
ought not be tolerated but as an example to others, be punished; Burgo- 
masters and Schepens seeing, that the prisoner Neeltje Pieters is a preg- 
nant woman, going on her last, having neither time nor hour, excuse her 
from the well merited punishment, sentence her to be banished for the 
time of eight consecutive years, condemning her in the costs and mtises of 
justice. Thus done and adjudged by Burgomasters and Schepens, at the 
City Hall, Amsterdam in New Netherland on Saturday the 25*^ June 1661. 

SENTSNCE. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of this City having considered the de> 
mand and conclusion of the Officer Pieter Tonneman on and against the 
prisoner, Annetje Minnes, widow of Cornells Nysen, late soldier in the 
service of the Hon^ Privileged West India Company here, bom at Am- 
sterdam, for and on account of certain crime committed by her, Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having examined the prisoner even unto threatening 
her with torture find, that the abovenamed Annetje Minnes is an accom- 
plice to the stealing of the stockings, committed by Neeltje Pieters, be- 
cause she gave the stockings to the abovenamed Neeltje, but as she says 
not thinking, that Neeltje would keep them without paying; therefore has 
not committed such fault, as that on which the Officer draws his conda- 
sion; moreover it is testified by credible witnesses, by whom she has much 
visited, that she has alwa3rs bome herself honestly and welL Burgo* 
masters and Schepens weighing the same excuse her from corporal 
punishment and banishment, dismissing herein the Officer's entered de- 
mand, condemning then, the aforesaid Annetje in the costs and fmus of 
justice. Thus done and sentenced by Burgomasters and Schepens, at 
the City Hall, Amsterdam in N. Netherland, on Saturday 25^ June, 1661. 



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Tuesday, 38^ June x66i. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus L. van der Grift, Allard Anthony, Timotheus 
Gabry, Pieter W. van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Eduard Prescott, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. rendering his demand in writing concludes, that deft, shall 
be condemned to pay a fine of one hundred guilders or to hard labor on 
bread and water, for that he, deft., had cut one Pierre Marchand over 
his hat. The W: Court order the Officer to prove his case. 

Willem Pietersen de Groot, pltf. v/s Hendrick Hendricksen Obe, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, by virtue of a procuration from Antony 
Rigge, the sum of fl. 75. for wages earned on the bark Jan and Mary, 
Deft, says, he is not bound to pay the same, as he did not set him to 
work, but that Schepen Couwenhoven did so. The Heer Couwenhoven 
says, in the first instance before the sale of the bark he had had care of 
her, after that date, not, as the deft, had taken possession of the bark. 
Deft, produces the judgment, dated 28*^ January last, also some papers, 
wishing to state, that the case is disposed of thereby; therefore has 
nothing more to do with it. The W: Court persist in the judgment, 
dated Io*^ September 1657. 

Eldert Jurriaansen, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Defts. 2^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, balance of six beavers on an obliga- 
ti<m exhibited. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the six beavers with 
the Secretary of this City. 

Eldert Juriaanzen, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, nine beavers. Deft, acknowledges the debt, but says, he has 
no beavers. The W. Court order deft, to pay the pltf. the nine beavers. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Pltf. de* 
mands payment of his claims on the estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen. Deft., 
curator of said estate, requests reference to the Orphan Masters. Burgo* 
masters and Schepens refer the matter to the Orphan Masters, to propose 
their case to them. 

Bartholdus Maan entering requests execution on the house of Wer- 
naer Wessels, according to judgment pronounced against him, dated 24'^ 
August 1660. and having mortgage thereon. The W. Court order the 
Baili£F to put these in execution. 

Jan Jurriaansen Becker, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Defts. 2^ 



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default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 19. i^. with costs. The W: Coiut 
order the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Metje Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, three beavers, balance remaining of seven beavers which deft, 
agreed to pay for Capt. Jacob. Deft, denies having agreed to pay for 
Capt. Jacob, saying he must have money yet from Capt. Jacob. The W: 
Court order pltf. to prove, that deft, had agreed to pay the demanded 
beavers for Capt. Jacob. 

Jacob Jansen Sam, pltf. v/s Claas van Elslandt, the elder, deft. 
Pltf. demands payment of fl. 293. from deft, for monies received by him 
for goods sold and retained by him. Deft, says, pltf. shall come and 
settle with him, and he will pay, what is found belonging to him. The 
Worshipful Court order deft, to pay the pltf. the two hundred and ninety 
three guilders, deducting, what belongs to him. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen, carpenter, deft. Pltf. 
says, he sold half an aam (20 gals) of brandy, which payment the 
deft, agreed to fulfill; for this purpose gave him an assignment on Pieter 
Jacobsen, saying Pieter Jacobsen refuses to pay it. Deft, says, the 
beavers are still there. The W: Court order Jan Ariaanzen to pay 
Joannes Vervelen. 

Paulus van de Beeck and Joannes Vervelen, pltfs. v/s Jurrien Jan- 
zen van Auweryck, deft. Pltfs. demand from deft, one hundred and 
sixty guilders Holland money, with costs, for exchange drawn at three 
different times, and at each time returned under protest. Deft, says, 
that M' Paulus has discharged him for one hundred guilders; requests 
delay; promises to pay him with barrels at Holland prices. Pltf. Joannes 
Vervelen demands, moreover, from the deft, ninety three guilders in 
seawant. Deft, is asked, if he has not signed the obligation shewn him ? 
Answers, Yes, but such was done through sweet words, requesting that it 
be taken into consideration, that he must pay six guilders Hollands, for 
one ell of dufifels. Whereunto pltfs. say, there was further contract, and 
abatement ; demanding costs. The W: Court order deft to pay the 
pltfs. according to the last contract, with costs. 

Susanna Verplanck, pltf. v/s Saartje Burgers, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 24. for linen, which she bought from her husband. Deft. 
denies the debt, says she paid her husband in his house, when he lived 



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with Dirck Smitt. Deft, is asked, if she will truly declare on oath that 
she paid ? Answers, Yes ; and has, in presence of the pltf , taken the 
oath at the hands of the Officer, wherefore the pltf. was dismissed in this 
her demand. 

Jan Janzen, pilot, and Paulus Janzen, gunner, pltfs. v/s Pieter 
Jacobsen and Comelis Pietersen, defts. Pltfs. say, that they and others 
of their ships crew have laid out for defts. some monies on deduction of 
their wages, to the amount of fl. 58. 19. to wit, the pilot to Comelis 
Pietersen fl. 13. 10. the gunner to ditt? fl. 6. 5., the boy to ditto fl. i. 14 
and Gertsoon fl. 3. and the boatswain's mate to Pieter Jacobsea fl. 15.1 
Comelis van de Beets to ditto fl. 17. 10. and the cooks mate to ditto fl. 2. 
Making together the aforementioned fl. 58. 19., demanding that jskipper 
Jan Janzen Bestevaar shall retain the aforesaid monies from the defts. 
wages for their a/c. Defts. acknowledge the debt, and say, they never 
objected to it. Burgomasters and Schepens order skipper Jan Janzen 
Bestevaar to retain the demanded sum from defts. monthly wages, and to 
pay the same to each in proportion to what he has advanced. 

Anneke Dircks, pltf. v/s WiUem Willekes and Goodman Bont, defts. 
Pltf. says, that her deceased husband hired to one Jan Ascou a canoe 
@ fl. 30. per month, which he sold to defts.; demanding restitution 
thereof. Defts. say and acknowledge to have bought the canoe of Jan 
Ascon ; to have used the same full eight months, without any demand 
having been made for it. Pltf. replies, that as Jan Ascou had the canoe 
on hire and had not given it up, the hire continued, and she did not 
know, that Jan Ascou was away; therefore had made no demand for the 
canoe. Mattheus de Vos concludes, as attomey of Anneke Dircks, that 
defts., according to the law of this place, shall have to restore the canoe, 
free of expence and damage. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard 
parties, decide, as Jan Ascou had the canoe in question on hire and had 
no property therein, he, therefore, had no power to sell the same, that 
the defts. shall restore to the widow of Pieter Kock, the pltf. herein, the 
canoe, free of damage and loss. 

Jan Hendrickzen van Bommel and Annetje Hendricks, the wife of 
Ryck Hendricksen, appear'in Court, who were informed by Burgomasters 
and Schepens, pursuant to their judgment, dated 3d. June last, inasmuch 
as no sufficient proof was produced on both sides in their suit, that they 



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shall remain at peace towards each other, nor further tronble one another 
regarding previous disputes, and each bear his own costs. 

Jan Teljer, pltf . v/s Eduard Prescott, deft Deft, in default 

Jacob Janzen Sam, pltf. v/s Resolveert Waldron, deft. Deft, in de* 
faulu 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Rntgert Janzen, deft. Defts. s^ d^ 
faulu 

Gysbert Op Dyck, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Deft, in defaoh. 

Dirck Siecken, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Walle, deft. Deft, in 
default* 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Abraham Verplanck, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. demands benefit of default. 

Tomas Janzen Mingal, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Whereas the 
deft, is sick, Mattheus de Vos requests as att'y for pltf., that deft, shall 
empower somebody, or if possible, come himself to defend his suit. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order Jan Rutgersen to appear himself, if he 
can, on the summons, or empower somebody to defend his case. 

Jacob Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Maria Beckers, pltf. v/s Mary the Portugueze, deft. Deft, in de» 
fault. 

Isaack Kip, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Grever, deft. Defts. si de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, thirty guilders. The W: Court order 
the deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Romeyn Servyn requests by petition, that his wife, banished out this 
City's jurisdiction, being in the last days of her pregnancy, may remain 
in this City to lie in and she intends to depart for Fatherland with this 
year's ships. Marginal note: — For reasons, the petitioner's request can- 
not be granted. 

On the petition of Maria Besems demanding as per petition of 24 
May 1661, ordered: — Burgomasters and Schepens refer her to their afore* 
said order dated 24 May i66x. 

On the petition of the tavemkeepers, requesting, as they must give 
in payment of the excise, six black or twelve white seawans for one stiver. 



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that they maybe allowed to sell the Vaan (tvro quarts) of beer at a higher 
rate than heretofore. Marginal order: — The Petitioners are allowed to 
ask and receive twelve and a half stivers for a Vaan of beer. 

On the petition of Mattheus de Vos, as attorney of Geertruyd An- 
dries, widow of Jacob Jansen Stoll, wherein he requests, that the judg* 
ment pronounced between her and Geertje Hendricks, dated January 
x66i, maybe put in execution. Marginal order: — ^The Bailiff is ordered 
to put the judgment herein mentioned in execution. 

On the answer of Jan Gillis, the Younger, against Tielman van 
Vleeck, as att'yof Alexander d'Hinojossa, ordered: — The Worshipful 
Court order copy to be furnished to party, to reply thereunto at the next 
Court day. 

On the answer and reply of David Wessels against Symon Janzen 
Romeyn, att'yof Dirckje Jans, ordered: — The W. Court direct copy to 
be furnished to party to reply thereunto at the next Court day. 

On the reply of Jan Grol against Wolfert Webber, the W: Court order 
copy to be furnished to party to rejoin thereunto at the next Court day. 

On the reply of Symon Janzen Romeyn against David Wessels, the 
W: Court order copy to be furnished to party to rejoin thereunto at 
the next Court day. 

Jan Ariaanzen appears in Court, exhibiting the decision of the arbi- 
trators in the case between him and Teunis Cray, requesting payment of 
the same. The W: Court order Teunis Cray to pay Jan Ariaansen, car- 
penter, within three times 34 hours, according to obligation on the de* 
cision of arbitrators dated 16 March 1661. The Schout Pieter Tonneman 
requests execution on the judgment between him and against Pieter Jan- 
sen, mason, pronounced on the date SH* Feb. 1661. The W: Court order 
the Bailiff to put these in execution. 

Ordered, on the petition of Mr. Gerrit van IMght, wherein he asks 
as per request handed in and dated 25^ ultimo. Burgomasters and 
Schepens refer him to their previously given order, dated 35^ June 166 1. 
Burgomasters and Schepens of this City decree, that the tapsters and 
tavemkeepers, who sell their beer and wine higher than the price fixed 
by the Hon^ Director General and Council of N: Netherland, or the 
Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Netherland, 
shall pay a fine of ten guilders, each time. 



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On date, 29. June 1661. M' Gerrit van Tright, has pursuant to the 
order of Burgomasters and Schepens of this City, brought in consignment 
to this City Hall, the chest with some goods contained therein, according 
to inventory thereof made, also sundries belonging to Boudewyn van 
Nieuwlandt, attaching the same to secure his guarantee thereon. 

Tuesday, 5? July x66i. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendertzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes van 
Brugh, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lamberzen and 
Abraham Lamberzen Mol, defts. Deft's from home. 

The Schout, Pieter Tonneman, pltf., v/s Lucas Dirckzen, tavern- 
keeper, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and fifty guildeis 
for a fine imposed three different times by his deputy Hans Vos, for 
having tapped for people in the night, after nine o'Clock bell ring, saying 
that there were, once, over twenty persons, and fifty guilders additional 
for his servant or deputy having been shoved out of the house by those, 
who sat there with threats of violence. Deft, says, he denies it all, ez» 
cept that, once, six persons sat in his house about half past nine and that 
Hans Vos was drunk, when he came there and drew his dagger against 
which Marten, the sail maker, resisted, which happened when the bell 
stopped ringing. Hans Vos, entering, denies having been drunk, when 
he imposed the fine on them, and having drawn the dagger; and he has 
laid the fine three times. The Officer calls for a fine on the deft, for 
having called Hans Vos a liar, in presence of the Court. Hans Vos was 
asked, if he did not know, who sat there ? Answers, he knew no one, 
as they pushed him out of doors; but saw well that the house and table 
were full of people. * Burgomasters and Schepens having heard and 
understood all, condemn the deft, in a fine of forty two guilders, with 
costs to be applied, as is proper. 

Abraham Janzen, carpenter, pltf. v/s Jacob Janzen Moesman, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft. 273 gl. for wages according to the award of arbi* 
trators and obligation, and also an otter as a present. Deft, acknow- 
ledges to have given the obligation, but says that the job is not yet 
finished, that three years must yet expire and that a chimney mantel has 



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jet to be made, also that the doors of the store house must be made to 
shut, which is not denied by the pltf. The Worshipful Court having 
heard parties, order the pltf. to make the mantel piece, when the deft, is 
ordered to pay the pltf. 

Jacob Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, bought from him two boxes of tobacco pipes as they were; pay- 
able in seawant in twenty four hours. Deft, denies to have so bought the 
pipes ; demands time until the arrival of Jan Jansen Clopper. The W: 
Court order pltf. to prove his statement. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Abraham Verplanck, deft. Pltf. as att'y 
of Jacob Jacobsen Onnosel, demands from deft, nine beavers, requesting, 
that the same be brought into consignment. Deft, acknowledges the 
debt and says he did not refuse payment; promises to pay before the 
departure of the ships. Burgomasters and Schepens order the deft, to 
pay pltf. before the departure of the ships. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Pltf. as substi- 
tute of Reynier Rycken, concludes in writing, that deft, shall be con- 
demned to render him in his quality, a/c, proof and reliqua. Deft, 
requests copy of the demand and original procuration. The W. Court 
order copy of the demand and original procuration to be furnished party, 
to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerz., deft. Pltf. as att'y of 
Tomas Janzen Mingael concludes, that deft, as security for his son Rut- 
gert Jansen, shall pay the sum of eleven hundred and twenty guilders in 
tobacco, according to a bailbond, arising out of the sale of a yacht, sails 
and appurtenances, according to deed of sale thereof existing. Deft, 
through inability delivers in by the Court Messenger a petition, wherein 
he demands, that he be furnished, according to the mode of procedure, 
with a copy of the instrument, on which the pltf. founds his conclusion. 
The W: Court grant the petitioner his request to answer thereunto at the 
next Court day. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Rutgert Janzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, three hundred and seventeen guilders, fourteen stivers payable 
in tobacco according to obligation. Deft, acknowledges the debt; re- 
quests time until the next crop. The W. Court order deft, to pay the 
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Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Metje Wessds, deft. Pltf. demands 
again from deft, three beavers balance of seven beavers, which deft, has 
agreed to pay for Capt. Jacob. Deft, says, that Capt Jacob owes her and 
did not agree to pay. Pltf. says, that Paolus Schrick and Antony van 
Aalst, are acquainted with the matter. Burgomasters and Schepens give 
the deft, time to prove, until the return of Paulus Schrick. 

Schepen Timotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Skipper Jacob Janzen Huys and 
his pilot, defts. Pltf. demands from defts. fl. 13.5^ in beavers, with 
interest and costs, for stockfish bought by defts. Defts. say, that those 
who chartered the galiot must pay for the fish. The W: Court order 
defts. to pay pltf. as they had purchased the fish. 

Jacob Jansen Huys, pltf. v/s Balthazar de Haart, deft« Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 29. for freight of his goods brought from the South. 
Deft, says, he misses one of thirty three elk skins and that pltf. did not 
give him due notice when he landed the peltries. The pilot of the galiot 
says, he delivered thirty three elk hides on the bridge. Jacob Jansen 
says he notified the pltf. thereof. The W. Court order skipper Jacob 
Jansen Huys to prove by the next Court day, that he delivered on land 
the thirty three elk skins. 

Geertje Corssen, pltf. v/s Jan Eraat, deft. Pltf. demands from deft 
eleven guilders and two guilders additional. Deft, admits the debt 
The W: Court order deft to pay pltf. 

Arien Janzen Visser, pltf. v/s Joost Goderus, deft. Pltf. says, he 
gave deft, seawant, for which he should return twelve beavers, of which 
he paid six; demands yet a balance of six beavers. Deft, admits the 
debt; requests four weeks time. The W: Court order deft, to pay pltf. in 
three weeks. 

Andries Andriessen, pltf. v/s Joost Goderus, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 27 gl. 13 stiv. for hire of a boat, according to award of arbi- 
trators. Deft, denies the debt; produces an a/c for the sum of fi. 54: 16. 
stiv. for wages on board the boat; and on the contrary the boat went to 
pieces in consequence of bad weather, and says he paid pltf. twdve 
guilders, proving the same by his book. Pltf. says, it was paid on former 
hire, and that the deft, still owes a week thereon. The same being com- 
municated to the deft, he denies it. The W: Court refer the matter in 
question to Nicolaas Gangelofzen Visser and Arien Jansen Visser to hear 



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parties in presence of Schepen Joannes Van Brugh, to discuss the case, 
and decide the same, to reconcile parties if possible, if not, to render a 
report of their action to the Court. 

Jan Jurriaansen Becker, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Defts. 3*^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, fi 19. 13 stiv. with costs. The W. 
Court order deft, to pay pltf. with costs, as he has not appeared on three 
summons. 

Lpambert Huybertzen Mol, pltf. v/s Pieter Jansen van de Lange 
Straat, deft. Deft, in default. 

Lambert Huyberzen Mol, pltf. v/s Wessel Gerrisen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Gysbert Op Dyck, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Defts. 2*^ de- 
fault. 

Jan Eraat, pltf. v/s Aris Otte and his wife, defts. Defts. in de- 
fault. Pltf. demands costs. 

Helletje Tobias, pltf. v/s Anneken Matthys, deft Deft, in default. 

Arrien Janzen Visser, pltf. v/s Hendrick Liambersen Mol, deft. 
Deft, from home. 

Lysbet Aris, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen, deft. Deft in default. 

Jan Janzen van de Lange Straat, pltf. v/s Huybert Alberzen, deft. 
Deft in default 

Frerick Hendrickzen, pltf. v/s Wissel Gerrisen, deft Deft, in default 

Romeyn Servyn, pltf. v/s Tomas Verdon, deft. Deft, in default. 

Dirck Siecken, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Walle, deft. Both in 
default. 

Mattheus de Vos and Maria Besems appear in Court, requesting that 
Boudewyn van Nieuwlants goods, brought in consignment to the City 
Hall, may be sold, that the Ijring-in expenses and support of the child 
may be paid therefrom. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, whereas the 
suit is not yet finished, that nothing can yet be done in this case. 

M5 Gerrit van Tright requests by petition, that his attachment be 
declared valid on the chest brought in consignment to the City Hall with 
Boudewyn van Nieuwlant's goods contained therein, and in regard to 
other claims against the aforesaid Boudewyn, that he may be preferred, 
as the same were left with him in pledge as collateral security for fl. 550 
in tobacco; also for his private a/c for the sum of 11. 89. in seawant, and 

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that the said chest and goods be adjudged to him to proceed to sale, ac- 
cording to law. Marginal order: — ^The attachment is declared valid and 
nothing further can be done in the case, until the suit is disposed of. 
Ordered on the declaration of Comelis Pluyvier, according to order of 
the 24*^ May^ relative to the bed, bolsters and four pillows in question 
against Jacob Vis. The W. Court order copy to be furnished to party to 
answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman requests execution on the judgment 
against Jeremias Jansen Hagenaar, dated lo May 1661. The BaiM is 
ordered to execute these. 

David Wessel and Comelis Barenzen appear in Court complaining, 
that Douw Hermsen has not complied with the order of the W Court, 
dated 31 June last, as to erecting the house. The W: Court order Douwe 
Hermsen to come here to work between this and next Monday, and pro- 
ceed with the same, or to put some one in his place; if not, that the work 
shall be contracted for with another, at his expence. 

Isaack Kip entering says, that Hendrick Jansen Grever does not 
return ; demands payment. The W: Court order him to summon in 
writing or otherwise. 

Willem Jansen van Borckelo, att'y of Antony Jansen van Vaas, re- 
quests execution on the judgment against Hendrick Jansen Smitt, dated 
21 June 1661. The W: Court order the Baili£f to execute these. 

Sara Pieters requests, that the judgment which she has against Bnijn 
the mason, dated 21? June 1661. be put in execution. The W. Court 
order the Bailiff to put these in execution. 

Paulus van de Beeck and Joannes Vervelen request, that the jadg* 
ment, dated 38 June i66x, which they have against Jurrien Jansen van 
Auweryck, may be put in execution. The W: Court ordered the BaiM 
to put these in execution. 

Willem Pieterzen de Groot requests by petition that the Bailiff be 
authorised to notify Hend: Hend: Obe to satisfy and pay him, the peti- 
tioner, the sum of fl. 75. according to judgment dated 10 Sept' 1657. on 
account of wages earned by Antony Riggen whose procuration he has. 
Apostille:— %Pia/, and the Bailiff is ordered to notify Hend: HendrickKn 
Obe to satisfy and pay him the petit! the fl. 75. according to judgment 
dated xo Septf 1657. 



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On the petition of Hendrick Hendricksen Obe, wherein the W. Court 
is requested to maintain him in the judgment, dated 24*^ 7^, and break 
and retract the wrongfully rendered judgment succeeding it; and to order 
the Heer Couwenhoven to convey to him in due form according to defini- 
tive judgment dated 30^ January 1660. Marginal order: — The W Court 
persist in their last rendered judgment dated 38 June 1661. 

Tielman van Vleeck, att'y for Alexander D'Hinojossa, replies to Jan 
Gillis, the younger: — The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party 
to rejoin thereunto at the next Court day. 

Ordered, on the reply of Symon Jansen Romeyn regarding the depu- 
ties of the W: Court, Jacobus Backer, old Schepen, and Isaack Grevera, 
against David Wessels: — ^The W: Court direct copy to be furnished to 
party to rejoin thereunto at the next Court day. 

On the rejoinder of David Wessels against Symon Jansen Romein, 
the W: Court order copy to be furnished to party and parties are ordered 
to desist from further production, to exchange their papers with each 
other and to produce their deduction and principal intendit by inventory 
on the next Court day. 

On the rejoinder of Wolfert Webber against Jan Grol; and Jacobus 
Vis against Hans Stein, is ordered as on the rejoinder of David Wessels. 

Tuesday 12 July 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Jan 
Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Arien Janzen Visser, deft. Pltf. 
concludes, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of five and twenty 
guilders according to Placard as a penalty for striking Rutgert Jansen. 
The deft, denies having struck. The officer undertakes to prove it. 
The W: Court order the Officer to prove it. 

Comelis van Gezel, pltf. v/s Lieve Ottes, deft. Pltf. answering to 
the demand of deft., dated 3 May last, says that he does not owe, in the 
quality in which he acts, and that he is unjustly sued for the fl. 60. Hol- 
lands; fl. 116. 14. beavers, and fl« 7x0. i. seawant, inasmuch as he has 
paid partly on the order of Everardus Welius according to a/c approved 
by him; also paid M' Evert Pietersen, executor of Dom* Welius aforesaid's 



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last win and att'y of Barent van Wely, fl. 551 : 10} confonnably to the a/c 
delirered to deft, on aa June; concludes that delt's demand shall be de- 
clared inadmissible, and he absolved from the snxt; and that [deft.] be 
condemned to pay the costs, damages, interests and other injuries. And 
whereas Barent van Wely is the heir of his decl brother Everhardns 
Welius, and the aforesaid Everhardus is indebted to the estate of the 
Heer Alrichs fl. 571. Holland money, arising out <A expended board, 
concludes in quality of testamentary executor, for judgment or at least 
for sequestration of the said fl. 577, but with compensation for the value 
of fl. 444. 14 beavers and fl. 55. 14. 8. seawant with costs. Deft, being 
shewn pltf's a/c, says he has nothing against it; demands copy of the 
demand in reconvention (offset) to shew the same to his principal. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question regarding the eight 
hhds. of French wine to Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen and now 
Orphan Master of this City, and Jacobus Backer, also cdd Schepen of this 
City, to decide the same, to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report 
to the W: Court of this City their award; touching the demand in recon- 
vention, the W. Court decide that the pltf. cannot sue the deft, in his 
quality. 

Schipper Jacob Janzen Staat, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft. 159 gl. in beavers for freight of his goods. Deft 
says he has received one hhd of French wine empty, also one half aam of 
Must,* and regarding the hhd. he proposed to pltf., that each should 
take an arbitrator to settle the matter, but he could not get him (to do 
so): otherwise acknowledges the debt. Burgomasters and Schepens refer 
the matter in dispute to Mattheus de Vos and Reynier Rycken, to decide 
parties' question and deft, was ordered to satisfy and pay pltf. according 
to the award of arbitrators. 

Romeyn Serveyn, pltf. v/s Skipper Jan Janzen Bestevaar, deft Pltf. 
says, he has agreed with deft, to take his wife along with him to Holland 
for ninety guilders in zeawant, and now he will not. Deft says, if his 
wife had remained in the condition, in which she previously had been, 
he would have taken her along; but not now. The W: Court excuse the 
skipper Jan Jansen Bestevaar from taking pltf's wife with him, in con- 
sequence of the fault committed by her after the agreement was made. 

^ Unfermented wine. 



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Siex van der Stighel, pltf. v/s Skipper Pieter Janzen Emilias, deft. 
Pltf. demands fulfillment of bill of lading, requesting still three ankers of 
anise. Deft, exhibits in his defence certain order from his employers. 
The W. Court order skipper Pieter Jansen Emilius to fulfill pltfs. bill of 
lading. 

Paulus Blyenberg, pltf. y/s Comelis Steenwyck, deft. Pltf. saith he 
has attached some tubs of tobacco in deft's hands, belonging to Swnnel 
Smitt, for a claim, which he has against said Smitt. Deft, says, the 
tobacco belongs to him, and that Samuel Smitt forwarded a part thereof 
on his a/c. and sent the rest for a debt according to obligation. In proof 
producing certain letters of Samuel Smitt written to him concerning the 
tobacco. Deft, was asked, if there was any thing else material in the 
letter ? Answers, No. The W: Court postponed the attachment on the 
tobacco for eight days to see, if Samuel Smitt come in the meanwhile. 

Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Paulus Blyenberg, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, payment of the sum of 759. gl. in tobacco on an obligation and 
72 gl. 6 stiv. book debt for an anchor used on his bark. Deft, says he 
paid the 759 gl. in tobacco to Samuel Smitt on pltfs a/c, denying to 
have received the anchor. Pltf. replies and says, if he can prove, that he 
paid the obligation to Samuel Smitt for his a/c, he is content, undertak- 
ing to prove, that he bought the anchor for the use of his bark. Deft, 
shews some papers and a/cs. proving thereby, that a large quantity of 
tobacco is due by Samuel Smitt to him. And whereas Paulus Blyenbei^ 
has not shewn, that he has paid Samuel Smitt the obligation for the Heer 
Steenwyck, he is ordered by the W. Court to pay the Heer Steenwyck 
here; and the Heer Steenwyck was ordered to prove, that Paulus Blyen- 
berg bought the anchor from him. 

Paulus Blyenberg, pltf. v/s M? Patricx, deft. Pltf. demands, that 
deft, shall say, whether the tobacco, which he delivered to the Heer 
Steenwyck belong to Samuell Smitt or not, as 13 hhds. are marked with 
two S*s and one hhd. with his mark. Deft, answers. Yes; and that 
Samuel Smitt gave them to him to deliver to the Heer Steenwyck. 

Cristientje Capoens, pltf. v/s Kersten Janzen and Hendrick Janzen 
Slujrter, defts. Pltf. demands to be indemnified for sods, which the 
defts. took without her consent from her meadow, and moreover to pay 
something for the poor. Defts. say, they did not know that it was her 



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bund. DcftSb irtummg woe icfRnnuuidcd Yfj the W: Comt md duffgtd 
not to do 10 an J more. 

Hendrick Hendrickzcn Obe, phi r/% WDleni Pkteneii de Groot, 
deft. Fhf. demands, that deft., suing as att'j for Antooj Rigge, shaD 
prove the justice of his claim concerning the 75 ^ according to the order 
given to Antony Rigge dated 24 Sept! 1657, whereof no proof b ex- 
hibited. Deft. sajSy he hirfds to the jndgment of the Magistrates, and 
that Anton J Rigge worked five weeks on board the bark, earning diiitj 
six gnilderi a month and spent thirty gnilderi board. PItf . produces an 
Adie of the Coort Messenger Gysbert Op Dyck, dated sa Angust, whereb 
he told Antony Rigge in the name of Pieter van Conwenhoven to take 
eare of the bark and that his wages shall go on as before, idiich he nndcr- 
took. Burgomasters and Schepens order Willem Pietersen de Groot to 
prove, when Antony Rigge went on board and left the bark and how kng 
he served. 

Frmck Hendrickzen, pltf . v/s Wessd Gerriaen, deft Defts. 2^ de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft according to obligation forty ei^t 
guilders. The W: Court order deft to deposit the monies with Secretary 
of this City. 

Jan Janaen van Schorel, pltf. v/s Arien Janzen Visser, deft Pltf. 
demands from deft six beavers. Deft acknowledges the debt and re- 
quests fourteen days time. The W. Court order the deft to pay the pltf. 
precisely in fourteen days» 

Andries Joghimsen, pltf. v/s Jan Lauwerens Jun!, deft Pltf. con- 
cludes in writing, that deft shall be condemned to pay him the surgeon's 
bQl and in addition thirty guilders for the pain and hurt, as he had 
wounded him by the discharge of a gun. Deft says he fired a gun on 
the arrival of a bark and had previously looked out and seen no one. 
The W. Court order deft to pay surgeon*s fees. 

Schepen Joannes van Brugge, pltf. v/s Sybout Clazen, deft Deft 
in default. 

Samuel Etsal, pltf. v/s M! Patricx, deft Pltf. in default. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Deft in default 

Dirck Smitt, pltf. v/s Mary Peeck, deft. Deft in default. 

Jan Eraat, pltf. v/s Aris Otte and his wife, def U. Pltf. in default 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft Deft in default 



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Pltf. exhibits a judgment ag'st deft. He was ordered to cause him to be 
summoned. 

Andries Joghimzen, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft Deft, in default. 

Skipper Jacob Jansen Huys appears in Court with Jan Joghimsen, 
his pilot, Jan Qazen, cook, and Andries Andriesen, carpenter, as wit- 
nesses relative to the delivery of the thirty three elk hides belonging to 
M? Balthus and Jan Clazen declares, that he counted out the elk hides 
from the hold of the boat, where they were again counted by Jan Joghim* 
sen and again counted over on the dock, by the scales, by Jan Claasen 
and Andries Andriesen and found each time the number of thirty three. 
The pilot, cook and carpenter were asked, if they are willing to confirm 
their declaration on oath ? Answer, Yes. Skipper Jacob Jansen Huys 
demands over and above the freight, payment of costs and loss of time.' 
Burgomasters and Schepens order Balthazar de Haart to pay skipper 
Jacob Jansen Huys the nine and twenty guilders freight and moreover 
the Secretary's and Messenger's costs. 

Daniel Van Donck demands execution on the judgment dated 24. 
May 1 66 1, against Andries de Haas. The W: Court order the Bailiff to 
put these in execution. 

Schepen Timotheus Gabry demands execution on the judgment, 
dated 5 July 1661, against Jacob Jansen Huys. The W. Court order 
Bailiff to execute these. 

Isaack Kip appearing in Court demands, that he may lift the monies 
belonging to Hendrick Jansen Grever attached in the hands of Joost 
Carelsen, as he has not appeared on summons. The W. Court order 
Isaack Kip duly to summon Hendrick Jansen Grever. 

M! Coo appearing in Court requests, that the attachment made on the 
monies of Nicolaas Grey in the hands of Jan Arcet, aUas Coopal, be de* 
dared valid. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the attachment valid 
and order M? Coo to communicate the same to the Magistrates at Vlis- 
singen (Flushing). 

On the petition of the Bailiff Mattheus de Vos, wherein he requests, 
that he may receive for each judgment, according to the 4? 5? and 6? 
art*, of his Instruction from the successful party, what the W. Court shall 
please to appoint for the advantage of him, the petitioner, also to receive 
money before serving a notice, summons and renewal. Marginal order: 



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— Burgomasters and Schepens in regard to the fourth, fifth and sixth 
points, refer to the order and instruction dated 6? Feb^ 1655 given to the 
petitioner from the R! Hon^ Director Gen'l and Council regarding the 
taking of money before serving a notice, summons and renewal. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens allow the petitioner so to do, if he will or not. 

Alexander Carolus Curtius communicates in writing the offer of his 
services, if this City will contribute to him six hundred guilders a year in 
beavers, on condition of receiving no contribution from the youth. 
Whereupon serves as marginal order:— Burgomasters and Schepens refer 
the petitioner to the Rt Hon^ Director General and Council of New 
Netherland. 

On the petition of Symon Janzen Romein in quality as att'y of the 
interested creditors of Pieter Jacobsen Buys, wherein he requests, that the 
execution on said Buys' house be annulled, the notices quashed and that 
Pieter Rudolfus' widow shall take her recourse on the other effects and 
lands being on Long Island. Marginal order:-— Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that the execution shall take its course, or that the 
petitioner shall satisfy the creditors here. 

On the rejoinders both of David Wessels deft, against Symon Janzen 
Romein, att'y of Dirkje Janzen; and Jan Jelis, the younger, against Tid- 
man van Vleeck, att'y of Alexander d'Hinoyossa, ordered: — ^The W: 
Court order copy to be furnished to party, and parties were ordered to 
desist from further production, to exchange their papers with each other, 
and to produce their deduction and principal intendit per inventory at the 
next Court day. 

Tuesday, 19^ July 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, Timotheus 
Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, pltf. v/s Willem Pieterzen de Groot, 
deft. Whereas the deft, remains in default of proving the justice of his 
a/c, conformably to the order of the W: Court, dated 12 July last, the 
pltf. concludes to be absolved from the suit entered against him dated s8 
June, and sues for condemnation in the costs of this process, according 
to taxation and estimate of the W: Court. Deft, requests by petition an 
end of the case and that pltf. shall declare on oath, that he was not in his 



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service, nor to owe any money for rent, nor promised to pay, also that he 
signed Antony Rigge's monthly wages in his book, or that he knows 
nothing about it. Hendrick Hendricksen was asked, if he does not 
know, that Antony Rigge served on the bark ? Answers, No; but knows 
well, that an order was given by the Heer Couwenhoven, that he should 
go on board the bark. Willem Pietersen undertakes to prove the same. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order Willem Pietersen de Groot to prove so. 

Comelis van Gesel, pltf. v/s Wessel Gerrisen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft., according to judgment dated 12 June 2658 of the Court of N. 
Amstel in the South River, the sum of fl. 660. in fulfillment of contract 
dated 13. Feby, 1658. entered into with him, demanding sequestration with 
interests and costs. Deft, says, he does not owe so much, producing for 
Ais purpose an offset a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter 
in question to Comelis Steenwyck and Jacobus Backer, old Schepens of 
this City, to discuss parties' case, to decide the same, and if possible to 
reconcile them; if not, to report their action to the Court. 

Comelis van Gesel, pltf. v/s Lieve Ottes, deft Pltf. persists in his 
conclusion entered against the deft, on the la July last, with costs, ac- 
cording to rendered protest, as the deft., in his quality, has made an 
unjust demand on him on behalf of Barent van Wely, inasmuch, as he 
cannot demand a debt from him on a/c of his brother D* Welius, and 
considering him in the matter of the wine nothing else, than his brother's 
heir and he acted towards him otherwise, than he was bound to do. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens having considered the return of Comelis Steen- 
wyck and Jacobus Backer, old Schepens of this City, approve the same, 
and therefore order Comelis van Gesel immediately to furnish Lieve Ottes 
in his quality, before the going down of the sun, particulars of a/c. as 
well of the writing fees of the Secretary, summons fees of the Court Mes- 
senger and of the costs accmed on appearance, which costs the deft. Lieve 
Ottes was ordered to satisfy and pay, the attachment remaining so long 
valid until it is fulfilled. 

Frerick Hendricksen, pltf. v/s Wessel Gerrizen, deft. Plft. demands 
from deft. 48. gl. on an obligation for rent. Deft, says, that pltf. has 
not made the house tight according to promise, and has consented to 
allow him to re-hire the house, which he has done for 24 gl., whereof he, 
the pltf. has reel ten guilders, which the pltf. does not deny. Burgo- 



34^ Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1661 

masters and Schepens having heard parties decree and order Wessel 
Gerrisen to pay Frerick Hendrickzen four and twenty guilders, and the 
pltf . has to recover the other four and twenty guilders from the persons 
to whom he again hired, as he has received from the same a portion of 
the rent. 

Isaack Willemsen, pltf. v/s Marten Mayer, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, one hundred and fifty gl. Hollands Currency according to ob> 
ligation and interest at twelve per cent Deft, admits the debt. The W: 
Court order deft, to pay pltf. 

Joannes Vervden, pltf. v/s Augustyne Heermans, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands ratification of a transport, regarding a lot conveyed by deft to 
Symon Joosten, and costs of fencing, sajring that deft, troubles and sues 
him. Deft, produces certain extract from the minutes against Symon 
Joosten dated 9. Octob. 1656. and requests that judgment may take 
effect. Burgomasters and Schepens persist in the judgment produced. 

Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven, arrestant and pltf. v/s Aucke 
Janz, arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft balance according to 
settlement of thirty nine guilders for purchase of a beast. Deft, denies 
the debt., saying pltf. still owes him sS gl., acknowledges to have bought 
a beast of Gerrit Gyberzen, but does not know, to whom it belonged and 
paid for the same to Gerrit Gysberzen's wife. The W. Court order 
Aucke Jans to prove, that he has paid for the beast to Gerrit Gysbersen's 
wife, remaining in arrest until the proof unless he gives sufficient bail. 

Wemaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Pieter Nouwel, deft and Jeems Mils' 
bark attached. Jan Jelis, the younger, appears in the name of Wemaar 
Wessels and for himself in Court, prosecuting the attachment issued 
against Jeems Mils' bark and says he summoned Pieter Nouwel to hear 
the prosecution of the arrest Burgomasters and Schepens declare the 
arrest valid. 

Cornells Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Defts. a^ de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred guilders and eight stivers 
for consumed drink. The W: Court order deft to deposit the money 
with the Secretary of this City. 

Dirck Jansen Smitt, pltf. v/s Mary Peeck, deft Defts. 2^ default 
Pltf. demands from deft, twenty five beavers for rent according to obliga- 
tion and three months more rent in addition, making together thirty one 



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beavers. The W. Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secre- 
tary of this City. 

Marten Mayer, pltf. v/s Cornells Janzen Clopper, deft. Pltf. in de- 
fault. 

Pieter Janzen van de lange Straat, pltf. v/s Arien van Laar, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf 's wife entering demands, that she may arrest the 
deft. Burgomasters and Schepens grant the woman her request. 

Eldert Jurriaanzen, pltf. v/s Pieterje Jans and Jan Claazen Ruiter, 
her son, defts. Defts. in default. 

Eldert Jurriaanzen, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Deft, in default. 

Schepen Joannes van Brugh, pltf. v/s Sybout Clazen, deft. Both in 
default. On the written answer, by request, which Van Brugh should 
institute on the demand against him, is ordered: The W: Court order 
copy to be furnished to party, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Pietertje Jansen, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, in default. 

Pietertje Jans, pltf. v/s Wessel Wesselsen, deft., to make declaration 
relative to some hides. Wessel Wesselsen entering declares to have had 
a letter from Jan Gerrizen, wherein he states, that he should deliver ten 
hides to Hermen Douwsen; and that he fell into the water, whereby the 
letter having got wet, it went to pieces. 

Jan Janzen Bestevaar, skipper of the ship the Tr(m (the Faith) ap- 
pears in Court demanding, wherefore are his papers attached ? There- 
upon was answered, because he has not paid the wharfage. Whereunto 
he again replies, he has not refused to pay his quota, as heretofore, but 
he cannot consent to pay the whole, because the principal of the charterers 
will not repay it to him. Thereunto he was again answered, the other 
skippers pay it, and in the collecting the freight to bring the same in his 
merchants or charter parties' a/c. Jan Jansen Bestevaar again entering, 
was notified, that the Magistrates decide, he must pay the whole of the 
wharfage. Thereunto he answers, he cannot resolve on that, but as 
heretofore will pay one third, requesting discharge of the attachment on 
his papers. Burgomasters and Schepens order Jan Jansen Bestevaar to 
pay the wharfage, the papers remaining so long attached. 

Isaack Kip entering requests, as on the last Court day, to be allowed 
to lift the monies of Joost Carelsen. Was ordered first duly to summon 
Hend: J: Grever. 



348 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1661 

Solomon La Chair, entering says, he comes in the name of Panlus 
BIyenberg and demands, that the attachment issued on Samuel Smitt's 
tobacco in Comelis Steenwyck's hands be declared valid. Burgomasters 
and Schepens declare the attachment provisionally valid. 

Metje Wessels and Wemaer Wessels request by petition, that curators 
may be appointed by the W: Court over the insolvent estate of Rejmdert 
Jansen Hoom. Burgomasters and Schepens authorize and qualify as 
curators Joannes van Brugh, Jacob Backer and Wemaer Wessels. 

Symon Jansen Romein in quality etc. requests by petition, that the 
execution for the sale of Pieter Jacobzen Bujrs' house may be deferred 
until the arrival of the widow of Pieter Rudolfus. Whereupon is en- 
dorsed; Petition is granted. 

On date 20*!* July appeared before me Joannes Nevius, Secretary of 
diis City of Amsterdam in N. Netherland, Comelis van Gesel declaring 
to appeal to the R't Honorable Direct! General and Council of N. Nether- 
land from the judgment pronounced by Burgomasters and Schepens on 
the date of the 21? past between him and Lieve Ottes. 

Extraordinary Session, on Thursday the sz? July i66i. In the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen van 
der Grift, AUard Anthony, Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Willem Janzen van Borckelo, pltf. v/s Annetje Dircks, widow of 

Dirck Smit * dec^, deft. Pltf . requests exchange on Holland for house 

and lot sold to her for the sum of six hundred and forty guilders accord* 

ing to deed of sale thereof passed before the Notary Pelgrum Clocq and 

witnesses, 24 May z66z. Deft, concludes in writing for the annulment 

of the sale, inasmuch as it was not arranged or divided into four parts 

when the sale occurred, and says that pltf. could not deliver the house as 

commanded, which pltf. denies. Burgomasters and Schepens having 

* Dirck Smith hmd been an Ensign in the tioqpt of the W. I. Compenr and had 
•erred as such against the Swedes on the Delaware in 165s and acainat the Eeopw 
Indians in the following years. He married in 1654 Anneke Dirks Meyer and died ta 
1661. The house and lot sold to his widow, as stated above, was on the W, side of the 
present Broad Str., about 225 feet N. of Beaver. VaknHne^ Manual *65, 68s. EasigB 
Smith had also land, 54 Moigens or 108 acres, on Mespath Kil, Newtown, L. I., which 
is the farm his widow sold, as per Minutes of March 22, i66x.— B. F. 



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heard parties decree and adjudge, that the sale of the house and lot in 
question shall stand, as the same, like other property given up on inven* 
tory, is signed by the chosen guardians; they order the deft, to execute 
according to deed of sale a bill of exchange for the promised purchase 
money and condemn her in the costs of suit. 

Burgomasters and Schepens, assembled, conclude and order the fol- 
lowing AcU to be furnished to the Notary Pelgrum Clocq. 

ACTE. 

Whereas you, Pelgrum Clocq, Notary Public here, have declared to 
the Burgomasters, that Lucas Dircksen had been chosen by Annetje 
Dirck, widow of Dirck Smitt as attorney for the sale of the house and lot 
by Willem Jansen van Borckeloo to said Annetje, which is not inserted 
in the bill of sale; whereas also said Lucas Dircksen, when asked by Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens, whether he had been so elected by said Annetje, 
answered No; whereas further many mistakes have often occurred in 
other papers, drawn up by you, which may lead to great mischief, — 
Therefore, as according to the Law of the Orphan Masters no Notary is 
allowed to draw up papers, relating to widows or orphans, without an 
attorney or guardian having been chosen, you are hereby ordered and 
charged by the Burgomasters and Schepens of this City, not to draw up 
during six weeks from date, any instruments appertaining to the Subal* 
tern Court of this City. Done as before. 

On date 26 July Jan Jurriaansen Becker produces the judgment, 
which he has obtained against Carel van Brugge, saying that the President 
said, he authorized the Bailiff to execute it. On which judgment is en- 
dorsed: — ^The Bailiff is ordered to execute these. 

Which order is also made on the judgment in favor of Mf Balthus 
against Rutgert Jansen. 

Sieur Johannes de Peister, old Schepen of this City, and Pieter 
Jacobsen Marius are hereby authorized and qualified by Paulus Leender- 
zen van de Grift, President of the Burgomasters and Schepens of this 
City, as arbitrators to decide the questions and differences between Mf 
Leeck and Willem Lambert; to reconcile parties if possible, if not, to 
report their award to the Heer President. Done, Amsterdam in New 
Netherland la August 166 1. 

Ordered on the judgment of Abraham [Jansen], the carpenter^ 



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dated 5 July against Jacob Jansen Moesman; The Bailiff is ordered to 
put these in execution. Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherlands 13? Augf 
1661. 

The Bailiff Mattheus de Vos is hereby ordered and authorized by the 
Burgomasters of this City, to seize the house mortgaged by Wemaer Wes- 
sels to Bartholdus Maan for the claim, which he has against Wemaar 
Wessels, to sell the same by execution for the payment of the claim by 
virtue of judgment which he has. Done, Amsterdam in New Netherland 
the 15*^ August 1661. 

Extraordinary Session, holden on Tuesday, 16^ August i66x. In 
the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Lenderzen 
van der Grift, Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven, 
Joannes van Brugh. 

Eduard Leake, pltf. v/s Ritzert Airy, deft. Pltf. concludes in 
writing, that deft, shall be condemned to execute in his favor due receipt 
for ten months and a half expired hire of the bark named, the Providenct^ 
also of ten months wages earned on the abovenamed bark amounting 
together to the sum of seventy seven pounds sterling, fifteen shillings and 
five stivers, according to a/c exhibited in Court; also in and for indemnity 
for all costs, damages and interests, suffered and yet to be suffered on ac- 
count of the deft's delay and unwillingness, principal since 25*^ July last, 
when the question between him, the pltf. and the deft, was decided and 
approved by parties, after previous compromise, by arbitration award of 
Paulus Leenders* Van der Grift and Comelis Steenwyck, as is appearing 
by the award shewn to the Court; further for indenmification with Willem 
Lambert for a hhd. of tobacco, sold to Sieur Govert Loockermans, not 
belonging to them, all with costs. Deft, requests, that the case be, 
under security, postponed until his return here, or that the case be tried 
in New England. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties; 
considered and weighed the decision of arbitrators (after entered com- 
promise and approval of parties) approve the same, and condenm the 
deft. Ritzert Airy to obey and fulfill the aforesaid award and to give M^ 
Leake an acquittance in due form; regarding the indemnity for the hhd. 
of tobacco. Burgomasters and Schepens find, both by declarations ap- 
proved by the pltf. as by the examination of Ritzert Airy, confessing to 



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have been satisfied for the sold tobacco and that the same did not belong 
to him, that Ritzert Airy has transgressed therein, therefore condemn 
him to pay to Mr Eduard Leake and Willem Lambert the sum of thirty 
six guilders; all with costs herein accrued, and further dismiss pltf*s 
entered demand and assumed conclusion. 

On date 20^ Aug. z66z. M! Leake requests by petition, that he may 
be granted further explanation of the judgment, dated 16? August last, 
.or that the aforesaid judgment be so changed, that the meaning and 
decision of the W: Magistrates may be distinctly and clearly drawn up, 
plainly and simply without dubiousness and obscurity, to the end that he, 
who is here triumphant, may not, if drawn before the Court either in 
Virginia or elsewhere for the above reasons, succumb by want of clear 
proof. On which petition b endorsed: Burgomasters and Schepens de- 
cree by their pronounced judgment in the suit between Eduard Leake and 
Ritzert Airy, dated 16. August x66z, that Ritzert Airy shall pay to him, 
M' Eduard Leake, not for the whole hhd. of tobacco but for the missed 
tobacco of Eduard Leake, which the aforesaid Ritzert Airy and sailors 
have alienated together, the sum of thirty six guilders. Done, Amster- 
dam in N. Netherland the 20^ August z66i. 

Extraordinary Meeting, Saturday 27. Aug? 1661. In the City Hall. 
Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen Van der Grift, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Jan 
Vigne. 

Whereas the Board is not complete, the matter regarding the publica- 
tion and renewal of the Placard is postponed till the full meeting; as also 
the disposal of the question of the hearth money. 

On Saturday, 10^ Sept^ 1661. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren the Rt. Hon^ Petrus Stuyvesant, AUard Anthony, Paulus Leen- 
derzen van der Grift, Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter W: Van Couwenhoven, 
Joannes Van Brugh, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

The Rt. Hon^ General states, he had understood with regret, that 
there exists some difference between the Burgomasters and Schepens, 
which in the present circumstances of the times ought to be prevented. 
He says, if any new taxes are to be imposed, it must be by and with 
advice of the Schepens; then if they have been already established 



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before now, that need not therefore be taken ; offering further, the reasons 
why the bakers should have to take out a license. 

Burgomasters request from the Rt. Hon: General a seperate instruc* 
tion besides the instruction of Burgomasters and Schepens; whereunto 
his Hon' answers he cannot do that, neither individually nor with his 
Council. 

Pieter van Couwenhoven asks, if the Burgomasters can impose any 
new tax without the knowledge of the Schepens ? whereunto his Honl 
answers, Yes as regards the imposition of the Hearth Money; and that 
the Instruction regards new imposts, and that this is old. 

Tuesday, 13^ Sept^ 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes van 
Brugh, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Hendrick Hendreckzen, pltf. v/s Symon Hermzen Cort, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, nine guilders seven stivers balance of fl. 19. as per 
a/c. exhibited in Court and moreover indemnification for a hog killed by 
deft, with payment of glass thrown out by him. Deft says, he has an 
offset a/c; denying having killed the hog and to have thrown out the 
glass. Pltf. undertakes to prove, that he killed the hog and broke the 
glass. Burgomasters and Schepens having seen and examined the a/c 
produced by the pltf. tax the same at fl. 6. 18. and whereas he admits to 
have received from deft, on the a/c fl. 9. 13 stiv. find that deft, has over- 
paid him fl. 2. 15., which according to a/c produced is due to Sjrmon 
Hermsen from him, pltf. regarding the killing of the hog and breaking of 
the glass, they order the pltf. to prove the same. The Officer requests 
copy of the demand of Hendrik Hendricksen, which was granted him 
by the W: Court. 

Comelis Barenzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Swartwout, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, balance of fl. 195. and the costs accrued thereon for payment 
of a lot. Deft, promises not to depart or he shall pay the pltf. according 
to a/c. The W Court order the deft, to give satisfaction to the pltf., for 
what belongs to him. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Reinier the baker, deft. Pltf., as atty. 
of Joost de Backer, demands for him from deft, eight beavers accord* 



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ing to obligation. Deft, answers in writing; and whereas deft, has not 
signed his answer, default is granted in favor of the pltf. 

Schepen Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Evert Mareschal, deft. Deft, in default. 

Abraham Martenzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Pieter Lucasen, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Pelgrum Clock, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Both in default. 

Reintje Pieters, pltf. v/s Eghbert Wouterzen, deft. Both in default. 

Jan Janzen, the younger, pltf. v/s Pelgrum Clocq, deft. Both in 
default. 

Jan Janzen, the younger, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Both 
in default. 

Jan Janzen the younger, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Both in 
default. 

Dirck Janzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Mary Peeck, deft. Pltf. in default. 
Sybrant Janzen Galma appears in Court requesting, that the attachment 
made by Dirck Jansen Smitt on the monies of Mary Peeck in the hands 
of Jan Ariaansen, ship carpenter, be declared invalid, as the same are 
pledged to him by deed of sale. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugh, deft. Both in default. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Hermen Dowzen, deft. Both in default. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Antony Baguyn, deft. Deft, in default. 

MT Jacob Huges, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Herry Peers, pltf. v/s Arent Comelissen Vogel, deft. Deft, in default. 

Lucas Dircksen, pltf. v/s Tryntje Heimans, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Teunizen, pltf. v/s Francois Soleil, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Jan Hubon, pltf. v/s Ambrosius de Weerhem, deft. Both in default. 

Geertruyt Samsons, pltf. v/s Comelis Vermeulen, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Aefie Rinckhout, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Deft, in default. 

Isaack Vermuelen, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hermen J acobsen, pltf. v/sReinier, the baker, deft. Deft, in default, 

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

Tomas MuUer, pltf. v/s Rutgers Janzen, deft. Both in default. 

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Hendrick Janzen Smit, pltf. v/s Evert Mareschal^ deft Deft in 
default. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Reinier Gaukes, deft Deft, in default 

Eghbert van Borssum, pltf. v/s Hermen Dowzen, deft Deft, in 
default. 

Mighiel Tades, arrestant and pltf. v/s Aucke Janz. arrested and deft 
Deft in default. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest valid. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Arien Janzen Visser, deft 
The Officer produces pursuant to the order of the W: Court, dated is 
July last, two different declarations^ that deft, had been fighting or was 
at handigrips with one Rutgert Jansen, saying, if additional proofs are 
necessary, he can get them. Again, therefore demanding the fine of 25 
gl. according to placard with costs. Deft, denies again to have been 
fighting, saying that they had been wrestling with each other in play. 
Requests copy of the evidence. Burgomasters and Schepens having seen 
the proofs of the Officer and heard the demand, condemn the deft in a 
fine of twenty five guilders with costs. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jonas Willemzen, deft. 
Pltf. says, that deft, has been fighting with one Hendrick and Abraham 
Lambersen Mol; demanding the penalty of 25 gl. according to Placard 
with costs. Deft, acknowledges to have had a fight, saying that it oc- 
curred about some wood, and that Hendrick abovenamed caught him by 
the hair and struck him, but he did not strike back. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order the Officer to cite again Jonas Willemsen and his party 
by the next Court day. 

Burgomasters and Schepens enquire of the Officer, if he has received 
the fines from the bakers ? Answers, Yes. They therefore decide to 
divide the same between the justices of the City, the Poor and the Church. 
Was asked, again, if he had not taken information on the case formerly 
occurring in the Smits Valley at the house of Pieter Lauwerens, also be- 
tween Nicolaas Mayer and Denys Isaacksen. 

Jan Ariaanzen appears in Court exhibiting an acte furnished to the 
Court Messenger by Mr. Decker, to attach in the hands of the skipper the 
monies, which he has earned for wages in the ship the Pearly and asks if 
such can be done ? As the Court Messenger, who has served the attach- 
ment is not present, nothing is done in the matter. 



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Joannes Vervelen requests by petition, that Augustine Heermans be 
ordered to let him, the petitioner, remain in possession of his lot as the 
same is measured by the Surveyor and not molest him about this any 
more; making demand, on the contrary of costs. Marginal order: — The 
W. Court persist in their last rendered judgment dated 19 July 1661. 

On the petition of Mighiel Tades concerning some difference about 
a claim, which Walewyn van der Veen has against him, Marginal order: — 
If the petitioner finds himself aggrieved, he can duly summon his party 
on the next Court day. 

Paulus Blyenberg appears in Court exhibiting some a/c and papers 
who, being about to depart for Fatherland, requests before he places them 
in the hands of his agent to swear to the correctness of the same. Where- 
upon it was ordered, first to authenticate the same, and then to go to the 
Officer and there swear to the same in the presence of two Schepens and 
two Englishmen. 

Abraham Martenzen appearing in Court requests payment of an ob- 
ligation from Pieter Lucasen. He was ordered to speak to Pieter Lucasen, 
when he comes from above. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman requests, that the judgment against 
Lucas Dircksen, dated 5 July 1661 may be put in execution. The Bailiff 
was ordered to put these in execution. 

Maria Besems requests by petition, that Gerrit van Tright furnish her 
with his claims against Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt. Marginal order: Fiat ; 
and MT Gerrit van Tright is ordered to furnish Maria Besems with his 
claims against Boudewyn van Nieuwlant. 

Mattheus de Vos, dXt*y ad lites of Reynier Rycken and Tomas Jansen 
Mingael, requests by petition, that Solomon La Chair indvidually and as 
attorney of Jan Rutgers, shall answer the pieces in the suit furnished him 
before the vacation. Apostille: Fiat ut petitur: And Solomon La Chair 
is ordered to defend, by the next Court day, the papers of the suit herein 
required. Solomon La Chair is hereby ordered by the W. Court of this 
City to answer on the next Court day the pieces in the suit, which Mat- 
theus de Vos, as att'y ad Litis of Reinier Rycken, has instituted against 
him; also what suits he as att'y of Tomas Jansen Mingael has instituted 
against Jan Rutgersen. 

Mattheus De Vos, as att'y ad litis of AUard Antony and Paulus Leen- 



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dersen van der Grift, requests by petition, that the W: Court may appomt 
two Schepens to hear and examine Barent van Maarle on interrogatories 
on oath, in presence of the Officer Pieter Tonneman. Marginal order: 
Fiat utpetitur. And thereunto are appointed by the W. Court Pieter Wol- 
ferzen van Couwenhoven and Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Jacobus Vis requests by petition similar Commissioners from the W: 
Court to hear Pelgrom Clocq on interrogatories on oath in the presence 
of the Officer Pieter Tonneman. Marginal order: Fiai^ and thereunto 
are commissioned by the W Court Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven 
and Joannes van Bruglu 

The Bailiff Mattheus de Vos is hereby ordered and authorized by 
the Burgomasters and Schepens of this City to seize the house of Jacob 
Janzen Moesman, to sell the same by execution for fulfillment of the 
judgment pronounced in favor of Abraham (Jansen), the carpenter, 
dated 5 July last; done as above. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker requests by petition to lift the seventy 
guilders belonging to Wessel Gerrizen, attached in the hands of Paulus 
Leenderzen van der Grift. Marginal order: Petition is granted. 

Extraordinary Session on Wednesday, 14 Sept! 1661. In the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, AUard Anthony, Paulus 
Leenderzen van der Grift, Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van 
Couwenhoven, Joannes van Brugh, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

The President states, that he, with Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, 
has been with the Rt Honble. Director Gen'l. and informed his honor» 
that Joannes de Decker has served an attachment on the monies of Jan 
Ariaansen earned on the ship the Pearly and in the hands of the skipper, 
and asked if his Honor was aware of it ? Thereupon his Honor answered^ 
No: that therefore the arrest could not be valid. 

Isaack Yermeulen, pltf . v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. demands of deft, 
payment of three hundred and seventy five guilders Hollands Cur'y one 
hundred and fifty gl. a year promised him, and he served two years and a 
half; and in addition sixty guilders in beavers. Deft, produces three 
letters, one from the pltf. and two from his mother, whereby he will 
prove, that pltf. is not allowed any wages and says he promised him 
nothing but according to his discretion, and if he can declare on oath 



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that he has promised him ten, twenty, thirty, or forty guilders a month or 
a year, he shall have them, saying, that the pltf. owes him ten, twenty @ 
thirty guilders, disbursed in seawant to him, according to proof by his 
book. Pltf. says, he will affirm on oath, that deft, promised him one hun- 
dred and fifty guilders a year Holland Currency. Deft, says, he prom- 
ised to take the pltf. free out and back, but no hundred and fifty guilders 
Holland Currency. Isaack Vermeulen being asked, if he can with a good 
conscience declare on oath, that he was promised one hundred and fifty 
guilders a year Holland Currency by Jacobus Vis ? Answers, Yes. But 
referring the matter to Jacobus Vis, he answers, to defer it to him. 
Burgomasters and Schepens find, that the letters produced are not ma- 
terial, therefore deferring to Isaack Vermeulen, the same hath taken 
the oath at the hands of the Officer Pieter Tonneman : they therefore 
condemn Jacobus Vis to pay within three times twenty four hours to 
Isaack Vermeulen the three hundred and seventy five guilders in Holland 
currency, or the value thereof and in addition sixteen guilders in beavers 
with costs of suit; on condition of deducting the twenty seven beavers 
and a half, which Isaack Vermeulen acknowledges to owe to him: regard- 
ing what Isaack Vermeulen should owe to Jacobus Visas may appear from 
the book, Jacobus Vis is ordered to furnish particulars thereof to Isaack 
Vermeulen within the time of four and twenty hours. 

AUard Anthony. 

Joannes de Decker appears in Court stating that he had summoned 
one Jan Ariaansen, ship-carpenter, for two years past before this W. 
Court, but he remained in default of appearing; and whereas a considera- 
ble sum is due to him by the aforesaid Jan Ariaansen and perceiving that 
he was not to receive any thing from him except by accident, says he at- 
tached some monies which he had to the good from the ship the Pearly to 
take advantage of them. Whereupon his Honor was answered, that, ac- 
cording to custom and usage no attachment could be made on the property 
of Burgers, before they are legally got at. To which his Honor replies, 
if it were a person, against whom there were other redress, he should 
proceed otherwise. Burgomasters and Schepens, after Joannes de Decker 
was again called in, he having stood outside a short time, declare that it 
was decided by their Worsp. that nothing else can be done in the matter. 

Aafie Rinckhouts, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Pltf. demands from 



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deft, five beavers balance of nine given to him, to buy one thing or the 
other for her, which were expended by him. Deft, says, he has nothing 
to do with pltf . but with Daniel Sinckhout, producing some letters and 
writings, from which it appears that he has enjoyed and received from 
Daniel Sinckhout, seven whole and two half beavers, on which beavers 
Rem Jansen Smitt gave her a tub of butter, reckoned at three beavers, 
sajring further that he sent one tub of mackerel, which should have been 
handed to her by Rem Jansen abovenamed. Pltf. denies having rece i ved 
a tub of mackerel, and says that she was with the deft, to Rem the smith, 
who declares, he gave her no mackerel and she rec^ nothing from him 
except fifty six pounds of butter; saying further, Claartje Alders had 
authority to get the beavers from the deft, but could not get them ; where* 
upon Qaartje Alders being heard, says that Jacobus Vis told her, he 
must have beavers from Daniel Rinckhout Jacobus Vis, entering prom- 
ises to satisfy the pltf. on condition of holding his guarantee on Rem the 
smith. And whereas Aafie Rinckhout has no procuration from Daniel 
Rinckhout, her brother. Burgomasters and Schepens, therefore, order to 
satisfy and pay the balance of five beavers, which he still owes to Qaartje 
Alders, att'y of Daniel Rinckhout, within the space of four and twenty 
hours; with costs of suit. 

Extraordinary Session on Saturday 17*^ Sept! 1661. In the City HaD. 
Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulus Leender- 
zen van der Grift, Timotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jeronimus 
Ebbinck.. 

Pieter Pieterzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Comelis Pluyvier, deft. Pltf. pro- 
duces in writing his demand against the deft, demanding according to 
obligation dated iS*!* August 1660, ninety nine good merchantable beavers 
or good tobacco, inspected by two indifferent persons chosen thereunto, 
as being good, six stivers the pound, arising from eleven hhds. of 
French wine payable precisely in the trade season of 1661, either in to- 
bacco or beavers; concluding further for the restitution or payment of a 
certain quantity of wares or merchandize left with deft. A^ 1660. on con- 
dition to trade them for ready money, or to retain them by till pltTs return 
from P atria; together with five beavers for one box of tumblers and 
glasses delivered to the deft, all with costs. Deft, says, he has nothing 



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to object to the obligation, but cannot pay him at present, because he de- 
pended on Sieur Augustine Heermans from whom, by obligation exhibited 
to the W: Court, he must have as much and more payment, which is due; 
but cannot have it in consequence of misfortune, which he has suffered: 
respecting the wares and merchandize, he sold the same to the aforesaid 
Augustine Heermans wife, as appears by obligation, whereof the time is 
not yet expired; and as regards the box of tumblers and glasses he ac- 
knowledges to have accepted the same for five beavers, which he promises 
to satisfy and pay by the first boats coming from Fort Orange, which he 
also expects. Pltf . replying says, he will affirm on oath, that he gave the 
wares and merchandizes to sell for cash and not to trust them out and he 
could satisfy him by returning the same, if unsold. Deft, rejoins and 
says, he sold the same with his own goods. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties and considered and weighed all that is material, 
adjudge and decree that the deft. Cornells Pluyvier shall satisfy and pay 
Pieter Pietersen Smitt, pltf. the ninety nine beavers or good tobacco ac- 
cording to obligation and in addition the five beavers for the box of 
tumblers and glasses. Regarding the wares and merchandize Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree that Pieter Pietersen Smitt shall hold him- 
self content with the obligation passed therefor, condemning the deft, in 
the costs of this suit. Allard Anthony. 

The President states, that Burgomasters yesterday had summoned 
the bakers before them and that Hendrick Willemsen, baker, appearing 
declared, that the one baker raised the price of the grain on the other,* 
and as heretofore the flour was sifted from the meal, that the bran is now 
separated and bread baked from it, and that it is forbidden in Holland 
to bake any bran, but that occasionally some bran was put through the 
meal, but no use made of it, and that the baker left it frequently to their 
youngsters (apprentices), when now and again from home, who do not 
work it sufficiently, whereby the bread is indifferently baked, and that on 
the contrary no baker in Fatherland leaves it to the boys to set the bread 
in the oven. 

Which statement being considered. Burgomasters and Schepens have 
concluded and resolved to make known the following Acte to the bakers 
by the Court Messenger. 

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All bakers of this City are hereby ordered and charged by the Burgo- 
masters and Schepens on the date hereof underwritten, forthwith as soon 
as this shall be notified to them, to bake both wheaten and white bread, 
good and suitable for the accommodation of the Burghers and inhabitants 
here as well as all others requiring it, if they have flour, on pain of not 
being allowed to bake for one year and six weeks and fifty guilders fine in 
addition on those, who are found to have flour and will not bake, and 
still twenty five guilders more to be forfeited by those, who have not baked 
good bread fit to be eaten. Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland, 17^ 
7'*?' 1661. 

Extraordinary Session, on Wednesday the 21? Septemb' 1661. In 
the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, 
Paulus Leenderzen Van der Grift, Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolfersen 
van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Bnigh, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Jeremias Fredricks, pltf. v/s Sicx vander Sdghelen, deft. Pltf. 
produces in writing his demand against the deft, requesting discharge of 
the attachment, placed on his goods by deft, for a claim, which deft, pre- 
tends to have for purchase and sale of a negro, whom he bought of deft, 
and the time of pajrment for whom is not yet expired, and bail for the 
payment of which he has offered Deft, says, he is not satisfied with the 
bail and has to look to nobody but to pltf. and that no time was condi- 
tioned in the sale of the negro. Nicolaas Yerlett and Francois de Brayn 
appear in Court, who were asked, if they offered themselves as bail for 
the pajHoaent of a certain negro, whom Jeremias Fredricx bought of Sicx 
van der Stighelen ? Answer, Yes. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard parties, examined the witnesses called by the pltf. and having con- 
sidered and weighed all that is material decide and adjudge, that Sicx van 
der Stighelen shall content himself with the bail bond of Nicolaas Verlett 
and Francois de Bruyn, and whereas he has refused such and the time of 
pajrment is not come, for which the arrest was wrongfully made by him. 
Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft. Sicx van der Stighelen in 
the costs of suit and discharge the arrested goods from attachment. 

Allard Anthony. 

The President 

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Tuesday, the 27* Sept' i66i. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulus Leendersen Vander Grift, 
Timotheus Gabiy, Pieter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven, Jeronimus Eb- 
binck. 

Burgomaster Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Govert Loockermans, deft. 
Pltf. prosecutes an attachment issued against the goods, effects and 
monies of Barent Joghimsen in the hands of Govert Loockermans for a 
claim amounting to three hundred guilders. Burgomasters and Schepens 
declare the attachment valid. 

Govert Loockermans, arrestant and pltf. v/s Gelein Verplanck, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands, that the attachment issued against 
defts. person and goods shall be declared valid and stand good, until the 
time, that deft, shall render him a/c, proof and reliqua for administration 
of the goods of his brother in law, Pieter ComelisP Vander Veen dec*! 
Deft, says, he already furnished a/c, proof and reliqua, eight years ago. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order Geleyn Verplanck to furnish Govert 
Loockermans a/c. proof and reliqua of his administration, the attachment 
remaining meanwhile valid. 

Abraham Jongbloet (Youngblood), pltf. v/s Govert Loockermans, 
deft. Pltf. demands in writing, that deft, shall fulfill the contract re- 
garding the hire of his land. Deft, says he made no contract with the 
pltf. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Tomas 
Hall and Pieter Jansen Wit to decide the matter in the presence of Schepen 
Jan Vigne and if possible reconcile parties, if not, to report their action 
to the Court. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Walewyn Van der Veen, deft. Pltf. con- 
dudes, that deft., as att'y of Isaack de Sterre, shall be condemned to 
appear before commissioners of the W. Court and there proceed with him 
to the collation, liquidation and question of a/cs respecting the goods, 
which he had had of aforesaid de Sterre on half profit; and further to the 
restitution of what it shall be found that he, pltf., has overpaid, with 
costs. Deft, says, he has not [been] overpaid, but must still have some- 
thing from the pltf., demanding that the mortgage may be read. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard parties and examined the produced 
papers, postpone the case until the next Court day, or a full bench. 

M' Jan Croon, surgeon, pltf. v/s Geertruyd Samson, deft. Pltf. 



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demands from deft two beavers for cure of a wotmd lecehred b j the deft, 
on board ship. Deft, says, Cornells Vermenlen wounded her. Borgo* 
masters and Schepens order deft, to pay pltf. sixteen goilders in zeawant. 

Geertmyd Samson, pltf. t/s Comelis Vermeolen, defL Defta. ^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, the sixteen goilders for the wound. 
The W: Court order deft to deposit the monies with the City Secretary. 

Joannes Venrelen, pltf. t/s Reinier Willemsen, baker, deft. Def ts. 
2^ default. Pltf., as att'y of Jan van Boxel, demands from deft, seven 
beavers and a beaver muff, according to obligation. The W : Court order 
deft, to deposit the beavers and muff with the Secretary of this City. 

Tomas Swartwout, pltf. v/s David Wessels, deft. Pltf. concludes in 
writing for condemnation according to a/c. for a balance of one hundred 
and seventy seven guilders, two stivers and ei^^t pence for a plan sold 
and service in keeping his books for the space of three years and further 
for work done to three new screw nuts and one old one, with costs. Deft, 
says as the plan is paid, there is no question about it, producing his 
answer in writing. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to pay 
ninety one guilders balance of plan, thirty guilders for book keeping and 
eleven guilders for the screw nuts, which he had ; otherwise to return 
them. 

Pietertje Jans, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft Pltf. demands fn^n deft 
ten ox hides of Jan Gerrisen's, according to declaration of Wessel Wcs- 
sels, dated 19 July last Deft says, he was to have nine hides, and that 
he was ordered to pay for them to M' Prescott the freight of tobacco and 
that the man has been here, to whom she had ought to have spoken. 
Pltf. says, she has been here only two day and is about to leave again. 
Deft, is asked, if he had sold the ox hides separately. Answers, Yes; 
also let the same be weighed apart Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard parties and seen the declaration of Wessel Wesselsen condemn the 
deft, to pay the pltf. according to the weigh book. 

Pelgrum Clocq, pltf. v/s Evert Mareschal, deft Pltf., as atty <^ 
Arien van Laar, demands from deft 446 lbs. of tobacco and fl. 18 in 
seawant according to obligation. Deft acknowledges the debt and re* 
quests time, till he comes from the Virginias, as he has his goods there or 
until the arrival of the first ship from the Virginias. The W: Court con* 
demn the deft, to pay pltf. in his quality. 



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Hendrick Janzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Evert Mareschal, deft. Pltf. de* 
nunds in writing from deft, ninety nine guilders ten stivers for rent, with 
interest and costs. Deft. sa]rSy he has not observed his lease, inasmuch 
as the cellar was not properly built; requests time till he comes from the 
Virginias, and says he offered to pay interest from date. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order deft, to pay the pltf. with costs. 

Dirck Janzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Jan Teunizen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from the deft, according to obligation, thirty one beavers, balance arising 
from four half aams of Spanish wine, one ox, for one beaver in linen and 
one coverlet, and says that he has taken back the Spanish wine, but could 
not draw off more than three half aams full. Deft, says, that pltf. is paid 
by his wife five and a half beavers and two beavers more at Joghim Ketel's 
house and another beaver on the coverlet, and owes only seven and a half 
beavers. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard the arguments of 
parties and seeing, that the obligation does not agree with the demand, 
ask if they wiU submit their dispute to them in quality as Moderators ? 
Answer, Yes. Whereupon their Worships award, in said quality, that 
Jan Teunissen shall pay Dirck Jansen Smitt, within two years, the 
quantity of nine beavers in com at beavers price, wherewith their difference 
shall terminate. 

Paulus Schrick, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hendrick Aarsen Spaniard, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, two beavers. Deft, ac* 
knowledges the debt and says he told him, he should pay him before his 
departure. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to pay the pltf. 

Jan Jurriaansen Becker, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarsen, deft. Pltf. de* 
mands from deft, five guilders seven stivers, by settlement of a/c. Deft. 
says, that pltfs. wife bought a chest of drawers for five and twenty 
guUders. Pltf. says, it was bought for no more than twenty two guilders. 
The W. Court order deft's wife to appear. 

Aafie Rinckhouts requests execution on the judgment against Jacobus 
Vis, dated 14 Sept- z66z. Whereupon it is ordered: Officer Pieter Ton- 
neman is hereby requested and authorized by the Burgomasters and 
Schepens of this City with the Bailiff to put in execution the judgment 
dated 14 Sept? last pronounced between Aafie Rinckhouts and Jacobus 
Vis. 

Joannes Vervelen appears in Court requesting, that he might receive 



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from Jurriaan Jansen van Auweryck the bed, which he got from Hol- 
land, in virtue of bill of exchange sent back three different times under 
protest, and in consequence thereof by judgment, which he has against 
him, if not that the Messenger or keepers be placed in his house, until he 
shall have paid him his arrears. Whereupon is ordered :^-Officer Pieter 
Tonneman is hereby requested and authorized by the Burgomasters and 
Schepens to assist the Bailiff to levy execution on Jurrien Jansen van 
Auweryck for the claim, which Joannes Vervelen has against him by 
virtue of a judgment dated 28^ June last. Done. 

Joannes Vervelen appears with Francois Allard in Court, sajring that 
Francois Allard has become bail, that Antony Baguyn would appear m 
Court, and that he does not come. Francois Allard says, that Antony 
Baguyn told him, the chest with the goods it contains which were brought 
in consignment to the City Hall of this City, may be sold. Whereupon 
the Burgomasters and Schepens authorize and empower the Officer Pieter 
Tonneman to cause the sale by the Bailiff of the aforesaid chest with the 
goods it contains of Antony Baguyn, being in consignment at the City 
Hall. 

Tuesday 37 Sept^ 1661. In the City Hall, at Two o'Clock in the 
Afternoon. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, 
Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, Timotheus Gabry, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Robbert Roelantzen and Abraham Janzen, pltfs. v/s Annetje Dircks, 
widow of Pieter Kock, deft. Pltfs. demand from deft, twelve and a half 
beavers according to the award of the arbitrators as by their writing ex- 
hibited and approved. Deft, says, she has offered the half and cannot 
furnish more. Pltfs. demand, that the work may stand still and in 
addition the costs incurred herein. Burgomasters and Schepens con* 
demn the deft, to pay the pltfs. with costs thereof. 

M'. Jacob Huges, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, defc 
Defte. 2^ default. Pltf. demands from the deft, thirty guilders for fees. 
The W: Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of 
this City. 

Geertruyd Wingers, arrestant and pltf. v/s Gelein Verplanck, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands marriage from the father of the child, 
saying it is the defts. Deft, demands to be discharged from arrest, say- 



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ing he is all along ready with his papers famished in the suit against pltf . 
Mattheus de Vos, attorney of the pltf. entering demands, that the arrest 
shall remain, and that deft, shall truly answer the questions to be pro- 
posed to him, and that the Magistrates would be pleased to appoint time 
and hour. Burgomasters and Schepens order Mattheus de Vos to furnish 
Gelein Verplanck copy of the interrogatories on which he shall answer, 
and Geleyn Verplanck was ordered to answer to the interrogatories 
within four and twenty hours after receipt. 

Gerrit Meyer, pltf. v/s Margaret Hardenbroeck, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, pajnoaent of three hhds of vinegar sold to her. Deft, 
says, the hhds were not delivered to her and that the same were not filled. 
Pltf. was asked, if he had sold the hhds. to deft, as they stood or to de- 
liver them full ? Answers, they had not spoken about it. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order the pltf. to prove, that he sold the deft, the hhds. 
as they were, and having proved so, the deft, was ordered to pay the pltf. 
for the same. 

Dirck Jansen Smitt, pltf. v/s Mary Peeck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, thirty one beavers for rent. Deft, says, she hired the house 
for half beavers, half seawant; producing an a/c of expenses. Pltf. 
says, no a/c is furnished him. Burgomasters and Schepens, the a/c being 
delivered to party, order the deft, to pay the pltf. deducting what she 
hath fairly expended. 

Comelis Barenzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Swartie, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, one hundred and fifty five guilders, balance, according to a/c. 
Deft, promises to pay, when he has settled with the pltf. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order parties to settle with each other. 

Jan Alberzen, pltf. v/s Willem Provoost, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, ten guilders. Deft, says, he gave an assignment to pltf. on 
one Pieter Loockerman, who is indebted to him. Pltf. [says], that Pieter 
Loockerman told him, he does not owe him. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order deft, to pay the pltf. the ten guilders. 

Hendrick Suyringh, pltf. v/s Tomas Fransen, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, had sent for him and coming to him, he said, to get his pay, and in 
place of payment has struck him on the hand. Deft, denies it. Pltf. 
undertakes to prove it. The W. Court order pltf. to bring in his proof. 

Mattheus de Vo/s, arrestant and pltf. v/s Leentje Dircks Servaas, 



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widofw of Axis Otte, deft. Deft in dc£uilt. PitL, as att'y of WOleai 
Tdler, produces the judgment agaunst deft., dated 17 June 1659, reqnest- 
ingy that the attachment iaraed against deffs goods be de^aied TaUd; 
condoding fordier for exhibition of the goods. Borgomastets and 
Schepens declare the attachment Talid, reqnest and aothoriae the Officer 
Pieter Tonneman to aid the Bailiff in die execution of the judgment 
against Aris Otte's* widow for the claim, which Matdieos de Vos in hb 
quality has against her. 

Jan Rutgersen, pltf. t/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Pltf. demands hom 
deft, according to extract from his book, nine guilders, ei^t stivers. 
Deft, denies the debt. The W. Court order plft. to further prove hb 
claim by his book. 

Joannes van der Meulen, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessds, deft. Deft in 
default. 

Comelis Jansen Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Comelis Janxen Qopper and 
Albert Alberzen, defts. Defts. in default. Mattheus de Voa, as att'y 
for pltf. demands benefit of default. 

Comelis Janzen Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Symon Hermx: Cort, deft. Deft 
in default. M. de Vos requests as before. 

Paulus Schrick, pltf. v/s Solomon La Chair, deft. Deft, in default 
Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Hermen Douzen, deft Deft in default 
Jan Huben, pltf. v/s Ambrosius de Weerhem, deft Defts. 2^ de- 
fault 

Pelgrum Qock, pltf. v/s Albert Janzen, deft Deft, in default 
Teunis Cray, arrestant and pltf. v/s Tomas Bets, arrested and deft 
Both in default. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, deft 
Deft in default. 

Meindert Barenzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Deft, in default 
Lucas Dircksen, pltf. v/s Tryntie Heimans, deft Both in default 
Claas Gangelofzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Janzen Meingaal, deft Deft 
in default. 

M'. Jacob Huges, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van de Lange Straat, deft 
Deft, in default 

MT Jacob Huges, pltf. v/s Pelgrum Clock, deft. Deft, in default 
M' Jacob Huges, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Deft, in default 



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The Heer Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven, plft. v/s Jacobus Vis, 
deft. Both in default. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Hermen Dowzen and Pietertje Jans, wife 
of Claas Jans Rujrter, defts. Defts. in default. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Jan Clazen Ruyter, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Barent Cruytdop, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Lambert Huyberzen Mol, pltf. v/s Jan Stocker, deft. Deft, in de* 
fault. 

Andries Andriezen, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van de Lange Straat, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Abraham Pieterzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Capt. Koeck, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Rutgert Janzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Solomon La Chair requests by petition, that certain persons be com- 
missioned by the W: Court to settle the difference between him and 
Reinier Rycke relative to Amout Bailey, to prevent the troubles of a 
lawsuit. Marginal order : Petitioner's request is granted and Joannes 
van der Meulen and Jacques Cosseau are commissioned hereunto. 

Jacobus Vis is hereby ordered and directed by the President of the 
Burgomasters and Schepens of this City to bring in to the Secretary of 
this City his papers used in the suit against Hans Steyn, within the time 
of four and twenty hours. Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 38*^ 
Septf 1 66 1. 

Friday 30 Septf 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Allard 
Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Timotheus Gabry, Pieter 
Wolferz van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Resolved and concluded by the Board, as the Meeting of Burgo- 
masters and Schepens is incomplete, to reassemble tomorrow at half past 
one o'clock precisely, on pain of twelve guilders for those, who do not 
attend. 

Saturday, first October, i66i. In the City HalL Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen van der 



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Grift, Tjmotheiis Gabrj, TitteT WoLfeaen tsb Cofiiwciiliovai, Jan Vigne, 
Jenmimos Ebbinck. 

Bnrgomasten and Schepeos of this Otj of Amsterdam in N. Nether* 
land baring considered and read and re-read the papers, docnments and 
ezhilHts used on bodi sides in the suit be t w e en Jan Gcrrisen Groll, attor- 
ney of Lysbet Jansen, widow of Dancker Comelissen, pltl; with and 
against Wdfert Webber, deft for an a/c of payment of a certain acct. for 
the sam of one hundred and fourteen guilders, four stiTcrs arising ont 
of delivered lime and stone, which defL receired hum the aforesaid 
Dancker in the year 1648; against which the defL concludes inadmissi- 
bility and discharge from prosecution, inasmuch as the same must have 
been paid by his agent, because he has not been ^K>ken to about it in 
sixteen years, and Burgomasters and Schepens having weired and con- 
sidered all that is material, decree and order die deft. Wolfert Webber 
to write by these ships, the Gilded Beaoer and Si, Jan Baptist to his 
brother in law Jan Seleyns Hendrickx and request him by the earliest 
opportunity after the arriral of said ships to advise him, whether the 
aforesaid widow Danckers is paid and satis5ed for her claim; or in de- 
fault of proof the deft. Wolfert Webber is condemned to satisfy and paj 
the aforesaid widow or her att'y the aforesaid hundred and fourteen 
guilders four stivers capital Holland currency with interest thereupon 
proceeding from date; and further in the costs and damage thereof. 
Thus done and pronounced at the Court of the Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Netherland, dempto Joannes 
van Brugh. Ady as above. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land having considered, read and re-read the vouchers, documents and 
papers, made use of on both sides in the suit between Walewyn van der 
Veen, in quality as attorney of Adriaen Blonomaert, pltf. with and against 
Mighiel Janzen, deft, in which the pltf. concludes, that deft, shall be 
condemned to pay him the sum of five hundred and thirty two guilders 
with interest arising from goods delivered, which the deft, has bought and 
received from the aforesaid Blonunert on condition to pay for the same 
in Patria by Pieter Dircksen at Amsterdam in Holland the amount of 
three hundred and thirty guilders and the balance by the heirs of dec' 
Bruyn Barensen, living at Harderwyck, and in default of payment in 



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Holland, here in beavers or tobacco at one hundred advance: against 
which the deft, concludes, that pltf 's suit shall be dismissed and he con- 
demned to pay him the two hundred and fifty six guilders three stivers 
less received by Adriaen Blommert, than is mentioned in his orders by 
procuration. Burgomasters and Schepens having weighed and considered 
all decree and adjudge, that the whole of the monies to be received ac- 
cording to procuration by Adriaen Blommaart at Hardewyck from the 
heirs of Bruyn Barensen dec^ shall be value for the payment of the sum 
of four hundred and seven guilders, and what regards the bill of ex- 
change on Pieter Dircksen at Amsterdam, Burgomasters and Schepens 
condemn the deft. Mighiel Jansen to satisfy and pay the same to Walewyn 
van der Veen in his quality, with re-change, to settle which Burgomasters 
and Schepens have thereunto commissioned and authorized Cornells Steen- 
wyck, old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, and Joannes de 
Peister, also old Schepen of this City. Parties on both sides are con- 
demned to pay each his own costs in this suit. Thus done and adjudged 
in the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in 
N. Netherland, absent AUard Anthony and Joannes van Brugh. Ady as 
above. P. L van de Grift. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land having considered, read and re-read the papers, documents and 
vouchers, used on both sides in the suit between Janneke Heermans, 
pltf., with and against Cornells van Langevelt, deft., wherein pltf. con- 
cludes by claiming two certain earrings with pearls, which she gave one 
Balthus Loockerman to sell for her at Fort Orange and which were given 
to deft, in pledge for the purchase of bed and pillows, and the deft, denies 
having pledged the pendants and pearls belonging to the pltf.. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having weighed and considered all that is material, 
decree and adjudge, whereas pltf. Janneke Heermann has declared by 
solemn oath, that the earrings and pearls shewn to her in Court, belong 
to her and are those, which she gave to the aforesaid Loockerman on con- 
dition to sell for her, that the said earrings and pearls shall be returned to 
her, and the deft, be condemned in the costs of suit. Thus done and 
adjudged in Amsterdam in N. Netherland in the Court of the Burgo- 
masters and Schepens, absent Joannes van Brugh. Ady, as above. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City Amsterdam in N. Netherland 

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lurmg considered the papen; doroinfnt» and voodicn made use of on 
both fldes in the suit between Geettnijd Wingcis, pkL, in a case of 
denotation widi and against Gdcyn Yerplanck, deft., in wbich case pltf. 
oondndes, that die deft shall be bound to many her according to 
piomisey as he dept with her and she has procreated a child bj him; and 
in case of refosal shall p^ her, for having deflowered her, the som of six 
hondred guilders in heaven, one handled like guilders for lying4n 
charges and an additional hnndied gnilderi per annom also in beavers 
for the maintenance of die child. Deft, acknowledges to have had car- 
nal conversation with her, but denies having given her a promise of mar- 
riage. Bnrgomasteri and Schepens having read and wei^icd all diat is 
material, condemn die deft. G^eyn Yerplanck to pajr the pltf. for her 
defloration and lying in eiqMnses the som of four hondred guilders, half 
beavers and half seawant, the arrest remaining so long valid and parties 
on both sides were condemned to maintain their child and in the costs of 
suit. Thus done and adjudged in Amsterdam in N. Netherland at the 
Coort of the BnrgDmasters and Schepens, absent Joannes van Bru^ and 
Jan Vigne. Ady as above. 

Tiehnan van Vleeck is hereby ordered by the Burgomasters and 
Schepens of this City punctually to acknowledge or deny, as attorney of 
Alexander d'Hinojossa, against the next coming Tuesday being the 4 
Octob., the a/c of Reyndert Jansen Hoom for the ei|^ty seven and a 
half pounds wei^^t of beaver, and what he has to object thereto on pain 
of forfeiture of his right. Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland. Ady as 
above. 

On the 3^ Octob! i4>peared before me, Joannes Nevius, Secretary, 
Cornells van Langevelt and declares to appeal to the Hon^ Director 
General and Council of N. Netheriand from the judgment pronounced 
by the Burgomasters and Schepens, dated the first October of this month. 

Tuesday, 4*^ Octob'. 1661. In the City HalL Present the Heerea 
Pieter Tonneman, AUard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jeronimus Ebbinck. 

Geleyn Yerplanck, pltf. v/s Burgomaster AUard Anthony, deft. 
Pltf. says, inasmuch as he is ordered to furnish Govert Loockerman with 
proof, a/c and reliqua regarding the administration which he had of the 



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property of AUard Anthony and the dec? Pieter Comelissen van der 
Veen, that he can prove by Allard Anthony, that he has done so fully 
over eight years since. Allard says, he knows, that Geleyn Verplanck 
has furnished a/c, proof and reliqua and has told that to Pieter Cor- 
nelissen van der Veen abovenamed, but of what Govert Loockerman will 
have a/c rendered, he does not know. The declaration of Allard An- 
thony having been communicated to Govert Loockermans, summoned by 
Gelein Verplanck, he answers thereunto, that he holds to the last ren- 
dered order of the Burgomasters and Schepens, and whereas Gelein 
Verplanck is on the eve of departing for Patrta^ Govert Loockerman is 
asked, if the case cannot be referred to arbitrators ? Answers thereunto, 
it seems to him too late. Burgomasters and Schepens, therefore, refer 
the matter in question to Pieter Tontitman, Schout, Tymotheus Gabry, 
Schepen, Jacobus Backer, old Schepen of this City and Jacques Cosseau 
to examine the a/c herein in dispute, to discuss the same, and to recon- 
cile parties if possible, if not, to report their conclusion to the Court. 

Qaas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Tomas Janzen Mingael, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, eleven beavers balance for a sail and mizzen 
mast. Mattheus de Vos, as attt'y for deft., demands copy of claim and 
a/c. to answer thereunto. The W. Court grant copy to the deft, to 
answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jacob Janzen Huys, pltf. v/s Govert Loockermans, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft fifty seven guilders for Peartree's freight on goods for 
Pieter Hartjens. Deft, produces certain declaration, whereby he proves, 
that some goods were damaged in the ship, that the same was set off 
against the balance of the freight. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
seen and read the declaration, order the pltf. to content himself with the 
award given on the damaged goods. 

Pieter Hertjens, pltf. v/s Frerick Flipzen, deft. Pltf. as att'y of 
Pieter Byswyc demands from deft, two hundred and twelve guilders, three 
stivers and eight pence Holland cur'y. Deft, says, that he has a claim 
on Pieter Byswyck of six hundred and fourteen guilders also Holland 
cur'y. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter to Comelb Steen- 
wyck, old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, and Jacob 
Strycker, also old Schepen, to decide parties' case, to reconcile them if 
possible, if not, to report their award to the Court. 



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Andiies Andriezcn and Comdis Hcndiickxcn, phfsu t. s Jan Jmnxen 
▼an der Lange Stiaat, deft. Pltfs. demand firam deft, ddiveiy of four 
and twenty skepeb of biickvlicat solid to tbcm ^ 50 sdr: ^ skcpeL 
DefL admits baring sold tlie bnckwlicat to them bat sars, he has met 
great loss in the buckvhcat and has ^ onlj thiitj skepels thcreoC. Bor- 
gomasteis and Schepens order deft, to ddrner to each of the pltfs. twdre 
skepds ci buckwheat, which he sold to them. 

Jan Andriesen de Graaf. pltL t,'s Stjnt^e Marios, deft. Pltf. desires 
to know, to what parpose she sets down the child, he had bj her at the 
place, where he works? Deft, sajs, becanse he gaTe her no manej. 
FteL sajs. he has settled with her and that a balanrf b stiD coming to her 
of one hundred guilders, which he will not ^re her czoepC with the know- 
ledge of the Magistratcsw The W: Conrt order the pltfL to gire the deft, 
die hondred guilders, and the deft, b ordered to leave die jnrisdictioB of 
thbCitj. 

Schoct Pieter Tooneman and Walewyn van der Veen, pltfs^ t/s 
Burger Jorixen, deft Phis, as attjs of Adriaen Bloemmaait demand 
from the deft three hondred and thirtj eight gufldeis deren stiTen in 
merchantable tobacco in tcbs^ or in default thereof, in be a w erv Deft. 
admits the debt; sajs he was prevented bj Nicolaas Boot; promises to 
do hb best. Burgomasters and 5Srhrpms oondeom the deft, to pay the 
pttTs in their quahtj. according to obligation. 

Schepen Pieter Wolfencn van Conwcnhoven, phf. t/s Jaoobos Vis^ 
deft Defts. 3' default. Pltfl demands from deft, obligation and copy 
of a/c The W: Court order deft, on pain of imprisonment to bring to 
phf. at the Secretarj*s office of thb City, the obligation and copy of die 
a/c widiin the term of three times f oar and twenty hoars. 

Hendrick WiHeQu:, baker, pltf. t/s Hendrick Janxen, baker, deft. 
Pltf. says, he loaned deft, a boiling mill and now he rcfoses to return the 
same. Deft, sajs, he bought the boose from pltL with all, diat b fastened 
in the ground and by naO; producing die deed of sale. Burgomasters 
and Schepens haTing seen and read the deed of sale, find that the house 
was sold on the same cocditka that Joost (Tennbsen), the baker, sold it, 
therefore order the deft to let the pltf. hare the bolting mill or to prore^ 
dut it was in the house, when Joost sold it. 

Guillun d*Hocceur« pltf. t s Padcs Schrick, deft. Pltf. demands 



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from deft, restitution of a case of Muscovy linens, come by the ship the 
Hope^ of which Pieter Jansen Emilius was skipper consigned to him and 
taken possession of by pltf. Deft, says, Nicolaas Verlett told him, that 
there was a case of linen for him, but whereas it belonged to deft. Lp^tf.?] 
offers to pay the deft. [pltf. ?] what, according to a/c and proof, the pro- 
ceeds thereof is. Burgomasters and Schepens find, that the case is 
removed by a mistake in the mark, order the deft, to return the pltf. the 
same with the goods, which were therein or the value thereof. 

Paulus Schrick, pltf. v/s Jan Jansen van Breste, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, five and a half beavers for a barrel of pork. Deft. 
sa]rs, that there is coming yet to him fifty four guilders and seven stivers, 
wages, from Joannes van Beeck dec^, whose widow pltf. has married. 
Pltf. says, that does not concern him. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties, decree, whereas seawant in' the time, that van Beec 
dec^ was indebted, was as good as beavers, that the debts shall be set off 
against each other; therefore order the pltf. Paulus Schrick to pay the 
deft, ten guilders seven stivers. 

Sybrant Janzen Galma, pltf. v/s Mary Peeck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, payment of eight and twenty beavers for purchase of his house 
sold to deft, according to deed of sale. Deft, admits the debt. The W: 
Court order the deft, to pay pltf. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Pltf. 
says, that he has fined the deft, on Sunday 31. Aug? for having tapped 
and kept a club during the preaching and having discovered 5 d 6 per- 
sons there; therefore demanding, according to placard, one pound flemish 
for each person and that deft, shall be condemned not to tap any more 
for one year and six weeks; with costs. Deft, denies having tapped, 
producing a declaration of three persons to that effect. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having read the declaration, they find it insufficient to his 
defence; therefore condemn the deft, to pay to the Officer the fine of 
thirty guilders, and for continuance of his business the sum of twenty 
guilders, with costs. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Pietertje Jans, wife of Claas Janzen 
Ruyter and Herman Dousen, defts. Defts. 2"'' default. Pltf. demands 
from defts. six hundred and thirty nine deer skins both for himself as well 
as for Jan Jansen Schorel, according to procuration. The W: Court 



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order die def ts. to deposit the 639 prepared deer skins with the Secictarj 
of this City. 

Bartholdiu Maan, pltf. t/s Jan Clazen Rnyter, deft. Defts. a^ de- 
fault. Fltf. demands from deft three and twenty beavers and one 
guilder. The W: Court order deft to deposit the »$ beavers and one 
guilder with the Secretary of this City. 

Metje WesselSy pltf. t/s Hermen Dowzen, deft Defts. 3^ default. 
Fltf. demands from deft according to obligation three hundred and 
eleven guilders seventeen stivers and fl. 29. 4 additional, book debt The 
W: Court condemn the deft to pay the pltf. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen van der Vin« deft 
Pltf. demands from deft according to obligation the sum of five hundred 
and ninety guilders^ fifteen stivers in beavers deducting what is paid: and 
moreover for Jan van Bezel, according to procuration ninety ei^t 
(guilders) and ten stivers also in beavers, according to obligation. Deft 
admits the debts; requests delay, saying he cannot now give it, and has 
to get fourteen beavers from the Company, offers to give them to him. 
Pltf. says, he has enough on the Company. Burgomasters and Schepens 
condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. out of his own pocket, according to 
obligation, deducting what is paid thereon, and count interest at ten per 
cent. Regarding the fifty four guilders four stivers received in goods by 
the pltf. from deft Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that he can pay 
the deft the same at fifteen guilders in zeawant for one beaver, and what 
regards the ninety eight guilders ten stivers, they condemn the deft to 
satisfy and pay pltf. also in his quality as atty of Jan van Boxel. 

Hendrick Aarzen, pltf. v/s Pieter Ryvendinck, deft Pltf. demands 
from deft, three beavers for freight of his goods and person earned at 
divers times. Deft, demands a/c. and says, he did not contract with 
pltf. for beavers. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in 
question to Claes Bordingh and Lucas Andriesen to decide parties 
differences and reconcile them if possible; if not, to report their award to 
the Court. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Pltf., as att*y of 
Tomas Janz Mingael, demands from deft, on a bail bond for his son the 
sum of eleven hundred and twenty guilders in tobacco. Deft, requests 
time 'till the arrival of his son from the Virginias, whither he has gone on 



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a voyage. The W: Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 
in his quality. 

Meindert Barenzen pltf. v/s Tomas Hall deft. Whereas pltf. ex- 
hibits no power from his father, by virtue of which he is demanding the 
claim from deft, nothing is done in the case. 

Reyer Comelissen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Aarzen, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, has told him above at Fort Orange about Jan de Witt, that he should 
give him the hatchet and if he refused, that he should pay him, what he 
bought it for at Daniel Litscho's. Deft, says, Jan de Witt stated to 
him, that he said to him [pltf. ?] if he refused to. give the hatchet, that he 
would pay him, what he had bought it for at Daniel Litschoes. The 
Schout as guardian concludes, that the pltf. shall prove, what he says. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order pltf. to prove his statement. 

Francois Hoi, pltf. v/s Maria Polet, deft. Pltf., as att'y of Alexan* 
der Briant, concludes in writing, that deft, be condemned to pay him 
according to obligation the sum of seventy guilders. Mattheus de Vos, 
as husband and guardian of the deft., demands copy of the claim. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens order copy to be furnished to party to answer 
thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jan Jurrienzen Becker, v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, twenty four guilders five stivers, with costs. Deft, 
says, if justice were done him [pltf. ?] should be indebted, and that pltf, 
from one quartern gave him only a mutje [a quart] undertaking to prove 
the same. The Officer as guardian demands proof. The W: Court orders 
deft, to prove what he says. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Symon Hermsen Cort, deft. Mattheus 
de Vos, as att'y of the pltf., demands from deft, three hundred and four 
guilders in beavers for French wine sold to him. Deft, admits having 
bought wine from the pltf., but not at such a price as he charges; then 
he contracted with him for the lowest price. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the matter in dispute to Wemaar Wessels and Hendrick Hendrick- 
sen Obe, to decide parties' case, to reconcile them if possible, if not to 
report their award to the Court. 

Gerrit Meyer, pltf. v/s Margriet Hardenbroeck, deft. Pltf. demands 
revision of the claim against the deft, made on last Court day, where- 
upon he was answered to pay the money allowed therefor. 



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Fnmccris de Brayn, pM. t/s Comdb Aarxcn, deft. Pllf. demands 
from deft, fire bearers for half an aam of French wine drawn in his name 
at the foneral of Jacob Coppe dec!'. Deft, admits the wine was drawn hj 
his order in his name, bat says he cannot obtain anj proceeds inmk the 
estate. The W: Court order deft to p^ the pltf. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. t/s Jacob van Conwenhoven, deft. Fltf. 
demands in writing from deft payment, and proyisional deposit of four 
hundred and two guilders in beavers balance <rf an obligation with in* 
terest since it became due at ten per cent per annum; and in addition 
in seawant according to book debt, two hundred and sixty six goildets 
four stivers together with a/c and payment of about five hundred pounds 
of tobacco sold A? 1657 by his wife in Holland for a/c of him, the phf. 
also to exhibit and pay such money as he received from the East India 
Company there for pltTs a/c. Deft demands copy of the a/c to answer 
thereunto at the next Court day. The W: Court order copy to be fur- 
nished to party to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Francois Soleil, deft Pltf. demands 
from deft, for Jan Teunis by virtue of procuration, restitution of a gun, 
which deft, was to repair for him. Deft, says he sold the gun, and that 
heretofore he had two guns to repair for the pltf., but got no pay for 
them. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft to restore the gun, which 
he had to repair for the deft. 

M' Gerrit van Tright appears in Court, requests to know if any thing 
has been done with the a/c which he has given in, regarding Boudewyn 
van Nieuwlandt, whereunto he is informed, as Maria Besems has handed 
in some writing, it shall be seen, what b to be done in the case. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Arien Jansen Visser, deft. Deft in 
default. 

Arien Jansen Visser, pltf. v/s Joost Goderus, deft. Pltf. in default 

Arien Janzen Visser, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen van de Lange Straat, 
deft. Both in default. 

Lucas Dircksen, pltf. v/s Treyntje Heimans, deft. Both in default. 

Teunis Cray, pltf. v/s Abraham Janzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Janzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Jan Hubou, deft Deft, in default 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Deft, in default 

Eduard Leake pltf. v/s Ritzert Airy, deft. Deft, in default 



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Joost Teunizen, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tomas Mullenaer, pltf. v/s Rutgert Janz, deft. Deft, in default. 

M' Paulus van de Beecq requests by petition, that notice shall be 
given making known to every one, that whoever has any excise to pay for 
cattle they will slaughter, must pay the same at twelve sewant beads for 
one stiver according to the condition in the farming. Whereupon was 
ordered: — Petitioner's request is granted and notice to this effect shall 
be made and posted. 

On the demand of Maria Besems regarding the a/c handed in by M' 
Gerrit van Tright which he has against Boudewyin van Nieuw, ordered: 
The W: Court direct copy to be furnished to M' Gerrit van Tright to 
answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Tielman Van Vleeck sent for to Court appears, his delivered writing 
is read to him and he is asked, how he understands, that Reyndert Jansen 
Hoom's oath was unjustly taken in his a/c against Alexander d'Hino- 
jossa ? Whereunto he answers; Because party was not present. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens reply, that he has insulted the entire Bench, as if 
they did not know, what they were about. To which he rejoins, that he 
has not done nor written anything regarding or to the prejudice of the 
Bench, but respecting Reindert J. Hoom; and Tielman Van Vleeck after 
some reasoning over and hither is told to withdraw. 

The President states, some conversation was had some days since, 
that the yachts trading up and down are indebted for wharfage for load- 
ing and unloading at the wharf, which they have not paid; and as they 
are equally bound to pay as the ships, asks, if it were not adviseable to 
request, by petition, of the Rt Hon*^ the Director General and Council 
to order, that the yachts, in place of paying the wharfage, shall make each 
of them one or two voyages to Tappaan and bring from there, for this 
City, their yachts full of stone in order to surround this City with a wall 
in course of time. Which having been taken into consideration by Bur- 
gomasters, it was resolved in the affirmative. 

Gertruyd Wingers. demands execution on the judgment which she 
had against Gele3rn Verplanck, in date first Octob: 1661. Bailiff was 
authorized to put these in execution. By order of the President, etc. 

On the 10^ Octob' appears before me, Joannes Nevius, Secretary, 
Walewyn van de Veen in quality as att'y of Adriaen Bloemmart, declar- 



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ing to appeal to the Hoo^ .Director Gcnoal and CooBdl of N. Nctbcr- 
land from the jadgmcnt pranoonced b c l w cca him and Mii^iri Jansen on 
die first of this mondi by tihe Brngomasten and Schepcm . 

On Monday lo^ Octob^ 1661. at tiie house of the Hecr Pietcr Ton- 
ncman woe assemUed the Hceien Pieter Tonneman, ADaid Anthony, 
Paolns Leendcnen van dcr Grift, Timothens Gabiy , Pietcr Wolf crxen 
▼an Coawcnhoven, Joannes van Bmg^ Jan Vigne. 

The Oflkcr, Namdme OJSdi, demands, whereas Jeronimns Ebbinck 
has rmmmiftiHi great frand in case of smngj^ing of pdtries regarding pay- 
ment of duties to the Company, diat the abovcnamed Ebbinck shall not 
have any seat, for die present, in the Comt of Boigomasteis and Schepcns. 

Tuesday, 11^ OctobE 1661. In the CSty HaO. Present the Hecren 
Pieter Tonneman, ADard Andumy, Paolns Leendenen van der Grift, 
Timodieiis Gabiy, Pieter Wolfenen van Coowcnhovcn, Joannes van 
Bm^ Jan Vigne, Jeronimns Ebbinck. 

The President states, diat there was some talk yesterday regarding 
the bakers and that it is ordered by the HonUe Director General and 
CoonctU there most be biking twice a week; then, whereas diey complain^ 
diat they ought not be obliged at this time in conseqoence of the par- 
chase of the grain, it is neoessaiy therefore to ddiberate, so that neither 
the bakers on the one side nor the oommnnity on the other be taken 
short and in order to proceed with the matter, it was resolved to send for 
Hendrick WiUemsen, baker, who appearing was asked, how it came that 
die bakos bake no bread ? To which he answers, diat they are afraid to 
bay grain for beams as they may soJier loss, giving reasons thereof; 
saying f oither, no baker can bake his bread nnder a crown, to which it 
was obsenred, that the bakers can well bake the bread, which they at 
present bake, for fifteen sttrers; and gave HendridL WiDcmsen, baker, to 
ondcistand, that the higher the loaf was sold so mnch hi^ier was the 
grain enhanced in price. 

Baigomastos and Schepens decide, that the bakeB shall be ordered 
to bake good bread and to keep coctxnajllv laxge bread in the shops on 
pain of not being allowed to bake for one year and six wc^s and that a 
Placard be drawn ap to ths cf ect. 

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about the forestallers of what the Indians bring to sell, such as venison, 
maize and fish, and that such ought to be prevented. Whereupon it was 
decided, to take into consideration the previously adopted resolution of 
the Honble. Director General and Council; to wit that no Indians shall 
bring any articles to any places except such, as shall be ordered and ap- 
pointed therefor. 

Gelein Verplanck, pltf. v/s Covert Loockerman, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands discharge from arrest for and touching the rendering to deft, an 
a/c of the administration of goods, which he says he has furnished full 
eight years ago, according to the evidence of AUard Anthony. The deft, 
requests, that Burgomasters and Schepens may look into and read the 
award of arbitrators. Burgomasters and Schepens having seen and read 
the award, find that the pltf. had written with his own hand on the top of 
the remaining a/cs., six years after that he had said, he settled with 
Pieter Comelissen vander Veen; being informed that this was ill done, he 
answers, that he did it to no man's prejudice, but to shew that he has 
settled and requests the Magistrates to decide, if he be bound to render 
a/c or not. Govert Loockerman is asked, if he knows, that Geleyn Ver- 
planck has rendered no a/c to Pieter Comelissen vander Veen ? An- 
swers, Yes; for Pieter Comelissen vander Veen often told him so. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, seen and read the 
award, refer the matter de novo to Comelis Steenwyck old Schepen and 
Orphan Master of this City and Joannes vander Meulen to examine the 
a/c in presence of Jacobus Backer, old Schepen of this City, to hear 
parties and if possible to reconcile them ; if not to report their action to 
the Court. 

Gertruyd Wingers, pltf. v/s Gelein Verplanck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, maintenance of the child. Deft, says, that if the pltf. give 
him the child, he will maintain it. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, 
that Gele3rn Verplanck shall pay one guilder per week for the child's 
maintenance and that half in beavers and half in zeawan to the age of 
twelve years or to the child's death. 

Tomas MuUer, pltf. v/s Rutgert Janzen, deft. Defts. second de^ 
fault. Joris Dopzen, as att'y for the pltf. demands from deft, twelve 
guilders in seawant. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the money 
with the Secretary of this City. 



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Jan Jmriaaazen Becker, pitl. t/s Axcnt JnniaaBzcB LjBtsmaa, deft. 
PltL agadn dfmamils firaoi deft, twenty foor gniklen Ihre stbeis mad re^ 
quests, that he diall piove that he gave diiee half quaxtems from one 
qnaztenu Deft, is asked if he has proof ? Answers he has q»oke& com* 
paratiTdy; and meant diree pints from a qnait. The Ofl&ccr cxmchidcs 
for proof and in defaolt that deft, shall go to pcisoii mitfl he has prorcd 
his assertion. Borgomasters and Schcpens cxmdemn the defL to p^ die 
phi with costs, without ddaj. 

Temiis Cray, phf. t/s Abraham Janzen, deft PhL demands from 
defL ei^ guilders for wages and repair of lus boat broken whilst hired 
hjr the deft. Dcfts. wife appearing in Court acknowledges to hare had 
the boat on hire, but sajs it did not happen to be broken by her husband. 
Boigomasters and Schcpens order the deft to pay the phf. two goildeis 
for the rq»airof theboat. 

Jan Rn^erzen, phi t/s Willem Doeddes, deft. Dcfts. s^f defaolt. 
Phi demands ftom defL twenty guilders for hb boy employed by him 
and fire guilders drinking money. The W: Coort order defL to depoot 
the money with die Secretary of this City. 

Joost Temizen^ phi v/s Jacobus Vis. deft Dcfts. s'f defanlL 
FItf . demands from deft, eightrm guilders ten stivers for fret^t of ei^it 
tubs of poik and beef and fire tubs of butter. The W: Court order deft, 
to deposit the money with thb City's Secretary. 

Bardioldus Maan, phi t/s Arien Jansen Visser, defL Pltf ., as att'y 
of Jan Janzen van Schorel, demands ftom deft, diree be a w ei v. DefL 
says, he cannot get any b e ave i s and has offered seawant at beaTers price. 
The W: Court refer diem to die judgment dated 12^ July lasL 

Abraham Janzen, phf. v/s Asser Levy, deft. PltTs wife appearing 
in Court demands from deft three tubs of butter and six cheeses taken 
from her. DefL says, it was given to him by the Court of Fort Orange 
and that they were taken under attachmenL DefL b asked, if he admits 
the a/c produced by the pltf. and says, he knows nothing of the a/c. and 
has setded with the man and diat something is still due by pltf. above 
the butter and cheese. Burgomasters and Schcpens postpone the case 
until the next Court day and order Abraham Janzen to iq>pear in person. 

Schepen Timotheus Gabry, pltf. t/s Tomas Hal, deft. Pltf. demands 
from defL one hundred and sixteen guQders in bearers. DefL offers to 



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give him an order on the Company, saying he has no beavers. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order deft, to let the hundred and sixteen guilders 
in beavers be credited on the a/c of the Company. 

Meindert Barensen, pltf. v/s Tomas Hall, deft. PItf. as atty of 
Comelis Dircksen Hooghlant, demands from deft, payment of one thou- 
sand and twelve pounds of tobacco according to obligation, with costs. 
Deft, says, he has offered the pltf. good tobacco, which he would not 
receive and now he has no tobacco ; promising he shall pay, so soon as he 
gets tobacco. The W: Court order deft, to pay pltf. in his quality. 

Arien Janzen Visser, pltf. v/s Joost Goderus, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, three beavers, a balance still remaining of six beavers, accord- 
ing to judgment dated 5^ July last. Deft, produces a certain assignment 
of Balthazar de Haart on the pltf. for three beavers. Pltf. says, he owes- 
only two beavers. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that the pltf. shall 
accept the assignment in satisfaction of two beavers and order deft, ta 
pay pltf. one beaver. 

Comelis Pieterzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Eduard Leake, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, forty five shillings for a month and a 
half's wages as seaman. Deft, says, he is not indebted to him, as instead 
of attending to his work, he has gone ashore to drink and engaged him to 
go a voyage to the Virginias and the voyage being concluded, he should 
then pay him. Pltf. denies having engaged with deft, to go a voyage to 
the Virginias, but to the North. And whereas the pltf, has called the 
deft, a liar, the Officer concludes he shall pay six guilders. The W: 
Court order the deft, to prove, that the pltf. engaged to make a voyage 
with him to the Virginias. 

Symon Hermzen Cort, pltf. v/s Burgomaster Allard Anthony, deft. 
Pltf. prosecutes certain attachment issued against some beavers in the 
hands of deft, belonging to Arien Symonsen, producing to that effect a 
writing as receipt of Arien Symonsen regarding procuration, which he 
passed to Arien Symonsen. Burgomasters and Schepens find, that pltf. 
has no right to the beavers of Arien Syiiionsen in the hands of deft.; 
declare, therefore, the attachment invalid. 

The HT Schout, pltf. v/s Tomas Francen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarsen, deft Deft, in default. 

Francis Hoi, pltf. v/s Maria Polett, deft. Both in default. 



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Jacobus Vis, pltf . y/s Jan Jmriaanzcn Becker, deft Pltf . in defanh. 

Paulas Schrick, pltf. y/s Symon Joosten, deft Deft in default 

Hans Carelzen, pltf. v/s Pieter Ryverdincky deft Deft in default 

Jan C0O9 arrestant and pltf. y/s Tryntje de Haas arrested and deft 
Pltf. in default Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest null. 

Reyer Comelissen, pltf. y/s Hendrick Aerzen, deft Deft in default 

Reyer Comelissen, pltf. v/s Jan de Witt, deft Deft in default 

Abraham Jansen, pltf. y/s Jan Alberzen, deft Deft in default. 

Tomas Swartwout entering requests execution on the judgment, 
which he obtained on 27? Septemb' last against David Wessels. The 
Bailiff is ordered to execute these. 

Hendrick Janxen Smitt entering requests in like manner execution 
on the judgment, which he obtained on 27 Sept? last against EYert Mare- 
schal. Bailiff is ordered to execute these. 

Joannes Vervden also requests execution on the judgments, which 
he obtained on the 27^ September and 4^ October last against Rejnier 
Willemsen, baker, and Hendrick Jansen van der Vin; on which was 
ordered: — ^The Bailiff is directed to put these in execution. 

Maria Besems, entering, requests, that M! Gerrit van Tri^t shall 
within twice four and twenty hours, answer the demand of the 4^ of this 
month. Burgomasters and Shepens order M! Gerrit van Tright to answer 
Maria Besems demand delivered in on the 4^ October past, and that 
within twice four and twenty hours, on pain of nonsuit 

Paulus Schrick requests by petition revision and alteration of the 
judgment pronounced on the 4^ October last, between him and Jan Jan- 
sen van Breste. Marginal order: Before the case shall proceed, the 
petitioner has to bring into consignment the monies thereto appointed by 
the Hon^ Director General and Council of New Netherlands 

Burgomasters and Schepens order the Of&cer to bring in what he has 
to object to the person of Jerenimus Ebbinck sitting in Court with the 
Burgomasters and Schepens. 

Wednesday, 12 OctobT 166 1. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, AUard Anthony, Paulus Leenders. van der Grift, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Bru^ Jan 
Vigne. 



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The President proposes, whether some means ought not to be taken 
to bring silver money here into circulation among the public and to keep 
seawant only as an article of trade, and that the Hon'f" Director General 
asks the advice of each one hereupon. 

After putting the question and some conversation over and hither, it 
was unanimously decided first to write to Fatherland and demand a mint, 
having that, to cry down the seawant and to fix the beaver at six guilders 
and the tobacco @ four and a half stivers per lb. and that the Lords 
Majores should please to furnish some silver and silver coin for that 
purpose. 

ExtraardifULry : Thursday, 13 Octob. 1661. In the City Hall. 
Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulus Leen- 
derzen van der Grift, Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwen- 
hoven, Jan Vigne. 

Gelein Verplanck, pltf. v/s Govert Loockerman, deft. Pltf. says, 
that the arbitrators have sat twice on the a/cs. and could not bring about 
an agreement between him and the deft., requesting, that the case in 
question may be disposed of by the Court and that Allard Anthony may be 
heard under oath as to what he knows of the matter. Who being asked, 
says that he knows, that Pieter Comelissen van der Veen ded had told 
him, that Gele3rn had rendered him an a/c. Deft, requests, that Olof 
Stevensen Van Cortlandt, Jacob Strycker and Adolf Pietersen may 
be asked what they know of the case. Each of whom being examined 
apart answer; first Olof Stevensen declares, that Pieter Com: vafi Veen 
told him, that Gelein had never rendered him an a/c. J: Strycker says, 
that P. Com. vafi Veen had stated four or five weeks ago at the house of 
Heer Cortlant, that he was blamed for having settled with Gelein ; but that 
he never had a settlement with him and what he had signed in his book was 
done by the constraint of Allard Anthony. Adolf Pietersen declares that 
Pieter Comelissen vafi Veen, the day before he died, observed to him: — 
I hope that Geleyn shall soon come down; and being asked why ? An- 
swered, to settle with him. Offering to confirm their declarations by 
oath if necessary and required. Burgomasters and Schepens having seen 
the books, documents and papers relating to the administration of the 
goods of Allard Anthony and Pieter Comelissen vander Veen, which 



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Geleyn Verplanck had had in hands, and examined and weighed all that 
may serve as material decree: Whereas Gelein Verplanck has signed in 
his blotter, that he had given to Pieter Comelissen van der Veen ail the 
balances to the amount of fourteen hundred and twenty nine guilders 
thirteen stivers, also posted the same in his ledger but not signed; the 
balance was so found to fall short in the sum of nine hundred and forty 
six guilders seventeen stivers according to a/c, though Geleyn says ver- 
bally he has also delivered the same by the aforesaid balance to the above- 
named Pieter Comelissen van der Veen, whereof nothing appears. 
Therefore Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the aforesaid Geleyn 
Verplanck to satisfy and pay, by default of proof, the aforesaid fl. 946. 
17 in beavers to the widow of the abovenamed Pieter Comelisen van der 
Veen or her attorney. The costs accrued herein come against Geleyn 
Verplanck. Done Amsterdam in N. Netherland at the Court of Schont 
Burgomasters and Schepens. Present Pieter Tonneman, Panlus Leen- 
derzen van der Grift, Timotheus Gabry, and Pieter Wolferzen van 
Couwenhoven. Ady ut supra. 

Geleyn Verplanck, entering is asked, for what purpose has he 
brought the two hundred guilders in seawant and the one hundred 
guilders in beaver to the City Hall ? Answers, because no person will 
take them, and Mattheus de Vos says, that he shall bring them to the 
City Hall. And whereas the same does not cover the judgment of Burgo- 
masters and Schepens dated first of OctobT last nor satisfy the same, but 
that there still remain one hundred guilders in beavers and the mainten- 
ance of the child, requests to be discharged from arrest, and to give 
security for the same, saying that his father, Abraham Verplanck and the 
Schepen Jan Vigne are ready to become his bail, who appearing were 
asked, if they offered themselves as bail, as principal under renunciation, 
to satisfy and pay the aforesaid hundred guilders in beavers, and the 
maintenance of the child ? Answer Yes, within six (^ eight weeks, which 
was accepted by Burgomasters and Schepens. They therefore discharge 
Geleyn Verplanck from arrest in this case. 

On date 14^ Octob' he (Geleyn Verplanck) appears before me Joan- 
nes Nevius, Secretary, declaring to appeal to the Hon^ Director General 
and Council of N: Netherland from the judgement pronounced on the 13^ 



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of this month by Burgomasters and Schepens, between him and Govert 
Loockermans in quality as att'y of the widow of Pieter Comelissen Van 
der Veen. 

On the answer of Gerrit van Tright v/s Maria Besems dated 15^ 
Octob' 1661. Ordered: Copy hereof is directed to be furnished to party 
to reply thereunto at the next Court day. 

Tuesday, 18? October 166 1. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen Van der Grift, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne. 

Paulus Schrick, in case of revision, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van Breste, 
deft, in same case. Pltf. requests, that his demand against the deft, 
dated 4^ Octob' last may be reconsidered as according to marriage con- 
tract, he has nothing to do with his wife's debts. Therefore the judgment 
regarding the same must be altered, and that deft, be condemned to pay 
him the demanded five and a half beavers for one barrel of pork. The 
deft, says, that the pltf. applied to him twice for the a/c. ; he ofifered him 
payment, producing to this effect two witnesses. Pltf. denies not that he 
had offered to pay him for his wife, but says it was in seawant, and that 
he should have satisfied him on the other hand in beavers for the barrel 
of pork. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, read the de- 
clarations and that the pltf. by his own confession has offered payment to 
the deft, therefore persist in their rendered judgment dated 4^ October 
past. 

Hendrick Aarsen, pltf. and arrestant v/s Pieter Ryverdinck, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. says, that deft, will have nothing to do with arbitrators. 
Deft, denies it, complaining that pltf. has encountered him with foul and 
villainous language; requesting in writing, that the matter in question 
may be disposed by the worshipful Court ; saying as the arbitrators ap- 
pointed by the Court being absent, he said each should chuse one, to 
which he would not agree. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard 
parties, refer the matter, de navoy to Pieter Jacobsen Marius in place of 
Qaas Bording, and Lucas Andriessen, to decide parties' dispute within 
the time of thrice four and twenty hours, to reconcile them if possible if, 
not to report* their action to the Court. 

M' T<^ob Huges, 'pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van de^Lange Straat, deft. 



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m, drmMnA% from dtiL ax gniklen lor liboar. Deft, sijs, he did not 
fcfttse Ae maoey^ and sijs lie riboald ocMe jbovt k. Tbe W: Comt 
Older deft, to psf die pitf. 

M? Jacob Hnges, pitf. t/s Lodovjck Pos, deft Defts. al default. 
Pltf« dfmands fant delt. twcatf gnildeci for serrioes. The W: Comt 
Older deft to depoat die monej widi die SecreCaiy of this City. 

M: Jacob Hngei, pilf . v/s Pdgmm Clock, deft Defta. 3!^ default. 
Phf. drmandf fant deft, nine gniklen, yearly aalaiy. The W: Cooit 
order deft to d^Kssit die moniei with the S e cr e ta iy of thb City. 

M' Jacob Hnges, pitf. t/s ICaiten Clazen, deft PltL demands fton 
the deft ei^bt goildenfor senrice rendei'. Deft, denies owing him; say- 
ing that his wife lay with a severe accident and agreed widi him for a 
year, but that M^ Jacob did not come once to see after his wife; was, 
therefore, obliged to call M! Hans [Kierstede], to whom he must paj 
fnlly three times as much. Borgomasteis and Schepens order Marten 
Clazen to prove, that M^ Jacob did*noC once visit his wife, and mnst, 
therefore, pay M! Hans. 

M^ Jacob Huges, pitf. v/s Josentje Verhage, deft Pitf. demands 
from deft ten guilders yearly money for accomit of her husband. Deft 
says, she is married only two years to her husband and cannot know, what 
that is for, and he is long since gone to dwell at Fort Orange and has sent 
him a beaver. Pitf. acknowledges to have received the beaver, but says 
it is more. Deft says, she has it not now; promises to send it at the next 
hunt; with which die pitf. is content 

Balthaazar de Hart, pitf. v/s Frerick Aarzen, deft Pitf. demands 
from deft two beavers for thirty one guilders in seawant Deft, denies 
to have promised beavers and says he has offered seawant, which the pitf. 
will not accept. He says the pitf. shall prove it, that he promised 
beavers. The W: Court order pitf. to prove by the next Court day, that 
the deft has promised him beavers, and in default of proof, the deft is 
ordered to pay the pitf. the 31 gL in seawant 

Abraham Pieterzen, pitf. v/s Claas Tysen, the cooper, deft Pitf. 
complains, that deft has severely beaten his son (also i^pearing) bound 
to him to learn a trade; showing some blue marks. Deft, says, that he 
f requendy admonished his son to come betimes to work, and said, that if 
he were in Holland and did not take bettescare he should get a flogging. 



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To which he gave for answer: — that he should like to see once, who would 
strike him, thereupon catching him by the sleeve, he, in return caught 
him by the hair, whereupon his brother came behind and struck him. 
Pltf. says, that deft, frequently stated — I shall beat you, so that the Devil 
shall laugh at it. Deft, denies it. Pltf 's son undertakes to prove it. The 
Officer renders himself party's guardian. The W. Court order pltf's son 
to prove his statement at the next Court day. 

Hendrick van Bommel, pltf. v/s Jan Schryver, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, has enclosed his ground. Deft, says, that it is the lot, which he 
bought from Hendrick Egbert, who obtained it from the City. Pltf. pro- 
duces his deed. Burgomasters and Schepens having seen the same, 
undertake to make ocular inspection of it. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Frans Jansen van Hooghten, deft. 
Pltf. says, that he gave the deft, the ironwork of a jack screw to make a 
box for it on condition to use the same together, and that deft, refuses to 
give it to him. Deft, says, he gave him the iron work to make a box for 
it, and that he should retain it, but that the pltf. should use it, when he 
had any thing to do for it. Pltf. denies having given the ironwork on 
that condition. The W: Court order the deft, to prove that pltf. has 
given him the jack screw. 

Hans Carelzen, pltf. and arrestant v/s Pieter R3rverdinck, arrested 
and deft. Claes van Elslant^the younger, as att'y for the pltf., demands 
from deft, according to procuration three beavers for freight of divers 
goods, such as a case of blankets, eleven ankers of liquors, five beds, five 
bolsters and ten pillows not packed, carried to Fort Orange, with costs. 
Deft, says that the beds were all dirtied and damaged, and according to 
declaration suffered injury, holding, therefore, his claim on the deft. 
Pltf. ^replies in writing, that deft, never had spoken to him about it, until 
he came for the freight and that they were never shewn to him nor ap- 
praisers called to see them. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, whereas 
deft, has never spoken to the pltf. about the damage, before the demand 
for the freight, and the proof being insufficient, that deft, shall pay the 
pltf. the three beavers with costs. 

Nicolaes Backer, pltf. v/s Jozyntje Verhage, deft. Pltf. sa3rs, he has 
a claim on deft, of ninety four guilders board for her husband; for this 
purpose has attached her planks. Deft, says, the planks do not belong 



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to her, but to Reyntie Fieters, who entering, being examined, answen, 
that the planks belong to him. Burgomasters and Schepens therefore 
declare the arrest invalid. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Symon Hermsen Cort, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, two hundred and fifty four guilders ten stivers in 
seawant according to decision of arbitrators appointed by the W: Conrt 
for the decision of their case, and by them approved. Deft, demands 
time, saying he at present has no pay. The W: Court order deft, to pay 
pltf. 

Gysbert Op Dyck, pltf. v/s Claas van Eblandt, the Elder deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Lambert Barenzen, pltf. v/s Frerick, the sailor on board the N: 
Netherland Indian, deft. Both in default. 

Jan Peray, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Leentje Dircks Servaas, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Leentje Dircks Servaas, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten, pltf. v/s Wessel Everzen, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, pltf. v/s Roelof Janzen van Meppel^ 
deft Both in default. 

Wemaar Wessels, arrestant and pltf. v/s Comelis van Gezel, arrested 
and deft Both in default. 

Paulus Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Joannes de Witt, deft. Both in default 

Symon Hermzen Cort, pltf. v/s Wessel Gerrizen, deft. Deft in de- 
fault 

Hendrick Janzen Smitt, arrestant and pltf. v/s Evert Mareschal^ 
arrested and deft. Both in default. 

Nicolaes Backer, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lambersen Mol, deft Deft in 
default. 

Reyer Comelissen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Aarzen and Jan de Witt, defts. 
Pltf. in default. 

Comelis Pluvier entering requests an end of the suit between him 
and Jacobus Vis. Whereupon was ordered: — Jacobus Vis is hereby^ 



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ordered and charged by the W. Court of this City to answer by the next 
Court day to the declaration given in against him by Comelis Pluyvier 
regarding the question of purchased bed and bolsters on pain of nonsuit. 

Solomon La Chair requests by petition, that Jacob van Couwenhoven 
shall be ordered to answer his demand on pain of deprival of his right. 
Marginal order: Request is granted and party shall be ordered to answer 
hereunto. Order : — Jacob Wolf erzen van Couwenhoven is hereby ordered 
by the W: Court of this City to answer by the next Court day the demand 
of Solomon La Chair instituted against him on 4 Octob: last, on pain 
of being deprived of his right. 

Solomon La Chair, as att'y of Francis HoU, requests by petition, that 
Maria Polett shall be ordered to answer the demand, which Francis Holl 
instituted against her on 4^ October last, on pain of deprivation of right. 
Aposdlle — Request is granted and party is ordered to answer hereupon. 
Order: — Mattheus de Vos, as husband and guardian of Maria Polett, 
is hereby ordered by the W. Court of this City to answer by the next 
Court day to the demand instituted against her by Francis Holl, dated 4 
Octob' last, on pain of deprival of right. 

Jacobus Vis requests by petition, that he may empower some person 
to defend his case, in his absence, before the W. Court. Marginal order: 
— ^Whereas the petitioner heretofore cited before the W: Court wilfully 
would not appear, being in laco^ Burgomasters and Schepens, therefore, 
refuse the petitioner's request, but order him to appear in person. 

Tomas Hal requests by petition postponement of the execution on the 
judgment, which Meindert Barensen, attorney of Comelis Dircks van 
Hooghlant, obtained agsunst him on date 11^ October last, and that for 
the time of three or four months, offering then to pay down in seawant or 
otherwise. Marginal order: Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that if 
Meindert Barens be not satisfied with the seawant, petitioner shall pay 
him in four months' time the demanded thousand and twelve pounds of 
tobacco according to obligation, with interest thereof at ten per cent, in- 
terest accruing on delivery of the judgment. 

This day, 21? October 1661. is the following Placard concerning the 
bakers, read out from the front of this City Hall, after the usual ringing 
of the bell. 



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Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N: 
Netherland. To all those who shall see or hear this read, Health ! Be 
it known, that for the renewal of the frequently enacted Placards and 
Ordinances of the Rt. Hon^ Director General and Council of N. Nether- 
land and specially in date 26^ October 1661. regarding the baking and 
selling of coarse and white bread both of proper weight and suitable 
dough, which, on the contrary is mostly baked from bran and sold, 
against which being desirous to provide, they hereby order and command, 
that all bakers and those who make a trade of baking and selling bread, 
shall be bound continually to bake and keep in the store for public sale, 
for the convenience of the Burghers and inhabitants coarse bread; who- 
ever manifests an indisposition herein is hereby forbidden his trade for 
one year and six weeks; and the same shall be baked and sold at the 
foUowing prices. 

For a double wheaten loaf of 8 lbs weight. . . 22 stiv. 

For a single ditto of 4 lbs ** ... 11 stiv. 

For one ditto ditto of 2 lbs 5^ stiv. 

For a double rye loaf of 8 lbs 18 stiv. 

For a single ditto of 4 lbs 9 stiv. 

For a ditto ditto of 2 lbs 4^ stiv. 

For a white loaf of 2 lbs 10 stiv. 

For a ditto of i lb 5 stiv. 

For a ditto of i lb 2} stiv. 

Bread sold of a lighter weight, or without the knowledge, order or 
consent of this W. Court being lighter in weight or higher in price shall 
be forfeited, and in addition a fine of twenty five pounds flemish for the 
first time; for the second time double that sum, and for the third time, 
one hundred pounds flemish with absolute prohibition of trade. Further, 
no bakers, nor any who make a trade of baking coarse or white bread to 
sell to Christians shall mix in whole or in part, any sifted bran in the 
coarse bread, but shall bake the coarse loaf as it comes from the miU, nor 
bake any sort of coarse or white bread for Christians except as herein- 
before specified under a penalty as before, the inspection thereof remain- 
ing to the judicature of this W: Court and those whom they have adjoined 
unto themselves as having better knowledge of bread, and thereunto by 
special charge and order have authorized, namely the persons: — Hendrick 



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Willemsen, baker, and Christoffd Hooghland. They interdict and forbid 
them, from now henceforth to bake any more " Koeckjes," jumbles, or 
sweet cake on forfeiture thereof, and the additional penalty of fifty 
guilders. And that all be better obeyed and observed. We authorize and 
qualify our Officer herein to pay sharp and strict attention, and duly to 
proceed against the contraveners. Thus done, resumed and enacted in 
our Court, in Amsterdam, in N. Netherland, the 21. October. A^ 166 1. 

Tuesday, 25? Octob' 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Allard Anthony, Paulus Leenderzen van de Grift, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes van 
Brugh, Jan Vigne. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Piere Pia, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, for having tapped on a Sunday during preaching, the 
fine of dye persons according to Placard. Deft, says, he is ignorant of 
what the Officer lays to his charge, and undertakes to prove the contrary* 
The W: Court condenm the deft, in a fine of thirty guilders for five per- 
sons, who sat there drinking, and for permission to tap one year and six 
weeks, thirty guilders, making together the sum of sixty guilders, with costs. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen, the younger, 
deft. The Heer pltf. demands from deft, in writing the sum of 150 gl. 
for the deft, having drawn a sword against Francois de Bruyn, whom he 
would have wounded had it not struck on the comer of a ship. Deft, re- 
quests copy of the demand. The W: Court order copy to be furnished 
to deft, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Burgomaster Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen, the younger, 
deft. Pltf. complains of insults offered to him by the deft, in pres- 
ence of Joannes de Decker, Pieter Tonneman, Joannes van der Meulen 
and others: then as he was drunk, he forgives him. Deft, acknowledges 
his fault; says, he is sorry. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the 
deft, in a fine of fifteen guUders to be paid to the poor. 

Hendrick Janz: Smitt, arrestant and pltf. v/s Evert Mareschal, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. prosecutes the attachment against the deft, for 
payment of rent. Deft, says, he will not depart, nor intends to leave be- 
fore having spoken to him. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the 
arrest valid. 



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Cornells Janzen Qopper, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen and with him 
Marten the smith defts. Pltf . demands the obligation, which he has 
executed as the same is paid in the a/c of the deft« Marten the smith. 
Deft. Albert Albersen sa^, he has nothing to do with pltf. and that he 
will prove, that he is paid. Burgomasters and Schepens haying heard 
parties and seen the writing produced by the pltf. decide, that the obliga- 
tion shall remain in consignment with the Secretary of this City, until 
letters shall come from Fatherland and in the meanwhile the hundred and 
fifty guilders shall go in payment of Marten de Smitt 

Albert Alberzen, pltf. v/s Wessel Gerrizen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, his gun with a sword and a heavy belt, loaned to deft, at 
Christmas. Deft's wife appearing, says that the arms are stolen. The 
W. Court order deft, to return the arms or the value thereof. 

Eghbert Meindersen, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, one hundred and twenty seven guilders, balance per 
a/c. Deft, says he does not owe before the work is finished, producing 
the contract. Pltf. says the work is finished. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the matter in question to Isaack Greveraat and Frans Janzen van 
Hooghten to examine the work according to agreement and contract m 
the presence of the Heer Schepen Pieter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven; 
to reconcile parties if possible, if not, to report their award to the Court. 

Abraham Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Claas Tysen, cooper, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands that his boy apprenticed to the deft, to learn a trade may be dis- 
charged from deft, as the deft, threatens both him and his son. Deft, 
denies such, producing the decision of the last Court day. Parties being 
heard, the W: Court order Pieter Abrahamsen, the pltfs son, to serve out 
his time and to return to work. 

The Heer Schout, Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Isaack Bedlo, arrestant and pltf. v/s Ritzert Pantom, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest valid. 

Teuntje Jurriaans, pltf. v/s Styntje Jans, deft. Deft, default. 

Symon Clazen Turck, pltf. v/s Paulus Schrick, deft. Deft, default 

Focke Janz: pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, hatter, deft. Deft, default. 

Focke Jans, pltf. v/s Pieter Wessels, deft. Deft, default 

Focke Jans, pltf. v/s Jeremias Janzen, deft. Deft, default. 



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Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Lambert Barenzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Heny Breser, pltf. and arrestant v/s Willem Jacobzen Backer, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. says deft, is gone away from 
arrest. 

M- Jacob Huges appears in Court requesting execution on the judg- 
ment dated i8^ October last against Lodowyck Pos, with costs. The 
Bailiff is ordered to execute these. 

Comelis Plu3rvier requests execution on the judgment dated i8^ 
Octob! last against Symon Hermsen Cort. The W. Court order the 
Bailiff to execute these. 

Teunis Cray requests execution on the judgment dated ii*^ Octob! 
against Abraham Janz: The W: Court order the Bailiff to execute these 
with costs. 

Claas van Elslandt the younger att*y of Hans Carelsen requests exe- 
cution on the judgment dated i8*^ Octob' last against Pieter Ryverdingh. 
The W: Court order the Bailiff to execute these. 

Jacobus Vis answers to Comelis Pluyviers declaration relative to the 
sold bed and bolsters. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to 
party, to reply thereunto at the next Court day. 

Maria Besems replies to Gerrit van Tright. The W: Court order 
copy to be furnished to party to rejoin thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven answers to Solomon La Chair. The W: 
Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereunto at the next 
Court day. 

Maria Polett, wife of Mattheus de Vos, requests by petition, that 
Solomon La Chair shall furnish her the procuration of Francis Hoi, if he 
has any, so that she may know against whom she shall act. Marginal 
order: The request is granted and Solomon La Chair is hereby ordered 
to furnish copy of procuration to Mattheus de Vos. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker requests by petition, that the ten guilders 
seventeen stivers, which are due to him by Nicolaas Boot's wife by virtue 
of judgment dated 28^ Septemb' 1660. may avail him in abatement. 
Apostille: — Petitioner has to summon Nicolaas Boots att'y hereupon. 

On date 29*^ October 1661 Symon Jansen, at Sieur Paulus Schrick's 
request, has declared by solemn oath, at the hands of the President of 



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Burgomast? and Schq>ens of the City of Amsterdam in N: Netherl^ that 
he has not recetred or cnjoff for the behoof of the af<vesaid Sicnr 
Paulas Schrick, from Jan Wepp, residing at Hartford in N: Bn^and, 
any payment either in zeawan, wheat or otherwise, in any manner, in 
fulfiUment of certain obligation dated 17^ July 1652. 

On the last October 1661. has Marten Cr^er, Treasorer of this City, 
attached in the hands of Jacobus Backer an anker of waters, which Abra* 
ham Pietenen most have from him for a hog; and that for a claim the 
City has against Abraham Pietenen abovenamed for non payment of 
Burger-right. 

Taesday, i? Norcmb* 166 1. In the City HalL Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paolos Leenderzen Vander Grift, Allard Andiony, 
Timotheos Gabry, Joannes van Bmgh, J. Vigne. 

Fiscaal Nicasios de Sille, arrestant and pltf. y/s Tobias Feecks, 
arrested and deft. Deft« in default. Pltf. demands the profit of the de^ 
fault ; recommending the same to Pieter Tonneman. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen the younger, deft. 
Pltf. persists in his demand entered in writing against the deft, on the 
last Court day. Deft, answers in writing. The W. Court order copy of 
the answer to be furnished to the Officer to reply thereto on the next 
Court day. 

Daniel Weitit (? Whitehead), pltf. and arrestant v/s Dirck Teunizen, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, restitution of the note which 
is paid, and also a foal. Deft, answers in writing demanding copy of the 
claim and further, the accounts on which it is founded and reasons for 
the arrest, failing whereof that the arrest be declared null and of no avaiL 
Further demanding from the deft, payment in reconvention of two hun- 
dred and fifty guilders in beavers or tobacco for a mare bought from him 
and one ton or barrel of pork. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the 
matter in question to Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen and now Orphan 
Master of this City, and Tomas WiUett, to investigate the case they have 
against each other, decide on the same, and to reconcile them if possible; 
if not, to report their verdict to the Court ; the arrest remaining mean- 
while valid. 

M! Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. and arrestant v/s Jan Teunissen^ 



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arrested and deft. Pltf. demands in writing from deft., according to con- 
tract half the produce of the f arm, which the deft, had on lease from him, 
sajring he received more com than he, the pltf. and after the contract 
expired he made use of his two draft oxen without his consent, and let 
the cattle go into his garden and there destroy his vegetables. Demand- 
ing therefore indemnification therefor. Deft, denies it, and if he had any 
claim for damage, he ought to have long ago spoken to him. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Albert Comelissen 
Wantenaar and Jan Pietersen to determine the case of parties, to settle the 
same if possible, if not to report their verdict to the Court. 

Pieter Pieterzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Joghim Beekman, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, two hundred and twelve guilders and fourteen stivers in 
peltries at beaver price. Deft, says that he offered pltf. the deed of his 
house and requested him to wait for payment until his return from the 
South ; and has paid on the obligation having an offset a/c. The W: 
Court refer the matter in question to Jacobus Bakker, old Schepen of this 
City, and Joannes van der Meulen to take up the a/c of parties, to settle 
the same and if possible to reconcile them ; if not to report their verdict 
to the Court. 

Frerick Aarzen, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Skipper WiUem Bording, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 69. 15. according to a/c. 
Deft, maintains that pltf. has marked the a/c too high. The W. Court 
refer the matter in dispute to Frerick Lubbertsen and Claas Bording to 
take up the a/c, determine the same, and reconcile parties, if possible; if 
not to report their proceedings to the Court. 

Jan Parisien, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, thirty one guilders for water melons and pumpkins. 
Deft's wife appearing acknowledges the debt ; requests time, as she has 
suffered loss on the pumpkins and water melons. The W: Court order 
the deft, to pay the pltf. within six weeks' time. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Defts. 
2I default. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred guilders ; requesting 
sequestration of the monies. The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the 
monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Metje Wessels, deft. Pltf. again de- 
mands from the deft, three beavers balance of seven, which the deft, ac- 



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cepted to pay him for Capt. Jacob ; exhibiting the same by his book. 
Deft, says, if the pltf. will declare on oath, that she so promised, she wiU 
pay, on condition, that the beavers shall remain in consignment with the 
Secretary of this City, until she have her own. Pltf., offering to declare 
the same on oath, accordingly confirmed his assertion on oath at the 
hands of the Officer. Burgomasters and Schepens therefore condemn 
the deft. Metje Wessels to satisfy and pay Balthazar de Haart the de- 
manded three beavers, with costs. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Frerick Aarzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
again from deft, two beavers for one and thirty guilders in zeewan. Deft, 
denies having promised the beavers ; demands proof. Pltf. exhibits by 
his blotter, where he entered, that deft, has promised him the beavers. 
Pltf. was asked, if he will swear to his book ? Answers Yes; and has 
confirmed his book by oath at the hands of the Officer. Burgomasters 
and Schepens condemn therefore the deft., Frerick Aarzen, to satisfy and 
pay to pltf. the demanded beavers, with costs. 

Andries Joghimzen, pltf. v/s Skipper Willem Bordingh and Cornells 
Light Water, gunner, defts. PltFs wife appearing, demands from the 
defts. — from Skipper Willem for his particular a/c. eight guilders and for 
what he has guarantied for the cook and pilot, eighty four guilders, nine 
stivers, for the sail maker forty nine guilders, ten stivers and for the 
gunner eighty guilders. Deft. Skipper Willem says, he has not gone 
security for more than the cook, pilot and sail maker, and ordered the 
pltf. not to tap any more for his crew. Pltf. says, such is true, but 
afterwards consented that she should tap. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties order Skipper Willem to pay pltf. the sum of a hun- 
dred and forty one guilders, nineteen stivers as well for himself as for the 
cook, pilot and sail maker and order Comelis Lightwater, gunner, to 
satisfy and pay the pltf. eighty guilders, as the skipper was not responsible 
for the same. 

Skipper Willem Bording and Comelis Lightwater, gunner, entering; 
Comelis Lightwater, gunner, requests to be discharged from the ship's 
service and to be allowed to leave the ship, which the skipper will not 
consent to, as nothing was agreed about it, but he shall aid in the voyage 
to Fatherland. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, decree 
and order Comelis Lightwater, gunner, to stand by the ship and to pro- 



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ceed with the vessel to Holland ; if not that his monthly wages shall be 
forfeited. 

Focke Janzen, pltf. v/s Jeremias Janzen, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, fourteen guilders, five stivers. The W: Court 
order the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Focke Jansen, pltf. v/s Wemaer Wessels, hatter, deft. Defts. 2^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty seven guilders. The W. Court 
order deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Focke Jansen, pltf. v/s Pieter Wessels, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, seven guilders. The W: Court order deft, to 
deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Paulus Van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. 
Pltf. in writing concludes, that deft, shall forfeit the ancker of brandy 
which he brought from the ship St John Baptist without permit, and 
moreover a fine of one hundred guilders, Holland, according to placard; 
with costs. Deft, demands copy of the demand. The Officer puts him* 
self in as guardian. The W: Court ojder copy of the demand to be fur- 
nished to pltf. to answer thereunto at next Court day. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Pltf. as 
attorney for Albert Comelis" Wantenaar demands from deft, sixty four 
guilders, eight stivers in zeewan, according to a/c exhibited, with costs. 
Deft, answers in writing; concluding, that the suit shall be dismissed, as 
the pltf. has made the debt over to Frerick Lubbersen, who should receive 
the same at Fort Orange from his son Isaack van Vleeck; then whereas 
he came not to receive the monies, but departed, the same were left in the 
hands of Jan van Beeck. The W: Court order Tielman van Vleeck to 
summon Frerick Lubbersen by the next Court day to appear also with 
his son. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Frerick Lubberzen, deft. The 
pltf. requests, that the ten guilders seventeen stivers, which he claims of 
Nicolaes Boot (whose attorney the deft, is) according to act thereof 
being, may go to the payment of the rent of said Boot's house which he 
occupies ; with costs. Deft., attorney for Nicolaes Boot, says, that Nico- 
laes Boot is hourly expected and that the rent is all made over to another 
and not a beaver of the rent belongs to him. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties, decide that the ten guilders seventeen stivers may 



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be offset for beaver in such yalue in leewant as it now goes for, in pay- 
ment, with costs. 

Teuntje Jnrriaans, pltf. v/s Styntje Jans, deft. Fltf. says, that defL 
has stated, she is one of die whores, whom her husband keeps. Deft 
denies that, saying that she said. What decent women are they, who are 
kept by other women's husbands ? Pltf. says, that deft's husband told 
her so, and she dafly upbraids him widi it. Buigomasters and Schepens 
order the pltf. to prove her statement. 

Simon Clazen Turck, pltf. v/s Paulus Schrick, defL Mtf. concludes 
in writing, that deft as well as the heirs of Guiliam Veriett shall be con- 
demned to offset the debt, which is belonging to him thro* his father in 
law Caspar Veriett against whatever the abovenamed Caq>ar Veriett is 
demanding from him on a/c of his father in law Pieter Comelissen, and 
that the arrest made at Fort Orange of the planks in the possession of 
Tomas Lodowyck may be discharged free of costs and damages; exhibit- 
ing the judgment of the Court diere dated 13? 7^ 1661. Deft, says, that 
pltf. must prove, that he is one of the heirs. Pltf. says, he is indebted to 
his father in law and not to him. Deft, says, it is made over to him. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order the deft, to produce before them the 
note, from which the debt arises, together with the power and order par- 
ties on both sides to send to Fort Orange for the attached planks and to 
place the same in charge of this City to be disposed of according to the 
issue of the case. 

Tomas Ryckt,* pltf. v/s Hendrick Kerckhoven, deft Pltf. demands 
from deft, a hundred and twenty six guilders three stivers, according to 
obligation. Deft, says, he does not owe more than fifty pounds of 
tobacco, undertaking to prove the same. The W: Court order the deft 
to prove his statement at the next Court day. 

Pelgrum Clock, pltf. and arrestant v/s Symon Joosten, arrested and 
deft, Pltf., as attorney for Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven, denumds, 
pursuant to the judgment of the Court of Breuckelen, from the deft, a 
hundred and thirty five guilders and requests, that the arrest be declared 
valid. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, whereas the power of attorney 
authorizes to sue the debtors of Long Island there, each before his re- 
spective jurisdiction, that the same is invalid here, the rather as the 

^ Is this mcuki Cor Wrif^? 



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principal resides here, and if he have any claim against the deft., he has 
to seek it himself. Therefore discharge the deft, from arrest. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Pelgrom Clock, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, took 
out of his book, in bad faith, the a/c, which he had against Hans Steyn 
and has made no agreement for beavers with Hans Steyn. Hans Steyn 
sent for to Court, appears and is asked who furnished him with Jacob 
Vis* a/c ? Answers, Jacob Vis. Jacob* Vis says, that to his knowledge 
he did not furnish him with the a/c. Hans Steyn undertakes to maintain 
his assertion by oath. Jacobus Vis proposes to prove, that Pelgrom Clock 
took the a/c. in bad faith out of his book. The Schout as guardian de- 
mands, that Jacobus Vis prove his assertion by the next Court day. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order Jacob Vis to do so at the next Court 
day. 

Focke Jansen, pltf. v/s Jan Clazen Ruyter, deft. Deft, in default. 

Focke Jans, pltf. v/s Jan Andriezen De Graaf, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Focke Jans, pltf. v/s Comelis Hooghboom, deft. Deft, in default. 

Geertje Corssen, pltf. v/s Jacob de Haan, deft. Both in default. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen van Hooghten, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Jacob Leunizen, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Salomon La Chair, pltf. v/s David Joghimsen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tobias Feecks appears in Court saying he is arrested and summoned 
by the Fiscaal for judgment and whereas he has to claim a considerable 
sum from the Company he offers to offset the same. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order him to repair to the Secretary van Ru3rven and to com* 
municate the matter to him. 

Symon Janzen Romein entering prosecutes an arrest issued against a 
small case of peltries belonging to Arien Symonsen in the hands of Claas 
Bording and requests the arrest to be declared valid. The W: Court 
declares the arrest valid. 

On the reply of Comelis Pluyvier v/s Jacobus Vis, ordered: The W: 
Court direct copy to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the 
next Court. 

On the rejoinder of Gerrit van Tright v/s Maria Besems, ordered: 
The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party and parties on both 



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sides are directed to exchange papers with each other and to desist £rom 
further production; to submit their deduction and principal intendit by 
inventoiy at the next Court day. 

Solomon La Chair requests by petition, in order to adjust the matter 
between him and Reinier Rycke, attorney for Amout Baily, merchant at 
Amsterdam in Europe, that Mattheus de Vos as substitute of Reinier 
Rycke do not concern himself with the matter, since the principal is on 
the spot. Marginal order: — ^Burgomasters and Schepens deode, that 
Mattheus de Vos, substitute for Reinier Rycke, may attend the arbitra- 
tion on the matter in dispute and that it cannot be forbidden him, if the 
principal requires it. 

Pdgrum Qock, attorney of Arien van Laar, requests by petition 
execution on the judgment pronounced against Evert Mareschal dated 
27*^ September. Whereupon was ordered: The Bailiff is directed to 
execute these. 

Maria Feeck requests by petition, that Jan Ariaansen be ordered to 
bring the beavers due her by him for a house and lot sold, according to 
deed of sale, in consignment to the City HalL Marginal order: — ^The 
petitioner is ordered to summon Jan Ariaansen before this Worshipful 
Court for her claim. 

Tuesday, 8^ November 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, AUard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabiy, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Joannes van Bmgh, Jan 
Vigne. 

Jan Jurriaanzen Becker, pltf. v/s Fiscaal Nicasius de SiUe, deft. 
The matter and differences between parties on both sides were referred 
by Burgomasters and Schepens to Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen and 
now Orphan Master of this City and Sieur Jacob Strycker, also former 
Schepen of this City, to hear parties; debate and determine their differ- 
ence, and if possible to reconcile them, if not to report their finding to 
this Court. 

Schepen Joannes van Bru^ in quality as Deacon, prosecutes an 
arrest issued against the person of Jan Jurriaansen Becker on a/c of the 
non-payment of ten guilders for the poor. Burgomasters and Schepens 
declare the arrest valid 



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Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, pltf. v/s Jacob Strycker, in quality 
as attorney of Jacob Steendam, deft. Pltf. complains of the house^ which 
Jacob Steendam hired to him, as not being inhabitable, according to de- 
claration. Deft, exhibits the lease made between Jacob Steendam and 
the pltf. demanding from the pltf. balance of one hundred and eighty 
nine guilders, two beavers and one wild cat skin for rent and obligation. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, decide, that the lease 
must have effect, and that the pltf. may deduct from the rent the expence 
incurred on the house; order further, that deft, in his quality shall make 
the proper necessary repairs on the house and have it made inhabitable, 
and if parties have any difference in the matter of a/c, refer the same to 
Isaack Grevera and Jacques Cosseau, to decide the same, to reconcile 
parties if possible; if not to report their proceedings to the Court. 

Joghim Beeckman, pltf. v/s Fieter Fieterzen Smitt, deft. Fltf. com- 
plains in writing to have been slandered about a year ago by the deft, ac- 
cording to declaration of Marcus Pietersen and Gerrit Lebes, working at 
the time with the pltf. and requests indemnification therefor, honourable 
and profitable. Deft, denies the slander, both verbally and in writing: 
requesting that the men be heard before the W. Court. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order the deft, to summon the aforesaid men by the next 
Court day. 

Jan Bercker, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Meat, arrested and deft. 
The question and difference between parties, relative to the sale and pay- 
ment of three oxen were referred by the W: Court to Isaack Bedlo and 
Jean Lauwrens to debate and decide the same, to reconcile them if pos- 
sible; if not to report their finding to the Court. 

Simon Clazen Turck, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Deft, 
absent. Pltf. says, that he agreed with the deft, and that the deft, 
accepted to attend, as substitute, to his business in his absence, for 
twenty ^ cent and did not do so. Demands return of his papers. 

Jan Gillizen Koeck, pltf. v/s Pieter Ebel, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. having summoned deft, in a suit of arrest, for payment of a hog, 
entered by Abram Pietersen for non payment of his Burgher right; Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens declare the arrest valid. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen van Hooghten, deft. 
Pltf. again demands the hand screw from the deft. Pursuant to order, 



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dflted ifl> Oclobcr lut, dcfii. was jskcd, winft |mi>oi 
•orv ImIob^ to In ? Amen, he has mm Md Aat pItL 
to Idb of it daring the lovr yeaos kc had it; 

!«• 

Fmis Jaaaen van HoogMrB iiwiini in dc£nlt o£ 
pnioC, dMtt he dudl lemn the acirv in qmtatagm to Jacob 
dnll mat the sjbk as loog as he has nnde ■« o£ it, 
tfaejr diall lue it together, the fHoy c ity thcvcof shafl 
Jacob WdfcTMSi. 

Tonas Rieckt,* pltL t/s Hcadiick Kcfcfchorai. delL Pnsaa&t to 
last Coon day ddL exhibits his proo€s, diat he owes tibe phf . tnly Mtj 
poonds of tobacco. BuigumjMcrs and Schcpcns having 
refer the matter in cfnestion to Tomas Hall and Joris Wobey to 
the dispute of parties, to decide the same and if poanhlr to reconcile 
them; if not to report their doingi to the Court. 

Frans Janscn van Hoog^ten, pltL v/s Wcssei Everacn, deft. Phf. 
demands from deft, payment of wages. Deft, dclivevs into Court a 
written answer. Pltf. piodnces tiie decision of arbttratois, demanding 
tiie costs incurred and still to be incurred. Boigomasters and Srhepens 
order deft, to bring in peisonally or in writing, what he objects to the 
work, on pain of deprivation of ri^t and in defanlt order him to paj. 

Jacob Lennisen, pltf. v/s Joris Dopxen, deft. Defts. a* dcfaalt. 
PltL demands from deft, twenty six guilders, ten stivecs. The W Court 
order deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of diis City. 

Symon Clazen Tmck, pltf. v/s Tomas Lodowyck, deft. Deft, hands 
in, throo|^ the Court Messenger, the judgment pronounced by the Court 
of the Colonie at Fort Orange between the pltf. and the att o rn ey of 
Paulus Schrick. Burgomasters and Schq>ens having considered and read 
tiie same persist in their judgment dated the first of diis month, linwian 
the pltf. and Paulus Schrick. 

Focke Janxen, pltf. v/s Jan Qazen Ruyter, deft Defts. s^ defanlt. 
Phf. demands from deft, twenty seven guOders widi costs. The W: COort 
order the deft, to deposit the monies widi the Secretary of this City. 

Focke Janzen, pltf. v/s Jan Andriessen de Graaf, deft. Phf. de- 
mands from deft, forty guildeis, nine and a half stiven with costs. Deft. 



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demands .a/c. saying, if pltf. counted into eight shares, his money is ready. 
Pltf. says, he and the deft, made up the a/c together, and adds that there 
is not a difference of a drink of beer. The W: Court order pltf. to furbish 
the items of a/c, from which his debt arises, in writing by the next Court 
day. 

Focke Jansen, pltf. v/s Comelis Hooghboom, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, iorty guilders, nine and a half stivers, with costs. Deft, says, 
he is willing to pay, if the a/c of the drinks used is divided into eight 
parts. The W: Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 40 gl. 9^ stivers with 
costs. 

Focke Jansen, pltf. v/s Pieter Wesselzen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, balance of seven guilders with costs. Deft, says, he will pay if the 
others pay. Pltf. says, that they sat together drinking three nights and 
three days. The W: Court order deft, to pay the pltf. the seven 
guilders with costs. 

Focke Jansen, pltf. v/s Jeremias Janzen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, a further balance of fourteen guilders, with costs. Deft, says he 
never refused the money, demanding a/c, which was exhibited to him. 
The W: Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. with costs. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft, and Frerick 
Lubberien, witness. Pltf. concludes in quality as attorney for Albert 
Comelissen Wantenaar for payment of four and sixty guilders and eight 
stivers with costs. Frerick Lubberzen entering declares, that Albert 
Comelissen Wantenaar is indebted to him and not Van Vleeck, and seeks 
payment from said Albert, as he has received no payment from Tielman 
van Vleeck, though he has spoken to him on the subject; says he has no 
order from his father. Burgomasters and Schepens, on the written re- 
quest of Tielman Van Vleeck postpone the matter until the next Court 

day. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s David Joghimzen, deft. Defts. a^ de. 
fault. Pltf. as attorney for the Consirtory of Midwout, demands twenty 
guilders from the deft., in the name of the same. The W: Court order 
the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Jan Jansen van de Lange Straat, pltf. v/s Ryck Hendricksen, deft. 
Pltf. says, he sawed with the deft, for Pieter Kock's widow, two hundred 
feet, the half whereof comes to him, which was received by the pltf. De- 



404 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1661 

manding the same therefore from the deft. Deft's wife appearing in 
Court says, that the pltf . had undertaken the work with her and neglected 
it, and that she lay in fourteen days ago, and has to pay for that. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard parties dismiss the pltTs suit, as he 
had neglected the work, which he undertook with the deft. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jacob Teunissen ELay, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, fifty guilders fine and a year and six weeks suspen- 
sion from his business according to Placard, for having baked small 
loaves, in violation of the order. Deft, says, he always baked large 
bread and has not violated the order. The W: Court condemn the deft. 
in a fine of fifty guilders and excuse him for the first time from suspension 
of business. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Francois de Bmyn, deft. Defts. 
3I default: The pltf. demands in writing from the deft, one hundred 
guilders fine, for that deft, used force and violence in the house of Jan 
Jansen the younger, and requests definitive judgment with costs, as he 
has further stated, that Jan the younger is a false book-keeper, a mur- 
derer ; as is proved by declaration. The W. Court condemn the deft, in 
the fine of one hundred guilders with costs. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman replies to the answer of Jan Jansen the 
younger. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party thereunto 
to rejoin by the next Court day. 

Symon Qazen Turck, pltf. v/s Paulus Schrick, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Maria Peeck, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen, carpenter, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hans Stein requests by petition, that Jacobus Vis shall be ordered to 
deliver in to Court his papers, which he has in the suit against him in the 
time of twice four and twenty hours, on pain of nonsuit. Marginal order: 
— Fiat and order shall be issued hereupon: Jacobus Vis is hereby ordered 
and charged by the W. Court of this City to deliver in to the Court afore* 
said his pieces, documents, and papers in the suit against Hans Stein, 
within twice twenty four hours, per inventory on pain of non-suit. 

Jacob Huges requests execution on the judgment, which he has 
against Pelgrum Clock dated i8'.^ October last. The W Court order the 
Bailifif to execute these. 



i66i] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 405 

Solomon La Chair replies to Jacob van Couwenhoven. The W: 
Court order copy to be furnished to party to rejoin thereunto at the next 
Court day. 

Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck answers the demand of Paulus van de 
Beeck. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply there- 
unto at the next Court day. 

Wamaer Wessels as attorney of Jan Eraat requests execution on the 
judgment dated 25 Octob: 166 1. against Leentje Dircks Servaas. The 
W: Court order the Bailiff to put this into execution. 

Interrogatories drawn up to examine and hear thereupon the prisoner, 
Mesaack Martens, late Company's mason. 

1. Did you steal, more than a month ago, a quantity of cabbage at 
the house of one Pieter Jansen, ship carpenter, residing at the entrance of 
Maiden Lane (7 maagde faaife^) when you were caught and overtaken 
by the Watch ? Answers^ Having been drunk, he stole the cabbage and 
was caught by the Watch. 

2. And how many cabbages did you steal as well there as at other 
places; who helped you and were your abettors and fellow thieves ? ^n- 
swersy No person was by or has seen me ; I stole no more cabbages, 
than the Watch took from me. 

3. Did you not, about fourteen days ago, climb in behind the fence 
of one Lucas Andriessen, skipper, trading to Fort Orange, thro' the garden 
and enter the house there very early in the morning. Were you not found 
there with a tub of butter about half empty, and did you not steal and 
take it with you and carry it to your house ? Answers^ He has had no 
butter in half a year in the house ; and his road lying thereby and being 
drunk his hat remained lying there. 

4. Did you not hastily retire and on hearing noise leave your hat 
behind, which was then taken up by one Barent Cruytdop and saved ? 
Answers^ That Barent Cruytdop told him, his hat was there. 

5. Did you not frequently break off, draw out and bum the City's or 
Company's palisades or where do these remain or to whom did you sell 
them ? Answers^ No. 

6. What more and where have you stolen; where concealed, to whom 
sold ; who are your receivers or abettors or cooperators ? Answers, 

The W: Court asked the prisoner Mesaack, where the property is, 



4o6 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [iMt 

which be tocA oat at the chat, that he broke opat, as Ihe «««mb coot- 
plsiBed, to whan it hiqipcited ? Amamtn, Hut the vonaa got it back 
■gun cvGD to a pia. 

Thai <h»e a&d dK a l b renid Henack Maiteas gu e iti oae rf md by 
hiai amswcRd ia tbe Coort of Ae Sdwat, B w g w— i^ ra and Schepena, 
dkc 8? NoTCKb: 1661. 

Oa the date 11. Novoaber faikivBg the Oxx t uo A Mesaack Manen- 
KB, pmoser, is agaia qoestioaed oa tbe above poaats of Blmugalioa is 
pns^Ke of the riiaMMiiiiii 1 T y o thc as Gabvy and Joannes vat Bm^ 
ap poiated Aacto by the W. Comt, and heard and ^ w er c d by him as 
foUo«cth^— 

Oa Ae fitaiL Answen; achnowiedges to have taik^ five or hx cab- 
bages faoa thes^^** '■^ to have chahed over the pafimdcs. 

a. AaswcR; he has Ailes. as brioR. fve «r sa cdibagca aad on b» 
Mher place. 

5. AnswBS; bo. ^mJ ^^ he docs noc kaor. whoc kas pn ie « b, nor 
where it rowei cm n t^K i^v. 

4. AsnKxs: heksowsojaoaooe. ^mI vasnot Aete. aadbaowa no* 
bowhb Ku dseiitfic 

5. Axswers; be b^s otkea so ^usodes. bcz ^ns be nok ^waj jobm 
yieces of puiasads ^ob tte gxsti^ of PxxI'ss LiLadLia-n. whidh he bad 
he^«d EC- hy. for iri=^ tsA-ic^-AK s^ «£! & by has knse. 

C Axswt: «::»( xcc^isj ^o: 6ae ci>^.^e ^id had no abedon. 

7. Asii ±ii 3M Tcit. rg j cm e. seeal seoic Jowts aad r ^uk a es (rhb the 
faidea cf M.»:^ Timec i=ti wia: snc ' Azswox. So. 

Kt;$ar£=^ :^ csnt he Jec^ccs. :iae he wm to have somc nMaey 
tr.'oa one Virc *.-r ui-::^ bucr^ni ss. and ^kae the Maid had gene over 
li fwjwb :^ HTrx a<i ''txFsxr^ELBtd awar i^newhs ks^ ah ucb y not 
gKW ' r j iBv Bttsey fr;^ ho^ he •aek. Jvc a gi^im ^id paned it, bM aa 
^ was u^i^ asfo^ f .Y >y the snL he ?9oae£ x. and cx*c = bad an h» 
w^ ^ ><ec .'dber Tcmsrr. TYis a:we in C-inrt and ^ t^ daf aa above. 

t! N.-»«ni: rw: It 3« T-rr Eil. rMseat the Heocn 

T — T Piiif T^ Fia:>is leotss^ia «^ A O^rift. A2aid Auhosv. 

x^c^r^. r*«! 1^ Cj^raexVvca. ^a^H^ tib livfh. Jan 



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Mattheus de Vos, anestant and pltf. v/s Barent van Maarle, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, the goods, he had from Anthony the 
Moor and took up by inventory. Deft says, he was not bound to take 
care of the goods, requesting that the same be taken charge of and that he 
be discharged from arrest, so that he may pursue his journey. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens allow defts. request and authorise and qualify hereto 
Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City and 
Jacob Strycker, also old Schepen of this City, to take charge of and value 
the inventoried goods of Antony More. 

Jan Lauwrens, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Pltf. as att'y of Jan 
Cnoulits demands from deft according to a note, nineteen pounds sterl'g 
and ten shillings and sixteen months interest ® 8 per cent Deft, ac- 
knowledges the debt; requests time. The W: Court order the deft, ta 
p«y the pltf. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen van Hooghten, deft. 
Pltf. demands again from deft, his jack screw and says, that the deft sent 
him a thing home which is good for nothing. Deft says it is pltTs jack 
screw. The W: Court order the deft, to deliver to the pltf. the jackscrew 
in working order and uninjured. 

Jan Broerzen, pltf. v/s Cristyntje Capoens, deft Pltf. demands 
from deft, sixty guilders HoUand currency for wages earned in the West 
Indies from deft's late husband. Deft, says, she does not know the pltf. 
and full fifteen years is passed, and if pltf. can bring proof that she owes 
it, she will pay. Pltf. was asked, if he had never spoken to defts. late 
husband about the matter ? Answers Yes and was to him at Breuckden 
with Albert Comelissen's wife, when he gave for answer, that he did not 
owe him and must bring proof. The W: Court order pltf. to bring proof, 
that something is due him by the deft. 

Pieter Pieterzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Marcus Pieterzen and Gerrit Feves^ 
defts. Pltf. pursuant to the order of the last Court requests, that defts. 
shall declare, what they know about the matter, which Jo(^im Beekman 
has against him. Deft. Marcus Pieterzen declares, that he did not see 
but heard, that Pieter Smitt iiad pushed open the door of Jog^iim Beek- 
man's chamber and saw it was open. Gerrit Feves declares to have seen 
and heard Pieter Smitt push open the aforesaid door and that he 
abused Joghim Beekman as a thief and worse than a thief. The Schout 



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as guardian requests copy of declaradon. The W: Court order copy of 
declaratioii to be furnished to the Officer. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Symon Clazen Torek, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, a boat according to agreement, which the deft, agreed 
to make. Deft demands writing, which the pltf. promised him. Pltf. 
denies to have promised writing. The W: Court order the deft, to make 
the boat for the pltf. 

Joris Rapalje, pltf. y/s Symon Clazen Tnrck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft five hundred and ten guilders and four stivers according to a/c. 
and own signature of Pteter Comelissen, millwrif^t defts. deceased father 
in law. Deft says, he knows nothing about it and has a demand accord- 
ing to the book of Catdyntje, pltTs wife. Deft, was asked, if he was 
well acquainted with his father's hand ? Answers, No; must compare it 
with his other writing. The W Court order pltf. to prove by the next 
Court day, that the signature of the exhibited a/c is the hand of Pieter 
Comeliss^, millwrigfat. 

On the petition of Symon Clazen Turck, Tielman Van Vleeck is 
hereby ordered and charged by the W Court of diis City, to bring forth- 
with to the City HaU here the books and papers relating to the estate and 
effects of Pieter Comelissen, decl, miUwright. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Abraham Pieterzen Corbyn, deft Pltf. 
demands from deft forty guilders. Deft acknowledges the debt; re- 
quests time. The W Court order the deft to pay the pltf. 

Joghim Beekman, pltf. v/s Pieter Pietersen Smitt, deft Pltf. com- 
plains, that he cannot walk the streets in peace in consequence of the 
deft calling him black-pudding and insulting him. Deft, denies it and 
says, he does not speak a word to him. 

Abraham Pieterzen Corbyn, pltf. v/s Asser Levy, deft Pltf. says, 
that deft, has taken more property than comes to him and ought to have 
only four beavers according to a/c produced. Deft produces an oppo- 
site a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in dispute to Joan- 
nes van der Meulen and Mighid Muyen to examine and decide the same, 
to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their finding to the Court. 

Focke Jans, pltf. v/s Jan Clazen Ru]rter, deft. Defts. a1 default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, twenty seven guilders. The W: Court older 
deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 



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The Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Andries JoKhimsen, defU 
Both in default. 

Capt. Posty pltf. v/s Severyn Lauwerens, deft. Deft, in default. 

Maria de Tniy, pltf. v/s Jan Arriaanzen, carpenter, deft. Pltf. in 
default. 

Isaack de Foreest, tP^^- V^ Roeloff Janzen van Meppden, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Maria Besems requests, by ^petition, Commissaries to hear Evert 
Mareschal on certain interrogatories. Whereupon was noted in the 
margin: — Fiat and Pieter Van Couwenhoven with Jan Vigne are here- 
unto appointed. 

Comelis Pluyvier entering requests, that the arrest, he has made on 
Arien Symonsen's monies in Egbert van Borsum's hands, be declared 
valid.. Burgomasters and Schepens pronounce the arrest valid. 

On the reply of Paulus van de Beeck v/s Jurrien Jansen van 
Auweryck, ordered: The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party 
to rejoin thereunto by the next Court day. 

Focke Jans requests execution on the judgment against Jeremias 
Jans, dated the first of November of this yeaf. 

Jan Janzen de Jongh rejoins against the Officer Pieter Tonneman. 
The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party and parties are ordered 
to desist from any further production to exchange with each other their 
papers and to produce by the next Court day their deduction and princi- 
pal intendit by inventory. 

On the demand and opposition of Wessel Evertsen against Frans 
Janzen van Hooghten, ordered: The W: Court direct copy to be furnished 
to party to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Mesaack Martenzen, brought forward was, at the request of the 
Officer for further interrogation, examined by Torture^ as to how many 
cabbages, fowls, turkies and how much butter he has stolen, who his 
abettors and codperators have been. Answering, he persists by his reply 
as per interrogatories, that he did not steal any butter, fowls, or turkies 
nor had any abettors — ^being again set loose, the Officer produces his de- 
mand against the delinquant, concluding, that for his committed theft, 
voluntarily confessed without Torture or chains, he shall be brought to 
the usual place of criminal justice, be well fastened to a stake, severely 



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«hi{>ped and buiished from the jurisdiction <tf this Chy of Aaatadata for 
tbe term of ten Tears; all with costs. Which demand and comdancm t£ 
the Officer being considered by the W: Coart and the volnntaiy confes- 
sion of the ddinqnant Mesaack Haitensen beard, they sentence as fcd- 
lows: — 



Whereas Ifesaack Martens of Amsterdam, imprisoned i* tkk Gty 
for tiieft committed on dte eighth of October last and regarding iW nme 
examined by the W: Court tfarou^ its Commissaries, has voltmtarily con- 
fessed and acknowledged witboal tortnre and c:hains to hare stolea wamt 
cabbages from the garden of Pietcr Jansen and taken from the cbest which 
stood in his hoMse, iD^^Dy and witfaoat the knowledge of the owner, and 
pawned a gown, all which cannot and onght not be Udcrated in a wcB 
ordered place, where justice is wont to be adminiAered, but, on the con- 
trary oo^t to be ponidted as an example to others; Tbettfoic tbe Court 
of this City administering the law in the name and on the behalf of die 
Noble High and Mighty Lwds, the Stales General of the United Nether- 
lands, of the Hon*ble Lords Directors of &e PriTilegcd West Isdin Com- 
pany and ot the Hon'ble Director General and CottnciUon of N: 
Netherland, coMlemn, as diey hereby do, die abovcnamed Mesaack 
Martens that he, for his committed theft, shaQ be broa^t to the osoal 
place of execMion, to stand in the pillocy with cabbages on the head, be 
banished fire years tmm tbe jnrisdictioa of this City, and further pay the 
costs and mists of justice. Thus done and sentenced b? tbe W: Cotut of 
thb City A m sterd am in N: Netherland the 15*? November, r66i. 

P. L. van de Grift, 
Allan) Anthony, 
TimoAeus Gnbry. 

Tnesdqr, tbe sot November i«i. In the City HaU. Prescat the 
Hcoen Pietcr Tonneman. Panh» LceMknen van der Grift, Allan) An. 
ittOAt. T'lTiKAbens GaAty. Pietcr na Couwcnhovca, Joannes van Bra^ 
Jaa Vk- 

^. ^ Mt Pietcr Tonnemaa. pitf. v/s Aadms ;o^anaa^ deft. Deft 
dclivrts niQ Coart. through the Cowrt M csscnyj, a 4f t— ^ ' fr^ aganst 
the (W'T -ad of the OScer. The Oficcr demand copy of declaration. 



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The W. Court order copy of declaration to be famished to the Officer, to 
answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Schepen Jan Vigne, pltf . v/s Tomas Higgens, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, two hundred and seventy five pieces of firewood; requestiiig 
arrest of his person. Deft, says, he delivered the wood to pltf. m ^le 
bush. Pltf. replies, that when he would haul the wood, he was forbidden 
by Arent Comelissen Vogel. Deft, rejoins, that the paid Arent Cornells- 
sen Vogel's son his wages; undertaking to prove the same. The W: 
Court order deft, to prove at the next Court day, that he satisfied and 
paid Arent Comelissens son for his wages. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Roeloff Janzen van Meppelen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, two hundred and sixty three guilders. Deff . acknow- 
ledges the debt; says the goods are still unsold. The W. Court order the 
deft, to pay the pltf. 

Joannes van der Meulen, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts^ af de- 
fault. Pltf. demands five beavers from deft. The W. Court condemn 
the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Capt Post, pltf. v/s Severyn Louwerens, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, forty one guilders, five stivers according to a/c. Deft's wife 
coming forward produces an ofifset a/c. and besides this some daim. 
Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Thomas Hal 
and French Lubbersen to hear parties, to examine and decide their affair 
and if possible reconcile them ; if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Joris Rapalje, pltf. v/s Simon Turck, deft. Pltf. demands, that 
deft, shall declare not to have any knowledge, that the signature to the 
a/c exhibited is the hand of Pieter Comelissen, millwright. Pltf. was 
asked, what proof he has, that it is the hand of Pieter Comelissen ? An- 
swers, he can give none, except the books of said Pieter Comelissen, to 
be seen. And whereas the books and writings of Pieter Comelisssen 
remain in the hands of the Notary Tielman van Vleeck, Joris Rapalje 
was ordered to take the books and writings from Tielman van Vleeck. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Defts. 2* 
default. Pltf., as attorney for Abert Comelissen Wantenaar, demands 
from deft, sixty four guilders, four stivers with costs. The W: Court 
order the deft, to deposit the monies with the City Secretary. 

Jan Broerzen, pltf. v/s Crist)nitje Capoen, deft. Deft, in default. 



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In pursuance to the order of the last Court day, pltf. produces a dedan* 
tion of Adriaen Huybersen Sterrevelt, who states, it is within his know- 
ledge, that Jan firoersen served Jacob Hay as a boy about seventeen yean 
ago in the West Indies, both at Santa Cruz and Cura^oa, without having 
received, to his knowledge any pay therefor: Also a decJaratioa of Tiyn 
Herders declaring that he had been with him to Jacob Hay, and ^leaking 
about money was refused any by him. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
the pltf. to summon Ciistyntje CapocDs and Tryn Herders by the next 
Court day. 

Balthazaar de Haart, pltf. v/s Pieter Pieterzen, shoemaker, deft. 
Deft, b default. 

Imroetje Volckers, pltf. v/s Abraham Fietersen Carpyn, deft. Deft. 
in default. 

Jan Jouckes, pltf. v/s Pieter Pieterzcn, shoemaker, deft. Both in 
default. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Leentje Dircks Servaas, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Frcrick Aarsen, arrestant and pltf. v/s M: Bon, arrested and defL 
Deft, in default. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest valid. 

Jan Rutgersen, arrestant and pltf. v/s ICighiel Sypcms, arrested and 
deft Deft, in defaolL Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest 
valid. 

The Officer Pieter Tonnqnan requests, that Jan Janscn de Joagh 
shall be ordered to produce by the next Court day his papers, which he 
has used in the suit against him, on pain of nonsuit. Order : Jan JanseD 
de Jongh is b»eby ordered and charged by the W: Coort of this City to 
produce by inventory his papers, documents and pleas used in the suit 
against the Officer Pieter Tonncman on fiain of nonssiL 

Jan Schryver requests by petition with other tapsters to be allowed to 
take thirteen stivers for two pots (m» mm) of beer. Marginal order: 
Petitioaer with other tapsters are allowed to demand and recave thirteen 
stuor- lit two pots of beer. 

Ji>.tiincs de Peister requests executioo of the judgment dated 7* SepL 
■660 Ajt^nst Class Jansen Ruyter and Hermen Dousen tta the sum of fl. 
tiq 8 tK-m|[ the balance of fi. 433. 16. according to judgment aforesaid. 
The VV (.'out order the Bailiff to put these in execution. 



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Jacob van Coawenhoven requests execution of the judgment dated 
15. Novemb. 1661. against Frans Janzen van Hooghten. The W: Court 
order the Bailiff to put these in execution. 

Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven and Symon Felle, in quality as 
attomies of Adriaen Vincent, request execution of the judgment of date 
35*^ October 166 1 against Fran9ois Soleil. The W: Court order the 
Bailiff to put these in execution. 

Isaack de Foreest requests execution of the judgments dated 15^ 
Nov?; one against Abraham Pieters Carpyn, and the other against Symon 
Clazen Turck. The W: Court order the Bailiff to execute these. 

Tuesday 29. Nov: 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, AUard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes van 
Brugh, Jan Vigne. 

Joannes de Decker, pltf. v/s Sicx van der Stighelen and Jan Janzen 
de Jongh as witnesses. Deft. Six in default. The pltf. demands the 
benefit of the default. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Andrees Joghemsen, deft. 
Pltf. says, that deft, has tapped during the preaching on the 6*^ and 13^ 
Novemb. last, demanding for six persons, who had drank there, thirty 
seven guilders according to placard and suspension from trade for one 
year and six weeks, with costs. Deft, denies having tapped, offering to 
affirm the same under oath, producing the declaration of Symon Turck 
and Jan de Vries, rendered heretofore. Symon Clazen Turck entering 
declares with offer of oath, that at the time he has not drank nor seen any 
tapping. The W. Court order the Officer to produce further proof by 
the next Court day. 

Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, pltf. v/s Jacob Strycker, deft. Pltf. 
demands, that his house may be visited, that the same be repaired and 
abatement for the trouble he has suffered therein as uninhabitable. Deft, 
says, he told the pltf. to furnish materials, have it repaired and pay it in 
abatement of the rent and whereas such has not been done, demands pay- 
ment of the rent due with costs, undertaking then to have the repairs 
done and to pay for them. The Worshipful Court refer the matter in 
question to Isaack Greveraat and Jacques Cousseau to visit, in the pres- 



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ence of Scbepen TTinotbeus Gsbiy, the house, to decide the parties cue 
•fid to McoDcile them if possible, if not to report their finding to the 
Court. 

Ju Ku^erseD, pltf. v/s Migbiel Cyperus, deft. Pltf. demand* from 
deft thirteen guilders in seewan. Solomao La Chair as attorney of deft 
answers in writing, that deft, demands from pltf. two quarters of a jrear 
school money for his son's tittle boy, for whose schooling he coatrscted, 
also for a 1^ of goats-meat and says he offered to let debt go against 
debt. Pltf. says, he did not agree for the little boy and earned the littk 
leg. The W: Court order the deft, to prove, that be had the little boy to 
school by agreement and the pltf., that he earned the little leg. 

Jan Kutgersen, pltf. t/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Defts. 3* default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, fourteen guilders allowed him by decision of 
arbitratori. The W. Court order deft, to pay the pltf. the fourteen 
guilders. 

Paulus Pieterzen, pltf. v/s Joannes de Witt, deft. Defts. a*, default 
Pltf. concludes in writing, that deft, shall be condemned to pay his 
twelve guilders according to a/c annexed for and on account of his boat, 
which deft, took without his knowledge, from the Waal, injured and ren- 
dered unserviceable. The Officer requests copy of the demand. The 
W; Coon order the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary ai this 
Ci^ and allows the Officer copy of the demand. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Leentje Dircks Servaas, deft. Defts. a- 
default. Pltf. demands from deft eighty four guilders. The W: Court 
order the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Albert Comelissen Wantenaar, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. 
Defts. third default Solomon La Chair, as att'y for tbe pltf., demands 
from the deft, sixty four guilders, four stivers, with costs. The W: Court 
order the deft to pay the pltf. with costs. 

Sjpmon Clasen Turck, pltf. v/s Tiehnan ran Vleeck. deft. Defts. 
3'^ default. Pltf. says, he agreed with the deft for twenty guildcn, to 
i^tve him in his affairs, and that the deft, neglected his affairs and keeps 
by hiro the books, papers and documents, demanding the same. Deft 
(klivers in thro' the Court Messenger an answer; wherein be states, he 
has received no payment from pltf. therefor and as he obtained no aads- 
taction fur what be has done for the pltf., be retains the books, papenetc. 



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The W: Court order the deft, to place in the hands of the W: Bench all 
the papen, books and documents of the pltf., which he has in his hands. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Arien Symonzen, deft. Deft, in 
default 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Tomas Janaen Mingael, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Jan Broerzen, pltf. v/s Cristyntje Capoens and Tryn Herders as wit- 
nesses, defts. Whereas Tryn Herders is not present, the matter is post- 
poned to the next Court day and she is ordered to be summoned again. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten, pltf. v/s Wessel Everzen, deft. Deft, 
being sickly requests by potion, that Frans Janzen van Hooghten shall 
be ordered to take up a copy of his demand given in the last Court day. 
The W: Court order Wessel Eversen to take up the copy and to furnish 
the same to party within the period of three times four and twenty hours. 

Locas Janzen, pltf. v/s Dirck Janzen Van Deventer, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hans Stein, entering, requests an end of the case between him and 
Jacob Vis, whereupon notice was given, that the matter should be taken 
in hand. 

The following order is sent to Maria Besems and M' Gerrit van 
Trigfat: Gerrit van Tright is hereby ordered by the W Court of this City, 
to deliver, within three times twenty four hours from die date under- 
written, to the Secretary's office of this City the "pleas, documents and 
papers, used in the suit against Maria Besems. Maria Besems is hereby 
ordered by the W: Court of this City to deliver within three times four 
and twenty hours to the Secretary of this City, the pleas, documents and 
papers, used in the suit against Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt and M! Gerrit 
van Tright. 

The Schout Fieter Tonneman produces a certain a/c against the City 
for and because of costs incurred on the delinquent Mesaack Marteosen. 
Burgomasters and Schepens postpone the same, until it is found, what has 
been done heretofore in similar cases. 

Schepen Jan Vigne requests, inasmuch as Tomas Higgens remains 
defective in proof, pursuant to order of the last Court day, that he shall 
be ordered to produce his undertaken proof against the next Court day. 
Ml pain of non suit. Burgomasters and Schepens grant Jan Vigo's le- 



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quest and otder Thoons Higgens to bring m Ins pmrf by tbe acKt Omrt 
dj^, that ke paid Arait CornciaMa Voxel's son hk vagcs ; as paia of 



Satnrdajr, boog the jif December at one o*Clock m the aftnaooa to dis- 
pose of the causes entcfcd on the rolL 

Joannes van der Meokii leqoests errrmion of the jadgmcnt against 
Lodowjck Pos, 6aied 22^ November, 1661. The W: Comt order the 
IfajHIf to cutcMt these. 

Uaayck dt Fatted lequesu czecation of the judgment against Rodoff 
Jansen Tan Keppden dated 22!^ Norembf 1661. The W: Coort order the 
Bailiff to pot these in execution. 

Satord^, 3^ December 1661. In the Citj HalL Present die Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulas Leendersen van der Grift, ADard Anthony, 
Tjrmotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brug^ Jan Vigne. 

BurgomasterB and Schepens of this City having read, re-read and con- 
sidered the pleaSy documents and papery made use of on both sides in the 
suit between Symon Jansen Romein att'y for Dirckje Jans, wife of Jan 
Martens, pltf. y/s David Wessels, deft, for and touching satisfaction and 
payment of one hundred guilders, which the deft, owes pltf . in his quality, 
arising out of the sold yacht, called the Blind Ass^ against which the deft, 
concludes, he is not indebted as the yacht is not bound for the debt and 
was sold back again by him and Teunis Cray to one David Dele, iHio 
absconded from here without paying. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
pondered over and weighed all that is material therein, fipd that whereas 
the deft. David Wessels has sold the aforesaid yacht without having power 
either by deed of sale, conveyance or the knowledge of the Judge, conse^ 
quently having no right thereto, condemn him to pay and satisfy the pltf., 
in his quality, the demanded hundred guilders and parties were on both 
sides condemned each to pay his own costs. Thus done and adjudged in 
Amsterdam in New Netherland at the Court of the W Heeren Burgo- 
masters and Schepens, absent Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven« Dated 
as above. P: L van de Grift. 

Whereas Pelgrom Clocq Notary in this City, in writing a deed of sale 
of the bark, nami the Blind A$s^ sold by David Wessels and Teunis Cray 



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to one David Dele, in which bark the abovenamed David Wessels had no 
right of property; and before writing the conditions of sale of the afore- 
said bark, the abovenamed Clock did not enquire of the aforesaid David 
Wessels by what right he sold the bark, whereby the aforenamed David 
Wessels suffered great loss and damage, which could have been prevented 
by the abovementioned Clock, Therefore Burgomasters and Schepens of 
this City taking the same into consideration, hereby condemn the aforesaid 
Pelgrom Clocq for this his great fault and mistake, to pay a fine of five 
and twenty guilders to the poor of this City. 

Tuesday 6*^ Dec. 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes van 
Bnigh, Jan Vigne. 

Hans Stein, Jacobus Vis and Pelgrom Clocq entering. Jacobus Vis 
was asked, if he had brought the books in which were entered the a/cs 
between him and Hans Stein ? Answers Yes, exhibiting the same. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens examining the same find, that the a/c as drawn 
by Pelgrom Clocq is not correct, as the same is made up of different items 
put together, they commission the Schepen Tymotheus Gabry and Joan- 
nes van Brugh to examine the whole, authorizing them to decide the dif- 
ferences and disagreements, which the parties Hans Steyn and Jacob Vis 
have herein; to reconcile them if possible; if not, to report their finding 
to the Court. 

Walewyn van der Veen appears in Court, to whom was read the peti- 
tion of Mighiel Tades relative to the mistake committed by him; to which 
he answers and says, that Mighiel Tades had never before made any 
objection to the mortgage or the judgment of Burgomasters and Schepens 
as Moderators and does so now to hold the matter in suspense and en- 
deavors to aid himself by new objections. He was asked, if the money 
and planks in pledge are still to the good ? Answers Yes or the value 
thereof. Ordered to retire. Mighiel Tades, entering, was asked, how it 
came that he gave van der Veen a mortgage for the sum of fl. 1615. 2., 
when he was not indebted so much ? Answers, he was forced thereto 
and it was hard on him. Was ordered to retire. Parties having with- 
drawn, the cause was postponed till next Court day. 

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TidauB ran Vleed^ cntieniig, was infcamtd of tke diiii if iw c fovad 
in die packagr of beavcn, widcii d'Hiaofosa oilas m kis papers md 
docsmeals. He aasven, he can saw Bflrimg of k. Is asked if ke Inve 
so furtlicr proof ? Answcn, Mo. lUugixnastefs and fw' hf '|cts o£ tlie Gty 
of N. Amsterdam in N. Nedieriand oonsidaed, read and re-rend the 
pleas, docnments and papers, made nse of on both sides in tke suit be- 
tveen Tidman van Vleeck, as attomef of the Hon: Director Alexander 
d'Hinqioma, in case of opposition and nnDitj of an attachment, pitf., 
with and against Jan Jdlimen the joongcr, deft., in the same canse. 
The pltf . condodes, that the attachment of the monies in the hands of 
FranccNs de Bmyn, to the amount of twenty fire hmdied gnilders be de- 
clared noU and Toid and that the matter in question be, hj rig^t of Zfttx 
€0mi€staii0 €ifreoemii0^ r e f er r ed to the j^aot^ where it originated; against 
which the deft condodes, that the said attachment stand good and diat 
the pltf. be condemned to pay him or at least deposit the smn of eight and 
forty beaTcn which according to his own acknowledgment he owes, 
saving his fair claim of eighty seven and a half pound of beaver. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having considered and wdgfaed all diat is material, 
find, that the attachment by the deft, on the monies of the pltf. occurred 
and is sued out in this jurisdiction and diat the pltTs suit moved and in- 
stituted herein is unfounded ; they, therefore, condemn the pltf. in his 
quality to satisfy and pay the deft. Jan Jdissen the younger the sum or 
quantity of dghty seven and a half pounds of beaver and further the costs 
of this suit. Thus done and sentenced in Amsterdam in N. Netherland 
at the Court of the Burgomasters and Schepens abovenamed. 

P. L. van de Grift. 

Schepen Joannes van Brugh requests, in quality of curator to the 
bankrupt estate of Reyndert Jansen Hoom, that he may attach the 
monies of Jan Jellisen, Junior, in the hands of Frangois de Bmyn, which 
was allowed him. 

Joannes de Decker, pltf. v/s Sicx van de Stighden, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, two hundred and eleven guilders and eighteen stivers, 
which deft, accepted to pay for Jan Jansen, Junior. Deft, denies that he 
has accepted to pay so much for Jan Jansen de Jongh : saying, he did not 
accept to pay any more than Jan Janzen is indebted by balance of a/c. 
Jan Janzen de Jongh entering says, that deft had absolutdy aceepted to 



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satisfy Joannes de Decker for his a/c, and has settled with the deft, and 
found that he still must have from him one hundred and sixty nine 
guilders — exhibiting the a/c. The W: Court having heard parties con- 
demn the deft. Sicx van der Stighelen to pay Joannes de Decker the two 
hundred and eleven guilders, eighteen stivers. 

Jan Janzen de Jongh, pltf. v/s Sicx van der Stighelen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, per balance of a/c one hundred and sixty nine 
guilders, fifteen stivers, together with a pair of boots. Deft, acknow- 
ledges the debt, saying he has an obligation against it The W: Court 
order the deft, to exhibit by next Court day to the Bench the obligation, 
which he has against the pltf. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Tomas Janzen Mingael, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, two hundred and eighty eight guilders twelve stivers, 
sewant, and nine beavers according to a/c. exhibited in Court. Deft, 
acknowledges the debt. The W: Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Lucas Janzen, pltf. v/s Dirck Janzen Smitt, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, four beavers and seventeen guilders in zeawant. 
The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary 
of this City. 

Arien Janzen Visser, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen van Hooghten, deft. 
Pltf. says, that he had hired his boat and canoe to deft., each for a dollar 
a day, on condition, that he should return the same, where he got them, 
and that the deft, had the same four days. Deft, says, it was no weather 
to deliver the boat to where he got it, producing two declarations. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decide that the hire of the boat and canoe runs as 
long as he has not returned them; condemn therefore the deft, to pay the 
pltf. the sum of twelve guilders. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Paulus Pieterzen, deft, and Arien Janssen 
Visser, W? Marchalik, Daniel Honde Coutrie and Loosdraght as wit- 
nesses. Pltf. says that deft. Paulus Pieterzen lays to his charge, of which 
he is innocent, the taking away of his boat without his knowledge, as 
tiiere were several people in the boat before he went in it, that Mighiel 
Janzen had loaned the boat to them and that his man, Loosdright, should 
have sailed over with them, had it not blown so hard. The witnesses 
were asked, if they knew, that Mighiel Jansen had loaned them the boat ? 
Answer, Yes and as to the boat having been injured, say that Arien de 



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Vimer has knowledge ihenai, who bang adbed, sifs dm ke fooad ^c 
boat on Ojfterldand* and diat it was imdaiiiagDd. Ddt Paidns Pictcr* 
len fi^Tfy he knew no one in die boat, bat Joannei de WitL Bnrgo- 
masteis and Scfaq>ens refer the matter in qneition to Isanck Gievcraat and 
Claas Bording to hear partiei, to decide dieir dillc r c ncei and to reconcile 
them if potftMe; if not to tepott Aar pioceedingi to the Court. 

Schepen Timodieos Gabry, pbL r/% Abraham Carpyn, deft. PItf., 
in qualitjr of Vendue Master, fi^rsy diat deft, boai^ at vendue ten parcels 
of salt amoonting to sixty schepels, and as defL is a person, in whom 
much confidence is not to be placed, requests, that he giire secnri^ for the 
payment. Deft says, that the pltf . did not pat soch in the condition of 
the sale. Pltf. replies, that he acqnainring the auctioneer Claas van Els* 
land, on the deft's purchasing a quantity of salt, that he would not trust 
him so much, the deft, said: You need not fear for the payment, and that 
he should come next day with his money, which lay ready; which Claes 
▼an Elslandt being asked, answers Yes, declaring further, he heard, that 
Pieter Ebd told deft, at Pluyvier's house, that should he purchase a 
parcel of salt, he will take the half of it. Pieter Ebel being called here- 
upon, says he proposed ba3ring this man's salt, acknowledging however 
to have given him instructions to buy salt, but not so much. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard parties decide, whereas the pltf. has 
not put any bail in the conditions, that he shall be bound to let the salt 
go, and not to speak to deft, for the payment until the time fixed. 

Jan Jelizen the younger, pltf. v/s Tielman Van Vleeck and Claas 
Gangelofzen Visser, defts. Pltf. demands, that defts. as curators of the 
bankrupt estate of Nicolaes Velthuysen, give an account of the said 
estate. Defts. say, the account thereof is drawn up and that no monies 
have as yet been received therefrom. The W Court order defts., in their 
quality, to forward the matter and make a division as soon as possible. 

David Wessels, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. Pltf. demands, 
that deft, shall finish the work he has undertaken for him. Deft, says, he 
must wait for the pltf., as he is not yet ready with his house, and he has 
been obliged to go and play a long time, in consequence; he undertakes 
to do the most necessary work from this week. The W: Court order 
Pieter Jansen, mason, to observe and perform the same. 

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Pieter Janzen^ mason, pltf. v/s David Wessels, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, cheated him in the timber he sold him, selling him poor timber for 
good, — ^for eighty guilders, what amounts to only twenty. Deft, denies it 
saying, he sold the pltf. enough for a small house. The W Court refer 
the matter in question to Jacob Kip, old Schepen of this City and to 
Abraham Clock to hear parties, decide their matters and to reconcile 
them if possible; if not to report their finding to the Court. 

Symon Clazen Turck, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the books and papers of his wife's father, deceased, 
remaining with him. Deft, says, he will place the books in consignment 
with this City, requesting that the same shall remain there until he be 
satisfied by the pltf. for earned wages. The W: Court order Tielman van 
Vleeck to bring the books in the assignment of this City, which shall re- 
main there until the matter between him and pltf. be disposed of. 

Joris Rapaljie, pltf. v/s Symon Clazen Turck, deft. Pltf. demands 
payment from the deft, of the sum of five hundred and ten guilders and 
four stivers, on his late father's in law, Pieter Comelissen's a/c. accord- 
ing to his own signature. Deft, says, he received the letter from him and 
asks, if he can prove by his own book, that so much is due him from 
Pieter Comelissen dec'. Pltf. says. Yes. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order the pltf. to prove it by his book at the next Court day. 

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

Geertie Corssen, pltf. v/s Lambert Barenzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Arien Huyberzen, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Both in default. 

Barent Cruytdop, pltf. v/s Jacob Sevant, deft. Deft, in default. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Claas Tysen, cooper, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck rejoins against MT Paulus van de 
Beeck. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party and parties 
were ordered to desist on both sides from further production; each to ex- 
change papers and to produce by next Court day their deduction and 
principal intendit, by inventory. 

Frans Jansen van Hooghten answers Wessel Evertsen. The W: 
Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereunto at the next 
Court day. 

Mattheus de Vos, substitute of Reynier Rycke, as appointed by Ar- 



422 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. l«"« 

nont Baaljy requests by pedtkm, that Salomon La Chair shall be ordeicd 
to f mnish him in his quality with a/c, proof and rdiqua of all the goods, 
which he has had in hand from Amout Bafly. Then previous to di^Kis- 
ing of it, the W. Court called Solomon La Chair, who appearing was 
asked, how it came that, thou^ he has frequently been ordered to furnish 
a/c, proof and reliqua of the goods belonging to Amout Baily, which he 
has had in his hands, he evinces an unwillingness to comply ? Where- 
upon he answers, — he has never shewn any indisposition, but that it is im- 
possible for him to give an a/c thereof as during the time, he has been 
repeatedly sick, and many of his goods were sold, whereof no minute has 
been kept and he made some proposals to Mattheus de Vos in his quality, 
which he would not accept. Was informed, that said Vos requests by 
petition order to furnish a/c within three times four and twenty hours on 
pain of imprisonment; whereupon he answers as before, he cannot do it ; 
then requests, that the W: Court ^point two persons, who might estimate 
the value of the goods at the time, which he had from Aernout Baily, offer- 
ing to pay and satisfy for them according to appraisal. Solomon La Chair 
was asked how much the value is of what he had twice received ? An- 
swers thereunto, about eight hundred guilders. 

Tuesday, 13. December, 1661. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift, Allard 
Anthony, Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolfertzen van Couwenhoven, Joan- 
nes van Brugh, Jan Vigne. 

Joannes de [Decker, pltf. v/s Arien Symonzen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pltf. says, that according to obligation he has attached the defts. 
money in the hands of Egbert van Borssum, requesting he may lift the 
same under bail and if any one had more right to it, he will let him have 
it or that the monies be deposited with this City, the money, which he 
claims from the deft, amounting, according to aforesaid obligation, to the 
sum of three hundred and eight guilders in beaver. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decide, that the monies shall be deposited with this City, to be 
lifted by whomsoever is best entitled to them. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, deft. 
The pltf. says, he has amerced the deft, through Resolveert Waldron, in 
the fine of fifty guilders according to Placard, for that deft exhibited 



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ginger-bread in his window for sale without o£Fering for sale large bread; 
demanding the fine. Deft says, he has not had any flour in his house for 
a long time, except some leavings, wherefrom he has baked ginger bread. 
Resolveert Waldron, appearing, declares that the defts. wife told him so, 
when he fined her. Burgomasters and Schepens excuse the deft, from the 
fine, as he had no flour in the house, but the leavings. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Leentje Dircks de Vaas, deft. Defts. 3I 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, eighty four guilders zeawant. The W: 
Court condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. eighty four guilders. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Claas Tysen, cooper, deft. Pltf. de* 
mands from deft, one hundred and fifty guilders in zeewant. Deft, ac- 
knowledges the debt. The W: Court condemn the deft, to pay and 
satisfy the pltf., within the term of six weeks. 

Sicx van der Stighelen, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen the younger, deft. 
Pltf. says, he was condemned on the last Court day to pay Joannes de 
Decker on a/c of Jan Janzen de Jongh two hundred and eleven guilders, 
eighteen stivers and that he does not owe so much to Jan Janzen; produc- 
ing certain obligation and power against said de Jongh. Which obliga- 
tion having being read by the W: Court it was found not to fall due until 
the first of next January. Deft, demands from pltf. payment of two hun- 
red and one guilders seventeen stivers on a/c. Pltf. is asked, if he has 
any thing to object to the a/c. Answers, nothing except the 365 gl. 13 
stiv. according to note. The W: Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 
the two hundred and one guilders, seventeen stivers. 

Geertje Corssens, pltf. v/s Lambert Barenzen, deft. Defts. 3^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, ninety four guilders, eighteen stivers 
according to a/c rendered. The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the 
monies with the Secretary of this City.. 

Lucas Janzen, pltf. v/s Dirck Janzen Smit, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, four beavers and seventeen guilders in seawant. Deft, acknow- 
ledges the debt, saying he will pay. The W: Court order the deft, to pay 
the pltf. immediately. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Joost Carelzen, deft. Pltf. says, the deft, 
agreed to haul his firewood and it was conditioned to speak to no one else 
about it. Deft, denies, that there was such a condition. The W: Court 
order the deft, to haul the pltf's wood. 



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G«ertni]rt Samsons^ pltf. v/s Comelis van der Meulen, deft. Pttf. 
demands from deft sixteen guilders in zeawan for the healing of a woond 
inflicted on her. Deft, denies having wounded her, saying if any one can 
say, that he stuck a hole in her arm, he win pay double, but that she her- 
self struck her hand against the penknife. The W: Court order the deft, 
to prove his assertion by the next Court day. 

Jan Lam, arrestant and phf. t/s Jan Berke, arrested and defL At 
the pltfs. request the matter in dispute between the parties is l e f e rr e d to 
Isaak Bedloo and Jan Lauwrens to hear parties herein; to discuss tibat 
case, and if possible reconcile them; if not to report their proceedings to 
the Court. 

Catalyntie Joresy af^waring in Court, pursuant to the order ci die 
last Court day, exhibits die book, wherein Pietcr CcHndissen, millwri^it, 
stands indebted to her according to proof under hs own hand, shewn <m 
die last Court day, for the sura of fire hundred amd ten guilders and four 
stivers, demanding payment of the same from Symon Qascn Tnrck, as 
beir. The W: Court order Symon Clazen Tnrck to pay Joris Rapaalje 
die &re hundred and ten gnildeis and four stiveis, dedu<:ting what fairly 
bdongs to him. 

Anneke Verreelcn, arrestant amd phf. v/s Pietcr Janzen ci Goowaacs, 
arrested and defL Deft, in drfanh. FhL says M^ Fanlns gave a c cuiity 
for ^^warance. 

Cora^is Ptuyricr, pltf. v s Arien Symoajcn, deft. DefL in defanh. 
Pltf. says» he has attached the dcft*s money in the hands of Egbert van 
Boissnm, requesting he may lift dke same under baiL Bagomastcis and 
Schepens decide; that the monies shall be brou^ in mnsignment to this 
aty. 

Coneiis Jaaicn Clocper« pitf. v s Arien Sy—u n ftcn , defL Deft, in 
default. 

Jamb Davidts^ p^tf. v s Hermen Dousea* defL Both in defaoh, 

CocneUs Aarsen^ pltf. v $ Lodowrck Pte; defL DefL in defaoh, 

.\lben Jaamu pirf. v s Rcycr CcneiX2cn, defL Both in defaoh, 

Mattheu^ de Vo«;^ plu\ t s Gertit van Tright, defL, Pieter Laawrens 
and Resoav^een W^oxoq as wicnesKS. DefL in *H*— H 

Clu$ CJLTstmien^ pitf . v s Frerkk Aaracn^ defL DefL in default. 

Rv^M>e« S:rrt50Q, pirf. v s Jorb I>?cxcn*$ wife. defL Both in defanlt. 



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Pieter Janzen van de Lange Straat, pltf. v/s Roelof Janzen Van Mep- 
pelen, deft. Deft, in default. 

At the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens it is concluded and re- 
solved, that from now henceforward no party, against whom is decreed 
judgment of sequestration, shall be heard before and until the judgment 
of the W. Court shall be satisfied. 

Janneke Heermans requests by petition, that she may receive the two 
pendants and pearls, relative to which suit has been tried between her and 
Comelis Langevelt and which were granted to her by judgment of the W: 
Court, and are in the Officers hands for safe keeping — ^inasmuch as said 
Langevelt has not prosecuted his appeal. Marginal note: — Petition is 
granted and the Officer is ordered to hand the pendants to the petitioner. 

Mattheus de Vos, in quality as substitute for Reynier Rycken, de- 
manding by petition, that Salomon La Chair shall be ordered to render 
him an a/c, proof and reliqua of administration of the goods, which he 
received in two years of one Amout Baily, is called in, and appearing he 
was informed, that Solomon La Chair has declared, on the last Court day, 
that he cannot render any pertinent a/c of said goods, inasmuch as he 
was sick at the time and some of the goods were sold by his wife, of which 
there is no minute and then proposed that said goods be appraised by in- 
different persons, as to what they were worth at the time they were sold, 
binding himself to satisfy and pay for the same. To which Mattheus de 
Vos answers, he has no other power than to demand the a/c. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard Mattheus de Vos, direct Solomon La 
Chair as follows: — 

ORDER. 

Solomon La Chair is hereby ordered and charged by the W: Court 
of this City, within fourteen days of this date, to hand to the Secretary 
Joannes Nevius an a/c of the goods sold, belonging to Amout Bailey so 
far as the same are known to him, and for the appraisement of such goods, 
of which he kept no account, were appointed Joannes van der Meulen and 
Jacques Cousseau to estimate, in presence of Comelis Steenwyck, old 
Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, what these might have 
been worth at or about the time they were received. 

Symon Janzen Romein entering states, that he has obtained judgment 
against Arien Symonsen and has settled with him, requesting preference 



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Taiid and d rr*d f^ tliat the ptiibiaotti can 
not profccitte die jwdgmmt to the end. 
Schepens Timothens Gabty and J 
the a/c and matter in question between 
both TerbaDjand in writing their decision, 
ment is delirered bj the W: Court 



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Bm^i, aibiiiatocs over 
and Jacob Vis report 
heicapan the following jndg- 



The W: Court of this Citj haying considered the matter in diqNite 
between Hans Stejn, pltf., on and against Jacob Vis, deft., l e f c ii e d the 
same to Schepens Tymothens Gabry and Joannes van Bm^ who having 
weighed the case, dismssed the subject, heard parties and examined and 
considered aU what was material, decide and judge, that the sixty guilders 
on a/c of Joannes Withart, the fifty one guilders thirteen stivers on a/c 
of Herry Moedy and the reduction of the seawant at twelve guilders per 
beaver ought to take effect, and indenmify the abovenamed Jacob Vu as 
payment for his ei^t weeks to Hans Steyn ; and for the fourteen guilders 
disbursed in company for beer drank by them, each shall pay his quota; 
also that Jacob Vis allowed the sixty guilders, accepted by Joannes 
Withart, the fifty one guilders thirteen stivers and the reduction of the 
seawant paid to Hans Steyn, so that Jacob Vis shall have to pay to Hans 
Steyn per balance, according to papers and documents exhibited to the 
Court, the sum of one hundred and forty-four guilders and five stivers in 
seawant, with costs. Which decision and judgment, exhibited both 
verbally and in writing to the W Court, they find it to consist with justice 
and law, therefore approving, the Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the 
abovenamed Jacob Vis to pay to Hans Steyn the sum of one hundred and 
forty four guilders and five stivers in seawant with the costs incurred herein* 
Thus done and adjudged in Amsterdam in N. Netherland at the Court of 
the W: Heeren Burgomasters and Schepens. Dated as above. 

ORDER. 

M'. Gerrit van Tright is hereby ordered by the W: Court of this City 
to appear next Wednesday, being the 21. December at two o'Clock in the 
afternoon at this City Hall at the Assembly of the W: Court, on pain of 
nonsuit. Done etc. 



i66i] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 427 

Saturday, the 17^ Dec' 1661. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulas Leendertsen van der Grift, AUard Anthony, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Joannes van Brugh. 

Whereas the Board is not complete, the disposal of the entered suits 
is postponed until next Wednesday at two o'Clock in the afternoon. 

Paulus van de Beeck requests by petition, that Jurrien Jansen, 
cooper, shall be ordered to rejoin to his reply. Marginal order: — Order 
shall be given hereupon. 

Wednesday, the 21^ Dec' 1661. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift, Allard 
Anthony, Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes 
Van Brugh, Jan Vigne. 

Mattheus de Vos, chosen guardian of Maria Besems, and Gerrit van 
Tright appearing, Mattheus de Vos in his quality aforesaid demands, that 
Gerrit van Tright shall exhibit the bail bond of Boudewyn van Nieuw- 
landt in the case, wherein he has a claim against Nicolaes Boot, which 
bailbond is produced by Gerrit van Tright and found to be dated on 3I 
November 1660, signed in the Virginias by Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt, 
Nicolaes Verlett and Isaack Bedloo as witnesses; whereupon Mattheus 
de Vos exhibits a written declaration of Nicolaes Verlett setting forth, 
that he departed from here on the last October, 1660, and arrived in the 
Virginias on the 8^ November following, concluding in consequence, that 
the bailbond was given in bad faith, therefore cannot be received, the 
rather as the aforesaid Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt has absconded from 
here and it ought to have been signed eight days before his absconding, 
according to the laws of Amsterdam in Holland. Gerrit van Tright was 
ordered to exhibit his books in Court, which doing, the same were found 
without date, and declares, that after he understood, that Boudewyn had 
signed the bail, he had caused the same to be entered in his book, and 
sent the bond to Boudewyn van Nieuwland after his departure, by Tomas 
Wandel to the Virginias. Parties being again called, Mattheus de Vos 
produces his conclusion taken against Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt and in 
his absence, on the goods in the hands of Gerrit van Tright, and conse- 
quently on Gerrit van Tright as opponent against the same, that the at- 
tachment on 39of lbs. of tobacco, the other wares, merchandizes and 



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outstanding debts, actions and credits belonging to Boudewyn van 
Nieuwlandt shall take eflfect, and that Maria Besems shall be admitted to 
take possession of the same, to pay therefrom the expenses of the new 
bom child at the estimation of the W: Court, and the remainder for the 
yearly support of the child, as shall be found to consist with equity until 
further occasion and other disposition shall be made in the case. Which 
conclusion being read to Gerrit van Tright, he was asked what he had to 
object. He answers, that the property was left in pawn with him, asking 
if he shall lose the money, which he disbursed to Boudewyn van Nieuw* 
landt ? 

JUDGMENT. 

The Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N: 
Netherland having considered the matter in question between Maria 
Besems, phf., with and against Gerrit van Tright, deft., for and because 
of the arrest of three hundred and ninety and three quarter pounds of 
tobacco, wares, merchandize, outstanding debts, actions and credits be- 
longing to Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt, placed in consignment with this 
City, the pltf. concludes, that the said attachment shall be declared valid 
and she be admitted to take possession of the same, the expenses of the 
new bom child to be paid therefrom according to the taxation and esti- 
mate of the W. Court and the remainder converted to the yearly main- 
tenance of the child, as in equity shall be found just, until future 
circumstances, and further disposition be made in the case; against 
which the deft, concludes, whereas the aforesaid Boudewyn van Nieuw- 
landt has rendered himself security for Claas Boot for a claim, which he 
[deft.] has against the said Boot, and the goods aforesaid are left with 
him in pawn, that the arrest be declared invalid and the goods brought 
into the consignment of this City be restored to him. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having considered and weighed all that is material and more- 
over examined the abovenamed Gerrit van Tright, acknowledging to have 
entered in his blotter by Nicolaes Boot's debt, Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt 
as bail as soon as he had understood, that the bailbond, which was sent 
through Tomas Wandel to the Virginias, was signed by Boudewyn van 
Nieuwlandt, Therefore sentence — ^Whereas Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt 
has absconded from here without fulfilling the judgment of 21. Sept? 
x66o to enter security for the sentence or at least for the sum of three 



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thousand guilders ; therefore cannot be bail nor alienate his goods to 
others — ^that the attachment on the three hundred ninety and three quar- 
ters lbs. of tobacco, wares, merchandize, outstanding debts, actions and 
credits shall continue; the aforesaid Gerrit van Tright be deprived thereof 
and condemned in the costs of suit; and the assigned goods be sold four- 
teen days from date for .the payment of the expense for the maintenance 
of the child according to circumstances and further disposition in the 
case. Thus done and sentenced in the Court of the Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in New Netherland. Dated as above. 

Metje Wessels requests, that the judgment dated 4 Octob' 1661 
against Hermen Doussen shall be put in execution. The W: Court order 
the Bai]i£F to put these in execution. 

Jan Jelizen the younger requests by petition, that the judgment, 
which he has^btained against Tielman van Vleeck, attorney of Alexander 
d'Hinoyossa, dated 6. December 1661, may be put in execution and 
whereas the abovenamed van Vleeck has replied to the notice of the Court 
Messenger, that the monies of the curators of the bankrupt estate of 
Reinier Jansen Hoom are arrested, that the same if they claim any right 
have to prosecute their action in form of law. Schepen Joannes van 
Brugh in quality as curator of the aforesaid estate, requests copy of the 
same. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to Joannes van Brugh 
in the quality, in which he acts, to answer thereunto at the next Court 
day. 

Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the costs and mises of 
justice brought in by the Officer Pieter Tonneman and incurred for carry* 
ing into effect the sentence on the delinquent Mesack Martensen, decide, 
before disposing thereof to address the Rt. Honble Director General and 
Council of N : Netherland and to hear their advice thereupon. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of this City, having considered the 
matter in question between Walewyn van der Veen, attorney for Isaack 
de Sterre, with and against Mighiel Tades and having weighed all that 
may appertain to the case, decide that the mortgage must continue; there- 
fore order the Bailiff to seize by notice the house of Mighiel Tades, by 
virtue of the mortgage, which the aforesaid van der Veen is having 
thereon, to sell the same by execution within six weeks from date.. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N : Nether- 



430 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1661 

land baring considered, read, re-read« the pleas, documents and pd^>eii 
prodnced on both sides in the suit between the Officer Pieter Tonnemaa, 
pltf., with and against Jan Jansen de Jongh, deft., the pltf. concludes for 
a fine of one hundred and fifty guilders for that the deft, drew his dagger 
out of the sheath against Francois de Bruyn with threats and struck the 
abovenamed de Bruyn with a stick, which had an iron point on it and 
wounded him therewith, with prohibition to tap within six weeks; against 
which the deft, concludes, that the demand of the Officer shall be dis- 
missed as he wrongfully advised him, to submit the matter to the W: 
Court, in case of a trifling misunderstanding if any thing should spring up. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having weighed and considered aU what 
appertains to the case, condemn the deft. Jan Jansen to pay to the Officer 
the sum of twenty five guilders, as he endeavored to draw his dagger, 
which is wholly unbecoming, and parties on both sides were condenmed 
each in his own costs. Thus done and adjudged in the Court of the W: 
Heeren Burgomasters and Schepens of the City Amsterdam in N: Nether* 
land. Done as above. 

Wessel Evertzen replies to the answer of Frans Janzen van Hoogh- 
ten. The W. Court order copy to be furnished to party, to rejoin thereto 
by the next Court day. 

ORDER. 

Jacques Cousseau b hereby ordered by the W. Court of this City to 
deliver to the Secretary of this City by the next Court day, his pleas, 
documents and papers, used in the suit against Jemima Moreau. 

On the 33^ Decemb', 1661, appeared before me, J: Nevius, Secre- 
tary, Claas van Elslant the younger. Court Messenger of this City declar- 
ing, Jacobus Vis requested him to notify me that he appealed from the 
judgment, dated the 13 this month, pronounced by the W: Court of this 
City between him and Hans Steyn, and that before the Hon^ Director 
Genera] and Council of N. Netherland. 

Wednesday, the 28^ Dec! 1661. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift, Allard An- 
thony, Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes 
van Brugh^ Jan Vinge. 

The President proposes to decree, whereas divers poor seek their sup- 



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port here from other towns, that the Deaconry of this City intend to 
permit a collection to be made every Sunday in each town from which the 
outside poor may be maintained — then inasmuch as such would tend 
rather to the prejudice than interest of this place — ^to resolve that such 
ought not to be undertaken before and until they communicate the same 
to the W: Court of this City, and to prefer acquainting the Hon*^ Direc- 
tor General and to speak to his Honor thereupon, and that a collection be 
made by the Hon*^ Director General and Council throughout the entire 
land for this object, so as thus to be freed from the trouble. 

On the judgment of Lucas Janzen against Dirck Smit, it is ordered 
by the President of the Burgomasters and Schepens: The Baili£F is directed 
to put these in execution. 

On date the 30*^ December, renewed the Placard against firing on 
New Years day or planting May poles on first of May day. 

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