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THE RECORDS OF 
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VOLUME IV. 

MINUTES OF THE COURT OF 

BURGOMASTERS AND SCHEPENS 

JAN. 3, 1662, TO DEC. 18, 1663, INCLUSIVE 



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Tuesday, 3I January 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, AUard Anthony, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes Van 
Brugh, Jan Vigne. 

Joannes Nevius, pltf . v/s Waldewyn van der Veen, deft. Pltf . says, 
that because he refused to give the deft, acte of the judgment of the W : 
Court against Mighiel Tades, as he could not get any pay from the deft., 
he has been abused by him as a rascal and had said to him — Had I you 
at another place I would teach you some thing else. He demands, that 
deft, shall make honorable and profitable reparation for the insult — 
honorable, by acknowledging, that he is sorry for having insulted the 
pltf., begging forgiveness of God, Justice and the pltf. ; and profitable, by 
paying such a fine as the W : Court may, upon examination of the matter, 
consider proper. The deft, concludes for the nullity of the summons, in- 
asmuch as he has not been furnished, according to the custom of Holland, 
with any grounds of action, and the deft, being then informed, that there 
is no such custom here, he requests copy of the demand. The Officer as 
guardian with the Secretary says, that in consequence of the slander and 
affront offered by deft, to pltf. in scolding him as a rascal etc. which 
affects the honor, being a tender plant; also because this Worship^! and 
Hon*?* Court is. not willing to be attended by a rascally Secretary, con- 
cludes for a fine of fifty guilders to be applied at the discretion of this W: 
Court, that it may serve as an example to all other slanderers, who for 
trifles and insignificancies have constantly in their mouths curses and 
abuse of other honourable people, whenever: things do nodt^a juast accord- 
ing to their fancy. All this with costs. • Surgomasters and Schepens 



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allow deft, copy of the demand to answer thereunto at the next Court 
day. 

Claas Aarensen, pltf . v/s Jacob Leenderzen van der Grift, deft. And 
whereas deft.* is not present, the deft, was asked if he was satisfied with 
arbitrators ? Answers Yes. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter 
in dispute, which the parties have against each other, to Mighiel Jansen 
and Hermen Dousen to examine the work, which pltf. did for deft., to 
communicate their decision to Schepen Pieter Wolferzen van Couwen- 
hoven and in his presence to hear the parties' differences and dispute, 
discuss the same and if possible to decide and to reconcile parties; if not 
to report their opinion to this W : Court. 

Comelis Aarsen, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. 2".'* default. 
Pltf. as curator of the residuary estate of Jacob Coppe dec"^ demands from 
deft, twenty four guilders in beavers according to obligation. The W: 
Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Comelis Janzen Clopper, pltf. v/s Arien Symonzen, deft. Defts. 
2^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, nine and twenty guilders and one 
stiver in beavers according to a/c. The W: Court order deft, to deposit 
the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Defts. 2*^ default. . 
Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred guilders according to obligation 
and thirty two guilders seven stivers four pennies seawant, book debt. 
The W Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this 
City. 

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

Abraham Janzen Corbyn, pltf. v/s Jamis Davids, deft. Both in 
default. 

Walewyn van der Veen, pltf. v/s Jacob Swart, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pltf. demands benefit of default and a second summons. 

Reyer Comelissen, pltf. v/s Jan Comelissen Clein, deft. Pltf. de* 
mands in writing discharge from the mill,f which he has in company with 

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the deft. Deft, says, if the pltf. wishes to be discharged from the mill, 
he may leave it; but if he is to keep the whole to himself he will lose five 
hundred guilders thereby and that the pltf. must bring in his expenses. 
Pltf. says, that deft, accused him of theft. Deft, undertakes to prove, 
that pltf. did not return to the people their full measure. The Officer 
making himself guardian with the adverse party, demands that deft, shall 
prove that pltf. is a thief. The W: Court order the deft, to prove his 
assertion by next Court day. 

On the petition of Isaac Bedloo requesting attachment of a heifer of 
Richard Panton in the hands of Gorg Goeel* in Mispats Kill, apostille: 
Petitioner is referred to the Rt Hon"' Director General and Council of 
N. Netherland 

[Catalyntje] Joresy requests execution of the judgment dated 13 De- 
cember 1 66 1 against Symon Clasen Turck. The W: Court order the 
Bailifif to put these in execution. 

Lambert Barenzen appearing in Court complains, that he cannot get 
back from Geertje Teunis the property given to her and that she tapped 
thereupon. Geertje Teunis sent for to Court appears with Lambert Bar- 
ensen, requesting restitution of property from Lambert Barenzen. Geertje 
Teunis says, she bought the goods ffom his wife and paid for all, even a 
frock, which she holds on a/c and in abatement of a debt. Lambert 
Barenzen says, he received an a/c from Geertje, but she understands 
nothing of it. The W: Court order Lambert Barenzen and his wife 
together with Geertje Teunis to appear in Court at the next Court day, 
bringing in writing what they claim of each other. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Geertje Teunis, deft., and Joannes Withart 
and Claas Karstensen as witnesses. Pltf. says, that he came to defts. 
house, paying deft, what he owed her and that deft, abused him for a 
drunken rogue and knave, requesting reparation of honor. Joannes 
Withart and Claas Karstensen, called as witnesses, were asked, what they 
know of the matter ? Answer, They heard words between them, but can- 
not speak of any abuse. Deft, says, that pltf. abused her first for a whore 
and beast; whereunto she said, I hold you for a rogue and knave, until 
you have proved, that I am a whore and I am from no beasts stock. 
Joannes Withart was asked, if he will not declare on oath, that he heard 

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4 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1662 

some abuse ? Answers, he heard abuse, but cannot say, what abusive 
words passed. The W: Court order parties on both sides to prove their 
assertion. 

Tielman van Vleeck entering states, that Comelis Langevelt by peti- 
tion of appeal passed to the HonM* Director General and Council regard- 
ing a judgment pronounced between said Langevelt and Janneke 
Heermans, has grossly calumniated the W: Court of this City; request- 
ing, whereas, Janneke Heermans made use of a declaration, that the W: 
Court would communicate whatever passed in the case between Comelis 
Langevelt and Janneke Heermans, in date 3*? June 1661, in order to draw 
up a remonstrance against the next Meeting of the Hon^i* Director Gen- 
eral and Council. Burgomasters and Schepens grant Tielman van 
Vleeck's request. 

Mattheus de Vos entering declares, that the pleas, documents and 
papers of Jacques Cousseau, made use of in the suit against Jemmima 
Moreau, are ready, but that the deduction by Jacques Cousseau is not 
signed. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that the deduction must first 
be signed and delivered in by the next Court day. 

Tuesday, IO*^ Jan'y 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Timotheus Gabrie, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes van 
Brugh, Jan Vigne. 

Dirck Janzen from Oldenburgh, pltf. v/s Fiscaal Nicasius de Sille, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft., by virtue of a bailbond, the sum of five 
hundred and sixty guilders in seawant with interest thereof; for which 
aforesaid sum the deft, rendered himself bail for one Ritzert Raemont. 
The deft, delivers by Schout Pieter Tonneman a writing, wherein he de- 
mands judgment and copy of bail bond. Burgomasters and Schepens 
grant the deft, copy of bail bond and condemn him to pay the pltf. five 
hundred and sixty guilders with interest according to the tenor of afore- 
said bailbond. 

Joannes Vermeulen, pltf. v/s Wemaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands, 
that deft, shall acknowledge or deny the mortgage in his favor dated 27*^ 
Sept! 1659 and consequent condemnation and provisional sequestration 
of the sum of six hundred and eighty one guilders and two stivers in 



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good merchantable winter beaver skins, with the interest thereof at lo per 
cent per annum; all according to the aforesaid mortgage with costs. 
Deft, demands copy to answer thereunto by the next Court day. The 
W: Court order copy to be furnished to deft, to answer thereunto by the 
next Court day. 

Cornells Janzen Clopper, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Pltf . de- 
mands from deft, twenty nine guilders, one stiver in beavers according to 
a/c. Deft, acknowledges the debt and says he ofifered to pay pltf. within 
a month in zeawant @ twenty guilders per beaver. The W : Court order 
the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Anneke Vervelen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen from Gouwanes, deft. 
Deft. 2^. default. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty four guilders in com 
or zeawant. The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the money with 
Secretary of this City. 

Jacob Strycker, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, twenty two guilders eight stivers, with costs. Deft, acknow- 
ledges the debt. The W: Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Salomon La Chair, deft. Pltf. says, deft, 
knows, that Geertje Teunis abused him for a drunken knave and rogue; 
requesting reparation of h6nor. Deft, was asked, what he knows of the 
matter ? Answering declares, that he found Jacob Vis at Geertje Teunis' 
house, and that said Vis had money to pay Geertje, asking what he had 
spent, of which having been informed by Geertje, he said, how can it be, 
that 1 am so much in debt here and who has drawn so much here ? From 
which words arose, so that finally the aforementioned Geertje abused him, 
Jacob Vis, for a drunken rogue. The President remarks, that Geertje 
declared to the Bench on the last Court day, that Jacob Vis had first 
called her a whore ; thereupon she said, that she held him to be a rogue 
and knave, until he proved that she was a whore; whereupon Salomon 
La Chair says, he did not hear such said, whilst he was by. Burgomasters 
and Schepens postpone the matter until the next Court day. 

Reyer Comelissen, pltf. v/s Jan Comelizen Clein, deft. Pltf. pro- 
duces particulars of a/c for costs, loss, and interest suffered on the water 
mill by the water, which was purchased in company with the deft. Deft, 
requests copy. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to deft, to 
answer thereunto by the next Court day. 



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Joannes Widiart and Jacobus Vis, pltfs. v/s Joost GodemSy deft. 
Fids, demand fxom deft 22 |^: 10 sdv: for beer received. Defts. wife 
entering denies having had beer from the pltfs., bat to have bought from 
and paid for some to Jacob Wolfersen. Pltfs. midertake to prove their 
claim by tbb Farmers book. The W: Court order the pltfs. to prove by 
the Farmer's book, what they famished. 

Arien Symonsen, pltf. v/s Jan Comelissen Qein, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft three hundred and twenty four guilders per a/c. Deft, 
says, the a/c is not so much, and that Eldert de Goyer has undertaken to 
pay the same, meaning all that was true; offering to pay, what he owed 
being one hundred and eighty six guilders and he had received only three 
and twenty pairs of shoes. Pltf. says, he has nothing to do with Eldert 
de Goyer; that he purchased the shoes and goods, undertaking to prove 
his statement. The W: Court order the pltf. to produce his proof by the 
next Court day. 

Joannes Withart and Jacobus Vis, pltfs. v/s Teunis Cray, deft. 
Pltfs. demand from deft, one hundred and fifty guilders, beer debt. 
Deft's wife entering says, does not know how much they had. Pltfs. 
shewed, what the Farmer stated the deft, has received. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order the pltfs. to inform her from the Farmer's book. 

Walewyn van der Veen, pltf. v/s Jacob Swart, deft. Pltf., as attor- 
ney for Comelis Schutt, demands from deft, one hundred and sixty five 
guOders eight stivers for goods, which deft, purchased from Joannes van 
Beeck dec'. Deft, says, he paid Pieter Buys, late attorney for Comelis 
Schutt, and requests the aforesaid Buys to settle, which he promised to 
do, but did not come. Pltf. demands judgment and that the attachment 
shall take effect, until he has satisfied him. The W: Court order Jacob 
Swart to prove by next Court day that he has paid Pieter Buys and admit 
him to bail for the purpose of his bringing his books and proofs from home. 

Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Claas Bording, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 26 gl. for excise of a beast and two hogs, entered by him, 
with costs. Deft, asks, if men must give twice as much heavy money ? 
Whereu(>on he was answered, he can satisfy the excise by paying with 
such pay as the beast is bou^^t in. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Wemaer Wessels, hatter, deft. 
Deft, in default. 



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Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Andries Joghimzen, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

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

Pieter Janzen van Werckendam, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, 
deft. Pltf. in default. 

Arien Symonsen, pltf. v/s Sjrmon Clazen Turck, deft. Deft» in default* 

Joannes Withart and Jacob Vis, pltfs. v/s Andries Joghimzen, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Joannes Withart and Jacob Vis, pltfs. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Joannes Withart and Jacob Vis, pltfs. v/s Joghim Beeckman, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Joannes Withart and Jacobus Vis, pltfs. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Jacob Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, deft. 
Both in default. 

Arien Symonzen, pltf. v/s Hermen Douzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Cornells Steenwyck entering with the wife of Jan Tomassen, repre- 
sents, that he has by consent of the W: Court, arrested the abovenamed 
woman for a claim, which he has on her for the quantity of six hundred 
pounds of tobacco, prosecuting the arrest. And whereas the debt is not 
denied, the W. Court declares the arrest valid, until she shall have satisfied 
Comelis Steenwyck's claim. 

ORDER. 

Arien Symonzen is hereby ordered and charged by the W: Court of 
this City to bring in consignment of this City the obligation, which he has 
obtained in his favour from Egbert van Borssum. 

Symon Janzen Romein, entering, requests execution on the judgment 
against Tomas Janzen Mingael. The W: Court order the Bailiff to exe- 
cute these. 

Mattheus de Vos, substitute of Reynier Rycke, attorney of Amout 
Bailly, requests by petition, whereas Solomon La Chair has neglected to 
hand to the Secretary Joannes Nevius, pursuant to order of the W: Court 
of this City, dated 13 December, 1661, the account of the goods of the 
aforesaid Amout Bailly sold, that he be ordered to furnish the said a/c to 



8 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1662 

the abovenamed Secretary within twice four and twenty hours on pain of 
imprisonment. Marginal order: — The petition being considered, Salomon 
La Chair is ordered to furnish Secretary Nevius the a/c herein mentioned 
within three times four and twenty hours. 

Salomon La Chair being sent for to Court appears, and is asked, how 
it happened, that he has not furnished Secretary Nevius with the a/c of 
the goods of Amout Bailly, sold, pursuant to the order of the W: Court 
dated 13 Decemb' 1661 ? Gives for answer, he took it in hand, then was 
prevented by the Magistrate of Gravesend, with whom he was obliged to 
go to Gravesend. Promising to do it forthwith. Burgomasters and Schep- 
ens order him to obey and perform it within the term of three times four 
and twenty hours. 

Geertje Teunis, wife of Comelis Jansen, Lambert Barenzen and 
Leentje Dircks, his wife, appear in Court, Geertje demanding from 
Leentje fl. 94: 8, in which is included a gown bought from her for fl. 25. 
Leentje denies having sold the gown to Geertje demanding, moreover, 
some wine measures, which she has tapped. Lambert Barenzen says, 
when she has returned the goods, he will pay her; requesting restitution 
of the goods. Geertje says, that Leentje sold her the goods and drew 
brandy therefor and also lent her money entered in the a/c. Leentje 
denies it. Geertje requests until next Court day to prove, that Leentje 
sold her the gown. Burgomasters and Schepens order Geertje Teunis to 
prove, by the next Court day, that Leentje sold her the gown and also 
the cans. 

The President requests, that the Schepens would be pleased to give 
their judgment on the matter in dispute between Paulus van de Beeck and 
Claas Bordingh, relative to the payment of excise on the cattle, slaugh- 
tered by Claas Bordingh ; whereupon they give for answer, whereas the 
farming of the excise on slaughtered cattle is raised without their know- 
ledge, they are also not bound to pronounce judgment on suits relating 
to this; leaving the same to the W: Burgomasters, as having established 
this tax. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman requests execution of the judgment 
dated B^ Novemb* 1661 against Francois de Bruyn. The W: Court 
order the Bailiff to execute these. 

Joannes de Decker requests execution of the judgment dated 6x De* 



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cemb' 1661 against Sicx van der Stighlen. The W: Court order the 
Bailiff to execute these. 

Jan Janzen de Jongh requests execution of the judgment dated 13 
Decemb' x66i, against Sicx van der Stighelen. The W: Court order the 
Bailiff to execute these. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten rejoins against Wessel Eversen. The 
W: Court order copy to be furnished to party and parties were ordered, 
on both sides, to desist from further production, to interchange their 
papers with each other, and to produce by inventory their deduction and 
principal intendit, at the next Court day. 

Walewyn van der Veen answers the demand of Joannes Nevius and 
the Officer as guardian. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to 
party, to reply thereto at the next Court day. 

Tuesday, the 17^ January 1662. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, AUard An- 
thony, Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne. 
Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Andries Joghimzen, deft. Defts. 
3I default. Pltf. demands of deft, eighteen guilders fine, for that deft, 
on Sunday, during preaching has tapped to three negroes; and further 
that the deft, shall be condemned not to tap any more for a year and six 
weeks; all with costs. The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the money 
with the Secretary of this City, and the deft, was provisionally ordered 
not to tap. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Isaack Bedloo, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, payment of rent according to the lease made between him and Abra- 
ham Lucena, on which lease the deft, has entered, producing extract there- 
from. Deft, says, he has not refused payment, inasmuch as Abraham 
Lucena has hired and occupied the house. Pltf. replies, that deft, told 
him, he should observe the conditions, which the Jew made with him. 
Deft, rejoining denies it, saying that Joannes van der Meulen was by, 
when the agreement was made between him and the pltf., but that van 
der Meulen says, he has forgotten it. Burgomasters and Schepens post- 
pone the case until the next Court day, and order parties on both sides 
then to prove their statements as much as possible, and further that the 
deft, shall bring Joannes van der Meulen with him. 



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Ariantje Pieters, pltf . y/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. Pltf. says, 
she has satisfied defts. claim to within three guilders, which the deft, re- 
fuses to receive; as he still claims forty guDders. Requesting discharge 
from the debt. Deft, excepts, whereas the matter concerns the man, that 
he mast therefore appear in person ; otherwise he should revoke, what the 
woman has done. The W: Court decide, that the pltTs husband must 
appear or that he give his wife power. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Teunis Cray, deft. Pltf. says, he was with 
the Farmer, requesting that he should give a written declaration accord- 
ing to his book, how much beer Teunis Craey had from him, who there- 
upon answered, he had no note of all the beer, as divers trifles were paid 
cash; producing written declaration thereof. Deft, again says, he had 
not as much as the pltf. brings in the a/c. The W: Court again order 
the pltf. to produce further proof. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Andries Joghimsen, deft. Defts. 2^- de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, three hundred and fifty guilders, ten 
stivers, beer debt. The W. Court order deft, to deposit the money with 
the Secretary of this City. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Defts. 2^ default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, four hundred and seventy nine guilders, seven 
stivers, beer debt. The Worshipful Court order the deft, to deposit the 
money with the Secretary of this City. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. Defts. 2"?* default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, sixty six guilders, beer debt. The W: Court 
order the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Sicx vander Stighelen, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen de Jongh, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, a balance of four hundred guUders, three hundred 
and fifty guilders according to obligation, which the deft, drew in favour 
of one Joannes Cortten, dated 11 Octob' 1661, who has conveyed the 
same to the pltf., according to conveyance passed before the Notary Solo- 
mon La Chair and witnesses dated 13 Octob' 1661. Deft, says, that pltf. 
purchased it from Joannes Cortten, demanding that he shall declare upon 
oath, what he gave for it, inasmuch as he, deft., is the nearest thereto. 
Pltf. replies, that he gave Joannes Cortten peltries therefor to the value 
of the obligation. Deft, rejoins and says, that Joannes Cortten told him, 
he should take the obligation to Holland to make use of it there. Burgo- 



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masters and Schepens having heard parties, order the deft, to deposit with* 
the Secretary of this City by the next Court day three hundred and fifty 
gl. according to obligation and Sicx van Stighelen was then ordered to 
declare under oath, what he gave for the note. 

Pieter Lucasen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, shoemaker, deft. Defts. a'** 
default. Whereas the deft, resides in another jurisdiction pltf. was ad- 
vised to arrest him, when he came hither or otherwise to summon him 
before the Court at his residence. 

Arien Symonsen, pltf. v/s Symon Turck, deft. Pltf. demands nine 
and twenty gl. in seawant from the deft. Deft, acknowledges the debt. 
The W: Court order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Ariaan S3rmonsen, pltf. v/s Jan Comelisen Clein, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, three hundred and twenty four guilders, as per a/c ex- 
hibited in Court. Deft, requests copy of the a/c. The W: Court order 
copy of the a/c to be furnished to party and to hand in at the next Court 
day, whatever he has to object thereto. 

Ariaan Symonsen, pltf. v/s Hermen Dousen, deft. Defts. 2°** de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, a balance of three hundred and sixty 
guilders according to a/c exhibited in Court. The W: Court order deft, 
to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger appears in Court requesting, that 
the cause relating to the bankrupt estate of Dirck Houthuyzen may be 
prosecuted and bro't to a conclusion; whereupon it was decided to send 
an order to the curators. 

ORDER. 

Jacob Kip, old Schepen of this City and Gerrit van Tright, curators 
of the bankrupt estate of Dirck Houthuysen, are hereby ordered by the 
W: Burgomasters and Schepens of this City to deliver in to their W: Court 
by the next Court day, per inventory the state of the bankrupt estate of 
Dirck Houthuysen, what goods are sold, what is paid and still remains 
due and to render an explanation of all. 

Teuntje Jacobs, wife of Jacob Swart, entering, requests, whereas her 
husband is busy, eight days delay to bring in the proof, which her husband 
was ordered to produce, which request was granted by the W. Heeren 
Burgomasters. 

Geertje Teunis, Comelis Jansen's wife, entering with Lambert Barens, 



12 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1662 

produces a written declaration, that she purchased the gown from Leentje 
Dirckx, the wife of Lambert Barens, for 28 guilders; the vdtnesses giving 
in explanation, that they had heard, on some words arising between the 
abovenamed Leentje and the abovenamed Geertje, that Teuntje stated, 
Leentje had sold the gown to her for 25 guilders, whereupon Leentje said, 
that she had sold the gown for 28 gl. Lambert Barensen having heard 
this read to him, says — ^the testimony is no good, as the witnesses were 
not present. Parties again coming forward, Geertje was ordered to have 
her witnesses present at the next Court day, who will have to confirm their 
declaration under oath, and Lambert Barenzen is ordered to bring also 
the two women, who have a knowledge of the matter. Geertje, coming 
forward alone, was asked, how it happened, that there was a noise last 
evening at her house and that the doors were open ? Answering, denies 
it; saying, that all were abed at nine o'Clock. The Burgomaster Allard 
Anthony says, he himself heard it, and that he and his wife passed there 
at half past ten ; whereupon she answered, that she beat her children for 
coming so late home. 

Joannes vander Meulen entering requests, as Wemaer Wessels has 
not answered his demand, that he be ordered to answer by the next Court 
day. Burgomasters and Schepens order Wemaar Wessels to answer by 
the next Court day the demand of Joannes van der Meulen. 

On the petition of Mighiel Tades, wherein he requests relief in the 
case in question between him and Walewyn van der Veen, is noted in the 
margin : The petitioner is ordered to deposit in the hands of the W Court 
the sum of twenty guilders before he can be received in relief. 

Solomon La Chair sent for to Court appears and is asked, if any of 
the goods were sold at auction of those, which he had in hands belonging 
to Amout Baily ? Answers, Yes. Whereupon he was asked, how it came 
that he did not enter them in the a/c delivered in ? Answers, he could 
not well do that as other goods were intermixed. Was ordered to pick 
the same out the bill of sales, and to add them thereto; which he promises 
to do. 

ACTE FOR TH£ FARMER. 

Whereas there are divers troubles among the Burgery in regard, that 
the Farmer of the excise on cattle takes more excise, than comes to him» 
exceeding the conditions, on which the excise was formed; Therefore the 



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Burgomasters and Schepens of this City, with the knowledge and appro- 
bation of the Honble Director General of N: Netherland, hereby order 
and charge the aforesaid Farmer not to take from the Burgher and in- 
habitant of this City nor from any others, who enter or have entered any 
cattle, any more than one and one half stivers per guilder or seven and a 
half guilders per hundred guilders in such pay, as the cattle are bought 
for, it being well understood, that the cattle sold and bought for beavers, 
in default of beavers for payment of the excise, the beaver shall be esti- 
mated @ twelve guilders in seawant, according to the fixing of the general 
office, and no more. Thus done and decreed in Amsterdam in New 
Netherland the 17th January 1662. 

Joannes Nevius and the Officer as guardian, reply to the answer of 
Walewyn vander Veen. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to 
party to rejoin thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jan Comelizen Clein answers to the a/c of Reyer Comelissen. The 
W: Court order copy to be furnished to party thereunto to reply by the 
next Court day. 

Joannes de Witt, pitf. v/s Margriet Hardenbroeck, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Ditto de Witt, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van de Lange Straat, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Ditto de Witt, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieter Lucasen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, shoemaker, deft. Defts. 2**. 
default. Whereas the deft, does not dwell here, the pltf. was ordered to 
summon him at the place of his jurisdiction or to have him arrested, if he 
come here. 

Symon Turck, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lambertsen Mol, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Albert Janzen, pltf. v/s Reyer Cornelissen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tuesday, 24 January 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, AUard Anthony, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes van 
Brugh, Jan Vigne. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Andries Joghimsen, deft. Pltf. 
concludes in writing, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of eighteen 



14 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1662 

guilders for that he has tapped for three negroes on Sunday during 
preaching, according to declaration thereof produced, and be moreover 
suspended from trading for the term of one year and six weeks, with costs. 
Deft, requests by petition time until the next Court day to prove the con- 
trary, depositing according to order of the last Court day, the eighteen 
guilders. Pltf. requests definitive judgment. The W: Court order the 
Officer to produce further probf, and that deft, shall summon his wit- 
nesses by the next Court day. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. and arrestant v/s Joost van de Linde, arrested 
.and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty guilders in seawan and four 
schepels of buckwheat. Deft, says, that Samuel Etsal had the buckwheat, 
acknowledging to have rec"! the twenty guilders. Pltf. says, that deft, 
took away the buckwheat. The W: Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 
the twenty guilders and four skepels of buckwheat, the arrest remaining 
in the meanwhile valid until then. 

Symon Clazen Turck, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the books and papers placed in his hands. Deft, re- 
quests by petition payment of salary according to a/c exhibited to Court. 
Pltf. replies, that the deft, engaged to serve him for twenty per cent and 
now lets the matter stick. Deft, denies it. Pltf. undertakes to prove it. 
The W: Court order copy of a/c to be furnished to pltf. to deliver in by 
the next Court day whatever he may have to object to it, and the deft, 
was ordered to prove by the next Court day that he agreed with the pltf. 
for fl. 20. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Margriet Hardenbroeck, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, fifty one guilders, ten stivers in seawan. Deft, says, 
she has not received as much as he sold her. Pltf. produces the a/c, and 
says he settled with the deft., who remains indebted by balance sixteen 
guilders, fourteen stivers. Deft, undertakes to prove the contrary. The 
W. Court order pltf. again to furnish deft, with copy of the a/c. and 
order deft, to produce her proof. 

Symon Clazen Turck, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, deft. 
Defts. 2*^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty five guilders for 
wages, making two boats @ 5 guilders per day and five days labor 
thereon. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secre* 
.tary of this City. 



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Paulus Pietersen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Joost van de Linde, arrested 
and deft. Pltf 's wife entering demands from deft, eight guilders thirteen 
stivers according to condemnation by the Schepens of the village of Ber- 
gen. Deft, acknowledges the debt; saying he has given an order on 
another, but twas not paid. The W: Court order the deft, to pay the 
pltf., the arrest remaining in the meanwhile valid until then. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. Defts. 2"** default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, two hundred and six gl. eight stivers for sold 
brandy and strong waters. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the 
monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Comelis Hooghlandt, pltf. v/s Lysbet Pieters, deft. Pltf. produces 
the judgment dated 20 May 1659 against the deft., whereby deft, was 
ordered to prove, that the pltf's wife was paid by her. Deft, produces 
the proof by . . . Dirck. The W: Court order the pltf. with his 
wife and the deft, with her husband to appear in Court by the next Court 
day. 

Nicolaes Meyer, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen de Jongh, deft. Pltf. requests, 
that deft, shall be condemned to pay him, according to a/c produced, the 
sum or quantity of seven hundred pounds tobacco and thirty seven 
guilders in seawant, with costs, damage and interest. Deft, acknow- 
ledges the debt, but says, he agreed, that the tobacco should be paid for, 
when Samuel Smitt should arrive from Virginia. Pltf. replies, that no 
agreement was made thereof. Deft, rejoins, if the pltf. will confirm the 
same on oath, he shall satisfy him. Pltf. was asked, if he would confirm 
on oath, that there was no agreement between him and the deft., that he 
should wait for the payment until Samuel Smitt' s arrival ? Answers, Yes, 
and consequently confirmed it at the hands of the Officer Pieter Tonne- 
man. Wherefore Burgomasters and Schepens condemn Jan Janzen, to 
pay Nicolaes Meyer the seven hundred pounds of tobacco and the thirty 
seven giiilders in zeawan. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. Before the 
pltf. stated his demand, Walewyn vander Veen was notified by the W: 
Court, that Mighiel Tades had sought by petition relief in the cause, 
which he has against him and is accepted therein. Whereupon Walewyn 
van der Veen says, such is unknown to him, and he has had no 
copy of the matter either from one or from the other. Burgomasters 



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and Schepens order Migbiel Tades to furnish Walewyn van de Veen 
copy of the petition of relief and order; also the a/c^ on which relief 
is sought. 

Walewyn van der Veen and Teuntje Teunis, wife of Jacob Swart, 
entering Walewyn vander Veen, in quality as attorney of Comelis Schutt, 
demands again from Jacob Swart the sum of one hundred and five and 
sixty guilders, eight stivers in tobacco for goods, which the aforesaid 
Swart purchased from Joannes van Beeck deceased; to which Teuntje 
Teunis, pursuant to the order of the W: Court of this City, dated lo 
January last, produces an a/c to the amount of six hundred and three 
guilders twelve stivers, which she has against Pieter Jacobs Buys, late at- 
torney of the abovenamed Schutt, also an a/c for the sum of eight 
guilders, twelve stivers against the abovenamed Schutt, which she will 
communicate, claiming that she is not indebted, as she has a demand 
against the aforesaid Buys and Schutt. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties examined the a/c against Buys, find it does not con- 
cern the debt herein demanded; therefore condemn the abovenamed 
Jacob Swart to pay Walewyn van der Veen in his quality herein, the hun- 
dred and sixty five guilders, eight stivers, deducting what is fairly due to 
him by the aforesaid Schutt; and to hold his guarantee for his claim on 
Pieter Jacobsen Buys on the house which he buOt for him or what he 
shall find expedient. 

Albert Janzen, pltf. v/s Reyer Comelissen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, twenty guilders, four stivers according to settlement. Deft, 
acknowledges the debt; requests five or six weeks time. The W: Court 
order the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Domingo the Negro, pltf. v/s Geertje Corsen, deft. Burgomasters 
and Schepens refer the matter in dispute, which parties have against each 
other to Resolveert Waldron and Salomon La Chair, to examine the same 
and to decide, reconciling parties if possible, if not, to render a report of 
their verdict to the Court. 

Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Comelis Pluyvier, deft. Deft, 
in default. Pltf. requests benefit of default and costs. 

Jacques Cousseau, arrestant and pltf. v/s Francois Tonguy alias La 
Rosche, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Burgomasters and Schepens 
declare the arrest valid. 



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Paulas van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Tytus Cyre, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen van Werkendam, deft. Both in 
default. 

Titus Cyre, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. Both in 
default. 

Geertje Tennis entering with her written testimony, produced on the 
last Court day, is asked, wherefore did she not bring Mary Peeck with 
her ? Says if the Magistrates please, she will fetch her; was ordered to 
bring her along by the next Court day. 

Jan Comelissen Root requests by petition two impartial persons to 
discuss and if possible decide the difference between him and Arien 
S3rmonsen in the matter of a/c. etc. Marginal note: Petition is granted; 
and hereunto are commissioned and authorized Comelis Steenwyck, old 
Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, and Joannes de Peister, 
also old Schepen, to take up the a/cs, which parties herein have against 
each other, to hear parties and examine them and if possible to reconcile 
them; if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Jan Janzen de Jongh requests by petition, that Sicx van der Stighelen 
shall be ordered to consign the fl. 201. 17 which he, pursuant to judgment 
against him, has disbursed to satisfy instead and in part of fl. 350, 
which he was ordered to assign, until Sicx van de Stighelen and Jan 
Corten shall fairly and rightfully give in and make known the quantity 
and quality and the just value of the peltries, which Sicx van der Stighe- 
len pretends to have paid for the fl. 350 of the obligation to Jan Corten, 
and to satisfy, in order to negotiate the note, on condition of reimbursing 
van der Stighelen the value of the peltries. Marginal order: Petitioner 
is ordered to bring in deposit to the City Hall of this City the money ac- 
cording to the obligation, which Sicx van der Stighelen has against him, 
deducting what justly belongs to him. 

Sicx van der Stighelen requests by petition, that the three hundred 
and fifty guilders, which Jan Jansen de Jongh is ordered to bring in con- 
signment of this City may be adjudicated to him as duly and indisputably 
belonging to him ; and that he be not obliged to declare pertinently the 
estimation of the peltries beyond the 56 gl. given to Jan Corten for the 
note, offering to confirm the same by oath. Marginal order: Petitioner 

▼OL. IT.— « 



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is ordered to render, within twice four and twenty hours, to the Secretary 
Nevius specification of what he has given in peltries etc. for the note. 

Tielman van Vleeck, as attorney for Daniel de Gabry, requests by 
petition, that AUard Anthony shall be condemned by the W Court of this 
City to render him, in his quality, within four and twenty hours, a/c, 
proof and reliqua of his administration, and by refusal, to constrain him 
thereunto by means of the law. Burgomasters and Schepens order AUard 
Anthony to render, within eight days, to Tielman van Vleeck, as attorney 
of Daniel Gabry, a/c, proof and reliqua of his administration, herein 
demanded. 

On the information of the hiring and leasing of the house and lot 
occupied by Isaacq Bedloo, as produced by Isaacq Bedloo against Joan- 
nes Withart, ordered: The W Court direct copy hereof to be furnished to 
Joannes Withart, to answer thereunto by the next Court day. 

Solomon La Chair represents, that he has not been able to procure 
any copy of the bill of sale up to this date, 24^'* January of this year, which 
is promised tomorrow, engaging to obey the order of the W: Court dated 
17^ ultimo as quick as he shall obtain it. Marginal order: The remon- 
strant thro' indulgence is allowed twice twenty four hours from date to 
fulfill the order of the W : Court. 

On the reply of Reyer Comelissen against Jan Comelissen Clein, 
ordered: The W Court direct copy to be furnished to party thereunto to 
answer by the next Court day. 

Joannes van der Meulen appears in Court requesting, whereas 
Wemaer Wessels remains in default to answer the demand, which he has 
instituted against him, that the aforesaid Wemaer Wessels shall be con- 
demned to answer by the next Court day, on pain of exclusion of his 
right. 

ORDER. 

Wemaer Wessels is hereby ordered by the W: Court of this City to 
answer the demand of Joannes van der Meulen, which he instituted 
against him on the lo. January last, on pain of exclusion from his right. 
Done Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 24 January 1662. 

Extraordinary Meeting holden on Saturday 28? January 1662. In 
the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen 



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van der Grift, Allard Anthony, Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter van Couwen- 
hoven, Joannes van Bnigh, Jan Vigne. 

Jemima Moreau entering is asked, what induced her to insult Jacques 
Cosseau ? Whereupon she said, that Jacques Cosseau had arrested her- 
self and her husband without cause, when they were coming to pay him 
and that Cosseau has sold their grain without their knowledge and had 
delivered them summer, in place of winter grain, with leveled measure, 
whilst they gave him heaped-up measure ; was told, that she abused him 
for a cheat etc. according to the declaration of Jacques Fletchart exe- 
cuted before the Notary M: de Vos and witnesses, dated ii. May 1661, 
which she denies ; she is told, that according to the declaration of Fran- 
cois Gee, made before the abovenamed De Vos and witnesses on the 15 
May 1 66 1, she had said, that Jacques Cosseau had sold her com without 
her knowledge, but that she did not complain thereof, as he gave her a 
good a/c thereof to her satisfaction; which she, also, denied. Jacques 
Cosseau entering is told, that he had but one declaration, setting forth, 
that he had been slandered by Jemima Moreau; whereupon he gave for 
answer, though he had no witnesses, the papers and documents of his 
party are sufficient evidence, confiding himself to them; produces certain 
declaration, which some Frenchman had sent him without having asked it. 
Jemima Moreau was asked, what she had to say against Jacques Coesseau, 
inasmuch as she says, people know well, what Jacques Cosseau is. Where- 
unto she answers, that he is a Frenchman and that he presumes too 
much; she is asked, why she railed so strongly against him and if she 
had any thing to say against him ? Answers No — ^and was angry, that he 
had arrested her and her husband. Parties entering, Jemima Moreau is 
asked, in presence of Jacques Cosseau, inasmuch as she says that she has 
nothing against Jacques Cosseau, why she collected a mob about his 
door ? Answers, as they spoke French to one another, everybody 
stopped, and she did not collect a mob. Jacques Cosseau declares, that 
for two years he had shewn her and her husband as much favour as to 
any one and had last year advanced her over a thousand guilders and 
speaking to her husband for payment, as he had tobacco, he enquired 
the price, which he fixed higher for him than he gave to others, and that 
her husband said to him — If you do not take the tobacco for this price 
you must look, where you can get your pay; so that he was obliged to 



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take the tobacco, on which he suffered considerable loss. Parties again 
coming in, said Jacques Cosseau was asked, if he was authorized to sell 
the grain ? Answers, Yes; was further asked, if he were willing to declare 
so under oath ? Answers, Yes — and gave them their grain back in re- 
turn to their satisfaction, according to the aforesaid declaration of Fran- 
cois Gee, and no discontent was exhibited until a year and a half 
afterwards. Jemima Moreau acknowledges, that her husband had 
allowed Jacques Cosseau to take three skepels grain for his profit. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens having heard parties, read and considered the 
papers, documents and pleas, which they had on both sides made use of 
and whatever was material, adjudge that deft. Jemima Moreau shall de- 
clare in presence of her party Jacques Cosseau, before the W: Court, that 
she can say nothing of him, but what is honorable and honest and to pay 
besides to the poor of this City the sum of twenty five guilders, with costs 
of suit. Entering with Jacques Cosseau, Jemima Moreau was made ac- 
quainted with the judgment of the Court and told, she must declare, that 
she has nothing to say against the person of Jacques Cosseau, except 
what is honorable and honest, which she did ; and was further told that 
the W: Court condemn her for the slander in the fine of twenty five 
guilders, and to pay the costs of suit. Jacques Cosseau says, he does not 
require from her the costs he incurred, but gave them to the poor of this 
City; and that she, deft., shall remain in arrest, until she have satisfied 
the judgment. Wherefor Burgomasters and Schepens grant her eight days. 

Wessel Eversen's wife entering is asked, who had given in the last 
answer to the notice, served on him to pay Frans Janzen according to 
decision of arbitrators ? Whereunto she answered, she does not know. 
Was next asked, who notified her ? Answers likewise, does not know 
and further has no knowledge of the matter. And whereas Wessel Ever- 
zen is not present, the matter is postponed until the next Court day, by 
which time Frans Jansen was told he must appear again, and the Court 
Messenger was charged to tell Wessel Eversen's wife, that her husband 
must then appear. 

The President states, that the Treasurer shall give an a/c of his ad- 
ministration of the City's income next Monday at nine o'Clock at the 
City Hall; so if any of the Magistrates desire to be present, they can 
come then. 



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Tuesday, 31. January 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, 
Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes Van 
Bnigh, Jan Vigne. 

Schepen Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Comelis Pluyvier, deft. Pltf. 
says, he forbade the deft, to proceed with the purchase of a calf from Jan 
Janzen Veryn, as he had mortgaged all his property to him by acknow- 
ledgment dated 17th June 1661, which he exhibits; and that he should 
look to him for damages; and whereas the deft, has purchased a calf 
from the abovenamed Veryn, demands payment for the calf. Deft, says, 
he bought and paid for it, over a year; shewing receipt. Burgomasters 
and Schepens decide, that Tymotheus Gabry shall have to institute his 
action against Jan Jansen Ver3m. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Defts. 2"? de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred guilders according to note 
and two and thirty guilders book debt. The W: Court order the deft, to 
deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Geertje Corssen, pltf. v/s Maria Peeck, deft. Pltf. produces the de- 
claration exhibited fourteen days ago, requesting that deft, shall declare, 
what she knows of the matter ? Deft, says, she heard, that there were 
words between Geertje Corssen and Leentje Dircks Servaas and that 
Geertje said, Leentje had sold her the gown for twenty five guilders, 
which Leentje denying, saying she had sold it to her for twenty eight 
guilders — ^whereunto Geertje said 'T is well; go home; I have bought it 
for 28 gl. I shall keep it therefor. 

Paulus vande Beeck, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Defts. 2"? 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, sixty seven guilders five stivers with 
costs. The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the monies with the Sec- 
retary of this City. 

Hans Stein, arrestant and pltf. v/s Adam Brouwer, arrested and deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, a balance of five skepels of winter wheat accord- 
ing to particulars of a/c. Deft, says, he sent it off, and requests in 
writing two arbitrators. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in 
question to Joannes de Peister and Jacob Strycker, both old Schepens of 
this City, to decide the case of parties, to reconcile the same if possible ; 
if not to render report of their verdict to the Court. 



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Herrii sSiaL cocnplete his vora^ asd order Rc-'^»bcrt Jsisdra tc gire siiffi> 
caeat u pc l t Iu here for the paiTDent of tbe mrothZj «:&^ts at Bciston. 

TKrck Jazixen ran Derester. arnestast aad jJif. t s ETeit IHrcksen 
▼za As, airested and deft. PltL prod^sces a cccxract siade vith the deft. 
fza tbe biul.irrtg of a picht, ntq^estrrur tbe tiznber m^ti costs. Deft, sajrs, 
be p&inred oat the timber to the p^tf. as v^!! as to bis vise's father, who 
said that the Urge timber was mostlj topeibcr, Mxt^ be pihf. said, it must 
jet remain sometime, as it was no di5exeace to bxm^ wb e thei it laj there 
or in Smith's Valley. Pltf. saT% the d<ft. sold die yacht's stern post. 
DefL acknowledges that; saying that the pltf. had saated, that it was too 
sbon; that he shodd make him another, for which he sboiild gnre him, 
orer and abore, half a barrd of strong beer and two skepds of grain ; 
prod::ciiig a declaration. Bnrgomasters and Schepens having heard paities 
d^de, t^vat Erert Dircks owns the stem posL and order Erert Dircksen 
Vj dclrrer the timber according to contract, after which d^very the pltf . 
was ordered to pay the deft. 

Tomas Hall, pltf. t 's Tomas Higgens, defu Pltf. says, that he con- 
tracted with the deft, for work^ which is not finished, and lent for that 
wsirk a saw, which is missing: requesting restitntion. Defts. wife enter- 
irg Bfs her h:isband denies, that Tomas Hall had loaned him die saw. 



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but to the others, who worked with him. Pltf. demands, that deft, shall 
remain, until Tomas Higgens returns him the saw. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order Tomas Hall to summon Tomas Higgens and his partner 
by the next Court day. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Isaack Bedloo, deft. Deft, in default. 

Marrytje de la Noy, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. The cause 
was held over by the Burgomasters and Schepens. 

Symon Clazen Turk requests time to the next Court day to produce, 
according to order, proof, that van Vleeck agreed with him to serve him 
for twenty guilders. Marginal order: Petitioner was allowed eight days 
time to produce proof. 

Touching the counter statement of Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Isaack 
Bedloo, relative to the lease, ordered : — The W : Court direct copy to be 
furnished to party to rejoin by the next Court day thereunto. 

On the answer of Wemaar Wessels against Joannes van der Meulen, 
the W Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereunto by the 
next Court day. 

On the specification of peltries produced by Sicx van der Stighelen 
relative to the purchased obligation of Jan Cortten against Jan Jansen 
the younger, the W: Court order copy to be furnished to party to give in 
by the next Court day what he has to object. 

Metje Wessels requests by petition imprisonment of the person of 
Hermen Dousen for non pa3rment according to judgment dated 4 October 
1661 after service by the Messenger and Bailiff of notice and summons 
and all to conclusion. Petitioner was granted her request, on condition 
of securing the costs, and then the Officer was authorized and qualified 
to place the person of Hermen Dousen in prison. 

On the rejoinder of Jan Comelis'i Root against Reyer Comelis" van 
Soestbergen, ordered: The W Court direct copy to be furnished to party 
and parties were, on both sides, ordered to desist from further produc- 
tion, to exchange their pieces with each other and to produce their de- 
duction and principal intendit at the next Court day by inventory. 

Adriaaen Post, entering, exhibits the decision of arbitrators according 
to acte of authorization dated 22 Nov' 1662. Burgomasters and Schepens 



24 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [i66a 

having seen the above written decision; find it to be well done; therefore 
approve and praise the same. 

Joannes van der Meulen, entering, requests copy of Wemaar Weasel's 
answer, which was granted him. 

Lambert Barenzen entering asks, what has been done in the cause be- 
tween him and Geertje Corssen — ^was ordered to take out an acte, 

Fieter the Negro, entering, requests payment for executing the sen- 
tence on one Mesaack Martens and Marten van Weert; is promised, 
arrangement shall be made, that he have that for Mesaack, but that for 
Marten van Waart is promised him by the Officer. 

Wessel Eversen and Frans Janzen van Hooghten appearing in Court, 
Wessel Evertsen is asked, whether the Court Messenger has not been with 
him, notifying him to pay Frans Jans according to decision of arbitrators 
for the work in dispute between him and Frans Jansen ? Answers, that 
the Messenger was with him and enquired about the work; was asked, 
what was wanting yet to the work ? Answers, there is no door to the 
cellar, the floor is not joined to the eaves and that the front of the house 
is not tight. Frans Jansen says, that he did all that was ordered and 
that the arbitrators have seen the work. Wessel Evertsen was told, that 
he has given for answer to the notice of the Messenger to pay Frans Jan- 
sen van Hooghten, according to decision of good men, for his executed 
work, that he should pay Frans Janzen as soon as he could. Wessel 
Eversen denies this. Claas van Elslandt, the Court Messenger, was asked 
who served the notice ? Answers, his father; whereupon he was told, that 
his father ought not to have done so. Having considered the matter in 
question between Wessel Eversen, pltf., with and against Frans Janzen van 
Hooghten, deft., for and on acc^ of the fulfillment of a verbal agreement 
for the building by Frans Janzen of a certain house for the abovenamed 
Wessel Eversen, having read, re-read all the papers, documents and pleas 
used on both sides in the case, and heard and examined parties verbally 
and considered and weighed whatever was of material value. Burgomasters 
and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in New Netherland find by de- 
cision of Nicolaas de Meyer and Robbert Roelans, appointed arbitrators 
over the matter in dispute by the W: Court, according to Acte of decision 
passed before the Notary M. de Vos, July 1661, that Frans Janzen van 
Hooghten has finished and done all that was necessary to be performed; 



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25 



therefore Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the aforesaid Wessel Ever- 
sen to pay Frans Jansen van Hooghten the sum of five hundred and 
eighty guilders and parties on both sides were, each, condemned to bear 
his own costs. Thus done and sentenced in the Court of Burgomasters 
and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in New Netherland, as above. 

Wednesday the first February 1662. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard An- 
thony, Tjrmotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolferzen van Couwenhoven, Joannes 
van Brugh, Jan Vigne. 

The Hon**!* Valiant Director General of N : Netherland appeared in 
Court to be present at the nomination of the succeeding Burgomasters 
and Schepens in place of those going out. 

Burgomasters proceeding to the nomination name as follows : — 



The Officer P^ Tonneman. 

For Burgomaster : — 
Olofif Stevensen van Cortlant, 
Marten Cregier. 

For Schepens : — 
Comelis Steenwyck, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, 
Jacob Kip, 

Jacob Backer, Jacques Cosseau, 
Cristo£fel Hooghlant. 

Burgom' Allard Anthony. 

For Burgomaster : — 
Marten Cregier, 
Olof Stevenzen. 

For Schepens : — 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, 
Govert Loockermans, 
Jacob Kip, 
Comelis Steenwyck, 
Cristoflfel Hooghlant, 
Isaack Greveraat. 



Burgomast' P. d. van der Grift. 

For Burgomaster : — 
Oloff Stevenzen van Cortlant, 
Marten Cregier. 

For Schepens : — 
Joannes de Peister, 
Cornelis Steenwyck, 
Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Jacob Kip, Frerick Lubberzen, 
Govert Loockermans, 
Cristofifel Hooghlant. 

Schepen Joannes van Brugh. 

For Burgomaster . — 
Oloff Stevenzen, 
Marten Cregier. '^ 

For Schepens : — 
Comelis Steenwyck, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Govert Loockermans, 
Jacob Backer, 

Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, 
Jacob Kip, 
Isaack Greveraat. 



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[1662 



Schep^ P. van Couwenhoven. 

For Burgomaster : — 
Oloff Stevenzeiiy 
Comelis Steenwyck. 

For Schepens : — 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, 
Jacob Kip, 
Frerick Lubberzen, 
Jacques Cosseau, 
Isaack Greveraat, 
Tomas Hall. 



Schep^ Jan Vigne. 

For Burgomaster : — 
Marten Cregier, 
Olof Stevensen. 

For Schepens : — 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Cornells Steenwyck, 
Jacobus Backer, 
Jacob Kip, 
Govert Loockermans, 
Hendrick Janzen vander Yin. 
Tomas Hall. 



Schep" Tymotheus Gabry. 

For Burgomaster : — 
Olofif Stevenzen, 
Marten Cregier. 

For Schepens : — 
Joannes de Peister, Govert Loockerman, 
Jacob Strycker, Comelis Steenwyck, 
Jacob Kip, Jacob Backer, 

Isaack Greveraat, Jacques Cosseau. 

By plurality of votes are Nominated 

For Burgomaster: — 
Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, 
Marten Cregier. 



The Votes collected together : 

For Burgomaster : — 
Olof Steven van Cortlant IIIIIII 7. 
Marten Cregier HUH 6. 

Comelis Steenwyck I i. 

For Schepens : — 
Comelis Steenwyck HUH 6. 

Joannes de Peister IIHHI 7. 

Jacob Strycker IIHHI 7. 

Hendrick Janzen vander 



Vin 


IIHII 6. 


Jacob Kip 


IIIIIH 7. 


Jacob Backer 


nil 4. 


Jacques Cosseau 


HI 3. 


Cristo£fel Hooghlant 


HI 3. 


Govert Loockermans 


HIII 5. 


Frerick Lubberzen 


II 2. 


Isaack Greveraat 


nil 4. 


Tomas Hall 


II 2. 



For Schepens : — 
Comelis Steenwyck, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, 
Jacob Kip, 
Jacobus Backer, 
Govert Loockermans, 
Isaack Greveraat. 



i66a] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 27 

Honourable Valiant, 
Whereas the election is at hand, and your Honors have been pleased 
to grant to this City the privilege of nominating the succeeding Burgo- 
masters and Schepens, which nomination having been done in the pres- 
ence of the R^ Hon^ Direct' General of N. Netherland and dependencies 
thereof, by plurality of votes a double number are presented by nomina- 
tion to your Honors, to wit. 

For BurgonuisUr : — 
Olof Stevensen van Cortlandt, 
Marten Cregier. 

For Schepens : — 
Comelis Steenwyck, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Hendrick Janzen vander Vin, 
Jacob Kip, 
Jacob Backer, 
Govert Loockermans, 
Isaack Greveraat. 

Requesting that your Honors would be pleased to elect from the same 
such as your Honors may prefer. Thus done in the Court of Schout, 
Burgomasters of the City Amsterdam in N. Netherland the first Feb'. 
1662. By order of the same. 

J. Nevius. 
Superscription: — ^To the Rt Hon"* Director General and Council of 
New Netherland. 

Thursday, 2* February 1662. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, AUard An- 
thony, Tymotheus Gabry, Pieter Wolfersen van Couwenhoven, Joannes 
Van Brugh, Jan Vigne. 

Appeared in Court Nicasius de Sille, Supreme Councillor and Fiscaal 
of N. Netherland and Joannes de Decker, also Supreme Councillor, who 
deliver in, with their commissions, the election of the succeeding Burgo- 
masters and Schepens in place of those retiring. 



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The letter of appointment reads as follows: — 
Worshipful, Beloved, Faithful. 

From the nomination sent in are elected by US: 

Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift, as Old Burgantaster^ 
Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Burgomaster. 

For Schepens : 
Joannes Pieterzen van Brugh, presiding Schepen, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Jacob Backer, 
Isaack Greveraat. 
And the Councillors Nicasius de Sille and Johan de Decker are hereby 
commissioned, after due acknowledgments for their past services, to dis- 
charge therefrom the retiring Burgomasters and Schepens, to instal the 
newly elected after being sworn in, and in the presence of those retiring 
to make such known to the Burghers as before ; wherewith, after cordial 
salutation, we shall recommend your Worships to God's protection and 
remain, (Under Stood) Worshipful, Beloved, Faithful your Honors affec- 
tionate friends the Director General and Council of New Netherland. 

* 

Was signed, Peter Stuyvesant. Lower Stood By order of the Hon"* 
Director General of New Netherland, was signed, C. v. Ruyven Secretary. 
At the side stood; Done, Fortress Amsterdam in New Netherland the i^ 
Feb''. A*! 1662. 

The superscription was Worshipful, Beloved Faithful the Schout, 
Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in New Nether- 
land. 

And after the previous customary ringing of the bell three times, 
reading the instruction and taking of the oath by the new incoming 
Schepens, the following election is made known to the Burghers and in- 
habitants of this City : — 

Whereas according to the privilege of this City some of its Magis- 
trates, who have served out their time, yearly retire and others are chosen 
in their places by the Director General and Council of New Netherland, 
Therefore the Director General and Council aforesaid, after invoking 
God's Holy Name, have elected and confirmed from the nomination made 
for the ensuing year, as they do hereby, for Magistrates of this City: — 



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Pattlus Leenderzen van der Grift, as old Burgomaster^ 
Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Burgomaster, 

For Schepens : 
Joannes van Bnigh, Presiding Schepen, 
Joannes de Peister, 
Jacob Stryckcr, 
Jacob Backer, 
Isaack Greveraat, 
Which is made known to the Commonalty, in order to hold the aforesaid 
persons in due respect and esteem. Thus done in the Assembly of the 
Honorable Lords Director General and Council of N : Netherland, holden 
at the Fort Amsterdam the a*^ February A? 1662. 

Tuesday, 14 FeW 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendertsen vander Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlandt, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Isaack Grevenraat. 

Schep^ Joannes van Brugh and Wemaar Wessels, pltfs. v/s Tielman 
van Vleeck, deft. Pltfs. in quality of curators of the bankrupt estate of 
Reyndert Jansen Hoom, request that deft, shall be condemned to pro- 
duce and pay such monies as he, in quality of attorney of Alexander 
d'Hinojossa, owes to the aforesaid bankrupt estate, according to the de- 
cision of arbitrators dated 7^ Decemb' 1660, executed before the Notary 
Mattheus de Vos. Deft, in quality of attorney of Alexander d'Hinojossa 
concludes according to the aforesaid decision of arbitrators, that pltfs. in 
their quality shall have recourse to the mortgage passed by Francois de 
Bruyn in favor of him, the deft., in his aforesaid quality, dated the first 
January 1661 holding himself to the aforesaid decision. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having heard parties and read the decision of the arbitrators 
and the approval thereof, find that the arbitrators reserve to themselves 
the interpretation of the obscurities and misconceptions therein ; there- 
fore order the aforesaid arbitrators to furnish the W: Court of this City, 
by the next Court day, explanation, how they understand, that Tielman 
vam Vleeck makes himself a guarantee for the decision, and that by virtue 
of a certain memorandum signed by Alexander d'Hinojossa; secondly, 
that the fourteen hundred and eighteen guilders fifteen stivers in beavers 



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vi£L be paid bjr aaHgnmcnt on M! Thomas Willett with interest @ 6 per 
aoBt according to the tenor of the decision ; thirdly, that by non accept- 
s»De of the afiMCsaid M' Willett, Reyndert Jans* Hoom shall have his 
rccoaiwe on the monies^ sale and purchase of certain brewery, according 
Vj dbe bond executed by Francois de Bruyn dated i? January 1661 afore- 
«ud; and whether the aforesaid van Vleeck shall, in default of pajrment, 
be bolden to issue execution on the said bond, from which Reyndert 
Janzen Hoom shall be paid his arrears, or Reyndert Jansen Hoom must 
do it to obtain his pay. 

ACTE OF QUALIFICATION. 

Whereas Schepen Joannes van Brugh requests to be released from 
the curatorship of the bankrupt estate of Rejrndert Jansen Hoom and 
that for weighty reasons presented to the W: Court, which being taken 
into consideration by their Worships they have released the aforemen- 
tioned Joannes van Brugh therefrom: And whereas it is necessary, that 
the matter be forwarded and the estate regulated, and therefore that 
another be appointed to the place, therefore Burgomasters and Schepens 
of this City commission and qualify thereunto Covert Loockermans, old 
Schepen of this City, who is requested and authorized with Jacobus 
Backer, Schepen of this City, and Wemaer Wessels, co-curators, to enter 
on and regulate the aforesaid estate. 

Joghim Beeckman, pltf. v/s Pieter Pietersen Smitt, deft. Pltf. 
again demands, that the deft, shall be condemned to repair the insults 
offered him honourably and profitably; producing in addition to the two 
■declarations already presented, another one, which being read to the 
deft., he says it is nothing but a grudge, because he dunned the pltf., 
who owes him, and as he disappointed him, he said he did not act as an 
honourable man. Joghim Beeckman, entering, was asked how he under- 
stands honourable and profitable ? Answers, that Pieter Pietersen shall 
acknowledge him to be an honourable man ; whereupon parties entering, 
Pieter Pietersen was asked in presence of Joghim Beeckman, if he knows 
anything dishonourable of Joghim Beeckman ? Answers, No. Further 
asked, if he acknowledge him then as an honourable man ? Answers, 
Yes. Whereupon Burgomasters and Schepens have returned to parties 
their papers, made use of in the suit and order each of them not to 
molest the other any more about this matter, but to live together in peace. 



i662] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 3 1 

Tomas Hal, pltf. v/s Andries Andriesen, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
brought two canoes with firewood, from his firewood that lay on the 
shore, to sell to the Fort, and that two hundred and eighteen pieces are 
missing; demanding restitution thereof, and that deft, shall be duly cor- 
rected therefor. Deft, says, that he agreed for the wood with Joannes 
Vervelen's negro, to get half for bringing it to the Fort. The W: Court 
order Joannes Vervelen*s negro to be summoned by the next Court day. 

Hendrick Kip, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, hatmaker, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Jacob Lubec, pltf. v/s Roelof Janzen van Meppelen, deft. Both in 
default. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst, 
deft. The pltf. demands from deft, a fine of fifty guilders for that he, 
deft, struck one Abraham Pietersen Corbyn in his own house, according 
to declaration produced. Deft, denies it, saying, that Abraham Pietersen 
had upbraided him with having been banished hence, whereupon they 
caught each other by the hair, but did not strike. Jan Hendricksen was 
asked, if he wishes, that the witnesses shall confirm their declaration by 
oath ? Answers, Yes. Burgomasters and Schepens order the Officer to 
summon his witnesses by the next Court day to confirm their declaration 
on oath. 

Fran9ois Allard summoned before the W: Court appears and is 
asked, whether he had bought a tin watering pot from Claas Tysen, the 
cooper's wife, and gave for it one guilder; a mans shirt of Flemish linen 
little worn, giving therefor two guilders ten stivers; a child's pillow of 
canvas with feathers, giving therefor twelve stivers ? Answers, he bought 
nothing, but the watering pot by his wife; who also being sent for, ap- 
pears and is asked the same as her husband — and answers, bought 
nothing but the watering pot, giving three guilders therefor, and lent her 
one guilder; also the little pillow had no more feathers than could be 
held in the hand — offers to return the same if her money be given back. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that Claas Tysen may take back his 
property on paying, what has been given and disbursed for it. 

Mighiel Tades, summoned before the W Court appears and is asked, 
whether he purchased from the wife of Claas Tysen, cooper, two night 
kerchiefs, two stockings (?) whereon were three ells of cotton @ thirty 



32 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [i66a 

six stivers the ell, besides the making; also seven ells of white flemish 
linen; two children's yellow knit waistcoats and gave therefor eighteen 
stivers the piece; received a butter chum ® five guilders, and thereupon 
gave one guilder in seawant and strong drink in addition ? Whereupon 
answers, Nothing except the chum, which he had in payment of a debt. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that Mighiel Tades shall restore 
Claas Tysen his goods, and if he have any claim against him to institute 
his action. 

Geertje Teunis, wife of Cors Janzen, summoned before the W: Court 
appears: Is asked, whether she purchased from the wife of Claas Tysen, 
cooper, a pair of mens new gray knit stockings for five guilders; which 
cost ten guilders and thereon gave one guilder six stivers seawant and two 
quarterns of brandy; also a tub, for which she gave one guilder and three 
half quarterns of brandy ? Whereunto answers, she has nothing except 
the tub, gave for that three guilders ten stuyvers; denying to have had the 
stockings. Claas Tysen says, he saw the stockings; whereupon Geertje 
says, she has the same stockings still in her case. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decide, that Geertje Teunis shall restore the tub to Claas Tysen 
and produce the stockings the next Court day; and if she have any claim 
against Claas Tysen, she can institute her action against him. 

Steven Genuo summoned before the W: Court was asked, whether 
he had bought from the wife of Claas Tysen, cooper, a copper kettle 
weighing six pounds @ ten stivers the pound ? Answers, does not know 
Claas Tysen and has nothing to do with him, and has settled with the 
woman. 

Mighiel Tades entering, was informed that the Hon^!* Director and 
Council decide that relief is due to him and therefore the twenty guilders 
consigned were given back to him with the papers. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten requests by petition, that the matter in 
question between him and Wessel Eversen, whereupon the W: Court pro- 
nounced sentence, be admitted to a reconsideration; whereupon was 
ordered: — The W. Court persist in their rendered judgment dated 13 
January last. 

Hans Stein requests execution of the judgment against Jacob Vis 
dated 13 Decemb' 166 1. Burgomasters and Schepens order Hans Stein 
to notice Jacob Vis twice more. 



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Comelis Pluyvier requests execution of the judgment against Arien 
Symonsen dated 31 January last. The W: Court condemn Arien S]rmon- 
sen to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City, within three 
times four and twenty hours, on pain of execution. 

Paulus van de Beeck requests execution of the judgment against 
Francois de Bruyn dated 31 January last. The W: Court order Francois 
de Bruyn to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City, within 
three times four and twenty hours on pain of execution. 

Jan Gillis the younger requests by petition, that Joannes van Brugh 
shall be ordered to answer the petition presented by him dated the 21? 
Decembr 1661. or to desist from his entered action, in which case the 
petitioner requests, that the Bailiff be ordered to put in execution the 
judgment, which he has against Alexander d'Hinojossa. The W: Court 
order Joannes van Brugh in quality as co-curator of the bankrupt estate 
of Reyndert Jansen Hoom to answer the copy of the petition dated 21 
Decemb' 1661, presented by Jan Gillis the Younger, on pain of depriva* 
tion of his right. 

Mattheus de Vos, in quality of substitute for Reynier Rycken, attor- 
ney for Amout Bailey, requests by petition, that Solomon La Chair shall 
be ordered to give in, to the Secretary of this City within four and twenty 
hours, an a/c of his administration of the goods of the aforesaid Amout 
Baily sold by him. Marginal order: — Solomon La Chair is hereby 
ordered by the W: Court of this City to give into the Secretary, within 
three times four and twenty hours, on pain of imprisonment, an a/c of 
the goods sold belonging to Amout Baily. 

Joannes van der Meulen replies to Wemaer Wessels answer. The 
W: Court order copy to be furnished to party to answer thereunto by the 
next Court day. 

M' Gerrit van Tright requests by petition, that he be authorized to 
take the eighty two guilders, eleven stivers, which he disbursed for 
Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt with the costs of the suit, from the consigned 
monies of said Nieuwlant's sold goods. The petitioner is ordered to 
produce on the next Court day, particulars of a/c of the eighty two 
guilders, eleven stivers with note of day and date when the items were 
disbursed. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman producing his papers exhibited in the 



Coert iEnirifs :c Sz^w Azs5gr.i^r-. [i«2 



skaHbe 




v^aiCfWKi ^s jrviucc inr tie Tinr -Ijirr finr. ul tjhil :r gygrhnl of his 







taeporrt 



iEi^ tse canoe vi:^ vood, t2;as abazt tvere cVW^ M si^ tfbcre vas a 
k^yckirf Jt ks door aaid tber caliBd ors t^Jt Lkuc vas vcxmI for him; 
v^bere^T^oe ^ vest in the laoTTag frtrr-CTTg is fcsi t3 dnv one ^ three 
idcks asd t2)e leaaindcr visi tbc cart; tibea ss ^ ca d e muod from 
Cat^or Seerssiits, t?:at it vas not t^ vood hr^nrerTsg to hiia, he laid it 
b»!Jk ia the caaoe. Abraham Pielexscn vas asked^ if be dad not express 
% :.fjT» vords as are repfesented in the dedaian m q£ Pieter JaaxcB, mason, 
t/> hare bfen ottered br him ? AnsvexSy No. The 0£&cer l e qu cs ts , that 
AvraJ^ara Pietenen be examined faither, vithin the teem of three times 
io it and tventj boms. Abraham Pietersen requests to be rele as ed from 
ry>r;finemettt, to earn his food and to support his wife and child. Bntgo- 
rri%^t<T« and Schepens order the Officer to take farther informatioii and to 
%,'nTnon Annetje Cockx for the next Court daj, to hear her toodiing die 
CJMe of the hogs in quesiton. 

Saturdajr i8^ February 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Fiet^ Tcmneman, Paulas Leendertsen van der Grift, Olof Sterensen van 
f>/rtlant, Joannes ran Bragh, Joannes de Pebter, Jacob Strjcker, Isaack 
f#reveraat. 

Appeared in Coart Elsje Gerrits, wife of the prisoner Abraham 
Ftetert Corbyn, requesting that her husband may be released from con- 
finement to work for her. Was asked, if he will really work ? Answers, 
that he has promised amendment. She is told, it was said, that he beat 
her and her child; answers thereunto, that it is so, but it happened to the 
i.hild unexpectedly. 

Annetje Dirckx, widow of Pieter Kock enters; who, as Abraham 



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Pieter&" Corbyn absolutely denies, that he sold the hogs to her, was asked, 
if she positively bought the said hogs from Abraham Pietersen above- 
named ? Answers, Yes; and whether the sale happened before she settled 
with him? Answers, Yes, and that he had communicated it to Tryn Claas, 
wife of Jurrien Blanck; which being stated to Abraham Pieters, he denies 
it. Annetje produces an a/c, which being seen and read to Abraham 
Pieters, he acknowledges to have bought the goods at such rate as is men- 
tioned in the a/c. with the exception of the pins; saying further, that he 
has nothing to do with the a/c of expences incurred on the hogs. 
Annetje Dirckx was asked, why she charged the pins so high ? Says, she 
told Abraham Pietersen, that as you have charged me so dear for the 
hogs, I shall charge you accordingly. Annetje Dirckx was asked, for 
what was incurred the nine guilders of expences, which she brings in the 
a/c against Abraham Pietersen ? Answers, three guilders given to the 
Officer and three guilders to the Notary de Vos paid for his services, and 
three guilders spent on drink. Abraham Pieters was asked, for how 
much did he buy the hogs sold to Annetje Dirckx and Denis Isaacks ? 
Answers, the hogs sold to Denys Isaacks cost him fifty guilders and that 
he brought the hogs of Annetje Dirckx from the North. Annetje Dirckx 
was asked, if she can prove, that the hogs were positively sold ? An- 
swers, Yes — and that Pieter Jansen Metselaar, the carpenter and many 
others know it. The Officer relates that, when he and the Notary de 
Vos came concerning the hogs, Abraham Pieters did not then say, that 
the hogs were not absolutely sold; asking then after the hogs he gave for 
answer, there run the hogs. Annetje Dirckx again entering was in- 
formed, the Court decide, that the nine guilders of expenses charged in 
the a/c against Abraham Pietersen cannot be admitted, and the a/c was 
returned to her. The Officer was asked, if he had been with the Honble 
Director General, and spoke to him about Abraham Pietersen ? An- 
swers, Yes; and that the General said, he was a rogue and ought at 
least be banished out of the City's jurisdiction. Having considered the 
demand of the Officer Pieter Tonneman and the declaration produced 
against Abraham Pietersen Corbyn, imprisoned for and on a/c of some 
acts by him committed, and having weighed and reflected on all. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens find the affair of the hogs charged against the pris- 
oner, not to be so grave as he was accused of; then as he had appro- 



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priated to himself some wood from a canoe not belonging to him, and 
caught in the act, replaced it, for which he deserves to be punished; 
Then in conseqilence of the humble supplications of his wife and on the 
promise of amendment, the abovenamed Abraham Pietersen is excused 
for this time from the merited punishment and condemned in the costs of 
jailors fees and board bill. 

Resolved, concluded and decided in the Court of Schout, Burgo- 
masters and Schepens, that the previously enacted Ordinance of Schout^ 
Burgomasters and Schepens on the subject of attendance at and absence 
from their ordinary and extraordinary sessions, pursuant to appointment 
shall be strictly observed and enforced; to wit — 

Whosoever shaU come a half hour too late shall be fined ten stivers; 

Whoever comes one hour too late one guilder; 

Whoever is wholly absent two guilders. 

It is furthermore concluded and enacted that the monies from the extra* 
ordinary sessions shall be laid and kept apart and those, who shall then 
come too late or shall be absent shall be fined as aforesaid; except all 
those who on business shall have gone to Fort Orange, the South River 
or New England and those who may be sick or have any fair cause of ab- 
sence, which remains, on proof, at the discretion of the W: Court, and 
such then shall not be fined. 

And that the aforesaid may be the better attended to and observed, 
it is unanimously resolved by the Board, that those, who shall incur the 
fines aforesaid, shall pay such a/c as the Board shall please without any 
objection. . Done in the Court of Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens in 
the City Hall the x8. February 1662. 

P: Tonneman, P. L. van der Grift, 

Oloff Stevensen, 

Johannes van Brugh, 

Johannes de Peyster, 

Jacob Strycker, 

Isaack Grevenraat, 

J. Backer. 

Tuesday, the 21. Feb? 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Olof Stevensen van 



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Coitlant, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Stiycker, Isaack 
Greveraat. 

Fiscal Nicasius de Sille, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hendrick de 
Ramaacker (wheelwright), arrested and deft. Pltf. concludes, that as 
the deft, has twice broke his arrest, that he be imprisoned 'till he shall 
have paid the sum of one hundred and twenty guilders for having two at- 
tachments; i. e. one served on him by the pltf. on 13*^ January 1660, the 
other thro' Hans Steyn dated 27. May 1658 and further, for the payment 
and satisfaction of a wagon of which he received only four wheels and the 
axles; and moreover fifty five guilders in zeawant for eleven loads of hay 
d five guilders the load; as through want of the wagon he was obliged to 
hire one; with interest thereof. The Schout as guardian requests, that 
he, Hendrick de Ramaacker, be imprisoned, whenever he shall be found 
here. Burgomasters and Schepens grant the pltf's and the guardian's 
requests. 

Fiscaal Nicasius de Sille requests, that the bread brought by Resol- 
veert Waldron from Jacob the baker, be examined by the Inspectors. 

Joannes de Decker entering, requests that curators be appointed to 
the estate of Sicx vander Stighelen, stating that he had some claim on the 
aforesaid estate, and that the curators shall have to arrange their affairs in 
communication with the creditors. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Andries Joghimzen, deft. 
Whereas the Officer has not taken any acte of date 31? January last, 
whereby he should have to regulate himself, the matter is postponed until 
the next Court day. 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker and Stoffel van Hooghlandt appear in 
Court, to whom was shewn a loaf brought by Resolveert Waldron and 
they are asked to determine according to conscience, if that be bread fit 
to eat and to be offered to the Commonalty for sale ? who, after examina- 
tion thereof declare, that it is not good to eat nor to be offered on sale 
and is not what it ought to be and that part of the grain was bad and dif- 
ferent sort of flour was mixed, but not much bran. Which aforesaid loaf 
l>eing weighed was found to be half a pound too light, altogether wet and 
not sofficiently baked. 

Jacob Baker, entering, showed another loaf, which was also exhibited 
to the Inspectors, who having examined the same, declare it to be less so, 



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than the other and cannot be baked harder, however long it stands in the 
oven. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jacob Teonizen Kaj, deft. PItf . 
concludes herein, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of fift7 poonds 
Flemish for having twice violated the Placard req>ecting baking of bread, 
because he has baked his bread improperly and too Uij^t, being scarcely 
eatable and half a pound too li^t and in addition shall not be allowed to 
bake for one year and six months: with costs. DefL says, the bread is 
not baked and he must haul it out of the oven, because the people will 
have it; also did not see the grain before it went to the mill and that the 
grain had sprouted. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard the de- 
claration and opinion of the Inspectors and also that the bread is not of 
weight, condemn the deft. Jacob Teunissen Kay, in a fine of one hundred 
and fifty guilders according to the Placard, with costs, to be applied as is 
proper. 

Tryntje van Hengelen, pltf. v/s Capt. Post, deft. Deft, in default. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst, deft. 
Pltf. says, that pursuant to the order of last Court day he had sununoned 
the witnesses, who declare, that Jan Hendricsen struck Abraham Pieter- 
sen in his own house; who, entering, declare to have seen them together 
by the hair in Abraham Pietersen's house. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard the evidence relative to the act committed by Jan Hendrick- 
sen van Gunst, that they were both seen together by the hair, condemn 
Jan Hendricksen to pay herein to the Officer, pltf., a fine of ten guilders, 
with the costs. 

Hendrick Kip, pltf. v/s Wemaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. concludes, 
that deft, shall be condemned to pay him for one half years expired rent 
eighteen guilders, four stivers in zeawant, three beavers and a fine hat, all 
according to lease; and further to give sufficient bail for the remaining 
rent. Deft, acknowledges the debt; when the year expires will pay all. 
Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to fulfill and pay the 
pltf. the half year expired rent according to lease. 

Tomas Hall, pltf. v/s Andries Andriesen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, two hundred and eighteen pieces of fire wood, taken away by deft, 
with costs and damage incurred therein. Deft, says, he agreed with 
Mattys, Joannes Vervelen's negro, who said that he had five hundred 



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pieces of firewood to bring to the Fort on halves, and shewed it to him. 
Mattys the negro entering acknowledges, that he pointed out the wood to 
Andries and that he cut wood in the bush and that part thereof was 
ridden by Focke Jans to the Strand. Tomas Hall says, that he did not 
speak to Focke to ride the wood; and that other negroes say, that Mat- 
thys is the cause, that the wood was stolen and that Domingo the negro 
also missed wood. Burgomasters and Schepens postpone the matter to 
the next Court day, when parties shall return together with Mattys and 
Domingo, negroes. 

Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger, pltf. v/s Jacob Kip and Gerrit van 
Tright, curators of the bankrupt estate of Dirck Houthuyzen, defts. 
Pltf. demands payment of rent from the estate of Dirck Houthuyzen, 
Defts. say, they gave pltf. two hundred guilders and there is no more in 
the chest; and whereas the pltf. pleads preference, first it is to be under- 
stood, how the W: Court decides it. Pltf. is asked, by what right he 
undertakes to be preferred ? Answers by virtue of having served attach- 
ment on the goods lying in his premises. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties, and the a/c of Jacob Hendricksen produced against 
Dirck Houthuyzen, decide, that Jacob Hendricksen is preferred as far as 
the rent is concerned, but for disbursed monies and wares he must come 
in with other concurring claimants. 

The curators of the bankrupt estate of Dirck Houthuyzen, pltfs. v/s 
the foUowing persons; to wit, against Burgomaster Paulus Leenderzen 
van der Grift, deft. Pltfs. in their quality demand from the deft, one 
guilder, two stivers. Deft, says, he is not aware, that he owes him and 
that Dirck Houthuysen had a pistol to repair for him, which he has not 
obtained back; then undertakes to pay the one guilder, two stivers. 

Against Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, deft. Pltfs. in their quality 
demand from deft, one and sixty guilders two stivers. Deft, exhibits by 
a/c to have satisfied and paid Dirck Houthuysen, which was admitted. 

The curators of the bankrupt estate of Dirck Houthuysen, pltfs., v/s 
the following persons, to wit: — ^Against Marten Cregier. The curators 
declare, that deft, had exhibited to them an a/c, whereby it appears he 
has more than paid Dirck Houthuysen. 

Against the widow of Pieter Comelissen van der Veen. Pltfs. in 
their quality demand seventy four guilders seven stivers iron work. 



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Govert Loockermans in quality, as attorney of the widow, deft, herein, 
says, that Dirck Houthuyzen was paid forty seven guilders in goods and 
the rest in zeawanl. Burgomasters and Schepens order Govert Loocker- 
mans in the quality, in which he acts, to render to the curators, pltfs. 
herein, particulars of the a/c within three times four and twenty hours 
from date. 

Against Hendrick Janzen van der Vin. Pltfs. demand from deft, 
eighteen guilders three stivers. Deft, says, Dirck Houthujrsen is paid by 
his wife fourteen guilders, two stivers and he has a claim against the 
estate of nineteen guilders eighteen stivers. Pltfs. demand to offset. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decide to offset the four guilders one stiver, 
and what the deft, claims against the estate shall go in concurrence with 
the other curators (creditors ?) 

Against Comelis Steenwyck. Pltfs. demand nine and twenty 
guilders six stivers from the deft. Deft, says, that Dirck Houthuysen 
had two boxes of glass from him @ two beavers the box. Burgomasters 
and Schepens decide to sett debt off against debt. 

Against Francois de Bruyn. Pltfs. demand from deft, thirteen guilders 
eleven stivers. Deft, shews a counter a/c. for the sum of thirty three 
guOders, twelve stivers. Pltfs. claim, that he is excluded from hb action, 
as he did not make it known. Deft, sajrs, he did not know, that notices 
were issued to make his claim known. Burgomasters and Schepens de- 
cide, that the deft, shall come in concurrence for what he claims over 
his debt. 

Against MT Jacob Huges. Pltfs. demand from deft, six guilders, 
eleven stivers. The deft, says in opposition, that he attended him one 
year. The W: Court decide to set the one off against the other. 

The curators of the bankrupt estate of Dirck Houthuysen, pltfs., 
v/s the following persons to wit: — ^Against Margriet Hardenbroeck. 
Pltfs., in their quality demand from deft, fifteen guilders eleven stivers. 
The deft, says, salad oil to the amount of ten guilders, beavers, was drawn 
at her house, and allowed that to stand, as she understood it would not 
over»run much. Burgomasters and Schepens decide to balance the one 
against the other. 

Against Jurrien the cooper. Pltfs. demand from the deft, nine 
guilders four stivers. Deft, produced a counter a/c. of ninety guilders. 



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He was asked, why he did not make himself known ? Answers, was not 
aware that he should make himself known nor did he know that he has 
missed or even that he was too late. Burgomasters and Schepens decide 
to set one against the other. 

Against Jamis Davits. Pltfs. demand from deft, nine guilders, 
fifteen stivers. Deft, says, that Dirck Houthuysen has had in return a 
shirt for nine guilders, proving the same by a leaf from his book, offering 
moreover to prove the same upon oath. Burgomasters and Schepens de- 
cide, that the one shall be set off against the other. 

Joannes van der Meulen appears in Court, who requests copy of the 
rejoinder of Wemaar Wessels to his reply. Ordered: — ^Wemaar Wessels 
is hereby ordered by the W: Court of this City to rejoin to Joannes van 
der Meulen's reply by the next Court day. 

Tuesday the 28 Feb7 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Isaack 
Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, a fine of one hundred guilders, for that the deft, on the 
33^ of this month between nine and ten o'clock has sold brandy to two 
persons on a pledge, or a/c. the one being a soldier of the Honble Com- 
pany here, in violation of the published order and placard. Deft, denies 
it, undertaking to prove the contrary. The W: Court order the deft, to 
bring in his proof by the next Court day. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s the negroes of Comelis Steenwyck, 
Govert Loockermans, and Tomas Hall. Defts. entering with Resolveert 
Waldron as interpreter, were, one by one, asked, if they had not drank 
one Sunday during the preaching, at Andries Joghemsen's house ? 
Mattheu, the negro of Steenwyck, answers; drank brandy there in the 
afternoon during preaching. Swan, the negro of Sieur Govert Loocker- 
mans, answers and declares, that he was playing near M' Hans' and that 
Frans, Thomas Hall's negro, drew him away from there and that they 
went together to Andries Joghemsen's, being in the afternoon as the 
preaching was nearly over, and that the preaching came out, whilst he 
was there; had not drank the second half quartern of brandy. Frans, 



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Thomas Hall's negro, says, he went to Andries Joghemsen's in the after- 
noon, when the preaching was out. They declare, the three together, 
that they were there but once that day. The W: Court postpone the 
case until the next Court day. 

Tryntje van Hengelen, pltf. v/s Adriaen Post, deft. Pltf., pursuant 
to the decision of the arbitrators in the case, which she had before this 
W: Court against Post, places in the hands of the W: Court the judgment 
of the arbitrators for the sum of fl. 14: 10. Deft, says, the costs are not 
with it; was ordered also to pay the costs, which he obeys. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, in writing the value of half an ox and a cow, which he 
keeps from her, together with indemnity for damage to her grain accord* 
ing to valuation and estimate of the W: Court. Deft, demands copy of 
the demand. The W: Court order copy of the demand to be furnished 
to party thereunto to answer by the next Court day. 

Christiaan Antony, pltf. v/s Comelis Tysen, woodsawyer, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, his part of the wages for sawing of two planks etc. 
Deft, says, he did not refuse him; produces an a/c, wliich being con- 
sidered by the W: Court, they find that deft, remains in debt to the pltf. 
clear thirty six guilders, sixteen stivers. Deft, says, that pltf. still owes 
him ten guilders more. Pltf. denies it. The W: Court order the deft, 
to pay the pltf. the six and thirty guilders sixteen stivers deducting, what 
fairly belongs to him. 

Herry Breser, pltf. and arrestant v/s Cristiaan Antony, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, forty six guilders eighteen stivers, for 
rent. Deft, acknowledges the debt saying, that the pltf. may retain, what 
Herry Breser owes him for the sawing of a plank. Pltf. says, deft, must 
according to agreement dig a well in his lot. Deft, says, pltf. must build 
him a cellar and make the roof tight, which he first built two months 
since. Pltf. says, it was not agreed on in the lease. The W: Court order 
the deft, to pay the pltf. the fl. 46. 18. and if parties have any thing else 
to do with each other they shall have to prove their case. 

Bartelt Sybranzen, pltf. v/s Jamis Davits, deft. Pltf. demands re- 
storation of his boat in the same condition as the deft, took the same, 
without his knowledge from the place, where it was moored. Deft, ac- 
knowledges to have used the boat and says he made the same fast again 
and he was altogether satisfied, ere he had left the place. Pltf. says, that 



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is not true and that the boat drifted away and was found at Nyack — 
entirely damaged. Deft, says, he made the boat fast, but not at the place 
from which he took it. The W: Court order deft, to deliver the boat at 
the place from which he removed it, in the same condition. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Deft, in default. 
The W: Court produces the judgment dated 31? January last and the 
order thereupon dated 14 Feby. following and says, that he has attached 
the monies in the hands of Harmen Doussen; requesting that the arrest 
be declared valid, until he shall have paid up his arrears. Burgomasters 
and Schepens declare the arrest valid. 

Jan Gillisen Kock, pltf. v/s Comelis Vermeulen, deft. Pltf. pro- 
duces, in . the name of the Deaconry of this City, the extract from the 
minutes dated 13 Decemb' 1661, wherein deft, was ordered to prove his 
statement in the case in dispute between him and Geertruyd Samson. 
Deft.* was asked, if he has proof? Answers, Yes: to which purpose 
Merritje Jans and Jacob Roeloffsen enter: who, together, on offer of 
oath, attest and declare, that Comelis Vermeulen having sharpened his 
knife, Geertruyd Samson came and struck her hand against the knife. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having heard the declaration of witnesses 
dismiss the pltfs suit entered herein. 

Schepen Isaack Greveraat, pltf. v/s Jan Gerritsen van Buytenhuyzen, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and eight guilders in 
seawant for half a year's rent due on the first November last. Deft, ac- 
knowledges the debt and requests three weeks time. The W: Court order 
deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the half year rent. 

Mattheus de Vos, arrestant and pltf. v/s Pieter Lambersen, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands that the attachment be de- 
clared valid. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest valid. 

Pieter Lamberzen, pltf. v/s Mattheus de Vos, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Mighiel Muyen, pltf. v/s Margriet van Hardenbroek, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Joannes Withart^ arrestant and pltf. v/s Jacob Eldersen, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Jan Gillisen Kock, pltf.. v/s Grietje Cmytdop, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Cornells Pluyvier requests by petition, that Jacob Vis shall be 



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ordered to produce by the next Court day the papers made use of in the 
suit against him. Marginal order: Fiat. Jacobus Vis is hereby ordered 
by the W: Court of this City, to produce against the next Court day being 
the 7^ March, his papers, documents and pleas used in the suit against 
Coraelis Pluyvier. 

Paulus van de Beeck requests by petition, that Jurrien Jansen, 
cooper, shall be ordered to deliver to him inventory of his pleas, papers 
and documents made use of against him in the case of fraud. Marginal 
order, Fiat. Jurrien Jansen van Auweryck is hereby ordered by the W: 
Court of this City to furnish Mf Paulus van de Beeck the inventory of the 
pleas, papers and documents, which he intends to deliver into the W. 
Court in the suit against the abovenamed Paulus van de Beeck, 

Solomon La Chair produces, according to order the a/c of the goods 
sold, belonging to Amout Baily: whereupon it was ordered that copy 
thereof be furnished to party. 

Solomon La Chair requests by petition, that Jacob van Couwenhoven 
shaU be ordered to rejoin to his reply. Marginal order: Request is 
granted and Jacob van Couwenhoven is hereby ordered to rejoin to the 
reply of Solomon La Chair in the matter in question depending in suit. 

The curators of the insolvent estate of Reyndert Jansen Hoom 
answer the petition handed in to the W: Court by Jan Gillisen the 
younger. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply 
thereunto by the next Court day. 

Wessel Everzen requests by petition, that the W: Court retract its 
order and grant his request, so as not to be charged nor condemned 
higher, than Fransen Jans van Hooghten has a just right to receive from 
the rent according to conditions and that the damage by the non perform* 
ance of the unfinished work shall be refunded to him. The W: Court 
persist in their judgment rendered in date 31. January last. 

Joannes van der Meulen entering requests by petition copy of War* 
naer Wessels' rejoinder; and whereas Wernaer Wessels has not given in 
any repiy, it is ordered as follows: Wernaer Wessels is hereby ordered by 
the W: Court of this City to rejoin by the next Court day to the reply of 
Joannes vander Meulen on pain of nonsuit. 

Gerrit van Tright entering produces, pursuant to the order of the W: 
Court, specification of a/c with proof of day and date for disbursed and 



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expended monies of Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt to the amount of eighty 
two guilders eleven stivers, which a/c being considered by the W: Courts 
they approve the same. 

Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the petition, which 
Geertje Teunis and Lambert Barenzen have presented, that their case 
may be disposed of, order parties on both sides to summon each other 
and to produce their principal plea, which they have against each other 
at the next Court day. 

On the demand of Pieter Lambersen against Mattheus de Vos pre- 
sented to Burgomasters, which he appearing makes before me Joannes 
Nevius, Secretary, it is ordered as follows, and thereupon directed: 
Mattheus de Vos is ordered by the Burgomasters to furnish Pieter Lam- 
bersen copy of the contract made with him. 

The President Schepen states, that on the last Court day Joannes de 
Decker requested, that curators be appointed for the estates of Sicx van 
der Stighelen, Andries van Buytenhuyzen and Tys Janzen, carpenter, 
who have been deplorably unfortunate here; whereupon it was answered 
that curators have been already appointed by the Burgomasters. There- 
unto it was replied, that it is a matter, which belongs to Court and whereas 
such has been already done, it was thereby laid over. 

Tuesday, the 7? March x66a. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Isaack Greveraat. 

The President proposes, whether, by absence and want of a Court 
Messenger, some persons indebted as well to the City as the Orphans 
Chamber, coming here from without, cannot be arrested by Jan Jelissen 
Kock in the service of the City and Orphans' Chamber, and whether the 
arrest made to such purpose by him should not be of force ? 

Whereupon it was decided to be a matter, which must be communi- 
cated to the Hon^ Direct? General and Council. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Andries Joghimsen, deft. Pltf. 
requests definitive judgment on the monies deposited by the deft, regard- 
ing the irregular tapping on the Sabbath to negroes and heard the 28. 
Feb. last. Deft, denies having tapped on a Sunday during preaching. 
Is asked if he will swear, that he gave no drink, either directly or in- 



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directly, himself or by his wife, at the time when Steenwyck's negro 
played the Jews harp at Govert Loockerman's ? Answers, Yes; and 
confirmed the same on oath at the hands of the President. Therefore 
Burgomasters and Schepens excuse him from the fine fixed therein and 
dismiss the Officer's demand and adopted conclusion herein. 

Mighiel Muyen, pltf. v/s Margriet Hardenbroeck, deft. Pltf., by 
virtue of power of attorney from Matthys Bode, demands from the deft. 
a/c, proof and reliqua of the goods, which her deceased husband re- 
ceived from the abovenamed Bode. Deft, says, that she has written to 
Holland and sent a power to some person there to endeavor to settle with 
the creditors and that she shewed the letters to the pltf. and allowed him 
to read them; also conveyed to him her share in the ships, the New 
Netherland Indian and the Morning Star^ on the execution of which con- 
veyance the pltf. promised her time 'till the arrival of the vessels and to 
wait some time for the balance. Pltf. denies having given time or to 
have promised to wait somewhat for the balance; requesting custody of 
the papers. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties order the 
deft. Margriet Hardenbroeck to render unto the pltf. herein, Mighiel 
Muyen, in the capacity in which he acts, account, proof and reliqua of 
the demanded goods according to procuration or to prove, that the afore- 
said pltf. has granted her delay until the arrival of the ships. 

Symon Clazen Turck, arrestant and pltf. v/s Mighiel Janzen, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, according to the book of 
his deceased father in law, Pieter Comelissen, the sum of fl. 663. z8: with 
interest @ ten per cent per annum for goods red as per said exhibited 
book it appears. Deft, says, that pltf. summoned him above at Fort 
Orange, also here; and that the matter does not concern him, but the 
Patroon according to agreement made with him. Demands to be dis- 
charged ivovcL the unfounded arrest with costs, damage and interest. Pltf. 
says, that he has been at Fort Orange from the Court of the Company to 
the Colonie's Court. Deft, says, that he should be to the Patroon. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens having heard parties, and examined the contract, 
which the Patroon made with the countrypeople, also the book produced 
by the pltf., find the pltf. to be unfounded in his demand, inasmuch as 
the countrymen according to contract had to bear no expence relating to 
the bouwery; the goods received also stand on a/c of the bouwery and 



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not against particular country people. Therefore dismiss the pltf' s un« 
founded demand and condemn him in the costs and damages incurred by 
deft, in consequence of the illegal attachment served on him; discharging 
him from the arrest. 

Symon Clazen Turck, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands by petition time to prove, that he agreed with the deft, to serve 
him for 20 gl. per cent, producing a/c against the deft. Deft, requests 
copy of petition and account. The W: Court order copy of petition and 
a/c to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Symon Clazen Turck, pltf. v/s Reintje Pieters, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, payment of extra work done to his yacht according to particu- 
lars. Deft, requests to know, what he did. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the matter in question to Claas Tysen, navigator, and Frerick 
Flipsen, carpenter, to take up the matter, to hear parties, decide the case 
and if possible to reconcile them; if not to report their verdict to the 
Court. 

Gerrit Hendrickzen van Hardwyck, pltf. v/s Nicolaas de Meyer, 
deft. Pltf. requests [payment for] the consumption of the wine put by 
>left. in his cellar and by him consumed. Deft's wife entering says, her 
husband offered to pay the consumption and still offers it. She was told, 
it was best to arrange with the farmer for the consumption of a year, 
which she undertakes. Therefore Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck 
was informed thereof and to agree with Nicolaas Meyer about the con- 
sumption. 

Pieter Lambersen, pltf. v/s Mattheus de Vos, deft. Pltf. concludes 
in writing, that deft, be condemned to furnish him copy of contract, and 
copy of written action, and to give reason of arrest served on him ; also that 
he be discharged from arrest. Deft, says, he deems it frivolous; produces 
contract of the deft, dated 14 April 1660, made with him, demanding 
restitution of plough, the share, coulter, hay fork, ox yoke; also 25 lbs. 
pork and that deft. (pltf. ?) shall make the fence close, also make good 
the damage suffered. Pltf. requests copy of the demand and contract. 
The W: Court order copy of the contract and demand to be furnished 
party to answer thereunto by the next Court day. 

Geertje Teunis, wife of Com* Janzen, and Lambert Barenzen having 
married Leentje Dirckx Servaas appear in Court, who, having a long time 



48 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. L1662 

some dispute and difference pending in trial before this W: Court, were 
asked, if they will leave their dispute and difference to the decision of the 
Magistrates in the capacity of arbitrators and moderators ? Answer, 
Yes; were further asked, if they had endeavored to come to an agreement 
together among themselves ? Whereupon Geertje answers Yes ; and 
Lambert Barenzen denies, that Geertje has sought such, but that he was 
very well disposed thereto. Whereupon Geertje says, that she offered in 
order not to come any more before the Court to forgive Lambert Baren- 
sen the debt for twenty guilders and she shall restore the goods, which 
she has in her possession either from him or his wife. Lambert Barenzen 
asked, what he has to say against that ? Answers is content with it. 
Burgomasters and Schepens therefore order Lambert Barenzen to pay 
Geertje Teunis the sum of twenty guilders once for all, as soon as Geertje 
shall restore to Lambert Barenzen a great earthen can of seven pints, one 
pair of copper scales with | lb. weight, one tin cup, one tin goblet as the 
other is given to Geertje Bouts, with which decision parties are content. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, pltf. v/s Lambert Barenzen, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Lambert Barenzen, deft. Deft, in de* 
fault. 

Jannetje Melyns, pltf. v/s Arien Symonzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Joannes van der Meulen entering requests copy of Wemaar Wessels*^ 
rejoinder. Was told that Wemaer Wessels has presented a petition,, 
which is read to him; requests judgment. 

M! Gerrit van Tright entering requests to know, where he shall draw 
his money on a/c of Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt. 

Wemaar Wessels states by petition, that he has been prevented by 
imprisonment and by the lying in of his wife from rejoining to Joannes 
van der Meulens reply. Marginal order: Wemaar Wessels is ordered by 
Burgomasters and Schepens to place his rejoinder to Joannes van der 
Meulen's reply in the hands of the Secretary Joannes Nevius within three 
times four and twenty hours on pain of nonsuit. 

Andries Andriesen appears in Court prosecuting the attachment 
served on half a barrel of strong beer in the hands of Isaak de Foreest, 
belonging to Joannes Vervelen's negro. Burgomasters and Schepens de* 
dare the arrest valid. 



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Jan Gillisen the younger replies to the answer of the curators of the 
bankrupt estate of Reindert Jans'i Hoom. The W: Court order copy to 
be furnished to party to rejoin thereunto by the next Court day. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten requests execution of the judgment 
against Wessel Everzen dated 31. January last. The W: Court order 
Bailiff to put these in execution. 

Tymotheus Gabry entering requests^ that he, through the Officer 
Pieter Tonneman, may recover a blanket, bought at auction last October 
and still unpaid for by Reyer Comelissen Soestberger, from Albert Janzen 
van Heemstwaart at the Ferry, where it is lying. Burgomasters and 
Schepens grant the request, on condition of bringing the blanket under 
consignment of this City and parties were ordered to appear at the next 
Court day to shew who has a right to it. 

The President orders, pursuant to declaration of Joannes Withat 
and Hans Steyn, that execution be issued of the judgment against 
Jacobus Vis in favor of Isaack Vermeulen dated 14 7^ 1661. 

On date 13? March 1662 Wemaar Wessels rejoins to Joannes van der 
Meulen's reply, whereupon is ordered: Copy hereof is ordered to be 
furnished to party, .and parties are ordered on both sides to desist from 
further production, to exchange their papers with each other and to pro- 
duce their deduction and principal intendit by inventory at the next 
Court day. 

Tuesday, 14^ March 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevensen van 
Cortlant, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Isaack Greveraat. 

Jannetje Mel3ms, pltf . v/s Arien Symonzen, deft. Both in default. 

Jacob Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Albert Albertzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Jan Jelizen Kock, pltf. v/s Grietje Cruytdop, deft. Both in* default. 

Francois de Bru3m, pltf. v/s Tryntie Heimans, deft. Both in de- 
fault 

Lambert Barenzen, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Both in default. 

Tryntie Van Hengelen, pltf. v/s Adriaan Post, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pltf. requests, that the deft, shall be ordered to answer the de- 
mand entered against him on 28^ February last. The W: Court order 



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Adriaan Post to answer on the next Court day the demand, which 
Tryntje van Hengelen has instituted against him. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf . v/s Lambert Barenzen, deft. Defts. a1 de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, by virtue of procuration from Ritzert 
Bridnell, one hundred and twenty guilders according to obligation and 
requests sequestration. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the money 
with the Secretary of this City. 

Mary Peeck, arrestant and pltf. v/s Ritsert Airy, arrested and 
deft. Deft in default. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest 
valid« 

Mary Peeck entering requests an attachment against the monies of 
Domingo the negro, in the hands of Geertje Corsten, for the sum of nine 
guilders, which she claims from him. The W: Court grant Mary Peeck 
her request. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven rejoins to Solomon La Chair's reply. 
Ordered: The W: Court direct copy to be furnished to party and parties 
on both sides were ordered to desist from further production, to ex- 
change their papers with each other, and to produce their deduction and 
principal intendit by inventory on the next Court day. 

Comelis Pluyvier request by petition, as Jacob Vis remains in de* 
fault to produce his papers, made use against him in a suit at law, that 
justice be done on his papers delivered in. 

Pieter Lamberzen answers the Heer in convention and sues in recon- 
vention Mattheus de Vos, attorney of Francois Fyn. The W: Court 
order copy to be furnished party to reply thereunto at the next Court day 
in convention and to answer in reconvention. 

Marten Cregier entering says, he has attached under Govert Loock- 
ermans fl. 37:7 in tobacco belonging to the widow of Philip Jansz Ringe, 
inasmuch as he has so much of a claim against him, a debt of long stand* 
ing. Whereupon Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that as the one 
shall not have greater preference than the other the following order shall 
be furnished Govert Loockermans. Govert Loockermans is hereby 
ordered by the W: Court of this City not to alienate or give to any one 
any goods belonging to Philip Jansen Ringe, without having further order 
therefor from the W: Court aforesaid, as some, such as Marten Cregier, 
Joannes de Peister and others seek their arrears. 



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Tymotheus Gabry entering requests, that he may take on security 
Reyer Comelissen's blanket, brought in consignment to this City. Bur« 
gomasters and Schepens decide, that Tymotheus Gabry shall summon 
Reyer Comelissen Soestbergen and Albert Jansen van Heemst for the 
next Court day. 

Jacob Kip and Gerrit van Tright, curators of the bankrupt estate of 
Dirck Houthuyzen, appearing in Court exhibit the balance struck in the 
bankrupt estate of Dirck Houthuysen. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order the curators to make a dividend, to exhibit what the creditors can 
receive, which shall then be approved. 

Tuesday 21. March 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Isaack Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Geertje Teunis, deft. Pltf. con* 
eludes for a fine of twenty five gl. for that she has tapped for Mattheu, 
Ihe negro of the Heer Steenwyck on the 15^ of this month, being a Day 
of Fasting; and to be moreover deprived of her trade for one year and 
six weeks. Deft, says, she did not see the negro the whole of that day 
except, when Resolveert Waldron brought him to her house. Produces 
the declaration of three persons, who declare, that she did not tap on that 
day for any one. Mattheu the negro entering, is asked, if Geertje did 
not tap for him on the day of the general fast ? Answers, Yes, and he 
gave her the money. Deft, denies it. The declaration being read. Re* 
solveert Waldron declares it to be untrue, that the negro was forced by 
beating, to say that he had drank strong drink at Geertj's. The Officer 
requests copy of the declaration. Deft. Geertje Teunis undertakes to 
prove by Barent Jacobsen, that the negro has drawn drunkenness on him 
at another place. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties grant 
the Officer copy of declaration and order him to summon the witnesses 
by the next Court day, and Geertje Teunis is ordered to summon Barent 
Jacobsen by the next Court day, to give evidence of the truth. 

Covert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Jan Jelis, the younger, deft. Deft* 
in default. Pltf. requests, that the attachment on the defts. goods at his 
house for a claim of three hundred and eighty five guilders, ten stivers 



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board and hire of canoes, may be declared valid. The W: Court declare 
the arrest valid. 

Abigail Verplanck, arrestant and pltf . v/s Willem Colder, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, nine beavers. Deft, acknowledges 
the debt, but says, that he did not agree for beavers, but for furs at 
beaver price. Requests six weeks time as he has none at present. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to pay and satisfy the pltf. 
the attachment remaining meanwhile valid until payment be made. 

Mary Peeck, pltf. v/s Ritzert Airy, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
fifty four guilders nine stivers whereupon twelve guilders are paid, so that 
there remain forty guilders nine stivers. Produces her book. Deft, 
denies the debt, saying he has paid the pltf. twelve guilders before to her 
husband, wherewith the debt is liquidated. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties find and decide, that Ritzert Airy shall have to pay 
Mary Peeck twelve guilders, which Ritzert Airy undertakes, wherewith 
Mary Peeck is also content. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman requests, that Ritzert Airy shall be 
condemned in the sum of sixty guilders for breaking the arrest served on 
him by Mary Peeck. Ritzert Airy says, he did not intend to incur any 
penalty. Burgomasters and Schepens refer it to the Officer Pieter Ton<- 
neman to settle with Ritzert Airy. 

Walewyn van der Veen, pltf. v/s Crietje Provoost, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, one hundred guilders in seawant according to agree- 
ment and obligation. Requests condemnation. Deft, acknowledges the 
debt. The W: Court condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. according to 
obligation. 

Solomon La Chair, arrestant and pltf. v/s Lambert Barenzen, arrested 
and deft. Defts. third default. Pltf., in quality of attorney of Ritzert 
Bridnell, demands from deft. 120 gl. according to obligation; requesting 
judgment with costs herein incurred and still to be incurred. The W: 
Court condemn the deft, promptly to pay the pltf. in the quality in which 
he acts with costs; the arrest remaining meanwhile so long valid. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Albert Janzen and Reyer Comelizen^ 
defts. Defts. in default. 

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



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WiUem Colder, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven and Comdis 
Pluyvier, defts. Defts. in default. 

Mighiel Muyen, pltf. v/s Margriet Hardenbroeck, deft. Both in de« 
fault. 

Cousyn Gerrizen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Dirck Gerrizen van Tright, 
arrested and deft. Both in default. 

Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, arrestant and pltf. v/s Lambert 
Barenzen, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands that the 
arrest be declared valid. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest 
valid. 

Wemaer Wessels, arrestant and pltf. v/s Lambert Barenzen, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Tryntje van Campen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jacob van Corlear, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the attachment 
be declared valid. The Court declare the attachment valid. 

Mighiel Muyen appears in Court requesting, that Margriet van Har- 
denbroeck shall be ordered promptly to render a/c, proof and reliqua, 
inasmuch as she remains in default of furnishing it to him, according to 
the W: Court's order dated 7*!* March last, or to prove that he gave her 
time, until the arrival of the vessels. Burgomasters and Schepens pur- 
suant to the above order, direct Margriet Hardenbroeck to render an a/c 
within eight days to Mighiel Muyen with proof and reliqua or to prove 
that he gave her time, until the arrival of the vessels from Fatherland. 

No disposition made on Lambert Barenzen's petition. 

Adriaan Post answers the demand of Tryntje van Hengelen. The 
W: Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereunto at the 
next Court day. 

Matthys, the negro of Joannes Vervelen, appears in Court. The 
Officer proposes, that Thomas Hall has repeatedly troubled him about 
missing his firewood, and whereas Matthys has given away wood, which 
did not belong to him, requests, that aforesaid Matthys shall be com- 
mitted to close confinement, until he shall have further informed himself 
of the matter and instituted his action. Mattys was asked, who rode 
the wood away for him ? Answers, that Jan, the Company's negro, living 
at Catryn the negress's, told him, Focke had rode his wood. He has still 
remaining three hundred pieces of wood in the bush. The W: Court 



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order the Officer to lodge Mattys, the negro, in prison and to go and en- 
quire from Jan, the negro, if he knows that Focke Jans has rode away the 
wood. ^ 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman requests by petition, that from now 
henceforward no judgment pronounced by this W: Court, shall be put ih 
execution, until the successful party obtain a receipt from the Treasurer 
and paid the Schout his fees; and that the Bailiff be charged and com- 
manded not to execute any more judgments, until on notice given by the 
Court Messenger the receipt is also produced. Marginal order: The re- 
quest is granted, as such is decreed by the Rt. Hon^i* Director General 
and Council of N. Netherland, demanding for fees and receiving two 
guilders in zeawant; to wit, eight white or four black beads for one stiver. 

Cornells Pluyvier requests execution of the sentence pronounced 
against J. Andriesen de Graaf by the Rt. Honble Director General and 
Council. Whereas the aforesaid judgment is pronounced by the Honble 
Director General and Council of N. Netherland, the successful party- 
must address himself to them. 

ORDER FOR THE COURT MESSENGERS. 

Claas van Elslant the younger and Pieter Schaaffbanck, Court Mes- 
sengers of the Burgomasters of this City, are hereby ordered and charged, 
should they serve an attachment on any persons, to warn the arrested 
parties and notify them of the fine, if they violate the arrest or run be- 
yond the same without the consent of the Officer. 

Jacob van Corlear's wife entering says, that her husband is here in 
diis City arrested by Tryntje van Campen and summoned on a claim, 
which she pretends to have on him, against which he has paid her an a/c 
in Holland. Burgomasters and Schepens order the Court Messenger to 
notify Tryntje van Campen, that she come to the President's house at 
one o'clock in the afternoon, at which time Jacob van Corlear's wife shall 
also be there, in order that parties be heard face to face. 

Geertje Creles, widow of Philip Jans' Ringe, offers the following 
petition: — 
To the Rt. Worshipful Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of 
Amsterdam in New Netherland. 

Respectfully represents Geertje Comelissen, widow of Philip Jansen 
Ringo deceased ; that her aforesaid husband fell overboard from the ship 



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named the N, Netherland Indian and perished and was drowned, and as 
she, the petitioner finds herself burthened with more debts, than she with 
all her means can pay, therefore she is advised to surrender to the credi- 
tors all her goods, actions and credits, to discharge her from the debts 
and to renounce the estate and push it away with her foot; therefore the 
petit! repairs to your Worships, respectfully praying that your W: would 
be pleased to appoint two curators from the creditors to assume the estate 
by inventory and to manage the same as appertains to mercy in justice. 
That doing remains etc. Understood; Your Worships humble servant, 
signed, Geertje Creles. 

On which petition aforesaid the W: Court orders — Petition is granted 
and Marten Cregier and Govert Loockermans are appointed curators to 
assume by inventory the intestate estate of Philip Jansen Ringo, decl and 
to manage the same according to circumstances for the advantage of the 
creditors. 

Tuesday 28^ March 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Isaak Greveraat. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Seletje Arens, deft. Pltf« 
demands in writing, whereas the deft, has called after and abused him in 
the Heeren Straat (Broadway), that deft shall be condemned to an honor- 
able reparation of his character by acknowledging to have done wrong 
and not to know any thing of his person, but what is honest and virtuous; 
and profitable by paying a sum of three hundred guilders to be applied 
as is proper; inasmuch as he would not be willing again to endure such, 
reproach for similar, nay for any amount. Deft, says, she asked the 
pltf., what accusation he had against her husband and that he abused her 
for a drunken swine and sow. Pltf. replies: he has not scolded her be- 
fore she assaulted him and had finished with him and had boasted of it to 
Jan Jelissen Rock, who, being called in and examined, declares, that 
deft, came to his house last Friday, relating to him that she had herein 
made the Officer out to be a vagabond, a rascal and such like, and that 
the dispute arose about the demanding of a journal. Burgomasters and 
Scbepens demand of Seletje Arens, if she know of any thing to say 
against the Officer ? Answers, Nothing but what is honest and honor- 



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able. They therefore condemn the abovenamed Seletje Arens, for the 
insolt offered to him on the public street, in the fine of fif tj guilders and 
to remain in this City Hall untfl she shall have paid and satisfied the fine 
with costs. 

AUard Anthony, pltf. and arrestant t/s Jan van Qeef, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the arrest on the defts. 
person be declared valid, until he shall have satisfied the pltf. for the 
judgment of the W: Court of this City dated a6. Octob' r66o with costs. 
The W. Court declare the arrest valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Geertje Tennis, deft, and besides 
her, Jacob Hendricksen, Severus Dirckzen and Dirck Janzen, her wit* 
nesses. Pltf. persists in his rendered demand dated 21 March last on and 
against Geertje Tennis. Deft still denies having t^ped on the Fast day. 
Barent Jacobsen Cool entering is asked, if he had said, that he knew well, 
where Comelis Steenwyck's negro got drunk on the day of General Fast ? 
Answers, No; whereupon Geertje says, that he stated, he believed that 
the negro had obtained the drink over opposite her house. Resolveert 
Waldron entering with the negro, the witnesses were asked, if they can 
testify with truth, that Resolveert struck the negro at Geertje's house to 
make him say, he got the drink there. Whereupon they answer. No-— but 
as they spoke Portuguese to each other, that they presumed so: whereon 
Waldron says, he asked Geertje in presence of the negro, if she had 
tapped for the negro, and answering, No — ^would have the negro then 
declare who, not being willing, he, thereupon, struck him. Mattheu, the 
negro, then said Geertje and Dirck Jansen had each t^ped half a quar- 
tern for him. The witnesses being called in one before the other, and 
examined touching their rendered testimony persist thereby; to wit that 
the deft. Geertje did not on the 15^ March last, being Fasting day, tap 
for any person at her house, either directly or indirectly either herself or 
by any other person, offering to confirm their declaration by oath, they 
being previously told what the oath is. The deft. Geertje Teunis is 
asked, if she will also declare on oath, that she did not tap on the Fasting 
day aforesaid for any person at her house through herself or others ? 
Answers, Yes. Geertje Teunis and the above three witnesses entering, 
were asked, if they are determined according to their offer to confirm 
their declaration by oath ? Answer, Yes, and have done so at the hands 



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of the President. Therefore the Officer's demand herein was dismissed 
by the W: Court. The Officer demands, that the negro be imprisoned for 
false accusation. The W: Court grant the Officer's request and the negro 
shall remain therein, until his master applies for his release from hb con< 
finement. 

Tryntje van Campen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Lysbett Hooghvelts, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, four @ five and ninety 
[guilders] on two a/cs exhibited in Court. Deft, denies the a/c, as it 
does not agree with the a/c, which she produces for the sum of fifty seven 
guilders; produces an offset a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the 
matter in dispute to Hendrick Kip, old Schepen of this City, and Sybrant 
Jansen Galma to take up the a/c of parties, to discuss and decide the 
same; to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their dedsion to 
the Court. 

Immetje Fransen, pltf. v/s Gerrit Janzen, a soldier, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, has caused a cellar to be dug under his house, whereby 
great damage has been caused to her chimney. Deft, says the cellar was 
dug before he bought the house; requests that the work be inspected by 
impartial persons. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in ques- 
tion to Willem Abrahams, carpenter and Alexander Stultke, mason, to 
take up the matter in dispute, to reconcile parties if possible; if not to 
report their conclusion to the Court. 

Nicasius de Sille and Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, in quality of 
Churchwardens, entering report that they have agreed with Claas Mares- 
chalk to repair the glass in the Church which he undertook for a reason- 
able price; but he rendered unto them an unreasonable a/c therefor, 
producing the same, with a request that the Magistrates examine the 
tame. Claas Marschalk says, he calculated according to the Church 
work and has had great trouble to set the lozenges in the arms in their 
proper places. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question 
to Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, 
and to Adolf Pietersen, to take up the a/c, to discuss and decide the 
same; to reconcile parties if possible; if not, to report their conclusion 
to the Court. 

Cornells Enchuys, pltf. v/s Jan Benmen, deft. Pltf. says, he sailed 
with deft, in his bark and made no agreement with him; requesting, as 



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deft, gave him boy's, instead of man's wages, that the W: Court be 
pleased to rate him at man's wages. Deft, says, he is in service and has 
accepted his master. Pltf . produces ceitain blotter containing the agree- 
ment made with deft. ; also the judgment pronounced between him and 
M' Eduoard Leake dated ii. Oct^ 1661. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard party decide, that the pltf. agreably to his demand against 
Eduard Leake dated 11. Octob' 1661 has no more to demand, than 
thirty shillings per month, which deft, was ordered to pay the pltf. 

Willem Colder, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, ninety guilders in beavers or peltries 
at beaver price. The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the money with 
the Secretary of this City. 

Jan Benman, pltf. v/s Ritzert Airy, deft. In the matter of giving 
evidence as to how and in what manner Cornells Enchuys has sailed in 
his bark ; and whereas the matter is disposed of nothing further is to be 
done herein. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker says, he has attached the monies of Arien 
Symonzen in the hands of Hendrick Willemsen, baker, and requests that 
by virtue of judgment the arrest be declared valid. Burgomasters and 
Schepens declare the arrest valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Harmen Dousen, deft. Deft* 
in default. 

Ditto Schout, pltf. v/s Jan Andriezen de Graaf , deft. Deft, in default. 

Ditto Schout, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

[* Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Abram Lamberzen Mol, deft.^ 
demands from deft, fifty pieces of firewood for striking and fighting with 
one Jonas Willemsen. Deft, says, his brother has agreed to pay the fine 
for him, as he had given only one or two blows with the fist. The Officer 
acknowledges, that the brother has made such a promise, which he ac- 
cepted, but as now he does not fulfill it, he has recourse on deft. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decide, that pltf. must call on Hendrick Lamberzen 
Mol for payment. 

^ The put within brackets has not been translated by Dr. E. B. 0*Callaghan, 
bat is now translated for the purpose of pttblication and inserted here by B. Femow^ 
May II, 1897. 



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Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Wamaer Wessels, hatter, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Meindert Barensen, pltf. v/s Tomas Hall, deft. Deft, in default. 

Margriet Hardenbroeck appearing in Court shows in writing the 
verbal contract made with Mighiel Muyen, as attorney of Matthys Bodt, 
concerning the rendering of account, proof and reliqua of the goods, con* 
signed to her husband, and that Walewyn van der Veen well knows, said 
Muyen has given her time until the arrival of the ships. The Court order 
copy to be given to the other side for rejoinder at the next session. 

Walewyn van der Veen asks by petition for less than six weeks' time, 
in which to sell by execution the house of Mighiel Tades, by virtue of a 
mortgage. The Court orders: Petitioner may forward his case. 

Salomon la Chair asks, that Maria Polett be ordered to answer to his de* 
mand as substitute of Francis Hoi, attorney of Alexander Brian. The Court 
orders copy to be handed to the other side for reply at the next session. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Albert Janzen and Reyer Comelizen, 
defts. Defts. a"! default and they are to be summoned again. 

Mattheus de Vos replies to the answer of Pieter Lamberzen de Heer. 
The Court order copy thereof to be given to the other side for rejoinder at 
the next session. 

Wemaar Wessels is hereby ordered by the President of Burgomasters 
and Schepens of this City, to produce in the office of the Secretary within 
8 days from date his pieces of evidence, documents and papers, used in 
his lawsuit. Done April 4, 1662. 

To-day, on the 14^ of April appeared before me, Joannes Nevius, 
Secretary, Joannes Withart, declaring, that he had attached the money of 
Symon Hermsen Cort in the hands of Jan Andriessen de Graaf on April 
3^ last and that he had prosecuted the arrest on the 5^ before the Presi- 
dent of Burgomasters and Schepens in a suit and claim, which he has 
against said Symon Jansen Cort for a beer debt of 88 II. ; all which he 
requested me, the Secretary, to record. 

Whereas Wemaar Wessels has failed to produce, agreeably to the 
order of April 4^, within 8 days his pieces of evidence, documents and 
papers, used in his suit against Joannes van der Meulen, he is once more 
ordered by the President to do so on next Tuesday, the 18^ of April, on 
pain of non-suit. Done April 15^, 1662.] 



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Tmetdaj^ iS^ April i66x. In tfac Otj HalL Present the Hceren 
Pictcr Toancman, Pndas Lecndcracn irm der Giifi, Jooucs van Bm^i, 
Joannes de Peister, Jaoobos Backcc, Isaack Grciciaaft. 

SdMnt Picler Tonncman, pbL t^ s Hcnsen Dofvm, deft. Defts. 
2^ drfanlL PhL demands from deft, sixtj six gnikkis in seawan accord- 
ing to note, widi costs. The W: Cooait order deft, to depoat the money 
with the Secietarj, vith cofils. 

School Pieter Tonneman, pltL x/s Tomas TciDer, deft. PkL con- 
cludes in wilting, that deft, shafl be condemned in a fine of one handled 
and fiftj guildeis with costs^ for and bccansCy he, the deft^ stmck one 
Chailes Morgan, School of GraTescnd, at Fiancb Donty^s hoose, so that 
the blood f oOowed, and his kg was broken. Deft. saj%, he came to 
Fiands Dootj's hoose and Chailes Horgan woold have hhn remain diere 
with him, which he refused to do, sapping he most go home. Whereopon 
Charles Morgan abased him for a whore*s son and wiD prove so; whereby 
soch dispotc arose, that he was obliged to defend himsdl, as Charies 
Morgan crowded himsrlf on him; ondertaking to prove the same. The 
W: Coort cxdcr defL to prove 9t the next Cooit day diat Charies Morgan 
crowded himself on him. 

School Pieter Tonncman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lambcrsen Mc^ deft. 
Defts. ^Idefauilt. Phf. demands ftom defL one hondred and fifty pieces 
of firewood. The W: Coort order deft, to deposit die valoe thereof with 
die Secretary of this City. 

School Pieter Towieman, pltf. v/s Jan Andrieien de Graaf, deft. 
Defts. 2I defanlt. ^tf. demands from defL one hondred and five and 
twenty pieces of fire wood. The W: Coort order die <ieft. to deposit the 
value thereof with the Secretary of this City. 

School Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wesseis, hatter, defL 
Defts. 2I defaolL Pltf. demands ftom deft, twelve goildos;. The W: 
Coort order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Tymotheos Gabry, pld. t/s Albot Janxen and Reyer Comelisen, 
defts. Both in defaolL The pltf. afterwards entering reqoests, that he 
mxf take the blankets brought on consignment with this City by him, as 
he is still onpaid. The W: Court allow the pltf. to take the blankets as 
the defts. do not appear after three summons. 

Immctje Volckers, pltf. v/s Jan Hermxen, baker» deft Qaas van 



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Elslanty the younger^ entering says, that pltf. before departing for Fort 
Orange, requested him, he should in her name demand, that the attach- 
ment, which she placed on the beavers in David Wessels hands be de- 
dared valid. Deft, requests, that he may take the beavers attached 
herein, under bail; exhibiting certain writing, wherein David Wessels 
acknowledges to have received from him, deft., the sum of fivejbeavers, 
and not to allow the same to be sued before he, deft., has settled with the 
pltf. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that the five beavers shall re- 
main attached, until he, Jan Hermsen, shall have settled with Immetje 
Volckers according to the writing thereof executed. 

Jan Janzen de Jongh, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Jacobzen, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, for twenty five skepels of buckwheat 
@ three guilders the skepel and four guilders six stivers consumed 
«eckoning, a balance still of sixty seven guilders sixteen stivers. Deft, 
acknowledges the debt; promises to give in twelve skepels of buckwheat, 
paying that pltf. must wait sometime for the rest. Pltf. says, he has waited 
long enough. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to pay and satisfy 
the pltf. the sixty seven guilders, the arrest remaining meanwhile valid. 

Tennis Cray, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Jacobzen, arrested and deft. 
PltTs wife entering demands from deft, a balance of wages for her son, 
i>eing forty five guilders in com and four guilders in seawant; also by 
balance, one breeches and two pair of stockings sold to him for the sum 
of twenty four guilders, all according to writing thereof produced. Deft, 
acknowledges to have nothing against it, but deduction of wages for the 
time of three weeks, when the pltf 's son went away from his service before 
die expiration of his time. Pltf. says, that deft, gave her son the sack, 
and sajTS if he does not pay her, the wages stiU run on; undertaking to 
prove such by Jurrien Blanck, who, entering, declares that Tryntje told 
Jan Jacobsen, that the wages should go on so long, as she was not paid 
and that Jan Jacobsen said, I shall pay you; if not, the wages shall con- 
tinue, until he is paid. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties 
and testimony, condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. the forty five guilders 
in merchantable grain and eight and twenty guilders in zeawant the arrest 
remaining valid until then. 

Immetje Fransen, pltf. v/s Gerrit Janzen, soldier, deft. Pltf. exhibits 
the decision of Willem Abrahamsen van der Borden and Alexander Stultke, 



62 Coiirt Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1662 

arbitraten in the suit between her and the deft., which is, thaU they find, 
the supporters of the chimney have settled by the digging of the cellar and 
that the deft, offers to pay half of the damage herein, but they find, he 
must give more, inasmuch, as it is caused thro' him. Deft, says, he has 
repaired it. Whereunto it was answered, that he ought to repair the roof. 
To which he replies, that they ought to have spoken before. The W: 
Court order the deft, to cause the chimney to be repaired in a proper 
manner, which after the repairs are completed shall be inspected if it be 
well and properly repaired. 

Meindert Barenzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Pltf. concludes in 
writing against the deft, for the execution of judgment dated ii. Octob' 
1661 and further according to order on his deft's petition dated i8^ 
Octob. fc^owing. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to pay 
the pltf. in the quality, in which he acts, according to the aforesaid judg>» 
ment and order. 

Pieter Pietersen Smitt, pltf. v/s Joghim Beeckman, deft. Pltf. de» 
mands from deft, two hundred and ten guilders two stivers in peltries at 
beaver price, according to obligation, requesting in writing payment before 
his, defts., departure for Virginia. Deft, promises to pay with tobacco. 
Burgomasters and Schepens find that the time, according to obligation is 
not expired and decide therefore, that pltf. cannot yet speak to deft* 
about it. 

Salomon La Chair, arrestant and pltf. v/s Nathaniel Gram, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. in quality of attorney for James Mills concludes in 
writing, that deft, shall be condemned to confirm by oath his answer given 
to the articles read and proposed to him in the presence of the Commis- 
sioners and in case of refusal to remain imprisoned in this City Hall, and 
that the arrest shall remain valid, until he have sustained his answer by 
oath. Deft, exhibits his answers given in English to the interrogatory 
aforesaid, offering to confirm the same on oath; requesting in writing, 
that the pltf. be condemned to make good the damage and interest suf- 
fered by him through the illegal attachment served on him. Was asked, 
if he will confirm on oath, that Benjamin Gillem the elder has acknow- 
ledged before him, that he had still neither part or parcel in the ship, 
which he navigates, called the Dolphin, or in the cargo thereof. Answers 
cannot say that, saying the conveyance of the bark discharges him, and 



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requests, that Solomon La Chair shall prove, how much Benjamin Gillem 
owes Jeems Mils, which is shewn by Solomon La Chair. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having heard parties and examined all that is materially 
necessary, order Nathaniel Gram to give security in the sum of two thou- 
sand guilders in tobacco, that within the time of six successive months he 
shall send a power from M' Benjamin Gillem to settle or arrange with 
James MiUs or his attorney, in this City. 

Eghbert Benninck, pltf. v/s Symon Ydes, deft. Pltf. requests from 
deft, conveyance of the half of a yacht, named the Princess^ sold to him, 
according to bill of sale thereof executed before the Notary Soloman La 
Chair and witnesses, exhibiting the same. Deft, says, he will be able to 
deliver the half of the yacht, when he has settled with his partner. The 
W. Court order the deft, to transport to pltf. half the yacht sold to him. 

Symon Ydes, pltf. v/s Hendrick Arensen, Spaniard, deft. Pltf. re- 
quests in writing, that deft, shall be condemned to give him an account 
of his administration of receipt and disbursements of the yacht, named 
the Princess^ which he has on halves with him. Deft, demands copy of 
the demand. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party to give 
in what he has against it, and the matter in question was further referred 
to Jacques Cosseau and Claas Tysen, navigator, who in the presence of 
Schepen Jacobus Backer are authorized to examine the same and to hear 
parties, to decide the case and if possible to reconcile parties; if not to 
report their conclusion to the Court. 

Jacques Cosseau, pltf. v/s Schip' Dirck Jacobzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, ribbon weaver, 
deft Both in default. 

Merritje Teunis, pltf. v/s Lambert Huyberzen Mol, deft. Deft, in 
ddanlt. Grietje Provoost, arrestant and pltf. v/s Merritje Jacobs, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. The W: Court declare the arrest 
valid. 

Joost Carelsen, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. Deft, 
in default. Hendrick Janzen, baker, pltf. v/s Leentje Dircks Servaa, 
deft Both in default. 

Asser Levy, arrestant and pltf. v/s Sigismundus Lucas, arrested and 
deft Deft in default The W. Court declare arrest valid. 



64 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1662 

Asser Levy, pltf. v/s Comelis Pluyvier, deft. Deft, in default. 

Mighiel Janzen, pltf. v/s Engeltje van Dymen, deft Deft, in de-» 
fault. 

Anna Claas Croezens, widow of Daniel Litschoe, deceas*! requests by 
petition to be allowed to sell by the Bailiff some books which she has be- 
longing to Sir Herry Moedy, as according to obligation she has a claim 
on him for a considerable sum. Marginal order: The petition is granted, 

Anneke, wife of Joannes Vervelen, appears in Court requesting to be 
allowed to take from the Bailiff the proceeds of the goods of Anthony 
Bagjm sold. The W: Court order her to file her claim by the next Court 
day. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten requests issue of execution on the judg- 
ment against Wessel Eversen. The W: Court order Bailiff to proceed to 
execution. 

Saturday, 22*^ April 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Jacob 
Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaack Greveraat. 

Whereas the Board is not complete, the meeting adjourned without 
transacting any business. 

Tuesday, 25 April 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes van Brugh, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaack 
Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, hatmaker, deft. 
Defts. 3"? default. Pltf. demands from deft, twelve guilders requesting 
final judgment with costs. The W: Court order deft, to pay and satisfy 
pltf. the twelve guilders with costs, inasmuch as he has not appeared after 
three summons. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hermen Douzen, deft. Defts* 
3*! default. Pltf. demands of deft, sixty six guilders in seawant on a note, 
with costs; requesting final judgment. Whereas the deft, has not ap- 
peared after three summons, the W: Court order him to satisfy and pay 
the pltf. the sixty six guilders with costs. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lamberzen, deft. 



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plfts. 3I default. Pltf. demands of deft, one hundred and fifty pieced 
of firewood, with costs; requesting final judgment. The W: Court order 
deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the hundred and fifty pieces of firewood 
or the value thereof with costs, as he has not appeared on the third sum- 
mons. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Tomas Teller, deft. Deft, an- 
swers by declarations the demand of the Officer instituted against him on 
the last Court day. The Officer requests, that Resolveert Waldron may 
enter; who appearing says, that deft, told him, he should fine him, if he 
would suffer or let it pass, that they should call him a whore's son, and 
that Charles Morgan was so drunk, that he could not stand on his legs. 
The Officer produces a letter, which he has received from Charles Morgan, 
dated the 22^ April 1662, which is read. The W: Court orders the de- 
ponent mentioned in the declaration produced by Tomas Teller to be 
summoned by the next Court day for examination. 

Symon Janzen Romein and Gerrit van Tright, pltfs. v/s Albert Al- 
berxen, ribbon weaver, deft. Pltfs. say, that the deft, is bound to de- 
liver them the tobacco according to the contract about the purchase of 
the land ;' exhibiting the deed of sale which is read. Deft, says he promised 
no beavers; the tobacco delivered at the Weighscales is received by the 
pltf. @ six stivers per lb. Pltf's reply, that deft, is bound to pay in 
beavers or in tobacco at beavers price. Burgomasters and Schepens refer 
the matter in question to Cornells Steenwyck, old Schepen and now 
Orphan Master of this City, and Jacques Cosseau to hear parties, to de- 
cide the matter, if possible to reconcile parties; if not to render a report 
of their verdict to the Court. 

Nicolaas Meyer, arrestant and pltf. v/s Cristiaan Pieters, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, balance of a note and book debt 
amounting to the sum of one hundred and four guilders and twelve stivers. 
Deft, says, he must deduct eighteen guilders for a canoe and a half of 
hewn stones, which he delivered him. Pltf. acknowledges to have received 
the stones, but says there were but three carts full. The W: Court order 
the deft, to pay the pltf. one hundred and four guilders deducting the 
ei^teen guilders for the stones, holding the arrest valid, until pltf. be 
paid. 

Francois de Bmyn, pltf. v/s Tryntje Heimans, deft. Defts. 2"^ de- 



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fault. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and sixty six guilders ac« 
cording to settlement. The W. Court order deft, to deposit the money 
with the Secretary of this City. 

Joost Carelzen, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. Defts. 
2^. default. Pltf. demands from deft, eighteen guilders for one hundred 
and fifty pieces of fire wood. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the 
money with the Secretary of this City. 

Thomas Hall entering requests restitution of his stolen wood and an 
end of the matter. Burgomasters and Schepens request the Officer, Pieter 
Tonneman, to speak to Joannes Vervelen's wife and charge her to give 
satisfaction to Tomas Hal for the two hundred and eighteen pieces of fire 
wood taken by Matthys, her negro, from Thomas Hall's woodpile, and to 
notify her, that in case of refusal the matter shall be disposed of by the 
W: Court. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Defts. 3I default. 
Pltf. exhibits a judgment of sequestration against the deft, on the second 
default for the sum of two hundred and six guilders eight stivers, dated 
24 Jan^ 1662. Whereas deft, has not appeared on the third summons the 
W: Court order him to satisfy and pay the pltf. the two hundred and six 
guilders and eight stivers with costs. 

Fiscaal Nicasius de SiUe appears in Court saying, that he yesterday 
served an attachment on the person of Ritzert Pantum; the deft, under- 
took to come and settle the matter, which he has not done; requests there* 
fore that the arrest be declared valid: further representing that he had 
already broke his arrest once, of which the Schout will have to take 
notice. The Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest valid. 

Mattheus de Vos is hereby ordered by the W: Court of this City to 
furnish the Officer Pieter Tonneman and to cause to be produced the de- 
clarations, which Jan Comelissen Cleyn ordered against Reyer Cornells- 
sen. Done etc. 

Daniel van Donck and Christoffel Hooghlant having become bail for 
the person of Nathaniel Grain, request by petition, in quality as attor- 
neys of the aforesaid Grain, that Solomon La Chair shall be ordered to 
give counter security for what Benjamin Gillem shall have to claim against 
the person of Jeems Mils, whose attorney Solomon La Chair is. On 
which petition there is no order. 



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Jacob Janzen Sam, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Dirck Volckerzen, deft. Both in default. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Severyn Lauwrens and Jan Janzen van 
de Lange Straat, defts. Defts. in default. 

Severjrn Lauwerens and Jan Janzen van de Lange Straat, pltfs. v/s 
Daniel Vervelen, deft. Both in default. 

Teunis Cray, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Spiers, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Paulus Verbeeck, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, hatmaker, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Meiken Barens, pltf. v/s Hermje, the servant girl of Eghbert van 
Borssum, deft. Defendant in default. 

Anneke Jaartvelt, Joannes Vervelen's wife, pursuant to order of the 
W: Court dated iSl* April last produces proof that there is, by obligation 
executed before the Secretary Joannes Nevius and witnesses, dated 2*^ 
April 1660, legally due her the sum of four hundred and nineteen 
guilders and five stivers, and in addition the quantity of seven hundred 
pieces of firewood, by Anthony Baguyn. Which proof being considered 
by Burgomasters and Schepens, they allow Anneke Jaartvelt to lift the 
monies from the Bailiff of this City, the proceeds of the aforesaid An* 
thony Baguyn's sold goods, on condition of deducting the costs incurred 
thereon. 

Joannes van der Meulen and Joannes de Witt, curators of the estate 
left by Sicx van der Stighelen request by petition, that Jan Janzen de 
Jongh shall be ordered and peremptorily charged to obey the W: Court's 
order on and in the matter of specifying the peltries produced by Sicx 
van der Stighelen. Marginal order: Request is granted and Jan Jansen 
de Jongh is hereby ordered and charged by the W: Court of this City to 
answer, what he paid by specification of peltries to Jan Corten for a note 
given in against him by Sicx van der Stighelen dec"! dated 31? Jany. last. 

Paulus van de Beeck requests by petition, that Jurrien Jansen van 
Attweryckf who remains in default of obeying the order of the W: Court 
of this City dated 28^ Feby. last, shall, on certain penalty, deliver to him 
copy of inventory of the papers and documents made use of in the suit 



68 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [i66a 

against him, and produce the same by the next Court day. Marginal 
order: Request is granted and Jurien Jansen van Auweryck is hereby 
ordered by the W: Court of this City to deliver to M' Paulus van der 
Beeck within twice four and twenty hours, inventory of the proceedings, 
papers and documents made use of in the suit against him and to produce 
by the next Court day his deduction and principal intendit by inventory. 
The prisoner Reyer Comelissen heard on interrogatories has answered 
thereon, as appears by said interrogatories; declaring besides, that he 
bought from a negro by the new Bridge the sack of grain, which he had 
thrown in the water by the Cripple bush; but says he does not know the 
negro; and gave for the com five and a half guilders, and that he had the 
same com at Andries Joghimsen's house, where he lodged bringing the 
same thence to Tomas Hals, when he should go work there to help to put 
on the said Hall's loft the grain, which Thomas Hal got from Heem> 
steede; and removed the same from his lodgings, when he went to get 
something to eat, declaring to have purchased a mackerel and to have 
taken a white loaf from the house with him, and then to have carried the 
sack along, intending to bring the grain to the mill and sat so long on the 
pigstye behind Tomas Hal's until he removed it thence. Seletje, wife of 
Andries Joghimsen sent for to Court appears : she was asked, if Reyer 
Comelissen the prisoner, lodged at her house ? answers. Yes — ^Further 
asked, how he behaved himself there ? Answers, has no complaint 
against him except that he owes her nine guilders. Asked, if he had a 
sack of com at her house ? Answers, saw no sack with com at her 
house. Whereupon Reyer Comelissen says, he had the same under his 
bed. Again asked, if she saw him go out with a mackerel and a white 
loaf in his hand ? Answers Yes. Again asked, if she also saw him take 
a sack of com with him ? Answers; she has not seen it. And whereas 
Reyer Comelissen denies what has been laid to his charge by declaration, 
the Officer demands, that he shall be further heard after having been 
subjected to Torture. The W: Court grant the request. 

Wednesday aftemoon, 26 April 1662. In the City Hall. Present 
the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof 
Stevenzen van Cortlant, Joannes van Bmgh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob 
Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaack Greveraat. 



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The Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N: 
Netherland have considered, read, re-read the pleas, documents and 
papers exhibited on both sides between Joannes van der Meulen, pltf., 
v/s Wemaer Wessels, deft. The pltf. concludes for the condemnation 
and the provisional sequestration of the sum of six hundred and eighty one 
guilders two stivers in good merchantable beaver skins with interest thereon 
@ ten per cent, according to mortgage executed in his favor by deft, 
dated 27^ September 1659.* Deft, concludes, that the demand of the 
pltf. shall be dismissed, inasmuch as he is willing to satisfy the pltf. in the 
season of the beaver trade, on condition of deducting one hundred and 
fifty guilders for which the deft, has passed to the pltf. a bill of exchange 
on Holland. Burgomasters and Schepens having weighed and considered 
every thing, decree and adjudge that deft, shall have to pay and satisfy 
the pltf. the executed mortgage according to the tenor thereof, excepting 
from this the hundred and fifty guilders for which sum the deft, has 
passed a bill of exchange payable in Holland in the pltf 's favor, which 
does not appear to have been protested for non acceptance; for which 
the pltf. shall have and hold his guarantee on the mortgage passed by the 
deft, to him until it appear that the same is paid; the costs incurred in 
this suit were adjudged to each party on either side his own. Thus done 
and sentenced in the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens of the City 
aforesaid. Ady as above. 

Friday, the 28*^ April, 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacobus Backer, Isaack Grevenraat. 

The prisoner Reyer Comelissen was again questioned on the four in- 
terrogatories respecting his theft, and if such were true ? Answers, Yes. 
After which, the demand and conclusion on and against Reyer Comelis- 
sen being delivered in to the W: Court by the Officer and read before 
htm, setting forth: That the prisoner Reyer Comelissen shall be brought 

^ Wessels mortgaged to Tan der Meulen, Sept. 37, 1659, his house and lot West of 
Wiakel Street, bounded S. by Pieter Rndolfns, W. by Markvelt (Whitehall) Str., N. by 
Ffcsyck Gysbertsen van den Bergh, and E. by Winkel Str. (now dosed.) The mortgage 
iras cancelled Aug. 18, 1663. — Mortgage Bo^k, 1654-^, p. 144. 



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for his perpetrated theft to the place where justice is usually executed, 
there shall be publicly set to a stake, severely scourged, branded and 
banished beyond this City's jurisdiction for the term of five and twenty 
years, and further in the costs and mises of justice. The W: Court of 
this City having considered the demand and conclusion of the OfiEicer and 
heard the confession of the prisoner Reyer Comelissen, condemn the 
aforesaid Reyer Comelissen van Soestbergen to be taken to the place, 
where criminal justice is usually executed and there to be tied to a stake, 
Severely scourged and banished out of this City's jurisdiction for the 
term of ten years; further in the costs and mises of justice. 

Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the suit between Jacob 
Vis and Cornells Fluyvier, decree that Jacob Jansen Sam, Vendue 
Master, be heard, who entering declares that a bed of Jacob Vis was 
offered for sale by public auction and afterwards sold at private sale to 
Cornells Pluvier; it could fetch in all, either at private or public sale 
more than one hundred and thirty nine guilders and the other bed one 
hundred and forty nine guilders. The W: Court decided to summon for 
next Tuesday, Cornells Pluvier, Jacob Vis, Pelgrum Clock, Solomon 
La Chair. 

Saturday 29 April 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevensen van 
Cortlant, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacobus Backer, Isaack Grevenraat. 

On this day is carried into execution the punishment of Reyer Cor* 
nelissen van Soestbergen pursuant to the sentence of Burgomasters and 
Schepens of this City, in terms as follows: — 

[The remainder of the page and the one following are blank in the 
original record.] 

Tuesday the 2*f May 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevensen van 
Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Isaack Grevenraat. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N: Nether- 
land considered the pleas, documents and papers made use of on both 
sides in the suit between Jacob Vis, pltf., v/s Comelis Pluyvier, deft., 



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about and because of the purchase and sale of two beds and bolsters 
bought by deft, of pltf . The pltf . concludes that deft, shall be holden to 
give him a note for the quantity of thirty and a half beavers amounting to 
the sum of two hundred and sixty guilders, the beds and pillows being 
sold for this price. The deft, denies, he bought the beds and pillows for 
beavers but for seewant for the sum of two hundred and sixty guilders; 
as witness hereof was the Notary Pelgrum Clocq, who declares so in 
writing, and hereupon summoned before the W: Court has confirmed the 
same on oath as hereinbefore heard. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
considered all that is material and moreover having heard the declaration 
of Jacob Janzen Sam, who as auctioneer offered at public sale the afore- 
said beds and pillows by order of the said Jacobus Vis, and who testifies 
that the said bed and pillows were withdrawn {opgehauden) for the sum of 
two hundred and eighty guilders in seawant and that deft. Comelis Pluy- 
vier has confirmed by oath, that he bought the beds and pillows for the 
price in seawant; all which having been weighed and considered by Burgo* 
masters and Schepens they decree and adjudge, that the sale of the afore- 
said beds and pillows in dispute, for the sum of two hundred and sixty 
guilders in zeawant shall stand good; dismiss, therefore, the pltf's suit 
and condemn him in the costs of this suit. Thus done and adjudged in 
Amsterdam in N. Netherland at the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens; 
as above. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. and arrestant v/s Albert Alberzen, 
ribbon weaver, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. says, that 
deft, has beeen arrested here by Symon Jansen Romein and Gerrit van 
Tright, who allowed him to go home on promise of appearing on the first 
Court day; and whereas the deft, has not appeared, concludes that he has 
violated his arrest; therefore claiming from the deft, sixty guilders, for 
which he has arrested him; demands that the arrest be declared valid. 
The W: Court declare the arrest valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Tomas TeiUer, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. produces his papers and documents in the suit against the 
deft and requests judgment. The W: Court postpone the matter to the 
next Court day. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, deft, 
pltf., as attorney of Jacob Steendam, demands from deft, two hundred 



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and eighty nine gl. in zeawant and two beavers with one wild cats skin 
for rent due and a note with the costs. Deft, says, the honse is not fit to 
be inhabited, which he requests may be taken into consideration. The 
pltf. says, he allowed the deft, to repair the house in abatement of rent. 
Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in dispute to Comelis Steen- 
wyck, old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, and Jacques 
Cosseau to take up the matter in dispute; to reconcile parties if possible; 
if not, to report their verdict to the Court. 

Hendrick Kip, the elder, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. says, he has issued an attachment against the pltfs. goods 
for rent due, requesting that the arrest be declared valid, and the same 
be inventoried. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest valid and 
allow the pltf. to inventory the goods in the presence of two indi£Ferent 
persons. 

Joannes de Wit, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Defts. 2^ default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, two hundred guilders in zeawant. The W: 
Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Willem Colder, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, ninety guilders in beavers for an ox sold to him. Deft, 
says, he bought the ox without seeing it; and that the same was delivered 
after the time appointed; the beast went away and their difference is left 
to Charles Morgan and Raaf Cardels as arbitrators, who taxed it @ 
seventy guilders. Pltf. replies, that he can prove by Pieter Wolfertsen 
van Couwenhoven and Comelis Pluyvier, that the deft, bought the ox for 
ninety guilders. Deft, rejoining says, he holds to the arbitrators. The 
W: Court order parties on both sides to produce their proofs by the next 
Court day. 

Mde. Verlett, in absence of her husband Nicolaas Veriett, exhibits 
by a/c, delivered in by the Court Messenger, what is due her by Albert 
Albersen, the ribbon weaver, to the sum of fl. 206: 10. and whereas she 
has attached his person, requests that the arrest be declared valid. The 
W: Court declare the arrest valid. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Severyn Lauwerens and Jan Janzen van- 
de Lange Straat, defts. Pltf. demands from defts. two hundred guilders. 
Defts. acknowledge the debt, saying for the sum of one hundred he gave 
an assignment to the pltf. on Daniel Vervelen, with which he was content. 



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Pltf. says only if he paid it. The W: Court order the defts. to pay and 
satisfy the pltf. the two hundred guilders. 

Paulus Verbeeck, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, hatter, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, thirty seven guilders with costs. The 
W: Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this 
City. 

Teunis Craey, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Defts. 2*? default. 
Pltfs wife entering demands from deft, one and twenty guilders and 
wages for building a boat. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the 
monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Madaleen Spiers, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and ninety guilders for rent, say- 
ing that her husband has forgiven him fifty guilders, because the cellar 
was not finished, and demands that deft, shall leave the house. Deft, 
says, the pltfs husband ought to come and settle with him, and that he 
has leased him the house for yet another year, undertaking to prove the 
same. Pltf. denies, that her husband has let him the house again. The 
W: Conrt order parties on both sides to prove their assertions. 

Asser Levy, pltf. v/s Comelis Plujrvier, deft. Pltf. as attorney of 
Abraham Cohn, Jew, at Amsterdam in Europe, demands from deft, six- 
teen hundred and twenty guilders, which he, the deft., has received on 
bottomry from the abovenamed Cohn, according to bottomry bond and 
mortgage, dated 30 April 1659, being therefor and exhibited to the W: 
Court. Deft, acknowledges to have recevied the same; thereupon is 
paid four hundred and sixty guilders and passed an assignment in favor 
of pltf. Pltf. says, he has not accepted the assignment as payment. 
Deft, demands the assignment back or that pltf. as he is going upwards, 
may execute the same. Pltf. returning demands imprisonment or ex- 
hibition of goods. The W: Court condemn the deft, to pay and satisfy 
the pltf. in his quality for the balance. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Jan Comelizen'Clein, deft. Pltf. 
denEiands from deft, thirty one guilders two stivers. Deft, says, he has 
paid more than eight years ago in labor and had demanded, that it should 
be deducted from the a/c, whereupon he gave for answer, that he should 
not be spoken to about it; offering to swear that he has paid, except three 
planks borrowed from him. The W: Court dismiss the pltTs action. 



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as the deft, offers by oath that he has paid him; then they order the deft, 
to return the pltf. the three planks borrowed from him. 

Lysbet Janzen, pltf. v/s Comelis Jacobz Stil, deft. Deft, in default. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Janneken Heermans, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Symon Janzen Romein and Gerrit van Tright, arrestants and pitfs. 
v/s Albert Alberzen, ribbon weaver, arrested and deft. Both in default. 

Eghbert Bennick, pltf. v/s Simon Ides, deft. Deft, in default. 

Abraham Frost, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Deft, in default. 

Francois de Bruyn, pltf. v/s Skipper Dirck Jacobz Vries, deft. Both 
in default. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Arien Symonzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Dirck Wiggersen, pltf. v/s Jacob Janzen Flodder, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Andries Joghimzen, pltf. v/s Symon Clazen Turck, deft. Deft in 
default. 

Mighiel Muyen requests by petition order empowering him to attach 
all the goods, actions and credits belonging to the late Pieter Rudolfus 
within this City, inasmuch as his widow remains in default to account to 
him and render proof and reliqua, or to vindicate her case. Marginal 
order: Margriet Hardenbroeck shall be notified by a legal letter to be 
sent to her through this W: Court, that she vindicate her case without 
delay by the first yacht coming from there, or without delay empower 
somebody in the quickest manner to dispose finally of her case with the 
petitioner. 

Joost Carelsen requests that the judgment against Jurrien Jansen van 
Auweryck shall be put in execution. The W: Court order the Bailiff to 
execute this. 

Tuesday the 9 May, 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heerea 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderzen van 
der Grift, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaack 
Greveraat. 

Jacques Cosseau, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. Pltf. demands, hf 
virtue of a letter from Sieur Pieter van Beeck dated 27^ January, 1662, 
that the attachment issued against Jacob Jansen Staat's goods in the hands 



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of deft, shall be declared valid, and remain attached until he shall receive 
procuration from Holland. Deft, says, he is not indebted to Jacob 
Jansen Staat, but can shew by his own handwriting, that Jacob Jansen 
owes him, but that he has thirty two hundred pounds tobacco belonging 
to Jacob Jansen in his possession. Pltf. says, he will not argue the matter 
at present, demanding only as before that the arrest be declared valid. 
Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest valid on the goods of 
Jacob Jansen Staats for as much as the deft, has in possession. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker, pltf. v/s Joannes de Witt, deft. Pltf. as 
substitute for Comelis van Ruyven, attorney for Hobbe Comelissen 
Hobbe, demands from deft, four hundred and fifty gl: capital, which the 
constituant advanced to Jacob Leendersen on bottomry, for which the 
deft, has rendered himself bail as principal, and one hundred and twelve 
guilders ten stivers bottomry over and above the costs, damage and in* 
terests incurred or to be incurred. Deft, acknowledges to have gone 
security and thinks it strange, that he should here be spoken to about it, 
and that the constituant has not sought him in Holland, and he was in 
H<^Iand two years and a half after the goods and monies were advanced 
to Jacob Leendersen and can not understand the matter: requests time 
to speak to Hobbe Comelissen Hobbe on the subject. The W: Court 
condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. in the quality, in which he 
acts, the four hundred and fifty guilders capital, and the hundred and 
twelve guilders ten stivers bottomry according to the bottomry bond; 
and further the matter in question about the costs, losses and interest, is 
referred to Comelis Steenwyck and Jacques Cosseau, to take up the 
matter, to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their verdict to 
the Court. 

Jacob Wolferzen van Couwenhoven and Willem Colder appearing in 
Court, Jacob van Couwenhoven produces a declaration of Chaiies Mor- 
gan and Raaf Cardel, as arbitrators about the ox, which Willem Colder 
sold to him Couwenhoven, who declare that the sale was for eighty 
guilders in beavers, or ten beavers; and Charles Morgan declares, he 
heard from Willem Colder, that Jacob van Couwenhoven could make 
payment in skins of foxes, panther and raccoons, deer skins or elk-hides 
at beaver price. Willem Colder says, further condition was made for the 
ninety guilders. Jacob van Couwenhoven denies, that he made a claim 



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(or the beast having gone away; and he intended to have sent the beast 
up, but must keep it. And whereas Willem Golder fails of further proof, 
Jacob van Couwenhoven is condemned by the W: Court of this City to 
satisfy and pay Willem Golder eighty guilders in beavers or in any other 
peltries at beaver price, according to contract. 

Eghbert Benninck, pltf. v/s Symon Ydes, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, fifty guilders according to obligation. Deft, concludes for exchange 
on Holland for the purchase of his share in the yacht named the Princess, 
which being passed is ready to deliver the same according to contract. 
Pltf. says further condition is made, whereon the note was passed, but 
told the deft, that he should go to Freryck Gysbertsen and see if the 
yacht can be delivered free and that he should give him an immediate 
answer, but he did not return to him until fourteen days after. Therefore 
held himself to be quit. Deft, says Frerick was not home and undertakes 
to prove, that the agreement was made on condition, that if the yacht 
could be delivered free, Eghbert would take it. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order parties on both sides to prove their assertions. 

Abraham Frost, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, seven ankers of strong waters according to obligation with 
costs and damages taxed at forty one guilders according to particulars 
thereof exhibited. Deft, acknowledges the debt; says the obligation was 
first due in the middle of April and with this view bought from skipper 
Dirck Janssen seven to eight ankers of waters, but never got them or re- 
ceived them from the skipper. He has even summoned the skipper there- 
upon. The W: Court condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. within twice four 
and twenty hours the seven ankers of waters according to obligation, with 
the costs of the Messenger and making these extracts and discharge the 
pltf's further demand as to costs and interest. 

Francois de Bruyn, pltf. v/s Schipper Dirck Jacobsen, deft PltL 
demands from deft, seven @ eight ankers of strong waters, which he 
bought from him for tobacco @ ninety pounds the anker, and says the 
deft, saw and accepted the tobacco. Deft, says, he made no absolute 
trade with the pltf.; did not see the tobacco; also that the pltf. did not 
prove the waters. Pltf. says, that Com* Steenwyck was present at the 
trade, who appearing declares, that he was by when the trade was made; 
and that the skipper demanded ninety pounds of tobacco, that Francois 



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de Bruyn offered eighty five, but finally agreed to the ninety pounds, 
whereupon the bargain was made; and that the skipper should give to de 
Bruyn a Dutch return, but cannot say, how many ankers were sold. The 
W: Court condemn skipper Dirck Jacobsen to deliver to Francois de 
Bruyn the seven @ eight ankers waters sold to him according to agreement. 

Skipper Dirck Jacobzen, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Pltf» 
demands from deft, payment for two bales of hops; one sold, as many 
pounds of hops so many pounds of tobacco, and for the other bale thirty 
pounds of hops for a half barrel of strong beer. Deft, acknowledges to 
have bought the hops, each pound of hops for one pound of tobacco, but 
denies to deliver a half barrel of strong beer for thirty pounds of hops,, 
and says the other was but a matting bag and would give for that half a 
barrel o( strong beer, and that Mighiel Muyen was present at the bargain; 
who entering says has no knowledge of the trade, as he paid no attention 
to it. Deft, says, that the pltf., Joost Goderis and Barent Jacobsen Cool 
have sent to him to take the bale of hops for the half of beer. Pltf. says^ 
he should have given a tun of strong beer for the bale and agreed after- 
wards to give for it half a barrel of strong and half a barrel of small beer. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties condemn the deft. 
Francois de Bruyn to pay the pltf. skipper Dircksen for the bale of hops 
delivered to Kip, one pound of tobacco for one pound of hops and for 
tfie matting-bag of hops half a barrel of strong beer. 

Lysbet Jans, pltf. v/s Cornells Jacobzen Stil, deft» Pltf. demands 
from the deft one hundred guilders for rent due; whereon are paid four- 
teen guilders. Deft, says, when he leased the house, he was promised, 
that a well should be dug by the house within six weeks, which made 
fully a difference of a third to him in the rent by not having been done. 
The pltf. says, it was not firmly agreed upon, offering to give the Poor for 
the same sixteen guilders of the rent; and has served an attachment on 
his goods for the rent. The W: Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. for 
balance of rent due, the sum of eighty six guilders, deducting for not 
making the well sixteen guilders, the goods remaining attached until the 
rent is paid. 

Tryntie van Campen, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, twenty one guUders hire of a boat and repairing the same and 
loss of time, saying deft, had the boat eight days longer, than it was hired 



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to him, demanding indemnification therefor. Deft, says, they had the 
boat hired among them three, and no time was fixed, producing a counter 
a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Hen- 
drick Jansen van der Vin, old Schepen of this City, and Sybout Clasen to 
take up the question between parties to reconcile the same if possible; if 
not to make a report of their verdict to the Court. 

Mighiel Muyen appears in Court, demanding of Margriet Harden* 
broeck a/c, proof and reliqua of goods, which her deceased husband had 
of Matthys Bode, merchant at Amsterdam, as the ships have arrived here 
from Fatherland, and it is not understood that anything has been done by 
her brother for the creditors. Burgomasters and Schepens order Margriet 
Hardenbroeck to render unto Mighiel Muyen in the quality in which he 
acts, account, proof and reliqua, in the time of thrice four and twenty 
hours, of the goods which her husband received from Matthys Bode. 

Jan Schryver, pltf. v/s Hendrick van Bommel, deft. Pltf . says, that 
the deft, is digging up the lot to sow it, which he bought from Hendrick 
Eghbertsen; saying it is his. Deft, says the lot is his, exhibiting the 
ground brief. Burgomasters and Schepens inform parties, that they will 
make ocular inspection of the lot. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Janneken Heermans, deft. Defts. a^ de- 
fault. Pltf. demands of deft, according to mortgage exhibited in Court 
six hundred and sixty four guilders four stivers and in addition balance 
according to obligation of one hundred and twenty seven pounds tobacco 
according to weighbook. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the money 
with the Secretary of this City, as well for the mortgage as for the value of 
the tobacco. 

Jan Janzen van de Langh Straat, pltf. v/s Nedtje Jans, maid servant 
of Anneke Rocks, deft. Pltf. says, he hired the deft, and gave her an 
earnest penny and that deft, has hired herself to another, retaining the 
earnest money. Deft, says, that the hire was given up by Mde Gerrits. 
Pltf. says, he knows nothing of it, than that Mde Gerrits told his wife, that 
the girl was not honest. Deft, offers to return the earnest, being two 
guilders. And whereas pltf. is content with that, the deft, is ordered to 
do so by the W: Court. 

Madaleen Spiers, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. 
Parties produce their proofs according to the order of the last Court day. 



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Pltf . proves by declaration of Jurrien Hamel, passed before the Notary 
Tielman van Vleeck and witnesses dated 7 May last, that Hendrick 
Spiers has hired his house again to deft, for one year on condition, that 
deft, should first pay and satisfy the back rent according to promise in 
fifty pounds of meat or pork, deliverable in the month of March of this 
year and the balance at one hundred guilders in seawant and the ninety 
guilders in the last of April following. Deft, proves by declaration of 
Jan Janzen passed before Notary P. Clocq dated 8? May of this year, 
that pltf's husband hired him the house again for a year, on condition of 
paying the rent every quarter. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard 
parties and read their produced declarations, decide and order the deft, 
to satisfy and pay the pltf. within three times four and twenty hours the 
rent due, in default whereof to vacuate the house, leaving pltTs action 
unaffected. 

Paulus Verbeeck, pltf. v/s Wemaer Wessels, hatter, deft. Defts. 3* 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, thirty seven guilders with costs. The 
W. Court order deft, as he has not appeared after having been summoned 
three times, to pay the pltf. the thirty seven guilders. 

Walewyn van der Veen and Grietje Provoost, arrestants and pltfs. v/s 
Jan Leeck, arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltfs. demand an order 
to the Sheriff of Midwout (Flatbush) for the putting in execution of the 
judgment, which they have against the deft, for a claim amounting to two 
hundred and fifty guilders; of which pltf. van der Veen must have one 
hundred and fifty guilders and Grietje Provoost one hundred. The 
Officer Pieter Tonneman demands, that he may place Jan Leeck in prison 
for violating his arrest, should he find him here in this City. The W: 
Court declare the arrest valid and grant the Officer's request. 

Hans Dreper, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Defts. 2^ default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, twenty eight guilders ten stivers as per a/c, 
with costs. The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the money with the 
Secretary of this City. 

Janneke Heermans, pltf. v/s Hendrick Spiers, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Maiycke La Noy, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tryntje van Hengelen, pltf. v/s Adriaan Post, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Janzen, baker, pltf. v/s Marten Clazen, carpenter, deft. 
Both in default. 



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Asser Levy entering requests execution of the judgment, which he 
obtained against Comelis Pluyvier, dated 2 May last. The W: Court 
order the Bailifif to put these in execution. 

Gerrit Janzen van Aamhem appears in Court requesting, that the 
work of erecting the chimney of Frans Clazen's widow be inspected by 
arbitrators, [to determine] if it be made permanent and tight. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens appointed for this purpose Willem Abrahamsen van 
der Borden and Alexander Stultke, who shall give their advice and 
opinion, whether the work is permanent or not. 

Teunis Cray and Pieter Schafifbanck appear in Court delivering over 
to the W: Court the papers and a/cs, which Philip SchoofF left here in the 
hands of the aforesaid Schaafbanck and Teunis Cray requests, that twa 
persons may be appointed by the W: Court, who shall have to manage the 
estate the abovenamed Schooff left behind in this country. The request 
being entertained by the W: Court, Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, old 
Schepen of this City, and Hans Steyn were commissioned and appointed 
hereunto, who, on delivery of papers and documents were requested ta 
take the matter in hand and to regulate the same in the quickest manner. 

Symon Clazen Turck entering requests, that he might attach the per- 
son of Tomas Lodowycksen and summon him for planks, which are due 
him by the aforesaid Tomas. 

Mattheus de Vos, Bailiff of the W: Court of this City is hereby 
charged and ordered to bring in the speediest way, under the charge of 
this City, the proceeds of the goods sold belonging to Boudewyn van 
Nieuwlandt. 

To-DAY, the eleventh of May 1662, appeared before me Joannes 
Nevius, Secretary etc., Joannes van der Meulen, who declares to appeal 
from the judgment pronounced by the W: Court of this City, dated 26 
April 1662. between him and Wemaar Wessels, and that before the Rt. 
Hon^ Director General and Council. 

Tuesday, 16? May, 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendersen 
van der Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, 
Isaack Greveraat. 

Thimotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Mareschalk, deft. Pltf. de> 



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mands from deft, one hundred and forty guilders for a hogshead of French 
wine, which Arien Symonsen bought by public auction for which the deft, 
became security under renunciation. Deft, acknowledges, he became 
security for the payment; then says the wine was attached and that it was 
removed without the attachment having been discharged and the same is 
again sold by Arien Symonsen to Andries Joghimsen. Deft, is asked, 
who made the attachment ? Answers, Claas van Elslant the elder, who 
again discharged it; whereupon the Court Messenger Claas van Elslant 
* being called in and asked, if he was aware of the arrest on the hhd of 
wine ? Answers, Yes, and he made the attachment, but it is far from 
true, that his father took ofF the same again; declaring, further, that An- 
dries Joghimsen stated — Discharge the wine from arrest; I am security 
for it, and Nicolaas Mareschalk knows it. Which being asked of Nicolaas 
Mareschalk; answers. Yes. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the 
deft, in quality as bail and principal, to pay and satisfy the pltf. for the 
hhd. of wine holding his guarantee, wherever he considers he can find it. 

INTERDICT OF CLAAS VAN ELSLANT, THE ELDER. 

Claas van Elslant the elder is hereby forbidden by the Burgomasters 
and Schepens of this City, from now henceforward, to perform any more, 
directly or indirectly, the duties of the office of Court Messenger to or for 
any person whomsoever, be he who he may. 

Anneken Claas Croesens, widow of Daniel Litscho, deceased, pltf. 
v/s Willem HoUinghwoort, deft. Pltf., assisted by Mattheus de Vos, her 
chosen guardian herein, concludes in writing, that deft, shall be con- 
demned to take away the negress, named Urka, whom he bought from her, 
on paying for the same nineteen hundred pounds of tobacco, according 
to condition and obligation passed before the Notary Pelgrum Clocq and 
witnesses dated 21 Nov. 166 1, together with the costs accrued in looking 
up said negress, who had run away through deft's neglect, (contrary to the 
stipulation in the agreement to bring her on board at the time appointed) 
notwithstanding he was warned, that if it should come to the ear of the 
negress, that she was sold, she would run away, which was paid little at- 
tention to by him. The demand being read to deft, by Solomon La 
Chair and interpreted, as interpreter, being thereunto requested, answer- 
ing thereunto he says, the negress does not belong to him, as she was not 
delivered to him and denies having been warned to take the negress with 



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him through dread, that she might run away, and has not to pay any costs, 
as the negress was not delivered to him. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard demand and answer and the debates of parties on both sides; 
and paid strict regard and attention to all that was material and weighed 
and considered the same, decree and adjudge, as the pltf. did not deliver 
the negress in question at the proper time to the deft, nor protested at 
due season against the deft, to take possession of the same, that she there- 
fore shall retain the negress; Burgomasters and Schepens do, therefore, 
dismiss the pltf's entered suit herein and her assumed conclusion; parties 
on both sides were condemned each in his own costs incurred herein. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Jan Jelizen, the younger, deft. Deft. 
in default. 

Joannes Nevius, pltf. v/s Jan Comelissen Root, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Marycken La Noy, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Both in default. 

Pelgrum Clocq, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janz: van Auweryck, deft. Both 
in default. 

Tryntje van Hengelen, pltf. v/s Adriaan Post, deft. Whereas parties 
delay their suit entered against each other in writing before this W. Court, 
they were ordered to prosecute the same. 

Mighiel Muyden entering exhibits the return of the Court Messenger 
to the notice served on Margriet Hardenbroeck, of the judgment of this 
W: Court dated 9. May last, requesting as Margriet Hardenbroeck 
remains in default to obey the judgment aforesaid, that such order shall 
again be given her, on pain of imprisonment. Whereas Margriet Harden- 
broeck remains to the present time in default of obeying the judgment of 
the W: Court of this City to render a/c proof and reliqua to Mighiel 
Muyden, in the capacity, in which he acts, therefore the said Margriet 
Hardenbroeck, through the indulgence of the W. Court, is again ordered 
so to do within the term of three times four and twenty hours. 

Maria Besems appearing in Court requests an end of the suit between 
her and Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt. Burgomasters and Schepens her^y 
order the BailifiF, Mattheus de Vos, to bring in consignment of this City 



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the cash and monies, proceeds of the sales of Boudewyn van Nieuwlandts 
goods. 

Geertje, widow of Reyer Stoflfelsen, appears in Court, requesting, 
that a sewer may be laid near the work at the Water Gate to prevent the 
water from the work running thro' her garden. Whereupon it was stated, 
that attention should be paid to the matter. 

Joannes de Witt requests by petition, that Jacob Strycker shall be 
ordered to furnish him with copy of bottomry bond and bail bond of the 
goods and monies rec*! by Jacob Leenderzen from one Hobbe Comelissen 
Hobbe. Marginal order : Request is granted and Jacob Strycker is 
hereby ordered to furnish the petitioner with what is herein demanded. 

Willem Colder requests by petition an order for the Bailiff to put 
into execution, according to decree of this City, the judgment, which he 
has obtained against Jacob van Couwenhoven, dated 9*!* May last. Mar- 
ginal order: The Bailiff is hereby ordered to execute the judgment herein 
mentioned. 

Cornells Pluyvier requests execution on the judgment of sequestra- 
tion against Janneke Heerman. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
Comelis Pluyvier to summon Janneke Heermans a third time. 

Margriet Hardenbroeck requests by petition, that Mighiel Muyden 
be ordered to cease from the prosecution of the suit, in which he acts in 
capacity of attorney, until the arrival of the ships, to obtain account, proof 
and reliqua of the goods, which her deceased husband has received from 
Matthys Bode, merchant of Amsterdam, as she expects, by the next ship, 
to receive letters, that arrangements shall be made with the creditors in 
the matter by her brother. Marginal order: Petitioner has to conform to 
the order issued by this W: Court. 

Tuesday, 33 May 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderzen 
vander Grift, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaack 
Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hans Dreper, deft. Pltf. con- 
cludes, that deft, shall be condemned to go to prison and there remain 
for six weeks on bread and water or to remedy the'same by two hundred 
guilders, for that the deft, both within and without the house of Claas 



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Gangelofzen Visser has manifested hostility to the said Visser and in- 
sulted and berated his wife; according to declaration thereof produced; 
all with costs. Deft, says, he is not conscious of any thing, and has 
arranged the matter with Claas Gangelofzen Visser as well as with the 
Officer, taking as witnesses Joannes de Witt, who appearing in Court, de- 
clares, that Hans Dreper has arranged with the Officer, and that the 
Officer shook hands with him on condition of paying a treat. The Officer 
denies it. The W: Court order the deft, to prove by the next Court day, 
that he has arranged with the Officer. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Pltf. as 
substitute of Comelis Van Ruyven, constituted by Hobbe Comelissen 
Hobbe, demands in virtue of the same from the deft, three hundred 
guilders capital Holland currency red on bottomry and in addition the 
bottomry, according to bottomry bond, together with costs, damage and 
interest. Deft, says, he sent over and placed in the hands of skipper 
Jacob Jansen Staats, two hundred pieces of eight and fifty seven ox hides, 
whereof he has received no return and that it concerns them three. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. in the quality, 
in which he acts, the three hundred guilders, Holland currency, besides 
the bottomry, deducting what he can fairly prove to have paid thereon. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Pltf. in 
quality as substitute of schipper Dirck Jacobsen Vries, constituted by Jan 
Isebrantsen, demands from deft, the sum of twelve hundred guilders 
capital Holland cur^ besides bottomry, according to bottomry bond, and 
also costs, damages, and interest. Deft, says, he has to do with Anthony 
Vastrick and not with Hobbe Comelissen Hobbe nor Jan Isebrantzen. 
The W: Court condemn the deft, to pay and satisfy the pltf. in the capa- 
city in which he acts, the twelve hundred guilders with the bottomry. 

Marycke La Noy, pltf. v/s Arien Symonsen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, fifty seven guilders four stivers; requesting condemnation to 
pay within four and twenty hours on pain of execution. Deft, promises 
to give her to day or tomorrow an assignment on Jan Jellizen, the 
younger. The W: Court order the deft, to satisfy or pay the pltf. within 
the period of four and twenty hours. 

Joannes Nevius, pltf. v/s Jan Comelizen Root, deft. Defts. 2I de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, six guilders fifteen stivers for writing 






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fees, with costs. The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the money 
with the Secretary of this City, with the costs. 

Reinier Rycken, pltf. v/s Tymotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, nineteen guilders, thirteen stivers for so much the deft, retains 
for half commission for wines offered for sale by public auction and kept 
by him. Deft, says, he does not owe ; maintaining not to be amenable 
to this Court in the matter relating to the commission, but to the Hon*^ 
Director General and Council of New Netherland, having been by them 
appointed Vendu Master. The W: Court order deft, to prove by next 
Court day, that half commission is allowed to him by instruction. 

Mighiel Muyden, pltf. v/s Margriet Hardenbroeck, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, does not obey the W Court's order dated i6 of this month to 
render him a/c, proof and reliqua; exhibiting the notice served on her 
and the Court Messenger's return. Deft, says, she must first know, of 
what she shall render a/c. Pltf. replies, the papers are all ready, but she 
must first defray charges. Deft, rejoining says, that pltf. must furnish them 
to her. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties order the pltf. to 
furnish the deft, with the papers sought for, when the deft, was ordered 
then to render to the pltf. the demanded account proof and reliqua. 

Nicolaas Meyer, pltf. v/s Cristiaan Pieters, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. exhibits the judgment, which he has obtained against the deft, dated 
25 April last and requests fulfillment thereof. The W: Court order Cris- 
tiaan Pieters to satisfy and pay to the pltf. Nicolaas Meyer the judgment 
dated 25 April aforesaid, on pain of execution. 

Nicolaas Meyer, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Appelgatt, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, one thousand and sixty guilders, twelve 
stivers. Deft, acknowledges the debt and requests, that he may go home 
to regulate his affairs. The W. Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and 
pay the pltf., the arrest remaining meanwhile valid. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Janneke Heermans, deft. Defts. 3*^ de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, according to mortgage six hundred and 
sixty four guilders four stivers, together with a balance of a note of one 
hundred and twenty seven pounds of tobacco according to weigh book; 
demanding execution. Whereas deft, has not appeared after having been 
summoned three times, the W: Court order her to satisfy and pay the 
pltf. according to mortgage and the value of the tobacco with costs. 



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Frans Janzen van Hooghten, phf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, forty guilders and one anker of beer for earned 
wages, and says that deft, has attached the monies due him by Wessel 
Evertsen. Deft, acknowledges the debt, requesting that pltf. shall be 
ordered to pay him according to judgment for the screw jack which he 
had of him. The W. Court order the pltf. to satisfy and pay the deft, for 
the screwjack according to judgment, the attachment on the monies in 
the hands of Wessel Evertsen remaining meanwhile valid; and deft, is 
ordered to pay the pltf. the fourteen guilders and the anker of beer, after 
the payment of the above. 

Schepen Joannes de Peister, pltf. v/s Seletje Arens, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Govert Loockermans, pltf. v/s Roelof Janzen van Meppelen, deft. 
Both in default. 

Jan Janzen de Jongh, pltf. and arrestant v/s Geertje Naamminghs, ar- 
rested and deft. Deft, in default. The W : Court declares the arrest valid. 

Hendrick Janzen, baker, pltf. v/s Marten Clazen, carpenter, deft. 
Both in default. 

Pieter Gys, arrestant and pltf. v/s Nicolaas Karter, arrested and deft. 
Both in default. 

Pelgrum Clock, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Deft, in default. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Walewyn vander Veen, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. demands benefit of the default and a new summons. The 
request was granted by the W: Court. 

Nicolaas Meyer, entering requests, that the judgment dated 24 Janu- 
ary last against Jan Janzen de Jongh be put in execution. The W: Court 
order the Bailiff to put these in execution. 

Tielman van Vleeck, as attorney of Wessel Evertsen, requests by peti- 
tion postponement of the execution on the house of the aforesaid Wessel, 
on promise of paying the successful party within four @ six weeks. 
Marginal order: — The W: Court postpones execution to the twenty fifth 
of June next. 

The curators of the insolvent estate of Reyndert Jansen Hoom are 
ordered by the W: Court of this City to produce by the next Court day at 
the Secretary's office of this City the papers, documents and vouchers, 
which they have in suit against Jan Jelisen the Younger. 



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The Officer Pieter Tonneman requests by petition, that the Messen- 
gers be ordered to come to his house every morning at seven or eight 
o'clock and in the afternoon at one or two o* Clock, to ask him if he has 
any thing to do, and if such cannot be done on account of business, that 
Jan Jillizen Kook may be adjoined to him. Whereupon the W: Court 
notified him, if he had any one to summon, he may tell the Messengers to 
come to him on Saturdays or Mondays. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker exhibits the decision of arbitrators relative 
to the costs, damages and interest, which he claims of Joannes de Witt, 
in his quality of substitute of Comelis van Ruyven. On which decision 
is ordered as follows: Burgomasters and Schepens having seen and read 
the above written decision, approve and praise the same. 

Daniel van Donck and Cristofifel Hooghlandt as attomies of Nathaniel 
Grain request by petition, that Solomon La Chair, as attorney of Jans 
Mils, be ordered to put in counter bail for what it may be found, that 
Mils may owe Benjamin Gillim. Marginal order: — The W: Court persist 
in their rendered judgment dated i8. April last. 

Jan Jelizen the Younger, [requests by petition] that the curators of 
the insolvent estate of Reindert Jansen Hoom shall be ordered to deliver 
in their papers made use of against him, the petitioner, against a pre- 
joined time. Marginal order: Order shall be taken hereupon. 

The curators of the property left by Sicx van der Stighelen request 
by petition, that Jan Jansen de Jongh, shall be ordered peremptorily, on 
penalty thereunto attached, to deposit, pursuant to judgment of the 17 
Jan? of this year, granted against him, the three hundred and fifty 
guilders, and by definitive condemnation to adjudge the said sum to them 
the petitioners in their quality, and for this purpose to admit them to the 
examination of their intendent ; and such because Jan Janzen de Jongh 
remains in default of obeying the last rendered order, dated 25 April 
1663. Burgomasters and Schepens hereby order and charge Jan Janzen, 
pursuant to the judgment, which Sicx van der Stighelen ded has obtained 
against him, dated 17 January last, to deposit with this City the three 
hundred and fifty guilders, and to render at the next Court day, what ob. 
jection he may have to the particulars of the peltries, which the aforesaid 
Sicx van der Stighelen gave for the note of Jan Corten. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman demands execution on the judgment, which 



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he has against Seletje Arens and Wemaar Wessds. Ordered thereupon: 
— ^The Bailiff is ordered to put diese in execution, with the costs. 

This day, i? Jane of this year 1662, i4>pear before me, Joannes 
Nevius, Secretary, Roeloff Jansen van Meppelen and Eghbert Meynder- 
sen, Burghers and inhabitants of this City, who declare, whereas Jeems 
Bredys is arrested here by Isaack de Foreest in a suit and claim, he has 
against him, to enter themselves bail for the abovenamed Jeems Bredys 
£q>pearance on the next Court day; if not, to stand responsible for the 
judgment of this W: Court in the aforesaid cause. Done as above. 

Whereas there is question and difference between Joannes van der 
Meulen and Joannes de Witt in quality as curators of the estate left by 
Sicx van derStighelen dec^ and Jan Janzen de Jongh, therefore the 
President of Burgomasters and Schepens of this City do hereby commis- 
sion and authorize for the decision thereof, Comelis Steenwyck, old 
Schepen and now Oq>han Master of this City, and Jacques Cosseau 
to settle the differences, to reconcile parties if possible, if not to 
report their verdict to the Court. Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland 
the 5* June 1662. 

Whereas there is some dispute and difference between Mattheus de 
Vos, substitute of Reinier Rycken, attorney for Aamout Bailly; and 
Salomon La Chair in the matter of rendering a/c, proof and reliqua of 
the goods which the abovenamed Salomon La Chair received from the 
aforesaid Aamout Bailly, and [enumerated] by Solomon La Chair to the 
abovenamed de Vos in quality aforesaid in presence of Joannes van der 
Meulen and Jacques Cosseau before Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen 
and now Orphan Master of this City, thereunto authorized and qualified 
in date 13 Decemb' 1661, Therefore the President of Burgomasters and 
Schepens hereby authorizes and qualifies the abovenamed Joannes van der 
Meulen and Jacques Cosseau in the presence of the abovementioned Cor- 
nells Steenwyck further to adjust and decide Mattheus de Vos and Solo- 
mon La Chair's case, reconcile parties if possible, if not to render a report 
of their decision to the Court. Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 
5 June 1662. 

Tuesday, 6*^ June 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Courtlant, Paulus Leenderzen 



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van der Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacobus Backer, Isaack Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hans Dreper, deft. Pursuant to 
order of last Court day, deft, exhibits proof, that he arranged with the 
Officer the dispute, about which the Officer had summoned him. Pltf. 
demands copy of the proof. The W: Court grant pltfs. request. 

Schepen Joannes de Peister, pltf. v/s Seletje Arens, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, one hundred and sixty guilders in seawant or pieces of 
eight for half an aam of brandy; requesting payment thereof in the time 
of twice twenty four hours with costs, or in default thereof that the Bailiff 
be empowered to sell a silver pitcher, given him in pawn. Deft, acknow- 
ledges the debt; says she has one hundred and thirty guilders in her 
bosom to pay, and requests time to next Saturday for the remaining thirty 
guilders. The W: Court condemn the deft, to pay and satisfy pltf. be- 
tween this and Saturday. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Jan Jelizen, the younger, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, two hundred and eleven guilders for two hhds. of 
wine. Deft, acknowledges the debt and says he has an assignment on the 
pltf., which he will offset, offering to pay the remainder. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order the deft, to pay and satisfy the pltf. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Freryck Gysbertsen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, ninety seven guilders for salt. Deft, acknowledges the 
debt, saying, that the pltf. shall pay him the assignment, which he has on 
him from Govert Loockermans. The W: Court order the deft, to satisfy 
and pay the pltf. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and sixty two guilders for 
wine of Nicolaas Meyer's; one hundred and forty guilders for wine of 
Isaack Bedloo's and one hundred and fifty guilders for salt. Deft, says 
all is paid to within a hhd. of wine. The W Court order deft, to pay pltf. 
or to prove, that he is paid. 

Reinier Rycken, pltf. v/s Tymotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. exhibits the 
judgment against the deft, dated the 23^^ of May last. Deft, says, he gave 
in that judgment to the supreme Council who should dispose thereof, 
which is not yet done. Requests time to the next Court day. The W: 
Court grant the deft, eight days time. 



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M^ Tomas Willet, pltf. v/s Daniel van Donck, deft. Pltf. says, he 
sold to one Abraham Cromby, who was here, two beavers worth of hard 
bread (biscuit ?) and as he was a stranger he was unwilling to credit him; 
whereupon he said, that he had property enough here with one person 
and another, naming Hendrick the Drummer and Daniel van Donck; 
and whereas the aforesaid Abraham does not make his appearance, he 
asked the deft., if he had goods with him ? Answered Yes. He de- 
manded his pay, to which deft, answered back, that he could not do so, 
before he is authorized by the W: Court. Deft, acknowledges to have 
goods of Abraham Cromby in his hands, then says there is an attachment 
on them by one Joseph Swett. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that 
the monies shall remain in defts. hands until the estate be regulated. 

Marritje Jacobz, pltf. v/s Hilletje Tobias, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, thirty guilders, which the deft, authorized her to receive from 
Tymotheus Gabry from the proceeds of her goods, sold by the aforesaid 
Gabry for her, which monies are lifted by Joannes de Witt, notwithstand- 
ing she attached the same, and moreover the aforesaid de Witt acknow- 
ledges, that he was authorized by deft, to receive the same and that he 
was content to receive it; concluding therefore, that the aforesaid Joannes 
de Witt shall restore the same to her free of cost and damage. Deft*s 
husband entering acknowledges the debt, saying he has no money now, 
promising to pay as soon as he shall have earned some. Pltf. repeats 
and says the attachment was made for fifteen days, prosecuting the same, 
and that Gabry had told her, the above named de Witt had given bail 
for the judgment. The W: Court order the pltf. to prove her statement. 

Dirck Wiggerzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jacob Janzen Plodder, 
arrested and deft. Pltf's wife entering demands from deft, a balance of 
a note, amounting yet to twenty seven beavers and one hundred and 
thirty oak plank, deducting what has been paid. Deft, acknowledges to 
owe the twenty seven beavers; requests by petition leave to depart, 
promising to pay next August : if he cannot arrange with his skipper 
Bartelt Sybransen, otherwise as soon as he shall have settled with the 
aforesaid Bartelt, he will produce the money or give bail for the pay- 
ment. Burgomasters and Schepens order the deft, to pay pltf. in the 
month of July; in the meanwhile the arrest is declared valid, until he 
shall have entered sufficient security for the payment. 



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Picter Lucasen, pltf. v/s Seletje Arens, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, two hundred guilders in seawant for two ankers of brandy. Deft, 
acknowledges the debt and promises to pay as soon as possible. The W : 
Court order deft, to pay and satisfy the pltf. 

Pelgrum Clocq, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Pltf. rendering his de- 
mand in writing concludes, whereas the deft, has asserted in a certain 
writing and declaration, that he, pltf., was undeserving of belief, as he 
did not act in good faith in the case in dispute between him deft, and 
Hans Stein; therefore finding himself injured in this matter, that the deft, 
shall be ordered to repair the injury done him in an honorable and 
profitable manner as more fully set forth in the writing. The Schout as 
guardian concludes, that deft, shall for the injury be imprisoned and 
there remain for six weeks on bread and water or make reparation by a 
sum of two hundred guilders. Deft, demands copy of the suit. The W: 
Court order copy of the demand to be furnished to pltf. to answer there- 
unto by the next Court day. 

Solomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Lambert Barenzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
that he, by virtue of the judgment, which he has against the deft., may 
lift the money belonging to deft, for earned wages and arrested in the 
hands of Tomas Wandel and that the judgment nevertheless may remain 
in full vigour. Deft, demands that pltf. shall produce the deed of sale. 
The W. Court allow the pltf. in the quality, in which he acts, to lift the 
money of the deft, so far as he has any in Tomas Wandels' hands. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. and arrestant v/s Jeem Brydy (Brady ?), 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands, that deft, shall deliver him the cart 
agreed on and give bail for the delivery, saying he returned the iron work, 
or that deft, shall be ordered to pay him fourteen guilders five stivers with 
costs. Deft, says, he has been sick and could not make it and sent back 
the iron work, because he was then not putting such on any cart. Pltf. 
replies, that deft, at the time built full three houses. The W: Court 
order deft, to pay the pltf. fourteen guilders five stivers, the arrest remain- 
ing meanwhile valid. 

The H! Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Susanna de Backster (the 
female baker), deft. Deft, in default. 

Schepen Joannes van Brugh, pltf. v/s Symon Janzen Romein, deft. 
Deft, in default. 



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Tymotheus Gabry, pltf v./s Metje Wessels, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Deft, in default. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Bartelt Sybranzen, deft. Both in default. 

Hendrick Janzen, baker, pltf. v/s Marten Claazen, carpenter, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Pieter Lucasen, pltf. v/s Roelof Janzen van Meppelen, deft. Deft. 
in default. 

Mary Peeck, pltf. v/s Martin Claasen, carpenter, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Symon Turck, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tymotheus Gabry entering demands execution of the judgment 
against Nicolaas Maresalk dated I6*^ May last. The W: Court order the 
Bailiff to put this in execution, with costs. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius entering exhibits an obligation, which he has 
against one Joris Duran who has purchased a yacht from him, whereby 
the note has arisen; and whereas some goods specified in the note have 
been given in pledge by the said Joris Duran in addition to the obligation 
and said Joris Duran does not come forward, requests that, to obtain his 
pa3rment, he may sell the goods. The W: Court consent, that Pieter 
Jacobs Marius may sell by the Bailiff the goods of Joris Duran. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten requests by petition interest of the 
monies due him by Wessel Evertsen, whereas the execution is deferred 
by the W: Court to the 25 June next, and he must so long lie out of the 
money. Marginal order: — The petitioners request was refused. 

Other Acte of authorization than that passed as here follows under- 
written, is null — 

Jan Janzen de Jongh appears in Court stating, that he shewed the 
acte of authorization and qualification dated the 5^ June last to Comelis 
Steenwyck, old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, and 
Jacques Cosseau to decide the matter in dispute between him and the 
curators of the estate left by Sicx van der Stighelen dec"^; who thereupon 
declared to scruple to proceed in the case before they are commissioned 
and qualified by the W: Court; which being considered by the W: Court, 
they authorize and qualify the aforesaid Steenwyck and Jacques Cosseau 
to take up the matter in question, to reconcile parties if possible; if not, 
to report their decision to the Court. 



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Maria Besem, entering says, she has sought for fifteen days an end of 
the matter between her and Boudewyn van Nieuwlant, requesting as it 
has not advanced, once more a termination thereto. Burgomasters and 
Schepens inform her, that order shall be taken therein. 

Tomas Wandel requests by petition, that the curators of the insolvent 
estate of Nicolaas Velthuysen may be directed promptly to satisfy and pay 
him the last year's rent due for his house, inhabited by the said Velthuy- 
sen for the sum of one hundred and fifty guilders in beavers and one hun- 
dred and fifty guilders in zeawant and moreover three beavers balance of 
the former year's rent. Marginal order: The curators of the estate left 
by the absconded Nicolaas Velthuysen are ordered and charged by the W: 
Court of this City to satisfy and pay Tomas Wandel the rent due and in 
addition three beavers herein mentioned. 

Joannes de Witt requests by petition, whereas he is ordered by judg- 
ment of this W: Court, dated 9 May last, to pay to Jacob Strycker, sub- 
stitute of the Heer Comelis van Ruyven, attorney of Hobbe Comelissen 
Hobbe, the sum of four hundred and fifty guilders principal and one hun- 
dred and twelve guilders ten stivers bottomry, which he is willing to do to 
the aforesaid Strycker or his attorney or to the original creditor in Patria^ 
he requests, as the first proposition, a delay until next trading season, when 
he his willing to pay here by agreement according to the value of Holland 
currency, provided that the pltf. or his attorney shall grant him absolute 
discharge and AcHofum cessam^ against the principal debtor here; or, as 
regards the second proposition, that he may satisfy by consigning suffi- 
cient value of merchandize by the last returning ship or ships of this 
year, in which the petitioner intends to go over in person to pay Hobbe 
Comelissen Hobbe therefrom. Marginal order: The petitioner shall be 
granted discharge and actionem cessam^ when the payment shall have been 
made, and the W: Court refer further to the judgment dated 9 May. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker requests, that the judgment, which he has 
against Joannes de Witt and Arien Symonsen, may be put in execution, 
with costs. The W: Court order the Bailiff to put these in execution with 



Acte of authorization for Comelis Steenwyck and Jacques Cosseau. 
Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen and actual Orphan Master of this City, 

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and Jacques Cosseau are hereby authorized and qualified by the W: Court 
of this City to decide and settle the question and differences between Jan 
Janzen de Jongh on the one side and Joannes van der Meulen and Joan- 
nes de Witt in quality as curators of the estate left by Sicx van der 
Stighelen dec^; to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their de- 
cision to the Court. Done etc. 

Tuesday, the 13*?* June 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderzen 
van der Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacobus Backer, Isaack Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf . v/s Susanna, the baker, deft. Pltf. 
concludes in writing, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of fl. 130. 
for having baked large bread under weight; and fl. 25, because it was 
not made of proper stuff: all according to Placard with costs. Deft, re- 
quests copy of the written demand. The W: Court order copy to be fur- 
nished to party to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Schepen Joannes van Brugh, pltf. v/s Symon Janzen Romein, deft. 
Defts. 2^. default. Pltf. demands from deft., as attorney here of the 
estate left by Pieter Jacobs Buys, the sum of one hundred and fifty 
five guilders eighteen stivers in beavers. The W: Court order the deft, 
to deposit the money with this City. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Metje Wessells, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, four hundred and twenty seven guilders for three hogsheads of 
wine, which Wemaer Wesseis, her son, purchased, for whom she rendered 
herself security. Wemaer Wesseis as attorney of his mother says, that he 
directed the Court Messenger to go to the pltf. and get the a/c. and the 
money was ready. The W: Court order the pltf. to furnish the deft, with 
the a/c sought for; when the same is received the deft, is ordered to 
satisfy and pay, deducting what is fairly belonging to him. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s S3rmon Barenzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Wemaer Wesseis, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, three hundred and eighty three guilders for wine and ninety 
seven guilders fifteen stivers for salt, purchased at vendue. Deft, acknow- 
ledges the debt for wine; promises to pay provided the a/c be first 



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furnished; as regards the salt^ says he does not owe for it, as that belongs 
to Vis, who owes him. Pltf. replies; he sold the salt without offset; also 
that he must have money from Jacob Vis, as he had become his security 
in the case of Hans Stein. Jacobus Vis entering and heard hereupon, 
believes that Wemaer Wessels shall also pay the salt. The W: Court 
order the pltf. to furnish the deft, the demanded a/c, after which the 
deft, was ordered to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Hendrick Janzen, baker, pltf. v/s Marten Clazen, carpenter, deft. 
Defts. ^^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty schepels of wheat, 
four beavers, and fifteen guilders in zeawant, for money, wheat, meat etc. 
received. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the monies with the Sec- 
retary of this City. 

Mary Peeck, pltf. v/s Marten Clazen, carpenter, deft. Defts. 2^ 
default. Pltf. sajrs, she contracted with deft, to build her house, and 
gave him money; demands restitution of the money or that he build the 
house. The W: Court order the deft, to build the house agreed for, to 
deposit the money with this City. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan van der Bilt, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. as curator of the estate left by Anna Comelis 
demands from deft, as curator of the estate left by Jacob Koppe, of 
which his child is co-heir, seven beavers according to note dated 19*^ 8^ 
1658. Deft, sajrs, he has nothing to object, as the matter is just. The 
W: Court order deft, in his quality, to pay and satisfy the pltf. in the 
quality, in which he acts, the arrest remaining meanwhile valid. 

Comelis Janzen Sluys, pltf. v/s Skipper Pieter Clazen Deught, deft. 
Pltf. says, that deft, has given him the sack; demanding seven months 
wages. Deft, denies it and says, pltf. has not served him seven months 
and that he came to him at Jan Schryvers, drunk; he told him, if you 
make a noise, 'tis best that I give you the passport. And returning was 
asked, if he is willing to let the pltf. go ? whereunto he answered. No; 
he should rather keep him. Pltf. called back, was told to return on board 
to his work ; whereupon he answered, he is not inclined to do so, tho' he 
should be carried fettered on board. The W: Court order Comelis 
Jansen Sluys to retum on board and to serve out his time and keep himself 
free from complaint or that other provision should be made in the matter. 

Pieter Lucasen, pltf. v/s Roelof Janzen van Meppelen, deft. Defts. 



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2^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, forty five guilders in seawant on a 
note. The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the money with this City. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Symon Clazen Turck, deft. Defts. 2*^ default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, nineteen guilders in seawant for club money 
disbursed. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Sec- 
retary of this City. 

Daniel de Haart, pltf. v/s Tomas Wandel, deft. Pltf. demands, that 
deft, shall render him a/c, proof and reliqua of the goods, which his 
brother delivered him to sell and that he shall take back the five tubs of 
tobacco, given him on a/c of the sold goods, as they were inspected by 
two impartial persons and Hendrick Obe and not found merchantable 
and protest has been made thereon. Deft, says, that pltf s. brother offered 
him goods to sell in the Virginias on half the largest profit; that his 
brother had charged so high for the goods, that he could not sell them for 
the price and he returned a part of the goods in Virginia to M' Balthazar 
de Haart; exhibits the a/c of the sold goods. The W: Court order copy 
of the a/c to be furnished to party, to render by the next Court day what 
he may have against it. 

Tomas Wandel, arrestant and pltf. v/s Ritzert Airy, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. produces a contract made with deft, for the hire of his bark, 
which contract the deft, has not fulfilled; pltf. has therefore protested, 
demanding compensation of tobacco and all loss which he has suffered 
thereby, estimating it at one hundred pounds sterling. Deft, acknow- 
ledges to have entered into the contract, but says, coming to Virginia the 
bark was not fit to take in tobacco or goods, inasmuch as the sea could be 
seen through her; was obliged therefore, to have her repaired, which 
having been done, he came to the appointed place, tho' not at the ap- 
pointed time; and coming to Samuel Etsal and Jan Cnoulitz, who he 
understood to be Tomas Wandel* s agents, he asked them for the tobacco 
to load, who gave for answer, there was no loading for him. The W: 
Court refer the matter in question to Isaack Bedloo and Solomon La 
Chair, to take up the matter in question, if possible reconcile parties, if 
not to render a report of the decision to the Court; the arrest remaining 
meanwhile valid. 

Tymotheus Gabry, Arien Symonzen and Nicolaas Mareschal enter- 
ing, Tjrmotheus Gabry says, that Arien Symonsen told him, he should 



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give reasons, why he has summoned Nicolaas Mareschal; demanding if 
he had any thing to say, that he should now state it. Arien Symonsen 
says, that he shall speak to him; demanding of him a/c, proof and reliqua 
of the herring sold for him. Nicolaas Mareschal demands of Arien 
Symonsen security for payment or that he shall go to jail. Arien Symon- 
sen undertakes to pay Nicolaas Mareschal. The W: Court order Arien 
Symonsen to satisfy and pay Nicolaas Mareschal in the time of four and 
twenty hours. 

Pieter de Rymer, pltf. v/s Jan Videt, deft. Deft, in default. 

Francois de Bruyn, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Both in default. 

Comelis Pluyvier entering sues out an attachment on the monies of 
De Graaf, brought in deposit, requesting by virtue of judgment obtained 
from the Director General and Council, that the same be declared valid, 
and he have preference thereon. 

Hans Dreper entering says, he has arrested Jeems Brady by the Court 
Messenger Claas van Elslant. The Court Messenger, Claas van Elslant 
examined thereupon, answers Yes. But as Jeems Brady promised to pay 
him, he let him go. The W. Court order him to bring Jeems Brady back. 

Walewyn van der Veen entering requests recommendatory letters to 
the Magistrates of Gravesend. The request was granted and an official 
letter shall be written to the Magistrates of Gravesend. 

Marycke La Noy requests execution on the judgment against Arien 
Symonsen. The W: Court order the Bailiff to put these in execution. 

Tuesday 20 June 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevehsen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendersen 
vander Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, 
Isaack Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Pltf. says 
he has attached the deft*s money in the hands of Huge Barenzen on a/c 
of twelve guilders balance still due him, according to judgment; with 
costs. The deft, says, he has settled with the Officer and five guilders 
stiU remain due. The W. Court order Jan Rutgersen to satisfy and pay 
the Officer the five guilders with costs accrued up to the date, 21 January 
last. 

Schepen Joannes van Brugh, pltf. v/s Symon Janzen Romein, deft. 



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Pltf. demands of deft, the sum of one hundred and fifty five guilders 
eighteen stivers in beavers on a/c of Pieter Jacobsen Buys, of whose 
effects the deft, is agent. The deft, says, it does not appear by Pieter 
Buys' book, that he is indebted to the pltf., requesting therefore that the 
pltf. shall affirm by oath the justness of the debt. Pltf. ofiFers so to do. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf., 
as he o£fers to confirm by oath, that the sum demanded is due him by 
Pieter Jacobsen Buys. 

Pieter de Rymer, pltf. v/s Jan Videt, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, seven guilders and costs. Deft, acknowledges the debt; says he 
shall pay, as soon as he receives money. The W: Court order deft, to 
pay the pltf. 

Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
deft. Pltf. says, that some monies to the amount of ninety two guilders 
in seawant are due him by Huge Barenzen for com, which one Hendrick 
Janzen van Oostrum sold him by his order, which monies are attached by 
the deft, and whereas the arrest is not prosecuted, requests he may re- 
ceive the same, the rather because the abovenamed Huge Barenzen has 
given orders to pay him pltf. said monies. Deft, says, the com belonged 
to the aforesaid Hendrick Jansen van Oostmm and not to him, pltf., 
therefore the attachment was made thereon for a claim, which he has on 
him. The W: Court having heard parties, declare the attachment invalid, 
and allow the pltf. to lift the monies of Huge Barenzen. 

Pieter Lucasen, pltf. v/s Tamis Davidts, deft. Pltf. demands of 
deft, sixty skepels of maize according to obligation. Deft, says, he paid 
him thereupon one hundred and fifty five guilders two months ago. Pltf. 
denies having red the money thereupon. The W: Court refer the matter 
in dispute to Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, old Schepen of this City and 
Huge Barensen, to take up the question between the parties, to decide 
the same, to reconcile parties if possible, if not to report their decision to 
the Court. 

Hendrick Janzen, baker, pltf. v/s Marten Clazen, carpenter, deft. 
Defts. 3*^ default. Pltf. demands of deft, twenty three skepels of wheat 
on a/c of goods and money; also fifteen guilders in zeawant for bread, 
and moreover, four beavers by a/c exhibited in Court. The W. Court 
order the deft, to pay the pltf. the twenty three skepels of wheat, fifteen 



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guilders in seawant and four beavers, as he has not appeared on the third 
summons. 

Joannes de Decker, Supreme Councillor, pltf. v/s Comelis Pluyvier, 
deft. Pltf. demands benefit of the default. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. demands benefit of the default. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen, 
deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands as before. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Huge Barenzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. demands as before. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Pltf. pro- 
duces his demand in writing against the deft. Deft, demands copy 
thereof. Whereas there exists a case in dispute between Jacobus Vis and 
Pelgrum Clocq, wherein the OfBcer has become guardian, the W: Court 
decide, that no copy shall be rendered deft, and not to interfere in the 
case of the Officer after the determination of the suit between the afore- 
said Clocq and Vis. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Freryck Aarenzen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Govert Loockermans, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Leeck, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands, that the arrest be declared valid. 
The W: Court declare the arrest valid. 

Seletje Aarens, pltf. v/s Pelgrum Clock, deft. Deft, in default. 

Seletje Aarens, pltf. v/s Symon Clazen Turck, deft. Paulus L. van 
der Grift says, that Symon Turck has demanded the a/c, which the pltf. 
is ordered to let him have thro' the Court Messenger. 

Nicolaas Mareschal, pltf. v/s Arien Symonzen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Reinier Rycken appears in Court requesting, that the Court shall de- 
cide, whether Tymotheus Gabry shall pay him the nineteen guilders thir- 
teen stivers according to demand rendered against him 23 May last. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that Tymotheus Gabry shall pay 
Reinier Rycke the nineteen guilders thirteen stivers, inasmuch as he re- 
mains in default of proof, according to the order of the W: Court of 33. 
May aforesaid. 

Daniel de Haart entering produces, what he has against the a/c of 



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sales of goods given in by Tomas Wandel on the last Court day. The 
W: Court order Daniel de Haart to furnish Tomas Wandel copy thereof, 
and the matter in question was further referred to Comelis Steenwyck, 
old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, and Isaack Bedlo to 
decide the parties' case, to reconcile them if possible; if not, to report 
their decision to the Court. 

Maria Besems appearing in Court requests an end of the matter rela- 
tive to the goods left by Boudewyn van Nieuwlant, on which request she 
was promised, that the case should be advanced. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of this City order the Bailiff to deposit 
with this City, within twice twenty four hours, the money proceeding 
from the sale of Boudewyn van Nieuwlant' s goods. 

Pelgrum Clocq replies to Jacobus Vis' answer. The W. Court order 
copy to be furnished to party, to rejoin thereunto by the next Court day. 

Tuesday 27 June 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderzen van 
der Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Jacob Strycker. 

Supreme Councillor Joannes de Decker, pltf. v/s Comelis Pluyvier, 
deft. Pltf. says, he sold to deft, his house and lot, according to deed of 
sale produced, requesting that deft, shall enter on the house or that he 
may sell the same to the deft's profit or loss, with costs thereon. Deft, 
says, he is not in circumstances at present to enter on the house; also 
that he shall not bring forward the payment on the day appointed. The 
W: Court order the deft, to enter on the purchased house and lot of the 
pltf. according to contract. 

Comelis Pluyvier, entering, requests to be allowed to lift on bail the 
monies brought in deposit of this [City] by Jan Andriessen de Graaf, as 
by virtue of a judgment he has attached the same and prosecuted it. The 
W: Court grants Comelis Pluyviers request, to be permitted to lift the de- 
posited money under sufficient bail. 

Supreme Councillor Joannes de Decker, pltf. v/s Joannes van der 
Meulen and Joannes de Witt, defts. Pltf. demands from defts., in 
quality of curators of the estate left by Sicx van der Stighelen, payment 
according to judgment, which he has obtained against the aforesaid Sicx 
dated 6. Ded last. Defts. say, they have nothing against it. The Bur- 



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gomasters and Schepens order the defts. to satisfy and pay pltf . according 
to judgment. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Huge Barenzen Clein, deft. 
Pltf. concludes in writing, that the deft, shall be condemned in a fine of 
one hundred and fifty guilders for that deft, has baked twopenny loaves 
too light; with costs, according to Placard. Deft, says, he was not aware 
of the Placard and that such ought to have been communicated to him; 
and that he cannot always keep large bread for sale in the shop and has 
baked the small loaves as biscuit. The Officer appeals to Hendrick Wil- 
lemsen, baker. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, deft. 
Pltf. concludes in writing, that deft, shall be condemned to remain eight 
days in close confinement on bread and water or release himself from the 
same by a fine at the discretion of the W: Court, for and because that he, 
the deft., when the Officer was going around among all the bakers, cried 
out with force and violence and other villainous words, more fully set 
forth in the written demand, and that in presence of Hendrick Willemsen, 
baker, and the Court Messenger, Pieter Schaafbanck. Deft, denies it. 
Hendrick Willemsen, baker, cited hereupon, appears and had read to 
him, what the Officer brings in against the deft, and being asked, if that 
be true and was said by the deft. ? Answers, Yes, and that the words 
were so uttered. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft., Hen- 
drick Jansen, baker, for his abuse and bad language, to go into close 
confinement for the tenn of eight days and there to remain on bread and 
water, or to remedy the same by the sum of thirty guilders. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen, 
deft. Pltf. concludes, that deft, shall be condemned, for having baked 
small loaves of white bread too light, in a fine of one hundred and fifty 
guilders according to Placard. Deft, says, that Hille van Outren engaged 
him to bake a portion of biscuit for her and that the small loaves were 
prepared there; admits three or four small loaves were over to be sold. 
The Officer appealing to the Inspector Hendrick Willemsen, baker, who 
coming forward declares, that the Officer forbade him to bake or sell small 
loaves, relating further his occurrences in going around among the bakers. 
Was examined as to the fairness of the bread baked by deft., whereunto 
he answered, he has no fault to find with it, it was good. 



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Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst, 
deft. Pltf. says, deft, has quarrelled with one Tomas Teiller, seeking to 
wound the aforesaid Tomas with a knife: concludes, that he shall be con- 
demned in a fine of one hundred guilders. Deft, denies it ; saying a dis- 
pute arose and began by the hogs running into the garden and that 
Tomas Teiller struck his sister as he was told and was assaulted from 
behind by a negro. The Officer undertakes to prove, that the deft, en- 
deavoured to stick Tomas Teiller with a knife. The W: Court order the 
Officer to prove his statement. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Tomas Teiller, deft. Pltf. con- 
cludes in writing, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of twenty five 
guilders, for that he has fought with Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst. Deft, 
requests copy. The W: Court order copy to be furnished to deft., to 
answer thereunto by the next Court day. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Annetje Smits, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft tapped last Sunday during the preaching and was subjected to 
the fine by Resolveert Waldron ; demanding the fine for two persons, who 
sat there drinking. Deft, says, that one Bartelt Sybransen, lodging at her 
house, waited a while and during the time drew himself a pint of beer, 
and that his comrade, who travelled with him, was near him. Resolveert 
Waldron, entering says, that on going out of the Church, during the 
preaching, he went to the deft's house and saw two sitting drinking there 
and set them down for the fine, and on leaving the house she called him 
back and asked him to pay for two pots of beer, which his brothers son 
had taken. Bartelt Sybranzen entering confesses to have drank a pint of 
beer with his comrade on his invitation. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties condemn the deft, in a fine of six guilders for the 
poor, for her ill language to the Under Sheriff Waldron. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis and Joannes Withart, 
defts. Pltf. being in prison demands in writing from the defts. a/c and 
reliqua of beer brewed on half advance. Defts. request copy. The W: 
Court order copy to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the next 
Court day. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s S3rmon Clazen Turck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, one hundred and twelve guilders, according to a/c. Pltf. was 
asked, if she had furnished deft, with copy of a/c ? whereunto the pltf« 



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answered, No. The W. Court order pltf. to furnish the deft, with copy 
of the a/c. 

Janneke Ranken, pltf. v/s Daniel van Donck, deft. Pltf. says her 
son worked for Abraham Cromby on his bark, as a sailor, demanding 
one year and two months wages: and whereas some goods remain with 
deft, belonging to the aforesaid Cromby, she requests that deft, shall be 
ordered to satisfy and pay her therefrom; exhibiting certain writing exe- 
cuted by the aforesaid Cromby. Deft, being shewn the hand writing was 
asked if he was acquainted with Cromby's hand ? Answers Yes, and that 
it is Cromby's handwriting and has nothing against the demand. The 
W: Court order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. according to obliga- 
tion, as the same was earned as monthly wages. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Pelgrum Clocq, deft. Defts. ?"** default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, ninety four guilders, fourteen stivers seawant 
arising from money dbbursed and one hundred and sixty four guilders 
board, according to a/c. saying she agreed for good pay. The W: Court 
order deft, to bring the demanded money into deposit of this City. 

Joannes Vervelen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Arien Symonzen, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. requests, that the arrest be declared valid. Burgomasters 
and Schepens declare the arrest valid. 

Claas Mareschal, arrestant and pltf. v/s Arien Symonzen, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands arrest to be declared valid 
and imprisonment of deft's person, or that deft, shall discharge him from 
the bail bond. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest valid, as 
the pltf. refuses to bear the costs of imprisonment. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Hermen Douzen and Pietertje Jans, defts. 
Deft. Hermen Douzen in default. Pltf. as agent of Jan Jansen van 
Schorel demands from defts. six hundred and fifteen dressed skins and 
twenty five beavers, which ought to have been paid over two years since. 
Deft acknowledges the debt, but says, she does not know how much. 
Pltf. says, he furnished Hermen Dousen twice with an a/c. The W. 
Court order pltf. to furnish Pietertje Jansen with an a/c of the demand. 

Claas Bording, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, pltf. v/s Cornells Boshuyzen, deft. 
Deft in default. 

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Boudewyn van Nieuwlandt. The W: Court order her to furnish the Court 
with the papers and documents used in the suit against Boudewyn van 
Nieuwlant. 

Sybout Clazen as agent of Reinier the baker's wife, produces two 
declarations on and against the demand of the Officer dated 13^ June 
last. The Officer requests copy thereof. The W: Court grant the 
Officer copy thereof. 

Jan Rutgerzen requests by petition postponement of the execution 
on his house, until the arrival of Comelis Steenwyck. Marginal order: — 
The execution herein mentioned is postponed by the W: Court for the 
space of fourteen days or until Comelis Steenwyck's arrival. 

Jacobus Vis rejoins to the reply of Pelgrum Clocq. The W: Court 
order copy to be furnished to party and parties are on both sides ordered 
to desist from further production; to exchange their papers with each 
other, and to produce by inventory their deduction and principal intendit 
within eight days. 

Pieter Tonneman, Officer, requests from the President execution on 
the two judgments, one against Burger Joris, dated 4 Octobr 1661 and 
the other against Hermen Doussen dated 25*^ April 1662. Order: The 
Bailiff is ordered to put these in execution. 

Thursday 29. June 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Joannes 
van Brugh, Jacob Strycker, Isaack Greveraat. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker, as substitute of Comelis van Rujrven and 
skipper Dirck Jacobsen Vries, requests imprisonment of the person of 
Arien Symonsen in virtue of judgment dated 23 May last and execution 
of the same, as he remains in default of fulfilling the same. The W: 
Court grant Jacob Strycker's request. 

Joannes Vervelen entering requests in quality as attomey of Sieur 
Isaack La Saulcx, the imprisonment of the person of Arien Symonsen, as 
he endeavours to remove from here without rendering him a/c, proof and 
reliqua of the goods, which he has red on sale from the said De La 
Saulcx; according to obligation thereof executed and exhibited to the 
Court. Burgomasters and Schepens grant Joannes Vervelen his demand. 

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land having considered the written demand of Mary Besems to be 
admitted, to enter on all wares, merchandize, outstanding debts, actions 
and credits belonging to Boudewyn van Nieuwlant absconded from here, 
to pay therefrom first the expense of childbed and further the yearly 
maintenance of her child, procreated by the aforesaid Boudewyn van 
Nieuwlant ; and whereas the said van Nieuwlant has acknowledged 
before this W. Court to have given the aforesaid Mary Besems a written 
promise of marriage, the Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that Maria 
Besems shall enter on all that the aforesaid Boudewyn van Nieuwlant has 
in this country, nothing excepted, for the payment of childbed expenses 
and the support of the aforesaid child. Done. 

Tuesday, 8^ August 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacobus Backer, Isaack 
Greveraat. 

Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s AUard Anthony, deft. Pltf. produces 
certain obligation against deft, and Samuel Etsal, executed in favor of 
Jacob Jansen Staats and endorsed to him, amounting to the quantity of 
3270 lbs. of tobacco, the just half of which Samuel Etsal ought to pay; 
demanding therefore from deft, the quantity of sixteen hundred and thirty 
five pounds of tobacco, saving some further claims. Deft, acknowledges 
the validity of the obligation and says, he has a certain claim against 
Jacob Janzen Staats, according to the signature of said Jacob Janzen, for 
the sum of fl. 312^, also some further claim of outstanding debts, which 
Jacob Janzen was to collect for him ; of all which nothing appears from 
him, whereby he can regulate himself, saying further he purchased the 
wines himself altogether as his own, from which the obligation arises, and 
demands that the obligation may remain consigned, without being sent 
back to Holland, as he wishes to have an end of the matter, and is not 
indebted to pltf., but to Jacob Jansen Staats. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard parties decide, as Jacob Janzen Staats has re- 
ceived from Allard Anthony three hundred and twelve and a half guilders 
for a share in the freight per the ship the Raven, as appears by hand 
signature, together with a memorandum of some debts for him to be col- 
lected; whereof no a/c appears shewing how the matter is; therefore they 



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have an open a/c with each other, so that the pltf . before instituting any 
action against him must first and foremost have a settlement of a/cs with 
each other: they, therefore, dismiss the pltfs. entered demand herein. 

Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Janneke Etsal, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, as per obligation exhibited, the sum or quantity of sixteen hun- 
dred and thirty five pounds of tobacco. Deft, says, she can say nothing 
about it, before her husband is home; acknowledges her husband's signa- 
ture. The W: Court order the deft, to pay pltf. according to obligation. 

Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Jeems Mills, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, according to mortgage [J^aadsAenmsse] dated 29 March 1661 the 
sum of seven thousand five hundred and seventy eight guilders, sixteen 
stivers and a half, on defts. ship at present l]dng in the harbour of this 
City; demanding execution on the same and that the Bailiff be authorized 
to sell the same; demanding in addition eighteen hundred and seven 
guilders, according to obligation. Deft, acknowledges the debt. The 
W: Court condemn the deft, to pay pltf. and in default thereof he was 
allowed to seize the ship and cause the same to be sold by the Bailiff. 

Nicolaas Verlet, pltf. v/s Jeems Mills, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, according to two obligations; one dated 13 Octob. 1660, the sum 
or quantity of twelve hundred pounds of tobacco; and the other, dated 
31? March 1661 for the sum of four hundred guilders, saving some book 
debts. Deft, acknowledges both the obligations to be due. The W: 
Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. according to the 
aforesaid obligations and book debts. 

Schepen Joannes van Brugh, pltf. v/s Jeems Mills, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, according to obligation dated 12 Octob' 1660 the sum 
and quantity of five thousand six hundred and twenty seven and a half 
pounds of tobacco. Deft, acknowledges the debt. The W. Court con- 
demn the deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. according to aforesaid obligation. 

Isaack Bedlo, pltf. v/s Jeems Mills, deft. Pltf. appearing for Joan- 
nes Vermeulen demands of deft, for the same about six hundred guilders. 
Deft, acknowledges to be indebted; promises to pay whatever appears fair. 
The W: Court condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. in the quality, in which 
he acts, what he shall be found fairly indebted. 

Freryck Gysberzen, pltf. v/s Jeems Mills, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, three thousand two hundred and eighty four pounds of tobacco, due 



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on two obligatioiis; one dated 28 Sept' and the other dated 30 Sept^ 
1660. Deft, acknowledges the debt. The W: Court condemn the deft. 
to pay the ptlf. according to obligations. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, pltf. v/s Jeems Mils, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, according to obligation dated iV May 166 1 four hun- 
dred guilders in tobacco besides costs, for which he requests preference, 
as it occur"! with knowledge of the creditors. Deft, acknowledges the 
debt. The W: Court condemn the deft, to pay pltf. the four hundred 
guilders according to obligation; also the costs fairly coming to him. 

Schepen Jacobus Backer, pltf. v/s Jeems Mils, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, on two obligations, twenty two hundred pounds of tobacco, 
and thirty guilders book debt, also in tobacco. Deft, admits the notes, 
also whatever he shall appear to owe by book debt. The W: Court con- 
demn the deft, to pay the pltf. according to obligations and book debt. 

Tamis Davidts, pltf. v/s Jeems Mills, deft. Pltf. demands from deft. 
1050 lbs. of tobacco according to obligation. Deft, acknowledges the 
debt. The W: Court order deft, to pay pltf. according to obligation, the 
thousand and fifty pounds of tobacco. 

Cristoffel Hooghlant and Daniel van Donck, pltfs. v/s Jeems Mils, 
deft. Pltfs., as agents of Nathaniel Grain, conclude in writing, that deft. 
shall be condemned to enter sufficient bail for the judgment of all such 
action, claim, damage and interest as Nathaniel Grain suffered last April 
by the illegal arrest of him by the deft's attorney, also for Benjamin Gil- 
lem's arrears of the arrested; all to be seen from the translated extract of 
M' Grain's letter; in the meantime the arrest be discredited, making in 
case of opposition demand of costs. Deft., by Solomon La Chair his 
attorney and interpreter, explains the reasons of the attachment having 
been made and concludes for the discharging the arrest, and that pltfs. 
shall be condemned in the costs, damage and interest, as they are the 
cause, that deft, has met with this misfortune, saying that the creditors 
would not have been so hard on him, had they not begun. The W: 
Conit declare the arrest invalid and condemn party each in his own costs. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Jan Lauwerens and George Wolsey, defts. 
Pltf., as attorney of Joannes van der Meulen, prosecutes an attachment, 
made on a cow in the hands of the defts. in quality as guardians of the 
minor children of George Hom (by. Holmes ?) belonging to Jonas Willem- 



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sen having married the daughter of George Horn, also the fourth part of 
the rent and that by virtue of an obligation executed by the abovenamed 
Jonas Willemsen. Requests that the arrest be declared valid. Defts. in 
their quality say, they know not of any cow or arrest. The Court Mes- 
senger Claas van Elslant being asked if he attached the cow ? Answers, 
Yes ; and that the cow is with Jan Lauwrence's brother. Defts. say 
further, that pltf. must look to Jonas WiUemsen's wife, who passed the 
obligation. The W: Court order pltf. to look to Jonas Willemsen's wife 
and to speak to her for payment. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, deft. Pltf., as substitute 
of Lucas Pietersen van der Goes, demands, that deft, shall acknowledge 
or deny to have received from Jacob Heres on bottomry the sum of eight 
hundred guilders according to bottomry bond, passed therefor and to pay 
as a premium three guilders ten stivers per month until the principal and 
premium be paid. Deft, demands copy to answer thereunto by the next 
Court day. Pltf. says, that he has been furnished with copy of every 
thing, according to the return of the Court Messenger to the notice served 
on him. The pltf., also, demands from deft, four hundred and ninety 
three guilders received on bottomry from Jan Moyart with ao per cent 
premium. Deft, requests as before. Pltf. further demands from deft, 
twelve hundred and twenty four guilders one stiver according to a/c of 
Isaack Willemsen van Til and demands, that the a/c be taken up by two 
impartial persons in presence of one from the Bench. Deft, says, he has 
made returns to Holland. The W: Court refer the matter in dispute to 
Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, 
and Isaack Bedlo to take up the case in the presence of the Heer Schepen 
Jacobus Backer, to debate the same and decide; to reconcile parties if 
possible, if not to render a report of their decision to the Court. 

Jan Janzen Bestevaar, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen Duyvelant, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, sixty guilders in beavers for passage money of his 
wife in the year 1659. Deft, says, whereas his wife has been arrested in 
Holland and discharged from arrest, he maintains that the passage money 
must have been paid. Therefore that the pltf. shall prove, that the same 
is not yet paid. Pltf. exhibits certain writing, whereby he proves, that he 
is not yet satisfied nor paid. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard 
parties, decree and order that deft. Jan Ariaansen Duyvelant shall pay 



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here and satisfy the pltf. for the sixty guilders; and that Jan Jansen 
Bestevaar, the pltf., shall give sufficient security that the money has not 
been paid in Patria. Should the contrary hereof be proved within a year, 
Jan Jansen Bestevaar or his bail shall restore and satisfy the deft, the 
sixty gailders. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Hermen Douzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Paddevoet, pltf. v/s Francis Douty, deft. Deft, in default. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, deft. 
Deft in default. 

Frans Janzen, beer carrier, pltf. v/s Pieter Pieterzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Teunis Tomasen Quick, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Hermen Douzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Solomon La Chair entering says, that Joannes de Witt has attached 
certain goods and a bark of one Joseph Swedt and requested him to make 
known and prosecute the arrest. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the 
arrest valid. 

Ritzert Raemen and Dirck Janzen from Oldenburgh appear in Court, 
the aforesaid Ritzert Raemen requesting, that Dirck Janzen shall be 
ordered to pay him half the costs and trouble regarding the goods restored 
to him. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, whereas Ritzert Raemen has 
exhibited to the W: Court no acte, by which he is condemned in the 
costs, that he shall have to seek his costs in the goods of those, who have 
given him the trouble, inasmuch as they understand, that some goods still 
remain in New England in pledge for the same. The Bailifif of this City 
is hereby charged and authorized by the President of the Burgomasters 
and Schepens immediately to seize James Mills' ship with its rigging and 
loading, in order to sell the same by execution on next Saturday being 
the 12. August of this year. Done at Amsterdam in New Netherland, the 
9^ August. 1662. 

Saturday, 12^ August, 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacobus Backer, Isaack 
Greveraat. 



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Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf . v/s Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, deft. 
The Officer requests, that deft, be heard under oath on interrogatories. 
Deft, answers the interrogatories; then before confirming his answer by 
oath, requests copy of the interrogatories and answer. The W: Court 
grant the deft, copy thereof. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Catarina Boots, wife of Stoffel van 
Laar, deft. Pltf. concludes, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of 
twenty five guilders with costs, for and because that she has been fighting 
and at handigrips with one Abigail Verplanck. Deft, denies having been 
fighting; saying they had merely words with each other. The Officer 
undertakes to prove his statement. The W: Court order the Officer to 
do so. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst, deft. 
The Officer demands from deft, the fine for that he deft, had been at 
handigrips with one Tomas Teiller. Deft, produces a declaration, that 
he was first struck by Tomas Teiller, and that he drew no knife. The 
Officer demands copy of the declaration. On the request of the Officer 
Pieter Tonneman copy is granted him by the W: Court, to give in what 
he may have against it. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Clara Ebels, deft. The Officer 
concludes, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of one hundred guilders 
for having cut Samuel Etsal's negro's hand with a knife. Deft, acknow- 
ledges to have had a knife in her hand, when she was in the garden to 
cut potherbs, saying that the negro seized hold of her so indecently and 
threw her on the ground, that she was wholly ashamed of those, who 
might be looking and that it well might be, that the negro then might 
have wounded himself with the knife, but denies having cut him. The 
W: Court order the deft, to prove, that the negro had indecently thrown 
her on the ground. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Huge Barens, deft. Pltf. con- 
cludes, that deft, shall be condemned according to Placard, in a fine of 
one hundred and fifty guilders for having baked, under weight small 
white loaves of bread (bollen) three of which would scarcely bring three 
quarters of a pound; and further not to bake nor sell bread any more for 
a year and six weeks, as it is against the ordinance and Placard to hake 
any such bolUn — ^little loaves. Deft, says, he knew nothing of the Fiacmrd 



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and that such should have been communicated to him. The Officer 
says, that deft, has baked such bread in the holidays or vacation, as was 
not fit to be eaten, and he shewed the same to the Inspector Hendrick 
Willemsen, baker, who also declares that it was not eatable. And whereas 
the question between the Officer and the deft., dated 27. June last is 
moved, and the Officer then appealed to the Inspector Hendrick Willem- 
sen, baker. Therefore the same being called, he appears and declares, 
that when he went with the Officer to visit the bakers, being at the house 
of Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuyzen, he there found small loaves of white 
bread lying in the shop; giving his opinion at the request of the Officer, 
that they were not rolls to make biscuit of, but that it was more probable 
that white loaves would be made of them than biscuit, although Jan Ger- 
risen said, he had agreed to make biscuit from them for Hille van Overen ; 
again he declares that certain bread was placed in his hands by the Offi- 
cer, to have him give his opinion thereon; which he declares was not 
bread, nor of good stuff, nor sufficiently baked; therefore not eatable. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the question between the 
Officer and Huge Barensen and heard the opinion of the Inspector, con- 
demn the above named Huyge Barensen in a fine of twenty five guilders 
for having baked, under weight, small white loaves, contrary to the order 
and placard enacted and affixed regarding the same and order him not to 
do so any more. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Abigail Verplanck, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Marten Clazen, carpenter, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Tomas Teiller, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Reinier Willemzen, the baker's 
wife, deft. Deft, in default. 

The W: Court of this City, decree, resolve and determine, that the 
Officer shall go around once every week, without observing any precise 
day, with one of the Inspectors of baked bread, which was recommended 
to the Officer in writing and he promised to do so. 



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Tuesday, 15. August, 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift, Olof Stevensen van 
Cortlant, Joannes de Peister, Jacobus Backer, Isaack Greveraat. 

Comelis Steenwyck entering requests further execution on the pipe 
staves and other property, come in the ship Nathaniel. The W: Court 
order the Bailifif to have the pipe staves landed in the presence of the 
Officer Pieter Tonneman and to give further notice to sell by execution 
the same with tobacco and other goods on the first coming Thursday. 

The Skipper, Merchant, Pilot and Seamen of the ship the Nathaniel, 
pltfs. v/s Comelis Steenwyck, deft. Pltfs. collectively and each of them 
in particular conclude to be preferred in the monies proceeding from the 
sale of the ship Nathaniel sold by execution of the Magistrates, in regard 
of their earned and secured wages before all creditors and especially 
before the deft, and that each, per capita, and in the capacity, in which 
he entered shall immediately and de facto be admitted, by virtue of their 
well known preference to receive from the hands of the buyer of the 
aforesi ship or from whomsoever is ordered by this Court, such sum of 
money, English currency or the value thereof, as to each one appertains 
as by the list exhibited to the Court. The deft, having heard the de- 
mand, seen the list says, has nothing against it, except one, which he 
undertakes to prove — ^that the a/c is drawn up in bad faith. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having considered the list of the creditors, pltfs. 
herein, and examined each touching his particular a/c. order the deft, to 
pay, in the presence of the Bailiff of this City the following, who have 
confirmed by oath the justice of their a/cs. to wit: — Eduard Atrick, the 
sum of sixty eight pounds sterl'g. Deliverance Lamberton, thirty eight 
pounds sterl'g., and fifteen shillings; also to ditto, for the boy Caleb 
Ravelings, four pounds thirteen shillings and sixpence ; Steven Ritchard, 
seven pounds, thirteen shillings and sixpence ; Huge Renolds, seven 
pounds three shillings and sixpence ; Mighiel Capel, fourteen pounds 
ten shillings and eightpence, provided the two pounds, which are entered 
on the a/c. by assignment of Jan Berri to him for monthly wages, earned 
by aforesaid Berri, have been honestly earned; otherwise the same is to 
be deducted from the aforesaid sum ; Willem Johns, two pound, fifteoi 
shilling; Eduard Daniel, nine pound, ten shillings and sixpence; Theof- 
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Cornells Steenwyck, arrestant and pltf. v/s Elias Eels, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. says, that deft, bought from Jeems Mils a bark for the sum 
of five thousand pounds of tobacco; passed therefor an obligation, the 
payment of which must be made here: requests that the same shall be 
ordered to be paid to the creditors. Deft, says, through Solomon La 
Chair as interpreter, that the payment must be made in the Virginias. 
Pltf. requests copy of the obligation. The W: Court decide, that the 
original shall be placed in the hands of the Court, for this purpose send 
the Baili£f to obtain the same of Jeems Mills, who returning reports in 
writing, that Jeems Mills says that the obligation is conveyed to the 
Virginias. 

Comelis Steenwyck exhibits an obligation against Wemaer Wessels, 
which he says he forgot to produce on the last Court day, amounting to 
the sum of one hundred guilders. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen de Jongh, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, one hundred and sixty one guilders for a hhd. of French 
wine, bought at auction. Deft, acknowledges the debt. The W: Court 
order deft, to pay the pltf. the i6i gl. 

Mighiel Muyder, pltf. v/s Margriet Hardenbroeck, deft. Pltf. again 
demands from deft, a/c, proof and reliqua of the goods and merchandize, 
which her deceased husband has received from divers merchants in Father- 
land. Deft, says, her deceased husbands books and papers were examined 
and there is no way to form an a/c therefrom. Pltf. replies and demands, 
that deft, shall be ordered to make out from her deceased husbands books 
and payments a formal a/c and deliver the same to him within three times 
four and twenty hours; if not, that it be done by others commissioned 
thereunto by the W: Court. Burgomasters and Schepens having con- 
sidered the pltf *s request, authorize and appoint Tymotheus Gabry, Govert 
Loockermans, both old Schepens of this City and Jacques Cousseau and 
Isaack Bedlo, to whom the deft, was ordered to furnish all her husbands 
books, papers, documents and vouchers under inventory to form there- 
from a proper statement and a/c, and if possible to decide the case of 
parties and reconcile them; if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Stoffel Mighielzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, a balance of forty one guilders, ten stivers for four lots 
of salt. Deft, acknowledges to have bought the salt and says he paid 



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more, than pltf. admits. The W: Court order the deft, to pay the pltf., 
deducting what he can fairly prove, that he has paid. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Hermen Douzen, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Whereas pltf. does not know the perfect sum, deft, owes him, he b 
ordered to summon him again. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Hermen Douzen, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft. 54 gl. for consumed drink. The W: Court 
order the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, seven guilders three stivers fees. Deft, in offset 
demands from pltf. two hundred and forty eight guilders for purchase of 
oxen, on condition of deducting, what is paid thereon. Pltf. again in 
reconvention demands, that deft, shall give reason, why he refused the 
notarial acte, holding him suspected. Deft, requests copy of the demand. 
The W. Court grant copy to deft, to answer thereunto. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Walewyn vander Veen, deft. Pltf. as at- 
torney of Isaack de Sterre demands, that deft, shall be condemned to 
restore him the five hundred and eighty one guilders, six stivers in 
zeawan; also the sum of fifty five guilders four stivers likewise in zeawant, 
making together the sum of six hundred and thirty guilders, ten stivers; 
and in addition, the quantity of four hundred and seventy planks, which 
he has given the deft, in diminution and on a/c of a mortgage against 
him*; demanding, further, the mortgage on his house remaining in deft's 
hands; also payment and satisfaction of thirty seven guilders, eighteen 
stivers book debt; according to a/c exhibited to Court. Deft, denies to 
have rec*! the plank and seawant in diminution of the mortgage, but as a 
pledge; demanding copy of demand. The W: Court grant deft, copy of 
demand to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jan Jelisen the younger, v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harder Wyck, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, payment of the sum of one hundred and 
three guilders ten stivers for thirty six skepels of salt. Deft, produces a 
writing in form of assignment on Jacob van Couwenhoven for rent. The 
W: Court refer the matter in question to Jacob Kip, old Schepen of this 

^ Micbiel Tsdes moitgmged to Isaac de Sterre of Amfterdam, April 24, 1659, his 
boose and lot, bounded S. by Pearl Str. and Juriien Blanck, N. by the Fort, E. by Cor* 
ndis SdinL Mortgage satisfied Aug 19, 1670. Mortgagi Bcok^ x6s4-6o, p. 1S7. 



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City, and Mighiel Muyden to take the case in dispute, to decide the same 
and parties to reconcile if possible; if not to report their decision to the 
Court. 

Fran Janzen van Hooghten, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Pltf. 
demands, that deft's boys shall work thirty two days for him, which were 
lost by him. Deft, says, it is not so much. The W: Court refer the 
matter in question to Marten Cregier, old Burgomaster and actual Orphan 
Master of this City, Comelis Steenwyck and Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
both old Schepens and actual Orphan Masters, to take up the parties case 
in dispute, to decide the same and if possible to reconcile parties; if not 
to render a report of their decision to the Court. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Teunis Tomazen Quick, deft. Defts. i^ de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, thirty nine guilders. The W: Court 
condemn the deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Symon Turck, deft. Whereas pllf. cannot 
shew any proper a/c, of what she has to claim from deft, she was ordered 
to do so by the next Court day. 

Isebrant Dirckzen Goethart, pltf. v/s Wolfert Webber, deft. Pltf. 
says, that he some years ago sold deft, a cow and a calf, and whereas he 
has received something thereupon and sent it back, demands a/c thereof 
according to defts. book. Deft, produces his book sajdng, there are still 
due him from pltf. full four guilders. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
deft, to furnish pltf. the extract from his book. 

Tomas Crabbe, pltf. v/s M' Bon, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
a/c of ten months earned wages, and that in presence of two arbitrators. 
Deft, says, that pltf. is hired, until the bark is again afloat. Pltf. says, 
he got no pay from the deft. The W: Court order deft, to settle with 
pltf. and to pay the earned wages and if he retains him longer at work he 
must pay him therefor. 

Joris Stevenzen,* pltf. v/s Cristiaan Lauwerens, deft. Pltf. demands, 
that deft, shall be ordered to keep his land fenced and that he shall prop- 
erly use the cattle and oxen he has of his and not allow them to stand 
under the yoke in the heat of the sun. Deft, denies it. The W: Court 
refer the matter in question to Burger Joris and to the Boor (farmer), 

* y^'j SUventen was the ancestor of the present Van AaUt family. The land 
i c lcired to was in Newtown, L. I. Riker^s Hist NewtoTvn, ai, 380. — 0*C. 



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who resides on Govert Loockermans* bouwerie in Mispat, to take up the 
matter in question, to decide the same and if possible reconcile parties; 
if not to render a report of their decision to the Court. 

The curators of the insolvent estate of Reindert Janzen Hoom, pltfs. 
v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Deft, in default. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, deft. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens decide, that pltf. shall not prosecute hb cause 
any further, in the quality in which he acts, before deft, shall be returned 
from Fort Orange, inasmuch as the mortgage, for which he demands pay- 
ment, first fell due on Xhtprimo August of this year. 

Jacob Hendrickzen Varrevanger, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Hans Stein, arrestant and pltf. v/s M' Salter, arrested and deft. 
Deft, in default. The W. Court declare the arrest valid. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Comelis Tyzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jacob Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Herman Douzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Jacob Janzen Moesman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Aarzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Wemaar Wessels entering exhibits an a/c of what M! Mils expended 
here, since he has been detained by the creditors, which a/c being shewn 
the Heer Steenwyck, he says he has nothing to object, accepting the same. 

Tuesday, 22"^ Agu^ 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaack 
Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, deft. 
Pltf. demands, that deft, shall testify the truth on the interrogatory, 
whereof copy has been furnished him. Deft, says, he saw them together 
and hold each other fast and heard sharp words, but cannot say what 
words had previously passed and declares, as he remembers to have heard 
from Abigail, that she was called a whore; offering to confirm the same 
by oath if necessary. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Clara Ebels, deft. Pursuant to 



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order of the Court, deft, produces a declaration, that she was indecently 
handled by the negro. Pltf. produces two contrary declarations. Deft. 
sa]rs, she did not cut, much less was blood let. Pltf. demands judgment. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that the parties' witnesses shall be 
heard before Commissioners. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen, 
deft. Pltf. concludes, that the deft, shall be condemned in a fine of one 
hundred and fifty guilders for having baked white loaves too light. Deft, 
demands proof and says he can prove by the Inspector, that he always 
baked good bread and says, biscuit was engaged by Hill van Over and 
that three or four rolls remained, which he sold. The W: Court order 
deft, to prove at next Court day, that he was to bake biscuit for Hille van 
Overen. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst, deft. 
Pltf. concludes, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of one hundred 
guilders for and because that he was fighting and at handigrips with 
Tomas Teiller and drew a knife on him. Deft, denies to have drawn a 
knife, and says the negro held him fast and that Tomas Teiller struck 
him so, that he made him angry. The Officer refers to his produced de- 
clarations. Burgomasters and Schepens dismiss the Officers demand as 
regards drawing the knife. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Tomas Teiller, deft. Defts. a"!* 
default. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 25. for fighting with Jan Hendrick- 
zen van Gunst. The W: Court decide, that Jan Hendrick van Gunst 
shall be heard together. 

The curators of the insolvent estate of Reindert Janzen van Hoom, 
pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Pltfs. demand, by virtue of assign- 
ment made to them by Tielman van Vleeck, attorney of Alexander 
d*Hinojossa, payment of a bond for the sum of twenty five hundred and 
six guilders and two stivers, in order that there be paid therefrom the sum 
of fourteen hundred and eighteen guilders fifteen stivers with interest @ 
ten per cent in beavers, which the aforesaid Alexander d'Hinojossa owes 
to the curators, pltfs. herein ; according to acte thereof executed before 
the Notary de Vos dated 7 December 1660. Deft, acknowledges the 
debt; produces the deed of sale, according to the tenor of which the 
aforesaid fi. 2506: 2. must be paid. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn 



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the deft. Francois Bruyn to satisfy and pay the bond to the curators of 
the insolvent estate of Reindert Janzen Hoom, pltfs. herein. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Pltf. 
as attorney of Ida Gerrits, widow of Abraham Donckers ded, demands 
from deft. pa3rment of five hundred and fifty one guilders four stivers 
Holland currency with interest thereof at six per cent, according to obliga- 
tion, whereupon is paid two hundred and twenty one guilders, according 
to a/c exhibited to the Court. Deft, acknowledges the debt; promises to 
pay. The W: Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. in his 
quality the produced obligation. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, pltf. v/s Comelis Steenwyck, deft. 
Pltf. demands preference for the sum of three hundred and ninety five 
guilders, three stivers according to a/c. for board, which the general 
creditors have consented he shall receive according to declaration thereof 
produced. Deft, requests, that his preference may be proposed ; says he 
did not know, then that preference was mentioned. Pltf. says, it was 
understood, that the previous and subsequent board bill should be pre- 
ferred and undertakes to prove so. The W: Court order deft, to produce 
further proof. 

Hendrick Janzen Wyt Straat, pltf., v/s Skipper Jan Janzen Beste- 
vaar, deft. Pltf. demands, that deft, shall let him have his goods. 
Deft, says, that he gave pltf. a cheese made of sheeps milk (Schaape 
Kaas) for the voyage home and that he has left the ships service and has 
drawn away his crew from his vessel, assisting them with money. Pltf. 
denies it, saying such cannot be proved; offering to return the cheese. 
The W: Court order the pltf. to return the cheese to deft., when deft 
was ordered to let pltf. have his property. 

Salomon La Chair, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Walle, deft. Pltf. as 
attorney of Joannes de Witt demands of deft, in quality as bail for Joseph 
Swett the quantity of twelve hundred and ninety five pounds of tobacco 
balance of an obligation due in June. Deft, acknowledges the debt: de- 
mands in reconvention the sum of four hundred and forty six guilders, 
eleven stivers and twelve pence according to procuration of Gysbert van 
der Smisse passed before the Notary Barent Corenhart, dated 4 April 
2662, as per notarial extract of account produced in Court. Pltf. de- 
mands condemnation and states, that his principal says, he does not owe 



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so much on the a/c. and that his wife is gone to Holland and took with 
her so much^ that the principal can be paid before having calculated his 
arrears. Deft, requests the payment may be reserved, offering to give 
bail here for the correctness of the a/c. The W: Court condemn the deft, 
to satisfy and pay the pltf. in his quality, deducting what is justly due him 
according to procuration. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Herman Douzen, deft. Defts. 3I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, fifty four guilders. The W. Court condemn the 
deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the fifty four guilders, inasmuch as he 
has not appeared on three summons. 

Joannes van der Meulen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, fulfilment of a certain mortgage, con- 
veyed to him against him (deft.) for the sum of eight hundred and twenty 
seven guilders in beavers with interest thereon. Deft, says, he has 
nothing against it; requests time, as he cannot pay it at present. The 
W. Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Symon Clazen Turck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, one hundred and forty six guilders. Deft, says, he does not 
owe and has paid it. Whereas parties on both sides have not accounted 
with each other, the case in question was therefore referred by the W: 
Court to Lambert Huybertsen Mol and Abraham Verplanck to take up 
the same and decide it, to reconcile parties if possible; if not, to report 
their decision to the Court. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Bartholdus Maan, deft. Pltf. says, that 
defts. wife has brought ten beavers for her from Fort Orange; requests to 
receive the same; promises to pay, what she owes the deft. Deft, admits, 
that his wife brought the beavers, but that he must have from her [pltf.] 
three and a half beavers, and fifty guilders eighteen stivers in zeawant, 
which he reduces to two and a half beavers; and says further four beavers 
are attached in his hands, and he has waited four years. The W: Court 
order the pltf. to pay the deft, the three and a half beavers and fifty 
guilders eighteen stivers in seawant and then the deft, was ordered to let 
the pltf. have the remaining beavers. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Teunis Tomazen Quick, deft. Defts. 3*!^ default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, thirty nine guilders. Whereas deft, has not ap- 
peared on three summons, the W : Court order him to satisfy and pay the pltf. 



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Jacob JaaxcB M < irwMii , pIrL t/s 
dffanit PItL df Minds froai deft cigtitj aewa guildas in b ea t cis ac- 
cording to obligiboct. The W. Cout ocdcr deft, to dcporit die monies 
with the S ecicUtfi of this Citj. 

Jacob Janzea Mocsman, pltf. t/s Hcndzic^ Aaizcn Spooiiard, deft. 
Defts. 2^ defanlt. Pltf. demands from deft, one beaver, which he be- 
tpcke for Sjmon Janzen de Vriesu The W: Coait order deft, to deposit 
the bearer with the Secrctaij of this Ctj. 

Mi^iid Tadcs, pltf. r/s Hennen Doozen, deft Defts. ^ default 
Pltf. demands from deft fiftj six gnfldersv rightrrn stivers according to 
a/c. exhibited in Coort. The W: Conn order deft to deposit the monejr 
with the Sec' J of this Citj. 

Mighid Tadcs, pltf. v/s Walewyn ran der Veen, deft Deft, de- 
mands in writing resumption of the minutes in the suit b et w een him and 
Miguel Tadens dated 15^ August last. The aforesaid minutes being 
resumed by the W. Court it is directed to make the following order on 
the petition: — ^The W: Court order Walewyn van der Veen to appear at 
the next Session of the Couit of Schont Burgomasters and Schepens in 
perK>n and defend his suit against Mighiel Tadens. 

Adriaan Vincent P^^f. y/s Tenuis Cray and Geurt Cray, defts. 
Pltf. demands from defts. twenty one guilders, according to obligation, to 
be paid or sent from Holland. Deft says, pltf. has bouf^t some of their 
furniture sold by auction and deducted it from the a/c. The W. Court 
order deft, to prove the same. 

Joost Goderus, pltf. v/s Claas Boot <^c^t. Pltf. demands in quality 
as attorney of Uncle Hendrick one hundred and twelve guilders from the 
deft, according to obligation. Deft, acknowledges the debt and requests 
to see the procuration. Pltf. says, it was told him verbally. Is asked if 
he has authority from Uncle Hendrick ? Answers Yes, and that he has 
placed all his affairs in his hands. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
Joost Goderus to deliver over to the Orphan Chamber the obligation and 
other papers and things belonging to Uncle Hendrick, inasmuch as the 
news has arrived, that he is dead. 

Frerick Gysberzen, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, fifteen beavers for one hhd. of wine. Deft, acknowledges the debt. 
The W : Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 



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Pieter Jacobzen Marius, pltf. v/s Claas Gangelofzen Visser, deft. 
Pltf. as curator of the residuazy estate of Anna Cornelis, demands from 
deft, in quality as curator of the estate of Nicolaes Velthuyzen payment 
of his arrears. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, whereas Tielman van 
Vleeck is better acquainted with the matter, because he has been longer 
engaged with it, that pltf. shall have to look to him. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Backer, deft. Pltf., 
curator of the residuary estate of Anna Cornelis, demands from deft, one 
hundred and six guilders according to obligation and in addition one 
hundred and twenty three guilders accrued interest for four years: all in 
beavers. Deft, acknowledges the debt, except the interest, of which he 
says he knows nothing. Pltf. says, he has communicated it to the Orphan 
Chamber. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. 
in the quality in which he acts, the fi. io6. and in respect to the interest, 
they order the pltf. to shew proof of that from the Orphan Chamber. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Smitt, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Jan Bestevaar, the younger pltf. v/s Lambert Huybertzen Mol, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieter Andriezen and Claas Dicklofzen, pltfs. v/s Cornelis Hoogh- 
boom, deft. Deft, in default. 

Willem Abrahamzen van der Borden entering states, that Teunis 
Comelissen Slingerlants house will be sold next Saturday and whereas 
he has still a claim against the aforesaid Slingerlant for wages for labor 
on his house, requests that if the house should not bring sufficient and 
therefore should be withdrawn by the agents of the aforesaid Slingerlant, 
that such should not take place, but that it may proceed until he get his 
pay. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, inasmuch as the petitioner 
has no preferable right, such cannot be done, but inform him to return 
then to them. 

Joris Dopzen appears in Court exhibiting an a/c in his favour for 
burying John Chappel, amounting to fl. 63 : 3 also an a/c in favor of John 
Bu3ms for the sum of one pound sterling, thirteen shillings and eightpence. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having considered and examined both a/cs. 
decide, that Joris Dopzen shall have to get his pay out of the deceased's 
effects and John Ruyns, from the proceeds of the ship, the Nathaniel. 



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ILxtncfr&n^ij Meeting on Tnesdaj the Angnst 1662. In the City 
Han. Prefent the Heeren Fitter Tooneman, Panlas Lecndenen ran der 
Grift, Olof Sterenzen van Cordant, Jacob Strjckcr, lyiact- Grevetaat. 

The Bargomasters of this Gtj Amsterdam in X. Nctheriand, having 
considered the iroochers, docoments and p^>ers made use of, oa both 
sides, in the suit between Jan Gillissen the yonngcr pltf. in a case of pre- 
ference and opposition to an attachment, with and against the curators 
of the insolvent estate of Reindert Jansen Hoom, defts., in the same suit, 
for and because of ei^tj seven and a half pounds beaver which the pltf . 
claims, by virtue of judgment dated 6^ December 1661, of Tiehnan van 
Vleeck, attorney for Alexander d'Hinojossa, which the defts. in their 
quality have attached, because the aforesaid 87^ pounds oi beaver were 
conveyed by Re3mdert Jansen Hoom to the said Jan Jelissen and having 
been done at the time of his absconding, cannot according to the edicts 
and statutes of the laudable City of Amsterdam in Holland, enjoy any 
right of preference, but must come in concurrence with other creditors. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having weighed and considered every thing, 
find that Reyndert Jansen Hoom has conveyed, twenty six days before 
his absconding, the aforesaid 87^ pounds of beaver to Jan Jelissen the 
younger, pltf. herein, which is contrary to the laws and statutes afore- 
said; they therefore decide, that the pltf. has no right of preference over 
the 87^ lbs. of beaver, but must come with the others in concurrence and 
that the attachment on the same shall stand good; they accordingly, 
dismiss pltf's entered demand and deduced conclusion herein and order 
him to place in the hands of the creditors of the aforesaid estate the judg- 
ment, which he has obtained against Tielman van Vleeck, attorney of 
Alexander d'Hinojossa; and condemn parties, on both sides, each in his 
own costs. Thus done and adjudged at the Court of the Burgomasters 
and Schepens of this City, absent those interested in the aforesaid estate. 
Ady, as above. 

Tuesday, 39^ August, 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacobus Backer, Isaack Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen, 



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deft. Pursuant to the order of this W: Court, the deft, produces a de- 
claration of Hieletje Jans, wife of Yde Comelis, passed before the Notary 
Salomon La Chair, 23 August 1662, to the efiFect, that she had agreed 
with deft, in the presence of her husband's sister and Tryntje Walings, to 
bake a quantity of biscuit for her lying in. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having read and considered the declaration, find that deft, has not baked 
the rolls with a design to sell them, but for biscuit; therefore dismiss the 
Officer's entered demand and deduced conclusion. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst and 
Tomas TeiUer, defts. Pltf. concludes, that defts. shall be condemned in 
a fine, to wit; Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst in a fine of one hundred 
guilders for that he not only assaulted and was at handigrips with Tomas 
TeiUer, but also drew a knife on him, and followed him therewith to the 
door of Samuel Etsal's house; and Tomas TeiUer in the fine of twenty 
five guUders for that he has fought with Jan Hendricksen; producing in- 
formation and declarations taken and drawn up to that effect. Deft. Jan 
Hendricksen denies having drawn a knife on Tomas TeiUer and says, 
that he was held fast by Samuel Etsal's negro, and that Tomas TeiUer 
struck him so, that he must defend himself. Deft. Tomas TeUler says, 
that he pursued him with a knife and that Clara Ebels pulled him by the 
hair. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties and having read 
and considered all that is material find the evidence, that the deft. Jan 
Hendricksen had drawn a knife on Tomas TeUler, to be insufficient; 
therefore dismiss the Officer's entered demand and deduced conclusion 
herein, and condemn the defts. Jan Hendricksen van Gunst and Tomas 
TeiUer for their assaults and fighting, each in the fine of twenty five 
gnflders with the costs of this suit. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Clara Ebels, deft. The Officer 
concludes, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of one hundred 
guUders for that she has cut Samuel Etsals negro with a knife on the 
hand, referring to his declaration produced. Deft, acknowledges to have 
had a knife in her hand, but says she brought the same out of the garden, 
having been there to cut potherbs, and further says, that the negro 
pushed her over behind, so that it was a shame; she produced a declara- 
tion to this effect on the last Court day. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having read, weighed and considered the parties' produced declarations, 



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excuse the deft, from the fine, as they find, that she did not take the knife 
with intention to wound any person ; therefore dismiss the Officers entered 
demand and deduced conclusion herein. 

Comelis Martenzen Factor, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Comelis Marzen Factor, pltf. v/s Comelis Pluyvier, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Arien van Laar, pltf. v/s Joghim Beeckman, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jeremias Janzen, pltf. v/s Hermen Douzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieter Jelizen, pltf. v/s Hermen Douzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Deft. 
absent. Pltf. was ordered by the Court to address himself to the Orphan 
Chamber and institute his suit there. 

Teunis Gysberzen Bogaart, pltf. v/s Skipper Pieter Janzen Emilius, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, payment of three hundred pieces of clap- 
boards @ twenty guilders per hundred payable in linen Q three guilders 
the ell. Deft, says, not he but his cooper bought the wood; and that the 
same was purchased on condition, that he could ship them. Pltf. says, 
that he bought six hundred pieces and that the cooper paid him for half, 
but made no condition, referring himself to the statement of the cooper. 
The cooper entering was asked, if he or skipper Pieter had bought the 
clapboards of Teunis Gysberzen or had bought them on condition, that 
he could ship them, or if it were a final purchase ? Whereunto he an- 
swers, that they bought the timber together and that it was final and not 
on condition, that it could be shipped. The W: Court condemn the deft, 
to pay the pltf. for the clapboards and to receive the same according to 
contract. 

Pieter Lucazen, pltf. v/s Jonas Bartelzen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, one hundred and thirty guilders in seawant for a sail and foremast 
sail for a boat. Deft, exhibits a sail and a sample of linen and says, that 
the sail is not made of the same cloth and that it was ag^reed to be made 
of that cloth. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in dispute to 
Claas Bordingh and Freryck Lubbersen, to take up parties case, to hear 
and examine the same, to reconcile parties if possible; if not, to report 
their decision to the Court. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Parties mutu- 



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aOy reqaest two arbitrators to take up the a/cs. and differences which 
they have against each other; whereunto the W: Court commissioned 
Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, old Schepen of this City and Anthony de 
Milt, who were ordered and authorized to take up the a/cs. in question, 
to discuss and decide the same; to reconcile parties if possible; if not to 
report their decision to the Court. 

Claas Dicklofzen, pltf. v/s Comelis Hooghboom, deft. Defts. 2"^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and twenty five guilders, 
ten stivers in zeawant for wages for the labor of himself and comrade. 
The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of 
this Court. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Smitt, deft. 
Pltf., as curator of the residuary estate of Anna Comelis, demands from 
deft a balance of two hundred and twenty two guilders in beavers and 
four years interest thereon, according to obligation. Deft, says, he does 
not owe so much, as he paid sixteen beavers and fifty guilders in seawant 
and that he accounted to Lauwerens the beaver @ ten guilders. The 
W: Court condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. in the quality in which he 
acts, according to the tenor of the obligation. 

Cristyntie Cappoens, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jurrien Hendricksen 
from Osnaburgh, arrested and deft. Pltf. as attorney for her husband, 
who has procuration from Nicolaas Spout, demands in virtue of the same 
from the deft, the sum of four hundred guilders principal, Holland cur- 
rency, on bottomry, received according to bottomry bond with four and 
twenty per cent, premium for the risk and danger of the sea. Deft, says, 
he has nothing to object, promising to pay here, what he has here and on 
his arrival in Holland to satisfy the remainder to his principal. The W : 
Court order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf., in the quality, in which 
she acts; the arrest remaining in the meanwhile, so long valid. 

The curators of the residuary estate of Sicx van der Stighelen, pltfs. 
v/s Jan Hermzen, baker, deft. Pltfs., in their quality demand of deft, 
according to two obligations, the quantity of two hundred beavers. Deft, 
admits the debt; says he made them an assignment on the curators of the 
residuary estate of Andries van Buytenhuysen. The W: Court order the 
deft to pay and satisfy the obligation to the pltfs. in the quality in which 
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]in HcxinxGu baker, ^1:± t s Tsi^V Bedia, deft. TM. demands 
froai deft, in his q^^iliiT ss l - isaum of the readojJT estate irf Andries van 
B:: jtenhoTscn the qTiantin- of tortj six btaws aooordmg to obligation, 
sajing that he has accepted to pzr thirtr two beaveis to tiie cmators of 
Sicx Tan der Sti^iden. Deft, in q^ulnr as before, answers to have so 
accepted, if it were in the rhesr BurgDcusteis and Schepens order the 
defL to satisfy and par the pltf. frooa Andiies van Buyt enhnysen's effects. 

Aiiaan Vincent, pltf. t s Teanis Cray, deft. Htfs. wife entering 
with her daughter demands from deft, one and twenty guilders. Deft, 
pursuant to the order of the last Court day evhihits a declaration of Cor- 
nelis van Ruyren, that the deft. (qy. pltf. ?) purchased <^ his furniture at 
auction, two tin plates for two guilders eleven stivers. Pltf. says, she paid 
his wife that. DefL says, his wife had gone to Holland. Pltf. again 
says, his wife owed her. The W: Court order the deft to pay the pltf., 
deducting the two guilders eleven stivers, if it be not paid. 

Nicolaas de la Pleyne, pltf. v/s Mr. Leeck, deft. Pltf. says, that he 
received from one Benhem, defts. skipper, some tobacco belonging to 
deft, and that the aforesaid skipper requested him to expend on M. 
Leeck's a/c thirty two guilders and that deft, demanded the tobacco 
from him, which he will not let go, before and until he is paid the thirty 
two guilders ; demanding therefore, payment thereof. Deft, says, he 
does not believe, it was given for his a/c, but thait the skipper received it 
on his own a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens decide that the pltf. need 
not deliver the tobacco to the deft, before and untQ he is paid the thirty 
two guilders. 

Pieter Janzen, mason, pltf. v/s Nicolaas de Meyer, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft., as attorney for Teunis Comelissen Slingerlant, one hun- 
dred guilders in seawant and ten beavers for wages. Deft, says, he is not 
bound to pay, as he has no authority to do so; nor any effects on hand; 
and he wronged and summoned him unjustly. The W. Court order the 
pltf. to the proprietor, as the deft, saith he hath no effects of the same 
in hand. 

Willem Abrahanzen van der Borden, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Meyer, deft. 
Ptlf. demands from deft., as attorney of Teunis Comelissen Slingerlant, 
payment of labor at the house built for aforesaid Slingerlant. Deft, says 
he has no authority to pay him nor any effects of Slingerland in his hands. 



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Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that the aforesaid Slingeriant shall 
be once more legally notified to pay the wages for constructing the house 
or that the same, in default of payment, shall be sold by execution. 

Walewyn van der Veen with Mighiel Tadens entering, answers in 
writing Mighiel Tadens demand. The W: Court order copy to be fur- 
nished to Mighiel Tadens, to reply thereunto at the next Court day. 

Tuesday, 5 Sept^ 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaack 
Greveraat. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaansen Lantsman, deft. 
Pltf., as att*y of Jacob Steendam, demands from deft, two hundred and 
fifty three guilders balance of rent ; and further, thirty six guilders in 
zeawan, two beavers and one wild cat's skin according to obligation. 
Deft, says, he rendered an a/c against it amounting to sixty nine guilders 
thirteen stivers for expences incurred on the house. Pltf. produces a de- 
cision of arbitrators, which for reason he says he cannot understand. 
The W Court approve the award of arbitrators and order Arent Jurriaan- 
sen Lantsman to satisfy and pay the pltf. the balance of the money. 

Josep. Witzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s M' Leeck, arrested and deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, the freight of nine hhds of tobacco @ twelve 
guilders the hhd. good pay; also ten pounds of hides for five hides and 
twelve guilders passage money. Deft, demands fulfilment of contract. 
Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Comelis 
Steenwyck, old Schepen and actual Orphan Master of this City, and to 
W- Thomas Willett to examine the case in question, to hear parties and 
reconcile them if possible; if not to report their decision to the Court, 
the arrest remaining so long valid. 

Josep. Witzen, pltf. v/s Bartolomous Serven, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, one hundred and forty eight guilders for freight of twelve hhds 
of tobacco; thirty six pounds of hides for eighteen hides. Deft, says, he 
is ready to pay, as soon as pltf. fulfills his bill of lading; and misses nine- 
teen hides and one tub of tobacco. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the 
matter in question to Comelis Steenwyck old Schepen and actual Orphan 
Master of this City, and to M' Tomas Willett to take up the case in ques- 



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tion, to hear parties and to reconcile them if possible; if not to report 
their decision to the Court. 

Jacques Cosseau, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. Pltf. pro- 
duces a certain bill of exchange for the sum of fi. 300 in zeawan against 
deft., which he accepted to pay to the pltf. in season before the departure 
of the ships; demands payment thereof or that deft, shall give security, 
that the same shall be paid in Holland or here in the time of six months; 
if not imprisonment of his person. Deft, says, he offered to pay the pltf. 
fifty guilders in Holland, which he would not accept and agreed with 
another for the same; referring to his endorsement of the bill of exchange 
and to the law of exchange according to the custom of Holland. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decide, that the deft, shall pay the pltf. the accepted 
bill of exchange and in default the pltf. must protest it. 

Jacques Cosseau, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. Pltf., 
as att'y of the common creditors of Matthys Ganderheiden, demands 
from deft, twenty nine guilders eighteen stivers, for goods bought at 
public auction. Deft, says, he has an offset a/c, acknowledging to have 
bought the goods and to have attached the monies remaining with him. 
The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. in the quality, in 
which he acts the twenty nine guilders eighteen stivers, as he purchased 
the goods at public sale, saving any action he might wish to institute. 

Roelof Jansen van Meppelen, pltf. v/s Jeems Bottelaar, deft. Pltf. 
demands, that deft, shall deliver to him the thirteen gross of pipes bought 
from him at three guilders fifteen stivers the gross. Deft, says, he sold 
the pipes to pltf. Q six shillings and three pence English the gross or as 
much in seawant; calling as witness Josep Witzen, who entering declares 
the same. Pltf. admits to have bought from deft, one gross of pipes, as 
a sample at seven guilders four stivers. Deft, says, because he treated 
him with eating and drinking, he gave them to him at so much less ; de. 
mands money or pipes. The W: Court order the pltf. to return the pipes 
to deft, or to pay him for the same seven guilders ten stivers the gross. 

Comelis Marssen Factor, pltf. v/s Comelis Pluyvier, deft. Defts. 
3*^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, six hundred and twenty guilders, 
twelve stivers and a half in seawan and twenty guilders in beaver. The 
W. Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Arien van Laar, pltf. v/s Joghim Beeckman, deft. Pltf. demands 



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from deft, thirty two guilders in beavers according to a/c. Deft, admits 
the debt. The W. Court order deft, to pay the pltf. the two and thirty 
guilders in beavers. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, refuses him copy of answer, demanding ten and a half guilders 
for the same ; and that deft, is bound to furnish him copy of the same 
according to order of the Court. Deft, says, he must pay for it when the 
copy is furnished him, undertaking to prove it. The W: Court decide, 
that deft, is bound to furnish his party with copy of the answer, bringing 
in the costs at the termination of the suit. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Greet je Cruytdops,* deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, on a mortgage nine hundred guilders with one years interest. 
Deft, says, she has nothing to object; requests time, till her husbands 
arrival, whom she expects with Samuel Etsal. Pltf. demands justice; 
says he has waited long enough. The W: Court grant deft, fourteen 
days time. 

Joannes and Daniel Vervelen, pltfs. v/s Grietje Cruytdops, deft. 
Pltfs., as attomies of Jan Gerrisen van Boxel, demand payment of one 
hundred and forty four guilders, Holland currency, according to exchange 
returned protested. Deft, says, she knows not what to do therein. Pltfs. 
entering consent, on request, to fourteen days time. The W. Court grant 
the deft, fourteen days time. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Boot, deft. Pltf. as sub- 
stitute of Comelis van Ruyven, appointed by skipper Dirck Jacobs Vries, 
prosecutes an attachment issued against the goods of Hans Frericksen, 
which he had from Arien Symonsen to sell in the Virginias at the highest 
price on half profit; demanding, that the attachment be declared valid. 
Deft, declares, he gave an obligation in favour of Hans Frericksen for 
and on acc^ of the goods, which he bought from him belonging to Arien 
Symonsen, and that Arien Symonsen gave the goods to Hans Frericksen 
on half profit. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the attachment valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Teunissen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Pelgrum Clocq, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Both in default, 

^ She was the wife of Baient Craytdop, who purchased April 5, 1659, a lot 00 the 
Weil nde of Bioadwaj, near Morris Str. Manual, 1865, ^S^* 



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Gommert Paulusen, pltf. v/s Abraham Verplanck, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Dirck Janzeiiy caq>eiiter, pltf. v/s Dirck Janzen van Deventer, deft 
Deft, in default. 

Tuesday 12* SeptembT 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlanty Joannes van Bnigh^ Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus 
Backer, tsaack Greveraat. 

Tomas Janzen Mingael, pltf. v/s Joghim the baker, deft. Pltf. 
says, he sold deft, at Fort Orange a house situate here at the Manhattans, 
and coming here he met him in the Brewer Street * and he ratified the 
bargain, saying I hold to the purchase ; and that he now draws back ; de- 
mands that the sale shall stand good. Deft, denies it and says, he saw 
the house from without and being asked by pltf., what he thought of it, 
gave for answer, the house will serve him well. Pltf. replies, — ^that deft, 
told Jan Schryver — I have been looking at a house there and shall buy 
it, when Tomas Jansen comes down ; offering to confirm by oath, that he 
bought the house. Deft, entering is asked, whether he bought the house ? 
Answers, by looking at it. Is further asked, if he will affirm under oath, 
that he did not ratify the bargain ? Answers, Yes. The W: Court order 
pltf. to prove his statement. 

Dirck Janzen van Hoorn, pltf. v/s Dirck Janzen van Deventer, deft. 
Defts. 2I default. Ptlf. demands from deft, one hundred and fifty nine 
guilders in seawan earned at his boat, according to obligation. The W: 
Court order deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Walewjm van der Veen, pltf. v/s AUard Anthony, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, payment of one hundred and fifty guilders four stivers 
in beavers and twenty five guilders twelve stivers in Holland Cur' accord- 
ing to a/c exhibited in Court arising from a balance of an award made by 
arbitrators over six years. Deft, demands copy in writing of the demand. 
The W: Court grant deft, copy of the demand to answer thereunto at the 
next Court day. 

Geertruyd de Witt, pltf. v/s Anneke Kocks, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, besides other insulting expressions has abused her husband as a 

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cuckold, struck and kicked her in the side and bit her in the ear. Deft, 
denies having struck her first and says, that her husband threatened to 
beat her maid, that they mumbled at each other and that she, the pltf., 
first seized her by the cap tearing the same from her head ; can prove the 
same by Marten Cregier's daughter; whereupon she gave her a slap or 
two. The Officer concludes, that deft, shall be amerced in a fine of two 
hundred guilders, for that the deft, struck and kicked the pltf. on her 
body being a pregnant woman, going on the close of her term. Jan de 
Witt, husband and guardian of the pltf., concludes in writing, that deft, 
shall repair the injuries inflicted on him and his wife, honorably and 
profitably at the estimation and taxation of this W: Court; and pay, in 
addition on the taxation as above, for the suffered pain, smart, loss and 
surgeon's fee. Which demand being read to the deft., she denies having 
abused Jan de Witt, saying she will bring in her defence at the next 
Court day. The Officer enters himself as guardian with the pltfs. The 
W: Court order parties on both sides to produce their proofs by the next 
Court day. 

M' Leeck, pltf. v/s Nicolaes Boot, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
thirteen hhdsof tobacco and five hides, less receipts, which he had shipped. 
Deft, says, the vessel ran aground, spoiled the goods and he lost his and 
the pltf*s., demanding the freight on what he had delivered him, agreeably 
to the demand rendered on the last Court day. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard parties arguments, dismiss the pltfs entered de- 
mand herein and decree and order, that he pay and satisfy the deft, the 
freight of the goods delivered to him, also the passage money, according 
to the demand of the last Court day above mentioned. 

Wolfert Webber, pltf. v/s Tomas Hall, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, a load of hay which he has taken from his stack standing in an 
enclosure, requesting him to restore it free of charge and damage. Deft, 
says, as it is the Company's land he refers himself to the R^ Hon^!* Direc- 
tor Gen! and Council; admits having drawn the hay, but not without 
consent and order of one of the Supreme Council and that he leased the 
land from the Company. Pltf. says, he mowed the hay in Augustinus 
Heermans valley and took it from thence with his consent; producing 
some declarations to that effect. Deft, says, when he drew the hay, not 
a blade was as yet cut in Augustinus' valley. The W: Court order the 



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deft, to prove that the pitf. (sic) drew the load of hay in question from 
his valley of which he is actually in possession. 

Lucas Dircksen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. Pltf . demands 
from deft eighty one guilders, five stivers. Deft, says, he does not owe 
so much; produces a contract made with him in form of a wager amount- 
ing to the quantity of three tuns of beer, which he won from him. The 
W: Court condemn the deft to pay the pltf. the eighty one guilders five 
stivers. 

Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Har- 
derwyck, deft Pltf. demands from deft according to a/c eighty guilders 
in seawant for so much that he has agreed to pay for Axis Otte*s widow. 
Deft admits having agreed to pay the debt; then says that, on the other 
hand an attachment has been entered on the monies. Burgomaster Olof 
Stevenzen van Cortlant declares, he knows the same. The W: Court 
order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the fl. 80. 

Marycke La Noy, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, 
deft Pltf. demands from deft, fifty eight guilders, six stivers, which he 
agreed to pay for Arien Symonsen. Deft, denies, that he agreed to pay 
the fl. 58. 6 stiv for Arien Sjrmonsen. Pltf. replies, that the Court Mes- 
senger Qaas van Elslant notified her by return, that Gerrit Hendricksen 
agreed to pay for Arien Symonsen what he owed her. Deft, says, he 
agreed to pay a certain tavern bill for him, but not the debt. The Court 
Messenger Claas van Elslant being called in and heard hereupon, de- 
clares, that deft, agreed to pay the debt for Arien Symonsen. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens therefore condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the 
fifty eight gl. six stiv. to the pltf. 

Meindert Barenzen, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, Joannes 
Withart and Jacobus Vis, defts. Pltf. demands payment from defts. of 
the sum of fifty guilders, saying, that the one refers him to the other and 
he cannot get his pay ; and that Jacob Eldersen, who was in their employ 
as master workman, set him to work. Defts. produce the contract made 
with each other saying, that Jacob Eldersen was not in their service at the 
time. Pltf. is asked, when he worked for them ? Answers, when they 
brewed together. The W: Court having looked into and read the con- 
tract, condemn Joannes Withart and Jacobus Vis to satisfy and pay the 
pltf. the fifty guilders. 



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Cornells Marsten Factor having delivered in by the Court Messenger 
the judgment of sequestration, which he has obtained on the 5? of this 
month on and against Comelis Pluyvier and the return of the Court Mes- 
senger to the notice served thereof being seen, they condemn Comelis 
Pluyvier to satisfy and pay Comelis Marsten Factor the demanded six 
hundred and twenty guilders, twelve stivers and a half in seawant and 
the twenty guilders in beavers. 

Claas Dicklofzen delivering in by the Court Messenger the judgment 
of sequestration, which he has obtained on the 29. August last on and 
against Comelis Hooghboom; also the return to the notice served on him 
being seen, the W: Court condemn the above named Comelis Hooghboom 
to satisfy and pay Claas Dickloffsen the demanded hundred and twenty 
five guilders, ten stivers in zeawant. 

Hendrick Hendricksen Obe appears in Court, who delivering in a 
request to be preferred in the monies proceeding from the sold ship, the 
Nathaniel and goods — is asked if he has further proof touching this, pur- 
suant to the Court*s order dated 22. August last ? Answers, nothing 
besides, what is known to Schepen Joannes van Brugh, who entering 
declares, he knows that, when the general creditors of Jeems Mills were 
together at Wemaar Wessels' house, they unanimously decided, that Hen- 
drick Hendricksen Obe and Comelis Steenwyck should enjoy preference 
for the board, received by the abovenamed Jeems Mills, and come in con- 
currence with others for his further claim. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decide, that Hendrick Hendricksen Obe shall enjoy preference for the 
board, furnished Jeems Mills, along with Comelis Steenwyck, and that 
from the little ship and effects of the abovenamed Mills. 

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

Arien Symonsen, pltf. v/s The Heer Joanes de Decker, deft. Both 
in default. 

Jan Ariaanzen, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaansen Lantsman, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Freryck Gysbertzen, pltf. v/s Reinier Willemzen, baker, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Lucas Dirckzen, pltf. v/s Hermen Douwzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Lucas Dirckzen, pltf. v/s Denys Isaacken, deft. Deft, in default. 



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M i^el Tadcs replies to Walevrn Tan der Teens answer. The W. 
Cotut order copj to be famished to paitj to rejoin thereunto at die next 
Court daf. 

Xicolaas Boot entering reqacsts, that he mi|^ arrest the person of 
Antony Tan AalsL Borgpinastcrs and Schepens grant the petitioner the 



Jacobus Vis also requests arrest of the person of Antony van Aalst. 
Burgomasters and Schepens grant the petitioner also arrest. 

Thursday 14 Sept^ 1662. In the City HalL Present the Heeren 
Panlus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Sterenzen Tan Cortlant, Joannes 
van Bmgh, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaack GreTeraat. 

The draft of the conveyance of the litde ship the Naikamel^ sold by 
the Magistrates' execution, being considered in Court, Burgomasters and 
Schepens approve of the draft and convey the vessel pursuant thereto. 

Jan Janzen Mingael entering requests an end of the case between 
him and Joghim the baker regarding the purchase and sale of his house 
bought on Magistrates' execution. 

Tuesday, 19 Sept! 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Olof Ste\'enzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes van Brugh, Jacob Strycker, Isaack Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Anna Kock's servant maid, deft. 
Defts. 2^ default. Pltf. demands, that deft, be put on bread and water 
for the term of . . . ; she having assisted her mistress to beat Jan 
de Witt's wife, who is pregnant. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Anna Kocks, deft. Deft, delivers 
in thro' the Court Messenger a petition, in which she requests, that the 
matter in dispute between her and the Officer may be disposed of by 
arbitrators in the presence of one of the Bench. Which petition being 
read the Officer demands, that the case be disposed of by the W. Court ; 
producing divers declarations against the deft. Anneken Kocks sent for 
by the Court Messenger appears; Is asked if she has any declarations for 
her defence pursuant to the order of the last Court day ? She answers 
thereupon, she could not get any declarations. Is further asked, where 
her servant maid is ? Answers, at the instigation of others she ran away 



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this morning. The W. Court order Anneke Kocks to bring in by the 
next Court day, what she can for her defence; and order Geertruydt 
de Witt to produce by the next Court day also, her demand as she intends 
it on and against Anneken Kocks. 

Joannes Verveelen, pltf. v/s Grietje Cruytdops, deft. Pltf. demands 
of deft, payment of a mortgage on her house for the sum of nine hundred 
guilders with interest and costs. Deft, says, she cannot do any thing 
therein, before her husband is here or she have letters from him. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. the nine hun- 
dred guilders according to the tenour of the mortgage, with costs. 

Joannes and Daniel Vervelen, pltfs. v/s Grietje Cruytdops, deft. 
Pltfs., attomies of Jan Gerrizen van Boxel, demand from the deft, one 
hundred and forty four guilders Holland cur' according to exchange, 
which is returned protested; with costs. Deft, says, she has nothing to 
object. The W Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltfs. in 
the quality in which they act the hundred and forty four guilders, accord- 
ing to the tenor of the exchange ; with costs. 

Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck, pltf. v/s Cors Jans and Wer- 
naar Wessels, defts. Pltf. asserts, that deft. Cors Jans entered and gave 
notice of four ankers, but he paid only for one. Defts. wife entering, 
admits it; offers to pay the others. Pltf. says, the deft, offers to pay it, 
now 'tis out. Wemaar Wessels declares, that deft, gave him notice of 
four ankers, saying at the time that she should retail one, and if she re- 
tailed others she should give notice. Burgomasters and Schepens excuse 
the deft. Cors Jansen from the claim, the pltf. assumes to have against 
him, and order him to satisfy and pay the Farmer his due. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harder Wyck, 
deft. Pltf. says, that deft, accepted to satisfy and pay him the sum of 
one hundred and twenty guilders three stivers on a/c of the widow of Aris 
Otte, who ordered him to do so. Deft, says, he is ready to do so, if that 
will serve as payment. Burgomasters and Schepens order pltf. to exhibit 
farther order, that the deft, should pay him the hundred and twenty 
guilders, three stivers. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, eighty eight guilders, which he according 
to obligation agreed to pay for the widow of Aris Otte, with costs. Deft. 



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says, he has no objection and returning is asked, whether he have author- 
ity to pay from Aris Otte's widow or her present husband ? Answers, 
Yes. The W. Court order deft, to pay the pltf . according to passed ob- 
ligation the eighty eight guilders. 

Jan Arenzen, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. Pltf's wife entering demands from deft, twenty six guilders in 
zeawant for wages earned of him by her children ; with costs. The W. 
Court order the deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this 
City. 

Lucas Dircksen, pltf. v/s Hermen Dousen, deft. Defts. 2*^ default 
Pltf's wife entering demands from deft, according to a/c which she ex- 
hibits, the sum of forty four guilders five stivers in seawant. The W: 
Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Nicolaas Boot, pltf. v/s Tomas Lambersen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, in his capacity as substitute of Anthony van Aalst, attorney of 
the heirs of Hermanns Hertogh, a certain obligation, which he executed 
on date 2^^ Dec^ 165 1 in favour of the abovenamed Hertogh, sa3ring the 
same is paid, according to receipt thereof executed in Amsterdam in 
Holland by the aforesaid Hertogh dated 24 Nov' 1654; producing the 
same. Deft, exhibits the obligation. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
deft, to hand pltf. the obligation, which he passed to Hermanns Hertogh, 
as it appears by receipt that the same is paid. 

Jan van Gelder, pltf. v/s Grietje Pieters, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, three guilders sixteen stivers for wages. Deft, admits the debt, but 
says, she gave his wife linen to make caps and she spoiled the caps. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Sara Roeloftzen, 
wife of M' Hans Kierstede, and to Metje Greveraats to take up the 
matter in question, to inspect the linen and caps, to settle parties* case, 
and if possible to reconcile them; if not to report their decision to the 
Court. 

Jamis Davidts, pltf. v/s Age Bruynsen, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
fastened a piece of a mizzen mast and half a hatch and demands too 
much for wages, and he offered him a Rix dollar. Deft, is asked, what 
he demands. Answers a pair of cargo-shoes or ten guilders in zeawant. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order the pltf. to pay deft, for wages six 
guilders in zeawant; wherewith the deft, shall be content. 



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Lambert Huyberzen Mol, pltf. v/s Jamis Davids, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, one hundred and fifty guilders for twelve days and a 
halfs wages for him and his son. Deft, says, that he agreed with him 
for the work for one hundred and seventy five guilders and paid there- 
upon eighty six and a half guUders and that the pltf. has not performed 
his work. Pltf. says, that deft, increased the work, and added thereto 
wood work. Deft, offers to pay for the same, on condition of seeing a/c 
thereof. The W. Court refer the matter in question to Hendrick Jansen 
van der Vin, old Schepen of this City, and to Jan Ariaansen, ship car- 
penter, to take up the work, decide the case in question, to reconcile 
parties if possible; if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Wolfert Webber, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Pltf. again demands, 
that deft, shall be condemned to restore free of cost and loss the hay, 
which he took from him and in default thereof protests against him for 
all costs, damages and interests suffered or to be incurred thereby — all 
with costs herein already or hereafter to be incurred. Deft, says, as the 
matter is before the R! Hon^ Director General and Council's bench he 
holds to the same, and requests that the Officer shall act as his guardian, 
inasmuch as he finds himself injured, for pltf. says, he stole the hay. 
Thomas Hall entering is asked, why he has not procured an extract of 
what is executed by the Supreme Council? Answers thereto that the 
Secretary told him that he had no need of that, as the matter is taken up 
by Commissaries. The W: Court for reason postpone the matter to the 
next Court day. 

Tomas Schotsman, arrestant and pltf. v/s Ml Bon, arrested and deft. 
Pltf. demands in writing discharge from the agreement entered into with 
deft, to sail with him to the Virginias, inasmuch as the vessel is not fitted 
aloft; because the sail and rigging are not good nor fit to go to sea; and 
that deft, shal] be condemned to pay him three months wages, forty 
guilders for a case with wine and fourteen guilders for half a barrel of 
tar; with the costs. Deft, says, if the sail is not good, 'tis pltf's fault 
and the ship is good and sea worthy. Pltf. replies, as he is a carpenter, 
he took down the sails by orders. Deft, re-entering is asked, if he will let 
the pltf. go and pay him then, or will he have his bark inspected ? An- 
swers, will freely let his bark be inspected and has a just demand against 
the pltf. for damage and interest, suffered by him, but will not now make 



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it. The W Court refer the matter to Mr Caarber and Mf Hutson's 
skipper who are authorized to inspect M' Bon's bark, if the same be fit 
to go to sea or not. 

Joannes Nevius, pltf. v/s Jan Hendricksen van Gunst, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, sixteen guilders five stivers for fees for writings in 
the suit against the Officer, for the drawing out of declarations relative to 
the fighting with Tomas Teiller; according to judgment dated 29. August 
1662 and a/c delivered exhibited in Court. Burgomasters and Schepens, 
the a/c against deft, being produced, decide that deft, as he is silly shall 
be condemned in the fine of twenty five guilders for fighting and not for 
drawing a knife; that he deft, shall have to give and pay to pltf. ten 
guilders. 

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

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Teunissen, at the Fresh 
Water, deft. Deft, in default. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tomas Crabbe, an Englishman, appears in Court, producing a judg- 
ment, which he obtained against M' Bon; demanding execution. Order: 
The Bailiff is ordered to execute this. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgment, which 
he obtained on 29 August 1662. against Jan Hendricksen van Gunst and 
Tomas Teiller. Marginal order: The Bailiff is ordered to execute 
these. 

Lucas Dircksen's wife also appearing demands likewise execution of 
the judgment, which her husband has obtained against Pieter Jansen 
Metselaar (mason), dated 12^ of this month. Marginal order: The 
Baliff is ordered to put these in execution. 

Allard Anthony answers the demand of Walewyn van der Veen. 
The W: Court order copy to be furnished to party to reply thereunto at 
the next Court day. 

On this day, 20* 7^ 1662, appeared before me Joannes Nevius, 
Secre^, M' Eduard Leeck, declaring, that he appeals to the Hon^* 
Director General and Council of N. Netherland from the judgment dated 
12^ of this month pronounced by the W: Court of this City between him 
and Nicolaas Boot. Done etc. 



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Tuesday, 3. Octob' 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, Olfo Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Isaack Greveraat. 

Fiscal Nicasius de Sille appears in Court with Jan van Cleef and 
Tytus Cyre stating, that they bought Jacob van Couwenhoven's horse- 
mill and that Titus Cyre sold his share to Jan van Cleef, who sold it to 
Albert Albertsen Lintwever; on which aforesaid horse mill he paid and 
disbursed above his just third part the sum of two hundred and ten 
guilders, and that he and Albert Albersen again sold the mill, as they 
bought it, according to agreement therefor, to Jacobus Backer, Govert 
Loockermans, Jacques Cosseau, and Hendrick van de Water, and that 
the aforesaid Albert Alberzen has given an assignment of four hundred 
guilders on the abovenamed van de Water, which remarking and fearing, 
that he should not get his own, he directed the Court Messenger to attach 
the money, which being done requests the attachment to be declared valid, 
until it shall be found to whom the most is belonging. The Worsh" Court 
declare the attachment valid. 

Joannes de Decker, Supreme Councill' of N. Netherl*, pltf. v/s 
Comelis Pluyvier, deft. Whereas pltf. sold to deft, his house and lot,* 
he demands that deft, shall accept conveyance of the aforesaid house and 
lot, previously entering sufficient bail for the payment. Deft, requests 
copy of the demand, saying that the pltf. caused him to be notified by 
the Court Messenger on pain of imprisonment ; and that for the arrange- 
ment of the matter, he with Schepen Joannes van Brugh and Matthys de 
Vos, was with pltf. and that the matter went so far, that he offered to pay 
the sum of four hundred guilders to be rid of the bargain, which pltf. 
would not agree to, and if he must accept the house, he holds to the con- 
tract. Pltf. says, if the deft, will promise to pay the four hundred 
guilders he is content, on condition of entering bail for the pay. Deft, 
says, he cannot get any bail and is unable to pay. Pltf. entering de- 
mands, that he may sell the house at defts. risk ; should it bring more, the 
deft to receive the profit; bringing less he shall post and pay what comes 
short Which proposition being stated to deft, on his re-entrance, he 
says, he cannot determine on that, thro* fear that it might be sold at an 

^On the North side of Pearl Str., betw. Broad and Whitehall, afterwards the 
piopeity of Jan de Witt VaimHm, Mannal, 1865, pp. 692 and 705. 



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enormously low price. Burgomasters and Schepens in quality as modera- 
tors propose, that deft, shall offer to pltf . two hundred guilders to be rid 
of the bargain, paying half down and the other in over a month; where- 
unto he answers, he cannot do any such thing; offering one hundred 
guilders this week and fifty guilders in six weeks. Which offer being 
communicated to the pltf., he says he is content, on condition should the 
deft, remain in default of paying the fifty guilders over six weeks, he shall 
be held to the hundred guilders, and reserving to himself the action 
entire; with which deft, is content. 

Grietje Pieters, ptlf. v/s Janneke van Gelder, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. says, that the deft, is not willing to appear before the " good 
women," (female arbitrators), and that Sara Roelofs appointed by the 
W. Court will not have anything to do with the matter, as she will not be 
opposed to either one party or the other; demands therefore to have re- 
turned her ell and a half of the linen. The W: Court order Janneke van 
Gelder for the second time to appear before the " good women " ap- 
pointed by the W. Court on the last Court day, or to make good the 
damage which shall be estimated by the arbitrators. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Anneke Kocks, deft. Pltf. de 
mands, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of two hundred guilders 
for having beat Jan de Witts wife, pulled the hair out of her head and 
kicked her body, she being a pregnant woman. Deft, says, she has wit- 
nesses, who have seen that Jan de Witt's wife first attacked her and tore 
the cap from her head and that she summoned Gysbert, a soldier, for this 
purpose, who being called is absent. Pltf. demands an end of the matter. 
The W: Court order deft, to produce her proof by the next Court day, on 
pain of being deprived of her right. 

Jan de Witt and his Wife, pltfs. v/s Anneke Kocks, deft. Fltfs. 
conclude, that deft, shall be condemned to pay to the Deaconry of thb 
City as a fine, the sum of two hundred guilders for the injurious assault 
perpetrated on her by beating, kicking, and trampling her, and dragging 
the hair from her head. Deft, says, pltf. first attacked her. The W: 
Court order deft, to prove her assertion by the next Court day on pain of 
being deprived of her right. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Neeltje, late maid of Anneke 
Kocks, deft. The Officer concludes, that deft shall be condemned to 



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sit, on bread and water, in close confinement for having assisted her 
mistress to beat Jan de Witt's wife or to relieve herself therefrom by a fine 
of fifty guilders. Deft, says, she ran out on the screams of Jan de Witt's 
wife and wanted to separate them; declaring that Jan de Witt's wife came 
to her mistress' house and enquired for her mistress, and as she was not 
in the house, went to meet her. Deft, again entering is ordered to tell 
the truth ; whereupon she declares, that her mistress suggested to her to 
tell the OflScer, that Jan de Witt's wife first tore the cap from her head; 
persisting further by her previous statement. 

Mr Paulus van de Beeck, pltf. v/s Seletje Arens, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, restitution of the goods conveyed to her by Arien 
Symonsen according to Acte of particulars thereof produced, saying 
that defts. husband removed the same in a bag from his house, which 
bag he again removed from her house. Deft, denies it, saying that the 
pltf. is paid by Arien Symonsen, appealing to Gerrit Hendricksen van 
Harderwyck. Pltf. denies having been paid by Arien Symonsen and 
says, he must still have a hundred and twenty seven guilders from 
Arien Symonsen. The W. Court orders deft, to summon Gerrit Hen- 
dricksen van Harderwyck by the next Court day to which time the case 
was postponed. 

Walewyn van der Veen, pltf. v/s Comelis Vos, deft. Mattheus de 
Vos entering as defts. attorney is asked for his power of attorney, which 
exhibiting was found [not] to have been executed before the Secretary or 
a Notary, merely under signature, which procuration is rejected by the 
pltf., — saying that Princes and great Lords may give authority under their 
hand, but no private individuals; supporting the same with some law 
authorities. Deft, says, he had become security for the judgment and 
that the power of attorney is good, undertaking to proof the same at the 
next Court day. The W: Court order deft, to bring in his proof on the 
next Court day. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Walewyn vander Veen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, forty six guilders nineteen stivers, according to a/c. 
Deft, says, the a/c was first placed in his hands yesterday towards evening 
and he was at the same time summoned, without giving any reason for the 
summons. Pltf. says, he had charged the Court Messenger, to tell the 
deft, why he was summoned. Deft, says, he did not make it known to 



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him. The Court Messenger called in hereupon appears; is asked if he 
was instructed by Mattheus de Vos to explain to Walewyn van der Veen, 
why he was summoned ? Answers had no other instructions, than to de- 
liver the a/c. to van der Veen and to summon him at the same time. 
Parties were ordered to withdraw. Mattheus de Vos called in appears; 
The Officer says, Walewyn van der Veen demands, that he, Mattheus de 
Vos, be notified to refrain from calumniating him here and there: there- 
fore warns him to keep the peace and not to be found mixed up, if any 
misfortune should proceed therefrom. 

Barentje Gerrits, pltf. v/s Geertje Mannekin, deft. Pltf. says, that 
being with deft, above at Fort Orange, the deft, took from her a little 
letter, which had reference to her zeawant; demanding that she shall ex- 
hibit the same. Deft, admits having taken the letter and says, she has it 
not with her and says it was about her seawant, which she, the pltf. sold, 
giving it as token by which to know it, as she in counting it saw a large 
seawant, which was in her box, and that she herself signed the letter; and 
that the pltf. told her firstly, that her husband had signed it and put it 
around it, and afterwards saying Besje, Jan Schryvers wife, had marked 
it; after which coming from above enquired of Beesy about it, who denied 
it; demanding copy of the complaint. Pltf. says, that her husband had 
through error given the other note, that was around the seawant. Deft, 
demands, that pltf. shall exhibit in Court the letters, which she wrote her 
husband from Fort Orange. Parties* husbands entering; Gerrit FuUe- 
wever, pltf's husband, is asked where the letters are, which his wife wrote 
him ; whereupon he shews a letter which being read, Bartholdus Maan, 
defts. husband, says, that is not the letter which he read and there must 
be another letter; and that Gerrit told him that he had signed the 
note that was around the seawant in question. Gerrit FuUewever is 
ordered to write his usual signature (mark) which he put on the tickets 
around the seawant; which being done was found to differ very little from 
the signature to the letter which is read. Bartholdus Maan says, he 
understood from Gerrit FuUewever, that his wife took along with her to 
Fort Orange eleven hundred guilders stringed and three hundred guilders 
loose seawant, and from his wife he understood, that she had sold over 
eighteen and a half hundred guilders; undertaking to prove the same. 
Bartholdus Maan asks Barentje Gerrits, if she did not say, that she 



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promised to return the money he missed, to which at first she gave no 
straight answer; then says finally, Why should I give you my seawan ? 
Bartholdus Maan named several, who missed seawant, where Barentje 
Gerhts had strung, such as Hendrick Willems, baker, and Hans Stein. 
The Officer says, he becomes guardian of parties to investigate the matter. 
Geertje Manneken is asked, where the note is, that was around thee sea- 
want ? Answers, At home, and that her husband will go and bring it ; 
who having brought it, he shews the same saying, that is the note he 
signed. Barentje entering the note is shewn her and she is asked if that 
be the same note which was around the seawant in question ? To which 
she replies she cannot positively say; shews a note, on which she marked 
all the seawant that she had taken with her to Fort Orange, amounting in 
all to the sum of sixteen hundred and seventy six guilders. Geertje Man- 
neken says, she saw the notice of the seawant, that Barentje had sold at 
Fort Orange and that the same exceeded the sum of eighteen hundred 
and fifty guilders. Bartholdus Maan asks Barentje, if she had not written 
other letters to her husband than those she had shewn and if she will con- 
firm such on oath ? Answers, Yes, and has not written other letters to 
her husband. 

Burger Jorizen, pltf. v/s Claas Boot, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
one hundred and twenty five guilders nine stivers wages. Deft, admits 
the debt ; says cannot pay at present. The W : Court order deft, to pay 
pltf. Walewyn van der Veen re-entering is informed, that he complained^ 
Mattheus de Vos calumniated him and that it is found that he himself 
proceeds rather sharply in his writings ; especially in the answer to 
Mighiel Tades' demand: whereunto he answers, he did or wrote nothing, 
but followed the footsteps of a rash passionate person and requests that 
the reply and copy thereof to the answer aforesaid be entered. Burgo- 
noasters and Schepens order Walewyn vander Veen not to write again so 
sharply, but only to answer the principal; they decide further that the 
reply and copy of what is demanded shall be entered and the same com- 
municated to Mattheus de Vos or his principal. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Tomas Teiller, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jacob Gerrisen van Vorst, deft. 
Deft, in default. 



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Schout Fieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Francois de Bniyn^ deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Grietje Fieters, pltf. v/s Janneke van Gelder, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Ariaanzen, pltf. v/s Arent Jurriaanzen Lantsman, deft. Defts. 
third default. Secretary Nevius at the request of pltf's wife exhibits the 
judgment of sequestration against the deft., dated 19^ Sept^ last, and the 
notice given him together with the return of the Court Messenger; de- 
manding condemnation and definite judgment. The W: Court order 
Arent Jurriaansen Lantsman to deposit the money in the above Acte 
within four and twenty hours with the Secretary of this City on pain of 
imprisonment. 

Hendrick Hendricksen Obe entering demands the board money from 
the sold goods of Jeems Mills. Burgomasters and Schepens decide first 
to speak to Comelis Steenwyck thereupon. 

On the judgment, dated 29 7^' last, which Joannes Vervelen has 
against Grietje Cruytdop, ordered — Bailiff is ordered to put these in exe- 
cution. 

Which order is also made on the judgment, which the curators of 
the bankrupt estate of Reindert Jansen Hoom have against Francois de 
Bruyn dated 22*^ August 1662; also which Lucas Dircksen has against 
Hermen Dousen dated 19 Sept' aforesaid. 

Tuesday 10. Octob' 1662. In the City Hall. Fresent the Heeren 
Fieter Tonneman, Faulus Leendersen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes van Brugh, Jacob Strycker, Isaack Greveraat. 

Luda Meyers, pltf. v/s Grietje Fieters, deft. Fltf. demands from 
deft, forty one guilders in seawant for a skirt sold her. Deft, acknow- 
ledges the debt; says, she offered to pay the half and the remainder in 
eight days. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Tomas Janzen Mingael, pltf. v/s Hendrick Willemsen, baker, and 
Jurrien Blanck, defts. Fltf. concludes in writing, that defts. as att! of 
Joghim the baker shall be condemned to hold to the purchase of the 
house, which Joghim the baker bought from him according to declara- 
tions, with the consequences and incidents thereof in case of objections, 
making demand of costs, damage and interests with expenses. Defts. 
in quality as aforesaid request copy of demand. The W: Court order 



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copy of demand to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the next 
Court day. 

Annetje Hardenbroek, arrestant and pltf . v/s Hendrick Qazen van 
Doofcn, arrestant and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, thirty planks due 
to her since two years. Deft, admits the debt, saying no planks have 
been sawed for a long time. Pltf. replies, if deft, cannot deliver any 
ptaak to pay her in seawan* The W: Court order deft, to pay pltf., the 
attachment remaining meanwhile valid. 

Frerick Flipzen, pltf. v/s Lambert Albersen van Neck, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, fifty eight gl. in beavers as per a/c. exhibited to the 
Court. Deft, admits owing three beavers arising from pipes bought for 
two and a half beavers and he owed of old half a beaver, against which 
he claims three beavers for and on acd of some brandies bought of him, 
amongst which in place of brandy he rec' half an aam of lanas (?), un* 
dcrtaking to prove the same. Parties are asked, if they will leave their 
difference and question to the Magistrates not as judges but as arbitra- 
tors ? Answer, Yes. Which question and difference being considered 
and weighed by the Magistrates in aforesaid quality, they decree, that 
Lambert Albertsen shall have to pay to Frerick Flipsen the quantity of 
two beavers, wherewith the case in question shall terminate; with which 
award parties are satisfied. 

Nicolaes Boot, pltf. v/s Jan Schryver, deft. The pltf. demands from 
deft two beavers balance of fifty six guilders ten stivers according to a/c. 
produced by deft's wife appearing in Court for goods received by one 
Aucke Jans from pltf. in her name. Deft, admits having directed Aucke 
Jans to draw goods in her name, except only the five skepels of wheat 
for two beavers; and says, she had] some conversation thereupon with 
Aucke who gave for answer, that he had drawn the wheat on his own a/c 
from pltf. Pltf. offers to swear to his statement. The W: Court order 
pltf. to prove, that the deft, had ordered Aucke Jans to draw the wheat 
in his name. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Defts. 

» 

second default. The pltf. demands from deft, two hundred guilders for 
that he, the deft., struck and insulted the Court Messenger; moreover at 
the hoose of Fiscal de Sille offered gross insolence to his Honor's person 
as well as to his wife to such a degree, that the abovenamed Heer was 



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ger; moreover has offered great insolence at the house of the Fiscal, as 
well to his Honor as to his wife. Deft, says, he cannot be condemned in 
one case by two Courts and is condemned by the High Council. Admits 
he had words and counter words with the Messenger; but says, he did 
not strike him. The Court Messenger Claes van Elslant caUed in; Is 
asked if the deft, did not strike him ? Answers, Yes, through importun- 
ity regarding a summons served on him, which he denied and called him 
liar. Deft, is asked, if he gave such answer, as is read unto him, to the 
Court Messenger on the notice served on him ? Answers, Yes. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order Francois de Bruyn to deposit with the Secre- 
tary within three times twenty four hours the demanded two hundred 
guilders on pain of imprisonment; which being read to the abovenamed 
Bruyn, gives for answer thereunto, the Magistrates can imprison me, even 
forthwith ; I will never pay the money; no, not in ten years tho' they 
should drag me out mine house. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Tomas Teiller, deft. Defts. 3^ 
default. Pltf. demands final judgment and that deft, shall be condemned 
in a fine of fifty guilders for that he had been fighting and quarreling by 
night and at unseasonable hours; with cost. The W. Court condemn the 
deft, as he has not appeared on the 3^ summons to pay the pltf. the sum 
of fifty guilders with the costs incurred herein. 

Jan Janzen de Jongh, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. Phf. 
demands from deft, seventy six guilders in seawant and forty guilders in 
beavers according to a/c. saying he has furnished him icopy thereof. 
Deft, demands by virtue of obligation a balance from the pltf. of four 
and thirty guilders one stiver in beavers according to a/c thereof ex- 
hibited saying he had deducted every thing. Pltf. sa3rs, he owes no 
interest, which the deft, brings in the a/c. inasmuch as the obligation 
does not bear any. The W: Court refer the matter in question to Cor- 
nelis Steenwyck, old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, and 
to Jacob Kip, also old Schepen of this City, to take up parties a/cs, to 
argue and examine the same and reconcile parties, if possible; if not to 
report their finding to the Court. 

Luda Meyers, pltf. v/s Benedict Aamol, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, twenty eight guilders saying, that the deft, had given it to Samuel 
Etsal to pay to her, but she did not get it. Deft, says, that pltfs. bus- 



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band had said that he had a/c with Samuel Etsal and he has offset it with 
him. Pltf. denies it. The W: Court order deft, to pay pltf. 

Luda Meyersi pltf. v/s Abraham Philipzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from the deft, half an anker of vinegar, which she gave him to hand to 
Juffrottw Hamel and he did not give to her, but let it run out. Deft, 
says, that he carried up the half anker full and ran after her four days to 
give it to her, which he can prove that he could not do it and that when 
he was again loading, the barrel rolled about, whereby the vinegar leaked 
out. The W: Court order deft, to make good the half anker in question, 
on condition of having his redress against whom he may think proper. 

Stoffel Hooghlant and Daniel van Donck, pltf. v/s Solomon La 
Chair, deft. Pltfs. as attorneys of Nathaniel Green request to be dis- 
charged from the bail bond. They produce the a/c between Benj*! Gillem 
and Jeems Mills besides the declarations to this effect, and the power of 
attorney, which Benjamin Gillem gave Nathaniel Grain, who conveyed it 
to the pltf. The deft, in quality as attorney of Jeems Mills, read the 
a/c, declaration, procuration and other papers produced by pltfs. requests 
copy to answer thereunto at the next Court day and that the bail shall 
stand good. The W: Court allowed the deft, copy and furnished trans- 
lation of the answer, and ordered him to reply thereunto at the next 
Court day. 

Thomas Wandel, pltf. v/s Ljrsbet Jans, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, one hundred and twenty guilders according to obligation dated 29. 
Angst. 1652 for hire of two draft oxen for one year. Deft, says, that 
pltf. took back the oxen within the time and promised on remonstrance 
to return them; which he has not done. The W: Court refer the matter 
in question to Jan Vigne, old Schepen of this City and to Thomas Hal to 
hear parties, decide their case; to reconcile parties if possible ; if not 
to report their conclusion to the Court. 

David Joghimzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Teunis Nysen, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, forty eight guilders fifteen stivers in sea- 
want and three beavers w^ should be paid in butter. Deft, admits the 
debt. The W: Court condemn deft, to pay pltf. the arrest remaining in 
the meanwhile valid. 

Herry Breser, arrestant and pltf. v/s Willem Jacobzen, baker, 
arrested and deft. Pltfs. wife appearing demands from deft, sixty five 



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guilders. Deft, says, he owes only fifty eight guilders and gave her some 
goods in pawn; requesting a month's delay promising to pay then and 
in default the pltf. may sell the goods at his expense. The W: Court 
order the deft, to pay pltf. 

Herry Breser, pltf. v/s Reinier Wisselpenninck, deft. Pltfs. wife 
entering demands four beavers from deft. Deft, admits the debt. The 
W: Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 

Reinier Wisselpenninck, pit. v/s Tomas the Irishman, deft. Pltf. 
says, he entered into contract with deft., relative to his half in the bark, 
which he had in company with deft., demanding still from deft, balance 
of six beavers and further two beavers for a barrell of tar. Deft, produces 
an a/c of what he paid, in which a/c pltf. remains indebted four beavers 
for freight of himself, his wife and furniture, brought from Fort Orange. 
The W: Court having heard parties demand and arguments and considered 
every thing, order deft, to pay pltf. the quantity of five beavers and dis- 
miss the defts. further claim for freight. 

Wigger Reinierzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Annetje Pieters, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, a heifer cow and twelve pounds of 
butter balance of a hundred and sixty guilders arising from divers goods 
sold her. Deft, says, the pltf. may take the cow, if he will; regarding 
the butter says, she has had no butter. Offers to give eight pounds of 
butter and in addition seawant for two pounds. The W: Court order 
deft, to let the pltf. have the cow and to pay the eight pounds of butter 
and in addition the two pounds of butter in sewant according to offer. 

Barentje Gerrits requests by petition Commissaries to hear Hendrick 
Willemsen, baker, and Hans Stein, on interrogatories by her produced 
with the petition. The petition is granted and the W: Court appointed 
Jacob Strycker and Jacobus Backer to examine and hear the persons re- 
quired on the interrogatories hereunto annexed in the presence of the 
Schout. 

Jurrien Blanck and Hendrick Willemsen, baker, attomies of Joghim 
Wessels, baker, produce a statement in place of answer to the demand of 
Tomas Jans Mingael. Apostille: — ^The W: Court order copy to be fur- 
nished to party to reply thereunto at the next Court. 

Allard Anthony rejoins against Walewyn vander Veen. Apostille: — 
The W: Court order copy to be furnished party and parties on both sides 



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are ordered to desist from any further production; to exchange with each 
other their papers and to produce by inventory their deduction and prin- 
cipal intendit * at the next Court day. 

Wallewyn vander Veen entering asks, if any disposition has been 
made on his rendering proof of the invalidity of the procuration pro- 
duced by Mattheus de Vos ? The W. Court postpones the matter until 
the next Court day. 

Grietje Pieters entering exhibits the acte against Janneke van Gelder 
and the return of the Court Messenger to the notification served on her. 
App: — ^The W: Court order Janneken van Gelder to repair, within four 
and twenty hours to the good women to have the damage estimated, 
which Grietje Pieters suffers by the bad sewing of the linen, which she 
agreed to make into caps for her. 

Tuesday, 24^ Octob' 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen vander Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Joannes Van Brugh, Jacob Strycker, Isaack Greveraet. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Merritje Lauwerens, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Mattheus de Vos, arrestant and pltf. v/s Adriaan Post, arrested and 
deft. Both in default. 

Tryn Paulus, pltf. v/s Joannes de Witt, deft. Both in default. 

Anneke Litsco, pltf. v/s Abraham Verplanck, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Schryver, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Zacharias and Comelis Hoogh- 
boom, defts. Defts. in default. 

Joost Carelzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen, pltf. v/s Comelis Hooghboom, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen, pltf. v/s Jan Teunisen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, deft 
Both in default. 

Barentje Gerrits, pltf. v/s Hans Stein, deft. Pltf. demands, that 
deft, shall be heard and examined under oath on the following interroga- 
tories:^ 

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Firstly: — ^If die requinnt ever stnmg sewant in hb lioiise, more thiA 
OQce ? Answer .^—Cannot say precisely ; bat her husband Strang fre> 
quently at bis house. 

2. If the respondent ever missed or lost any sewant, whilst die re- 
quirant strung sewant at his house. ^MWfr.*— Once lost thirty eif^t 
guUders, v^en Gerrit the miller strung at his house, but does not know, 
where it went to. 

3. Does the respondent know of any instance of the requirant or her 
husband serving him faithlessly ? Answer : — ^No. 

4. Were not the requirant and her husband honourably discharged 
from service ? Answer; He has paid them for their service. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman demands execution on two judgments dated 
17 Octob. last; one against Francois de Bruyn, and the other against 
Thomas Teiller. Apostille: The Marshal is ordered to put these in exe- 
cution. 

Solomon La Chair, attorney of James Mills, produces in Court cer- 
tain argument on the a/c of Benjamin Gillam and besides the declarations 
of Stoflfel Hooghlant and Daniel van Donck, substitutes of Nathaniel 
Grain, attorney of Benjamin Gillam. Apostille: The W: Court order 
copy of argument and accompanying a/c to be furnished to party to reply 
thereunto at the next Court day. 

Mighiel Tadens replies de naoo^ according to the order of the W: 
Court of this City to the answer of Walewyn van der Veen. Order: — 
The W: Court direct copy to be furnished to party to rejoin thereunto on 
the next Court day. 

Salomon la Chair replies for Tomas Jansen Mingael to the answer 
or statement of Hendrick Willemzen, baker, and Jurriaen Blanck. Order: 
— ^The W. Court direct copy to be furnished party to rejoin thereunto at 
the next Court day. 

Comelis Barenzen delivers into Court a list of pipe staves sold by 
execution, dated 17*^ August last, requesting to know his fees for count- 
ing the same. Burgomasters and Schepens decree that he shaU receive 
six stuyvers for each thousand. 

The W: Court having considered and weighed the proofs, which 
Mattheus de Vos presents in support, that Comelis Vos conveyed to him 
and signed the procuration written by him in presence of three witnesses, 



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decide by plurality of votes that the same is insufficient; therefore he 
cannot act by virtue thereof. 

Saturday, iS^ October 1662. In City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift, Oloff Stevenzen van Cort- 
lant, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaack Greveraat. 

Schepen Isaack Greveraat requests, that Jurrein Jansen van Auweryck 
may be heard on the interrogatories, drafted by him regarding the insults 
committed against him by Catalyntje Rapalje, consisting in abusive lan- 
guage. The W: Court granted the request and the abovenamed Jurrien 
Jansen is accordingly heard on the interrogatory and answered by him as 
it appears in the interrogatories. Schepen Greveraet demands support 
and justice for the insult offered him. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree, that the Officer shall repair to the abovenamed Catalyntje and 
charge her to avoid such hereafter. 

The President communicated the reasons, why his Worship had 
called the Court, to wit — Inasmuch as the inhabitants both of this Pro- 
vince and City have fallen, for a considerable time, into distress in 
regard, that they cannot succeed in buying any thing from the merchants 
with seawant, except at an excessively high and intolerable price; to en- 
quire whether some means cannot be found to bring that into a better 
condition; also that excise on wine and beer exported from this Province 
be taken off. 

Conversation having ensued on said reasons, the best plan, after 
deliberation, was considered to be: 

That the value and currency of seawant to be given by the Burghers 
and inhabitants of this place and jurisdiction as well as within this 
Province between man and man in payment be fixed annually when the 
beaver is purchased by the traders and merchants; and such they propose 
to and request of the Rt. Hon*^ Direct^ General and Council of N: 
Netherland by petition; also that their Honors would abolish the excise 
on beer and wines sent to the North as well as to Virginia. 

Tuesday, 31. OctobT 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Lendersen vander Grift, Olof Stevensen van 
Cortlant, Joannes van Brugh, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaak 
Greveraet. 



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Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Merritje Lauwerens, deft. Pltf. 
concludes, that deft, shall be condemned to sit on bread and water for 
the term of three months or repair the same by a sum of three hundred 
guilders, for that the deft, dared severely to beat the wife of Hendrick 
Janzen Smitt in her own house and throw her twice down on the ground, 
according to declaration thereof produced : all with costs. Deft, denies 
having struck her, saying, when she was about to strike her, her husband 
drew her ofif and she fell down. Burgomasters and Schepens [order], 
that parties shall be summoned on both sides against the next Court day, 
to be heard together, and order deft, to bring in, what she can for her 
defence on the next Court day. 

Timotheus Gabrie entering sa3rs, he has attached the rent of Geertje 
Hoppe in the hands of Jacob Danidsen for debt, which he claims from 
her; requesting that the arrest be declared valid. The W: Court declare 
the arrest valid. 

Abraham Lubbersen, arrestant, pltf. v/s Francis Douty, arrested and 
deft. Hendrick Hendricksen, tailor, appears in Court saying, that M' 
Douty, the defts. brother, stated to him, he could not come on this Court 
day and to communicate the same to this W! Court and to say further, he 
could prove by Lodowyck Pos, that his brother has paid the pltf.; re- 
quests eight days time. Pltf. denies having been paid by the deft. The 
W: Court postpone the cause until next Court day. 

Jan Schryver, pltf. v/s Cornells Hooghboom and Laurens Zacharias, 
defts. Pltf. demands from defts. six hundred and fifty guilders ten and 
a half stivers in sewant, one beaver and fifty pieces of firewood. Deft, 
appearing for himself and Lauwerens Sacharias, acknowledges the debt, 
saying he has nothing to object. The W! Court condemn the deft, to 
satisfy and pay the pltf. his arrears. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen, tailor, pltf. v/s Cornells Hooghboom and 
Jan Teunissen, defts. Pltf. demands from defts. two hundred pieces of 
firewood, which they drew away with a scow; producing declaration. 
Deft., Cornells Hooghboom answers, it is his own wood, that he carried 
away; undertaking to prove such and says, that he had hired Jan Teunis- 
sen to carry the wood out of the scow. The W: Court order Cornells 
Hooghboom to bring in his proof at the next Court day. 

Joost Carelsen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, deft. Defts. a'. 



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default. Pltf. says, he has contracted with the deft, that he should help 
him three days at his new made house, which he has not done, and he has 
released him one day: demanding therefore twelve guilders for the two 
days. The W: Court order the deft, to deposit the money with the Sec- 
retary of this City. 

Hendrick Jansen Smitt, pltf. v/s Klaas Karstensen, deft. The pltf. 
demands from the deft, one hundred and one guilders, nine and a half 
stivers according to a/c exhibiting the same. Deft, admits the debt, say- 
ing that Gerrit Hendricksen has undertaken to pay pltf. fifty guilders for 
him. The W! Court condemn deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Claas Karstensen, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, 
deft. Pltf. demands, that deft, shall be condemned to pay fifty guilders, 
which he has undertaken to pay Hendrick Janzen Smitt for him. Deft, 
admits having accepted to pay Hendrick Hendricksen Smitt the fifty 
guilders for him. The W: Court condemn deft, to satisfy and pay the 
fifty guilders. 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen Smitt, deft. 
Pltf. demands, that deft, shall be ordered to drain his water through his 
own drain and to raise his lot. Deft, says, he has raised his lot. The 
W. Court refer the matter to the Fence viewers of this City to make 
ocular inspection and order as they shall judge best; and further to 
reconcile parties if possible. 

Barentje Gerrits, pltf. v/s Bartholdus Maan and his wife, defts. 
Pltf. concludes, that defts. shall be condemned to repair the injury done 
her, honorably and profitably; honorably by acknowledging that they un- 
justly injured her, begging with uncovered heads, forgiveness of God, 
justice and her; and profitably by papng to the poor of this City the sum 
of ten hundred guilders, inasmuch as for that and more she would not 
once suffer such reproach; and further paying the cost, damage and in- 
terest suffered and still to be suffered thereby. Defts. request, that Hans 
Stein and his wife may be sent for to Court, who appearing are asked 
by the defts., if they had not told them, that they had missed in stringing 
their seawan thirty eight guilders strung by the pltfs. husband ? Answer, 
Yes and so declared on the last Court day on the interrogatory proposed 
to him, but cannot say where it went to. Hans Steyn's wife demands, that 
shall be ordered to come no more to their house. Bartholdus 



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Maan complaint, that the pltf . has abused him for a rogue and dtf Uar. 
The W: Court order Barentje to keep quiet and to keep away from Hans 
Steyn's house; and parties on both sides were recommended and ordered 
not to trouble each other any more in this matter. 

Wemaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meindersen, deft Deft in de- 
fault. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Reinier Gankes, deft Deft in default 

Anneke Kocks, arrestant and pltf. y/s Elsie van Reuyecamp, arrested 
and deft Pltf. in default. Deft is discharged from arrest 

Comelis Jansen yan Hoom, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrisen Vries, deft Deft 
in default. 

Luda Meyers appearing in Court says, she has arrested Benedick 
Aamel as he has refused to satisfy and pay her according to judgment; 
requesting that the arrest shall be declared valid. The W: Court declare 
the arrest valid. 

Joannes Vermeulen delivers in through the Court Messenger the 
judgment, which he obtained on the 22. August 1662, against Hendrick 
Jansen vander Vin, with the return both of the Court Messenger and 
Marshal; and requests that the Marshal be ordered to seise the house of 
Hendrick Jansen van der Vin * to sell it by execution. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order and authorise the Marshal to affix notices to sell hj 
execution the house of Hendrick Jansen van der Vin within the time of 
six weeks. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman requests to be allowed to place Tomas 
Teiller in confinement in the City Hall. Order: — ^The Officer is ordered 
by the W: Court to bring the person of Tomas Teiller into confinement 
to this City Hall. 

Christofifel Hooghlant and Daniel van Donck atty of Nathaniel Grein 
request by petition, that Salomon la Chair, att'y of Jeems MiUs, shall be 
ordered to communicate to them copy of declarations of Eduard Astrick 
and Deliverance Lamberton translated by impartial persons; further the 
order, obligation and contract, which he says, that M' Gillem on the 24*^ 
August, 1660, passed under his own hand to M' Mils, alluded to in the 
abovenamed arguments ; also copy of account produced by Mf Mils 
signed by himself in debita forma, arranged and verified according to 
* On N. E. comer of Peul and Broad Sir. Flaiemiimf, Maniial, 1861, p. 59B. 



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kv. ApcMtfile: Petitioners sliall have to reply to the argument rendered 
<m die last Court day by Solomon La Chair, whereof copy has been fur- 
nished them. 

Tuesday, 7*^ Novemb' 1662 ; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Ok>f Stevens van Cortlant, P. L. van der Grift, Jacob 
Strycker, Isaack Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf . v/s Merritje Lauwerens, deft. Before 
coming to the case in question, the Wj Court order pltf. to repair to Hen- 
drick Jansen Smitt's house and in presence of two of the neighbours of 
the abovenamed Hendrick Jansen take information before the Schepen 
Isaack Greveraet of the matter in question, how it happened, and how he 
comported himself. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Dirck Janzen, ship carpenter, 
deft. Pltf. concludes, that deft, shall be condemned to confinement on 
tffead and water in this City Hall for the term of six consecutive weeks 
and that nothing else shall be brought to him on penalty to be fixed by 
the W: Court; or to redeem the same by a sum of three hundred guilders 
and costs, for having grossly abused him, the pltf., when at Cors: Jansens 
house, both by words and deeds, insulting him, as more fully appears in 
the written demand, because he would come, at Cors Jansen's request, to 
his house about the difficulties he had with his wife, in order to prevent 
further trouble. The written complaint being read to deft, he denies 
having done so. Schepen Isaack Greveraet being at the time at the 
Officer's house testifies that the same is true. Cors Janzen being sent for 
to Court appears and declares, that he coming from Flatbush was very 
weary and tired and asking his wife for a pair of stockings, she said she 
had none, whereupon words arose, in which the deft, joined against him, 
whereupon they took to wrestling with each other, and the deft, abused 
him as a rogue; exhibiting some writings and papers of his deportment 
and demands, that deft, shall be forbid his house. Deft, entering again 
and having communication of Cors Jansen's declaration says, that Cors 
Jansen first attacked him. Burgomasters and Schepens having con- 
aidoed the Officer's demand and heard parties, condemn deft. Dirck 
Jsnsfn to pay to the Poor of this City, the sum of fifty guilders or in de- 
fanlt thereof to sit in close confinement for the space of three da3rs, all 



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with costs; and further forbid him to enter any more Cors Jansen's house. 

Burgomaster Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, pltf. v/s Lambert Barent- 
sen, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and sixty guilders in 
sewant, which his predecessor* owes him, saying, that he has attached 
the monies of his house in Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck's hands; 
requesting that the same be declared valid. Deft says, he knows 
nothing of the debt, exhibiting his account book. Pltf. says, he is aware 
of that and that his wife said, that he, the pltf., should not be hard on 
him. The W: Court declare the attachment valid and order the pltf. to 
furnish deft, a/c of what the debt arises from. 

Burgomaster Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrick- 
zen van Harderwyck, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, bought Aris Otte's 
house, t and that he has attached the monies and that the deft, neverthe- 
less distributed them according to his pleasure. Deft, denies having any 
knowledge of the attachment, issued on the money by the pltf. Pltf. 
replies, such was done in writing by Claas van Elslant, Court Messenger. 
Whereupon Claas van Elslant appearing states and declares having served 
on Gerrit Hendricksen, deft, herein, the notice of arrest. Gerrit Hen- 
dricksen denies it. The W: Court declares the attachment valid. 

Claas van Elslant, the Elder, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen van Hooghten, 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, forty five guilders for carpenters tools, 
which he sold to deft, and his man, for whom he, deft., was security. 
Deft, says, he was security so far as his man's time extended. The W: 
Court order deft, to pay pltf. the forty five guilders. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, 
deft. Pltf. as atty of Willem Teller concludes, that deft, shall be con- 
demned to bring the monies arising from purchase of the house, which he 
bought from wid* Aris Otte, into consignment of this City, to remain 
there until it shall be found who has preference thereon; saying that he 
deft, distributes it according to his pleasure, which he maintains he has 
no right to do, inasmuch as all his property both real and personal are 
pledged to him in his quality by virtue of the judgment of this W. Court. 

* VarMoat in the original, i, e, the first husband of deft's wife. 

f This house had been sold by Barentsen, husband of Otte's widow, to Heitdricksea^ 
It stood on the North side of Stone Str. and extended back to South William. 
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Deft, asks, why he has not spoken earlier ? Pltf. says, he warned him 
previously to pay no money and that the estate was declared insolvent by 
Lambert Barens, successor of Aris Otte. Lambert Barensen called in is 
asked, whether he owes more than he has paid ? Thereunto answers, 
there is more due than he owes; which being communicated to the pltf. 
he says, so he was told and that the estate was made up by Salomon La 
Chair at the house of Abraham de la Noy's widow. Whereupon Lambert 
Barensen [says], that he is out of pocket more than what he made from 
his house. Mattheus de Vos appearing is asked, if he has attached the 
monies of the house ? Answers, No, saying that the man stated, he had 
received the payment of the house. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, 
that pltf. may proceed with the judgment. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Lambert Barensen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, twenty seven guDders and about seventeen stivers, which Aris Otte, 
deft's predecessor owes him, two a/cs of which he furnished him. Deft, 
says, he paid pltf. ten gilders: admits having received the acc^, but says, 
he cannot read. Pltf. replies, that his wife being sick at Aris Otte's and 
that she admitted the debt to him, which he did not deny; his wife also 
promised to pay in time. The W: Court order pltf. to furnish deft, with 
an a/c of what the debt arises from. 

Hans Stein, pltf. v/s Reinier Gaukes, deft. Defts. 2^. default Pltf. 
demands from deft, twenty guilders and eight stivers saying, that deft 
left him silver money in pledge. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the 
money with the Secretary of this City. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meindersen, deft. Defts. 2* de- 
fault. Pltf. says, he has attached in defts. hands eighty gilders belonging 
to Jan Teunissen's widow for a claim he has against her; requesting to 
lift the same under bail. The W: Court declares the attachment valid. 

Comelis Janzen van Hoom, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen de Vries, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, twenty guilders balance of firewood sold him 
and his brother, which deft, promised to pay. Deft, says, the pltf. was 
satisfied by his brother. Pltf. denies it. The W: Court order pltf. to 
prove, that the deft, has promised to pay for his brother. 

Tysje Willems, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck, deft. 
Pltf. demands free transport of the house, which she bought and paid for, 
exhibiting the deed of sale executed before the Notary Salomon La Chair. 



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Deft, sakny whether he can fullj convey the hcmse ? The W. Court per- 
mit the deft, to convey the house to the pltf . 

Maria Boot, pltf. v/s Anneke Pia, deft. Pkf . reqvestSy that deft, 
shall return her the property she received from her; naming it. Deft. 
admits having had the property from her, saying she, the pltf., has 
brought her a part of it and allowed her to carry a part of it from Claas 
van Elslant, offering to return her the same, when she shall have paid her 
lor her service in the time of her sickness, being thirteen weeks @ two 
guilders pr. week, amounting to six and twenty guilders. The W: Court 
order pltf. to pay deft, the twenty six guilders, when the deft, is ordered 
to restore to the pltf. the property she had from her. 

Arien Janzen Visser, arrestant and pltf. v/sReinik Gerrix: de Vries, 
airested and deft. Deft, in default. The W: Court declare the arrest 
valid. 

Denys Isaackzen, pltf. v/s Antony de Milt, deft. Deft in default. 

Walewyn van der Veen produces his written demand against Cornells 
Vos. Burgomasters and Schepens postpone the matter until the next op- 
portunity. 

Jan Schryver appears in Court requesting execution of the judgment, 
which he obtained on 31? Octob. last against Comelis Hooghboom and 
Lauwerens Sacharias and says he has attached their stone and money in 
the hands of Antony de Milt. Apostille: The Marshal is ordered to put 
these in execution. 

Comelis Hooghboom entering is asked if, pursuant to order of last 
Court day he has proof, that the firewood, whereunto Hendrick Hen- 
dricksen, tailor, lays claim, belongs to him ? Answers, that the witnesses 
have given evidence against him in favor of Hendrick Hendricksen. The 
W: Court order Comelis Hooghboom to produce his proof by the next 
Court day or to summon hb witnesses. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman requests, that he may be allowed to place 
Francois de Brayn in prison in the City Hall as he has not fulfilled the 
judgment of this W! Court dated 17. Octob: 1662. Order: The Officer 
is allowed to confine Francois de Bruyn in a respectable tavern. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman requests, that he may place Dirck Jansen, 
ship carpenter, in close confinement as he has opposed justice and said, 
the Devil shall take the man, who first attacks him, and was unwilling to 



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giye up his knife. Whereupon Pieter Schaafbanck, who was by, is heard 
and declares, that Dirck Jansen kept his hand before his pouch and was 
unwilling to surrender his knife, saying, I am no rogue or thief. 

This day Mattheus de Vos, as attorney of Willem Teller, has entered 
with me, the Secretary, a caveat against giving any conveyance of the 
house, which Lambert Barensen sold to Gerrit Hendricksen, before and 
imtil he shall have satisfied him or shewn him property. 

The President of Burgomasters and Schepens has ordered, on petition 
of Joannes Verveelen, the sale by execution of Barent Cruytdop's house 
and pursuant thereto the following is ordered on the judgment: The Mar- 
shal is ordered and authorized to affix notices to sell Barent Cruytdop's 
house within the time of six weeks. Done etc. the lo^ Novemb' 1663. 

Tuesday, 14 Novemb' 1662: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen Van Cortlant, Paulus Leendersen 
van der Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Isaack Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Merritje Lauwerens, deft. Bur« 
gomasters and Schepens order Merritje Lauwerens to appear on the next 
Court day before this W. Court bringing with her, what she can produce 
in her defence in the action the Officer has against her; and not coming 
personally she can then deliver it in writing thro' the Court Messenger. 

Mattheus de Vos, arrestant and pltf. v/s Lambert Barensen, arrested 
and deft. Pltf., as attorney of Willem Teller, requests that deft, shall, 
pursuant to judgment, give him demonstration of the goods or satisfy 
aforesaid judgment; and that meanwhile the attachment shall be declared 
valid. Deft, says, he has nothing: offers to point out to pltf. what is 
justly due him. Pltf. says, he is satisfied with that, if the persons be 
good, whom the deft, shall exhibit to him. The W: Court order deft, to 
pay pltf. or shew him some property, the arrest remaining meanwhile valid. 

Denys Isaackzen, pltf. v/s Antony de Milt, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, almost thirteen beavers, five and twenty planks and half an 
anker of brandy, arising from wages, earned, according to obligatory 
contract made by him and Willem Abrahamsen van der Borden with 
Tennis Comelisen Slingerlandt, at aforesaid Slingerlant's house. Bur- 
gomaster Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift standing up and declaring 



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himself attorney of the abovenamed Willem Abrahamsen, makes himself 
guardian with the pltf. and says, he has stated, that he is very willing to 
wait until the arrival of Willem Abrahamsen. Deft, says, he ofifered to 
pay the arrears of wages from the first money of the house, which he 
bought from the above named Slingerland. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree, that pltf. and the guardian in his quality have to get their pay 
and to attach, what the deft, has to get from the first pay of the house, 
which he, deft., bought from Tennis Comelis**. Slingerlant. 

Hendrick Lambersen Mol, pltf. v/s Joost Carelzen, deft. Pltf. says 
that he promised deft, to help him three days at his new house, and that 
the deft, released him by repairing his boat, which he allowed to be done 
having paid him three guilders therefor. Deft, says, that he frequently 
spoke to the pltf. to help him and could never get him to do so. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard parties order pltf. to pay deft, ten 
guilders for two days labour, which he owes according to agreement. 

Comelis Janzen van Hoom, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen de Vries, deft. 
Pursuant to the order of the last Court day, pltf. produces proof, that 
deft, agreed to pay for his brother, again demanding fl. 20. with costs. 
The proof being read before deft., he admits it; then says, that the pltf. 
was satisfied with Jacob Wolfertsen and received something from him. 
Pltf. denies it, saying the deft, cannot prove it. The W. Court order 
deft, to pay pltf. the twenty gl. with costs. 

Tomas Teunisen Quick, pltf. v/s Symon Clazen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Weintje Tennis, pltf. v/s Symon Clazen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Tysje Willems, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Francois de Bruyn, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Francois de Bruyn, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Jurrien Blanck and Hendrick Willemzen, baker, in the quality in 
which they act, rejoin against Tomas Jansen Mingael. The W! Court 
order copy to be furnished to party and parties on both sides were ordered 
to desist from further production; to exchange with each other their papers 
and to produce by inventory their deduction and principal intendit by 
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Soloman La Chair, as attorney of James Mills, rejoins against Daniel 
van Donck and Christofifel Hooghlant, attomies of Nathaniel Grain. The 
W. Court order copy to be furnished to party and parties on both sides 
are ordered to desist from further production, to exchange with each 
other their papers and to produce by inventory their deduction and prin- 
cipal intendit on the next Court day. 

Hendrick Hendricksen, tailor, appearing in Court requests, that Cor- 
nells Hooghboom shall be condemned to restore him the demanded two 
hundred pieces of firewood. Burgomasters and Schepens order Hendrick 
Hendricksen to have Comelis Hooghboom notified to prove at the next 
Court day, that the two hundred pieces of firewood in question, which he 
drew belong to him, or to summon his witnesses on pain of being cast. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgment against 
Anneke Kockx. The W! Court order the Marshal to put these in execu- 
tion. 

Tuesday, 21? Novemb' 1662: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendertsen 
ran der Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Jacob Strycker, Isaack Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Merritje Lauwerens, deft. Pltf. 
concludes, that the deft, shall be condemned to remain in confinement 
for the term of six months in this City Hall on bread and water or to be 
fined in the sum of three hundred guilders with costs for and because she 
grievously beat Annetje Smitt, wife of Hendrick Jansen Smitt, in her own 
house and threw her on the ground; producing the information and de- 
claration taken to this e£fect. The information being read to the deft, 
she denies having struck her and thrown her on the ground: declaring 
that she wishing to leave the house, her skirt caught in the fastening of 
the door, so that she must open the door, which struck against her body ; 
she further relates the cause, from which the difficulty arose. The deft, 
withdrawing, Schepen Isaack Greveraat declares, that he and the Officer 
taking the information, Annetje Smitt acknowledged, that she accused the 
deft with being a thievish whore, which the Officer declared to be true. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the demand and conclu- 
sion of the Officer, and read the produced declaration and weighed every- 
thing, condemn the deft. Merritje Lauwerens in a fine of fifty guilders to 



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be applied as is proper, for and because of the injury perpetrated on 
Annetje Smit in her own house and further the cost of suit. 

Francois de Bruyn, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. Defts. 2I default 
Pltf . demands from deft, eighty six guilders according to a/c produced in 
Court. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the money with the Secre- 
tary of this City. 

Tomas Teunissen Quick, pltf. v/s Symon Claasen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, payment of wages earned, saying that he, the deft.^ 
discharged him ; undertaking to prove it. Deft, denies, that he has dis- 
charged him, saying that he ran away and let the work stand several times. 
Pltf. replying denies it, saying that deft, refused him food and wished to 
drive him away from the cupboard. The W. Court order pltf. to prove 
that deft, gave him the sack. 

Jacob Kip, pltf. v/s Cors Jansen, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, 
payment of one hundred and sixty five guilders according to a/c ex- 
hibited in Court. Deft, admits the debt, then says he had beer from the 
pltf. unfit to drink, and that pltfs. man has treated somewhat at his house, 
which must be deducted. Pltf. says in reply, that he settled with deft, 
before his departure for Holland, and that deft, then was still owing one 
hundred and forty three guilders, and has since had beer; allows that 
deft, may deduct what he had counted at his house. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the hundred and sixty 
five guilders, deducting what he can prove is justly coming to him. 

Tysje Willems, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck, deft. 
Defts. 2*^ default. Pltf. demands, that deft, shall be ordered to give her 
transport and conveyance of the house, that she bought from him and 
paid for. The W: Court order deft, to give pltf. deed and conveyance 
of the house sold to her. 

Isaack Kip, pltf. v/s Dirck de Goyer, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, fifty guilders for house rent, deducting one hundred pieces of fire- 
wood received from him on a/c and says that the deft, remained about 
three weeks in the house after the expiration of the lease, and has a coat 
in pledge. Deft, admits the debt, saying he cannot pay anything, as he 
is sick. Pltf. demands, that he may be allowed to sell the coat left with 
him in pledge to realize the payment therefor. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order deft, to pay pltf., within the term of six weeks after 



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notice hereof, thirty five guilders, and the pltf. is allowed in default of 
payment then to sell the pledge, on condition of giving deft, eight days 
previous notice. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, arrestant and pltf. v/s Lambert Barensen, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands benefit of the de- 
fault and that the attachment be declared valid. Burgomasters and 
Schepens allow pltf. the benefit of the first default and declare the 
attachment valid. 

Hendrick Rip the Elder and Jacob Kip, pltfs. v/s Paulus Heimans, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Geertje van Gunst, pltf. v/s Geertje Hendricks, deft. Deft, in default. 

Mighiel Tades requests by petition, that Walewyn van der Veen, as 
he has failed to rejoin to his reply, be ordered to do so against the next 
Court day on pain of nonsuit. Apostille: Fiat. Walewyn van der Veen 
is hereby ordered by the W: Court of this City to rejoin on the next 
Court day, according to order, to the reply of Mighiel Tades dated 24^ 
Octob: last on pain of nonsuit. 

Tuesday, 28*?* Nov^ 1662: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendersen 
van der Grift, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaack 
Greveraat. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Reinier Willemsen, baker, deft. 
Phf. concludes, that the deft, shall be condemned for his bread baked 
under weight in a fine of one hundred and fifty guilders and additionally 
in a fine of twenty five guilders for having baked bran in the bread; with 
costs, all according to declaration and information taken thereof and pro- 
duced. Deft, says, he can prove that the bread was good and of weight; 
producing to this end the declaration, saying further that he sold for a 
less price the loaves, which were under weight. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard parties and considered and weighed the declara- 
tions produced on both sides, as well as the acknowledgment of deft., 
condemn deft, to pay the Officer as a fine the sum of twenty five guilders 
and further the costs of suit. 

Geertje van Gunst, pltf. v/s Geertje Hendricks, deft. Defts. 2*! de- 
fault Pltf. says, she has attached the deft's monies of rent due in the 



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hands of Jacob Swart, on account of fourteen guilders six stivers, which 
she claims from deft, and requests, that the attachment be declared valid, 
and she admitted to lift the money; demanding the costs accrued herein. 
Burgomasters and Schepens declare the attachment valid. 

Tysie Willems, pltf . v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, deft. 
Defts. 3I default. Pltf. produces the judgment of the last Court day 
against the deft, and the return to the notice thereof served by the Court 
Messenger on him, again demanding conveyance of the house and costs. 
Whereas the return states, that deft, requests time until the arrival of the 
Right Hon*^ Director General, the same was granted by the W! Court. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen, tailor, pltf. v/s Comelis Hooghboom, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. demands from deft, restitution of two hundred 
pieces of firewood which he took away with the scow according to the de- 
mand instituted against him dated 31 Octob. last with costs, pursuant to 
a/c produced in Court. Burgomasters and Schepens order Comelis 
Hooghboom to restore to Hendrick Hendrickzen the demanded two hun- 
dred pieces of firewood, inasmuch as he has failed to obey the Court's 
order and condemn him in the costs of seven guilders nineteen stivers, 
and in the further costs to accrue herein. 

Tomas Teunissen, pltf. v/s Symon Clazen, deft. Pltf. appearing 
with his sister, produces according to the order of last Court day declara- 
tion, that the deft, bade him go away. Deft, on the declaration being 
read, says he never mentioned such reasons. Oventje, the pltfs. sister, 
appearing with the pltf. declares that the deft, discharged her brother say- 
ing, that he stated, he would not have his brother within his door. Deft, 
denies it, saying that pltf. ran away six or seven times and threatened to 
strike him, and says he can prove, that the pltf. boasted to him, he should 
make a fool of him as often, as he pleased. Pltf. is asked, how much the 
deft, got ? Answers ninety five guilders in the half year and he received 
thereof twenty guilders, ten stivers. Parties are asked, if they will leave 
their case in question to the Magistrates as moderators and not as judges ? 
Answer, Yes. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties decree 
and judge, that Symon Clasen shall pay to Tomas Teunissen fifty guilders 
for his service rendered him and order parties on both sides to trouble 
each other no more, which parties promise to do and to be content witli 
the decision. . 



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Lysbet Tjrsen, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrisen de Vries, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Knout Maurisen, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. Whereas deft, is sick 
he is excused from the default and pltf. is notified to summon the deft, 
again, when not sick. 

Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck appearing states, that Tysje 
WiUems importunes him about the execution of the deed. Requests time 
until the arrival of the Right Hon^ General. The W: Court granted the 
petitioner so long a time. 

Joost Carelsen requests execution of the judgment pronounced against 
Hendrick Lambertsen Mol dated 14 Novemb' 1662. The Marshal is 
ordered to put these in execution. 

Walcwyn Van der Veen rejoins to the reply of Mighiel Tadens. The 
W! Court order copy to be furnished to party and parties are ordered to 
desist on both sides 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. 

Walewyn van der Veen produces his papers against AUard Anthony. 
Order: Allard Anthony is hereby ordered by the W: Court to produce on 
the next Court day by inventory his papers used in the suit against 
Walcwyn vander Veen. 

Tuesday 5 Decemb. 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendersen vander 
Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus 



Paulus Pietersen, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades and his wife, defts. Pltf. 
says, that Mighiel Tades' wife struck his wife, and scratched her and 
abused her for a whore, and that the dispute arose out of a boat, that he 
sold Mighiel Tades. Deft. Mighiel Tades' wife appearing denies it, say- 
ing that Paulus Pietersen's wife bit her finger and she struck her in order 
to get her finger out of her mouth. The Schout as guardian concludes, 
that Mighiel Tades wife shall be condemned in a fine of one hundred 
guilders with costs. Burgomasters and Schepens order parties on both 
sides to prove their statements. 

Lysbet Tysen, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrisen de Vries, deft Pltf. demands 



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from deft, one hundred and sixty four guilders ten stivers balance of a/c. 
Deft, admits the debt, saying he will give a hog in payment and promises 
to make further payment, when he obtains money for his boat. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Willem de Marschalk, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the half of twenty eight kans of brandy coming short in 
a barrel, bought in company together and sold again by him« Deft. 
says, he did not draw from the barrel more than eleven ankers, which he 
is able to prove. The W. Court order deft, to bring in his proof at the 
next Court day. 

Arent Comelisen Vogel, pltf. v/s Jan Pietersen, woodsawyer, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, forty four gilders eight stivers and eight pence 
as per a/c thereof exhibited — and moreover a seven year cow with its in- 
crease. Deft, demands copy of the suit and proof. The W: Court order 
copy of the demand and proof to be furnished to party to render by the 
next Court day what he has against it. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Willem Bogardus, deft. Def ts. 2I 
default. Pltf. requests benefit of the second default and a third sum- 
mons. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Tymotheus Gabry, deft. Deft, in default. 

Paulus Pietersen, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Deft, in default. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Cors Jansen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Luda Meyer, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Deft, in default. 

The curators of estate left by Sicx van de Stighelen pltfs. v/s Jan 
Jansen Jun', deft. Deft, in default. 

The same, pltfs. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, in default. 

The same, pltfs. v/s Herman Wessels, deft. Deft, in default. 

Ditto, pltfs. v/s Hendrick Jansen, baker, deft. Deft, in default. 

Ditto, pltfs. v/s Anneken Kocks, deft. Deft, in default. 

Seletje Arens appearing requests, that she may sell the goods, which 
she has in pawn of Arien Symonsen. The W: Court order her, to shew 
the last acte on the next Court day. 

Jacob Janzen Huys and Joannes van der Meulen appearing in Court 
state, that they have against one Jonas Willems a mortgage executed by 
him for and on account of monies advanced to him, which should have 
been paid by exchange in Holland drawn to secure the mortgage, on the 
claim in the inheritance of his wife's parents' estate; and whereas the bill 



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of exchange was not paid in Holland, demand by virtue of preference, 
which they claim to have herein, that his share of the rent of the house 
and lot within this City may be sequestrated and further that the house 
may be sold by execution; also that they look for their pay to certain 
cows in the hands of Jan Lauwerens and Joris Wolsy, curators of the 
estate left behind. Burgomasters and Schepens decree if they, the peti- 
tioners, have any claim, that they summon Jonas Willemsen's wife by the 
next Court day. 

Jurrien Blanck and Hendrick Willemzen, baker, in quality as attor- 
nies of Joghim Wessels, baker, request by petition, whereas Tomas Jan- 
sen Mingael is deceased who has instituted a suit against them in their 
quality, that the widow, left by him, be commanded and charged to take 
up the papers in the suit in order to proceed therewith according to the 
last retroacte, or to renounce the same, paying the cost. On which peti- 
tion is ordered: — Copy hereof is ordered to be furnished to party to 
answer thereunto. 

Tuesday, 12^ Decemb^ 1662: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendertsen 
▼an der Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacobus Strycker, 
Isaack Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Willem Bogardus, deft. Defts. 
third default. Pltf. concludes, that the deft, shall be condemned in a 
fine of one hundred guilders, because the deft, beat one Albert Albertsen 
so that the blood followed. The Officer is asked if he have proof that 
the deft, beat Albert Albertsen so that the blood followed ? Answers, 
Has no certain proof of it; requesting that Marycken Lubbers, widow of 
Abraham de la Noy, shall legally declare, what she knows, directly or 
indirectly, of the matter, as she will not or dare not do so. Is further 
asked, what return the Messenger gave, when he summoned him ? An- 
swering, requests the Messenger may be heard. Whereupon the Court 
Messenger being called in, and so examined, answers — He said, 'tis well. 
Burgomasters and Schepens condemn deft., as he has not appeared on 
three summons, in a fine of twenty five guilders with costs. 

Arent Comelissen Vogel, pltf. v/s Jan Pietersen, woodsawyer, deft* 
Walewyn van der Veen, as defts. att'y produces in Court, what the deft. 



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has against the pltf. and pltf's a/c delivered in on the last Court day; 
demanding in reconvention according to offset a/c, the sum of fl. 165: 
17: 8 in beavers and requests the case may be finally disposed of by arbi- 
trators under proper submission. The W. Court refer the matter in ques- 
tion to Marten Cregier, old Burgomaster, and Jan Vigne, old Schepen of 
this City, to take up the a/cs of parties, which they produce against each 
other, to discuss the same, to hear parties, decide their case and if 
possible to reconcile them ; if not, to report their award to the Court, and 
Jan Pietersen, woodsawyer, is ordered to appear, himself, in person. 

Luda Meyers, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Defts. 2"? default. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 39. 12, whereon is paid fl. 3: 12. The W: 
Court order deft, to deposit with this City the sum of fl. 36, balance due. 

Paulus Pietersen, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. Pltf. demands his 
boat back again from the deft., which he gave him in barter for fl. 140. 
Deft, admits, that he had a boat from pltf. to barter and says the same 
was entered with him at one hundred and forty guilders; then says, the 
man, to whom he was to barter the boat, said to get the boat for such 
a price and that it was entered too high, and that pltfs. wife asked the boat 
back from him, to whom he gave for answer, that her husband should 
come over and they would then see, if they could agree together, and that 
he, the pltf., being here, he offered one hundred and forty guilders for the 
boat, but he would not accept the pa3rment. Pltf. says, that he had not 
offered to sell deft, the boat. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard 
parties, decree that the pltf. may take the boat with him as he has not ab- 
solutely sold it to the deft, according to his declaration. 

Jacobus Vis, arrestant and pltf. v/s Comelis Barensen Sleght^ 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, sixty four gilders heavy 
pay, whether beavers or com at beavers price. Requests the attachment 
shall be declared valid. Deft, admits the debt and requests time till har- 
vest. Pltf. requests payment, as he intends to go to Fatherland and is 
desirous to arrange his affairs here. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, 
to satisfy and pay pltf. the attachment remaining meanwhile so long valid. 

Tysie Willems, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendricksen, deft. Defts. 3? default. 
Pltf. demands, that deft, shall make in due form conveyance of the 
house and lot bought from him and paid for. The W! Court order the 
deft, to make final conveyance to the pltf. of the house and lot. 



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Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Teunissen, deft. Defts. 2*^ 
default. Pltf. demands from the deft, twenty five guilders for having 
tapped on Sunday during the preaching. The W. Court order the deft. 
to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

WiUem de Marschalck, pltf. v/s Dirck Looten and Alien Appel, 
defts. Pursuant to the order of the last Court day the defts. are sum- 
moned to give evidence to the truth, as to what they know concerning the 
barrel of brandy, sold by the pltf. herein; how much he delivered there- 
from, — they are asked, what they know thereof ? Whereunto they an- 
swer, that the pltf. having asked them to give evidence of the aforesaid, 
that Jan informed and declared to them, he drew from the barrel bought 
by the pltf. no more than eleven ankers, and such are willing to confirm 
by oath, if needs be and they are requested. Which declaration being 
considered by Burgomasters and Schepens they decree, if any loss or leak- 
age be on the brandy in the barrel by the carriage, that it be shared 
together. 

Hendrick Hendricksen Obe, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meindersen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and seventeen guilders, six and a 
half stivers according to a/c produced. Deft, denies owing the whole; 
and says has an offset a/c. The W. Court refer the matter in dispute 
to Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, old Schepen of this City and to Hans 
Stejn to take up the a/cs of parties on both sides, discuss the same, to 
hear parties and to decide their case and if possible reconcile them; if 
not to report their finding to the Court. 

The curators of the estate left by Sicx van der Stighelen, pltfs. v/s 
Samuel Etsal, deft. Defts. 2^ default. Pltfs. in their quality demand 
from deft, one hundred and ten guilders in sewant and fifty seven 
gailders twelve stivers in tobacco arising from goods rec**. The W. Court 
order deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this City. 

Joannes Withart, arrestant and pltf. v/s Cors Jansen, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, three hundred and eighty four gl. accord- 
ing to a/c produced. Defts. wife appearing says, that the pltf. has 
entered the wine higher in her a/c than he sold it to her. Pltf. denies 
it. The W: Court orders deft, to prove her assertion and declare the 
attachment valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Anneken Tades, deft. Pltf. con 



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eludes, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of one hundred guilders, 
because she beat Paulus Pietersen's wife, so that the blood followed^ as 
per declaration thereof produced. Def ts. husband appearing for her says 
that Paulus Pietersen's wife talked considerably and made much noise at 
his house, so that the neighbours looked out, and that she first tore the 
cap off his wife's head, so that she must defend herself — demanding copy 
of the declaration. The W. Court grant deft, copy of the demand. 

Madaleena Hansen, pltf. v/s Comelis Barensen, lime measurer, deft. 
Pltf. says, deft, has attached sixteen gilders; that she misses sixteen casks 
of lime and that the deft, carried the lime away in kettles full. Deft, 
admits having accommodated some one, who was in want of it, with a 
kettleful of lime, saying, that the pltf. stated, he was corrupt and had 
taken bribes. The Officer constitutes himself guardian. Burgomasters 
and Schepens declare the attachment valid and order the pltf. to prove 
her assertion. 

The curators of the estate of Sicx van der Stighelen, pltfs. v/s Mada- 
leen Hanzen, deft. Pltfs. in their quality demand from deft, payment of 
forty six gilders fourteen stivers. Deft, admits the debt; requests forty 
days time, as there is still money lying at the Officer's to be strung, that 
it may be paid. The Officer undertakes to satisfy and pay the curators. 
The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay pltfs. in the quality, in which 
they act. 

The curators, pltfs. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Deft, in default. 

The curators of the estate of Sicx vander Stighelen, pltfs. v/s 
Lysbet Drisius, deft. Deft, in default. 

Ditt^, pltfs. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. Deft, in default* 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Jacob Kip, deft. Deft, in default. 

Merritje Lauwerens appearing pays the fine of fifty guilders, in which 
she was condemned on the 21*? Novemb' last. 

Seletje Arens requests, that she may sell the clothes, which she has in 
pawn from Arien Symonsen; produces the judgment obtained, wherein 
she is ordered to summon Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck, which 
the W. Court again order her to do. 

Allard Anthony is hereby for the 2^ time again ordered to produce 
at the next Court by inventory the papers, documents and vouchers, used 
in suit against Walewyn van der Veen. 



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Walewyn van der Veen appearing requests the W. Magistrates will be 
pleased to dispose of the suit against Comelis Vos. The W. Court order 
Walewyn van der Veen to notify Comelis Vos, that he shall be bound to 
come himself ten days after notice or to send an attorney to defend his 
suit against him in the quality, in which he acts here in law. 

This date 14^ Decemb' 1662 Matheus de Vos has appeared before 
me. Secretary Joannes Nevius, to recall the caveat to pass no deed for 
Lambert Barensen regarding his house and lot sold to Gerrit Hendricksen 
van Harderwyck. 

Tuesday, 19 Decemb. 1662. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlandt, Paulus Leendertsen van 
der Grift, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Isaack 
Greveraat. 

Joannes Withart, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Snediger, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, thirty three guilders five stivers in beavers 
according to a/c. Defts. son appearing says, his father is sick and cannot 
come ; requests time until the next Court day. Burgomasters and Schepens 
postpone the matter until the next Court day, as the deft, is sick. 

Asser Levy, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
refuses to give him a permit for four ankers of brandy and two bottle cases 
bought on the ship lying in this road, although he has paid Burgher ex- 
cise, for what he consumed and offers to give it on what he sold. Deft, 
requests, that the Magistrates shall be pleased to agree according to 
Ordinance enacted on the matter of Burger excise of beer and wine dated 
6*^ DecembT, 1656, and maintains deft, is bound to pay consumption 
money. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that the pltf. may enter the 
wine and deft, is bound to give a permit therefor. 

Paulus Heimans, pltf. v/s Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, deft. Pltf. 
demands from the deft, one hundred and thirty five guilders due accord- 
ing to judgment; producing the judgment and papers thereof saying, as 
lie owes Joannes Verveelen, he has left the same in his hands. Deft, says, 
he has agreed with Joannes Verveelen to pay twenty guilders a year with 
interest at eight per cent. The W! Court order deft, to prove, that he has 
agreed with Joannes Verveelen. 

Hendrick van Dyck, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Pltf., as attor- 



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ney of his daughter Luda de Meyer, requests definitive judgment on a 
claim, which his aforesaid daughter has against the abovenamed deft, for 
the sum of thirty six guilders with costs; produces the judgment dated 
12*!* instant, and moreover the books proving, what the debt arises from. 
Deft, maintains, that he is not obliged to pay the debt of his wifes con- 
tracting. The W. Court order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. in 
the quality in which he acts, with costs. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Paulus Pietersen, deft. Deft. 
absent. Whereas the weather does not permit the deft., who resides in 
the Village of Bergen, to cross over, he is excused and as he is not present 
nothing is done in the case between the Officer and Mighiel Tades. 

Joannes Withart and Jacobus Vis, pltfs. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. 
Pltf. J. Vis and the deft, in default. 

The curators of the estate of Sicx van der Stighelen, pltfs. v/s Lysbet 
Drisius, deft. Pltfs. in their quality demand from the deft, payment and 
satisfaction of the sum of eight hundred and twenty six guilders and five 
stivers in beavers and one hundred and seventy seven guilders one stiver 
in sewant with costs. Deft, says, she must examine her book, to see, 
whether she owes so much and that she never received an a/c; also that 
she had more tin, than is brought into her ace! and that Sicx has charged 
her the quantity of ells of linen sold to her, which must be paid by the 
Company, as she bought the goods on this condition. 

Wednesday, 3*! January 1663. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendert- 
sen van de Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacobus Backer, Isaack Greveraat. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrisen de Vries, deft, and 
prisoner. Pltf. concludes that the deft, shall be condemned for his per- 
petrated theft, to be fixed to a stake at the place of justice and be there 
scourged and further banished for the term of four consecutive years out 
this Citys jurisdiction: moreover for his blow, in a fine of one hundred 
guilders as the blood followed; all with costs — ^producing certain declara- 
tion taken to that effect. The declaration being read to deft., he denies 
having stolen the meat, saying the mate gave it to him, when he had done 
work on board — ^and moreover said — Come, carpenter, you are done, let 



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OS drink together; and that he gave him the meat he brought and laid it 
behind the cabin and was not on shore with the meat — that the mate was 
drunk, when he enquired for the meat, but sober when he gave him the 
meat, and that the boy knew nothing of the sack, as he was going with the 
skipper of the ship, the Gilded Fox^ when he was brought ashore and was 
altogether drunk when it happened. The W. Court decree, whereas there 
is no right explanation of the matter; also the ketch, where the crime is 
committed is not present, that the deft, shall be released on bail to appear 
in Court and defend himself, whenever he shall be summoned. Pursuant 
to the foregoing judgment Teunis Cray father in law of the abovenamed 
Jan Gerris" de Vries appears in Court, who enters himself bail, that his 
son in law Jan Gerrisen abovenamed shall appear in Court, whenever he 
shall be summoned touching the above written matter. 

Tuesday 9^ Jan'y 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendertsen van 
der Grift, Johannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacobus Backer, Isaack Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf . v/s Pieter Pia, deft. Pltf . says before 
coming to the demand, that he requests, deft, shall be ordered to say with 
what soldier had Roeloff Hermsen dispute ? To which deft, says he was 
not at home, but* at Mother Lips in the cellar. Pltf. coming to the de- 
mand concludes, that the deft, shall be banished the jurisdiction of this 
City for the time of three years and ordered not to follow during that time 
the profession of tapping and that, because the deft, has presumed to tap 
out of hours and after setting the watch and in conducting himself irregu- 
larly, both in making noise and other insolences; all with costs. Deft, 
says, he is innocent in the matter, as he was from home. The W. Court 
order the Officer to summon the deft, with his wife by the next Court day. 

Daniel van Donck and Christoffel Hooghlant appearing request to be 
discharged from the bail for the person of Nathaniel Grain as the widow 
of Salomon La Chair, attorney of James Mills, desists from the suit, 
which her husband, in the quality, in which he acted, maintained against 
them. Nathaniel Grain appearing, the request of Daniel van Donck and 
Christoffel Hooglant was communicated to him, to which he gave for 
answer, that if anyone has any claim against him, he must institute his 



1 76 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [i66j 

action, whilst he is here and he shall defend himself. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that the petitioners have to address themselves to 
Nathaniel Grain and request of him to be discharged from the bail bond; 
but they shall be discharged from entering other bail for the judgment; 
and if there be any other person, who claims to have a right in the suit, 
he shall give power to prosecute the suit depending in trial and notice 
shall be given, advising every one, who pretends any right in the suit be- 
tween Jeems Mills and Nathaniel Grain, attorney of Benjamin Gillam, to 
enter with the Secretary of this City within the space of three times four 
and twenty hours. 

Jeronimus Ebbinck, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen van der Yin, deft. 
Pltf., as attorney of Geraard Hamel, merchant at Amsterdam, demands 
in said quality, of the deft, four hundred and ninety six guilders and 
seventeen stivers according to a/c thereof produced, with interest accrued 
and costs of suit at the Court at Amsterdam: also a correct copy of the 
power of attorney and of the settlement, amounting to full five guilders. 
Deft, demands copy of the a/c, to answer thereunto at the next Court 
day. The W. Court grant the deft, copy of the a/c. 

Freryck Flipzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Lambertsen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, according to a/c five hundred and thirty six and three quarter 
pounds of elk hides, sixty one guilders sewant, six beavers for a half aam 
Spanish wine, a large Indian coat and four small ditto, producing the a/c 
thereof. Deft, exhibits an offset a/c, whereby there is due him one hun- 
dred and one guilders four stivers and ten pence beavers; therefore he on 
the other hand owes twenty one guilders eighteen stivers, and eight pence. 
The W. Court refer the matter in question to Jacques Cousseau and 
Joannes van der Meulen to take up the a/c of parties on both sides, to 
examine the same, to hear parties, decide their case, and if possible to 
reconcile them; if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Jan Joosten, pltf. v/s Abraham Pietersen, miller, deft. Pltf. says» 
he sold to Tomas Jansen Mingael, defts. son in law, a yacht, on which 
there is still to be paid one thousand and fourteen guilders in sewant and 
requests that the yacht may be sold to obtain his pay from it Deft, 
says, there is no money to pay and if the Magistrates think fit, that the 
yacht may be sold for the best advantage of the widow. 

Antony Janzen van Vaas, arrestant and pltf. v/s Evert Dirckzcn, 



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woodcutter, arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty eight 
guilders ten stivers arising from the purchase of an ox, which his prede- 
cessor had bought. Deft, says, he knows nothing of it; requests time 
that he may pay. The W. Court order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Jan Snediger, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, according to a/c exhibited in Court, fourteen guilders in beavers and 
in addition nineteen guilders, making together, three and thirty guilders. 
Deft, admits owing the fourteen gilders, but not in beavers, and denies 
owing the nineteen gilders as he received nothing for them, but his 
brother-in-law, on whom pltf. can hold his claim. The W! Court order 
deft, to pay the pltf. the fourteen gilders in beavers and as regards the 
nineteen guilders, the W! Court decree, that the pltf. shall have to look 
for the same from and sue the defts. brother-in-law, who received the goods. 

Jacobus Vis and Joannes Withart, pltfs. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. 
Pltfs. demand from deft, sixty six guilders ten stivers arising from pur- 
chase of beer. The W! Court order the deft, to deposit the monies with 
the Secretary of this City. 

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

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Symon Blanck, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Rutgert Jansen, deft. Deft, in default. 

The curators of the estate of Sicx van der Stighelen, pltfs. v/s Geertje 
Hendricks, deft. Deft, in default. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrisen de Vries, deft. Pltf. in de- 
fault. 

Jan Hendricksen van Gunst, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. 
Both in default. 

Joannes de Wit, arrestant and pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. The W: Court declare the arrest valid. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. and arrestant v/s Tielman van Vleeck, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default The W: Court declare the arrest valid. 

Joannes Verveelen, arrestant and plf., against Tielman van Vleeck, 
arrested and deft. Defendt. in default. Pltf. demands, that the attach- 
ment be declared valid, with costs. The W. Court declare the attach- 
ment valid, with costs. 



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Antony de Milt, pltf. and arrestant v/s Tielman van Vleeck, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. The W. Court declare the attachment valid. 

Bartholdus M aan, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Lauwerensen, deft. Both in 
default. 

Eghbert Meindersen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Hendricksen Obe, deft 
Both in default. 

Issack de Foreest appears in Court saying, that he has attached the 
monies belonging to Paulus Schrick's widow in Jacob Kip's hands for a 
claim, he has against said Schrick for the sum of fl. 209: 15 in beavers and 
il. 13. 10 in seawant, from which are to be deducted ninety four pounds 
hops : requesting, that the attachment be declared valid. The W. Court 
declare the attachment valid. 

Reinier Willemsen, baker, appearing exhibits the a/c against him re- 
ceived from Secretary Nevius and requests that the same may be examined 
and taxed: which a/c being examined by Burgomasters and Schepens 
they approve the same and order Reinier Willemsen to satisfy and pay iL 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker, and Christoffel Hooghlant in quality as 
Inspectors of Bread baked within this City's jurisdiction remonstrate in 
writing, that many complaints have come to them, that some bakers here 
bake bread not only of mixed stuff, such as wheat and rye, but also under 
guise thereof use material altogether unfit for bread: they request there- 
fore ex officio^ that the Court may provide by special Ordinance, that no 
bread be baked and sold except baked of well conditioned material, so 
that such may consequently be officially observed and enforced by the re- 
monstrants. Burgomasters and Schepens shall make provision on the 
subject of baking of bread, and give petitioners a further acte of authority, 
so that every thing may be effectively obeyed and enforced for which pur- 
pose the petitioners shall have power to take the Court Messenger with 
them to assist them. 

Allard Anthony is hereby ordered for the last time to produce by in- 
▼entory on the next Court day his papers, documents and exhibits, used 
in the suit with and against Walewyn van der Veen, on pain of nonsuit 

Merritje Abrahams, widow of Tomas Jansen Mingael, and Abraham 
Pietersen, miller, request by petition, as they have obtained from the Rl 
Hon^ Lords, letters of benefit of inventory, with CowumtHmus to the 
W!: Court of this City dated 2I January 1663, that said letters of benefit 



1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 1 79 

of inventory may be considered and proceeded with for the summoning 
and notification of all known creditors and legatees as many as they may 
be, to appear on a certain suitable day, to be notified to them, first, by 
the Court Messenger on the petitioners' request, to see, inventory and 
appraise in the presence of the Schout and two Schepens of this City, all 
the goods left by the abovenamed Tomas Jansen Mingae], and bail to 
be entered therefor by the petitioners. 

Tuesday, i6 January 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlandt, Joannes van Brugh, 
Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades and his wife, defts. 
Pltf. persists in his rendered demand dated 12 Decemb. 1662. Deft, re- 
peats, that neither he nor his wife have done ill, inasmuch as Tryntje 
Martens, Paulus Pietersen's wife, made great noise at his house and 
created a great riot there, for which he took her by the arm and requested 
her to leave the house, which she resisted knocking his hat oflf his head 
in this hall; whereupon his wife said — ^Will you strike my husband ? 
Thereupon she attacked his wife and tore the cap from her head and his 
wife doing her best also to get her out the house had her finger bit. The 
W: Court order deft, to prove his statement 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pierre Pia and his wife, defts. 
Pltf. concludes, that the deft, shall be condemned to quit this City's juris- 
diction for the term of three consecutive years and during that time not 
to follow any more the business of tapping, as they, the defts., keep such 
a house, that great revelling, noise and considerable racket is carried on 
at their place by night and at unseasonable hours, against good order and 
the placards, not hesitating to tap after pine o'clock, the setting of the 
watch and on Sunday; also not aiding to prevent the troubles and quarrels, 
committed through tapping at their house nor making the same known to 
the Officer, as recently happened on New Years day refusing to let him, 
the Officer, in, although he knocked divers times at the door to get in. 
Defts. appearing, Pierre Pia's wife asks, if the Officer will confirm his pre- 
tension by oath and says, that the man, who resided in Burgomaster Olof 
Stevensen van Cortlant's house had a dispute with a soldier, which went 
to far, that they both abused him as rogue and the woman as a whore and 



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will prove by the Serjeant, that she had the door opened on the knocking. 
The Officer refers to the declaration which old Burgomasters Marten 
Cregier and AUard Anthony made in the presence of the ruling Burgo- 
masters. Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the demand and 
conclusion of the Officer, also the declaration of the old Burgomasters 
condemn the deft, not to tap any more from date for the term of six con- 
secutive weeks nor to follow the business of tapping. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Roeloff Hermzen, deft. Pltf. 
concludes, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of one hundred 
guilders, for that he on New Years day has fought and quarrelled seeking 
to revenge himself with a hatchet and adze, and created an uproar in the 
Heeren •S'/raa/ [Broadway] ; all with costs; producing four declarations to 
this effect. Deft, says, he knows nothing of it and sought not to do any 
person harm. The W. Court having considered the demand and conclu- 
sion of the Officer and read the declaration, condemn the deft, in a fine 
of twenty five guilders ; with costs. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Symon Blanck, deft. Defts. a*. 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, five guilders and one pair of gloves 
valued at six guilders. The W: Court order deft, to deposit the eleven 
guilders with the Secretary of this City. 

Jeronimus Ebbinck, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, deft 
Deft, pursuant to order of the last Court day delivers thro' the Court 
Messenger the answer to the pltfs. a/c. Pltf. produces the settlement 
that deft, made with one Gerard Hamel, requesting justice therein. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Comelis Steen- 
wyck, old Schepen and actual Orphan Master of this City, and to 
Timotheus Gabry, also old Schepen here, to take the same up in the 
presence of Schepen Jacob Strycker, to hear parties and to examine the 
case and decide it; to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their 
decision to the Court. 

Joannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Jacob Leisler, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, indemnification for a hhd of tobacco, which he gave him on his word 
as good and merchantable, which being opened was found to be unmer- 
chantable; producing a declaration to this effect. Deft, admits to have 
delivered him the tobacco and did not know in what condition; that the 
pltf. kept the tobacco full four months; saying that the tobacco is subject 



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to spoiling. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties decide, that 
the pltf . shall retain the tobacco as he had it so long. 

Pieter Jacobsen Marius, pltf. v/s Claas Gangelofzen Visser, deft. 
Pltf. in quality as curator of the estate left by Anna Comelis demands 
from deft, in his quality as curator of the insolvent estate of Nicolaas 
Velthuysen twenty beavers. Deft, says he has not and cannot get any 
money from the estate. The W: Court refer parties to the Orphan Cham- 
ber of this City. 

Comelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrisen de Vries, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands delivery of a boat agreed for and made by deft, payment of which 
has been almost received, — ^producing the a/c thereof. Deft, says that 
the boat is attached and he cannot therefore deliver it. The W. Court 
order the deft, to take the attachment from the boat and to deliver it to 
the pltf. 

Tuesday, I6'^ January 1663. In the City Hall. In the Afternoon: 
Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, 
Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker. 

Willem de Mareschalck and Daniel de Hondecoutrie, pltfs. v/s Dauid 
Joghimzen, deft. Pltfs. demand from deft, one thousand guilders for 
blankets sold him and Tomas Jansen Mingael in company. Deft, says, 
that he bought two parcels and Tomas Jansen two parcels and that the 
pltfs. gave them also a parcel, to see whether they could sell it; other- 
wise they were to return them the blankets, of this piece of blankets they 
took two and Tomas Jansen brought back the six; maintaining that he is 
not bound to pay for more than two pieces and one single blanket. 
Pltfs. say, that they have booked the deft, and Tomas Jansen for the 
whole and each as principal. Deft, denies having bought the blankets 
M Solidum and that Tomas Jansen had taken again the blankets he had 
brought back, for which he is not to pay. Pltfs. say, as deft, did not 
make known, that he was separate from Tomas Jansen, it was placed to 
both their a/cs. Daniel de Honde Coutrie again appearing is asked, 
whether it was agreed in making the trade, that each should stand as 
principal for the payment? Answers, No; saying as long as the buyers 
remained alive they looked to them both. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties decide, that deft, shall not have to pay for more 



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acumj fl am . bianikgcf; ami rfrac lae pi=3^ save oa haid for tke remaiii- 
<ficr t&enr fTztznree en oe cscaac hft 35 T sjam Jsasot liia^ri. 

j2cncQS Ts 23d Jismcs Wxnan* pi'ifi t s Jsb Rmgjam ^ deft. 
FTsfsL <iifm.aT^ frsn. diffg satw sx grrTiiim tea sctosl DcfiL states in 
wiuia^ enac he aas one isid 9» mtyit, and as &e is mat wd!, he cannot 
I'OMii:, Tae W: Caxct arSer deni to pof ^at piifs. 

MaiyckcB La Xoy, sufL t s Jacocos Tiest. de£t. PhL demands frcMn 
deft, two hrmdvtd aad f jctj rf.g^t gf^i^frt azsd rigitt stivcn according to 
a/c ilwii CL Cbcdt. DcfiL szfs he lirst got tSK a^'c to d^ and diall look 
to it; odcvcig to poj wftit k boocsdj dse the p^tf. The W. Court order 
the deft, to ^we in br the next Coazt dar, vhat he has agiinst die a/c on 
pain of nonsait. 

Evert Dcrckzen, voodsavyo; pidL t, s Dirck Janaen van 1>eTentery 
deft. Fltf. demands frocD defiL pajment of half a. barrel of beer and two 
skepek of wheat according to contract and judgment dated at Jan' j 1662 ; 
and costs according to a/c to the som of thirtj three guilders five stirers 
arising from illegal arrest and scut. DefL sajs he knows nothing of the 
contract. The W. Court order deft, to pa j the pltf. acccwding to afore- 
said judgment besides costs taxed at sixteen guilders. 

Comelis Barensen, arrcstant and pltf. t/s Madalecna Hans, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. requests, that he maj receive from the 
Treasurer the sixteen guflders attached bj the defL and requests that die 
arrest of the deft, may stand good. The W: Court declare the arrest 
valid and allow the pltf. to take the sixteen guilders from the Treasurer 
under bail. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Rutgert Janzen, deft. Defts. 3I default. Pltf. 
demands from deft, eighty one guilders, deven stivers, saying that deft, 
intends to depart and he has arrested his person : requesting that the same 
be declared valid. The W. Court declare the arrest valid. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Lauwerensen, deft Pllf. de- 
mands from deft, three beavers for one anker anise given to him to take 
up (i. e. North). Deft, admits to have had the anker and says, he sold 
it to K.it; offering to pay the pltf. the three beavers in tobacco, which he 
has received from Allard Antony. The W: Court order the deft, to 
satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Tysie Willems appears in Court requesting anew, that Gerrit Hen- 



1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 183 

dricksen van Harderwyck shall be ordered to convey to her the house, 
which she bought from him and paid for, demanding the costs incurred 
herein. Burgomasters and Schepens order Gerrit Hendricksen van Har- 
derwyck to give conveyance to Tysie Willems on pain of imprisonment 
and condemn him in the costs. 

Jan Joosten entering requests, that he may be allowed to take back 
the yacht he sold Tomas Jansen Mingael, as it is not yet paid for. The 
W. Court inform Jan Joosten to have yet some patience. 

Comelis Jansen, woodsawyer, pltf. v/s Johannes Verveelen, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Abraham Pietersen, miller, and Merritje Abrahams, widow of Tomas 
Jansen Mingael, request by petition, that some persons may be appointed 
by the W. Court to appraise and value the houses and yacht left by 
Tomas Jansen Mingael. Apostille: On the petitioners request are com- 
missioned and authorized Pieter Jacobsen Marius, Sybrant Jansen Galma, 
Adolfif Pietersen and Jan Ariaansen to appraise and value the houses and 
yacht left by Tomas Jansen Mingael. 

Tuesday, 23 January 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendersen van 
der Grift, Joannes Van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacobus Backer. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrisen de Vries, deft. The 
deft, appearing with Jan Barfort, Abraham Darby and Jan Tomer, 
sailors, navigating the bark named Nicolas and Sara and by them ac- 
cused of having stolen two pieces of meat, are asked, who gave it to him ? 
Whereupon the persons present being designated, who deny it, saying he 
has taken it; all fully declaring it, whereupon Burgomasters and Schepens 
having called them in one by one and examined each apart, they answer 
conformably to their rendered declaration. The Officer persists in his 
previous demand and rendered conclusion; requesting, that deft, shall go 
into close confinement. The Officer's demand being read to the deft, he 
says, he is innocently accused. The W! Court order the Officer to place 
the deft, in prison. 



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^uc «r:mm urk. zncc ^m a-juis^ it. cusBtum iiu heeik jrJgJTid by the W! 
Crar-: if itrlisrram:^ wiiu.t hs rmrnw: apse lu Jt^ suet s luc Albrod bj 

^sft iaoJ )< iirxtsvfz -u iirnvL a uL xiuc tit iixit ix UK nrtif»»ne aad that 
)it 3u;t /ihu^n run:^ :its*rji' sa\L u ^sg^ ^nnwcl: j£ :^ ncfa? Deft, pio- 
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j^tsuxbC zttf i^:& ar^^nma sc-^nu,. ^uc he udimr» ii ^le order dated i6^ 
3WC ictii, ^K*naoiii> ^.*it^ ic zitt iuw«r xc MiuuMgv The V Cooat ofder 
^tf" -.i^r: 5;^ ec •i^ iirA iu:<<? r-n:i« « rug TtncanaaL acui cottr tbe deft, 
te^ r4*rT.:st 7ifc y^*ct cu*u« /c ittf nfeiie!: j;. 'c — wnwcmc fishier a the oeder 

VJJmi :Xxv'i.j«. iei:t Tt=. Hsmr-uk Haxiin:toea C»St =l qmaLsr of 
c*:rtr:c *a>i ^i*i:ri;*ia: ^ct Soiugtat Isfiari^ *]«««nac « :i« saw son of 
Jjja Jj-JBsm Ki^ggiT.titr> aoowc Airsuit *jmscsi^ sti^BCse^ t^«t the afore- 
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1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 185 

to contracti with board, lodging etc. Deft, says, that the boy is not 
attentive and when he gives him orders, he is unwilling to do so and has 
not refused him any food. Adriaan Jansen appearing is asked, why he 
does not remain with his master ? Answers, because he gives him nothing 
to eat and finds him seldom at home and whenever he earns a stiver by 
making any trifles, he must buy food for it. The W. Court order the pltf . 
to prove, that the youth is not properly treated according to contract. 

Sjrmon Jansen Romein, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Defts. 
2^ default. Pltf., as atty of Pieter Lucassen, demands from deft, forty 
guilders for wages and sail cloth furnished for the boat, which Jan 
Jacobsen owns and is sailed by the deft. The W. Court order the deft, 
to deposit the money with the Secretary of this City. 

Joannes Verveelen, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Deft, by 
petition communicates his inability, requesting to be excused therefore. 
The pltf. is accordingly ordered to summon him again for the next Court 
day. 

Comelis Janzen, woodsawyer, pltf. v/s Joannes Verveelen, deft. 
Pltfs. wife appearing, says, whereas she is indebted to several, she has 
agreed with some, also with the deft., to pay yearly twenty guilders of the 
debt; and interest at eight per cent, agreably to her husbands proposi- 
tion on Paulus Heiman's demand, dated 19 December, 1662, and that 
such is known to Jan Jansen de Jongh, who being spoken to thereon, 
said, he knew something, but cannot say what. Deft, denies, that he 
made any agreement regarding this with the pltf. The W. Court order 
the pltf. to prove her statement. 

Mattheus de Vos, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, in quality as attorney of Comelis Schutt, thirty six 
guilders ten stivers and ten guilders one stiver interest, making together 
thirty six guilders eleven stivers. Deft, says, that he furnished pltf. with 
an a/c, in which he claims thirty three guilders eight stivers. Pltf. says, 
he repudiates this a/c. Deft, says, he is not responsible for the debt. 
bro' against him. The W. Court postpone the case to the next opportunity. 

Walewyn van der Veen appearing produces a judgment dated 24 
January, 1662, against Jacob Swart pronounced here by this W. Court 
and requests Lettre Requisitaire to the Court of N: Utreght, that it be ex- 
ecnted there. 



1 86 Court Blinntes of New Amsterdam. [1663 



da Yee& m qvafitj «s attovKf of Comdis 
Schott faath on the 24*^ Jannarj 1663 olifamrd firom vs^ Bargomastcrs and 
SchepcBS of the Citj o€ Amstcfdam in New Netholaiid, judgment against 
Jacob Swart, reqacstmg froa us letters to the Cbort of New Utie^t to 
pot the same in cxecntion according to the cnato m of die law; whicJi re* 
qaest being considered, we have foond the same lawfol — ^We request, 
therefore, the Magistracy of the Village of New Utre|^ to lend the 
aforesaid Walewjn Tan der Veen a hdping hand to patting in execution 
the aborcmentioned judgment. We shall consider onrsetres obliged to 
yon in return onder similar circumstances, and remain your Honors affec- 
tiooate friends, Schout, Borgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amster- 
dam in N: Netherlands 

Comelis Hoo^boom, pitf . t/s BT Panlus Tan de Bceck, deft. Pltf . 
demands from deft, twenty ei^t guilders for one thousand of brick and 
carting the same. Deft, says the brick is no good and had not seen them, 
when he bought them. Pltf. says that deft, offered aboat a month since 
to pay for the brick and can proTe it. The W: Court order the pltf. to 
proTe his statement. 

Mary Peeck, pltf. v/s Hermen the soldier, deft. Pltf. says, that 
fifteen legs of Tenison are stolen from her sister and that deft, visited 
her house. Deft, denies it; saying he was sent by his master to fetch 
his wife. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Teunis Cray, deft. Pltf. requests that he may 
have a settlement with deft. Defts. wife entering says, the case concerns 
her. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Hen- 
drick Willemsen, baker, and Symon Jansen Romein, to whom parties are 
ordered to produce the a/cs, they may have against one another, who are 
ordered to take up the same to hear and examine parties thereon, to deter- 
mine their a/cs, to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their 
decision to the Court. 

Lucas Andriesen and Jan Joosten, pltfs. v/s Abraham Pietersen and 
his daughter, defts. Defts. deliver in a petition. Pltfs. produce papers. 
The W. Court undertake to consider the case. 

Pierre Pia requests by petition to be allowed to tap on the last of this 
month, promising then to obey and observe the judgment pronounced 
against him dated 16^ inst. by the W: Court of this City. Apostille: 



1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 187 

The W! Court persist in their rendered judgment dated i6^ of this current 
January. 

Comelis Pluyvier entering produces the judgment against Jan Gerri- 
sen de Vries dated 16*^ January last, requesting delivery of the boat. 

Joannes Verveelen entering produces the judgment, which he has 
against Hendrick Jansen van der Vin and the notice rendered thereon, 
requesting that he shall be ordered to give exhibition of goods. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree, that the petitioner shall take out an order 
from the Officer. 

Isaack Kip entering requests, he may lift the money belonging to 
Hendrick de Boer, which he has attached in the hands of Joost Carelsen. 
As the attachment is not prosecuted, nothing is done in the matter. 

Daniel van Donck and Christoffel Hooghlandt request by petition as 
well for themselves as for Nathaniel Grein a discharge and to be dis- 
charged from the bailbond and that the constituting acte relating to the 
before agitated bail shall be again handed over to them, inasmuch as no 
one comes forward pursuant to the notices affixed, dated 10 of this current 
month to prosecute the suit between the attorney of Jeems Mills and the 
petitioners. The petitioner's request is granted and herewith shall be 
handed them the acte of bail herein mentioned. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman exhibits a petition presented to the Rt. 
Hon^ Director General and Councillors of New Netherland, and the 
Older thereupon. Burgomasters and Schepens decree that the same be 
enregistered. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Comelis Barensen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Mighiel Tades requests by petition, that Walewyn van der Veen shall 
be ordered to exchange within four and twenty hours from date hereof, 
the inventory of his papers, which he has used in the suit against him, the 
petitioner, and in 24 hours after to furnish reciprocally to each other the 
demanded copy and to produce them by inventory on the next Court day. 
Apostille: — The request is granted. Walew3m van der Veen is hereby 
ofdered by the W. Court of this City and commanded, to exchange or hand 
in, within twenty four hours from date hereof, his papers used in the suit 
with and against Mighiel Tades and parties on both sides are ordered to 



1 88 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

famish each odier recyrocally with the requested copy and to produce 
their deductioD and principal intendit bj inventory on the next Court day. 
To the R^ Hon^ Director General and Council of New Netherland. 
Ri|i;ht Honourable: — 
\^lkereas yonr Honors petitioner obtained from, and was favored, 
now about two years ago, in his quality as Schout of the City of Amster- 
dam in N: Nediei)and, by your Honois with power to compound and 
ajStte with delinqnentSs who happen dsewhere to do amiss by quarrelling, 
iifhtins and smiling and come to handigrips with others, unto a sum of 
A. t^. and ^rhereas the sewant is now somewhat lower in price and of very 
litt)e %a)ue in oompariscvn to what it then was, and now for the actual fl. 
*5. ^mant he cannot obtain above one beaver in value and consequently 
n<> WKMt' than 5 (^ ^ ^ Holland; tbeiefore he requests that he the peti- 
tt^Ny^<>r m ht$ «;ual:ty as Schout aforesaid may from now henceforward com* 
fKMiriv) and iu:^^^' with delinquentSs wix> happen to popetrate any thing 
an^) %^> an^isN b\ %hnr«g ssnking, beating etc unto die sum of fi. 50: 
^ uSaN4U bo;rv^ >^i^'^ct to any apruication or division; and that also, accord- 
i»\>i h^ hix tS*- ^>o:::K^n«'s Insamcnon Art 11. be may from now hence- 
Km^ Av,i ^Vj^TT^ a^;', vNvnTV*cT>d for aH civil and criminal cases up to one 
h»u^.h\N^ ^r.i,s?0T;j^ a7>*^. S^^ the pctirioner, obliges himsdf herein to demean 
h.»>\>K'M h.vf>^vASN, aT*^i to k«*r an account book thereof, in order to allow 
Ih^^ ^^^^, tV )>A»v^ a?^c, r^it- Cburrh to obtain their share thereof, as to 
|Sou\ xSni* ^.^;vv;;*;r -shoi;^ vouT Honcas connde in yoor dutiful peti- 
U>^»>,M >s^^^.n, tVr Sc %.". A%i.:: youT Honors* favorable and considerate 
j^,vvN<.;v V>>»N ,),^;r^ c?c, Vr.Trr Stoxl: Yocx Honois* dutiful servant. 
VNvjs*'"^'^ Wn\>! VorTv^^mi.r. Ax the suae stood — ^Ady, «6 Octob 1662. 
Vhv>.<^ i^UiM »r5 \^^ No^S^^'-K^r^i Arv^sruic vis the margin) — Fiat qnod 
js-* M . ^^w ^N^»^^: »v^r;. ;Vi: hr r^^ocr ex^rv morth precisdy, correct ac- 
>o».»M ^-'J -v^'\,i-* N^ .V v^^r^. r.v%r ai*;: CM:r»ri: of what share or portion 
K»o..^x K* ,>s>.v :V'v \'ns,v^.-it ir N Nruier'*and the 16* Novemb* 
*,*A. i .»j,v>»,\vv* >N *\%'o* o :r>t R' Kor** I^irector General and 
\ ,»♦..», . ,v \ \o,V' -'N*, S^'vnI. C- V ^L^•^•e^^ Secretary. 

V\« 4,vs'. »* ^ V.VN -^ or V"^*r>- .*. 5^ '*:;>ri:-n\ l^^5. In the Citv 
U-*.; ?\s>K'*-, .N ^.,v^or '^ov T.^-'^.^Tr.-.r^. v^ o! S:r^*ensen van Con* 

Um; ?%. *..x ; »\ » •.' ^ »» % ,r ,-.*• ^ •. '*,-.-.'*'^.*s v-r. "RnicX 1,'^nnes de 



1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 189 

Pyant Boweres, Jeems Douwel, Jan Snoo and Nicolaes Guinnep, 
pltfs. v/s Henry Hutson, deft. Pltfs. demand from the deft, their earned 
monthly wages, gained on the ship named The Expedition ; to wit, Pyant 
Boweres the sum of twenty four pounds stg. five shillings and four pence; 
Jeems Douwel ten pound sterling, eighteen shillings: Nicolaas Guinnep 
nine pounds sterling, fourteen shillings and seven pence; Jan Snoo ten 
pounds sterlg and eighteen shillings with the costs incurred herein ; and 
that the deft, shall not be allowed to leave this City before he shall 
have effectually paid them, the pltfs., each in particular. Deft, says, he 
has not refused any payment. Pltfs. reply, that the deft, has demanded 
the Ring's custom of them and cannot prove to be entitled thereto. Deft* 
rejoins, that he was obliged in Virginia to give bonds for the payment of 
the King's duty and demands therefore, that the pltfs. shall give bail for 
the payment or that he may deduct it from their monthly wages, produ- 
cing a certain acte from the Virginias from the Govemour Balthemoer, 
setting forth, that he has bound himself to discharge his tobacco within 
the King's territory, which he shews was done in Oysterbay. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard the debates of parties on both sides 
and considered the writing and weighed all that is material, decree that 
deft, cannot demand the King's custom from the pltfs., as he has not 
bound himself therefor; also shews no evidence that such is demanded of 
sailors; but order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltfs. their monthly wages, 
on deducting from each per capita the freight of the tobacco, the hogs 
head counted at five and twenty shillgs and dismiss his further demanded 
soit herein with condemnation in the costs of this suit. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman requests, that he may arrest Denys Isaack- 
sen, wherever he can, inasmuch as said Denys Isaacksen has murderously 
wounded one Pieter Jansen, mason, so that it is feared he will die. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens find the Officer's request just and lawful: consent 
therefore to his request. 

Saturday, 27. January 1663: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendertsen van 
der Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes Peister, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus 
Backer, Isaack Greveraat. 

Burgomasters and Schepens of this City of Amsterdam in N: Nether- 
land have considered the papers, documents and papers used on both 



19^ CoGrt Mxnctes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

sdes in. the mt beoPDeea Waitfwyn vsl <bsr Tcsl^ pii^^ with and agunst 
Alard Andunxy. «ftffr. T!ie gitf. ctmclmim^ dsas. die cfiefiL shaD be con- 
dgnmeti tc pay bmt as pts* ^ c umdaasiL tfte aom. of one kuaaii c d and fiftj 
one .gTTufgT^ 5iae acivexs in. bisLvecs .mii lwbiIv ttve cxI>i)CBS tvdve suvcii 
izi H'liLaui cnnemiy, while die *ii*n:. condmLss^ choc the pItL skaQ lender 
hfm due x i^ prsct xmi Riiuria nnifer sufidenc evideTicr in lav, of die 
sen rzibs at caoacco in -^iiestion aenc hj die ^ip die JStigf^tmn in the jeir 
1656. r^ectmg dte jcc: protiiiceii by die pirf. and samv ke does not owe 
die pcecended Jncereat hiseupcn jxui dierctoce dtat die plt& oalercd suit 
siLiU be dJsnusBexL Bur^omasaacs jmi Scitepens iLxring icbhI aJl and 
weigaed and pondiaed on w^LiQrver is mansrial 2nd beaxd poities oa bodi 
ssdesv adj'uige ami (decree;. dt;it die dsft. itasR smsij and paj die pltL for 
die two ^ui rings die sum ot sjcrr ;r::]rfeTS HciT.tnd cnrrcnqr dedoctiDg 
die pnce oc die soul tx:bacco ^ die som of tortr foar gtuldeis m like paj, 
for so mack k. has produced; sad wttat n*gvds die lost good^ Boigo- 
Bi^cers and Sciiepens decree* that Auard As-Conj shall pay die sum of 
§fty ciro gtixLiezs in beaveis^ on condinon of hoI<^:ng his gnaiaBtcey wbcre 
he dsfnks proper. Tbey tiirther dismiss pomes* cLiims on both sides» 
which diey hiTe agaiiist tach odier ti<*fem, and parties aforesaid are 
f onher condemned each in his own costs accrued bi this snit. 

Borgomasters and Schepens of diis City Amsterdam in N : Nctheriand 
have considered the x. cs and papers produced on boch sides in the soil 
between Mattheus de Vosw plrf., with and against Walewyn Tan der Vecsit 
deft., and having pondered and weighed all, that is material and heard 
and examined parties on both sides decree, that Walevyn Tan der Veen 
sh^ mdsij and pay to Matthens de Vos the sum of thirty six guilders and 
eight stxrers^ and pay the costs accrued in both sides in this sail. 

The prisoner Jan Gerrisen de Vries entering is asked, if he does not 
recollect any thing of the matter, of which he is accused ? Answers No. 
Burgomasters and Schepens haring considered the demand and conchisioti 
of the Officer on and against the prisoner hare ex grrnhm and not for his 
merits, reprimanded him for his committed fault and delict; and condemn 
him for his mutiny, perpetrated on ship board, in the fine of fifty gnildcrs 
with costs incurred herein and order him to remain in prison, nntil the 
aforesaid fine and costs be paid. Trynde ran Campen, mother in Isw of 
the aforesaid Jan Gerrisen de Vries, appears in Coort, who declares her- 



1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 191 

self bail for the payment of the above entered fine; in case her son in law 
aforesaid do not pay the same within two or three weeks, that she shall 
then give, satisfy and pay it. In witness hereof she has signed the blotter. 

Resolveert Waldron, Mart Max and Thomas Kees appearing, Resol- 
▼eert Walrdon says, that he found Mart Max and Thomas Kees fighting; 
whereupon parties are heard — Thomas Kees says, that Marten Max struck 
him, which Marten Max denies. Tomas Kees says, he can prove it. 
Josep Winslo appearing as evidence, declares that Mart Max gave the 
abovenamed Kees a blow. The Officer concludes, that each be fined 
twenty five guilders, according to placard. Burgomasters and Schepens 
condemn Mart Max in a fine of five and twenty guilders and refer parties 
farther case at their request to the R- Hon^l* the Director General 
and Council of N: Netherland. 

Joannes van der Meulen, as attorney of Isaack Bedloo, and Henry 
Hutson appearing give in on both sides the claim, which they have 
against each other. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in ques- 
tion to Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen and actual Orphan Master of 
this City, and Christoffel Hooghlant to take up parties question, to debate 
and decide the same — ^to reconcile parties if possible, if not to report their 
award to the Court. 

Abraham Pietersen and Merritje Abraham, widow of Thomas Jansen 
Mingaely represent by petition, that they find the estate of the above- 
named Thomas Jansen is more in arrears, than they thought; and whereas 
they have obtained benefit of inventory, they, for reasons aforesaid desist 
and withdraw therefrom and hereby reject and abandon the estate aforesaid. 

Jan Joosten entering requests by petition, that he may take and re- 
sume the yacht, which he and Lucas Andriessen sold to Tomas Jansen 
Mingael and which yacht is bound for the payment — ^at the price at which 
it was sold to him; and to receive for the use, wear and tear of said yacht 
and tackle whatever arbitrators to be selected by the Court and conversant 
therewith shall adjudge to be proper, taking into calculation,- what has 
been paid thereon. Apostille — Petitioner is ordered to have his eye on 
the yacht, until further disposition be made in the matter. 

Tuesday 30*^ January 1663. ^^ ^^^ City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pietcr Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendertsen van 



192 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

der Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, Isaack 
Greveraat. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pitf. v/s Andries Rees, deft. PItf. con- 
cludes in writing, that the deft, shall be condemned not to tap for the 
term of one year and six weeks nor pursue the business of tapping either 
directly or indirectly during that time or repair the same by the sum of 
three hundred guilders because that he, the deft, did not notify him, the 
Officer, of the disturbance, which occurred at his house between Pieter 
Jansen, mason, and Denys Isaacksen. Deft. sa3rs, that it occurred so 
quick and that Pieter Jansen was stabbed, before he thought of it — and 
he threw open the doors saying, Clear out of my house — that he did not 
dare to leave his house through fear, that his wife and children might be 
wounded; and that he is not bound to communicate the same to the 
Schout, being one of the Schout' s servants.. The W. Court for reasons 
postpone the case to another opportunity. 

Schepen Isaack Greveraet and Hendrick Hendricksen Obe, pltfs. v/s 
Willem Doeckles, deft. Pursuant to the order of the last Court day, the 
pltfs. in quality as guardians and tutors of tiie minor son of Jan Jansen 
Hagenaar, produce the declaration, that the deft, has not treated the 
aforesaid youth properly according to contract agreed on, but has broken 
it on his side — ^they conclude therefore, that the abovenamed Willem 
Doeckles shall be condemned to pay the aforesaid youth the years salary 
and to be further released from him, with costs. Deft, appearing and the 
declaration being read to him, he answers both verbally and in writing, 
that the boy evinced unwillingness on several occasions and ran away 
from work, as once to Abel Hardenbroeck and twice to Isaack de Foreest, 
old Schepen of this City, and took away his tools with him, doing his own 
work with them. Pltfs. say, that is not true. The W: Court having 
heard parties on both sides decree, that the boy shall be released from 
defts. service, and condemn deft, to pay to the boy for the past time 
served by him according to contract, with costs. 

Abel Hardenbroeck, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hendrick Barensen Smitt, 
arrested and deft. Pltfs. wife entering demands from deft, payment of 
seven hundred guilders, deducting what is paid on it Deft, admits the 
debt sajring, there is an open a/c between them both and requests, that it 
be taken up by arbitrators. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter 



i«63] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 193 

in question to Pieter Jacobs Marius and Pieter de Nys to take up parties 
a/cs; to hear and examine parties and decide the same; and to reconcile 
them if possible; if not to report their decision to the Court, the attach- 
ment remaining so long valid. 

Pyant Boweres and two sailors, from the ship of Hendrick Hutson, 
exhibit the judgment of 25 January last, pronounced against the above- 
named Hutson and the notice served on him — Request execution thereof* 
The W. Court order the Marshal to put these in execution. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Comelis Barensen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, seventy two guilders for four parcels of salt, which he, the pltf., sold 
at vendu and not willing to trust the buyer, he held the salt and it was 
sold again for the same price. Deft, says, it is only sixty three guilders 
five stivers and he can so prove by the note of the Vendu Master — ^admit- 
ting to owe the same. Pltf. says, if deft, can prove his statement, he will 
then withdraw. The W. Court order parties on both sides to prove their 
assertions. 

Marycken La Noy, pltf. v/s Jacobus Vis, deft. Pursuant to the 
order of 16^ Jan'y Isist, the deft, is asked, if he has examined pltfs. a/c ? 
Answers Yes — and there is no diflference, except twelve guilders, which 
her deceased husband drew in tobacco pipes at his house; promising to 
pay the pltf. honesdy and fairly. Pltf. demands payment, with costs. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the 
248 fl. 8 St. with costs, deducting what is fairly due him. 

Joannes Verveelen, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Deft, in default, 
and the attachment remains valid. 

Walewyn van der Veen, pltf. v/s Freryck Gysbersen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, seventy guilders for a loose coat or frock, twelve 
guilders in heavy sewant received from her daughter, forty nine guilders for 
an obligation passed by Claas Karstensen, payment of which was promised 
by the deft.; five guilders, which he drank and besides, six guilders six 
stivers before. Deft, denies the debt; undertaking to prove the contrary. 
The W. Court order the deft, to bring in his contrary proof. 

VOL. !▼.— S3 



194 Coort Miiicrtes of Xewr Amsteniaiii. [1663 

Firtiu air ta ±e orier (si c^ W. Court cc ois Ckj dafted 3 October, 
EQL t&e fiiic oxscicxseif zj Fxxl ja> vza. ^ Bcccq isCEirm Scftd^ Aiats, Gcnit 
Kci&dricksBX Van Hx rfmwy ck s asiked, w^^ be knows of the sack ? 
Whjeevnza !ie answers — vlel t±e sack was takes Ire Asdrics Jog^icmsai, 
Sefetje ArezL's Liiiioazid* ofzr ct' ICasccr Pl:il:!s' Eei^gsc with oooscnt of M7 
PanI^Sv wiio was grysrnt ; i ^vLa g as reasocs f<3V kaowing diat he was 
pcc9cx£ eherr at cne Crjciie zzzd irfr.iar tne sack was noc stolen: ciffcring if 
a rrrnurjf anid befii^ rs^i^uesMitd to oonirrai ct br oorfi. 

Fnns Janrwm vas KoogrLten 2^'peaxs a Cocirt pcodociiig some a/c of 
costs nicizrrcd m, the suing and praaecrzriiig of the csicoies dae him accofd- 
iog to ji<fgn4Tit by Wcssd Erertseo — requiffsgfag pajmcnt thereof and sajs 
the costs were EnciLrred after rextditKm of the jcd^sient. The W. Court 
order him to prodace the j^zd^ps/ent, 

Hendrick Jansen van der Vin appearing requests by petition, that 
the a/c between him and Joannes Verrcelen maj be arranged in presence 
of arbitrators and that exccntion maj meanwhile surcease. The petition 
being considered the W. Coort hercrinto appoint Jacob Kip, old Schepen 
of this Citj, and Jacqaes Cocsscan, Borgher and inhabitant here, to take 
np the a/c, which parties have against each other, to hear parties on both 
sides, decide their case and if possible reconcile them; if not to report 
their decision to the Court. 

Cornells Hooghboom appears in Court, who pnrsoant to the order 
dated 23^ January last brings with him into Court Albert Jansen van 
Heemst to gire eridence of the truth, as to what he knows regarding the 
bricks, which he sold M' Paulus ran der Beecq and delivered on the 
Strand. After baring been examined by the W. Court he declares, that 
about six seven weeks since, Comelis Hooghboom asking Paulus van 
de Beeck: Will you haul the bnck ? the abovenamed Paulus van de 
Beeck thereupon answered; I shall haul them: offering if need be and he 
is requested, to affirm this on oath. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman recommends Burgomasters and 
Schepens, as the election of the new Magistrates of this City is at hand 
and the nomination is vested in Burgomasters and Schepens, that they 
would be pleased to nominate such persons only to such office, as may be 
considered worthy. 



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Thursday first February 1663: In the City Hall — Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendertsen 
van der Grift, Joannes van Brugh, Joannes de Peister, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacob Backer, Isaack Greveraat. 

Comelis van Ruyven, Secret^ of the Hon*"!* West India Company in 
this country, appears in Court in quality of Commissioner from the Board 
of the Director General and Council of New Netherland, according to 
qualification thereof shewn, dated as above, setting forth as follows — 

The Hon^ Comelis van Ruyven is hereby appointed and authorized 
to attend according to custom, from the College of the Director General 
and Council of New Netherland, at the nomination of the Hon^ Burgo- 
masters and Schepens. Done Fort Amsterd? in N. Netherland the i* 
February 1663. Was signed P: Stuyvesant. 

Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens proceeding to the nomination, 
exhibit each one, whom he is nominating in writing; which votes being 
collected are found to be as follows: — 

For Burgomaster : — The following are nominated : 



Marten Cregier 


8 


Marten Cregier 


Allard Anthony 


3 




Comelis Steenwyck 


5 


Comelis Steenwyck 


For Schepens : — 






Pieter van Couwenhoven 


8 


P. van Couwenhoven 


Jan Vigne 


8 


Jan Vigne 


Comelis Steenwyck 


3 




Tymotheus Gabry 


I 




Hendrick Janxen van der Vin 


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6 


Hend. J. v. der Vin 


Isaack de Foreest 


5 


Isaack de Foreest 


Jacques Cousseau 


7 


Jacques Cousseau 


Jacob Kip 


8 


Jacob Kip 


Jeronimus Ebbinck 


3 




Christoffd Hooghlant 


6 


Cristoffel Hooglant 


Covert Loockermans 


6 


Govert Loockermans 


Nicolaes Verlett 


2 




Tomas Hail 


I 





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Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, continued as Old BurgomasUr^ 
Marten Cregier, Burgomaster, 

As Schepens — 
Jacob Strycker, Presiding Schepen^ 
Pieter van Couwenhoven, 
Jan Vigne, 
Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 
Understood: And Councillor Johan de Decker is hereby commis- 
sioned and authorized, to discharge the retiring Burgomaster and Schepens 
from their office after suitable acknowledgments therefor, to instal the 
newly elected after taking their oath and in the presence of those retiring 
to introduce these as heretofore to the Burghery, wherewith after cordial 
salutation we shall recommend your Worships to God's protection, and 
remain, Worshipful, Beloved, Faithful, Under Stood — Your Worships 
affectionate Friends, The Director General and Council of N: Nether- 
land — ^Was signed, Petrus Stuyvesant. At the side stood, Done Fort 
Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 2I Feb: 1663. 

Subscription: — ^Worshipful, Beloved, Faithful, the W. Schout, Burgo- 
masters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Netherland. 

Which above written election is, after the usual ringing of the bell 
three times, made known to the Burghers of this City; and Marten 
Cregier, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne being sent for to the City 
HaU are installed in their office. 

Tuesday, 13 February 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Jan Vigne, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cosseau. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Geertje Teunis, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, in quality as bail for Dirck Jansen, ship carpenter, a 
balance of thirteen guilders. Deft, says, she cannot get any money; re- 
quests fourteen days delay. The W: Court order deft, to pay pltf. within 
fourteen days time on pain of execution. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, arrestant and pltf. v/s William Hatkes, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. concludes, that deft, shall be condemned to 
close confinement there to sit on bread and water for the space of two 



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JlT ' igii'^ r^niM.111 MBL Isc ^ar<miF ajiiiffHi uig tD ^tpb cwidcBce of tfac 
xrmi oscisn^ tea: ftannr* Zjrrrk nuc Thrrm, ^ Ixafl snac tnmble with 
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«imcliiit&. j& famntr ^dffrt lus -xaksir Hrrrrwrt! liie pacBOK of Wilkm 
IRmirffs. -xxac is snnL its rimnrmngc jxi & £iif nf ftfnr pJldenw Bmfo- 
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^hBvni£ imusci*^ atj^jstx 'Wllisit Haas&. 

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1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 199 

pltf . take away the tobacco, which he has on board, on condition that the 
deft, shall prosecute the voyage to Rhode Island. 

Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuysen, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Pltf. in 
quality as curator of the estate left by Andries van Buytenhuysen, de- 
mands from deft, two hundred and twenty two guilders four stivers due 
said estate. Deft, says, he has no a/c of it: admits owing two hundred 
guilders promising to pay his debt within six weeks. The W: Court 
order pltf. to furnish pltf. copy of the a/c. 

Tomas Hal, pltf. v/s Freryck Flipzen, deft- Pltf. demands from 
deft., successor of Pieter Rudolf us, the sum of two hundred and fifty 
three guilders, three beavers and three hundred and sixty pounds of 
tobacco according to obligation. Deft, admits owing some items; pro- 
ducing some offset a/cs. The W*: Court refer the matter in question to 
Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen and actual Orphan Master of this City, 
and to Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, also old Schepen of this City, to 
take up the a/cs and differences which parties have against each other, to 
argue and decide the same, and to reconcile parties if possible; if not to 
report their decision to the Court. 

Joannes Verveelen, pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, deft. Deft, ab- 
sent. Pltf. concludes in writing, that the deft, be excluded from the 
exception decUnatair and peremptair and from all others, that he might take 
advantage of, for his non-appearance on the [third] summons and for 
having broken his arrest and be condemned on the fourth summons to 
satisfy and pay him, the pltf., the sum of one hundred and fifty guilders 
twelve stivers according to a/c annexed; all with costs. Burgomasters 
and Schepens excuse the deft, from the default inasmuch as the weather 
and circumstances do not permit him to come over — and order the pltf. 
to furnish the deft, with copy of the demand and a/c. to answer thereunto 
at the next Court day. 

Sjrmon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Francois de Brujm, deft. Defts. 3^ 
default. Pltf., as attorney of Pieter Lucassen, requests from deft, pay- 
ment of the sum of forty guilders for wages and cloth delivered for a sail 
on Jan Jacobsens boat, navigated by deft. Burgomasters and Schepens 
condemn deft., as he has not appeared on three summons, to satisfy and 
pay pltf. in his quality the forty guilders. 

Walcwyn van der Veen, pltf. v/s Freryck Gysbersen, deft. Pltf., as 



200 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

substitute of Philip Pietersen Schuylaait,* attorney of Aalje Goosen van 
Schuildert, widow of Meindert Andriessen decl, demands from deft. a/c. 
proof and reliqua of the goods, which he received from the above named 
Meindert Andriessen. Deft, says, there is some difference in the a/c. 
and requests, that the a/c may be taken up by arbitrators. Burgomasters 
and Schepens refer the matter in question to Joannes van Bnigh and 
Joannes de Peister, old Schepen of this City, to take up and examine 
the a/cs of parties, to hear and decide the case, and if possible to re- 
concile parties, if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hermanus Litsco, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Geertje Dircks, pltf. v/s Engelbert , deft. Both in default. 

Gysbert Op Dyck, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Deft, in default 

Freryck Flipzen entering says, he has attached some tinware belong- 
ing to Foppe Jansen Outhout, requesting that the attachment be declared 
valid on account of a debt, which Foppe Jansen does not deny amounting 
to fifteen beavers, i beaver for freight and thirty stivers to the labourers 
at the scales. Marten Cregier exhibits a petition, which Foppe Jansen 
Outhout has sent him by letter, in which he states, that he is indebted to 
Freryck Flipzen one hundred and fifty guilders and is ready to pay the 
same on receiving said amount according to judgment passed here in the 
year 1659, before Director and Schepens aganist Elmerhuyzen Clein ded 
and the said sum is there again attached and prosecuted by Pieter Pieter- 
sen Harder and he was condemned after that to bring the 150 gl. in con- 
signment and having spoken to his competent judge concerning the attach- 
ment, he gave for answer to write thereupon to the R' Hon^ Director. 
Therefore he is obliged to turn to the W: Court of this City, requesting 
said attachment to be declared null and void and that he may be informed, 
whom he is to pay. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the attachment 
valid and decide for order on the petition: Petitioner is ordered to prove 
the contents hereof; the attachment meanwhile is declared valid and the 
goods are allowed to be taken under bail. 

Jan Cnelizen and Abel Hardenbroeck entering, Abel Hardenbroeck 
is shewn the shoes, which he has made for Jan Cnelisen and sold to him 
as good, which are good for nothing. To which Abel answers, that it is 

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the joumeymans fault, saying further, that he had bought one hundred 
heels, for which he gave fifty guilders. Jan Cnelissen demands indemni- 
fication for the shoes or a pair of good shoes for his money. The Officer 
concludes, that Abel Hardenbroec shall be fined one pound Flemish for 
having cheated Jan Cnelissen, delivering him bad shoes for good ones 
and shall moreover make another pair of good shoes for the aforesaid 
Jan. Burgomasters and Schepens decide to have the shoes inspected 
by impartial shoemakers, who shall give their opinion thereon, appoint- 
ing for that purpose Coenraat Ten Eyck and Stoffel van Laar, who 
being brought by the Court Messenger and appearing were shewn the 
shoes and requested to give their opinion thereupon; seeing the shoes 
they declare, that the upper leather is good, but they are not well peg- 
ged by the journeyman. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard the 
opinion of the shoemakers order Abel Hardenbroeck, again appearing, 
to repair the shoes, charging him to avoid such things in future and to 
deliver good goods. 

Joannes Withart entering prosecutes an attachment made on the 
monies of Paulus Heimans in the hands of Joannes Nevius, arising out of 
the sale of a house. The W^ Court declare the attachment valid. 

Comelis Barenzen, Lime and Grain Measurer, entering exhibits cer- 
tain acte of proof regarding the salt in dispute with Jacobus Vis, agreably 
to the order of the last Court day. 

Hendrick* Hutson entering says, that his cooper, who likewise ap- 
pears, is unwilling to go to the Virginias with him; requests therefore that 
he shall be ordered so to do. The cooper sajrs, he is not bound to go. 
Hutson says he is bound to him. The cooper appeals to M' Hutson's 
cousin, as it was he, who hired him; who entering says, he hired him for 
the winter season; offering to confirm the same on oath. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order the cooper to proceed with Hendrick Hutson to the 
Virginias. 

Wednesday, the 14^ Feb'. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 

The Court considering the petition of Merritje Abrahams, widow of 

Thomas Jansen Mingael, and Abraham Pietersen, father in law of the 

aforenamed Tomas Janzen, wherein they represent, that they kick away 

with the foot the estate left by the abovenamed Tomas Jansen, it being 



202 Court Minutes of New Auisterdam. [i66s 

insolvent, and place the same in the hands of this W. Court, to manage 
the same in such wise, that the creditors may obtain their own as far as it 
will allow, Burgomasters and Schepens being assembled appoint as cura- 
tors over the insolvent estate Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift, old Bur* 
gomaster and actually Treasurer of this City, and Govert Lookermans^ 
old Schepen of this City. 

ACTE OF AUTHORIZATION. 

Whereas Merritje Abrahams, widow of Tomas Jansen Mingael dec^ 
and Abraham Pietersen, miller, father in law of the abovenamed Tomas 
Jansen, have obtained on the 2"^ January of this year from the Supreme 
Court of this Province letters of benefit of inventory with the intention 
and understanding, that they will under aforesaid benefit, improve the 
estate aforesaid for the advantage of the creditors, widow and heirs, and 
to see if any thing remain over for the widow and children, and whereas 
in settling the estate they discovered the contrary and that they have 
no advantage to expect from the aforesaid estate, — they therefore for 
reasons moving them desist and withdraw therefrom for the benefit of the 
creditors, placing the same in the hands of the W^: Court of this City, to 
do with the same as the law requires, which being considered by Burgo- 
masters and Schepens, they find it necessary for the advantage of the 
creditors, that said estate be regulated forthwith. Therefore they author- 
ize and qualify hereby as curators Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, old 
Burgomaster and actual Treasurer of this City, and Govert Loockermans, 
old Schepen, who are requested and ordered to proceed forthwith with 
the estate aforesaid and to dispose of the same as they shall find best for 
the advantage of the general creditors. Done as above. 

Thursday 15 February 1663: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob Strycker, Jacob 
Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Elizabeth Janzen, wife of Denys Isaackzen, represents humbly by 
petition, whereas difficulty have arisen between her husband and one 
Pieter Jansen, mason, from which a wound followed, for which wound 
and difficulty parties have settled with each other, the Officer's action 
alone remaining open — The petitioner therefore requests in her husband's 



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name, that the unsettled action may be adjusted with the Officer and that 
the petitioner's husband may return unmolested here to attend to his 
calling. Whereupon serves for order: The petition is for reason granted 
with this exception, that the action remains unimpaired insomuch as it is 
found probable, by the present declaration of the surgeon, that the wound 
may become worse, whereby the patient may happen to die. 

Friday, 23"? February, 1663: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

Jan Joosten, entering requests by petition as well in his own name as 
in that of his partner Lucas Andriessen, that they may resume as their 
own by default of payment, the yacht called The Flower of Gelder^ which 
they, the petitioners, sold to Tomas Jansen Mingael and is pledged for 
the payment to them and that they shall receive for the use, wear and tear 
of said yacht and its appurtenances, what arbitrators, conversant there- 
with and to be chosen by the Court, shall deem a proper compensation, 
returning what has been paid on the yacht by the abovenamed Tomas 
Jansen. Jan Joosten is asked, if he will take back the yacht at the price, 
for which it was sold, on condition of returning what was paid thereon ? 
Answers No — Ofifers to take it back for what now remains to be paid on 
It. Burgomasters and Schepens taking into consideration Jan Joosten 's 
ofifer and that it is sixty five guilders more, than the yacht is valued at by 
appraisers, appointed thereunto by the W': Court, grant Jan Joosten and 
his companion Lucas Andriessen to resume the aforesaid yacht for what 
remains to be paid thereon, and to use it as their own. 

Abraham Pietersen, miller, requests by petition, that he may have 
the goods of Tomas Jansen Mingael, appraised and estimated by inven- 
tory, at the price they were valued, promising to pay for the same by the 
month of May next, under bond of his person etc. Apostille: — For 
cause the W! Court decree, that the sale of the goods mentioned herein 
shall be postponed for the term of six weeks from date. 

Whereas the W! Court of this City have, for cause, decreed that the 
sale of the goods of Thomas Jansen Mingael shall be postponed for the 
term of six weeks from date, the curators of the said estate are therefore 



204 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

requested by the W. Court aforesaid to prolong the notices affixed for 
that purpose and the abovenamed curators are also informed, that Jan 
Joosten and Lucas Andriessen have obtained from the W? Court their 
yacht sold to Thomas Jansen, as their own, for their claim, according to 
offer and approval of the above named Court and shall possess, use and 
dispose of it according to their pleasure. 

At the Court of Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens it is ordained, 
resolved and concluded, that the previously enacted Ordinances of 
Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens on the subject of their appearance 
at, and absence from ordinary and extraordinary meetings shaU be strictly 
obeyed and observed conformably to what is enacted, to wit — 

Who comes half an hour too late shall be fined ten stivers 

Who comes one hour too late %.one guilder 

And who is wholly absent two guilders 

It is further concluded and resolved, that the fees of the extraordin- 
ary [meeting] shall be laid and taken care of apart and those, who shall 
then come too late or be absent shall be fined as above — But from this are 
excepted all such as are gone for the regulation of their affairs to Fort 
Orange, the South River, or New England, also those, who are sick or 
who have any lawful cause of absence and it remains after proof at the 
discretion of the W! Court, who shall then not be fined. 

And that the aforesaid may be better observed and obeyed, It is 
unanimously concluded by the Board, that those, on whom the aforesaid 
fine shall happen to fall, shall defray their a/cs according to the pleasure 
of the W! Board without any objection. In testimony have the W! 
Heeren Schout Burgomasters and Schepens subscribed this, the 97* 
February 1663. 

Pieter Tonneman, 
O. Stevensen v Cortlant, 
Marten Kregier, 
Jacob Strycker, 
Pieter Couhoven, 
J. Vinge 1663, 
Jacob Kip, 
Cousseau. 



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Tuesday, 27* Feb: i^^. In the City Hall, Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jacques Cosseau. 

Joris Dopzen summoned by the W! Court of this City appears. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens inform him of the complaints, which have been 
communicated to them both by his own nation and others for his keeping 
a disorderly house and entertaining sailors, whereby the masters or skip- 
pers receive no service from them. Deft, says, he does not do so. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens order Joris Dopzen to keep a better house and 
that no more complaints come of him or that further order shall be taken. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Lambert Huybersen Mol and his 
ton Huybert, defts. Deft. Huybert in default. Pltf. demands from 
deft, one hundred and fifty guilders, for that the deft, has been fighting 
with his son and drew a knife on him. Deft, denies having drawn a knife, 
then admits having given him a blow saying, a father may well strike his 
child. The Officer undertakes to prove his statement and requests as he 
has summoned and arrested Huybert, that the arrest be declared valid. 
Burgomasters and Schepens declare the arrest valid and order the Officer 
to prove his assertion according to his own offer. 

Frcryck Flipzen, pltf. v/s Schepen Jan Vigne, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, according to obligation one hundred and eighty guilders in 
tobacco or beavers and ten guilders costs. Deft, admits he signed the 
obligation; then says he sold a mare to Tomas Hal for one thousand guild- 
ers in tobacco, on condition, that Tomas Hal should pay Pieter Rudolfus 
the hundred and eighty guilders, which Tomas Hal also promised to do; 
whereupon he spoke to Pieter Rudolfus who gave for answer, that he had 
an a/c with Tomas Hal. Tomas Hal appearing is asked, if he did 
promise to pay Pieter Rudolfus one hundred and eighty guilders on a/c 
of Schepen Jan Vigne ? Answers, he so promised. Freryck Flipzen en- 
tering with Tomas Hal, says that Thomas Hal did not inform him, that it 
should be placed to a/c. and says, if Thomas Hal pays him, he is satis- 
fed. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, whereas Thomas Hal admits 
that he had promised to pay the hundred and eighty guilders to Pieter 
Rudolfus on a/c of Schepen Jan Vigne, that he shall have to do so. 

Tomas Hal, pltf. v/s Freryck Flipzen, deft. Pltf. demands payment 
from the deft, according to award of arbitrators in a case, which they had 



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with each other. Deft, says, the award of arbitrators cannot be approved 
as one item of one hundred and thirty guilders is brought in a/c, which 
was charged to Pieter Rudolfus and is paid. He is asked, if he have 
proof of it ? Answers No, except the statement of his wife. Tomas Hal 
entering is informed, that Frerick Flipzen says the hundred and thirty 
guilders are paid — ^Whereunto^e answers, such must appear; then offers 
to affirm the contrary on oath, if the W! Court so thought proper. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard parties, and examined and weighed 
the award and all that is material, approve the award rendered by arbi- 
trators. 

Schepen Jacques Cousseau, as Deacon of this City, requests as par- 
ties in the compromise regarding their question have bound themselves, 
that whoever should not approve the award, should pay eighteen guilders, 
and the abovenamed Frerick Flipzen not being content with the award, 
he shall be ordered to satisfy and pay the eighteen guilders to the Poor. 
The W! Court order Frerick Flipzen to pay the eighteen guilders to the 
Deacons of this City. 

Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, pltf. v/s Lambert Huybertzen 
Mol, deft. Pltf. demands of deft, sixty guilders for a hog sold him. 
Deft, admits having bought the hog for the fl. 60. then says the monies 
are assigned over to one Albert Albersen, of whom the deft, bought the 
hog, and that Albert Albertsen had agreed with him to repair his yacht, 
wherein he should earn it. Pltf. denies having assigned the money. The 
W! Court order the deft, to give and pay the pltf. the sixty guilders. 

Francis Verveelen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, payment according to obligation and judgment. 
Burgomasters and Schepens postpone the case until further explanation 
of the matter be given them by the arbirators, as to how they found the 
case. 

Eghbert Meindersen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Hendricksen Obe, deft 
Pltf. demands from deft, twenty five guilders arising from meat, seized 
by him in quality as Farmer of the Excise, belonging to one Nicolaas 
Davidts and not entered. Deft, maintains, that the agreement made with 
the pltf. is of no value, as the same occurred without the knowledge of 
the Officer and says that Nicolaas Davidts is a foreigner and unacquainted 
with the custom of this place. The Officer requests, that the monies 



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which deft, promised to pay shall be distributed for the benefit of the 
Poor as the agreement was made without his consent and that the same 
may qot be repeated hereafter. Whereas the matter has occurred long 
since and the Officer knew of the case and the deft, has not objected 
before this, the W! Court decree, that the deft, shall have to pay the pltf. 
the five and twenty guilders. ' 

Frans Barensen Pastoor, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Cornells Hooghboom, pltf. v/s Paulus van de Beeck, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hendrick Hutson, pltf. v/s Mighiel Muyden, deft. Deft, in default. 

Symon Janzen Romein entering says, he has a judgment against 
Francois de Bruyn, producing the same, and that he has attached the 
. monies of said de Bruyn in the hands of Frerick Flipzen, requesting 
that the attachment be declared valid and he admitted to lift the money 
aforesaid. The W! Court declares the attachment valid and the petitioner 
is allowed to lift the monies under bail. 

Joannes Withart and Jacobus Vis entering with Anneken La Chair 
in a case, which they have together. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
parties properly to sue, if they claim cause against one another. 

Joannes Withart and Jacobus Vis demand execution on the judg- 
ment, they obtained on the i6 January last against Jan Rutgersen. The 
Marsha] is ordered to put this in execution. 

Joannes de Peister and Joannes Withart request by petition, that 
curators may be appointed by the W! Court over the insolvent estate of 
Comelis Mourits Bout, so as to be relieved of the monies arising from the 
effects of aforesaid Bout, also from the papers remaining with them. 
Order: Whereas the creditors have entered upon the estate without the 
knowledge of this W. Court, therefore nothing can be done at present in 
the matter, unless further explanation be given herein to the Court. 

Tuesday, 6^ March 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cosseau. 

Fiscaal Nicasius de Sille, pltf. v/s James Dauidts, deft. Pltf. re- 



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quests, that two arbitrators shall be appointed by the W! Court to inspect 
in the presence of one of the Bench a wagon made for him by Hendrick 
Jansen, wheelwright, whether the same be made according to contract 
and to give their opinion thereon. Burgomasters and Schepens appoint 
hereunto Eghbert Woutersen and Comelis Jansen Clopper, to visit the 
wagon in question in presence of Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven, and 
to enquire, if said wagon is made according to contract and if possible to 
endeavor to reconcile parties herein, if not to report their decision to the 
Court. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. 
Pltf. requests, whereas the deft, is acquainted with the question between 
Lambert Huybertzen Moll and his son Huybert, that he shall have to give 
evidence of the truth and answer the interrogations produced by the pltf. 
and drafted to this end. The interrogatories being read to the deft, and 
he being questioned, he answers to the same as more fully appears on the 
margin of the interrogatories. 

Joannes van Brugh, pltf. v/s Mattheus de Vos, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, payment of the sum of seven hundred and seventy guilders two 
stivers and a half, balance of twelve hundred and five gilders arising out 
of the sale of a ketch sold by execution by the Marshal on the 3I of April 
1659. Deft, requests six weeks time, in order to collect the money during 
that time from those, who had promised to pay it. Burgomasters and 
Schepens condemn the deft, according to his request to satisfy and pay 
the pltf. within the time of six weeks. 

Frans Barensen Pastoor, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. 2I 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, according to obligation the sum of 
seventy six guilders and six stivers in beavers. The W! Court order deft, 
to bring the seventy six guilders and sixteen stivers into consignment of 
this City. 

Mighiel Muyden, pltf. v/s Pieter Nys, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, as attorney of Paulus Blyenbergh, payment of seven hundred and 
forty seven pounds of tobacco according to obligation. Deft, says, he 
has in his hands no property of Paulus Blyenbergh; offering to pay deft 
as quick, as he gets effects. Burgomasters and Schepens having seen the 
obligation, order the deft, in his quality to satisfy and pay the pltf. from 
the first effects of Paulus Blyenbergh. 



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Cornells Hooghboom, pltf. v/s Paul us van de Beeck^ deft. Defts. 
a^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty eight guilders for one thou- 
sand brick, sold him. The W: Court order the deft, to bring the money 
into consignment of this City. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Anneken La Chair, deft. Pltf. demands 
from the deft, three hundred and twenty nine [guilders] ten stivers for 
brewed beer, received in company with Jacobus Vis. Deft, says, she 
does not know Joannes Withart and received the beer from Jacobus Vis, 
and paid him one hundred guilders thereon. At Joannes Withart's re- 
quest Jacobus Vis appears in Court, who is asked by Anneken La Chair, 
if he did not tell her, that she need not give herself any trouble about the 
beer debt and that she should never be applied to for it, saying the beer 
debt is paid and they have a/cs with each other. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, whereas Anneken La Chair says, she does not know 
Joannes Withart, that she shall prove having paid Jacobus Vis and there- 
fore the above named Jacobus Vis and Anneken La Chair are ordered to 
settle with each other. 

James Dauidts, arrestant and pltf. v/s Elsie van Reuvecamp, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, seventy four guilders five stivers ac- 
cording to a/c. Deft, admits having had the goods from the pltf. ; pro- 
duces an o£fset a/c. for the sum of thirty five guilders fourteen stivers 
and a half, so that there still remains thirty eight guilders ten stivers and 
a half, and requests two months time. Pltf. accepts the o£fsett a/c in pay- 
ment; says he is very willing to wait a month and has waited long enough. 
The W. Court condemn deft, to pay the pltf. within the time of one month. 

Dirck Wiggersen, arrestant and pltf. v/s WiUem Janzen, Ferryman, 
arrested and deft. Pltfs. wife entering requests the mast of her husband's 
boat, which deft, bought from one, who had saved it, and says, she offered 
to pay the salvage. Deft, says, the mast was saved by T3rtus Cyrus and 
offered for sale to him; he bought it for four guilders and that Mighiel 
Tades paid it for him. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, if the pltf. 
require the mast back, that she restore the four guilders given by the deft, 
for it 

Burger Jorizen, pltf. v/s Jan Hackens, deft Pltf. demands restitu- 
tion of a kedge, which he made for Tomas Jansen Mingael for three 
beavers; or payment of the three beavers, as it is not paid for. Deft. 

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produces an inventory of goods, which he bought on the yacht of Lucas 
Andriessen and Jan Joosten. Pltf. says, that Lucas Andriesen and Jan 
Joosten admit, the Kedge in question is unpaid for. They therefore had 
no right to sell it. Lucas Andriessen and Jan Joosten appearing say, 
there was an anchor with the yacht, when they sold it to Thomas Jansen 
and that Thomas Jansen sold the anchor. They therefore retained the 
kedge instead. Admit they knew the kedge was unpaid for. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree, whereas Lucas Andriessen and Jan Joosten 
admit having been aware, that the kedge was not paid for, which they 
sold with other property and the yacht to Jan Hackens, that they shall 
satisfy and pay Burger Jorisen for the same. 

Walewyn van der Veen, pltf. v/s Freryck Gysbersen, deft. Pltf., as 
substitute of Philip Pietersen Schuylaar, produces the award of arbitrators 
in the matter of a/c of goods, which deft, had in hands from Meindert 
Andriessen to sell, who have found, that deft, by settlement of a/c. 
remains indebted to pltf. in his quality the sum of one thousand and sixty 
eight guilders fourteen stivers and that parties approve and allow the 
same, as far as the a/c is concerned, but that Frerick Gysbersen claims, 
he must be allowed Jn a/c and have credit for, the sum of seven hundred 
guilders arising from sale of three pipes of Spanish wine, sold to Wemaar 
Wessels, who to receive his pay bought Wemaar WesseFs house, as he 
could get no other pay from him; in opposition to which Walew3mvan 
der Veen maintains, he is not bound to accept the same, inasmuch as 
Frerick Gysbersen had no order to expend the money in houses, but only 
to make a return; demanding moreover for interest the sum of three 
hundred and ninety five guilders five stivers; and whereas the matter 
could not be arranged by them, they have placed the same in the hands 
of the W! Court. Deft, produces a declaration of Wemaar Wessels, 
wherein he testifies, that he gave the house to Frerick Gysbersen in pay- 
ment for the wine bought of him. Pltf. replies, that deft, has exhibited 
no proof of being obliged to take the house in payment. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having heard parties on both sides and seen the award of 
good men and weighed all that is material, approve the same and decree 
that the seven hundred guilders in question shall go in payment and 
deduction of the thousand and sixty eight guilders fourteen stivers. 

Tomas Sandersen, pltf. v/s Reinier WUlemsen, baker, deft. Pltf. 



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says, that the deft, frequently abused him for an informer. Deft, denies 
it. The W! Court order parties on both sides to let each other be in 
peace on pain of imposing a fine on the first who shall begin again. 

Pieter Nys, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jan Hackens, pltf. v/s Lucas Andriessen and Jan Joosten, defts. 
Pltf. in default. 

Jan Bos, pltf. v/s £ghbert van Borsum, deft. Deft, in default. 
« Symon Jansen Romein, Willem de Mareschalck and Daniel de Haart 
appearing request to know, how they shall proceed with the estate of 
Tomas Jansen Mingael: whereupon they were informed by the W: Court 
to apply to the curators. They further state, they understand that the 
widow has received and concealed some debts and are answered, to 
bring in proof thereof. 

Freryck Flipzen appears in Court exhibiting papers, wherewith he 
states, that the action, which one Pieter Pietersen Harder in quality as 
attomy had against Pieter Rudolfus is settled. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having seen the papers notify him, that he shall have the papers 
copied and send the copies to the South River to shew there, that the 
action is satisfied. 

Frans Janzen van Hooghten appearing exhibits, pursuant to the 
order of 30^ January last the judgment, which he has against Wessel 
Evertsen and again demands payment of the costs, which he has incurred 
to sue for the money. The W! Court order him to summon Wessel 
Evertsen. 

Hendrick Hutson appearing represents, that he hired one Gysbert, a 
Dutchman, to make a voyage with him to the Virginias and back here, 
whereunto he is now unwilling, wherefore he is imprisoned by the Fiscal. 
Gysbert, the prisoner, appearing is asked, why he will not sail now with 
Hendrick Hutson. Thereunto he answers, that he was told that more 
Dutchmen should sail with them and he understood that there would not 
be any more: therefore he quits. Hendrick Hutson says, he furnished 
him and he himself signed a contract of hire, which being asked of Gjrs- 
bert, he admits it. Burgomasters and Schepens decree and order the 
abovenamed Gysbert to proceed according to contract or to put some one 
in his place. 

Schepen Jacques Cousseau, as Deacon, demands execution on the 



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judgment, which he has against Anneke Kockx. The Marshal is ordered 
to put these in execution. 

Marycken La Noy requests execution of the judgment, which she has 
against Jacobus Vis. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

Tielman Van Vleeck answers the demand and a/c of Joannes Ver- 
veelen. The W! Court order copy to be furnished party to reply there- 
unto at the next Court day. Whereas Joannes Verveelen has obtained 
from the W! Court of this City on the 4^ of October 1661, a judgment 
against Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, which is proceeded with to the 
uttermost of execution even to exhibition of goods and the abovenamed 
Hendrick Jansen requested by petition on 30^ January last, before pro- 
ceeding with the execution, that the a/cs in question, which they had 
against each other, may be taken up in presence of two arbitrators, which 
request being granted by the W* Court of this City and Jacob Kip and 
Jacques Cosseau were thereunto commissioned by their Worships, who 
not being able to reconcile parties have again referred the matter back to 
the Court aforesaid ; which difference Burgomasters and Schepens of this 
City having taken into consideration, having read the papers relating 
thereunto and the judgment dated 4 Octob aforesaid and heard parties, 
decree by plurality of votes, that Hendrick Jansen van der Vin shall have 
promptly to satisfy and pay to Joannes Verveelen his arrears together with 
the interest thereof, which shall run from the date of the aforesaid ren- 
dered judgment and proceed 'till the full and effectual pajrment. — Regard- 
ing the discount of sewant against beavers, 'tis decreed that what Hendrick 
Jansen van der Vin has paid Joannes Verveelen in sewant in deduction of 
a/c. before the judgment of 4^ Octob' aforesaid, shall be reduced sixteen 
guilders for one beaver, and what has been paid after said judgment shall 
be reduced ® twenty guilders per beaver; and in default of prompt pay- 
ment Hendrick Jansen Van der Vin is ordered to exhibit property to the 
Marshal of this City, on which payment shall be levied with costs to this 
date accrued. O Stevensen v Cortlantt. 

Tuesday 13 March 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heercn 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cosseau. 



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Hendrick Willemzen, baker, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen Smitt, deft. 
Pltf . says, that he suffered great damage three years since by the drainage 
of defts. water not over his own ground, but through his cellar; demand- 
ing indemnity therefor to the sum of three hundred guilders. Deft, says, 
he cannot prevent the water running through his cellar, which is too deep 
and is not bound to make good the damage or to lay a drain. The W. 
Court decree and order that the Street Inspectors shall inspect the work 
in presence of the Officer and that such course and order shall be taken 
by them as said Commissioners shall think proper. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meindersen, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, payment of seventy five gl. Deft, says, he has 
nothing to object against it and that the pltf. has given him time and 
delay until the fair at Amsterdam, and he can so prove. Pltf. replying 
saySy he denies it and is not bound to wait. The W! Court condemn 
deft, to pay pltf. without delay unless he shall duly prove, that he was 
granted delay. 

Frans Barenzen Pastoor, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Defts. 3I 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, on an obligation seventy six guilders 
sixteen stivers in beavers with interest thereon at ten per cent as he has 
waited since the year 165 1. with costs of suit; requesting arrest on his 
monthly wages from the City, so as to finally obtain his own. The W. 
Court condemn deft, by virtue of contumacy to pay pltf. with costs, con- 
senting to the attachment demanded. 

Lysbet Pieters, pltf. v/s Gysbert Teunissen, deft. Pltf. says, she 
has arrested the deft, for what is due her the acte whereof is lost, demanding 
payment of balance of the sum of eighty three guilders two stivers accord- 
ing to writing exhibited without date. Deft, admits having some a/c, but 
says, 'ds not so much requesting arbitrators to settle the a/c; and has 
paid her forty skepels of wheat, so that the a/c cannot be so much. The 
W! Court decree, that the pltf. shall de novo take out judgment before any 
further disposition. 

Gysbert Op Dyck, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of forty guilders in beavers for a barrel of meat re- 
ceived from Jan Hutson, according to obligation dated 20 Novf 1657. 
purporting to pay to the aforesaid Hutson or Gysbert op Dyck. Deft. 
\^ that the mark signed to the obligation is his. The Court find that 



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the marks is the defts. wife — ^which is not denied by the deft., but he re- 
quests that his creditors may have patience until the money come into 
Court for his house and furniture, sold, when every one shall be paid and 
should they fall short, that then he may further provide. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having heard parties and seen the obligation condemn deft, 
to satisfy and pay the pltf. according to obligation. 

Aaltje Mareschalck, pltf. v/s Hendrick Spiers, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pltf. appearing says, she has summoned and arrested the deft, and 
he has departed from his arrest. 

Freryck Flipzen, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Deft, in default. 

Allard Anthony appears in Court declaring to have attached certain 
tinware of Foppe Jansen Outhout at the South — the tinware remaining 
with Marten Cregier and that by virtue of an obligation dated 15 April 
1657, and obtained judgment. The W! Court declare the attachment 
valid, having seen the obligation and judgment. 

Joannes Verveelen replies to the answer of Tielman van Vleeck. 
The W! Court order copy to be furnished to party to rejoin thereunto at 
the next Court day. 

Eghbert Bennick, son in law of Claas Jansen Ruyter decl, appears in 
Court requesting by petition, that no disposition be made regarding the 
renunciation of the estate, as the creditors claim, that the estate is insuffi- 
cient and they shall enquire through others, whether they can remain in 
possession. The request is granted by the W: Court and the petition re- 
turned. 

Jacob Vis appears in Court prosecuting the attachment on the monies 
of Paulus Heimans for the sum of two hundred and sixty six guUdcrs 
served on the Secretary Nevius and requests that it be declared valid. 
The W! Court decree, that the abovenamed Paulus Heimans be sum- 
moned before the attachment shall be valid. 

This day the following Placard is published from the City Hall after 
the usual ringing of the bell three times. 

Whereas Burgomasters and Schepens of this City of Amsterdam in 
New Netherland receive divers complaints from several Burgers and in- 
habitants here, because the bread manufactured by the bakers or those 
who follow the profession of bread baking in this City, is not manufactured 
according to the Ordinance and Placard of the R^ Hon^ Director General 



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and Council of N. Netherland and renewed by the Burgomasters and 
Schepens, 21? Octob', x66i, but on the contrary the bakers manufacture 
their bread not only of mixed stuff as wheat and rye, but moreover under 
appearance of said stuff material is used unfit for bread : — Burgomasters 
and Schepens to prevent further complaints and to provide for the future 
therein, qualify and hereby authorize Hendrick Willemsen, baker, and 
Christoffel van Hooghlant, as Inspectors to go around among the bakers, 
as often as they please, at least once a week and take good care, that the 
bread within this City's jurisdiction be baked of good material and due 
weight and as it comes from the mill unmixed or with other stuff amongst 
it, on forfeiture of said bread and the fine previously fixed thereon or to 
be imposed according to the exigency of the case: and the Heer Officer is 
authorized duly to proceed against the contraveners hereof. Thus done 
and published from this City Hall, at the Court of Schout, Burgomasters 
and all the Schepens, this 13^ March 1663. Amsterdam in N: Nether- 
land. 

Tuesday, 20* March 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jacob Kip, Jackes 
Cousseau. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, arrestant and pltf. v/s Leentje Dircks 
Servaas, arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty one guilders 
four stivers. Deft, admits the debt; promises to pay in fourteen days. 
Pltf. allows the deft, fourteen days, on condition of giving bail. The W. 
Court condemn deft, to pay pltf., and declare the attachment valid. 

Burgomaster Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant and Hendrick van de 
Water, as curators of the goods and effects of Gillis van Brugh in this 
country, pltfs. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltfs. in their quality 
demand from deft, according to mortgage dated 25 January 1657, exe- 
cuted in favor of Gillis van Brugh, five thousand eight hundred and two 
guilders, ten stivers Hollands and eighteen hundred and forty guilders 
eleven and a half stivers in beavers with the interest beginning from last 
of March 1658: and running till the full and effectual payment thereof. 
Deft, says, he has met great losses and that Gillis van Brugh has had in 
his hands a large sum of money of his, from which he has collected no 



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interest; requests that sach be taken into oonsidcration. He sbews a 
letter from Gillis van Bni^ in which he writes him to 6x die interest at 
his discretion; which letter being read, thepltfis. reply thereto, that as far 
as they are concerned they cannot do any thing about the intercsL Deft 
oflfers to give the house, breweiy and implements in payment of his arreais 
on valaation of arbitrators. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn deft 
to satisfy and pay pltfs. the principal sum, according to mortgage dated 
25^ January 1657. 

Joannes Withart, arrestant and pltf. v/s Leentje Dirdu Senraas, 
arrested and deft Pltf. demands from deft one hundred guilden in 
sewant according to obligation and ei^ty sercn guilders according to a/c 
Deft says, the pltf. ou^t to haye qwken more decidedly to her husband; 
admitting the debt Pltf. requests, that the attachment stand good. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having seen the obligation and account, find 
the obligation carries no interest, the pltf. brings in a/c: they condemn 
deft therefore to pay pltf. the sum of one hundred and forty seven 
guilders and declare the attachment valid. 

Freryck Flipzen, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Defts. second 
default Pltf. demands from deft on obligation two hundred and sixty 
four principal in beavers and one hundred and twenty three guilders in 
like pay for interest due; and in addition seven beavers for two ankers 
of Spanish wine and twenty two guilders in sewant The Court Messen- 
ger delivers in a note from the deft, in which he asks copy of the demand. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order the Court Messenger to fetch and cause 
Wemaer Wessels to personally appear, who returning says he cannot find 
him: nothing has been therefore doue in the matter. 

Eghbert Meindersen, pltf. v/s Hans Stein and Adolf Pietersen, defts. 
Pltf. demands, that deft shall give evidence of the truth, as to what they 
know about Hendrick Hendricksen Obe having given him time for his 
arrears until the Fair of Amsterdam. Defts. heard hereupon declare, that 
on some conversation between Eghbert Meindersen and Hendrick Hen- 
dricksen Obe and Eghbert Meindersen promising him payment on Am- 
sterdam Fair, that Hendrick aforesaid was satisfied, but that Eghbert 
said, if Hendrick Hendricksen wanted any thing, whether meat or some- 
thing else he had, he niay take it and such should be entered in deduction 
of a/c. 



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Schout Pietcr Tonneman, pltf. v/s Huybcrt Verschie, deft. Deft, 
tn default. 

Gysbert Teunisen, pltf. v/s Grietje Cruytdops, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Abraham Goetbloet, pltf. v/s Meindert Barensen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Bartelott entering requests, that his canoe attached by Jan Rutgersen 
may be released from attachment, as the case in question is depending 
before the Court of the Town of Bergen and says he cannot be sued at 
two different places. Burgomaster Olof Stevensen van Cortlant exhibits 
a letter from Secretary van Vleeck and in addition an extract from the 
Minutes of the Court of the Town of Bergen, whereby it appears, that the 
cause is litigated there. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the attach- 
ment invalid as the same is not prosecuted; also the case is before the 
Bench of the Court of the Town of Bergen. 

Jan Joosten appears in Court representing that on the anchor sold 
with his yacht to Tomas Jansen Mingael there remains something yet to 
be paid by Eghbert Bennick, who bought the anchor from the abovenamed 
Tomas Jansen, requesting that he may have his guarantee on the same 
for the kedge, which he must pay Burger Jorisen for. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having considered the request and read the deed of sale between 
him and Tomas Jansen Mingael for the yacht and appendages, find the 
aforesaid anchor bound to him as depending on the yaqht; therefore de- 
cree by plurality of votes, that Jan Joosten shall hold his guarantee on 
the anchor for three beavers and no more. 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker, appears in Court with Anthony de Milt; 
requests disposition on their petition presented with other bakers. They 
were informed, that the matter was under consideration and that it should 
be disposed of by next Court day; and they were told to continue baking 
in the meanwhile, as they had hitherto done. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser and Pieter Jacobzen Marius, curators of 
the insolvent estate left by Nicolaas Velthuysen, appearing with Mattheus 
de Vos, Marshal, the abovenamed curators demand from the Marshal the 
monies arising from the goods sold belonging to aforesaid Velthuyzen, to 
which Mattheus de Vos answers, he has but little money in his hands and 
requests that he may pay by ace- The Marshal of the W! Court of this 



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City is hereby authorized and ordered to collect and receive in the 
speediest manner the monies, arising from the goods sold of the insol- 
vent estate of Nicolaes Velthuysen, as well from the late curators as 
other debtors; to levy execution without any delay on the unwilling 
without respect of persons, whether they are entitled to any thing from 
the estate or not ; to bring in consignment of this City the collected and 
received monies, so that the estate may be at once regulated and the 
creditors get their own, as far as the estate can go. 

Friday, 23I March 1663: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jacques Cosseau. 

Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the petition of the 
bakers within this City, wherein they request that the price of bread be 
raised, as they cannot furnish it without great loss according to the 
Ordinance and Placards enacted by the Right Hon*^* Director General 
and Councillors on the subject of baking, and renewed by Burgomasters 
and Schepens in date 21V Octob' 1661, and further order on the same 
made on date 13. March last, which being taken into consideration by 
Burgomasters and Schepens, they have raised, by plurality of votes, the 
price of bread as follows — to wit : — 

That the baker or those who follow the profession of baking bread 
within this City's jurisdiction shall be empowered to ask and receive for 
one wheaten loaf of eight pounds weight, twenty four stivers, and for a rye 
loaf of eight pounds weight twenty stivers and have accordingly made on 
their petition this order: — 

Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land having considered the representation of the petitioners raising the 
price of bread, allow the petitioners to demand and receive for their bread, 
towit, for a wheaten loaf of eight pounds weight 24 stivers, and for a rye 
loaf of eight pounds weight 20 stivers, and the petitioners are ordered 
and charged to observe and respect the tenor of the last published order, 
dated 13 March. Done etc. 

Burgomasters and Schepens direct further, that the above written be 
made known to the Burghers and inhabitants of this City by notices. 

This day, the 31!* March 1663, the Marshal is authorized to seize by 



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notices and to sell by execution the house, brewery and mill of Francois 
de Bruyn. 

Tuesday, 3*? April 1663 : In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Huybert Verschie, deft. Pltf. 
demands in writing from the deft, a fine of one hundred guilders for 
having struck the cooper of the Purmerland Churchy so that the blood 
flowed — and further two pounds Flemish for having sat and rode along 
the street on the cart twice contrary to Ordinance. Deft, says, he had a 
sore leg, he was therefore obliged to ride and denies having struck, 
undertaking to prove his statement. The W. Court order deft, to prove 
his statement on the next Court day. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Pieter Pia, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, in writing a fine of one hundred guilders for having struck one 
Jons the mason and also Tomas Sanders in his own house. Deft, says, 
he has compounded with Joris the mason and Tomas Sanders and that 
Tomas Sanders struck him, but he would not strike back, as he was a 
cripple ; also that he did not strike Joris, but pushed him out of his 
house, as he did not respect his house. The W* Court order the Officer 
to produce further proof. 

Anneken Litscho, pltf. v/s Nathaniel Badts, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, seventy six guilders thirteen stivers. Deft, says, he has not 
received any acc|, therefore demands it and that she shall affirm the 
justice thereof on oath. The W! Court order pltf. to furnish deft, due 
a/c of her demand. 

Daniel de Haart, pltf. v/s Nathaniel Bats, deft. Pltf. says, he sold 
to deft, on the 26 March last, some goods for the sum of two hundred 
and twenty seven guilders twelve stivers in beavers pay, on condition, 
that he should give bail for the pay, wherein he has failed to this date: 
he is therefore obliged to attach the goods sold to him: requesting that 
the attachment be declared valid, until the deft, shall give bail for the 
payment or have satisfied him for them. Deft, admits having bought the 
goods on such condition, and says the same are still at his lodgings. 



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The W. Court order deft, to pay the pltf. according to his demand; the 
attachment remaining meanwhile valid. 

Gysbert Teunizen, pltf. v/s Grietje Cruytdops, deft. Defts. 2I de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, eighty one guilders according to a/c. 
The W: Court order deft, to deposit the monies with the Secretary of this 
City. 

Hermanns van Borsum, pltf. v/s Joost Carelsen, deft. Pltf. demands 
of deft, delivery of a boat bought from him with sail and every thing else. 
Deft, says, the pltf. is not his party, but Jan Coopal, as the person who 
bought the boat. Pltf. produces a declaration of the sale of the boat, 
saying he bought the boat. Deft, having read the declaration says, that 
the deponent is his party and was not by at the sale, and that he informed 
Jan Coopal of the purchase, as it was too small, because he should de- 
liver the sail in addition, and that Jan Coopal stated to give notice of it 
to Hermanns van Borssum. Burgomasters and Schepens order parties to 
look up Jan Coopal and bring him to Court. Hermanns van Borssnm 
returning says, he spoke to Jan Coopal, who gave for answer, he will not 
come as he was not summoned; requests therefore postponement until the 
next Court day, which was allowed him by the Court. 

Sto£fel van Laar, arrestant and pltf. v/s Barbara Flipzen, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. The W! Court declare the attachment valid. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Tamis Davidts, deft. Deft, in default. 

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

Hendrick Janzen, smith, appearing requests execution on the judg- 
ment dated 31? October 1662, obtained against Claas Karstensen. The 
Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

The Officer demands execution of the judgment obtained against 
Willem Bogardus. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

The bakers request by petition an increase in the price of bread, to- 
wit, a wheaten loaf 8 ^ weight to be sold for . . . stivers ; a rye loaf of 
8 "f weight . . . , a white loaf of two pounds weight fourteen stivers. 
The W! Court postpone the matter to the next Court day. 

Joannes Verveelen entering produces the judgment, which he ob- 
tained agianst Grietje Cruytdops dated 19*^ 7b', 1662 ; and further an 
order of the Court on the notice served, requesting that the House be 
sold by execution. Apostille: The Marshal is ordered and authorized to 



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affix notices to sell the house of Barent Cruydop by execution within 
three weeks time. 

Joannes Verveelen also requests, as Tielman van Vleeck has failed 
to rejoin to his reply, that he be ordered to do so. Which request was 
granted. 

Gerrit Hendricksen van Harderwyck entering requests execution of 
the judgment which he hath obtained against Lambert Huybertsen Mol, 
with costs. The Marshal is ordered to execute these, with costs. 

Tielman van Vleeck is hereby ordered by the W? Court of this City 
to rejoin at the next Court day to Joannes Verveelen's reply. 

Asser Levy appearing in Court says, he has attached the rent belong- 
ing to Comelis Pluyvier in the hands of David Provoost's widow to the 
sum of fl. 120. and requests that the attachment be declared valid and 
that he may be allowed to lift the same in order to have the house re- 
paired, which is falling. The W! Court order him to summon Comelis 
Pluyvier. 

Tuesday, lo^ April 1663: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Hermanns van Borsum, pltf. v/s Joost Carelzen, deft., and Jan 
Hendrickzen Steelman, witness. Whereas » Jan Hendrickzen Steelman 
is not present, the matter in question, which parties have against each 
other, is postponed 'till next Court day. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, seventy guilders for a coat, twelve guilders in 
sewant received for his daughter, forty nine guilders on an obligation 
against Claas Karstensen, which he accepted to pay, five guilders dis- 
bursements and again six guilders six stivers previously. Deft, says he 
is not indebted to her, and that she is in his debt. The W Court order 
pltf. to lift an acU of what has been last done in the matter. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Tamis Dauidts, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, delivery of timber according to contract made with him, producing 
the same; for a house thirty feet long and twenty feet wide. Deft, under- 
takes to deliver timber for a house thirty feet long, and twenty feet wide, 
but he must according to contract keep to that. Burgomasters and 



222 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

Schepens refer the matter in question to Paulus Leendertzen van der 
Grist, old Burgomaster and actual Treasurer of this City, and Frans Jan- 
sen van Hooghten, to reconcile parties if possible in the case which they 
have against each other — if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Freryck Flipzen, pltf. v/s Wernaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, two hundred and sixty four guilders in beavers, according to 
obligation in the last demand dated 30^ March ultimo. Deft, says, he 
made payment in beavers, sewant etc. requests Commissaries to inspect 
their books and a/cs. The Wl Court refer the matter in question to 
Joannes de Peister, old Schepen of this City, and Sto£fel van Hooghlant, 
to take up the a/cs and books of parties on both sides, to debate the case, 
to hear and examine parties in their a/cs and if possible to reconcile 
them; if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Alexander Stulke, pltf. v/s Pieter Ebel, deft. Pltf. says he gave 
deft, some goods and cannot get them back. Deft, says, there is un- 
settled a/cs between them both and whenever these are settled, he shall 
let him have the goods. The W! Court refer the matter in question to 
Isaack Greveraat, old Schepen of this City, and to Hans Steyn, to hear 
and examine parties touching their differences, to reconcile them if pos- 
sible, if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Isaack Kip, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, smith, deft. Pltf. says, he 
repaired at various times the fence between his and defts. lots * without 
the deft, helping to defray the expence; as the same must be again re- 
paired, he demands, that he shall pay charges. Deft, says, the fence is 
good and he helped to repair it last year, and that deft, piled firewood 
against it, and the hens fly over and destroy, what he has sown. Pltf. 
says, that the deft, kills the hens. Deft, admits having fired with powder 
only. Burgomasters undertake to inspect the fence and inquire into the 
matter. 

Hendrick Janzen, smith, pltf. v/s Isaack Kipp, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, six guilders thirteen stivers according to bill. Deft, says, he 
does not owe more than four guilders according to settlement. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having looked into the a/c find, that deft, owes 
pltf. five guilders fifteen stivers and order him to satisfy and pay that to 
the pltf. 

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Joannes van der Meulen and Joannes de Witt, curators of the estate 
left by Sicx Van de Stighelen, request to be discharged from their cura- 
torship. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that before the curators be 
discharged the estate must first be regulated and the debts collected and 
recommend them to proceed in the matter with the best despatch. 

Tielman van Vleeck rejoins to Joannes Verveelen's reply. The W: 
Court order copy to be furnished to party, and parties are ordered on 
both sides 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. 

Tuesday, 17* April 1663: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Stiycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vinge, Jacques Cousseau. 

Lucas Dirckzen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. Pltf. con- 
cludes in writing, that the attachment on the monies belonging to deft, 
in Denys Hartooghvelt's hands shall be declared valid, as he has gained 
the suit against him and that deft, shall consent to Denys being ordered 
to bring the money he owes deft, into consignment of this City and that he, 
the pltf., be admitted to lift, under bail de restituendo^ the sum of seven 
and ninety guilders, two stivers according to specification, with costs. 
Deft, says, he is willing to pay, on condition of deducting the three 
barrels of beer obtained from him. Burgomasters and Schepens declare 
the attachment valid and order Denys Hartooghvelt to bring the money 
into consignment of this City. 

The sailors of the ketch called, The Contentment^ pltfs. v/s Joan 
Woudberry, their skipper, deft. Pltfs. conclude in writing, that deft, 
shall be condemned promptly to pay and give them their earned monthly 
wages, being about two days less than nine months, according to articles 
written by himself in his memorandum book, deducting what each of 
them has received on a/c: also the costs incurred herein. Deft, answers, 
that he engaged the pltfs. at the Barbados to sail every where with him 
and they are to receive their monthly wages on their return to the Barba- 
dos according to articles; he offers to pay pltfs. a month's wages or two 
on a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties and seen the 
memorandum book produced by the pltf. (jiV), order the pltfs. to 



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return to their service on board and to do their duty or that it shall 
be looked to. 

Pieter Pia, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. Pltf. demands fifty 
^ye guDders from the deft. Deft, produces an ofifset a/c. for the sum of 
one hundred and twenty five guilders of what was given to pltfs. deceased's 
wife, both in sewant and materials; demanding a/c from the pltf. Pltf. 
sajTS, that deft, had not paid his wife, what he brings in a/c against him. 
The W! Court order parties to give each other correct a/c. 

Joannes Withart and Jacobus Vis, pltfs. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

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

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendriczen van Harderwyck, deft. 
Both in default. 

Weintje Teunis, pltf. v/s Wessel Eversen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Huybert Hendrickzen, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Deft in 
default. 

Burgomasters being in Court report, that they have made ocular in- 
spection of the fence between the house and lot of Hendrick Jansen, 
smith, and Isaack Kip and find, that the same is not as it ought to be. 
Therefore they decree as the Court does also, that parties on both sides 
are hereby ordered to make together the fence in question suitable and 
good, to remove their firewood from the same and to cut the wings of 
their fowls, so that neither the one nor the other suffer any loss thereby. 

The bakers within this City request by petition an increase in the 
price of the bread to be baked, to wit, the wheaten loaf of 8 ?? weight, 
thirty stivers, a rye loaf of equal weight, twenty six stivers, and a white 
loaf of two pounds weight fourteen stivers, as they cannot aflFord, 
without great loss, their bread for such price as has been fixed by the W. 
Court. Whereupon is apostilled: — Burgomasters and Schepens having 
considered the petitioners' request consent, that they may ask and de- 
mand for a wheaten loaf of eight pounds weight, twenty six stivers; for 
a rye loaf of equal weight twenty two stivers, and a white loaf of two 
pounds weight, twelve stivers on condition of baking all the same from 
pure stuff, as it comes from the mill, according to the Ordinance dated 
13. March last enacted and published by the Burgomasters and Schepens 
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Tliis day, after the usual ringing of the bell three times are published 
from the Publick Stand ('/ /^uy*) of this City and renewed the Placards 
forbidding the tapsters or tavemkeepers to tap any drink or entertain 
dubs on the Sabbath; and further to draw any strong drink for the In- 
dians or natives of this country. 

Tuesday, 24^ April 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vinge. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pitf. v/s Huibert Verschie, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf . demands, that the deft, shall deposit the hundred guilders 
pursuant to the demand of 3 April last and to be excluded from any proof, 
as he has remained in default therein according to order dated 3 April 
aforesaid. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to produce his proof 
on the next Court day on pain of nonsuit. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, arrestant and pltf. v/s Lambert Barentsen, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty one guilders four 
stivers and in addition the fine incurred for the two arrests violated, re- 
questing that the present arrest be declared valid. Deft, says, he does 
not know, what the debt arises from, as it was incurred before his time; 
then offers to pay on the next Saturday so much as his share of the fishing 
amounts to. Burgomasters and Schepens order the deft, to pay the 
Officer each time as much as he can and consent to his going fishing. 

Jacobus Withart and Jacobus Vis, pltfs. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, two hundred and sixty six guilders eight stivers 
for advance wares and merchandize, requesting interest of the money. 
Deft, produces two a/c received hereon from the pltf., each contradicting 
the other. The W. Court refer the matter in question to Isaack Greve- 
raat, old Schepen of this City, and Hans Steyn, to take up the books and 
a/cs of parties, to debate the a/cs, also to settle them and to reconcfle 
parties if possible; if not to report their decision to the Court. 

* In front o£ the Citjr Hall wms a stand or platform, from which the officer read 
aloud an poblkk Acts or Proclamations after haying tolled the Bell three times to collect 
the Citisens aionnd Urn. These stands are to be met at this day in front ol the Churches 
in the FiCBdi settlements in Canada. The PnUic Crier stands on them and commvni- 



ites his Notices to the people as they lea^e the Chnrch.— Tr. 



226 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

Weintje Teunis, pltf. v/s Wessel Eversen, deft. Defts. second de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft, a boat delivered to him, valued at about 
one hundred and fifty guilders with the costs incurred and to be incurred 
herein. The W. Court order the deft, to deposit the hundred and fifty 
guilders with the Secretary of this City. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Defts. 2^. default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and thirty nine guilders four 
stivers arising from a balance of an accepted obligation and promised 
interest. The W. Court order the deft, to deposit the money with the 
Secretary of this City. 

Huybert Hendrickzen, pltf. v/s Francois de Bruyn, deft. Pltfs. 
wife appearing demands from deft, two hundred guilders in tobacco and 
one hundred and ninety three guilders in seawant, according to his own 
a/c. Deft, says, he paid something after the date of the a/c. ; offering 
to pay the seawant in the last of this or beginning of the next week and 
the tobacco as soon, as he shall have received it from Virginia, which he 
expects every day. The W. Court order the deft, to satisfy and pay the 
pltf. according to rendered a/c. deducting what he has paid on a/c after 
date. 

Ferdinandus Mulder, pltf. v/s Isaack de Foreest, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, half a years wages to the sum of one hundred guilders, 
saying, that the deft, hired him on six weeks trial and he entered on work 
the fourth of March until the 19*^ April following. Deft, says, he told 
the pltf. to go away before fourteen days, as he had no use of him and re- 
ceived him only on a month's trial. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard parties, decree that deft, shall pay pltf. for the time he served him, 
deducting what he has paid him thereupon. 

Adriaan Vincent, pltf. and arrestant v/s Rutgert Jansen, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the 
arrest valid and decree, that the arrestant, finding the arrested here again, 
shall have to summon him with the bail. 

Hethan Atkezen, pltf. v/s Jan Rulpeper, deft. Pltf. demands in his 
masters name from the deft, the quantity of eight hogsheads of tobacco 
in goods and forty hides attached in the hands of Jacques Cousseau, ex- 
hibiting certain letter from his masters. Deft, sajrs, the pltf. has not full 
power to sue him nor to discharge him. Burgomasters and Schepens 



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decree and order parties on both sides to plead their case in Dutch on 
the next Court day, also to produce every thing relating to the matter in 
Dutch, and declare meanwhile the attachment valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Joannes Hooft, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, pltf. v/s Seletje Arens, deft. 
Pltf. in default. 

Hendrick Janzen, smith, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyzen, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Anneken la Chair appears in Court and says, that she cannot receive 
any a/c from Jacobus Vis, pursuant to the order of the W. Court, of 
what he demands of her, tho' she caused him to be three times sum- 
moned by the Court Messenger, exhibiting the Acie and requests, as she 
has understood, that Jacobus Vis is trying to sell the mortgage,* he has 
against her, that the above named Vis shall be ordered to render her due 
a/c of what he claimed. Burgomasters and Schepens order Jacobus Vis 
to render an a/c within the time of thrice twenty four hours to Anneken 
la Chair in due form of what he claims from her. 

Gysbert Teunissen appearing exhibits a judgment of sequestration 
against Grietje Cruytdops pronounced by this W. Court on the 3I April 
last. The W. Court order him to summon Grietje Cruytdops again. 

On petition of the laborers at the Weigh-scales, wherein they request 
increase of wages of their labor, it is apostilled: The petitioners request 
is denied. 

Maria Jonckbloet requests by petition, that the attachment put on 
her goods by Geertje Stoffels be declared null, as no reason for the at- 
tachment was given nor is the same prosecuted. Apostille: The attach- 
ment is declared invalid, as the party is not summoned nor is the 
attachment prosecuted. 

^ SAlomon la Chair mortgaged, Decbr. 18, 1658, to Jaoobos Vis and Pieter Tonne- 
fltan a house and lot, described as being bonnded Soath by the WtMl (a basin surroonded 
bj piles for the safety of ships), and North by the High Str. B^ok •/ M^r^aga^ 1654- 
1660, p. 117. It was on the North side of Pearl Str. and eitended back to Stone, lying 
abont midway betw. Hanover Square and Coenties Alley. 



228 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

Extraordinary Meeting on Thursday, the 26*^ April 1663. In the 
City Hall. Present the Heeren Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Marten 
Cregier, Jacob Strycker, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip. 

Aatton Atkins, pltf. v/s Jan Rulpeper, deft Pltf. concludes, that 
the deft, shall be condemned to furnish him free of cost and charges, 
forthwith, the seven hogsheads of tobacco and the forty six hides shipped 
to him by M! Fort and to take his hands off the same: further to pay him 
all costs, damages and interest suffered herein and still to be suffered. 
Deft, says, the pltf. is not sufficiently empowered to get the goods from 
him and to release him in this case; and claims from MT Foort according 
to a/c presented the sum of eight thousand two hundred and twenty eight 
pounds of tobacco. Pltf. says, the a/c does not regard him and that it 
must be settled at Baston, offering bail for what M! Fort justly owes the 
deft. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties pondered over and 
weighed the papers, vouchers and whatever is material, decree and ad- 
judge, as the deft, acknowledges, that Mr. Jan Foort had shipped him the 
tobacco and hides in question and cannot prove, that they belong to him, 
that deft, shall furnish the pltf. the demanded seven hhds of tobacco and 
forty six hides, provided he, the pltf., furnish him sufficient bail for the 
claim which M' Foort justly owes deft, and deft, is condemned in the 
costs incurred and to be incurred in this suit. 

Burgomaster Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant and Hendrick van de 
Water demand, in the quality in which they act, execution of the judg- 
ment dated 20^ March 1663: obtained against Jacob van Couwenhoven. 
The Marshall is ordered to put these in execution. 

Tuesday, first May 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Marten Cregier, Jacob 
Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Joannes Hooft, deft. The Officer 
concludes in writing, that the deft, shall be condemned to go into close 
confinement or to prison and there to remain on bread and small beer for 
the space of or to pay a fine of three hundred guilders, for and be- 
cause he took some strung or loose seawant at Jan Schryvers; moreover 
he began a quarrel and difficulty with a boy, who refused to take him on 



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board or to loan him his oars to go on board, striking him: all with costs. 
Deft, denies having taken the seawan, demanding copy of the written ac- 
cusation; then does not deny having been fighting. The Officer under- 
takes to prove, that the deft, has taken the seawan and demands his 
imprisonment; also Commissaries to hear the witnesses, who have been 
required to testify to the truth and to affirm their deposition by oath. 
Burgomasters and Schepens decree by plurality of votes, that the deft, 
shall be imprisoned and order the Officer to furnish the deft, with copy 
of the written demand to answer thereunto on the next Court day. 

Jacobus Vis appearing in Court declares to render himself bail for 
his nephew Joannes Hooft, to the effect that he, being summoned, shall 
appear at all times and defend his cause. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf . v/s Isaack Greveraat, deft. Pltf . exhibits a con- 
tract entered into with deft, for the sale of a house, demanding that the 
same shall be fulfilled by the deft. Deft, says, he agreed to remove the 
house to the lot, where Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuyzen lives; if he does 
not do so he should pay 50 gl. Pltf. denies it. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, as the contract which parties have entered into with 
each other does not stipulate, where the house is to be sett, that the deft, 
shall have to prove, it was agreed, that the house should stand on the lot, 
on which Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuyzen lives. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. produces a judgment, which he has obtained 
against the deft, dated 2I Novemb., 1660; for the sum of one hundred 
and forty five guilders sixteen stivers and says further, that he has more- 
over advanced for the deft, in his sickness one hundred guilders and has 
attached for that sum, the monies in the hands of Denys Isaacksen, de- 
manding that the same shall be declared valid. Burgomasters and 
Schepens declare the attachment valid. 

Tomas Wandel, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, two hundred guilders for rent. Deft, says, the time 
is not expired and that the lease terminates on the last of May of this 
year. Pltf. says, that deft, went into the house on the first of June and 
that it ends on the last of April following, and demands attachment on 
the defts. goods in *his house. The W! Court order the deft, to prove 
on the next Court day, that he hired the pltfs. house to the last of 



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Hay. Heaawhile the pltf. is allowed to attach the goods of the deft, in 
hishoase. 

Weintje Tennis, pltf. v/s Wessel ETerecn, deft. Pltf. demaods fnnn 
deft, a boat loaned to biro or for the same the sum of one handred and 
fifty guildeis. Deft, says, the boat was not worth so mnch. Burgo- 
masters and Schq>ens refer the case in question to Lambert Huybertscn 
Hoi and Alien Dirckseo to valoe the boat in question, and Wessel Ever- 
sen is ordered to satisfy and pay the pltf. for it according to the decision 
of the arbitrators. 

Pieter Pia, pltf. t/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. Deft, in default. 

Sdetje Arens, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendriduen van Harderwyck, deft. 
The deft requesting by the Conn Messenger to be excused from the de- 
fault, as he has taken a poi^e, such is granted by the W! Court 

Adriaaa Vincent, pltf. t/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft Deft in default 

Annedce La Chair etitering says, she has not been able up to the 
present time to get any a/c irom Jacobus Vis; exhibiting the order of the 
W Court dated 24? April last and the notice and return of the Conrt 
Messenger; demanding further order on pain of nonsuit. Burgomasters 
and Schepcns order Jacobus Vis to furnish Anneken La Chair within the 
space of three times four and twenty hours due a/c of what be claims 
from her on pain of nonsuit 

Cotnelis Andriesot Hooghlant having married the widow of Jao 
Ferie, who went to Canida and perished there,* appears and demands 
that he may have the monies arising out of the goods belonging to the 
said Jan Perie and sold by the Court Messenger, in order that he may 
pay what claims the creditors have against the estate left by the said Jan 
Perie. Burgomasters and Schcpens grant the petitioners request to lift 

.». j^- 5^^ that the same shall be distributed for the behoof 

creditors of Jan Perie. 

ins requests by pctitioa, that Jan Culpeper shall be 
as remained in default of obeying the judgment of this 
13* April last, to fulfil the judgment dated the a6* afore- 
against him and that within the space of twice twenty 

MAtkioed boe, was Captain o( tbc diip, tbe Ten BftUu. tke %iA 
nl OM of tbe pott of New AmtadsB for Qaebrc Sbe wu wreditd 
ic<Kd wlMce, it (bbm. ber CiptaiD periled.— Tr. 



1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 231 

four hours, or in default thereof, that he may imprison him. Aposdlle: 
On pain of imprisonment Jan Knlpeper is hereby ordered by the W! 
Court of this City to satisfy and obey within the ^pace of twice twenty 
four hours after notice hereof the judgment dated 36^ April last pro- 
nounced by the W. Court aforesaid against him in favor of Hatten Atkins. 
This day, the a*' May 1663; speared before me Joannes Nerius, 
Secretary, Mattheus de Vos, who said, he is empowered by Jan Culpeper 
to have signed in his name appeal from the judgment, dated 26 April last, 
pronounced by this W! Court between Hatten Atkins and the abovenamed 
Kulpeper, and that before the Rt. Hon^ Director General and Councfl 
of N : Netheriand. 

Friday, 4^ Kay 1663; In the City HalL Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, 
Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Jasper Abrahamzen, of Amsterdam entering is asked (the interroga- 
tories being read to him), if it be, as he has answered to the interrogatory ? 
Answers, Yes. Whereupon the accusation of the OfBcer Tonneman being 
read to him and being asked, if he had any thing to say against it ? he 
answers, he has nodiing to say against it, praying mercy, not justice. 

Hendrick Janzen of Atrendurp entering and the interrogatory and 
his answer thereunto given being read to him, he is asked, if the answer 
be not as it is read to him ? Thereunto answering Yes. Thereupon is 
read to him the accusation of the Officer Tonneman and he is asked, if 
he have any thing to say against it ? He answers, he has nothing against 
it, requesting mercy, not justice. Therefore Burgomasters and Schepens 
of this City adjudge, that Jasper Abrahamsen shall be brou|^t to the 
place, where criminal justice is usually executed, be bound to a stake and 
severely flogged, and the Hangman shall make a gash in his left cheek or 
jaw so that the blood flows; further he shall be banished for the term of 
five and twenty years from this City's jurisdiction and be condemned in 
the costs and miscs of justice, which the prisoner shall have to pay before 
being released from confinement. 

And the above named Hendrick Janzen be brought to the same place, 
also be bound to a stake, severely scourged and banished for the term of 
five and twenty years from this City's jurisdiction ; further condemned in 



232 Court Minuets of New Amsterdam. [1663 

the costs and mises of justice; and also he shall not be released from 
prison before he shall have paid the costs. 

Which two foregoing judgments are put into execution, according to 
antient custom, on the fifth of May. 

Whereas Jasper Abrahamzen, sailmaker of the ship The Purmerland 
Churchy native of Amsterdam, at present in prison has acknowledged 
without torture or bonds, that he, on the last of April of this year in com- 
pany with Hendrick Jansen, his comrade herein, committed great violence 
and opposition at Rendel Huit's house in the evening about nine o'clock, 
coming into the house against the will of the above named Rendel's wife, 
demanding drink from her, and insisting on having tap, and forcing her 
to serve up food; although she said she had neither tapping nor drink in 
the house yet insisted on drink, and not being able to get any, went to 
the cupboard, or eating closet, cutting o£f food against the will and 
pleasure of the above named woman ; witnessing which force she went out 
to George Wolsy's for help, where she found Herry Bresar's daughter, 
who accompanied her, as she dared not return alone to the house and 
having finally got the prisoners out the house, not without great trouble, 
the latter went from thence to Joris Wolsy's house, where also committing 
hostility, force and violence, forcing into the house against the will and 
consent of the above named Joris, demanding drink ; further after they 
could not get any such and being shoved out the house with his comrade 
by Joris Wolsy and two other persons, they went to Carel van Brugh*s 
house, where they committed no less violence, demanding drink from 
him and though he said, he did not tap, nor had any drink, disregarded 
that and will have it per force; moreover besides committing violence 
there, he, Jaspar Abrahams, after he was put out the house and had torn 
a piece out the above named Carel van Brugges Innocent iXi^ when being 
shoved out; the aforesaid Carel van Brugge afterwards perceiving that 
loss and looking for it, opened the door inasmuch as he knew not^ 
whether it lay within or outside the house, therefore opening the door 
which the prisoner seeing, he with violence, though efforts were made to 
prevent him, gave him a cut on his jaw or cheek, so that the blood could 
with difficulty be stopped: all which grave faults and cowardly actions 
cannot and ought not be tolerated in a well ordered place, such as this is^ 
where justice is administered, but be punished as an example to others. 



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Therefore the Court of this City, admiaistering justice in the name 
and behalf of the High and Mighty Lords States General of the United 
Netherlands, the Hon^ Lords Directors of the Priviledged West India 
Company and the Hon^ Director General and Council of New Nether- 
land, condemn the above named Jasper Abramsen, as they hereby do, 
for his perpetrated villanies and threats, to be conveyed to the place 
where justice b usually executed and there be well fastened to a stake, 
tererely scourged, a gash made in his left cheek or jaw, and he be 
banished out this City's jurisdiction for five and twenty years; further in 
the costs and mises of justice, which he shall have to pay before he be 
liberated. Thus done and adjudged in the Court of the W! Burgo- 
masters and Schepens of the City Amsterdam in N: Netherland the 4^ 
Kay 1663. Marten Cregier 

O Stevensen v Cortlant 

Jacob Strycker 

Pieter V. Couwenhoven 

J. Vinge 

Jacob. Kip — Cousseau* 

Whereas Hendrick Janzen, cooper of the ship The Furtnerland 
Churchy bom at Atrendurp in the Haten District near Hamburg, at 
present a prisoner, has acknowledged, without torture or bonds, that he 
committed with Jaspar Abrahamzen, his associate herein, great violence, 
force and hostility at Rendel Huits house, — demanded from, forced and 
threatened yea, with a naked knife, the aforesaid Rendel Huit's wife, 
who was alone in the house, that she should give them to eat and to 
drink, notwithstanding she gave for answer, that she had not any such 
nor tapped, wherewith not being content they went to the cupboard and 
cot food for themselves against the aforesaid woman's will and consent, 
and after having eaten enough there, they proceeded to Joris Wolsy's 
house, where great force and hostility were also used, forcing themselves 
into the house against the abovenamed Joris will and consent, demanding 
drink, so that the abovenamed Joris Wolsy and with him Ely Douty f and 



* For Facnmilcs of the SignAtiuct of these Functionaries see p. 235. 

f Elitt DoQ^ty was a son of Rer. Francis Doughty and Magistrate of Flushing. 
His sitter Maty was the wife of Adriaen Tan der Donck, the first historian of New 
Netherland, after whose death she married Hngh O'Neale of Maryland. 



234 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

Ritzert Comewel* had enough to do to put him and his associate herein 
out of the house, after which they went to Carel van Brugge's, where they 
committed the same force and violence, demanding drink from the above 
named Carel and though Carel van Brugge said, he did not tap and kept 
no taphouse and that they should go away, they disregarded this, and 
continued their violence in a manner indecent to be mentioned, so that 
the abovenamed Carel van Brugge assisted by the aforesaid Ely Douty and 
Ritzert Comewel had enough to do, before they could get him and his 
associate out of the house, not without tearing a flap or fall of his unmen- 
tionables, which they removed in the shoving out of his body; moreover, 
the aforesaid villanies were perpetrated by the aforesaid Hendrick Jansen 
at divers other times — ^to wit the great insolence now recently at D* Drisius' 
house, where he abused the same and other honorable and respectable 
persons with foul and bad words unfit to be named ; assaulted on the same 
day in the public street one Huybert Verschie in presence of divers honest 
people; moreover still lately with his chief mate, whom he illtreated, 
abused near the Weighscales and threatened him with a knife, if the mate 
had not escaped as well as he could: all which ought not and cannot be 
tolerated or allowed in a well regulated place and city such as this is, 
where justice is administered, but must be corrected and punished as an 
example to other violent and disorderly persons, so that this City and 
place may be purged of all such: Therefore the Court of this City, ad- 
ministering justice in the name and on behalf of the High and Mighty 
Lords States General of the United Netherlands, the Hon^.* Lords 
Directors of the Privileged West India Company and the Honble Director 
General and Council of New Netherland, decree as they hereby do, that 
the abovenamed Hendrick Jansen, for his committed violence, hostility 
and villanies shall be taken to the place, where criminal justice is usually 
executed and be there fastened to a stake, severely scourged and banished 
for the term of five and twenty years out of this City's jurisdiction and 
further in the costs and mises of justice, which the prisoner shall pay 
before he is released. Thus "done and adjudged at the Court of die 
Hon^ Burgomasters and Schepens of the City Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land the 4 May. 1663. 

* Richtfd Cornell was a resident of Little Neck, L. I., afterwards of Rockaway, 
where he died in 1693. See for his family, B^iiom, Hist, of Westchester Ca, ii., 252. 



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Saturday 5 May 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, 
Pieter ran Couwenhoven, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

This day the two preceding sentences are executed and the prisoners 
received their deserved punishment, although Carel van Bnigges wife 
and Highiel Muyden, the skipper of the Purmerland Chureh, requested, 
that the said sentences should not be carried out or at least [should be 
executed] within a room. 

Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst appearing declares to become bail for 
his son Jan Smedcs in regard to the action, which the Officer Tonneman 
is about to institute against him and that his son aforesaid, at whatever 
time he shall be summoned, vriti appear before this W! Court in this case 
and defend himself. 

Tuesday the 8? May 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Jacob 



236 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Schryvers wife, deft. Pltf . 
demands, that deft, shall on pain of imprisonment declare upon oath, 
that she lost no sewant nor still misses it. Deft, says, she misses not nor 
has lost any money. Pltf. demands, that she shall affirm it on oath. 
Whereupon deft, says, she is a woman and takes no oath. Pltf. demands, 
that Comelis Gerlofzen shall be brought, who appearing declares that 
deft, told her, that she lost money, but the day after, that she was under 
a mistake, when she said, she lost money as she had found it again. The 
Officer requests before it be definitively disposed of, that he may have 
two Commissaries^ to investigate the matter further. The W. Court 
granted the Officers request. 

Tymotheus Gabrie, pltf. v/s AUard Anthony, deft. Pltf., as attor- 
ney of Daniel Gabry exhibits an extract from the minutes dated 24 Janu- 
ary 1662; wherein deft, is ordered to furnish Daniel Gabry's att'y within 
8 days time with a/c, proof and reliqua of the administration of the goods 
of his constituant, which he had ; and whereas the deft, has remained to 
the present time in default, he, the pltf., therefore demands, that deft, 
shall be ordered through the Court Messenger so to do, on pain of certain 
fine or imprisonment. Burgomasters and Schepens having seen the ex- 
tract find, that the deft, is not properly notified thereof. They therefore 
order the pltf. to cause such to be properly done and excuse deft, from 
default as he is sick. 

Pieter Janzen Noorman, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pltf. says he is a foreigner and is about to depart; as he cannot 
come to any settlement with deft, he requests an order to settle together. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order Joris Dopzen to settle with Pieter 
Janzen Noorman without delay, as he is about to depart and is a foreigner. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Isaack Greveraat, deft. Pltf. says, that he 
caused the acte of the last Court day to be served on deft, and he gave 
for answer, that he should summon him again. Deft, pursuant to the 
order of the last Court day produces a declaration whereby he proves, 
that he bought the house in question on condition, that the same should 
be removed to his lot, on which Jan Gerrissen van Buytenhuysen resides 
and if he did not do so, he should forfeit fifty guilders. Pltf. says, it is 



1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 237 

not so, but that the deft, should give the fifty guilders in case he should 
not remove the house, but saying, if deft, will confirm his statement on 
oath he is content, on payment of damages. Deft, offers to affirm his 
assertion upon oath, and accordingly took the same at the hands of the 
Officer. Whereas Isaack Greveraat has declared under oath at the hands 
of the Officer, that it was verbally agreed between him and Mighiel Tades 
that the house should be placed on the lot occupied by Jan Gerrisen van 
Buytenhuysen, since the contract between them both did not express any 
such thing. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that Mighiel Tades shall 
retun the house, provided Isaack Greveraat shall pay him according to 
contract the fifty guilders and replace the house as it stood, before enter- 
ing into the contract. 

Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s M' Potifar, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, twenty tubs of tobacco and nine hides shipped with him by Jan 
Deinder and to him consigned. Deft, admits having received the tubs, 
then says the bark has been wrecked at the South Bay. Jacob Janzen, 
one of the defts. seamen, appearing says, that the bark was lost, but that 
there were eighteen hogsheads of tobacco and nine hides saved which 
were put on board Jan de Caper's yacht. Deft, says, he must pay half 
for salvage and that he also had tobacco there. Pltf. demands, that the 
eighteen hhds of tobacco and nine hides shall be delivered to him, as the 
whole cargo was consigned to him, proving it by letter thereof received, 
and offers to pay the salvage, freight, monthly wages etc. as the Court 
shall adjudge the same and that out of the goods saved. Burgomasters 
and Schepens decree, that the eighteen hogsheads of tobacco and nine 
hides shall be delivered to Comelis Steenwyck, provided he free the 
skipper from all claims, which Pieter Aldrickx and others may make on 
him in the case, as far as the cargo reaches, and return to him from that 
saved as much tobacco, as he had in proportion on board the bark. 

Adriaen Vincent, arrestant and pltf. v/s Rutgert Janzen, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. 

Adriaan Vincent, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgersen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, as bail and principal for his son Rutgert Jansen the eighty guilders 
in tobacco & six stivers the pound for a barge with its furniture, pursuant 
to obligatory contract. Deft, says, the boat is sold again to Tielman van 
Vleeck, and is still unpaid for. The W. Court condemn the deft, as 



238 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

bail for his aforesaid son to pay the pltf . the eighty guilders in tobacco 
according to the aforesaid contract. 

Jan Rutgerzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Tielman van Vleeck, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, fifty seven guilders fifteen stivers for 
a boat and fifty two or three guilders for a canoe. Deft, states in writing, 
that the case is entered before the Court of the Town of Bergen and must 
be there disposed of; requesting to be discharged from arrest. The W. 
Court dismiss the pltfs. suit and discharge the deft, from the arrest as the 
case is prosecuted before the Bench of the Town of Bergen. 

Joannes van der Meulen, pltf. v/s Pietertje Jans, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. On the petition presented him from Pietertje Jans, serves as 
Apostille: The W! Court decree, that the petition cannot avail, as it was 
presented already and has again been withdrawn. 

Merritje Jacobs, arrestant and pltf. v/s Styntje Lauwerens, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Mattheus de Vos as chosen guardian of the 
pltf. demands benefit of default and that the attachment be declared 
valid. The W. Court declare the arrest valid and the pltf. is allowed the 
benefit of the default. 

Willem Comelizen, Paulus Janzen, and Herman Wemaarzen, pltfs. 
v/s Schipper Isaack Gerrisen Schaap, deft. Pltf. demands from the 
deft, their monthy wages, as he discharged them. Deft, says, he has not 
discharged them, but reprimanded them, as they neglected their work 
and went sitting drinking; exhibiting the contract made with them. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens order Willem Comelizen, Paulus Jansen, and 
Herman Wemaar to return immediately on board their ship and perform 
their duty according to contract exhibited on pain of imprisonment. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Joannes Withart, deft. Deft in 
default. 

The H' Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Annetje, de Goyer's wife, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck, 
deft. Deft, in default. 

Engeltje Mans, pltf. v/s Hendrick Asuerus, deft. Deft, in default 

Jurrien Blanck, pltf. v/s Eghbert Benninck, deft. Deft in default. 

Marten Janzen, pitf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen, ship carpenter, deft. Deft 
in default. 



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Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen Noorman, deft. Pltf. in de- 
fault. 

Ferdinandus Mulder, pltf. v/s Isaack de Foreest, deft. Pltf. in de- 
fault. The judgment of the W. Court, which the pltf. obtained against 
the deft, on the 34^ April last, produced by the Court Messenger and 
the notice given thereon being read to the deft., he says the pltf. must 
deliver him the a/c he has against him, offering then to pay him, claim- 
ing damages for his boat, which the pltf. allowed to drift away. 

Freryck Gysbersen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Arensen Spaniard and Symon 
Ydes, defts. Deft. Spaniard in default. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order pltf. to take out an Acte of what the arbitrators Jacques Cousseau 
and Jacobus Backer have done in the case and exhibit the same to the 
Court here. 

Seletje Arens and Gerrit Hendrickzen van Harderwyck's son appear 
in Court, the aforesaid Gerrit Hendrick' s son producing an a/c, which 
he has against Selitje Arens, which a/c being read to the abovenamed 
Seletje, she denies having received some items; the W! Court therefore 
refers the matter in question to Abraham Clock and Hendrick Hendrick- 
sen Obe to take up the a/c of parties on both sides, to hear and examine 
parties, to decide the case and reconcile parties if possible, if not to 
report their decision to the Court. 

Weintje Teunis appearing exhibits the award of the arbitrators in the 
case in question regarding a boat. Wissel Eversen's wife states in 
writing, that neither she nor hers have been heard and the case is dis- 
posed of in her absence; she also has an action regarding a canoe to 
bring in against it; requesting before the matter be determined, that 
she or her's may be also heard by the aforesaid arbitrators. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens refer the case in question de Novo to Lambert 
Huybersen Moll and Arien Dircksen to hear parties on both sides, to ex- 
amine and decide the case and to reconcile parties if possible; if not to 
report their opinion to the Court. 

Cataryna Boots, wife of Stoffel van Laar, appearing says, she has at- 
tached Walter Salters money in the hands of Eghbert Meinders on 
account of a claim, which she has against the aforesaid Walter for eleven 
skepels of wheat and some tobacco; requesting that the attachment be 
declared valid and she allowed to take up the monies under bail. Burgo- 



240 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

masters and Schepens order Catarina Boots to exhibit the a/c of her claim 
on the next Court day and to sue Eghbert Meindersen. 

Appears before Us, the undersigned Schepens of the City Amster- 
dam in N. Netherland, Sieur Joannes de Peister, old Schepen of said 
City, who declares to become bail as principal for the payment of the 
action and claim set forth by M' Johan Kulpeper against M' Jan Foort, 
merchant at Boston in N: England and that renouncing the benefit ardims 
et excussionis^ he admits the effects thereof and pursuant to the judgment 
pronounced by this Worshipful Court dated 26. April last, between Hat- 
ton Atkins and the abovenamed Kulpeper, promising, in case it be found 
after due settlement between the abovenamed Fort and Kulpeper, that 
any thing be due to him Culpeper and the aforementioned Foort remains 
in default to pay it, the same to satisfy and pay under penalty according 
to law. In Witness has the Comparant subscribed this with Schepens 
Jacob Strycker and Jacob Kip. 

Jacob Strycker Johannes de Peyster 

Jacob Kip 

To my Knowledge, Joannes Nevius, Secy. 

Extraordinary Meeting holden on Thursday being 17*^ May 1663. 
In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, 
Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

Pieter Aldrickx, pltf. v/s Comelis Steenwyck, deft Pltf . concludes 
for the payment of the just half of the goods saved out of the wrecked 
bark named King CharUs^ belonging to Jan Dinley and consigned to 
Comelis Steenwyck, deft., herein according to agreement entered into 
with Herry Potifar, skipper of the aforesaid bark, producing the same 
with a declaration of the aforesaid Potifar. Deft, concludes for the 
nullity of the agreement, whereas the skipper was forced to make such an 
agreement with Pieter Aldrickx and had no disposal over it, since it was 
consigned to him; requesting arbitrators, is willing to submit to their ad- 
judication. Herry Potifar being sent for about this, appears; declares, 
that the agreement he had made with Aldrickx occurred at the 
wrecked bark without any constraint, and that Aldrickx said he could not 
do any thing, unless he should receive the just half as he did not know if 



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the saved goods would pay the expences, and that he was under the ne- 
cessity to agree with Aldrickx, or that all was lost, as one hogshead of 
tobacco was found about one half gone before they made any agreement 
with each other, saying further, had he wished to study his own advan- 
tage and not that of his master, he could have sold the tobacco in the 
South River and not have brought it here. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties on both sides, pondered over and weighed all the 
papers, document and vouchers produced, condemn the deft, to fulfil the 
contents of the contract, which Herry Potifar entered into with the pltf. 
and parties on both sides are condemned each to defray his own costs of 
this suit. 

Gysbert Op Dyck appearing requests execution of the judgment dated 
13 March last against Paulus Heimans. ApostiUe: The Marshal is 
ordered to put these in execution. 

Hatton Atkins requests by petition immediate imprisonment of Jan 
Culpeper, to which the Officer of this City be authorized, inasmuch as he 
can not obtain any full effect from the judgment dated 26 April last. 
Apostille: Fiat imprisonment; and the Officer is hereunto authorized to 
put the same in due execution. 

Tuesday, 22"! May 1663: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Jacob 
Strycker, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Smedingh, deft. Pltf. con- 
cludes, that deft, shall be condemned to go to prison and there to remain 
on bread and water for the term of one month or to redeem the same with 
a sum of one hundred guilders with the costs herein incurred and still to 
be incurred for that he, the deft., took away bricks from the Strand and 
removed them to his house, which did not belong to him. Deft, says, he 
is innocent of having so done, as they were not in a heap, but lay scat- 
tered around and that he saw Tomas, the Carmans, boys also there pick- 
ing up bricks— Claims therefore, that he cannot be fined. Burgomasters 
and Schepens condemn the deft, in a fine of twenty five guilders with 
costs, as he picked up and carried home bricks, which did not belong to 
him. 

Schepen Jacob Kip and Hendrick Kip, the Elder, pltfs. v/s Paulus 

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242 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

Heimans,* deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. Hendrick Kip concludes by 
virtue of a mortgage, dated 12 March 1657, that deft, shall be condemned 
to pay him the sum of five hundred and forty one guilders pursuant to a/c 
delivered 30. November, 1662, for capital and accrued interest to this 
date — ^together the sum of five hundred and sixty one guilders eighteen 
stivers and further, interest to the full and e£fectual payment, and that 
the attachment on the monies in the hands of the Secretary Nevius, in 
quality as Vendu Master, for the house and lot, whereon he had the oldest 
mortgage, be provisionally declared valid and he be preferred before aU 
other creditors, demanding costs in case of suit; pltf. Jacob Kip demand- 
ing for himself in particular the sum of one hundred and ten guilders 
fifteen stivers sew^, pursuant to account and acceptance delivered, and 
found on his deceased wife, being a balance for beer: demanding in like 
manner attachment on the monies with the aforesaid Nevius and that the 
same be declared valid with benefit of default. The W! Court declares 
the attachment valid. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Pieter Aldrickx, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. demands benefit of default and that he may arrest the deft., which 
is granted. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser and Pieter Jacobzen Marius, as curators of 
the insolvent estate left by Nicolaas Velthuyzen, pltfs. v/s Mattheus de 
V08, Marsha], deft. Pltfs. in quality as afores.^ demand from deft, a/c, 
roof and reliqua within the space of four and twenty hours, of the money 
arisen from the goods sold belonging to the abovenamed Velthuyzen. 
Deft, says he promised under signature by order of the Burgomasters to 

* Paolus Heymans of Leydep was a gunner in the senrice of the West India Com- 
pany. In 1646 he obtained a lot southwest of the fort (State Str. and Pearl) and was ap- 
pointed Overseer of Negroes. He resigned this office in 1656 and in 1657 was enrolled 
in the list of Small Burghers. In March of the last-mentioned year he mortgaged the 
house and lot where he resided in the City, together with his land about the n e g roe s 
quarters, beyond the Fresh Water, to Hendrick Hendricksen Kip. The negroes ({uartecs 
here referred to were on the West side of the Bowery betw. Canal Str. and Astor place. 
Hoffman*! EstaUs and Rights^ 2 : 191, Diagram No. 6. In a subsequent mortgage (1658) 
the above house and lot are described as being ' * in front of Fort Amsterdam on the Water 
side." Mortgages^ 1654-1660, pp. 55, 94. Heymans was first married Feb. 12, 1645, ia 
New Amsterdam to Tryntie Barents, widow, from Rotterdam, who dying he m. 
Claesje Philips, Dec 9, 1662. 



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satisfy and pay Tomas Wandel's claim for rent, which he has ag'st the 
estate of Velthuyzen and demands that they be obliged to release him 
from Tomas Wandel, if he pay out the money to them. The W^ Court 
order deft, to furnish pltfs. in their quality within thrice twenty fours with 
a/c, proof and reliqua of the monies demanded. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser and Pieter Jacobzen Marius, as curators of 
the insolvent estate left by Nicolaas Velthuyzen, pltfs. v/s Freryck 
Flipzen, deft. Pltfs. in quality as aforesaid demand from deft, three 
hundred and twelve guilders had and received from one Orseltje by Pieter 
Rudolf us dec"!, former husband of the deft's wife, for land in the Flat- 
bush. Deft, says, his wife informed him, that the sum was fifteen 
guilders short. Pltfs. say, that Orseltje told them, she must pay twenty 
four stivers, which the money came short. The W. Court order the deft, 
to pay to the curators, pltfs. herein, the three hundred and twelve 
guilders, unless it be proved by the aforesaid Pieter Rudolfus books, that 
the money fell short fifteen guilders. 

Qaas Gangelofzen Visser, pltf. v/s Pieter Janzen, mason, deft. 
Defts 2*? default. Pltf. demands from deft, two hundred and forty 
guilders, saying he has attached his money brought here into consign- 
ment by Denys Isaackzen. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to 
bring the monies in consignment of this City. 

Joannes van der Meulen, pltf. v/s Pietertje Jans, deft. Defts. 2I de- 
fault. Pltf. demands in virtue of a mortgage fourteen hundred and fifty 
two guilders four stivers from the deft., Holland currency, demanding 
execution in default of payment. The W! Court order deft, to bring the 
monies into consignment of this City. 

Jurrien Blanck, pltf. v/s Eghbert Beninck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, one hundred and seventy guilders in sewant for rent. Deft, 
says, the small house is not habitable. Burgomasters and Schepens refer 
the matter in question to Hans Stein and Adolf Pietersen to examine 
parties question and if possible reconcile them, if not to make a report of 
their award to the Court. 

Isaack Bedloo, pltf. v/s Tomas Wandel, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. says, he has attached in defts. hands two hogsheads of tobacco be- 
longing to James Meessen, requesting that the attachment be declared 
valid. 



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Hendrick Arenzen Spaniard, pltf. v/s Pieter Aldricx, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, one hundred guilders for fishing up his boat in the 
South bay. Deft, admits having promised one hundred guilders, but 
says he was under necessity. Whereas parties have on both sides left the 
case to Burgomasters and Schepens in the quality of moderators and not 
as judges, Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that the deft, shall pay 
pltf. for salvage of the boat sixty guilders in sewant, with which parties 
are satisfied. 

Jacob Janzen Sam, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. exhibits a judgment, dated 5 Sept^, 1662, against the deft, 
and whereas it appears by the judgment, that Schepen Jacques Cousseau 
was pltf. against the deft., Mr. Cosseau, rising declares, that he placed 
it in Jacob Janzen Sam's hands as Vendu Master being for the goods, 
sold for one Matthys Ganderheide, from which the debt arose. The W. 
Court decree, that deft, shall be duly notified of the judgment. 

Jacob Jansen Sam, pltf. v/s Claas van Elslant the Elder, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and seventy 
four guilders, three stivers saying, he has judgment from a balance of 
which the debt arises, which being exhibited to the Court twas found to 
be after settlement with each other. The W. Court therefore decree, that 
the deft, shall be again summoned, granting pltf. the profit of default. 

Jacob Janzen Sam, pltf. v/s Leentje Dircksen Servaas, deft. Deft. 
in default. 

Hendrick Jansen, smith, pltf. v/s Gysbert Frericksen, deft. Deft, 
in default 

Tymotheus Gabry appearing states, that he has received the a/c de- 
manded from Allard Anthony, but without day or date; requests, there- 
fore, two referees to take up, examine and settle the same in presence of 
one of the Court. Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the 
request, commission hereunto Comelis Steenwyck and Joannes van Bnigh, 
both old Schepens and now Orphan Masters of this City, to settle the a/c 
in presence of parties if possible; if not to render a report of their finding 
to the Court. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Isaack Greveraat, deft. Deft, in default. 

Isaack Bedloo, co-curator of the estate left by Andries van Buyten- 
huyzen, entering with Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuysen, requests to be dis- 



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charged from his curatorship and to know to whom he is to account. 
Whereupon he was told, to this Court at the next Court day. 

John Culpeper requests by petition, that the bail bond executed by 
Joannes de Peister, old Schepen of this City, for Hatten Atkins may be 
cleansed from doubt and time fixed therein for the settlement of the ac* 
counts here in this City between M*. Foort and the petitioner and the 
petitioner is informed when he shall arrive at his presumed right. Order: 
— ^Whereas the bail bond mentioned herein is conformable to the rendered 
judgment the Burgomasters and Schepens therefore decree that the same 
shall stand good; then whereas the petitioner requests, that the doubt in 
the bail bond may be cleared up, in regard that neither time nor place is 
fixed therein, where the settlement shall be made, Burgomasters and 
Schepens decide that the same shall be at Boston in N: England or at the 
place, at which M' Foort and the petitioner shall first meet. 

Jan Lauwrens appearing says, he has attached the monies of Tennis 
Slingerland in the hands of Antony de Milt for a claim according to ob- 
ligation dated 26. Septemb' 1661. requesting, that the attachment be 
declared valid. The W. Court declare the attachment valid. 

The curators of the estate left by Sicx van der Stighelen appearing 
state, that Comelis van Ruyven has requested of them to credit the debt 
of D^ Drisius' wife to the Companys a/c, being five and twenty beavers, 
which D^ Drisius' wife owes to the estate of Six van der Stighelen, which 
they dare not assume on themselves without the knowledge and approval 
of the Court, and if the same be allowed by the Court, they shall let them 
do it. They request further as Lodowyck de Roy is here and is in- 
debted to the estate, that they may be allowed to speak to him about 
the debt and to arrest him in default of payment. Burgomasters and 
Schepens grant the curators their request. 

The prisoner Jan Arenzen entering b asked, where he got the money 
and beavers, which the Deaconry found in his chest ? To which he an- 
swers, his son, called Arent, sent him one beaver, and his two daughters, 
both named Aaltje, sent him two and a half, and he earned the seawant 
with the boat whereof Maat Zeuw (the Zealander) claims the half, but 
does not know how much, as Maat Zeuw and he went shares in the pro- 
visions and have not settled with each other; and of what remains after 
settlement Maat Zeuw shall have half thereof. Is further asked, if he 



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have not some money out at interest in the Esopus ? Thereunto answers, 
No, but gave his sister seventy to eighty guilders, on which he has re- 
ceived eight skepels of wheat. Burgomasters and Schepens decide, that 
the matter concerns the Consistory of this City, therefore refer the same 
to them and discharge Jan Arensen provisionally from the imprisonment. 
Anneken Kox delivers in Court a writing, both a/c and other matters 
regarding the case in question with Pieter Jansen, mason. The Court 
decree, that Anneken Kox and Pieter Jansen, mason, have to summon 
each other regarding their suit. 

This day Burgomaster Olof Stevensen van Cortlant lifted for Lucas 
Dircksen the monies brought in deposit to this City Hall by Denis Isaack- 
sen on date. . . . 
Copy. 

Petrus Stuyvesant on behalf of the High and Mighty Lords States General 
of the United Netherlands and the Rt Hon^!* the Lords Directors 
of the Priviledged West India Company, Chamber of Amsterdam, 
Director General of N: Netherland, Curasao, Bonaire, Aruba, and 
the dependencies thereof, together with the Hon^* Councillors. 
To the Court Messenger Claes van Elslant hereunto required Health ! 
Whereas Jan Culpeper has by petition represented to Us, that he 
finds himself seriously aggrieved by a certain order of the W! Court of 
this City, dated 22*^ inst., issued in the case in question between him, the 
petif, and one Hatton Atkins for reasons more fully set forth in the copy 
of the petition hereunto annexed, requesting our interposition, Therefore 
we order you to summon the aforesaid Hatton Atkins to appear or send 
an attorney before Us here in Fort Amsterdam on Monday being the 28*^ 
instant, to answer such demand and conclusion, as the aforesaid Jan 
Culpeper shall present and make against him on the day aforesaid, notify- 
ing also those of the Court aforesaid to appear on the day aforesaid (if it 
please them) or to send an attorney to witness the confirmation or altera- 
tion by Us of said Order, leaving copy for the behoof of parties, making 
return to Us of your proceeding. Done Fort Amsterdam in N: Nether- 
land, 24*^ May 1663. Was signed, P. Stuyvesant. 

Lower Stood, By Order of the same. 

Signed, C. V. Ruyven, Secret^ 
On one side stands the seal of N. Netherland. 



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Tuesday, 29 May 1663; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Jacob 
Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jacob Kip. 

The Rt Hon^ Petrus Stuyvesant appearing states, that Lodowyck 
de Roy is recommended to him; therefore he has to inform the Court of 
what the abovenamed de Roy's father has written to him regarding the 
case between said de Roy and the curators of the estate left by Six van 
der Stighelen decl also of Joannes de Wit, to whom the aforesaid de Roy 
gave a bill of exchange for monies received, which has been paid in 
Holland; offering himself with Jeronimus Ebbingh as security for the 
truth thereof. 

Joannes de Wit, pltf. v/s Lodowyck de Roy, deft. Pltf. sajrs, the 
deft, gave him a bill of exchange on Holland for seven hundred guilders 
and that no more than five hundred guilders have been paid thereon. 
The General says, he is to get an acknowlegment from the pltfs. wife, 
that the same has been paid. Whereupon pltf. says, he did not know 
that. The General requests, that notice be given that Joannes de Wit 
has assumed the action, which the curators of Six van der Stighelen may 
have against Lodowyck de Roy and brought the same to the credit of 
said de Roy, as the same was satisfied and paid in Holland by said de 
Roy. 

The curators of the estate of Six van der Stighelen, pltfs. v/s Lodo- 
wyck de Roy, deft. Pltfs. demand from deft, three hundred and sixty 
nine guilders in sewant reduced to one hundred and seventy two guilders 
in beavers. Deft, says, it is charged against him by Joannes de Witt and 
paid in Holland. 

Tymotheus Gabry entering is informed, that the curators of Six van 
der Stighelen demand Commissioners, to whom to render a/c of the ad- 
ministration of the aforesaid estate, and that they give notice, that there 
is still in his hands a certain sum remaining. Burgomasters and 
Schepens therefore order the aforesaid Gabry to settle with the curators 
aforesaid. 

Willem de Marschalck, pltf. v/s Grietje Steenwyck, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands in writing reparation of character, good name and fame, inasmuch 
as he was belied by the deft, to the effect, that he had made dishonorable 
proposals to her to satisfy his carnal lusts with her, which she has stated 



248 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

to several and therefore finding himself affronted demands, that the deft. 
shall ask his pardon saying she belied him, to make amends honor- 
ably and profitably according to custom of law, with costs of this suit. 
Deft/s husband appearing for her demands, that the pltf. shall prove his 
statement and asks also honorable and profitable reparation for his wife's 
honor. The Officer enters himself as guardian of the adverse party. 
Burgomasters and Schepens order pltf. to prove his statement. 

Willem Comelizen Constapel (gunner), pltf. v/s Skipper Isaack Ger- 
rizen Schaap, deft. Pltf. demands his money from the deft., as he 
discharged him. Deft, says, he has reason therefor, inasmuch as he 
neglected his work and went ashore to drink. Burgomasters and Schepens 
decree, as the contract, which pltf. entered into with deft, mentions, that 
the monthly wages must be paid in Holland, where the ship sailed from 
and the deft, for cause will not have pltf. any more in the ship, th^the 
deft, shall give pltf. proper settlement in oj^^^^ obtain his m^^^n 
Holland. _ ^^^ 

Cornelis Janzen, woodsawyer, pltf. v/s Ja^dchoute, deft. ITO. de- 
mands from deft, the timber according to cofltract for the six hundred, 
feet of plank sawed for him. Deft, admits having receive^tj^ six hun- 
dred feet of plank; says the timber is ready and that it neeHj^Bg hauled 
out; further, that he must have sixteen guilders from the pltf. and zs% 
soon as these are paid he shall deliver the timber. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order deft, to deliver the timber according to contract on t 
Strand, and order the pltf. to deposit the sixteen guilders on consign 
with this City. 

Tymotheus Gabry, arrestant and pltf. v/s Pieter Aldricks, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands his pay from three hogsheads of tobacco be- 
longing to Gerrit van Sweringen, which were brought under defts. name; 
in order that he may obtain his arrears amounting per balance to the sum 
of two hundred and fifty three guilders thirteen stivers besides interest 
and costs. Deft, admits having had the hhds. in the store here, but says 
he bought them from Gerrit van Sweringen and paid for them, exhibiting 
proof thereof. Pltf. produces counter proof, that the deft, brought the 
tobacco here for van Sweringen to trade for him. The Court decreed, 
inasmuch as the tobacco in question was not attached by the pltf. and the 
deft, exhibits a writing, by which he proves that he paid for the tobacco 




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to Genit van Sweringen, that the pltf. cannot institute any action of 
claim against the deft, herein; they, therefore, discharge his entered de- 
mand made against the deft, herein and release the deft, from the arrest. 

Tjrmotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Otte Gerrits, deft. Pltf. demands from 
the deft, as per a/c. one hundred and eighty seven guilders eighteen 
stivers and six pence. Deft, says, the pltf. did not bring in so much 
against him in his first a/c. Pltf. says he omitted one item. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Isaack Greveraat, 
old Schepen of this City, and Pieter Jacobsen Marius to take up the a/c 
of parties, to examine the same, to question parties and if possible to 
reconcile them; if not to report their conclusion to the Court. 

Sto£fel van Laar, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meindersen, deft. Pltfs. wife 
appearing produces pursuant to the Court's order of 8*^ May last, the a/c, 
whio^she has against AYaher Salter, an Englishman, by which there is 
di^^B a balance o^^^^k skepels of wheat and fourteen pounds of 
buttefT and whereas ^^^pVhas some monies of Walter Salters in hand, 
which The has attache^md prosecutes, demands she may lift the same. 
.Deft, admits having somc^money in his hands belonging to the aforesaid 
Salter; t^nAvs he does not know how much, as he has not settled with 
him and ^HBe is something due him by Hendrick Jansen Spiers and 
the pltf. must pay the abovenamed Spiers a sum of money for the house, 
bought of him, demands that the attachment on the money be declared 
id and that the one shall offset the other; producing, further, an a/c 

st the pltf. Pltf. says regarding the money on the house,* she is not 
und to pay it before it is due in May A^ 1664 and as for the a/c, 
which he has against her she has an a/c against it. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order parties on both sides to settle with each other, and allow 
the pltf. to lift the monies belonging to Walter Salter under bond de 
resHiuendo^ if such were hereafter found proper and dismiss the attach- 
ment against Hendrick Jansen Spiers* money, as the time of payment is 
not expired until May A"^ 1664. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Pltf. demands 
a» per a/c from deft, two hundred and sixty two guilders eight stivers in 

^ The house pniduued by Tmn Loutf, who was * shoemaker, from Spiers, was 
sitiiate on the West side of the present Broad Street, aboat 75 feet north of Stone Street. 
It fonned part originally of the estate of J<Aannes van Hardenbeig.— O'C. 




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* 

tobacco and beavers and one hundred and fifty five guilders fourteen 
stivers in sewant. Deft, demands a/c and copy of the demand. The 
W. Court order copy of the demand and the a/c to be furnished to party 
to answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Jacob Kip and Hendrick Kip, Senior, pltfs. v/s Paulus Heimans, 
deft. Defts. 2^. default. Pltfs. demand benefit of the 2^. default, which 
is allowed them by the W. Court. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Isaack Greveraat, deft. Defts. 2"! default. 
Ordered that he be summoned a third time. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Sara Pergo, deft. Whereas pltf. appears 
drunk before the Judges, nothing is done in the case and the complaint 
is laid aside. 

Mighiel Tades requests by petition, that Walewyn van der Veen shall 
be ordered to exchange within the time of twice four and twenty hours 
the demanded authenticated copies relating to the suit between them both 
depending in Court; he is on the other hand ready on his side to deliver 
over to the above named van der Veen the demanded copies; and on 
refusal the petitioner requests, that justice be done in his exhibits. 
Apostille: Petition granted and Walewyn van der Veen shall be furnished 
with an order hereon. Walewyn van der Veen is hereby ordered and 
required by the W: Court of this City to furnish Mighiel Tades within 
twice twenty four hours the required authenticated copies, relating to the 
suit which he has depending before this Court with Mighiel Tades or 
through default and neglect justice shall be done on the papers, which 
Mighiel Tades shall produce. Done etc. 

Adriaen Vincent's wife appearing demands execution of the judg- 
ment, which she has obtained against Jan Rutgersen, May 8 of this year. 
The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

Joannes van der Meulen appearing demands execution of the judg- 
ment, which he obtained on the 22*! of this month against Pietertje Jans. 
The Marshal is ordered to execute these. 

Pieter Nys, as attorney of Paulus Blyenbergh, appears in Court say- 
ing, that he has in that quality attached the monies of Jan Cnoulits in Jan 
Hendricks Steelman's hands, requesting that the same be declared valid ; 
also an attachment made on the tobacco in Thomas the Irishman's bark 
belonging to Samuel Etsal and that for claims which he has in said quality 



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against the abovenamed persons. Burgomasters and Schepens declare 
the attachment provisionally valid. 

Pietertje Jans, widow of Claas Jansen Ruyter, appearing demands, 
that disposition be made of her petition handed in regarding her being 
released from her husband's estate, as this is short, and the estate there- 
fore insolvent and that curators may be appointed by the Court to regu- 
late it. Burgomasters and Schepens inform her, that nothing can be 
done in the case, as she waited too long. 

This day 30*^ May 1663 appears before me, Joannes Nevius, Secre- 
tary etc., Tymotheus Gabry declaring, he appeals before the Rt. Hon^i* 
Director General and Council of N. Netherland from the judgment pro- 
nounced on the 29^ instant by the W| Court of this City in the suit 
between him and Pieter Aldricx. 

This day, the 2^ June 1663 appeared before me, Joannes Nevius, 
Secretary, the Marshal Mattheus de Vos and Joannes van der Meulen 
stating, that they were with the President, who sent them to me to write 
on the judgment, which the abovenamed van der Meulen has against 
Pietertje Jans an acte authorizing the sale within fourteen days of her 
house and lot by execution and accordingly I entered on the above judg- 
ment: The Marshal is authorized and ordered to affix notice for the sale 
of the house and lot of Pietertje Jans, widow of Claas Jansen Ruyter, by 
execution within 14 days. Done as above. By order. 

Tuesday, 5 June 1663: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, 
Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vigne, Jacob Kip. 

Schepen Jacob Kip and Hendrick Kip, Senior, pltfs. v/s Paulus 
Heimans, deft. Schepen Jacob Kip demands from deft, pajrment of the 
sum of one hundred and ten guilders fifteen stivers according to a/c and 
for his father, Hendrick Kip, five hundred and sixty guilders eighteen 
stivers by virtue of a mortgage and a/c rendered. Deft, says, what he 
has paid thereon must be deducted and a reduction made for light money. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties and examined the a/cs, 
previous to disposing of the matter, refer the a/c regarding the interest, 
to Joannes de Peister, old Schepen of this City, and Daniel van Donck, 
to take up the a/cs, to hear parties on the interest and to settle the matter 



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if possible; if not, to report their opinion to the Comt; ordering the deft, 
to satisfy and pay Jacob Kip, for his part, the hundred and ten guilders 
fifteen stivers. 

Schepen Jacques Cousseau, pltf. v/s Walewyn van der Veen, deft. 
Pltf. produces a judgment, which he obtained on the 5^ Sept' against the 
deft, and which he also notified by the Court Messenger. Deft, says, as 
the judgment purports, that the pltf. may protest in default of payment, 
which it appears he has not done, that he shall have to institute his action 
anew, which doing he demands copy of the demand; he will then answer 
thereunto, holding himself to the law of exchange according to the laws 
and customs of Holland. Pltf. exhibits a letter, dated the 8^ Decemb! 
1662, from Welter Pelser, whereby he directs the further prosecution of 
the case and to oblige the deft, to pay. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having heard parties on both sides, weighed their arguments and attended 
to all that is material, condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the accepted 
bill of exchange without delay. 

Tymotheus Gabry, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. Pltf. states, that 
he received from deft, two a/cs., but that they are not made out in due 
form, and that he notified the deft, by the Court Messenger to give further 
explanation of his Nota Bene adjoined to his a/c. Deft, says, he answered 
the notice. Burgomasters and Schepens again refer the case to Comelis 
Steenwyck and Joannes van Brugh, both old Schepens and now Orphan 
Masters of this City, who are authorized to take up the a/cs, being put 
in proper form of debit and credit, to hear parties, examine the case and 
to reconcile them if possible, if not to report their award to the Court. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Isaack Greveraat, deft. Pltf. exhibits a 
judgment, dated 8^ May last pronounced by this Worsh: Court, between 
him and the deft, and the return to the notice thereof, demanding that 
the deft, shall obey the judgment. Deft, says, the house is in the same 
condition as it was before the contract and can prove it by the carpenters. 
The W: Court decree, that parties on both sides shall each choose an 
arbitrator who, in presence of Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven, shall 
take up the case and reconcile parties; persisting further in the judgment 
rendered on the 8* May afores*". 

Sara Pieters, pltf. v/s Lauwerens vander Spygel, deft. Pltf. says, 
deft, has hired her house for two hundred guilders in seawant the first 



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year, and for as much the second year on condition, that the seawant 
shall include seven beavers, promising therefor to cover the roof with tiles 
and to deliver a free lot. Deft, admits having hired the house on such 
conditions, but says the promises were not performed, whereby he suf- 
fered great damage, demanding indemnification therefor. Burgomasters 
and Schepens refer the case in question to Paulus Leendersen van der 
Grift, old Burgomaster and now Treasurer of this City, and Claas Bord- 
ing, who are authorized and requested to make ocular inspection, to hear 
parties, to decide the case and if possible to reconcile parties, if not to 
report their award to the Court. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Sara Pergo, deft. Pltf.'s wife appearing 
states, that she has in hand tobacco of Edert Peick, which she is ordered 
to deliver to Dirck Jansen of Oldenburgh, and that Dirck Jansen is to 
pay her the sum of one hundred and one guilder ten stivers, which the 
aforesaid Edert owes her. Deft, has attached said tobacco and that on a 
claim, which she has against the abovementioned Edert Peick for the 
sum of seventeen guilders fourteen stivers; therefore durst not deliver 
the tobacco without the knowledge of the Court. Deft, says, she has 
proof of the debt and prosecutes the attachment. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that the pltf. shall deliver the tobacco to Dirck Jansen 
of Oldenburgh, and that Dirck Jansen shall retain so much of the tobacco, 
as amounts to seventeen guilders fourteen stivers, declaring the attach- 
ment valid. 

Luda Meyers appearing says, that her husband brought with him an 
anker of brandy for his own use, which he has tapped on the road and 
offered payment of the Burghers excise on the balance; he ordered his 
man to remain with the liquor until he brought an officer and that it ap- 
pears that the servant was unwilling to remain any longer, as his master 
had delayed ; he took the anker on his shoulder to carry it home, being 
ignorant of the custom of this place, which as he ought not to have done, 
the Farmer took it away and carried it to his house requesting to have 
the anker back or that it be attached in her house, offering to give bail for 
it. Burgomasters undertake to see the Farmer about it. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser appearing requests execution of the judg- 
ment, which he obtained on 22 May last against Pieter Jansen, mascm. 
The Marshal is ordered to execute these. 



254 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

The President states, that he gave the Marshal authority to seize the 
house of Pietertje Jans, widow of Claas Jansen Ruyter, to sell it within 
fourteen days by execution ; communicating the same now to the Court, 
so as to learn if there be any opposition to it. The Court decided that 
there is no objection. 

The following belongs to the next Court day: 

Joannes Nevius, as Vendu Master of the estate left by Raghel van 
Tienhoven ded states, that there are many, who purchased goods of the 
aforesaid estate, from whom he cannot receive payment according to the 
conditions and propositions ; demands therefore, that he may enforce the 
payment through the Marshal, by execution. Burgomasters and Schepens 
find the matter just ; order therefore the Marshal to give the Vendu Master 
a helping hand and to constrain those in default to pay at their cost, by 
means either of taking a pledge out of their house or by the most proper 
means he may find. Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 12 June 
1663. 

This day, 6* of June 1663. Appears before me, Joannes Nevius, 
Secretary, Walewyn van der Veen, stating that he appeals to the Hon**** 
Director General and Council of N. Netherland from the judgment pro- 
nounced by this W: Court between him and Schepen Jacques Cousseau, 
dated 5^ instant. 

Tuesday, 12 June 1663: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Marten Cregier, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Jacob 
Strycker, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip. 

The Oflficer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Andries Joghimzen, deft. Pltf . 
sajTS, that he saw people sitting at the deft.'s at night between ten and 
eleven ; and whereas according to placard no person can tap after nine 
o'clock, he entered them for the fine: and that defts. wife called out yes- 
terday after him saying; Schout, I have something to say to thee; hast 
thou any soul or conscience ? dost thou expect to go to heaven ? And 
more such like words; so that if he were as willing as she, there would 
have been a street uproar. Deft, denies having tapped after nine o'clock 
saying they sat together conversing with each other, among other things 
of the sale of houses, and that he did not illtreat the Officer, except call- 
ing out to him saying, Mynheer, I must say something to thee and spoke 



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of conscience; then re-entering and being further heard says, he re- 
marked, Thou hast a conscience, which is not worth much or which is 
somewhat large; then afterwards said; Methinks thou hast no good con- 
science or what is not worth much. Whereas the deft, has gone home, 
nothing is done in the case except the reprimand, which the Court gave 
him. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, pltf . v/s Grietje Cruytdop, deft. Pltf. 
says, he has attached monies belonging to defts. husband in the hands 
of one Jan Denman for a claim, which he has against Barent Cruytdop 
according to a/c for the sum of eighty three guilders four stivers; request- 
ing that the same be declared valid. Deft, says, she does not know, how 
much is due, producing also an a/c appearing due of fifty nine guilders 
six stivers. The W. Court order parties on both sides to settle with each 
other, and the attachment was declared valid for as much as the deft, 
shall be found indebted to the pltf. 

Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Colonel Goldricks, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, as testamentary executor of Samuel Prins the quantity 
of six thousand pounds of tobacco and two thousand pounds of hides ac- 
cording to obligation, deducting what is paid thereon. The deft, admits 
the debt in his quality, exhibiting a writing wherein he is ordered to pay 
the debt of tobacco in the Virginias and says also, he has brought the 
aforesaid Samuel Prins* tobacco and vessel with him, exhibiting said 
Samuel Prins' last will, principally purporting to satisfy and pay the 
aforesaid tobacco to Mr. Steenwyck. Pltf. demands, that the tobacco 
and vessel be sold in order to obtain his debt. Deft, says, he has no 
objection ; then requests that the sloop be valued by four impartial per- 
sons. The defts. request being considered by the W. Court, they 
authorize and qualify Paulus Leendertsen vim der Grift, old Burgomaster 
and now Treasurer of this City, Claas Gangelofzen Visser, Jan Hackings 
and Tomas Wandel, to appraise Samuel Prins' bark or sloop, after which 
and the computation of what the estate can realise the deft is ordered to 
satisfy and pay pltf. according to obligation deducting, what has been 
paid thereupon. 

Willem de Marschalck, pltf. v/s Grietje Steenwyck, deft. Pltf. pro- 
duces an extract from the Register of Minutes of the Rt Honble Directf 
General and Council of N. Netherland, dated 28*^ May last, wherewith 



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he will prove his statement pursuant to the order of this W: Court. The 
defts. husband appearing for her says, the proof is not conformable to the 
order of the Court aforesaid and requests again that deft. (pltf. ?) shall 
be ordered to prove the main allegation. Pltf. replies, the proof is suffi- 
cient as far as his proposition goes. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
the pltf. again, to prove that the deft, has said, that he had made dis- 
honorable proposals to her, to commit carnal lust with her. 

Hans Stein, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Jan Denman, arrested and deft. 
Pltfs. wife appearing demands from deft, about one hundred and fortj 
guilders, for so much, that he has accepted to pay for Barent Cruytdop. 
Deft, admits to be indebted according to a/c one hundred and forty 
guilders three stivers, which he promises to pay as soon, as he shall have 
obtained deed and conveyance of his plantation from Barent Cruytdop. 
The W. Court order deft, to bring the hundred and forty guilders three 
styvers in deposit of this City declaring the arrest meanwhile valid, order- 
ing Grietje Cruytdop to give due conveyance and deed to Jan Denman of 
the plantation, which her husband sold him. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Baal, deft. Pltf. 
says, he gave deft, a tub with beads to sell for him and that the deft sent 
him back a portion loose. Deft, says, he gave the pltf. payment for as 
many, as he had sold, or information where he could get his pay; and as 
for what he could not sell, he sent them back. Burgomasters and 
Schepens refer the case in question to Isaac Greveraat, old Schepen of 
this City, and Gerrit van Tright, to hear parties, to examine the case and 
decide it; to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their award to 
the Court. 

Otto Gerrits, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, one hundred and eighty seven guilders, two stivers, according to 
a/c. exhibited in Court. The a/c being read to the deft, he says, he has 
objections, and inasmuch as he was summoned after sundown, he could 
not bring his proofs with him. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, 
to produce his proof on the next Court day. 

Freryck Flipzen, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. ex- 
hibits a judgment, mortgage and settlement against deft demanding in 
virtue thereof, that defts. brewing materials, hypothecated to his prede- 
cessor and subsequently to him, may be sold by execution to obtain his 



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pay therefrom. Deft, says, he has nothing to object to the a/c, judg- 
ment and mortgage, but that some silverware is in pltfs. hands as a 
pledge, and he has allowed his dwelling house, brewery and its contents 
to be seized for sale on the 2I July next. Pltf. says, he is content, on 
condition of getting the first money. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, 
as the deft, has already given the dwelling house, brewery and its con- 
tents to have them sold and to satisfy the creditors therefrom, that the 
pltf. shall wait, saving his action in case of preference or concurrence. 

Tomas Wandel, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Hendrick WiUemzen, baker, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Jan Joosten, pltf. v/s Eghbert Benninck, deft. Deft, in default. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaansen, ship carpenter, deft. Both in 
default. 

The sailors of the sloop named Samuel^ whereof Tomas Goldrickx is 
master, request by petition their earned monthly wages from the aforesaid 
Tomas, as he will not willingly pay. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
considered die petitioners request find the same just; therefore order 
Tomas Goldrickx to satisfy and pay the petitioners their monthly wages. 

Freryck Gysberzen requests execution of the judgment, dated 22' 
August 1662, against Jacobus Vis. The Marshal is ordered to execute 
these. 

Govert Loockerman cum sociis exhibits by letter from the Court of 
Breuckelen, that he has obtained judgment on I6*^ May 1663 against 
Paulus van de Beecq; * also notice rendered thereon, together with letter 
requisitory to put said judgment in execution. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having considered the Lettre requisitoire of the Court of Breuck- 
elen to execute the judgment pronounced by said Court on May 16 last 
against Paulus van de Beecq, order the Marshal of this City to enforce 
and duly to execute the same. 

The curators of the estate of Six van der Stighelen appearing state, 
that they are ready to give an a/c of their administration of said estate, 
requesting that it may take place next Friday or Saturday. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having considered the request commission Jacob Strycker 

^ This man lived at Gowaans.— Tr. 



258 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

and Jacob Kip from their Board to meet on next Saturday being the i6^ 
of June and to take up the a/cs which the curators of the estate left 
by Sicx van der Stighelen have made out and to approve, what is just 
therein. 

Mighiel Tades states by petition, that he furnished Walewyn van der 
Veen, through the Court Messenger Pieter Schaafbanck, with the papers 
to be used in the suit against him and in return demanded from him 
three papers, of which he delivered over only two, notif3ring him by the 
Court Messenger Schaafbanck and the Court Messenger Claas van 
Elslandt to whom the petitioner referred him, to be heard by your W. 
thereon, that they were three copies of letters of Walewyn van der Veen, 
which he demanded and which he had promised to deliver, and has not 
done; demands therefore that van der Veen shall de navo^ be ordered to 
communicate the requested paper to the petitioner within 24 hours, as 
the aforementioned paper serves greatly to the justification of his inten- 
tion; on pain of deprivation of the exceptions declinaioir^ dekUmr and 
peremtoir and that he petitioner shall have power to deliver in his intendit 
and that justice shall be done thereon. Apostille: Fiat ut ptHiur^ and 
an order hereunto shaU be communicated to Walewyn van der Veen. 
Walewyn van der Veen is hereby ordered and charged by the W. Bur;go* 
masters and Schepens of this City to furnish Mighiel Tades within twice 
twenty four hours with authentic copy of the third letter which the 
abovenamed Mighiel Tades demanded from him, on pain, should he fail 
therein, of being deprived of the exceptions decHnaioiry delaUir tjkdfer- 
emptoiry and that judgment shall be pronounced on the papers to be de- 
livered in by Mighiel Tades. 

Tuesday, 19 June 1663; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Martin Cregier, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlandt, Jacob 
Strycker, Pieter van Couwenhoven, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, smith, deft. 
Pltf. concludes, that the deft, shall be condemned in a fine of ten 
guilders for that he found at his house unstamped mutsies * half mutsics 
and pints and brought the same to the City Hall, exhibiting them and de- 
mands that the same be confiscated to the public warehouse, f Defts. 

^ A <iiiarteni. f 1*hat is, *^ brought to the pahUc store aad told.**-^Tr. 



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wife entering says, she had no beer cans bat what are stamped and she 
got some mutjes and half mutjes from Holland and intends to send 
some old tinware, pints, mutjes and half mutjes, to Holland to obtain 
others for them. The W. Court condemn deft, to pay to the Officer the 
demanded ten guilders and order her to have the unstamped cans marked 
or rendered useless. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf . v/s Tryn Claas, deft. Pltf . con- 
cludes, that the deft, shall be condemned in a double fine as he weighed 
with and loaned out unstamped weights. Deft, says, he sold only five % 
six pounds of butter and loaned the weights; requests that he may take 
them back; this is granted. 

Joannes van Brugh, arrestant and pltf. v/s Claas Pieterzen Cos^ 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, three hundred guilders in 
beavers according to obligation, dated 14 May 165a, requesting that the 
attachment be declared valid, until deft, shall give sufficient boil for the 
payment. Deft, requests time until the Fair of Amsterdam. The W. 
Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. according to obligation and 
declare meanwhile the attachment valid, unless bail be given for the 
payment. 

Isaack Greveraat, arrestant and pltf. v/s Cristiaan Pieters, arrested 
and deft. Defts. wife appearing for him says, her husband cannot come 
as he is on public service and requests time until the Fair. The W. 
Court grant pltf. the benefit of default and order deft, to appear in person 
on the next Court day. 

Hendrick Willemzen, baker, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Defts. 
3' default. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and twenty ^^t 
guilders for rent, half beavers and half seawant, according to decision of 
arbitrators chosen on both sides and approved by them, producing the 
award, and says he received eighty guilders in seawan thereon. The W: 
Court order deft, to bring the balance of the money in consignment to 
the City. 

Daniel van Donck, pltf. v/s Dauid Joghimzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, according to a/c payment of a balance to the amount of two 
hundred and thirty five guilders in seawant and that within twice twenty 
four hours. Deft, says, that half the three ankers of anise, which be 
brings in a/c against him concerns Tomas Jansen Mingad as they boa^ 



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it together in company. The W. Court order deft, to prove, that the 
pltf. knew, the sold and purchased wines belonged to him and Tomas 
Jansen Mingael in company. 

Tomas Wandel, pltf. v/s Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. Defts. 
2*^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, two hundred guilders in sewant for 
rent. The W. Court order deft, to bring the monies in consignment of 
this City. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Lucas Andriesen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Isaack Bedloo, pltf. v/s Tomas Wandel, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Jan Ariansen, ship carpenter, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

On petition of the beer tapsters, wherein they request that they may 
sell the Faen (2 quarts) of beer for sixteen stivers, was apostiUed: — Peti- 
tioners are permitted and allowed to demand and receive for the Fdm of 
beer, fourteen stivers and no more. 

Comelis Steenwyck and Jan Hackins, pltfs. v/s Willem Tomasen 
and Willem Cogel, defts. Pltfs. say they have attached the bark of 
Jeems Mills, named TAe Supply^ by virtue of a debt according to mort- 
gage for about the sum of nine thousand guilders. Defts. demand, that 
pltfs. shall prove, it is Jeems Mills bark and that Mills may appear in 
person, as he has various papers by him, by which he could defend his 
case. Pltfs. demand to act against one and not against three. Willem 
Tomassen therefore declares, that he empowers Robbert Willemsen to 
defend his case, which is allowed. Jeems Mills entering is informed, 
that his bark is attached by the pltfs., whereupon he answers, that he 
sold the bark last year. Robbert Willems, as attorney of Willem Tomas- 
sen, says, that when the attachment was made on the bark, it did not be- 
long to Jeems Mills, as he conveyed it to Willem Tomassen. Pltfs. say, 
such cannot be proved. Robbert Willemsen exhibits a writing, whereby 
he will prove that the bark does not belong to Jeems Mills, but that he 
conveyed it to the deft. Tomassen; which writing being shewn to the 
pltfs. they say, it is an underhand letter and not executed before the Sec- 
retary or Notary; also there is no place stated, where it was written. 
Robbert Willemsen being asked, where the letter was written, answers he 
does not know. Further being told that is strange as he has himself 



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signed it as witness, he signed it at sea, on shipboard, but the letter had 
been previously written on shore by Mills himself. Jeems Mills appear- 
ing and being asked, where the letters were drawn up, answers, in the 
Virginias in the Bay. Further asked, if the same were signed immedi- 
ately by the witnesses ? Answers Yes. Then declares that the sale of the 
bark is executed before the Secretary and the letter is to serve provision- 
ally as proof, that the bark does not belong to him. Balthazar de Haart 
in quality as interpreter entering states in the name of the defts., that 
they undertake to prove, the writing and conveyance were executed 
before the Secretary in Virginia. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard parties' arguments, seen the writings, examined the case, order 
Robbert WiUemsen, as attorney of Willem Tomassen, to prove that Jeems 
Mills has neither part nor share in the bark in question, but has given 
them due conveyance thereof; declaring the attachment on the bark valid. 
Parties appearing and the judgment being read to them, the pltfs. re- 
quest, that the bark in question may lie at the defts. expence, as they 
have not been prepared with their proof, and that until they shall have 
furnished proof, that the said bark was conveyed to them in due form. 
Robbert WiUemsen, as attorney of Willem Tomassen, requests as well for 
himself as for the abovenamed Tomassen, that they may discharge their 
tobacco and loading from the bark, which the W: Court allowed, the 
goods of Jeems Mills excepted. 

Comelis Steenwyck appearing demands, that Jeems Mills' chest and 
goods be removed from the bark, named The Supply, and brought to this 
City Hall; further that the rudder and sail of said bark be taken ashore 
and kept in security together with copies of the produced papers. Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens grant Comelis Steenwycks request. 

Jacob Strycker and Jacob Kip, as Commissioners of the W. Court of 
this City, to take up the a/cs of the estate left by Sicx van der Stighelen 
and the papers thereunto belonging, represent that when they met yester- 
day for that purpose, they understood from the curators, that they claim 
their commission of five per cent to be from the whole estate as well from 
receipt! disbursements as from outstanding debts; and inasmuch as such 
they durst not admit without the knowledge and advice of the Court, they 
therefore request their opinion and advice. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having understood and considered the proposition, decree that the cura- 



362 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

ton shall derive full commission from the receipts and half from the oal- 
standing debts. 

Anneke La Chair requests by petition, as she cannot come to aay 
settlement of a/cs with Jacob Vis, that the W. Court will please to ^>- 
point two arbitrators, before whom Jacob Vis shall be ordered to appear 
at such time and place as the Commissioners shall appoint, to take up the 
a/cs with her, the petitioner, in presence of one from the Bench added 
to the arbitrators. Apostille: — ^Burgomasters and Schepens appoint as 
arbitrators Sieur Jacobus Backer, old Schepen of this City, and Sienr 
Joannes de Witt, who are authorized to take up the a/cs in presence of 
the H' Pieter van Couwenhoven and order Jacob Vis to appear with his 
papers and a/cs on such day and place as shall be fixed by arbitrators for 
the settlement of a/cs and claim, which he has with the petitioner, on pain 
of twenty five guilders for the first time and as much more for the second. 

Claartje Stein and Hendrick Hendricksen Obe appearing, Claartje 
requests, that she may attach the monies, which Jan Denman is ordered 
to bring in consignment to this City. Is asked, by what right she de- 
mands it ? Thereupon answers, that Jan Denman hath promised to pay 
Styntje Lauwerens, whose attorney she is. Hendrick Obe exhibits the 
a/c between him and Barent Cruytdop, at the foot of which his wife 
stated, that she requests, the same may be admitted and says, that Jan 
Denman has accepted to pay him for Cruytdop. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that Hendrick Hendricksen Obe may keep his money 
on the claim against Barent Cruytdop and obtain the balance, when the 
conveyance of the plantation shall be made. 

Stofifel van Laar's wife appearing exhibits the order and judgment of 
the Court dated 27^ May last against Eghbert Meindersen, saying she 
cannot obtain any money from Eghbert Meindersen and that he brings 
her back a new a/c of 5 gl. in beavers; requests to have the whole sum; 
if not let him give twelve guilders to the poor; I shall release him. The 
W. Court order her to summon him, that he may be heard with her. 

The President states, Joannes van der Meulen has complained to 
him, that Pietertje Jans, widow of Claas Jansen Ruyter, sorely upbraided 
him in front of Isaack Bedlo's house, after she knocked at his door and 
found him not at home; and that his son Marten hearing of it told him, 
that going by the door of Jan Dircksen Schilder (the painter), she came 



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out of the house and addressing him asked, Is your father at home ? with 
villainous words further bursting forth, and said — ^Ye despoilers, ye blood- 
suckers! and more such words — yc have not sold, but given away mine 
bouse — ^And as this is a thing, which cannot be tolerated, demands that 
the Officer be charged to seriously reprimand her and to enter such fine 
as shall be proposed by the Officer in the Courts name as defender of the 
law. Whereas thou Pietertje Jans hast presumed shamefully to attack 
honourable people with foul, villainous, injurious, Yea infamous words; 
also insulting, defaming, affronting and reproaching the W. Court of this 
City publicly on the Highway, to avenge the loss, which thou has caused 
thyself in regard that thy house and lot were sold by the Marshal on an 
execution in default of payment, and thou couldst not make up near half 
the price, which you offered and it cost, — which blasphemy insult, 
affront and reproach cannot be tolerated or suffered to be done to a 
private individual more especially to the Court aforesaid, but must in the 
highest degree be reprimanded and then to be particularly corrected 
and severely punished as criminal; Therefore, the Court hereby interdict 
and forbid you to indulge in any such blasphemies for the future or by 
neglect, the Judges shall hereafter provide for it. 

Allard Anthony produces on the last Court day some pikers and 
documents containing the judgment of the Rt. Hon^ Director General 
and Council of N. Netherland in the suit, which he as attorney of Daniel 
du Piere, has obtained in a case of appeal against Anthony Clasen More; 
and also among the rest acte of consent to receive the monies of said de 
More from the Vendue Master Comelis van Ruyven ; requesting also in 
like manner to lift from the hands of the Marshal the proceeds of the 
wines belonging to the abovementioned More and sold by auction the 23^ 
August 1659, for the sum of one hundred and sixty guilders in beavers. 
The petition being this day considered by the W Court they consent, that 
Allard Anthony may lift said proceeds under security de restituendo, on 
payment of costs accrued on the sale such as the Vendu Master's and 
Marshal's fees. Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland. Ady as above. 

The Secretary Joannes Nevius states, that the curators of the insol- 
vent estate of Tomas Jansen Mingael have requested him to propose to 
the W: Court, that they may receive the deed of the house and lot, which 
belonged to Jan Rutgersen Moreau sold by execution and bought thereat 



^ Court Vfinutes of N'ew Amstgrdam It«3 

\\j Tnm^kn JanM*n .ifon*auud, Bun^onuHttis and Srtirpmif anter die 
abov^mamert -^rrretarv Ntrdiw to wnxit x deed of die amieL 

Jons Oopzen' i vnft? 'mtering ^ays^ iie has o&red to Diick JameB die 
rohArr.A ;ntm for Riiert P<»ick to be handed to Dtick James, by onier o£ 
the .tfonr^Juiid R4iert for which :;he ^ouid have received her pof oa the 
9Md RrUrrt'^ <!' r; that he refused Co receive the aonie; r heiefm e reqoeiCi 
thftt ;he nuiy "udl it to ^et her debt from it. Burjyimasmiia aid Sciic^eas 
denr<ee that the coharxo he soid by the Marshal, and cfaac the pt nreeds 
he hroujiht in ronHii^ment of thi* City. 



TiKwday, i<S*^ June t66j. In the City HalL Pirig i n the 
^'xrrfT Tonneman, Olof :^teven9en van Cortiant, Jacob Strycker, Pteter 
van Owjwenhoven, Jan Vinge, Jacob fCip. 

r>flicer P^ieter Tonneman^ pltfL v/s Andxiea Rees, deft. PkL con- 
nluden in writing, whereas he with his Deputy went into deft/s boose on 
.Sunday last upon hearing noise and found there eight @ ten pqau o s 
playing at ninepins and two at backgammon and as many as fifteen % 
lUjLUea persons either bowling or drinking; in direct vidatioa of the 
ordinances and placards of the R5 Hon*^ Director Geaoal and CovBcfl 
of Mew Netherlands recently renewed by the Court of diis Gty firom tiie 
PnMic 9^Uiti<i cA thifi City Hall, that the deft, shall be condemned in a 
ftne of ninety guilders and forbidden to tap for a year and six weeks or to 
follow the huitiness of tapping; with costL Deft, admits having tapped 
on 5(t]nday; then ^ys, it was full two hours after the afternoon's preach- 
ing and he did no business during the week; also some conld not get an 
opportunity to go drinking during the week and that they took some balls 
in handy who would finish their game; maintaining as he had no custom 
through the week, especially from those, who had not an opportunity, he 
was at liberty to tap on Sunday after the preaching. The Officer replying 
persists in his conclusion, especially in the matter of plajring. The W: 
Court decree, as the deft, tapped two hours after the sermon, not to fine 
him; they dismiss therefore the Officers entered demand and conclusion 
taken herein. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Andries Joghimzen, deft. 
The Officer concludes in writing, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine 
of twenty five guilders for having sold drink by the pot, found to be too 



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small and brought away bj the Officer, defrauding the public and wrong- 
ing them intentionally; further and in addition, in a fine of fifty four 
guilders for having there found on Stmday, being the 17*^ instant, seven 
@ eight persons bowling and two others sitting ticktacking or playing 
backgammon, in direct violation of the frequently enacted placards and 
ordinances of the R' Hon^ Director General and Council of N: Nether* 
land and now recently renewed by the Court of this City from the Public 
Stand of this City Hall and moreover affixed and placarded; all with 
costs. Deft, says, he has not tapped with the pots seized nor made any 
use of them, admitting that he tapped, but that such was done after the 
preaching at the Bouwery was over. The Court condemn the deft, in a 
fine of ten guilders for having tapped with unstamped and under sized 
cans and decree, that no tavemkeeper can have in his house any other 
pots than those of full size and stamped; they dismiss the Heer Officer's 
further demand. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft. The 
Officer concludes, that the deft, shall be condemned in a fine of ten 
guilders for having tapped with unstamped cans wronging the Inspector 
Jan Jellisen, who is benefited by the stamp; further in a fine of twenty 
five guilders for having tapped his beer with the unstamped and under 
sized cans, wronging the commonalty; all with costs. Deft, says, he did 
not use the tin cans, as they had no cover. The W. Court decree, that 
no tavemkeeper can have any cans in his house, which are not gauged and 
stamped; condemn therefore the deft, in a penalty of ten guilders. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Lysbet Auckers,deft. The Offi- 
cer says, that deft, has presumed to sell and tap with unstamped whole and 
half mutsjes and with a beer can, found to be under size, thereby abusing 
and affronting Jan Jelissen and the bystanders, saying she will not let 
them stamp any more, than she pleases and also to be no more obliged to 
use, than what she daily makes use of; he, the Officer, concludes there- 
fore, that the deft, shall be condemned for her stiffneckedness, unmarked 
measures and under size can, in a fine of twenty five guilders with costs, 
on condition of allowing the unstamped cans, mutjes and half mutjes in 
her house to be marked, on a fine thereunto affixed. Deft, says the can 
belongs to Paulus Heimans and that he placed it in her house, and that 
she locked up the unstamped mutsjes, with which she has not tapped. 



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Bargomasters and Schepens order the deft, to prove that the seucd can 
belongs to Paulus Heimans and that she has no other than stamped meas- 
ures in her house or to make them unserviceable. 

The Officer Fieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Trjn Qaas, deft. The 
Officer persisting in his entered demand and conclusion against the deft 
on the last Court day, exhibits the weight, with which the deft, has 
weighed, saying that she had it stamped by the third or fourth hand. 
Deft, denies it and says she bought no butter for a long time, also bor- 
rowed the weight. The Court dismiss the Officer's suit. 

Balthaaar de Haart, pltf. v/s Ritzert Airy, deft. Deft. sick. Pltf. 
says, he has attached the bark belonging to Jan Ellis, of which the deft 
is skipper for and on a/c of a debt due him by Nataniel Bats to the sum 
of two hundred and twenty seven guilders according to obligation pay- 
able in beavers @ eight guilders each or in tobacco @ four stivers the 
pound, for which the abovenamed Ellis has become responsible according 
to the tenor of the aforesaid obligation and request^ that the attachment 
shall be declared valid. Burgomasters and Schepens declare the attach- 
ment valid. 

M' Holinghwoort, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Pltf., as attorney of 
Tomas Leuven, demands from the deft, thirteen pounds stg. and fifteen 
shillings according to obligation. Deft, admits the debt; then says, he is 
not sure, but it is paid inasmuch as he has given orders for the payment 
of all his debts at Boston, requesting to write there. Pltf. replying says, 
he spoke to the person to whom the deft, had given orders, who stated to 
him, that be had no property of Joris Dopzen in his hands. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order Joris Dopzen to satisfy and pay the pltf. in 
the quality, in which he acts, according to obligation, on condition that 
the pltf. shall enter sufficient bail, that the debt being paid at Boston shall 
be repaid here. 

Otte Gerrits, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen and Roelof Janxen van Mep- 
pelen, defts. Pltf. says, that the defts. have brought in two quarters of 
veal without a permit; demanding the same according to ordinances and 
a double fine in addition. Defts. admit having brought in the quarters; 
then say, that he informed Roeloff Jansen, deft, herein, of it, who also 
admits it. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laar, deft. Pltf. produces 



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ao a/c ag*st the deft. Deft, on the a/c of the pltf. being read to him, 
denies some items; produces an offset a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the matter in question to Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, old 
Schepen of this City and Bartholdus Maan to take up the a/cs of parties, 
to examine them, to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their 
award to the Court. 

Joris Dopzen, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaanzen, ship carpenter, deft. Defts. 
second default. Pltf. exhibits an assignment, drawn by Arien Symon on 
the deft, in favour of Claas van Elslant or bearer for the sum of twenty 
guilders, accepted by the deft. The W. Court order the deft, to deposit 
the money. 

Freryck Flipzen, pltf. v/s Comelis Aarzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Willem Tomzen delivers in Court a mortgage of the bark or sloop in 
question with Comelis Steenwyck and Jan Hackins, whereby Jeems Mills 
pledged the bark to Mf Lovingh, wishing thereby to prove, that Jeems 
Mills had no property in the bark. Comelis Steenwyck entering and 
having communication of the mortgage and having read it, says that the 
sale of the bark annuls the mortgage, especially as the time of payment of 
the debt, for which the bark is hypothecated, has not yet expired. Cor- 
nells Steenwyck, Jan Hackins, and Willem Tomzen entering request, that 
they may choose arbitrators on both sides to dispose of the case in ques- 
tioo in presence of the Burgomasters and Schepens. Burgomasters and 
Schepens grant the request. 

Resolveert Waldron and with him the Court Messenger Claas van 
Elslant the younger entering state, that the K* Hon^ General had de- 
manded of the Court Messenger Claas van Elslant, whether he had not 
charged him and Resolveert Waldron to warn the tavemkeepers and 
tapsters not to allow gaming on Sunday ? To which he answered, such 
may well be, but he had forgotten it, as he had many orders from his 
Honour; whereupon his Honour ordered them to notify the Burgomasters 
and Schepens to do justice to the defts. summoned by the Officer, also to 
condemn Wemaer Wessels in the fine, or that he should do so. 

Comelis Steenwyck appearing says, that he and Jan Hackins had 
caused Jeems Mills to be imprisoned for debt and demand that s^ Mills 
be ordered to chuse three men from the Virginias, also three men from 
New England, before whom he shall render due a/c and explanation of 



268 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

his estate and effects, which he may have and also where the same may 
be. Burgomasters and Schepens grant the request and order Jeems Mills 
to do and perform the same. 

Claas Gangelofzen Visser and Pieter Jacobzen Marius appearing 
state, that Mattheus de Vos notified them, he brought some money 
in consignment of this City belonging to the estate of Nicolaas Langevel- 
thuysen and not having done so, that he be ordered to do it. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree, as Mattheus de Vos has not brought any 
money in consignment, that he be ordered to do so. Mattheus de Vos is 
hereby ordered by the W. Court of this City to deposit with this City 
forthwith, such monies as remain with him accruing from the goods sold 
from the estate of Nicolaas Langevelthuyzen. 

Joannes van der Meulen appearing requests for his part, to be dis- 
charged from the curatorship of the estate left by Sicz van der Stighelen, 
saying he intends to go to Fort Orange, and that his associate herein 
Joannes de Wit claims, that the entire commission on the receipts of the 
estate belong to him and will wind up the case. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having further considered the matter, decree that the curators 
of the estate left by Six van der Stighelen may receive the full commis- 
sion, to wit five per cent from all, to wit from the good and just debts, 
for which obligation shall be exhibited. 

Marten Cregier entering states, whereas the R* Hon"^ Director 
General and Council of N. Netherland have favoured him with the 
Captian- Lieutenancy in the service of the Hon^* West India Company * 
he therefore comes to take his leave of the Bench of Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the City and at the same time to deliver to Burgomaster van 
Cortlant the City Seal and the Key of the Chest of Deposits. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman appeals to the Rt Hon*^ the Director 
General and Council of N. Netherland from the judgment proootmced 
between him and Andries Rees, also Andries Joghimsen by this W 
Court. 

Whereas the tapsters on their petition given in on 19 June last ob- 
tained from the Burgomasters and Schepens of this City, who by an 
Order allowed them to demand and receive fourteen stivers and no more 

* He was mppointed Commander of the Expeditioii against the Esopus Indians, is 
which war he senred with mncli credit and success. — O'C. 



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for one vaan (a pots) of beer, the Officer Pieter Tonneman is therefore 
requested and ordered to take strict attention to this and to impose a fine 
fixed thereon upon the tapsters, who take more than fourteen stivers for 
the vaan of beer. 

This day, 30^ June 1663, in presence of Pieter Tonneman, Olof 
Stevenzen van Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jan Vinge, and Jacob Kip, is pub- 
lished and read from the Public Stand of this City, after the customary ring- 
ing three times of the bell, a proclamation for a Day of Fasting and Prayer, 
enacted by the Hon*^ Director General and Council of N. Netherland. 

Tuesday, 3^ July 1663; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Pieter van 
Couwenhoven, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Daniel van Donck, pltf. v/s Dauid Joghimzen, deft. Pursuant to 
the order of the Court dated 19 June last deft, is asked if he has proof that 
the pltf. knew, the wines he bought from the pltf. concerned Tomas 
Jansen in company ? Answers, has no proof thereof, as no one had any 
knowledge of it. Pltf. says he, did not know, that Tomas Jansen had 
any part in the wines in question, as they had no conversation at the 
purchase. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties and exam- 
ined, what was material, decree by plurality of votes, that David Joghim- 
sen shall have to pay and satisfy the pltf. for the wines bought and sold, 
on condition of holding his guarantee against the estate left by Tomas 
Jansen Mingael dec^, as he did not advise the pltf. to enter the wine in 
both their names. 

Hendrick WiUemzen, baker, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Defts. 
3d default. Pltf. demands from deft., according to award of arbitrators, 
chosen mutually by them, the sum of one hundred and twenty five guilders 
half beavers, half seawant, whereupon he says he received eighty guilders 
in seawant. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, for con- 
tumacy to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, arrestant and pltf., Madaleen Spiers, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, sixty guilders eleven stivers. Deft, 
says she owes the pltf. no seawant but lime; and offered lime, which the 
pltf. will not receive, saying it is no good; and that she sold this to others 
and that he, pltf., has received from her full seven and twenty, offering to 



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proTCy that what she bought from him should be paid in lime. The W. 
Court order deft, to prove her assertion. 

The Seamen of the Sloop, the St^pfy^ pltfs., Willem Tomzen, deft. 
Pltfs. demand from deft, their earned monthly wages, saying that they 
were promised to return to the Virginias and that they remain lying here. 
Deft, says, he did not refuse to pay them. Pltfs. reply and say, that the 
tobacco is more valuable in the Virginias than here. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having heard parties refer the matter in question to Joannes van 
Brugh, old Schepen and now Orphan Master of this City, and to Jan 
Lauwerens, who are requested and authorized absolutely to settle the 
question regarding the difference of payment of the monthly wages, and 
to reconcile parties. 

Willem Tatel, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen van S! Obin, deft Phf. says, he 
left some goods in deft's yacht to be delivered to Hendrick Obe and en- 
quiring about them, he could not receive them. Jacob Kip arising and 
qualifying himself as attorney of the deft, says, that the goods w ere 
shipped not to be delivered, but to be traded for him and requests that 
the matter be finally arranged by arbitrators in presence of one of the 
bench. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Pieter 
Jacobsen Marius and Samuel Etsal to hear parties, to examine the case 
and investigate and decide the same, and if possible to reconcile parties, 
if not to report their decision to the Court. 

Dirck Janzen from Oldenburgh, pltf.. Deliverance Lamberton, deft 
Pltf. demands from deft, payment of two thousand guilders for a sloop 
sold to him, according to deed of sale executed before the Notary 
Walewyn van der Veen in date 5 Nov. 1662; and further, payment of 
three obligations remaining one with Burgomaster Cortlant, the other 
with Mr. Cousseau and the third with Mr. Joannes van Bnigfa; still more, 
sixteen pound sterling, for which he has been spoken to. Deft demands 
copy of the declaration. Pltf. consents thereunto at his cost. The W. 
Court order copy to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the next 
Court day. 

Mr. Comelis Steenwyck entering produces the award of arbitrators, 
written in English, in the case which he and Jan Hackins have against 
M! Willem Thompson and states, that the above named Thompsen had 
alleged on the last Court day, he had hired the sloop or bark of J< 



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Mills, also that the deed of mortgage is come from the hands of Jeems 
Mills, which is exhibited to the Court. Willem Thompson appearing 
with Mr. Steenwyck and Jan Hackins says, if Steenwyck or Jan Hackins 
can prove, that the deed of sale of the aforesaid bark was made within Sandy 
Hook, he will lose the bark, and he declares further, that the agreement was 
made in the Virginias, but where the deed of sale was written, he does 
not know, and that his chest was broken and that Jeems Mills has taken 
some goods and papers from it, among which papers was the mortgage, 
which he had returned him and in order not to be delayed any longer, 
offers to render himself bail and principal, that the sloop or bark in ques- 
tion shall be back here in one month, also that M? Loofflingh shall come 
here in that time, who shall defend the suit; which offer is accepted by 
parties and the Court order the bail bond to be drawn up for M' Thomp- 
son's signature. 

The curators of the estate left by Sicx van der Stighelen, pltfs. v/s 
The curators of the estate left by Andries van Buytenhuysen, defts. Pltfs. 
in their quality demand three hundred and eighty guilders, thirteen stivers 
and fourpence in beavers and also eighteen guilders in seawant. 

Defts. in their quality exhibit by book of Andries van Buytenhuyzen, 
that they have something against it and had so informed Joannes van der 
Meulen. Burgomasters and Schepens having examined the books and 
a/cs on both sides declare the same on both sides worthy of credit; de- 
cree therefore that parties on both sides shall account and settle with each 
other and whoever is found indebted, to pay or pass notes. 

The curators of the estate left by Sicx van der Stighelen, pltfs. v/s 
Schepen Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltfs. demand from deft, fifty 
two guilders ten stivers for three pieces of coarse woollen stuff, two of 
which were delivered him and one on his a/c to Willem Colder. 

The deft, admits the debt, requesting to retain his recourse against 
Willem Colder for the one. The W. Court decree that the deft, shall 
pay the fl. 52.10 to the curators or give a note for the same. 

This day have Pieter van Couwenhoven and Jan Cerrisen van Buy- 
tenhuysen in quality as curators of the estate left by Andries van Buyten- 
huysen given each a note to the curators of the estate of Sicx van der 
Stighelen. 

Freryck Flipzen entering requests acte of authority to the Marshal to 



272 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

sell the dwelling house, brewery, brew vat and brewing apparatus of Jacob 
van Couwenhoven, mortgaged to Pieter Rudolphus, dec' Burgomasters 
^nd Schepens order the Marshal to put these in execution. 

Freryck Flipzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Willem Cogel, pltf. v/s Tomas Wandel, deft. Deft, in default. 

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

Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuyzen entering requests, that Isaack Bedlo 
shall be ordered to render a/c with him in quality of curator of the estate 
of Andries van Buytenhuysen. 

The Marshal Mattheus de Vos entering deposits with this City eighty 
eight guilders twelve and a half stivers arising from the goods of Nicolaas 
Langevelthuyzen, and the account consists of the following items: 

One box of sewant of fl. 8. 8. 

One ditto 30. 2.8 

One ditto 30. 

One paper wherein is 20. 2. 



fl. 88.12.8 



Mattheus de Vos requests, that the judgment, against Walewyn van 
Veen, which he hypothecated on 27. January 1663 may be put in execution 
by the officer Pieter Tonneman, inasmuch as he cannot act therein being 
his own case. The W. Court order the Officer Pieter Tonneman to exe- 
cute these. 

M' Holinghwoordt requests, that the judgment, which he obtained on 
26 June 1663 against Joris Dopzen may be put in execution. The Mar- 
shal is ordered to execute these. 

Joris Dopzen demands execution of the judgment, of 26^ June ag'st 
Jan Ariaansen, ship carpenter. The Marshal is ordered to execute these. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgment, 
which he obtained on the 19 June, 1663, against Hendrick Janzen Smitt. 
The Marshal is ordered to execute these. 

Balthazar de Haart appearing declares, he enters himself bail as prin- 



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cipal for Jons Dopzen for sixty four guilders nine stivers dear profit 
arising from tobacco sold 5^ June 1663. 

Jacques Cousseau requests execution of the judgment, which he ob- 
tained 5 June 1663. against Walewyn van der Veen. Whereupon he is 
informed that the judgment is appealed from. 

Isaack Greveraat appearing demands, inasmuch as Christiaan Pieter- 
sen has not appeared according to promise of his wife on the Court day, 
that the attachment issued against his person be declared valid. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens declare the attachment valid. 

Tuesday, 3 July 1663; In the Afternoon; at the City Hall. Present 
the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Jacob 
Strycker, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Resolved, concluded and determined in Court, to invite, by the 
Court messenger in the name of Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens, 
for next Thursday at nine o'clock in the forenoon, the following persons 
to the City Hall, in the manner of a Common Council {VraetscAafi.) 
Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Allard Anthony, Joannes van Brugh, 
Joannes de Peister, Comelis Steenwyck, Hendrick Janzen van der Vin, 
Hendrick Kip the Elder, Govert Lookermans, Jacobus Backer, Tymotheus 
Gabry, Jeronimus Ebbinck, Isaack de Foreest, Isaack Greveraat, to lay 
before them the letter of the R! Hon^ Director General and Council of 
N. Netherland and to deliberate together and consider, whether 25 @ 30 
men could not be encouraged to serve in time of need as a reinforcement 
to this or other place requiring assistance, on receipt of five guilders per 
day for the expedition, and in addition the privilege and benefit of ex- 
emption from watch, chimney money and tenths for the term of six years; 
and to hear their advice thereupon. It is further deemed expedient by 
Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens, in consequence of the discharge of 
M5 Marten Cregier as Burgomaster he being appointed Captain Lieutenant 
in the Hon^* Company's service, and M! Pieter van Couwenhoven being 
also relieved from his office as Schepen, who this day communicated his 
resignation to the Court being received into the Hon^ Company's ser- 
vice,* that the two vacancies be filled. They therefore proceed to the 
nomination of successors as follows: — 



* As second in comnumd under Cregier in the Esopns Expedition. 
VOL, nr.— 18 



274 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

For Burgomaster Plurality of Votes. 

Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift III 3 

Comelis Steenwyck IIIII 5 

AUard Anthony I 

Jacob Strycker II 

Joannes van Brugh I 

For Schepen : — 

Jacobus Backer IIIII 5 

Stoffel Hooghlant IIIII 5 

Isaack de Foreest I 

Govert Loockermans I 

Honourable Valiant Lords, 

Whereas the H' Marten Cregier, Burgomaster, and the Heer Pieter 

van Couwenhoven, Schepen of this City, have entered into the service of 

the Hon^ Privileged West India Company in this country and it being 

therefore necessary to supply the vacancies again, Schout, Burgomasters 

and Schepens of this City therefore propose to you, R^ Hon^, by plurality 

of votes, a double number to wit. 

For Burgomaster: — 

Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, 

Comelis Steenwyck. 

For Schepen : — 

Jacobus Backer, 

Stoffel van Hoghlant. 

Requesting you, R^ Hon^, to elect from them such as you shall deem 

proper for the service of this City. Thus done in the Court of Schout, 

Burgomaster, and Schepens of the City of Amsterdam in N: Netherlands 

the 3? July 1663. The subscription was. 

By order of the same, J. Nevius, Secret^ 

To the R! Hon^* Director General and Councillors of N. Netherland. 

This day, the President Communicated to the Court the letter of the 

R! Hon^ Director General and Councillors of New Netherland, with the 

accompanying copy of the letter to the villages situate hereabout, and 

reads as follows: — 

Honourable, Beloved, Faithful! 

We have this day communicated to your Honors the accompanyiag 

copy of a letter sent to the villages hereabout and proposed to you and for 



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the advantage of the commonalty friendly requested you also to encourage 
some of the Burghery of this City to suffer themselves to be employed in 
so necessary and neighbourly a duty; not doubting either your willingness 
or inclination, these shall serve only to request you to deliver in by next 
Friday your answers by Commissioners along with others, and further ad- 
visory information as to what you may judge best and fittest, under the 
circumstances of the time for the greater security of the public interests 
of this City. Meanwhile we shall not fail to contribute whatever will lie 
in our power to the maintenance and defence as well of this City in par- 
ticular as of the country in general. — ^Whereunto relying, we shall, after 
cordial salutation, commend your Honors to God's care and protection, 
and remain. 

Under Stood, Your Honors' affectionate friends, The Director Gen- 
eral and Councillors of N. Netherland. Was signed, P. Stuyvesant. 
Lower Stood, By order of the Same, C. V. Ruyven, Sec7 On one side 
stood. Done Fort Amsterdam, in N. Netherland the 3. July 1663. 

The Copy of the letter to the villages reads as follows: — 
Honourable, Beloved, and Special — 

Though we hereabout were actually at peace with the Indians and for 
the present no appearance of danger was thought probable, this opinion 
was among others communicated on last Friday to your Honors, that no 
one could preserve peace any longer than his neighbour was willing, much 
less with savage and barbarous people, who are ruled and regulated neither 
by conscience, nor by policy nor laws. Therefore what our friends and 
countrymen in the Esopus so cruelly experienced, other villages may fear 
to occur on to-day or to-morrow; thereunto adding the necessity each 
one had of being on his guard, observing to travel and return by the roads 
in companies of 3. 4. @ 5 provided with suitable arms, in order to be pre- 
pared against any vagabonds, which we again recommend for your Honors 
special advantage and greater security. We also urged you, on account 
of the exigency, to enlist and keep ready in each village, each according 
to its size and circumstances, 8, 10 @ 12 of the fittest persons, to have and 
to keep, when circumstances required, a tolerable troop ready for the as- 
sistance and aid of one and the other village, which may want it. We 
shall not doubt but you will have given communication thereof, each in 
his village or place and hamlet, whereunto we also offered our aid and 



276 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1665 

duty. What has been done by the magistrates, each in his village, there- 
for; what number each according to his circumstances shall be willing 
and able to bring to so necessary and serviceable a work, you will please, 
according to agreement to communicate to your Delegates on next Friday; 
and further inform us through them, in the way of advice, what further 
may be required for the greater security both of the public weal of your 
village in particular, according to the exigencies of the times. We shall 
not fail to contribute what lies in our power for the maintenance and de- 
fence of your Honors in particular as well as of the country in general. 
Whereunto awaiting, we shall, after cordial salutation, commend your 
Honors to God's care and protection, and remain, 

Under Stood, Your Honors' affectionate Friend and Governor. On 
one side stood, Amsterdam, in N. Netherland this 2^ July, 1663. 

Thursday, 5 July, 1663; In the City Hall. Assembled the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jan 
Vinge, Jacob Elip, Jacques Cousseau ; and besides these all the old Burgo- 
masters and Schepens of the City. 

Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens, actually in office this day, as- 
sembled together with the old Burgomasters and Schepens of this City, 
provisionally resolved and concluded, at the request of the R! Hon^ 
Director General and Council of N. Netherland, to perform every duty, 
to enrol for the service of this City some people, as many as twenty @ five 
and twenty men, during these troubles or at most for one year to be em- 
ployed at and sent as a reinforcement to this or any place reduced to 
stress by the Indians; then whereas a considerable sum of money is 
requisite thereunto, and the City Treasury cannot supply so much to de- 
fray the same, it is therefore expedient to take up some money on interest 
from the commonalty on a/c of the City, which it will be impossible not 
only to get but also to discharge, unless the R^ Hon^ Director General 
and Councillors aforesaid shall please to benefit this City for ever with the 
income of the half weigh scales * and the Ferry to this side of the river. 
Done, Amsterdam in N: Netherland, ady as above. 

This day, the Court Messenger handed to the President of Burgo- 

^ I. e. Half the receipts of the wei^-honse, the City having been previovily granted 
one half, the goverament retaining the other.— >R. 



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masters and Schepens the election of succeeding Burgomaster and 
Schepen; reading as follows: — 

Extract from the Register of the Resolutions of the Hon^ Director 
General and Councillors of N. Netherland holden in their assembly on 
Thursday 5* July, A? 1663. The Director General and Council of New 
Netherland having considered and read the nomination made and 
delivered by the Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of the City of 
Amsterdam in N. Netherland, have, in place of the retiring, elected and 
confirmed from those nominated Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Burgo- 
master ; Jacobus Backer, Schepen. Done, Fortress Amsterdam in N. 
Netherland ady as above. Under Stood, agrees with aforesaid Register, 

Signed 

Comelis van Ruyven, Secre'^. 
Which aforesaid elected Burgomaster and Schepen are this day in- 
stalled by the Schout Burgomasters and Schepens, after the departure of 
the old Burgomasters and Schepens. 

The President communicates, that Comelis van Ge . . . [torn 
out] requests by petition two Commissioners to hear from persons on in- 
terrogatories under oath. To which request is apostilled : The Burgo- 
masters and Schepens commission hereunto Jan Vinge and Jacques 
Cousseau. 

The Court by plurality of votes appoints Burgomaster Paulus Leen- 
derzen van der Grift and Schepen Jacob Strycker to communicate 
to-morrow to the R^ Hon^ Director General and Councillors of N. 
Netherland the aforesaid resolution adopted this date by the ruling 
Burgomasters and Schepens together with the old. 

Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift and Jacob Strycker are appointed 
and authorized from the Board of Burgomasters and Schepens to com- 
municate the answer of Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of this City 
in office together with the old, to the R5 Hon*^ Director General and 
Councillors of New Netherland. Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland 
the 5*^ July 1663. By order of the Same 

Joannes Nevius, Secrety. 

[The upper third of the next leaf of the Original Record is here 
torn o£f.l 



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. . . The Heer Schepen Jacobus Backer rising offers himself as 
attorney for the pltf. exhibiting acU of attorney, demands in his behalf 
the benefit of the default and that the attachment be declared valid. 
Burgomasters and Schepens grant the benefit of the default and declare 
the attachment valid. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Burgomaster Paulus Leenderzen van 
der Grift, and Govert Loockermans as curators of the insolvent estate of 
Tomas Janzen Mingael dec^ defendants. Pltf. demands from defendants 
in quality as aforesaid twenty beavers by virtue of a mortgage pledged to 
him by Thomas Jansen Mingael. Defts. answer, they hold the mortgage 
for the benefit of Tomas Jansen and as he gave it in pledge to the pltf. 
they claim preference. The W. Court having debated and weighed the 
case, decree that the pltf. cannot enjoy any preference, but must come in 
concurrence with other creditors. 

Joannes van Brugh, pltf. v/s Jan Janzen de Jongh, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from the deft, payment of an obligation for the sum of one hundred 
and seventy guilders in beavers and five hundred guilders in seawant; 
requests prompt payment. Deft, admits the debt. The W. Court con- 
demn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. according to the tenour of the 
obligation. 

[Another hiatus here, the original being destroyed.] 
. . . only owes three hundred and fifty seven guilders, as he brings 
into a/c an item of forty guilders for an extraordinary Court day and 
three guilders for half weigh money, and thirty guilders for purchase of 
a negro. Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that the difference in a/c 
shall be in his favour, if the deft, can prove the fairness of the a/c. 

Dirck Jansen from Oldenburgh, arrestant and pltf.. Deliverance Lam- 
berton, arrested and deft. Pursuant to the order of the last Court day, 
the deft, gives for answer, that the deed of sale between him and pltf. was 
mzde pro fortnd^ because the bark and goods should pass in his name so 
as not to be seized or made a prize of, and that the pltf. pleaded a con- 
tract in the Virginias and here now a deed of sale. Pltf. demands proof 
thereof, requesting that the arrest be declared valid and that deft, shall 
enter bail for his person or be imprisoned. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order deft, to answer in writing the demand, which the pltf. entered 
against him on the last Court day and declare the arrest valid* 



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Balthazar de Haart, arrestant and pltf. v/s Nicolaas Boot, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, ninety one guilders two stivers in 
tobacco. Deft, admits the debt; then says, that he brought the pltf. with 
his sloop and people to Jeemston, demanding remuneration therefor. 
Pltf. says, that the boat was in Samuel Etsal's employ and he requested 
him to bring it up. The W. Court order deft, to pay the pltf., deducting 
what may be justly due him. 

[Here occurs another break, the original being torn off.] 
. . . effectual payment, or that deft, shall enter two sufficient securi- 
ties that the demanded sum shall be promptly paid in beavers as aforesaid 
within three weeks this inclusive, with condemnation in the costs incurred 
or to be incurred. The deft, admits the debt; then says he cannot make 
payment according to the tenour of the obligation; offering some goods 
in payment according to appraisal of the Court or arbitrators. The W. 
Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. and decree that the 
imprisonment shall meanwhile stand good. 

Samuel Etsal and M' Goor, pltfs. v/s Dirck Jansen from Oldenburgh, 
deft. Pltfs. say, that their bark or boat was seized in the Virginias and 
made prize of through the false information of the deft., which could not 
have otherwise happened. They demand therefore their damages from 
him. Deft, demands copy of the suit and proof of the false information, 
and that Samuel Etsal shall be ordered to prosecute the whole suit. 
Burgomasters and Schepens grant the deft, copy of the demand to answer 
thereunto at the next Court day. 

Freryck Flipzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen, baker, deft. Defts. 2^ 
default. Pltf. demands from deft, two hundred and forty eight guilders 
eight stivers in sewant for grain and other goods received from him. 
The W. Court order the deft, to deposit the moneys with this City. 

[Here is another hiatus in consequence of the destruction of one third 
of the page.] 

Joghim Beekman [deft.]. [Pltf. demands from deft.] sixty seven 
guilders in beavers [according to] obligation. Deft, says, he has nothing 
to object; requests six Q seven weeks time and has given silver ware in 
pledge. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. within six 
weeks according to obligation. 



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Jacob Janzen, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Boot, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, two months and seventeen days wages @ thirty four shillings per 
month. Deft, says, he does not owe it, as he left his boat without leave. 
Pltf. says, he dismissed him from his boat. Deft, says, he removed him 
from one vessel to the other and kept him employed. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that the deft, shall pay for cause the pltf. the half 
months wages earned. 

Hans Stein, arrestant and pltf. v/s Daniel Britton, arrested and deft. 
Pltfs. wife appearing demands from deft, twenty eight guilders seven 
stivers, which he accepted to pay for Jan Jacobsen. Deft, denies it, de- 
manding proof. Pltf. says, she cannot prove it, as there was not any 
person present. Burgomasters and Schepens dismiss the pltfs. suit and 
discharge the deft, from arrest. 

Eghbert Meinderzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Madaleen Spiers, arrested 
and deft. Pursuant to the order of the last Court day deft, produces 
proof, that she bought the pork from the pltf. to be paid for with lime. 
Pltf. admits having said, the lime was as good as money. Burgomasters 
and Schepens decree that the pltf. must be satisfied with the payment in 
lime; therefore discharge the deft, from the arrest. 

Freryck Flipzen, pltf. v/s Foppe Janzen Outhout, deft. Plft. de- 
mands from deft, fifteen beavers for a hogshead of wine and half a beaver 
freight. Deft, says, he owes only one hundred and fifty guilders in sewant, 
as he conditioned to pay the beavers in seawant at ten guilders per beaver. 

The W Court order the pltf. to prove, that he sold the hhd. of wine 
for beavers without any condition in seawant and in default thereof to 
receive the hundred and fifty guilders seawant in payment. 

Jan Janzen de Jongh, pltf. v/s Tymotheus Gabry, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Pietertje Jans, pltf. v/s Maritje Hendricks, deft. Deft, in default. 

Hendrick Arensen Spaniard, pltf. v/s Jacob Janzen Plodder, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Huybert Hendrickzen's wife appearing says, she hath attached the 
monies of Francois de Bruyn in the hands of Nicolaas Boot by virtue of a 
judgment obtained against him 24^ April; requesting that the attachment 
be declared valid, and that execution issue on the judgment against de 
Bruyn. 



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The W. Court declare the attachment valid and the Marshal is 
ordered to put these in execution. 

The officer demands immediate execution of the judgment dated 26 
June 1663 against M: Tades. The Marshal is ordered to execute these 
forthwith. 

Freryck Gysbersen appearing exhibits two judgments, which he has 
against Jacobus Vis and requests, that the Marshal be ordered to seize 
one of his houses to sell it by execution. The Court order the Marshal 
to advise Jacobus Vis in writing to settle within four weeks from date or 
that otherwise he shall proceed by execution. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius entering demands execution of the judgment, 
which he has obtained against Hendrick Jansen Smitt, dated 29 August 
A? 1662. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

Pieter Jacobzen Marius and Claas Bordingh, as curators of the estate 
left by Anna Comelis ded, request by petition permission to take the 
monies brought in deposit with this City, arising from the sale of goods 
belonging to Comelis Langevelthuyzen, as they must have money for land 
and houses from the aforesaid estate. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
petitioners in their quality to show to the Court of this City the justice of 
the claim, they have against the estate of Nicolaas Velthuyzen. 

Mattheus de Vos requests by petition, that the Officer may be ordered 
to put in execution the judgment he has obtained on 27? January 1663 
against Walew3rn van der Veen. 

ORDER. 

On the petition of Mattheus de Vos, Marshal, the officer Pieter Ton- 
neman is required and ordered to put in execution the judgment which 
the abovenamed de Vos has against Walewyn van der Veen. 

Thursday, 12 July 1663; In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Olof 
Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Whereas the curators of the estate left by Sicx van der Stighelen do 
not know, whether they can be discharged from the said estate, as they 
have not received any obligation from Nicolaas Verlett; communicating 
the same to the Court to hear their advice thereupon, Burgomasters and 



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Schepens decree, that such can be no impediment to them and they can 
notwithstanding be discharged therefrom. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven appearing, [says] that the Marshal has been 
with him in Freryck Flipzen's name to seize his brew kettle and brewing 
apparatus pledged to Freryck Flipzen to sell them by execution: Is 
ordered to speak to Freryck Flipzen. 

Jurrien Blanck appearing, Schepen Jacob Strycker requests, that the 
abovenamed Jurrien shall say (as he was present at Eghbert Meindersen 
house, when Eghbert fulminated against the judgment and abused him, 
Strycker), who more were present, when Eghbert so proceeded. Jurrien 
thereupon answers, no one except M' Luyck, offering if necessary and 
required to confirm it by oath; saying further, that be retired with the 
Englishman, when the sharp words were uttered. Eghbert Meindersen 
appearing says he is wronged by the judgment pronounced between him 
and Madaleen Spiers, inasmuch as no one was present at the purchase of 
the pork except his wife and Madaleen Spiers and says, he happened to 
scold because Mr. Strycker let his water run over his lot. The abusive 
words being read to Eghbert, he says he does not know that he uttered 
them, and if it were so, it must have been through the drink. 

Friday, 13 July 1663: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter 
Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Jacob Strycker, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

Deliverance Lamberton, pltf. v/s Dirck Janzen from Oldenburgh, 
deft. Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the matter in ques- 
tion, which parties have against each other concerning certain a/c, also 
certain contract and sale of a bark, the Hope^ belonging to Dirck Jansen 
from Oldenburgh, which Deliverance Lamberton guaranteed to exempt 
from seizure or capture, or should such occur to oblige himself to pay for 
the same the sum of two thousand guilders; Dirck Jansen from Olden- 
burgh, pltf. herein, concludes, that Deliverance Lamberton, as he was 
the occasion of the bark being captured, shall be condemned to satisfy 
and pay him the aforesaid sum according to the tenor of the deed of sale; 
against which the deft. Deliverance Lamberton says, he was not the oc- 
casion, but that the pltf. informed several in the Virginias, that the bark 
and goods belonged to him and he had no hand or part therein ; concludes 



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therefore that the suit shall be dismissed and the pltf . condemned in the 
costs. Burgomasters and Schepens having pondered over and weighed 
every thing decree and order Dirck Jansen from Oldenburgh to prove 
within the space of nine consecutive months, that the aforesaid Lamberton 
caused the said bark to be seized and captured; and parties on both sides 
are ordered to give security for the judgment and to give besides that 
their bond; as regards the matter of a/c Burgomasters and Schepens 
appoint as arbitrators to take up the a/cs of parties on both sides, Comelis 
Steenwyck and Tymotheus Gabry, old Schepens of this City, and as um- 
pire Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, also old Schepen of this City, author- 
izing and qualifying them hereby to examine the a/cs and debate and 
decide them; to endeavor if possible to reconcile parties, if not to report 
their award to the Court, the arrest remaining meanwhile valid until they 
shall have satisfied each other in the matter of the a/c. 

On the petition of Jan Bally presented to the Court, 'tis ruled — ^The 
petitioner may summon his party, provided he furnish him with a copy of 
the petition. 

On the judgment, which Joannes van Brugh has against Jan Jansen 
de Jongh, 'tis ordered by Burgomast' Paulus Leendertsen van der Grift; — 
The Marshal is ordered to execute these — Done, Amsterdam in N. Nether- 
land, the 18. July, 1663. 

Extraordinary Meeting holden on Monday 6^ August 1663. In the City 
Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, 
Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Jan Bally, pltf., in a case of assault, v/s Dirck Jansen van Deventer, 
deft, in si case. Pltf. concludes for reparation of character against the in- 
juries done him by the deft., for that the deft, struck him on the nose and 
mouth, so that the blood followed; also his dog fell on his body, bit him 
and tore his breeches, which proceeded from him taking up a cock be- 
longing to his companion, and demands that the injuries shall be repaired 
honorably and profitably. Deft, produces his answer in writing, wherein 
he states, that the pltf. struck him on the breast with his rattan or stick, 
which he had in his hand, whereupon blows followed; saying he had no 
dog, nor had he any for a long time and that it was his cock, which he 
took up; and as he was imprisoned through the pltfs. foul accusation, also 



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that the pltf . abused him for a Dutch pock face, he demands that the pltf . 
shall be condemned for the injuries done him, in a fine of one thousand 
guilders ; that the pltf 's unjust demand be dismissed and he condemned 
in costs and satisfaction for his cock. Burgomasters and Schepens hav- 
ing considered parties written demand and answer and heard also their 
verbal arguments on both sides, decree and adjudge as parties on both 
sides produce no proof of their statements and cannot bring in any, as in 
the commencement of the quarrel they were alone together and each offers 
to affirm his statement by oath, that parties shall shake hands and no 
more trouble each other on this account; then whereas Dirck Jansen van 
Deventer acknowledges to have struck his party under this pretext, that 
he must defend himself, Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that he shall 
pay the costs of this extraordinary Court, saving the action of the Officer. 

Extraordinary Meeting holden on Wednesday 8*!* Aug? 1663. In the 
City Hall. Present the Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Jacob Strycker, Jacob Backer, 
Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Jan Jansen de Jongh, pltf. v/s Tymotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft., as Vendu Master, two hundred and thirty seven guil- 
ders twelve stivers in beavers arising from goods, which he, the deft, sold 
for him by public auction, the time for paying which has expired fully 
eight weeks. Deft, says that four and twenty guilders in beavers and 
about one hundred guilders in duties shall be credited to him in the a/c, 
so that there will be still due the pltf. of the sum demanded about one 
hundred and thirteen guilders, which he promises to pay this week. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties condemn the deft., as 
Vendu Master, to satisfy and pay the pltf. for the goods sold, without 
delay; as the time of payment has expired fully eight weeks and the pltf. 
is about to depart for Fatherland; and further in the costs of suit. 

Eghbert Meinderzen's wife appearing prosecutes an attachment issued 
against Eghbert Beninck. 

Maria Verlett, appearing assisted by her brother Nicolaes Verlett and 
Jan Jansen de Jongh produces an obligation, by virtue of which she de- 
mands from Jan Jansen de Jongh one hundred and eighty eight guilders 
ten stivers in beavers, to which Jan Jansen answers, that something has 



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been paid thereon ; and he has also given her deceased husband a pro- 
curation and besides that an a/c to collect from Samuel Smitt in the Vir- 
ginias the sum of seven and fifty guilders five stivers and in addition five 
hundred pounds of tobacco, from which he should receive his pay ; and 
whereas the aforesaid procuration or a/c has not been returned to him in 
season and the aforesaid Smitt has died, whereby he finds himself deprived 
of his debt, he claims that the aforesaid Maria Verlett is chargeable with 
the fifty seven guilders five stivers, also the five hundred pounds of to- 
bacco. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties decree, that Jan 
Jansen de Jongh shall have to pay Maria Verlett the hundred and eighty 
eight guilders ten stivers according to obligation deducting, what has been 
paid, and that Maria Verlett shall be bound to return to Jan Jansen the 
aforesaid procuration and a/c. 

Tuesday 21!* Aug'st 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderzen van 
der Grift, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

The R' Hon^ Direct^ Gen' Petrus Stuyvesant in quality of att'y of 
Tys Tysen van der Eyck, pltf., Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, deft. The 
pltf. demands in that quality fulfilment and payment of seven hundred 
and six guilders sixteen and one half stivers according to produced a/c 
for and because of fifty five pieces of blankets @ ten and a half guilders 
the piece; also one hundred and three and a half ells of linen @ at twenty 
five stivers the ell; with interest. Deft, says, he has nothing to object to 
the a/c; requests that he may be allowed in a/c what the Company owes 
him; also what he has paid the Hon^ Company for duties on the goods 
here and the freight on the ship. The pltf. replying declares, he will 
receive in payment what the Hon^.* Company owes the deft., concluding 
the defts. claim of deduction of the duties and freight says, in case such 
shall take place, that then he must render due a/c and specification to 
whom and how much the goods are sold for, which the deft, declares im- 
possible since he sold to farmers and others, whereof he hath kept no a/c. 
Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties on both sides, condemn 
the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. in his quality the sum demanded and 
that whatever is due him by the Company shall be allowed him in the a/c. 



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The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Gerrit Fullewcver, deft. 
The pltf. concludes, that the deft, shall be condemned in a fine of one 
hundred guilders for having struck one Stoffel Mighielsen on the breast, 
by which he fell back and was seriously injured; with costs saving the 
action, which the abovenamed Stoffel Mighielsen may claim against him 
for surgeons fees, pain, smart etc. Deft, denies having done so and says 
he did not attack him. Burgomasters and Schepens dismiss the officers 
suit as he has not and cannot bring any ifurther proof. 

The Officer Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Anna Herms, deft. Pltf. 
concludes that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of one hundred guilders 
for and because she used force and violence towards Cors Jansen's wife 
and struck her. Deft, denies it, producing a declaration to that effect. 
The W. Court order the Officer to produce further proof against the next 
Court day. 

Symon Jansen Romein, pltf. v/s Frans Barenzen Pastoor, deft. 
Pltf. as att'y of Pieter Lucassen, demands payment of the rent according 
to lease, as the deft, reclaimed the rent of the house, in which he resides. 
Deft, says, he is not bound for the rent, as the conditions of the lease are 
not fulfilled by the lessor and that the attachment issued against the goods 
must be declared invalid being illegal; requesting that two arbitrators be 
appointed to inspect the matter. Burgomasters and Schepens appoint 
thereunto Allard Anthony, old Burgomaster, and Goovert Loockermans, 
old Schepen of this City, to take up the matter in question to hear parties 
debates examine them and reconcile them if possible; if not to report 
their award to the Court; the attachment remaining meanwhile valid until 
parties shall have come to an agreement. 

Joannes de Peister, pltf. v/s Symon Janzen Romein, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands of the deft, in his quality of attorney of the general creditors of 
Pieter Jacobs Buys, the quantity of four beavers for shoes. Deft, says, 
that Arent van Corlaar had the shoes; he must therefore get the pay from 
him. Pltf. says, that Corlaar told him, that he paid the beavers to Buys. 
Deft, says, he cannot find anything about it in Buys' book. The W: 
Court decree, if the pltf. can prove by Arent van Corlaar, that he paid 
Pieter Jacobs Buys the beavers for the shoes, that the deft in his 
quality as aforesaid shall satisfy and pay the pltf. the demanded four 
beavers. 



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Jan Janzen de Jongh, pltf., Maria Verlett, deft. Pltf. demands, that 
deft, shall return him the obligation, which she had from him as the 
same is paid, according to writing exhibited. Deft, says the obligation is 
in truth paid but not the interest according to obligation. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having read and considered the obligation find, that the in- 
terest runs only from the day the debt must be paid, until the time the 
payment is made according to obligation, and not from the day of the 
pajrment of the obligation; which being calculated amounts to the sum of 
eight guilders in beavers, which Jan Jansen is ordered to satisfy and pay 
to Maria Verlett when the said Maria Verlett shall be bound to hand the 
obligation to Jan Jansen de Jongh. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrizen van Buytenhuyze, deft. Pltf. 
demands sixty guilders seven stivers from the deft, in his quality as attor- 
ney of the estate left by Andries van Buytenhuyse. Deft, says, he has 
nothing to object; promises to pay as soon as he shall have settled with 
Isaack Bedloo. The W: Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Comelis van Gesel, deft. Pltf. demands, 
that deft, be attached, until he shall have satisfied and paid him one 
beaver or two ducats for a measuring rod, as was stipulated and in addi- 
tion two guilders for a can of wine, with the costs accrued thereon. Deft, 
admits having received the measuring rod, but made no promise to give a 
beaver for it; says also there was nothing said about ducats. Pltf. says, 
the deft, took the rod away on these conditions, offering to affirm it by 
oath. The W. Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. one beaver for the 
measuring rod; also two guilders in seawant for the can of wine. 

Comelis Vermeulen, pltf. v/s Abraham Sluyter, deft. Deft, in default. 

Freryck Gysberzen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Frangois de Bruyn, ar- 
rested and deft. Deft, in default. The attachment is declared valid. 

Joannes de Peister, pltf. v/s Joannes van der Meulen, deft. Pltf. 
claims preference on the goods of Pietertje Jans, widow of Claas Jans 
Ruyter, and Hermen Doussen by virtue of a judgment of the W: Court 
dated 7 Septemb' 1660. Deft, claims preference on the same goods by 
virtue of a mortgage, dated 27*!" March 1662, on the house and lot stand- 
ing and situate on the Beavers Path* North of the Wind Mill, instead and 
with the same force as the mortgage given to him by the abovenamed 

* Now Morris Street. 



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Pietertje Jans and Hermen Doussen on the iS*!* June 1660, on the house 
and lot belonging to them standing and situate in Pearl street. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having considered the mortgage as well as the 
judgment produced by parties and having weighed and reflected on every 
thing, decree that the deft, has preference before the pltf., because the 
mortgage dated 27*^ March 1662 was passed by Pietertje Jans and Hermen 
Doussen instead of that of 10 June 1660; also that the judgment produced 
by the pltf. was not prosecuted to the last execution, until 31. May A"^ 
1663, and he cannot consequently receive any preference. 

Lambert Huyberzen Mol, pltf. v/s Lauwerens Lauwerensen van 
Vleckersen, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, ninety five @ six Fort Orange 
inch plank, sixteen feet long. Deft, admits the debt, but says he cannot 
deliver them, as they are not sawed and durst not saw through fear of the 
Indians. The W. Court order the deft? to satisfy and pay the pltf. within 
three weeks time. 

James Dauidts, pltf. v/s Adraen Vincent, deft. Pltf. demands that 
deft, shall lay a new gutter. Deft, says, that pltf. broke the gutter. 
Burgomasters promise to inspect the matter. 

Freryck Gysbersen, pltf. v/s Carel van Brugge, deft. Deft, tn 
default. 

Maria Burgers, pltf. v/s Alexander Stultke, deft. Both in default 
Engeltje Mans, pltf. v/s Alexander Stultke, deft. Both in default. 
Alexander Stultke, pltf. v/s Jan Lauwerens, deft. Both in default 
Jan Lauwerens, pltf. v/s Maria Burgers, deft Both in default 
M' Risdem, pltf. v/s Ritzert Scheeper, deft Pltf. complains, that 
the deft, makes nothing but difficulty and trouble for and because of his 
monthly wages, which he offers to pay according to settlement of a/c; 
demanding that the deft, shall be punished for the opposition and threats 
offered him and ordered on certain pain not to return again on board; 
presenting certain affidavits of the trouble given by the deft. Deft says 
it is not true. The Officer adjoining himself to the pltf. concludes for a 
fine on deft, of fifty guilders for having struck his skipper on his own 
vessel. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties as well as the 
witnesses order the pltf. to pay the deft, according to settlement of a/c; 
they condemn the deft, for having struck his skipper, the pltf. herein, to 
go into close confinement and further in the fine of thirty guilders 



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the costs and mises of justice; and that the deft, shall remain so long in 
prison, until he shall have paid the same; and further not to go any more 
on board the pltf. 

Sybout Clazen, pltf. v/s Abraham Pieterzen, miller, and Jan Hen- 
drickzen van Bommel, defts. Pltf. demands from deft. Abraham Pieter- 
sen, miller, payment of three hundred and seventy five guilders, on which 
he has received from Jan Hendricksen van Bommel an obligation for the 
sum of three hundred and fifty guilders, of which he demands payment. 
Deft. Abraham Pietersen, miller, admits the debt and promises to pay the 
twenty five guilders. Deft. Jan Hendricks van Bommel says, he cannot 
agree to pay before and until he obtain conveyance of the mill. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard parties order Jan Hendrickzen van 
Bommel to pay the three hundred and fifty and Abraham Pietersen, mil- 
ler, the twenty five guilders, to Sybout Clazen. 

Jan Janzen de Jongh demands execution of the judgment, which he 
obtained on 8^ August last against Tymotheus Gabry, for the cost of the 
extraordinary Court. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

Freryck Gysbersen appearing demands, that the Marshal may levy 
execution on one of Jacob Vis' houses, inasmuch as Jacob Vis does not 
settle on the notice of Marshal or the Officer in his name. Burgomasters 
and Schepens decree, that another letter shall be sent to Fort Orange to 
Commissary Joannes de la Montague to notify the aforesaid Jacobus Vis 
by the Court Messenger and to communicate the return to this Court. 

Tuesday, 28^ August 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortiant, Paulus Leenderz: van der 
Grift, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Burgomaster Paulus Leenderzen 
van der Grift and Govert Loockermans, as curators of the insolvent 
estate left by Tomas Janzen Mingael, defts. Pltf. produces a judgment 
against Tomas Jansen Mingael, dec"?, dated 6^ December 1661, obtained 
from this W. Court, purporting to pay him the sum of two hundred and 
eighty eight guilders twelve stivers in seawant and nine beavers; demand- 
ing preference by virtue thereof in the goods left behind. The defts. 
answer, that the claim cannot be preferred, as the judgment is over a year. 
The Court postponed the case, until the next Court day. 

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Maria Verlett, pltf. v/s Isaack de Foreest, deft. Pltf. demands, that 
deft, shall explain, why he has attached her property in Jacob Kip's 
hands. Deft says, he has explained the reasons; produces an a/c 
against her for rent and goods, which her deceased husband owed him, 
amounting to the sum of five hundred and sixty five guilders nine stivers 
sewant, upon which is paid ninety four pounds of hops. Pltf. produces 
an a/c contradicting defts. a/c in some items. The Worsh: Court refer 
the matter in question to Isaack Greveraat, old Schepen of this City, and 
Isaac Bedloo to take up parties a/cs against each other, to argue and de- 
cide the same; to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their award 
to the Court. 

Mighiel Tades, pltf. v/s Isaack Greveraat, deft. Pltf. exhibits two 
extracts from the minutes of this Court, requesting that the deft, shall be 
ordered to obey them; demanding the costs. Deft, proves by writing, 
that he is in no way unwilling to do so. The Court conmiission in the 
case, which parties have against each other, Sibrant Jans Galma and 
Adolf Pietersen to inspect the matter in presence of Schepen Jacobus 
Backer, to hear and examine parties and reconcile them if possible; if 
not to report their award to the Court. 

Jan Bally and Raimond Staaplefort, pltfs. v/s Lambert Huybertzen 
Mol and Hendrick Lambertsen Mol, defts. Pltfs. demand, that defts. shall 
be ordered to complete the work on their vessel without loss of time and 
complain, that they have not remained on it and have consumed much 
time through neglect. Defts. say, they remained as sedulous at their 
work, as at other work and have not wasted as much as the defts. [pltfs?] 
say. Burgomasters and Schepens order the deft, to proceed without de- 
lay with the work accordingto contract, which they promise to do in pltfs. 
presence. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Freryck Arensen, deft. Pltf. produces 
a judgment against the deft, demanding fulfillment thereof with costs. 
Deft's wife entering says, the pay is ready. Pltf. says, the beavers are 
not good. The W. Court order the deft, to pay the pltf. according to 
judgment; also to pay the costs incurred herein to the sum of four guil- 
ders thirteen stivers. 

Hendrick Willem, baker, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen Smitt, deft« 
Pltf. demands, that the deft, shall be ordered to make good the damage 



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inflicted through his not draining the water over his own ground, as he 
has been ordered to do under a fine of fifty guilders, saying the water runs 
into his cellar and in the last hard rain stood in his cellar over four feet 
and a half. Deft says, he has no drain. Pltf. replies, that Nicolaes 
the Cartman offered the deft to lay a drain to conduct the water into the 
street through his cellar. The officer demands the fine of fifty guilders 
from the deft., to which he became subject for neglect to drain ofif his 
water. The W: Court decided, that the case should be inspected. 

S]rmon Janzen, pltf. v/s Jan Teunizen, deft, and Willem Steenhaal- 
der and his wife, witnesses. Pltf. says he purchased a house from the 
deft., which he went back of; demanding delivery. Deft, says in answer, 
he sold the house at fourteen days option. Pltf. replies, he did not agree 
about any option, but that they spoke of remaining fourteen da3rs in the 
house. Willem de Steenhaalder as witness declares, that Jan Teunizen, 
the deft., said, he should retain the house fourteen days, but heard of no 
option. Pltf. says, he can prove by Jacques Cousseau's son in law, that 
he was at defts. to buy the house and received for answer from defts wife, 
that he came too late, that the house was sold to Simon Jansen; also there 
was another, who asked her to let him put com in the house, as they were 
leaving it; who was answered he must ask Symon Jansen, as he had 
bought it; saying further, if the deft, can prove, that he sold him the 
house on fourteen days' option, he will give it up. The W. Court order 
the pltf. to prove his assertion. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Maria Verlet, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Deft, in default. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Both 
in default. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Hilletje Teunis, deft. Deft, in default 

William iEst, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Hendrick Janzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Eghbert Benick, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Isaack Bedloo appearing requests, that some one may be appointed 
besides Jan Gerrisen van Buytenhuysen to examine the a/cs of his admin- 
istration as curator with the aforesaid Jan Gerrisen over the estate left by 



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Aodries Tan Bojtcnhiijzcn dec^^ as Jan Getiism Tan Bojtenhvjzen docs 
noc imdenund a/cs. Burgamasiea and Schcpens cooimisioo hoai thdr 
Board Jacob K^ and Jacqoci CouKan, m wiiose prcKnce Isaack Bedlcw 
fhaH hare to accoant, the coirectness of wiucli die Cnmmmi oners shall 
hare to certify, discharging the aforesaid Isaack Bedloo from his curator- 
ship. 

Gjsbeit Op Djck ^ypeais in Court prodncing a judgment dated 13 
Karch 1663 obtained against Paolos Heimans with execution granted 
thereon; demanding accordingly payment porsoant to die tenor thereof. 
The Court decreed, that the Marshal should levy execution. 

Jan Bally demands execmdon of the judgment dated d^ August last, 
obtained against Dirck Jans Smitt. The Court ordered these to be exe- 
cuted. Arent Janzen Moesman appearing presents the following peddon, 
exhibiting two powers of attorney; one from Melchior Cromhuyzen and 
the other from Sara Jacquet, both executed before the Notary Jacob 
Hellerus, dated 10^ April r663, and with that a bottomry bond in his 
favour executed by Sicx van der Sd^elen — the peddon reads as follow: — 

To the Worshiped Heeren Burgomasters — and Schepens of the City 
of Amsterdam in New Netherland. 
Right Worship? Heeren, 

Arent Jansen Moesman, merchant here, respectfully represents to 
your Wors! that he, the peddon', having power from Sieur Melchior 
Cromhuyzen and Sara Jacquet, both executed before the Notary Jacob 
Hellerus and witnesses, dated 10^ April, 1663 hereunto annexed, to col- 
lect, take and receive here the property, peltries, cash and outstanding 
debts together with all papers, left and vacated by the death of Sicx van 
der Stighelen, to prosecute and realize the same for the advantage of those 
interested and of him, the petidoner, as far as he has a claim on said 
effects, according to the demonstradon of the annexed papers, as his good 
judgment shall determine; and as he, the petidon', understands, that it 
remains with your Worships, he respectfully requests, that such may be 
allowed, in order that the peltries, which are subject to the moth and 
other damages, may no longer remain lying to the prejudice of the credi* 
tors, but that they be sent to Holland to such person as the pedtioner has 
confidence in, who shall act with them as is proper for the advantage of 
those interested; he, the petitioner, offering also to give security, that if 



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there be any more, who have claims against the aforesaid property, they 
shall receive their due pro rata with others and that the one shall not lose 
more than the other thereby. Awaiting your Worships favourable dis- 
position herein, I remain — Understood 

Your Worships' humble Servant, signed 

Arent Janzen Moesman. 
Copy. Fiat. Done Amsterdam in N. Netherland 28 August 1663. 
Understood — By order of the Worshipful Heeren Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the City aforesaid. Was signed Joannes Nevius. Secref^. 

Tuesday, 4 Septemb' 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderzen van 
der Grift, Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Burgomaster Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, pltf., Hendrick Janzen, 
baker, deft. Pltf. demands from the deft, twenty five beavers, due over- 
long. Deft, admits the debt saying, he cannot pay at present. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Frans Barenzen Pastoor, pltf. v/s Skipper Pieter Lucasen, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. demands to be released from the attachment 
placed on his goods by the deft*s attorney and that the attachment be de- 
clared invalid; producing further the opinion rendered by the arbitrators 
appointed in date 28^ August last to inspect the matter. Burgomasters 
and Schepens having read and considered the award of the arbitrators 
in the case between the pltf. and deft., and that neither the deft, nor any 
person for him has appeared on the summons, discharge the goods from 
the attachment, which has been levied on it by the deft's attorney. 

Eghbert Meindersen, pltf. v/s Eghbert Benninck, deft. Pltf's wife 
appearing demands from the deft, sixty four guilders thirteen stivers in 
beavers for three months and seven days board Q 2^ beavers per month 
according to a/c. Deft, admits the debt, requesting that he might pay in 
seawant, saying that he has an ofifset demand against the pltf. for twenty 
one guilders six stivers in seawant. The W. Court order the deft, to 
satisfy and pay the pltf. according to a/c, when the pltf. is ordered also to 
pay, on the other hand, the one and twenty guilders six stivers. 

Thomas Willet, pltf. v/s Reinier Rycken, deft. Plft. as attorney for 
several at Boston exhibits a bill of lading and a/c for goods shipped with 



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one Abraham Crombey; and whereas the aforesaid Cromby has not 
fied the bill and left a quantity of tobacco with Daniel ran Donck or tiie 
defendant, his attorney, he requests, that deft, shall be ordered to satisfy 
and pay him in his aforesaid quality, according to the purport of the 
afores*! a/c, the sum of seventy one pounds ten shillings sterling in silver 
pay and in addition two beavers on his own a/c. Deft, admits, that a 
considerable amount in tobacco remains with him in the aforesaid quality 
on ace! of Abraham Cromby, offering payment. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that the pltf. shall receive his pay from Cromby*s to- 
bacco, in the defts. hands on condition of first giving sufficient security for 
the correctness of the debt to the satisfaction of the court of this City; 
and as the payment must be made in silver money and the deft, has noth- 
ing on hand, but tobacco, Isaack Bedloo, Hendrick Hendricks: Obe and 
Joris Wolsy are hereby appointed by the Burgomasters and Schepens to 
reduce the same and determine the difference of a/cs; and on receipt of 
payment the pltf. is ordered to give the deft, a discharge in due form for 
the payment. 

William i£st, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen, baker, deft. Jurrien Blank 
as attorney of William i£st demands from deft, the sum of five hundred 
and sixty guilders twelve stivers according to obligation. Deft, says, as 
he could not get any beavers to pay with, he stated the circumstance to 
William i£st, and requested him to sell his grain to others and that it was 
merchantable grain; but he would not do so, saying he would have his 
pay from him. The W. Court order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Reinier Rycken, deft. Pltf. as attorney 
of Robbert Lovelant, demands from deft as attorney of Daniel van Donck, 
sixty one pounds five shillings sterling and that from the effects belonging 
to one Abraham Cromby remaining with deft., because the aforesaid 
Cromby shipped some goods of the aforesaid Lovelant, consigned to one 
Jeems Rogers, of which goods he got no return and sajrs, he has attached 
the aforesaid goods. Deft, says, that there is a considerable amount in 
tobacco remaining in his hands on a/c of Abraham Cromby; also offers 
to pay. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to satisfy and pay the 
pltf. in his quality the sum demanded on condition, that the pltf. shall 
first be bound to give security to the satisfaction of the Court of this City 
for the fairness of the debt, after which payment the pltf. is ordered to 



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give the deft, a discharge in due form; and the attachment remains so 
long valid. 

Bartholdus Maan, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Pltf. 
demands, that deft, shall be ordered to pay him twenty five beavers in 
diminution of his arrears according to judgment which he has against the 
deft, in order to send it by the ship to Holland, offering to wait for the 
remainder of the pay till next year. Deft, says, he cannot promise that; 
offering to pay in tobacco. Burgomasters and Schepens persist in their 
rendered judgment. 

Maria Verlet, widow of Paulus Shriek, pltf., Wamaar Wessels, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, pursuant to obligation dated 23I 7^ x^SPi twelve 
beavers and in addition thereunto also twenty beavers. Deft, admits the 
debt, undertakes to pay the same; produces an offset a/c for the sum of 
five and twenty guilders, nineteen stivers. Pltf. claims, that the fl. 25: 
19 was written off her husband's book; sajring she will look to it. Deft, 
exhibits a draft on the pltfs. deceased father, maintaining as she is coheir 
with her brothers and sisters, the same must be paid by her. The W. 
Court order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. deducting what is honestly 
due him. 

Symon Janzen Asdalen, pltf. v/s Jan Teunizen, carpenter, deft. 
Pursuant to the order dated 28^ August last, the pltf. produces a declara- 
tion of two persons, whereby he proves, that he absolutely purchased the 
house in question from the deft. The declaration being read to the deft., 
he persists in his answer. Pltf. repl3ring says, to tender deft, the oath or 
to swear himself, that the sale was not optional. Whereupon the deft, 
says, he will not take any oath, and will not convey the house to the pltf., 
unless he confirm his statement by oath. Pltf. undertakes to confirm it 
on oath and did so accordingly at the hands of the Officer. Burgomasters 
and Schepens therefore decree, that the pltf. shall enter into the property 
and possession of the aforesaid house and lot, as his own. 

Dirck Jansen from Oldenburgh, pltf. v/s Francois Rumbout, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, thirty six guilders in tobacco for freight. Deft, 
says, he has paid the freight to Deliverance Lamberton. Pltf. says, 
Lamberton has nothing to do with the freight and that he forbade the 
deft, to pay the freight to him. Deft, says, he sought to act correctly, as 
he will not pay the freight twice and gave a receipt to said Lamberton. 



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The W. Court order deft, to give security, until the arrival of Deliverance 
Lamberton, that he has paid the demanded freight to said Lamberton. 

Maria Verlett, widow of Paulns Shriek, appearing states, that the 
arbitrators in the case in question between her and Isaack de Foreest had 
met and considered the matter, but could not come to a determination, 
since an assignment, which her deceased husband gave Isaack de Foreest 
on Andries de Haas and which the latter accepted, has not been paid and 
as she could not obtain any writing from the arbitrators of their award, 
she wishes to inform the W. Court thereof. The W. Court decree, that 
Isaack de Foreest shall be summoned by her. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Schepen Jacques Cousseau demands execution of the judgment, 
which he obtained against Walewyn van der Veen dated 5 June last. The 
Marshall is ordered to execute these. Simon Janzen Romein and Nico- 
laes Boot appearing, Symon Jansen is informed of the contents of the 
petition presented by Nicolaas Boot, requesting therein postponement of 
the execution, which he has obtained against him. Whereunto S3rmon 
Jansen answers, he cannot do so, because Freryck Flipzen retains his 
money, which is due him herein and that the execution must therefore 
proceed. Whereupon Nicolaas Boot replies, if such must be done he 
requests, that the monies be brought in consignment to this City Hall and 
remain there until advices shall be received of the matter. Burgomasters 
and Schepens decree, that the execution shall be proceeded with. 

Symon Janzen Romein returning says, that the action of preference 
be disposed of, which he has against the curators of the insolvent estate 
of Tomas Jansen Mingael. Whereupon Burgomaster Paulus Leendersen 
van der Grift demands eight days delay, which were granted to his 
Worship. 

Mattheus de Vos demands, that the moveable property of Walewyn 
van der Veen may be sold by execution publicly in payment of his claim 
against said van der Veen with costs, pursuant to the judgment, which he 
de Vos obtained against the aforesaid Van der Veen dated 27 January 
1663. Which was disposed of by the Court as follows: — On Mattheus de 
Vos' request, Officer Pieter Tonneman is hereby required and ordered 
by the W. Court of this City to proceed with the execution against the 



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goods of Walewyn van der Veen for the payment of his due, pursuant to 
the judgment, which the aforesaid de Vos has obtained against the above- 
named van der Veen, dated 27 Jan' 1663. and levy the same. 

Tuesday, ix. Sept' 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderzen van 
der Grift, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

Pieter Lucasen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Frans Barenzen Pastoor, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. concludes, that that two men shall de novo be 
ordered and authorized not only to make ocular inspection by what 
neglect the pltf. has failed to perform the contract, whereby the deft, 
claims to have suffered damage, and to revise and resume together the 
defts. a/c in presence of one of the Schepens, and if possible to endeavor 
to reconcile and make an arrangement between him and his party; other- 
wise to report their award to the Court and that meanwhile the attach- 
ment against the defts. persons and goods may stand good, until the case 
in question herein be disposed of definitively unto payment inclusive; 
with costs. The deft, produces the award of the arbitrators authorized 
by the Worsh: Court in date 21? August last and their rendered opinion; 
also two declarations adhering to the lease. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the matter in question again to Govert Loockermans, old Schepen 
of this City, and Hans Stein, to take up the case in the presence of 
Schepen Jacob Strycker, to hear parties on both sides, to examine the 
case and reconcile parties if possible; if not to report their award to the 
Court, the arrest remaining meanwhile so long valid. 

Wynant Pietersen, pltf. v/s Tomas Lambersen, deft. Pltf. says, that 
he undertook with Evert Dircksen van As to build a fence for the deft, 
and has also erected it, wherefor he has been mostly paid and that he ap- 
plied to the deft, for the balance, who gave him for answer that he has 
nothing to do with him, but with Evert Dircksen, as having contracted 
with him. Deft, answering said, that he must come with Evert Dircksen 
to settle. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties order pltf. to 
come to a settlement with the deft, along with Evert Dircksen or to bring 
Evert Dircksen's order; after which deft, is ordered after settlement to 
satisfy and pay pltf. his part. 



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Nkolaas Veilett, arrestant and pltf . v/s Meest^ Kervel, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, payment of twenty one thousand two ban* 
dred and sixty five pounds of tobacco, according to obligation, dated 17 
January z66o, to be delivered here free of costs and charges. Deft, admits 
the debt and requests, that pltf. may receive the payment in N: England; 
in as much as after the drawing of the obligation, it was ordered by the 
King of Great Britain, that tobacco coming from Virginia should not be 
laden in any other, than the English bottoms. Pltf. repljring demands that 
payment shall be made here according to the tenor of the obligation, as 
it is not convenient for him to receive payment in New England. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order deft, to enter bail within the time of four 
and twenty hours, that he shall make payment of the tobacco to the pltf. 
within fourteen days according to obligation — ^the attachment remaining 
meanwhile valid. 

Comelis Janxen Clopper, pltf. v/s Hendiick van de Water, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, six and a half beavers for iron work which he 
agreed with deft, to make and he accepted to pay; saying that he, pltf.» 
has nothing to do with any body else or to look for payment except from 
him. Deft, says, as that concerns him and four others and he is no longer 
their treasurer, he cannot pay, but that the same remains ready. The W. 
Court order the deft, to pay pltf. according to promise. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Teunis Tomaxen Quick, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft by balance still ninety two guilders eight pennies according to 
a/c. Deft, denies owing so much, saying, if he rendered her a fair a/c, 
she should be in his debt. The W Court refer the matter in question to 
Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, old Schepen of this City, and Hans Steyn, 
to take up parties a/cs; to hear them and examine their a/cs and recon* 
cile parties if possible; if not to render a report of their action to the 
Court. 

W. Tomas Willet appearing produces pursuant to the judgment of 
this W: Court dated 4^ instant the reduction of the tobacco allowed him 
from Reinier Rycken in quality in which he acts receivable at the value 
of silver money reduced by the Commissaries appointed by the Court of 
this City on the date aforesaid; demanding approval thereof, and that he 
may be allowed to collect and receive payment. Burgomasters and 
Schepens having seen and read the reduction approve the same and de- 



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cree, whereas there is no other person, who has shewn any action or claim 
to the estate and effects left by Abraham Cromby except the pltf. and 
UM^Wm^m- de Hant; diat diey together shaU take unto them die aforesaid 
goods and eflfects, to take their payment from the same each according to 
his proportion, on condition of giving security satisfactory to the Court 
for the correctness of their debt and executing for the payment a receipt 
in due form. 

Schepen Jan Vinge and Pieter Stoutenburgh, as guardians and cura- 
tors of the estate of Raaghel van Tienhoven, dec^, pltfs., Joannes Nevius, 
deft. Pltfs. demand in their quality from deft, in his capacity as Vendu 
Master payment of the sold goods. Deft, says, divers debts are still out 
and he shall do his utmost to collect and receive them. The W: Court 
condemn the deft, in his quality as Vendu Master to satisfy and pay the 
pltfs. in the quality, in which they act. 

Joannes Nevius, pltf. v/s Tymotheus Gabry, deft. Pltf. as Vendu 
Master demands from deft, payment of the sum of five hundred and fifty 
guilders eighteen stivers in seawant, and again three hundred and sixty 
one guilders fifteen stivers in beavers for goods bought by deft, at auc- 
tion; further twenty seven guilders five stivers also in beavers, which he 
accepted to pay for Abraham Lucena. Deft, admits the debt; requests 
in writing, that it may be good against the Company and if the estate be 
not indebted to the Company, the same will be promptly paid by the 
Company. Pltf. replying demands payment and that deft, shall be con- 
denmed to satisfy and pay him the sum demanded on pain of immediate 
execution according to the conditions of the sale, saying the curators will 
not have any thing to do with any transfers. Burgomasters and Schepens 
condemn the deft, prompdy to satisfy and pay the demanded sum and 
admitted debt. 

Burgomasters and Schepens have considered the case in question, 
which Symon Jansen Romein, pltf. in case of preference, has entered in 
date 21. August last against Burgomaster Paulus Leendersen van der 
Grift and Govert Loockermans, as curators of the insolvent estate of 
Tomas Jansen Mingael, decl, defts. in said case: After hearing of 
parties herein and pondering and weighing everything that is material, 
they decree and adjudge, that the pltf. by virtue of right acquired to the 
estate left by Tomas Jansen Mingael by delivery of judgment dated 6 



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Decemb' x66i is entitled to preference: Therefore order the curators, 
defts. herein, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the demanded sum mentioned in 
the aforesaid sentence. 

Gysbert Op Dyck appearing produces the judgment, which he ob- 
tained in date the 13^ May against Paulus Heimans, and the return of 
the Messenger and Marshal thereunto requesting that he may receive his 
debt with the costs. The W. Court order and require the Officer to lend 
a helping hand to the Marshal in levying the execution, which Gysbert 
OpDyck has obtained against Paulus Heimans in date 28 August last. 

Nicolaas Boot and Simon Janzen Romein appearing, Nicolaas Boot 
requests, that he may be granted an apostille on his presented petition. 
The purport of the petition being read to Simon Janzen Romein, he per- 
sists in his answer, rendered on the last Court day, and cannot determine 
on the deferring of execution. Whereupon Nicolaas Boot requests, that 
the monies proceeding from the house and lot to be sold may be brought 
in consignment of this City. The W. Court decree, that the house and 
lot of Nicolaes Boot (sold) to Pieter Jacobs Buys, of whose creditors 
Symon Jansen Romein is attorney, shall be sold by execution by the 
Marshal, the monies proceeding thereform be brought in consignment to 
this City not to be taken, unless under bail de restittundo should such 
hereafter be found proper. 

Eghbert Meinderzen demands execution of the judgment, which he 
obtained on 4'^ Sept^ 1663 against Egbert Beninck. Bailiff is ordered to 
put these in execution. 

Sybout Clazen also demands execution of the judgment, which he 
obtained on 21 August last on and against Jan Hendricksen van Bommel 
and Abraham Pietersen, the miller. The pltf. is ordered to put these in 
execution. 

Maria Verlett, widow of Paulus Schrick, pltf. v/s Isaack de Foreest, 
deft., in the matter of an assignment, which Paulus Schrick has entered in 
defts. a/c, assigning him to Andries de Haas to receive from him the con- 
tents thereof. Whereupon deft, says he has not received any payment 
from Andries de Haas on a/c of the assignment: also he has accepted the 
assignment in payment for so much, which has not been paid. Parties 
arguing their cause, on both sides before the Court, are finally through 
the intervention of Burgomasters and Schepens agreed together in this 



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wise, that the assignment shall run on both their risks and the proceeds 
thereof shall go in payment as far as they accrue, and of what remains 
due Isaack de Foreest undertakes to pay the half, the other half remain- 
ing to the pltfs. a/c. 

Saturday 1$^ Sept? 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendersen van 
der Grift, Jan Vinge. 

Whereas the Board is not complete, nothing was done in the cases 
brought up. This day the following letter is sent to the Board by the R^ 
Hon^ Director General and Council of N. Netherland. 
Honorable Beloved Faithful. 

Whereas we have found by experience that the Placards enacted for 
the observance of the Sabbath conformably to the law of God and our 
good intention are not observed nor obeyed, but that they are miscon- 
strued by some, as if the previously enacted Placards only included the 
maintenance of the half Sabbath; we have to remedy this misconstruc- 
tion, reconsidered and enlarged said Placards as you will be able to per- 
ceive by the enclosed. In order that no one should plead ignorance, 
your Honours are hereby recommended to cause them to be published 
and affixed to the usual place: Whereunto confiding we shall, after 
cordial salutation commend your Honours to God's protection and re- 
main, — ^Under Stood, Honourable, beloved, faithful Your affectionate 
friends the Council of N. Netherland. Lower Stood By order of the 
same. Signed C. V. Ruyven Sec^ At the side Stood, Done Fort 
Amsterdam in N: Netheland the 15^ 7b' 1663. 

Whereas Director General and Council of N. Netherland experience 
and perceive, that their previously enacted order and placards for the ob- 
servance of the Sabbath conformable to God's law and their good inten- 
tion are not observed nor obeyed, but are by some misinterpreted and 
misconstrued, as if the previously enacted placards referred to and 
applied to the maintaining and solemnizing only half the Sabbath, 
Director General and Council hereby reconsidering, renewing and en- 
larging their previously enacted Placards, order and command, that not 
only a part, but the whole Sabbath shall be observed. Wherefore each 
and every one is hereby warned, that pending the Sabbath, from the rising 



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to the setting of the sun no customary labour shall be perfonned much 
less any clubs kept; in like manner the si Director General and Council 
also forbid on the Sabbath all unusual exercises, such as games, boat, 
cart or wagon racing, fishing, fowling, running, sailing, nutting or picking 
strawberries, trafficking with Indians or any like things, and amongst 
others all dissolute and licentious plays, riots, calling children out to the 
streets and highways, under the forfeiture of the upper garment {Ait 
OppercUei) or six guilders, — according to the rule of the courts — for the 
first offence, double for the second, and for the third time exemplary 
corporal punishment; Thus done in Fort Amsterdam in N. Netherland 
the 10'!' Septemb' A* 1663. Under Stood — ^By order of the R! Hon*?* 
Director General and Council of N. Netherland, Signed C. V. Ruyven, 
Secrety. 

Tuesday, 18 Septembr 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderssen van 
der Grift, Jacob Strycker, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Councillor Johan de Decker, pltf., Lauwerens de Sille, deft. Pltf. 
says, he sold to an English woman and delivered one hundred and seven 
and twenty guilders worth of nails payable in seawant and that Headrick 
vander Walle decl promised to pay the debt; wherefore he spoke to 
the deft, in the case several times as attorney for the said goods, who 
it appears could not affect the payment in the time: concludes therefore, 
as he is on the eve of departing and the beaver trade is near, for payment 
in beaver, the beaver reckoned at twenty guilders in sewant. DefL 
admits the debt; offering to pay interest for the loss of time and to pay in 
seawant — claims to be not bound to beaver pay. Burgomasters and 
Schepens condemn deft, to pay pltf., the sum demanded in sewant with 
interest for loss of time according to offer. 

Pieter Lucasen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Frans Barenxen Pastoor, 
arrested and deft. Whereas the case in question, which parties have 
against each other, was referred on the last Court day to Govert Loocker- 
mans, old Schepen of this City, and Hans Stein, to take it up in ^ 
presence of Schepen Jacob Strycker, and Govert Loockermans is gone 
from home. Burgomasters and Schepens do appoint in his place Adolf 
Pietersen, to take up the suit, which parties have against each other, in 



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presence of Paiilus Leendersen vander Grift, Burgomaster, and Jacob 
Strycker, Schepen of this City; to mzkt ocular inspection and to hear 
parties debate the case; to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report 
their award to the Court. 

Jan Jansen van Schorel, pltf. v/s Guiliam d'Honneur, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, the value in goods of two hundred and eighty six 
pounds tobacco. Deft, admits the debt; says he offered payment. Pltf. 
replying says, he is content to be paid in linen or other goods. The W. 
Court order deft, to pay pltf. in goods at tobacco price. 

Samuel Edsal, arrestant and pltf. y/s Jan Dendly, arrested and deft. 
Plft. says, that Comelis Steenwyck ordered him in writing to obtain from 
the deft, and receive nine thousand pounds of tobacco due him according 
to obligation, and twelve hogsheads ditto shipped to him from Nicolaes 
Dauits. Deft, admits the debt; also that the twelve hogsheads are 
shipped to him by Nicolaas Dauits; but says he must first go to N: Eng- 
land pursuant to the Kings order to discharge the tobacco on English 
territory. Pltf. replies, he cannot understand, that the tobacco should 
go to N. England to incur more risk and charges. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. in the quality, in which 
he acts, within fourteen days time, the demanded nine thousand pounds 
of tobacco, also to pay the twelve hogsheads shipped him from Nicolaas 
Dauits — and therefore to enter sufficient security within four and twenty 
hours for the payment, the arrest remaining so long valid. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Aaght Jans, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, a hundred and forty five guilders in sewant for a cow. Deft, admitting 
the debt says he is unable to pay. Pltf. says he is willing to wait, if he 
get security. The W. Court order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Raimond Staaplefort, pltf. v/s Lambert Huybertsen Mol and Hen- 
drick Lambersen Mol, defts. Pltf. says, he summoned the defts, that 
they may remain at the work agreed with him and demands, that they be 
so ordered. Defts. say, they have not left the work, except when it was 
bad weather; and believe to have done so about eight or ten days; 
promising to incur a fine of twenty five guilders for each day lost, halves 
and quarters in proportion. The W. Court order defts. to remain at the 
undertaken work and not to leave it on a penalty according to their own 
offer. 



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Anneke La Chair, pltf. v/s Frans Janzen van Hooghten, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, forty four guilders heavy money. Deft, admits the 
debt saying, if the pltf. had drawn her a/c of costs in the suit with Wol- 
fert Gerrisen, she would have had her pay. The W. Court order deft, to 
satisfy and pay pltf. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf., Merritje Joris, wife of Nicolaas 
Boot, deft. The pltf. concludes for a fine of one hundred guilders 
Holland cur^ of her goods and two years banishment, because she created 
a noise both in the street and in the house, broke the windows and made 
a riot. Deft, denies, what is laid to her charge, then admits that she 
broke the glass saying that her husband shoved her out of doors, at which 
she was so vexed, that she acted so. 

Freryck Gysberzen vanden Bergh, pltf., Carel van Brugge, deft. 
Defts 2*? default. Pltf. demands from deft, forty nine guilders two and a 
half stivers for consumed drink. The W. Court order deft, to bring the 
monies into consignment of this City. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Teunis Tomazen Quick, deft. Pltf. produces 
the award of arbitrators appointed by the Court of this City on the last 
Court days, and with it her book, demanding again from the deft. pa]rment 
of fl. 92 : 8 according to a/c. Deft, denies it to be his mark, which the 
pltf. says, he made in her book; saying that the pltf. would owe him 
money if she gave him a fair a/c. Pltf. says, her son signed with the 
deft. The W. Court postponed the case to the next Court day, when pltf s. 
son must also appear. 

Nicolaes Boot, pltf. v/s Merritje Joris, his wife, deft. Pltf. demands 
separation from his wife, because of her ill behaviour; communicating 
the same in writing and detailing it at length. The deft, says, that what 
the pltf. relates is not all true. Pltf. undertakes to prove some points. 
The W. Court having heard parties find no sufficient reasons to separate 
parties from each other, but order them to live together in peace. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Dirck Smit, deft. Deft, io 
default. 

Burgomaster Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, pltf. Jan Hendrickzea 
Steelman, deft. Deft, in default. 

Isaack Bedlo, pltf. v/s Tomas Wandel, deft. Deft, in defaut. 

Tomas Wandel, pltf. v/s Joris Juwel, deft. Both in default. 



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Fnmcois Rombout, pltf . v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

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

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh and wife request by petition 
letters requisitory, whereby Jacob Vis shall be notified to come from Fort 
Orange and pay them; or otherwise that his house shall be sold by exe- 
cution. 

This day, i8^ Septemb' of this year 1663, appears before me, Joannes 
NeviuSy Secretary, Johan de Decker, Councillor in Council of N. Nether- 
land, stating, that he appeals to the R5 Hon^ Director General and 
Council of New Netherland from the judgment, pronounced by Burgo- 
masters and Schepens of this City between his Honour and Lauwerens de 
Sflle in quality as agent for the goods left by Hendrick van der Walle. 
Copy. 

Honourable Valiant Heeren, 

Whereas you have been pleased to demand of us in writing advice 
and information of what we know of the matter and circumstances of the 
person of Cristina Steentjes as regards her condition, as she requested 
from your Honors letters of assignment; these serve, that we know noth- 
ing that should prevent her obtaining such and advise that she should get 
them in order not to be molested by her creditors. Herewith Honour- 
able Valiant, we commend you to the Almighty and Remain — Under- 
stood, Your Honours' obedient Servants, Schout, Burgomasters and 
Schepens of the City Amsterdam in N. Netherland. Lower Stood. By 
order of the same signed Joannes Nevius Secretary,— On one side stood 
— Done, Amsterdam in N. Netherland the 21? 7^ 1663. 

COPY. REQUISITION ON THE COURT OF BEVERWYCK. 

Hon^ Wise, Prudent Heeren, 
Whereas Jacob Vis is within your Hon? jurisdiction and Freryck 
Gysbertsen van de Bergh and his wife have as far as they proceeded 
gained a right to be paid or in default thereof, that his personal goods be 
sold by execution, whereof he has been informed in writing by the Officer 
Pieter Tonneman in the Marshal's name, (pursuant to order of this Court) 
he being then sick; no notice whereof has as yet been taken by the above- 
named Vis as it appears, as he has not sent any answer thereto; and as 

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the abovenamed Freryck Gysbertsen and his wife cannot any longer be 
kept out of theirs, they request for this purpose from us requisition, which 
we cannot refuse. We therefore request your Honours in a friendly man- 
ner to notify through the Court Messenger the abovenamed Vis, that within 
the space of fourteen days from date, he shall transport himself from Fort 
Orange to this place and pay his debt to the abovenamed Freryck Gysbert- 
sen and his wife or in default thereof his house here shall be seized and 
sold by execution, to get his arrears therefrom, which doing we shall hold 
ourselves ready to reciprocate, being requested. Herein awaiting by the 
first and earliest conveyance, the return of the Court Messenger to the 
notice. And remain — Understood — ^Your affectionate friends Schout, 
Burgomasters and Schepens of the City Amsterdam in N. Netherland — 
Lower Stood — By Order of the same and signed Joannes Nevius, Secrety 
At the side Stood — Done Amsterdam in New Netherland the 21? 7b- 
1663. 

At the request of the Officer Pieter Tonneman and Claas Bordingh 
as agent of the widow of Adriaen Blommaert dec'' the Burgomasters of 
this City appointed and authorized the Schepen Jacob Strycker and Jacob 
Kip to take up the a/c, which Walewyn van der Veen brings against the 
aforesaid widow, to correct the same if necessary and decide it, and if 
possible to reconcile parties — If not to report their award to the Court. 
Done Amsterdam in N: Netherland the 22"! 7^ 1663. 

Tuesday 25. Septemb' 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendersen van 
der Grift, Jacob Strycker, Jan Vinge. 

Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf. v/s Jan S]|rmonsen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, according to obligation six beavers for goods belonging to him 
pltf., which the deft, has received with contentment from one Aaltje 
Sy brants; and consequently obliged himself to pay him, the pltf. Deft, 
admits having signed the obligation; then says, he has not received any 
goods and signed the note to lend and advance her six beavers. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens condemn deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the six 
beavers, as he has bound himself thereto by obligation. 

Jan Blacklets, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft Pltf. exhibits an obliga- 
tion passed by the deft., then says, he demands from him no more than 



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forty nine pounds sterling for horses delivered and that the deft, did not 
receive other goods, from which the obligation arises. Deft, says, he 
entered with the pltf. into an agreement and contract (producing the 
same) for goods, which the pltf. agreed to send him to the sum of one 
hundred and twenty six pounds sterling, which goods the pltf. did not 
deliver to him, and he should have had great profit from them. Pltf. re- 
plying says, he should have sent him the goods, but was prevented from 
doing it by higher hand. Deft, rejoining says, he suffered great damage 
thereby, demanding indemnification therefor. Pltf. answering thereunto 
says, his interest suffered as much in not receiving his payment for the 
horses as the deft, can pretend damage for non delivery of the goods. 
Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Nicolaas 
Verlett, Isaack Bedloo and Joris Wolsy to hear parties on both sides, and 
Co examine them; to decide the case and reconcile parties if possible; if 
not to render a report of their action to the Court. 

Hester Douzen, pltf., Dirck Clazen Pottebacker, deft. Pltf. says she 
sold goods to deft's wife for the value of three beavers in peltries con- 
sisting of whole, half and laps of beavers, and in addition one beaver, and 
for a crown at the Bay; also twelve cans of wine for two hundred and fifty 
pieces of toys ; and that she should deliver by the first sloop for each beaver 
down, fourteen pieces of crockery, whereof she received twenty one; also 
the toys; demanding the remaining pay with costs. Deft says, he knows 
nothing better, than that all is paid and sent pltf. by Hans the Norman, 
what belonged to her. Pltf. exhibits in writing, what the deft, sent her, 
saying she can declare with good intent and good conscience the debt to 
be just ; offering if required and it be necessary, to affirm the same on 
oath. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn deft, to satisfy and pay the 
pltf. the remaining thirty pieces of pottery. 

Comelis Barensen van der Kuil, pltf., Lauwerens van der Spygel and 
Tryntje van dampen, defts. Pltf. says, the defts. stated, that the farmers 
say, we will deliver the grain and pay no attention to the measurer. Deft. 
Lauwerens denies it and says, he offered the measurers fees. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree the pltf. has no right to summon deft, for 
his statement. 

Jacob Jansen Moesman, pltf., Lauwerens Lauwerensen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, two hundred three guilders ten stivers and six plank. 



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Deft, denies owing so much and had canvas twice from the deft, [pltf ?] 
whereof the first piece was paid for, when he took it, and over paid; and 
for the second piece drawn, he paid fifty plank; but that his books and 
proofs are lost with his yacht, calculating that he owes no more than thirty 
plank. Pltf. says no more, than fifty plank is paid on the whole. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens having heard parties postpone the case until the 
next Court day, or 'till the arrival of Abraham the carpenter: they order 
parties on both sides, meanwhile to reflect, and the pltf. is ordered to ex- 
hibit his blotter on appearing in Court, to obtain a better insight into the 
matter. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Dirck Smitt, deft. Deft's 2' de- 
fault. The pltf. is ordered to summon the deft, a third time. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meinderzen, deft. 
Deft's 2? default. Pltf. demands, that deft, shall be condemned to pay 
the sum of ninety five guilders due him. The Court decree as the pltf. 
allowed one Court day to pass, he must summon the deft. anew. 

Metje Wessels, pltf. v/s Symon Blanck, deft. Both in default. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh, pltf., Carel van Brugge, deft. 
Both in default. 

Mighiel Tades, arrestant and pltf. v/s Hans Carelsen, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. The Court declares the arrest valid. 

Denys Isaackzen, pltf. v/s Anneken Kocks, deft. Deft, in default. 

Denys Isaackzen appearing exhibits judgment, dated 14 Nov? 1662, 
which he has against Anthony de Milt; he demands execution. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens order Anthony de Milt to satisfy and pay the above 
judgment to Denys Isaakzen, and in default thereof the Bailiff is ordered 
to put these in execution. 

Eghbert Meindersen, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, deft. Both in de- 
fault. 

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

Greetje Pieters appearing demands the costs in the suit between her 
and Janneke van Gelder. The Court order her to add the costs to the 
a/c and to demand the same from Janneke with the damage. 

Balthazar de Haart appearing produces the judgment, which he has 
ag*8t Joghin Beeckman and demands, that it be entered on the same that 



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Joghim Beeckman was condemned in the costs. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order him first to give notice to Joghem Beeckman through the 
Court Messenger of the judgment and then by non payment to demand 
the costs. 

Tuesday 2^ Octobr 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Fieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendersen van 
der Grift, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf., Hendrick Janzen Smitt, deft. Pltf. 
says, that deft, tapped this day eight days between ten and eleven o'clock, 
after the setting of the watch; and that he found five @ six persons sitting 
drinking, demanding six guilders fine for each person according to placard 
and twenty five guilders additional. Deft, says, it was not so late and 
that they sat drinking a little spell. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn 
deft, in a fine of twelve guilders. 

Willem Doeckles, pltf. v/s Albert Gerrisen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, forty two guilders or seven schepels wheat. Deft, says, that 
the pltf. sold to him for an assignment on Tomas Clapboard.* The W. 
Court order deft, to prove that pltf. accepted an order on Clabboard in 
payment. 

Paulus Heimans, pltf. v/s Cornells Janzen, woodsawyer, deft. Defts. 
3^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and thirty five guilders 
pursuant to judgment dated 19. Dec! 1663. The W: Court persist in their 
previous judgment. 

Hendrick Janzen Smitt, pltf. v/s Gysbert Frerickzen, deft. Deft, 
in default. Pltf. says, he requests that the attachment be declared valid 
on the defts. monies in the hands of Tomas the Irishman and Egbert 
Benninck. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Simon Janzen Romein, pltf. and arrestant v/s Robbert Watson, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. says, he has by virtue of a mortgage against 
Nicolaas Boot attached his vessel and tobacco in the defts. hand. Burgo- 
master Paulus Leendersen vander Grift and Gerrit van Tright, as attomies 
of Nicolaas Boot, request that deft, may discharge his freighted tobacco 
at the North, inasmuch as he entered under bond to do it. Wemaar 
Wessels also appearing produces an obligation against Nicolaes Boot, de- 

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raanding payment thereof. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to 
give security within four and twenty hours, that he shall return here within 
fourteen days time with Nicolaas Boots bark, the attachment remaining 
meanwhile valid. 

Joannes Vervelen, pltf. v/s Arent Janzen Moesman, deft. Pltf. says 
deft's dog bit his negro and demands a man in his place and payment of 
surgeons fees and should the negro die or become unserriceable, payment 
for the same with the costs thereon. Van der Cleef appearing in place of 
the deft, says, the demand is unreasonable, since the negro was warned by 
Barent, the farmhand of the deft., according to declaration made by the 
said Barent now exhibited; and that pltfs. demand shall be dismissed and 
he condemned in the costs hereof. Pltf. agrees to prove, that the deft, 
was advised his dog was malicious. Burgomasters and Schepens order 
parties on both sides to prove their assertions. 

Tomas Hal, pltf. v/s William Kerwer and Simon Janzen Romein, as 
attomies of the estate left by Jan Joukes, defts. Pltf. demands from 
defts. payment of three beavers eighteen guilders in tobacco and sixty 
three guilders in seawan. Deft, admits, that he received a portion from 
him, but not the whole, from which the debt arises ; then says he referred 
the pltf. to Jan Joukes, wherewith he was satisfied. Pltf. says, he re- 
ceived no pay from Jan Joukes. Burgomasters and Schepens postpone 
the case, until it be found, how the a/c stands between William Kerwer 
and the attorney of the estate of Jan Joukes. 

Lofd Grof, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Robberd Watson, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, a/c of eleven hhds. of tobacco. Deft, 
demands four days time to make up the a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens 
order the deft to make up the a/c within four days time. 

Denys Isaackzen, pltf. v/s Annetje Kocks, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, balance of fifteen and a half beavers and forty two guilders ten 
stivers in seawant and further five to six guilders in nails disbursed for 
her. Deft, says, the work is unfinished. Pltf. produces the last setde- 
ment made with deft, and signed by her. The W: Court order the deft, 
to satisfy and pay the pltf. according to the last a/c signed by her. 

Otte Gerrits, pltf. v/s Jan Dendly, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
brought a barrel of pork and gave no notice of it; demanding the same 
pursuant to placard. Deft, says, he is a stranger here and was un- 



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acquainted with the custom; also that the barrel of pork lay half a day 
on the bridge near the Scales and was known to the pltf . as well as the 
public laborers; but they never spoke of it. Parties have agreed in 
Court with each other in their case for twenty guilders, which deft, 
promises to pay the pltf. 

Jan Bally and Raimond Stooplefort, pltfs., Lambert Huyberzen Mol 
and Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, defts. Pltfs. say, that defts. promised 
fourteen days ago before the Court to finish and complete within eight to 
ten days under a certain penalty the work, which they had in hands for 
them; which is not yet done. Defts. say, they did more than they agreed 
for. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Jan 
Brown, English merchant, and Jan Ariaansen, ship carpenter, to take up 
the work according to contract in presence of the Heer Burgomaster 
Paulus Leendersen van der Grift and to endeavour, if possible to recon- 
cile parties concerning their diflference; if not to report their award to 
the Court. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Mary Peeck, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Huge Barens, pltf. v/s Isaack de Foreest, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Walewyn van der Veen, arrest' and pltf. v/s Comelis Vos, arrested 
and deft. Both in default. 

Wemaar Wessels, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen Steelman, deft. Deft, 
in default. Pltf. demands payment of fl. 192:5! in seawan. As pltf. 
allowed one Court day to pass by he was allowed first default. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Teunis Tomazen Quick, deft. Whereas pltf. 
brought no minute of what was done, nothing was transacted in the case 
and she was ordered to take out an Acte, Balthazar de Haart appearing 
demands execution of the judgment, which he obtained on 10^ July last 
ag'st Joghim Beeckman. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execu- 
tion. 

Jan Rutgerzen Moriaeu appearing says, he has attached the monies 
of Nelis Matthysen in the hands of Schepen Jacob Kip; demanding that 
the attachment be declared valid. Burgomasters and Schepens declare 
the attachment valid. 

Mattheus de Vos demands by petition, that the execution may take 
its course against Wal: van der Veen by virtue of and pursuant to judg- 



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ment. Apostille: Burgomasters and Schepens require and order the 
Officer again to proceed with the execution against Walewyn vander Veen 
pursuant to the order dated 4^ Septemb' last. 

Tuesday 9^ OctobT 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevensen van Cortland, Paulus Leenderzen van 
der Grift, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

The Schepen Jacob Strycker, arrestant and pltf. v/s M' Kervel, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. complains that he is injured in words and deeds 
by the deft, who has abused him as a rogue, a bastard and dishonourable 
man; also wounded him in the leg with a dagger after having made re- 
peated thrusts at him — demanding, that he repair the injury by acknowl- 
edging that he had done wrong by so acting and prajring forgiveness; 
further by paying to the Poor or the Deaconry of this City the sum of 
three hundred guilders, sixty guilders for the pain and loss of time, three 
pieces of eight for surgeons fees according to a/c thereof; and in addition 
the quantity of eight beavers earned by his son in watching defts. boat, 
all with costs incurred and to be incurred. Deft, says the watching, 
which his son agreed for, is not performed, demanding as oflfset for 
damage suffered by him in losses, eighteen hundred guilders. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Evert Duycking and 
Dirck Jansen Mayer to take it up in presence of the Burgomaster Paulas 
Leendersen van der Grift and if possible to endeavor to reconcile parties 
touching their question; if not to report their award to the Court; the 
attachment remaining meanwhile valid so long. 

Eghbert Meindersen, pltf. v/s Willem Doeckles, deft. Pits, wife 
appearing demands from deft, twenty six guilders eighteen stivers for 
drink received. Deft, says, he has not drank so much, as is charged 
against him. Pltf. undertakes to prove it and offers to prove it by oath. 
The W. Court order deft, to pay the pltf. 

Raimond Staaplefort, pltf. v/s Lambert Huybersen Mol and Hend^ 
Lamberzen Mol, defts. Pltf. says, that according to award of arbitrators 
appointed by the Court of this City on the second of this month, the 
work undertaken by the defts. is not finished. Defts. say, they have 
completed it. Burgomasters and Schepens appoint Dirck Jansen from 



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Oldenburgh in place of Jan Brown with Jan Ariaansen, ship carpenter, 
to inspect the work anew in the presence of Burgomaster Paulus Leender- 
sen van der Grift and to see if it be done according to award, and order 
pltf. to satisfy and pay deft, when it is terminated. 

Mr. Comelis Steenwyk, pltf. and arrestant, Ritzert Airy, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. says, he has attached the defts. bark on account of fifty 
seven pounds two shillings balance due him, for which the bark is bound; 
further, one hundred pounds sterling for goods given him also for EUes at 
Boston. He demands payment thereof, or that deft, shall place in his hands 
an obligation arising from the sale of his bark. Deft, says, he cannot do so, 
as he must meet his payment thereby: ofifers to pay when he knows how 
his account stands with EUes. After verbal debates with each other, 
parties agree together in this wise; to wit — ^that Ritzert Airy shall con- 
vey to Comelis Steenwyk the aforesaid obligation, provided said Steen- 
wyck shall furnish him authentic copy of the same, to make use of it if 
necessary and the above named Steenwyck promises to execute a writing 
promising therein to satisfy and pay what shall be fairly coming to him. 

Burgomaster Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, pltf., Jan Hendrickzen 
Steelman, deft. Deft, in default. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Andries Jogemzen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Andries Joghemsen, pltf. v/s Teunis Tomassen Quick, deft. Pltf. 
in default. 

Willem Doeckles, pltf. v/s Albert Gerrisen, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Freryck Gysberzen van den Bergh entering demands, as Jacob Vis 
does not come from Fort Orange to satisfy and pay him his debt, pur- 
suant to the tenor of two judgments, nor sends any payment, that the 
Marshal be authorized to seize on Jacobus Vis* house to be sold by exe- 
cution. Burgomasters and Schepens order the Marshal to affix notices 
for the sale within four weeks by executions of the house of Jacobus Vis, 
wherein Jan Adriaansen Duyvelant lived. 

Denys Isaackzen demands execution of the judgment, which he ob- 
tained against Anneke Koeck dated 2^ instant. The Marshal is ordered 
to put these in execution. Anneke La Chair demands execution of the 
judgment, which she obtained on 18^ Septemb' last against Frans Jansen 
van Hooghten. The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

Officer Pieter Tonneman requests by petition a precept to the Court 



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at Beuerwyck to summon Jacobus Vis by their Court to appear in Court 
here on the 30^ of this month. Apostille: The petition is granted, and a 
summons shall be sent from here to Jacobus Vis. 

Tuesday 16^ Octobf 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Jacob Strycker, 
Jacobus Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Eghbert Meindersen, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, ninety five gl. balance. Deft's wife appearing pro- 
duces an a/c agst the pltf. saying, that he, the pltf., was satisfied with 
Madaleen Hans and for that purpose collected the a/c of what Madaleen 
owed her. Pltf. denies it saying, he has nothing to do with another mans 
debts. Burgomasters and Schepens order parties to settle their a/cs on 
both sides with each other in presence of the Schepen Jacob Rip. 

Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Deliverance Lamberton, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. says, he has a claim against William Voscum on 
an obligation of two hundred and two guilders ; that he has attached, with 
that view, the bark, and summoned the deft, for payment; demanding 
payment according to obligation. Deft, says, that Voscum told him, he 
owed Mr. Steenwyck and that he had property in his hands, from which 
he can obtain payment if such were ordered. Burgomasters and Schepens 
condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf according to obligation what 
William Voscum owes him : the attachment remaining meanwhile so long 
in force. 

Comelis Steenwyk, pltf. v/s Aaltje Mareschalck, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, according to obligation two hundred and one guilders 
payable in ox hides and also twenty four guilders in seawant. Deft, 
admits the debt. The W: Court order deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. the 
two hundred and one guilder according to obligation, and four and twenty 
guilders in seawant. 

Isaack de Foreest, pltf. v/s Andries Joghemzen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, five hundred guilders by virtue of a mortgage. Defts. 
wife appearing admits the debt, requesting a little time. The W. Court 
order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. within six weeks time according to 
mortgage. 

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Albert Albertsen the ribbon weaver's wife, deft, and arrested. Pltfs. wife 
appearing demands from deft, thirty three guilders ten stivers balance 
according to a/c saying, she has still an old a/c, which her husband has 
with him, whereby something else is also coming to her. Deft, produces 
a counter account. The W. Court refer the matter in question to Hen- 
drick Jansen van der Vin, Old Schepen of this City, and Hans Stein, to 
take up parties a/c, to decide and settle the same; to reconcile parties if 
possible, if not to render their report to the Court, the attachment remain- 
ing so long valid, until parties shall agree among themselves. 

Andries Joghemzen, pltf. v/s Teunis Tomassen Quick, deft. Pits, 
wife with Joghim Andriessen, her son, appearing Joghim is asked, whether 
every thing that Teunis Tomassen owes his mother, is included in the 
ninety guilders which she brings in a/c against the deft, and whether 
deft, himself signed the mark, which stands in his mother's book: Where- 
unto he answers No: says that Teunis Tomassen himself signed in his 
presence the mark in his mothers book offering to affirm the same on oath 
if necessary and being requested. Deft, demands in writing, that he may 
be allowed copy in writing of what the deft, puts forth and produces. 
Burgomasters and Schepens allow the deft, copy to answer thereunto on 
the next Court day. 

Robbert Watson, pltf. v/s Nicolaas Boot, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, the monthly wages earned by him according to condition and what 
further is due him, all according to a/c. Deft, says, the pltf. lost his 
boat — that it was injured in the Virginias by the worms ; demanding 
damages, also a piece of linen given him. Pltf. denies having received 
the linen. Deft, says, he'll prove it; bringing forward the witnesses to 
that purpose, who appearing are asked what they know of the linen ? 
Whereunto one answers; knows nothing of it; the other says, that he 
brought the linen on board and laid it in the cabin, but where it remained 
he knows not. Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question 
of the one and the other, as to what parties have against each other to 
Govert Loockermans, old Schepen of this City and Samuel Etsal, to take 
up the case, to hear and examine parties, to decide the case, to reconcile 
parties if possible; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Nicolaas Boot, pltf. v/s Aaltje Mareschalck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the freight of five hogsheads of tobacco brought from the Vir- 



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ginias. Deft, admits the debt; but says one hogshead is damaged. Pltf. 
is willing to make good the damage on decision of arbitrators. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Isaack de Foreest and 
Isaack Greveraat, both old Schepens of this City, to inspect the injured 
tobacco, to give their opinion thereon and endeavour to reconcile parties; 
if not to report to the Court their award. 

Nicolaas Boot, arrestant and pltf. v/s Tomas Crabbe, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. says, deft, left his vessel, whereby he suffered damage in his 
tobacco, because the pump not being worked the tobacco got wet — re- 
questing that deft shall be condemned to make good the same. Deft. 
denies it and says he pumped enough. The W. Court refer the matter in 
question to Govert Loockermans, old Schepen of this City, and Samuel 
Etsal, to take up the case, to hear parties and examine them; to decide 
the matter and if possible reconcile parties; if not to report their award 
to the Court. 

Dirck Janzen from Oldenburgh, arrestant and pltf.. Deliverance 
Lamberton, deft. Pltf. demands, that deft, shall be ordered to give 
security, pursuant to the order of the Court, dated 13. July last: further 
to give copy of petition and moreover the freight which Franc* Rombout 
paid him, which he did not give him. Deft, requires copy of the demand 
to answer thereto on the next Court day. The W. Court grant the 
deft, copy to answer thereunto on the last Court day; the attachment re- 
maining meanwhile valid. 

Willem Doeckles, pltf. v/s Albeit Gerrisen, deft. Pursuant to the 
order of this W. Court dated 2"'* of this month; deft, produces a declarm- 
tion whereby he testifies, that the pltf. was satisfied with Tomas Clabboard 
regarding the debt due him. Pltf. says, he could not get any payment 
from Clabboard. Deft, says, the pltf. absolutely accepted it; requesting 
time to prove it further. The W. Court order deft, to produce his proof 
within one months time or in default is ordered to satisfy and pay the 
pltf. 

Jurrien Jansen van Auweryk, pltf. v/s Jan the Carman, deft. Pltf. 
says, he has an a/c with deft., by which he still owes deft, four guilders 
in sewant and that deft, shall have a small tub from him, whereby the 
debt shall be balanced, and that his wife brought some goods to the defts. 
wife to be washed, which she cannot get back. Defts. wife appearing 



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say8| the pltf. is sparing of the truth. The W. Court order and decide, 
that the deft, himself must appear. 

Joannes Verveelen, pltf. v/s Arent Janzen Moesman, deft. Pltf. 
exhibits two declarations, whereby he proves, that the defts. dog being mis- 
chievous bit several; concluding that deft, shall be ordered to make good 
what he suflfered by his negro having been bitten by his dog; further pay- 
ment of the surgeon's bill. Vander Cleef appearing instead of the deft. 
refers him to his declaration produced and says, he is willing to give the 
dog up to the pltf. Pltf. says, he rejects the declaration, because it is his 
farmhand who made it; he is also related to him. Whereas the proofs 
exhibited on both sides were not considered sufficient by the Court, the 
case is referred by their Worships to Tymotheus Gabry, old Schepen of 
this City, and Frerick Flipzen, to hear parties regarding their di£ference, 
to examine the case and decide it, to reconcile parties if possible, if not 
to render a report of their proceedings to the Court. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Jan Ariaansen, ship carpenter, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Lambert Huybertsen Mol, deft. 
Deft, in default. 

Schepen Jacob Strycker, pltf. v/s Mf Kervel, deft. Deft, in default. 

Joannes Withart, pltf. and arrestant v/s Aart from the Esopus, 
arrested and deft. Both in default. 

Nicolaas Boot, arrestant and pltf. v/s Goodwyf Grae, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. prosecutes the attachment issued against 
the deft. The W. Court declares the attachment valid. 

Jacob Leunizen, pltf. v/s Alexander Stultke, deft. Deft, in default. 

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

Eghbert van Borssum, pltf. v/s Pieter Lucasen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Denys Isaackzen requests, that execution be issued on the judgment, 
which he obtained on 2 Oct? last against her. Apostille: The Marshal is 
ordered to proceed with the execution without delay. 

Tomas Willeth, as attorney of Elia Craemer, Tomas Meinor and Bal- 



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thazar de Haart, as attorneys of Robbert Louelant, appearing request, 
as they were allowed on the ii^ Septemb^ last to collect and take unto 
them the goods and effects left by Abraham Cromby remaining in the 
hands of Reinier Rycken, in order to pay those persons, for whom they 
act, that the aforesaid Reinier Rycken shall be ordered to hand over the 
same to them, ofifering to bind themselves as bail and principal for the 
time of one year six months in case any one more should come forward 
with a claim against the aforesaid estate, that they shall distribute it to 
each their pro rata according to just calculation and to satisfy and pay 
them. Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the petition de- 
cree, that the pltfs. may agree among themselves relative to giving bail 
as principal — they therefore order Reinier Rycken to give up to them and 
deliver in payment all the good and effects remaining with him belonging 
to Abraham Crombey, on condition that the pltfs. shall first execute a 
bond, and on delivery a receipt in proper form. 

Monday 22I Octob' 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
P. Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Jacobus Backer, Jan 
Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

It is concluded in Court to present the following petition to the R' 
Hon^ Director General and CouncU of N. Netherland. 

To the R! Hon^ Director General and Council of N. Netheland. 
Right Honourable 

The Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of N. Amsterdam respect- 
fully represent, that your Honors were pleased one time and another to 
call as well the Burgomasters in particular as the entire Board of Schont, 
Burgomasters and Schepens to your Honors Assembly and to lay before 
them the very dangerous position and situation of the country, as well in 
regard to the perilous war with the barbarous Esopus nation and their 
allies, as the menacing anticipations and encroachments of neighbours to- 
gether wtih the already mutinous revolts of some English subjects and 
that for the prevention and further resistance not only advice, but 
deeds and means are demanded ; indeed both are highly requisite and 
necessary. 

But though your Honors' petitioners both in their corporate as in 
their individual capacity are so far well inclined and bound to afford 



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your Honors herein the aid of their poor council and small abilities for 
the benefit of the Common wealth and more especially of this City, yet 
well considering and observing with your Honors the danger and urgency 
of the case, though this City is the oldest and most considerable member, 
your Honors petitioners notwithstanding represent only one member and 
the danger concerns the Province in general. They, therefore, judge it 
to be very necessary and advantageous that some Delegates be convoked 
and called as well from this City as from the other surrounding places and 
villages, also especially from the town of Beverwyck and Colonie of Rens- 
selaarswyck to deliberate and consult together under your Honors' wiser 
direction and higher authority for the good of the commonwealth; And 
as this cannot be done except by your Honors express order and writ, 
your petitioners therefore with all humility request (as the ships are 
about to return to Patria), that your Honors would be pleased to convoke 
the same as early as possible, so that what may be found most advantageous 
for the country may then be determined for the general peace, quiet and 
union. Which doing. We are and remain Your Honors willing and 
obedient Subjects, Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens of the City afore- 
said. Signed, 

P. L. van der Grift 
Lower Stood, By order of the same. Signed, 

Joannes Nevius Secy. 
[The following was written in the margin] 

APOSTIL. 

Though the Director General and Council of N. Netherland find the 
request consistent with justice and consider the convocation of the Magis- 
trates mentioned herein as necessary, yet bearing in mind the incon- 
venience of the approaching winter and that the delegates sought as well 
from the Colonie of Reinselaars Wyck as from the Town of Beverwyck 
cannot possibly come down and return before the winter, the Director 
General and Council would find it more convenient to call for the present 
occasion the Magistrates of the adjoining towns and hamlets, and that 
what by them, with the knowledge of the Director General and CouncU, 
may be proposed and advised for the public good may be in scripHs^ to be 
communicated, should time and circumstances permit, to the Courts of 
the Colonie of Reinselaars Wyck and of the Towns of Bever Wyck and 



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Wild Wyck and to hear their advice thereon. Done, Foil Amsterdam in 
N. Netherland the 26^ Octob! 1663. 

Signed, P: Stuyresant 

Lower Stood, By order of the Hon^ Lord Director General and Cooncil 
of N. Netherland 

Signed, C. V. Ruyven, Secret. 

Tuesday, 33^ Octob^ 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulns Leendersen van der Grift, Jacobus Backer, Jan 
Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft Defts. 2^ 
default. Pltf. demands that deft, shall be ordered to deposit the sum of 
eighteen guilders fine for having tapped on the day of public prayer, 
during the first preaching, for three persons, whom he saw, when he 
knocked at the door, jump over the fence in the rear; moreover to be 
forbid for one year and six weeks to tatp any more or to follow the pro- 
fession of tapping; further a fine of twenty five guilders, for that he had 
been fighting with a seaman of the ketch named the Praoidmce all with 
costs. 

The W. Court condemn the deft pursuant to the proclamation to 
deposit the eighteen and twenty five guilders; interdict him provisionally 
from the trade of tapping, and order the pltf. to summon the deft, again 
for the next Court day. 

The Schout, pltf. v/s Mighiel Tades, deft The pltf. concludes for a 
fine of eighteen guilders for three persons, whom he saw sitting at defts. 
house during preaching, with a glass with brandy on the table. Deft 
says, he has not tapped and that the glass had always stood there; offer- 
ing to declare on oath that he had not tapped at the time. The W. Court 
excuse the deft, from the fine on his offering the oath. 

The Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Lysbet Ackermans, deft 
The pltf. demands from deft, the fine of twenty four guilders for having 
tapped brandy for two soldiers and beer for two Indians on Sunday. 
Deft, admits having drawn the beer for the Indians; then says that it was 
before the sermon and was not aware of the ordinance; denying to have 
tapped brandy for the soldiers at the time. The W. Court condemn the 
deft, in a fine of ten gl'drs. 



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Tomas Willet, pltf. in case of preference with and against Burgo- 
master Paulus Leendersen van der Grift and Govert Loockermans, as 
curators of the estate left by Tomas Janzen Mingael decl, defts. in said 
case. Pltf. says, there is due him, according to obligation, from the 
estate left by Tomas Janzen, the sum of three hundred and seventy two 
guilders in beavers and that Tomas Jansen pledged with him as security 
for payment, a mortgage obtained by him from Jan Rutgersen Moreau, 
dated 24 Sept' 1660, on his house and lot, claiming by virtue thereof, 
the privilege of preference. The W. Court having heard parties, weighed 
and considered the case, decree as the mortgage refers to Tomas Jansen 
Mingael and the pltf. has no legal conveyance and transfer thereof, that he 
cannot enjoy any preference in virtue thereof, but come merely in concur- 
rence with others. 

Tomas Willet, pltf. v/s Reinier Rycken, deft. Pltf. exhibits an ex- 
tract from the minutes dated 16? October, whereby deft, is ordered to 
give up and deliver in payment to him and Balthazar de Haert the goods 
and effects belonging to Abraham Cromby and remaining with him; say- 
ing, that the deft, will give them the goods in payment at the present 
market price; and that they maintain, that the goods shall be delivered 
them at such price as the abovenamed Cromby received them from Daniel 
van Donck for the tobacco, which he got from him. Deft, says, that 
Daniel van Donck offered payment long since claiming therefore, that the 
payment in goods shall be at price current. The W. Court refer the 
matter in dispute as to the price of the goods to Com. Steenwyck, old 
Schepen of this City, and Gerrit van Tright, to decide parties' differences 
herein and to reconcile them if possible; if not to report their opinion to 
the Court. 

Eghbert van Borssum, pltf. v/s Pieter Lucasen, deft. Pits, wife 
appearing exhibits a mortgage dated 12^ 7*^ 166 1 for the sum of eleven 
hundred and fifty guilders arising from a sale of her house and lot Ijring 
and being at the Ferry * on Manhattans Island, bought by Albert Jansen 
van Heemst, and sold back to the deft; demanding therefore payment 
from the deft, pursuant to the tenor of the mortgage. Deft, says, the 

^ This lot was part of a larger parcel on the East riTer sold to Govert Loockennans 

•ad Cornells Leendertsen 36 March, 1643. It was conveyed to Egbert van Borsom 15 

Oct. 1653. A^my Records^ Book H. H., pt. i : 49 being described as ** a boose aad 
vou nr.— 11 



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pltf . ought to have spoken to the aforesaid Albeit Albeitaen (at) when he 
was here — then he ondeitakes to satisfy it. Burgomasters and Schepens 
condemn deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the contents of the mortgage. 

Nicolaes Boot, pltf. v/s Lofd Grof, deft. Parties demand commis- 
sioners, in whose presence they may settle the a/cs which they hare 
against each other. Burgomasters and Schepens conmiission and author- 
ize thereunto Tymotbeus Gabry, old Schepen of this City, and Symon 
Jansen Romein, to inspect the a/cs to hear and examine parties touching 

lot by Wolphcit't raXkj, now called The Feity,** widch wis at that time located at Peck's 
SUp. The foUoiriiig b a diagcam of tliii Feriy lot.--0'C. 







1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 323 

their differences; to decide the difficulties, and to reconcile parties if 
possible; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Symon Janzen Romein, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen Moreaeu, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, forty guilders in seawant. Deft, admits the debt. 
Pltf. says, that the deft, must have some money from Pieter Lucasen and 
the same remain with him; requesting to get his payment therefrom. 
Deft, says, he made that over to Wemaer Wessels. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 

Dirck Janzen from Oldenburgh, pltf. v/s Deliverance Lamberton, 
deft. Pltf. requests, that deft, shall answer his demand made against him 
last Court day. Deft, says regarding the first point, the giving security 
for the judgment, that he claims not to be bound to do so, as he was pltf. 
What regards giving copy of petition, says he has not the petition at 
present nor knows he, where it is and was never spoken to about it. 
What relates to the freight, which he received from Francois Rombout, 
says he has an a/c with Frangois and when it is settled and he must pay 
Fran9ois Rombout, he shall pay pltf. his share; he exhibits a copy of 
an extract of judgment of the Court of Virginia relating the seizure of the 
pltfs. boat named the Hope, Pltf. demands copy of all and says he pro- 
tests for all costs and damage. Burgomasters and Schepens grant the 
pltf. copy of all to reply thereunto at the next Court day; persisting 
meanwhile in their judgment rendered in date 13. July last. 

Wemaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Otte Gerrits, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. demands two commissioners to take up the a/c between him and 
deft. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, and his guardians to settle 
with pltf. the a/c, which exists between them, between this and next 
Monday. 

Freryck Arensen, pltf. and arrestant v/s Robbert Risdum, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and eleven guilders ten 
stivers as per a/c. Deft, says, the goods charged against him are too 
high priced and not good. The W. Court refer the case in question to 
Lucas Andriessen and Pieter Jacobsen Marius, to take it up, endeavour 
to reconcile parties, if possible in the action, which they have against 
each other; if not to report their award to the Court, the attachment re- 
maining meanwhile valid. 

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Messenger copy of a pcdtioQ presented by his wife in date i6^ Octob' 
last, whereimto he was ordered to answer by the next Court day; saying 
he does not intend to proceed by writing. Burgomasters and Schepens 
refer the matter in qnestion to Covert Loockermans, old Schepen of 
diis City, and Matthens de Vos, who are coounissioned and anthorized 
to hear parties, to examine the case, and to exert every possible means to 
reconcfle parties to each other if possible, to arrange the matter, and not 
coining to any arrang^ement, to report their conclusions to the Court. 

Jan Joghimaen, pilot, and Jorien Blanck, pits, v/s Lambert Barensen, 
deft DefL in default. Pltfs. complain, that deft, calumniated them in 
the presence of divers persons, when he said, that they, the pltfs., in 
quality as guardians had stolen and abstracted full three thousand 
guilders; demanding proof and reparation thereof. Burgomasters and 
Schepens order the Officer to summon the deft, for the next Court day 
and to tell him to keep quiet; and order pltfs. to prove their statement 
on the next Court day. 

Eghbert Meindersen, pltf. v/s Madaleen Spiers, deft Pltfs. wife 
a^»pearing exhibits a judgment pronounced by this Court against deft, 
dated ro July last; demanding payment thereof. Deft says, she carmot 
realize the payment; promising to pay in lime by the last of next week or 
with seawant in over six weeks. The W. Court order deft to pay the 
pltf. 

Eghbert Meindersens wife appearing produces an a/c accrued in the 
suit, which he had with Eghbert Beninck, amounting to fourteen guilders 
thirteen stivers ; demanding payment thereof. Burgomasters and Schepens 
having examined the a/c decree and order Eghbert Beninck to pay Eghbert 
Meindersen thirteen guilders fifteen stivers for costs incurred in said suit 

Madaleen and Anna Vincent, pltfs. v/s Annetje Antony, deft Pltfs, 
complain of having been calumniated by the deft as a whore and swine, 
as per declaration thereof produced. Deft says, that the pltf. Anna told 
her — ^You are well known in the Esopus. Whereunto she retorted I cchi- 
sider you a W e as long as you do not tell me what there is against 
me; and that she Anna Vincent beat her. The Officer rising declares 
himself guardian with the adverse party on the point of beating. The W. 
Court order deft to prove her statement and order parties on both stdc» 
to leave each other unmolested and in peace. 



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Teunis Tomasen Quick answers the demand of Seletje Arens. The 
W. Court order copy to be furnished to party, and order parties on both 
sides personally to appear on the next Court day, bringing with them their 
pieces documents and intendits. 

This day, Tomas Willet has appealed to the R5 Hon*^ Director 
General and Council of N. Netherland from the judgment this day pro- 
nounced by the Court of this City between him and the curators of the 
insolvent estate of Tomas Jansen Mingael. 

Monday, 39^ Ocf. 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leenderzen van 
der Grift, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacques Gousseau. 

The President having communicated to the Court the petition pre- 
sented on the 33I instant to the R! Hon*^ Director General and Council 
of N. Netherland and the answer thereunto, states that he has called to- 
gether the Court to conclude, in pursuance to the answer, on the points 
and articles necessary to be proposed for the good of this Province at the 
General Assembly to be convoked by the R! Hon*^ Direct' General and 
Council ; also to commission by plurality of votes two persons from the 
Board to attend the Assembly. 

The points and articles concluded on by the College are these: — 

Firstly, to demand assistance against the savages. 

Secondly, the boundaries between us and the English. 

Thirdly, to send Delegates to Fatherland, to communicate first, to 
the Lords Majors the demand and the resolve of the Assembly for their 
assistance; and if the Delegates were not or could not be sufficiently 
satisfied there, to address themselves to the Lords the High and Mighty 
States General. 

By plurality of votes Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Burgomaster, 
and Jacob Kip, Schepen are qualified as Delegates from the Board to the 
General Assembly to attend the same on behalf of this City and to pro- 
pose their articles and points. 

Tuesday 30^ Octob' 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren, 
Pieter Tonneman, Olof Stevenzen van Cortlant, Paulus Leendersen van 
der Grift, Jacob Strycker, Jan Vinge, Jacob Rip, Jacques Cousseau. 



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^Jiepea Jacob Soryckei; pitf. ▼ 3 Schepen. Jacqaes 
security far die jn^grnmt in die case between die pitf. and MT 
deft. Tbe plt£ prvinces die avard of arbitzaiDis in die case in qaesdon, 
which he has agan^ MT Kerver negarding die wages fior watciun^ wlikh 
hia son earned on board die aforesud Kerver^s bark* poaacmg fordfter in 
hia demand entexed on die 9^ insianr widi and agriiwr die abovenaaed 
Kerver. The deft, in qoaliiy as aforesaid poaist in drmand in recooTcn- 
noOy which Mr ILerver rendered on die date aforesud apmwr die pltl 
and says die work is not completed; produces to this effect a dedaratioa 
of Nicolaaa Veriett. The pItf. replying says, he rejects the dedaratioa 
tnaamiich as he considers Nicoiaas Verlet party; also that Veriett saw 
by candlefi^t what he has made a declaration on. The defL rejoining 
says, that the qoestion, whicb the pltf . has with Kenrer arose from die work 
noc having been wholly finished Pltf. drmand^ qinck despatch in the 
case and diat the wages may be allowed him. Deft, demands copy <^ the 
dedaratioo, made by the Burgomaster Paalns Leendersen vander Grift 
of what he knows of die matter. Burgomasters and Schepens having 
heard parties debates on both sides, decree that the deft, in the quality in 
which he acts, shall satisfy and pay the pltf. the ci^t beavers wages 
earned by his son on M' Kerrer's vessel, and if anything is wanting in the 
undertaken work, the same to be completed when said Kenrer shall retnm 
here; saving the farther action which parties may have against each other. 

Joannes Withart, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Comelizen, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and four guilders and six 
sdvers in good stringed wampum. Deft, admits the debt, demanding one 
month and six weeks dme when he shall be ready. The W Court con- 
demn deft, to pay the pltf., the attachment remaining meanwhile ralid. 

Freryck Gysberzen vanden Bergh, arrestant and pltf. v/s Willem 
Doeckles, arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, sixteen guilders 
nineteen stivers. Deft, says, that he was incited to play for others, who 
said they should pay in case he lost. Pltf. replies, that the deft, under- 
took to pay; with this view he debited him; demanding that the attach- 
ment be declared valid. The W. Court condemn deft, to pay the pltf. 
the attachment remaining meanwhile valid. 

Hendrick Hendrickzen Obe, pltf. v/s Jan Joosten, deft Pltf. in 
quality as tutor for the surviving children of Gerrit Hendricksen van 



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Harderwyck, says he sold to defts. wife a house and lot belonging to 
Barent Cniytdop, sold by execution conformably to deed and bought by 
Gerrit Hendricks afores^ and sold on the same conditions according to 
deed of sale made therein, but not signed and that the deft, accepted the 
sale. Deft, says, he knew not, but the lot on the Strand situate behind 
the house lot, belonged thereto; and if such did not belong to it, he does 
not hold to the bargain; also that another has some claim on the lot lying 
in the rear of the house. Burgomasters and Schepens order the Road 
Surveyors to inspect the premises in presence of Burgomaster Olofif Steven- 
sen van Cortlant. 

Benedict Aamel, pltf . v/s Dauid Joghimzen, deft. Defts. 2I default. 
Pltf. demands from deft, balance of obligation forty nine pounds of 
beaver, also eleven pounds of beaver. The W. Court order the deft, to 
deposit the eleven pounds beaver with the Secretary of this City. 

Stoffel van Laar, pltf. v/s Jan Rutgerzen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, about sixty six guilders. Deft, admits the debt ; saying he cannot 
realise the payment. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to satisfy 
and pay the pltf. 

Robbert Watson, pltf. and arrestant v/s Nicolaas Boot, deft, and 
arrested. Pltf. demands from deft, payment of earned monthly wages, 
and says meeting the deft, he was struck by him in presence of Claas van 
Eblant, Court Mesenger; who being heard thereupon, declares to have 
seen Robbert Watson fall, but why he struck him or whether he has struck 
him, he knoweth not. Pltf. says, that he had struck him in the face. 
The W. Court order pltf., as the deft, does not appear, to go to the 
Schout, and to repair together to Nicolaas Boot's, to settle the matter 
with him; the attachment remaining meanwhile valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Joris Dopzen, deft. Defts 3^ de- 
fault. Pltf. demands final judgment for forty three guilders, which he 
demands from deft, for fines, which he imposed on him. Defts. wife de- 
mands in writing postponement of the case, as she is sick and her hubsand 
is from home, until his return to defend the suit. The W. Court order 
deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. the forty three guilders, with costs as he has 
not made an appearance on the three summons. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, arrestant and pltf., Nicolaas Boot, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, twenty five guilders fine for having 



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struck Robbert Watson. Deft, denies it, demanding proof; saying he 
only pushed him on the breast. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf . v/s Arent Jurriaanzen T^mtsman and 
Aart Martensen Doom, defts. Pltf. demands from defts. each one hun- 
dred guilders fine, for that they fought together so that the blood followed; 
according to declaration produced thereof. Deft, denies having fought 
together, but says they had words together; and Arent Juriaensen Lants- 
man says, that Aart abused him for a son of a dog {vaor een hondis I^mgc) 
which he would not stand. Deft. Aart says, he is not aware of having 
abused Lantsman. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, 
condemn the defts. in a fine of twenty five guilders, whereof each shall 
have to bear half. 

Daniel Verveelen, pltf., v/s Jacob Janzen Moesman, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Pieter de Nys, pltf. v/s Joghim Beekman, deft. Deft, in defanlt. 

Jan Rutgerzen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Lamberzen Mol, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Dirck Janzen from Oldenburgh, pltf. v/s Deliverance Lambertoo, 
deft Deft, in default. Pltf. produces the reply to the verbal answer of 
deft., dated 23 instant. The W. Court order copy to be furnished to 
party to rejoin thereunto at the next Court day. 

Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the award of Covert 
Loockermans, old Schepen of this City, and Mattheus de Vos, as arbi- 
trators in the case in question between Nicolaas Boot and Merritje Joiia, 
his wife, approve the same and decree, that Nicolaas Boot shall give his 
wife yearly for her maintenance twelve hundred pounds of good Virginia 
tobacco on condition that Merritje Joris shall place in his hands under 
inventory what silver ware she has. 

Seletje Arens, pltf. v/s Teunis Tomazen Quick, deft. Pursuant to 
the order of this W! Court dated 23"! instant parties produce on both sides 
their papers, documents and intendit in the suit, which they have pend- 
ing against each other. Burgomasters and Schepens having examined the 
papers and heard parties ask them, if they will submit their difference to 
the Court not in their quality as Judges, but as Moderators ? Answer, 
Yes. Burgomasters and Schepens having therefore further heard parties 
and considered the matter, give their decision in quality as Moderaton» 



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that Teunis Tomasen Quick shall pay Seletje Arens for drink received the 
sum of sixty guilders and that parties on both sides shall each pay their 
own costs. 

Maria Verlett, widow of Paulus Schrick, demands execution of the 
judgment, which she has obtained against Wemaar Wessels, dated 4 Septf 
last. 

Tuesday, 6*^ Nov^ 1663: In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leendersen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Jacobus Backer, Jacob Kip, Jacques Cousseau. 

Maria Verlet, widow of Paulus Schrick, pltf., Metje Wessels, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, a balance of three beavers according to her hus- 
bands book, exhibiting the a/c in the book. Deft, says, she paid by 
Jeremias Frericksen, proving it by her book. Whereas the Court does 
not find by the defts. books, that the payment was made all and entire, 
she was asked, if she were willing to affirm it on oath ? Answers, Yes, — 
and knows no better. Burgomasters and Schepens give deft, eight days 
time to reflect and order deft, in default of further proof or oath to satisfy 
and pay the pltf. three beavers. 

Judith Verlet, pltf. v/s Merritje Jacobs, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, pursuant to a/c one hundred and sixteen guilders sixteen stivers and 
fourteen pennies. 

Mattheus de Vos as attorney of deft, says, he rejects the a/c; de- 
manding two impartial persons to take up the a/c and case. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Allard Anthony, old 
Burgomaster, and Covert Loockermans, old Schepen, to take up the a/c, 
to hear parties, to examine and decide the case and to reconcile parties 
if possible; if not to report their award to the Court. 

Paulus Heimans, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jesjmtie Verhage, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. says, he has ran a long time after her husband for the 
payment due to him and that he is away. Deft, says, that Johannes 
Vervelen has kept sixty guilders from her husband and she agreed with 
him, that she should give him eight guilders for interest for the hundred 
guilders; and whereas the debt was contracted before her marriage with 
her husband, she agreed with all the creditors, that she should pay yearly 
in diminution of the debt twenty five guilders; also she has nothing to do, 



330 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

according to marriage contract, with her husbands debts. Burgomasters 
and Schepens order deft, to prove by the next Court day, that Joannes 
Vervelen has retained the sixty guilders from her husband; also to ex- 
hibit at the same time the marriage contract. 

Lucas Dircksen, anrestant and pltf., Eghbert Benninck, arrested and 
deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. says, he has arrested the deft, demanding, 
that the arrest be declared valid. Burgomasters and Schepens declare 
the anccst valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Teunis Tomaaen Quick, deft. 
Deft in default 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf., Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft 
Deft in default. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, arrest^ and pltf., Merritje Joris, wife of 
Nich* Boot, arrested and deft Deft, in default. Pltf. demands that the 
attachment shall be declared valid. The attachment is declared valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf., Catarina van Laar, deft. Pitt, says, 
deft has promised to pay him for her mother twenty five guilders and in 
addition one pair of shoes. Deft says, she has no knowledge of the 
twenty^five guilders; but she said, if it be about a pair of shoes, my hus- 
band shall make them for you; and that pltf. accepted them and requests 
that her mother be not detained from going to Holland. The Court de- 
cree, that the defts. mother may proceed on her voyage and that pltf. 
shall be satisfied with the shoes, which he has received; dismissing his 
further demand. 

Isaack Grevaraat pltf. v/s Jan van G^der, deft Deft in default 

Daniel Verveelen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Joncker WiUem, arrested and 
deft Both in default 

Daniel Verveelen, pltf. v s Jacob Janten Moesman, deft Both in 
default 

Joannes Withart arrestant and pltf. v s Elsie van Rcavecamp, 
anested and deft Pltf. in default 

WiUem Willekes. pltf. v s Reynicr Willcmsen, baker, deft Deft in 
default 

Benedict Aamd, pltf. v, s David Jo^f:hinisen« deft PhL in dc£nlt 

Jan Ariaanscn Duyvidant pltf. v s Tomas Fransen, deft Deft, m 



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Willem Willekes appearing states, that he has been withReynierWil- 
lemsen, baker, who promised to satisfy and pay him. 

Robbert Watzon appearing demands a certificate, that the sails of the 
vessel of Nicolaas Boot, whereof he was skipper, were brought under 
attachment from on board to this City Hall. He is ordered to go to the 
Officer, who shall grant him a certificate thereof. 

COPY. 

I, the undersigned, Pieter Tonneman, Schoutus of this City, hereby 
declare, that in pursuance of the judgment of the W: Court of this City 
dated 2*^ October last, I removed the sails from Nicolaas Boot's vessel, 
whereof Robbert Watzon was skipper, as the aforesaid Robbert Watzon 
has not entered security, pursuant to said judgment, that he should return 
to this port within fourteen days time with the aforesaid vessel and the 
freight of tobacco. In witness this is subscribed. 

Thursday, 8*? NovT 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen van 
Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Rip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

The President states, that he and the Burgomastf van Cortlant were 
with the Hon^ Genera], who informed them, how necessary it was, that a 
petition should be presented to the Directors, setting forth the state of 
this country, on the one side the war with the savages and on the other 
side the approach of the English. Whereupon it was unanimously de- 
cided in the negative; but that it were better to present it to the Director 
General and Council and demand assistance therein, and that an answer 
be granted to the petition as soon as possible. 

The President submits: — In case the Director General and Council 
required the Burgomasters to assist them with their council and action, 
whether any of the members have any objection ? Whereupon it was 
unanimously decided. No; but find the same good. 

He further proposes: whether it be necessary that the commonalty 
or the principal among them also sign the above mentioned petition — It 
was resolved in the affirmative. 

This day, 12 Nov^ x^^St appears before me, Joannes Nevius, Secre- 
tary, etc. Schepen Jacques Cousseau, who declares to appeal to the R! 



332 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

Hon^ Director Genl. and Council of N. Netherland from the judgment 
pronounced ^o^ Octob' last, between him in the quality, in which he acts, 
and the Schepen Jacob Strycker. 

Tuesday, 13 Nov^ 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen ywn 
Cortlandt, Jacob Strycker, Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. r 

Jan Adriaanzen Duyvelant, pltf., Tomas Fransen, deft. Pltf. says, 
he gave the deft, three ells of duffels @ seven guilders the ell, for which 
he was to give him firewood Q sixteen guilders the hundred, free before 
his door and thereupon he delivered him one load of twenty five pieces 
and another of twenty five pieces; but that they were all light wood, of 
which he could easily take away three sticks and speaking to him on the 
subject, he illtreated him. Deft, says, when the pltf. returns him the wood, 
he shall return him the duffels. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard 
parties, decree that the pltf. shall pay the deft, for the wood received eight 
guilders ten stivers, when the deft, is ordered to restore the pltf. the three 
ells of duffels received from him. 

Aaght Jans, pltf. v/s Comelis Jansen van Hoom, deft. Pltf. says, 
her boy had shot a bear, which he tried to put in his boat and that the 
deft, came by there, who said that he had chased the bear and that the 
half belonged to him; forcing him to toss up for who should have the skin 
which her boy lost; maintaining that the deft, has no right to the skin, 
but her boy, because he had shot it. Deft, says, he chased the bear and 
that he was on the one end of the island and the boy shot the bear on the 
other end; admits he told the boy to toss up for the skin and that he had 
eaten half the meat. Burgomasters and Schepens having heard parties, 
decree that the bear belongs to the boy, as he shot him; but since half 
the meat has been consumed by the deft, and the pltf. is content with the 
skin, that the deft, shall deliver up to her the skin of the aforesaid bear. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf., Jurrien Janzen van Auweryck, deft. 
Defts. 3^ default. Pltf. demands from deft, on his own signature forty 
eight guilders six stivers demanding deposit of the money. The W. Court 
order deft, to bring the monies in the consignment of this City. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf.. Tennis Tomassen Quick, deft. Deft. 



1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 333 

in default. Pltf. demands from deft, thirteen guilders demanding de- 
posit of the money. The W. Court order deft, to bring the monies within 
consignment of this City. 

Willem Willekes, pltf. v/s Reinier Willemzen, baker, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, six beavers. Deft, admits the debt, promises to pay 
in fourteen days. Pltf. demands in addition payment according to a/c, 
producing the same. Deft, says, he has paid something to Jan Bon and 
that they act together. The pltf. furmr demands, that the costs be made 
good to him. The W. Court order the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. 
the six beavers within fourteen days; refer the a/c which parties have 
against each other to Tymotheus Gabry, old Schepen of this City, and 
Joris Wolsy, to make up and decide the same; to endeavour to reconcile 
parties hereupon as well as regarding costs, if possible; if not, to report 
their finding to the Court. 

Tomas Fransen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Joost van der Linde, arrested 
and deft. Deft, in default. Pltf. demands that the attachment be de- 
clared valid. The W. Court declare the attachment valid. 

Hans Stein, arrestant and pltf. v/s Cytje van Cleef, arrested and 
deft. Pltf. demands, that the attachment be declared valid. The W. 
Court declares the attachment valid. 

Burgomaster Olof Stevenzen van Cortlandt, pltf. v/s Jan Hendricksen 
Steelman, deft. Deft, in default. 

Evert Duyckingh, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickzen van Gunst, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Freryck Arenzen, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. 

Joris Dopzen's wife appearing states in writing, that the Ofiicer has 
notified her of the judgment pronounced against her for a fine; that she 
is not subject to fine as the Officer cannot prove by credible witnesses, 
what he accuses her of. The writing given in being read to the Officer, 
he says he will affirm by oath, that what he said and fined her for is 
true and trustworthy. On which entered writing 'tis ordered — Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens persist by their rendered judgment dated 30^ 
Octob. last and order Joris Dopzen to satisfy and pay the Officer. 

Tuesday 27*^ Novemb' 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 



334 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

Pieter Tonneman, Paolus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevenzen Tan 
Cortlandt, Jacob Stzycker, Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip, Jacques 
Cousseau. 

Willem Willekes, pltf. v/s Reinier WiUemzen, baker, deft. Deft, in 
default Pltf. produces the award of arbitrators dated ig^ NoTemb' last 
regarding the a/c in question between him and the deft, to the efifect, 
that the deft, owes the pltf. as they find, thirty skepek of wheat ® three 
guilders the skepel in beavers, and further seventeen and a half skepels 
rye @ two guilders ten stivers the skepel also in beavers, with which the 
miU a/c at Gravesend corresponds; and as regards the costs, that they 
are paid by them; also the pltf. demands that the deft, be condemned 
herein. The W. Court having seen the aforesaid award approve the 
same, condemning the deft, to satisfy and pay the contents thereof; and 
decree, that the deft shall satisfy and pay the costs accruing from the 
date of the aforesaid award. 

Freryck Arenzen, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft Pltfs. wife ap- 
pearing says she sold deft a hide weighing fifty pounds ® three and a 
half stivers the pound in beavers, demanding payment thereof. Deft 
demands, that Freryck Arenzen himself shall appear, and says he con- 
tracted with him for work before he bought the hide and purchased the 
hide on the contracted work; offering to pay the overplus and that Adriaaa 
van Laar and Pieter Jansen Schol were present at the bargain. Burgo- 
masters and Schepens decree, that Freiick Arensen must appear in 
person. 

Dirck Siecken, pltf. v/s Frerick Arensen, deft Deft in default 
The W. Court decided, that the deft must appear himself; postponing 
the cause with that view. 

Hehdrick Janzen, baker, pltf. v/s Evert Dircksen van As, deft 
Deft in default 

Samuel Edsal, pltf. v/s Comelis Steenwyck, deft. Pltf., as attorney of 
Thomas Hunt, testamentary executor of Jan Freyer, demands in said qual- 
ity from the deft, the sum of fifteen pounds sterling for earned monthly 
wages in the ship Nathanid belonging to Jeems Mills, sold by execution 
and purchased by deft. Deft, says, the obligation executed by him in 
Court for pa3rment of the same remains in this City Hall, and that the pltf. 
ought to have applied to the Court; then if he were orderd to satisfy and 



1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 335 

pay the same, he should do so. Burgomasters and Schepens allow the 
pltf. the obligation and order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. in his 
quality, on condition that he give a discharge for the receipt and deliver 
the obligation over to the deft. 

Comelis Steenwyck, pltf. v/s Anneken Rysens, widow of Solomon La 
Chair, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and fifty seven 
guilders ten stivers in sewant and twenty guilders in beavers, on con- 
dition of deducting what defts. deceased husband earned from him by 
writing; demanding judgment for the balance. Deft, admits the debt, 
offers to pay as soon as possible; making known her inability for the 
present. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the deft, to satisfy and 
pay the pltf. the demanded sum on condition that what her deceased 
husband earned from the pltf. by writing shall count as pa3rment. 

Maria Verlett appearing produces a petition, wherein she requests 
that the monies due her by Schepen Jacob Kip and attached with him by 
Isaack de Foreest, may be released from attachment, as she cannot obtain 
any settlement of a/c from said de Foreest. Apostille: — Before the 
monies herein mentioned are released from attachment the W. Court de- 
cree, that parties shall come to a settlement of a/cs with each other, 
appointing for that purpose Comelis Steenwyck, old Schepen of this City, 
and Gerrit van Trigh, in whose presence before the Schepen Jacobus 
Backer, parties shall have to make up and settle their a/cs and the arbi- 
trators are authorized to hear parties relative to their a/cs, to examine the 
case, to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report to the Court their 
award. 

Joannes Verveelen appearing and with him Burgomaster Olofif Steven- 
sen van Cortlant, interested in Barent Cruytdop in consequence of the 
mortgage thereof in their hands, request that the monies arising from the 
sale of the said Barent Cruytdops house and lot, sold by execution, may 
be collected by the Vendu Master and Marshal and deposited in this City 
Hall. Burgomasters and Schepens order the Vendu Master Joannes 
Nevius and the Marshal Mattheus de Vos to demand, collect and receive 
the abovementioned monies, and bring them in consignment to this City 
Hall by the earliest opportunity. 

Maria Verlett, widow of Paulus Schrick, appearing states, she has 
come in order to learn, whether Metje Wesseb has confirmed by oath, 



33^ Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

pursuant to the order of the Court of this City dated 6*^ Novemb' last, 
that she has satisfied and paid her arrears to Paulus Schrick decl or his 
widow through Jeremias Frederick; And whereas Burgomasters and 
Schepens have not sat during fourteen days, nothing has been done 
therein, the Court Messenger is therefore sent by their Worships to Metje 
Wessds to order her i^pearance in Court; returning he reported that she 
could not attend. 

Henry Bresar, pltf . v/s Dirck Clazen Pottebacker, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. Pits, wife appearing complains, that def ts. hogs break through her 
fence,* requesting that this may be provided for, as she suffers great lost 
thereby and one of her children must constantly be in attendance. 
Burgomasters and Schepens commission and authorize Abraham Ver- 
planck and Jan Hendricksen Stdman to make ocular inspection of the 
fence in presence of Schepen Jan Vinge, whether the same be in good 
order or not and to dispose absolutely of the case, as they shall think 
proper. 

Qaas Gangelofsen Visser, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Aaltje Marcschalck, 
arrested and deft. Deft in default. Pltf. demands that the attachment 
be declared valid. The W. Court declare the attachment valid. 

Dirck Janxen van Deventer, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Isaack de Foreest appearing demands execution of the judgment, 
which he has obtained from the W. Court of this City against Andries 
Joghemsen dated i6^ Octob' last; or payment thereof. Andries Jo^em- 
zen*s wife appearing exhibits a mortgage against Qaas Clasen van Baren 
for a claim, which she has on the said Qaas Clasen for the sum of two 
hundred and forty four guilders in beavers with the interest thereon 
9 ten per cent, which aforesaid sum and interest the aforesaid Qaas 
Qaasen prmnised to pay in the month of June At 1664; requesting there- 
fore that the abovcnamed Foreest shall so long have patience for die pay* 
ment. Whereupon the abovenamed Isaack de Foreest says he cannot do 



^ Tbe fiiu pqt ki of these poties adjoined cndk other. Bnatr had 33 
FmikfiB Square ead PottdMcker (the potter) was hb nrighbor cm the 

farther East to Skipper Loow* afkerwards Hi^gjhseaa, Poiat acar Aa 
of Cheny aad Roosevdt Streets. Fmimiim, Maaaal, 1S61, pw S95 
Eitale aad Ri^ts, iL, nyx 



1663] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 337 

so, as it is orphans property; also that he has waited full long; persisting 
in his demand. Burgomasters and Schepens having considered the mat- 
ter, order, with consent of the abovenamed Isaack de Foreest, that the 
aforesaid An dries Joghimsen's wife satisfy and pay, within the term of 
four consecutive weeks unto the abovementioned de Foreest the difference 
between what he, Isaac de Foreest, claims and the produced mortgage 
against Claas Claasen abovenamed or that execution shall be issued in de- 
fault thereof. 

Lauwerens Cornelizen van der Wei appearing demands payment due 
a boy, over whom he has authority, for monthly wages earned from Tomas 
Jansen Mingael according to a/c. producing the same. Burgomasters and 
Schepens decree, that he must settle with the curators of the insolvent 
estate of Tomas Jansen Mingael dec^ before he can receive the monies. 

Jacobus Kip demands execution against Jan Rutgersen in quality as 
bail of his son, according to the tenor of the bailbond dated 22I Octob' 
1659, passed before the Secretary Joannes Nevius, and that pursuant to 
judgment obtained against Rutgert Jansen in date 16^ January last. The 
W: Court order the Marshal to execute these. 

Hester Douzen or Pieter Tonneman on her behalf, demands execu- 
tion of the judgment obtained by her against Dirck Claas Pottebacker, 
dated 25^ SeptT last. The Marshal is ordered to execute these. 

Stoffel van Laar demands execution of the judgment, which he ob- 
tained against Jan Rutgersen, dated 30^ Octob' last. The Marshal is 
ordered to put these in execution. 

Tuesday, the 4*!* Decemb' 1663. In the City HaU. Present the 
Heeren Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Steven- 
zen van Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jacobus Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Rip. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jurrien Jansen van Auweryckp 
deft. Defts. third default. Pltf. demands, that deft, shall be definitively 
condemned to pay him the sum of forty eight guilders six stivers accord- 
ing to his own hand writing. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn deft. 
ex cofUunuuiam to satisfy and pay the pltf. the demanded forty eight 
guilders six stivers. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, one hundred and twenty guilders according to contract. Deft. 

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338 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1663 

says, he has nothing against it and that he placed a lease in the pltfs. 
hands, from which he should receive his pay. Pltf. replying says, he has 
not received anything from it. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn the 
deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. according to his contract. 

Dirck Janzen van Deventer, pltf. v/s Tomas Hal, deft. Pltfs. wife 
appearing demands from deft, payment according to hand writing, for the 
sum of six hundred and fifty three pounds net of tobacco, loaned him to 
be repaid in brandy within the term of three or four weeks. Deft, admits 
the debt; requests fourteen days' time to pay the pltf. The W: Court 
order deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. within fourteen days time. 

Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, pltf. v/s Reinier Willem, baker, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, fifty nine guilders in beavers, from which he 
must reimburse to deft, sixty nine guilders ten stivers seawant, as per a/c 
exhibited in Court. The a/c being read to deft., he says he has nothbg 
to object, except against the item of linen, which the pltf. charged too 
high; undertaking to prove so. The W. Court order deft, to prove his 
assertion at the next Court day. 

Hendrick Jansen van der Vin, pltf. v/s Jan Teunizen, deft Pltf. 
demands from deft, fifty one guilders in seawant. Deft, produces certain 
a/c of what the pltf. had from him, amounting to the sum of twenty two 
guilders seven stivers, demanding time to pay the balance, as he is unable 
to do so at present. Pltf. appearing says, he will give the deft, six weeks 
time. The W. Court order deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. within six wtAs 
time, the sum of eight and twenty guilders thirteen stivers. 

Freryck Arenzen, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, payment of a hide, weighing fifty pounds, @ three and a half 
stivers the pound in beavers. Deft, says, he did not buy the hide for 
beavers, but for beaver value, producing to that effect a declaration of 
three witnesses. Pltf. replying says, that deft, gave him for the hide an 
order for beaver on Allard Anthony, Metje Wessels and Hendrick van 
der Wal's widow, from neither of whom he could receive one beaver. 
Deft, admits it, offering again to give an order on Hendrick van der 
Wal's widow. The W. Court order deft, to give another order to pltf. on 
van der Wal's widow. 

Hendrick Janzen van der Yin, pltf. v/s Teunis Tempeiier, deft 
Deft in default 



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Caspar Steimits, pltf. v/s Antony de Milt, deft. Deft in default. 

Jacobus Vis, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Deft, in default. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Deft, in default. 

Joannes Nevius, as Vendu Master, demands execution of the judg- 
ment, which he obtained in date ii Sept' last, against Tymotheus Gabry; 
with costs. The Marshal is ordered to execute these forthwith, with costs. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman demands execution of the judgment, which 
he obtained against Joris Dopzen dated 30*!" Oct' last. The Marshal is 
ordered to execute these. 

Seletje Arens demands execution of the judgment, which she obtained 
against Teunis Tomassen, dated 30*^ Octob' last. The Marshal is ordered 
to execute these. 

Pelgrum Clocq, appearing requests by petition that the suit between 
him and Jacob Vis may be disposed of. Whereunto it was answered the 
case will be attended to. 

Tuesday, xi^ Decemb' 1663. In the City Hall. Present the Heeren 
Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof Stevensen van 
Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, Jacob Kip. 

Schepen Jacop Rip, arrestant and pltf. v/s Adriaan Post, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, a balance according to a/c of fifteen 
guilders in com; and further, as attorney of Albert Comelis" Wantenaar, 
the sum of eight and forty guilders fourteen and a half stivers in seawant, 
demanding that the attachment shall stand good until he shall have paid 
him, with the interest of the demanded fifteen guilders. Deft, admits 
the debt, promising to pay within the time of two or three weeks the 
fifteen and eight and forty guilders and fourteen and a half stivers. The 
W. Court condemn the deft, to satisfy and pay the pltf. the sum demanded 
in his individual capacity and in his quality as attorney; declaring mean- 
while the attachment so long valid. 

Hendrick Janzen van de Vin, pltf. v/s Teunis Tempelier, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, one hundred and thirteen guilders ten and a half 
stivers in seawant and eighty six guUders in beavers. Deft, produces a 
counter a/c saying, that the pltfs. a/c is made up somewhat irregularly. 
Burgomasters and Schepens refer the matter in question to Isaack Greve- 
raat, old Schepen of this City, and Gerrit van Tright, to take up the a/c 



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of paitks^ to debate die same, to liear and examine paities, and to en- 
deavonr if possibie to leconcfle tfaem; if not to report tbeir award to the 
Court. 

Hans Stem, ptiL t/s Bmyn Hiiybertien, deft. Fltf. demands from 
deft, twcntf two gnfldcis seven stivers in seawant. Deft, admits tiie 
debt, demanding fourteen dajs time. The pltf . allows die deft, fourteen 
dj^ time to pay. The W. Coort order the deft to satisfy and pay the 
pltf. within fourteen days time. 

Freryck Arcnxen, pltf. r/s Abd Hardenbroeck, deft, ntf . sajs, 
deft, offered him a rotten beaver, demanding that he shaD be condemned 
according to judgment of die 4^ of this month to give an order on the 
widow of Hendrick van der Walle and to pay die costs incorred herein. 
Defts^ wife appearing says, she let the pltf. know by her boy, that if he 
reqoired the beaver now, she woold give an order of the widow van der 
Walle. Burgomasters and Schepens order deft, to satisfy and obey the 
judgment dated 4^ af (wesaid and decree that parties on both sides shall 
bear their costs incurred herein. 

Caqiar Steimits, pltf. v/s Antony de Mih, deft. Phf. demands bom 
deft, fifty guilders attached with him for lime ddivered at Slingerlaads 
house, bou^t from the deft DefL says, he must first see, whether it be 
to the good and that a setdement must first be had with the cuntots of 
Pieter Jansen, die mason's, residuary estate. Bu rg om as ter s and S*"^HTMit^ 
declare the attachment valid. 

Margrietje de Vries, pltf. v/s Elsie Barcns, deft Phf. demands 
from deft fifteen guDders for room-hire. Deft says, that pltf. used the 
room more than she and let her off for twdve guilders rent and that dbe 
offered her ei^t Pltf. says, she did so, in order not to come before dK 
Court Burgomasters and Schepens order deft to pay phf. ten goilders 
f<v room-hire. 

Reinier WiUemzen, baker, af^iearing produces pursuant to 
dated the 4^ of this month a written testimony of Pieter Symonsen^ 
declares to have received at Hend^ Jansen van der Vin*s home fi. 35. 
a/c of him, the party appearing. The W. Court order the evidciM 
duced to be communicated to Hendrick Jansen. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, fdtf . v/s Hendri^ Lamberlsen Mol, deft. 
Deft in default 



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Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Anneken La Chair, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Paulus Heimans, deft. Defts. 2"! default. Pltf. 
demands from deft, two hundred and sixty six stivers. The W. Court 
decrees, that before disposing of the case, the pltf. shall exhibit the last 
acie against the deft. 

Balthazar de Haart, pltf. v/s Samuel Etsal, deft. Both in default. 

Aret Jurriaensen Lantsman, pltf. v/s Albert Alberzen, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

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

Ariaan van Laar, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft. Deft, in default. 

Wemaar Wessels demands by petition postponement of execution of 
the judgment, which Maria Verlett, widow of Paulus Schrick, obtained 
against him on the 4^ Sept' last, for the space of six weeks, when he 
promises to satisfy and pay the aforsesaid Maria Verlett the thirty two 
beavers, wherein he is condemned, in good leaf tobacco on the valuation 
of arbitrators, or in seawant, as at this conjuncture he should have to 
suffer great loss by the Marshal selling the brewery. Apostille: Burgo- 
masters and Schepens taking into consideration the circumstances of the 
times, also the petitioners request, grant and allow the petitioner the six 
weeks asked for in postponement of the execution of the judgment herein 
mentioned, provided petitioner enter two sufficient securities, that he 
shall satisfy and pay Maria Verlett, widow of Paulus Schrick, the success- 
ful party, within the aforesaid six weeks. 

Hendrick Hendricksen Obe, curator and guardian over the children 
and goods left by Gerrit Hendricks van Harder Wyck, appears in Court 
and with him Hans Dreper; the abovenamed Hendrick Obe requesting, 
that Hans Dreper shall declare, whether he have any right or pretence to 
the lot situate behind the house and lot of Barent Cruytdop (sold by exe- 
cution) on the shore of the North River purchased by the aforesaid 
Cruytdop from the City and paid for. Whereupon Hans Dreper declares, 
that he has no right or pretence to the same and that Barent Cruytdop's 
wife gave him only a mere bill of survey, but no deed of conveyance. 
The W. Court decree, that the aforesaid lot shall belong to the lot of the 
aforesaid Barent Cruytdop, sold by execution, as the Burgomasters de- 
clare 'twas sold him for the advantage of his lot and by him paid for; on 



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condidon that the estate of Genit Hendricks van Harderwyck shall re- 
imburse the monies, which Barent Cmytdop gave for it. 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker, spearing demands execution of the 
jadgmenty which he obtained in date 3^ Jnlj last against Wamaer Wessels. 
The bailiff is ordered to execute these. 

Comelis Steenwjck being sent for to Court, appearing was informed, 
that pursuant to their unanimous resolution he is requested by the Gen- 
eral Provincial Assembly to proceed to Fatherland as Delegate from this 
Province, to lay the deplorable and sorrowful condition of this Province 
before the Directors with petition for redress pursuant to the writings 
to be given him therewith; and whereas the ship the Gilded Star lies 
ready to sail, he was requested to get himself ready, to repair thither in 
her in the aforesaid quality. To which request he answered, his circum- 
stances at present did not permit it and that he is expecting one or two 
ships and that he intends to depart with them in March or April of the 
spring for Holland, offering to do then all that lies in his power for the 
good of this Province. 

Tuesday, 18"^ Decemb. 1663. In the City Hall. Present the 
Heeren, Pieter Tonneman, Paulus Leenderzen van der Grift, Olof 
Stevenzen van Cortlant, Jacob Strycker, Jacob Backer, Jan Vinge, 
Jacques Cousseau. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Jan Meinderzen, cartman, defL 
Pltf . says, that he fined the deft, through Resolueert Waldron for having 
stood and worked at his cart last Sunday. Deft, says, he merely took a 
pin out of his cart through fear, that the boys should otherwise ride his 
cart to pieces. Burgomasters and Schepens excuse deft, from the fine, 
reprimanding him ; and order him to look, that he do not perform any 
work on Sunday. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Francob Allard, deft. Pltf. says, 
that Resolved Waldron fined the deft, because he cut wood last Sunday. 
Deft, says, he did so to kindle the fire and to make it bum, as the children 
complained of the cold, shewing his* fore finger in consequence of which 
he was unable to cut any wood. The W. Court excuse the deft, from the 
fine and charge him not to do so again; reprimanding him. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Albert Trompetter, d^t. Phf. 



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says, that the deft, was met last Sunday by himself and Resolveert 
Waldron, with an axe on his shoulder and he entered a fine against him. 
Deft, admits it, saying he cut only a little stick for a bat for his child; 
shewing it. The Court excused the deft, from the fine and repri- 
manded him; further charged him not to presume any more to work on 
Sunday. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. and arrestant v/s Albert Alberzen, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, fifty guilders heavy money, 
or one hundred guilders light money for beating and pushing the pregnant 
wife of Arent Jurriaansen Lantsman, also for fighting with Lodowyck 
Pos; cum expemis. Deft, denies it, producing in his defence a counter 
declaration and says that he was struck first and must defend himself. 
The Officer undertakes to prove his assertion demanding copy of the 
declaration and that the attachment against the defts. person be declared 
valid. Deft, says, that Lodowyck Pos came to him in the street and asked 
him if he struck and pushed his daughter ? To which he answered. No ; 
yet he fell on and struck so that he must act on his defence. The W. 
Court order the Officer to give further, proof of his statement; he is 
allowed copy of the declaration and the attachment is pronounced 
valid. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman, pltf. v/s Maria de Trux, deft. Pltf. con- 
cludes that the deft, shall be condemned in a penalty of eighteen guilders 
heavy money, or thirty six guilders light money, for that he, the pltf., and 
Resolueert Waldron found last Sunday at defts. house one Lambert 
Barensen and that Teunis Tomassen Quick lay asleep by the fire drunk; 
also that Maatseuw's mate was met coming quite drunk from defts. house; 
concluding further for a fine of fifty guilders because she, deft., does not 
have her chimney fixed, whereby great fire and danger may occur; all 
this with costs. Deft, denies having tapped for any one else, than Lam- 
bert Barensen and his wife and only three pints and that such occurred 
after the second preaching; saying further, that Teunis Tomassen Quick 
came to her house when drunk and lay down there to sleep ; and as re- 
gards the chimney she says, she ha^ as much lime and stone ready as she 
could get. Burgomasters and Schepens condemn deft, in a fine of 
eighteen guilders in zeawant for having tapped on Sunday and order her 
to have her chimney made up as soon as possible. 



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Schoat PicCer ToQncmaii, anesUnt and pltf., Franoob de Bmjm, 
aiTcsted and deft Deft, in defaolL Pltf. demands, that the attachment 
be declared valid. The W. Court declare the attachment valid. 

Arent Jorriaansen Lantsman, anestant and pltf., Albert Alberzen, 
arrested and deft. Pltf. demands from deft, a balance jet of nine and a 
half skepeb of maixe with costs for and on a/c of ninety four and one 
half pounds of tobacco. Deft, denies the debt, saying he has paid. 
Burgomasters and ScJiepens having heard parties on both sides, ask them 
if they wiU submit their case to them not as Judges, but as Moderators. 
Whereunto they answer. Yes. Thereupon Burgomasters and Schepens 
give as their award, that Albert Albertsen shall pay Arent Jurriaansen 
Lantsman six schepeb maize on condition of keeping his cloth. 

Jacob Keren, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Loockeman, deft. Pltf. says, he 
bought from deft, a cow, which he could not pay for, and he gave deft 
twenty four guilders, and that they submitted their question to arbitrators, 
chosen on both sides who gave for award, that he should pay deft, for the 
use of the cow twelve guilders and as he gave deft, twenty four guilders, 
he demands restitution of the other twleve. DefL denies that he sub- 
mitted his case to arbitration. The W. Court order pltf. to prove that 
the deft, submitted the question between them both to the decision of 
good men. 

Nicolaas de Meyer, pltf. v/s Hendrick Janzen, baker, deft. Deft 
in default. 

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

Adriaan van Laar, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Pos, deft And whereas deft 
is sick, the default is excused. 

Bruyn Huyberzen, pltf. v/s Rem Janzen, smith, deft. Deft in 
default. 

Willem Janzen, pltf. v/s Roelof Janzen van Meppden, deft Deft, 
in default. 

Gerrit van Tright, pltf. v/s Burgomaster Olof Stevenzen van Cort- 
lant, deft Pltf., as curator over the estate left by Ehnerhuyzen Qeyn, 
demands discharge from his curatorship and power to distribute among 
the creditors according to the circumstances of the estate; that the deft 
shall affirm under oath the justice of his claim against the aforesaid estate. 



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The deft, declares the debt is just and will so maintain it at all times. 
Pltf. says, he is satisfied with the pltfs. statement. 

Gerrit van Tright, pltf. v/s. Comelis Steenwyck, deft. Pltf. in 
quality as above demands that deft, pursuant as before, shall prove by 
oath the justice of his claim. Deft, exhibits a notarial obligation of the 
debt. Pltf. declares himself satisfied. 

Gerrit van Tright, pltf. v/s Maria Verlet, widow of Paulus Schrick, 
deft. Pltf. in above quality demands, that deft, shall verify by oath, 
what she claims from the estate left by Elmerhuyzen Clein. Deft, ex- 
hibits an obligation under his hand. Pltf. says, he has nothing to object. 

Gerrit van Tright, pltf. v/s Wemaar Wessels, deft. Pltf. in quality 
as before demands, that deft, shall affirm under oath his claim against the 
estate left by Elmerhuyzen Clein. Deft, produces an a/c, wherein he 
states, that there is still due him from the estate aforesaid, one hundred 
and twenty as well fox as wild cat skins; offering to affirm the same on 
oath, if necessary and when demanded. Pltf. says, he has neither fox nor 
wild cat; offering to pay the value thereof at what they are worth, when 
the debt is to be paid. Deft, says, he is not satisfied with that; maintains 
he must be paid according to the price at present. 

Gerrit van Tright, pltf. v/s Bartholdus Maan, deft. Pltf. in quality 
as before demands, that deft, shall affirm under oath his a/c, which he 
brings in against the estate of Elmerhuysen Clein. Deft, offers to do so. 
Pltf. expresses himself satisfied with the offer. 

Gerrit van Tright, pltf. y/s Freryck Flipzen, deft. Pltf. in quality 
as before demands verification of defts. rendered a/c against the estate 
left by Elmerhuysen Clein. Deft, says, he took it from the book of Pieter 
Rudolfus. Pltf. asks, if it has not been paid ? to which deft, says, he 
cannot find so by the books. Then, as Lucas Dircksen was the special 
friend of Elmerhuysen and if anything be paid, he will know it cer- 
tainly; whereupon Lucas Dircksen being called in declares he has no 
knowledge of it; then says, he well knows, that Elmerhuysen had some 
elk hides at Pieter Rudolfus, some of which Pieter Rudolfus received, but 
cannot say, whether these were in payment or not. Pltf. maintains, that 
it is strange, if Pieter Rudolfus had not received any payment from 
Elmerhuysen the last time he was here, that he should not have demanded 
some obligation from him. Whereas the matter in question is obscure. 



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Burgomasters and Schepens decree, that it be postponed until further ex- 
planation be offered, and that Gerrit van Tright, meanwhile, shall retain 
according to the condition of the estate as much as should belong to deft, 
according to his claim. 

Gerrit van Tright, pltf. v/s Lucas Dircksen, deft. Pltf. produces an 
a/c against deft, saying, that deft, has an a/c against it. The a/c against 
him being read to deft, he denies some items, demanding from deft, in 
quality as aforesaid eighty guilders in seawant for divers goods lent him 
and eighty guilders for trouble and provisions, in beavers; also four 
beavers in addition, balance of a/c. Burgomasters and Schepens to con- 
clude, decree that parties shall have to settle with each other. 

Hendrick Jansen van der Vin and Reinier Willemsen, baker, appear- 
ing, Reinier exhibits in writing pursuant to the order of the Court of this 
City, dated 4^ Decemb' last, proof of the matter in question between 
both; of which Hendrick Jansen van der Vin demands copy, which is 
allowed him by Burgomasters and Schepens to bring into at the next 
Court whatever he may have against it. 

Tymotheus Gabry and Lysbet Pieters appearing, Tymotheus Gabry 
demands, that Lysbet Pieters or her husband shall be ordered to satisfy 
and pay the assignment accepted by her. Lysbett Pieters answers, that 
after having accepted the assignment, she found that she had paid the 
debt from which the assignment arose ; maintaining that she is not bound 
to pay the same twice. Burgomasters and Schepens order Lysbet Pieters 
or her husband to satisfy and pay Tymotheus Gabry the accepted order, 
on condition of holding his guarantee, where she shall deem proper. 

Schout Pieter Tonneman demands execution on the judgments, one 
dated 23I October against Lysbet Ackermans and two dated 4*^ Decemb' 
of this year against Jurrien Jansen van Auweryck and Jacob Vis. On 
which is ordered: — The Marshal is ordered to put these in execution. 

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