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Full text of "The records of New Amsterdam from 1653 to 1674 anno Domini"

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THE RECORDS OF 
NEW AMSTERDAM 

FROM 1653 TO 1674 ANNO DOMINI 



EDITED BY 

BERTHOLD FERNOW 

MEMBER AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION ; HONORARY RESP. 
CORRESPONDING MEMBER NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, HIS- 
TORICAL SOCIETIES OF NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, NEW JERSEY, 
VIRGINIA; BUFFALO, N. Y. ; WATERLOO, N. Y.; AND DALLAS, TEXAS. 



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VOLUME VI. 



MINUTES OF THE COURT OF 
BURGOMASTERS AND SCHEPENS 

MAY 8, l666, TO SEPT. 5, 1673, INCLUSIVE 



PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF 

THE CITY OF NEW YORK 

BY 

Gbe Iftmckerboc&er press 

MDCCCXCVII. 



Copyright, 1897, by 
THE CITY OF NEW YORK 



Ube Knickerbocker press, mew ]2ork 



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COURT MINUTES OF NEW 
AMSTERDAM 1204211 



May the 8^ 1666. Att a Court held at N: York. Present Capt" 
Tho: d'Lavall, depty mayor; M. r Johannes Van Brugh, M. r C: V: Ruy- 
ven, Ald r m" ; Mf Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Jan Stevensen, pltf. v/s Jan van Bremen, deft. In the cause be- 
tween Jan Stevens, as pltf. on the one side, and Jan van Bremen, as deft. 
on the other, It is by the W: Court decreed, that deft, shall pay the sum 
of fl. i2. zewant to the deft, with the costs herein incurred, and they 
order the deft, further to pay the Sheriff or enter security before his de- 
parture for the six gl., in which he is condemned according to judgment 
dated 27* March last for the behoof of the Poor. Ady as above. 

In the matter in dispute between Fredrick Lubbersen, on the one 
side, and Geertie, widow of Bartel Maenes, on the other, regarding a 
matter of a/c. were appointed as arbitrators Sieur Jacobus Backer, War- 
naer Wessels and Lodowyck Post, who are requested to examine the a/c 
and to hear parties' arguments and to reconcile them in this regard if pos- 
sible; if not to report their award to this W Court. Ady as above. 

In the matter in question between Egbert Mynders, pltf. on the one 
side, and Andries Andries, on the other, It is by the W Court decreed, 
that deft, shall, according to his obligation satisfy and pay the pltf. before 
his departure from this City or enter sufficient bail therefor and pay costs 
incurred herein. Ady as above. 

Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Teunis Cray, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, ac- 
cording to obligation made by deft, in company with Hans Pietersen a 
balance of one hundred and forty nine guilders 10 stiv: and further fl. 
151 according to a/c for beer received by deft, from the pltf. and John 
Withart; with costs. Deft, admits the passing of the obligation, but says 



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he paid his portion to the pltf. and that pltf. told him, he discharged the 
deft, from the remainder of the obligation and assumed Hans Pieters for 
payment. Regarding the fi. 151 for beer, he says his wife paid that to 
the pltf., which was, on the other hand, denied by pltf. The W: Court 
having heard parties, condemn deft, to pay said sum to the pltf. with 
costs, unless he can sufficiently prove, that pltf. assumed the above- 
named Hans Pietersen as payer and that he paid pltf. for the beer. 

Balthazaer de Haert, pltf. v/s Joost van der Linde, deft. Pltf. de- 
livering in his declaration in writing and the same being read, he is 
ordered by the W: Court to appear when the Bench is complete, as divers 
of the Aldermen are now absent; and that at present the different wit- 
nesses shall be heard on both sides, testifying as follows: — Willemyntie, 
Huygh Barents' daughter, declares, that Annetie Jacobsen, pltf's present 
servant maid, brought a sheet a while ago to her house to cut some caps 
from it and charged her not to speak of it to Mr Balthazar, as he had for- 
bidden her to bring it there. Huygh Barentsen declares, that he heard 
it stated by his wife, who is now absent, that she was present, when Joost 
vander Linde brought his goods and property in pawn to Mr Balthazar's 
brother and that she then saw it: and further that when Mr Balthazar's 
maid brought the above mentioned sheet to their house to be cut, his 
wife told him that it was one of Joost vander Linde's sheets and that she 
knew it very well; and therefore took a piece of the same, which was 
shewn to the Court, which defts. wife says is a piece of her sheet and 
offers to confirm the same on oath. Elsie Barents declares, that she had 
sewed some days at M' Balthazar de Haerts house and said M' Balthazer 
charged her to take the marks out of some sheets, being sheets similar to 
those of Joost vander Linde's, which she said she refused, and said — I 
had rather make six marks than to rip one out; whereupon Mr Balthazer 
himself took a needle from her cushion and began to rip it. Ady as 
above. 

This day, Joost van der Linde told M r . Balthazar de Haert, before 
the Bench in open Court, that his brother is a rogue and undertook to 
prove the same, evidence of which M r . Balthazar demanded, that he 
should be required to bring forward at his own time. Ady as above. 

[This day 6* June the abovenamed Joost vander Linde declares in 
presence of the Court, that the above was said in choler and hastiness, 



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as he can say nothing of Sr B. de Haert and his brother, but what is 
honourable and virtuous; whereupon said vander Linde is with Mf Bal- 
thazar de Haerts consent, excused by the W: Court from the penalty 
appertaining to the committed calumny.*] 

Balthazar de Haert, pltf. v/s Huygh Barentsen Kleyn, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, first fi. 6327 in zewant according to obligation and in 
addition 72 skepels of wheat, with costs. Deft, denies owing the obliga- 
tion ; demands copy of the same to answer thereunto, but promises to pay 
the 72 skepels of wheat within 14 days. The W: Court orders copy of 
the obligation to be furnished to party to answer thereunto at the next 
Court day. Ady as above. 

Ariaen Cornelissen, pltf. v/s Wolfert Webber, deft. Pltf. says and 
proves by two witnesses that deft, on Saturday last abused him as corn 
and cattle thief, and he demands honourable and profitable reparation as 
more fully appears by his declaration. Deft, says, he is not aware having 
said so, and if so, that it was in anger and haste ; declares he cannot say 
anything against the pltfs. good name. The W: Court having heard 
parties condemn deft, in a fine of 10 gl. for the Poor, with costs and 
parties are required henceforth to live with each other in love and friend- 
ship, under a penalty of 50 guilders against him, who shall first make any 
trouble between them or any manner of affront. 

Tho: Hall, Pit. v/s Geertie Hendricx, Defft. The Pit defaut. It 
is this day Ordered that the PI' Shal appeare at the next Court day and 
deliver in his Reply to the Answer of deff' or else that a neue Suite Shal 
be graunted. 

Fredrick Gysbertsen, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Hendricks Steelman, 
deft. Both in default. 

Andries Andriesen, pltf. v/s Egbert Meyendersen, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, has most shamefully calumniated him and accused him with 
many vile things; demands reparation etc. Deft, denies it and says it 
was spoken in sport and jest. Said parties arguing their case in open 
Court before the Bench, pltf. accused the deft, with being a perjurer etc. 
and the W: Court orders, that the Schout shall institute his action by the 
next Court day for the abusive words etc. and parties are then to appear 
again to answer thereunto. Ady as above. 
* Marginal note. 



4 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1666 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Ariaen van Laer, deft. Defts. 2<? 
default. Ordered, that deft, shall appear on the next Court day to answer 
pltf's entered suit, or that judgment shall be pronounced against the deft. 
Ady as above. 

M' Cornelis van Ruyven, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrick Steelman, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, on a note, dated fft October last, fi. 322. 10. for 
129 ells of Osnaburg linen delivered him in the year 1664, with costs. 
Deft, admits the debt and to have given a note therefor, but maintains 
likewise that the Osnaburgh linen was too high. Requests some delay. 
Pltf. replying says, that notwithstanding he has an absolute obligation, he 
is willing to submit to the judgment of one or two impartial persons as 
to the price of the Osnaburgh linen ; and also he should have given longer 
delay, had not the deft, given evil and insulting words instead of pay- 
ment. Deft, rejoining acknowledges his fault and says, it occurred 
through hastiness. The W: Court having heard parties and seen the 
passed obligation propose to the pltf. to hold to the said obligation or to 
choose two arbitrators to appraise the linen, and condemn the deft, to 
satisfy the pltf. and to pay the costs herein incurred. 

Casper Steynmets entering demands payment of a years rent of his 
house, hired to the City as a City school, due on the first of this month ; 
amounting to the sum of fl. 260. Petitioner is requested to wait yet a 
while, as there is at present no money in the chest. Ady as above. 

Claes Ebels entering in Court, offers, pursuant to order of last Court 
day, the a/c of costs incurred by M d . e Wessels in the action against Briella 
Waters, for which aforesaid Ebels was security. The W. Court having 
examined the account order Claes Ebels to pay the costs as bail for said 
Brielle Waters. Ady as above. 

ORDER TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE VILLAGE OF N. HAERLEM. 

Honourable, Beloved, Faithful, 

Whereas the late Constable, Resolveert Waldron is at his request dis- 
charged by US, you, therefore, are hereby ordered to nominate by plural- 
ity of votes two persons from Your village against the next Court day and 
to submit the same to US in writing, in order that one of them may be 
elected Constable for next year. Ady as above. 

Jacques Cossaert, Collector of the weekly assessment for the behoof 
of the soldiery, appearing in Court, states that pursuant to the Courts 



1666] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 5 

order, he made the collection last week and says he is fallen so much 
short in the receipts, that the surplus can hardly pay his commission; 
offering if the W. Court will please to allow him seven and a half per cent 
as a commission on his receipts, that he then shall undertake to make 
good from his commission, whatever shall fall short. The W Court 
having heard the remonstrance and offer of the petitioner, allow him for 
commission 7^ per cent., from which he shall be bound to make good 
whatever falls short in the money to be collected, provided he do his 
utmost to bring the money in weekly. 

In the differance betwixt Resolveert Waldron and Daniel Terneur is 
this day ordered, that both Parties shal for the future live together in 
good friendship and Neighbourhood uppon Penalty that shal give the first 
offence, shal forfeit the summe of fifty gilders. Ady, as above. 

May the 15* 1666. Att a Court held at New York. Present Capt" 
Thomas Willet, Mayor; M'. olof Stevensen, M' J: V: brugh, M^ John 
Lawrence, Ald r m"; M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

M r . Balthazar de Haert, pltf. v/s Huygh Barentsen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands judgment against deft, according to his suit entered on 8* May 
last. Deft, says, that M' John Rider, his attorney is gone to the North 
with M' La Val and requests postponement unto next Court day. Defts. 
request is granted by the W. Court. Ady, as above. 

In the matter in question between Mde Cousseau and Warnaer Wes- 
sels about an a/c, the W Court orders, at defts. request, that the same be 
inscribed for next Court day. Ady as above. 

Johannes d'Wit, pltf. v/s Lysbeth Gerrits, deft. Defts. i 5 . 1 default. 

Rem Jansen, smith,* P? v/s Walter Salter, Deft. The Pit: declares 
that he hath sold his howse to this defft: as appears by the bill of Sale 
bearinge date the 3'? of g b " 1664. uppon w^ is yet Remaininge unto him 
2240 lbs. tobacco & 4 ells of Sarge and Whereas the deff': hath Sold the 

* Rem Jansen from Ieveren, the ancestor of the present Remsen family, was by 
trade a smith. He married, here, in 1642, Jannetie Rapalje and d. in 1681, leaving fif- 
teen ch. all of whom, it is said, attended his funeral. He lived on his farm at the Walla- 
bocht, in 1663, hence he is represented as of long Island. The premises now sold to 
Walter Salter, were situate on the south side of the present Stone Street, West of the 
old City Hall, and Coenties Alley. They were subsequently sold to Nicholas Davidson. 
— O'C. 



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howse againe to another man and he doth Intend to Transport himselfe 
from this place, the Pit: humbly Craves that the s^ house may Remain as 
security till the s* Paiment is done, accordinge to agrem 4 . The defft: 
Craves to have the Liberty of a Burger, & that the first default may be 
entered. The honn b J e Court doe order that the Said howse shal Remaine 
as Security to the Pit, until the whole Paiment accordinge to agreement is 
done, as above. 
[Copy. 

23. July. I Rem Jansen acknowledge to have received from Walter 
Salter pay for the house by the Hall twenty seven hundred and 55 pounds 
of tobacco (was subscribed) Rem Jans. This recorded at the request of 
Walter Salter.*] 

Reynier vander Coele, pltf . v/s Balthazar de Haert, deft. Pltf. says, 
he bought two kettles of brandy from deft, and paid for them, whereof 
deft, refuses to give him due transport or to release him; requests the W 
Court to constrain the deft, thereunto. Deft, answers, that the kettles 
are not all paid for and offers to release the pltf., when the full payment 
shall be made. The W. Court having heard parties, authorize as arbitra- 
tors to examine and revise the a/cs of parties as regards the kettles etc. 
Sieur Christoffel Hooghlant and Nicolaes Mayer and order pltf. [qy. 
deft.] to receipt and give due transport and conveyance, when pltf. shall 
have paid his debt according to their agreement. Ady as above. 

Hendrick Obe, attorney of Paulus Jans Kitser, pltf. v/s Fredrick 
Philipsen, deft. Pltf. demands according to note, passed by Pieter 
Rudolfus dec^, the defts. wife's late husband, to the pltf., principal 
herein, a/c and reliqua of 14 full half Aems\ and 2 half Aems not quite 
full, of wine delivered by pltf's principal to said Pieter Rudolfus, with 
costs. Deft, answering says, that nothing hereof is entered in Pieter 
Rudolfus books; produces an a/c of wine sold by the Vendu Master 
Gabrie for a/c. of Pieter Rudolfus etc. Sieurs Gerrit van Tright 
and Dirck van Clyff are appointed arbitrators by the W Court, who are 
requested to examine and review the books of Pieter Rudolphus dec'! as 
regards this matter, and if possible to reconcile parties, if not to report 
their finding to the Court. Ady as above. 

Thomas Hall, atturny of Cristian davitsen, Pit: ag s .' Samuel Edsal, 
* Marginal note. f An Aam held 40 English Gallons. — B. F. 



1666] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 7 

atturny of Geertie hendrix, defft: The Pit: declares that Cristiaen davit- 
sen hath bought of andries hoppe Late husband of Geertie hendrix the 
halfe of the Land Called bronx Land w ch Land the s? Geertie hendrix 
hath afterwards sold againe to harmen Smeman without the Consent of 
the afores? Cristiaen davits humbly Cravinge the Court's Judgement for 
Restitution of the same. The defft: answeringe sais that this Pit: in the 
behalfe of Cristiaen davits hath sold al his Right & Title w c . h he had to 
the s? Land againe to the afores? Geertie hendrix In the presence of the 
arbitral as more Largely appears by the award of the s? arbit r . s bearinge 
date the 24 th of 7 br 1665. The Jury brought in their Verdict against the 
Pit: that the Sale made betweene the Pit: as atturny of Cristiaen davitsen 
and Geertie hendrix in the Presence of the arbitrators shall Stand in full 
force & Virtue as, alsoo the accound by the s? Arbitrat r . s made and that 
the Charges made Since the Last arbitration should be Paid by Thomas 
hall. The honn b . le Court did order that Judgem! should be entered ac- 
cording to the Verdict and that the Pit: should pay the Costs & Charges. 

Juryes. 

Jacob Baker, Stoffel hooglant, francois Rombouts, Isaacq Bedloo, 
Gelyn Verplancke, Timoty bigs, Patrik hayes, John Soudy, Lourens 
Sille, Willem Bogardus, Walter Salter, Johannes depeystf 

Jan Hendricksen van Gunst, pltf. v/s Abram Lubbers, deft. Pltf. 
says, deft, has a lead window (sash) of his and refuses to restore it. 
Deft, says, pltf. owes him eight guilders seawant and he first demands 
payment. The W Court condemn the deft, to restore the lead window 
and if pltf. owes him any thing, he may institute his action against him. 

In the matter of difference between Jacob Vis, pltf., and Egbert 
Meyndertsen, deft., the W Court orders, that Egbert Meyndertsen shall 
restore to pltf. all the goods, which he heretofore has attached and that 
in presence of the Sheriff Allard Anthony or his Deputy and parties are 
each condemned in his own costs. Ady as above. 

In the matter in question between Andries Andriesen Metselaer 
(Mason), on the one side, and Egbert Meyndertsen, on the other, for and 
on a/c of slander ; the W: Court decree, that Egbert Meynderts has 
wrongfully accused and insulted the said Andries Andriesen, to wit that 
he had committed adultery with his neighbour's wife — and condemn both 
parties for their abusive expressions as well in presence of the Court as 



8 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1666 

elsewhere, each in a fine of 25 gl. for the behoof of the Poor, and to pay 
costs herein incurred. Ady as above. 

John Damrill, pltf. v/s Jan Hendrickx Steelman, arrested and deft. 
Defts. I s .' default. Ordered that, deft, shall appear on the next Court 
day. Ady as above. 

Timotheus Gabrie, pltf. v/s Fred!* 1 Hendricks Kuyper, deft. Defts. 
i 5t default. 

Timotheus Gabrie, pltf. v/s Juriaen Jans, deft. Defts. 1? default. 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Walter Salter, deft. Deft. 1 de- 
fault. 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Ariaen van Laer, deft. Defts. 3I 
default. Symon Jansen Romeyn appearing for deft, requests postpone- 
ment until the next Court day, as deft, is to work at the Vlackebos (Flat- 
bush) and has 5 or 6 hands with him. The request is granted. 

From the nomination delivered in this day to the W. Court by the 
inhabitants of N. Haerlem for the purpose of chusing for the next year, 
another instead of the retiring Constable, the W: Court elected Johannes 
Verveelen, who has this day taken the oath of fidelity before the W. 
Court. Ady as above. 
To the W: Mr Maior and Aldermen in N. Yorck Citte on the Island 

Manhattans in America. 

Hans Kierstede with due reverence makes known, that he, the peti- 
tioner, appeared on the •§# Sept. 1664 in the Audience Chamber of Bur- 
gomasters and Schepens against Johannes Schevelburgh and Laurens de 
Sille producing a certain petition and a marginal order thereon, dated 17 
June Stilo novo 1664. The petition set forth, whereas the requirant and 
pltf. was afraid, that the goods, effects, actions and credits of Jan Sluyter 
and Casper ter Smitten, merchants at Haerlem, insolvents, remaining in 
the estate of Hendrick van der Wallen may thro' these and other means 
be conveyed away and alienated, notwithstanding attachment was declared 
valid thereupon ; he requests at the end thereof, that for the protection 
of his, the petitioners, arrears it may be ordered, that sufficient may be 
sequestrated from the effects of the abovenamed Jan Sluyter and Ter 
Smitten remaining in the estate of Hendrick vander Wallen and placed 
in the safe keeping of a faithful person. Lourens de Sille, deft., also ap- 
pearing promises to detain by him whatever effects of aforesaid Sluyter 



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and ter Smitten he may have, from which the petitioner shall obtain his 
pay free of costs and damage, deft, offering to enter security therefor; in 
consequence hereof deft, is ordered by the Burgomasters and Schepens 
aforesaid to perform his offer. More fully expressed in Appendix N? i. 
Petitioner again appears on the n* of Octob. 1664 in the Honourable 
Court of said Burgomasters and Schepens to state, that Johannes Schevel- 
burgh and Lauren Sille could not give any security pursuant to the decree 
dated f-g- Sept' 1664, Appendix N? 1, but offer to sequestrate so much 
property as will save the requirant in this action and claim, which he has 
against Jan Sluyter and Casper ter Smitten; he requests that such may 
have effect. The Hon b . le Burgomasters and Schepens granted the said re- 
quest and decreed, that the effects should be placed in the hands of Mr. 
Johannes van Brugh under inventory. More fully set forth in Appendix 
N? 2. 

Now tis to be considered and is notorious that the goods conveyed 
away from time to time are fading, decaying, diminishing in value and of 
less colour, and moreover the interest of the capital still runs on against the 
aforesaid Jan Sluyter and Casper ter Smitten, which tends to the evident 
damage of the aforesaid persons and in this respect the requirant remains 
and is obstructed in the use of his money, his good right reserved in his 
proof alone remaining to him ; and in case of agreement nothing is done, 
nor is any thing sought to be done with the other creditors of the afore- 
said Sluyter and ter Smitten in Holland, especially as the requirant is 
sufficiently well aware, that they can be effectually paid their due and pro- 
tected from loss out of the personal effects of the abovementioned Sluyter 
and ter Smitten. The requirant, therefore considers it (with respect) to 
be the most useful plan, as is to be concluded from the foregoing deduc- 
tion, to stay the loss and interest which said Sluyter and ter Smitten have 
suffered and will yet suffer thereby, also the frustrating of the employment 
of the money of requirant, that this Honor b . Ie Court, for good considerations 
and the case being set before them as related, shall please to order, 
authorize and appoint two honest men conversant herein, to appraise and 
value the goods attached under Johannes van Brugh as to their true 
value in Holland currency between merchant and merchant independent 
of all loss and damages; which authorized and appointed men then pur- 
suant and according to their power (after previous estimation as aforesaid) 



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shall pay the requirant from the attached goods the value and equivalent 
of the capital and the interest up to the effectual payment inclusive justly 
due to the requirant, on a/c of disbursed monies, by aforesaid Jan Sluyter 
and Casper ter Smitten, with offer to grant act and receipt therefor in the 
best form as to that appertains. And in case the requirants attornies in 
Holland are paid actually the capital and interest by the abovenamed Jan 
Sluyter and Casper ter Smitten, he is content to give sufficient security 
here to restore and deliver up the received effects or their equivalent, 
whenever sufficiently ample information of the fact shall come from 
Holland. 

Awaiting hereupon this W. Courts favorable marginal order {Apostille) 
seeing, that Laureus de Sille, according to his quality, manifests his consent 
to the preceding deduction: Doing which 
I remain 

Hon b . le Gentlemen Your Humble Servant 

Hans Kierstede. 
15 May. 1666. 

The above petition being read and considered by the W. Court is 
apostilled as follows: — Fiat Quod Petitar, and Sieurs Christoffel Hoogh- 
lant and Isaacq Bedloo are admitted and authorized by the W. Court to 
appraise the aforesaid goods. 

Endorsed, Petition for Mf Hans Kierstede. 

31 May 1666. Att a Court held at New York. Present Capt" 
Thomas Willet, Mayor ; M* oloff Stevensen, M' Johan Van Brugh, 
Mr John Lawrence, Ald r m"; M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Annetje Jans being sent for to Court, she is notified and ordered to 
depart from this City within the term of 8 days from date, in consequence 
of her unbecoming demeanour, her dissolute and whorish life, which she 
has led here to the great disreputableness of the Christian nation. 

June the 6* 1666. Att a Court at New York. Present Capt" Thomas 
Willet, Mayor; Capt n Laual, Mr oloff Stevens, Mf John Van Brugh, Mf 
Corn. V: Ruyven, Mf John Lawrence; Mr Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Govert Loockermans his wife Pit: v/s John Cockril, defft: The 
Pit: demands of the defft: 42 gld? Wampum. The defft: Requests a 
Copy of the Pit: declaration & demand. The Court did order that the 



i666] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 1 1 

Pit: should deliver the Copy of hur declaration & of the account to the 
defft: & doe order the defft: to make his answer to the same ag s .' next 
Court. 

In the matter in dispute between Abram Lubbers and Jan Hendrick 
van Gunst, at the request of parties are nominated as arbitrators Mr 
Thomas Hal and Jonas Bartels. Ady as above. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Jacob Stoffels, deft. Pltf. says, 
that he delivered a boat to deft, about 23 years ago, for which are still 
due him a balance of 15 skepels of wheat. He demands condemnation. 
Deft's wife appears and denies the same. The W: Court having heard 
parties decree, that pltf. shall prove his statement effectually. Ady as above. 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Ariaen van Laer, deft. Pltf. says, 
that some time ago the deft, beat his brother Stoffel van Laer very 
severely, so that the blood followed: concludes therefore that deft, shall 
be condemned in a double fine according to Placard frequently enacted 
herein, inasmuch as the same occurred in presence of one of the Alder- 
men. Deft, says, he has given bail for his good behavior in this matter; 
however, he is content, that it be disposed of by the W: Court. The W 
Court having read pltf's demand and heard defts. answer condemn deft, 
for having struck his brother in a fine of fl. 100 zewan to be applied ac- 
cording to Placard, with the costs herein incurred and that the bail bond 
for his good behavior shall stand good to the next Court of Assizes. Ady 
as above. 

On this day is Roger Barton & Robbert Bloomer by the Gov r . s special 
order Pub?' Summond for to deliver themselves up before the if of July 
next, ensuinge, as app r . s by the s? order dated the 31 st of May, passato. 

Reynier van der Coele, pltf. v/s Balthazar de Haert, deft. Pltf. 
says, that the arbitrators appointed and authorized by the W Court on the 
i5'. h May passato to examine and inspect the a/cs between parties, cannot 
agree: he demands again copy from Mr Baltus' book of all the particulars, 
from which the obligation arises. Deft, answering says, that he has 
already rendered a/c to the arbitrators appointed on the 15*? inst. by the 
W: Court, maintaining he is not bound to render any further a/c. The 
W. Court having heard parties order deft, to furnish pltf. with copy from 
his book of all the particulars from which the obligation arises and that 
from the month of October last to date hereof. Ady as above. 



12 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1666 

Balthazar de Haert, pltf. v/s Huygh Barentsen, deft. Pltf. demands 
judgment against deft, according to his suit dated 8'. h May last, entered 
before this W Court. Deft, demands copy of all the particulars of a/c, from 
which the obligation arises. Parties being heard by the W Court, pltf. is 
ordered to furnish deft, with bill of particulars, from which the obligation 
arises, to answer thereunto at the next Court day. Ady as above. 

Hendrick Obe, pltf. v/s Fredrick Philipsen, deft. Pltf. demands 
a/c and reliqua of 16 half aems of wine delivered by Paulus Jans Kitzer 
to Pieter Rudolfus dec?, the defts. predecessor, according to handwriting 
thereof, and persists further in his demand dated 15 May passato entered 
before this W Court to and against the deft. Deft, produces an a/c of 
the Vendu Master Gabrie, from which it appears that a parcel of wine 
was sold by him for the a/c of Pieter Rudolfus; and says further, that 
his, defts., wife has heard her late husband, the dec? Rudolfus, say, that 
the above wines sold by vendu belonged to said Paulus Jans Kitser. The 
Mayor proposing, that the case be determined by a jury, parties respec- 
tively requested, that the W Court itself would please to give their judg- 
ment thereon. The W: Court having heard parties and maturely weighed 
the case, give for judgment, that deft, shall pay] pltf. for aforesaid wines 
the sum of 36 beavers or the just value thereof in zewant, but with this 
reserve, that if parties find themselves agrieved hereby, that a jury shall 
be impanelled at the next meeting to determine it. 

Anna Benat, pltf. v/s Anna Willems, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
shamefully accused her of being a whore etc. Defts. husband Fredrick 
Hendricx appearing for his wife rejects and denies it. Ordered, each to 
bring her witnesses at the next Court day. Ady as above. 

Egbert van Borsum, pltf. v/s Frans Jansen van Hoghten, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of fl. 340 and one pair of shoes balance 
of his son's wages earned as servant to deft, according to contract; and 
the sum of fi. 44. for expences incurred in a previous suit, with costs. 
Deft, admits the debt of fl. 340. and shoes, but denies to owe any thing 
further to the pltf. and demands some delay. The W: Court having 
heard parties condemn deft, to pay pltf. the fl. 340. and shoes for the 
wages within 14 days. As regards the further claim for costs, they order 
pltf. to furnish a/c thereof to deft, and to prove that deft, owes the same. 
Ady as above. 



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Mde Beeckman, pltf. v/s Wolfert Webber, deft. Pltf. demands ac- 
cording to obligation from deft, the sum of fi. 86. zewant, with costs. 
Deft, admits the debt, but maintains that he has paid pltf. by the brick- 
maker more than the pltf. gives credit for. Moreover he demands delay 
until next year. The W. Court having heard parties condemn deft, to 
pay pltf. within a month from this time, with costs on pain of execution. 
Ady, as above. 

Mde Cousseau, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Timotheus Gabrie, pltf. v/s Juriaen Jans, deft. Defts. 2 d . default. 

In the case in dispute between Thomas Hal, atty of Willem Beeck- 
man, and Jan Vinge and Cornells Aertzen on the one side, pltfs., against 
Wolfert Webber on the other side, deft., the W: Court at defts. request, 
orders, that the land in question shall be again surveyed, at his own ex- 
pence, by the Surveyor Corteljou in presence of Alderman Cornells van 
Ruyven, Pieter Stoutenburgh and Jan Langestraat and (on behalf of the 
deft.) Sieur Jacob Kip. Which done, the said persons are requested to 
settle the question between parties, if possible and reconcile them; if not 
to report their verdict to the W Court. Ady as above. 

Gerrit Mannaet, pltf. v/s Gerrit Trevers, deft. Pltfs. wife appearing 
demands the sum of fi. 96. from deft, for 12 weeks board and costs. 
Deft, admits the debt, but says he has not wherewithal to pay. The W: 
Court having heard parties condemn deft, to satisfy pltf. within 8 days 
with the costs herein accrued. Ady as above. 

Willem Moreau, pltf. v/s Tho? Hal, deft. Pltf. in default. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Defts. i s ' default. 

Pieter Wolfertsen van Couwenhoven, arrestant and pltf. v/s John 
Tomsen, arrested and deft. Both in default. 

Thomas d'Lavall, Esq' Pit: v/s John Malby & John Garlant, def? 
The Pit: declares that the defft: John Malby Is indebted unto him the 
summe of 8500 lb. of good Muscovade Sugar, Dutch W" as he shal make 
appeare by a Bill under the deff'. 5 hand & Seal bearinge date the 17^ of 
August 1665. And Whereas the s<? John Malby hath 225 bosshels of 
Wheat in the hands of the defft: Garland the Pit: hath attached the same, 
humbly Praying the honn b ! e Court to Condemne the same towards the 
satisfaction of the s* obligation together w 1 ! 1 what other effects the Pit : shal 
make appeare to be in the s? Garlants hands. The defft: Jo: Garlant an- 



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sweringe sais that he is engaged by his Bill to Pay the s? Corne unto 
Timothy Bigs atturny of Alexander Tods at New Haven unto whome the 
si Corne is Belonginge. The honn b . le Court did order that the Corne 
should Remaine under arrest, in the Custodie of the defft: John Gar- 
lant the terme of one moneth. In the meantime is Timothy Bigs to 
advise the defft: John Malby and Alexander Tods for to Come and 
answer the si attachment of the Pit : 

[Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Balthazar de Haert, deft., demands 30 
shill. in silver, accepted by deft, to pay for Huw Woodberry. Deft, ac- 
knowledges, to have agreed to pay to pltf. for Huw Woodberry 10 sh. in 
silver or 30 sh. in wampum. After various debates Mr. La Val offers to 
pay the 20 sh. in question for account of Huw Woodberry to pltf. Date 
as above. 

In the matter in question between Mr. Balthazar de Haert on one 
side, (by virtue of an order of this Court of the first of May last, to be 
heard in revision), pltf., against Joost van der Linde, deft., the Court, 
after hearing all the arguments of parties and examining all their pieces, 
documents and accounts, decide, that Mr. de Haert shall pay deft, for 
the bed sheets and pillows 28 ells of good Osnabrugh linen, being what 
has been awarded to him by the arbitrators; also for deft's loss of time, 
meals and drinks, money advanced for wine for the arbitrators and wit- 
nesses etc according to his accounts 160 fl. in wampum, besides the costs 
of Court in this case since the decision of the arbitrators. Date as above. 

Jan Otten and Marck Dal were summoned and asked, why they kept 
stolen goods, when they knew, that there was a special order of the Gov- 
ernor published against it, but nevertheless they had bought and received 
a bed from the soldiers. They answer, they did not know, that it had 
been stolen and Jan Otte adds, that it has been in his house only half a 
day, when it was taken away by Marck' s wife. Although perceiving that 
both men had not been quite ignorant of its being a stolen bed, which 
was received by Jan Otten in his house and bought from the soldiers by 
Marck Dal, the W. Court has nevertheless pardoned them this time on 
their promise of amendment.*] 

Whereas Thomas Hall atturny of Cristiaen Davitsen, by his Petition 

* The entries between [ ] have been omitted in the translation by Dr. E. B. O'Cal- 
laghan and are now supplied by B. Fernow, June 14, 1897. 



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hath declared to this honn b ! e Court that he did Constitute himselfe as ap- 
pealer of the Judgement, by this Honn b ! e Court past betwixt him, & 
Samuel Edsal as atturny of Geertie Hendrix bearinge date the 15 th day 
of May Last past & did appeal from y e . same to y e - next Court of assizes 
to be held at New York in the moneth of September next ensuinge. It 
was this day ordered that the s^ appeal should be entred accordinge to 
Custome & order, ady as above. 

Memoran'} on the 17 th of 7 b " 1666 appeared before me Nicol: Bayard 
Secrets: of New York, M' Thomal Hal atturny of Kit davitsen, & M r . 
Sam Edsal atturny of Geertie Hendrix & declared that they where mutu- 
ally agreed about the differance W ch was Risen about Broncks Land, as 
more Largely appears by the Judgemt: abovementioned, & therefore Re- 
quired me to enter the same, & to the end that all proceedings at Law in 

this Case should Seize. 

N. Bayard Secrets. 

June the i2 l . h 1666. Att a Court held at New York. Present Cap' 
Thomas Willet, Mayor; Capt. Thomas d' Laval, M,' Olof Stevensen, 
M' Johannes van Brugh, M' C. V. Ruyven, M r . John Lawrence, AldMen; 
M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

From the nomination presented by the inhabitants of New Haerlem 
to the W. Court, that the Overseers for the ensuing year may be elected 
therefrom, are elected by them Joost Oblinus, Isaacq Vernelje, Glaude 
Lametre, Nielis Mattysen as Overseers, and Jan Montagne as Secretary. 
Who are hereby authorized, with the Under Sheriff and Constable or any 
three of them, whereof the Under Sheriff or his deputy shall always be 
one, to judge and absolutely determine all questions and matters occur- 
ring between man and man in their town and brought before them, 
without regard to persons, up to the sum of 200 gl. in zewant, according 
to the laws established in this country and all the inhabitants of the Town 
of N. Haerlem are hereby ordered and charged duly to respect the afore- 
said persons as their Overseers. Done N. York. Ady 12 June 1666. 

JURY. 

Isaacq Bedloo, Francois Rombouts, Jacobus Backer, Stoffel Hoogh- 
lant, Gerrit van Tright, S: Jansen Romeyn, Pietf Alrigs, Geljn Verplanck, 
Isaacq Greveraat, Thomas Buskin, John Garlant, Allard Konninck. 

Hendrick Obe, pltf. v/s Fredrick Philipsen, deft. Pltf. demands 



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from the deft, again, as he refuses to obey the judgment of the W: Court 
dated 6* inst., a/c and reliqua of the wines delivered by Paulus Jan Kitser 
to the deft's wife's late husband Pieter Rudolfus according to handwriting 
thereof being. Defts. wife offers an a/c of wine sold by the Vendu 
Master Gabrie for a/c of Pieter Rudolfus and offers to declare on oath, 
that she heard her dec? husband say, it or the greater part of it was 
wine belonging to the abovenamed Paulus Jans Kitser. The jury brought 
in their verdict against the deft, and gave for award, that deft, should pay 
to pltf. the sum of 36 beavers or the value thereof in zewant with costs 
incurred herein. Whereupon the W Court orders, that the judgment 
shall be entered according to the verdict of the jury. Ady as above. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Geertie Maen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, one guilder, which she has accepted to pay for as much, as he, pltf., 
fell short in some money, which he had to receive from her. Deft. 
admits having promised, but says she afterwards understood that deft, 
[pltf. ?] had not counted it himself, but sent it to Mf Balthazar and on 
his representation says, it was so much short. The W. Court condemn 
the deft, to pay the guilder to the pltf. and condemn, for reason, both 
the pltf. and deft, each in a fine of 3 gl. for behalf of the Poor and to pay 
costs. Ady as above. 

The Deaconry of this City, pltf. v/s Timotheus Gabrie, deft. Deft, 
in default. Pltfs. demand a/c and reliqua of the goods of the dec? horse- 
doctor delivered by them to deft, as Vendu Master to be sold. Ordered 
to summon deft, again. 

In the matter in dispute between Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf., and 
Jacob Stoffels, as deft., regarding a boat, which pltf. says, he sold over 
23 years ago to the deft., it is ordered, that pltf. shall prove his statement 
within 8 days or that deft, shall prove, that he paid for the boat, which 
he says he bought from pltf. over 12 years ago. Ady as above. 

Timotheus Gabrie, pltf. v/s Juriaen Jansen Kuyper, deft. Pltf. 
entering says, that deft, promised to pay him, with which he is content. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Defts. 2? default. 

Balthazar de Haert, pltf. v/s Huyg Barentsen de Kleyn, deft. This 
day it is ordered in this case, at deft's request, that pltf. shall furnish 
deft, with* copy of the old obligation, from which the new partly arises 
and further that deft, answer thereunto at next Court day. 



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Reynier vander Coele, pltf. v/s Balthazar de Haert, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands postponement of the case untill next Court day, which is allowed 
by the W. Court, ady as above. 

Balthazar de Haert requests, since Reynier vander Coele defers him 
from Court day to Court day, that his action may be inscribed against 
said vander Coele, and he be ordered to appear on next Court day to 
answer demand of said de Haert. Petitioner may institute his action 
against the next Court day. Ady. 

In the matter in question between Anna Benat, pltf. and Annetie 
Stoffels, deft., for slander and abusive words, the W. Court orders, that 
parties shall settle among themselves, or that if parties again trouble the 
W. Court with such things they shall be punished, as the matter deserves. 
Ady, as above. 

Isaacq Greveraat, pltf. v/s Marya van Hobooken, deft. Pltf. says, 
he contracted with deft., that she should occupy pltf's house one year for 
nothing on condition she should pay promptly the arrears of rent being 
fl. 244. on the stated time according to contract, which she failed to do. 
He claims therefore that deft, is deprived of the benefit of the contract and 
demands judgment for afores? sum, with costs. Deft, answering says, she 
agreed after the passing of the contract aforesaid with pltf., that she 
should pay the remaining rent aforesaid not precisely on the days due but 
now and then, reducing it somewhat according to circumstances. The 
W. Court having heard parties condemn deft, to pay pltf. according to 
contract within the time of one month from date, on pain of being de- 
prived of the benefit of the contract. Ady as above. 

The petition of Nicolaes Bayard, Secretary, being read in Court, re- 
questing in substance, that the W: Court would be pleased to confirm his 
allowance as Secretary of this City. Is apostilled as follows: — Whereas 
the revenue of the City is at present very small, petitioner is allowed from 
the commencement of his service four hundred guilders zewant yearly, 
with promise of increase as soon as the ships shall arrive here, when as 
they hope the City revenue will improve. Ady as above. 

Dirck Gerrits van Tright, pltf. v/s Cornelis Aertsen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, delivery of 2 horses and one foal bought by him from 
deft, for the sum of f. 925. zewant. Deft, demands, that pltf. shall give 
security for the promised money, as he is given a long time to pay. The 

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W. Court having heard parties or derpltf. to enter security within the 
term of eight days on pain of the trade being declared null. Ady as 
above. 

NB. This day 12 June, the pltf. gave as his security Casper Stein- 
mets, as more fully appears by the acte filed away in the bundle. 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Willem Kock, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft's horse yesterday kicked his son and says tis his custom and 
that many persons complain ag'st him on that account: he concludes, 
that deft, ought to put that horse away, so that no further misfortune 
should be caused thereby. Deft, says, that those who complained to the 
Schout had first struck the horse. The W: Court order the deft, to hobble 
his horse, when it is on the street. Ady as above. 

June the 13 th 1666. At a Mayors Court held at New York. Present 
Capt? Thomas de Lauall, Mayor; Capt" Thomas Willet, Mf Oloff Steven- 
sen, Mf John Lawrence, Mr Cornelis Steenwyck, Mr Johannes d' Peyster, 
Ald'men ; Mf Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Uppon the Petition of Egbert myndersen to this honn b . le Court, 
humbly Praying that the honn ble Court wil be pleased to graunt a stop to 
the Execution, past uppon al his Estate, Whereas it is impossible for him 
to satisfy the Sheriff at this p r sent time, It is this day by the honn b . le Court 
graunted, that the s? Execution shal be stopt the space of one moneth in 
w c . h time the Petition? is to make good Paiment & satisfaction to the 
Sheriff. 

Whereas the time of the Church Wardens or Kirkmeesters, is Ex- 
pired, and it beinge Necessary that in their Rooms some other fit persons 
should be appointed, the honn b ! e Court have made Choise of Mf Poulus 
Leendersen Vande Grift & Jeronimus Ebbingh to be Kerkmeesters of 
this Towne one whole yeare Commencinge from the date hereof by these 
Presents Requiringe the Late Kirkmeesters to deliver unto the s? persons, 
all the Bookes, accounts, & what Estate beloninge to the Church yet 
under their Custodie. Ady ut supra. 

June 19*" 1666. Att a Mayor's Court held at New York. Present 
Capt. Thomas de Laual, Mayor; Capt Tho. Willett, Mf Oloff Stevensen, 
Mf John Laurence, Mf Joh. de Peyster, Aldermen; M r Allard Anthony, 
Sheriff. 



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Reynier vander Coele, Pit. against Balthazar de Haert, Deft. Pit. 
declares that he hath paid and satisfied the deff for the Still Kittels w c . h he 
had bought of the Def except only 3 ankers drams the w c . h are not yet 
due to the deff* humbly prayeinge the Courts Judgem* against the Def' 
Whereby he may be Ordered to deliver the Bill of Sale w c . h the Def hath 
from the honn b . le Govern* for the s? Kittels to their Plaintife. The Def* 
sais to be Willing for to deliver the Bil of Sale, provided the Pit. gives in 
security for the Remaininge 3 Ank? drams. The Honn b . le Court doe 
Order that the Pit shal give in good security for the Remaininge 3 Ank r . s 
drams w c . h beinge done the deff is to deliver up to the Pit. the Bill of Sale 
w c . h he had from the Govern? and acquittante to it that he is satisfied for 
the same by the Pltff. 

Balthazar de Haert, pltf. v/s Reynier vander Coele, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the sum of 70 beavers and fl. 2478: 12 in zeawan on a 
note passed before the Notary Mattheus de Vos dated 26^ Feb: last with 
costs. Deft, says, that pltf. obtained said obligation fraudulently from 
him and that he, deft., had signed it in good faith, but says he does not 
owe so much to pltf. Parties being heard by the W. Court and the note 
being seen they condemn deft, to pay the abovementioned obligation to 
pltf. within 14 days. Ady as above. 

In the difference arising between Balthazar de Haert, pltf. on the 
one side, and Huygh Barents de Kleyn, deft., on the other, on matters of 
a/c, are chosen by the W. Court as arbitrators Sieurs Johan van Brugh, 
Isaacq Bedloo, Nicolaes de Meyer and Samuel Edsal, who are hereby 
requested and authorized to examine and view the pltfs. books, from 
which both the first and second obligation arise and what deft, has 
received therefor, and, if it be possible, to reconcile parties; if not to 
report by the next Court day their award in writing, so that the case may 
be determined. Ady as above. 

Whereas Mr Edsal is now absent the Mayf appointed in his place 
Sieur Stoffel Hooghlant. 

Marritie Locquermans, pltf. and arrestant, v/s John Cockril, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. demands from deft, according to a/c 8 skepels of 
peas and one skepel of wheat, with costs. The W: Court having heard 
the demand condemn deft, to pay pltf. within 14 days time the above 
sum or in default thereof the Sheriff is condemned to pay^the same for 



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deft., as on arresting him he took not good security from him. Ady as 
above. 

Johannes de Wit, pltf. v/s Jacob Leendersen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of fi. 155. Holland Cur?' according to obligation dated 
27 th April 1663, with costs. Deft, says, he has paid thereupon 5 lb. of 
silk and produces a declaration of 2 persons, who state, that they heard 
pltf. say, that he had received silk from deft. Pltf. in reply says, he is 
content, if said persons shall declare it on oath. The W: Court order 
deft, to summon his witnesses for the next Court day to declare under 
oath what they know of the matter or in default thereof to pay his obliga- 
tion. Ady as above. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Defts. 3? default. Pltf. 
demands from deft, first fi. 259. 17. balance of obligation and then fl. 25. 
18. zewan on a/c. with costs. The W: Court having heard the demand 
and examined the a/c and obligation condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. 
the above mentioned sum, with costs. Ady as above. 

Erasmus Howes serv' to Samuel Edsal and formerly to Capt" Philip 
Carteret Esq: by his petition declaring to this honn b . le Court that he 
engaged himselfe in the yeare 1665 to serve the s? Carteret, as Souldf in 
these Parts the terme of 4 yeares, uppon several Conditions, as more 
Ladgely in the s? Petition is expressed; Since w c . h time the Petitionf 
CompP 5 that the afores? Carteret hath sold him as a slave to Sam: Edsal 
Contrary to Lawe humbly Cravinge of this honn b . Ie Court a p r sent Remit- 
ment out of the same. To wit. It is this day ordered by the Mayors 
Court, that the afores? Carteret shal make appeare to this honn b . le Court 
in the space of 14 dayes how the s? Erasmus Howes is become his Servant. 
Whereupon the Court shal expect the s? Capt" Carterets Categoricall 
answer to the end that they may further order in the Case. 

LAllard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Matthys Bastiaensen van der 
Perck, prisoner and deft. The pltf. instituting his action is told by the 
W. Court, that Lysbet Cornelis, against whom the crime was committed, 
must also enter a complaint at the next session. 

Marretie Levis testifies, at the request of Jacob van Couwenhoven, 
that about 20 years ago she has received from Jacob Stoffelsen 5 skepels 
of wheat for account of Jacob Wolphertsen, but she does not know, what 
it was for. In the case between Jacob van Couwenhoven as pltf. and 



1666] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 21 

Jacob Stoffelsen as deft, the W. Court orders, that deft, must prove, that 
he has paid for the scow, which he says, he bought from pltf. Date as 
above. 

Having received and read the papers, documents and affidavits 
handed in by Maryn Renart on behalf of his daughter Anna Renart, 
against Evert Dircksen van Nas, the W. Court orders, that the litigants 
must henceforth live together in peace and amity and not trouble the 
Court with such trifles, also that each side is to pay their costs up to 
to-day. Date as above. 

The Overseers of New Haerlem, elected by the W. Court on the 
i2 l . h inst., have this day taken the following oath before the Court: 

Whereas the Mayors Court has elected you, Daniel Terneur, Under 
Sheriff, and you, Joost Oblinus, Isaaq Vernelje, Glaude la Metre and 
Nielis Matthysen, Overseers, of the Village of New Haerlem for the 
period of one year from this day, you solemnly swear in the presence of 
Almighty God, that to the best of your knowledge and with a clear con- 
science, according to the laws of this government and without regard to 
person, you will in all cases up to 200 ft., brought before you, maintain 
law and justice; you will, as much as possible, endeavour to further the 
welfare of your village and its inhabitants. So help you God.] * 

June the 21V 1666. Thursday. At a Court held at New York. 
Present Capt" Thomas D' Lavall, mayor; Mf Oloff Stevensen, M* John 
Lawrence, Mf Johannes d' Peyster, Ald'men; M' Allard Anthony, 
Sheriff. 

On this day is Hendrik Hendricx Obe, with his Voluntary Will, 
Chosen & Continued as Constable of this Towne, for one yeare Longer 
and hath alsoo done the oath of allegiance at the hands of the honn b . le 
Court. Ady as above. 

On this day is Roger Barton & Robbert Bloomer by the Gov"" 
Special order for the 2? time Publiqly Summond, as appears by the s? 
order bearinge date the 3i'. h of may last Past. 

June the 26th 1666. Att a Court held at New York. Present 
Capt? Thomas d' Lauall, mayor; M' Thomas Willet, Mr Olof Stevensen, 

* The entries between [ ] have been omitted in the translation by Dr. E. B. O'Cal- 
laghan and are now supplied by B. Fernow, June 14, 1897. 



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Mr John Lawrence, Mf Corn. Steenwik, Mr Johannes d'peyst r , Ald'men; 
Mf Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Jacob Stoffelsen, deft. Pltf. 
again demands payment of the boat in question or otherwise proof, ac- 
cording to the Court's order, that the same is paid for. Defts. wife ap- 
pearing, as he is himself unable, says, that her husband will confirm 
under oath, that it has been paid, with which pltf. says, he is content. 
Sieur Nicolaes Varlet is hereby requested on the part of the W: Court to 
take down the defts. deposition and to have the same communicated in 
due form to the W Court, since the deft., being powerless, is incapable 
of coming here in person and taking the oath at the hands of the W: 
Court. Ady as above. 

The W Court having read and considered the written report of the 
arbitrators appointed on the 19^ inst. in the matter in question between 
Balthazar de Haert, as pltf., on the one side and Huygh Barentsen, deft., 
on the other side and the same being examined and seen, it is ordered to 
refer the matter again to impartial arbitrators and to this end are elected 
by their Wors p . s Sieurs Johannes van Brugh, Jaques Cousseau, Jeronimus 
Ebbingh and Gerrit van Tright, who are hereby earnestly requested 
again to examine all points in dispute in presence of Alderman Johannes 
de Peyster, to hear the same argued by parties, and if it be possible to 
determine and compose parties; if not to deliver in absolute award and 
judgment, according to the finding of the case, at the next Court day, to 
the end that the matter then may be decided by the Worshipful Court. 
Ady as above. 

Thomas de Lauall, Esq? Pit: v/s John Malby & John Garlant, Defft?. 
The Pit: humbly Craves that this honn b . le Court, wil be Pleased to order 
that the 225 Busshels wheat of the defft: John Malby, w c . h the Pit: hath 
attached, in the hands of the defft: John Garlant, as more at Large may 
appeare, by the order of Court, under date the 6th of this Instant, may 
be Condemned towards the Satisfaction of the Pit? Bill. It is ordered by 
the Court, that Judgem' should be entered ag s . 1 the defft? Whereas Mf Tro- 
bridge hath deposed to the Court that in Case John Garlant doth not 
make Paiment of the s? wheat in the behalfe of the defft: Malby, to 
Christoffer Tods or his agent, that the s? Tods as then is Secured by Mr 
Bryant; the Court therefore doe Condemne the said Wheat towards the 



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Satisfaction of the Pit:- Bill and doe order the defft: John Garlant to 
deliver the s? wheat of John Malby, to the Pit: 

These are to Certify, unto all whome it may Concerne that Mr W? 
Browns hath used his utmost endeavf for the Procuringe of the 225 
busshels wheat, which John Garlant was indebted to Mf John Malby & 
by the s? Malbyes order to Pay unto Mf Christoffer Todd at New-haven, in 
Witnesse Whereof, etc. 

In the matter in question between Egbert van Borsum, as pltf., and 
Frans Jansen, deft., on the other side, the deft, is by the W Court con- 
demned to pay the pltf. the sum of fl. 22. being the half of the demanded 
44 gl. zewan, and if pltf. thinks proper, he may institute his action 
against Reynier . . ., as the costs are incurred by them both in com- 
pany. Ady as above. 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Andries Albertsen, deft. Pltf. 
says, that deft, fought on the 14^ inst. with Reynier van der Coele in the 
Officers presence: he concludes, that he be condemned in a fine of 100 
gl. according to Placard. Deft, says, they were only playing. The W: 
Court condemn deft, in a fine of 30 gl. zewant and costs. Ady as above. 

Mettie Wessels, pltf. v/s Nicolaes Varlet, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 62. in beavers which deft, promised to pay her in the year 1659 
on a/c of Alexander d'lnjossa. Deft, denies it and says, he paid divers 
a/cs to the pltf. since the year 1659, but in none of all of them has it been 
brought into a/c nor has he been asked for it by the pltf. until now last 
slaughtering season. Ordered by the W. Court, that the matter be de- 
termined by a jury on the next Court day. Ady as above. 

Nota. The above parties debating their cause before the Court, the 
pltf. among other arguments gave the deft, the lie. 

Cornelis Pluyvier, pltf. v/s Abram Pietersen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 15. 8 for bread delivered ; with costs. Deft, admits the 
debt, but says he has an offset against it, which was on the other hand 
denied by pltf. The W Court condemn deft, to pay the demanded fl. 15: 
8 with costs and if he can prove that the pltf. fairly owes him any thing, 
the same shall be made good to him. 

Elizabeth Cornelissen, pltf. v/s Matthys Bastiaansen vander Perck, 
prisoner and deft. Pltfs. attorney demands, that deft, put in security for 
his good behavior. Deft, says, that is out of his power. Ordered that, 



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if deft, [pltf.?] will swear, that she is in danger of her life, the deft, is 
ordered to give security. Ady as above. 

Reynier Vander Coele humbly Cravinge an arrest of the Judgement 
betwixt Mr Balthaz? de haert Pit: & the s? Vander Coele as defft: by this 
honn b . le given in an action of debt, bearinge date the 6th of June 1666: 
Whereas he did appeale from the same to the Next Court of assizes to be 
held at New Yorck. The Petition? is by these Presents graunted an arest 
of Judgement & ordered that the s d appeal should be entered, Provided 
that the s d Petitiom gives in good security, for to Performe what by the 
s d Court of assizes shal be ordered in the Case. The Petition' hath given 
as security Warnaer Wessels & as more at Large appeaes by the bond, 
made before Me, N: Bayard, secret^. 

June the 26^. 

Nicolaes davitsen humbly shewinge to the Court, that he hath 
bought a house of Walter Salter, unto w c . h he declares the Gove r . s Consent 
to have obtained, and Whereas the Sherif doth make some Pretence, 
against the s d Purchase notwithstandinge he had obtained the Govern" 
Consent, he humbly Craves the Courts Confirmation to the s d Purchase. 
The honn b . le Court doe graunt the Petition?, to Purchase the s d howse of 
Walter Salter, Provided that the afore sd Salter doth Performe the Courts 
order in date the 15th of May, about the s d house Past. 

This day the 27^ of June 1666 has Elizabeth Cornelissen declared on 
oath at the hands of the Mayor, that she is in danger of her life from the 
person of Matthys Bastiaensen vander Perck; requesting that he might 
be bound to his good behaviour. The W: Mayor orders, that the Sheriff 
shall take security from the said Matthys Bastiaensen vander Perck for 
his good behavior to the next Court of Assizes. Ady as above. 

By the Right honn b . le Govern" order, is on this day by the Mayors 
Court chosen & elected Hendrik hendrix obe, to be Collect? of the Grand 
& Smal Excys of this Place; & Tho: Carvet to be Contro Roller thereof; 
for w c . h they shal Receive for Salary, six of the hundred, to wit, foure p: 
C to for the Collect? & twoe p. C for the Contra Roller, date as above. 

On this day, is Roger Borton & Robert Bloomer by the Govern? 
Special Command, for the 3 d time Publicqly Summond & Calld in & 
ordered to deliver themselves up before the first day of July next ensuinge 



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for Several facts by y™ Committed as more Largely appears by the s d order 
bearinge date 31" may last past. 

July the 3 d 1666. Att a Court held at New York. Present Capt" 
Thomas d'Lauall, mayor; M' Thomas Willet, Mr Oloff Stevensen, Mr 
John Lawrence, M T - Cornells Steenwik, Mr Johannes depeystf. Ald'men; 
Mf Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Mettie Wessels, pltf. v/s Nicolaes Varlet, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 62 in beavers, which sum she says, deft, undertook to pay for 
Alexander de Hinojossa being the balance of said Hinojossa's a/c. Deft. 
denies the debt or to have accepted it. The jury return their verdict 
against the deft, and find that the deft, shall pay the sum demanded with 
costs. The W: Court order, that judgment shall be entered according to 
the verdict of the jury, ady as above. 

JURV. 

Timoth Gabrie, John Garlant, Pieter Nys, John Soudy, S. Jans 
Romeyn, Patrick Hayes, Lourens Sille, Danl Hondrecoutre, Gelyn Ver- 
planck, Walraven Claerhout, Arian Appel, Dirck van Clyff. 

Elizabeth Cornelissen, pltff., against Matthys Bastiaensen vander 
Perck, deft. In an action of Assault and Batterye. The PI' declares 
that this deff' on the 9^ off May Last Past hath wounded hur most deadly 
with a great Knife; and humbly Craves, that the Court wil be Pleased to 
Order, that the Deff' shal make hur good Satisfaction for the Charges she 
hath bene at in Satisfyinge the Chirurgion and good Consideration for hur 
Anguish and Paine she hath suffered thereby, w c . h she Computeth to the 
summe of 50 lb. SterH besides the Charges of Court. The Jury brought 
in their Verdict ag s ' the Deff' that the Deff', should satisfy the Chirurgion 
for the Curinge of the said Wound; and for the Pl^ anguish Payne & 
Losse of Time the summe of One hundred Gild" Wampum, besides the 
Costs & Charges of the Court. The Honn b . le Court ordered that Judge- 
ment should be entred accordinge to Verdict. 

JURY. 

Timothy Gabrie, John Garlant, Pieter Nys, John Soudy, S. Jans 
Romeyn, Patrick Haes, Lourens Sille, Dan! Hondecoutre, Gelyn Ver- 
plank, Walraven Claerhout, Ariaen Appel, Dirck van Clyff. 

Egbert Meyndertsen, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laer, deft. Pltf. demands 



26 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1666 

from deft, the sum of fi. 32 zewant balance of a/c, with costs. Deft, 
admits the debt. The W. Court condemn deft, to pay pltf. the sum de- 
manded within the time of 6 weeks with costs as above. Ady as above. 

On this day is Mf Samuel Edsal, Strictly ordered and Charged to 
have his Servant Erasmus Howes forthcominge, to appeare in owne person 
at the Next Court held at New York on the 10* of this Instant. Whereof 
he is not to faile as he wil Answer to his Perill, date as above. 

Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Pieter van Couwenhoven, deft. 
Deft, in default. Pltf. complains, that deft, is still unwilling and obsti- 
nate to give bail according to the order of the Court dated . . . 
passato, for his good behavior. The Schout Allard Anthony is ordered 
to apprehend the deft., unless he on notice hereof punctually obeys the 
order of the Court. 

Katharine Evans by hur Petition humbly Cravinge of this Honn b . le 
Court Permission for to Inhabit in this Citty of New Yorke. And alsoo a 
License for to Retaile or drawe drink, in w c . h employment she engageth to 
demeane hurselfe Civilly to all Persons, etz. By the Honn b . le Court 
haveinge taken the s? Petition into Consideration, they did apostile 
Videllezet: — The Petitionf is hereby Licensed and Permitted to Live in 
this Citty and to Retayle drink, Provided she behave hurselfe Civilly as 
she by hur Petition hath engaged hurselfe to demeane, dated as above. 

Dirck van Clyff, pltf. v/s Jan Hendricx van Gunst, deft. Defts. 1? 
default. 

Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Samuel Edsal, deft. Pltf. entering his de- 
mand, the deft, requests copy thereof to answer thereunto at the next 
Court day, which the W. Court grants. 

Jacob Vis appearing in Court states, that arbitrators were appointed 
by the W: Court on the 24 of Octobr last to examine in the books of 
Johannes vander Meulen certain a/cs of co-partnership entered into be- 
tween said Vander Meulen with Jacob Vis and Capt. Jacob, but as said 
a/cs are unintelligible and several items are not yet posted, the said arbi- 
trators cannot give any absolute decision. Therefore he requests, that he 
may be allowed to have said a/cs provisionally made up at his own ex- 
pense, proposing thereto Sieur Willem Bogardus. The W Court having 
heard the request consent, that the petitioner may have said a/cs arranged 
by Sieur Bogardus, at his own cost. 



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Jacob Stoffels wife entering and delivering to the W Court the oath 
taken by said Stoffels according to the order of the Court dated 26 July 
past regarding the matter in dispute between him and Jacob van Couwen- 
hoven, at the hands of Sieur Nicolaes Varlet, Magistrate of the Town of 
Bergen, requests, that said van Couwenhoven may be condemned in the 
costs of the suit. The W: Court having read and considered the same, 
order that the costs of the suit shall be paid by each half and half, and 
dismiss Jacob Wolfertsen's demand entered against the petitioner. Dated 
as above. 

By the hon b . le arbitrat" off the Case in question between Mf Balthaz' 
De haert Pit: & Huygh Barentsen defft: (accordinge to the Courts Order 
Under date the 26th of June last Past) on this day beinge delivered over 
their Award & Judgem' uppon the s? Case. The defft? Atturny Re- 
quested to have Coppy thereof, for to answer to the same at the Next 
Court day. It was ordered by the honn b . le Court, that the Coppy of the 
s? award should be graunted to the Petition' date as above. 

OATH TAKEN BY THE LABOURES ENGAGED AT THE WEIGH SCALES: 

We the laborers of the Weigh Scales of the City of New York 
promise and swear in the presence of the All Knowing God, that we shall 
not draw out or work at any wine or beer or other strong drink without a 
proper permit shall be first obtained therefor from the Collector: And 
further to demean ourselves according to the instruction already given or 
to be given hereafter. So truly help us God Almighty. 

August the 7th A? 1666. Att a Mayors Court held at New York. 
Present Capt" Thomas de Lauall, mayor; Mf Oloff Stevensen, M' John 
Laurence, M* Cornells Steenwik, Mf Johannes depeyster, Ald'men; M r 
Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Thomas Fleet, Pit : v/s John Garlant, Defft. In an action of debt. 
The Pit. deliveringe in his declaration, it was ordered that the Coppy 
thereof should be delivered to the defft: for to answer to the same ag 5 .' 
next Court. 

Thomas d' Lauall, Esq., Pit. v/s John Malby, John Garlant & 
Thomas fleet, Deffts. The Pit: declares that John malby is Indebted to 
him, the summe of 8500 lb. of Sugar: viz' & Whereas the s? Malby hath 
yet Remaininge in the hands of John Garlant the Vallue of Eighty twoe 



28 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1666 

pounds Sterl? w c . h he hath ordered to be paid unto Thomas fleet his assigne, 
on purpose to disapoynt this Pit: from his just Right, humbly Cravinge 
that the honn b . le Court will alsoo Condeme the s? 82 lb towards the Paiment 
of the s? deft: Uppon the Request of the defft: Thomas fleet it is this 
day ordered, that the Coppy of the Pit* declaration shal be delivered to 
the s? defft : for to answer uppon the same the next Court. 

Johannes Van Brugh, Pit: v/s Thomas Wandel, Deft: The Pit: 
declares that the deft: is Indebted unto him for the Rent of Domenes 
Point,* accordinge to agreement made & Concluded uppon betwixt 
Annetie Bogardus deceased & the Predecess' of the defft: W"? hark alsoo 
deceased bearinge date the 16th of March A? 1657: for the space of 8 
Yeares Commencinge from the first of April 1657: & expiring the first of 
April 1665 New Stile, at one hundred Gild r . s in good pay per annum, 
amounts the Summe of fl. 800 in good pay, besides a Barne, w c - h the defft: 
was ingaged to build uppon the s? Land uppon his owne Proper Charges 
&c. The Jury brought in their Verdict ag 5 .' the defft: and did find the 
Contract made between the aboves? Parties to be good and further that 
the deft, to Ballance of account for Rent of the s? Land, Remained in- 
debted to the Pit: the summe of fl. 425. in good Pay accordinge to the 
Contract, and the defft: to pay the Charges of the suit. The defft: 
humbly Prayed an arrest of Judgement for an appeale. W c . h by the honn b . Ie 
Court was graunted to him. 

JURIES. 

Isaacq Bedlo, Sam. Edsal, Jan Vinge, Patrick hayes, Stoffel hoog- 
lant, Thimothy gabrie, John garland, Francis Rembouts, Pieter Winster, 
Jacob Kip, W™ Broune, Tho. hall. 

John Garlant, Pit: v/s Gerrit Jansen Stauast, defft: in an action of 
debt. The Pit: deliveringe in his declaration uppon an attachm' by the 
Pit: made uppon Several of the defft? goods now in the Custodie of the 
Sheriff of this place & Whereas the defft. for the present is not in Towne 
but is departed from hence to Albania: it is this day Ordered that Notice 
thereof shal be given to the defft- Brother Claes Jansen Stauast to the end 

* Domine s point, or Domine's hook, took its name from Domine Bogardus, who was 
its original proprietor, from whom it passed to Annetie Jans, his widow. It eventually 
was acquired by Union College, Schenectady, and is situate at the entrance of Mespat 
Kill, Newtown, L. I.— O'C. 



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that he may give his Brother information, for to Come and answer the s? 
attachm' in the space of three weekes. 

Johannes de Wit, pltf. v/s Jacob Leenders" van der Grift, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 155 Holland Currency unless deft, according 
to order of the Court dated . . . past can prove, that he has paid 
something on a/c, with costs. Deft, says and proves, that he restored 
silk to the pltf., which he calculates to be about 4 lbs , and then parties 
agreed, that deft, should deduct 55 gl. and for the balance deft, requests 
still some delay. The W. Court having heard parties, condemn deft, to 
pay the rem? hundred guilders to the pltf. within 2 months with the costs. 
Ady, as above. 

Mary Dopsen, Pit: v/s Hester Bon, defft: In an action of disfama- 
tion. By the honn b . Ie Court heard the debatts of the Parties, doe order 
not to molest one another againe, & to Pay the Court Charges Equally 
betwixt them, dated as above. 

The Sheriff Allard Anthony, Pit. v/s Abram Pietersen Carpyn, 
Defft: The defft: 1 defaut. The Court did order that the defft: should 
appeare in owne Person, at the next Court day, dated as above. 

John Sharp Complaininge to the honn b . Ie Court that the Sheriff accord- 
inge to the order of Court Under date the 13th of June Last Past doth not 
Prosecute the Execution given against the Estate of Egbert myndersen, 
videlicet. It is ordered that the Sheriff shall Prosecute the Execution 
ag" the s*? Egbert myndersen In the space of 8 dayes, or by neglectinge the 
same, the Parties may Recover their Right uppon the Estate of the Sheriff. 

On this is an Execution issued against the goods & Chatties of 
Matthys Bastiaensen Vander Perck uppon the Judgem' of Court betwixt 
Elizabeth Cornells" & the s? Matthys Vander perck, bearinge date the 
3? of July Last past. 

The Secretary Nicolaes Bayard is this day by the Court authorized 
for to issue forth Executions uppon all Judgements of Courte in 8 dayes 
after the date of the Judgement as above. 

The Secretary Nicolaes Bayard requesting in Court to know what 
commission he shall receive for the receipt and expenditure of the money 
of the soldiers, as there is great loss in the zewant and extraordinary 
trouble in the receipt and disbursem' of the same. It is apostilled: Peti- 
tioner is allowed 5 per cent of the receipt and disbursements. 



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Uppon Thursday the 9th of August 1666. At a mayors Court held 
at New York. Present Capt? Tho: d' Lavall, mayor; Mr Oloff Steven- 
sen, Mf John Lawrence, Mr Corn. Steenwik, M* Joh: depeyster, Ald r - 
men ; M r . Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Ariaen Van Laer, Pit. v/s Mf Allard Anthony, Defft. The Pit: 
makinge Complaint, that the Sheriff hath Charged him, in account for 
the Courts Charges, in the Case betwixt the s? Sheriff & this Pit: besides 
the 100 g! fine, in w c . h he was Condemed, he hath Charged him more for 
the summe of 162: gild? humbly Request? that the Court wil be pleased, 
to take it into serious Consideration, & order how much this Pit: shal 
Pay for Charges of the s? action. By the honn b ! e Court heard both Parties, 
and havinge Examined the acct. of the Sheriff, they doe allow to the 

Sheriff for his fee lb. 1 : 1 

And the Courts messengers lb. o : 5 

To the Cippier or Jayler fl. 6. Besides the Secret's fee. 

Bastiaen Elisson's wife entering requests to know, what she is to re- 
ceive weekly for the support of the child of Engel Hendricx at present in 
prison, which she took in by order of the Sheriff. On question she is 
allowed 30 gl. per month. 

Huygh Barentsen's wife being sent for to Court and she being asked, 
what she knew of the matter, that Engel Hendricx, at present in prison, 
had last year also had a child. She answers, she had lately heard the 
people gossiping, that she had last year again a child, but cannot say from 
whom, she heard it; but maintains, that Hellegont Joris or Pieter van 
Naerden's widow knows more of the matter. Ady as above. 

The W Court has received complaints that, notwithstanding the pre- 
viously enacted Ordinances and Placards on the subject of baking, some 
bakers have dared to deal out and sell both brown and white bread to the 
inhabitants of this City, which has not its due quantity and quality. To 
prevent this for the future as much as possible, we the Mayor and Alder- 
men of the City of New York have elected Sieur Christoffer Hooglant and 
Hendrick Willemsen, baker, who are hereby authorized to visit as often 
as they shall deem necessary, in the Sheriffs presence all bakers within 
this City and to enquire if the bread has its due quantity and quality ac- 
cording to Placard to be by us enacted on this subject. Ady as above. 

The petition of the bakers of this City being read and considered, 



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requesting in substance that the W. Court will be pleased to forbid the 
transport of bread from this City to the Indian plantations and that all 
hucksters and forestallers of bread both within and without the City may 
be abolished etc. was read and considered by the W: Court and it is 
apostilled as followeth: — 

Firstly ; All and every, be they who they may, are forbidden to 
peddle any sort of bread or cakes along the houses, but they may sell 
only in form at retail in their houses, provided that all bread is of due 
quantity and quality. 

Secondly. Further, all bakers or any other person or Indian are for- 
bidden to transport any bread or cakes from this City to the Indian plan- 
tations, in order to expose for sale and sell the same there on commission 
to the Indians or others, but every one is free to buy as much bread as 
he shall require and to carry, transport and sell it, where he thinks 
proper. 

August the 2i s .' 1666. Att a Court held at New York. Present 
Capt" Thomas de Laual, mayor; W. Oloff Stevensen, Mf John Laurence, 
Aldermen ; Allard Anthony, Sherif. 

John Garlant, Pit. v/s Gerrit Jans" Stauast, Def'. It is this day 
ordered that the Deff' shal bringe in his answer to the declaration of the 
PI', betweene this and next Court. 

Gerrit Jans? Stauast, pltf. v/s John Garl?, deft. Pltf. delivers into 
Court the a/c between him and the deft, and requests, that the case be 
referred to impartial arbitrators to make up the a/cs. Deft, refuses arbi- 
tration. Ordered by the W: Court, that pltf. shall deliver in his declara- 
tion on the next Court day. Ady as above. 

George Dopsen, Pit: v/s Walter Salter & his Wife, deff 1 ?. Ordered 
that the defft. shal give in his answer to the Pits declaration, between this 
& next Court day. 

March Dall, Pit: v/s John Otter, defft: Coppy of the declaration to 
be delivered to the Defft., & ordered that he shal bringe in his answer to 
the same at the next Court. 

The Schout Allard Anthony, Pit: v/s Onfrey Cley, defft. The Pit: 
declares that he has found in the deft? house, 2 blanckets, w c . h the deft: 
hath bought from twoe Souldiers, Contrarie to the order of the honn b ! e 



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Gouern? & Concludes therefore that the defft: shal be Condemned in the 
Penalty of 200 gilders according to the Tennure of the s? order. And 
further doth the Pit: declare that the defft: hath Kept in his house after 
8 the Clock in the night, souldiers a drinkinge Contrarie to Lawe, Con- 
cludes therefore that the defft: shal be Condemned in such fine as the 
Lawe doth mention, besides the Costs of C rt . The defft. makinge his 
answer, it is ordered to suspend w'. h this action, till the Returne of the 
honn b . le Govern? from Albania, for to acquaint his honn? with the same. 

The Schout allard anthony, Pit. v/s Egbert Myndersen, defft. The 
Pit: declares that the defft: hath bought a blanket from the Sould" Con- 
trarie to Lawe. Concludes therefore that the defft: shal be Condemned 
to Redeliver the s? blanket & to pay a Fine of fi. 100, besides the Charges 
of Court: The defft: making his answer, to the s? action of the Sherif, It 
is this day ordered that this action shal be suspended withal, untill the 
Ruturne of y? Right honn b . le Govern? from Albany, for to acquaint the 
honn b . le Govern? With the same; 

The Schout, Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Abram Pietersen Carpyn, 
deft. Pltf. says, that deft, lodged 9 Indians on the night of icfi of July 
last, without having returned the same; concludes therefore, that deft, 
shall be condemned in the fine according to Placard being 5 gl. for each 
Indian, amounting to 45 gl. With costs. Deft, answering says, that said 
Indians had come in without his knowledge, after he had gone to sleep. 
The W: Court having heard parties condemn deft, in the fine according 
to Placard and further that he shall, within 8 days quit the house, he 
occupies, as it is sufficiently notorious, that he resides there only for the 
purpose of carrying on the trade in brandy with the Indians. Ady as 
above. 

Uppon the answer of Huygh Barentsen to the Arbitrators Award be- 
twixt Balthazar de Haert, Pit., & the s? Huygh Barentsen, Def?, humbly 
Praying that the s? award might be made Void and of none effect, and 
Likewise to graunt him Liberty to appeale from the same to the High 
Court of Chanserye; It is ordered that the s? Huygh Barentsen betweene 
this and the next Court day, shal deliver up to the Honn b . le Mayor the 
Particulars of the Objections, they have against the s? award. 

Elizabeth Cornelissen by her Petition Complayninge to the Honn ble 
Court that Matthys Bastiaensen vander Perck (notwithstanding the 



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Honn b . le Court had bound him to the Peace) dothe dayly threaten hur 
and give hur most Abusive Language insomuch that she dear not goe 
about hur Lawful occasions, as more at Large by hur s? Petition may ap- 
peare. Whereuppon the honn ble . Court, did Order the s? Mattys Bastiaen- 
sen to behavie himselfe for the future quiettly Civilly & Peaceably ag s .' All 
Persons, and Especially to the said Elizabeth Cornelissen, both in words 
and Actions or that by non performance hereof, his Bond shal be 
forfeited, and therefore Warned him to forecome his Perill. 

Whereas complaint is made to the Honble Court, that from time to 
time much brandy is sold and dayly traded to the Indians out of the 
Hon b ' e Paulus Leendersen vander Grift's rear building occupied by Abram 
Pietersen Carpyn, the W: Mayor's Court of the City of New York do 
hereby Order that said little house shall no longer be occupied by any one 
and direct the present occupant to quit it within 14 days' time or in de- 
fault thereof, the said little house shall be pulled down. Ady as above. 

Nicolaes Verbraeck, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Defts. I s ' de- 
fault. 

Fredrick Philipsen, pltf. v/s Michiel Bastiaensen, deft. Defts. I s * 
default. 

August the 28 th A? 1666. At a Mayor's Court held at New York. 
Present Capt. Tho: d'Lauall, Mayor; Mr Oloff Stevensen, Mr John 
Laurence, Mr Cornelis Steenwik, M r . Johannes de Peyster, Aldermen; 
Mr Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Thomas fleet, P 1 . 1 v/s John Garlant, Deft. The PI! did declare that 
the Defft. did unjustly detaine from him and denyed the Paiment of 82 Ib 
10 s . for w c . h the Deff* hath past to the P 1 . 1 a bill obligation &c? The Jury 
brought in their Verdict & found for the P" that the defff is Lyable to 
pay the Eighty twoo Pounds 10 shill: with the Cost of Suit. The Deff? 
humbly craved an arrest of Judgement and that of this Action an appeall 
might be Entred to the Court of Assizes. The Honn b . le Court Ordered 
that the Appeale should be entred as above. 

JURY. 

Thomas Hall, Charles Bridges, Timothy Gabrie, Walter Salter, John 
Soudie, Christoffel Hooghl', Patrick hayes, Gerrit v. Tright, Aug: Herr- 
mans, W™ Deruall, Walraven Claerhout, Pieter Nys. 

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George Dopsen & Marie his Wife, PI'. 5 v/s Walter Salter & his Wife, 
Def?. In an Action of Assault and Batterie. Ordered iff the Parties doe 
not agree betwixt this and Next Court day that then a Jury shall be Im- 
panneled for to goe uppon the same. 

Mark Dall, Pltf v/s Jan Otten, Deft. Ordered that the Defft. shal 
make his answer to the PI'' 5 declaration agV next Court day. 

Tho : Tiddeman, P 1 .' v/s Mettie Wessels, DefH In an action of the 
Case. It is this Day Ordered that the Coppy of the Pl'. s declaration shal 
be delivered to the deff' to the end that the Def' may make hur answer 
to the same ag st Next Court day. 

Nicolaes Verbraeck, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Defts. 2? de- 
fault. 

Anna Lisco, pltf. v/s Willem Bogardus, deft. Deft, in default. 

Gerrit Visbeeck, pltf. v/s Hendrick Arentsen Spanjaert, deft. Deft, 
in default. 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Mattys Bastiaensen vander Perck, 
deft. Pltf. says, that deft, on 9* May last wounded the person of Eliza- 
beth Cornelissen with a knife and severely beat Mary Cocx; he concludes 
therefore, that deft, shall be condemned in the fine of fl. 400. according 
to Placard. The W: Court having heard parties, condemn deft, in a fine 
of 300 gl. in zewant to be applied one third for the City, one third for the 
Poor and one third for the Sheriff, with costs. Ady as above. The 
Worship 1 . 1 Court having taken into consideration that deft, is a poor per- 
son, have for reasons them thereunto moving remitted him the two thirds 
of the fine for the City and the Poor. Ady as above. 

Septembr the 13^ 1666. Att a Court held at New York. Pres- 
ent M' Olof Stevensen, Depty Mayor; M' John Lawrence, M' Cornells 
Steenwyk, Mr Johannes de Peyster, Ald'men; M 1 . Allard Anthony, 
Sheriff. 

The honn ble deputy Mayor Propoundinge to the Court that the Right 
Honn b . le Govern? had required of him, that the Court should proceed in 
Passinge Sentence ag" the Person of Engel Hendricx now In Prison for 
the fault by hur Committed to w c . h Intent he hath appointed the Present 
Court. 

By the honn b ! e Court heard the Dep ty Mayors proposition, and Con- 



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sideringe that the honn b . Ie Mayor Laual and Ald r men Willet are Absent 
they doe Judge not to be in a Capacity to determine the same, but 
thought Necessary to suspende w* this Case untill the Returne of the 
honn b . le Mayor from Albania except with the honn b . le Govern" Special 
Order & therefore they have Sent the honn b . le Ald r men John Lawrence & 
Corn? Steenwik to acquaint the honn ble Govern? with the same. 

M? Laurence and Mr Stenwyk Returning from the honn bIe Govern? 
brought Answer, that his honn r '. s Pleasure was that the honn ble Court 
should proceed with the s? sentence. "JbCjL JL 

Whereas Engel Hendricx, borne in the Towne of Bronswyck of 
about 25 yeares of age, hath voluntarily Confessed, that she hath Lived 
in this Towne in fornication and hooredom in soo much that uppon the 
first of July last past she is delivered of a Child, and having turned out al 
Motherly affection, she burried the same with Sods uppon the boddy in a 
open field to the mercy of al wild beasts ; by w c . h it evidently appeares she 
intended throw those meanes to Murther the same ; for which abominable 
act the s? Engel Hendricx merited to be Punished others to an Exampel. 
Noo soo it is that We the Ald'men of New York by vertue of a Commis- 
sion doeinge Justice in the name of his Magest? the Kinge of England, 
Schotland france and Ireland & his Royal highnesse the Duke of York 
&c? & their Govern? the Right Honn b . le Collonel Richard Nicolls doe Con- 
demne the s? Engel Hendricx as we doe by these Presents that she shal be 
brought from this Place to the Wippinge post and then & there to Receive 
twentie Slashes with Rods, and then to Remaine in Prison the time of 24 
houres and to be brought out the Townes Gate, dated in New Yorke this 
13 th of Sept? 1666. 

By order of the honn b ! e Mayor's Court 

N: Bayard, Secrety. 

The Sentence of the Aldermen of this City against Engell Hendricks 
is approved, and the Sheriffe is required to put the same into present 
Execution accordingly. Given vnder my hand in New Yorke the 13* of 
September 1666. 

R. Nicolls. 

October the 9* 1666. Att a Mayor's Court held at New York. 
Present Capt" Thomas d'Lauall, Mayor; M? Thomas Willet, M? John 



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Laurence, M' Olof Stevens, Mf Cornells Steenwyck, M' Johannes de 
Peyst', Aldermen; Mr Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Daniel Terneur, pit., against The Magistrates of N. Haerlem, defts. 
Pltf. complains, that the W: Court of Haerlem on the 3? of Sept' past had 
seized his, pltfs, hoy and canoes, because his servants had, on the Sun- 
day previous come with them to New Harlem, whereunto he, pltf., de- 
clares he had not given any orders to his servants, except to bring them 
early on Monday morning; and the s? Magistrates would not allow him to 
take the same under bail, but they had placed them in consignment with 
the Constable to pltfs great loss. He demands that the hoy be returned 
to him free of damage and costs. Defts. answering say that pltfs. men 
went from Haerlem on Sunday and came back home in the hoy, where- 
upon the W. Court there resolved to attach the same, until they had 
spoken to the pltf. thereupon, and having sent for him to Court, he re- 
fused to appear, whereupon they ordered, that it should be placed in 
sequestration. The honn b . Ie Mayor's Court having heard parties condemn 
the pltf. in a fine of 25 guilders to be applied 10 guilders for the City and 
15 for the Sheriff of this City and order defts. to return said hoy to pltf. 
and whereas the pltf. was elected by the Honn b . le Govern-' President of the 
Court there, those of the Court are ordered, in case pltf. should forget 
himself hereafter during his abovementioned Office, to address themselves 
then to the honn b . le Mayor's Court, and for reason pay the costs incurred 
herein. Ady as above. 

Having read and considered a petition, in which Davit de Mareest 
sets forth in substance and complains, that he was seriously aggrieved by 
a sentence, pronounced on 6 Oct. past by the Court of N. Haerlem be- 
tween Jan Montagne, pltf., and the abovenamed Mareest, deft., request- 
ing that he the petitioner may be received by this W: Court in appeal; the 
above judgment annulled and the cause argued anew, and judgment 
thereupon be pronounced by this W. Court, the W Mayor's Court having 
seen, read and weighed the above judgment, find the same to be unjust, 
and annulling the same, give for judgment, that the abovenamed David 
de Mareest shall pay within 14 days to Jan Montagne his 2 d . instalment 
according to contract, the fl. 180. being first deducted therefrom with the 
costs, (provided they do not exceed 20 gl.), which the abovenamed 
Montagne is condemned by previous judgment to pay to Jacob Vis for 
which he, Montagne, has equally made an assignment in favor of the 



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abovenamed Vis. Which done, they order that the sale of the land in 
question shall stand fast. Ady as above. 

Nicolaes Verbraeck, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Defts. 3 d de- 
fault. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 502: 9. according to a/c for 1546 lbs. 
of tobacco @ 6\ stiv. pr. lb. in zewant. Demands judgment with costs. 
The W. Court having heard pltf's demand and examined the a/c pro- 
duced, condemn deft, to satisfy the pltf. within the time of 8 days, with 
costs. 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Johannes Vervelen, deft. Pltf. 
says, that on the 6* ins' he discovered at defts. house at New Haerlem 
2 halfbarrels of strong beer, on which the excise was not paid nor was it 
entered with the Collect' Whereupon the pltf. summoning the deft, 
before this Court, he answered, that he did not know him etc. The pltf. 
concludes, that deft, shall be condemned in a fine of 20 £. Sterlg. and 
the beer be confiscated according to the Placard enacted thereon, with 
costs. Deft, answering says, that the beer was sent him by his son Daniel 
from N. Yorck, not knowing but the proper excise was paid on it, and 
further admits, that he said, he did not know the pltf. as Schout, but well 
as Sherif. etc. The W: Court having heard parties find the deft, not 
guilty of smuggling" the s d beer: but as regards the deft, saying, that he 
did not know the pltf., which tends to the lowering of the pltf., they con- 
demn the deft, in a fine of 25 gl. zewant and costs. 

Mr. John Laurens informs the W. Court, that Jacob Jansen Flodder, 
residing at Fort Albania, has a lot in this City, next to the house and lot 
of informant, of which lot said Flodder allows the fence and sheetpiling 
to fall in decay to the injury of his neighbors. He, Laurens, therefore 
requests the W. Court to issue a pertinent order; upon this request the 
following letter was sent to the Court of Albania: 
Honorable, Prudent and very Discreet Friends: 

Jacob Jansen Flodder, living at Albania, owns a lot in this City near 
he Waterport,* next to the house and lot of Mr. John Laurens and 

* Purchased in 1656 from the heirs of Jan Jansen Damen ; it is the block, now 
bounded by Wall and Hanover Streets and Hanover Square or Pearl Str., which then was 
the waterfront along the East River. Mr. Lawrence's premises are described as being on 
the East River between Beaver and Pearl Streets, adjoining Flodder on the East. Parties 
were obliged to protect the street in front of their premises against the wash of the tide. 
Hence this notice. 



38 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1666 

whereas complaints have been made to us, that said Flodder allows the 
fences and piling of said lot to decay to the great injury of his neigh- 
bours, it has been ordered by us, that said Flodder shall within 6 weeks 
from this date properly repair his fences and piling or in default the lot 
will be sold by execution to pay for the expenses of repairing etc. We 
request you herewith, that you will inform said Flodder hereof by your 
Court Messenger, so that he may guard against loss. By doing this, you 
will oblige us to be on similar occasions, 

Your affectionate Friends 

By Order of the W. Mayors Court of the City of New York. 

Signed: N. Bayard, Secretary. 
N. York, 9^ October A? 1666. 

Addressed: Hon ble Prudent and Very Discreet Gentlemen, the Com- 
missaries and Schout of Albania. 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Daniel Vervelen, deft. The pltf. 
in his quality says, that deft, on 5* of this last month conveyed out his 
house and sent to his father in N. Haerlem two half barrels of strong 
beer without its being entered with the Collector or having paid the 
proper excise. The pltf. therefore concludes, that deft, shall be con- 
demned in a fine of 60 j£. sterlg. and the beer confiscated according to 
Placard, with costs. Defts. wife appearing says, that the same occurred 
thro' mistake. The W. Court having heard parties condemn deft, in a 
fine of two hundred and twenty guilders zewant and dismiss pltf's further 
demand. Ady as above. 

Nota Bene. The fine to be applied 100 gl. for the City 20 gl. for the 
informer and 100 gl. for the Sheriff and the payment of the costs incurred 
here in. Ady as above. 

Coenraet Ten Eyck and Boele Roelofs, guardians of the surviving 
minor child of Aeltie Bickers deceased, represent by petition in sub- 
stance, that they in the aforesaid quality loaned to this City on interest a 
sum of fl. 2000 and now request, that the accrued interest may be paid 
them, and that hereafter the accrued interest of the aforesaid capital may 
be promptly paid on the day due, until the s? City shall have discharged 
aforesaid capital; declaring to have no other means, from which to be 
able to support the aforesaid child. It is apostilled as followeth : Whereas 
the Honourable Govern' has promised that the City's debts should in a 



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short time be paid out of the Company's effects, the petitioners are re- 
quested to wait yet a little while longer, when due satisfaction shall be 
given to them and others. Ady as above. 

Elsie Jansen, pltf. v/s Grietje Jansen, deft. Pltf. demands fl. 36. 5 
from deft, according to a/c. Deft, says, she has an offset a/c. Pltf. 
says, deft, intends to quit this City and therefore requests, that she shall 
enter bail for her appearance at the next Court day. The W. Court 
order deft, to bring in her offset a/c on the next Court day and mean- 
while give bail for her appearance. Ady as above. 

Katherne Evans, Pit: v/s Omphrie Cley, Deft: The Pit: default. 
The def. s atturny Craves for a non Suite. The honn b . le Court did order 
that the Pit: shal come and prosecute hur Action the Next Court day, or 
else to be non Suited. 

Thomas Walton, Pit v/s Thomas Young, Def? The deft: 1 default. 
The Sheriff declared to the Court y' y? defend' Refused to appeare at 
this Court day, Whereas he was arrested to appeare a fourtnight past 
when he had attended, but the Court did not sitt. The honn b . le Court 
order, that the former arrest should stand good, and graunt the deft: the 
space of three Weekes to answer to the Pit? declarat" or in Case of 
neglect that Sentence shal be Past. 

Capt" Thomas d'Lauall, mayo', Pit: v/s Jan Van Bremen, deft. 
The deft: default. 

John Willson, Pit: v/s John Brackenbury & Samuel Groom, deP 
The deft? default. The Pit: Declares that the def' John Brackenbury 
is indebted to him, as appeares by Certain Bond, under his hand, the 
summe of 18 £ Sterl? & haveing understood that the deft: hath severale 
goods & Serv l . s aboard the Shipp & in the Custodie of Sam. Groom, & 
alsoo a summe of monny due to him for wages from the s? groom, this 
Pit: hath attached the same, humbly Craving that the s? Groom may be 
ordered not to deliver any goods or Serv ts Neither pay any Wages to the 
s? Brackenbury until the s d debt is Satisfied. The honn b . le Court did 
order that the s? attachm' should stand in full force, & doe order Sam 
groom not to deliver any goods or Serv ts neither pay any monny to the 
deft: Brackenbury until the s? debt is Satisfied. 

Daniel Terneur, pltf. v/s Lysbeth Naghtegael, deft. Pltf. says, 
that deft, has vilely abused him as a rogue of rogues, and demanding due 



40 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1666 

reparation of character with costs ; for which the pltf. having sued the 
deft, before the Court at Haerlem, the latter referred parties to this 
honn b . le Court as more fully appears by the acte thereof being. Deft, 
admits the same and undertakes to prove it, if the W: Court please to 
grant her a delay to receive the proof thereof from France etc. The W: 
Court having heard parties condemn deft, to acknowledge her fault in 
open Court at Haerlem and declare she did wrong and pay costs herein; 
and those of the N. Haerlem Court are required to execute these in due 
form. 

Jacques Cosseart, Collector of the monies promised by the inhabitants 
for the support of the Clergy, appears in Court requesting that something 
may be allowed him for the collection of said money. The W: Court 
having heard petitioner's request, allow him 4 per cent, for the collection 
of said money. Ady as above. 

Jacob Hendricx Varrevanger, pltf. v/s Elsie Gerrits, deft. Pltf. 
says, that on the 16* Sept. last the deft, has gravely defamed and calum- 
niated him saying, that pltf. was a rogue of rogues and murderer of 
murderers; wherefore he demands reparation honourable and profitable 
as more fully appears by his demand. Deft, admits having said so; but 
adds, that pltf. had abused her as a Jews whore, etc. The W: Court 
having heard parties and examined the declarations produced by pltf., 
condemn the deft., that she shall acknowledge her fault in open Court at 
the next Court day and declare that she has falsely accused the pltf., 
paying the costs hereof. 

George Dopsen and Mary his wife, Pit. v/s Walter Salter and his 
wife, Deft. It is ordered that this Action the next Court day should be 
determined by a Jury. 

Marck Dall, Pit. v/s John Otten, Deff' It is ordered that this Action 
the next Court day should be determined by a Jury. 

Thomas Tiddeman, Pit. v/s Mettie Wessels, Def? The Parties de- 
fault. 

Warnaer Wessels, Pltf. v/s John Garlant, def Both parties default. 

John Stoon, Pltff. v/s George Dopsen & his Wife, Detf The Pit. 
default. 

Philip Joanes, Pltff. v/s Thomas Younge, Deft. It was aledged that 
the Parties were agreed. 



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S' Robbert Carre, Pltff. v/s Thimothy Bigs & Charles Darrel, Def. s 
Mr Sharp aledged to the Court that y e Parties where agreed. 

Augustine Heermans, Pltff. v/s Severyn Laurensen, Def i default. 

Gerret Teunissen, pit v/s Pieter Ariaensen, deft. The Sheriff 
aledged that the Parties where agreed. 

17* October. At the Petition of Claes Verbraeck is on this day 
Issued forth a Warrant of Execution uppon the Goods and Chattels of 
Warn? Wessels, towards the Satisfaction of y e Judgmente of the Mayo rs 
Court in date the 9 th of Octob' Last past betweene the s? Verbraeck Pit. 
and Warnaer Wessels de£ 

19* October: On this day Issued forth a warrant of Execution 
uppon the Goods and Chattells of Jacob Leendersen towards the Satisfac- 
tion of the Judgement of the Mayor's Court past the 7* of Aug s .' Last 
betwene Johannes de Witt Pit. and the s? Leendersen Def' 

On this day the 23 th of October issued forth a warrant of Execution 
uppon the Goods and Chattels of Stoffel van Laer, towards the Satisfac- 
tion of y e Judgem' of the Mayors Court past betweene Egbert Meyndersen 
Pltff and the said van Laer Deff' bearing date the 3? of July last past. 

October the 24* A? 1666. Att an Extraordinarie Court held at New 
Yorck. Present Capt Tho: Willet, Depty Mayor; Mr Olof Stevensen, 
M' John Laurence, M' Cornells Steenwyck, M' Johannes de Peyster; 
Mf Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Walter Salter, Pl^ v/s Nicklis Davitsen, Def' In an Action of 
damage. The PI' Complaints that the Def? hath attached his Barke 
Called the An Now Riding in the Harbour of New York and humbly 
Craues that the Def' may be ordered to declare for what Reason he done 
so or otherwise to Pay the damages w c . h the P 1 ' hath susteined by the same. 
The Def' s Atturny John Rider, answers that the s? Barke is attached as 
Nicolaes Davitsen's and not as Salter's Vessel, and desires that the Pit. 
shal make appeare what Right he hath to the s? Vessel or else to be non- 
suited. PI' replying saith that his Bill of Sale is for present up at flissh- 
inge. The Court did order, that a Nonsuit should be entered, until 
such time the Pit: shal make appeare that the s? Barke is his vessel & 
further to Pay the Charges of Court. 

On this day the 25th of Octott A? 1666 in the Presence of the dept? 



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mayor Willet is from the Towne house Published an order about the 
baking of Bread; & an other about the Ruining & Carreing away of the 
Pallasedes, set about this Townes Walls & alonge the Waterside, as more 
Largely appeares by the s? order. 

Octob' the 30^ 1666. Att a Mayors Court held at New York. 
Present Capt? Thomas Willet, Mayor; Mf O. Stevensen, Mf John Law- 
rence, Mr Corn. Steenwyck, Mr Johannes de Peyster, Ald'men; Mf 
Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Uppon the Petition of John Hinxman Presented to the Court for a 
final determination of Certaine Judgement past by this honn b . Ie Court, 
between the s? John Hinxman Pit: & ffrancis Douty deft: bearinge date 
the 27 th of June 1665. It is ordered that Execution should be graunted 
uppon the goods & effects of the s? douty towards the satisfaction of the 
s? Judgement. 

Mf Timothy Bigs Presentinge to the Court Certaine Last Will of 
Charles Darrel Late deceased & the Inventorie of his Estate; w c . h said 
Will & Inventorie beinge proved in Court to be Legally made; The 
honn b . Ie Court did order that the s? Wil & Inventorie should stand & Re- 
maine in itts full force & Virtue & that the same should be entered ac- 
cordinge to Lawe. 

Augustine Heermans, Pit: v/s John Artcher, deft. The Pit: declares 
that the deft: makes Claime to Certaine Parcel of Land, w c . h this pit: hath 
sold to Thomas hunt, Lying uppon Trockmortons Neck,* and humbly 
Craves that the deft: shal make appeare what pretence he hath uppon the 
s? Land. The deft: answers that he hath a Bill of sale for the s? Land 
from the Pit: but that the same is not here in Towne. The Pit: Pro- 
duced a Coppy of the Covenants made between him & the s? deft, in the 
Yeare 1658 and saith that the deft: hath not Performed the s? Covenant 
on his part; But declares that in the yeare 1661: he made a Collatteral 
agreem' with this deft: by w* the s? Covenant for the s? Land was made 
void, provided this pit should pay to this deft: 36 gild r . s Wampum (w c . h 

* In the Town of Westchester, N. Y. It had been granted to John Throgmorton of 
Rhode Island in 1642 ; he sold it to Augustine Heermans in 1652 and the latter conveyed 
soon after 50 acres of it to Thomas Hunt, the land herein question. — Bolton, Westchester 
Co., II., 146, 148. 



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several times was Tendered to him) all w c . h was Testified under oath by 
ffrancois de Bruyn. The deft: Replyed, that in Case this Pit: would 
Likewise Sweare what he hath declared to be the Truth he would be Con- 
tent & Satisfyed; W c . h the Pit: profered to doe. The honn b . le Court did 
order that the deft: should answer to the Pit: declaration the next Court 
day. 

James Willet & M- Wheat have declared & Testified to the Court 
uppon oath, that the Will of Charles Darrel late deceased, by M' Bigs 
presented to this Court, what the act & deed of the s? Darrel, as alsoo 
that the s? Darrel (as farre as they Could apprehend) had his good 
memorie when he made the s? Will. 

Timothy Bigs hath on this day declared uppon oath to the Court, 
that to his Knowledge uppon the Prizing of the estate of the aboves? 
darrel, he hath declared al the Estate to the Prizers of what he knewe of. 

In the Matter in question betweene Hans Carelsen, pltf., on the 
one side and Andries Andriesen, deft, on the other side, are nomi- 
nated as arbitrators by the W: Court Sieurs Jeronimus Ebbingh, 
Frederick Philipsen and Hendrick Willemsen, who are requested and 
authorized to examine the differences, hear arguments and if possible 
decide and reconcile parties: If not to render a report of their action. 
Ady as above. 

Allard Anthony, Schout, pltf. v/s Symon Barensen, Jan Jansen, and 
Hendrick the baker, defts. Pltf. says, defts. worked last Sunday in 
loading a boat of maize and concludes, that each of them shall be con- 
demned in a fine of 25 gl. according to Placard. Deft. Symon Barentsen 
appearing for the others answers, that the sun had just come above the 
horizon, when they had finished. The W. Court condemn defts. each in 
a fine of 6 gl. zewant, with costs. 

Fredrick Arentsen declares on oath, that about the month of August 
last one Rich? Panton being in conversation with a woman before his house, 
he heard said Panton say to the woman, Why do you call Allard Antony, 
Schout? You must call him, hangman. Claere Ebels declares on oath, 
that she heard Richard Panton say to Mr. Allard Antony about the month 
of August last: These Burghers regard you as a Schout and an honour- 
able man; but you are only our hangman. 

Elsie Gerrits, pltf. v/s Griet Jans, deft. Defts. 2? default. 



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Balthazar de Haert, pltf. v/s Huygh Barentsen, deft. Deft, one 
default. 

Whereas uppon the Examininge of Otto Jansen, it doth appeare that 
the Bay horse w c . h the s? Otto Jansen hath now lately sold at Albany to 
Cap'." de Lauall was stolen by the s? Otto Jansen from Onkeway: and 
being informed by John Pamer atturny of Pieter Fabien, that the s? horse 
is belonginge to the s? Fabien who sent him for to sue for the s? horse: 
And Whereas there are Several goods now in the hands of the Sheriff, w*? 
is the produce of the s? horse ; It is ordered, that if the s? Pamer thinks 
good, he may goe & sue for the s? horse up at Albany, if not, it is ordered 
that the Sheriff shal deliver to the s? Pamer all the goods, w^ shal be 
found to be the produce of the s? horse. 

It is this day ordered that the Sheriff shall bringe in at the Next 
Court day a Particular acct: of the Estate of Mattys vander Perck, & how 
he hath disposed thereof. 

Tho: Walton, Pit: v/s Thomas Young, deft: The deft: i default. 
Ordered that the deft: shal answer to the Pit? declaration, ag 5 .' next 
Court day. 

Marck dal, Pit v/s John Otten, deft: The Pit? atturny, John Rider 
saith not to be Reddy to Come to tryal, for want of some depositions, 
therefore Craues, prolonginge of time till the next Court day. The Court 
did graunt the same. 

Katherne Evans, Pit: v/s humphry Clay, Deft: both Parties 
default. 

Jacques Cossaert requesting to know, from whom he is to get his 
commission of 4 per centum which was allowed him on the 9^ Inst by 
the Mayors Court for collecting the money for the Clergy. It is apostilled 
as followeth: — The W: Court order, that he shall be paid his commission 
out of the money he has collected for the behoof of the Clergy. 

Uppon the Petition of Walter Salter it is ordered that his Case shal 
Come to tryal, tomorrow in the afternoon. 

George Dopsen & Mary his Wife, Pit: v/s Walter Salter & his wife, 
Defts: The Parties Saith that they where Willing to end their differance 
by arbitration. 

Thomas Young, Pit: v/s Thomas Mabs, Deft: John Sharp aledged 
that the p-ties where agreed. 



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Warner Wessels, Pit: v/s John motange [qy. Montagne], deft: It 
was aledged that the Parties where agreed. 

Samuel Driesius, Pit: v/s Claes Dietlofs, deft. Both Parties 
default. 

Nicklis Stilwel, Pit: v/s Thomas Vackle, deft: The deft: i default. 

Warnaer Wessels, pit: v/s Claes Pietersen Cos, Deft: The defft: i 
default. The Sheriff aledged that y e P'ties where agreed. 

Hendrick Obe, Pit: v/s Jan Otten, Deft: Both default. 

Fredrick philipsen, Pit: v/s Thomas hall, deft: The deft: i: 
Default. 

On this day Otto Jansen of Amsterdam, beinge Examined, he Con- 
fessed in open Court that he hath Stollen this Summer from New Eng- 
land, twoe horses, as more at Large, may appear by the Examination filed 
uppon the file of declarat" s 

3i, s . t Octob' At a Special Court held at New York. Present Capt" 
Thomas Willet, dep\? Mayor; M' Olof Stevensen, M- John Lawrence, 
Mr Cornelis Steenwik, M' Johannes depeyster, Ald'men; Mr Allard 
Anthony, Sheriff. 

Walter Salter, Pit: v/s Niclis davitsen, deft: The Pit: declares that 
the deft: hath unjustly attached His Pit? Vessell Called the An, & Presents 
the Bill of Sale for the s? vessels bearing date the 9th of march Last past. 
The deft? atturny, Mf John Rider Produceth the Covenant whereuppon 
the s? Bill of Sale is grounded, bearinge date 10th of March Last, w c . h 
Covenant the Pit: not hath Performed, in not delivering a free possession 
of the Land in the s? Covenant expres & therefore Prayeth that the s? at- 
tachment shal stand good, until Mr Niclis davitsen arrival here at New 
York. The Pit: Replyeth that if the Defendant will give in good security 
for the Satisfaction of his damages by the s? attachment susteined, in 
Case the s? Niclis davitsen shal be Cast that he then wil be willinge to 
Leave the s? Vessel under arrest, till the s? time. The honn b . le Court did 
order that the vessel shal Remaine under arrest, until Niclis Davitsons 
arrival, Except the Pit: Walter Salter gives in good security for the same. 

The Seamen of the s? Vessel, doe humbly Request of the Court to 
Know who shal pay them for their Wages: &c: It is Ordered that they 
shal stay until the Return of the honn b . le mayf d'Lauall from Albany. 



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Decembf the 4th A? 1666. Att a May? Court held at New York. 
Present Capt? Tho: d' Lauall, Mayf; Mf Olof Stevensen, Mf John Law- 
rence, Mf Corn Steenwik, Mf John d'peyster, Ald r men. 

Thomas Walten, Pit: v/s Thomas Young, Deft: The Pit: declares 
that the Defend' is indebted to him, for buildinge of a house in Elisabeth 
Towne in New Jarsie, the summe of 12 lb Sterl? in Corne Zewant Beaver 
or Cattle at marchants price, as appeares by Certaine Covenant, and alsoo 

lbs s d 

for some more Worke done for the deft : the summe of 5 : 7 : o for all 
W c . h the deft: Doth Refuse the Payment. It is ordered that the Bayle of 
the deft: shal bring the s? mony in Court and that the deft: shall in the 
space of one moneth make his answer to the Pit? declaration, or in Case 
of Neglect that the s? mony shal be Condemned towards the Satisfaction 
of the Pit? demand. 

John Sharp, Pit: v/s John Smedes, Deft: In an action of Debt. 
The Deft? Wife appeares in Court and declares that she hath several times 
Prof erred the monny due to the Pit: from herr husband, about 2 or 3 
dayes after he had arrested hur husband for it, but he would not Re- 
ceive the same without the Charges. The Court ordered that the Pit: 
should Receive the monny, & doe allowe him for his Charges, 10 gild" 
Wampum. 

Nicolaes Verbraeck's wife states in form of a complaint, that not- 
withstanding a judgment and warrant of execution was obtained by her 
husband ag 5 ' Warnaer Wessels, she could not yet get her pay. She de- 
mands that the Sheriff may be ordered to proceed with the execution. 
Whereas the Sheriff is sick, Claes van Elslant is hereby authorized with 
the Constable to put the said judgment into execution. Ady as above. 

In the matter in dispute between M r . Balth. d'Haert pltf. on the one 
side and Huygh Barentsen deft, on the other, the Court at defts. request, 
ordered, that the previous arbitrators examine and review again some 
items in presence of Aldermen Johannes de Peyster, as the deft, says, he 
is not done justice to in the award rendered by said arbitrators; and to 
deliver in writing at the next Court day their judgment and award. Ady 
as above. 

Elsie Gerrits, pltf. v/s Griet Jansen, deft. In the matter in question 
between parties arising in the affair of a/cs, the W. Court nominated as 
arbitrators Hendrick Jansen vander Vin and Jonas Bartelsen, who are re- 



1666] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 47 

quested to examine and review parties a/cs, reconcile parties if possible; 
if not to report to the W. Court in writing. 

The Mayor d'Lauall declares that he beinge Lately at Milfort there 
was sent from hence thether the person of Otto Jansen for Steeling of 
Horses from those Parts, and he being examined did Declare that Jan 
Hendricksen van Gunst had sett him uppon it w^ beinge alledged to the 
said Jan Hendricx, he denyed the same. 

Andrew Messenger, Pit: v/s Jurian Jansen Kuyper (cooper), defend- 
The deft i defaut. 

Jacob Van Couwenhoven, Pit: v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft: The 
deft 5 i. defaut. 

This Court haueing Received Information that George Jones (Lately 
deceased Intestate in this place) hath severall sumes of money due unto 
him, and Likewise that he did owe monny to divers Persens who laid 
Claime to their debts, they do order that it be left to Capt" Siluester Salis- 
bury to make Enquiry what moneys were due unto him the said George 
Jones, and alsoo to Receive the Severall Claimes of his Credit' 3 and to 
give an accompt thereof to the Govern' the Party declared being a 
Souldier under his honn r . s Command, att the time of his death. 

Jonas Bartelsen, pltf. v/s M' John Laurens, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, some time ago received from M5 Evans and had weighed at the 
Scales a barrel of sugar, which barrel he again sold without having 
weighed it or paid the weigh money therefor, contrary to order. Deft, 
demands, that pltf. shall produce the Govern" Order relating hereunto. 

On this date the W Court decided, that the Weighmaster should 
henceforth take for sugar no more than 10 stiv zewant per ioo Il ? s and that 
no person shall be held to have his goods weighed except on receipt from 
foreign places and to this effect an ample order shall be made for the 
regulation of the Weigh Master and trader. 

The Coppy of this Order presented to the Govern' his Honn' did 
Confirm the same as followeth : — This Order was made by my direction 
and is Confirmed this 27* March 1667 in ffort James, was subscribed 

R. Nicolls. 

Elias Watts, Pltff v/s Marten Hoffman, deft. The defendant 1 De- 
fault. 

Marck Dall, Pltff. v/s John Otten, deft. Both default. 



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Nicholas Stillwell, Pltff v/s Thomas Oakle, deft. The defend? 2* 
default. 

Niclis Bayard, PI' v/s W? Jansen, shoemaker, deft. The deft. 1 
default. The Court doe Order that the def shall appeare the Next 
Court day. 

Hendrick Mol, PI' v/s Willem Jansen, def? The Def & Pltff. both 
default. 

Humphrey Clay, P 1 ? v/s Simon Leen, def Pit declared that he was 
agreed. 

Harmen Wessels, Pit. v/s Timothy Gabrie, def The Def one default. 

Johannes de Wit entering requests, that he may be allowed to lift 
under security the monies of Eldert Gerritsen, which he has attached with 
Hendrick Jansen Been in the hands of Corn* Clopper, for the payment of 
fl. 81 : 4 zewant assigned by Jan Gerritsen van Marcken to him on said 
Eldert Gerrits. The petitioner's request is granted, on condition of en- 
tering proper bail. Ady as above. 

December the 11* 1666. Att a Mayor's Court held at New Yorck. 
Present Capt. Thomas d'Laual, Mayor; W- O. Stevensen, W. John Laur- 
ence, M' Corn. Steenwick, M T - John d'Peyster Ald'men; Mr Allard 
Anthony, Sheriff. 

Marck Dal, Pit. v/s John Otten Def The Pit. default. It is 
Ordered that if Pit. doth not come and Prosecute his Action the next 
Court day, that a non Suite shal be graunted. 

At the request of Stoffel Michielsen, Crier, presented in Court, the 
same was allowed henceforth to demand and collect twenty stivers 
zewant for each cry he makes. 

The W. Court having read and considered the award and report of 
the worsh" arbitrators appointed on the 4* inst in the case in dispute be- 
tween M r Balthazar de Haert on the one side and Huygh Barentsen de 
Kleyne on the other side; also having heard the verbal report of Mr. 
Johannes de Peyster in whose presence said award is made, they order, 
that M' Balthazar shall verify upon oath at the next Court, that the 70 
skepels of wheat and 4 gross of thick bulbed pipes in question were never 
paid him by Huygh Barentsen, but that the same are still fairly due to 
him at this date by said Huygh. 



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Nicolas Bayard, pltff, against Willem Jansen, deft. Defend 1 ? 2 d . de- 
fault. 

Elias Watts, pltff, against Marten Hoffman, deft. Defend*? 2 d . default. 
Ordered that the deft, shal appeare the next Court day. 

Andrew Messenger, Pit v/s Juriaen Jansen Kuyper, Deft Pltff' s 
atturny demands from Deft for a fatt Beast the summe of 4 lb ios Beaver 
price. The deft saith he Hath paid to Andrew Messenger in part of pay- 
ment the sum of 99 gild' 5 Wampum. Ordered by the W: Court to sus- 
pend with this action until Mt Messenger Comes to Towne himselfe. 

Mt Harmen Wessels, Pltff. v/s Timothy Gabrie, deft. It was aledged 
that the Pties where agreed. 

Arent Isaacksen, Pltff against Jacob Vis, deft Ordered that Pltff. 
shall deliver in his a/c at the next Court day. 

Jacob Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Defts. 2* de- 
fault. Ordered, that notice shall be given to Warnaer Wessels to appear 
at the next Court day, to answer pltfs. suit. 

M tr . is Rider beinge sworne in Court declareth that their was in the 
Bocx w^ hur Maid ffytie Jansen hath stollen out of hur house in Silver 
the summe of four £ Sterling. Mt John Rider beinge sworne in Court 
declareth that to his Certaine Knowledge there was in the Bocx w* his 
Maid ffytie Jansen hath Stollen out his house in Wampum between five & 
Six hundred guild". Fytie Jansen being examined anew declares for 
truth, that on Mt Tiddeman's wedding-day Marck Dal, (who is now also 
present) came to her house and asked what was in the little box, when 
she declares to have answered zewant and silver money: — And further 
said Marck Dal on the 5* Novt being Sunday in the evening came again 
to her house asking her to give him the said little box with mony, with 
many promises of beautiful things to give her, which she declared she first 
refused; but finally on the urgent solicitations and persuasions of said 
Dal, she gave him the said little box with money with her own hands, but 
she does not know where he carried it to. 

Uppon Examination of Fytie Jansen, she declared to the Court that 
she delivered the monny w*? 1 she had stolen from hur master, Mt Rider to 
Mark Dall w c . h the said Marck Dal doth absolutely denye & said further 
that he did not Question, Yea that he was ashured, that before Easter 
next ensuing, it should be knowne, what was become of the monny, or 

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that otherwise he would be bound to pay it himselfe & iff he should not 
be able, that the Court might sell him to Virginia for the same. 

Decembr the 18th, 1666. At a Mayors Court held at New York. 
P r sent Capt" Thorn? d'Lauall, Mayor ; Mr O. Stevensen, Mr Jo. Lawrence, 
Mr.Corn Stenwik, Mf Jo. d'peyster, Ald r men; Mr Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Mr Balthazar d'haert, Pit: v/s Huygh Barentsen, Deft: in an action 
of debt. Pltff. demands from deft, the sum of fl. 6327 zewant and fl. 4 in 
beavers according to obligation. The jury brought in their verdict for 
the pltff. and decided, that deft. Huygh Barentsen should pay to pltff. the 
sum of fl. 3416. 6. zewant deducting the fl. 71. in beavers according to 
award of arbitrators; and decide that the small note of fl. 72. skepels of 
wheat ought to be considered of equal value as the large. As regards 
previous costs they adjudge each his own according to previous award 
but that the present costs must be paid by Huygh Barentsen. The W. 
Court having read and considered the above verdict of the jury, order 
the judgment to be entered accordingly except alone the period regard- 
ing the small note of the 72 skepels of wheat, which their W sh . ps will con- 
sider until the next Court day. Ady as above. 

Note. The abovementioned award is filed in the file of declarations. 

JURIES. 

Jacob Kip, Franc. Rombouts, Timothy Gabrie, Thomas Hall, Pat!' 
Hayes, Niclaes Backer, Walraven Claerhout, Simon Jans Romeyn, Pieter 
Nys, Gelyn Verplanck, Lourens Sille, Dirck van Clyff. 

Arent Isaacksen, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, restitution of a looking glass, which pltf. heretofore placed in pawn 
with the deft, for the debt of 4 beavers, now with costs. The deft, produces 
an a/c of expenses, which he says he paid on said mirror in the Esopus. 
The W. Court having heard parties, condemn the deft, to return the 
looking-glass. What regards the expenses which he says he has paid on 
said looking glass, they decide, that those appertain to the deft, himself 
and must be by him defrayed, with costs. 

Marck Dal, Pit. v/s John Otten, Def' The Defendant appearinge 
and the Pit. being default. It is Ordered that a Non Suite should be 
Entred ag'st the P 1 .' 

Niclaes Bayard, pltf. and arrestant v/s Willem Jansen, shoemaker, 



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arrested and deft. Defts. 3 default. Pltf. in quality as Vendu Master 
demands from deft. fl. 65. 5. zewant balance for goods bought on 3o'. h 
Aug 5 .' at the sale of the estate of Frans Cregier dec?, with costs. The W. 
Court having heard the demand of the pltf. order, that deft, shall appear 
and defend himself on the next Court day or in default thereof is his bail 
Hendrick Willemsen, baker, condemned to pay the same: with costs. 

Hendrick Lammertsen Mol, arrestant and pltf. v/s Willem Jansen, 
shoemaker, arrested and deft. Defts. 3? default. Mr. Allard Anthony 
as attorney for the pltf. demands from deft. fl. 64 in zewant balance of a 
tub and costs. The W. Court having heard the pltf's demand order deft, 
to defend himself on the next Court day, or in default thereof Willem 
Hendricksen, baker, his bail, is condemned to pay the debt, with costs. 

The W Court having read and considered the report of Aldermen 
Cornelis Steenwyck and Johannes de Peyster and other arbitrators on the 
matter in question between Thomas Hall and Jan Vinge, as attornies of 
Sieur Willem Beeckman on the one side, and Wolfert Webber on the 
other side, It is ordered by their Worships before finally disposing of the 
case that Sieur Beeckmans land in question shall again be surveyed by 
the sworn surveyor Jacques Corteljou in the presence of Mr. Cornelis 
Steenwyck. Ady, as above. 

In the matter in question between Harmen Wessels, pltf. v/s 
Timotheus Gabrie, deft, regarding an item of a/c. the W. Court at the re- 
quest of parties have elected as Arbitrators Aid" Corn 5 Steenwyck and 
Johannes de Peyster. 

Elias Watts, P 1 .' v/s Martin Hoffman, def< Deft. 3? default. It is 
Ordered that the deft, shal be warned to appeare the next Court day & by 
Refusal that the Judgement shal be Pronounced. 

December the 28^ 1666. Att a Mayors Court held at N. Yorck. 

Rabba Boti, Pit. v/s ffrancis Constable, Def' Uppon hearing both 
parties, the Court hath thought fitt and ordered that the Pit 5 goods shall 
be Landed here and put into the Kings warehouse or some other Con- 
venient place, till two persons Indifferently Chosen betwixt them, shall 
View them & give their Reports Whether they find, they have Received 
any damage or not. 

Was Subscribed, Jo: Rider. 



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January the 8 th 1666. Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck. 
P r sent Capt Thomas d'Lauall, Mayor; Mf Oloff Stevenzen, Mf John 
Laurence, M T . Corn Stenwick, Mf Joh: d'Peyster, Ald r men. 

Thomas ffleet, Pit. v/s John Garlant, deff. Uppon hearing both 
parties The Court did order that the deft: shal give in Imediat security to 
the Pit? Liking for the Paiment of the debt of 82 lb 10. 6. besides the 
Intrest, in three moneths time, after the date hereof, or by wants thereof, 
that Execution shal be graunted against the deft: Concerning the Courts 
Charges, the same to be paid by the deft: 

Mr Balthaz? de Haert appearing requests the W: Court to grant 
that the Sheriff execute the judgment which he petitioner obtained on 
18* X br last before this W: Court against Huygh Barentsen de Kleyn. 
ThisW: Court having heard petit"" request, order deft. Huygh Barentsen 
to pay pltf. the debt pursuant to previous judgm' within 2 months, the 72 
skepels of wheat in question being first deducted until Mr Balthazar shall 
first sufficiently prove, that he had delivered to deft, the said wheat, 
besides the 69 skepels of wheat entered in the general a/c. 

Elias Watts, Pit: v/s Marten hoffman, deft: The Pit: demands of 
the deft: the summe of 12 bosshels Winter wheat, accordinge to Bill under 
the deft? hand. The deft: Confessed the debt, & desiered some time for 
the payment. The honn b . le Ordered that the deft: shal pay the halfe of 
the s? debt in 14 dayes time, & the other halfe in 6 weekes after the date 
hereof, besides the Cost & Charges of this Suit. 

Thomas Walton, Pit: v/s Thomas Young, deft: It is ordered that 
the Pit: shal bringe in his just Exceptions ag st the deft? accompt at the 
Next Court day. 

Uppon the Complaint made by Niclis Bayard, Secret?' that Marck 
Dal did Refuse the paiment of the Courts Charges, wherein he was Con- 
demned, in the action betweene the s? Dall pt: & John Otten deft: It is 
ordered that the s? Dall shall make Imediatly payment of the s? Charges. 

On the request of Teunis Cray the W. Court orders before finally dis- 
posing thereof, that Jacobus Vis shall appear in person at the next Court 
day and bring with him his a/c book in w cb s? Craey's obligation is 
entered. 

This date the W: Court, at Claes Paulusen's request, ordered said 
Paulusen to be reduced on the weekly assessment roll to 10 stiv r ? 



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On this day, the 9th of January A? i66f is Herry Breser ordered by 
a Warrant under the Mayo rs hand to deliver unto William Broune, Cer- 
taine Coat with one pair of Stockings, & one pair of Shoes, now in the 
Custodie of the s? Breaser, out of the goods & effects of George Jones 
Late deceased: Whereas the s? Joanes before his death hath bought the 
s? goods of the afores? Broune, but never made paiment for the same. 

January the 15th A? i66f. Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck. 
P'esent Capt" Thomas de Lauall, Mayo^; Mr Oloff Stevensen, Mr John 
Lawrence, Mr Cornells Steenwick, Mr Johannes depeyster, Ald r men; 
Mf Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

It is this day ordered that the Sheriff with the Constable, shall give 
due warning to all them that are Indebted, to the Weekely assessment to 
pay their debts, accordinge to the order Published the 12th of this 
Instant. 

The Sheriff is hereby ordered and required to give over to Engel 
Hendricx her child to this time maintained out of the City Treasury and 
also to notify thereof those, who have supported it to the present day. 

Patrick Hayes, Onfrie Cley & Herry Bresers wife Sworne to what 
they shal declare to the Secret?' Bayard touching the Estate of George 
Joanes 

Tho. Walton, Pit: v/s Thomas Young, Deft.: The pit. 1: default: 
It is ordered that the Pit: shal bringe in at the Next Court day, the 
Exceptions he pretends to have ag?' the deft? accompt. 

On complaint of Teunis Cray relative to the difference of a/c be- 
tween him and Jacob Vis presented to the W: Court, the W: Court 
authorize Mr Nicolaes de Meyer and Christoffel Hooghlant to view and 
examine the same in presence of Alderman Steenwyk and if possible to 
reconcile parties, if not to report their award to the W: Court. 

Isaacq Foreest, pltf. v/s Andries Jochemsen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of fl. 381. in beavers on a mortgage on defts. house. 
Demands payment or in default thereof execution on the house. Parties 
being heard by the W: Court, the deft, is condemned to satisfy and pay 
the pltf. within one month after the first sloops shall have left Albany, 
with costs. 

Assur Levy, pltf. v/s Niclis Bayard, deft. Pltf. demands 3 beavers 



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for fencing injured by defts. hogs pursuant to award of Mad" Bedloo and 
Catrina Hooglant. Parties being heard, M 1 . Johannes van Brugh and 
M' Isaacq Bedloo are hereby authorized to examine whether the fence 
between said Assur and Bayard was well cared for by him Assur and by 
whose fault the damage occurred. 

Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Nathaniel Pietersen, deft. Pltf. com- 
plains, that deft, drew a knife on the 9'. h instant against the pltf. etc. as 
more fully appears by the declaration. The W: Court having heard 
parties order deft, to ask pltf's pardon and to give security for his good 
behavior. 

Abram Carpyn entering complains, that Grietje Jans still remains in 
default of delivering in her a/c to the W: arbitrators according to order 
of the Court dated 4 X b ? r past, to be by them examined and viewed. The 
W: Court order said Griet Jans to present within 6 weeks her a/c to the 
authorized arbitrators or in default thereof judgment shall be rendered 
against her bail. 

JannX the 29th, 166$. At a Mayors Court held at New Yorck. 
Present Capt" Tho. de Lauall, Mayor; M' O. Stevensen, M' Jo. Laur- 
ence, Mf Corn Stenwik, M- Johannes d'peyster, Ald r men; M. r Allard 
Anthony, Sheriff. 

Tho. Walton, Pit: v/s Tho. Young, deft: Ordered that the deft: 
shall bring in his objections ag s .' the Pit? accompt at the next Court day. 

ffrancis Constable on behalf e of himself e and Imploy", Pit? v/s John 
Petel, Thomas Collier & John Cock his Seamen, deft? Uppon hearing 
the Compl' of the Pit? that the defts: had several times threatned him 
his life, and against the Pit? Consent or Knowledge drawne several 
bottles of his, and his Imployers Licquors, alsoo Refusing several times 
to obey his Commands (oath being made thereon) this Court have thought 
fit & ordered that the deft? shal be Cleared from the pit? Barck, and that 
the Pit: shal pay them one Month's Wages, in such goods as he hath on 
board of the owners, att price Courant, and for the other months Wages 
w c . h the deft? Claime, In consideration of the damage they have done on 
board, the Court have left it to be decided betwixt the owners and them. 

Dirck Storm pltf. v/s Sibout Claes, deft. Pltf. says, deft, sold him 
a piece of land lying on Manhattans Island according to contract of sale 



1667] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 55 

thereof made the 6 Jan?' A? i66£, which deft, cannot deliver pursuant to 
said contract, since the same has not yet been confirmed by the General 
Nichols. Deft, says, pltf. has failed to pay according to contract and 
maintains therefore, that the sale is null. The W: Court order pltf. not 
to trouble deft, herein, until the General shall have decided the question 
about said land. 

Gerrit Jansen Stauast, pltf. v/s Jan Pepper, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, according to obligation 1200'^ of good muscovado sugar with 
costs. Deft, demands copy of the obligation to answer thereunto. Re- 
quest is granted. 

Jan Smedes, pltf. v/s Capt" Marten Cregier, deft. Pltf. says, he 
sold heretofore to deft, in the Esopus 40 skepel of wheat to be received 
there by the farmers @ 5 gl. the skepel, whereof he only received pay for 
33 sk'pls, therefore he demands the balance. Deft, denies to have 
bought the wheat absolutely, but that he should pay 5 gl. the skep! for as 
much as he, deft., sh? receive from pltf: and as 7 still fall short of the 
said 40 skepels, deft, does not owe before he receives the same. The 
W: Court having heard parties order deft, to deliver to pltf. the seven 
skepel of wheat, which remain due, also to annul his power, which he has 
given in this case to Mattys Capito. 

Mde. van Leuwen, pltf. v/s Thomas Meyer, deft. Ordered, that 
parties shall bring up their witnesses by the next Court day. 

Assur Levy, pltf. v/s Nicolaes Bayard, deft. Having seen, in the 
arguments between parties on both sides, the reasons given by Sieurs 
Johannes van Brugh and Isaacq Bedloo, after inspecting the fences be- 
tween them both, the above Sieurs are hereby ordered to bring in by the 
next Court day what they think of the fence and whose fault it is that the 
damage happened to Assur Levy's place. 

29th ]a.nn y . Uppon the Complaint of Tho. fleet, that John Garland 
Refused the paiment of the Charges, w ch the s? fleet hath already dis- 
boursed in the Case between him & the s? Garland, It is ordered that the 
s? Garland shal pay to the s? fleet, the disboursed Charges to the summe 
of £r- 7: 4: 

Hendrick Obe, Collector of the Excise, appearing requests to know 
what he shall charge for excise on cider or apple-drink. The W: Court 
having taken into consideration that in consequence of the want of wine 



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a great deal of cider is at present consumed here, they order that from 
now henceforward the Collector shall levy for each anker of cider, ten 
stivers for Burgers excise and three guilders for tappers excise on the same. 

Whereas the W. Mayor's Court of the City of New York has been 
informed that Pietertie Jansen, wife of Albert the Noorman, residing at 
Albania, has died within this City, and that for the interest of the general 
creditors it becomes necessary that some persons be authorized as curators 
of the estate and property left by the said Pieterje, the W: Court with 
this view do therefore name and select Sieurs Johannes de Wit and 
Lodowyk Post, who are hereby authorized to take possession of the said 
estate and to administer it for the interest of the general creditors as 
thereunto may appertain. Ady as above. 

Mr. Cornelis Steenwyck communicating to the W. Court, that 
Pietertie Jansen owed him fl. 120 zewant for rent, for the security of 
which she pledged to him her chest, the W. Court orders that s? Mr. 
Steenwyck shall be preferred in the monies, for which said chest shall be 
sold. 

February the 5^ 166^ At a Mayo? Court held at New Yorck. 
Present Capt" Tho. de Laual, Mayor; M' Jo. Lawrence, Mf Olof Steven- 
sen, M T . Cornelis Stenwyk, M T . Johannes d Peystf, Ald r men; M 1 . Allard 
Anthony, Sheriff. 

Capt? Matthyas Nicolls appearinge in Court declared that the honn b ! e 
Govern" Pleasure was that this honn b . le Court should trye the Case, where- 
uppon Pieter Wolfertsen at the Complt. of the Sheriff is Imprisoned. 

The Sheriff Allard Antony, Pit: v/s Pieter Wolfertsen, deft: The 
pit: Complains that the deft, hath spoken words to the derogation of the 
high Court of azzizes, as that the Sentence w c . h by the s? Court was pro- 
nounced ag" him was unjust. Uppon hearing of both Parties, it is 
ordered that the deft: shal Pay a fine of 30 gild" Wampum for y e Poore 
of this place, & to take heed for the future to speake any the Like Words 
to the derogation of the Court, & to pay the Costs of this Court. 

Thomas Walton, Pit: v/s Thomas Younge, Deft: The Deft: de- 
fault. Uppon the Complt: of the Pit: it is ordered that the deft: Within 
the space of 14 dayes after the date hereof shal appeare, or by default 
thereof, that the Case as then by the Court shal be determined. 



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Thomas Morgen, Pit: v/s Hugh Barentsen, deft: Uppon hearing of 
both parties, it is ordered that in Case the Pit: doth describe the Persons 
Name, whom discouvered him — where the defts Sword Was, & to whom 
the pit: hath paid the monny, that then the 10 gild r . s Wampum shal be 
paid by the deft: Thomas Morgen declared to the Court that the defts 
Sword was brought to Hendrik Bos by M* Risbel. 

Abram Pietersen Carpyn, Pit: v/s Jacob Teunissen Quick, deft: 
The W. Court having heard parties order, that the pltff : shall bring in his 
evidence at the next Court day. 

John Damrill, Pit: v/s Thomas Lewis, Deft: Uppon hearing of 
both parties, the Court thought fit to differre the differance to some In- 
different Persons & doe therefore appoint M' Pieter Jacobsen Marius & 
M' Bonn to heare and Examin the Case, & iff possible to Compose the 
differance betwixt the s? Parties. 

Symon Jansen Romeyn appearing in Court states, that among the 
property left by Pietertie Jansen, late wife of Albert the Noorman, are 
divers goods belonging to Ebert Benningh son in law of said Pietertie, 
which he left before his departure from here under the care of his said 
mother in law according to inventory entered before Secretary Nevius 
and witnesses, requesting that the W. Court will be pleased to order the 
curators of the residuary estate of s d Pietertie Jansen dec? to deliver to 
him as attorney of the abovenamed Benningh, according to procuration, 
all such goods as by said inventory shall still be found among the goods 
left by said Pietertie. The W: Court having heard the request and the 
proofs being examined order the curators of the estate of Pietertie Jansen 
dec? to sell said goods with the property of s? Pietertie by public auction, 
and to give the product of said Egbert Benning's goods to said Simon 
Jansen Romeyn as the s? Benning's attorney, on condition that said 
Simon Jansen Romeyn shall give due security to give due a/c, proof and 
reliqua at all times, on being required, of his receipt to those, whom it 
may concern. 

Gerrit Jansen Stauast, P 1 ' v/s Jan Poppen, def' The Honn b!e Mayor 
aledged that the Parties where agreed. 

Mde Van Leuven, Pit. v/s Thomas Mayor, def? The def' aledged 
that he was agreed with the Pit. 

This day the W. Court ordered, that Sieur Poulus Leendersen van 



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de Grift shall be paid for lodging the soldiers from the Burgher's excise 
at the same rate as the others. 

Sieurs* Johannes de Witt and Lodowyck Post appearing in Court, 
authorized on 29 th January last by the W. Court to be curators of the 
residuary estate of Pietertie Jansen dec?, represent that said Pietertie has 
living yet a husband named Albert the Noorman residing at Albany; re- 
questing to know if they shall proceed with the sale of the goods and 
division of the same. The W: Court having taken the request into con- 
sideration order the petit"" to proceed with the sale, within 14 days, but 
not to make a disposition thereof for the time of two months, until said 
Albert the Noorman and other creditors shall have due notice thereof. 

Feb?' the 7* i66f . At a Mayors Court held at New York. Present 
Capt. Tho: d'Lauall, Mayor; Mf Olof Stevensen, M' Jo: Laurence, Mf 
Corn? Steenwyk, Mf Jo de Peyster, Ald r men; Mr Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

The honn b . ,e Mayor propoundinge to the Court that it was the honn ble 
Govern r . s pleasure that this Town should maintaine for one Yeare Longer 
on of the Minist r . s of this place, and whereas several persons where de- 
parted from this Place and others disinable to pay towards the same, 
whom the Last Yeare had Subscribed — 

It is Ordered that some of the Inhabitants should be sent for to ap- 
peare in Court for to trye, or they would voluntairely Raise, the sums 
w c . h they promised the Late Yeares to pay towards the Maintainance of 
the Minist? 

Names of the Persons who for One Yeare Longer have Voluntarily 
Promised to pay towards the Maintainance of One of the Minist' s 
Videllezi* 

Beavers. Beavers. 

Abell Hardebroeck fl. 8. Francois Rombouts 10. 

Balthazar d'Haer continues as Johannes de Peyster 16. 

afore. Cornelis Steenwick 28. 

Coenraet ten Eyck 12. Jacob Leysler 12. 

Christoffel Hooghlant 12. Tho: Hall 10. 

Evert Duyckingh 5. Tho: Levis 8. 

Fredrick Philipsen 24. Symon Romeyn continues. 

Fredrick Gysbertsen 12. Isaack Bedloo 12. 



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Beavers. Beavers. 

Jacques Cousseau continues Poulus Leenders continues. 

at 2 Bevers & profers 2 B" Pieter Alrigs 10. 

more for them that are dis- Johan d'Wit continues 

inabled to pay what they Jacob Hendricx Varrevanger. 8. 

have promised. Reynier vander Coele till May 

Mettie Wessels fi. 8. next ensuing one Bever. 

Nicolaes Meyer puts down. .. 24. Warnaer Wessels 12. 

Nicolaes Backer 8. Wellem Abransen 8. 

i66f. This day 8'. h March I have by orders of Mayor Laval de- 
livered to Symon Jansen Romeyn, attorney of Egbert Benningh from out 
the goods left by Pietertie Jans, one silver goblet and one gold ring with 
a fine stone, also an earthen pitcher, being the property claimed on the 
last Court day by said Romeyn in behalf of Egbert Buyningh, out of the 
house of said dec? Pietertie Jans, which are valued by Hendrick Assueros, 
having authority thereunto by the Hon b ! e Mayor aforesaid, as follows: — 

The silver goblet fl.26.14 Hollands 

The gold ring with the fine stone ... . 16. Hoi? 



The earthen pitcher @ fl.5. zewant. 

By me 

N: Bayard, Sec? 

March the 5^ A? i66f . Att a Mayor's Court held att New Yorck. 
Present Capt Tho: de Laual, Mayor; Mr O: Stevensen, Mr John Laur- 
ence, M' Corns Steenwik, Mr Jo: de Peyster, Ald r men; Mr Allard An- 
thony, Sheriff. 

Johannes de Wit, pltf. v/s Fredrick Gysbersen vanden Bergh, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 82 zewant accepted by the deft, to pay to 
him, pltf., for John Garlant. Deft, acknowledges the debt, but says that 
the pltf. is still indebted to him fl. 71. zewant, which the pltf. accepted 
to pay for Jan Gerrits van Marcken. Pltf. denies it and demands, that 
deft, shall prove it. The W: Court having heard parties order that, in 
case deft, shall not prove by the next Court day to the sufficient satisfac- 
tion of the Court that s? fl. 7, were promised to be paid by pltf. for Jan 
Gerrits, he shall then pay the demanded fl. 82. 

Wolfert Webber entering and presenting to the W Court two a/cs of 



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the Sheriff for earned fees, whereunto he makes two exceptions, the W: 
Court orders that deft. Webber shall pay thirty guilders zewant to the 
Sheriff in discharge of the said account. 

In the matter in question between Pieter Stoutenburgh and Jan 
Vinge as guardians of the children of Rachel van Tienhoven dec? on the 
one part, and Mettie Wessels on the other part, Sieurs Poulus Leendersen 
van de Grift and Johannes van Brugh are chosen by the W Court as 
arbitrators, who are requested to hear the matter argued and to decide it 
if possible and to reconcile parties. If not to render a report of their 
award to the W. Court. 

Abram Carpyn, pltf. v/s Jacob Teunissen Quicq, deft. Pltf. com- 
plains, that deft, pushed and kicked his wife, so that she lay 3 long weeks 
in bed from it and says he summoned his witnesses, but they don't ap- 
pear. The W. Court order him again to summon his witnesses to appear 
in person on the next Court day under a penalty of 20 guilders. 

The Mayor beinge sworne in Court declareth that he was present 
when the wife of Abram Carpyn came at the house of Jacob Teunissen 
Quicq, whoe after some discourses, begun to fal out against the s? Jacob 
in foul Language Callinge him Roge & pokie Roge &c: Whereuppon 
the s? Jacob Teunissen toocke hur up in his arms, & Carried hur out of 
his house; but did not see that the s? Jacob did thrust or Kike the s? 
Woman. Pieter Simkan declares under oath, that he was present, when 
Abram Carpyn 's wife came to Jacob Teunissen* s house and that after 
some conversation said woman fell upon the above nam? Jacob with 
abusive words saying that he was a rogue and a pocked rogue etc. 
Whereupon said Jacob took her up and conveyed her out the house, but 
he did not see that he pushed or kicked her. Jacob Farmont declares on 
oath, that he was by, when Elsie Gerrits, wife of deft. Abram Carpyn, 
came to said Jacob Teunissen Quick's house and heard said Elsie abuse 
s? deft. Jacob Teunissen without any cause as a rogue and a pocked rogue 
etc. Whereupon deft. Jacob took her up and carried her out the house, 
but says he did not see her kicked or pushed. 

Abram Carpyn, pltf. v/s Cornells Pot, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 33. in zeawant. Deft, admits the debt but asks some delay. 
The W: Court condemn deft, to pay the sum demanded with costs. 

Willem Kuycken, pltf. v/s Anna Willems, deft. Pltf. says and 



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proves, that deft, has accused him of theft. He demands reparation. 
Deft, denies it. The W. Court condemn deft, in the costs. 

Nicolaes Verbraack, pltf. v/s Hendrick Spaniard, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. The W. Court order deft, to give sufficient bail for his appearance 
at next Court. 

Davit Wessels, pltf. v/s Claes Tysen, deft. Pltf. demands from deft. 
fl. 1 8 in zewant, that he promised to pay for Hendrick Spaniard. Deft, 
denies it ; but says, if pltf. has an order from Spaniard for payment, that 
Lammert van Neck will then pay it. The W: Court order pltf. to bring 
an order from said Spaniard before the fl. 18. demanded are paid. 

Jan Otten, pltf. v/s Juriaen Kuyper, deft. The W: Court order 
parties to make up and settle their accounts. 

Jan Otten, pltf. v/s Fredrick Hendricks, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 1 8. in zewant. Defts. wife admits the debt. The W: Court 
condemn deft, to pay the fl. 18. demanded. 

Jan Otten, pltf. v/s Jan van Bremen, deft. Deft, in default. 

John Sharp atturny of Andrew Messenger, Pit: v/s Jurian de 
Kouper, deft: The Pit: demands of the deft: fl. 28 Wampum. The 
deft: acknowledges the debt, but desires a Little time for the paiment. 
The Court did Condemne the deft: to pay the s? summe in the space of 
14 dayes, besides the Costs of Court. 

Johannes de Wit and Lodowyck Post as curators of the estate of 
Pietertie Jans, dec?, pltfs., v/s Symon Jansen Romeyn, deft. Pltfs. say 
that deft. Symon Jans on 5 Feb. last sued before this W. Court for divers 
goods such as a jacket, a bed and appurtenances etc. out the goods of 
said Pietertie Jans, which he said belonged to one Egbert Benningh and 
as pltfs. are since informed, that said jacket and bed was sold here by 
said Benningh, request the W. Court to be pleased to order said Symon 
Jansen Romeyn shall not take any goods, unless he first satisfactorily 
prove, that they are the same goods, which said Benningh left in the 
charge of said Pietertie Jansen. Deft, answers and says, he demands, 
what said Benningh left in charge of his mother in law Pietertie Jans and 
maintains, that pltfs. are bound to prove, if they can, that they are not 
said Bennings goods, which he, deft., now claims by inventory handed 
in from the house of the deceased. The W: Court order that the sale of 
said Pietertie Jansen's goods be now suspended until the opening of the 






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navigation, so that those of Albania, who have any claim on said goods 
may have notice thereof and if in the meantime any thing further regard- 
ing the estate may come up and they order, moreover, the deft. Symon 
Romeyn to give sufficient bail for the silver goblet and ring, which he took 
from said estate by the Mayor's order. 

Lodowyck Post entering complains, that Arent Juriaansen Lansman, 
his son in law, has severely beaten his, the petitioner's daughter, the said ' 
Lantsman's wife, contrary to his previous promise and in contempt of the 
Court's order; he requests therefore, that the W. Court will be pleased 
to consent that he, petit', may take his aforenamed daughter under his 
protection. The W: Court order Arent Juriaansen Lantsman shall give 
sufficient security for his good behavior especially towards his said wife. 
Meanwhile petitioner is allowed to keep his daughter under his care until 
further order. 

This date 'tis ordered to enter the following on the list of weekly 
assessment at these rates: — 

Pieter Stoutenburgh @ 15 stiv. 

Lysbet Tyssen 10 " 

Gerrit Jansen Roos 10 " 

Anna Liscoo 20 " 

Johannes de Wit, pltf. v/s Maria van Hoboocken, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Grietje Gerrits, pltf. v/s Huygh Barentsen, deft. Both in default. 

Claes Tyssen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Spanjard, deft. Deft, in default. 

13 March, graunted a Execution agains tthe goods of Claere Ebels 
towards the Satisfying of the Courts Charges, accordinge to order of 
Court bearinge date the 8th of May 1666. 

17 march. Issued forth an Execution against the goods & Chatties 
of Abram Carpyn, towards the satisfaction of the Judgement of Court 
bearing date the 21th of August 1666. 

March the 26th 1667. At a Mayors Court held at New Yorke. 
Present Capt" Tho. de Laual, Mayor; Mf O. Stevensen Cortland, M^Jo. 
Lawrence, M' Corn. Stenwyck, M r . Jo. de peyster; M T - allard Anthony, 
Sheriff. 

Johannes de Wit, pltf. v/s Mary van Hoboocken, deft. Pltf. de- 



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mands fl. 138 gl. zewant with costs. Deft, admits the debt ; demands 
some delay. The W. Court condemn deft, to enter sufficient bail to pay- 
said sum within the term of 6 weeks, with costs. 

Sieurs Johannes de Wit and Fredrick Gysbersen entering, said Gys- 
bersen produces his memorial pursuant to the order of the W: Court 
dated 5* instant to prove, that the debt of Jan Gerritsen van Marcken, 
mentioned in said order and amounting to the sum of fl. 71. in zewant 
was accepted to be paid by said de Wit: which, on the contrary, 
was denied by ditto de Wit. Whereupon Fred Gysbertsen offering 
the oath, the W: Court orders, that the above named de Wit shall pay the 
same. 

Isaacq Greveraat, pltf. and arrestant, v/s Mary Hoboocken, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 94 balance of rent, in zewant and for damage 
done to the glass in his house. Deft, admits the debt of 94 gl., but 
maintains she owes nothing for damages. The W: Court having heard 
parties condemn deft, to pay the 94 gl. demanded, within 6 weeks, also 
half of the damage done to the glass on the valuation of arbitrators. 
Meanwhile the attachment issued by pltf. on defts. goods remains valid, 
with costs. 

Abram Pietersen Carpyn, pltf. v/s Jacob Teunissen, deft. Parties 
being heard by the W: Court and the witnesses examined and as pltf. 
cannot sufficiently prove his declaration the Court condemn parties each 
in his own costs incurred herein and warn them to live henceforward in 
peace with each other. Ady, as above. 

Huygh Barentsen's attorney appearing represents said Huygh Barent- 
sen's inability to fulfill the judgment obtained against him by Mr Balthazf 
de Haert in date 18^ Dectt last ; requesting that the W Court would 
please grant him some delay etc. The foregoing request being heard in 
Court and M' Balthazar de Haert being sent for, further delay is with 
the consent of said de Haert allowed to said Huygh Barentsen for the 
time of the next six months, on condition of pledging all his property, 
real and personal, to said de Haert together with sufficient security for 
whatever the debt exceeds the value of the property. Ady as above. 

David Wessels, pltf. v/s Hendrick Spaniard, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 18 gl. zewant with costs. Deft, admits the debt and says 
Lammert van Neck will pay it. The W: Court having heard parties 



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order deft, to give pltf. an assignment on Lammert van Neck or other- 
wise to pay him, himself, with costs. 

Hendrick Arentsen Spaniard, pltf. v/s Lammert van Nock, deft. 
Pltf. demands one hundred and 30 gl. in zeawant. Deft, says, that pltf's 
money in his hands is attached by Gerrit Visbeeck. The W: Court order 
deft, to satisfy the pltf., provided the pltf. shall first give security to hold 
the deft, harmless against Visbeecq. 

Johannes de Wit entering requests the consent of the W: Court to 
receive from the first proceeds of the estate of Pietertie Jansen dec?, his 
pay of monies disbursed for the interment of said Pietertie according to 
a/c. The request being considered by the W. Court, they decide that 
the same consists with justice and order that the pltf. be paid from the 
first proceeds received — the a/c being first examined and audited by the 
general creditors. The W. Court do this day order the curators of the 
estate of Pietertie Jansen dec? not to proceed with the sale of the goods 
before 3 weeks after date. 

The Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Egbert Meyndertsen, deft. 
Pltf. says, that deft, bought about eight months ago a remnant of duffels 
from a soldier: he demands therefore the fine according to Placard. The 
Worshipf" Court condemn deft, in the fine of ten guilders in addition to 
the restitution of the cloth, with costs. 

The Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Arent Juriaensen Lantsman 
and Cornelis Post, defts. Pltf. says, that on the 3? inst. the defts. fought 
in the presence of the General and two Aldermen, so that blood flowed: 
he concludes, that defts. shall be fined each in a penalty of fl. 200 ac- 
cording to Placard with costs. The W : Court having heard parties con- 
demn defts. each in a fine of fl. 50 zewant with costs. 

The Schout, pltf. v/s Jannetie Evers, deft. Pltf. says that deft, 
departed from her arrest in April 1665 and he demands the fine accord- 
ing to Placard. Deft, admits having gone away, but says, she was not 
aware of the order of the Court. The W. Court having heard parties, 
condemn deft, in a fine of fl. 20, with costs. 

The Schout, pltf. v/s Arent Isaacqsen, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
bought a straw bed of a soldier in direct contravention of the Placard. 
Deft, admits it, but says, he was not aware, that it was forbidden. The 
W: Court condemn the deft, in a fine of six guilders ; with costs. 



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The Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Abram Pietersen Carpyn, deft. 
Pltf. says, deft, sold brandy to an Indian, according to the Indian's de- 
claration made in presence of divers witnesses. Deft, denies it. 
Ordered, that the Sheriff do summon his witnesses for the next Court 
day. 

The Schout, pltf. v/s Claes Dietlofs and Jan, the cake baker, defts. 
Pltf. says, defts. rolled a barrel with maize along the street, on last Sun- 
day. He demands the fine according to Placard. Defts. answer that 
they first came in the morning with a canoe and that they durst not trust 
it the whole day in the canoe. 

On the complaint entered by the Sheriff relative to the ill demeanour 
of Arent Juriaansen Lantsman in the unbecoming beating and unchris- 
tian treatment of his, the aforesaid Arent Juriaensen's, wife, in contempt of 
the foregoing order of the W. Court and contrary to his pledged promise — 
It is ordered, that, in case parties again agree (according to their petition 
presented to Court), to a separation from bed and board, the W: Court 
permit the same and order deft. Arent Juriaensen to enter sufficient 
security for his good behaviour until the next Assizes' Court and in addi- 
tion, pay the sum of four guilders weekly to his said wife for the main- 
tenance of the children. 

The Sheriff Allard Anthony, Pit: v/s humphry Cley, deft: The Pit: 
declares that he hath acquainted the honn b . le Governf w th the order of this 
Court in the Case between him & this deft: bearinge date the 21* of 
august Last past, but that his honn r was pleased to answer that he did 
Leave it to be decided by the Court. The Court did order, that the 
Sheriff should produce such order of the honn b . le Governf Whereas the 
differance, by this Court was differred to his honnr as more at Large ap- 
pearss by the s? order in date 21^ August Last. 

Cap'? Silvester Salisbury, Pit: v/s Henry Breser, deft. The Pit: as 
administ? of the Estate of George Joanes declares that the deft: hath 
several goods & Bills in his hands belonginge to the s? estate, whereof this 
Pit: demands Restitution, Except this deft: could made appeare, that the 
s? Bills by the s? George Joanes where assigned over to him. The deft. 
Replyes that No assignm' was made uppon the Bills, But can proeve it 
by Witnesses that the s? Bills where assigned over to him by the s d . Joanes. 
It is ordered that the deft: shal deliver the goods as are in his hands be- 



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longing to the Estate of the s? Joanes, & bring in his just debt the next 
Court day. 

Assur Levy appearing in Court reports having attached certain 
monies of Burger Joris in Patrick Hayes' hands: he requests the same 
be declared valid. The W: Court declare the attachment valid and order 
Burger Joris to appear or send an attorney within 3 weeks to defend the 
said attachment. 

2? April 1667. Att a Mayors Court held at New York. Present W 
O. Stevensen, depty mayor; M 1 . John Lawrence, M r . Corn: Steenwyck, 
M' Johannes depeystr, Ald r men. 

Mf Balthazar de Haert being sent for to Court and being informed, 
that it is not possible for Huygh Barentsen de Kleyn to get sufficient bail, 
according to the Court's order of 26^ March last, but that he offers to 
cede and convey to said M' Balthazar part of the outstanding debts and 
for the remainder to pledge all his goods according to the list thereof de- 
livered over, to pay the same within 8 @ 9 months. Whereupon M' Bal- 
thazar replies, that he persists in what was ordered in this regard on last 
Court day, to wit — that said Huygh Barentsen shall enter sufficient bail to 
pay the debt within 6 months. The W: Court having heard the argu- 
ments of parties order the Sheriff to cause to be inventoried and to place 
in safe hands all Huygh Barentsen's goods, whether chattels, furniture, 
debts and all other effects without exception, in order to sell the same by 
execution for the behoof of Mr Balthazar, after the lapse of the six 
months allowed to said Huygh Barentsen on the last Court day, in case 
no other payment or satisfaction were made within that time. Mean- 
while the deft. Huygh Barentsen is released from his detention. 

The bakers of this City being sent for to Court, they are informed 
and ordered to give in within the term of 8 days what amount of grain 
they have in store and how much they ordinarily consume. 

At Wolfert Webber's request, that the question between him and 
Thomas Hall and Jan Vinge as attornies of Willem Beeckman, may again 
be referred to arbitrators, the W: Court orders, that Cornelis Claesen 
Swits' land* shall as soon as the surveyor Corteljou is here, again be 

* C. C. Swits' land ran E. of the Bowery betw. Division and Canal Streets on the 
West and a line betw. Clinton and Attorney Str. on the East to a North point there 






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measured in presence of Jacob van Couwenhoven, Egbert Woutersen, 
Cornells Aartsen, and Albert Leendertsen and three Commissioners from 
the Bench, who are also hereby requested and authorized to decide if 
possible the question between said parties and to reconcile them ; if not 
to render a report of their proceedings to the Court ; and to this end are 
appointed from the Bench John Laurens, Cornelis Steenwyck and 
Johannes de Peyster. Ady, as above. 

3? April. This day the Deptf Mayor Oloff Stevensen Cortlant 
nominated and selected Mr Timothy Gabrie and Mr Hendrick Willem- 
sen, baker, to value the goods of Huygh Barentsen de Kleyn according to 
inventory, who are hereby requested to appraise the said goods according 
to the best of their knowledge. 

9* April 1667. Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck. Present 
Capt Tho: d'Laual, Mayor; M' Jo: Lawrence, Mr Corn' Steenwyck, Mf 
Johannes de Peyster, Ald r men ; Mr Allard Anthony, Sheriffe. 

Nota. Whereas Secretary Bayard is this day absent the Minutes are 
kept by Mr. Allard Anthony. 

A letter of the Duke of Yorck to the Governour is read in full Court. 

Matthias Nicolls, Esqf, Pltff v/s Antony de Milt, deft. The PI? 
presenteinge to the Court the Declaration; It is Ordered that the Coppy 
thereof shall be delivered to the deff- for to answer uppon the same the 
Next Court day & that this day fourtnight a Jury shal be empannelled 
upon this Case. 

This day the Firewardens are ordered to bring the firebuckets to the 
City Hall and to have the useless ones repaired, to mark the hooks and 
ladders and Henry Obe is to be ordered to pay the same from the excise. 

John Sharp Atturny of Tho. ffleet desires Execution uppon the Sen- 
tence by the s? fleet obtained against John Garland, in date the 8* Jany, 
i66f. Fiat Execution. 

The bakers of this City being sent for to state, what quantity of grain 
is in store here within this City, the W: Court authorize from the same 
Hendrick Willemsen, Jacob Teunissen, Reynier Willemsen and Lourens 
van der Spiegel closely to inspect among all the bakers and merchants, 

betw. Broome and Delancey. C. C. S. conveyed it to W. Beekman in 1653. Webber's 
land was immediately E. and extended as far as Sherrif Str. 



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what supply of grain is in store here in this City and to return the same in 
writing to the Court. 

This day it is ordered and resolved, that a Placard shall be enacted 
notifying all persons, who have powers of attorny for real estate from 
persons, at present residing in Holland or elsewhere, not at peace with 
His Majesty, to present s? powers to the Mayor and Aldermen. 

12 April. Issued forth a Warrant of Execution against John Gar- 
land uppon the Sentence of the Court betwixt Tho: de Laual Esq' PI' & 
John Malby & John Garland Deft- bearinge date the 26* June 1666. 

12* April. Issued forth a Warrant of Execution against John Gar- 
land, uppon the Sentence of Court betwixt Tho: fleet pit: & the s? Garland 
deft: bearing date the 8th of Jann r . y i66f. 

13* April. Issued forth a Warrant of Execution against Mary Van 
hoboocke, uppon the Sentence of Court betwixt Johannes de Wit, pit: & 
the s? Mary deft: bearinge date the 26th march 1667. 

April the 16th 1667. At a Mayors Court held at New York. 
Present Capt" Tho: de Laual, Mayor; Mr O. Stevensen, M' Jo. Law- 
rence, M' Corn: Steenwyk, M r . Johan depeyst r , Ald r men; M T . Allard 
Anthony, Sheriff. 

The Overseers of Roads and Fences beyond the Fresh Water, pltfs. 
v/s Jan Smedes, deft. Pltfs. demand from deft, divers fines according 
to a/c amounting to the sum of fl. 175, with costs. Deft, admits to have 
committed a fault, but excuses himself on a/c of his inability etc. The 
W: Court having heard parties condemn deft, to pay pltfs. a fine of fifty 
guilders zewant, with costs. 

Received and read the petition of Timotheus Gabrie, now imprisoned 
for payment of a judgment obtained by Jan Jansen Veryn against him at 
the Court of Assizes being read and considered, setting forth in sub- 
stance, that the W: Court should be pleased to discharge him from con- 
finement under sufficient bail for his not going away, especially as he, the 
petit-, has exhibited to the Sheriff more property than 3 times the amount 
of the debt, which effects he offers to place in safe keeping for the pay- 
ment of the judgment etc. It is apostilled as follows: — Whereas it is a 
matter which concerns the Court of Assizes, upon which the petitioner is 
imprisoned, therefore nothing can be done therein by the Mayors Court, 



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unless by the petitioner paying according to judgment or exhibiting prop- 
erty for sale on execution for cash, when the petitioner may be released 
from confinement. 

Huygh Barentsen de Kleyn requesting by petition, that the W: Court 
will please to allow him to tap half a barrel of beer a week free of excise, 
as is granted to Arien Cornelissen and others, his neighbours. It is 
apostilled: — The petition is allowed; the Collector Henry Obe is there- 
fore charged and required to allow the petit? to tap half a barrel of strong 
beer a week without taking any excise therefor. Ady as above. 

From the nomination made by the Overseers of Roads and Fences 
to the W: Mayor's Court for the purpose of electing therefrom the Over- 
seers for the ensuing year in place of those going out, are elected by the 
W. Court. 

Jan Jansen Lange Straat, 

Thomas Hal, 

Kier Wolters. Ady as above. 

Cornelis the Smith, pltf. v/s Huygh Barentsen, deft. Deft, in default. 

In the matter in question between the Reverend D? Johannes Mega- 
polensis, Dom' Samuel Drisius and M.' Cornelis van Ruyven on the one 
side and Cornelis Aertsen, Huygh Barentsen and Cornelis Jacobsen Stille 
on the other side, regarding the tilling of the land and the pasturing of 
cattle in the common, the W: Mayor's Court appointed the newly elected 
and old retiring Overseers of Roads and Fences, who are requested to 
examine the matter, to hear arguments and if possible to decide the case; 
if not to report to the W Court. 

Gerrit Visbeeck, pltf. v/s Hendrick Spaniard, deft. Pltf. says, he 
delivered to deft, and his partner Claes Verbraeck heretofore an anchor, 
which is lost by them for which they promised to pay ioo gl. zewant, 
whereof he has received 50 gl. from the deft. Spaniard. He now de- 
mands the rest. Deft, acknowledges the same, but says the other half 
must be paid by Verbraeck. The W: Court having heard parties, con- 
demn deft, to pay the pltf. within 14 days the remaining 50 guilders with 
costs, and if the deft, deems proper, he may have his recourse against 
said Verbraeck. 

On petition of Gerrit Cray ordered copy thereof to be furnished to 
parties to answer thereunto. 



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Willem Lubbertsen, pltf. v/s Timothy Gabrie, deft. Both in default. 

The Schout, pltf. v/s Abram Carpyn, deft. Deft, in default. 

Matthyas Nicolls Esq: Pit: v/s Antony de Milt, deft: Ordered to 
give warning to the deft: to take a copy out of the office of the pit? 
declaration, to answer the same the next Court day, except the parties 
might agree & compound their difference. 

Capt? Silvestf Salisbury Execut' of George Joanes deceased, Pit: v/s 
Henry Breser, deft: After some debats, it is ordered that the Pit: shal 
draw his declaration against the deft: & deliver it in the next Court 
day. 

The Petition of the carters of this City being read and considered, re- 
questing in substance that they may be confirmed in their actual number 
and no more, in form of a Guild like the Weighhouse labourers and that 
all new comers may be forbid to cart within this City, It is apostilled as 
followeth: — Petitioner's request is granted, until more carters are required 
within this City and Thomas France, Willem Kock, Jan Meyndersen, 
Ambrosius de Weerhem, Jan Smedes, Pieter Wessels, Pieter Roelofs, 
and Joris Jansen are hereby confirmed as City carters, provided that they 
shall be bound in time of fire to repair to the fire on the ringing of the 
fire bell and to render all possible assistance in extinguishing the flames, 
on pain of forfeiture. 

Sieur Johannes de Wit entering represents, that Mary van Hoboocken 
has failed to the present time to give security, according to the order of 
the Court dated 26 M ch last, for the judgment aforesaid. He demands 
execution. The Sheriff is ordered to proceed with the execution against 
said M. Hoboocken, in case she does not furnish sufficient security. 

May 7'? 1667. Att a Mayor's Court held at New Yorck. Present 
Capt. Thomas de Lauall, Mayor; M' O Stevensen, Mr Jo Laurence, Mr 
Corn Stenwyck, M' Joh. d'Peyster, Ald'men; M' Allard Anthony, 
Sheriff. 

Anthony de Milt, Pit. v/s Capt John Younge, Def! The pit: 
declares that the deft: is Indebted to this Pit: as appears by accompt the 
summe of fl. 242: 10 Wampum. The deft: Confesseth the debt; but 
desires that the Court would graunt him some time for the payment 
thereof. The Court haveinge heard both p'ties doe Condemne the deft: 



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to give in good security to the Pit: for the paiment of the said f. 242: 10 
Wampum W th in the space of weeks after the date hereof & to pay the 
Costs & Charges of this Suit. 

Harmen Jansen, Pit: v/s Jan Smedes, deft: The Pit: default. 

Antony de Milt, pltf. v/s Jacob Teunissen Quicq, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 65 zeawant and costs. Deft's wife appearing admits 
the debt, but requests time. The W: Court having heard parties con- 
demn deft, to pay pltf. the aforesaid sum of fl. 65. with costs. 

The Overseers of the Public Fences, pltfs. v/s Bastiaen the wheel- 
wright and Cosyn Raemaker, (wheelwright), defts. Pltfs. demand from 
deft, the sum of fl. 20. according to the 17* Article of their instructions 
etc. on the inspection of Cosyn Gerritsen's fence. The W. Court decide, 
that the fine must be paid by the deft. Bastiaen de Raemaker and con- 
demn him therefore in a fine of fl. 10. with costs. 

Capt" Silvestr Salisbury, Pit: v/s herry Breser, deft: The Pit: pre- 
sentinge his declaration, it is ordered that the deft: shal give his answer 
thereunto the next Court day. 

Jan Langestraat, pltf. v/s Lysbeth Smedes, deft. Pltf. complains, 
that deft, has grossly calumniated him with abusive words and proves the 
fact by witnesses. Defts. husband appearing says it occurred thro' hasti- 
ness. The W: Court condemn deft, in the costs incurred herein; also 
that deft, shall on next Court day beg pardon of pltf. before the Court 
and promise never again to do the like. 

Joris Stevensen, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laer, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of 35 gl. sewant with costs. Defts. wife appearing 
admits the debt. The W: Court condemn deft, to pay pltf. the demand? 
35 gl. within 8 days' time, with costs. 

Mr John Laurens, pltf. v/s Antony de Milt, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of f. 852 in good stringed merchantable wampum ac- 
cording to obligation, with costs. Deft, admits the debt; but requests 
some delay. The W. Court having heard parties condemn deft, to pay 
said sum of fl. 852 to pltf. within one month from date hereof, with costs 
incurred herein. 

Grietie Gerrits, pltf. v/s Huygh Barentsen, deft. Pltfs attorney, 
Cornells Clopper, appearing demands from deft. fl. 480. zewant for rent 
and requests that he may be preferred before all others in the goods 



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attached belonging to deft., since the debt arises from rent etc. Defts. 
wife appearing says, there is not so much owing. Parties are ordered to 
settle within 8 days with each other and the W Court decided, that pltf. 
should be preferred in the attached goods. 

The Schout Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Abram Carpyn, deft. Pltf. 
says, that deft, sold brandy or strong drink to an Indian according to said 
Indian's declaration made in presence of two witnesses. Deft's wife ap- 
pearing as he is himself very sick, she denies the same. The W: Court 
order, that said Indian shall personally make his declaration to the W 
Court, before any thing further be done in the case. 

The Sheriff, pltf. v/s Abram Carpyn, deft. Pltf. says, he found an 
anker of rum at defts. house, which was smuggled and concludes for con- 
fiscation and fine according to Placard. Whereas deft, is so sick, that he 
cannot personally attend, the W: Court order the case to be deferred 
until the deft, shall be able to appear in person: meanwhile the Sheriff is 
ordered to keep said anker of rum in his charge. 

Marten Jansen Smit appearing presents an a/c of the Sheriff for costs 
incurred in the case in question between Lysbet Tyssen as pltf. and said 
Smit as deft, dated . . . October. 1665 amounting to the sum of fl. 
23: 8., whereby he finds himself aggrieved. After examination of the a/c 
tis decreed, that said Martin shall pay fl. 14: 8 and no more for fees of 
Secretary, Messenger and Sheriff, provided said Lisbet Tyssen shall in- 
demnify the petiti" r in the costs incurred before the Court day, when the 
judgm' was pronounced. As for the additional 9 gl. demanded by the 
Sheriff for notice, it was hereby dismissed. 

The Sheriff Allard Antony's a/c against Andries Jochemsen for the 
sum of fl. 85 : 4 being considered examined, the just half thereof is allowed 
him. 

Edward Shackelton, Pit: v/s Robbert Garret, deft: The Pit: de- 
fault. The deft: Craues for a Non Suit. It is ordered that the Pit: shal 
come & Prosecute his action the next Court day, or by defect thereof to 
be Non Suited. 

Harme Jansen, pltf. v/s Jan Smedes, deft. The pltf. in default. 

Warn' Wessels, pltf. v/s Reynf vand' Coele, deft. Parties are 
agreed. 

Josyn Verhaege, pltf. v/s M. r Joons, deft. Both in default. 



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Mr John Laurence, pltf. v/s Jan Gerritsen Buytenhuys, deft. The 
deft: in default. 

M r Allard Antony, pltf. v/s Timoty Gabrie, deft. The deft, in de- 
fault. 

Johannes de Wit, pltf. v/s Pieter Jansen Schol, deft. The parties 
both in default. 

Antony de Milt, pltf. v/s Tielman Van Vleecq, deft. Pltf. says they 
are agreed. 

8'! 1 June 1667. Att a Special Court held at New York. Present 
Capt Thomas Willet, Depty Mayor; Mr Oloff Stevensen, Mf Jo Laurence, 
Mf Corn. Steenwyck, M r Joh: d'Peyster, Aldermen; M' Allard Anthony, 
Sheriff. 

Gilles Pietersen, pltf. v/s Juriaen Blanck, deft. Pltf. says, he 
bought heretofore from one Teunis Jansen, sail maker, a lot lying in the 
Pearl Street * next to Egbert Van Borsum's house and lot, according to 
the groundbrief thereof dated 4* July 1645 granted to said Teunis Jan- 
sen by Gov.' Kieft, which lot he, pltf., has now peaceably possessed for 
about 20 years, when deft, now opposes himself thereto : he demands, 
that he may be maintained in his just possession etc. Deft, answering 
says, that said lot was seized by S' Teunis Jansen; producing an ex- 
tract from the Register of groundbriefs whereby the s? lot was conveyed 
and transported to him, deft., by said Director Kieft on the 15* of April 
1647, etc. The Jury brought in their verdict against the deft, and gave 
for decision that they find the pltf., Jellis Pietersen, was justified in his 
cause. Whereupon the W. Court order judgment to be entered accord- 
ing to verdict and condemn deft, in costs of Court. 

JURY. 

Willem Beeckman, Hendrick Kip, Jan Vigne, Tho: Hall, Hendrick 
Willemsen, Abram Verplanck, Lammert Huybertsen, Jan Dircks Meyer, 
Pieter Stoutenburgh, Sibout Cleasen, Coenraet ten Eyck, Cornells 
Clopper. 

The carters appearing in Court complain, that Stoffel van Laer is 
employing other wagons for carting his tan, which they claim ought not 

* About 25 feet W. of Whitehall Str. It had been granted to Teunis Jansen, but as 
he did not improve it, the grant was cancelled and the land given to Juriaen Blanck. 



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to be, being in direct contravention to the privilege accorded by the W. 
Court to the carters on the 16* April past. Stoffel van Laer also ap- 
pearing says, that he hired Kier Woltersen's wagon by the day to ride his 
tan from the bush to the scow at the shore and again from the shore to 
his house. The W. Court order, that said Stoffel may for the present 
proceed with his work, but that an ample ordinance on this subject shall 
be enacted. 

June the n*? 1667. Att a Mayors Court held at New York. Capt 
Thomas d'Laual, mayo'; MT Tho: Willet, M' O. Stevensen, Mr Jo. Laur- 
ence, M 1 . Corn Stenwyck, M r . Jo: d'Peyster; M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

On this day Received from the Right honn b!e Govern' a Commission 
& order Whereby the present Mayor, Ald r m, & Sheriff where Empoured 
to Continue in their Respective offices until the 24^ of July next ensuing, 
as more at large appeares by the s? Commission, bearing date the n 1 ! 1 of 
June 1667. 

William Lubbersen, pltf. v/s Timoty Gabrie, deft. The deft. i st de- 
fault. 

Rabba Cooty, pltf. and arrestant v/s Reinier van der Coele, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft. 361. lbs. of hard bread and wheat 
flour by balance of an a/c of molasses delivered to deft., with costs in- 
curred herein. M r Balthazar de Haert appearing in place of deft, says, 
too little wheat was reckoned for the barrels of molasses. Pltf. replying 
says and proves, that deft, finally agreed about the wheat. Parties being 
heard by the W. Court they condemn the deft, to pay the said 361. lbs. 
hard bread and flour, with costs. Marginal Note: 167 1 the 14* Septem- 
ber. Uppon this Judgem' Execution Issued out. 

Rabba Cooty, Pit: v/s John Coely, deft: The Pit: demands of the 
deft. 3245 pipe Staves, Whereas the deft: hath delivered him a parcel of 
Staves at 5 score in the hundred, & the Common Number by al mershants 
is 6. Score, — the deft: answers, & makes it appeare, that he Was agreed 
that the staves should be delivered at 5 score in the hundred, & desired 
that two Indifferent persons might be appointed for to View the Staves, 
w ch this Deft: yet is bound to deliver, Whether they be not good accord- 
inge to Covenant. The Court haveing heard both Parties did decree, 
that the Staves should be delivered at 5 score in the hundred, & doe 



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appoint Jan Jansen Van Breeste & Jurian Jansen van Auwryck, to View 
the Staves, whether they be according to Covenant or not. 

It is ordered and resolved this day, that Jan Jansen van Brestede 
shall be appointed inspector and teller of pipe staves and of the packing 
of meat. 

Willem Beeckman, pltf. v/s Wolfert Webber, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, took upon himself to remove his, pltfs. fence and to encroach some 
30 rods on pltfs. land, ploughing, using and taking absolute possession of 
the invaded property, notwithstanding pltfs. agents herein duly forbad 
him; he demands that he, the pltf., shall be maintained in his just posses- 
sion and that the old measurement from the Hook to the road towards 
Corlaers Hook shall stand firm: as more fully appears by the declaration 
and annexed statements, etc. Deft, answering denies having encroached 
on pltfs. land producing divers extracts from the register of ground briefs, 
from which he maintains, it is sufficiently apparent that s? land belongs 
not to pltf., but to him, deft., etc. The jury brought in their verdict for 
the pltf. and decided, that the bounds of Beeckman's land shall begin 
from the Hook to be thence measured on according to ground brief 
thereof and that deft, shall pay costs of suit. The W. Court having 
considered the above verdict order, that judgment be entered accordingly. 

JURY. 

Isaac Bedloo, forefn. ; Stoffel hooglant, Frs. Rombouts, Gerrit Van 
Trigt, Egbert Woutersen, Jan Jans? Van Breste, Hend* Will. Baker, 
Nich? Backer, Abm. Verplanck, Lammert Huyberts Mol, Gerrit Jans 
Roos, Hendrick Van Dyck. 

On complaint of Juriaen Blanck maintaining, that as he is become a 
Burgher here the costs of an extraordinary Court summoned by Gellis 
Pietersen against him ought not to be charged to him ; It is this day 
ordered, that the costs of said special Court shall be paid by said Gillis 
Pietersen. 

Francois Rombouts, pltf. v/s Jan Jansen Langestraat, deft. Pltf. 
demands fl. 56. in zewant according to a/c. with costs. Deft, admits the 
debt. The W. Court having heard parties, condemn deft, to pay said 
sum with costs. 

Balthaz 6 ' d' haert, Pit: v/s George denis, deft: In an act. of debt. 
Whereas Complaint was made, that by the atturny of the Pit: Concerninge 



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this verry Case an action was entred at the Court of Sessions, It is 
ordered, that in Case the Pit: shal bring a Certificate under the Sheriffs 
hand, that he lett fall the s d action at the Sessions, that then he may goe 
on & prosecute this action here before the Mayo r . s Court. 

Capt" Silvest' Salisbury, Pit: v/s Herry Breser, deft: It is ordered 
that the deft: shal bringe in the next Court day the 5 lb bil of Ramsdon 
-& the 20 ShilH 5 by him Received, Except he can produce sufficiant Wit- 
nesses that the same where made over to him. 

Uppon the Examination of the Courts Charges betwixt W? Shackerly 
& Tho. Case, it is ordered that the s? Case shal pay within the space of 
one weeke the sum of 50 shilH* in Bever Pay in New York or by want 
thereof that the atturny of the s? Shackerly may Sue him for his Whole 
bond of £4: 19. 

ORDINANCE FOR THE CARTERS. 

No one except the appointed carmen shall be privileged to cart any 
goods within this City, whether for Burghers or merchants; but each one 
shall be free to convey his own goods as well as all goods from without 
or from the bush, by land to within this City. 

The carmen shall be bound to afford all possible aid to the Burghers 
or traders in carting their goods and shall charge for each load within this 
City's gates, ten stivers zewant and no more under a penalty of 12 gl. for 
the first, double as much for the second, and deprivation of license for 
the third offence ; and they shall further regulate themselves conformably 
to the Apostille granted at their request on 16* April last. 

On petition of Anna Lisco requesting to be relieved from the pay- 
ment of the weekly subsidy for the soldiers and complaining, that the Col- 
lector demands interest for her arrears etc: It is apostilled: The petition 
is denied and in case petitioner can prove, that the Collector demands 
interest from her contrary to order, she may sue him therefor before the 
W. Court. 

On petition of Abram Carpyn is Apostilled: Before the merits hereof 
are disposed of, petitioner is ordered to prove for what trade he laid in 
the anker of rum in question, as the petit? was much suspected of selling 
strong drink to the Indians contrary to the Ordinance and Placards of 
the General, which was the more probable, since the anker of rum found 
in his house was half water. 



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Willem Lubbersen, pltf. v/s Timotheus Gabrie, deft. Deft, one de- 
fault. 

Anthony de Milt, pltf. v/s Abram Carpyn, deft. Deft, one default. 

Balthazar de Heart, pltf. v/s Hugh Barentsen, deft. Defts. i s * de- 
fault. 

Dirck van Clyff, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Defts. I s .' default. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Gelyn Verplanck, deft. Both in default. 

Mr Harman Wessels, pltf. v/s Mde van Leewen, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Jan Smedes, pltf. v/s Gerrit van Campen, deft. Deft, in default. 

The Hr Anthony, Sheriff, pltf. v/s Timotheus Gabrie, deft. Defts. 
2? default. 

Warnaer Wessels, arrestant and pltf. v/s Pieter Billiou, deft. Both 
in default. 

Grietie Gerrits, pltf. v/s Huygh Barentsen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Edward Shackelton, p* v/s Robbert Garret, Deft. The Pit. default. 
The def. s Atturny Craved for a Non Suit. It is Ordered that a Non Suit 
should be entered ag'st the Pit. 

Johannes de Wit, pltf. v/s Pieter Janssen Schol, deft. The deft, in 
default. 

On the petition of Arent Juriaensen Lantsman having been read and 
considered, in which he requests in substance, that he may be permitted 
to live again with his wife as heretofore, especially as his said wife is in- 
clined thereto, promising that he shall so demean himself for the future 
as to give no cause of discontent to the W: Court, It is apostilled: 
Further disposition shall be made herein, should petit" wife as well as the 
petitioner appear in person before this W: Court and request the same. 

This day the W. Court established the fees of the Sheriff, Secretary, 
Messenger, and Attornies of this City, as more fully appears by the Acte 
made thereof. 

Issued forth on the 24th of June a Warrant of Execution against 
Wolffert Webber, towards the Satisfying of Certaine Judgem'. 5 by William 
Beeckman obtained against the s? Webber in' date the n* of this Instant. 

June the i8 tb A° 1667. Att a Mayors Court held att New York. 
Present Capt? Thomas d' Laual, Mayor; Mr Tho: Willet, M^O. Steven- 



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sen, Mr Jo. Laurence, M r Corn. Stenwyck, M* Johan: d'peyster, Ald r m; 
M. r Allard Antony, Sheriff 6 

Balthaz? d' Haert, Pit: v/s George Dennis, Deft: Whereas the Pit: 
yet doth Remaine Defective in producing a Certificate und- the High 
Sheriff's hand that the act" w c . h he entred ag 31 this de£ to the Court of 
azzizes Was let fal, accordinge to the order of Court bearing date the nth 
of this Instant, the Court did order, that the Jury should go uppon it, 
whether the Pit: should be admitted to come to Tryal here at this May' 3 
Court or that he should prosecute his action w c . h this pit: entred ag s .' this 
deft: att the Court of azzizes. The pit: did Refuse to stand to the Ver- 
dict of the Jury in this Case, & desired that he might be Non-Suited. 
The Court did order that a Non Suit should be Entred ag s .' the Pit: & to 
pay y e Costs of this Suit. 

In the matter in dispute between Antony de Milt, pltf. , v/s Tielman 
van Vleecq, deft., in case of a/c, the W: Court authorized as arbitrators 
Sieurs Isaacq Bedloo and Francois Rombouts, who are requested to ex- 
amine and review the a/cs of parties and if possible to settle them and 
reconcile parties; if not to report to the W Court. 

Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Timothy Gabrie, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 500. in beavers according to award of arbitrators dated 7 l . h 
July A? 1666; which deft accepted to pay as att?' of Daniel Gabrie, with 
costs. Deft, answering says, he sent for payment to Daniel Gabrie in 
Holland: requests delay until the arrival of the i st ship. The W: Court 
having heard parties and seen the award produced, condemn deft, 
promptly to pay said sum on the 7* July next according to his request 
presented to the arbitrators, on pain of execution, with costs. 

Adriaen Weghman, pltf. v/s Jan Poppen, deft. Pltf. says, that deft, 
paid for him, pltf., to Sam Shester 105 sh: for his passage from Barbados 
and he complains, that deft, unjustly charges him 132 sh: being 27 sh: 
more than he deft, paid to said Chester. Deft, in answer says, he paid 
so much for the passage of the pltf. with wife and children, etc. Parties 
being heard by the W: Court, they order pltf. to pay the 105 shillgs in 
silver or in such specie as deft, has paid Sam: Chester for him, pltf., and 
also give security for the remaining 27 shil^ s , until deft, shall prove, that 
he paid the same for pltf. 

After examination of the bill of costs delivered into Court by M' 



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Willem Beeckman ag'st Wolfert Webber, the W. Court decide and order, 
that said Webber shall restore and pay thereof to Beeckman abovenamed 
the sum of 350 gl. zewant, and that the remainder shall remain against 
said Beeckman. 

Anthony de Milt, pltf. v/s Abram Carpyn, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 181. 5 seawant with costs. Defts. wife appearing says, that deft. 
is unable: requests 14 days time that he may appear in person to defend 
his suit. The W. Court having heard parties order deft, to bring in 
with 14 days time the objections, he may have against pltf's a/c or in 
default thereof, condemn deft, to pay promptly said sum ; with costs. 

Willem Lubbertsen, pltf. v/s Timothy Gabrie, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 28 gl. seawant balance of a/c. Deft, denies the same; but for 
reasons offers to pay 12 gl. The W. Court having heard parties, condemn 
deft, to pay pltf. 18 gl. zewant and that pltf. shall pay costs incurred 
herein. 

Mr Harmen Wessels, pltf. v/s Mde van Leeuwen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 229 zeawant with costs. Deft, admits the debt; but 
says, that pltf. promised to wait till her husband's arrival. The W. Court 
having heard parties condemn deft, to pay pltf. the sum demanded, to 
wit 30 gl. per month until the entire payment shall be made ; with costs. 

Whereas the General has complained to this Worshipf. 1 Court, that 
many persons fail to pay the money promised by them for the support of 
the preachers, the following order is sent to the Deacons by direction of 
the Worsh 1 . 1 Court:— 

Whereas divers complaints have been made to us the Mayor and Al- 
dermen of this City of New York regarding the non payment of the 
promised and fixed salary of the Ministers of this City, Therefore we do 
hereby order and command by and with the advise of the Hon bl . e Gover- 
nour, all the inhabitants of this City, who are in arrears to the said salary, 
promptly to pay their dues on this warning, and the Deacons of this City 
are requested to collect the same from said persons with the Collector 
Jacques Cossaert, and to exert all possible means to promote the collec- 
tion of said arrears. Ady as above. 

In the matter in question between Assur Levy, pltf., v/s Timothy 
Gabrie, deft., arising out of a case in a/c. the W: Court authorized as 
arbitrators Mr. Johannes van Brugh and Sieur Jacob Leyseler, who are 



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requested to examine and review the a/cs of parties and if possible to de- 
termine the difference and reconcile parties; if not, to report to the W: 
Court. 

Herry Breser presents a Note from adrian dirksen whereby the s d Ad" 
dirksen doth declare that he had paid the 20 shill: or 4 Schippels wheat 
of George Joanes to the s d Breser by the Special order of the s d George 
Joanes. Whereuppon the honn b . le Court did order that the s d 20. shill: 
should be allowed to the s d Breser. 

Mf Balthazf de Haert, pltf. v/s Huygh Barentsen, deft. Pltf. as at- 
torney of his brother Daniel d' Haert demands from deft, according to 
obligation fl. 500. in zewant or in bevers fl. 81. Deft, requests copy of 
the obligation. Defts. request is granted. Ady as above. 

At Johannes Verveelen's request it is resolved, to speak to the Gen- 
eral about the Haarlem Ferry money. 

Robbert Penoyre by his atturny John Rishbel, Pit: v/s Elias Watts, 
deft: In an act. of debt. The pit: delivering in his declaration it is 
ordered that the Coppy thereof shal be delivered to the deft: to answer 
the same the next Court day. 

Dirck van Clyff, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Defts. 2 d default. 

Johannes de Wit, arrestant and pltf. v/s Pieter Jansen Schol, deft. 
Defts. 2 d default. 

Nicolaes Bayard, pltf. v/s Egbert Meyndertsen, deft. Defts. i st de- 
fault. 

Daniel Terneur, pltf. v/s Willem Lubbertsen, deft. Parties agreed. 

Lammert van Neck, pltf. v/s Matteu Planson, deft. Parties agreed. 

Secretary Bayard demands payment of earned salary according to a/c 
fl. 285. 6£. Ordered, that the same be paid by Hendrick Obe, Collector 
or Willem Abrams on a/c of the City. 

Caspar Steynmits requests the balance of the money of his rent. For 
the present excused. 

July the 2 d 1667. Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck. Present 
Capt? Tho: d' Laual, Mayor; M. r Tho: Willet, W. Oloff Stevensen, W- Jo. 
Laurence, M' Joh: d'peyst'. 

Whereas there was an order made by the Late Govern 1 & Council 
that al Shipps whoe should Land or Transport any goods to or from this 



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Place, where to Pay Certaine Taxe towards the upholdinge, & Repairing 
of the Bridge: And Whereas this Citty hath bene at a Verry great Charge 
in Renewing & Repayringe of the s d Bridge & in several other necessary 
Expenses more, Therefore We have thought fit to Ratify & Confirme the 
s d Taxe, & doe order that all Shipps mast™ shal pay for Landing of their 
goods, five st" in Bevers or the worth, pf Last. And that all marshants 
shal pay for the Transporting of their goods, Videllez? 

For one hoxhead tobacco 2 st" in B rs or the Worth ; For one hundred 
Bevers or the Worth in other furrs & Peltries, twenty stivers in Bevers 
or the Worth: — And further we doe hereby appoint & authorize M? 
Thomas Carvet to be Collect? of the s? Taxe & uppon Receipt to deliver 
the same into the hands of o. r Sec' Nicolaes Bayard, dated New York July 
the 2 nd 1667. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Susanna Verplanck, deft. Pltf. demands 
fl. 100 zeawant ballance of rent with costs. Defts. father, Abram Ver- 
planck offers to pay the fl. 100 demanded, wherewith pltf. is content. 
The W. Court condemn therefore the said sum to be paid within the time 
of 14 days, with costs, on pain of execution. 

In the case in question between M. r Balthazf de Haert, pltf., ag'st 
Huygh Barentsen, deft., the W: Court appointed as arbitrators Sieurs 
Johannes Van Brugh, Jeronimus Ebbingh, Jacq. Cosseau and Gerrit van 
Tright, who are requested in presence of Aid? Joh: d'Peystf to examine 
and inspect the claims and objections which deft, pretends to have ags' 
pltf's obligation, to hear parties' arguments thereon, to render their judg- 
ment and award, and, whether said obligation can in any way explain the 
item of gl: 1000 which deft, proved on the last arbitration of previous 
suit ag'st the pltf., until said Mr Balthazar can sufficiently prove that s d fl. 
1000 was paid to deft. 

Robbert Penoyre, Pit: v/s Elias Watts, defft. Mf Rider alledged 
that the pities where agreed. 

Johannes de Wit, pltf. v/s Pieter Jansen Schol, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 141. and costs. Defts. wife appearing admits the debt, but 
requests time 'till next Monday. The W: Court condemn deft, to pay 
pltf. his debt within the time of 14 days on pain of execution, with 
costs. 

Johannes d'Wit, arrestant and pltf. v/s Jan Jansen van Gothenburgh, 

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deft. Deft, in default. Ordered that deft, shall within the term of 24 
hours give security for his appearance at the next Court day. 

John Garlant, pit: v/s Raeff Warner, deft: Ordered that the Copy 
of the pltvdeclarat" shal be delivered to the deft: to answer the same, 
the next Courtday. 

Tho: Exton, Pit: v/s John Garlant, def The Coppy of the Pit? Bil 
to be delivered to the def' to answer the same the next Court day. 
Whereas the Pit: Tho: Exton is a Sould r und' the Command of the Right 
honn ble Govern' the Mayor Required of him to know, whether he would 
oblige himself e to stand to the Judgement of this Court, in Case M. r Gar- 
land did enter an action ag st the s d Pit: Whereuppon he Replyed that he 
was verry free & willing to it. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Post, deft. Deft, in default. 
Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Mr Allard Anthony, deft. Deft, one de- 
fault. 

Dirck vander Clyff, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands 
fl. 300. n. zewant from deft, for wines sold; with costs. Deft, admits 
the debt; requests delay. The W. Court having heard parties condemn 
deft, to pay pltf. the sum demanded within 14 days time with costs on 
pain of execution. 

Sigismundus Luycas, pltf. v/s Dirck Jansen Weever, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

On complaint of Adriaen Weghman, the W: Court orders Jan Poppen 
to appear in person on the next Court day. 

Having read and considered Timothy Gabrie's petition and the an- 
nexed apostille of the Hon b . le Governo?, the W. Court orders that the Sheriff 
Allard Antony shall bring in, on next Court day the bill of costs, which 
he claims from s? Gabrie in the suit of Jan Jacobsen Vereyn. 

In the matter in question between Anthony de Milt, pltf., against 
Abram Carpyn, deft., arising from an a/c, the W. Court appoints as arbi- 
trators Sieurs Gerrit van Tright and Loures de Sille, who are requested 
to examine and revise parties accounts, and to reconcile parties if pos- 
sible ; if not to render a report to the Worshipful Court on the next Court 
day. 

The Worship 11 Court having Read the Petition & Commission of 
William Smith Commander of the Vessel Lately arrived into this port, 



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upon mature debate & Consideration thereupon they find that the Charge 
& Command of the s? Vessel doth Solly belonge & appertayne to the s? 
William Smith, who is to be accomptable for the same to the owners and 
therefore doe order that the s? Vessel, shal not be ordered to sea, or any 
other Wise disposed of but by the Lycence & Concent of the s? W? Smith. 
Patrick hebron, Pit: v/s Jan de Nooreman, deft: The deft: i defaut. 

July the 9^ 1667. Att a Court held at New York. Present Capt. 
Thomas d'Laval, Mayf; M r Tho: Willet, Mf O. Stevensen, Mr Jo Laur- 
ence, Mr Corn Stenwick, M r - Johannes d'Peystf, Ald r men. 

Uppon the Complaint of John Sharp atturny of Capt" Salisbury; it is 
ordered that in Case the deft: Herry Breser doth not appeare the next 
Court day for to answer the Complaint of the s d Sharp, that the s? Breser 
shal pay the Costs of the suit. 

Thomas Exton, Pit: v/s John Garland, deft: The Pit: demands 
payment off 400 g! Wampum accordinge to Bil bearinge date the 5* of 
F b ? 1666. The deft: Confesses the debt. By the honn b . ,e Court heard 
both parties doe Condemne the deft to pay the s? 400 gl Wampum, be- 
sides the Charges of Court. 

John Garlant, pltf. v/s Raef Warner, deft. The defts. 2? default. 

The W: Court having read and considered the a/c delivered to the 
W Court by Sara Kierstede for Surgeons fees for the late Claes Jansen 
Ruyter and Pietertie Jansen, demands to be preferred in the insolvent 
estate of said Pietertie Jansen. Whereupon the W Court after question 
being put decide, that said Kierstede shall be preferred in the said estate 
for the sum of ten beavers and to come in concurrence with the general 
creditors for the remaining 23 beavers. 

At the Request of Johannes Verueile of Harlam Wee the Major and 
Aldermen of New Yorke, his hono' The Governo' being present haue 
Settled the ferrye there as followeth, 

Itt is agreed hee shall have the fferry for ffiue yeares Provided hee 
Keepe a Conuenient house and Lodging, for passengers att Harlam and 
hee shall haue a small peice of Land on Bronckside, about an acre and a 
place to build a house on, which hee must Cleare and not spoyle the 
meadow, which Shall bee layd out by the Towne, which must bee a Morgan 
of Land — and att the end of ffiue yeares Itt is to bee farmed out dureing 



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the fiue yeares hee Shall pay nothing for itt, and in Case itt Shall bee Lett 
to another the house shall bee Vallued as itt stands and hee must bee payd 
for Itt Prouided hee may haue the proferrance of the hyring of itt att the 
tyme Expired, 

here followeth what hee Shall aske for Euery man passenger or horse 
or Cattle, 

ffor Euery passenger two pence Siluer or Six pence in wampom: 

ffor Euery horse or Mare ten pence Siluer or thirty stiuers wampam: 

ffor Euery oxe or Cow, that Shall bee brought into his fferry boate 
Eight pence or twenty foure Stiuers, and Cattle under a yeare ould six 
pence or Eighteene stiuers wampum. All Cattle that are Sworne ouer 
pay but halfe price. 

Hee is to take for dyett Euery man for his Meale Eight pence or 
twenty foure Stiuers wampam, Euery man for his Lodging two pence a 
man or six stiuers in wampam. 

Euery man for his horse shall pay foure pence for his Nights hay or 
grass or twelue Stiuers wampam Prouided the grass be in fence, 

All men goeing or Comeing with a packett from the Gouernor of New 
Yorke, or Comeing from the Gouernor of Connectecott Shall bee fferried 
free. 

Also in Regard the said Verveile must bee att the Charge of building 
a house on each side of the fferry, the Gouernor hath freed him from 
paying any Excise for what wine or beare hee Shall Retayle in his house 
for one yeare after the date hereof. Dated att New Yorke This third day 
of July 1667. 

Tho. De Lauall, Mayor. 

Laurens Silla appearing says, that Thomas Tailler most outrageously 
assaulted him on Broadway and beat him, that the blood followed. He 
demands, that such punishment may be inflicted on him, as the laws of 
this Government permit. 

Whereas Claes Van Elsland Serg* of this Court, uppon a spetial oc- 
casion hath absented himselfe in attendinge the Court, Notwithstandinge 
the honn b . le Mayor hath Ordered him to attend the Court, Therefore the 
honn ble Court by the spetial order of the Right Honn ble Govern' doe by 
these p'sents dismisse the s? Elslant from his said office. 

On this day is Herry Nuton by the Spetial order of the Right honn b . le 



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Govern- in the Roome of Claes van Elslant, Chosen & Sworne as 
Marishal of this Court. 

15 July. Issued forth a Warr' off Execution against Timotheus 
Gabrie, towards the Satisfying of Certaine Judgement by allard anthony 
obtained ag s .' the s d Gabrie, in date the 18th of June Last past. 

9. July. This day issued an order about driving carts and horses on 
the City Pier and cutting firewood thereon, as more fully appears by the 
Placard Book afores? date. 

New Yorck July the 16* A° 1667. Att a Court held at New York. 
Present Capt" Tho. d' Laual, Mayor ; M. r Thomas Willet, Mf Oloff 
Stevensen, M T - Jo. Laurence, Ald'm; M- Allard Antony, Sheriff. 

In the matter in question between Hendrick Spaniard, pltf., on the 
one side, and Ryntie Pieters, deft., on the other, the Worsh 1 . 1 Court 
named as arbitrators Capt" Marten Kregier, Sieur Gelyn Verplank, 
Nicolaes Verbraeck and Dirck Smith, who are hereby requested to hear 
the question, which has arisen between the parties argued and to settle 
the accounts and to deliver in the judgment and award on the items in 
dispute on the next Court day to the W: Court. 

Charles Morgen, pit: v/s Immetie Volckersen, deft. Ordered that 
the Coppy of the Pit? declaration & the Bill shal be delivered to the deft: 
to put hur answer to the same the next Court day. 

Jan Keersen, pit: v/s Immetie Volckersen, deft: Ordered that 
Coppy of the declaration & Bill to be delivered to the deft: to answer the 
same the next Court day. 

Sam: Spicer, pit: v/s Immetie Volckersen, deft: Ordered that the 
Coppy of the pit: declarat? & Bill, shal be delivered to the deft: to answer 
the same the next Court day. 

Gelyn Verplanck appearing prosecutes an attachment made by him 
on some goods of Andries Herpertsen, at present in Virginia, remaining 
with him, demanding that the same be condemned for the payment of a 
debt due him by the afores? Herpertsen. Whereupon the W: Court de- 
cided and ordered, that before the merits be decided, the goods shall be 
appraised by impartial persons, to which purpose the W: Court authorized 
Sieurs Isaacq Bedloo, Stoffel Hooghlant and Hendrick Assueros, and 
declare meanwhile the attachment valid. 



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Tho: Exton, atturny of James Carr, Pit. v/s George Dopsen, deft: 
The pit: declares that the deft: doth Refuse to deliver a Certaine pacel 
of Cloathes, w ch Capt" Carre Left in the hands of this deft : as a pledge for 
a small debt w c . h the s d Carr owed to the deft: for dyet. The deft: profers 
to restitute the Cloaths, provided the pit: payes him the 30 s for 3 weeckes 
dyet & Lodginge of the s d Carr. The Court haveing heard both parties 
did order that the deft: should restitute the s d Cloaths to the Pit: provided 
that the Pit: makes good to M r John paine for the accompt of the deft: 
the summe of 20. shill. 

On the foregoing judgment pronounced on the 18 June A? 1667 be- 
tween Ad" Weghman, pltf. v/s Jan Poppen, deft., the W. Court decide 
that s d Weghman shall give security for the 27 shill? 5 until Jan Poppen 
shall prove under Sam! Chester's hand that he paid the 27 shillings for 
s d Weghman. But in case aforesaid Weghman happen to die or not re- 
turn in person here, the said Weghman shall be bound to pay the above 
27 shill'gs. 

Saertie Kierstede, pltf. v/s Ryntie Pietersen, deft. Pltf. demands a 
certain sum from deft, for earthenware delivered. Deft, says, he paid 
pltf's dec? husband 11 beavers. Pltf. says, her dec? husband spoke to 
her of the debt shortly before his decease, that the same was not paid: 
yet she refers the same to deft's oath, which deft, undertakes to swear. 
The W: Court orders deft, to revive his memory on the subject and to 
take the oath on the next Court day. 

Nicolaes Backer, pltf. v/s Mde van Leeven, deft. Pltf. demands 4 
beavers from deft, for rent, with costs. Deft, says, the debt is only 3 
beavers and further, that pltf. is content, her husband should bring some 
goods from Fatherland for it. He maintains, he must wait so long. The 
W. Court having heard parties order, that in case her husband shall not 
send said goods within 6 weeks from this date, she shall then have to pay 
pltf. 3^ beavers, with costs. 

Anthony de Milt, pltf. v/s Abram Carpyn, deft. Pltf. produces the 
award of arbitrators appointed by the W: Court on the 2 nd inst. in the suit 
between the abovenamed parties. Whereupon the W. Court decides, 
that deft, shall prove by evidence at the next Court day (as he under- 
takes to do) that the items in question are honestly due him by pltf., on 
pain of judgment. 



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On complaint of Timotheus Gabrie the Sheriff is again directed, 
pursuant to the W. Courts order of 2? July last to bring in his bill of costs 
at the next Court day. 

Abel Hardenbroeck, pltf. v/s Engel Pietersen, deft. Pltf. demands 
12 gl. zewant of deft, for one pair of slippers. Deft, says, she did not 
buy the slippers from pltf., but from pltfs. servant. The W: Court 
having heard parties condemn deft, to pay the 12 gl. with costs. 

Sheriff Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Thomas Tailer, deft. Pltf. as 
Sheriff says, that deft, struck Laurens Silla on the 9* inst on 'Sheeren 
Straet (Broadway) till the blood came: he demands 100 gl. fine and costs. 
Deft, admits the same, but demands the benefit of the law of England. 
The W : Court condemn deft, in the fine of ten groats, with costs. 

Sheriff Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Abram Carpyn, deft. Pltf. says, 
he found an anker of rum at defts. house, which was smuggled ; where- 
fore tis very apparent 'twas laid in to be tapped to Indians for the rum 
was half mixed with water: he concludes for the confiscation of the rum 
and the fine according to Placard. The W. Court having heard parties 
condemn deft. i st in the confiscation of the anker of rum aforesaid: 
further as great complaint is daily made to the General and this W: 
Court, that deft, sells strong drink to the Indians contrary to the Gen- 
eral's order, which may cause great mischief, Therefore the W: Mayors 
Court do hereby forbid and interdict expressly s? Abr: Carpyn to har- 
bour or receive any Indian or Indians in his house directly or indirectly, 
under the penalty of departure from this City's district within 24 hours 
after any Indian has been caught in his house from this date. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Ordered 
that deft, shall be furnished with copy of declaration to answer thereunto 
at the next Court day. 

The petition of Timotheus Gabrie being read and considered in 
Court requesting in substance, that a delay of one year may be granted 
him, pet-, for payment of a certain judgment obtained before this W: 
Court by Mr. Allard Anthony dated 18 June last agst petit?" as attorney 
of Sieur Dan! Gabrie provided he, petit?, shall mortgage and pledge to 
said All? Anthony as much real estate as shall be necessary for paying the 
judgm' It is apostilled as follows: — Whereas M r All? Anthony has 
already obtained execution of s d judgment, therefore no indulgence nor 



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delay can be given to the petitioner without the abovenamed Allard An- 
thony's express consent. 

John Sharp Requestinge Judgement ag'st Herry Breser, for the 
Charges in the Act' betwixt Capt" Salisbury and the s? Breser, it is 
ordered that the accompts of Charges shal be brought into Court, the 
next Court day. 

Mr. Allard Anthony prosecuting an attachment made by him on the 
monies of Abram Carpyn in the hands of Mayor d'Laual, the W Court 
declares the attachment valid. 

John Garland, pltf. v/s Tho. Exton, deft. Parties agreed. 

Tho: Exton, P k v/s Jo: Pattine & John Garland, defts. The P 1 .' 
craues for a suspence till the next Court day w c . h by the Court is graunted. 

The Sheriff Allard Antony, pltf. v/s Nathaniel Pieters, deft. The 
deft. i' default. 

23 July. A Warrant of Execution Issued forth against Jacob Vis 
towards the Satisfying of the Judgement of Court, past betwixt Warn' Wes- 
sels pit. and the s? Jacob Vis def, in date the 19 th of June A? 1666. 

Date destroyed. [3o'. h July. 1667.] Att a Mayors Court held at New 
York] Present Capt Thomas Willet, Mayor; Capt Thomas de Lauall, 
Mr Oloff Stevensen, M' John Laurence, Mf Johannes depeyster, M* 
Isaacq Bedloo, Aldermen; Capt John Manning, Sheriff. 

On this day is M' Johannes de peyster (he beinge absent uppon the 
Last Election day) Sworne as Ald'man of this Citty New Yorck. 

On this day is Henry Obe Sworne as Constable of this Citty for one 
yeare, Commencing the 24 th of the Instant Month. 

Anthony de Milt, pltf. v/s Abram Carpyn, deft. Pltf. demands 
judgment according to demand dated 18^ ult? for the sum of fl. 181. 5 
against the deft, with costs. The W. Court having heard parties condemn 
the deft, to pay pltf. the said sum of fl. 181. 5 with the costs herein incurred. 

Gelyn Verplancken, pltf. v/s Andries Herpertsen, at present in Vir- 
ginia. Pltf. offering the W: Court the estimation of the goods of the 
aforesaid Andries Herpertsen made by the Sieurs Isaacq Bedloo, Chris- 
toff el Hooglant and Hendrick [Assueros] according to the order of the W: 
Court dated 16* instant for the sum of twenty nine beavers, he requests 
that the same may be condemned in deduction of a sum of fl. 782. 16. in 



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tobacco, with costs thereon, due by the above named Andries Herpert- 
sen, according to a/c, to the pltf. [The original Record is very much 
defaced and worn away here.] The W. Court having read, examined 
and considered the request of the pltf, and the a/c produced, condemn 
said goods in deduction of said Ace' and order further, that pltf. shall 
give sufficient security de restitue?ido for the period of 6 months, commenc- 
ing this date, in case said Andries Herperts may meanwhile enter an 
opposition thereunto and such were found to belong to him. 

Nota Bene. The a/c and valuation of the arbitrators are filed in the 
bundle of declarations. 

Francois Rombouts and Gelyn Verplanck prosecuting an attachment 
made by them on some goods in their hands belonging to ffrancis Young, 
at present in Virginia, request, that the same may be condemned as part 
payment of a debt due them by abovenamed Young. Whereupon the 
W Court decrees, that the goods be appraised by impartial persons and to 
this end the W Court authorized Sieurs Christoffel Hooghlant and Gerrit 
van Tright. The arrest meanwhile is declared valid. 

John Wolsencraft, Pit. v/s John Garland, def In an action off 
debt. The Pltff. declaring that the Def' was Indebted to him according 
to the Accompt the summe off fl. 991. The Court did order that the 
Coppy of the Accompt should be delivered to the detf to give his Answer 
to the same the Next Court day. 

John Wolsencraft, Pltff. v/s John Garland, def< In an act? off 
Assault and Battery. The Pit. desired a suspend with this action until 
the next Court day, whereas his Wittnesses where Commanded in the ffort. 
The honn ble Court did Graunt the same. 

Mde Van [Original Record worm-eaten and defaced] v/s . . . 
deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 42. 12. Deft, admits the debt, but 
says payment ought not to be made, according to agreement, before at 
the corn harvest. The W Court condemn deft, to give sufficient security 
to pay said sum at the harvest or in default thereof pltf. is allowed to 
retain defts. bill on Mr. Laval as a pledge until payment be made. 

Joost Goderus, pltf. v/s Anna Menaet, deft. Pltf. complains of 
being accused of theft etc. by deft, and demands reparation of character. 
Deft, says, pltf. first called her a whore etc. Parties being heard by the 
W Court, are order? to appear personally at next Court. 



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Johannes de Wit requesting to be preferred in Abram Carpyn's bill 
on Mr. Laval, It is ordered that Mr. Allard Anthony shall prosecute the 
attachment issued out by him on s? bill, at the next Court day, on pain of 
nonsuit. 

Mf Sheriff Makeing Compl' that Josyn Verhaegen & Egbert Mynders 
doe sel drincke by retail without a Licence. The Court did order that 
the s? Parties should obtaine a Licence uppon Penalty to the discretion 
of the Court. 

The Court did order that Allard Anthony sh? be summoned to 
appeare the next Court day. 

Uppon [Petition?] of Teunis Cray, it is this [paper torn out] Videl- 
liz' By these Presents is the bearer hereof Teunis Cray authorized and 
appointed to be Publiq Measurer of all Apples & Unjons w ch shall be 
brought in all Barks, Sloops or other Vessels to this Port of New York. 

The honn b . le Court haveinge seene & Examined the Courts Charges in 
the case Late dependinge betweene Capt? Salsbury Executr of George 
Joanes P 1 .' & Herry Breser Defendant they did order that the def' should 
pay the s d Charges to Wit to the Clercq of the Court as appeares by ac- 
compt SiU £0: 16 to John Sharp atturny of the Pit: as appeares by 
accompt, Wamp: fl. 18. 

Juriaen de Kuyper complains of the costs of Court between Andreu 
Messeng r and himself: he maintains, that the same is brought too high in 
the a/c. The a/c of costs of Court being seen and examined by the W: 
Court, in the case between Andreu Messengf, pltf., against Juriaen 
d' Kuyper, deft., they approve the same and order deft, to pay it accord- 
ing to judgment, on pain of execution. 

This day it is ordered to send for the Constable and two of the Over- 
seers of Haerlem. 

Uppon the Petition of Abram Carpyn, Request? that this honn ble 
Court would be pleased for several Considerations in the s? petition 
inserted to repeale the sentence of Court passed against him, the Last 
Court day; It is ordered — The Court see no Cause for to Repeale their 
said Sentence. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, Pit: v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft: The deft: 
2. default. 

John Sharp, Pit: v/s Pieter Wolphertsen, Def? Deft: i: defaut. 



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John Hawkins, P l ! v/s Pieter Taelman, def' 

Johannes d'Wit, Pit. against Allard Anthony, def' Def' 2 d default. 

On this day Publisht, the Order uppon the Sa[bbath] bearinge date 
the ... as appeares in the placcaet Boock. 

On this day Publisht an order uppon the Selleing off Strong drinck 
to the Indians, as appeares in the Placcaet boocke bearinge date the 30th 
of this Instant. 

August the 6th 1667. Att a Mayors Court held at New York. 
Present Capt" Thomas Willet, mayor; Capt? Thomas de Lauall, M'. Oloff 
Stevensen, Mr Jo. Laurence, M' Jo. d'Peyster, M.' Isaacq Bedlo, 
Aid-men; CaptP Jo. Manningh, Sheriff. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 57 zewan balance of an obligation. Deft, says, he 
paid it on defts. order to Johannes de Wit, which pltf. denies. The W. 
Court order said de Witt to bring s? fl. 57. zewant in consignment to 
the City Hall, until further order from the Court. 

Johannes d'Wit, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. Pltf. complains, he 
cannot get from deft, the payment of what he, deft., received for his 
pltf's a/c on execution from Mary Hoboocken. Deft, says, the same is 
ready. The W: Court having heard parties condemn deft, to hand over 
s d . payment to the pltf. on deducting the Sheriffs and Secretary's bills of 
costs. 

Francoys Rombouts and Gelyn Verplanck, pltfs. v/s ffrancis Young, 
at present in Virginia. Pltf's demand from deft, the sum of fl. 1800 
zewant according to obligation, dated 2? June 1666, and further handing 
in the appraisement of the said Young's goods, made by Sieurs Christoffel 
Hooghlant and Gerrit van Tright pursuant to the W. Courts order dated 
30'!' July last, valued at the sum of fl. 922: 18, they request, that the same 
may be condemned to the deduction and lessening of the aforesaid 
obligation. The W. Court having heard pltfs. demand, examined and 
seen said obligation condemn s? goods amounting to fl. 922: 18. to go to 
the lessening of said obligation ; provided the pltfs. shall give sufficient 
security de Restituendo for the term of six months commencing on the 
date hereof, in case said ffrancis Younge should make any opposition 
against it within said time, and such be found to belong to him. 



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N. Bene. The valuation of arbitrators is filed in the bundle of 
declarations. 

John Wolsencraft, Pit. v/s John Garland, Deff In an Act? of debt. 
It is Ordered that the Pit: shal proeve (iff he can) that the 112 gl or there 
abouts w ch he pretends from the deft: to be due unto him; are a Just debt, 
that the next Court day, shal be graunted Judgem' ags' the deft: 

Jo. Wolsencraft, Pit: v/s Jo. Garland, Deft: In an act" of Assault 
& Battery. Ordered to suspend W* this Action till the next Court day. 

John Sharp, Pit: v/s Pieter Wolfersen, deft: The deft: 2: default. 

Sara Haukins, pit. v/s Pieter Taelman, Deft: It was aledged that 
the Parties Where agreed. 

It is this day ordered, that Mr. Allard Anthony and Secretary Bayard 
shall present by the next Court day their claim regarding the attachment 
made by them on Abram Carpyn's monies in Mr. Lavals hands. 

It is this day ordered and notified to Mr. Allard Antony, that in case 
the City's ladders as well at his as at Mr. van Ruyvens and Paulus Leen- 
dersens bouweries now some years in use, be not returned within 10 days 
from date, each of them shall be condemned to have a new ladder made 
for behoof of the City. 

On complaint of Mr John Laurens, that he has been, now for some 
years at the expence of keeping up the fence on one side of Jacob Flod- 
ders lot, lying next said Laurens' ; further requesting, that he may take 
some stone now lying on s? Flodder's lot in payment, it is ordered, that 
he count said stone and bring in the return thereof at the next Court day. 

From the nomination of those of the Court of Harlam are chosen by 
the W: Court as follow: — 

Daniel Terneur, Depty Sherife ; Isaacq Vernelje, Joost Oblinus, 
Johannes Verveelen, David d'Marest, Overseers ; Johannes Vernelje, 
Constable. 

August i3 l . h A? 1667. At a Mayors Court held at New York. Present 
Capt. Tho Willet, Mayo r ; Capt. Tho: d' Laval, W. Olof Stevensen, Mr Jo. 
Laurence, W. Jo. d' Peyster, Mf Isaacq Bedloo, Ald r men; M' John Man- 
ning, Sheriff. 

John Wolsencraft, P lt v/s John Garland, def! In an Act? of Assault 
& Battery. The Pit: declares that this deft: on the 29^ day of July Last 






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past, without any cause or occasion of provocation, did Violently fall 
uppon the Pit: & struck him several blowes, as more a Large appeares by 
his declaration. The Jury brought in their Verdict, & found for the pit: 
that the deft: shall pay 12 gild rs Seawant to the Pit: & 6 gild" to the 
Poore & Costs. Whereuppon the Court did order that Judgem! should 
be entered accordingly. 

Jo. Wolsencraft, Pit: v/s John Garland, deft: In an act: of debt: 
It is this day ordered, that the deft: shal bringe in proofe that the monny 
in question is paid by Anthony Addison. 

John Sharp, Pit: v/s Pieter Wolfersen, deft: In an act" of debt; 
the deft: 3: default. The deft? Bayle to wit hendrick obe is this day 
ordered to give Warning to the deft: to appeare the next Court day. 

Uppon a Presentment of the Sheriff against W"? Shackerly for mis- 
demeaner, that said Shackerly was seene in bed W* M- ... in the 
house humphry Cley, Contrary [to] the Lawes of his majesty & to the 
Scandal of this Goverm'. The Jury brought in their Verdict & found 
for the deft: that the deft: W? Shackerly was falsly accused. Where- 
uppon the Court did order that Judgement should be entred accordingly. 

Mary Gosens, pltf. v/s Hendrick Spaniart, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 77 zewant balance of a/c, which deft, denies. Parties are 
referred to Sieurs Jacob Kip and Hendrick Willemsen, baker and the 
Court further orders that the pltf. shall detain defts. goods, until the ter- 
mination of the case. 

Johannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. sues 
deft, according to a/c delivered. Deft, admits the same except only one 
item of 91 gl. zewant, which he says he received for 5 elk hides and for 
which he says, he is not credited. The W. Court orders (at pltfs. request) 
a suspension of this case, until the return of pltfs. wife from Albany: and 
further order the money of Warnaer Wessels in question to be brought in 
consignment. 

Symon Jansen Romeyn entering states, that the curators of the estate 
of Pietertie Jans still refuse to let him have Egbert Benninghs goods or 
the product thereof, as said Benninghs attorney, pursuant to the W. 
Courts order dated 5. Feb. last, he requests further order of the Court 
herein. The W. Court order the curators of Pietertie Jansen's estate to 
shew cause on the next Court day, why they have not paid for Eghbert 






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Benninghs goods to Symon Jansen Romeyn, s? Bennings attorney, 
pursuant to the W. Courts order dated 5. Feb. last or in default thereof 
the same are ordered to let the abovenamed Romeyn take the product 
thereof; he giving security according to previous order. 

The hon b . le Ald'man Olof Stevensen Cortlant represents to the hon b . le 
Court, that a small house and lot, situate on the Broad- Way within this 
City belonging to Hendrick Jansen de Ruyter * (who has departed from 
here without leaving power of attorney or order thereon with any person) 
which house and lot is in a ruinous condition to the great damage of the 
surrounding neighbours; he further states, that P: d' Ruyter was in 
arrears some money to the Deaconry of this City. The hon b . Ie Court have 
therefore, for the benefit of those, who have a right thereto, conferred the 
administration of said little house and lot provisionally to the said 
Deaconry until the right owner shall make his appearance, when the 
Costs of repairs etc. must be reimbursed to them. 

Septembr the nth A? 1667. At a Mayors Court held at New York. 
Present Capt? Tho: de Laual, depty mayor; M' Oloff Stevensen, Mf 
Johannes de Peyster, Mf Isaacq Bedloo, AldEmen; Capt" John Manning, 
Sheriff. 

John Wolsencraft, Pit: v/s John Garland, deft: In an action of 
debt: Anthony Addison appearing in Court declares that he heard of 
M. r Garland that the pit: Wife had reseived from him 14 g! Wampum but 
he hath not bene present uppon the delivery: The Parties Referred to 
ffrancois Rombouts. 

Jacob Vis, pltf. v/s Evert Pels, deft. Pltf. demands 2^ beavers. 
Deft, denies the debt. Parties are referred to Sieurs Govert Loocquer- 
mans and Dirck van Clyff. 

Arent Isaacksen, pltf. v/s Jan Langestraat, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 2 pieces of eight with costs. Deft, says, he paid 1 pc. of eight 
to pltf's late wife dec? and says, that for the remaining pc. of eight, 
he could have discharged it, when the debt was contracted, with 3 gl. 
* Hendrick Jansen de Ruyter from Utrecht was a Cadet in the Company's service. 
On the 20* of April 1649 he obtained a patent (not found) of a lot on the West side of 
Broadway, apparently near Morris Street, running west 9 rods 4 feet to shore of the 
Hudson river (now Greenwich Street). He subsequently mortgaged part of the property 
and is supposed to have returned to Holland at the time of the Surrender in 1664. — O'C. 



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zewant. The W. Court condemn deft, to pay pltf. the sum of 9 gl. 
zewant and costs. 

Egbert Meyndertsen, pltf. v/s Jacob Teunissen d'Looper (the 
runner), deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 29. 17 and costs. Deft, 
admits the debt and requests some time. The W: Court condemn deft, 
to pay pltf. said fl. 29. 17 in 3 weeks with costs. 

George Canidal, pltf. v/s Jacob Engelen, deft. Deft, in default. 

Capt" Morisen making Complaint to this Court that Cornelis Pluvier 
baker of this place, hath now at two several times delivered a Parcel of 
bread to this Complain! for the accompt of Mf Stenwick W ch bread was 
soo farr from marchandable, that it was not fit for me to eat, and there- 
fore wil bring a great blame uppon this place by of neighb r . s at Barbodos 
& else where &c: Whereuppon the honn b ! e Court did Condemne the s? 
Cornelis Pluvier in a forfiture of 10 gild r . s Wampum, to the behoof of the 
Sherif ; & doe Warne him not to bake for the future uppon forfiture of 
the Trade of bakinge & further to pay the Costs of Court. 

John Rider, Atturny of Abram Carpyn appearing in Court and de- 
clared in the behalfe of the s? Carpyn, that he Confessed a Judgement by 
Anthony de Milt baker of this Towne obtained ag" him before this 
honn b . le Court, in date the 30th day of July Last past — to the summe of f. 
286 Wampum & Costs of suit. 

John Sharp, Pit: vs/ Pieter Wolferzen, deft: Both default. 

Sept b . r the 24th 1667. Att a Court held at New York. Present 
Capt? Thomas d'Lauall, Depty Mayf; M r Olof Stevensen, Mr Johannes 
d'peyster, Mf Isaacq Bedlo; Mf John Manning, Sheriff. 

John Sharp, Pit: v/s Pieter Wolfersen, deft: The deft: Default. 
The pit: craves for Judgement for the summe of ^^ gild? Wampum, w c . h he 
saith the deft: doth unjustly detaine from this pit: The deft? Bayle 
Hendrick Obe, demandeth an acct: for what he demands the s? ^^ gl. 
Ordered that the deft 5 bayle should have a Coppy of the accompt, & that 
the deft: shal bring in the next Court day his objections against the same, 
if not, that Judgem' shal be given ag 5 .' him. 

Jacob van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Johannes de Witt, deft. Deft, in 
default. Pltf. produces his a/c and complains, that deft, has hitherto 
failed to bring in consignment the fl. 57 sewant in question pursuant to 






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the W. Courts order dated . . . last. The W. Court order copy of 
the a/c to be placed in the hands of parties to answer thereunto within 14 
days time and further, that deft, bring in consignment within the space 
of twice 24 hours the said fl. 57. under the penalty, that the same shall be 
adjudged to the profit of the pltf. on the next Court day. 

John Cooly, pit: v/s Capt" Hatshwell, deft: The pit: demands for 
Worke done for the deft: the summe of fl. 28 Wampum. The deft: 
Replyeth, that the Worke was not made fit for service. The Court did 
order that the deft: should pay to the pit: 16 gild? Warivp: and to pay 
each their Sheare of the Courts Charges. 

Arian Cornelissen, pltf. v/s Arian Juersen, deft. Deft, in default. 
Pltf. says he hired deft, as serv' for a month and now deft, refuses to 
come to his service. The W. Court order the Marshal to bring deft, to 
morrow before the Mayor to shew cause for refusal. 

Abel Hardenbroock, pltf. v/s Pieter Stoutenburgh, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. 112 gl. zewant balance of an assignment of Verveelen, 
which deft, accepted to pay. Deft, as curator of the estate of Rachel 
Van Thienhoven says, that said Verveelen has forbidden the payment. 
Ordered, that Johannes Verveelen appear on the next Court day. 

Jan Smedes, pltf. v/s Pieter Jansen Steenhaelder (stone drawer), 
deft. Pltf. complains that deft, accused him of stealing 3 barrels of pork 
and demands reparation of character. Deft's wife appearing says and 
proves by 2 witnesses, that her husband said, he had heard, that a father 
and son had rolled 3 barrels of pork on the Broad Way and that it was 
reported that 3 barrels were stolen from a boat. The W. Court order 
pltf. to prove his statement. 

John Wolsencraft, P? v/s John Garland, Deff. r In an Act! 1 of debt. 
The arbitraters by the Court apointed, delivering in their award, doe find 
that the deft: is Indebted to the pit: 119. gild? Wampum. The Court 
did order that Judgement should be entred accordingly; & that both 
parties should pay their equal shaere to the Courts Charges. 

George Carnidal, P 1 ' v/s Jacob Engelen, def! Both parties default. 

Jacob Vis, Pit. v/s Evert Pels, def 

Ady. 25* Septb' The Mayor of the City of New York having, ac- 
cording to the W: Courts Order of the 24* inst., further examined the 
matter in question between Arian Cornelissen, pltf., against Arian 



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Juersen, deft., and having seen the declarations of witnesses produced 
by the pltf, does hereby order deft, forthwith to enter in the ptlf's service 
and continue therein for the space of one month according to agreement, 
made by deft, with pltf. Done New York. Ady as above. (Was under- 
signed) By order of the same, N. Bayard Sec. 

9 Octobr Issued forth a Warrant of Execution to the [Sheriff] against 
the goods & Chattels of Abram [Carpyn] towards the Satisfying of a 
Judgement his atturny Confessed in Court on the n* of Septb' last past, 
to the behoofe of [Anthony] de Milt to the sumrae of fl. 286 Wampum & 
the Costs of Suit amounting to the [summe] of fl. 30. for atturn? fees of 
the pit: & deft: & for the Warr' of Execution to the Sec: fl. 4: 10: 
Wampum & to make a true returne hereof in 8 dayes after this date. 

October the x$^ 1667. Att a Court held at New Yorck. Present 
Capt. Thomas de Lauall, Depty Mayor; Mr Jo: Laurence, M' Jo de Pey- 
ster, Mf Isaacq Bedloo, Ald r men; Capt Jo: Manning, Sheriff. 

George Canidal, pit: v/s Jacob Engelen, deft: the deft: 3? default: 
he pit: demands from the deft: 125 gild? Wampum. The Court do Con- 
demne the deft: to pay the s d 125 g r . s Wamp: in the space of 8 dayes, 
except he can make it appeare the next Court day, that he doth not owe 
the same, & do order that the arrest uppon the mare in the meane While 
shal stand good. 

Charles Morgen, pit: v/s Jacob Engelen, deft: The pit: declares 
that the deft: is Indebted unto him the quantity of 220 good deel boards. 
The defts. Bayle the honn" e Capt" de Lauall Confesses the debt, & profers 
the payment thereof. The Court did order the payment of the s^ 220 
boards to the pit: and the Charges of the suit. 

Abel Hardenbroeck, pltf. v/s Pieter Stoutenburgh and Johannes 
Verveelen, defts. Pltf. demands from deft. Stoutenburgh the sum of fl. 
120. zewant balance of an assignment of Verveelen. Deft. Verveelen 
produces his a/c against the deft, [sic] whereby s d . Verveelen only 
debitted the pltf. fl. 36 zewant. The W: Court condemn the deft, to pay 
the pltf. the aforesaid fl. 36. zeawant with the costs incurred herein, pro- 
vided Peter Stoutenburgh shall make good and pay the aforesaid fl. 120 
to deft. Verveelen. 

Pieter Poulsen, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands 

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reparation of character, inasmuch as the deft, has had his house searched 
on suspicion of theft. Deft, says, he knows nought of the pltf. but what 
is good and virtuous. The W. Court order pltf. to be satisfied with that. 

Assur Levy, pltf. v/s William Huycken, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 87. zewant balance of rent with costs. Deft, admits the debt 
and requests w delay. The W: Court condemn deft, to pay the fl. 87 
demanded within the space of ^. with costs. 

Jacob Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Johannes de Wit, deft. Both parties 
in default. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. Deft, in default. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Fredrick Gysbersen van den Bergh, deft. 
Pltf. demands, that the action be suspended to the next Court day as his 
witnesses are absent. The request was granted by the W. Court. 

This day 21. Octob- a letter is sent by order of the hon b ! e Dep'ty 
Mayor to Jeremias van Renselaer informing him, in substance that Uncle 
Dirck has attached here a certain yacht, sold by one Jacob Flodder to 
Jer: V Renselaer and by said Renselaer to Claes Lock and Davit Schuy- 
ler; because the abovenamed Dirck (as he alleges) has not been paid in 
full for the building of said yacht, but that a balance of fl. 46. is still due 
him in beavers; which he is required to take care to have paid or to send 
attornies to defend the said action, inasmuch as s s . Renselaer has obliged 
himself to the aforesaid Schuyler and Lock to free said yacht from all 
claims. 

2 2 d Octob' Graunted an Execution ag" the goods and chattels of 
Jacob Engelen towards the satisfying of Certaine Judgement by George 
Canidal obtained against the s d . Jacob Engelen bearinge date the 15* of 
this Ins'. 

Y e . 22* of Octob' 1667. Att a Court held at New Yorck. Present 
Capt. Tho: Willet, Mayor; Capt Tho d'Laual, depty Mayor; M' O 
Stevensen, M' J. Laurence, M. J. d'Peyster, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Ald'men. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 ' v/s fredrick Gysberts, def' Ordered that the 
Next Court day a Jury shal be Empannelled to Trye this Case. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 ? v/s Allard Anthony, de£ The Def 2 d default. 

Willem Abramsen, F u . v/s Stoffel van Laer, def? The def' 1 default. 

Dirck van Clyff, P 1 - v/s Allard Anthony, def* The detf 1. default. 



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Mary Goosens, P 1 ' ag'st Abram Carpyn, def' Both default. 

Uncle Dirck, pit., ag'st Claes Lock, def' Both in default. 

Capt. Manninge, Sheriff, Pit. v/s George Canidal, def? The pltff. 
complains that Def- Contrary to the Lawes hath broken open the doore 
of Lysbeth Tyssen & threatened to Burne her house etc. The def' 
denyeth the same. Ordered by the Court that the Pit. should proeve his 
declaration the next Court day. 

Assur Levy, Pit. v/s Willem Huycken, def? Both parties default. 

The Overseers of Roads and Fences, pltfs. v/s The Carters of this 
City, defts. Pltfs by virtue of their instruction conclude, that the 
carters of this City, being 10 in number, having been warned by the 
Overseers, shall each be condemned in a fine of six guilders zeawant for 
the loss of one days time in repairing the highway about the Fresh Water. 
Defts. maintain, that they are not included in the instruction. The W: 
Court having heard parties decide, that the defts. are not included in said 
instruction, but only the householders and planters on this and the other 
side of the Fresh Water; but if hereafter in any just necessary work in 
the making of new or repairing of old roads the cartmen may be neces- 
sary, they at the request of the Overseers to the Mayor shall be ordered 
thereto by the Mayor. As regards the costs, being 15 gl. for the Mare- 
chal and 18 gl. for the Sheriff and Secretarys fees the W: Court under- 
takes to pay them. 

A° 1667. Octott the 29 th . Att a Court held at New Yorck. Present 
Capt. Tho: Willet, Mayo r ; M 1 . Tho: d'Lauall, M^ O. Stevensen, W. Jo 
Laurence, M' Jo. de Peyster, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Ald r men. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. The W. Court 
having heard the question regarding the matter of a/c. arising between 
the pltf. and deft, refer parties herein to Sieurs Johannes Verbrugge and 
Jeronimus Ebbingh, who are requested to examine and look into the a/c 
in the presence of Alderman Isaacq Bedloo and to render a report of 
their proceedings to the Court within the space of 14 days. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Fredrick Gysbertsen van den Bergh, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft, the interest of a mortgage, which Mr. Cortlant 
has on a house and lot, sold heretofore by the pltf. to the deft., as the 
deft, is to the present time in default of paying for the said house on the 



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day due. Deft, answers in scriptis and says, he has paid the greater part 
and the balance is always ready, but he never could obtain a deed from 
the pltf. notwithstanding he repeatedly asked it. The jury brought their 
verdict in ag'st the pltf. and gave for decision, that the deft. Fredrick 
Gysbers! 1 is not bound to pay interest on the money. Whereupon the 
Court order, that judgement shall be entered according to the afores d ver- 
dict and condemn the pltf. in the costs of Court. 

JURY. 

Tho: Hall, forem"; Dirck van Clyff, Patrick Hayes, Gerrit van Tright, 
Isaacq Greveraet, Timotheus Gabrie, Hendrick Kip, John Cooly, John 
Garland, Hendk Coustrie, Thomas Tailer, Hendk Obe. 

Seletie Jochemsen and Pieter Fredricx declare on the requisition of 
Lysbeth Tyssen, that George Canidal threatened to burn said Lysbeth's 
house and that he broke in her door, etz. 

Uppon the Complaint of Lysbet Tyssen, & the Testimony of hur 
Neighbours, against George Canidal Tennant to the s d Tyssen, the Court 
did order that the s? Canidal shal within the space of 14 dayes Satisfy the 
s d Tyssen for one halfe Yeares Rent of hur house, & to depart & Remove 
out of the s d house within the s d Time. 

Tho: Tayler, pit: v/s ffrigift Throgmorton, deft: In an act. of debt: 
The deft: 1: default. 

Capt" John Manninge, pit: v/s Anna Koex, deft: The pit: declares 
that the deft: hath sold strong Licq" to an Indian uppon Sabbath day 
Last, & proeves it by the Testimony of one Indian as appears by the Ex- 
amination of the s? Indian, bearing date the 28 t . h of this instant month — 
and Therefore Concludes that the deft: ought to be Condemned in a 
penalty off five pounds Sterl? accordinge to Law. Uppon hearinge of 
both Parties the Court did Condemne the s d Anna Koex for selling of 
drink to the s d Indian, in a penalty of Eighty gild r . 3 Wampum besides the 
Charges of this Suit. 

Willem Abramsen, Pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laer, deft. The P u declares 
to be agreed. 

Robbert Halls, Pit. v/s Arent Eversen Molenaer [miller], def' In 
an act" of debt, the def? 1 defaut. 

Hend* Coustrie, pltf. v/s Robbert Storie and Jonas Bartelsen, defts. 
Pltf. demands, that an attachment, made by him on the goods and effects 



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of Robbert Storie in the hands of Jonas Bartelsen be declared valid for 
the sum of 57 gl. in beavers and 286 lbs. of sugar due to him, the pltf., 
by the s? Storie as p^ a/c. The Worshippf" Court granted the request. 

Hendrick Obe, Collector of the Excise, entering and delivering in a 
list of debtors to the s? excise also complaining, that he cannot get any 
money from them; the said debtors, namely Mettie Wessels, Fredrick 
Gysbersen, Patrick Hayes, Egbert Myndersen, Onfrie Cley and Evert 
Pels, were ordered and commanded by the W. Court to settle with, satisfy 
and pay the aforesaid Collector within the time of 14 days, on pain of 
immediate execution. 

Ordered that M' Allard Anthony be summoned on complaint of 
Teunis Craey. 

In the afternoon the following persons were sent for to Court and 
asked why they had not paid their quota to the Ministers' salaries. 

They answer as follows: 

Timoth Gabrie promises to satisfy the Preachers. 

Tomas Laurensen promises to pay. 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker, idem. 

Jan Vrees: If he be forced, he must pay, otherwise cannot. 

Fredrick Arensen; will not pay more than one year. 

Lammert Mol, says he cannot pay any more. 

November the 19* 1667. Att a May r . s Court held at New Yorck. 
P r sent Mr Oloff Stevensen, Depty Mayor; Mr Jo: Laurence, Mr Johannes 
de Peystr, Mr Isaacq Bedlo; Capt" Jo. Manninge, Sheriff. 

Hanna Ackleton & Elisabeth Juwel beinge summoned in Court to 
give Reason Whey they without Licence of the Govern^ & this Court, 
Contrary to the Lawes of this Governm' Are come to dwele within this 
Towne. Hanna Ackleton Replyed that she uppon hur first comming, 
hath obtained Licence from the Honn.ble Mr de Laval; but hath nothing 
to showe for the same. Elisabeth Juwele Replyed that she did not know 
of any such order. The honn b ! e Court did order that the s? persons should 
depart out of this place in 8 days time uppon penalty of 5 lbs Sterl? & 
Corporal punishment. 

Johannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Parties 
producing their a/cs on both sides, it is ordered by the W: Court, that 



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the matter in question arising from an a/c shall be referred at the next 
Court day to a jury. What relates to the fl. 57 zewant in question brought 
in consignment by the pltf., pursuant to the W: Court's order, they order, 
that the same shall be lifted by deft, in part payment of what Warnaer 
Wessels owes the deft. Whereas Sieurs Johannes de Wit and Jacob van 
Couwenhoven in pleading their cause before the W: Mayor's Court have 
contrary to order made therein, abused each other, the worshipp 1 . 1 Court 
do therefore condemn each of them in a fine of 6 gl. zeawant, for the 
behoof of the Poor. 

Jan Vigne and Pieter Stoutenburgh, pltfs. v/s Pieter Laurensen's 
wife, deft. Deft, in default. 

Thomas Hall and Pieter Stoutenburgh, pltfs. v/s Jochem Schoyster, 
deft. Pltfs., as curators to the estate of Kleyn Klaessen, demand from 
deft. 150 gl. zewant with interest due. Deft, admits the debt, but de- 
mands -^7 delay. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court condemn the deft, to pay the 
pltfs. the demanded sum within one month from the date hereof with 
costs. 

Lysbet Tyssen, pltf. v/s George Canidal, deft. Pltf. complains, that 
deft, refuses to fulfill the order of the Court dated . . . The W. 
Court orders the deft, to obey and perform the said order, on pain of 
execution. 

Uppon the Compl' of Richard hamer, againste Sara Kierstede it is 
ordered that the s? Sara shal deliver a good Raser to the s? hamer or satis- 
faction for the same. 

CaptP Jo: Manninge, Sherif, Ptl: v/s Balthazf de haert, deft: The 
pit: Represents to the Court that the deft: hath brooke the Peace, in 
ffightinge with Jacob d'Looper in the presence of 2 of the AldEmen of 
this Towne. The deft: denyes that he hath brooken the peace. It is 
ordered that the Pit: shal proeve his representment. 

Thomas Tayler, Pit: v/s ffrigift throgmorten, deft: the deft: defaut. 

ffredrik Gysbersen, Pit: against Warnaer Wessels, deft: the deft: 
1. default. 

Dirck Van Cleeff, Pit: against Jacob Van Couwenhoven, deft: Par- 
ties agreed. 

Anthony d'Milt, Pit: against Lodewyk post, deft: the deft: 1 de- 
fault. 



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Michiel Tadens, Pit: against Lodewyck post, deft: the deft: i 
default. 

ffrancis Cherry, pit: v/s Abel hardenbroeck, deft, the deft, i defaut. 
Robbert Conne, Pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft: The deft: i defaut. 

Att a May" Court held at New Yorck. Present M' O Stevensen, 
Depty Mayor; M' Jo. Laurence, M' Jo. d'Peyster, M' Isaacq Bedloo, 
Ald'Men. 

On this day have the honn b ! e Court made Choize off the following 
persons to be Kerckmasters or Churchwardens for one Whole Yeare com- 
mencing from the date hereof to Witt M' Jeronimus Ebbing & M. 
Cornelis Van Ruyven. 

N. B. The forme of the Election is to be found in date the 13* of 
June A° 1666. 

Paulus Leendersen appearing requests to receive his pay from the 
City as well soldiers service money for 40 weeks, as the 1000 fl. advanced 
to the City. 

Decemb' the 3? 1667. Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck. 
Present M- Oloff Stevensen Cortlant, Depty Mayor; M' Jo: Laurence, 
M* Jo de Peyster, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Aldermen; Capt Jo: Manninge, 
Sheriff. 

Johannes de Witt, pltf. v/s Jacob van Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft. fl. 73. o^ in zewant as per ace' Deft, producing an 
offset a/c says, that an item of fl. 91. seawant is unjustly debited by pltf. 
to deft., that therefore there is due him, deft., by the pltf. by balance the 
sum of fl. 17. 13. 8 sewant. The jury bro' in their verdict in favor of 
deft, and gave as award, that pltf. still owes deft, the sum of fl. 17. 13. 8 
and condemn pltf. in the costs. The W: Court confirm the aforesaid 
verdict and order payment thereof. 

JURY. 

Timothy Gabrie, Isaacq Greveraat, Reynout Reynoutsen, Jacob 
Lysseler, hendrick Willemsen, Daniel de hondecoutre, Willem Bogardus, 
Dirck van Clyff, hendrick Coustrie, Stoffel hooglant, Gerrit van Tright. 

Fredrick Gysbersen vandeBergh, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. 
Whereas deft, has failed hitherto to fulfil the judgment of the Court 



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dated 2Q'. h Octb- last, pltf. requests the W: Court to be pleased to order 
the deft, to give proper deed to pltf. of the house and lot, sold by deft. 
to pltf., standing in the Winckel Straet {Market St.) * and to deliver the 
same free and unencumbered and further, that the W: Court be pleased 
to authorize some persons to take up and balance parties a/cs. Deft, re- 
quests in like manner, that some persons be nominated for that purpose. 
On request of parties the W: Court nominates and elects Sieurs Jeronimus 
Ebbingh and Gerrit van Trigt, who are requested and authorized to 
examine and revise (in presence of the W: Alderman 1VP Isaacq Bedloo) 
the a/cs of parties still in dispute and if possible to settle them and 
reconcile parties; if not, to report to the Court. 

ffrancis Cherry, pit: v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft: the pit: de- 
mands for Worke done by the deft: fl. 21. the deft: declares that he 
hath paid him al his due & the last payment was made for \ fat of bier to 
Kip by the Pltf order, the Court did order that the deft: should pay 
the pit: what he owed unto him, abatinge soo much he paid to him & to 
his order and ordered that the pit: should pay the Charges of Court. 

Pieter Stoutenburgh and Jan Vinge, pltfs. v/s Pieter Lourensen's 
wife, deft. Whereas it is a case of her husband's debt, the Court orders 
the pltf. to cite the husband for it. 

Willem Martensen Moer, pltf. v/s Evert Luycassen, deft. Pltf. de- 
livering in his a/c demands payment. Deft, says, he has an offset a/c. 
Ordered, that deft, shall bring in his a/c by next Court day. 

Patrik hayes, pit: v/s Thomas Tayler, def' the def' 1 defaut. The 
pit: delivers ouer his declaration, & Requests that the attachm' uppon 
the defend 15 effects in the hands of ffrigift Throgmorten shal stand good. 
The Court doe order that the s^ attachm' shal stand good. 

Jacob, van Couwenhoven, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. 
demands balance of an obligation with costs. Deft, says, he has paid. 
The obligation and a/c being seen, the W: Court order deft, to pay bal c . e 
of obligation and costs. 

Dirck van Clyff, pltf. v/s Pieter Roelofs, deft. Pltf. demands fl. 51: 
16. zeawant and payment thereof with 200 p's firewood, which deft. 

* Wessels had sold to van den Bergh the house and lot in question on the East side 
of Whitehall Str., running back about 52 feet to what was then called Winkel Str., now 
closed. — Valentine, Manual, 1865, p. 667. 



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promised to deliver to him on payment. Deft, admits the debt. The 
W: Court condemn deft, to satisfy and pay pltf. with costs. 

Thomas Berryman, pit: v/s Immetie Volchersen, deft: Uppon 
hearinge of both parties, Thomas de Karman promised to deliver unto 
the def' 500 p* of wood, provided they were made good unto him againe 
in Next Springe; or as soone as the def? scow shall be Capable to fetsh 
the same from after Coll. 

Michiel Tades, pit: against Lodewyck post, deft: the deft: 2. de- 
fault. 

Mary Gosens, pit: against Abram Carpyn, deft: the deft 2. default. 

Thomas Tiddeman, pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft: the deft: 1 
defaut. 

Allard Anthony, pit: v/s John Cockril, deft: both parties defaut. 

Raeff huddison, pit: v/s Burger Joris, deft: the deft 1. defaut. 

Robbert bennes, pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft: the deft: 2. defaut. 

On this day the 13th Dec' Capt" Jo: Manninge beinge sent to the 
Gov' to enquire his honn* pleasure about the payinge of the Weekly 
assesm-, Replyes, that his honn* pleasure that the Towne shal pay their 
erreires & one month longer w ? 1 amounts to about fl. 1940 Wampum. 

Decemb' the 17th 1667. Att a Court held at New Yorck. Present 
M' Oloff Stevensen, dep'? Mayor; M 1 - John Laurence, M' Jo. depeyster, 
AldEmen; M' Jo. Manning, Sheriff. 

In answer to a Petition of the Karre men of this Citty, Requestinge 
that they might be set at Liberty to Ride in their Karts in the streets, 
promisinge that if any accident should happen, that they would suffer any 
punishment What the Gov e . r & the Court shall think ffitt. Whereuppon the 
Gov: & this Court Replyes. The Gov^ & the Mayors doe graunt the 
petition" their Request Uppon Conditions following, that they shal not 
ride hard alonge the Streets; & in case they doe hurt or Lame any person 
in soo Riding, that their horse & Kart shall be forfeited, and iff it should 
happen that any person should be Kild in soo Riding, that the Life of 
that Karman shal be und' the lapse of the Lawe, and further that they 
shal be bound to Keep in Repaire the streets & highways Within this 
Citty. 

Uppon Complaint of Tho: Berriman ag 5 . 1 Evert Luycassen it is 



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ordered that the s d . Evert shal With all speed fetsh the wood of the s* Ber- 
riman & that the s? Berriman shal goe alonge with him. 

Warnaer Wessels appearing requests revision in the case between him 
and Jacob van Couwenhoven, as de Wit not he must pay the costs of 
Court. The W: Court persist in their previous judgment and in case 
said Wessels has any claim against de Witt, he may institute his act? 
against him. 

Mark Dal, pit: v/s Egbert Myndersen, deft: Uppon hearinge of 
both parties the Court doe order that the deft: shal pay to pit: for dam- 
age in takinge away the pit- Kanoe Without his Consent 6 gild? & Return 
the s? Kanoe at the place Where he did find the same. 

Jacob Teunissen Quicq appearing is informed, that his cause will not 
come on before the next Court day, as the W. Court is not at present 
complete; meanwhile he is ordered to comport himself so that he be not 
complained of. 

This day an order is published regarding the payment of the weekly 
assessment for the soldiers, as more fully appears by the Placcaet 
Register. 

By order of the Court issued forth an order to the Marshal, to make 
a demand from all persons w c . h are Indebted to the Weeckly assessment, 
that they pay their Erreizes uppon penalty in the Law sett forth. 

The W: Court having on complaint of Wolfert Webbers wife, ex- 
amined and reviewed the bill of costs brought in by the late Sherriff Mr. 
Antony against said Webber, the W: Court decree and order as follows 

For judgment money fl. 1. 16. 

For fees 5 percent on the exection of 350 gl. is.. . 17.10. 
For the bailbond 3 

fl. 22.6 



January the 14* 166$. Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck. 
Present Capt Thomas de Lavall, Depty May?; M 1 . O Stevensen, M? Jo 
Laurence, Mf Jo de Peyster, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Aldermen; Capt. Jo 
Manninge, Sheriff. 

This Court by the Right honn b . le Govern? order, haveinge taken into 
Examination the account of Courts Charges, made by the Late Sheriff 



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Mr Allard Anthony against Timothy Gabrie ; Itt is ordered that the 

s? Allard Anthony should be allowed Videllez' 

for Servinge the Execution fl. 176. 

for attendinge 18 

for Schaefbanck 7- xo 

for Charges to New Towne 10 

for Charges in fetshinge the Neger 16.14 

for Inventornige 9- 

the Last Execution to Schaefbanck 7.10 

to himself e 18 

fl. 262.14 

Uncle Dirck, pltf. v/s Claes Luck, deft. Both in default. The 
Secretary Bayard states, that he had received 2 declarations regarding the 
question of Uncle Dirck from Mr. Renselaer, which being read it is 
ordered by the W: Court to summon the pltf. by the next Court day. 

Willem Martensen Moer, pltf. v/s Evert Luycassen, deft. Deft, and 
pltf. both in default. 

Patrick Hayes, pit v/s Thomas Tayler, Deft: the deft: 2: defaut. 

Mary Gosens, pit: v/s Abram Carpyn, Deft: the deft: 3: defaut. 
It is ordered that the deft: shal be sumond to appeare the next Court, if 
not that Judgemt shal be graunted. 

Thomas Tiddeman, pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft: the deft: 
2? defaut. Ordered that the deft: shal be summond to appeare the next 
Court day. 

John Garland, Pit. v/s William Abramsen, deft: The pit: demands 
from this deft: f. 720 Seawant pay as appeares by his declaration. The 
deft: ownes the Receipt of the s? goods to s? summe But declares that the 
pit: owes hur more then the s? debt comes to as apeares by accompt. 

W? Abramsen, pit: v/s John Garland, deft: The p 1 .' demands from 
this def- by ballance of accompt the summe of fl. 92 Wampum. The 
Deft desires a Coppy of the Accompt: Ordered that a Coppy should be 
made for the Deft 

George Canidal, Pi' v/s Mauke Lyntie, Def' Def- 1. defaut. 

Mettie Wessels, Pi* v/s W™ Wells, Deft the deft & the Pi* both 
defaut. 



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Mettie Wessels, P'. 1 v/s Tho: Wooden, def' Both Parties de£ 

Paulus Cornelissen, pltf. v/s Thomas Lourens, baker, deft. Pltf. 
complains that he and the wife of Lourens Duyts, now deceased, brought 
here last Monday to New Yorck 50 schepels of wheat, w c . h he, pltf., says, 
were received from the aforesaid Lourens for wages; which wheat was 
taken by the deft, from the canoe against pltf's will and consent and 
carried to defts. house. He demands an order for the restitution thereof. 
Deft, answering says, that he had sent up his bags to said Lourens to 
bring corn in them, as said Lourens had sold him 100 sch pl . es of wheat, 
which bags with 50 skepels wheat were bro' in last Monday by said 
Lourens' wife, and she told deft, that it was his grain and to bring a cart 
to remove it. The widow of said Laurens Duyts being sent for to Court 
declares, that her husband owed the pltf. Paulus Cornelissen for wages fl. 
380, which sum should be paid by deft, to the pltf. according to her late 
husband's order, in zeawant, when the wheat should be delivered to the 
deft. Segismundus Luycas declares to have heard from Lourens Duyts, 
that he owed Poul Cornelissen money, but not the amount. The W: 
Court order the grain to remain attached until further order of the Court 
and that deft, shall not alienate any of it. 

Nicolaes Bayard, pltf. v/s Jan Smedes, deft. Deft, in default. 

fredrick Gysbersen, pit: v/s John Garland, deft: the pit: demans 
by ballance of accomp' the summe of f. 487. Wampum. It is ordered 
that the deft: shal bringe hur answer to the s? accompt, the next Court 
day. 

Michel Tadens, pltf. v/s Pieter Jansen and Otto Gerrits, defts. 
Deft. Otto in default. Pltf. says, that he sold to defts. a hhd of tobacco 
for 2 ankers of rum, whereof he received only one anker: he therefore 
demands another anker. Deft. Pieter Jans acknowledges the trade, but 
says he sold his anker. The W: Court order deft. Otto Gerrits to be 
summoned by order of the Court for the next Court day. 

Andries Andriesen, pltf. v/s Jan Spiegelaer, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 100 gl. zewant being balance of the purchase money of the 
scow. Deft, admits the debt, but requests some delay. The W. Court 
condemn deft, to pay pltf. the 100 gl. demanded within the space of ^ 
with costs. 

Patrik hayes, pit: v/s Sam Smith, Deft: The pit: attached some 



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goods in the hands of hendrick obe w c . h goods by the def' besides the 
rest of his Comp? Where taken & brought to this port; But Whereas the 
s? goods are not as yet proclaimed to be a Lawful prize, therefore the s? 
Attachment is to be void. 

Bartolomeus van der Schel, pltf. and arrestant, ag'st Gerrit van 
Campen, arrested and deft. Both parties in default. 

Nicolaes de Meyer, pltf. v/s Pieter Wolfersen, deft. Both in de- 
faut. 

Jan Garland, pltf. v/s Titus Sigus, deft. The deft, in default. 

Nicolaes d' Meyer, pltf. and arrestant, agst Hendrick van de Water, 
arrested and deft. Deft, in defaut. 

Whereas experience shews, that notwithstanding the orders, this W: 
Court has caused to be published and Made Known, regarding the pay of 
the soldiers, divers persons, tho' not absolutely refusing, postpone the 
payment from time to time: It is therefore ordered by this W: Court, that 
the Constable and Marshall of this City shall execute the abovementioned 
orders and seize from all persons, who are still in arrears to said fund so 
much in goods and effects, as shall be deemed necessary for the payment 
of said arrears, as more fully appears by the order furnished them in the 
Book of Ordinances and Placards. 

This day Issued forth a Warrant of Execut" ag'st Warnaer wessels 
towards the Satisfying of Certaine Judgement & Courts Charges by Jacob 
Wolfersen obtained against him bearing date the 3? Xfr last past. 

January the 21 s .' i66|. Att a Court held at New Yorck. Present 
Capt Tho: de Lauall, Depty Mayor; Mf Oloff Stevensen, Mr Jo: Laur- 
ence, M. 1 . Johan de Peyster, Mf Isaacq Bedloo, Ald r men; Capt Jo: 
Manninge, Sheriff. 

Patrick Hayes, Pit: v/s Thomas Tayler, deft: The pit: declares 
that the deft: is in his debt .the summe of 255 g 1 ? 2 Stiv for W c . h this pit: 
made an attachment uppon the monn s of the deft: now in his hands of 
ffrigist Throgmorten prayeinge this Court to Condemne the s? attached 
mony, towards the satisfying of the s? debt. The deft: desires that the 
debt shal be proeved. The honn Court ord e . d that the Coppy of the acct: 
should be delivered to the def' 

Patrick hayes, Pit: v/s Tho: Tailer, deft: The pit: by his declara- 



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tion & account declares that the deft: is Indebted to this pit: the summe 
of fl. 255: 2: praying" this Court to order the payment thereof W* Costs 
of suit. The Deft: desires that the pit: shal proeve his declaration & 
account. This honn b . Ie Court haveinge heard the debatts & Examined 
the s? account did order that in Case the parties did not agree before the 
next Court day that a Jury should be Impannelled to goe uppon this 
action. 

Uncle Dirck, ship carpenter, pltf. v/s Claes Luck, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. 5! beavers balance due him, pltf., according to obliga- 
tion of Jacob Flodder for carpenters wages on the yacht now belonging 
to deft., requesting, that the attachment issued by him, pltf., against said 
bark shall stand good, until said debt shall be paid. Deft, says, that he 
had bought said yacht in company with Davit Schuyler from Mr. Jere- 
mias Renselaer and produces two declarations made by Jacob Flodder 
and Jan Cornelissen before the Court of Albany, intimating that the pltf. 
is paid in full for the building of said yacht. Parties being heard by the 
W. Court and the papers produced being examined, they find the debt 
proved and declare the attachment valid, until s? debt shall be paid to 
the pltf., with costs. 

Mary Goosens, pltf. v/s Abram Carpyn, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, the sum of fl. 22: 5 as per account, with costs. The defts. wife ap- 
pearing produces an offset ace' The W: Court having heard parties 
condemn the deft, to pay said fl. 22. 5 to the pltf. with costs, permitting 
the deft, to institute his action against the pltf. on the said offset ace' 

George Canidal, Pit: v/s Manke Lyntie, deft. The deft' 2? defaut. 
It is ordered that the deft: shal be summond & in Case she wil not 
appeare the next Court day, that the arrested goods shal be sold & 
y e mony brougt in C- 

Paulus Cornelissen, pltf. v/s Thomas Lourens, deft. The W: Court 
having heard parties and examined the produced declarations, order that 
the 50 skepels of wheat in question of the dec*? Lourens Duyts, now in the 
hands of Thomas Lourens, deft., shall be delivered, the one half to the 
pltf. and the other half to the deft., in part paiment of what is due them 
from the estate of s? Lourens Duyts; and further that the costs incurred 
herein shall be settled by the pltf. and deft. 

Robbert Bens, Pit: v/s Gerrit Trauser, deft: The pit: beinge 



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atturny of Jo: Smith, demands from this deft: for Worke done for this 

s 

deft: to the summe jQi: 6: 8: & costs of suit. The deft: Replyes that 
the s? John Smith hath not performed his Coven- w'? 1 this defts daughter, 
Whoe served him one yeare. This Court did order the deft: to pay the 
s? debt within the space of 14 dayes w* Costs of suit. 

166$ — 22 Feby. Execution Graunted. 

Mr Isaacq Bedloo, Alderm", pltf. v/s Jan Langestraat, deft. Pltf. 
demands from the deft. 27^ skep ls of winter wheat as per a/c. Deft. 
admits having received the goods, but says, that he did not promise any 
wheat, and that his, defts., wife agreed with the pltfs. wife to pay part of 
the debt in butter; and finally says, pltf. also owes him some zeawant as 
per a/c, which he demands to have. Pltf. says, that the zeawant, which 
he owes deft, shall be paid. The W: Court having heard parties' argu- 
ments, order deft, to pay pltf. within 14 days 18 schepels of wheat in 
specie and the remaining 9J in the spring with butter, and further that 
the pltf. shall count out the zeawant due to the deft. 

John Garland, Pit: v/s W™ Abramzen, deft: The pit: defaut. 

W? Abramzen, pit: v/s Jo: Garland, deft: The deft: 2? defaut. 

fredrick Gysbersen, pit: v/s John Garland, deft: The deft, the deft 
{sic) 2 defaut. 

Michiel Tades, pit: v/s Pieter Jansen Schol & Otto Gerrits, deft. 
The deft. 2? defaut. 

Mettie Wessells, pit: v/s John Garland, Deft: The deft, the 1. de- 
faut. 

Mr. Balthazar de Haert appearing requests, the judgments pronounced 
by the W: Court on date 18 Xbf A? 1666 and 8 Jan?' A? i66f against 
Huygh Barentsen may be put in execution. The request is granted. 

Whereas the time is expired of the outgoing Inspectors of white and 
brown bread at the bakers within this City, and it becomes necessary, 
that new ones be elected in the place of the outgoing, Therefore We the 
Mayor and Aldermen of the City of New Yorck elect for the ensuing 
year Sieur Christoffel Hooghlant and Francois Rombouts, who are hereby 
authorized to visit as often, as they shall consider needful all the bakers 
within this City in presence of the Sheriff and to enquire, if the bread be 
of proper weight and quality, according to the Ordinance herein enacted 
or to be enacted. Done in N. Yorck. Adv as above. 



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On this day, Issued forth a Warrant of Execut" to the Sheriff of 
New York, to seize uppon the Person & goods of huygh Barentsen, 
towards the satisfaction of the sentence of Court, obtained against him 
Balth: de haert bearinge date the 18 Dec b . r & 8 Jan?' i66f 

Janu? the 28th A? i66£. At a Mayo? Court held at N. Yorck. 
Present Capt" Tho: de Lavall, depty Mayor; Mr O Stevensen, Mr Jo: 
Laurence, Mr Jo: depeyster, AldEmen; Capt" Jo: Manninge, Sheriff. 

Patrick hayes, Pit: v/s Thomas Tailer, deft. In an act. of debt. 
The Pit: declares that the deft: is Indebted to this pit: for several goods 
as appeares by accompt the summe of fl. 94: 2. Wampum, and Verifyed 
his accompt by oath & humbly Craves for Judgement With Cost of Suit: 
The Jury brought in their Verdict & found for the Plantive, W* Cost of 
Court. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did order thai Judgement should be entred 
accordingly, & ordered that the deft: should make payment accordinge 
to the s d Verdict W th Cost of Court. 

JURIES. 

Tho: hall, Forem:; Christoffel hooglant, W™ derval, Pieter Winster, 
derck Van Clyff, Gerrit Van tright, Wal raven Claerhout, Isaacq greverate, 
alexander Watts, Michiel Tades, Laurens Silla. 

John Garland, Pit: v/s W? Abramsen, deft. It is ordered that the 
deft: shall take out a Coppy of the pit? accompt out the office and make 
his objections ag s .' the same, the Next Court day. 

W™ Abramsen, Pit: v/s Jo: Garland, deft: W* this action to sus- 
pend, till next Court day. 

Jo: holden, Pit: v/s John Cooly, deft, the pit: defaut: the deft: 
Producinge several accompts from the pit: Which beinge Examined, the 
Court did order that a Non Suite should be entred against the s 1 ? Pit: & 
to pay Cost of C ut 

Fredrick gysbersen, pit: v/s John Garland, deft: It is ordered that 
the Pit: shal deliver to this deft: a general accompt from first to Last of 
all their deleing one W'! 1 another. 

Mettie Wesselis, Ph: v/s John Garland, deft: In an action of debt. 
The Worshipp 1 ! Court did order (W th the Consent of both parties) that this 
differance should be Left to Indifferent p r sons, to W^ end they made 
Choize of M" Jeronimus Ebbinge & M' Gelyn Verplank, Which Persons 



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are to View & Examin the accounts of both Parties, and iff possible to 
Compose the differance & to make their Returne to this Court, the follow- 
inge Court day. 

George Canidal, Pit: v/s Manique Lyntie, Deft, the deft: 4th de- 
faut. the pit: declares that this deft: is Indebted unto him as appeares 
by accompt the summe of ,£37: 12: Wampum, for W ! 1 he Craves Judgem* 
W* Costs of Court. This Worshipp 1 ! Court did order that Judgement 
should be entred against the deft: for the Paiment of the s d - debt, W'. h Cost 
of Court. 

28'. h of this Instant Jann 3 : graunted an Execution uppon this Judgement. 

Capt" John Manning, Sheriff, Pit: v/s George Canidal, deft. The 
Pit: Represented to the Court that this deft: Contrary to the Lawes of 
this Governmt: had bought apparel from Sould". The deft: acknowl- 
edged his fault, but declares that it was done by his Wife, unknowne unto 
him. The Worshipp 1 ! Court did Condemne the deft: in a fine of ffiffty 
gild r . 5 Wampum, W. h Cost of Court. 

Mde Judith Stuyvesant, pltf. v/s Ariaen Appel, deft. N. Bayard, 
pltf's attorney, demands from deft, the sum of 2315. 16. in zewant as per 
a/c, being balance of rent. Deft, admits, he owes so much by a/c, but 
says, Mr. Laval accepted to pay it, who owed him that amount, produc- 
ing an a/c between him def! and said M* Laval ; further says, that M d . e 
Stuyvesant has accepted M' Laval as her payor and discharged him deft, 
herein. Pltf's attorney replies, he was present, when M' Laval under- 
took to pay Mde Stuyvesant, whatever deft, should have to the good with 
him, but that no particular sum was ever specified: moreover says, he is 
yet satisfied with M' La Val for so much, as he undertakes to pay for the 
deft. The Worshipfull Court having heard parties, condemn the deft, 
to pay the demanded fl. 2315: 18. What regards the defts. claim against 
Mr. Laval, the said M' Laval undertakes to put in a written defence by 
the next Court day. 

Jan Jansen van Breestede and Juriaen Jansen van Aweryck being 
sent for to Court, the W: Court proposes to them the necessity, that some 
persons may be appointed within this City for the inspection and count- 
ing of pipe staves, packing of meat and pork and they being asked to 
perform the said service, the same was accepted by them, and they have 
taken the oath in this regard at the hands of the W: Court. 



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Nicolaes Meyer, pltf. v/s Anthony de Milt, deft. Deft, in default. 

Elizabet Juwel beinge sent for to appeare in Court to give reason 
Why she doth not depart this Towne, accordinge to the Tenure of the 
Courts order bearinge date the 19th of Nov 1 ?' last past. She Replyed that 
she could not depart by reason she was brought to bedd, but promised 
to depart in y* month of march. 

January the nth 166$. Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck. 
Present Capt" Thomas de Laval, depty may r ; M' Oloff Stevensen, M' Jo: 
Laurence, M' Jo: d'peyster, M' Isaacq bedlo, AldEmen; Capt" Jo: 
Manninge, Sheriff. 

John Garland, Pit. v/s W? Abramsen, deft. In an action of Debt. 
Uppon the desire of the Pit: this act" is put to an arbitration, to the 
following persons — To Wit, M- Isaac Bedloo, M' Johannes Van Brugh, 
M' Jeronimus Ebbing & M' Gelyn Verplanck. 

William Abramsen, Pit: v/s John Garland, deft: In an act? of 
Debt. The Worshipp" Court did order that this Case should be deter- 
mined by Way of arbitration, to W ! 1 end they made Choize of M' Isaac 
Bedloo, aldEn, M' Johannes Van Brugh, M' Jeronimus Ebbingh, & M* 
Gelyn Verplanck, W°? persons are to View & Examin the accounts of 
both Parties, & iff Possible to Compose the differance, & to make a 
Returne thereof to this Court: 

Fredrick Gysbersen Vanden Bergh, Pit: v/s John Garland, deft: In 
an act? of debt. The Worshipp" Court did order in this Case, as in the 
Precedent Case, of W? Abramsen, in the same forme. 

Mettie Wessels, Pit: v/s John Garland, deft: the Pit: defaut. The 
deft: aledged that the parties where agreed. 

Jacob Kip, arrestant and pltf. v/s Elsie van Reuvecamp, arrested 
and deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 252 zeawant accord' g to obligation 
and account book. Deft, acknowledging the debt demands some delay. 
Parties being heard by the W: Court, they condemn deft, to pay said fl. 
252 in zewant and give her a delay for the space of 3 weeks on giving 
sufficient security. Ady, as above. 

George Cobbet, Pit: v/s Abram Carpyn, deft: The Pit: declares 
that he delivered to this deft: a Parcel of flax for to spin to this pit* use, 
W c ? Likewise by this deft: is performed, and hath brought the thread to 



>66|] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 115 

the Weavers, to be Woven from Whence the si Linnen is taken by the 
Sherif to serve an Execution uppon, he had ag 5 ' the si deft: and therefore 
this pit: humble desires Restitution of the Linnen. The deft: Confesses 
the same. The Court did order this deft: to make Satisfaction to the 
Pit: for the flax he Received from him, & to pay the Charges of Court. 

Whereas Anthony de milt hath sworn the Peace against Abram 
Carpyn & his Wife, it is this day ordered that in Case the si Carpyn or 
his si Wife, shall molest the si de milt either in Words or actions, that 
they shal be bound to give in security for their good behavior or other- 
wise goe to Prison. 

The petition of Abram d' La Noy being considered and read in 
Court, requesting in substance, that this W: Court will be pleased to 
admit him as Schoolmaster within this City, and to grant certificate of 
privilege thereof. It is apostilled as follows: — The petitioner is admitted 
as Schoolmaster within this City, on condition, that he submit himself 
to the orders of this Court, already enacted or to be enacted herein. 

John Rider, Pit: v/s Jacob Kip, deft: The pit: declares that this 
deft, is Indebted to him the summe of fl. 225. Wampum for W* this deft: 
made promisse of Paymnte for the account of Titus Sigus, for W c . h this 
pit: desires Judgem' W* Cost of Suit. The Worshippful Court haveing 
heard both parties doe order that the deft: shal make payment to this 
pit: the s? summe of fl. 225 Within the space of 8 dayes W* Cost of Court. 

Lourens hoist, Pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer & his Wife, Deft. In an 
act. of assault & Batterie. The pit: makinge his Compl' it is ordered 
that the Coppy thereof should be delivered to this deft:, and that this 
deft: shal make their answer to the same the next followinge Court day. 

John Hawkins, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: In an action of 
debt. The deft: Remaininge defaut, the Court ordered that Notice 
should be given to this deft: for to make his appearance in 14 dayes time 
or otherwise that Judgement should be entred against him. 

Jan Jansen Langedyck, pltf. v/s Jan de Witt, deft. The deft. 1. 
default. 

The petition of Cornelis Clopper, as attorney of his mother in law 
Grietie Gerrits, being considered and read in Court, setting forth in sub- 
stance, that he had, pursuant to the W: Courts order of the 7 May last, 
now settled with Huygh Barentsen, who by balance is indebted to him 



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the sum of fl. 723 zewant and requesting, that he, the petit 1 ;, may be pre- 
ferred in the attached goods for the payment of the aforesaid sum of f. 
723 whereas it arises from rent due. The W: Court decided and ordered, 
that petite shall be preferred on the attached goods of Huygh Barentsen 
for so much, as is justly due to him, pltf., for rent to the time, that Mf 
Balthazar de Haert obtained execution agst said Huygh Barentsen and 
no further. 

This date it is ordered by the Mayor in the matter of Mr Balthazar 
d'Haert ag'st Huygh Barentsen that the Sheriff shall put in execution the 
judgment dated 8* January 1667 and it is resolved not to hear any more 
of the matter in the Court, before the execution shall be fulfilled. 

It is this day ordered, that from hence forth, no Burger of this City 
shal be arrested by any Person or persons Whatsoever, but all actions 
ag s . 1 Burgers, shal be brought in Court by summons, except they doe not 
appeare uppon Summon, the first Court day, then it shal be Lawful to 
arrest any such Burger by Writ — as alsoo in Case it shal be made appeare 
that any such Burger doe intend to depart, or to Convey his goods into 
some other place, Without this Corporation of New York. 

March the 3? i66£. Att a Mayors Court held at New York. Present 
Thomas de Lauall Esq., depty Mayo' ; Mr Oloff Stevensen, M- Jo: 
Laurence, M 1 . Jo: d'peyster, M. r Isaac Bedloo, Aldermen; Capt" Jo: 
Manning, Sheriff. 

John haukins, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, Deft: The Pit: declared 
that this deft: is Indebted unto him the summe of fl. 252 Wampum, for a 
debt W c . h was due to this pit: from Taelman. This Court haveing heard 
both Parties did decree that this deft: should make Payment of the s? 
Monny W th . in the space of one month, and did order that M tr . is hawkins 
should make an assignment to the deft: of Certaine Bill she hath in hur 
hands from the s? Taelman to Ely Douty. 

W" Smith, Pit: v/s Charles hatsall, deft: It is ordered that the 
deft: should make his answer to the Pit? declaration the first ensuing 
Court day. 

Richard Morris, Pit: v/s Pieter Wolfersen, deft: It is ordered that 
the deft: should make his answer to the Pit? declaration the first ensuing 
Court day. 



i66f] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 117 

Richard Morris, Pit: v/s W? Smith, deft: the deft: desires time to 
answer to the Pit? declaration, the Court did graunt him time til the 
first ensuinge Court day. 

Mr Thomas de Lauall, Pit: v/s Sam: Smith, Deft. It is ordered that 
the deft: shal make his answer to the Pit? declaration at the first Ensuinge 
Court day. 

Mr Thomas de Lavall, Pit: v/s Abraham Keeling, deft. It is 
ordered as above. 

Mr Thomas de Lauall, Pit: v/s Thomas Barne, deft: It is ordered 
as above. 

M* Thomas de Lauall, Pit: v/s John heytor, deft: It is ordered as 
above. 

M' Thomas de Lauall, Pit: v/s Thomas Davis, deft: It is ordered 
as above. 

Mr Thomas De Lavall, Pit: v/s Simon Joanes, deft: It is ordered 
as above. 

Tho: Bredon by his Atturny W? Dervall, Pit: v/s John Garland, 
deft: It is ordered as above. 

Jan Hendricx van Gunst, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. The 
W: Court having heard the arguments of parties order, that the deft, 
shall make up the fence in question, so that the pltf. may not hereafter 
suffer any damage thereby. 

Thomas Salter of Jamaico, Pit: v/s William Smith, Deft: In an 
act? of Trespass. It is ordered that W'. h this action should be suspended, 
until a Court of admiralty shall be Called by the Gov" special order, and 
in the meane While the arrest & Bayle against the s? deft: is to stand good. 

Thomas Salter of Jamaico, Pit. v/s Abraham Keeling, Thomas 
Barne, John Heytor, Thomas Davis, Symon Joanes, Sam: Smith, def' s in 
an Act" of Trespasse. This Def'. s Produced an order from Govern^ to 
this Court, to suspend W* this action, until a Court of admiralty should 
be called, for the hearing & determining of this Case, and in meane While 
Capt" Richard Morisson declared in Court that he Would Remaile Baile 
for the deft? accordinge to the Tenure of the s? order. 

Tho: De Laual, Pit: v/s Jan Van Bremen, deft: the deft: i. defaut. 

ffredrik Gysbersen, Pit: v/s John Garland, deft: the def' i. defaut. 

Lodewyk Post, Pit: v/s Denys Isaacksen, deft: the deft: i defaut. 



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John Sharp, Pit: v/s Immetie Volchersen, deft: the def- i. defaut. 

Huygh Barentsen, Pit: v/s Abram Carpyn, def'. the def' i. defaut. 

Allard Anthony, Pit: v/s Nicolas Bayard, deft: the def' Desired a 
Coppy of the Pit? demands, the Court Did order that the def? should 
have a Coppy thereof. 

Jan Jansen, Pit: v/s Jan de Vries, deft: the deft: 2: defaut. 

Capt" Jo: Manninge Sheriff, Pit: v/s Jacob Teunissen, def': the 
deft? 1. defaut. 

This day the W. Court decree, that M r Balthazar de Haert shall be 
bound to pay Willem Abrams the fee, which the jury earned in the case 
between said d' Haert as pltf. against Huygh Barents, deft., dated 18* 
Xb* 1666 and such an a/c of s d deft. 

Att New Yorcke this 10* of March A? i66|. At a Mayors Court. 
Present Thomas de Lavall Esq r , Depty Mayor; M r . O. Stevensen Cort- 
lant, Mr Jo Lawrence, Mr Jo de Peyster, M- Isaacq Bedloo, Aldermen; 
Capt John Manning, Sherif. 

Thomas Breden by his atturny W? Derval, Pit: v/s John Garland, 
deft: The def' appeared in Court and Confessed a Judgem' to the use 
off the Pit: in the summe off Sixty Seuen pounds three shill. and six 
pence in monny Currant of New England to be paid in Boston in Wheat 
at monny Price, or else in Bever at monny Price, for w c . h debt this def' de- 
sired of this Court Prolonginge of time towards the Payment thereof. 
This Worshippful Court did order that this def' should make Payment of 
y e s? debt to this Pit: the one halfe within the space of Eight dayes, and 
the other halfe Within the space of three months next ensuing the date 
hereof. 

M' Paulus Leendersen van de Grift and Mr Allard Anthony, pltfs. 
against Jan Bastiaensen, deft. TheW: Court having heard parties order 
(with free consent of parties), that the case shall be referred to impartial 
arbitrators and to this end the W: Court elects Thomas Hal, Egbert 
Woutersen, Jan Langestraet and Cornells Aertsen, who are hereby 
authorized to hear the matter in question argued by parties after examina- 
tion, to decide this if possible, to reconcile them, and to report their con- 
clusion to the W: Court on the next Court day. 

Fredrik Gysbersen Vanden Bergh, Pit: v/s John Garland, def: in 



i66|] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 119 

an action of debt the surarae of fi. 303: 12. By this Worship" Court 
being heard the Debats off both Parties, It is ordered that this def': 
should make Imediat Payment to this Pit: of the summe 125 g 1 ? seawant, 
& to give in security Not to Depart this place before the Remainder of 
the debt be Paid. 

W™ Smith, Pit: v/s Charles hatsal, def': Uppon the desiere off the 
deft? atturny it is ordered by this Court that the Pit: should deliver to this 
def' the Coppy of the Bill of debt. 

Richard Morrison, Pit: v/s Pieter Wolfersen, deft: the def': 
Remaineth for the Second Court day defaut. 

Richard Morrison, Pit: v/s John Garland, def': the def': 1 defaut. 

Richard Morrison, Pit: v/s Susanna Verplanck, deft: the def' 1. 
defaut. 

Richard Morrison, Pit: v/s W? Smith, deft: the deH: Remaineth 
for the second Court day defaut. 

John Sharp, Pit: v/s Immetie Volckersen, def': the def': Remaines 
the 2? Court day defaut. 

Ann Broadhead, Pit: v/s Reynier Vander Coele, def': In an act. of 
debt, this action to be tryed the next ensuing Court day. 

The Secret?' Nicolaes Bayard makinge Compl': that the fee W c - h is 
allowed for sellinge of goods at a Publicq outcry Will not satisfy the 
Losse w c - h he doth susteine by Receivinge & telling out of the Wampum & 
therefore desiered that the fee might be advanced, Whereuppon this Court 
made this followinge order. Whereas Complaint was made to this Court 
by our Secret?' Nicolaes Bayard that the fee of five p!" O W c . h was allowed 
him for the Selling of all goods, at a Publicq Sale or outcry, Would not 
Satisfy the Losse W c . h he doth Susteine by Receivinge & tellinge out of 
the monny of the s? Sales etz: Therefore Wee the Mayor & Aldermen 
of New York, doe order by these presents, that the s? Nicolaes Bayard 
shall bee allowed from henceforth off all goods, howses, Vessells, or Mar- 
chandizes that shal be sold Within this Citty or the Suburbs thereof, at a 
Publiq Sale or outcry, Videllez': of a House or Vessel or any other 
goods or Marchandizes that shall be sold in one parcel & not exceed the 
summe of fi. 500: shall be allowed for his fee eight of the hundred. But 
in Case it shall exceed the s? summe of fi. 500. there shall be allowed 5 
p' Cento & no more. 



120 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [i66| 

Tho: d' Laval Esq, Pit: v/s Reynier Vander Coele, def: It is 
ordered that W* this Case should be Suspended until the Next ensuinge 
Court day. 

Denys Isaacqsen, Pit: v/s Gerrit Cornelissen, deft: the deft: i 
default. 

Tho: Wandel, Pit: v/s John de Vries, deft: Uppon hearinge off 
both Paties this Court did order, that the deft: should deliver up the 
Pit? Boat to this Pit: besides the^o: 6: 8 W ch this Pit: Paid to this deft: 
W* Costs of Court. 

John Rider, Pit: v/s Reynier Vander Coele, deft: Uppon hearing 
off both Parties, this Court did order that the deft: should pay to this Pit: 
a halfe Bever, besides the Courts Charges W c . h this Pit: disboursed in this 
action at Esopus W* Cost of Suit. 

Reynier Vander Coele, Pit: v/s Balthaz' de haert, deft: It is this 
day ordered, that M T . Johannes de peyster & M' Isaacq Bedloo, should be 
Prysers of the goods W c . h this deft : hath in Pawne from Pit : & that the 
two mares of this Pit: at Bergen in New Garsie shal be Sold towards the 
Paiment of the debt W c . h this Pit: is Indebted to the deft. 

Allard Anthony, pltf. against Nicolaes Bayard, attorney of Augustine 
Herrmans, deft. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 319. 12 payable in tobacco 
at 6. stiv. the lb. according to obligation of Augustine Herrmans and ac- 
ceptance of deft., as his attorney. Deft, says, that according to note, he 
can pay the last day of this year A? 1667., when he doubts not, the 
tobacco will be ready. He demands some delay. The W. Court con- 
demns the deft, to pay the debt demanded, according to obligation on 
the last day of this year 1667. 

Tho: d' Laval, Pit: v/s Abram Keeling, Sam Smith, Tho: Barnes, 
John Heyter, Tho: Davis, Simon Joanes, Deff' s The Atturny of the 
Deff' 5 Richard Morrisson, desieres that the Pit: shal give a Coppy of the 
Several accompts of these deff ts The Pit: declares to be Willing to the 
Proposal of the s? Morrison for to deliver them Coppyes of their several 
accompts. 

Jan Jansen, Pit: v/s Jan Jansen de Vries, Deft: The def': 2 defaut. 
It is ordered that this Deft: shal be arrested to Court by a Writ. 

Capt" John Manninge, Pit: v/s Jacob Teunissen, defft: The deft. 
2 default. 



1668] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 121 

On this day the 12^ of March i66f did Reynier Van der Coele of 
Esopus appeare before the deputy Mayor, Tho: de Laval and Confessed 
a Judgem' to the use & behoofe of M' Balthazar de Haert, Marchant of 
New Yorck, to the summe of two thousand three hundred & fourty eight 
gild r - s to be paid Within the space of six months here at New Yorck With 
good Clean Winter Wheat at five gild" a Schippel as more at Large may 
appeare by a Instrument und' his owne hand. 

19. March, did Thomas martin of New Towne Confesse a Judgemt: 
to the use of Jan gerritsen d Vries, to the summe of fl. in. Wampum & 
Charges of Court. 

April the 7th, 1668. Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke. 
Present Thomas de Lauall, Esq', depty M. r ; M^ Oloff Stevensen, M x . Jo: 
Lawrence, M' Johan: depeyster, Mr Isaacq bedloo, Aldermen ; Capt" 
Jo: Manning, Sheriff. 

William Smith, Pit: v/s Charles Hadsall, deft: The Pit: declares 
that this deft: is Indebted unto this Pit: for Wages the summe of 20: lb 

s d 

08: 00: in Silver Coyne, & no other spetie accordinge to a bill under his 
hand, for W c . h Debt: this Pit: humbly Prayeth this Court Wil be Pleased 
to passe Judgemt: ag s . 1 this deft: W! 1 Cost of Suit. The Jury brought in 
their Verdict and found for the Pit: W th Cost of Suit. Uppon the 
Petition of the deft: this Worshippful Court Graunted an arrest of 
Judgemt: for three Court dayes. 

JURIES. 

Tho: hall, Form: Peter Winster, Christoffel hoogl', Gelyn Ver- 
planck, Gerrit V. Tright, Michiel Tadens, John Lawrence, Walraven 
Claerhout, Tho: Mayor, Dirck Van Clyff, John Cooly, Jo: damrill. 

Paulus Leendersen and Allard Anthony, pltfs. against Jan Bastiansen, 
deft. The arbitrators authorized by the W. Court on the 10* March last 
entering deliver their award, which is approved by Paulus Leenders" and 
Jan Bastiansen, but rejected by Allard Anthony, who declares, that he is 
much aggrieved and wronged by said award. The W. Court grant Allard 
Anthony postponement until next Court day to appeal from said award 
or to approve thereof. 

Tho: d'Lavall Esq', Pit: v/s Abram Keelinge, Sam: Smith, Tho* 
Barnes, John Heytor, Tho: Davis, Simon Joanes, Deft 5 ? in Several actions 



122 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1668 

of Debt. This Worshipp" Court (With the Consent of both Parties) have 
thought Fitt, & doe order that these several Causes should be determined 
by Way of Arbitration, and to that end they made Choize of M' Isaacq 
Bedloo Alderman & M' Johannes Van Brugh to be arbitrators, W? Full 
Pouwer & authority, that in Case the s"! arbitrat" see Cause, to make 
Choize of a third man to be umpire, W c . h said persons are to View & 
Examin the accompts, & to heare the debatts of the several Parties, and 
if possible to Compose & Decide the Differances and to make a true Re- 
turne of their Transactions the next ensuinge Court day. 

Patrik Hayes, Pit: v/s Samule Smith, deft: In an act" of debt to the 
summe of fl. no. seawant. This Worshipp" Court haveinge heard the 
debatts of both Parties, and the Testimony of M r . Crafford, doe decree 
that the deft: shal Pay to this Plantive the summe of fl. ioo W* Cost of 
sute. 

Patrik Hayes, Pit: v/s John hayton, deft: in an act" of debt to the 
summe of f. 12: 4 sewant. Uppon hearinge of both Parties, this Wor- 
shipp" Court did decree that the s^ def* should pay the s^ debt of fl. 12. 
4: sewant W* Cost of sute. 

Patrik Hayes, Pit: v/s Thomas Davis, deft: in an act" of debt to 
the summe of fl. 23: 12 sewant. This Worshipp" Court uppon hearinge 
of both parties did decree & order that this [Def'] should make payment 
of the s d . ft. 23: 12 Wampum W* Cost of suite. 

Patrik Hayes, Pit: v/s Simon Joanes, deft: In an act" of debt to 
the summe of f. 32: 2 Wampum. Uppon hearinge of both parties this 
Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree that the deft: should pay the s d summe of f. 
32. 2 seawant W* Cost of sute. 

Egbert Meyndertsen, pltf. v/s Thomas Verdon, deft. In this cause 
in question the W Court selects as arbitrators Sieur Paulus Leendertsen 
van de Grift and Fredrick Philips to make ocular inspection of the land 
and if possible to reconcile parties; if not to report to the W. Court. 

John Damrill, Pit: v/s Jacob Deumissen alias d'Looper, deft: The 
pit: declares that this deft: is Indebted unto him to ballance of accompts 
f. 34. Wampum for w c !* debt he Craves Judgem' ag s . 1 the s^ deft. The 
def' Confesses the debt, and prayeth for prolonging of the time of paym' 
This Worshipp" Court doe decree that the s* deH shall pay the s d - f. 34. 
Wampum Within the space of 5 Weekes W* Cost of suit. 



1668] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 123 

Thomas Eston, Pit: v/s Abram Keelinge, deft: in an act" of debt. 
The Worshipp" did order that With this Case should be suspended until 
the next ensuing Court day. 

Wessells, Pit: v/s Isaacqsen, deft: Uppon hearinge of 

both parties this Worshipp" Court have thought fitt, & do order that in 
Case the Pit: Mettie Wessells doe sweare that she lett out the howse in 
question, to this deft: no more but for one Yeare; that then this deft, 
shall Leave the s^ howse the first day of May next ensuinge, and pay 
Cost of suit. 

Marginal Note: On the 16* April has . . . taken the Oath at 
the hands of Mr. Olof Steven" Cortlant. 

John Sharp, Pit: v/s Immetie Volckers, deft. In an act" of Debt to 
the summe of f. 16 sewant. Uppon hearinge of both Parties this Wor- 
shipp 1 ! Court did decree & order that this deft: should make payment off 
the s d debt of f. 46. sewant W th Cost of suit. 

Capt" John Manninge, Pit: v/s Thomas ffrancen, Karman, deft: 
The Pit: presented to the Court that this deft: did demand & Receive 
more, for Kartinge of goods Within this Towne, then the Court doth 
allowe by their order bearinge date the 11* of June 1667. M' John Law- 
rence declared in this Case that the Def' made himself pay in fowre 
fraights five gild r - s more than his due. This Worshipp" Court doe Com- 
demne the deft: in a fine of fl. 12: — as alsoo to Restore the overplus of 
the monny he Received from M-- Laurence, and pay the Costs of Court. 
From the nomination of Overseers of Fences and Highways, the W. Court 
again elect as Overseers 

M^ Thomas Hall, 
ffocke Jansen, 
Gerrit Hendricx. 

Richard Morrison, P!' v/s Pieter Wolfersen, def' the def' 2? 
defaut. 

Richard Morrison, Pit: v/s John Garland, deft, the deft: 2 defaut. 

Richard Morrison, Pit: v/s Susanna Verplank, deft: the Deft: 2 
defaut. 

Richard Morrisson, Pit: v/s W 1 ? Smith, deft: the deft: 3. defaut. 

Mary Gosens, Pit: v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft, the deft: 1 
defaut. 



124 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1668 

Anna Smiths, Pit: v/s Dirck Van Clyff, deft, the Pit: i. defaut. 
Denys Isaacqsen, Pit: v/s Pieter Simkam, deft, the deft. i. defaut. 
Thomas Walton, Pit: v/s John Sharp, deft: the deft, i defaut. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New York this 28* of Aprill A? 1668. 
P r sent Capt Tho: d'Lauall, Depty May^; M' O' Stevensen, M^ Jo Law- 
rence, 1VP Jo de Peyster, M' Is Bedloo, Ald r men; Capt John Manninge, 
Sherif. 

Thomas Exton, P 1 ' v/s Abraham Keelinge, Def? The parties both 
defaut. 

Jan Ariaensen, Carpenter, P 1 ' v/s Reyntie Pieters, Dei? This Wor- 
shippful Court have thought fit and doe order that y* Cause should be 
determined by way of arbitration, and to that end, they made Choize of 
M' Johannes Van Brugh & Jeronimus Ebbing to be arbitrat", W c !* said 
persons in y^ p r sence of J. d'peyst^ are to View & Examain the accompts, 
and to heare the debatts of both parties, and if possible to Compose & 
decide the differance, and to make a true Returne of their Transactings 
the next ensuing Court day. 

Patrick hayes, Pit: v/s Thomas heming, deft: in an act" of debt to 
the Summe of fl. 88. Uppon hearing of both Parties this Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court, did decree and order, that this deft: should pay the s^ debt of fl. 
88. Sewant W th Cost of suit. 

Thomas Carr, Pit: v/s Thomas heming, deft: In an act" of debt to 
y* summe of fl. 50. This Worshipp" Court, haveing heard both p r ties, 
doe decree & order that this deft: shal pay the s d . debt of fl. 50 sewant, 
W* Cost of suit. 

Adriaen Van Laer, Pit: v/s Jurian Jansen Kuyper, deft: The pit: 
demands of this deft. fl. 250. Wampum, being for howse Rent, for W c . h the 
pit: Craved Judgem': of y e Court W* Cost of suit. The deft: Confessed 
the debt. This Worshipp 1 . 1 Court haveing heard both p r ties, did decree 
& order that this deft: should pay the s? debt With Cost of suite Within 
the space of Six Weekes after the date hereof, and further that the deft: 
shall Continue in the pit? howse for one yeare Longer, providd paeyinge 
the Rent every quarter of the Yeare, according to Contract. 

Richard Morris, Pit: v/s pieter Wolphersen, deft, the deft, 
defaut. 



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Richard Morris, pit: v/s Jn? Garland, deft, the Pit: desired a sus- 
pence of this action & the deft: Remained defaut. 

Richard Morris, pit: v/s Susanna Verplanck, deft: the deft: Re- 
mained default & the pit: desired a Suspence in this action. 

Richard Morris, Pit: v/s WT Smith, deft: the deft: Remained 
Defaut and this Plantive desired a Suspence in this action. 

Nicolaes Jansen Backer, Pit: v/s Gerrit Corneiissen, deft: the 
Parties defaut. 

Dirck Vander Clyff , Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: the deft: i. defaut. 

Mary Van Hoboocken, pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: the deft: i. 
defaut. 

Tryntie Jurraens, pit: v/s Tryn Van Campen, deft: both parties 
defaut. 

Allard Anthony, pltf. v/s Jan Bastiaensen, deft. Secretary Bayard 
reports, that the pltf. wishes to recall his action, as he is now resolved to 
approve the award dated 14* March past according to order of the W: 
Court dated 7* inst. and to perform his part. The W: Court order 
parties strictly to observe said award. 

Mr Evert Pieters appearing requests the W: Court to allow him some- 
thing for the service performed by him as Precentor to this date and also 
for the future. The W: Court promise to speak hereof to the Hon b . le 
Governor. 

28 April. Issued forth a Warrant of Execution against the Goods 
and Chattels of Charles Hattsal towards the satisfying of a Judgem' of 
Court, bearinge date y e 7* of April Last past at the suite of W? Smith. 

Att a Special Court held at New Yorck the 17^ of May 1668. 

P r sent Capt Tho: Willet, May!"; Capt Tho: de Laual, M 1 . O. Stevens, 
M' Jno Laurence, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Mr Johannes d'Peyster, Ald r men; 
Capt Jno Manning, Sherif. 

Johannes Luyck, pit: v/s Gabriel Thomsen, deft: The pit: demands 
of this deft: fl. 40. in Silver, for the Remainder of this deft? & his Sisters 
passage from holland. The deft: Replyes that he paid for fraigt of 
himselfe & his Sister fl. 120. in Silver, and saith further that he was 
agreed to pay 40. g 1( ? s more in Case he & his sister should be entertained, 
in the Cabbin, W c . h he hath not enjoyed, and therefore, saith that the s? fl. 



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120. is in payment of the ful passage. After some Depats, did both 
parties Mutually agree that this deft: should pay the pit: for the passage 
of him & his sister fl. 160. in Bevers: Provided that the pit: should restore 
to the deft: the s? fl. 120. in Silver Coyne. Whereuppon this Court did 
order that the Courts Charges should be paid Equally betwixt both 
parties. 

May the 19* 1668. At a May rs Court held at New Yorck. Present 
Capt Tho: Willet, Mayor; M T . O. Stevensen Cortlandt, M' Jo. Laurence, 
M' Jo dePeyster, Ald'men; Capt Jo: Manning, Sherif. 

John Adriaensen, pit: v/s Reyntie Pieters, deft: It is ordered that 
the arbitrat r . s the Last Court day appointed in this Case, should give in 
their award, the next ensuing Court day. 

Rich: Morris, Pit: v/s John Garland, deft: the pit: atturny 
moeved for a Suspence in this Case until the ensuing Court day. The 
Worshipful Court, allowed the same. 

Richard Morris, pit: v/s Susanna Verplanck, deft, the pit* atturny 
moeved for a Suspence until the next Court day and if allowed of by the 
Worshipp 1 . 1 Court. 

Richard Morris, Pit: v/s William Smith, deft: The Sherif declared 
that this action is taken up by the pit: 

Richard Morris, Pit: v/s Pieter Wolfersen, deft: the Pit: declares 
that this deft : is Indebted to this pit : the summe of eight Bevers, for W ch 
the s? pit: desired Judgeirt: of Court ag s .' the deft: W. h Cost of Court. 
The deft? atturny hendrick Obe, Confessed the debt and Replyes that he 
in the behalf e of the Deft: made profer of payment to the pit: but Was 
not accepted of by the pit: prays therefore that the Charges of Court 

to be paid by the Pit. This Worshipp 1 . 1 Court haveing heard the 

debatts of both Parties, did Decree & order that this Deft: should pay 
the debt W? Cost of Suite. 

Mary Gosens, Pit: v/s Jacob Teunissen Looper, Deft: the pit: 
Demand of this Deft: by Bill & account fl. 129. Wampum, W. h Cost of suit. 
Uppon hearing of both Parties, this Worship 1 . 1 Court did Decree & order 
that this deft: should pay the s? debt of fl. 129. With Cost of suite, de- 
ducting out of the same What he shall make appeare to have satisfyed 
uppon the s? acct: 

Dirck Von Clyf, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: the pit: Demands 



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of this Deft: fi: 76. hollants monney. the deft: Desired time, until the 
ensuing Court day to answer the s? demand, W c . h this Worship 1 . 1 Court did 
graunt him. 

Mary Van Hoboocken, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: The pit: 
desired that this deft: might be ordered by this Court, to deliver up an 
acct: of the goods sold by this deft: to the use of this Pit: of Tho: Bushil. 
The Deft: made Promise to deliver up the acct: the ensuing Court day. 

John Van Gelder, pit: v/s Jacob Teunissen Louoper, deft: the pit: 
Demands of this Deft: the summe of fl. 18. Wampum With Cost of suite. 
Uppon hearing of both Parties this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did order the Paym' 
thereof With Costs of Court. 

Laurens de Silla appearing in Court represents, that there is some 
difference of a/c between him and the hon b . le Mayor M' Thomas Willet 
and whereas he, the petit', is now about to depart for Holland, therefore 
he requests this W: Court to be pleased to appoint some persons to examine 
s d a/cs, so that the question may be disposed of by arbitration. The 
Mayor answers, that he can not wait at present as he is about to leave for 
New England. The W: Court order the cause to be suspended to the 
return of the Mayor. 

The petition of Huygh Barentsen being considered, which requests 
in substance, that he may be allowed to deduct the fl. 1357. 16. sewant, 
which he had lately found from his memorandum book to have paid to 
M- Balthazar d'Haert in diminution of the debt allowed said d'Haert ac- 
cording to judgment dated ... On question it is apostilled: — The 
petitioner having paid the fl. . . . in deduction of said judgment, 
his request regarding the fl. 1357. 16., w c . h he asks may stand good, shall 
then be sent to a jury. 

Tho : Berriman, P" v/s Mary Naylor, Def . The def' in defaut. 

Uppon the Complaint of Hendrick Willemsen, baker, made against 
Anneke Smiths. This Worshippful Court did order that the Sheriff should 
put the Judgem' and Order of this Court bearinge date the 24 Aprill A 
1666 for Execution, By ordering one of the Carpenters of this Citty to 
finish the Watercourse accordinge to the Tenure of the s? Order, W c . h 
beinge finished to seize uppon soo much of the good & effects of the said 
Anna Smiths, as shall satisfy the Charges of the s? Worke, together with 
the Courts Charges allowed by the Lawes of this Governing 



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23? May. This day Pieter Wesselsen, carman, was ordered to count 
some brick belonging to Huygh Barentsen de Kleyn and to cart the same 
from the house, heretofore occupied by s? Huygh Barentsen and to de- 
liver them to M T . Balthazar de Haert in part payment of his debt, and it 
is found as followeth: — 

1250 hard bricks consisting of whole, half and many pieces 
being used heretofore for the back of an oven and 

valued together in sewant @ f24. 

An old rotten bakers trough and some pieces of plank 

valued together @ 6. 



fl. 



30. 



June 2 d 1668. Att a May r . s Court held at New Yorke. Present 
M 1 . O. Stevensen Cortlant, Depty May^; Mr Jo Laurence, M r Jo de 
Peyster, Mr Isaacq Bedloo, Ald r men; Capt Jn° Manninge, Sherif. 

William Urgent, Pit: v/s Jn? Ashman, deft, in an act" of Disfama- 
tion. The Complayn': Declares that this Deft: hath reported uppon 
Longe Island, that this Pit: was a fugetive from Maryland Where he had 
bene a servant and that he Was Run away from his master, and that this 
pit? Wife, Was the Wife of his M r in Maryland etz: for W c . h Disfamation 
this pit: Craves Justice ag 5 .' the Deft: The Deft: Produced a Testimony 
from Corpor 1 . 1 Rosse Who declared that in April Last as he Came from 
Sevorne there came a hue & Crye after W™ Urgent, Who had Run away 
With another mans Wife, and that at Cant Island he had broken open a 
Chest and had stolen some golden Rings out of it: Whereuppon another 
Hue & Crye was sent after him, and that he deposant had Instruction 
from Capt" Collier & Capt" Tho: Howel Justices of the peace there, to 
apprehend the s? W™ Urgent. As alsoo a deposition of Tho: Adaniel, 
who declared that he heard of W? Urgent that the Govf: of after Cull 
married him by the way as he & his wife Came from Mariland. The PI': 
produced two Witnesses W* name Patrick hayes & Wander Wessels Who 
declared That they Knew the pit: to be a freeman & housekeeper in 
Maryland now bout 2 yeares and that this pit? present Wife, was a Serv': 
to this pit. This Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did order that this Case should Come 
to tryal this day a fourtnight, in the meane While the deft: is to give in 
security to answer the s? suit. 



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John Adriaensen, pit: v/s Reyntie Pieters, deft, the deft: Defaut. 
It is ordered that the Deft: should take out a Coppy of the Pit: Declara- 
tion, & answer to the same the next Ensuing Court day. 

Dirck Van d r . Clyf, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: the Deft: de- 
faut. It is ordered that the def': shal answer to this action the next 
Ensuing Court day. 

Marretie Van Hobooken, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: the Deft: 
Defaut. It is ordered, as in the aforestandinge Action. 

Tho: Berriman, pit: v/s Mary Nayler, deft: in an action of debt. 
Whereas the debt doth proceed from the deft? husband, and she beinge 
Sequestered as it is made appeare by M' Jn? Rider. This Worsh. Court 
doe therefore order that a Non Suite should be Entered ag s .' the Pit. 

Edward Shackleton, pit: v/s Jn? Barker, deft: in an act" of Debt: 
It is ordered that this pit: shal make appeare how the debt he pretends 
to be due unto him from the def?: was become to be due unto him. 
Whereas the pit: Contracted for the debt W* another man. 

Frans Jansen, pltf. v/s Johannes Verveelen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, three beavers and requests, that he may be allowed to receive 
them out of the sewant belonging to the deft, attached by him. The deft, 
admits the debt. The W: Court condemn the deft, to pay the debt, or in 
default thereof, the pltf. is allowed to take his pay out of said sewant at 
such price as shall be considered fair by impartial persons; with costs. 

Mettie Wessels, pltf. v/s Denys Isaacqsen, deft. The W: Court refer 
parties to Adolf Pietersen and Jan Hendricx van Bommel, who are hereby 
requested and authorized to inspect the work done by the deft, in pltfs. 
house, if the same can properly be brought by deft, in deduction of the 
rent, and if possible to reconcile parties; if not to report to this VV: Court. 

Jn° Sharp, pit: v/s W? Smith, deft: now in New England. The 
pit: declares that this Deft, is Indebted to this pit: fl. 500. Wampum and 
Whereas the deft: hath absented himself from this Towne, this pit: hath 
attached the goods of this deft: now in the hands of Patrick Hayes, de- 
siringe Judgem': ag st the same. This Court doe approve of y e arrest & 
order y 4 the same shal stand good, and order that the Sherif shal take the 
S? attached goods into his Custody. 

Capt" John Maninnge, Pit: v/s Denis Isaacqsen, deft: The pit: pre- 
sented to the Court that the deft: hath broken the peace of his Majesty in 

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assaulting & beatinge Hendrick Van Dyck & his Wife in their owne house 
etz. The Deft: Denyes the same. The Court ordered that this Case 
should be determined the next Court day, and ordered that the pit: should 
bring in his Wittnesses to Wit the s? Van Dyck & his Wife, W c . h are 
allowed to stand good As Wittnesses ag s .' the deft. 

Richard Morris, pit: v/s Jn? Garland, deft: the Pit: atturny Jn? 
Rider desired that the action should be taken up. 

Richard Morris, pit: v/s Susanna Verplanck, deft, the pit? atturny 
desired this Case to be taken up. 

Poulus Leendersen, pit: v/s Pieter Jacobs Marcelis, deft: both de- 
faut & agreed. 

Jacob Anthonissen, pit. v/s W™ Shackerly, deft, the deft: i. defaut. 

Mary Gosens, pit: v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft: the deft: Defaut. 

Tho: Exton, pit: v/s Abram Keeling, deft: the deft: defaut. 

The Court having read and considered the petition of Johannes Ver- 
veelen, ferryman, and the remaining inhabitants of New Haerlem, setting 
forth in substance and complaining, that the road by Spitenduyvel is used 
by travelers, whereby the fences there are thrown down and broken to 
the great injury of the Commonalty in general, whilst their cattle very 
often leap over them, but more especially to the prejudice of the Ferry- 
man; redress of which they request. The W: Court, after communica- 
tion with the Governour, order as follows: 

Whereas information is received by the W: Court, that among others 
also one John Barcker has passed with a great number of cattle and 
horses over the Spytenduyvel, Therefore the W: Court order that s? 
Barcker shall pay the ferry money of all horses and cattle conveyed by 
him over the Spytenduyvel, whilst the Ferry has been at Haerlem, which 
Ferry money the petition" shall employ for the repairs of the fences on 
Spytenduyvel aforesaid; And the Ferryman is in like manner expressly 
ordered and charged to finish the house and corall according to his en- 
gagement at the earliest opportunity, on such penalty, as the Court shall 
find proper. 

On this day, the 9^ of June 1668: Issued forth a Warr' of Execution 
ag st Thomas Davis Simon Joanes Samuel Smith & John Heytor for the 
fees of John Sharp atturny in the behalf e of the P" due to him by a 
Judgem* of this Court bearing date the 7* of April last past. 



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June the 9* 1668: Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorcke. 
Present Tho: de Laval Esq!, Mayor ; M' O Stevensen, M' Jno Lau- 
rence, M 1 . Jno d'Peyster, M 1 . Js. Bedloo, Ald r men; Capt Jno Manninge, 
Sherif. 

Jan Adriaenz, pltf. v/s Reyntie Pieters, deft. Deft, in default. 
The W: Court grant deft. 14 days time to come and defend himself. 

Dirck van Clyff, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. Pltf. as attorney of 
Arent Jans Moesman demands fl. 75 hollands from deft., with costs. 
The Wors: Court refer parties to Sieurs Johannes Verbrugh, old Alder- 
man and Jeronimus Ebbingh, who are hereby authorized to examine the 
a/cs and to reconcile parties, if it be possible; if not to report to the W: 
Court. 

Mary van Hoboocken, P 1 .' v/s Allard Anthony, def' It is ordered, 
that the P" should deliver Coppyes of the produced acc' s to the P 1 ' whoe 
is to bringe in hur objections ag 5 . 1 the same the ensuing Court day. 

Mettie Wessels, P 1 ' v/s Jno Garland, de£ The defend- is ordered 
to bringe in his Contra Ace' the Ensuinge Court day, or by Neglect 
thereof that Judgem' shal be Issued ag s ' him. 

Jan van Gelder, pltf. v/s Jacob Theunissen Looper, deft. In an 
action of defamation. Parties having been heard by the W: Court etz. 
they condemn the deft, to pay the fl. 18. zeawant in question with costs 
and in case the deft, directly or indirectly shall calumniate the pltf., he 
shall then be fined in a penalty of fl. 100 zewant for the Poor. 

Mary Gerritsen, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 31. 14. with costs. The W: Court having heard parties, 
condemn the deft, to pay the pltf. fl. 17. 10. sewant with costs. 

Niclis Eads, Pit: v/s Josyn Verhagen, deft: in an act: of debt. 
Uppon hearinge of both p'ties the Court did decree that in Case Deft. 
did not redeliver to the pit: the Stockins W c . h the pit: left in hur Custodie, 
that she should make good & pay for the same fl. 20 Zewanp W. h Cost 
of Suit. 

Patricke Hayes, Pit: & William Merrit v/s Charles hadsal, deft' in 
an act. on the Case. This Court uppon hearinge of both p'ties, did 
decree & order that the Deft: shall give the Pit: a new & authentique 
Obligation for the 14 lb Sterl: assigned ouer to these p 1 ' by W? Smith as 
alsoo to put in sufficient security for the Payment thereof here at New 



132 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1668 

Yorcke Within the space of one Yeare & Six Weekes next Ensuing the 
date hereof. 

Edmond Withings, pit: v/s Tho: Rosse, deft: The pit: Remained 
absent. 

Mr. Thomas de Laval reports, that some difference of accts. exists 
between him and the laborers at the Weigh-Scales of this City regarding 
their wages in carrying grain and piling deals and he complains, that 
because he will not accede to their wishes, but says he'll refer it to the 
Court, the Weighhouse laborers have refused to carry corn for his servant 
Joost Goderis. The porters of the Weigh house entering excuse them- 
selves, that they had not so refused. The W: Court having heard the 
arguments of parties, decree that M' Laval shall pay for carrying his grain 
one stiv' per skepel zeaw* What regards the fi. 312 zewant for 104 days 
labor of Joost Goderis brought in, the aforesaid labourers are nonsuited 
therein and they are hereby allowed to collect from henceforth and 
receive as follows: — 

For carrying each skepel of grain two 

stories high in zeawant 1 stiver 

For one story high three farthings 

For carrying and piling one plank in seawant 1 stiver 

For merely piling half a stiver 

John Rider, Pit: v/s John Garland, deft: in an act. Disfamation. 
The Complain' declares that this deft: on Last night came at this pit? 
howse, and Called this pit: hoore & Burthens hoore, & when this pit? 
Wife Would oppose him, this deft: did strike his pit? Wife in hur owne 
howse, Wherefore this pit: desiered Justice ag 5 . 4 the deft. John Risbel 
beinge Sworne in Court declares that he was present yf the deft : called 
the pit? Wife hoore and Kickt hur in hur owne howse. M' Wilkes de- 
clares Likewise the same. The def- Replyes that he was in drinke and 
Knew not that he had done any such thinge and that he was verry Sorrow 
for it, praying that this his fault might be pardoned him. Uppon hear- 
inge of both Parties this Worshipf" Court did order that this def- should 
be bound ouer to answer to this Action at Next Ensuing Court of Azzizes, 
and in the meanewhile to give in good Security for his good behaviour. 
Jacob Anthonis, P 1 ' v/s William Shackerley, def' both Parties 
defaut. 



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Mary Goosens, P 1 .' v/s Lodevvyck Post, def? the def? i defaut. 
Adolf Pieters, P 1 ' v/s Antony Jans, Def. both parties defaut. 
Josyn Verhagen, P 1 .' v/s Lodowyck Post, def? the def- i defaut. 
Nicolaes Stilwel, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Hall, def? the def? i. defaut. 

June the i6'. h A°. 1668. Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck. 
P'sent Thomas deLaval Esq, Depty May?; M? Olof Stevenzen, M? Jno 
Laurence, M? Jno de Peyster, M? Js. Bedloo, Ald r men; Capt Jno. Man- 
ninge, Sherif. 

Jan Ariaensen, pltf. v/s Reyntie Pieters, deft. Deft, absent. 

Nicolaes Stilwel, pltf. v/s Thomas Hall, deft. The deft. 2I default. 

Mary van Hoboocken, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. Deft, in de- 
fault. The Sec 5 : delivering in the defts. a/c, the W: Court orders, that 
the pltf. shall bring in her objections at the next Court day. 

Mettie Wessels, pltf. v/s Jno. Garland, deft. The deft, declares 
that he is agreed with the pltf. 

Isaacq van Tright, pltf. v/s Gelyn Verplanck, deft. Pltf. says, he sold 
deft, parcel of Osnaburgh linen @ 20 ells for one good, whole, strong 
Albany beaver and complains, that the deft, has paid him in poor South- 
ern beavers. He demands fulfillment of his contract. Deft, denies, that 
it was for good beavers, but says that his agreement was that the pltf. 
should first come to see the beavers, if they pleased him, which he had 
also done and when he had thrown out some of the pack, he received to 
the amount of 50 beavers and after the receipt of the beavers, delivered 
the linen in like manner to the deft. The jury brought in their verdict to 
Court and find the defts. case to be just, therefore the pltf. ought to pay 
the costs of Court. The W. Court order, that judgem? shall be inscribed 
according to the afores? verdict and condemn the pltf. in the costs of the 
W: Court. 

Harmen Barentsen, pltf. v/s Anthony Jans, deft. Deft, in default. 

Jacob deLooper, pltf. v/s Mary Goosens, deft. Ordered, that copy 
of the pltfs. declaration shall be granted to the deft, to answer thereunto 
at the next Court day. 

Robbert Coe, P u v/s Roelof de Slaughter (the butcher), def? The 
P 1 . 1 demands from this deft: fl. 47. Wampum, accordinge to the Remn? of 
his bill. The deft: Replyes that he paid the pit: by Egbert Myndersen. 



134 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1668 

The Court did decree & order that in Case Egbert Myndersen could not 
proeve the paym* of the s d fl. 47. to the pit: that then this deft: shal pay 
the debt W* Cost. 

Tho: DeLaval, pit: v/s Susanna Verplanck, deft: the pit: in the 
behalfe of his honn' the Govern' declares that this deft: is Indebted to 
the Govern? for Wine sold to hur out of the privateers Cargo fl. 1300. 
The deft: Replyed that she bought the Wine from Abram Keeling, one 
of the privateers & to him & his order she Likewise paid for the same. 
The Court, ordered a Suspence in this act" for this Court day. 

John Sharp, pit: v/s Richard Morris, def-: The pit: declares that 
the Deft: is Indebted unto him fl. 117. 2. Wampum, beinge for his fees 
etz. as appeares by acct: for Several Cases Wherein he pleaded as atturny, 
and obtained Judgem' 5 ag s .' the persons W* Cost of suit, for W ! 1 persons 
this deft: Was Baile and Whereas this pit: hath obtained Execution ag" 
the s d persons, & the Writ being Returned non est inventus, therefore 
this pit: bringeth his Suite ag 5 .' the deft: as baile of the s d Persons for the 
s d debt With Cost of Suite. Uppon hearinge of both parties this Wor- 
shippful Court did order that this deft: should pay & satisfy the acct: of 
the pit: to y e Summe of fl. 117. 2. Wampum, into the hands of the Sherif, 
Who is to deliver the same either to the pit: or to whorae it properly 
belongs, W* Cost of suite. 

Roelof de Slaghter, pltf. v/s Egbert Mynders, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 47 zewant, which the deft, was bound to pay Robbert Coo 
for pltf. Deft, admits the debt; he has already paid it. The W: Court 
condemn the deft, to pay s d pltf. fl. 47, or otherwise to prove that he paid 
it to Coo ; with costs. 

Uppon the Petition of Anthony Snooke, Rich? Wood, Jermey Gyllet 
& Edw d Huttson the Court Replyes— That the s d Petit" shall carry all the 
Come Salt Plancx or deeles Imported or Exported in or out this Citty, 
provided always that it shal be Lawful for the Inhabitants to Carry their 
owne Corne etz. or to have it carried by their owne Servants, & not Else, 
for Carrying of w ch Corne etz these Petition" are to Receive Such 
Sallary as shal be allowed them by this Court. 

In the stead of the s d Persons the Govern!" hath Establisht — Roger 
Purchase, William Coleert, Edward Hudson, Anthony Snooke. 

On this day It is ordered by the Worsh: Court that the hull of the 



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vessel Called the Cedar frigot, should be praized by Indifferent persons, 
and to that end they made Choize of M' Sunderland, M' philip Johns, 
Lammert Mol & Jan Ariaensen who are to praize the hull of y e s? Vessel 
Now laid up before y e Port & to make a Returne thereof to this Court. 

Followeth the Coppy of the s? Prayzers Returne: Wee underwritten 
accordinge to the Within order have appraysed the Cedar ffrigot, and Do 
Vallew hur at the just rate & prize of thirty three pounds of Currant 
monny of New England or the true Vallue of it, as attest o' hands this 
18* of June 1668:— (Signed) 

Lammert Moll, 
Jan Adriaensen, 
Jn? Sunderland, 
philip Johns. 
Balthasaer de haert, Pit: v/s Richard Morris, deft: the Pit: de- 
clares that this deft: engageth himselfe Vive Voce in the behalfe of 
George Dennis, to free this pit: from paying any Custome, for a parcel 
of sugar by the s? Dennis delivered to this pit: and whereas this deft: in- 
tends for barbados, this pit: humbly prayes that the s? Engagemu: shal be 
made good. The deft: ownes that he Engageth himselfe as afores?: that 
he should proeve that the s? Sugar Was not to pay Custome, or otherwize 
he engaged him for the same, for W c . h he proffers as yet to give in good 
Security. The Court ordered that this Def? should give in good security 
accordinge to his Engagem' before his departure from this port. 

The Serg': Pieter Schaefbanck appearinge in Court maketh oath that 
he accordinge to this Worship 1 . 1 Courts order made Enquiry in this 
Towne, after Gabriel Thomsen, but can not be found in Towne. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New York the 23* day of June A? 1668. 
P r sent M' Olove Stevenz, Depty May'; M' Jno Laurence, W. Jno de 
Peyster, M r . Isaacq Bedloo; Capt" Jno. Manninge, Sherif. 

Jan Adriaenz, Pit: v/s Reyntie pieters, Deft: The Pit: declares 
that the Deft: is Indebted to him, for monney goods & Worke done, on 
the deft? sloope to the summe of fi. 410:2 Bevers & fl. 38: 8. sewant. The 
Court doth order the Pit: to bringe in his booke the next Court day, 
and the def' may have Coppyes of the accounts in y e meane time, and 
a Jury to be Impanneld to goe out uppon the s? Cause, and the deft: 



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must personally appeare the next Court, or Leave an atturny then to 
determine the s? question. 

John Marshal, pit: v/s Anthony Jansen, deft: The pit: declares 
that y e De£: is in his debt for goods 125 plankes. The deft: Remained 
the first Court day defaut. 

Martin Hofman, Pit: v/s Lukas Dirckz, deft: the pit: declareth 
that the deft: is in his debt for goods & by a perticular obligation the 
summe of fi. 793. 16 Sewant beinge the ballance of accounts between y™. 
The Court doth order Lourens Vander spiegel & ffredrick philips to arbi- 
trate y e s? differance & to bringe in their Report thereof the next Court 
day. 

Jacob Varrevanger, Pit: v/s Lodowyck post, deft: the pit: De- 
clareth that he hath Judgem': ag 5 .' the deft. & desiereth that the deft: 
may come before y e Court & owne y e debt. The C ut order the deft: next 
Court to appeare. 

Jacob Varrevanger, Pit: v/s Josyn Verhagen, deft: The pit: de- 
clareth y e deft: is fl. 18. Zew': in his debt, the Court doth order the 
deft: to pay the s? fl. 18. sewant W* Cost in 4 dayes. 

Mary Carret, pit: v/s Tho: Louel, deft: The Pit: brought in an 
obligation for 12^ Beavers y e deft: owed hur, and haveinge heard of a 
horse of the deft?, attached the same, and prayeth Condemnat" The 
Pit: produced two Witnesses Who attested that Jn? Barcker said he had a 
horse to sel for the deft: and the s? barcker Ownes he Was to sel the horse 
to the best advantage of Lovel. The Court do Order y e horse shal Con- 
tinue under the attachm*: and that Lovel shal have Notice given him to 
appeare the next Court ^day, otherwise the Court Will passe on to Con- 
demnation. 

Robbert Ceely, pit: v/s Jan de Caeper, deft: The Pit: declares y e 

s d 

deft: is Indebted to him for his Survegh of his Land 14: 6 good pay. 
The Court doth order the deft: to pay the pit: in 8 dayes W* Cost. 

Whereas Grietie Gerritsen, late widow of Pieter Schoorsteenveger 
(Chimney sweeper) has come to die leaving many outstanding and in- 
coming debts, the W: Court therefore nominate and elect as curators of 
the said estate, Sieurs Cornelis Steenwyck and Cornells Clopper, who are 
authorized to take the said estate under benefit of inventory and to regu- 
late and administer it for the benefit of the creditors. 



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Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke June the 30I 1 A? 1668. 
Present M* Oloff Stevensen Cortlant, Depty Mayf; M' John Laurence, 
Mr Johannes de Peyster, Mr Isaacq Bedloo, Aldermen; M' Jno Man- 
ninge, Sherif. 

John Adriaensen, Pit. v/s Reyntie Pieters, deft: The Pit: Declareth 
that the Deft: is Indebted to him for monney, goods & Worke done to 
the deft 5 Sloope the Summe of fl. 754: 15 in Bevers & fl. 38: 8. in Wam- 
pum, for W c !* the Pit: prayeth Condemnation W* Cost of suit. The 
Deft: Produced a Contra account. The Jury brought in their Verdict 
& found for the deft: that the Pit: Was Indebted by ballance of the si 
acct: the summe of fl. 249: 5. in Bevers W* Cost of Court. The Worshipp- 
ful Court ordered that Judgem': should be Entred accordingly and 
ordered the Pit: to pay the si fl. 249: 5. to the deft: W? Cost of Court, 
Provided that the 12^ Bevers Was Really paid by him to the Comp* for 
the acct: of this Pit: 

JURY. 

Timotheus Gabrie, Fredrick philips, Pieter Winster, Gerrit Van 
Tright, Walraven Claerhout, Nicolaes Meyer, Isaacq de Foreest, Simon 
Romeyn, Guilliam Dhoneur, Claes Jansen, Lourens Silla, Claes Bor- 
dingh. 

Jan van Bommel declares on oath, that Jan Adriaensen took and 
received at his house about the year 1657: 92^ beavers to wit, 90 beavers 
of Reyntie Pieters and 2^ of Lourens Lourensen. 

Marten Hoffman, pltf. v/s Luycas Dircksen, deft. Both in default. 

Mary Carret, Pit: v/s Thomas Lovel, deft: The pit: Declareth that 
this deft: is Indebted to hur 12^ Bever, for W? she prayeth Condemned 
against the deft 5 horse by this pit: attached in the hands of Jnl Barcker 
W* Cost of suite. The Sherif alledged to the Court that Jn° Backer de- 
clared to him that the si Louel owned the si debt & desired that the s d . 
horse should be sold towards the payment thereof. This Worshippful 
Court Did Condemne the si horse towards the Satisfying of the si Debt 
W* Cost of suite, & ordered the Sherif to make Sale thereof. 

Jn° Marshal, pit: v/s Anthony Jansen, deft: In an act" of debt to 
the Summe of 225 plankes. Uppon hearinge of both Parties, this Wor- 
ship" Court did Decree that this deft: should make payment of the s? 
Plankes Within the space of Eight dayes, W* Cost of Court. 



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Balthaz r De haert, Pit: v/s Hendrick Janz Baker, deft: In an act" 
of debt to y* sume of fl. 815. Uppon the deft* desire the Court allowed 
him time to answer this act" at the ensuing Court. 

Fredrick Philips and Hendrick Kip, the elder, are hereby required 
and authorized to inspect the watercourse of Anna Smit's lot, in the 
presence of the h* Sheriff to see, whether the same is properly constructed 
according to custom. 

Roger Purchase, W? Collert, Edward Hudson & Anthony Snooke, 
have on this day taken oath that they shal behave themselfes faithfully in 
Working & Carreing of Come, Salt, & Planckes for the Inhabitants of 
this Towne, uppon such Sallary as shal be allowed them by this Court. 

Coeraet ten Eyck and Boele Roelofsen appearing request, they may 
be paid in their capacity as guardians of the orphan child of Aeltie 
Richers the money by them lent on interest to the City, alleging that they 
have no other means to maintain said orphan child. The W: Court 
promise to speak to the Governor thereupon. 

Jacob de Looper, pltf. v/s Mary Goosens, deft. Pltf. says, that re- 
siding in Albany in the house of the deft., which he hired of her, he is 
ejected from the house by the deft., whereby the pltf. has suffered great 
damage. Therefore he maintains, he is not indebted to the deft, and 
demands the annulling of the judgment, which the deft, obtained against 
him dated 19^ May ultimo, etz. The W: Court having heard parties, 
still persist by their previous judgment dated the 19 th May last. 

Anthony Jansen, Pit: v/s Thomas Joanes, deft: the deft: 1. defaut. 

Mary Van Hobooken, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: both parties 
defaut. 

Warnaer Wessels, Pit: v/s Pieter Wolfersen, deft: the deft: 1. defaut. 

Mary Gosens, Pit: v/s Lodewyck Post, deft: the deft: 2. defaut. 

W? Meritt, Pit: v/s Jn° Cooly, deft: 

Att a May r . s Court held at New York July the 7 th 1668. Present 
Capt Thomas Willet, May r ; M' Olove Stevensen, M' Jo: Lawrence, M? 
Jno de Peyster, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Ald r men; Capt. Jno. Manning, 
Sherif. 

Fredrik Philipsen, Johannes deWit & Guilliam de Honeur Inhabi- 
tants of this place, Presented to this Worshipp 11 Court, that they Where 



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Informed that the Inhabitants of Albany Would Sollicite to the Govern' 
that none but the Inhabitants of that place should trade there With the 
Indians, Contrarie to the previledges heretofore Enjoyed by the Inhabi- 
tants of this Place, and therefore Desired that this Worshipful Court 
Would give their advice to the Govern 1 : about it. 

This Worshippful Court, do Judge that the prohibition of the s d - 
trade should be very prejudicial to the Inhabitants of this Country in 
general, and y* therefore the priviledge of a free Trade there, ought not 
to be prohibited; Whereas those of Albany have the same priveledge of 
Trading here & else Where as any of the Inhabitants themselves doe enjoy. 
Capt" Jn° Manning, Pit: v/s Mattys & Jacob de haert, deft' the 
pit: declareth that the deft' one Sabbath day Last a Sennit Where found 
Cutting of Wood on the Sabbath in the Woods Contrary to Lawes of 
God & man. The Court ordered the Pit: Next Court to bring proeve. 

Anthony Janz, Pit: v/s Robbert Joanes, Def': The pit: declareth 
that the deft: is Indebted unto him fl. 122: 14. in Wampum for W* he 
prayeth Condemnation W th Cost. Uppon hearing of both Parties, this 
Worshipp 1 ! Court doe Condemne & order the deft: to make payment of 
the s? fl. 122: 14. Wampum in 14 dayes time W* Cost of Sute. 

Mary Gosens, pit. against Lodowyck Post, def. Def ts . 3^ defaut. 
Pit. says, that def. owes her fl. 69. 14. according to a/c in zewant and 
requests condemnation with costs. The Marshal declares, that the def' 
admitted the debt in his presence. The W: Court condemn def' to 
satisfy and pay the p" within the time of 14 days, with costs on pain of 
execution. 

Abel Hardenbroecx wife, pltf. v/s Lourens Hoist, deft. Pltf. com- 
plains, that the deft, being her servant, is behaving very stubbornly in her 
husbands absence and will not attend to his work in taking care of the 
tan pits. She demands, that the W. Court will constrain him thereto. 
The deft, says, he cannot remain in the house, because the pltf. always 
raves and scolds so. However he promises to do the work until his 
masters return. 

Allard Anthony is ordered to deliver over by the Next Court day 
Theunis Cray's a/c for board disbursed to the prisoners. 

Mr. Petrus Stuyvesant, pltf. v/s Paulus Richard, deft. Pltf. says, 
that in the year 1664 he sold to the deft, two negroes for the sum of fl. 



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600. Hollands payable at Amsterdam to Johan Babtista van Renselaer as 
attorney of Olof Stevens Cortlant for payment of which sum he, the deft., 
assigned the abovenamed Renselaer to Sieur Richl Barry, merchant at 
Amsterdam, but 'twas not paid by said Barry, but sent back protested; 
he therefore demands payment or restitution of the aforesaid negroes 
besides costs and damages suffered by non-payment. Deft, denies an 
assigning but that he drew a bill of exchange on Robbert Barry, to whom 
the money was remitted by his father from France; and as regards the 
protest, whereas the exchange was accepted on 15* April 1665, and was 
not protested till the 6* June 1665, being a bill payable one month after 
sight, therefore, according to the law of exchange the protest was made 
too late. The pltf. demands 6 @ 8 months time to prove meanwhile be 
the declarations of Burgomasters, that the bill was protested in due 
season. The W: Court decrees and orders at pltf's request, that the pltf. 
or Johan Babtista van Renselaer shall prove within 8 months time, that 
the said protest was duly made according to the law of exchange at Am- 
sterdam; or in default thereof to seek his redress on the acceptor Robbert 
Barry aforesaid. 

Francois Rombouts, pltf. v/s Balthazar d'Haert, deft. Pltf. says, he 
sold some time ago to the deft, a parcel of rye @ 4 gild" and 10 stiv the 
skepel, producing his book wherein the same is entered in confirmation 
thereof. The deft, admits the trade, but says, he did not agree for more 
than fl. 4: 7! the skepel etc. The W: Court decree, that the pltfs. book 
must stand before the defts. assertion and therefore condemn the deft, 
to pay fl. 4: 10 for each skepel with costs. 

In the matter in question between Mettie Wessels on the one side 
and Warnaer Wessels on the other side in a case of a/c, the W: Court 
elected as arbitrators Christoffel Hooghlant and Gelyn Verplanck, who 
are hereby requested to examine the a/cs of parties and if possible settle 
them and reconcile parties; and the Marshal is specially ordered and 
charged to notify the above named Warnaer to come and make up and 
settle said a/c with the aforesaid Mettie in presence of said gentlemen. 

It is this day ordered that the goods of W™ Smith by Jno Sharp at- 
tached and now in the hands of the Sherif should be sould towards satis- 
faction of a Judgem' Past by this Court ag s .' the said Smith at the suit of 
the s? Sharp bearinge date the 2? of June Last past. 



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Lourens de Silla entering requests, that the W: Court will please to 
approve the award made by Mr John Lawrence and Mr Johannes de Pey- 
ster as arbitrators invited thereto and delivered, between Mr Mayor 
Thomas Willet and him the applicant. The W: Mayor declares to con- 
form to the said decision and orders Mr John Lawrens in his absence to 
satisfy and pay the abovenamed Lourens de Sille according to the tenor 
of the said award. 

It is this day Ordered by the W: Court on the complaint of the 
Sheriff, that Sieur Francois Rombouts shall issue execution on the goods 
of Francois Younge condemned in his behalf on the 6* Aug 5 .' last. 

Herry Nuton is this day allowed for salary fl. ioo. sewant pr annum, 
beginning on the commencement of his service. 

It is this day resolved by the W: Court, to farm out the Burgher ex- 
cise of wine and beer and of the butchering within this City, and the Sec- 
retary is ordered to announce the same by notices. 

Mr Isaacq Bedloo, P 1 ' v/s MF Young of Bermuda, deff The P". 
declareth that the def' sold him 400 of Kinck homes or Shells for w c . h this 
P 1 .' was to pay him as much as the def- could sell them for, to any other 
Man. Uppon hearing of both parties this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did order 
that this def' should Performe his Bargaine in delivering the s? 400 homes 
or Shells to the P 1 .' at the same price he sould them to Fredrick Philips. 

On complaint of Sieur Dirck van Clyff Mr Allard Antony is hereby 
strictly ordered and commanded to hand over within the time of twice 24 
hours after notice hereof, to the appointed arbitrators the exceptions, 
which he pretends to have ag 5 -' the applicants a/c, on pain of nonsuit. 

Balthazar d'Haert, pltf. v/s Hendrick de Backer, Junior, deft. 
Deft, is ordered to answer pltfs. demand on the next Court day. 

Ariaen van Laer, pltf. v/s Hendrick van de Water, deft. Deft, in 
default. 

Susanna Verplanck, pit. ag 5 .' Tho: Taylor, def'. The deft. 1 defaut. 

Simon Romeyn, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. says, they 
are agreed. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck this 4* of August A? 1668. 
Capt. Thomas Willet, Mayor ; Mr Olof Stevensen Cortlant, Mr Jno Law- 
rence, Mr Johannes de Peyster, Mr Isaacq Bedloo, Ald'Men. 



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Balthazf De Haert, Pit: v/s Hendrick Van Vueren, Deft: in an 
act" of Debt to the Summe of fi. 815: 10. in Wampum. Uppon the re- 
quest of the deft: this Worshippful Court did order that some Indifferent 
persons should View the Bookes of the Pit: & Examin wether the s? 
Bookes doe agree With the produced bond of fl. 815: 10. And to that 
end this Court made Choize of M' Christ! Hooghlant & M 1 . Gerrit Van 
Tright, who are to make a returne thereof the ensuing Court day. 

Capt" John Manninge, Sherif, Pit: v/s Anna Coex, Deft: The pit: 
presented to this Court that the deft: had sold Rom to the Indians Con- 
trary to Law. This Worshippful Court haveing heard both parties, & the 
Witnesses produced by the pit: did Decree that the deft: should pay a 
fine of five pounds Sterlinge, With Cost of suite accord? to Lawe. 

Johannes Withart, pltf. v/s Jacob Vis, deft. About difference of a/c 
and debt. The W: Court refer parties to Sieurs Johannes van Brugh and 
Christoffel Hooghlandt, who are requested and authorized to examine a/cs 
and to reconcile parties by form of arbitration if possible. If not to report 
their proceedings to the W Court. 

Lourens Hoist, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. . . . payment of wages, with costs. Deft, complains, 
that pltf. did not perform his duty as he was bound to do, but designedly 
injured him to the amount of fl. 500 in neglecting the tan vats. Pltf. 
requests, that some persons may be appointed, who understand the vats, 
to inspect them. The W: Court authorize M' Coenraet Ten Eyck and 
Carsten Luersen to inspect and report to the Court on the next Court 
day, what damage the deft, may have suffered in the said tan vats by 
reason of the pltfs. neglect. 

On the humble petition of Mary Polet, widow of Mattheus de Vos, re- 
questing, that some persons may be appointed by this W. Court as cura- 
tors of the estate left by the abovenamed de Vos, there are nominated 
and elected by us, the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of New York 
Sieurs Hendrick Coustrie, Christoffel Hooghlant and Carsten Luersen, 
who are hereby required and authorized to inventory the estate left by 
the abovenamed de Vos, and to administer it to the advantage of the 
general creditors, as is proper. 

On the complaint of Sieur Francois Rombouts, that M 1 . Balthazar de 
Haert is still in default to fulfil the judgment of the Court dated 7 July 



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past, It is by the W: Court ordered, that Mr Balthazar de Haert shall 
satisfy and pay for the rye to the amount of 137^ skepels according to s? 
judgment within three times 24 hours. 

John Laurensen, P" v/s Thomas Barnes, Def- Copy of the P 1 ' 3 dec- 
laration to be graunted to the def'. 

Capt" Jn? Manninge, pit: v/s Johem Schoeyster, deft: The Pit: pre- 
sented to this Court that the deft: had sold Drinck to the Indians. The 
deft: Denyeth the same. This Worshipful Court Can not find the deft: 
to be Guilty & therefore they doe Cleare him for this time. 

Styntie Hattems, Pit: v/s Anna Koex, deft: in an action of debt. 
The Pit: is Ordered to prove the Debt the ensuing Court day. 

De Siampan, pit: v/s Anna Marlin & the Wife of Adrian Vincent, 
def' s in an act. of Assuault & Battery. Uppon hearing of both parties, 
the Court can not find that the def 1 ? are in faut. 

Whereas Thomas de Laval Esq. & Jonas Bartelsen did referre to vs 
the May- and AldEmen of New-Yorck, to Determine by way of arbitra- 
tion a differance rissen betweene the s? parties, Concerning three Years 
& one Moneth Salary of the s? Jonas for attending the Wheighouse & 
Collecting the money to the use of the Govf Uppon hearing of both par- 
ties We doe Award the Mr De Laval shal allow the s? Jonas for his Sallary 
during the s? time fl. 1500. Zewant With this proviso — that Jonas Bartel- 
sen shal take the debts by him brought in acct: in part of payment. 

Sara Bridges, pit: v/s Nicasius D'Silla & his Wife, deft? the def- s 
1 defauts. 

John Lawressen, Pit: v/s Thomas Barnes, deft: It is ordered that 
the def': shal take our Coppy of the pit? declarat" & bring his answer to 
it the next Court day. 

Ariaen Van Laer, Pit: v/s Hendrick Van de Water, deft: the de£: 
2. defaut. 

Mr Thorns, Pit: v/s Peter Simons, deft: the deft: & pit: both 
defaut. 

Joh s Spiegelaer, Pit: v/s Abram Carpyn, deft: the deft: 1 defaut. 

John Sharp, Pit: v/s Reynier Rycken, deft: the deft: 1. defaut. 

Elsie Jansen, Pit: v/s Tho: Berriman, deft: the deft: 1 defaut. 

Anthony de Milt, Pit: v/s Lodowyck Post, deft: the deft: 1 defaut. 

Susanna Verplanck, pit: v/s Tho: Tyler, deft: the deft: defaut. 



144 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1668 

August the 17* A? 1668. Att a Mayors Court held at New York. 
Present M' Cornells Steenwyck, Mayor; Mr Ralph Whitfield, Capt. Mat- 
thias Nicolls, M' Isaacq Bedloo, M T . Francois Boon, Mr Christoffel Hoogh- 
lant, Aldermen ; Capt J n .° Manning, Sherif. 

It was this day Resovled by this Worshipp" Court, that the Townes 
men of New Yorke should be Listed & Devided in two bands Military, 
and to appeare in Armes uppon the Departure of the Right Honn b . Ie 
Govern: Richard Nicolls; and to that end this Court (W'. h the advice of 
his honn^ the Governf) made Choice of the following persons, for officers 
of the s? Companies to Wite — 

for Captain for Lef tenant for Ensignes 

Marten Kregier & Govert Loocquermans Stephen van Cortlant 

Johannes van Brugh Jacob Kipp Daniel d'Houdecourt. 

This Worshipful Court did on this day Order that Hendrick Obe, 
farmer of the Burger Excys should give in Security for the s? Excys, ac- 
cordinge to the Tenn!" of the Conditions, uppon W c . h the Exys was Let 
out unto him. 

Sept r 4 th 1668. Att a Mayors Court held at New York. Present Mf 
Cornells Steenwyke, Mayor; W. Ralph Whitfield, Capt. Matthias Nicolls, 
M' Isaacq Bedloo, W- Francois Boon, M T . Christoffel Hooghlant, Alder- 
men; Capt Jno. Manninge, Sheriff e. 

On this day received from his Honn' the Govern!" Coll: Fra: Lovelaice 
a Warrant, Directed to the Mayor for the Publishing of a day of humiliation 
to be held in this Citty on Tuesday Next ensuing being the 8* of this Instant 
month of Septb-, and was Published and fixed up at the Usual places. 

Whereas the Late Overzeers of Orphans or Weesmasters have served 
out their time and it being Necessary that in their roomes some other fit 
persons should be appointed, We the Mayor & AldEmen of New Yorcke 
have made Choize of M T . Poulus Leendersen Van de Grift, M. 1 - Johannes 
Van Brugh & Johannes De Peyster to be Weesmasters for one whole 
Yeare Commencing from the date hereof & Expiringe the 4* day of Sep- 
tembr A? 1669: And the Late Weesmasters are hereby required to De- 
liver up unto the s? persons, all the Estate of Orphans now remaining in 
their Custodie; Dated as aboves? 

On this day this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court made Choize of M r Corn: Van 



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Ruyven & Ffredrick philips to be Church- Wardens or Kerkmasters for 
one Whole Yeare Comencing from the date hereof etz. 

NBene, the forme Was, the same forme of y e Weesm r . s here above. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck, Septf the 15* A° 1668. 
Present M* Cornelis Steennwyck, Mayor ; M 1 - Raphe Whitfeld, Mr Jo: 
Bedloo, M* Frs Boon, M[ Christ!" Hooghlant, Aldermen; Capt. J no Man- 
ninge, Sherif. 

Jonas Bartelsen, pltf. v/s Gerrit van Tright, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 54. 9. in zewant, being for weigh money of 21. tubs of 
tobacco, which deft, owed M' Laval and which were transferred by Mr. 
Laval to him, the pltf., pursuant to the Court order dated. . . Deft, 
maintains, he does not owe full weigh money since s? tobacco was not 
then shipped off. The W: Court having heard debates of parties, con- 
demn deft, to pay full weigh money, with costs. 

Lourens Hoist, Pit: v/s Abel Hardenbroeck & his Wife, def- s In an 
act" of Assault & Battery. Uppon hearing of both parties, this Wor- 
shippfull Court did decree that the Deft: should pay a fine of fl. 12 Wam- 
pum With Cost of suit. 

Balthaz' d Haert, Pit: v/s Hendrick Van Veuren, deft: in an act" 
of Debt. It was this day ordered that a Jury should be Impannelled to 
Trye the Cause, the ensuing Court day. 

Uppon the Petition of Andries Andriesen being Imprisoned for 
offending & breaking the Lawes of y? Governm' in rude & uncivill 
actions, Committed in Drinck; and now promisinge for the future to be- 
havie himselfe Civilly & Peaceably that no Complaint shal come to this 
Court against him; This Worshippful Court did Order that the Petition? 
should be released of his Imprisonm': provided he behavies himselfe 
according to promise. 

Jn? Lourensen, Pit: v/s Thomas Barnes, deft: the Pit: makeinge 
Complaint that the deft: hath spoild him a parcel of Yarne of W c . h he En- 
gaged to Weave a Webb for this Pit: etz. Uppon hearing of y e Com- 
plaint this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court thought fit to referre the Case to Indifferent 
persons, and made Choize of Mr Johannes de Peyster & Mr Johannes Van 
Brugh to be arbitrators, for to Decide the differance if possible, or other- 
wise to make a returne the ensuinge Court day. 

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Tho: Barnes, Pit: v/s Jn? Lourensen, deft: In an act" of Debt. It 
is this day ordered that M' Johannes De Peyster & Mr Johannes Van 
Brugh should be arbitrators, to Determine the differance if possible, or 
otherwise to make their returne the ensuing Court day. 

Abell Hardenbroeck, pltf. v/s Lourens Hoist, deft. Pltf. prosecutes 
an attachment issued by him on defts. goods, now in the hands and keep- 
ing of the pltf. and says deft, owes him fl. 28. and further, that deft, is a 
thief and public robber and he undertakes to prove it. The W: Court 
order pltf. to prove his assertion at the next Court day, and see no 
reason, why defts. goods should remain under attachment. They there- 
fore declare the attachment invalid and order pltf. to hand the attached 
goods over to the deft. 

Allard Antony, pltf. v/s The Overseers of the Highways, deft. 
Pltf. says, the defts. have unjustly fined him for some damage, which the 
defts. claim was done to the negroes land by the pltf's fence and says, it 
was caused by the negroes own fence. He demands therefore that the 
above fine be returned. Defts. answering say, that on inspection they 
found the negroes fence good and sufficient, but found the pltf's fence 
imperfect. The pltf's demand was dismissed by the W. Court and he 
was ordered so to repair his fence, that no damage could be done thereby 
to his neighbours. 

Allard Antony, pltf. v/s Lewis Michiel and Stoffel, negroes, defts. 
Defts {sic) wife appearing complains, that some of her pigs are killed, of 
which she says the abovenamed negroes are guilty, since they were found 
on their land. She requests, that the W. Court would be pleased to order 
the said negroes to give security, that they should not commit any more 
damage on pltfs. hogs. Defts. deny having been guilty of killing the 
pltfs. hogs. The W: Court order defts. to keep still and quiet, so as to 
give no cause of complaint to their neighbours. 

Harmen Wessels P 1 * v/s M' Stapeley, Def'. It is ordered that the 
Def' shal take out a Coppy of the P". s declaration to answer the same the 
ensuing Court day. 

Lourens Hoist, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbrook. The W: Court refer 
the parties regarding the a/c in question to M' Coenraet ten Eyck and 
Carsten Luersen, who are requested and authorized to examine a/cs of 
parties and if possible to settle them, if not to report to the W: Court at 
the next Court day on the a/c and the damage done the tan pits. 



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Tho: Carr, Pit: v/s Robbert Joanes, deft; in an act" of Debt. 
The Court did order that the goods of the deft: attached by this Pit: 
Should be secured till further order. 

Luycas Dircksen, pltf. v/s Josyn Verhagen deft. In an act" of debt. 
The W: Court refer parties to Sieurs Gerrit van Tright and Francois 
Rombouts to decide the matter if possible; otherwise to render their 
report. 

Isaacq Greveraet, Pit: v/s Robbert Joanes, Deft: the def': i De- 
fault, the Worshippful Court ordered that a defaut should be Entred, 
and in the Meane While the attachment made by the pit: uppon the hides 
of the def': to Stand good till further order. 

W™ Merrit, Pit: v/s George Canida, deft: both parties defaut. 

Alice Rodgers, Pit: v/s Sara Hawkins, def? the Court ordered that 
the first default should be Entred against the deft. 

George Canida, Pit: v/s Edward Shakleton & Tho: Younge, Deft? 
The Court ordered that the first Default should be Entred ag s ' the Def? 

Pieter De Nys, Pit: v/s Jn° Garland, deft: The Court Ordered that 
the first Default should be Entred against the Def': 

Willem Lubbersen, Pit. v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft: The Defend': 
& Pit: both defaut & agreed. 

Anthony De Milt, Pit: v/s Lodewyck Post, deft: The detf 2 defaut. 

Mary Gosens, Pit. v/s Warnaer Wessellsen, deft: The deft: 1 de- 
fault. 

Egbert Myndersen, Pit: v/s Warnaer Wesselsen, deft: The deft: 1 
default. 

Sara Briges, Pit: v/s Nicasius de Sille & Tryntie his Wife, deft? 
The deft? default. 

Arien Appel, Pit: v/s Evert Pells, detf The deP: 1. default. 

Sept 1 : 22I A° 1668. Att a Court held at New York. Present M r . 
Cornelis Steenwyck, Mayor; M T . Raphe Whitefield, M' Francis Boon, 
M' Christoffel Hooglant, Ald r men. 

On the petition of Dirck Jans, Jan Adams and Cornelis Mattysen, 
next of kin of the dec? Hage Bruynsen, requesting in substance, that 
they, the petitioners, may be authorized with a fourth person, to take the 
estate left by the abovenamed Hage Brynsen and to administer it for the 
advantage of the interested; is apostilled as follows: — In case no admin- 



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istrator has been appointed by the will of the dec? the petitioners with 
Sieur Jacob Kipp are authorized as curators, to administer the estate left 
by the late Hage Bruynsen for the advantage and greatest profit of the 
interested, provided they shall render to the W: Orphan Court of this 
City due ace' and explanation; and those of the Haerlem Court are 
ordered to hand over the goods of the dec? to the said curators. Ady as 
above. 

Octob' the 2 d . A° 1668. Att a Mayors Court held at New York. 
Present M' Cornelis Stenwik, May r ; M' Ralph Whitefield, M' Francis 
Boon, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Christoffel Hooghlant, Ald r men; Capt Jno. 
Manning, Sherif. 

Balthaz 1 ; De Haert, Pit: v/s Hendrick Van Vuerden, deft: The 
Pit: declares that the de£: is Indebted unto him the summe of fl. 815: 10: 
Wampum, as p' obligation and Complains that he can obtaine no Pay- 
ment from the de£: Wherefore he Prayeth this Court for Judgement 
With Cost of Suite. The Jury brought in their Verdict & found for the 
Pit: and found the s? obligation to be good onely deducting out of the 
same soo much as the def': shall make appeare, he hath since paid in 
part of payment: The Court did order that Judgem': should be entred 
according to Verdict, and Ordered the deft to make Payment of the debt 
With Cost of Suite. 

JURIES. 

Fredrick Philips, form. ; Timothy Gabrie, Pietf Winster, Jn° Laur- 
ence, Alexander Watts, Guilliam de Honeur, Isaacq Greveraet, Daniel 
Hondecoutre, Johannes Hardenbroeck, Jacob Varrevanger, Anthony de 
Milt, Peter Smith. 

Isaacq Greveraet, Pit: v/s Robbert Joanes, deft: The deft: Re- 
maineth Defaut the 3? Court day. The Pit: Declares that the Deft: is in 
his Debt as appeares by a bill under the deft- hand, the summe of fl. 128: 
o. Wampum, for W* he Craves Judgem': ag s .' the def': for the Paiment 
thereof W* Cost of suite. This Worship 1 . 1 Court, uppon the 3? default 
of the deft: do Order the deft: to pay the s? debt, and do Condemne the 
Leather of the deft: attached by the Pit: towards the Satisfaction of the 
&*. Debt With Cost of Suite. 

W"? Merrit, Pit. v/s George Canida, deft: The deft 3? default 



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The Pit: demands from the deft: fl. 21. Wampum for W* he attached 
somne monney of the deft: now in the hands of Roelof the Slaughter, and 
Prayeth Condemnation thereof towards the Satisfying of the si debt: The 
Court did Condemne the si Attached monny towards the Satisfying of the 
s d . Debt W* Cost of Suit. 

Harman Wessells, Pit: v/s M T . Stapeley, deft: The Court doe order 
that this Case Should be decided by Way of Arbitration & Doe appoint 
thereunto M' Jacob Hendrix Varrevanger & Mf Thomas Tiddeman, for 
to award what the Pit: is to have for his Cure done to the deft: and Like- 
wise to decide the whole differance between them. 

Mary Gosens, Pit: v/s Warn' Wessels, deft: the deft: 2. default. 

Sara Bridges, Pit: v/s Tryntie Croegers, deft: Uppon hearinge of 
both Parties the Court finding y* the Debt W c . h this Pit: demanded from 
the deft: did properly belonge to the deft? husband, Nicasius de Silla, 
therefore the Court do referre the Pit: to the s? Silla, whoes proper debt 
it is, & doe order the Pit: to Pay the Charges of this Court. 

Thomas Carre, Pit: v/s Robbert Joanes, deft: The deft: Remained 
the 3? Court day default: The Pit: Declareth that the deft: is indebted 
unto him the summe of fl. 260. Zewant and Prayeth this Court to Order 
the de£: to pay the s? Debt W* Cost of Suite. Uppon the 3? Defaut of 
the Deft: this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court, Did Order that Judgement should be 
entred against the deft: for the Payment of the s? Debt With Cost of 
Suite. 

Anthony de Milt, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Post, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. 1042 zewant with costs. Deft, failing to appear on the next 
Court day is condemned by the W: Court to pay the demanded debt, 
with costs, and that within the term of six weeks from date hereof. 

Rabba Cooty, Pit: v/s Hendrick Van Vueren, deft: The Pit: 
makinge his Compl': by Declaration in Writing. The deft: Confessed 
that he mixed 10 Schippel Rye & 2 Schipples of Pease, in the flower he 
delivered to the Pit: and Saith further that he did do it by order of M! 
Balthazar d'Haert, and did Likewise Deliver al the said flower as a servant 
of the s? Balthus. The Worshippfull Court Did Order that the deft: 
should Proeve What he now alledgeth ; that he did it by M 1 . Balthus his 
order, and bring his proefe the ensuinge Court day. 

Tho: Tiddeman, Pit: v/s Hend: Obe, deft: The Court Did Order 



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(uppon the Consent of the Pit:) that the df" s Sonne, should be Released 
from his Imprisoning and returne to his fathers howse until the Next 
Court day; until W c . h time the deft: Remained Bayle that his said Sonn 
should be forthcomming. 

Mr Jacob Hendricks Varrevanger appearing in Court as testamentary 
administrator, with Sieur Hendrick Coutrie, at present absent, of the 
estate left by the late Maria Polet, widow of Mattheus de Vos, dec?, re- 
quests, that the W: Court would please to authorize some one to act in 
the place of his s? co-curator during his absence; also that the s? Coutrie's 
wife may be ordered to hand over to him all the zewant and silver 
entrusted by the said Mary Polet, in her life time, to the abovenamed 
Mde Coutrie. The W: Court decree and order, that Mde Coustrie shall 
hand the petitioner all the seawant and silver which she has to keep for 
the abovenamed Mary Polet, and Mr Francois Boon, Alderman, is pro- 
visionally authorized to attend the above administration with the peti- 
tioner, until the return of the aforesaid Sieur Coutrie. 

From the nomination of those of the Court of Haerlem, the W: 
Court elects for the ensuing Year 

Daniel Terneur as Deputy Sherif ; 
Pieter Roelofsen, as Constable; 
Johannes Verveleen, 
Davit de Mareest, 
Resolveert Waldron, 
Kier Woutersen. 

And the inhabitants of the abovenamed village and all others, whom it may 
concern, are ordered and required to honor them as such. Ady, as above. 

Abel Hardenbroeck, pltf. v/s Lourens Hoist, deft. For debt. 
This action referred to the next Court day. 

Abel Hardenbroeck, pltf. v/s Lourens Hoist, deft. Concerning the 
theft. This action Likewise referred to the next Court day. 

Alice Rodgers, P 1 . 4 v/s Sara Hawkins, Deft The P 1 ! 5 atturny Mr 
Rider alledgeth that parties are uppon agreement. 

Egbert Myndersen, P 1 . 1 v/s Warn? Wessels, Def 1 The deft 2 ? defaut. 

Simon Turcq, pltf. v/s Tho : Lewis, deft. In an act" of debt. It was 
Ordered that the deft, should take out a Copy of the pltf. declaration and 
put his answer in before the next Court. 



As Overseers. 



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Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck Octob? the 20* A? 1668. 
Mr Cornells Steenwik, May!"; Mr Mathyas Nicolls, Mr Isaacq Bedloo, Mr 
Francois Boon, M? Christoffel Hooghl?, Capt" J n .° Manninge, Sherif. 

W? Argent, P 1 ' v/s John Ashman, def? This Action being referred 
by the Court of Assizes to this Court and the P" makeing his Complaint 
and Proving his declaration by Sufficient Witnesses ag 5 .' the def? This 
Court thought fit to declare that the Def- hath falsly slandered the P" and 
whereas the def' on the 3? day of June Last past did Enter into bond of 
io lb Sterl? of Lawful English Monny to Defend this Suite in person or by 
his Atturny, and the def' not att all appearinge, this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did 
decree that the s? Bond of the Def? Was forfeited and did order the Pay- 
ment thereof to the use of the P 1 ' towards the Satisfaction of the damages 
•w c * the P 1 ' susteined by the s? slander. 

Harman Wessells, P 1 ' v/s Mr Stapely, def? In an act" of debt. The 
Arbitrate by this Court appointed bringing in their award and allowed to 
the P 1 .' three pounds and no more. Whereuppon the Court Ordered that 
Judgem? should be entred accordingly and the parties each to pay his 
owne Charges. 

Rabba Cuty, P 1 .' v/s Hendrick Van Veuren, Def? The P 1 .' declareth 
that the Def? Delivered him a parcel of flower to the Quantity of 44'. b W c . h 
flower was found to be no flower but Bran & Meal as it Comes out of the 
Mil by W c . h he is greatly Damnified, and prayeth this Court to Ord? the 
Def? to make Delivery of soo much good flower and damages w* Cost. 
The def? replyes that al the meal he delivered to the P 1 -' was Delivered 
by him as a Servant to M? Balthaz? D'haert who paid him for his Worke. 
The Jury brought in their Verdict for the Defend? and the P 1 ' to pay 
Cost of Suite. The Court ordered that Judgement should be entred 
accordingly. 

JURY. 

W m Sanford, fore"; J n .° Garland, Tho Taylor, Hend* Willemsen, W? 
Bogardus, Nic la . es Backer, Timothy Gabrie, J n ° Lawrence, Pieter Winster, 
Sachery Krisp, James Karpenter, Jacob Kip. 

Lourens Van der Spiegel declares on oath, that M? Balthazar told 
him, deponent, that he may make the flour, which he is to deliver the 
Jew on his a/c as coarse as he pleased, it being only for a devilish yew. 
Pieter Jansen, miller, being sworn declares, that a considerable time ago 



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a parcel of wheat was sent to the mill by young Hend* the baker, among 
which he saw some rye, but does not know how much and that Mr Bal- 
thaz' de Haert paid him for the grinding. Annica Andries beinge 
sworne in Court declared as p' deposition in writing. 

Mary Gosens, P 1 .' v/s Tho: Carre, Def- In an Act" of debt to the 
summe of fl. 86: 6. Uppon hearing of both Parties this Worsh" Court 
did decree that the one halfe of the s? debt should be rec? by this P 1 ' out 
of the attached monny, & for the other halfe to stay, according to Condi- 
tion until the Def' shal receive his Monny from George Joanes, and y e 
deft to pay Cost. 

Tho? Tiddeman, P 1 ' v/s Hendrick Obe Senior, Hendrick Obe Junior, 
Def? The P 1 .' declares that he Covenanted and Contracted w'. h the def 
that his Sonn should serve him the space of five Yeares uppon Several 
Conditions, and declares that the Def' is now Run away o' of his Service 
to his father's howse, who gives him Entertaynment Contrary to Lawe 
and therefore desires that the Boy may returne in his Service and Like- 
wise to allow him good dammages w'l 1 Cost. The Def- denyeth any Con- 
tract ever was made between him & the PV Requires proofe thereof. 
The Jury brought in their Verdict and found for the PV if the defend' 5 
Confession to Mr Rider, that he had Put out his Son for five Yeares be 
Sufficient; otherwise for the Def' the P 1 .' to pay Cost of Suite. The Court 
thought fit to suspend their Judgement until the following Court day. 

JURY. 

W? Sanford, forem: Jno Garland, Tho. Taylor, Hendk Willemsen, 
W? Bogardus, Nicol Backer, Timoth. Gabrie, Jno Laurence, Pieter 
Winster, Sach. Krisp, James Karpenter, Jacob Kip. 

Silvester Salisbury being sworn in Court declareth that he heard 
Hendrick Obe Senior say in other Discourses, that he thought he had 
done now verry wel for his Sonne, by Puttinge him to Mr Tiddeman 
where he should gaine a good Art. Peter Smith being Sworne in Court, 
deposed that some time since, he heard of Hend* Obe Senior that he had 
Put his sonne to the s? M r . Tiddeman, and the s? Tiddeman said that the 
Boy Would do better by him in Case his father's howse Was not soo nye 
to his. Whereuppon the s? Obe Replyed that he would give his Boy no 
entertainment, but Would Beat him out of doores, in Case he came there, 
except uppon some Necessary occasion. Jn? Rider uppon his Oath 



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taken before M' Whitefeld Deposed, that he heard Mr Hend: Obe say- 
that he had done Verry happily for the s? Obe his Sone by putting him 
for 5 Yeares to M' Tho. Tiddeman, & Likewise that he would not suffer 
his said sonn, uppon any frivolous account to come at his house and that 
he Would Likewise give ord' to his Wife not to Permit the same in his 
Absence. 

Simon Claesen Turcq, Pit: v/s Tho: Lewis, Deft: This Court did 
ord!" that this Case should be Tryed by a Jury the next Court day. 

Jacob Kip as curator of the estate left by Hage Bruynsen, pltf. v/s 
Marten Hofman, deft. Pltf. in his quality demands from deft, the sum 
of fl. 735 in sewant arising from an unpaid bill of exchange of fl. 200 
Hol^ s according to an agreement dated 25 May last. Deft, says, he is 
willing to pay the seawant, provided the pltf. according to the aforesaid 
agreem' also gives bail that the above fl. 200. Hoi? 5 are not received. 
The W: Court having heard parties condemn deft, to pay the fl. 735 de- 
manded with costs, on condition that the pltf. in his capacity shall give 
sufficient bail de restituendo for said seawant, that the bill of exchange in 
question was not paid in Holland. 

Mary Gosens, Pit: against Warn' Wessells, deft. Both Defaut. 

Egbert Myndersen, Pit: v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Both Default. 

Alice Rodgers, Pit: v/s Sara Hawkins, deft. M^ Rider Declares 
that P r ties are uppon agreemt: 

Nathaniel Jans Backer, pltf. v/s Hendrick Jansen Spiers, deft. 
Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 360. seawant, with costs. Deft, acknowl- 
edges the debt, but requests some delay. The W: Court having heard 
parties condemn the deft, to pay pltf. the above fl. 360. and with pltf's 
consent a month's delay was granted to deft, to pay in, with cost. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New York this 10* of Novemtf A? 1668. 
Present Mr Corn? Steenwyck, Mayor; Capt. Matthias Nicolls, Mr Isaac 
Bedloo, M r - Frs. Boon, Ald'men. 

Simon Claesen Turck, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Lewis, Def' M r . Poulus Leen- 
dersen being Sworne in Court declares that to his best remembrance 
in the Yeare 1661 a Parcel of deale-bords Where delivered by Tho: 
Lewis in the Custodie of the Court for the acct: of Simon Turcq. The 
Court do adjourne the Tryel of this Case until the Next Court day and 



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ordered that each Party should beare the halfe Charges of the Impan- 
nelled Jury. 

Mary Gosens, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 89. 14. zewant, with costs. Deft, remains for the 3? time in 
default. The W: Court condemn deft, to pay the demanded fl. 89. 14. 
in zewant with costs. 

Robbert Storie, Pit: v/s Joseph Carpenter, deft: It is ordered that 
the deft: shal take out a Coppy of the Pit 5 : Declaration & put his answer 
to the same the ensuing Court day, being this day 14^ 

Marretie Gerrits, pltf. v/s Mary Goosens, deft. Pltf. says, she sold 
a parcel of carpenters tools to the deft. Deft, denies the purchase. The 
W: Court order pltf. to summon her witnesses for the next Court day. 

Mettie Greveraat, pltf. v/s Tho: Hal and Pieter Stoutenbergh, 
guardians of the child left by Kleyn Klaessen. Pltf. demands from deft. 
fl. 200. zewant for maintenance of the child. Defts. acknowledge to be 
indebted in this matter to the pltf., but request some delay. The W: 
Court condemn defts. to satisfy the pltf. within ~ time, with costs. 

Tho: Hall and Pieter Stoutenburgh, guardians of Kleyn Klaessens 
children, pltfs. v/s Jochem Beeckman, deft. Pltfs. in aforesaid quality 
demand the sum of fl. 150. with interest thereof. Deft, admits the debt, 
but requests some delay and that his obligation be then returned him. 
The Wors 1 . 1 Court having heard parties condemn deft, to pay pltfs. 
within -| time and order the deft's obligation to be then returned him. 

Alice Rodgers, Pit: v/s Sara Hawkins, deft: Mr Jn? Rider 
alledgeath that the Parties Where agreed and the deft: Hawkins was 
to pay the Charges. 

Denys Isaacqsen, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: the deft: i s . 1 de- 
faut. 

Mettie Wessels, pltf. v/s Thomas Tiddeman, deft: Defts. i st de- 
fault. The pltf. demands from deft. fl. . . . as per account. 

Simon Janz Romeyn, Pit: v/s Warn' Wessels, deft: The deft: 1 
defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Pit: v/s Mary Dobsen, deft: The deft: i s .' default. 

Huygh Barentsen de Kleyn appearing in Court presents a written 
petition, in which he complains in substance of the harsh proceedings of 
his adversary, Balthazar de Haert, particularly in the unlawful imprison- 



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ment of his, the petitioner's, person, without any proper execution being 
obtained against his person, but solely against his effects; which effects 
said de Haert sold for the most part; requesting that the W: Court would 
be pleased to release him from his imprisonment, whereby he shall, in a 
short time, be able to lay by a good sum: further requesting verbally, 
that his said party may be ordered in like manner to bring into the W: 
Court, within a certain time to be stipulated by the W: Court, all claims 
he may have against him the petitioner to the present date as well for his 
own debt as for his brothers a/c. It is apostilled as follows: — On the 
foregoing petition and verbal request of Huygh Barentsen, it is ordered 
and resolved by the W: Court, that Balthazar de Haert shall exhibit on the 
next Court day by what authority he has caused the petitioner's person 
to be imprisoned; and further deliver in in writing what he claims from 
the petitioner as well for his brother's as for his own particular a/c. 

Uppon the Petition & Complaint of Henry Obe Constable ag s . 1 W™ 
Hofmeyer, It is this day ordered that the s? W? Hofmeyer shal remaine 
in Prison Goale until such time, he gives in good Security to Keep his 
May tt . es Piece; and further until Satisfaction, shal be made of Such fine 
or Corporal Punishment as this Court shal Impose uppon him, W c . h they 
adjourne until a next meeting. 

The award of arbitrators in the matter in dispute between Luycas 
Dircks, pltf. v/s Josyn Verhagen, deft., being read and considered, the 
W: Court order, that judgment shall be entered according to the afore- 
said award; to wit, that the deft, shall pay the demanded debt of fl. $6: 
4 provided the pltf. shall confirm the justness thereof on oath. 

The arbitrators by this Court appointed in the Case in Question be- 
twixt Tho: Barnes & Jno. Lawrensen, this day making their report and 
delivering up their award, in manner following, That the s^ Jno. Law- 
rensen shal pay the halfe of the Prize he was agreed uppon W* the s? 
Barnes, for Weaving of the Webb, and each partie to beare his owne 
Charges, onely the Charges of the arbitration Excepted, W c . h Where to be 
Paid Equally betwixt them: Whereuppon this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered 
that Judgemt: should be entred accordingly: dated as above. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck Novemb- the 24 A? 1668. 
Present Mr Corn: Steenwyck, Mayor; Capt" Matthyas Nicolls, Mf Isaacq 



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Bedloo, M' francis Boone, Mr Christ: Hooghlant, Aldermen; Capt? Jno. 
Manning, Sherif. 

Simon Claesen Turck, Pit: v/s Thomas Lewis, deft. The Pit: de- 
clares that the deft, is Indebted unto him as appeares by a Judgement of 
the Court of Albany bearing date the 13th of Septfr A? 1661: the summe 
or Quantity of two hundred and thirty plankes for W c . h this Pit: Craves 
Judgement ag 5 . 1 the deft: With cost of suit. The defts. atturny appearing 
replyes that the deft: hath paid the s? debt, and to that end produced 
an ace* under the deft? owne hand, he the deft: himself e being absent. 
The Jury brought in their Verdict, and found for the Plaintife, that the 
deft: should Satisfy two hundred and thirty plancx W* Cost of suite. 
The Court thought fit to Suspend their Judgement in this Cause for the 
space of six Weekes after the date hereof. 

JURIES. 

Tho: Hall forem: Timothy gabrie, Pieter Winster, gerrit Van Trigt, 
Jno. Laurence, alexander Watts, Thomas Tayler, Walraven Claerhout, 
Isaacq greveraet, Johannes hardenb*, Pieter Stoutenburgh, Johan Witt- 
hart. 

In the matter in question between Denys Isaacksen, pltf., v/s Mf 
Allard Anthony, deft., Sieurs Poulus Leendersen and Fredrick Philipsen 
are authorized by the W: Court as arbitrators, who are requested to 
examine and decide the matter in question, with power in case of non 
accord to adjoin a third to themselves as umpire, and to report their 
transactions at the next Court day. 

Simon Jans" Romeyn, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessels, deft. Defts. 2? 
defaut. 

Marretie Gerrits, pltf. v/s Mary Goosens, deft. Pltf. says, she sold 
deft, a lot of carpenters tools for the sum of fi. 290. zewant payable the 
next winter. Deft, answering says, she did not fully agree with the pltf., 
but that there was still a difference of fl. 7. about the trade. Pltf. reply- 
ing says, that she allowed the deft, to take the above tools from her house 
by the defts. own son and they still remain in defts. hands. Parties being 
heard by the Worshipf" Court, together with the declaration of Jan van 
Bommel, who had appraised the tools at parties request, their W: decreed, 
that the above sale shall stand good and order the deft, to obey and 
fulfill it. 



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1669 May 7. Issued out a Warr' of Execution ag*' the Def' uppon 
the Judgm' 

Robbert Storie, Pit v/s Joseph Carpenter, Deft: The Pit: declares 
that this Deft: is Indebted unto him for Contracted freight the summ of 
Eight Pounds good pay, for W c . h he Craves Judgement agst: the deft: W l ? 
Cost of suite. The Jury brought in their Verdict and found for the Pit:, 
that the Pit: should have his freight With Cost of suit. The Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court Ordered that Judgement should be Entred accordingly, But no 
Execution to be Issued forth untill further order. 

William Hunking, Pit: v/s James Card, deft: In an act? of debt to 
the summe of one hundred pounds for dammage. The Pit: declares that 
the deft: hath damnifyed this Pit: by attaching summe monney of this 
Pit: in the hands of Mr Bedloo to the Vallue of three Pounds, for W c . h he 
Craves Judgem' W* Costs of Suite. The deft: Craves for a Non Suite, 
Whereas the Pit: hath falsly arrested this deft: for the summe of ^ioo. 
Sterl. The Wors 1 . 1 Court Ordered that a Non Sute should be entred W? 
Cost. 

Reynier Willemz, baker, arrestant and pltf. v/s Daniel Terneur, deft. 
Pltf. says, he sold deft, a piece of land lying on this island, opposite Hog 
Island, according to the ground brief of Govern? Kieft, and requests that 
deft, may be constrained to fulfill and ratify said trade. Deft, acknowl- 
edges the trade, but says, that those of the Town of New Harlem lay 
claim to said land ; he is however ready to ratify the above sale on his 
side in case the pltf. can deliver him a formal Ground brief and confirma- 
tion from the Governor. Johannes Verveelen hereupon entering com- 
plains, as attorney of the Commonalty of the Town of New Haerlem, that 
Daniel Terneur endeavored by the purchase of the above land to injure 
and supplant the town well knowing, that the above said land was lying 
within the limits of the abovenamed town. The W: Court decided, that 
neither the pltf. nor his father in law had any right to sell the above land 
before and until he has obtained a confirmation of the same from the 
Governor. 

Pursuant to the order of the W: Court, on the petition of Huygh 
Barentsen,* delivers over divers documents as to what right he had im- 

* The words " Balthazar de Haert " are inadvertently omitted in the original Entry. 
See p. 154. — Tr. 



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prisoned the abovenamed Huygh Barensen, also what claim he still has 
against the abovenamed Huygh Barentsen, which being read over by the 
W: Court, the same are entered by him. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Pit: against Mary Dopsen, deft: the Deft: 2. defaut. 

Isaacq Bedloo, pit: v/s ffrancois Douty & Thomas Davis, deft: the 
deft: 1. defaut: 

Joris Stevensen, Pit: v/s Claes Melissen, deft: P r ties agreed. 

Mettie Wessels, Pit: v/s Tho: Tiddeman, deft: the Parties defaut. 

Goldsmith, Pit: v/s fredrick Arentsen, deft: P r ties agreed. Ady as 
above. 

Att a May r . s Court held at New Yorke this I s . 1 of Decemb' A 1668. 

There Being P r sent M r . Corn: Stenwik, May?; Capt. Math. Nicolls, 
Mr Is: Bedloo, M T - Francis Boon, Mr Christoffel Hooghlant, Ald r men. 

William Shackerly, P 1 .' v/s Elias Poddington, def< The Pit: declares 
that the deft: being his Shipp Carpenter on the Shipp the Mary, doth 
refuse to go aboard and proceed W* the s? Shipp, notwithstanding he 
being obliged thereunto first being ordered by the Mayor, and secondly 
by his owne Promises made before the Mayor in Case that Fresh Pro- 
visions Where provided on board by the Master the s? Shackerly. The 
deft: replyes that the pit: hath not performed on his side, in Providing 
beere and other Necessary provisions aboard. W™ Merit, & Boatswaine 
of the s? Shipp declare that When the deft: came aboard, the Master had 
Provided good provisions on board, except the beare W c . h could not be 
fetshed, being hindered by the hard Wind. The Worshipp" Court Re- 
solved to Communicate the Govern' with the Buissenis, and to heare his 
Advise. 

Tho: Hall and Hendrick Willems, Firewardens, entering in Court, 
request a sum of fl. 150 seawant in payment of the expence incurred by 
them in having fire ladders made etc. Whereupon the W: Court orders, 
that Hendrick Obe shall pay petition? the assignment made on him for 
this object, without postponement or delay. 

Fredrik Gysbersing Complaining in Court that Capt" Salisbury hath 
without any Cause attached his Monny in the hands of Jn? Garland. It 
is this day Ordered that the s? Attachment should be Void, and of no 
effect, the same not being entred according to law. 



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According to a foregoing Order of this Court that W? Hofmeyer 
should give in Good Security for his Good behavior, this Worship 1 . 1 Court 
did on this day Accept of the s? Hofmeyers profer to bind and Mortgage 
ouer his House & Lott of ground W th . in this Citty, as Surety for the s? Hof- 
meyers Good behavior; And further upon Mature Consideration by this 
Worship 1 . 1 Court had Conserning the Poverty of the s? Hoffraeyer, and 
althoug he hath deserved a Surveyer punishment, It is this day Ordered 
that the s? Hoffmeyer shall fforfete & Pay for his offence a fine of five 
pounds Sterl? and further Personally to appeare at the Next ensuing 
Court day, and then & there In open Court to Confesse his fault, and 
Beg Pardon both of the Mayor & Constable for the Trespasse by him 
Committed ag s - f the same. 

Xbl" the 3? According to a foregoing Ordr of this Court in the Case 
betwixt W? Shackerly Mr of the Mary, Pit: ag s .' his Carpentf Elias Pod- 
dington def': to Consult uppon the Case W'. h his Honn'. It is this day 
Ordered that the deft: shall forthwith repaire himself e on board of the s? 
Shipp, & performe the Last Contract made betwixt the s? p r ties before 
the May!" of this Citty and to pay Cost of Court. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke this i2 l . h of Jann?' A? i66f. 

Symon Jansen Romeyn, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessells, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, fourteen beavers, being for two ankers of brandy sold 
heretofore to the deft. Deft, says, that he can pay with fl. 350 zeawant, 
with which pltf says he is also content, if the same be paid down. The 
W: Court condemn deft, to pay s? fl. 350 seawant with costs. 1669. May 
the 7* issued out execution uppon this judgem' 

The Hf Petro Stuyvesant, p 1 .' v/s Arian Appel, def The def' i s .' de- 
faut. The marishall declares that when he summond the deft: to the 
Court, that the s? deft: Promised to Pay the Pit: before the next Court 
day, W c . h the Court Ordered that should be Entred. 

Denys Isaacqsen and Cattelyn Jans, pltfs. v/s Alexand' Stulter, deft. 
Pltfs. demand of the deft, restitution of fl. 250. zeewant paid to him for 
a small house, standing at Mespats Kil on Burger Joris' land, sold by the 
deft, to the pltf., but not delivered, with fl. 100. damage suffered by the 
non delivery of s? house. Deft, offers restitution of the monies received 
being fl. 150 in zeawant and the remaining fl. 100 in goods at zeawant 



160 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1669 

price. The W: Court having heard debates of parties condemn deft, to 
restore the received fl. 250. to wit — fl. 150 in seawan and fi. 100 in goods 
at seawan price. Regarding the damage, pltf. is ordered to prove at 
next Court day, how and whereby he has suffered it. 

Herry Breser, Pit: v/s Egbert Myndersen, deft: The Pit: declareth 
that the deft hath taken up out of the Woods, & Killed an oxe of this 
Pit: Without any Consent or Knowledge of the Pit: W c . h oxe this Plantife 
Computeth to be Worth Six pounds besides 5 lb dammages this Pit: 
Susteined in seeking of the s? Oxe, Losse of time etz. Uppon W? this 
Pit: Commenced his Suite, and Prayeth Judgem': accordingly. The 
deft: replyes that he by Mistake took up out of the Woods an Oxe of the 
Pit: in Stead of his owne, W c . h now is found & brought up, and proeves 
the same by three Wittnesses that it was done by mistake, But Profers to 
give Satisfaction to the Pit: to the Vallue of the s? oxe. The Court did 
ord' that the Pit: should bringe in & proeve the next Court day What 
dammages he hath Susteined by the Want of the s? Oxe, until W c . h time 
this Court do Adjourne to passe Judgemt: in this Cause. 

Pieter Wolfersen, pltf. v/s Hendrick Obe, deft. Pltf. demands, that 
deft, be ordered to vacate his house on the i st May next, as he has sold 
it and demands in like manner a/c within 24 hours. Deft requests 8 
days' delay to answer. The W: Court order parties on both sides to hand 
in their a/cs on the next Court day. 

Thomas Waale, Pit: v/s W? Hunking & Alexandr Watts, deft: The 
Pit: declares that the deft: W? Hunking is Indebted unto him the summe 
of 30. shill^ s for W c . h he Craves Judgem-: ag s ' the deft: Alexand' Watts 
Security to s? Hunking. The deft: Alexand^ Watts ownes in the behalf e 

s s 

of W? Hunking, the debt of 10: but for the remaining 20: he desires 
proofe, and doth absolutely deny the debt thereof. The Court do Ord? 
& Decree that that the deft: Alexand' Watts as security for the s? Hunking 
shal pay the s? debt of tenne Shillings, and allow to the pit: the space of 

s 

6 moneths to Proeve his due of the remaininge 20; and each party to 
beare the Equal halfe of the Courts Charges, but in Case the pit: shall 
hereafter make good the debt, then the deft: shal reembourse the halfe of 
the Charges back again. 

Rendel Huwit, Pit: v/s Jn? Gerardy, deft: The Pit? atturny De- 
clareth that the deft: is indebted unto this Pit: the summe of fl. 230. as 



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appeared by a Bill Produced in Court. M 1 . Mayor Steenwyck Declares 
that the s? Bill is belonging to himself e Whereas this Pit: hath made the 
same ouer to him as he Will make appeare the next Court day. 

Mr Isaacq Bedloo, Pit: v/s francis Douty & Thomas Davis, deft? 

Teunis Craey this Day Makinge his Com pi': to the Court that he 
cannot obtaine the Payment of the fl. 12: 10. allowed him by a former 
Judgem': of Court from Thomas Braidley, It is therefore Ordered by the 
Worshipp 1 . 1 Court that the s? Thomas Braidley shall forthwith pay the s? fl. 
12: 10. uppon Penalty of Execution. 

Otto Gerritts, Pit: v/s Hendrick Willemsen, deft: Uppon hearing 
of both P r ties the Court resolved to take a View of the Water Course in 
Controversie. 

Willem Hoffmeyer Is this day Ordered by the Court to appeare next 
Court day, and performe the Sentence pronounced ag s .' him the Last 
Court day. 

It is this day Ordered by the Court in the action of Simon Turcq 
Pit. ag s .' Thomas Lewis deft: that the Sentence should be Suspended for 
Six Weekes Longer. 

The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did this day Ord" that the former Ordf of 
Publication Concerning the Bakers should be Reneuwed, and that the 
Penalty therein Exprest being 12 £ sterling should be Mittigated to fl. 
30 Wampum. 

As alsoo a Publication ag" the Erecting of Secret Howses & Hoggs 
Penns on the Street side, or in offence to his Neigbours. 

Jacob Kip and Symon Jansen Romeyn, as curators of the insolvent 
estate of Salomon La Chair, petition to be released and discharged from 
their curatorship, inasmuch as they have performed all their duties for 
the return of the said estate, but they have not received any more than 
appears by the a/c delivered, all of which they have paid to the preferred 
creditors as well as other expences. It is apostilled: The petitioners' re- 
quest is granted and they are hereby discharged from all further respon- 
sibility regarding their said curatorship and they are further ordered to 
hand over to the Orphan Court all the papers relating thereunto. 

Thomas Carr, Pit: v/s Thomas Lovel & George Canida, deft? The 
deft? default. It is Ordered to Issue out a Warrt: of arrest for their 
persons. 

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Denys Isaacqsen, Pit: v/s Marretie Gerrits, deft: The parties re- 
mained defaut by Cause of their Siknesse. 

Assur Levy appearing in Court makes known, that the W: Court on 
the 18* June 1667 had nominated as arbitrators in the matter in question 
between the aforesaid Assur Levy, pltf., and Timotheus Gabrie, deft., in 
case of a/c, Sieurs Johannes Van Brugh and Jacob Lyseler, but says, 
that the abovenamed Leyseler has gone away before the transaction of 
the business — requesting that the W: Court may elect another person in 
his place. The W: Court elected Sieur Johannes de Peyster in place of 
Sieur Jacob Leyseler. Ady as above. 

Att a Mayo r . s Court held at New York Janua? the 26^ i66f . Present 
M' Corn? Steenwyck, May'; Capt Matthyas Nicolls, Sec. &. Ald r man; 
Mr Isaacq Bedloo, Mr Fr: Boon, M T . Christ' Hooglant, Ald'men; Capt. 
Jno. Manninge, Sherif. 

The PP Petrus Stuyvesant, Pit: v/s Ariaen Appel, Deft: The Pit: 
declares that the deft: was Indebted unto him the summe of fl. 2315. as 
appeares by a Judgem*: bearing date the 28* of Jann r . y A? i66|: uppon 
W c . h he received from the Worshipp 1 . 1 Tho: D'Laval fl. 1800. in part of 
Payment, & desires Execution for the Remainder, W'. h Cost of suite. 

The Deft? Atturny Jn? Rider desires time to answer to the s? action 
the next Court day: Whereas he Paid the s? Judgem-: to Capt" Thomas 
de Laval. The Court allowed the defh time to answer to the s? action 
until next Court day. 

Herry Breser, Pit: v/s Egbert Myndersen, deft: Uppon hearing of 
both parties this Worshipp 1 . 1 C ut did Decree & Order that the deft should 
pay this Pit: for the Ox Killed by the deft: the summe of five pounds, and 
Likewise to repay al such Charges, as the Pit: shal proeve that he hath 
disbursed, towards looking up of the s? Ox W* Cost of Suit. 

Redel Huwitt, Pit: v/s Jn? Gerardy, deft: In an act" of debt to the 
summe of fl. 230. The deft: 2. defaut. It is Ordered that the deft?: 
Bayle M' Jacob should be summond. 

M r Isaacq Bedloo, Pit: v/s Francis Douty & Thomas Davis, deft? 
The deft? Remained 3. defauts. The Pit.: declareth that the deft: 
Francis Douty is Indebted unto him the summe of 40 shillings as appeares 
by the deft? Note, for W c . h he attached summe monny of the s? Douty, 



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now in the hands of Thomas Davis, and Craves Condemnation thereof 
towards his Payment W. h Cost of Suite. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Con- 
demned soo much of the monny of the deft: Douty now in the hands of 
Thomas Davis as shall Satisfy the s? Debt W th Cost of Suite. 

M' Francis Boon, pltf. v/s Henry Obe, deft. Pltf. says he pur- 
chased Pieter van Couwenhovens house now occupied by the deft, and 
whereas pltf. understands, that deft, has some claim, whether of lease or 
purchase of said house, therefore he demands, that deft, shall produce 
what right of property or claim he may have thereunto; otherwise that 
he be ordered to vacate his, pltfs., house next May. Deft, says, he has 
nothing to do with pltf. ; also that he cannot produce his right in full 
before the arrival of the sloops from Albany and Esopus, as some of his 
witnesses reside there. Pltf. demands the liberty of renting a house at 
the cost of the party in the wrong, and if the deft, hereafter does not 
make good his right, that he shall then satisfy pltfs. landlord. Defts. 
attorney John Sharp says — That in case the pltf. had not sinisterly 
bought the house, he would never have got itt. Deft, is ordered by the 
W: Court to produce his right to the above said house within a month. 
Meanwhile pltf. is allowed to hire a house at the expense of the party in 
the wrong. 

Guilliam de Honneur and Johannes de Wit, pltfs. v/s Jacob Teunis- 
sen de Looper, deft. Pltf. demands fi. 75 zewant from deft. Deft, says, 
he paid it to pltf. de Wit. and says, that de Wit had in payment a hog of 
40 gild rs Pltf. Johannes de Wit acknowledges to have received a hog, 
but not on this a/c. The W: Court order Johannes de Wit to produce 
on the next Court day the a/c, on which he received said hog. 

Allard Anthony, P 1 .' v/s Peter Wolphersen, deF The P 1 . 1 demands 
of the def' fi. 415. as p' Obligation. The P 1 ' saith that he hath paid the 
debt and wil proeve it by ace' in case he may have Liberty to go home at 
his howse at Elisabets Towne. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court do Order the De- 
fend- to give in Security to answer the cause in Six Weekes after this 
date. 

John Sharp, P 1 .' v/s John Cooly wife, DeF The P 1 .' demands of the 
def' an assignm' on Thomas Wandel and by hur accepted to pay for him. 
The defend- denyeth the acceptance thereof and Wil Likewise Proeve 
that she paid the debt to Thomas Wandel before the Sitting of this Court. 



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The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court do allow time to the Def- to bring in hur proofes 
by the Sitting of the next Court. 

In the matter in question between Jacob de Looper, pltf., v/s Bar- 
tolomeus van der Schel, deft., are appointed by the W: Court as arbitra- 
tors Mr Gerrit van Tright and M' Daniel Hondecoutre, who are hereby 
requested and authorized to hear the matter in question argued, and if 
possible to decide it and to report their award at the next Court day. 

W™ Bogardus, pltf. v/s Simon Turcq, deft. Pltf. as attorney of 
M' Nicasius de Sille demands from deft. fl. 40 in beavers. Defts. attor- 
ney John Sharp says, deft., has paid the debt to Mr Abraham Staets 
Deft, is ordered on M[ Abraham Staets' arrival to prove, that he paid 
him. 

Otto Gerrits, P 1 .' v/s Hendrick Willemsen, def' In an Act" of defa- 
mation. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court having heard parties hereby Order, 
That Parties shall henceforth conduct themselves in a civil manner on 
pain that the first who shall be found to injure the other, whether in 
words or deeds, shall be fined in the sum of fl. 50. And the Defend- is 
further ordered that whenever he is again damaged by the Water, that he 
shall then speak to the Mayor to come and make ocular inspection of it. 

Tho: Carr, P 1 . 1 v/s Tho: Lovel & George Canida, Defts. The P'5 
declares that the defendants are Indebted unto him for fraight of sider 
fl. 50. The Deft. Tho Lovel only appearing saith that he left soo much 
in the hands of the s? Canida as wil satisfy for his fraight. It is ordered 
by the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court that the Deft. George Canida should be sum- 
moned to appeare the next Court day. 

Balthazar de Haert appearing together with Huygh Barentsen, says 
for his share, he is content that the abovenamed Huygh Barentsen were 
granted time and discharged from his imprisonment until the first of May 
next, provided the same do not militate against his right; which was ap- 
proved by the W: Court. 

It is this day ordered by the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court that all Persons that 
are Plantives in any Causes depending in this Court shall be Bound to 
take out at Least one Coppy of What is Ordered or past in Court, each 
Court day, or by neglect thereof, that they shall Pay the Sec?" for the 
Coppy although non be taken out. 

Fredrick Gysbersen, Pit: v/s Jn° Garland, deft: the deft: 1 defaut. 



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February the 16th A? i66f. Att a Mayors Court held att New 
Yorke. Prsent Mr Cornells Steenwyck, Mayor; Capt" Matthyas Nicolls, 
Mr Isaacq Bedloo, M' francis Boon, Mr Christ: Hooghlant, Alderm; 
Cap" Jn? Manning, Sherif. 

John Sharp, Pit: v/s John Cooly, deft: The Pit: demands of the 
deft: fl. 177 Wampum accepted by the deft: to Pay for Thomas Wandel. 
The defts Wife denyeth the acceptance of the s? debt and Produced a 
receipt from the s? Wandel that she had Paid him to the full. The 
Worshipp" Court ordered, that this Case should be suspended withal, for 
the space of one moneth or until such time, as the s? Wandel should come 
to Towne, not exceeding the s? time to give Information about the 
Premises. 

W m Pattisson, Pit: v/s Jn? Garland, deft: In an action of debt 
uppon Bill. Henry alien & Robert howel being sworne declared that 
they have bene Preesent, that the s? Bill was signed Sealed & delivered 
by the deft. 

W™ Pattisson, Pit: v/s John Garland, def' in an action of acct: 
The deft: Remained default in both the actions. 

W? Pattisson, Pit: v/s Jno. Garland, deft, for better Security. 
The deft: Remained defaut. 

Tho: Mabs, Pit: v/s George Canida, deft: in an act: of debt. The 
Worshipp 1 . 1 Court finding some differance in the accounts of the Parties: 
— thought fit to Referre the differance unto Indifferent Arbitrat? & do 
Nominate & appoint Henry Obe & Thomas hall, for to heare & to 
Examin the Case in Controversy, and if Possible to determine the same, 
and to bring in their report the ensuing Court day. 

Lammert van Neck, pltf. v/s Jacob Teunissen, seaman, deft. Pltf. 
complains, that deft, reported here to the scandal and censure of the 
pltf's friends, that the sister of his, the pltf's wife, had been executed on 
the scaffold in Holland for crime committed. He demands reparation of 
character with costs. Deft, denies having said so. The pltf. undertakes 
to prove it at the next Court day. 

Denys Isaacqsen, Pit: v/s Pieter Winster & Marck dall, deft: The 
Pit: demands from this deft: Peter Winster fl. 112 Wampum, W c . h he en- 
gageth to Pay to this Pit: in Case Jno. Cockril did not Satisfy the s? 
summe to y e Pit: for marck Dalls account Uppon hearing of both Parties 



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as alsoo the Testimony of Herry Nuton, The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did 
decree that the deft: Peter Winster should Pay the s? debt W? 1 Cost of 
suit In Case it Where not Satisfyed here by the s? Cockril Within the 
space of Six Weekes next ensuing the date hereof. 1669. 10 April. 
Execution issued out uppon the goods of the deft. 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker, pltf. v/s Otto Gerrits, deft. Pltf. com- 
plains, that deft, in contempt of the order of the W. Court dated 26 
Jan?" last had insulted him, pltf., scolding him as a rogue and that he had 
pushed and beaten his wife two several times etz. Deft, denies the same 
and complains on the contrary, that pltf. has insulted his deft's wife with 
very foul and scandalous words. The W: Court order, that whoever will 
prove having been the first insulted by his party, whether in words or 
deeds, the violator of the W: Court's order shall be condemned in a fine 
of fl. 50. and order parties on both sides again to treat each other civilly 
on the above penalty. 

Anna Liscoo, Pit: v/s Jno. Rider, deft: The Pit: declares that this 
deft: is Indebted unto this Pit: the summe of fl. 301: 16 as appeares by 
accompt, for W c . h shee Craves Judgemt: W 4 ? Cost. The deft: Confessed 
that he owed the debt, but alledged that he Paid the s? debt by an 
assign em' to the Worshipp 1 . 1 Tho: d' Laval. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did 
decree & order that this deft: should Pay the s? debt of fl. 301: 16. 
Wampum W* Cost of Suit, Except he can make appeare that he Satisfyed 
the same by the said delaval. 

Ariaen Van Laer, Pit: v/s Jurian Janz: deft: the deft: 2 defaut. 

W? Pattisson, Pit: v/s Jurian Janz: deft: The deft: r defaut. 

Henry Coustrie, Pit: v/s Jan hend ks Steelman, deft: Parties agreed. 

Huygh Barentsen, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fl. no zewant for board of Engel Hendrix and her child, by 
his order furnished her during her detention. Deft, admits having given 
such orders to pltf. at the time as Sheriff, but says it must be paid by the 
abovenamed Engel or otherwise by the City. The W: Court order the 
above named Engel to be summoned for the next Court day. 

Teunis Craey, pltf. v/s Allard Anthony, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, board money for divers prisoners, furnished by defts. order. Deft. 
says he must get money from the deft. The W: Court order deft, to 
furnish pltf. with an a/c debit and credit in form. 



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Herry Breser appearinge in Court for to Proeve What Expences he 
had bene att and disbursed towards Looking up of the ox of Egbert 
Myndersen, did say, that Egbert Myndersen was a theefe, and that he 
would proeve it: W c . h the Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayor, ordered that it should be 
Entred, and ordered the s? Breser to make his saing good. 

John Sharp, attorny of Cattelyn Jansen, produces a declaration of 
Evert Duycking's wife, that she had rented a room for fl. 50 to the above- 
named Cattelyn for 8 months ; requesting that the same may be obtained 
from and paid her by Alexander Stulter, pursuant to the Courts order 
dated 12* Jan?[ last. The W: Court orders, if the abovenamed Duyckingh 
shall declare, that the aforesaid are paid or must be paid her by Cattalyn, 
then the same shall be made good and paid by the above named Alexan- 
der to her. 

Petrus Stuyvesant, Pit: v/s Ariaen Appel, deft: The defend- de- 
live? to the Court an answer to the Plt'- S demand of W c . h the Pit: was 
ordered to take out a Coppy, for to answer the same, the next Court day. 

Jacob Kip, Dirck Jansen and Jan Adams, curators of the estate of 
Haege Bruynsen dec?, pltfs. v/s Marten Hofman, deft. Pltfs. in their 
quality demand from the deft. fl. 735 seawant pursuant to judgment dated 
20* 8^ r last, and request, that they, pltfs., may be discharged from the 
bailbond mentioned in s? judgment, as the widow of the late Haege 
Bruysen has arrived here in person from Holland, who offers to confirm 
by oath, that she received no monies in Holland directly or indirectly in 
defts. a/c: they produce all the original documents, which deft, drew for 
raising the money in Holland and offer to return them to deft. Deft. 
persists in the previous judgment. The W: Court having heard parties 
and examined the produced papers find the exchange on Holland has not 
been paid: therefore they order deft, to pay the fl. 735. pursuant to pre- 
vious sentence with costs and release pltfs. from the aforesaid bailbond. 

Guilliam d' Honeur and Johannes de Wit, pltfs. v/s Jacob de 
Looper, deft. Pltfs. delivering in their a/cs, It is ordered that they 
furnish Copy thereof to party to answer thereunto. 

Henry Obe and Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Paulus Vander Beeck, 
deft. Parties in default. 

Jan Hendrix van Gunst, pltf. v/s Davit Provoost, deft. Deft, de- 
fault. 



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Evert Pietersen, Schoolmaster and Precentor, appearing and deliver- 
ing an a/c of earned salary, which he claims from the City requests 
payment and further allowance for his future services: If not, he says he 
will leave. Resolved to speak to the Governo' hereupon. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New York March 2? A? Dom: 166$. 
Present Mr Cornells Stenwike, mayor; M' Isaacq Bedloo, Mr franc : 
Boon, Mr Xtophel hooglant, Aldermen; Capt" Jno. Manning, Sherif. 

W™ Pattisson, Pit: v/s Jn? garland, deft: In an Action of debt to 
the summe of Twenty pounds in good merchandable Beaver, at thirteen 
ShilH 5 & foure pence pr Bever. Uppon hearing of both parties this 
Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order that this deft: should make payment 
of the s? Twenty Pounds according to obligation, Within the space of 
fourteen dayes next ensuing the date hereof together with Cost of suit. 

1669. july the 22* Execut Issued uppon this Judgemt: 

William Pattisson, Pit: v/s Jno. garland, deft: In an action of debt 
to the summe of eight pounds five shillings, in Wheat. This Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court having heard the debates of both Parties, did decree & order that 
the deft: should pay the s? Debt of Eight pounds five Shill. in good mar- 
chandable Winter Wheate Within the space of fourteene dayes W? Cost 
of Suit. 

W? Pattisson, Pit: v/s John Garland, Deft: In an action of debt to 
the summe and quantity of two hundred and fifty busshels of good sound 
merchandable Winter Wheate. Uppon hearing of the debats of both 
parties this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & Order that the def- should pay 
to this Pit: the said 250 busshells of Wheate, accordinge to Obligation, 
here at New Yorke W'! 1 in the space of Fourteene dayes next ensuing the 
date hereof, together W* Cost of suit. 

Thomas Mabs, Pit: v/s George Canida, Deft: the Pit: declared to 
withdraw his action, and engageth to pay Cost of Court: 

Lammert Van Neck, PI' : v/s Jacob Teunissen, Def-: In an Act" of 
Disfamation. It is this day Ordered by the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court that this 
def': shal bring in proofe at the Next ensuing Court day, that he heard 
from the Widdow of Hage Bruins, that the P 1 * Wifes Sister Was Pub- 
licqly Executed in Holland, as this def': hath reported here in Towne: — 

W 1 ? Pattisson, P 1 .' v/s Jurian Janz Kooper, def: To the Summe of 



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lb s. d 

£ 12: 00: 2.\. Uppon hearing of the debates of both parties and 
Examining of the Wittnesses and proefes relating thereunto, This Wor- 
shipp 1 . 1 Court did Decree & Order, that the def': should make Payment 
to this P 1 * Immediatly the summe of one hundred gild r . s Wampum in part 
of the said debt, and Within the space of one Month next ensuing the 
date hereof, to Pay the remainder of his debt in Winter Wheate together 
W.' Cost of suit: 

Ariaen Van Laer, pltf. v/s Juriaen Janz. Kuyper, deft. PItfs. 
attorny Simon Jansen Romeyn demands from the deft. fl. 293. 10. 
zewant for rent due, according to a/c. Deft, admits the debt and de- 
mands time. Parties having been heard by the Worsh" Court, the deft. 
is condemned to pay the demanded fl. 293: 10 zewant with costs. 

Mf Peter Stuyvesant, P 1 ' v/s Ariaen Appell, deft: The P 1 .' produced 
a former Judgem' past by this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court on the 28* day of January 
A? i66£ against this def': to the use of the PI*: to the summe of fl. 2315: 
18. Wampum; in part of Payment this P 1 ' hath received by assigm': to 
Thomas de Laval Esq. the summe of fl. 1800. and Craves Execution for 
the Remainder part of the said Summe. The def-: remaining defaut 
uppon the third Court day, This Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did order that Execu- 
tion should be Issued out against the def'; for the Remainder part of the 
said Judgement. 

Guilliam de Honeur and Johannes de Witt, pltfs. v/s Jacob Teunis- 
sen Looper, deft. Pltfs. demand from the deft, the sum of fl. 75 zeawant, 
balance of a/c, with costs. The defts. 3 d defaut. The W. Court having 
heard pltfs. demand and examined the a/cs produced, condemn deft, to 
pay the above fl. 75 seawant. 

Rendell Huwitt, P 1 .' v/s Jn? Gerardy, deft: In an act: of debt. 
The P 1 .' declares that this def': is Indebted unto him, the summe of two 
hundred and thirty gild r - s as appeares by a bill und" his hand bearing date 
the 18* day of June A° 1656, for W c . h summe the Pit: Craves Judgem': 
ag s .' the def': W th Cost of suit: The def. s Bayle Mr Jacob Varrevanger 
appearing in y e behalfe of the def': replyeth that the def*: hath Satisfyed 
the s d debt to this P 1 ' as he wil make appeare by a Receipt under the 
P lts hand now at Road Island. This Worshipp 1 . 1 Court having heard the 
debats of both Parties, doe Decree & Order that in Case, the deft: or his 
Bayle can make appeare Within the space of two months next ensuing 



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the date hereof, that he hath paid or Satisfyed the s? debt to this P 1 . 1 that 
then a Non Suit should be entred ag 5 ' the P 1 ' But otherwise to Pay the 
said debt of fl. 230. With Cost of Suit. 

Hendrick Willemsen Baker, P 1 ' v/s Otto Gerrits, deft : The def' : 
& P 1 . 1 both defaut. 

Dirck Wiggersen, P 1 - 1 v/s Poul Cornelissen, defh 1. default. 

Engel Hendrix being summond by ord' of the Court remained defaut. 

Herry Bresers atturny appearing this day in Court Produced three 
Certificates by W c . h it appeared that he hath disbursed towards fetching up 
of the ox that belonged to Egbert the Slaughter the summe of fl. 37. 
Wampum. Whereuppon the Worshipp 11 Court ordered in Pursuance of 
an Order of Court bearing date the 26^ of Jann r . y last past, that the said 
Egbert Myndersen should make restitution of the said summe unto Herry 
Breser afores? 

The Court having received and read the petition of the curators of 
Rachel van Thienhoven, Isaacq Foreest, Johannes de Wit Cum Sociis, 
requesting in substance, that the corner wall alongside Hans Drepers 
house may be built up by the City, as they suffer great damage thereby, 
and still dread more etz. It is appostilled: — The W: Court shall take care 
that the demanded corner wall shall be built up by the first opportunity. 
Ady, as above. 

Uppon the Petition of Johannes Verveelen and the referm': of his 
honnf the Govern' This Worshipp 1 . 1 Court do reply & give for advice: 
Whereas the ferry at harlem, was farmed out to the Petition? for the 
Terme of five Yeares: — and now remoeved to the Wedding-place three 
yeares before the expired time, and Whereas the Petit' hath bene at Con- 
siderable Charge in Setling the s? ferry: Therefore the Court do give for 
advice, that the said ferry at the Wedding place should be graunted to 
the Petition' for the remainder three yeares Provided he remoeves his 
habitation thether, or Setleth a sufnciant person in his roome to attend 
the said ferry: and do Likewise Keepe and deliver up Annually an ac- 
count of the Incomes of the s? ferry. 

Coenraet ten Eyck and Boele Roelofs appearing in Court as guardi- 
ans of the minor child of Aeltie Bickers dec? requesting by petition, that 
the fl. 2000. zewant with the interest accrued since the Year 1664 loaned 
to the City on a/c of the aforesaid child may be discharged and paid to 



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petit n . rs , alleging that the necessity of s? orphan urgently demands it etz. 
It is apostilled: The W: Court shall solicit the Governor that the payment 
may be made according to previous promise and the petitioners request. 
Memorandum. The W: Court Commissioned for this Purpose the May? 
Cornells Steenwyk and the Alderman Francois Boon. Follows their 
report from the Governor: That as soon as Capt Nicolls shall come back 
from Long Island, order shall be given regarding the Company's effects 
and the City's debts also. 

Att a May r . s Court held at New York March the 16* A? i66f . Present 
M' Corn : Steenwyck, Mayor; Mr Isaacq Bedloo, Mr francis Boon, M T . 
Christoffel hooglant, Ald r men; Capt" Jno. Manning, Sherif. 

M' Isaacq Bedloo, Ald r man, Pit : v/s Jno: Garland, Deft. In an 
act" of Debt: The Pit: Rising from his Seat declared that the deft : was 
Indebted unto him for several goods received from Capt" de Laval & 
from this Pit: to the summe of fi. 3727: 4 Wampum as p' account appeares 
for W c . h he Craves Judgement of y e Court W* Cost of suit. The deft: ac- 
knowledged the s? debt. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that Judgement 
should be entred against the deft: to pay the said summe of fl. 3727: 4: 
Wampum, W th Cost of Suit. 

1669. 29^ March Issued out an Execution uppon this Judgemt. 

Memorandum; William Pattisson declared in Court that the above- 
standing action was but in Couller to deceive him from his monny due 
from garland, and Likewise that the Court was in no Capacity to passe 
any Judgemt: in this Cause because that the Number of the Ald r men ap- 
pointed for a Court was not Compleat. Jno. Rider atturny for John 
garland appearing in Court and declared that the s? garland found him- 
selfe verry much grieved in the Judgements past by this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court 
on the 2? of this Instant in the Cases then depending between W™ Pattis- 
son Pit: & the s d Jno. garland deft: and humbly Requested for an arrest 
the said Judgements, until the returne of his honn' the Govern' to the 
end he might Petition to his honn' for an appeale in the said Causes. 
The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that an arrest of Judgemt: should be 
entred according to Law. 

John Rider, Pit: v/s John Cockril, deft: In an act" of debt: The 
Def' remained defaut. The Pit: demands of this deft: £y. 10: o: in 



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tobacco at price Currant, W'. h Cost. The Court ordered that this action 
should be suspended withal until the next ensuing Court day. 

Allard Anthony, Pit: v/s Pieter Wolphersen, deft: The Pit: deliver- 
ing up his obligation & account, and the deft: Producing some Contra 
account, It was ordered by this Court that both parties might take out 
Coppies of the several accounts and to bring in their objections ag st the 
same at the next Court day. 

Egbert van Borsum, pltf. v/s Johannes Luyck, deft. Pltf. says, 
that he hired his scow to deft, on condition (as s? scow was provided 
neither with anchor nor fit rope), that deft, should keep a fit anchor and 
rope by it as long, as he, deft., should use it on hire, which deft, 
neglected, whereby he caused the above scow to drift away and it was 
missed for some days. Pltf. therefore demands restitution or otherwise 
satisfaction for his aboves? scow together with fl. 165. for 33 days hire 
thereof, with costs. Deft, admits having hired the scow on the above 
condition and says he provided it with anchor and rope until it was used 
by skipper Pieter Ryersen, when he, deft., took his anchor and rope from 
it. Therefore he maintains, that the above scow must come against 
Pieter Reyers afores d Parties being heard by the W: Court, their W: 
decree and order, as deft. Johannes Luyck hired the above scow on 
condition as afores? and did not return it to the owner, but let it go to 
skipper Pieter Ryersen without any stipulation, that the above named 
Johannes Luyck shall look up the scow and deliver it to pltf. within 14 
days time or in default thereof pay its value on estimation of two impar- 
tial persons to be chosen thereunto by the W: Court; and to pay the hire 
due with costs of Court. 

Johannes Luyck, skipper of the ship, Duke of York, pltf. v/s Pieter 
Reyersen vander Beets, skipper of the ship King Charles, deft. Pltf. 
says, that he let the deft, have Egbert van Borsums scow, which he had 
awhile on hire, in whose service it drifted away. He claims therefore, 
that deft, shall look it up again and deliver it. Deft, answering says, he 
only hired it for a day from the pltf., after which day he, deft., had the 
aforesaid scow bound on the proper place, to a post by the rope belong- 
ing to the scow, where it lay fast moored for 24 hours after that time. 
The W: Court having heard the arguments of parties, It is ordered and 
decreed by their Worships, as the deft, had given no special promise to 



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look for the scow and had made it fast at the usual place by the rope, 
belonging to it, that the scow aforesaid cannot come against deft. 
Therefore they dismiss the pltfs. entered demand. Ady as above. 

Jno. Rider appearing in Court desiringe Prolonginge of time til ultimo 
may next to proeve that he hath paid Anna Liscoo the debt for W c . h she 
hath obtained Judgem' ag 5 . 1 him on the 16th of feb: Last past, Profering 
to pay the s? debt once more in Case he can not sufficiantly proeve it by 
the s? Time. The Court allowed him the s? time to bring in his profe. 

Lammert Van Neck, Pit: v/s Jacob Teunissen, seaman, deft, both 
parties defaut. 

George Canida, pit: v/s Jno. Aston, deft: both parties default. 

Timotheus gabrie, pit: v/s Poulus Leendersen, deft: the deft. 
I s .' defaut. 

Timotheus gabrie, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: The deft: i s .* de- 
faut. 

Egbert Meyndersen, pit: v/s Herry Breser, deft: the deft. i s . r 
defaut. 

It is ordered on petition of Poul Richard, that Mr Stuyvesant shall, 
pursuant to the order of this W: Court dated 7 July last, prove at the 
Next Court day, that the protest was served within the time fixed accord- 
ing to the law of exchange at Amsterdam, or in default thereof to release 
the above named Richard from the bill of exchange mentioned in said 
appointment. 

On declaration of Evert Duycking made in favor of Cattelina Jansen, 
It is ordered by the W: Court, that Alexand* Stulter shall pay to the 
aforesaid Cattelyn Jans the fifty guilders zewant being for rent of Evert 
Duycking's room occupied by Cattelyn and that by virtue of the judg- 
ment dated 12 January last pronounced against the aforesaid Alexander, 
with costs. 

On complaint of Teunis Craey, It is ordered by the W Court, that 
Mr Allard shall, within one month, deliver to the abovenamed Craey a/c 
in due form. 

Uppon the Complt: of M' Xtophel hooghl' the Certaine quantity of 
pipe Staves belonging to W™ Reap are lying uppon a lot of ground of his 
about the waterside, to his great damage: It is this day ordered that the 
s? hooglant shal have the Liberty to remove the said Staves to some other: 



174 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1669 

Convenient place Provided the owner of the s? Staves shal repay to the 
s? hooglt: al such Expences as he shal disbourse in remoeving the s? 
Staves. 



A? 1669: Ady, 30* March. Att a May? Court held at New Yorck. 
Present M' Corn. Steenwyck, Mayor; Mr Matthyas Nicolls, Mf fr: Boon, 
Ald'men. 

Allard Anthony, Pit: v/s Pieter Wolfersen, deft: The Worshipp 1 . 1 
with the Consent of both parties referred this Case to be decided by 
Mr Johannes Van Brugh & gerrit Van Tright. 

This day an order is sent to the Deaconry by direction of the Mayor 
that they shall deliver to the W: Court the a/c of the receipt and expen- 
diture of the salary of the Preacher of this City received by them for 
some years hence. 

Att a Mayo' 5 Court held at New Yorck this 6'! 1 of April A? 1669. 
Present Mr Corn: Stenwick, Mayor; Mr Matth: Nicolls, M' Is Bedloo, 
MT fr Boon, Mr Xtofel hooglant, Ald r m" ; Capt" Jno : Manning, Sheriff. 

Jno: Rider, P 1 ' v/s Jno: Cockrill, deft: In an act of debt to the 
summeof ^3: 10: in tobacco at price Currant. The P 1 ' declared that 
the def' hath absented himselfe out of this governm', and Craves there- 
fore that the deft'? Baile Raef Warner, may be Condemned to pay the 
s? debt, with Cost of suit. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court haveing Examined the 
Evidences produced by the P 1 ' whereby he proeved the s? debt to be 
justly due unto him from this deft: did decree & order that the deft: 
John Cockrill or otherwise his Bayle should Pay and Satisfy the s? debt 
w* Cost of Suit. 

Egbert Myndersen, P 1 .' v/s Herry Breser, deft: In an act of dis- 
famation. Uppon the desire of both parties, It is ordered that this 
Cause should be Tryed by a Jury, the ensuing Court day. 

Dom? Samuel Megapolensis, pltf. v/s Cattelina Jans, Alexander 
Stulter and Abel Hardenbergh, defts. Pltf. demands from defts. fl. 317. 
12 zewant for medicine delivered etc. as per a/c, requesting, that the 
defts. money, which pltf. has attached in the hands of Alexander Stulter 
and Abel Hardenbroeck may be condemned in deduction of the above 



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debt, with costs. Deft.* acknowledges to owe pltf. fl. 53. 12. silver or fl. 
214. 8. zewant and no more and says, that she paid it by conveyance of a 
horse now in the hands of Pieter Jansen Slot. The W: Court having 
heard parties' arguments condemn the deft, to pay the above fl. 214. 8 
seawant with costs and further order, that the fl. 150 sewant belonging to 
the deft, in the hands of abovenamed Stulter and Hardenbroeck shall be 
received by pltf. and go to lessen the aforesaid debt. 

Herry Breser, Pit: v/s W? Pattisson, deft: In an act" of debt. 
The Pit declareth that this deft: accepted to pay to this pit: for the acct: 
of George Woolsey fl. 100 gild 1 . 3 Wampum for w c . h he Craves Judgem': 
W* Cost of suit. Uppon hearing of both parties this Worshipp 1 ! Court 
did decree & Ord' that this deft, should pay the s d Summe of fl. 100 
zewant W* Cost of suit. 

William Teller, Pit: v/s Foppe Janzen Outhout, deft: In an act" of 
debt to the summe of fl. 15 15. in good stringed beaver, Wampum and 
damage. The Pit. declareth that he hath attached some of the Effects 
of this deft: now in the hands of M' Cornells Steenwyck Mayor of this 
Citty, and humbly prayeth this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court to Condemne the same 
towards the Satisfying of the s? debt With Costs and damages as this 
Court shal judge meete. This Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did order that this Case 
should be suspended withal for the space of three months to the end that 
the deft: can have due Notice thereof, and Come and defend the Cause 
himselfe or by his atturny. 

Herry Nuton, Pit: v/s W? Pattisson, Deft: In an act: of Disfamation. 
The Pit: declareth that the deft: hath greatly disfamed this Pit: in doing 
his office as Marishal of this Citty, in Calling this Pit: Roag and would 
proeve him to be one before the Govern' for W c . h he Craves due reparation 
W. h Dammages ; — Uppon hearing of both parties, and their Several Wit- 
nesses, This Worsh. Court do decree & order that the deft: should pay 
a fine of Twenty five gild rs Wampum to the poore, with Cost of Suit; 
and recommend him to take Warning not to affront or abuse any of the 
officers for the future any more, or that a greater Penalty shal be Im- 
posed uppon him according to the Merritts thereof : 

Jacob Varrevanger, Pit: v/s Gerrit Janzen Stavast, deft: both 
defaut. 

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Lammert Van Neck, Pit: v/s Anthony Janz, deft: both default. 

John Schouten, Pit: v/s Hendrick Janz Spiers Wife, deft: Parties 
agreed. 

Assur Levy, Pit: v/s Anthony Jansen, deft: both default. 

Assur Levy, Pit: v/s Thomas Lovel, deft: both default. 

Timotheus Gabrie, P 1 ' v/s Poulus Leendersen, Def' Parties agreed. 

Pieter Alrighs, P 1 ' v/s Harmen Vedder, Def' Parties default. 

Peter Wolphersen, P" v/s Nicolaes Backer, Def' Parties defaut. 

Peter Winster, P" v/s Jannetie De Witt, def' Parties agreed. 

Hendrick Willemsen, baker, P 1 .' v/s Otto Gerrits, Deft The def i 
defaut. 

Allard Anthony, P 1 ' v/s Pieter Wolferz, def' Tie def i defaut. 

Capt" John Manning P 1 ' v/s Mary Gosens, deft. The P 1 ' Repre- 
sented that this def had sold drink to a sould' by Name Tho: diere and 
tooke pawne for the same Contrarie to Ordr The def' denyeth that she 
did take any Pawne, w c . h she will proeve the ensuing Court day. Where- 
uppon the Court ordered that she should proeve the same the ensuing 
Court day. 

Sackery Crisp, P!' v/s Tho: Taylor, def' It being made appeare 
that the deft, was not summond according to Law, it was Ordered that a 
Non Suit should be entred against the P 1 ' 

Rachel Dameford, P" v/s Thomas Tayler, def' In this Case ordered 
as ut Supra. 

The petition of the householders and some of the inhabitants of this 
City was read and considered in which they complain in substance that 
Cornelis van Ruyven, Poulus Leendersen and Allard Anthony were busy 
to the great prejudice of the Commonalty in general, in fencing in a 
parcel of land lying between the bouweries of the abovenamed Anthony 
and Van de Grift and the Great Kill, whereby the pasture of the cattle 
will be much abridged, and request therefore of the Governour (who has 
referred them to this Worsh" Court), that the same may be forbidden 
and prevented to the abovenamed persons. Whereuppon the W: Court 
ordered: — Copy hereof shall be furnished to Mr. Cornelis van Ruyven, 
M T . Poulus Leenders and M' Allard Anthony, to answer thereunto in 
writing at the next Court day. 

Whereas Sieur Hendrick Coutrie, authorized by this W: Court in 



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date 4^ Aug s .' last as curator of the estate left by the late Mattheus de 
Vos, has gone hence towards Delowarre bay, and it is necessary that 
another suitable person be appointed in his place: Therefore M' Poulus 
Leenders van de Grift is elected by us the Mayor and Aldermen to this 
end. Ady as above. 

Jacob Barentsen Kool requests by petition, that as Jacob Daniels, 
at present porter at the Weigh house is about to depart in the ship ready 
to sail, he the petite may be Admitted in his place as City labourer. On 
question it is apostilled: Petitioner's request is granted, provided he 
conduct himself vigilantly and industriously as he ought. 

Caspar Steynmits requesting by petition payment of the balance due 
him by the City. It is apostilled: Petitioner is requested to have a little 
more patience, as there is no doubt the City debts shall now be paid off 
in a short time. 

Uppon the Order of the Govern' for a Revew in the Case betwixt 
Johannis Luke P" & Pieter Ryersen def' It is this day Ordered that a 
Jury should be Impanelled to Trye the Case in Controversie the ensuing 
Court day. 

April the 10* A? 1669. Att a Mayors Court held at New York 
Specially Called uppon a Review of the Action betwixt Johannes Luke 
Pit; Pieter Reyersen Van der Beets, def' There being present M r . Corn: 
Steenwyck, Mayor; Capt. Matthyas Nicolls, M* Isaacq Bedloo, Mr Fr: 
Boon, M* Christoffel Hooglant, Ald r men. 

Johannes Luyck, P'.' v/s Pieter Reyersen Van der Beets, def' The 
P" declareth that he borrowed a Scow of Egbert Van Borsum for the un- 
loading of his ship for which said scow this P 1 .' tooke great Care to secure 
soo long shee was in his Service. But he haveing done W'. h hur, this 
Def* Pieter Reyersen came to him to hyer her. Whereuppon this P 1 .' said 
that he was to make his addresse to the owner: And after some dayes 
the def' tooke the s? Scow, made use of her, this Def' 5 seamen made the 
s? Scow soo slightly fast to a post that shee drove away and is Lost. 
Wherefore this P 1 .' conceives that the s? Scow being lost in the def' s 
Service he hath no reason to pay for her although condemned thereunto. 
Whereuppon he Commenceth yf his Suite, and Prayeth that the def' may 
be ordered to make good the s? Scow; with Costs of Court. The de- 

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fend' Replyeth that he tooke the s? Scow by the P s . owne concent and 
used her but for one day, after w c . h day he Tyed the s? Scow to a Post, 
w* the Roaps w c . h he found in her. The P 1 * as alsoo the Owners made 
Answer for Duply that there was no Roap belonging to the Scow. 
Wherefore the P 1 ' Conceives that the def' ought to have made redelivery 
of the Scow, either to the Owner or this P" after he had done w'. h using 
of her, w* he hath not done. The Jury brought in their Verdict and 
found for the Pit: and that the def' make good the Scow to the P 1 ' with 
Cost of Suit. Whereuppon this Worshipp" Court ordered that Judge- 
ment should be suspended Withal till further order. 

JURY MEN. 

W™ Roosswel, forem?; Charles Hill, J n .° Sellick, Jno browne, Tho. 
Matthews, Paul haal, Tho: Bradluy, Alexander Watts, Lammert van 
Neck, James Adams, Sam! Treworthy, Claes Tysen. 

It is this day Ordered by the W: Court with advice of his honn? the 
Govern' that for the future all those that shall Call a Speciall Court shall 
pay for the same fourty shillings in Zilver or the Vallue thereof in 
Wampum. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New York April the 27* A? 1669. 
Present M' Cornelis Steenwyck, Mayor ; Capt Matthias Nicolls, Mr 
Francis Boon, M T . Xtophel hooghlant, Ald'men ; Capt" J"° Manning, 
Sherif. 

Egbert Myndersen, Pit: v/s Herry Breser, deft: In an act: of dis- 
famation. The Pit: declared that the deft, on the 16* of feb: last past 
had declared in open Court as may appeare uppon the Record, that this 
pit: was a theefe, and prayeth this Court for reparation of his honnf and 
punishment according to his meritts W. h Cost of Suit. The Jury brought 
in their Verdict & found for the pit: that the deft: pay Cost of Court, 
and further they do not find Egbert Myndersen to be a theefe in this 
Case. The Worshipp" Court ordered that Judgem': should be entred 
according to the Tenure of the s? Verdict and the deft: to pay Cost of 
suit. 

THE JURY WAS 

W? Roshwel, foreman; Tho: Braidluy, Guilliam d'Honeur, William 
Bogardus, Timothy Gabrie, Isaacq Greveraet, Thomas Tayler, Jn? Law- 
rence, Hendrick de Baker, Hendrick Kip, Zacharias Krisp. 



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Henry Murton, Pit: v/s Jn? Hendrix Van Gunst, Deft. The Pit: 
declared that in the month of March last the deft? howse being broken 
open & robbed, this pit: [sic] made Complt: that this pit: had Committed 
the s? Crime uppon W c . h this pit: was Confined to prison for seaven dayes 
together. Wherefore he prayeth good reparation W'! 1 Costs. The Jury 
brought in their Verdict and found for the Pit: that the deft: pay unto 
the Pit: sixty gilders in seawant with Cost of Suit. Whereuppon this 
Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that Judgement should be suspended Withall 
in this Case till further order. 

Mr Cornells van Ruyven, Poulus Leendersen and Allard Anthony 
delivering in, in writing their answer to the complaints of some land and 
house holders, entered by petition on the last Court day, It is by the W. 
Court ordered : Copy hereof is to be furnished to party to answer there- 
unto at the next Court day. 

Timothy Gabrie, P? v/s Allard Anthony, De£ Itt is Ordered that 
the Def' Shal take out a Coppy of the P'' s declaration and make his 
answer to it the next ensuing Court day. 

Arien van Laer, P 1 ' v/s Juriaen Janz van Auweryk, Def' the Deft 
1 defaut. 

Thomas Lammerts & Joost Cockuyt, P 1 . 1 v/s The Inhabitants of 
New Haerlem, def' The Deft. i. defaut. And Ordered that Notice 
should be given to the def ts that the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court would certainly 
meete againe this day a fourtnight. 

Abel Hardenbroeke, P 1 ' v/s Lysbet Gerrits or doove (deaf) Lysbet, 
defJ The de£ 1 defaut. 

Annetie Dircx, P 1 ' v/s Elsie Carpyn, deft. Both parties defaut. 

Sachary Crisp, pit: v/s Tho: Taylor, deft: The P? absent and 
therefore non suited. 

It is this day ordered by the Worshipp 1 . 1 May?: Court of this Citty, 
that from henceforth all persons that shal have any actions depending in 
Court, to by Tryed and determined by a Jury, shall be bound to deliver 
a declaration in Writing in the office, 8 dayes before the day of Tryal 
uppon Penalty of a Non Suite. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New York May the 18th 1669. Present 
Mr Cornells Steenwyck, Mayor; Capt" Matthyas Nicolls, M- Isaacq 



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Bedloo, M r . francis Boon, M' Christoffel hooghlant, Ald r men; Capt" Jno. 
Manning, Sherif. 

Timothy Gabrie, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: The deft: deliver- 
ing in Court his answer to the pit? declaration, it Was ordered that the 
pit: should take out a Coppy thereof, to the end the Case might come to 
Tryal the ensuing Court day: — When the deft: Likewise is ordered to 
make proefe of several of the allegations made in hiz said answer. 

Simon Janz Romeyn, Pit: v/s Hendrick Van de Water, deft: in an 
act" of debt. The Pit: declareth that he arrested at Amesfoort on Long 
Island some of the goods & effects of the deft: for a debt due unto him 
as atturny for hendrick van der Walles administf The deft: Craved for 
a Non Suit Whereas the pit: hath laid his action Contrary to Law. The 
Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that a Non Suit should be entred ag 5 . 1 the pit: 
and he to pay Cost of Court. 

Thomas Lammertsen & Joost Cockuyt, Pit? v/s The Inhabitants of 
New harlem, deft 5 : the deft 5 default. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered 
that Notice should be given to the deft? for to make their appearance 
this day 3 weekes When a Court should be held Without faile. 

Abel Hardenbroeck, pit: v/s Lysbet gerrits, deft: the deft: 1 de- 
fault. The pit: declareth that the deft: is Indebted unto him for howse 
rent, for W c . h debt he attached the goods of the deft: Now in the hands 
of Roelof the Slaughter; and Craved Judgemt: ag 5 . 1 the same. The deft: 
not appearing to defend the Cause it was ordered that the arrest should 
stand good til further order. 

Mettie Wessells, Pit: v/s Patrick Browne, deft: the pit: declareth 
that the deft: is Indebted unto hur for wine & beere drawne fl. 145 Wam- 
pum, for W c . h she craves Judgemt: ag st the deft: w l . h Cost of suit. The 
Worshipp 11 Court ordered that Judgemt: should be entred ag s ' the deft: 
to pay the s? debt of f. 145. W'! 1 Cost of suit. 

Gelyn Verplanck, P 1 .' v/s Gerrit Post, Deft. Pit: demands from 
Deft: fl. zewant with Costs. Deft: admits the debt but requests delay. 
The W. Court having heard Parties condemn the deft: to pay the above 
fl. 50. with Costs within the time of 14 days from date hereof. 

Hendrick Willems, baker, v/s Otto Gerrits, deft. Defts 3? defaut. 
One of pit? witnesses, Poule Richard, being sworne in Court and Abram 
Carmer his other witness being absent, It is Ordered that the above 



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named Abram Carmer shall be sworn between this and next Court day to 
the declaration made by the abovenamed witness, so as to decide the case 
on the next Court day. 

The farmers and householders beyond the Fresh Water deliver in 
their reply to Mr. Van Ruyven etc. It is Ordered to furnish copy thereof 
to parties. 

Michiel Tades, Pit: v/s Davit Provoost, deft: the deft: i. default. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Pit: v/s Jn? Garland, deft: the deft: i default. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Pit: v/s Anthony De Milt, deft: the deft: i. defaut. 

John Sharp Atturny of Rendel Hewitt presenting to this Court, that 
he on the 2? of March last past, had obtained Judgem': ag 5 .' John 
Gerardy, or his Baile Mr Jacob Varrevanger for a debt of fl. 230. to be 
paid in 2 months after to s? date, W c . h time now is expired ; and therefore 
Craved Execution ag" the s? Gerardy or his Baile, to pay the s? debt in 
the hands of M' Cornel is Steenwyck Mayr in part of payment of the s? 
Rendel Hewits debt; The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that Execution 
should be Issued accordingly. 

Herry Morton by his atturny Jn? Sharp, Craved for Judgem': uppon 
the Verdict of the Jury brought in the last Court day, in the case depend- 
ing betwixt him & Jan Hend? V. Gunst. Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court, Ordered that in Case the parties could not agree betwixt this time, 
and next Court day that then Judgemt: should be past. 

This day 26^ May 1669 Sieuw Poulus Leendersen, Davit Jochems, 
Lammert Huybertsen Mol and Simon Turck are authorized to appraise 
the present value of Egbert van Borsum's scow, as well as when the 
skipper Johannes Luyck had it last in hire. 

Arian Cornelissen is also provisionally allowed by the Mayor to tap 
half a barrel of strong beer free of excise and so until further order. 

On the complaint of the Treasurer Nicolaes Bayard, the late Collect? 
Hend k Obe is ordered within the time of 8 days to settle finally with the 
Treasurer. 

Att a May r - S Court held at New York, June 22? A? 1669. Present 
M r Cornells Steenwyck, May^; Mr Ralph Whitefield, Capt Mathias 
Nicolls, Mr Isaacq Bedloo, M r . Nicolaes d Meyer, Ald r men; Capt J"° 
Manning, Sherif. 



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Lammert van Neck, P 1 . 4 v/s Anthony Jansen, Def 4 The P 14 de- 
mands of this Def 4 the summe of fi. 242: 14 Wampum as by account ap- 
peares. The deft ownes the debt to the summe of fi. 233. as alsoo the 
surplus in case it be not discounted in the last ace 4 Uppon hearing of 
the Parties, this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & Ordr that the defend 4 
should pay the s? debt in Wampum Within the Space of 14 dayes Next 
ensuing or sooner in Case the pit: should depart for hoi land before the 
s? time, and in the meane While the deft: is to give in security not to de- 
part this Towne before the debt be Satisfied, together W 4 . h Cost of suit. 

1669. July 18th Issued Out Execution uppon this Judgemt: 

Whereas on the 24th of Novemtf last, the Judgemt: of this Court 
was suspended in the action of Simon Turcq pit: ag s . 4 Thomas Lewis 
deft: in an act" of debt to the summe or quantity of 230 deale bords, the 
s? Case then being something difficult to the Court, although the Jury 
Did bring in their Verdict for the Pit: But the Case being Cleard this 
day by the oath of the Pit, that he Never Received any part of the s? 
debt: This Worshipp 1 . 1 Court do therefore decree that the deft: or his 
Bayle Shal satisfy the s? 230 deale bords, together With Cost of Suit. 

Whereas the Judgem 4 of Court was suspended in the action of Henry 
Morton Pit: ag s . 4 Jan hendrix Van Gunst deft: there being brought in 
a Verdict of the Jury, Whereby they found for the Pit: that the deft: 
should pay him the summe of Sixty gild rs sewant, as may appeare uppon 
the Records In date the 27th off Aprill last past: Uppon W c . h Verdict this 
Worshipp 1 . 1 Court have thought fit this day to ord' that Judgem 4 should 
be entred according to Verdict and that the deft: do pay the s? fl. 60 
Sewant With Cost of Suit. 

Anna Liscoo appearing in Court humbly Requesting that Execution 
might be Issued out uppon the Judgemt: of Court obtained by hur in 
date the 16th of feb? last ag s . 4 Jno. Rider, Whereas the time allowed to 
the s? Rider in date the 16th of March, is now Long Expired. Where- 
uppon the Worshipp. Court ordered that Execution should be Issued out 
accordingly. 

In the matter in question in a case of account between Teunis Craey 
on the one side and M 1 - Allard Anthony on the other side, the Worsh" 
Court authorized as arbitrators Sieurs Johannes van Brugh and Gerrit 
van Tright who are hereby required to examine the accounts in the 



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presence of the W: Alderman M* Nicolaes de Meyer, and if possible to 
settle them and reconcile parties; if not, to render report to the W: Court. 

Timotheus gabrie, Pit : v/s Allard Anthony, deft : the deft : defaut : 
It is ordered that the deft: shal appeare the Next Court day, or otherwise 
that Judgement shal be Entred uppon the evidences then to be presented 
in Court. 

Thomas Lammertsen & Joost Kockuyt, Pit: v/s The Inhabitants of 
New Harlem, deft? the deft? defaut. It is ordered that a Summons shal 
be Issued out to the deft? that they do appeare in Court this day fourt- 
night. 

Hendrick Willemsen, Baker, Pit: v/s Otto gerrits, deft: both parties 
default. 

Pieter Nys, pit: v/s Thomas Tayler, deft: the deft, i defaut. 

Pieter Nys, pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft: the deft: i. defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Pit: v/s Jno. Garland, deft: The defend' 2?defaut. 

Uppon the Petition off the Inhabitants & farmers ag s -' Mr Cornelius 
Van Ruyven & Comp? and their answers to the same, This Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court do Report to His Honn. the govern' That M' Van Ruyven & 
Comp? Thomas Hall & Comp?, & others that have obtained pattents for 
Lands about the Great Kill,* since the Reducing of this place und? his 
May ts . es Obedience, shal enjoy & fence in soo much of their Lands, as 
they shal be able to manure, besides a reasonable proportion of Land, 
to be allowed them, for a p r ticuler pasture, provided that they do not 
Cutt of the Passages out of the Woods to the Waterside, but to leave 
openings at every one or 200 Rods distance, for Common Roads to the 
Waterside; — Belonging the other particuler Pastures Whereof Compl'was 
made, the same being graunted, possessed & fenced in some 20 & others 
30 Yeares since, We do adjudge soo longe a time, to be of a Nature of a 
prescribtion : — This We give for Report, & do leave the Considerate thereof 
to Yr Honnr 

Att a Mayors Court held at New York, this 6th day of July A 1669. 
Present Mf Cornells Steenwyck, May?; M r Raph Whitefield, Capt" Mat- 

* The Great Kil ran along the present Gansevoort Str., which was formerly called 
the "Great Kil Road." The bouweries or farms referred to were West of Broadway, 
betw. Christopher and 23d Str. 



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thyas Nicolls, Mr Is: Bedloo, absent ; Mr Johannes depeyster, Mf 
Nicolaes de meyer, Ald r men; Capt" Jno. Manning, Sherif. 

Timothy Gabrie, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft. The deft: deliver- 
ing in Court his duplycq uppon the reply of the deft : It was ordered, that 
the Pit: should take out a Coppy thereof, and that the Case should come 
to Tryal the ensuing Court day. 

Thomas Lammertsen & Joost Kockuyt, pit? v/s The Inhabitants of 
New haerlem, deft? Uppon hearing of both parties, this Worshipp 1 - 1 
Court finding that the Case in Controversy is about a Parcell of Meddow 
in W c . h his honn' the Govern' hath been Concerned heretofore, who Like- 
wise hath made an order to that Purpose, this Court have Resolved, to 
advice with his honn^ about the s? Cause, before they do make any order 
about the same. 

Thomas Milborn, Pit: v/s ffrancis douty, deft, the Pit: declaring 
by his declaration in Writ, It Was ordered by this Worshipp" Court that 
the deft: should take out a Coppy thereof and put in his answer to the 
same by the next Court day. 

Uppon the Petition of the atturny of Simon Turcq It is this day 
ordered that Thomas Lewis shal pay the deale Boards, in W ch he was 
Condemned to this Petition!" the last Court day, here at New Yorke 
although the debt Was Contracted at Albany. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Pit: v/s John Garland, deft: In an act: of Debt 
to the summe of fl. 295. Wampum. The deft: remained the 3? Court 
day Defaut; Whereuppon this Worshipp 11 Court ordered that Judgement 
should be entred ag s . 4 the deft: to pay the s? debt in 8 Dayes or by fault 
thereof, that the goods out of W c . h the debt doth proceed, should be Sold 
againe according to Condition and what the second sale should amount 
Lesse than the first, should be made up by the deft: together with Cost 
of suite. 

From the nomination of the FireWardens of this City the W: Court 
chose anew: — Nicolaes Jansen, baker 

Jan Jansen van Bresteede, 
Hendrick Bosch, 
to whom the present FireWardens are required to deliver over all the fire 
buckets, ladders & other apparatus remaining in their hands and care; 
Done New York etz. 



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The Overseers of Highways etz making Known, that the period of 
their service is expired, requesting that some new ones may be elected in 
their place — Whereupon it is by the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court decided, that the 
petitioners shall remain yet in their office until further order, as some new 
Overseers shall have to be appointed for the branding of horses and 
cattle. 

Phill: Johns, pit: v/s Adriaen hegeman, deft, both parties default. 

Assur Levy, pit: v/s Anthony Jansen, deft: the pit: defaut & Non- 
suited. 

Pieter Nys, pit: v/s Tho: Taylor, deft, the deft: 2 defaut. 

Pieter Nys, pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft: the deft: 2: defaut. 

fredrick gysbersen, Pit: v/s W? Bogardus, deft, the deft: 1 defaut. 

Att a Speciall Court, held at New York this 13th day of July A? 
1669. Present Mr Corn: Steenwyck, Mayor; Mr Ralph Whitefield, 
Capt" Matthias Nicolls, Mr Isaacq Bedloo, Mr Johannes depeyster, Mf 
Nicolaes de meyer, Aldermen. 

Henry Obe, Pit:, the Ketch Hopewel p? William Vaskum, deft: 
The Pit: declareth that William Vascum is Indebted unto him for monny 
disbursed and Laid out in and about the said Ketch hoopwel, the summe 
of fl. 2561 in Wampum as pT acct: and receipts, appeares; and the s d Vas- 
cum owner of the s d Ketch being dead the Pit: prayeth that the s? Ketch 
may be Exposed to Sale — for the Satisfying of the s d debt W* Cost. 
This Worshipp" Court doe appoint Mr Johannes de Peyster & M.* 
Nicolaes de Meyer aldmien of this Citty for to State Examin & Perfect 
the s d account of this Pit: and What they shall find, that the s d Vascom is 
Indebted unto this Pit: uppon the Ballance of the s d acct:, this Court 
doth Deere & order that Judgem' should be entred ag s .' the s d Katch of 
the s d Vascum, and that the s d Katch shall be Exposed to Sale for the 
Payment of the same With Cost of suit. 

Thomas Hall, Pit: v/s the Ketch Hoopwell p r . W™ Vascum, deft: 
The Pit: declareth that the s? W? Vascum is Indebted unto him as by 
Bill bearing date the 7th of Xb' last past appeares, the summe or Quantity 
of 1800 lb good Sound marchandable Tobacco, to be paid and delivered 
free & Cleare of all Charges, at the Wheigh howse, of this Citty, and the 
s d Vascum owner of the s d Katch, being dead, the Pit: Prayeth for 



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Judgemt: against the s? Ketch, for the Satisfying of the Pit: his said debt, 
With Cost of Suit. This Worship 1 . 1 Court uppon mature Consideration, 
did decree & order that Judgement should be entred against the s? Ketch, 
and that the s? Ketch should be Exposed to sale for the Satisfying of 
the s? 1800 lb of Tobacco Wl 1 Cost of Suit. 

Jane Philips, Widdow, Pit: v/s the Ketch Hoopwell p' W™ Vascum, 
deft. The Pit: declareth to this Court that William Vascom owner of 
the s? Ketch, and now deceased stands Indebted unto hur, the ful 
Quantity of two thousand five hundred and Seventy eight pounds of 
Tobacco, payable in Virginia as by account signed by the s? Vascum 
more at large appeares, Wherefore this Pit: Prayeth for Judgement 
against the said Ketch, and that she may be Condemned (as being the 
proper Estate of the s? Vascum) towards the Payment of the s? debt With 
Cost of suit. This Worshipp" Court uppon due Examination of the s? 
acct: did find the same to be just; and therefore did decree and order 
that Judgement should be Entred against the s? Ketch of the s? Vascum, 
for the Satisfying of the s? debt, Provided there be deducted soo much 
out of The Same as the Tobacco payable in Virginia, shal be judged of 
lesser Vallue as Tobacco here, and Likewise the deft: to pay Cost of Suit. 
John Cocx and Companie, Pit: v/s the Keth Hoopwell p- W? Vas- 
kum, deft: The Pit? humbly declare that there is due unto them for 
Wages, and Money disbursed by the mast r , the quantity of foure thousand 
one hundred and twentie two pounds of tobacco and Eighty nine gild" in 
Wampum; and the s? Vaskum being dead, and several Creditors haveing 
Laid attachments uppon the s? Vessel, Wherefore these Pit? pray that ac- 
cording to the Custome of Sea and Lawes of Oulleroon they may be paid 
and Satisfyed their Wages and disbursments, on the s? Vessel with Cost. 
This Worshipp 1 . 1 Court, uppon Examination of the Pit? accounts, and 
mature Considerat" & deliberation Conserning the Premises, did finally 
Conclude and decree, that the s? Vessel should satisfy the just debts of 
the Pits amounting as p' account, stated by this Court, as followeth: — 
To the Master John Cocx for 2 monthes & 14 dayes Wages 
earned uppon this last voyage since the 5* day of May 
last past untill the 16* of this Instant when the Vessel 
is to be sold at 300 lb tobacco p r month amounts to. . . lb 750 

And for his demands of Wages he hath earned, before he 



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entred uppon this Last Voyage, in Case he can bring 
in good proofe of the same, within the space of six 
Monthes next ensuing the date hereof, then he shall 
come in Concurrance with the other Creditors, and 
receive an Equal Portion with them for his said 
demands. 
To William Busshell, seaman for 2 monts & 13 day Wages 

since the 6* May to the 16* July at 260 lb p r month. . 641 

To Richard Omond for Wages from the 12* May to the 
16* July, is 2 monthes & 7 dayes at 200 lb tobacco p r 

month 460 

To Expences, disbursements, & port Charges videllez' 

To Collon Bennet for Clearing & port Charges in monney 

2 1 ? 7! 6 d is in Tobacco 285 

To the Smith at Kiketan for Yron Worke 35 

To a gallon of Rom & 1 q rt of brandy for the Seamen 65 

To monney laid out for the Ketch at New Yorke Wampum, fl. 80 
To port Charges at New Yorke 9 

fl. 89. lb 2236 
Deducting for soe much the Mast' acknowledgeth to have 

received, for 1 p r of shoes & £ lb thread 30 

fl. 89. lb 2206 
The Totall summe w ch this Worshipp" Court doe allow for Wages & 
disbursements amounts as afores? to the summe of fl. 89. zewant & 2206 
lbs of Tobacco payable in Virginia, W c . h said summes shall be Satisfied 
unto the P l ' s out of the Product of the s? Ketch, deducting soe much as 
the Tobacco payable in Virginia, will be adjudged of lesser vallue then 
Tobacco is at this port, and the Def' to pay Cost of suit. 

Uppon the Petitions of Hendrik Obe, Thomas Hall, John Kocx & 
Comp? and Jane philips, each in particular Requesting, that their severall 
Judgements this day obtained, ag s .' the Ketch of William Varcum, might 
have the Preceedance and preferrance, to be paid out of the s? Ketch; 
Uppon mature Concideration This Worshipp" Court did order Videllez* 

Imp: That the s? John Cocx & Comp? for their Wages & disburse- 
ments uppon the s? Vessel should have the Preceedance beffore all others. 



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Secondly. That The Judgement of Hendrick Obe & Thomas Hall, 
shall have preceedance before any others, except the s d Kocx & Comp? 

3 d . ly That the Judgement of Jane Philips, shall be Putt in Execution, 
in Case any Estate of the s? Varcum shall be left, after the satisfying of 
the s d Judgements. 

Whereuppon it is Ordered by the Worshipp 11 [Court] that the s d Ketch 
shall be Exposed to Sale in a Publicq outcry, on thursday next ensuing, 
in the afternoone, about five a Clock, at the howse of Mt r . s Wessells; 
towards the Satisfying of the s d Judgements and Charges. 

It is this day ordered, that the marshalls shall receive, out of the 
monney paid for a Speciall Court, the summe of foure gild rs Wampum. 

July the 26th 1669. Att a meeting held at New York. TVP Cornelis 
Steenwyck, Mayor; M r . Ralph Whitefield, Capt" Matthias Nicolls, Alder- 
men. 

Uppon Examination of W? fissher, whether he hath had any Conver- 
sation with Engel Hendrix, who is Lately put to death for murdering her 
Child, and wether he hath not had any Cognisanze of the murdering of 
the S d Child, whereas the s d Engel uppon her Tryal declared that the s d 
W™ fissher was the father of the s d Child. Whereuppon the s d fissher 
Replied that he never hath had any thing to do with her uppon the s? ac- 
count and did absolutely denye the same. The Worshipp" May? & 
aldermen did decree & order that the s? fissher shall give in good security 
for his good behavior & keeping of his Mayest? Peace, in obedience of 
W c . h order the s d fissher, besides Edward frensh & Richard Kaets as his 
securities, do bind themselves each in p r ticular in a summe of 20 ;£ SterF 
for the s d fisshers good behavior the space of 6 months, next ensuing. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke August the 3 d A? dom: 1669. 
Present M' Cornelis Steenwyck, mayor ; M' Ralph Whitefield, Capt? 
Matth: Nicolls, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Mr Joh: dePeister, M T - Nicolaes de 
Meyer, Aldermen; Capt" Jno: Manning, Sherif. 

Uppon the Petition of Albert Leendersen this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court have 
admitted the s d Albert to be a Porter Within this Citty, and do order him 
to take his Oath for his fidellety in the s d office. 

Uppon the Petition of William Wells — Requesting to be one of the 



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porters for this Citty; It is this day ordered by the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court, 
that the first Vacant place in the Number of the Corne and planck Work- 
ers, that this Petition? shal be preferred before any others. 

Timothy Gabrie, Pit: v/s Allard Anthony, deft: the deft: defaut : 
the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did order that the Parties should deliver in all their 
papers to the Secret r . y , and do appoint M' Johannes de peister & Mr Nic- 
olaes Meyer Aid" for to View & Examin the same, and to bring their 
Report uppon the same the Ensuing Court day. 

Jacob milborn Atturny of Alexand- Brian, Pit. v/s francis douty, 
deft: the deft: defaut The Pit: declareth that the Deft, is Indebted to 
this P" Alexander Brian by Obligation the summe of thirty two pounds 
ten Shillings Sterlg. to be paid at the Ferry over ag s . 4 New Yorke, one 
halfe in pease, and the other halfe in Wheate at price Currant, for w c . h debt 
this P 1 .' prayeth Judgem? ag 5 .' the deft With Cost of Suit. The deft Re- 
mained defaut, and as it was aledged is departed out of this Governm' to 
Milfort. Whereuppon this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree and Order that 
Judgement should be entred ag s .' the def' for to pay the s? debt together 
with Cost of Suit; But No Execution to be Issued out uppon this Judge- 
ment, until further Order of this Court. 

Pieter Nys, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laer, deft. Defts. 3? default. Pltf. 
demands from deft, the sum of fl. 218: 10. zewant, according to a/c, with 
costs. The W: Court having examined and reviewed the a/c. and the 
deft, remaining Contumax in his appearance; condemn him to pay the 
aforesaid sum of fl. 218. 10. zewant, with costs. 

Thomas Lewis, pltf. v/s Poulus Leendersen, deft. Pltf. says, he 
delivered to deft. 90 planks on a/c of Symon Turcq, whom he, pltf., is 
now lately condemned to pay de novo. Deft, denies the receipt. The 
W: Court order the pltf. to prove his assertion. 

Mettie Wessels, pltf. v/s John Garland, deft. Deft, in default. 

Thomas Lewis, pltf. v/s Mr. Petro Stuyvesant, deft. The defts. 
I s .' default being sick. 

Hans Dyckman, Pit: v/s Alexander La Roue, deft: the deft: 1. defaut. 

Gelyn Verplank, Pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft: the deft: 1 defaut. 

Poulus Leendersen, Pit: v/s Alexander La Roue, deft: the deft: 1. 
defaut. 

Sara Kierstede, Pit: v/s Anna Menaet, deft: the deft. 1 defaut. 



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Tryntie Clocq, Pit: v/s Reynier Rycken, deft: the deft: defaut. 

Gerrit Van Tright, Pit: v/s Anna Smits, deft: the deft: i defaut. 

Ernestus Rynier, Pit: v/s fredrick Arentsen, deft: both parties 
defaut. and therefore the Pit: Non Suited. 

Dirck van Clyff atturny of Arent Jansen Moesman, pltf., v/s Marten 
Hoffman, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, the sum of fl. 700 sewant with 
the interest thereon @ 10 per cent yearly pursuant to mortgage dated 19 
Nov A? 1664, and as the deft, sold to Capt. Manningh the house, which 
he had mortgaged to pltf., and received the payment therefor, pltf. there- 
fore demands payment of his mortgage aforesaid or in default thereof 
judgemt. and execution agst the mortgaged house with costs. Deft, 
admits the debt ; requests some delay. The W: Court having heard 
parties, condemn deft, to give sufficient security to pay the above debt 
within 3 months time to the pltf. with costs; and order the pltfs. mortgage 
to hold good until the effectual payment of aforesaid sum. 

167 1. the 30* of 7 b " Execution Isued out. 

Uppon the Petition of Peter Steenhuysen requesting to be admitted 
as a burger of this Citty:— The Court have this day admitted of the 
s? Steenhuysen to be a Burger of this Citty, Provided he oblidgeth him- 
selfe to pay soo much for the same as hereafter shal be establisht. 

According to the Ord' of the last Court, M: Johannes De Peyster & 
M r . Nicolaes De Meyer bringing in their Award Concerning the Account 
betwixt Hendrick Obe, & William Vascum deceased, and Awarded that 
the s? William Vascum remained Debtor to the s? Obe the Summe of One 
thousand two hundred and twentie gild r . s and seventeen Stiv: Wampum; 
Provided that the s? Obe do Sweare to his old acct: of fl. 1011. 10. 
Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did approeve of the s? Award, and 
did ord r that (according to the Judgement of this Court bearing date the 
13* of July last past) the s? summe of fl. 1220: 17. should be Paid unto 
the s? Obe out of the product of the Ketch of the s? Vascum, he the 
s? Obe swearing to his said account according to the s? Award. 

It is this day ordered by the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ; that the Court 
Charges, in the actions agst: the Ketch Hoopwel of W? Vascum de- 
ceased, shal be Paid before any of the princip: 11 debts, and do allow unto 
Capt" Manning for his Execution fee z\ p r Ct? W c . h amounts of fl. 3150. 
for W c . h the s? Ketsh was Sold to fl. 78: 15. Wampum. 



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August the 4* Did Hendrick Obe according to the abovementioned 
order of the Court, Sweare to his s? account, that the same Was justly due 
unto him from the s? Vascum, deducting only out of the post of Francis 
Boon (:for 30 deal boards paid by M T . Vascum himselfe, though first 
Charged to the s? Obees account,) the summe of Sixty gild r . s 

This day Jacob Barentsen Kool and Albert Leendertsen took at the 
hands of the Mayor the oath of fidelity as wine and beer carriers of this 
City. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New York, August the 24* A? 1669. 
Present M r . Cornells Steenwyck, Mayor; Mr Raph Whitefield, Mr Mat- 
thias Nicolls, M 1 . Johannes dePeister, M r - Nicolaes de Meyer ; Capt. 
John Manning, Sheriff. 

Francois Rombouts and Gelyn Verplanck, pltfs. v/s Reynier Van 
der Coele, deft. Pltfs. say, that the deft, contracted to pay a sum of fl. 
325 Hollands with two years interest already expired, to the pltfs. or 
their attorney at Fredrick Pietersen Mauritz's of Bruckem in the Bommel- 
waart in the Principality of Gelder, according to written agreement 
executed before the Notary Mattheus deVos, dated Jan'y 3 r . d 1667, 
which aforesaid was according to letters of the pltfs. attorneys and 
copy of the abovenamed Frederick Pietersens answer, was refused pay- 
ment, with further advice, that the principal obligation or contract should 
be sent hither by the first opportunity, demanding therefore, that the 
deft, be ordered to give sufficient security to pay and discharge the afore- 
said sum with the interest thereof, free of cost and damage according to 
law of exchange. Deft, persists in his contract: says he is bound to pay 
here only, whenever his principal obligation returns here protested ; 
therefore demands reparation and satisfaction for the unusual arrest and 
trouble committed against him by the pltfs. The W: Court having heard 
parties and examined the produced documents order, that the deft, shall 
give sufficient security to pay the pltfs. here the aforesaid sum ' ' accord- 
ing to contract" as soon as s? obligation returns protested "or unpro- 
tested," * or it shall be proved, that the same was lost on its return here 
— and further the deft, is discharged from the law of exchange on the 

* The words interlined in the Original are marked by inverted commas in this 
Translation.— Tr. 



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aforesaid obligation ; and the costs herein accrued to be paid between 
parties. The above interlining is done by order of the Court in date 31. 
August 1669. 

Tryntie Clocq, P 1 .' against Reynier Rycken, def' P 1 ' demands from 
Deft. fl. 70. Zewant, with Costs. Deft, admits the debt, requests six 
weeks time to pay. The W: Court Condemn the Def' to pay the above 
fl. 70. within 6 weeks time with the Costs, on pain of Execution. 

1669: 20 Octob' Execution Issued out agst the Defts Goods & 
Chatties. 

William Pattisson, P 1 .' v/s John Baker, Def The Pl l declareth that 
the Def' is Indebted unto him the summe or quantity of twenty one 
Schippels of Wheat, for W c . h he craues Judgem' against the Def' with 
Cost of Suit. The def' and his bayle Remayned defaut. Whereuppon 
the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Did order that Judgement Should be entered ag s .' 
the Def' that the def' or his Bayle 1VP Isaacq Bedloo do pay the s? 21 
schipp : of Wheat to this P 1 ' together with Cost of suit deducting what he 
shal make appeare to have paid in part thereof. 

Thomas Lewis, pltf. v/s Poulus Leendersen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 90 planks delivered in the year 1663 to deft, as Treasurer of 
the City, for which he also debited the City, but never paid the pltf. 
Deft, says, he does not know, how the item stands: requests time to the 
next Court day, to examine it. Pltf. offers to swear, that he never 
received any thing on account of the 90 planks. The Worship 1 . 1 Court 
suspend the matter till the next Court day, so that the deft, may mean- 
while look to the item. 

Gelyn Verplanck P 1 ' against Stoffel van Laer, def' Pit. says they 
are agreed. 

Gerrit van Tright, P 1 ' v/s Anna Smits, deft Deft. 2 d default. 

Anthony Jansen, P 1 ' against Titus Siricx, Def' Parties agreed. 

Hendrick van Bommel, P 1 .' against Jacob Govertsen, Def' Def' default. 

Henry Obe, P 1 .' v/s Tho. Taylor, def Both default. 

Symon Jansen Romeyn, P 1 ' v/s Egbert Myndersen, def? The P 1 .' 
absent & therefore Nonsuited. 

Att a Mayo" Court held at New York the 31. Aug 5 .' A? 1669. 
Present Mr Cornells Steenwyck, Mayor; Mr Raph Whkefield, MfMatthyas 



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Nicolls, Mf Isaacq Bedloo, Mr Joh: depeyster, Mr Nicolaes de Meyer, 
Ald r men; Capt" John Manning, Sherif. 

Gerrit van Tright, p" against Anna Smits, deft. The p 1 .' demands 
from the deft. fi. 788: 15. sewant according to account with costs. De- 
fen dts attorney Jno Sharp requests some time to pay. The W: Court 
having heard parties, condemn deft, to pay p 1 . 1 the demanded fi. 788: 15 
seawant within the time of six weeks with costs. 

1669. 8:9 br Issued forth a warr 4 of Execution. 

Egbert Meynderts, p" against Symon Jansen Romeyn, def 4 P 1 . 1 de- 
mands from def' fi. 92: 18. seawant. Deft, says, he has an offset ace* 
requesting the Worshp" Court will be pleased to appoint some arbitrators 
to settle the a/cs between them. The Worship 1 . 1 Court refer parties to 
Sieurs Gerrit Van Tright and Francois Rombouts to reconcile them if 
possible; if not to report to the Court. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 . 1 v/s Thomas Lewis, def* Itt is this day 
ordered that the deft, should take out a Coppy of the P'' s declaration, 
and put in his Answer to the same by the sitting of the Next Court. 

William Pattisson Petitioning for Execution might be graunted him 
the Judgem* of this Court against John Garland, at the suit of the s? Pat- 
tison. This Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that the s? Garland should dis- 
count with the s? Pattisson and satisfy him for the Remainder part of the 
debt before the next ensuing Court day, or otherwise that Execution 
should be issued out ag 5t him. 

Whereas complaint has been made to the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court of the 
unbecoming and improper treatment of your wife, yea, so that the neigh- 
bours suffer great disturbance by the noise and uproar, caused (according 
to the complaint) principally by you, All Which is in direct opposition to 
the orders and warning given from time to time by this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court, 
you are therefore hereby again strictly charged to comport yourself 
towards your wife in such wise, that no further complaint come to us. 
Be hereby warned and keep yourself from harm. 

To Arent Juriaensen Lantsman. 

The above Order was sent to said Lantsman by directions of the 
Mayor. 

Thomas Lewis, P 1 .' against Poulus Leenders, def 1 Parties agreed. 

Whereas the Right Honnble Govern? hath recommended to this 

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Court for to Concider who are persons qualified to haue the Benefitt of 
Comonage on this Island Manhat- and how farre it should extend to any- 
Particular persons as by his honn r . s Order bear g date the 8 day of July last 
past May appeare. Whereuppon this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court do give for Re- 
port that al persons by vertue of the Order published the 18^ of May last 
past, are qualified to have the Benefit of Commonage uppon this Island, 
provided the persons be actual Inhabitants of this Corporation and the 
Cattle be Really theire owne; Wherefore this Court do not Judge it Ex- 
pedient, as for the present, to Make any Alteration in the s? Order. 

Att a May r . s Court held at New Yorck Septr the 2? 1669. Present 
the full Court of Mayr & Aldermen. 

William Pattisson in the behalfe of himselfe and O r Souveraigne 
Lord the King presenting to this Court that Daniel dillon aged about 16 
yeares, on the 28* of August Last past in the Evening about 8 a Clocq, 
had attempted to sett the howse of the s? Pattesson on fire, by putting a 
brand of fire under the doore of the s? howse. Uppon due Examination 
the s? daniel Dellon being found guilty thereof this Worshipp" Court Con- 
demned therin s? daniell Dellon to be brought at the Ordinary Execution 
place and there to be whipt twelve Slashes, and further to be banished 
out of this Citty and the Suburbs thereof during his Life, and Lastly to 
Continue in prison untill he be releast by Ord' of this Court. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck Septemb- the 14* A? 1669. 
Present Mr Corn' Steenwyck, Mayor; Mf Raph Whitefield, Mr Matthias 
Nicolls, M' Johannes de Peyster, M' Nicolaes de Meyer, Ald r men; Capt? 
John Manning, Sherif. 

Warnaer Wessells, P 1 ' v/s Tho: Lewis, def? According to a fore- 
going Order, the def this day delivering up his Answer to the P 1 ? declara- 
tion, Itt is this [day] Ordered that the P 1 . 1 should take out a Copy thereof; 
and that a Jury should be Impannelled to Trye the Cause the next Court 
day. 

Jannetie Cooley, P 1 . 1 v/s Raph Warner, Defi The P 1 .' declareth that 
the Def is bound by a bill under his hand, to deliver unto the P 1 ' a Mare 
& Coult which shee hath several times demanded but cannot obtaine the 
same from the Deft. Wherefore the P 1 .' prayeth for Judgement ag s .' the 



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deff with Cost of Suit. The def. s atturny J"° Sharp desired time to 
answer to the P lts declaration until next ensuing Court day. Which by 
the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court is allowed. 

M 1 . Nicolaes de Meyer, PV v/s Raph Warner, Def' The Worshipp'. 1 
Court Ordered that this Case should be suspended until next Court day. 

Claes van El slant, P 1 . 1 against fredrick Arentsen, def' On a differ- 
ence of a/c. The Worship" Court refer parties to Anthony de Milt and 
Adolph Pietersen, to reconcile them if possible; if not to make report to 
the W: Court. 

Joris Jansen, P 1 .' v/s Jan Hendricx Steelman, def' The P 1 .' remain- 
ing default, The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that a Non Suit should be 
entred against the P 1 .' And the P 1 .' to pay Cost. 

John Allen, p 1 .' v/s Abram Staets, deff The defi absent. The P 1 . 4 
declareth that some differance is betwixt him and the def' for W c . h he hath 
arrested the def. s goods, now in the hands of Lammert van Neck, Re- 
questing that the s? arrest might stand good until the s? differance should 
be decided before the Govern' The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court do order that the 
s? arrest should stand good. 

Catharine Evans, P? v/s J n .° Thomas, De£ The P? declaring by 
declaration in Writing, It was ordered that the def? should take out a 
Copy thereof & to put in his Answer by the next Court day. 

Balthaz- de haert, pit: v/s Timotheus gabrie, deft: In an act: of 
debt. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that the deft: should take out a 
Coppy of the pit? demand & put his answer to the same the next Court 
day. 

Tho: Walton, pit: v/s Niclis Richardson, deft: Ordered to Suspend 
this action until the next ensuing Court day. 

Simon Turq, Pit: v/s Lyntie direx, deft, both defaut. Whereuppon 
the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that a Non Suit should be Entred ag s .' the 
Pit: and the pit: to pay Cost of Court. 

Niclis Stillwel, pit: v/s Simon Barentsen, deft: the Pit: by his 
atturny Jno. Sharp, delivers his declaration in Court: Whereuppon this 
Worsh: Court ordered that the deft: should take out a Coppy thereof, 
and to put in his answer to the same by the next Court day. 

Uppon the Differance betwixt W? Pattisson & Jno. garland Concern- 
ing 2 ancors of rom paid by the s? garland to Jno: Rider atturny of the 



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s? Pattison, Itt is this day ordered that the s? Pattison shall allow the 
s? garland for the s? rom f. 180 Seawant. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke Octobf the 5th A? 1669. 
Present M" Corn: Steenwyck, Mayor; M' Raph Whitefield, Mr Matthyas 
Nicolls, Mf Isaacq Bedloo, Mr Johannes de peistT, Mf Nicol: d meyer, 
Alderm: Capt" Jno. Manning, Sherif. 

Warn? Wessels, Pit: v/s Thomas Lewis, deft: The Pit: declares 
that the deft: being a Tapper of this Citty hath taken into his howse and 
Celler one hogshead of Rom, and three anckors of Stilled Water without 
making any entry thereof to this Pit: as farmer of this Citty, Wherefore 
the Pit: Craues Judgement ag 5 .' this deft: and that this deft: May be Con- 
demned to forfeit the s? Rom & Stilled Waters according to the Tennour 
of the Govern" ord' and Six times the Vallue more to the use of this Pit:, 
together with Cost of Suit. The deft: Replyed that he hath made Entry 
of the s? Licq" to the Burgers Paghter or farmer, to transport the same to 
Virginia; and declared further that he made entry to this pit: of al such 
Licq' s as he Was Intended to dizpose of by retayle for which he Likewise 
produced a Licence to Sell all sorts of potable Licq* by retaile, from the 
first of June till the 25th of Septbr last past. The Jury brought in their 
Verdict, and found for the defend', and the Pit: to pay Cost of Suit. 
The Pit humbly desired that an appeale might be entred from the s? Ver- 
dict, to the Court of azzizes — Whereuppon the Worsh: Court ordered that 
the s? appeal should be entred. 

JURY. 

Timot: Gabrie, Jno: garland, Isaacq greveraat, alexand- r Watts, Jno: 
damril, W™ Merrit, Edmond gibbons, Jonas bartelsen, Walraven Claer- 
hout, Barent Cours, Abel hardenbrock, Ariaen Appel. 

Jannetie Cooly, Pit: v/s Raph Warner, deft: The Pit: declared 
that the deft: is Indebted unto hur one mare and Coult as appeares by 
bill for W ! 1 she Craved Judgemt: of this Court With Cost of Suit. The 
deft: by his atturny Jno. Sharp replyed, that he was not fully paid for the 
s? Mare & Coult. Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that the 
Remainder of the payment being 6 gunn Lockx should be brought in 
Court, W c . h accordingly is done. 

Katherne Evans, Pit: v/s Jno: Thomas, deft: The Pit: declared 



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that the deft: is Indebted unto hur the summe of fl. 82. Wampum as ap- 
peares by a bill undr the deft 5 hand, and more fictualls and drinek since 
delivered the summe of f. 128. Wampum, for W c . h said debts the Pit: 
humble Crauved Judgemt: ag s . fc the deft: With Cost of Suit. The deft: 
by his atturny Jno. Rider, Confessed the debt of f. 82 : by bill, but no 
more. Uppon hearing of the debates of both parties, This Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court did decree that the deft: should pay to this Pit:, the debt of f. 82. 
according to his Bill, and ordered further that the pit: should bring in 
Court the account of the remainder part of the debt, at the Next ensuing 
Court day. 

Abel hardenbroeck, Pit: v/s Thomas Konnick, deft. Both parties 
defaut. 

Will: Pattisson, Pit: v/s Jno: Rider, deft: The Pit: declares that 
the deft: is Indebted unto him the summe of f. 180: Wampum being for 
two ancors of Rom, W c . h this deft: hath received for this Pit*? acct: from 
Jno: garland in part of payment according to a former order of this 
Court, Wherefore this pit. Crauved Judgemt: ag 5 ' the deft: W* Cost. 
The deft: humbly desired time to answer to the Pit? declaration. The 
Court ordered that the deft: should take out a Coppy of the Plt s declara- 
tion, and to put in his answer at the next Court. 

Will" 1 Pattisson, Pit: v/s Henry Obe, deft: The Pit: declares that 
the deft: is Indebted unto him the summe of f. 156. Seawant, for W c . h he 
humbly prayed Judgemt: ag s .' the deft: W? Cost of Suit. The deft: 
haveing Entred a Crosse action Confessed first the Pit? debt to the summe 
of f. 146 and declared further that the Pit: was indebted him for Excize 
of Wine & Rom the summe of f. 168: 15 Wampum. The Pit: replyed 
that the deft: hath Charged him to acct: for Wine W c . h he hath not sold at 
Albany but hath brought it downe againe to New Yorke; The deft: 
duplied, that he Was Willing to allow the pit: againe the accyse of al such 
Wines as the pit: shal make appeare he brought downe againe from Al- 
bany, to Witt, of al such wines of W c . h he had made entry uppon his going 
up to Albany: Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order 
that the deft: should pay the s? f. 146 Wampum, Deducting out of the 
same, soo much as shall be found to be Justly due unto the deft: for 
Excize, and do appoint Mr Johannes Van Brugh & M T . Timothy gabrie 
for to State the acct? betwixt both parties. 



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Hendrick Obe, Pit: v/s Andrew Teller, deft: The Pit: declares that 
the deft: is Indebted unto him, for Excize of Rom & Wine to Albany the 
summe of f. 95: 15. Wampum for W c . h he humbly prayeth Judgemt: of 
this Court, ag s . 1 the deft: With Cost of Suit. Uppon hearing of both par- 
ties the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order that the deft: should pay 
unto the Pit:, the Excize of all such Wine & Rom as are transported up 
to Albany by him or his agent, during the time that the s? Obe had 
farmed the Excize. 

Hendrick Obe, Pit: v/s Thomas Lewis, deft: The Pit: declareth 
that the deft: is Indebted unto him for Excize of Wine & beer the summe 
of f. 79: 5: Wampum, for W c . h he Craues Judgemt: of this Court, together 
With Cost of Suit. The deft: Replyed that the deft: had Charged him 
for Excize of a hh? W c . h he transported for Virginia, W c . h is Contrary to 
the Govern? order that all goods w c . h have paid Custome once, should be 
free of any new duties. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court do order that the deft: 
shall pay the s? Summe of f. 79: 5. together With Cost. Capt" Louelave 
appearing in Court, and declared that he Was Commanded by his honn? 
the Govern' to Present to the Worshipp 1 . 1 May? & Aldermen of this Cor- 
poration, a Letter from his honnour, with a Seal for the Corporation, 
with a Silver Mace, and Seven Gownes for the Mayor Aldermen & 
Sherif, sent from his Royall Highnesse to his honnr the Gov? for to be 
presented to this Court; W? said Letter from his honnf being opened 
and Read in open Court, jnthimating as followeth; — 

Mr Mayor, and You the rest of the Aldermen — 

As a Perticular Testimony of his R. Highnesse grace and fauour to 
this his Citty of New Yorke, I am Commanded to present you from him, 
this Present Viz: a Publicq Seale for the Corporation, a Silver Mace, and 
Gownes both for the Mayor & Aldermen, and although he esteemes somme 
of these, but as the Gayety and Circumstantial part of Government, Yet 
you may be assured, as to What is more essential and Substantiall, itt 
shall receaue all encouragement and hartey assistance from him, and I 
must further add, that haveing the honnr to be his Governf General in 
these parts, I doe assure You that Wherein I may, any Way be Servicable 
to You, I shal Cheirefully apply my mind to it, who prof esse no higher 
Cogitations then what shal tend to My Royal Masters Intrest, and the 
Publicq Welfare of those Comitted to my Charge; Iff therefore You Will 



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Consider of Somme Methode for the better regulation of Yf Corporation 
and present it to me, What I find reasonable and practicable, I shall 
Willingly allow of, and What appeares above my Strength I shal with the 
best Convenience transmit ouer to Receive his R: H: assent, from 
Whome I doubte not, but you will have such Satisfaction, as is agreable 
to Yo- Necesseties and desires, I haue no more, but to Wish You all 
happinesse and an assurance that I am 

Yor afectionate friend and Servant 

(:Signed) Fran: Louelace. 
Fort James the 6* of Octobr 1669. 

(:The Superscription) To the Maior & Aldermen of the Citty of New 
Yorck. 

The aboues? Letter of his honnf the Gouernf being Read, the Wor- 
shipp 1 . 1 Mayor Delivered to the Court a Lett? Received from his Royal 
Highnesse, and directed to the Mayor Ald'men and Inhabitants of New 
Yorke, Inthimating Viz: 
Gentlemen, 

I have received Yo!" Lettr and addresse of 17th of August A? 1668 by 
the hands of Collonel Richard Nicolls, Yo? former Gouernf from whom I 
have also received a full account of such Particulars as you referr to in 
Yo' Lett' In W c . h as well as in all other things you may rest assured that 
I will endeavour to promote Yo- Welfare and prosperity, by W c . h only I 
can expect to find the advancement of my Interest With you I: am 

Your Louing friend 

Signed James. 
St: James 10* of July. 1669. 

Superscription To the Mayor Aldermen and Inhabitants of New 
York. 

Which aboves? Letter Likewise being Read in open Court, the Wor- 
shipp 1 . 1 Mayor ordered that Proclamation should be made for the With- 
drawing of the People out of the Court; W c . h being done the following 
order from his Royal Highnesse sent to his honn' the GovernF Was 
Presented to the Court by Capt" Nicolls and is Recorded by the Govern 1 . 5 
order, Videllez' 

Seal. 
James Duke of Yorke and Albany, Earl of Ulster, Lord high Admirall of 



200 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1669 

England and Ireland, Constable of Douer Castle, Lord Warden of 
the Cinque Ports, and Gouernf of Pourtsmouth &ca. 
Whereas I have thought fit to appoint two Seales to be made, the 
one for the Province and the other for the Corporation of New Yorke 
(rwhich I haue sent unto you by Mr Thomas de Lauall) and to Direct 
that they shall be made use of uppon all Publicq Concernments, both of 
the Province & Corporation afores?: These are to authorize & require 
You, that from and after Yo' receipts the said Seales, you Cause the same 
and no others to be made use of uppon all occasions, for Sealing of War- 
rants, Writs, Executions, Pattents, Graunts, and all other Publicq Acts and 
Instruments, W c . h any Wayes Concerne either the Province or Corporation 
of New Yorke respectively, For W ! 1 this shal be Yof Warrant: Given 
under my hand and Seale at St: James this 4th of July 1669. 

(Signed) James. 
To Collonell Francis Louelace my Govern!" of New Yorke 
By Command of his Roy: Highnesse 

(Signed) M: Wren. 
This is a true Coppy transcribed by mee. 

N: Bayard, Sec. 

Att a Court held at New Yorke, by the Mayor & Alderm" thereof 
the 8* day of Octobr A? 1669. Present Mf Corn? Steenwyck, Mayor; M? 
Raph Whitfield, M r . Matth: Nicolls, Mr Is. Bedloo, M' Johannes de 
PeistT, Mr Nicolaes Meyer, Ald r men. 

The Worshipp 1 - 1 Court Considering that the time of the Election of 
New Mayor & Aldermen is at hand and y^ Old Expired, they have 
thought fitt to Nominate a dubble Number of Persons and to present the 
same by a Petition to his honnr to the end that out of the same by his 
honn' Might be Elected the Magistrates for the following Yeare, and 
have Nomination as follows: 
To the Right Honn b . le Coll: Fra: Louelace Govern? Generall Under his 

Royall highnesse of all his Territories in America. 

Whereas the time of Election of New Mayor & Ald r men for this Citty 
New Yorke is at hand, We haue thought fitt to Present to yo!" honn? a 
double Number of Persons for Mayor & Ald r men of this Corporation for 
the Next Ensuing Yeare and do Nominate for Mayors 



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M r Thomas de Lauall 
Mf Corns. Steenwyck 
M. r Matthias Nicolls 
Mr Isaacq Bedloo 
M. r Joh: de Peister 
M' N. de Meyer 
Mr Corn van Ruy ven 
M^Tho: Louelace 
Mf Joh: van Brugh 
M r . Jno. Lawrence 
Mf Jerom: Ebbingh 
[ Mr Gerrit van Tright 
And for Sheriff .... 

Most humbly requesting that Yol honnf will be Pleased to Elect out 
of the s? Number, such Persons as Yf honnf in his Wisdome shall judge 
fitt & expedient for the best & Well governm* of this Corporation, and we 
shall remaine Yof honn r . s humble Serv' 5 

The May. r & Aldermen of the City New Yorke 
By Ordr of the s- d Mayf & Aid? 

(Signed) N. Bayard, Sec. 
New Yorke Octofrthe 9^ 1669. 

Out of the abovesaid Nominated Persons hath his honnr the Govern' 
this day Elected by his Commission bearing date the 9* of 8 b r - 1669, Mf 
Cornells Steenwyck to be Mayor, M r - Thomas de Lauall, M* Matthias 
Nicolls, M r . Cornells Van Ruyven, M* John Laurence & Mf Nicolaes de 
Meyer, to be Aldermen ; & Capt John Manning to be Sherif of this Cor- 
poration from the day of the date of the s? Commission, until the 14* day 
of August Next Ensuing, w c . h shal be in the Yeare of Or Lord 1670. 
(: that being the day of the Month whereon was the former Election:) 
W c . h said Commission this day being Published, the s? Mayor & Ald r men 
have taken their Oaths according to order & Custome, before his honnf 
the Govern? 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorcke, by his Majest? Authority, 
on the 16* day of November, in the 21 s ' Yeare of the Raigne of Our 
Souveraigne Lord Charles the Second by the Grace of God, of Great 



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Britaine France & Ireland Kinge defender of the faith &c? Annoq: 
domini 1669. 

Johannes Witthart, P 1 ' v/s Arent Juriaens Lantsman, def? The P" 
by his atturney Jno Sharp, declares that the def? is Indebted unto him, 
by an Obligation under his hand, the summe of Ninety Gild r . s Wampum; 
for W c . h he craues Judgem? ag s .' the def?, with Cost. This Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court, uppon hearing of the debates of both Parties, did decree and 
Order, that Judgment should be entred against the Def?; for the paiment 
of the s? debt of Ninety Gilders Seawant within the space of Six Weekes 
next Ensuing the date hereof, together with Cost of Suit. 

John Cooley, p" v/s Raph Warner, def? According to the Ord? of 
Court on the last Court day, the P'? s father in law, Hendrick van Dyck 
haveing brought in Court the Six gunn Locx due to the Def' in part of 
the Mare & Coult. But the def? alledging that the s? Locx where not 
cleane nor fixt according to his Condition ; Itt is this day Ordered that 
the P 1 ' shall make delivery of 6 Cleansed and fixed gunnlockx at the 
approevement of the Cuttler Hendrick Bosh; W c . h being done the def? 
is to make payment to the P 1 .' of the Mare & Coult according to 
Contract. 

Katherne Evans, P 1 ' v/s Jno. Thomas, Def? According to an Order 
of Court bearing date the 5* of Octob? last past, the P 1 ' this day bringing 
in proefe by the Testimony of Bartholome Salter, who being Sworne in 
Court Attested that he was present and heard of the def' that he Con- 
fessed the debt of fl. 128 Wampum in the afores? Order Exprest, to be 
owing unto this P 1 * Whereuppon this Worshipp'. 1 Court did decree & 
order that the def' shall Likewise make paiment of the s? debt of fl. 128. 
Wampum to the use of this P 1 ' with Cost of Suit, except he can make any 
proefe to the Contrary at the next Court day. 

Sigismund Luycas, P 1 .' v/s Tho : Wandel, def? The P 1 .' declares that 
the def? is Indebted unto him p? Ace? the summe of fl. 75. Seawant. 
The def? desires a Coppy of the P 1 ? 5 account or declaration. The Wor- 
shipp" Court Ordered that the P 1 ' should deliver to the def? a Coppy of 
his ace? and the def? to bring in his Answer the next Court day. 

Anthony deMilt, P" v/s Anna Antony, def? The def? 1 defaut. 
The P" declares that the Def? is Indebted unto him as p? Ace? the summe 
of fl. 120: 18 and humbly craves that whereas def? hath no visible estate 



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here Att New Yorke, and is suspected for to depart from hence, that the 
Def' may be Ordered to give in good Security for to Answer the P 1 ' 5 Com- 
plaint in this action. It is Ordered by the Court that the def' shall give 
in good security for to answer the P 1 ' said Complaint, or otherwise to 
Remaine in the Custodie of the Sheriff until she be releast by Order of 
this Court. 

Mi Cornelis Steenwyck, P 1 .' v/s Anna Hall the Widdow of Tho Hall 
deceased, def' The de£ i defaut. The P 1 .' delivering up his declaration, 
It was Ordered by the Court, that a Coppy thereof should be taken out 
by the def' and returne hur answer by the Sitting of y* Next Court. 

Andries Jochemsen, P 1 .' v/s Simon Turcq, detf The P 1 ^ Wife ap- 
pearing in the behalfe of her husband, It was Ordered that a declaration 
in Writing should be delivered to the def' at or before the next ensuing 
Court day. 

Elizabeth Stedwill, P 1 .' v/s Jan Hendrix van Gunst, detf The Pi* 
declares that the Def' hath promised her Marriage, w c . h now he refuseth 
to performe Wherefore she humbly desires fulfilling of his s? Promise. 
The def! denyeth the said Promise. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that 
the P" should summon in her Witnesses, to proeve the s? Promise, at the 
Next Ensuing Court. 

Richard Cornwel by his Atturny Jno Sharp, P" v/s Pieter Poulsen, 
def' the def' i defaut. 

W? Pattisson, P 1 * v/s J n .° Rider, def? The def? 2 defaut. 

J?° Chavelier, P 1 .' v/s Joseph Dudson, Defi The P 1 ' remaining 
absent, It was ordered that a Nonsuit should be entred against the P 1 ', 
and to pay Cost of Court. 

Ariaen Appel, P 1 ' v/s Jan van Aecken, deft the def' 1 defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P" v/s Mary Goosens, def' the def' 1. defaut. 

Itt is this day Ordered that Warnaer Wessells shal be Constable of 
this Citty during the Mayority of Mr Mayor Steenwyck and he is requested 
to make his personal appearance at the next Court for to take the Oath 
accordingly. 

1669. 27* $b r . did the Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayor Commissionate and Author- 
ize M' Jacques Cousseau to be Ouerzeers of the Estate of Guilliam Veau 
dec? who lately arrived from holland in the ship of Mr Cousseau, and 
died Intestate within this Citty; they bringing a due ace' and returne 



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thereof to the Office of this Citty, as more largely their Commission can 
& will appear. 

Att a May r . 5 Court held at New Yorke this fl 1 Decembr A? 1669. 
Present MF Corn: Steenwyck, Mayor; M* Thomas deLauall, Mr John 
Laurence, Mr Cornells van Ruyven, M r - Nicolaes de Meyer, Alderm"; 
Capt. John Manning, Sherif. 

Sigismund Luycas, P" v/s Thomas Wandel, Def' In an act" of debt 
to the summe of 75 gild" seawant. Uppon hearing of the Debates of 
both parties this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did Decree & Order that the deft: shal 
pay the s? debt of seaventy five gilders in Wampum, or in goods Equiva- 
lent thereunto; and the plantife to pay Cost of Court. 

Anthony De Milt, Pit: v/s Anna Anthony, deft. In an act" of debt 
to the summe of fl. 120: 18: Seawant. Uppon hearing of the debates of 
both p r ties and Examining of their accounts, this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did 
Decree & Order that the deft: shal pay the s? debt of fl. 120: 18: With 
Cost. 

Mf Cornells Steenwyck, Mayor, Pit: v/s Anna, Relict of Thomas 
Hall, Deft. In an act" of Debt: According to an Order of this Court 
bearing date the 16* of Novemb^ last past, the deft: this day answering 
to the Pit? declaration ; and further desiring that the pit: might be 
Ordered to give her an account of Debts & Credits; of What paiment 
he hath received from the s? deft: Late deceased husband. Whereuppon 
Itt was ordered by this Court, that the Pit: should Deliver up an exact 
account of what dealings have bene past betweene him, and the deft? 
Late deceased husband Thomas Hall Since the last Morgage Was made, 
and What paiments the s? Thomas Hall hath made to the pit: since the 
s? Morgage. 

Andrus Jochemsen, Pit: v/s Simon Turcq, deft: In an act" of Debt 
to the summe of 150 gilders Wampum as p' account. The Deft: makeing 
some objections against the s? acct: it Was this day Ordered that the deft: 
shall give an acct: of all his objections Against the pit? acct: at the Next 
Court day. 

William Patisson, Pit: v/s Jn? Rider, deft. In an Act" of Debt 180 
gilders. The Deft: declareth that the deft: is Indebted unto him for two 
ancors of Rom, delivered to the defend' for the pit? acct: by the hands of 



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John Garland, the surarae of One hundred and Eightie gilders seawant, 
W c . h surarae is Likewise allowed of by this Court; to be in part of the s? 
Garland's debt to this Plantife. The deft: alledgeth that he received the 
s? rum in part of the s? Garlands particular debt to this deft: The Court 
Ordered (that whereas John Garland is Cheifely Concerned, and departed 
for Deloware) that with this Case should be Suspended withal until his 
returne from Delowarre. 

Ariaen Appell attorney of Gerrit Sleghtenhorst, p 1 ?, ag st Jan Van 
Aecken, def? Plaintiff delivering certain questions by form of interroga- 
tories, requests that def? may be ordered to answer each in particular what 
he knows thereof. Deft says, that judgment was pronounced hereupon at 
Albany full three years ago and that much of the matter has since that 
time been forgotten by him. He also maintains, that he is not bound 
to such form of answer. The Worship 1 . 1 Court order defend' to answer 
on'the afores? points, on the next Court day, what he knows of the matter. 

Egbert Myndersen, p 1 .', against Jacob de Young, def? P 1 ' demands 
from defend? and his company fl. 144 for 14 days board and lodging, and 
fl. 33. 16. for disbursements; together fl. 177. 16 sewant. Def? says, he 
went away on the eleventh day. The W: Court condemns the def? to pay 
the p 1 ? board and lodging for 12 days and to defray the costs incurred 
herein. 

Herry Nuton, pit: v/s Balthazaer de haert, deft. The Pit: declares 
that this deft: promised to pay unto him for the acct: of W™ Stannard the 
summe of one hundred and eight gild? W c . h the deft: now refuseth to per- 
forme. The Deft: replyeth that he alwayes hath bene Willinge to pay the 
pit: soo much as is due to him of the s? summe, but that he had placed 
the Sherifs & Constables dues, each to his acct: by their ord rs The Court 
ordered that the Deft: should pay to y e pit: What is justly due to the pit: 
before the Next Court; and the Charges of Court to be paid Equally 
betwixt them. 

Nicolaes de Mayer, pit. v/s Anna, Relict of Thomas hall, deft. The 
Pit: declares by Declaration in Writing. The deft? Atturny desired a 
Coppy thereof. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that the deft: should take 
out a Coppy & returne his answer at the next Court. 

Harmen Wessells Widdow, pit: v/s Andrew Messenger, deft, in 
an act. of debt. Itt is this day ordered that the deft: should take out a 



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Coppy of the Pit? demands, and returne his answer at y? next Court day. 

Gerrit van Tright, p" ag s .' Stephanus Van Cortlant and Evert 
Pieters, defts. P" demands from defts. the passage money of Jacob van 
Corlear, for w c . h def? remained bail at his departure. Defts. deny to 
have remained security and say further, that they once conversed with 
the p" hereupon, but could not agree, whereupon the p 1 . 1 then erased the 
abovenamed Jacob Corlear' s name from the list, since which time they 
had no arrangement with the p 1 ' hereupon. P 1 .' replies and says, he 
refers it to def'. s oath. Symon Jansen Romeyn declares, that on M- Olof 
Stevensen's arrival he heard the deH Evert Pieters say, that the bill of 
exchange for Corlears passage was returned protested, thereto adding, 
" and notwithstanding M' Gerrit must be paid and I know not how it is, 
that Stephanus acts so as if he knew nothing of it." The W: Court sus- 
pend their judgment until next Court day. 

Jan Hendricx van Gunst, pit., against Jannetie Jacobs, def' P 1 .' 
says, that def' has a pair of gold ornaments, which were heretofore stolen 
from him. He demands restitution. Deft, says, she bought them from 
a French woman, whose name she does not know and paid fl. 48. seawant 
for them. The W: Court order p 1 ' to prove at the next Court day, that 
they belong to him and def?, from whom she bought them. 

Richard Cornwell, pit: v/s Pieter Poulussen, def. in an act: of debt 
to the summe of f. 33. Uppon hearing of the Debates of both parties, 
this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order, that the deft: should pay the 
pit: the sum of thirtie gild" Seawant, in ful of his debt, together with 
Cost of Suit. 

Dirck Jansen Smith, pit. v/s Jan Adriaensen, deft: The P 1 .' de- 
clareth that the deft: is Indebted unto him, in the full summe of thirty 
good whole marchandable Beavers, with the Intrest according to obliga- 
tion bearing date the 30th July 1667: for W c . h debt this Pit: Craues 
Judgemt: against the deft: together With Cost. The deft: produced an 
account of Worke done for the Pit : The Worshipp 1 - 1 Court, uppon hear- 
ing of the debates of both parties, did decree & order that the deft: do 
make paiment of the s? debt according to obligation; deducting soo 
much as he shal make appeare he paid in part of the s? debt ; and further 
to pay Cost. 

Davit Jochemsen, Pit: v/s Reintie pieters, deft: the deft: 1 defaut. 



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Warnaer Wessells, Pit. v/s Willem Bogardus, deft: the deft i 
defaut. 

The petition of the guardians of the minor child of Bartel Maen and 
Geertie Broeders dec? being read, requesting in substance, that they the 
petitioners may obtain acte of authorization to sell without any hindrance 
the movable and immovable estate of the afores? Bartel Maen and 
Grietie Broeders, as more fully appears by the copy of their petition on 
the file of declarations, it is apostilled : — Petitioners are hereby authorized 
to proceed with the sale, provided that nothing of the monies shall be 
disposed of until further order of the W Court. Ady. as above. 

The petition of Gerrit van Tright, attorney of Nicasius de Sille, was 
read and considered in Court requesting in substance, whereas the said 
Sille has granted him a power to sell aforesaid Sille's house standing in 
the Schapenweytie* within this City and now occupied by Mr Sille's wife, 
who also claims and maintains, that the aforesaid house belongs particu- 
larly to her, the petitioner therefore requests that he may be granted an 
acte of authorization to sell the aforesaid house without any hindrance or 
instituting any process against the abovenamed Sille's wife, for the pay- 
ment of a mortgage, which the petitioner has on it. It is apostilled: — 
Whereas the petitioner inserts in his petition that Mr. Sille's wife makes 
claim to the above house, therefore it is Ordered, that before the merits 
hereof be disposed of, copy hereof shall be furnished the abovenamed 
Mde Sille to answer thereunto on the next Court day. Ady, as above. 

From the nomination of those of the Court of New Haerlem, are 
elected by the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court for the ensuing year 
As Constable; 
Jacques Croisson. 
As Overseers; 
Resolveert Waldron, 
Kier Woltersen, 
Glaude Lametere, 
Johannes Vernelje; 
And the inhabitants of the abovenamed town, and all others whom 
it may concern are required and charged, to respect the same as such. 
Ady, as above. 

* See Valentine, Manual, i860, p. 528. 



208 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1670 

On this day did Warnaer Wessels take the Oath to be Constable of 
this Citty for this ensuing Year. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke January the n* A . i6f£. 
Present M" Cornelis Steenwyck Mayor; Capt Tho: d' Laval, Capt. Mat- 
thias Nicolls, Mf John Laurence, M* Nicolaes de Meyer, Aldermen; 
Capt John Manning, Sherif, being Absent. 

M' Corn? Steenwyck, P 1 .' v/s Anna, Relict of Thomas Hall, def- Ac- 
cording to the Order of Court past on the last Court day, the P 1 ' this day 
delivering in his account betwixt him [and] the Def. s Late husband, Itt 
was this day Ordered that the def? should take out a Coppy thereof and 
returne hur answer to the Same at the Next Court day. The Worshipp 1 . 1 
Mr Steenwyck for and in the behalfe of Anna Hall relict of Thomas Hall, 
requesting that some able persons might be appointed & authorized by 
this Court as Assistants to the said Anna Hall in perfecting and balanc- 
ing of all her Late deceased husbands bookes & accounts; Whereuppon 
the Worshipp" Court made Choize of M' Johannes Van Brugh & Mf 
Poulus Leendersen Vandegrift, who are hereby required to be aiding and 
assisting unto the s? Anna Hall towards the perfecting of the s? Accts & 
bookes of hur said deceased husband Thomas Hall, according to hur said 
Request. 

Andries Jochemsen, Pit: v/s Simon Turcq, deft. The def' omitting 
to bring in his objections ag" the Pit? account according to foregoing 
order of Court; Itt Was this day ordered that the deft: should performe 
the s? order at the next ensuing Court day, or otherwise that Judgem' 
should be entred against him. 

W™ Pattisson, Pit: v/s John Rider, deft, in an act. of debt to the 
summe of one hundred and Eightie gilders. Uppon several debates in 
the Case, the deft: desiring that this Case might be tried by a Jury, 
which is allowed him, & ordered that a Jury should be empannelled ag s . 1 
the Next ensuing Court day. 

M' Nicolaes de Meyer, Pit: v/s Anna, Relict of Tho: hall, deft: in 
an act. of debt. Uppon the desire of Jno. Rider atturny pro deft: Itt 
was ordered by the C rt that the deft : might take out a Coppy of the pit? 
Account & returne hur answer or objections to the same by the next 
ensuing Court day. 



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Geertie, Relict of harmen Wessells, Pit: v/s Andrew Messenger, 
deft, the deft: remaining for the second Court day defaut, It was 
ordered that the deft: or his Baile should be Warned or Summond to 
appeare in Court this day fourtnight. 

Gerrit Van Tright, pit: v/s Stephanus Van Cortland, deft: The 
P'* s atturny Jno. Sharp delivering his declaration, It Was ordered that 
the deft should take out a Coppy thereof, and put his answer to the same 
in the office at or before the next Court day; When a Jury is to be Im- 
pannelled for to trye the Cause. 

Jan Hendricx van Gunst, p 1 ', ag s .' Jannetie Jacobs, def' Pursuant 
to the Courts order dated jXb r . last, the p" brings in the following proof, 
that the ornaments in question belonged to him. Elsie Barentsen de- 
clares and testifies to have full knowledge, that the ornaments in question 
were formerly belonging to Aeltie Marishalls, from whom p 1 .' bought 
them. Further deponent saith not. Defts calls and produces the follow- 
ing witnesses in Court: — Barentie Moulenaers [the miller's wife resp. 
daughter] declares on oath, that she heard the p" say, that he had not 
lost the ornaments, but believed he let them fall and that his sister found 
them and had seemingly sold them. Sara Pieters being sworn declares, 
that she has heard the p" say, he believed the ornaments in question were 
not stolen, but fallen and were found by his sister, and sold by her. The 
defend' therefore claims, that the p 1 ' well knows, to whom he gave the 
Ornaments and demands, that he may be Ordered to make known the 
same. The W: Court again order the def' to state, from whom she 
bought the s? ornaments. 

Katherine Evans, Pit: v/s Tho: Walton, deft, in an act. of dis- 
famation. It is this day ordered by the Court, that the deft: shall take 
out a Coppy of the pit? declaration, and return his answer to the same the 
next ensuing Court day. 

Jacques Cousseau, as Attorney of Balthazar de Marcq, P" against 
Gerrit Van Tright as curator of the estate of Cristyntie Steentjes, widow 
of Gabriel de Haes, defend' Pi* demands from def- the sum of fl. 4247 : 
4: 8 Hollands according to obligation dated 30 March A? 1660 with in- 
terest thereon, arising partly from delivered merchandize, delivered to the 
abovenamed de Haes in company on profit and loss; and further requests, 
that he may be preferred in the above mentioned 'estate, for so much of 

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the partnership goods of the p 1 *, as are still in existence and unsold after 
decease of Gabriel de Haes and are found with Cristina Steenties, his 
widow and were sold by the Marshal; pursuant to the judgment in a 
similar case pronounced in favor of Lourens de Sille as attorney of Abram 
Kuyper, under date 14th March 1665. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court order, that 
the obligation, which is drawn up in Dutch, be translated into English 
against the next Court day. 

Balthazar d Haert, P" v/s Claes Verbraeck, skipper of the ship 
Nova Albany, De£ Pit demands fulfillment of a bill of lading of divers 
merchandize, signed by the def' on his leaving Amsterdam and delivered 
to Sieur Jan Babitsta Renselaer for behalf of the p" Def' produces a 
declaration from his crew and passengers, that when the boat came on 
board with p 1 ' 5 goods, it was impossible to receive a piece of them because 
the ship was already overladen. The W: Court refer parties regarding 
their case in question to Sieur Johannes Van Brugh, Johannes dePeister, 
Poulus Leendersen vande Grift and Gerrit van Tright, who are requested 
to hear the matter in question argued and if possible to decide and recon- 
cile parties; if not to deliver in their judgment in the case, on the next 
Court day. 

M' John Laurence, Pit: v/s Jan hendrix Steelman, deft, the deft: 
1 defaut. 

Warnaer Wessells, pit: v/s humphry dampoort, deft: the deft. 1 
defaut. 

Cornelis Clopper, Pit: v/s Jan harmensen & Jan Jerol, deft: the 
deft? 1 defaut. the pit: decl r . s that the deft: Jan harmensen is Indebted 
unto him as appeares by bill for W c . h the pit: hath attached the deft? effects 
in°the hands of Jno. Jerol afores? The Court do order that the s. d attach- 
ment shal stand good till further order. 

Tho: Laurence, pit: v/s Edward Poul, deft: in an act: of debt, 
the marshal alledged that the parties Where uppon agreement. 

Mary Steenhaelder, pit: v/s Anthony Loo, deft, the deft: 1 defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, pit: v/s Willem Woutersen, deft, the deft: 1 
defaut, 

Tryntie Crogers, Wife of M' Nicasius de Sille, according to a fore- 
going order of this Court, this day answering in Writing to the Petition 
of Gerrit Van Tright atturny of the s? Nicasius the Silla; The Worshipp 1 . 1 



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Court did order thereuppon, that a Coppy of her said answer should be 
delivered to the said Nicasius de Silla by the hands of his said Atturny, 
to the end that he may reply unto the same the next ensuing Court day. 

Att a Mayors meeting held at New Yorke Jann? the 25th i6-f§. 

Present Mr Corn: Steenwyck, Mayor; Capt n Tho: de Laval, Mr Mat- 
thias Nicolls, M- John Lawrence, M r - Cornells Van Ruyven, Mr Nicolaes 
de Meyer, Alderm: 

Mr Corn: Steenwyck, pit. v/s Anna, relict of Tho: hal, deft. The 
deft: this day omitting to make hur objections ag s .' the pit? acct. accord- 
ing to the foregoing order of this Court; It is this day ordered, that she 
shal perform the s? order, in bringing in of hur s? objections, at the next 
ensuing Court day: or that by neglect thereof, the pit? account shal be 
allowed in Court. 

Andries Jochemsen, pit: v/s Simon Turcq, deft: In an act? of debt 
to the summe of fl. 150 seawant. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court haveing examined 
the evidences by the pit: produced in Court, and the deft: omitting to 
bring in his objections ag s .' the pit? account, accord? to order of this 
Court; It is this day ordered and Decreed that the deft: shal pay the s? 
debt of fl. 150. sewant to this pit: with Cost of Suit. 

Nicolaes de Meyer, Pit: v/s Anna relict of Tho: hall, deft. It is this 
day ordered that the deft: shal bring in hur objections to y? pit? account, 
or otherwise that the same shal be allowed of at the next ensuing Court 
day. 

Geertie relict of harmen Wessells, pit: v/s Andrew Messenger, deft: 
The deft: remaining default; It is this ordered — whereas the deft: lives a 
great way distante from hence, that with this action should be Suspended 
until the next Court day, or at Longest 6 Weekes. 

Gerrit Van Tright, pit: v/s Steven Van Cortland & Evert Pietersen, 
deft. The pit: declares, that the deft? have bound themselves Securities 
for the passage of Jacob Van Curlaer, that the s? passage should be Satis- 
fied in holland, for Which the s? Curler likewise gave a bill of exchange 
but is returned from holland protested; Wherefore the pit: humbly Craves 
Judgemt: ag?' the deft? W'! 1 Cost. The deft? do deny that they have past 
their Worde to maine baile for s? Corlaer. The Jury brought in their 
Verdict and for the defts; and that the plantiffe pay the Charges of the 



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Court. Whereuppon the Worshipp 11 Court ordered that Judgem' should 
be Entred according to Verdict, and that pit: do pay Cost as afores? 

JURY. 

Humphry davenp rt , Resolved Waldron, Ariaen Appel, Jno. Larence 
Junior, herry breser, Isaacq greeveraet, Tho: berriman, John hardenbroek, 
Tho: Taylor, guill: de honeur, Jno. garland, Timoty gabrie. 

Jan Hendricx Van Gunst, p !t , v/s Jannetie Jacobs, Def' The Wor- 
shipp 1 . 1 Court having heard arguments of parties and the witnesses being 
examined, condemn the def' to restore to the pit. the ornaments in ques- 
tion, without any indemnification or restitution of money and further 
condemn her in the costs, provided she, def', does not prove within 6 
weeks, from whom she bo't the ornaments. 

Katherne Evans, pit: v/s Thomas Walton, deft, the deft: defaut. 

Jacques Cousseau, pit: v/s Gerrit Van Tright, deft: It was this day 
ordered, that whereas the Case in differance, was somthing Longe & 
tedious for to View & Examin all the papers brought in Court, Wherefore 
the Court ordered that the Case should be pleaded by atturnyes at Law, 
who might bring the Controversy to a narrow Compasse. 

]VP John Lawrence, pit: v/s Jan hendrix Steelman alias Coopal, deft. 
The Pit: Declares that the deft: is Indebted unto him the somme of 
twenty Beav r . s for goods & monny disbusst as appeares by the deft? Bill 
payable in Wampum at 24 g r ? p? Beav", or peaz at 4 g rs p' Schipple, for 
the paiment of W c . h debt, the pit: laid an attachm: uppon a house & Land 
of the deft: here in New Yorke, and humbly Craues Judgem' ag" the 
same With Cost of Suit. The deft: hath Confessed a Judgem' to the use 
of the pit: before the Secret?' Nicolaes Bayard for the paiment of the s? 
debt. Whereuppon the Worshipp 11 Court ordered that Judgement should 
be Entred ag s -' the deft: according to his owne Confession, together With 
Cost of Suit. 

Warnaer Wessells, Pit. v/s Humphry dampoort, deft. The deft: 
being one of the Jury, It Was ordered that this Case should be Suspended 
Withal until the next Court day. 

Cornelis Clopper, Pit. v/s John harmensen & John Jerol, deft? the 
deft? 2. default. 

Mary Steenhaelder, pit. v/s Anthony Loo, deft, the deft: 2 defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Pit. v/s Willem Woutersen, deft, the deft: 2 defaut. 



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The Constable & Ouerzeers of the Towne fordham, pit? v/s Joris 
Stipps & Benjamin Pamer, deft: The Court ordered that this Case shal 
be Suspended withal until the next Court day. 

John Kingdom, pit: v/s Tho? Tailor, deft: parties agreed. 

Joseph Butler, pit: v/s John Kingdom, deft: the deft: i defaut. 

Warnaer Wessells, pit. v/s Willem bogardus, deft: the deft: i 
defaut. 

Jan Smedes, pit. v/s Jan hendrix Van gunst, deft: P 1 ' demands 
from def' the sum of fl. ioo for his fathers goods proved by the def- to 
the p k at Harderwyk before the Orphan Masters, together with 12^ 
beavers and a gold ring delivered to this def d . ts deceased wife. The def' 
denies the debt and says, that he made proof and exhibit of p 1 ? father's 
property in Westphalia, which never was received and therefore he 
maintains, he owes nothing. What regards the beavers and the ring, he 
undertakes to prove he paid for it. The W: Court order the p 1 .' shall 
receive copy of the proof made at Harderwyk and present it here in 
Court and the def? shall at the next Court day shew, how and where the 
p 1 .' is paid for the 12^ beavers and the gold ring. 

John Tredwel, Pit: v/s Jurian de Kouper, deft, the deft: 1 defaut. 

Fredrick Gysbersen, pit: v/s Abel hardenbroeck, deft: Parties 
agreed. 

Abel De Lanoy, Pit: v/s Abel hardenbroeck, deft: Parties agreed. 

Anna Kuypers, pit: v/s Claer Ebel & mary Steenhaelders, deft: 
Parties agreed. 

Claes Dietlofs, Pit: v/s Jannetie de Witt, deft: the pit: declared 
that the deft: was Indebted unto him for 80 lb. tobacco sould to hur at 10 
sts. pr lb. the summe of fl: 40. Sewant, for w c . h he Craved Judgem' W? 
Cost. The deft: Answers that the Tobacco proeved to be not good, and 
refuses to receive the same. Uppon hearing of both parties & the Testi- 
mony of Jonas Bartelsen, the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order that 
the deft: should make paim' of the s? fl: 40 sewant W'. h Cost. 

From the nomination of those of the Court of Haerlem, the Wor- 
shipp" Court elected as Overseer of said Town, Joost Oblinus in the 
place of Kier Wolters, who has gone away since the last Election. 

Uppon the Petition of Mary Tillton wife of Will: hofmeyer, the 
Worshipp 11 Replyed ; that the howse of hur husband should be and Re- 



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maine bound ouer to the Towne for the Good behavior of the s? hofmeyer 
during the Space of 6 months Longer than in the first bond was exprest. 

Uppon the Petit" of WT Hoffmeyer the Court do reply: That the 
bond of the howse in his Petition exprest, shal stand in force for the 
space of 6 Months Longer, for the good behavior of the s? hofmeyer 
during the s? time. 

Jacques Cousseau Merchant, this day appearing in Court, humbly 
requesting that the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Would be pleased to graunt him a 
Certifycate for the following Mariners aboard of his Shipp the Albany, 
now Bound for Barbados, that the s? mariners uppon the Surrendring of 
this place under his May' 1 " obedience, Where Inhabitants within this 
Citty & y e Collony of New Yorke, by Name 

Claes Verbraeck, Master du Navie. 

Hubert de Riemer, Chirurgen 

Swent Andriesen, Mariner 

Harmen Jansen " 

Christian Pietersen " 

Arnold Jansen " 

Christian Des Lawriers " 

Abram Abramsen " 

Cornells Prins Cooper " 

Maes Melissen " 

The s? Persons being all Called in Court, they & every one of them 
Where found & proeved that they where Inhabitants of this place & 
Collony uppon the Surrendering thereof under his May"? s obedience and 
by Virtue of the articles made uppon the Surrendring have the liberty to 
go & Come, trade & trafficq into any of his Magesties dominions, 
Collonyes, or plantations, and to enjoy all other priveledges as any other 
of his Magesties Subjects do enjoy etz. 

On the petition of Cornells Barentsen, Grain Measurer, and Jan van 
Gelder requesting in substance, that the abovenamed van Gelder may be 
admitted as Grain Measurer of this City, and the same be forbidden to 
all others; also that their fees for measuring be raised and something be 
allowed for round measure, is apostilled — Whereas the old Measurer him- 
self asks some help therefore the petitioner Jan van Gelder for the con- 
venience of the Burghers is admitted, with the Old Measurer, as Grain 



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Measurer of this City; but with this reserve, that each can measure his 
own grain, but shall not be bound to make good to the party delivering 
it any thing on his own measurement. What regard the round measure 
that is denied to the petitioner and as fees for grain measuring shall be 
paid the fees as paid hitherto, but the Measurer is bound to keep due 
register of his measurement. 

Whereas the Church Wardens or Kerkmeesters of this Citty have 
served out their time, and therefore requisit that the s? office should be 
Supplyed with summe other persons, The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court have thought 
fit to Nominate & appoint Alderm: Mf Cornelis Van Ruyven & M r . Jeroni- 
mus Ebbing to be Church Wardens or Kerckmeesters of this Citty for the 
next ensuing Yeare, unto Whom the Late Church Wardens or Kerck- 
masters are required to Deliver the Bookes & effects belonging to the 
Church afore s . d 

Capt" Nicolls in the behalfe of his honn' the Governf propounding to 
the Court, that his honnr was intended to build a howse uppon the lott, 
adjoining next unto the State-house, and to make the s? house to be an 
Inn or Ordinary; and desired that in Case it should be no prejudice to 
the Towne, that the Court would allow his honnr to build the upperpart 
of the house somthing ouer the passage of the Towne W c . h Lyeth betweene 
the Statehouse & the s? Lott as alsoo that he might make a doore to go 
from the upperpart of the house into the Courts Chambers. The Wor- 
shipp" Court uppon mature Considerat" do allow of his honn* Proposalls, 
& ordered that the same should be entred accordingly. 

Whereas by a former act of this Court Concerning the Branding of 
all horses & Cattle uppon this Island Manhattans, It was likewise ordered 
that some persons should be appointed as Ouerzeers to Cause the s? act to 
be put in due Execution, In Pursuance of W c . h said order the Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court have Nominated & appointed as ouerzeers for the Citty New 
Yorcke and the farmers thereunto belonging, Jan Jansen Langestraat 

and Ariaen Cornelissen— 
and the Secret?' of New Yorck to be Recorder. 

And for the Towne New Haerlem — 

Resolveert Waldron & 
Daniel Terneur — 
And the Clarq of the s? Towne to be Recorder. 



216 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1670 

Which said Ouerzees are hereby required to Cause the s? Act to put 
in practize accordf to the Tennour thereof, and the severall Instruct^ they 
shal receive from this Court. 

Itt is this day ordered that all the Karmen of this Citty, as alsoo all 
the Shoemakers should be Summond to appeare at the Next Court. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke this 8* day of february 
A? i6ff. Present Mf Corn? Steenwyck, Mayor; Capt. Tho: deLaval, 
Capt. Matthias Nicolls, M* John Laurence, Mr Cornelis vanRuyven, 
M* Nicolaes de Meyer, Ald r men. 

Mf Corn: Steenwyck, Pit: v/s Anna, relict of Tho: Hall, Deft: 
Uppon the deft? request for 8 dayes longer time to bring in hur objec- 
tions ag?' the pit? acct: The worshipp 1 . 1 Court did order that the deft: should 
should bring in hur s? objections at the next Court day, When this Case 
shal come to Tryal without any further delay. 

Mr Nicolaes De Meyer, Pit: v/s Anna, Relict of Tho: Hall, deft: 
The Worshipp 1 . 1 C rt past order in this Case the same, that was made in 
y? Case of M". Steenwyck aboves? 

Jannetie Jacobs produces the following declarations pursuant to the 
previous order of the Court regarding the ornaments in question between 
her and Jan Hendricx van Gunst. Harmen Hendricx van Weyen testifies 
and declares to have seen one fytie Dirx residing at Breukelen on Long 
Island wear the ornaments in question now about a year ago. Anna 
Dirx, wife of Dirck Claessen Pottebacker, declares by written declaration 
the same, that Harmen Hendricx has declared. 

Katherine Purchaze, Pit: v/s Tho: Walton, deft: In an act" of dis- 
famation. The deft: requesting that the Case might be tryed by a Jury: 
It Was ordered that a Jury should be empannelled to trye the Cause, at 
the next Court day, in Case the parties Could not agree betwixt them- 
selves before the s? time. 

Warn? Wessells, pit: v/s humphry Davenpoort, deft: The Deft 
being Willing to referre the Case to a Court of Jurymen ; Itt Was this 
day ordered that a Jury should be empanelled to trye the Cause at the 
next Court day. 

John Butler, Pit. v/s John Kingdom, deft: the deft: 2? defaut. 
The Worshipp" Court ordered that the deft: should answer to the pit? de- 



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clarat" at the next Court day, or otherwise that Judgem' should be entred 
uppon default. 

Walraven Claerhout, pit: v/s John Cooly, deft: the deft: i defaut. 

Johannes Hardenbreock, pit : v/s Pieter Nys, deft : The pit : de- 
clareth that the deft: is become baile for a debt due to the pit: from 
Balthazaer de Voz, for W c . h the s? Voz was arrested here at New York at 
the Sute of y? pit: The deft: denyes the same that he ever was baile for 
the s? Voz. The Marshal Schaefbanck declares that he arrested the 
s d Voz at the Sute of the pit: and Imediatly after the arrest was done he 
delivered the Warr' up to Capt" Manning and left the parties both at 
Pieter Nys. Itt is ordered that this Case should be suspended until next 
Court day. 

Herry Breser, Pit: v/s Guilliam De honeur, & Martin hofman, defts. 
The Worsbipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that the deft? should bring in their proefe 
at the next Court day. 

John Sharp, pit: v/s Gerrit Croesen, deft: The Pit: declares that 
the deft: is Indebted unto him for attornies fees allowed him by the high 
Sherif the summe of fl. 72: gild r . s , for W c . h he Craues Judgem' ag s . E the 
deft: With Cost. Uppon hearing of both parties, The Worsh: Court did 
decree & order that the deft: should make Imediate paiment of the s? debt 
to the pit: With Cost of Sute 

Nicolaes Bayard, pit: v/s Willem Woutersen, deft: The Pit: de- 
clareth that the deft: is Indebted unto him as pf acct. the summe of fl. 
47: Sewant for W c . h he Craves Judgemt: ag 5 .' the deft: With Cost of Sute. 
Uppon hearing of both parties the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did Decree & order 
the deft: to make Imediat pamient of the s? debt to the pit:, W'. h Cost of 
Court. 

M r . Nicolaes de Meyer & M r - Johannes de peister, in pursuance of an 
order of this Court bearing date the 3? day of August, last past, on this 
day delivering in Court their award in the Case in Controversy betwixt 
Thimotheus Gabrie pit: & Allard anthony, deft: in an act: of debt. 
Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that Judgement should be 
entred according to the tennf of the s? award : (W c . h is filed uppon the file 
of declarations). 

Uppon a Complaint made to the Court, that several of the Karrmen 
of this Citty do not performe their duty in taking good care for the goods 



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W c . h they do Kart for the Burgers & Strangers, as alsoo that some of the 
s? Karmen, do manny times use ill and bad Language, to the Burgers 
Viz : — The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court have thereuppon, this day summond al the 
Karmen before them, and ordered them, to use the Burgers & Strangers 
in Karting of their goods Civilly, to the end that al further Compaints 
might be prevented; or otherwise that uppon the Complaint of any Bur- 
ger, and proefe made that any of the s? Karmen have not performed this 
order, such Karman shall be Dismist; and others be employed in their 
Stead. 

Sytie Wife of Gerrit hendrix appearing in Court, and Presented that 
Nathaniel pietersen on Saturday last, had assaulted and Wounded hur 
with a Sword ouer her hands, requesting that the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court would 
be pleased to do Justice uppon him, according as the Court shal think fit. 

Geertie relict of harmen Wessells, pit: v/s Andrew Messenger, deft: 
the deft: default. 

Mary Steenhaelden, pit: v/s anthony Loo, deft: the deft: default. 

Wr Wessel, Pit: v/s Willem Bogardus, deft, the deft: 2 defaut. 

John Tredwel, pit: v/s Jurian de Kouper, deft: the deft: 2 defaut. 

Cornells Clopp?, pit: v/s Jan harmensen, deft: the deft: defaut. 

Warnf Wessels, pit: v/s Willem Bogardus, deft: the deft: 2 defaut. 

John garland, pit: v/s Philip Johns, deft: the deft: 1 defaut. 

On the complaint of WT 1 Hofmeyer that his house is falling wholly 
to ruin: therefore requesting consent to sell the same; It is ordered by 
the W: Court, that Adolph Pieters and Abram Jans, carpenters, inspect 
the above house and deliver in their report on the next Court day. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke this first day of March A? 
i6ff Present Mr C. Steenwyck, Mayor; Mr Tho: d' Lauall, Mf Matth: 
Nicolls, Mf John Laurence, Mf Corn: V: Ruyven, M T - N. de Meyer, 
Aldermen; Capt" John Manning, Sherif. 

Mf Cornells Steenwyck, Pit: v/s Anna hall, deft: Whereas the 
Deft?, atturny hath omitted to give due notice to the deft: for to bring 
in hur objections to the pit? accts: according to the Tennour of the 
last Order of Court; The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court this day recommended the 
same to Mf Johannes Van Brugh and M T . Poulus Leenderts being assist- 
ants to the deft: in Stating of hur bookes, who Likewise made promise, 



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to Cause the s? objections to be brought in by the deft: if she had any 
ag s .' the s? account, att the next Court day. 

M' Nicolaes de meyer, Pit: v/s Anna Hall, deft. The Court past 
the same order in Case, as was made in the abovestanding action of 
Mf Steenwyck. 

Katherina Purchaze, Pit: v/s Thomas Wallton, deft: in an act" of 
disfamation. The deft: nor his atturny not appearing to the defend the 
Cause, the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order that the defendant shall 
pay all the Cost of ye Suit, for non attendance according to the Tenn' of 
the last order of Court. 

John De Jardin, by his atturny Walraven Claerhout, Pit: v/s John 
Cooly, Smith, deft: The pit: declareth that the deft: is Indebted unto 
him by his obligation bearing date the 31 Xb' 1668: in the quantity of 
887 lb of tobacco & Caske payable here at New Yorke, for W c . h he Craues 
Judgem? ag s .' the deft: With Cost; The deft: Saith he paid the debt to the 
s? Jardin in maryland, and Will proeve the same by the next returne of 
Alricx Ketch from dellowarre. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court uppon hearing of 
both parties did decree & order that the deft: should give in Security to 
the pit: for the Payment of the s? debt with Cost, in Case he shall not 
sufficiently proeve by the next returne of the s? Ketch, that he paid & 
Satisfyed the s? debt to the pit: in Mary Land. 

Jan Hendricxsen van Gunst, p 1 ', ag s .' Jannetie Jacobs, def' The 
W: Court having heard debates of parties and examined the declarations 
produced on both sides, find that the ornaments in question are not stolen 
by the def'. However since she cannot sufficiently prove, that she bought 
them, but only that they were seen on Fytie Dircx, from whom def' in the 
first instance declared she bought them, Therefore the W: Court decide 
and order, that the ornaments in question shall be delivered to the p" and 
retained by him, on condition of paying to def' twenty guilders zewant 
and the costs incurred herein. 

John d' Jardin by his Atturny Walraven Claerhout, Pit. against 
John Cooly, Def' The Pit: declares that the deft: is Indebted unto him 
as appeares by his Bill bearing date the 31 s .' Xbr 1668 the quantity 887 lb. 
of tobacco & Caske, to be paid here at New York, for W c . h this pit: Craues 
Judgemt: ag s .' the deft: with Cost of Suit. The deft: Saith he paid the 
s. d debt to the Pit: himselfe in Mary Land, and Craves time till the returne 



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of Alrix Sloop from Delowarre to proeve the same. This Judgement is 
Entred on the foregoing side. 

Warnaer Wessells, Pit: v/s Humphry Dauenpoort, deft: The Pit: 
declareth 'that the deft: hath Sold about 16 Canns of Licq r . s to Jochem 
(Beeckman?) the Shoemaker who is a tapper, and proeves the same by a 
Testimony of Jacob de Looper, Wherefore the pit: Craves Judgemt: ag s . 1 
the deft: that the deft: may be Condemned to pay the forfeiture according 
to Law. The deft: denyeth that he ever sold any Rom to the s? Jochem, 
and brought in following Wittnesses — Jochem the Shoemaker denies 
having ever received any Rom from the Defend' Jan de Vrees denies 
that he ever had any cans with rom in his house from the abovenamed 
Jochem but says that only two empty cans were placed there. Fredrick 
Hendricx denies having told Jacob de Looper that he had received Rom 
from the Deft, inasmuch as he never received any Rom except a Sup now 
and then. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that this Case Should be Sus- 
pended Withal untill the returne of the s? Looper from New England. 

John Tredwell, Pit: v/s Jurian de Kouper, deft. The Pit: declareth 
that the deft: is Indebted unto him for a Cow, the quantity of 14 ells of 
duffles, for W c . h he prayeth Judgem' of this Court, ag 5 .' this deft: With Cost. 
The deft: ownes that he bought the Cow for 10 ells of duffles & one blan- 
coat, w c . h blancoat he saith he paid to the Pit: and the paiment of the 
duffles was to be made in this month. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that 
Judgem' should be entred ag s .' the deft: & ordered that the deft: makes 
paiment of the s? 10 ell of duffles within the space of 6 Weekes next 
ensuing together with Cost of Suit. 

167 1. 22. april Execution Issued out uppon this Judgem' 

Geertie, Widdow of harmen Wessells, pit: v/s Andrew Messenger, 
De£ in an act" of Debt. Uppon hearing of both p r ties, this Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court did decree & order that the deft: should pay to the Pit: for the 
Journey of hur deceased husband to huntingtowne & for Medsons ap- 
plyed to the Deft? family the summe of Eightie gild" Sewant, together 
with Cost of Suit. 

Assur Levy and Thomas Lammertsen, guardians of the minor chil- 
dren of Wessel Evertsen,* pltffs. against Claes Jansen Stauast, deft. 

* Wessel Evertsen (Visser) came to N. N. in the service of the W. I. Comp., and 
afterwards commanded the Company's yacht Si Martin. He married in the spring of 



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Pltffs in quality as a r oresaid demand, that def? may be ordered to quit 
their house on the first of May next, unless he, deft., can prove that he 
hired it longer. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court having heard parties order, that 
the defend' shall be preferred for the hire of the p". 5 ' house, provided he 
pay as much rent as the p 1 " were offered from others. 

Joseph Butler, Pit: v/s John Kingdom, deft: Uppon the desire of 
the Pit? atturny, It was ordered that this Case should be Suspended withal 
untill next Court. 

Herry Breser, Pit: v/s Guilliam honeur & marten hofman, deft' the 
deft: 2. defaut. 

Mary Steenhaelder, Pit: v/s Anthony Loo, deft: the deft: defaut. 

Cornelis Clopper, Pit: v/s John harmensen & John Gerol, defts. 
the deft: defaut. 

Mettie Wessells, Pit. v/s Abell Hardenbroeck, deft, parties agreed. 

Ambrosius De Weerhem, pit: v/s Herry Hedger, deft: the deft i. 
defaut. 

Humphry Davenpoort, pit: v/s John Kingdom, deft. The Court 
suspended this Cause till next Court day. 

John Vinge, Pit: v/s Humphry Underhill, deft. The Pit: remaining de- 
fault to Impleade his Cause, The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that a Non Suit 
should be entred ag 5 . 1 the Pit: and Condemned the pit: to pay Cost of Suit. 

Read and considered Caspar Steynmits petition, requesting payment 
of fl. 100 seawant balance due for rent of the City School. It is apos- 
tilled: The Receiver, N. Bayard, is ordered to pay petitionf out of the 
first incoming monies. 

Adolph Pietersen and Abram Jansen having according to previous 
order of the Court inspected the house of Willem Hofmeyer, report as 
follows: — That the above house is almost gone at the bottom and has 
settled a little to one side by the bursting of the chimney, but it can be 
repaired at a trifling expense. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court having heard the 
above report as well as the verbal debates between the above named Hof- 
meyer and his wife, order the abovenamed Hofmeyer to deliver in at the 
next Court day a perfect list of what he owes to date. 

1643 Grietje Bouwens, by whom he had six children. In July, 1646, he obtained a grant 
of land betw. the present Stone and South Williams Streets, extending East 17 rods 5 feet 
from opposite the head of Coenties Alley. 



222 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1670 

This day the W: Court elected as Overseers of the Roads and Fences 
as well on this as on the other side of the Fresh Water Jan Jansen Lange- 
straat, Ariaen Cornelissen, Huygh Barents d'Kleyn. 

Anno i6f$- March the 8th: Did the Worshipp" Mayor Commissionate 
and athorize Isaacq Greveraet of this Citty merchant & Anthony de Milt 
of this Citty Baker to be Ouerzeers of the Estate of Reynier Reyken 
Deceased, who dyed Intestate within this Citty, they bringing a due ace* 
and returne thereof under their hands to the Office of this Citty & per- 
forme all other thing & things as by the Law they are bound to do, as 
more at Large by the s? Commission can & May appeare. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE OUERZEERS OR BRANDERS OF HORSES AND CATTLE 
UPPON THIS ISLAND MANHATTANS. 

Imp m . us That they shal take good Care, that no horses or Cattle be 
feed in the Commons of this Island but those that are branded with the 
Townes marke; as alsoo that no Stone horses be admitted, but those that 
are approeved of, according to the Tenn' of the act provided alwayes 
that at Least 6 Stone horses be Continually Kept in the Commons. 

2 ! . y That they shal take an Exact ace': of all the horses and Cattle, 
branded by them as afores? and bring uppon Record, the Couller, and 
markes thereof, as alsoo the Names of the owners. 

3 1 ? That they shal appoint two Certaine dayes in the Weeke, for the 
Branding of horses and Cattle, and give Notice thereof to the Inhabi- 
tants by fixing up of Bills for that purpose. 

4thly. That the Branders of harlem shal bring in an ace': to the 
Recorder general, every quarter of the Yeare, and the Branders of the 
Citty every month, of all the horses and Cattle branded by them as 
afores? 

5thly. That by Vertue of the s? act, they shal Receive for Branding 
of a horse etz. three gild" Seawant, and for a Cow, oxe, Steer, or heffer, 
two gild r . s out of w c . h they are to Receive for their Salary, for a horse 25 
stivers, and for a Cow etz: 15 stivers, provided that all the monny be first 
delivered into the hands of the Recorder general, Who uppon stating of 
the ace 1 ? at every halfe yeares end, shal pay to the Branders and Recorder 
of New harlem § parts, and to the Branders of New Yorke and the 
Recorder general 3 / 5 parts of the s? fee: and the Remainder to be Left 



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at the disposall of the Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayors Court, dated In New Yorke 
this 5th day of march i66 T V 

By ordr of the Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayor 

(Signed) N. Bayard Sec. 
Whereas by a former act of this Court, it was ordered, that all horses 
and Cattle permitted to feed in the Commons of this Island, should be 
branded with the Townes marke, at or before the Last day of octoby last 
past w c . h s? order hetherto is omitted to be put in Execution, Wherefore the 
Worshipp" May? Court have thought fit, to suspend the same from the s? 
Last day of octobr to the first day of May next ensuing and do further 
appoint for overzeers or Branders of this Citty N: Yorke and Adjacent 
farmes — 

Jan Jansen Langestraat and 

Ariaen Cornelisse. 
And for the Towne of New Harlem & Adjacent farmes 

Resolveert Waldron and 

Daniel Terneur. 
Which s? persons are by these presents authorized to Cause the s? Act to 
be put in due Execut" accord? to the Tennf thereof, the time onely 
Suspended untill the first day of May as afores? Dated jn New Yorke: 
this 5 l . h day of March i6f$. 

By Order of the Worshipp 1 . 1 May? 

(Signed) N. Bayard, Sec. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke this 15th day of March A? 
i64§. Present Mr Cornelis Steenwyck, Mayor; Mr Tho: D' Lauall, Mf 
Matthias Nicolls, Mr Jno. Laurence, Mr Cornelis Van Ruyven, Aldermen; 
Mf John Manning, Sherif. 

Mr Cornelis Steenwyck, Mayor, pit: v/s Anna Hall, widdow, deft. 
Uppon the report of Mr Johannes Van Brugh & Mr Poulus Leendersen 
Vande Grist, that the account brought in the pit: ag s .' the defendant, doth 
agree with the deft? late Husbands owne hand writing, untill the 9th day 
of July 1667: except only that the s? deft? husband hath omitted to ex- 
presse, — whether the debt was Beaver or Tobacco at 6 stvs. pr lb ; 
Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court this day ordered that the pits: said 
accr should be Viewed and Examined by some jndifferent persons, and 
to that end do appoint the s? Mr Johannes Van Brugh, Mr Poulus Leen- 



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dersen, M". Johannes depeister & M' Jeronimus Ebbing, who are hereby 
required to State the s? acct: jn the presence of M*, John Lawrence 
Ald'man, and to give their award at what prize the Tobacco shal be rated 
towards the paiment of the s? debt. 

Nicolaes De Meyer, Pit: v/s Anna hall, Widdow, deft. The assist- 
ants of the deft: are hereby ordered & Required, for to take the pit? 
demands in Consideration, and to returne their answer Concerning the 
same, att Next Court day. 

Joseph Butler, Pit: v/s Jno: Kingdom, deft: The pit: Declareth 
that the deft: is Indebted unto him, by Bill the summe of fl. 309: Seawant 
or duffles at Seawant prise in New York, for W c . h debt this pit: Craues 
Judgement ag s .' the deft: W'. h Cost. The defendant remaining defaut the 
third Court day, The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court haveing Viewed & Examined the 
s? Bill and obligat" of the deft: amounting to the summe of f. 309. Seawant 
as afores? did decree & order that Judgement should be entred against 
the deft: for the paiment of the s? Debt together with Cost of Suit. 

Dirck Claesen Pottebacker, p 1 .*, agst Teunis Tomissen, mason, defF 
Pit. demands payment of the sum of fl. 39. zeawant, being wages as 
hodman earned by def? order. Def" wife appearing says, that it must 
be paid by Abram Carmer as said Carmer agreed for the attendance of 
the masons in said work and through his neglect the p" was employed. 
The W: Court having heard parties it was decreed, that the def' must pay 
his hodman and therefore the def' is ordered to pay the s? sum of fl. 39 
with costs. 

In the matter in question between Willem Hofmeyer and his wife, 
the W. Court decree and order, that the abovenamed Willem Hoffmeyer 
shall take with him and maintain the three oldest, and his wife the three 
youngest children, procreated between them. What relates to the house 
in the Graft, the W: Court order, that it shall be publicly sold and the 
net half of the proceeds thereof be received by the abovenamed Hof- 
meyer' s wife for the support of the youngest children, and the other half 
of the proceeds shall be received by the abovenamed Hofmeyer in pay- 
ment of the debts amounting to about the sum of 500 gl. zewant according 
to his rendering. 

The Court having read and considered the complaint of Cornelis 
Barentsen, Grain Measurer, against Jan van Gelder, and having heard, 
what the afores'd van Gelder alleges in his defense; It is by the W. 



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Court decreed and ordered, that the aforenamed van Gelder shall pay to 
the abovenamed Cornelis Barentsen the half of all the fees for measuring 
having been earned by him, as he is not sworn in to this date; and it is 
further ordered, that the abovenamed Cornelis Barentsen shall in future 
be preferred in the measuring, so that van Gelder shall not have power 
to measure, unless the old Measurer shall be absent at work elsewhere or 
when more than one parcel of grain must be measured at the same time, 
when the above named van Gelder shall be at liberty to measure; pro- 
vided he shall have previously taken the oath of fidelity. 

Ambrosius De Weerhem, pit: v/s Herry Hedger, deft: The Pit: de- 
clareth that he lent this deft: three Carpenters plaines, and Desires resti- 
tution thereof. The deft: Saith that he paid the pit: for the s? plaines by 
the hands of Peter Smith. Uppon hearing of the Debates of both parties, 
The Court did Decree & order that the deft: should make restitution of 
the s? plaines, or otherwise pay for the same, together with Cost of suit 
except he can make appeare within the space of 14 dayes that he hath 
paid for the same by the s? Smit. 

Herry Breser, pit: v/s Guilliam d'Honeur, & Marten Hoffman, defts. 
The pit: declares that the deft- are Indebted unto him for hire of his 
Boot fl. 207: Seaw' The defts produce an ace': whereby there remaineth 
due to the pit: fl. 78: 12: Wampum w c . h they tender in Court. The Wor- 
shipp" Court ordered that the monny should remaine in the Custodie of 
the Sec. Bayard, and do Suspend the Tryal of this Cause until next Court 
day, when the deft' are to proeve the Demorrage occasioned by the pit: 

Humphry Davenpoort, pit: v/s Jno. Kingdom, deft: The deft? at- 
turny Jn? Rider appearing in Court and by Virtue of a Lett? of Atturny 
bearing date the 14th of this Instant, Confessed a Judgement in the 
behalfe of the s? Kingdom, to the use of the pit: Humphry Davenpoort, 
for the summe of fourty Seaven pounds & two ShilH 5 to be paid according 
to his obligation. 

Jurian Jansen, Kuyper (cooper), p 1 ', against Warnaer Wessells, def' 
Pit. complains, that deft, came last Saturday to the p 1 ' 5 house wishing to 
take away a coopers stool, saying it belonged to him, which p'! s wife 
having refused, the def' pushed her and treated her badly in her own 
house. De£ denies having shoved the p 1 ! 5 wife and used any force. The 
W: Court order the p 1 ' to prove his statement. 

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226 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1670 

Warnaer Wessells, pit: v/s Humphry Davenpoort, deft: According 
to a former order of this Court Jacob teunissen de Looper this day- 
appearing in Court declared uppon Oath, that in Slaughter time last, he 
being at Worke at the pit? house, the pit: ordered him to Draw two Juggs 
of Rom for Jochem De Shoemaker, in w c . h this deponant Saith that he fild 
16 Canns of rom: w c . h said rom this deponant at the request of the s? 
Jochem did help the s? Joche to Convey it in the house of Jan de Vries, 
where the s? deponant saith that he left the s? two Jugs of Rom; and the s? 
Deponant Saith further that the s? Jochem paid the pit: for the s? Rom 
by an assignment of Nelson. The deft: alleadgeth that the s? Jacob 
d' Looper is a theefe, and Will proeve the same, and Saith further that 
the s? Testimony for that reason is of no Value. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court 
ordered that the deft: should proeve the theft of the s? Looper, and re- 
solved to advise with his honn' the Govern' about this Case. 

In the Case of Thomas Lammertsen & Joost Cockuyt pit? ag s .' the 
Inhabitants of New harlem Deft? the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that the 
defts: should be summond to appeare by their agents at the next Court 
day to answer the s? Case. 

Mettie Wessells, pit: v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft: The pit: De- 
clares that the deft: is Indebted unto him as pr ace- appeares the summe 
of fl. 122: 18. Seawant for w c . h she Craues Judgem' ag" the deft: With 
Cost of Suit. Uppon hearing the debates of both parties the Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court did Decree & order that the deft: shall pay the s? Debt and Cost 
deducting only what he shall make appeare, he paid in part thereof. 

1670. 10. May. Issued out Execut" uppon this Judgement. 

Mary Steenhaelder, pit: v/s Anthony Loo, deft: the deft: default. 
" John Wantshair, pit: v/s William Smitton, deft, the deft: default. 

Adrian Hegeman, pit: v/s Claes Melissen, deft: the deft: defaut. 
Att the request of the pit: the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered, that the attach- 
ment by the pit: made uppon the effects of the deft: should stand good 
until further order. 

Isaacq Bedloo, pit: v/s Mary Goosens, Deft: the deft: i st Defaut. 

Capti 1 Thomas De Lavall, pit: v/s John Haytor, Def* the deft i. 
defaut. The Court ordered that the attachment made by the pit: uppon 
a hh? of tobacco belonging to the deft: shal stand good until further 
order. 



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John Cooly appearing in Court produced a receipt w c . h he received 
since the Last Court day from John de Jardin, Whereby the s? Jardin 
acknowledged to have received ful Satisfaction by order of Court, for a 
debt, due unto him, from John Cooly to the summe of nine hundred and 
eightie pounds of tobacco, as appeares by a bill under the s? Cooles hand 
Lying in the hands of Walraven Claerhout; for W c . h debt the s? Walraven 
on the last Court day, hath obtained Judgem! agst: the s? Cooley, W? 
Judgement the Court ordered to be Void, and the s? Walraven to pay 
Cost of Court. 

In the Case of Katherina Purchaze pit: & Thomas Walton deft: the 
Court ordered that the s? Case should come to triall at the Next Court 
day, provided the s? Walton doth pay all the Courts Charges untill the 
Last Court day. 

The Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayor, by Virtue of an order from the Right honn b . le 
Govern', haveing appointed Mi" Cornelis Van Ruyven, 1VIT Olof Steven- 
sen, Mr Johannes de Peister, M* Johannes Van Brugh, & Mf Poulus 
Leendersen Vande griste, to be Commission- for heare & Examin the 
differances betwixt Nicasius de Sille, & wife, Concerning the Sale of their 
house, & other things relating to their Estate, and if possible to En- 
deavour a Composure to be made betwixt them, and in Case of Non 
Composure, to give their award & Judgement in the s? Case in Contro- 
versie, as more at Large by the s? Commission from M- Mayor doth 
appeare, bearing date the 12th day of this Instant: Uppon W c . h the s? 
Commission? have returned the following award; In pursuance of the 
commission from the Mayor of this City all possible efforts were made to 
reconcile Mr. Sille and his wife, but finding affections and inclinations so 
changed and so many charges of injury, which the one maintains to have 
suffered from the other, they see no hope of reconciling parties and fear 
though they should agree to live together as man and wife, (to which Mr. 
Sille seems more inclined than his wife), that it would not long continue; 
so therefore it is necessary, in order that the creditors may no longer be 
withheld from their just claims, to make out forthwith a correct state- 
ment and inventory of all the property, real and personal, to pay the 
debts contracted by the married parties and to divide and share the re- 
mainder half and half, as we do not consider it fair, that the one should 
draw more from the overplus than another; since against what the wife 



228 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1670 

pretends to have brought in and laid out on the children of Mr Sille (by 
the first bed) as well in supporting as in marrying off two daughters, may 
and can be reckoned his salary, which he said he brought in and which 
exclusive of his perquisites as Fiscal, was fl. 1200. a year in beavers and 
he received it from the year 1654 to 1664, unless it be agreed to open a 
certain marriage contract produced by the wife, which may throw more 
light on the matter, to which (though repeatedly requested by said wife 
so to do) we could not consent, since the superscription expressly 
directed, that it should not be opened, until after the death of one of 
them, and Mr. Sille cannot be counted by me as dead since by the notes 
kept it appears that Mr. Sille expressly declares he will not break the 
marriage etz. Done New York ady 23 d M c . h i6ff. 

Was Signed, Corn? van Ruyven, 

O: Stevensen van Cortlant, 
Johannes de Peister, 
Johannis V: Brugh. 
Understood, 

I, the undersigned declare that I agree with the above award except 
only that Mr. Sille cannot be counted dead, which I refer to the judge- 
ment of the Mayf whether Mr. Sille can be considered as dead or not. 
(Was Signed) P. Leendersen vande Grift. 

Aprill the 2 d 1670. M". John Laurence Ald r man, Nicolaes Bayard 
Sec. & Thomas Tiddeman being authorized by order of the Govern? to 
Examin how the Child of George Cobbet aged about 1^ yeares was come 
to be drounded, brought in for report that uppon Examing of all the 
Wittnesses they found that the s. d Child was fallen in a Tobb therein was 
about two Inches water, wherein the Child was Smuthered, and soo come 
to death, W c . h his honn r . s Ordered to be entred uppon Record. 

Orders & Instructions for Mr Johannes dePeister, Isaacq Greveraet, 
Coeuraet ten Eyck, & Hendrick Willemsen Backer, Ouerzeers appointed 
for the Laying out and Paveing of the Streetes. 

Imprimis: The s d Overzeers are hereby required to order that the 
Streetes W c . h are to be paved be laid out as level and even as possible may 
be, according to the Convenience of the Streets. 

2 ndi y That th e passage be Raised about one foot higher then the 



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Middle of the Streete to the end the water may take its Course from the 
passages towards the Middle of the Streets aforesaid. 

3 r( ! ly And in Case the Neighbours are Inclined to wards the paveing 
of the Whole Streetes, they have Liberty soo to doo, provided that all 
the Neighbours do Jointly agree about the same. 

And all persons Concerned are hereby required & Strictly Charged 
to obey the orders of the s? Ouerzeers, according to the Tennour of the 
act publisht; Given under my hand In New York this 2? of April A° 
1670. Signed. Corn: Steenwyck Mayor. 

Att a Mayers Court held at New Yorck Aprill the 12th 1670. Present 
M r . Cornelis Steenwyck, Mayor ; M? Thomas de Lavall, Mf Mathias 
Nicolls, Mr John Laurence, M' Cornelis Van Ruyven, Aldermen. 

M 1 . Cornelis Steenwyck, pit: v/s Anna Hall, deft: The Indifferent 
persons on the Last Court day appointed for to State the accounts betwixt 
the Pit: & y? deft: on this day makeing their report: Viz: that the deft: 
Anna Hall remained Indebted unto Mf Cornelis Steenwyck; uppon bal- 
lance of the morgages & all other accounts past betwixt the pit: & deft: in 
the summe of one thousand foure hundred and Seaven gild? 18 steivers to 
be paid in Wampum in Spetie, and One thousand eight hundred and 
fourtie five gild" & 51 st r . s in good pay, to be paid in Tobacco at the rate 
of foure stivers p' pound, provided no Intrest or dammage be allowed to 
the pit: for the non-paiment of the s? debt, at the time prefixt. Where- 
uppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that Judgement should be entred 
accordingly and ordered the deft: to make paiment of the s? two summes 
according to the Tennour of the s? Report; Without any diminution of 
the Dukes Interest to the deft? Estate according to the Govern? order 
bearing date the 6th day of decembf last past. 

Mr Nicolaes De Meyer, Pit: v/s Anna Hall, deft. The persons on 
the last Court day recommended to Examin the Pit? demands, whether 
the same doth agree with the defts, Late husbands Bookes do returne for 
answer that they can give no positive Report in the s? Case before M' 
Meyer returns from Boston, untill W c . h time this Case is suspended. 

Herry Breser, pit: v/s Guilliam d'honeur & Marten Hoffman, deft: 
Uppon the deft 5 Complaint, that they had no due Warning of the Court 
day, to the end they could gett their Wittnesses Summond, desiring time 



230 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. \ [1670 

till the next Court day for to proeve that the demorrage was occasioned 
by the pit: or by want of sufficient proefe they would pay the whole debt, 
according to the pit 5 demands, Whereuppon the Court allowed the deft 5 , 
time till the next Court day to proeve the same. 

Juriaen Janz Koup r „ pit: v/s Warnaer Wessells, Def' in an act. of 
Slander. The Court ordered that the pit: should put in a declaration in 
Writing, and the deft: to take out a Coppy thereof, and returne his 
answer at the next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessels, pit: v/s Humphry davenpoort, deft: Itt is this 
day Ordered by the Worhsipp" C? that this Case should be referred to 
Some Indifferent persons, and to that purpose do appoint M T . Thomas 
Louelace, M' Johannes Van Brugh, Mr Johannes de Peister & M* Gerrit 
Van Tright, for to heare & Examin the s d Case in Controversie and to 
endeavour a Composure & determ" betwixt both parties, and to make a 
Returne thereof at the next ensuing Courd day. 

Cornells Clopper, Smith, pit: v/s John Cooley, deft: The Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court do recommend to IVH Mayor besides two of the Aldermen, for to 
take a View of the ground in Controversie, and to endeavour a Composure 
betwixt both parties, and to make a returne thereof at the next Court day. 

Tho: Lammertsen & Joost Cockuyt, pit: v/s the Inhabitants of N: 
harlem, defts: the deft 5 defaut. 

Mary Steenhaelder, pit: v/s Anthony Loo, defi the deft? defaut. 

John Wantshair, pit: v/s W? Smitton, deft: Suspended till next 
Court day. 

Katherina purchaze, pit: v/s Tho Walton, deft: Itt is this day 
ordered that this Case shall come to Tryal at the next Court day, Without 
any further delay. 

Warnaer Wessels, pit. v/s Barent Coers, deft, suspended till next 
Court. 

Warnaer Wessells, pit: v/s Fredrick arentsen torner, deft: The 
Worshipp" Court do recommend to M' Mayor besides two of the Ald'men 
for to take a View of the ground in Controversie and to endeavour a 
Composure & final determination betwixt both parties, and to make a 
Returne thereof at the next Court day. 

Jannetie de Witt, pit: v/s frederick gysbetsen Vanden Bergh, deft: 
the deft: i defaut. 



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Philip Johns agent of Edmond gibbons, pit: v/s Jno: Thomas, deft: 
The Court ordered that the deft: should take out a Coppy of the pit? De- 
claration and returne his answer to the Same at the next Court day. 

Uppon the Petition of the Widdow and heirs of Jacob Van Couwen- 
hoven deceased, requesting Letters of Administration for the Estate of 
the s? Couwenhoven, The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court have thought fit to Nomi- 
nate Constitute & appoint and by these presents do Nominate Con- 
stitute & appoint M' Johannes Van Brugh, M' Poulus Leendersen 
Vande grift, & M T - Isaacq Greveraet to be Curat? of the Estate of the 
s? Couwenhoven, Giveing & graunting unto them full pouwer & authority 
to receive & pay all such debts as are Justly due to, and from, the s? 
Estate, as alsoo to give & take releases — acquittances & other Discharges, 
and to do & performe all such thing & things as may be for the best ad- 
vantage of the s? Estate; And further to take an Exact Inventory of all 
the goods & Chatties Moevable & Immovable Hereditements, Bills, 
Bonds, & all other booke debts, that are properly belonging & due to the 
said Estate, they bringing the same under their hands in the office of this 
Citty, New Yorke. 

Maddelina van Couwenhoven, widow of Jacob van Couwenhoven 
dec? requesting by petition, that the W: Court may be pleased to appoint 
some persons as guardians of s? widow, the W: Court elected Sieurs 
Johannes de Peister and Thimotheus Gabrie, who are hereby required 
and requested to assist the petitioner and to be aiding her in some occur- 
ring circumstances. 

Uppon the Petition of William Wells requesting that he the s? Wells 
might be admitted to be one of the Poorters for Carrying of Corne 
plancx etz: alleadging that Rodger Purchaze one of the s? poorters, 
desires To be Dismist; Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court on this day 
made Choise of the s? W™ Wells to be one of the poorters of this Citty for 
Carreing of Corne planckes & Salt vtz: he behaving himself according to 
his oath Civilly & faithfully in his said office and to performe all Such 
orders & Instructions as he shall receive from this Court. 

The Vendu Master Nicolaes Bayard making Complaint to the Court 
that on the ioth day of feb last past, he exposed to Sale at a Publicq out- 
cry, by order and for the account of the Heirs of Anna Bogardus deceased 
A parcel of Land & Meddow Lying on the north side of Mespats Kills 



232 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1670 

Commonly Called Dom s . hoeck, and made Sale thereof unto John Sharp 
for the summe of f. 7950. payable as by the Conditions doth appeare: 
W c . h Bargaine and Sale the s? Sharp now refuseth to performe or fulfil ac- 
cording to the tennour of the s? Conditions, Wherefore the s? Vendu 
Master in the behalfe of the s? heirs prayeth this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court to 
order the said Sharp for to performe the Conditions of the s d Sale, or in 
Case of further delay, that the Land be put to a New Sale, and the losse 
be made good by the s? Sharp according to the Tennour of the s? Condi- 
tions. John Sharp being present in Court replyeth if the owners can 
deliver him a good Title to the s? Land, it may be that their monney shal 
be reddy. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court made no order hereuppon but only 
ordered that the abovestanding Comp 1 ' should be entred. 

April the 14th: hath William Wells done the Oath before W. Mayor, 
to be true & faithful in the office of Poorter of Corne plancx & Salt etz: — 

A? 1670: 7 May. Jean de Maree is elected by the IP Mayor Con- 
stable of the Towne of Haerlem for the current year in place of the late 
Constable Jacques Croisson who is gone to reside out of the said Towne. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck the 10th of may A? 1670. 
Present Mf Cornells Steenwyck, Mayor ; Capt" Thomas de Laval, M' 
Matth: Nicolls, M 1 . Cornells Van Ruyven, Aldermen. 

Mr Nicolaes de Meyer, pit: v/s Anna, relict of Thomas hall, deft. 
The Court Ordered that the hearing of this Cause should be Suspended 
Withal untill the pit? personal returne from Boston. 

Herry Breser, pit: v/s Guilliam d'honeur & Martin hofman, deft? 
In an act. of debt to y* sum of f. 207 in Seawant. Uppon hearing of the 
debates of both parties, the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order that 
the deft? should pay the s? debt of f. 207: deducting for goods paid to 
the pit:, as alsoo for 3 dayes demorrage w c . h was occasioned by the pit: in 
all the Summe of foure score and eight gild? & eighteen stivers and the 
Courts Charges to be paid the f thereof by the pit: & the £ by the deft? 

Issued out Execution the 2? octob' 1670. 

Philip Johns assigne of Edmond Gibbons, pit: v/s Jn? Thomas, deft: 
The Pit: in the behalfe of his assignee demands of the deft: a mare in 
quality according to Covenant to be delivered to this pit: here at New 
Yorck according to the defts owne promise, for W c . h the pit: Craves 



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Judgement of this Court, with Cost of Suit. The Worshipp" Court 
uppon hearing of both p r ties Did Decree that the deft: John Thomas 
shall make paiment of the s? Mare in quality according to Contract, to 
the pit: here at New Yorke Within the space of Six Weekes next ensuing 
the date hereof, and he the deft: to pay Cost of Suit. 

1672. 28th of octobr the Execution Issued out. 

Abram de Lanoy, ptlf. v/s Barent Coersen, deft. Pltf says, he 
hired from the def' the deft's dwelling house, which lease according to 
contract commences on the first inst., but to this day the deft, refuses 
to vacate the house. He demands therefore, that deft, may be con- 
demned to vacate the aforesaid house forthwith and to pay all the costs 
and damages suffered by pltf. through reason thereof. The deft, answers, 
he was never unwilling to vacate the abovementioned house for the pltf., 
but says, it was impossible for him so to do, partly on account of his wife 
lying in and partly because on account of the suit between Cornells 
Clopper and John Cooly he cannot get his other house, which he bought 
from the above Clopper. He requests some time, until his wife shall 
leave her lying in bed; offering meanwhile his willingness to hire a house 
for the pltf. The W: Court having heard parties, condemn deft, to vacate 
said house for the pltf., as soon as the defts. wife shall have been four 
weeks brought to bed; provided he makes a pro rata deduction of the 
time of the lease; the deft, to pay costs incurred herein. 

Mary Steenhaelders, pit: v/s Anthony Loo, deft. Suspended by 
ordr of Court. 

John Wantshair, pit. v/s William Smitton, deft: The Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court ordered that this Case should be Suspended Withal untill next 
Court day, he the deft: being expected to be here in owne person ag 5 .' 
that time. 

Warnaer Wessells, Constable, Complt: v/s Jan Vincent & Harmanus 
Koninck, deft: The Complt: declareth that the deft?, have refused to 
obey this Complt? Lawful order for to aid & assist this Compl? in his 
s? office in bringing a drunken Indian to the Statehouse. The Wor- 
shipp 1 . 1 Court uppon hearing of both parties, did decree & order that the 
deft? should pay each a fine of six gild? Seawant the one halfe to the use 
of the poore, & the other halfe to the use of the Church, and to pay Cost 
of Court. 



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Warnaer Wessells, pltf. v/s Fredrick Arentsen, def The Mayor 
and M' van Ruyven rendering this day their advise, pursuant to the 
order of the W: Court, dated 12 th April last, in the matter in question 
arising between parties relative to the south-line between the pltfs. and 
defts house and lots; the W: Court decrees and orders, that the ground 
in question shall be carefully measured by the Surveyor Jacques Corteljou 
in the presence of the Mayor, which survey shall be an absolute boundary 
and decision between parties. And further they condemn deft, in a fine 
of twenty guilders, one half for the profit of the Poor and the other half 
for the Church, because deft, has forcibly thrown down the fence between 
p 1 ' and his lot; and finally the deft, is to pay the costs incurred herein. 

Warnaer Wessells, pit: v/s Humphry davenpoort, deft. The arbitra- 
tors appointed by this Court this day omitting to bring in their report, 
Itt Was ordered that this Case should be Suspended till next Court day. 

Jannetie de Witt, pit: v/s fredrick Gysbers, deft: the deft: 2 defaut. 

Juriaen Jansen, pit: v/s Warnaer Wessells, deft: In an action of 
assault & Batterie. Uppon hearing of both parties & their Witnesses, 
The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order that the deft: should pay a fine 
of twelve gild' the one halfe to the use of the Poore and the other halfe 
to the use of the Church & to pay Cost of Suit. 

Johannes Witthart, pit: v/s Mary Matthewes, deft: the deft: 1: 
defaut. 

Thomas francen, pit: v/s Lourens Jansen Smit, deft: both parties 
defaut. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that a Non Suit should be entred 
ag s .' the pit: and the pit: to pay Cost. 

Warnaer Wessels, pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft: the deft: 1 defaut 

Cornelis Clopp', pit: v/s Jn? Cooly, deft: The Worshipp 11 Mayor, & 
Mr Cornelis Van Ruyven this day bringing their report, that uppon Sur- 
vey of the Ground in Controversie they do find in Case the accustomable 
drop of [?] Inches be left at the Westside of the deft? house, that then the 
passage betwixt the pit: & deft? house is Common betwixt both parties, 
which Likewise for Several Yeares Standing hath bene Possessed in 
Common betwixt them. Whereuppon the Worshipp" Court ordered 
that Judgement should be Entred according to report and the Court 
Charges to be paid Equally betwixt both parties. 

The W: Court of the Town of N. Haerlem are authorized by the W. 



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Mayor to appoint some persons as curators of the estate left by Kier 
Wolters deed., late inhabitant of the Town of Fordham. Ady 16 May. 
1670. 

This day 16* May 1670. The following order is sent to the Fire 
Wardens of this City by order of the Mayo' The Firewardens of this 
City are hereby required and ordered to cause all the fire buckets hereto- 
fore provided for the City to be brought to the City Hall and to deliver 
in at the next Court day a pertinent list of all the fire apparatus remain- 
ing in their charge and hands. 

Whereas the Overseers of the Streets of this City of N. Yorck have 
informed me, that in the laying out of the streets they require a person, 
who understands the Work, requesting that for this purpose one of the 
carpenters of this City may be associated with them, I have therefore 
thought fit to add to the previous number and to select Abram Jansen 
Master Carpenter of this City, who is hereby authorized to take care, 
along with the remaining Overseers, that the streets may be laid out and 
opened according to the previous order of the W: Mayors Court of this 
City. Done New York Ady 18. May 1670. 
Honourable, Faithful, 

On the 16* instant you are authorized to select some persons as cura- 
tors of the estate left by the late Kier Woltersen: I have since received 
information, that Michiel Bastiensen residing at Fordham is reasonably 
conversant with the estate of the dec? I have therefore thought fit to 
recommend the abovenamed Michiel Bastiaensen to your Honors, the 
rather that he resides at the place, where the above Kier Woltersen died 
and the greater portion of his effects remain; Wherewith ending this, I 
remain after salutation, Your Worships friend, 

By order of the Mayor of the City of New Yorck, N: Bayard, Sec. 

New Yorck 19 May A? 1670. 

The Superscription (Was Signed) To the W: Court of the Town N. 
Haerlem. 

Att a May? Court held at New Yorcke this 7th of June A? 1670. 
Present M* Cornelis Steenwyck, Mayor; Mr Thomas de Lavall, M? Mat- 
thias Nicolls, Mf John Lawrence, M T . Cornelis Van Ruyven, Mr Nicolaes 
de Meyer, Alde r men. 



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Nicolaes de Meyer, Pit: v/s Anna Hall, deft: the Court ordered to 
suspend this Case untill the persons appointed ouer this Case do bring in 
their report. 

John Wanstshair, Pit: v/s William Smitton, deft. The Court ordered 
that this Case should be suspended withall untill Next Court day. 

Jannetie de Witt, Pit: v/s fredrick gysbersen, deft. The Court 
ordered that the deft: should take out a Coppy of the pit' declaration, 
and to bring in his answer to the same at the next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessels, pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft, the deft: 2? defaut. 

John Cooley, Pit: v/s Thomas Wandel, deft: The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court 
Resolved to take a View of the Ground in Controversie, before they pro- 
ceed any further in this Case. 

Jacob Milborn, Pit: v/s Pieter Smith & Albert Bos, deft? The pit: 
desired a suspence of this Case untill the Deft: be here himselfe from 
dellowarre ; W c . h by the Court is allowed. 

Mary Mattheus, Pit: v/s Jurian Jansen Cooper, deft: the deft: 
1" defaut. 

Mary Matthewes, Pit: v/s Wessel Rutgers, deft: the deft: 1 defaut. 

Harmtie Jansen, Pit: v/s Jurian Jansen Cooper, deft: the deft. 1 
defaut. 

Warnaer Wessells, Pit: v/s Jurian Jansen Cooper, deft: the deft: 1 
defaut. 

Henry Obe, Pit: v/s Thomas Koninck, deft, the deft: 1 defaut. 

Isaacq Van Vleeck, pit: v/s Henry Obe, deft: The Court ordered 
that the deft: should take out a Coppy of the pit? declaration and return 
his answer at the next Court day. 

Pieter Nys, Pit: v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. The Pit: Remaining 
defaut, the Court ordered that a Non Suite shall be entred ag s - 1 the pit: 
and he to pay Cost of Suite. 

Abel Hardenbroeck, pit: v/s Pieter Nys, deft: In an act: of debt 
to*the summe of f. 560. the deft: 1 defaut. 

Thomas Sprey, Pit: v/s Evert duyckinge, deft: The Pit: remaining 
defaut, the Court ordered that a non suite should be entred ag 5 .' the pit: 
& he to pay Cost. 

Warnaer Wessells & Hendrick Obe, Curaterors of the Estate of 
Gerrit Hendrix, deceased, Pit? v/s Poulus Vander Beeck, deft: The 



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Pit? declare that the deft: is Indebted unto the s? Estate the Summe of fl. 
537 : *5 payable in New Yorck, with Seawant or the Vallue in Corne or 
Cattle at the apprizement of two Indifferant persons, for W c . h said debt 
the Pit- Crave Judgem?: against the said deft: W* Cost of Suit. The 
deft: answers that he hath paid in part of the s? debt fl. 105. and is Will- 
ing to pay the rest, if the Pit: Will come and see at his howse on Longe 
[Island] What Cattle they do Like of. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered 
that the deft: should pay the s? debt of f. 537: 15 according to the Tenure 
of his obligation, here at New Yorck, within the space of 14 dayes next 
following, deducting What he shall make appeare he paid in part thereof, 
and the deft' to pay Cost of Suit. 

Whereas there is an action depending in Court betwixt Warnaer 
Wessels pit:, and Humphry dampoort deft:, the w c . h was referred to the 
consideration of M- Thomas Lovelace, M. r Johannis Van Brugh, Mf 
Johannis de peister and M' Gerrit Van Tricht, for to endeavour a Com- 
posure and finall determination betwixt them, as more at Large by the 
order of Court bearing date the 12th of Aprill last past doth and may 
appeare; Whereuppon the Worshipp" Court this day recommended, the 
s? persons to bring in their report Concern? the s? Case, at or before tues- 
day next ensuing. 

Mary dopsen, pit: v/s Elinor wife of Roger Lambert, deft. In an 
act: of disfam'" The pit: Complains and proeves by Wittnesses that the 
deft: hath several times abused this pit:, by scurrulous Language, and 
filthy names threatening this pit: to have her hearts blood; insomuch that 
she goeth in verry great danger of hur life. Uppon hearing of both par- 
ties, The Worshipp 1 ' Court did decree and order, that the deft: should 
give in good Security for hur good behavior, before the Next Court day 
or otherwise to depart the place and to pay Cost. 

The Court having read and considered the petition of Resolveert 
Waldron, Lubbert Gerritsen, Dirck Siecken and Jan Cornelissen, agents 
of the housekeepers and farmers dwelling on this island, regarding the 
marks of all the horses and cattle, decree as follows: — Previous to the 
final disposition hereof, the W: Court thinks fit and orders, that the peti- 
tioners shall on the Next Court day personally appear to demonstrate to 
the W: Court, in case the marking should be voluntaryly made by the 
petitioners, without receiving any pay therefor, from what should then be 



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defrayed the costs already incurred, such as marking irons etc., also by 
whom the register shall be kept according to the Placard, and from what 
the same shall be paid. Ady as above. 

Att a May rs Court held at New Yorke this 21 st of June A? 1670. 
Present Mf Cornells Steenwyck, Mayor; Capt" Thomas de Lavall, Mr 
Matthias Nicolls, M* John Laurence, M". Cornells Van Ruyven, Mr Nico- 
laes de Meyer, Aldermen; Capt" John Manning, Sheriff. 

Nicolaes de Meyer, Pit: v/s Anna hall, deft: The Court ordered 
that this Case should be Suspended untill the award of the persons ap- 
pointed be brought in Court. 

Jan Wantshair, Pit: v/s W™ Smitton, deft. The Court ordered that 
this Case should be Suspended untill next Court day, ag s .' w c . h time the 
deft: is expected to be here himselfe. 

Jannetie de Witt, Pit: v/s fredrick gysbersen, deft. The Pit: de- 
clares that the deft: is Indebted unto hur, a summe fl. 483: 6: in Seawant 
for Wine and Rummer glasses heretofore delivered to this deft: for W c . h 
s? summe the pit: Craues Judgem' against the s? deft: with Cost of suit. 
The defft: Confesses the debt, and saith, that he tendered the pay in Rom 
& Molasses w c . h the pit: refused to accept of, But desires time till next 
Court day for to Satisfy the s? debt. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that 
the deft. Shall make Paiment of the s? debt of fl. 483: 6: in Seawant, or 
the Equivalent in goods, except the pit: can make appeare that the debt 
was Contracted for Seawant only and the deft: to pay Cost: — 

Warnaer Wessells, pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft. Uppon the desire 
of both parties the Court Suspended this Case till next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessells, pit: v/s Humphry Davenpoort, deft: Uppon 
Complaint made in Court, that the deft: doth refuse to attend the arbitra- 
tion by this Court appointed, The Worshipp" Court did this day order 
that a Jury should be Impannelled to trye this Cause at the next Court 
day, and ordered both parties to attend accordingly. 

Jacob Milborn, Pit: v/s Pieter Gronendyck & Albert Bos, deft? 
The pit: delivering in his declaration, Itt Was ordered by the Worshipp 11 
Court that the deft: should take out a Coppy thereof, and returne his 
answer at the next Court day, When this Case shall be determined by a 
Court of Jury. 



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Mary Mattheus, Pit: v/s Jurian Jansen Cooper, deft, the deft: 2: 
defaut. 

Mary Mattheus, Pit: v/s fredrick hendrix, deft: the deft: I s ' defaut. 

Mary Mattheus, Pit: v/s Wessel Rutgers, deft, the deft: 2? defaut. 

Warnf Wessellsen, pit: v/s Jurian de Cooper, deft: Uppon the de- 
sire of both parties this Case was by order of Court Suspended till next 
Court day. 

Henry Obe, Pit: v/s Thomas Koninck, deft: the deft: 2: defaut. 

Isaacq Van Vleeck, Pit: v/s Henry Obe, deft: The Court ordered 
that this Case should be Tryed by a Jury at the next ensuing Court day. 

Henry Obe, Pit: v/s Isaacq Van Vleeck, deft: The Court ordered 
that the deft: should take out a Coppy of the pit? declaration, & this Case 
to come to Tryall by a Jury at the next Court day. 

Pieter Smith, Pit: v/s Ambrosius de Weerhem, deft: The pit: not 
appearing, neither by himselfe nor by his atturny, the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court 
ordered that a Non Suite should be entred ag 5 .' the pit:, and he to pay 
Cost. 

Abell Hardenbroeck, pltf. v/s Jan Roelofsen, deft. In an action of 
debt for the sum of fl. 36. seawant. The W: Court having heard parties 
condemn deft, to pay pltf. the above fl. 56. zeawant, which he acknow- 
ledges to owe to the pltf., with costs. 

Abell Hardenbroeck, pltf. v/s Thomas Davitsen, deft. Parties agreed. 

Marten Hoffman, pltf. v/s Jacob Milborn deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 26. sewant, which he promised to pay for Hans Block and fl. 16. 
more for wheat sold. Deft, admits the debt of fl. 16. and says, he was 
always ready to pay it, but denies having accepted the fl. 26. The W: 
Court having heard parties condemn deft, to pay the fl. 16. and dismiss 
the plft's further demand, until he shall produce due proof in support 
thereof. 

Read and considered in Court the petition presented by the 
agents of the householders and farmers residing on the Island of Man- 
hatans, requesting in substance: Firstly, as it is ordered that all horses 
and cattle above one year old be marked, which is not very feasible on 
such young ones, they therefore request, that the time of one year may 
be changed and fixed at three years old. Secondly, that they may be 
released from the fees for branding of horses and cattle, offering to 



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observe the marks and brands by villages, without receiving any fees 
therefor: It is apostilied as follows: The petitioners' request is allowed 
and granted, provided they remain bound (as their agents promise to the 
Court,) to take care, that the Placard relating to the marking of horses 
and cattle be duly executed and that the petitioners provide and find a fit 
person, by whom the register is properly kept, and finally to pay the 
expenses already incurred in the manufacture of the branding irons 
&tc. 

The Worshippl 1 Court haveing taken a View of the Passage & ground 
in Controversie betwixt the houses and Lotts of John Cooley, and Conelis 
Clopper, and haveing heard the debates of both parties, It was this day 
ordered that the s d Passage should remaine in Common betwixt the s? 
houses ; But Concerning the Middle fence betwixt the Lotts of the 
s? parties, the Court do recommend to the s? parties for to agree about 
the same mutually betwixt themselves, or otherwise do desire the Wor- 
shipp 11 Mayor for to Endeavour an Issue & determination betwixt them. 

Whereas the Mayor & Aldermen of this Citty Received a Petition 
from the Elders & deakons of the Dutch Church, wherein they desire 
that some Care may be taken, for the Supply of this place w* an able 
Orthodox Minister of W c . h they are at present Wholly destitute. Where- 
uppon they made their addresse unto me by Way of Request, that for the 
better encouragement of such a person to come out of holland to Reside 
here I Would Vouchsafe in the behalfe of myselfe & Successors the 
Govern? of theise his Royall Highnesse Territories to promise That such 
Minister shall receive a Competent Salary or Allowance for his Exercis- 
ing the Ministeriall function, They the said Mayor & AldEmen haveing 
Engaged to Cause the said Salary to be raised or Levyed annually uppon 
the Inhabitants of the Citty & partes adjacent within their Liberties; 
uppon the Request & Conditions aforementioned, I do by this Publicq 
act manifest & declare that whensoverer such a Minister shall come ouer 
here to this Citty and undertake the Charge aforementioned, I shall take 
Care that there shall be duely and Justly paid unto the said Minister or 
his order, the Vallue of one thousand gilders hollands monney each 
Yeare, and Likewise that he shall have the accomodation of a Convenient 
dwelling howse, Rent free, Together with his Provision of fire Wood 
Gratis. Given under my Hand, and Sealed with the Seale of the Province 



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att ffort James in New Yorke this 28th day of June in yf 22* Yeare of his 
Majesties Raighe Annoq Domini 1670. 

(Signed) Francis Louelace. 
(In the Margent) : Recorded by Order of the Govern' Matthias 
Nicolls, Sec. 

This is a true Coppy whereof the original by the Elders & Deakons 
of the dutch Church is Sent for Amsterdam in holland. W c . h I. Attest 

N. Bayard, Sec. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke this 12th day of July A°. 
1670. Present Mr Cornells Steenwyck, May!"; Captf Tho: de Lavall, 
Capt" Matthias Nicolls, M? John Laurence, Mr Cornells Van Ruyven, 
M? Nicolaes de Meyer, Ald?men, Capt" John Manning, Sherif. 

Mr Nicolaes de Meyer, Pit: v/s Anna Hall, deft. Uppon the desire 
of both parties, The Court Suspended this action till next ensuing Court 
day. 

John Wantshair, Pit: v/s W™ Smitton, deft: Uppon the desire of 
the deft- atturny the Court ordered that the Tryal of this Cause should be 
suspended withall untill next Court day & no Longer. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laer, deft. For difference of 
a/c. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court refer parties to the arbitration of Sieur 
Timotheus Gabrie and Hendrick Obe, who are hereby required and 
authorized to examine the a/cs on both sides and if possible to reconcile 
parties ; otherwise to report to the Court at the next Court day. 

Warn? Wessels, pit: v/s Humphry davenpoort, deft: M? Thomas 
Lovelace in the behalve of the deft: desiring that the Tryal of this Cause 
might not be put to a Jury, he the deft: being willing to come To arbi- 
tration according to the former referrm? of this Court, only desiring that 
in the stead of M? Van Tright who is departed some other person might 
be appointed. Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court made Choice of Poulus 
Leendersen Vande Grift. 

Jacob Milborn, pit: v/s Pieter groenendyck, deft: The Worshipp 1 . 1 
Thomas de Lavall Ordered to Suspend this Case untill next Court day, 
because both parties are upon agreement. 

Isaacq Van Vleeck, pit: v/s Hendrick Obe, deft. The Pit: declares 
that the deft: Contrary to Law & Equity deteines from him the Transport 

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and other Assurances of Certaine house, brewhouse & Lott of Ground, by 
the pit: bought from the deft: uppon two paiments, whereof the first is 
paid, & the second tendered but by the deft: refused to receive the same, 
Wherefore the pit: humbly desires that the deft: may be ordered to de- 
liver to this pit: a firme deed of Sale & Transport for the s? howse & 
premises, with Cost of Suit. The deft: replyeth that he by his Contract 
is bound to give assurance for the s? howse, Brewhouse & premises unto 
the pit: after the receipt of both payments but not before; and he deft: 
not as yet being Satisfyed for the one halfe, therefore the deft: prayeth 
that the pit: may be Condemned to pay treble dammages for his Vexatious 
Suit, With Cost of Court. The Jury brought in their Verdict and found 
for the Defendant, that the pit: doe pay unto the deft: tenn ancors & 
nineteen Canns of Annis-Seed Water, in part of W c . h the deft: is to receive 
the Caske of three ancors formerlie left in the Brewhowse, with Cost of 
Suit, And that the deft: give to the Pit: a Legall Transport or Bill of Sale 
for the s? house, Brewhouse & Lott of Ground : — Whereuppon the Wor- 
shipp" Court ordered that Judgement should be entred accordingly, and 
the pit: to pay Cost: 

JURY. 

Thimot Gabrie, Tho: gibbs, Jno. Cooley, Jacob Leisler, Isaac Greve- 
raet, Tho: Berryman, Henry Bresier, Lourens d'Baker, Edmond gibbons, 
Claes Verbraeck, James matthewes, John Cocx. 

Hendrick Obe, Pit: v/s Isaacq Van Vlecq, deft: The Pit: declareth 
that the deft: on the 24th of July last past Contracted with this pit: for a 
howse brewhouse & Lott of Ground to be paid in two paiments, and 
whereas the deft: hath not Complyed with his promise in Satisfying 
neither of the s? Paiments Wherefore the pit: Conceiveth that the s? Con- 
tract is void and the deft: to pay Cost. The deft: replyeth that he paid 
the one halfe of the s? Contract and tendered the remainder part thereof, 
but was refused by the pit: to receive the same. The Jury Brought in 
their Verdict and found for the pit: and that the deft: do pay unto the 
pit: tenne ancors & nineteene Canns of annis Seed Water: With a Caske 
Cont? three ancors annis seed Water formerly left in the s? Brew house 
With Cost of Suite, and that the Pit: give the deft: a Legall Transport or 
Bill of Sale of the s? house Brewhouse & premises. Whereuppon the 
Worshipp" Court ordered that Judgement should be entred according to 
Verdict, and the deft: to pay Cost of Suit. 



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JURY. 

Thimot Gabrie, forem: ut supra. 

Mary Matthewes, pltf. v/s Juriaen Jansen, cooper, deft. In an act? 
of debt for the sum of fi. 40. Parties being heard by the Worship 1 . 1 
Court the deft, is condemned to pay the demanded forty gilders in 
zewant within the time of three days with half an anker of rum as per 
agreement, or otherwise in seawant; with costs. 

Guilliam de Honeur, pltf. v/s Pieter Groendyck, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. 53^ beavers, which the deft, promised to pay him, the pltf. 
on account of Jan van Utreght and for which sum the pltf. has attached 
here a case of peltries belonging to the deft. He requests to be allowed 
to take his pay from the attached case. Deft, denies the debt and de- 
mands proof; otherwise that the pltfs frivolous demand may be dismissed 
and he be condemned in the costs. The W: Court having heard parties, 
order pltfs frivolous demand to be dismissed and therefore a non suite 
entered against him, until he shall produce better proof: meanwhile the 
attachment is discharged and pltf. condemned in the costs. 

Mary Matthewes, pltf. v/s Wessel Rutgers, deft. In an action of debt 
to the amount of fi. 44 seaw' Deft, remaining contumax in not ap- 
pearing on the 3? Court day, It is ordered by the W: Court that deft, shall 
pay the demanded debt of fi. 44 to the pltf. with costs. 

Mary Mattheus, p 1 ', agst Fredrick Hendricks, def the def? 2? 
defaut. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Juriaen Jansen, cooper, deft. The W: 
Court order deft, at next Court day to prove, that M' Poulus has the 
cooper's adze in question and further to answer the demand made. 

Henry Obe, pltf. v/s Thomas Koninck, deft: Parties agreed. 

Elsie Trotter, Pit: v/s Simon Robberts, deft. The deft: Craving 
time to answer to the pit? declaration the next Court day W c . h is allowed 
by yf C?. 

Ferdinandus Van Sichelen, pit: v/s Jan Gounenbergh, deft: The 
Pit: demands from this deft: by assignmt: from Joncker Voz 10 ancors 
rom. The Deft: replyeth that the s? Voz uppon this defts departure for 
the West Indies, Intrusted this deft: with two horses (w c . h are Lost by the 
Way) and some other goods as p 1 . Inventory, and ordered the deft: make 
Sale thereof & returne the product thereof unto Simon Jansen Romeyn. 
The Court ordered the deft: to deliver the s? Inventorie up in Court. 



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Jacques Cousseau, Pit: v/s John Cooke & Lourens Vander Speigel, 
deft? The pit: declares that the deft: John Cooke Lately deceased at 
Barbados, is Indebted unto him for passage of himselfe & Sweed Servant 
from this port to Neeives in the summe of Sixty gild? Silver; for W c . h debt 
this pit: hath attached several of the effects of the s? Kooke now in the 
hands of the deft: Lourens vander Spiegel, and humbly Craves Judgement 
ag? the same for the Satisfying of the s d debt: W* Cost of Suit. The 
deft: Lourens Vander Spiegel desires time to write to the deft? agent at 
Barbados Whether the debt be not paid there. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court 
uppon hearing of both parties did decree & order that the deft: Lourens 
Vander Speigel should pay and Satisfy to this pit: out of the effects of 
the deft: John Cooke the s? summe of Sixty gild? in Silver, or else in 
Wampum at the rate of foure for one, And to pay Cost of Court. 

John Gowenbergh, Pit: v/s Lourens Vand' Spiegel, deft, both default. 

Egbert Myndersen, Pit: v/s W? Smitt, deft. Uppon the desire of 
the pit: this Case suspended withall till next Court day. 

Nickolas Shappleigh, pit: v/s Robbert Rich and W? Shackerly M' of 
the Shipp Adventure, deft: The Court reff erred to M 1 . Johannes Van 
Brugh, Mf Johannes de Peister, M T . William derval, & Mr Jacques Cous- 
seau, to View & Examin the Papers produced by the Pits' atturny, and 
to bring in their report, whether the bill of Exchange was protested 
Legally or not; W c . h being done; the Court ordered that this Case should 
be Tryed at a Speciall Court to be held to morrow in the afternoon. 

Pieter Hern, Pit. v/s Albert Bos, deft. The Pit: Complains that the 
deft: out of malice hath broken & beaten to pieces a marking Yron of the 
pit: W c . h this pit: brought to this deft: to be mended. Uppon hearing of 
both parties the Court ordered that in Case the Pit: will have his marking 
yron mended, the deft: is to do the same for the price agreed uppon, and 
the deft: to pay Cost. 

Warnaer Wessels, pit: v/s Reynier Gaukes, deft. Uppon the desire 
of the deft: Itt was this day ordered that the pit: should deliver a Coppy 
of his acct: to this deft: and the deft: to answer the same at the next 
Court. 

Jonathan Silck, Pit. v/s Ariaen Van Laer, deft: The Court ordered 
the deft: to take out a Coppy of the Pit? declaration, and to make his 
answer to the same at the next Court day. 



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Warnaer Wessels, pit: v/s Andries de Noorman, deft: the deft: i. 
default. 

ffredrick Gysbersen, pit: v/s John garland, deft: the deft: i. de- 
fault. 

Richard Lord, Pit: v/s Govert Loocqermans, deft, the deft: i 
defaut. 

Aernout Webber, Pit: v/s Lysbet Tyssen, deft: the deft: i defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, pit: v/s Jno. Willson, deft, the deft: i defaut. 

The Overseers of Roads and Fences, p 1 ?, agst. Bastiaen Elessen,* Jan 
Kyckuyt, Gerret Hendricx and Augustyn the negro, defendts. The 
Overseers complain, that the def* have failed to maintain their quota of 
the common Strand fence, whereby great damage is done daily to the 
grain and they demand that the defts may be ordered to make up the 
same and to pay the loss and fine, pursuant to the instructions granted to 
pltffs. Defts answer, that no notice was given them, that the fence was 
down and say, that the cattle swim around the fence at high water. The 
W: Court having heard parties, refer the matter to Jan Cornelissen and 
Arent Leendersen, who are hereby authorized with the Overseers to hear 
the case in question debated and if possible to decide it or otherwise to 
report at the next Court day. 

On petition of Mf, Petrus Stuyvesant complaining in substance, that 
he is abridged in the execution of some of his lands from the public 
fence. It is apostilled: Copy hereof to be furnished to the Overseers to 
answer thereunto at the next Court day. 

Stoffel van Laer, P" agst Ariaen van Laer, def' P" demands from 
def', according to account, fl. 300, seawant; And whereas he, p 1 ', cannot 
agree, in a friendly manner with the def' in the use and partnership of 
the tanmill, he therefore requests, that the W: Court would be pleased to 
order a separation of the aforesaid partnership and that one of them shall 
retire, on receiving the value thereof. The defend- delivering in an off- 
set account, answers and says — he persists in the last contract made and 
executed before the Notary Willem Bogardus and witnesses; demanding, 

* Bastian Ellisen's farm laid W. of the Bowery Road, now Fourth Ave., betw. 10* 
and I4'. h Streets. Annexed to the farm was a piece of salt meadow on the Hudson River, 
It appears from this case, that the farmers were obliged at this early period to maintain a 
common fence along the shore of said river. — O'C. 



246 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1670 

that the p 1 * may be ordered punctually to observe and fulfill the same. 
The W: Court having heard parties and the papers produced being 
examined, parties are ordered punctually to observe the abovementioned 
contract entered into between them and to give each other the benefit of 
the tan-mill and according to the aforesaid contract to use it peaceably. 
Further parties can sell their shares in said mill or reserve them according 
to their good pleasure. What relates to the difference in the item of a/c 
the same is referred by the W Court to the arbitration of Sieur Johannes 
dePeister, Jacob Leiseler and Isaack Greveraat to reconcile parties if 
possible, otherwise to report to the W Court. 

Cornelis Clopper this day Presenting to the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court the 
severall Testimonies of Mr Jacob Varrevanger, Adolph Pietersen, Abram 
Martensen, hans Dreper, & hellegont Joris, all being Old Standers of this 
Place, who all do declare that the Middle fence betwixt the two lotts of 
John Cooley & Cornelius Clopper since Severall Yeares past hath bene 
made & sett up at or about the Middle of the Passage. Whereuppon the 
Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that the s d Middle of the Passage should be the 
Partition betwixt the said two Lotts. Wherewith both parties are to be 
satisfyed W'. h out troubling this Court any More in this Buissenesse. 

Att a Speciall Court held at New Yorcke this 13? of July A? 1670. 

Present Ml Mayor Cornelis Steenwyck; M- r Tho: deLavall, M 1 . John 
Laurence, Mr Cornelis VanRuyven, M' Nicolaes de Meyer, Ald'men. 

Nickolas Shappleigh by his atturny Capt" Matthias Nicolls pi': Rob- 
bert Rich Merch' at Barbados, William Shackerly Mr of the Shipp the 
Adventure or any other that Will appeare in the behalfe of the s. d Robbert 
Rich, def': The Pit: declared that in the month of Septembf last, this 
deft: Consigned his Shipp the Adventure to this pi': at Piscataque, with a 
small Cargo to be disposed of towards the repairing of the said Shipp, 
and to remitt the ouerplus unto him at her returne, with further order to 
draw Bills of Exchange uppon him for the Surplus of hur full Loading. 
Whereuppon the def'. became Indebted unto this pi': for monney laid out 
towards the repairing of the said Shipp jn the summe of ^"144: 13: 5! as 
pf account appeares: one hundred and twelve pound of W c . h said summe 
the Mast!" of the s d Shipp Gerard Marshart and this pi': passed their Bills 
of Exchange on the deft: payable unto Peter Coffin in money or Sugar at 



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Barbados and ordered the remainder part of the account being ^32: 
13: 5^ to be remitted to this pit: by the returne of the s? Shipp or any 
other opportunity: But the said bill of exchange being tendered to the 
def': instead of excepting thereof, he suffered the said bill to be protested 
w c . h is come back againe uppon this P 1 ' who is now Lyable to satisfy the 
same together with 25 pf C to dammage according to Custome; Where- 
uppon the P 1 ' for the recovery of his Just debt, hath caused an attach- 
ment to be laid, uppon the said Shipp The Adventure now Riding at 
Ancor in this harbour, uppon whose accompt and in reparation of which 
the s- d Monney was laid out, and Craves that he may have Condemnation 
ag? the S? Shipp for the S? debt of ,£144: 13: 5! W? the Allowance of 25 
pf C t0 uppon the Bill of Exchange, and such other dammages as this 
Court shall Judge reasonable, w'. h Cost of Suite. The Case being referred 
to a Jury of Merchants who brought in their Verdict viz? Wee find for 
the P 1 . 1 and find the Shipp Adventure now Riding at Ancor in this harbour 
to be the Shipp which was Consigned to Piscataque in Decemb' last, from 
Robbert Rich to Mayor Shappleigh, and that the Bill of Exchange 
returned & protested from the Barbados is to be made good by the S? 
Shipp with Cost of Suite. Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered 
that Judgement should be entered against the def' for the Paiment of the 
S? Bill of Exchange according to Verdict; as alsoo for the remainder part 
of the ace' being ,£32. 13: 5! and Cost of Suite; with this Provisoe that 
the S? Well™ Shackerley present Master of the S? Shipp, Adventure, or 
any other person in the behalf of the S? Robbert Rich shall give in 
Security for the paiment of the s? debt, within the space of 6. Monthes 
next Ensuing the date hereof, except they can make it appeare within the 
s? time of 6 Monthes that the s? debt is satisfyed at Barbados or else- 
where, or that the s? Shipp nor any part thereof at this present time doth 
not properly belong to the S? Robbert Rich. 

JURY. 

Tho: Louelace, foreman; Johannes De Peister, Jacques Cousseau, 
William Derval, Humphry Warren, Jeronimus Ebbing, Francis Rom- 
bouts, Francis Boon, John Moll, Gillyn Verplanck, Edmond Gibbons, 
Jacob Leiseler. 

On this day the 14* of July received from the Worshipp" Mayor the 
presentment of Willem Beeckman, Schout at Esopus, who declared that 



248 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1670 

one the 21* of June last past, the Boddy of Walraven Claerhout (who 
being fallen overboard from Claes Lock's Sloop at her last going up and 
drounded) was brought up at Esopus and by him Visited, but found no 
Wound or bruise on the s? Boddy. 

Att a Mayors Court held In New York this 23th of August A? 1670. 
Present Mf Cornells Steenwyck, Mayor; Capt" Thomas De Laval, Capt? 
Matthias Nicolls, Mr John Lawrence, Mr Cornells Van Ruyven, M' 
Nicolaes de meyer, Alderm: Capt? John Manning, Sherif. 

M r . Nicolaes de Meyer, Pit: v/s Anna hall, deft. The Court ordered 
that this Case should be Suspended withall untill the next Court day, and 
do recommend unto Mf Johannes Van Brugh & Mr Poulus Leendersen 
Van de grift to Compare the Pit? ace" with the Bookes of the Deft:, and 
to make a returne thereof at the next Court day. 

Ferdinandus van Sichelen, pltf. v/s Jan Gouwenburgh, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft., in virtue of a conveyance executed by Joncker Vos 
in pltf's favour, dated 28 April last, ten anchors of rum, being for divers 
goods delivered by the abovenamed Vos to the deft., according to inven- 
tory dated 20 January past, to be traded off in the Caribbee Islands to 
his greatest advantage. The deft, acknowledges to have received the 
goods from the abovenamed Vos on the aforesaid condition, but says 
that the abovenamed Vos had made over the proceeds of said goods to 
Symon Jans Romeyn ; and whereas he could not dispose of the goods, 
but was obliged to bring them back, the deft, maintains, that the said 
goods ought not be delivered to the pltf., but to the abovenamed Romeyn. 
The W: Court having heard the debates of parties and the produced doc- 
ument being examined and looked into, their W: decree and order, that 
the deft, shall deliver over all the aforesaid goods according to inventory 
into the hands of the Vendu Mast r of this City to be sold by him at 
public auction, which being done they order the nett proceeds thereof to 
be paid to the pltf. up to the aforesaid sum or quantity of ten anchors of 
rum, and no more in case the above goods may happen to fetch more. 

John Wantshair, Pit: v/s William Smytton, deft: The Pit: declareth 
that in the month of March 1669: he Sold unto one Richard Keane in 
MariLand a Parcel of planckes and Bread for the summe of one thousand 
three hundred and Sixty foure pounds of tobacco ; for the true Payment 



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of Which sumrae, he the deft: gave his Bill under his hand that if the 
s? Tobacco Where not Paid, he the deft: would pay it himselfe; And this 
Pit: haveing made a Voyage expressely to Maryland afores? to receive his 
said tobacco from the s? Keane. But uppon demanding of it he the 
s? Keane replyed that this deft: M 1 . Singlton must pay it; By W c . h Voyage 
& the Losse of the time and freight the Pit: Saith to be damnified the 
summe of 5 lb Sterlings, Whereuppon the Pit: Commenced this his Suit, 
and Prayed Judgement accordingly. Uppon hearing of both Parties, & 
Examining of the papers produced in Court; The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court 
Ordered that Judgement should be entred against the deft: for the prin- 
cipall debt of 1364 lb of tobacco & Caske, to be paid here at New Yorck, 
to the true Vallue of soo much tobacco in Maryland together W* Cost of 
Suit. 

Elsie Trotter, Pit: v/s Simon Robberts, deft. The Court ordered 
this Case should be Suspended Withal till the next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessels, Pit: v/s S toff el Van Laer, deft. The Court 
ordered a Suspence in this Case till next Court day. 

Jan Gowenbergh, Pit: v/s Lourens Vander Spiegel, deft. The Pit: 
declares that one M T . Cooke deceased is Indebted unto him for Several 
goods delivered him at Neuis, as by his ac' may appeare, and Whereas 
the deft: hath some goods received from the s? Cooke, this pit: prayeth 
that the s? goods may be Condemned towards the Satisfying of his Just 
debt, together With Cost of Suit. Uppon hearing of both Parties, and 
examing of the Lett' W c . h the s? Coocke wrote from Barbados to Newes in 
W c . h he Confessed to be in the pit' debt & promised to make him payment 
uppon his arrival at Yorke ; The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court thereupon ordered (in 
Case the deft: hath any Effects in his hands of the s? Cooke) that the 
deft: should pay unto the s? pit: soo much as the pit: shal sufficiently 
proeve to be due unto him from the s? Cooke, together With Cost of Suit. 

David Jochemsen, pltf. v/s Josyn Verhagen, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft. fi. 59. 10 zewant for passage money to the Esopus etc, with 
costs. Deft, produces an offset a/c of Reyntie Pieters, pltf's partner in 
the yacht, by which s? Reyntie remains still indebted in the sum of fl. 
128. 6. after the above fl. 59: 10 is deducted, in pledge of which they 
have in hands from the aforesaid Reyntie a silver penny, which they 
exhibit in Court. Judgment suspended to next Court day. 



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Mary Matthews, pltf. v/s Jan Roelofzen, carpenter, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. no. 6 sewant according to ace' with costs. Deft, 
admits the debt and asks | delay. The W: Court condemn the deft, to 
pay the pltf. the s? fl. no: 6. sewant within the term of six weeks. 

Warnaer Wessells, pit: v/s Herry Breser, deft. The Pit: declares 
that he hath Seized uppon two ancors & 5 Kan of Rom of the deft? for 
W c . h the deft: hath not taken out a permit nor Satisfyed the Excise, to this 
pit: and the deft: makeing profession of tapping or Selling of drinke by 
retaile, therefore the pit: demands Six time the Vallue besides the forfiture 
of the s? Rom ; The def t? wife appearing in Court, Answered that the s? 
Rom was to be sent for Nevesincx, and that she had given notice thereof 
to the pit: before Seizure was made. Herry Nuton deposeth that before 
Seizure was made he heard the def?: Say that the s? rom Was to goe for 
Nevesincx. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Do recommend unto Mr Jacob Leise- 
ler, Thimothy Gabrie, Phillip Johns, & John Garland to endeavour a 
Composure betwixt both parties, and to make a returne thereof at the 
next Court day. 

Walraven Claerhout's widow, pltf. v/s Anna Gerrits, deft. For de- 
famation. Parties being heard by the W: Court they order and charge 
the deft, to forbear in future calumniating or defaming the pltf. on pain 
of being fined; and to pay the costs incurred herein. 

Warnaer Wessels, Pit: v/s Humphry Dampoort, def': The Court 
ordered a Suspence in this Case till next Court day. 

Mary Matthews, Pit: v/s Fredrick Hendrix, def': both parties 
defaut. 

Warnaer Wessells, Pit: v/s Jurian de Kouper, deft: The def': not 
being Legally Summond, It was ordered that a defaut should be entred 
for the def': and the Case to be determined at the next Court day. 

Egbert Myndersen, Pit: v/s Wf Smitt Miller, deft: Parties agreed. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Pit: v/s John Willson, deft: The Pit: declares 
that the Deft: is become Indebted unto him for goods bought in the out- 
cry at M' d'Peyster the summe of fl. 98. Seawant for the Satisfying of 
W c . h the pit: Stopt in his hands the goods bought by y? deft: at the s? out- 
cry, and arrested his person for the payment of the s? debt. The deft: 
remaining defaut this day for the third Court day. The Court ordered 
that the Pit: should make Sale of the s? goods W c . h the deft: hath left in 



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his hands in a Publicq outcry and what it shall Yield Lesse, that the re- 
mainder should be made good by the deft: or his Bayle together W* Cost 
of Suit. 

Johannes Hardenbroeck, Pit: v/s Dirck Evertsen, deft: the def*: i. 
defaut. The Court ordered that the deft: or his Baile should be Sum- 
mond at the next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessels, Pit: v/s Reyntie Gaukes, deft: Uppon the deft? 
desire this Case Was Suspended till next Court day. 

Mettie Wessels, Pit: v/s Arian Van Laer, def': The deft: first 
defaut. 

Jonathan Silk, Pit: v/s Arian Van Laer, Def?: The Deft: first 
defaut. 

Thimotheus Gabrie, Pit: v/s Mary Dopsen, deft. The Deft: first 
defaut. 

Carsten Luersen, Pit: v/s Mary Mattheus, Deft: Parties agreed. 

Isaacq Foreest, Pit: v/s Jurian de Kouper, Deft: the deft: i. defaut. 

Thomas Francens Wife, Pit: v/s Lourens Jansen Smit, deft: The 
Deft: 1 defaut. 

Egbert Myndersen, Pit: v/s Albert Koninck, deft: The Deft: i de- 
faut. 

On the petition of Arnout Webber requesting, that he be one of 
the carmen of this City, is apostilled: Petitioner's request is granted on 
condition, that he duly comports himself according to the previous orders 
given on the carts, usefully and to the accommodation of the Burgers and 
merchants. 

The Sec?' Nicolaes Bayard is recommended to advise the Commis- 
saries at Albany, that divers creditors are here of the estate of the late 
Reyntie Pieters, and as some of his effects, vizJ the yacht is returned 
here, it will therefore be necessary that the curators of said estate 
authorize some persons here to regulate it for as much as belongs to this 
place. 

Jacob Milburn, p 1 .' v/s Pieter Groenendyck, Def' The P'' s Atturney 
refusing to proceed to Tryall the Worshipp! 1 Court ordered that a Non 
Suite should be entred ag 5 .' the P 1 .' and that the def' s Case of Peltry 
attached in the hands of Albert Bosh should be Released from the 
Arrest, and Delivered up to the Def? and the P" to pay Cost of Court. 



252 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1670 

Abel Hardenbergh, pltf. v/s Annetje, wife of Jacobus Fabricius, 
deft. Pltf. says, he hired deft's son as a boy to learn the trade of shoe- 
making according to indentures executed before the Notary Willem Bogar- 
dus, and complains, that the abovenamed boy has ran away from him and 
is now entertained by deft. He requests, that deft, be ordered to send 
back the aforesaid boy and to pay for loss of time, with costs. Defts. 
attorney Baey Croesvelt appearing complains, that the pltf. had illtreated 
and beaten the boy, which is denied by the pltf. The W: Court having 
heard parties order deft, to hand over the above boy to the pltf. until 
the improper treatment be proved. Deft, meanwhile to pay costs. 

The state and inventory of the estate of Jacob van Couwenhoven, 
dec? being delivered in Court with the appended petition of the curators 
of said estate requesting in substance further and more special order for 
the sale of the surrendered real and personal property and how to proceed 
further for the advantage of the estate: the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court orders as 
follows: The curators of the s? estate are hereby allowed and authorized 
to proceed with the sale of the goods, real and personal, on condition 
that the fence of the lot of the Great House on the Heere Graft * may be 
drawn back and set on the common line of the abovenamed Graft. 

Att a May? Court held at New Yorke Septbr the 6th 1670. Present 
Mf Corn: Steenwyck, May?; Capt" Tho: De Lavall, Capt? Matthias 
Nicolls, Mr John Lawrence, Mr Cornelis Van Ruyven, M- Nicolaes de 
Meyer, AldEmen; Capt" Manning, Sherif. 

W. Nicolaes de Meyer, Pit: v/s Anna Hall, deft. The Court 
ordered that the pit: should take out a Coppy of the Last Order of Court 
in this Case, and Cause it to be delivered to the persons appointed for to 
State the acct* betwixt the pit: & deft: and therefore Suspended this Case 
till next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessels, pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft. The arbitral ap- 
pointed for this Case, not haveing brought in their report, the Court 
ordered this Case should be Suspended withal untill next Court day. 

Elsie Trotter, Pit: v/s Simon Robberts, deft. The deft: not being 
present to defend his Cause, the Court thought fit to Suspend the Tryal 

* The Couwenhoven property here referred to was at the North east Corner of Broad 
and Stone Streets, and ran back to the present South William Street. — Manual, 1861. 



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for Six Weekes Longer, to the end the defts Baile Mf Rider might give 
notice to the s? deft: for to make his personal appearance at the s? time, 
or by further default that then the Case shal be decided by the Court 
Without any further delay. 

Davit Jochemsen, Pit: v/s Josyn Verhagen, deft: The Court ordered 
that this Case should be Suspended till the pit: be returned from delo- 
warre; and an answer is came from the Commissares of dellowarre, uppon 
the Letter sent them Concerning the Estate of Reyntie Pieters. 

Warnaer Wessells, pit: v/s Herry Breser, deft: The Court doe Sus- 
pend this Case till the arbitraters have brought in their Report according 
to the Last ordr of Court. 

Warnaer Wessells, pit: v/s Humphry dampoort, deft. The Court 
ordered that this Case should be Suspended till the arbitraters appointed 
for this Case, have brought in their report. 

Warnaer Wessels, pit: v/s Juriaen de Kouper, deft: The Court 
ordered that both parties should bring in their proefes at the next Court 
day. 

Johannes Hardenbroeck, pltf. v/s Dirck Evertsen, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft. fl. 5:6: 10 in beavers and fl. 176: 10 in sewant accord- 
ing to ace' with costs. Deft, acknowledges the debt and requests ^ delay. 
The W: Court having heard parties condemn deft, to pay the pltf. the 
above fl. 5:6: 10 in beavers and fl. 176: 10 in seawant within the space of 
six weeks, with costs. 

1670 22? 9^ Issued out Execut" 

In the matter in question between Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s 
Reyntie Gaukes, deft., regarding their difference of a/c the W: Court 
authorized as arbitrators Sieurs Timotheus Gabrie and Hendrick Obe, 
who are hereby required and requested to examine and review the ac- 
counts of parties and if possible to settle them and to reconcile parties, 
and to report their conclusion at the next Court day. 

Mette Wessels, pit: v/s Ariaen Van Laer, deft: the deft: 2? defaut. 

Jonathan Silck, Pit: v/s Ariaen Van Laer, deft: the deft: 2 defaut. 

Timothy Gabrie, Pit: v/s Mary dopsen, deft: The Court ordered 
that the deft: should take out a Coppy of the obligation and to make hur 
answer to the same at the next Court day. 

Egbert Myndersen, Pit: v/s Albert Koninck, deft: the deft: 2 defaut. 



254 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1670 

W™ Merrit, Pit: v/s Marten hofman, deft: the deft: i defaut. 

ffredrick Gysbersen, Pit: v/s Jno: garland, deft: the deft: i defaut. 

John damrill, Pit: v/s Thomas francen, deft: The Pit: declareth 
that the deft: hath Sould unto him a howse & Lott of Ground within this 
City; of W c . h ground about two foot is Wanting Wherefore the Pit: 
Prayeth that the s? deft: be ordered forthwith to make good What he hath 
Sold to this Pit: together with Cost. The Court thought fitt to referre 
this Case to some Indifferent Persons, and to that end have Made Choice 
of Capt! 1 Dudley Louelace & M* Poulus Leendersen Vande Grift, for to 
Survey the Ground in Controversie, and to heare & examin what shall be 
alleadged by both parties, and if possible to decide the differance and 
endeavour a Composure betwixt them, and to make a Returne thereof at 
the next Court day. 

Nicolaes de Meyer, pit: v/s Egbert Myndersen, deft: The pit: de- 
mands from this deft: as p? acct: appeares the summe of one hundred 
seaven gild' & ten stivers Seawant W'. h Cost. The deft: ownes the debt 
of fl. 104. and produced an account in Contra. The Court uppon hear- 
ing of both parties did decree & order that the deft: shall make Imediat 
payment of the s? debt, deducting what he can make appeare to be due 
unto him by Contra acct:, and to pay Cost of Court. 

Egbert Myndersen, Pit: v/s Dirck Van Schelluyne, deft: the deft: 
1 defaut. 

Anno 1670 The 16th of Septembr did the Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayor Commis- 
sionate and authorize Adolph Pieterse and Albert Bosh to be overzeers 
of the Estate of Jacob Engelen of this Citty, Marrinor who dyed Intestate 
within this Citty they bringing a due ace' and Returne thereof under 
their hands to the office of this Citty and performe all other thing and 
things as by Law they are bound to do, as more at Large by the s? Com- 
mission can & may appeare. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck, the 27'. h day of Septf A° 
1670. Present Mf Cornelis Steenwyck, Mayf; Capt. Thomas deLaval, 
Capt? Matth. Nicolls, M' John Laurence, M' Cornels. Van Ruyven, Mf 
Nicolaes de Meyer, Ald r men; Capt. John Manning, Sherif. 

M 1 . Nicolaes de Meyer, P 1 .' v/s Anna Hall, Widdow & relict of Tho 
Hall deceased, def' The P 1 ' declareth that the def' is Indebted unto 



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him by Obligation of hur deceased husband the summe of one thousand 
Ninety Gild" & n stiv: besides the Intrest at 10 p C'.° Amounting to the 
summe of one hundred Sixty four Gild r . s & ten stiv r . s for W c . h this P" 
prayeth Judgement of the Court against the def? deducting what the def? 
hath paid in part thereof being according to the P'? s ace' the summe of 
fl. 532. The deft 3 atturny replyeth that the s d . Intrest is Contrary to Law, 
but is Willing to Satisfy the prencepal debt. Uppon hearing of both 
parties the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that Judgement should be entred 
ag 5 .' the def' for the payment of the Principal debt, deducting what she 
the Def' can make appeare to have satisfyed in part of the s? Debt; and 
Concerning the Intrest the Court do Respit the same till further Order 
and the def? to pay Cost of Suit. 

Uppon Complaint made to this Court that Anna Hall, widdow and 
relict of Thomas Hall deceased, hath not proeved or made appeare to this 
Court by what Vertue she doth administer uppon the Estate of his de- 
ceased husband; Itt is this day ordered that the s? Anna Hall, shall make 
it appeare to this Court, at the next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 .' v/s Stoffel van Laer, def? The Pit. declared 
he was uppon an agreemt. with the Deft. 

Elsie Trotter, P 1 ' v/s Simon Robberts, Def? Suspended by a former 
Ordr of Court. 

David Jochemsen, P 1 .' v/s Joseyn Verhagen, Def? Suspended by a 
form? ord' of Court. 

Warnaer Wessels, Pi' v/s Herry Breser, Def? Suspended until the 
Arbitrate have brought in their Report. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 ' v/s Humphry Dampoort, def? Suspended 
until the Arbitrat' s have brought in their award. 

Jacques Cousseau, pltf. v/s Mde. Margriet Backers, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands by virtue of a mortgage on the house and lot of deft's husband 
Sieur Jacob Backer,* dated 9 Aug 5 .' 1666. s? sum of eight thousand 

* Jacob Backer of Amsterdam had been a leading merchant in this city, where he 
married, Oct., 1655, Margaret, dau. of Rev. Balthazar Stuyvesant of Delfzyl in the prov- 
ince of Groningen, and step sister of Gov. Peter Stuyvesant. By this lady, he had four 
children. M r . Backer was Schepen of this City in 1660 and 1664, in which later year he 
returned to Holland, after the surrender, leaving his affairs in the hands of his wife, who 
being unable to discharge a mortgage on his property on the east side of Broad Street, 



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pounds of tobacco and requests, that the aforesaid house and lot may be 
sold in satisfaction of the aforesaid sum, unless deft, desires to pay him 
from some other property. Deft, says, she acknowledges the justice of 
the aforesaid debt and has no effects wherewith to pay it. The W: Court 
having heard parties, condemn deft, to pay the aforesaid debt to the pltf. 
or in default thereof they order the house and lot, pledged by the afore- 
said mortgage, to be sold by execution in payment of the aforesaid eight 
thousand pounds of tobacco; with costs. 

Jacques Cousseau, Pit: v/s Johan de Decker, deft: The Pit: deliver- 
ing in his declaration, Itt was ordered that the deft: should take out a 
Coppy thereof and make his answer to the same at the next Court. 

Warnaer Wessels, Pit: v/s Jurian Jansen de Coop!", deft: The Court 
ordered that the Pit: should bring in his objections against the deft? ac- 
count at the next Court day. 

M' Johan de Deckere, Pit: v/s Johanna de Witt, deft: The Pit: de- 
clares that the deft: is Indebted unto him the summe of fifty foure whole 
beavers together with the Intrest at tenne p' Ct? since the Yeare A? 1666. 

as appeares by a Morgage bearing date the for W c . h he Craves 

Judgem-: against the deft: W 1 ! 1 Cost of Suit. The deft: ownes the princi- 
pal debt of 54. B? W ch have bene reddy ever since the Yeare A° 1667. but 
since that time never demanded here at New Yorck where the same Was 
due to be paid only the pit: did demand them once in holland, where she 
was bound to pay. Uppon hearing of both parties the Court did decree 
& order that Judgement should be entred ag 5 :' the deft: for the paiment of 
the principal debt, together with the Intrest at Six pf Ct? p' annum, ever 
since the last paiment was due to the pit: and the deft: to Pay Cost of Suit. 

Mettie Wessels, Pit: v/s Ariaen Van Laer, deft: The Pit: remaining 
defaut the Court ordered that a Non Suite should be entred agst the Pit: 
and she to pay Cost. 

Jonathan Silck, Pit: v/s Ariaen Van Laer, deft: Uppon hearing of 
the debates of both parties the Court ordered that the deft: should bring 
in an account of his demands at the next Court day. 

south of Beaver Street, sold the premises Feb. 24, 167^ to Balthazar de Haert, to whom 
she bore a son, Daniel, bapt. Sept. 1, 1671. — Murphy's Anthology, 182 ; N. Y. Deeds, 
Lib. A., 124; N. Y. Wills, i., 385. March 11, 167I, she married Hendrick Drooge- 
stradt, of Elizabeth, N. J.— O'C. 



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Egbert Myndersen, Pit: v/s Thomas Conninck, deft: The Pit: de- 
mands by account the summe of fl. 88: 8 gild' Seawant for W* he Craves 
Judgemh agst: the deft: With Cost of Suit. The deft remaining defaut 
at the third Court day, the Court ordered that Judgemt: should be entred 
agst the deft: for the payment of the s? debt With Cost of Suit. 

1670. 12 9 b . r Execut: Issued out uppon this Judgement. 

Timotheus gabrie, pit: v/s Mary dopsen, deft: The Court ordered 
that the pit: should deliver in a declaration jn Writing at the next Court 
day. 

William Merrit, Pit: v/s Marten hofman, deft: the deft 2' defaut. 

fredrick gysbersen, Pit: v/s John garland, deft, the deft. 2? defaut. 

Egbert Myndersen, Pit: v/s Dirck Van Schelluyne, deft: the deft: 
2? defaut. 

Stoffel Van Laer, Pit: v/s Mary Matthews, deft: The Pit: declares 
that the deft: is Indebted unto him the summe of one hundred & ninety 
gild r . s Seawant, for W c . h he Craves Judgement agst: the deft: W* Cost of 
Suite. The deft: acknowledged the debt, and desired some time for 
paiment. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order that the deft: 
should make paiment of the s? debt within the space of Six Weeckes next 
ensuing this date, With Cost of Suit. 

Stoffel Van Laer, Pit: v/s John garland, deft: Parties agreed. 

Stoffel Van Laer, Pit: v/s Benjamin Johns, deft: the deft. 1 defaut. 

Stoffel Van Laer, Pit: v/s Claer Ebells, deft, the deft: 1 defaut. 

Ariaen Van Laer Pit. v/s John Steelmon, deft, the deft: 1 defaut. 

Balthazar De Haert, Pit: v/s Richard Morris, deft: the def The 
Pit: declares that the in the Yeare 1666. this deft: became Security for 
george dennis, to repay the pit: the Custome of 13370 lb sugar W c . h the 
s? dennis then had Consigned to this Pit: amounting to the Summe of fl. 
1 102: 6 seawant; besides the Losse by the sugars Wasting; for W c . h this 
pi? prayeth Judgement agst this Deft: with Cost. The deft: desired that 
the pit: should proeve he had paid soo much Custome for the s? Sugar. 
The Worshipp 1 . 1 Thomas de Lavall at the s? tyme being Collect", of the 
Customes, doth Certify he received for Custome of the sd Sugar from this 
pit: the summe of fl. 685, and allowed him the rest for Store, in Con- 
sideration of some favour w c . h this pit: at that time had done to him for 
the use of the Guarison. Uppon hearing of both Parties the Worship! 1 

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Court did decree & order that the deft: in the behalf e of the s? george 
dermis Schould repay to this pit: within the space of two months next 
ensuing the date hereof, the said Custome amounting in Silver the sume 
of ^22: 4 Sterling or in seawant four for one, as this pit: hath paid 
amounting to the summe of fl. 1065: 12 together With Cost of Suit. 

Richard Moris, Pitt v/s george dennis, def" The pit: humbly desires 
that the deft: maybe ordered before he departs this place to give this pit: 
better security for the debt: w c . h this pit: is bound to pay for the deft* 
acct: unto Balthazar de haert. The deft: promised to give the pit: good 
Satisfaction; of w ! 1 the pit: did accept of, and thereuppon withdrew his 
action before the Court. 

Stoffel vanLaer, pltf. v/s Egbert Myndertzen, deft. Pltf. demands 
the excise on a pipe of wine with costs. Deft, says, he had entered the 
pipe of wine only a few days before the Burgher excise was formed by 
him, therefore maintains he can deduct half the excise. Parties being 
heard by the W: Court their Worships decide, that the deft, is bound to 
pay the full excise since no restitution of the Burghers license was made 
on the new farming and therefore condemn him to pay the excise with 
Costs. 

In the matter in question between Abram Janzen, carpenter, pltf. v/s 
Arian and Stoffel van Laer, defts., regarding the building of a tan mill * 
and payment therefor, the W. Court authorized as arbitrators Adolph 
Pieters, Jonas Bartels and Abel Hardenbroeck, who are hereby required 
to hear the question between parties argued and if possible to decide it 
and to deliver in their report on the last Court day. 

Poulus Richard, pltf. v/s Niclis du Puy, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fl. 108. as per a/c with costs. Deft, admits the debt, but says, that 
pltf. promised to let him work it out: yet he offers to pay in zewant in 3 
months. The W: Court having heard parties condemn deft, to pay the 
above sum of fl. 108 in zewant within the term of 3 months from date 
hereof, with costs. 

Egbert Myndersen, Pit: v/s William Smit, deft: In an act: of debt 
to the summe of fl. 134. Itt was this day ordered that the pit: should 

* Christopher van Laer purchased, Octbr. 23, 1665, from the estate of Rachel van 
Tienhoven a lot, the S. W. corner of Broad Str. and Exchange Place, where this tan mill 
was erected. — Valentine, Manual, 1857, 548, Liber A, p. 7, Registers Office. 



1670] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 259 

first Satisfy the Court Charges of the former action, before he might come 
to tryal in this Case. 

Mary Mattheus, Pit: v/s fredrick hendricx Coupf, deft: the Pit: 
demands from the deft: as p' account appeares the summe of f. 45: 16. 
in Seawant for W c . h she craves Judgemt: W* Cost. The deft: remaining 
defaut to appeare at the third Court day; The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court there- 
uppon ordered that Judgemt: should be entred against the deft: for the 
payment of the s? Debt, With Cost of Suit. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu Mastf, pit: v/s Stoffel Van Laer, deft: The 
Pit: declares that on the 4* of august last he Sold unto this deft: in a 
Publicq outcry for the acct: of Rabba Coty one Neger boy for the summe 
of fl. 930. seawant, payable according to yf Conditions jn the space of 
three months after the s? date, provided the purchasers gave in sufficient 
security for the Paiment of their Purchaze. The def' remaining defaut 
to appeare uppon the first Summons, the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court uppon examin- 
ing of the s? Conditions did Order that Judgement should be entred 
against the def' that the s? def' should give in Security according to the 
tennure of the Conditions; before the next Court day; or by further delay 
that the Neger boy should be sold in publicq Outcry and What the boy 
should yield lesse that the def' shall satisfy the same, together with Cost 
and dammages. 

Warnaer Wessels, P" v/s John Risbel, defJ In an Act" of debt to 
the Summe of fl : 30. The Court ordered that the P? should proeve his 
debt at the next Court day. 

On the petition of the Overseers of the public Roads as well on this 
as on the other side of the Fresh Water, It is this day decreed and ordered 
by the Worshipp" Court, that all the carters of this City, who use the 
Roads over the Fresh Water, whether in drawing firewood from the 
public woods or otherwise shall be bound to aid in repairing said roads, 
as well as the country people. 

On complaint of the Sheriff, that divers persons suffer great damage 
because Jan Hendricks Coopal and Tomas Wandel have to the present 
time failed to construct their wall on the waterside, according to previous 
order, It is therefore Ordered by the W: Court, that the above named 
Coopal and Wandel shall cause their Walls to be built up within six 
weekes time on pain of being fined. 



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Ariaen van Laer, P 1 .' v/s Arent Isaacqsen, Def? Parties agreed. 

Tomas Davitzen, P" v/s Arent Juriaens Lantsman, de£ The P 1 ' re- 
maining defaut and therefore nonsuited. 

Johannes Hardenbroeck, Atturny of the Widdow of Adriaen deBoer, 
P" v/s Govert Loocquermans and the rest of the Curators of the Estate 
of Geertie, Widow of Bartholmeus Manicus, dec?, Def s The Court 
ordered that the Def ts should take out a Coppy of the P 1 ' 3 declaration and 
returne their answer to the same at the next Court day. 

On complaint of Nicolaes de Meyer, that Barent Cours is encroach- 
ing with his wall on the aforesaid de Meyer's ground, notwithstanding he 
had legally forbidden him to do so; with further request, that the Above- 
named Barent Courten may be Ordered again to pull down the aforesaid 
wall and place it on the old line, especially as he has already built on the 
extremity of his ground. The W: Court authorize M r . Adolf Pieters and 
Alexander Stulter to inspect the work and to report to the Court at the 
next Court day, whether the Above named Barent Cours has intruded 
beyond his proper line and has laid the customary leads. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck, the 10* day of October A° 
1670. Present Mr Cornelis Steenwyck, Mayo'; M r - Thomas de Laval, 
M- Matthias Nicolls, M* John Laurence, M[ Cornelis van Ruyven, 
M- Nicolaes de Meyer, Aldermen. 

On the Petition of Herry Nuton, C- s Sergeant and Mace Bearer, 
Desireing that something might be allowed unto him by this Court for 
bearing the Mace. Whereuppon the Court ordered that his salary should 
be advanced for bearing the Mace five pounds p? Annum. 

The Court Likewise Ordered that the Goal Keeper Pieter Schaef- 
bankx Salary should be advanced fifty gild r - s per Annum. 

The Court Concidering that the Election of the New May' and Alder- 
men for this Citty New Yorke is at hand, they have this day made and 
presented to his honn? the Govern? the following Nomination : — 

To the Right Honn b . le Coll. Francis Lovelace, Govern? 

Whereas the time for the Election of New May? and Aldermen of this 
Citty is att hand, We have thought fit to present to Y° Honn? a double 
number of persons for Mayy Aldermen & Sherif of this Corporat? and do 
Nominate — 



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For May r . s 
Capt" Thomas de Laval, 
Capt" Matthias Nicolls. 

For Alderm? 
Johannes van Brugh, 
Johannes de Peister, 
Olof Stevensen Cortlant, 
Isaacq Bedloo, 
Poulus Leendersen, 
Govert Loocquermans. 

For Sheriff. 
Capt" John Manning, 
Allard Anthony. 
Most humbly requesting that Yo' honn' wil be pleased to Elect out of the 
s? Number such persons, as Y 1 . honn' in his Wisdome shal Judge fitt for 
the best and well government of this Corporat" and We shall Remaine 
Yol" honn' humble Servants, 
The May' and Aldermen of the Citty New Yorck 
to witt Cornells Steenwyck, Mayo'; 
Tho: de Laval, 
Matth Nicolls, 
Jno. Laurence, 
Corn, van Ruyven, 
Nicolaes de Meyer, Aldermen. 
By Ordr of the s? Mayor & Alderm? 

(Signed) N: Bayard, Sec. 
New Yorke, Octob' the io'? 1 1670. 
New Yorke, Octobf the 13 th A° 1670. 

Out of the Within Written Nominated Persons did his honnr this day 
by his Commission Elect 

Capt" Thomas de Lavall to be Mayor. 
Capt. Matthias Nicolls, 1 
Mr John Laurence, 

M' Olof Stevensen, i- to be Alderm" 

M' Johannes van Brugh, 
M r . Isaacq Bedloo. 



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And M. 1 . Allard Anthony to be Sherif of this Citty from the day of the 
date hereof untill the 13 th day of Octob- in the Yeare of Or Lord A? 167 1 : 
And have alsoo made Oath Accordingly, Whereuppon the s? Commission 
was this day Publisht by the Governrs Order. 

N: Bayard, Sec. 
New Yorke A? 1670. 

The following Named Persons have entered their Banns of Matrimony 
before the IP Mayr of this City, to be proclaimed at the usual time & 
place. 
1670 
3 June. Enogh Michielsen, Bachelor, born at N. York, with 

Dirckie Meyers, Spinster, bora at Amsterdam. 
11 ditto. Benjamin Provoost, born at Harfort in N. England, with 

Sara Barents, born at New Haerlem. 
23 d July. Nicholas Jans Baker, Widower of Annatie Harmans, with 

Maretie Gerrits, widow of Frans Jansen of Hogten. 
28* ditto Claes Cornelissen, born at Schoonhoven, with 

Cattelyn Jansen, born at Amsterdam. 
13 Aug. Evert Evertsen Pels, bora at New Albany, with 

Breghjen Elswaert, born at Amsterdam. 
27 ditto. Johannes Vernelje with Aeltie Waldron. 

Jan Nagel with Rebecca Waldron. 
3 Septr Marius de Vos, Widow' of dec? Magdaleentie Teunis; with 

Elsie Barents, Widow of Adam Bremer. 
i 5 . 1 Oct. Matthyas de Haert, Widow' of Annetie Jacobs Sprongh, 
with 
Johanna de Witt, widow of Johannes de Witt. 
8 ditto Gerret Huygen de Kleyn with Geertie Rutgers, Widow of 
dec? Harmen Wessels. 
New Yorke, Octobr the 15* 1670. 

By Order of the Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayor Thomas de Lavall was this day 
the following order made & Issued out: 

Whereas this Citty New Yorke hath bene at excessive Charges 
towards the renewing & repairing of the Great Bridge of this Citty, and 
therefore requisit that all those that make use thereof should Contribute 
somthing towards the same; Wee have therefoer thought fit to Impose 



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uppon all Horses Mares or Guildens that shal be Shipt & Exported from 
this place for Virginy Mary Land or any other outward Plantation viz' 
for a Horse or Mare etz one Shilling in Silver or two guild 1 . 3 in Wampum 
and for a, Coalt under a Yeare old half price, and do further hereby 
authorize empower & appoint Philip Johns of this Citty Haven m r for to 
Collect & receive the said Imposition to the Use of the Citty, and for the 
due Execution hereof this wil be to him a Sufficient Warrant dated In 
New Yorke the 15* of Octob' 1670. 

(Signed) By Ord- of the Worshipp 1 . 1 May^ & Alderm? 
of the Citty New Yorke 

N. Bayard, Sec? 

Att a Mayor's Court held at New Yorck the 18* day of October in 
the 2 2 n . d Yeare of the Raigne of (X Souvvraigne Lord Charles the Second, 
By the Grace of God of Greate Britaine France and Ireland King defen- 
der of the faith &ca. Annoq. Dom! 1670. 

Present Capt? Thomas de Lauall, Mayor; Capt" Matthyas Nicolls, 
Mr John Lawrence, M' Olof Stevensen, M!" Johannes Van Brugh, M' 
Isaacq Bedloo, Aldermen ; Mr Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Alice Trotter, Pit. v/s Simon Roberts, Def? Uppon the desire of 
the def' s Atturney, the Court Ordered that this case should be suspended 
untill next Court day, and then to be decided without any further 
delay. 

Jacques Cousseau, Pit. v/s Johan de Decker, Df' The Def' deliver- 
ing in his answer to the PI' 5 declaration, which being in dutch, the Court 
ordered that the same should be Translated, In the meanwhile they doe 
appoint M 1 . Allard Anthony, M' Johannes de Peister, M* Christoffel 
Hooghlant, and M' Jeronimus Ebbing to view and Examin the papers & 
Evidences produced by both parties, and to bring in their report, and 
Satisfy the Court Concerning this Case at the Next ensuing Court day. 

Warnaer Wessels, Pltf. v/s Juriaen de Couper, Def' Uppon the 
desire of the Pit. the Court allowed him time till next Court day to bring 
in his objections ag 5 .' the def' s account, and no Longer, but then to be 
decided without any further delay. 

David Jochemsen, P 1 ' v/s Josyn Verhagen, def' Suspended by a 
former Ordf of Court. 



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Warnaer Wessels, P 1 .' v/s Herry Breser, Def? Suspended by a 
former Ord? of Court. 

Warnaer Wessels, Pit. v/s Humphry Dampoort, Def? Suspended by 
a former Ord of Court. 

Jonathan Silck, P" v/s Arian Van Laer, Def' The Court having 
viewed & taken into Consideration what hath bene alleadged by both 
parties, have thought fit to decree and ord? that the def' shall pay to the 
P 1 .' for the Passage and other pretences of the Boy in Controversie the 
summe of Six pounds together with Cost of Suit, or by refusall thereof to 
redeliver the Boy to the P" Jonathan Silck afores? 

The 26'. h of 9b? A? 167 1 Execution Issued out. 

Timothy Gabrie, P 1 ' v/s Mary Dopsen, Def' Itt was this day ordered 
that the Def' should take out a Coppy of the P'? s declaration, and make 
hur answer to the same at the next Court day. 

Wilham Merrit, P 1 .' v/s Marten Hoffman, Def the Def? 3 d default. 
The P 1 .' demands for fraight from dellowarre etc. the summe of fl. 93: 10. 
seawant, together with cost of suit. The def? 5 Wife appearing in Court 
desired that this case might be suspended till bur husbands returne from 
Albany. The Court do allow the def? soo Longe time, provided, she the 
def'. s wife gives in security for the Monney till that time. 

Fredrick Gysbersen, P 1 .' v/s John Garland, def? The def? 2? de- 
fault. 

Egbert Myndersen, pltf. v/s Dirck van Schelluyne, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, according to a/c. fl. 60. zeawan, with costs. Deft, 
remaining contumax on the third citation to appear, it was by the W: 
Court decreed and ordered, that deft, shall pay to the pltf. the demanded 
fl. 60. zeawan with costs. 

1670. 12. 9b? Execut" Issued out uppon this Judgement. 

Stoffel van Laer, P" v/s Benjamin Johns, Def? the def? 2? default. 

Johannes Hardenbroeck, Pit. v/s Govert Loocquermans & the rest 
of the Curat 5 of Geertie, Widdow of Barthel Maen, Def'. 5 The Court 
ordered that the P 1 ' should take out a Coppy of the Def' 5 ' answer and to 
make his reply to the same at the next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 .' v/s John Risbel, Def? The def! desired a 
Coppy of the Bond, and time to answer to the same till next Court day, 
w ch is allowed him. 



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Dirck Johnson, P" v/s Alexand' Watts, Def' in an ace* of the case 
about the sale of a house. W? Merrit being sworne in Court, saith: that 
he was present at the makeing of the bargaine, and heard Alexand' Watts 
say if he Could sell his owne house, he would buy that of the P".' s and a 
Little while after they came uppon y? price and the s? Watts said if you 
will you may fetch 3 or 400 gl d . rs in part of the Bargaine to morrow. Baey 
Croosvelt Likewise being Sworne declareth the same, only saith that he 
heard not that Alexand' Watts made any Exception if he could sell his 
owne house or not. 

Abel Hardenbroeck, P 1 ' v/s Jacobus Fabricius, def' The P 1 ' de- 
mands from the def' for i£ ell of Camerick fl. 10. in beaver with costs. 
The Def 1 . 5 Atturney desired a Coppy of the P lts demand, to answer uppon 
the same at the next Court day; w c . h the Court allowed him. 

Mettie Wessells, P 1 . 1 v/s John Risbell, Def The Def desired a 
Coppy of the bond and time to answer till next Court day w c - h the Court 
allowed him. 

M' John Lawrence, P 1 ' v/s Fredrick Arentsen, Def' The Def' 1" 
defaut. 

Dirck Jansen, P 1 .' v/s Rutgert Willems, Def' The P 1 .' demands of 
the def' fl. 24. Seawant with costs of Suit. The def' ownes the debt 
except fl. 5. w ch he paid in part thereof and desires some time 
may be allowed him to pay the rest. The Court ordered that the 
Def' should pay to the P 1 ' the remainder part of the s? debt, w'. h cost of 
suit. 

S toff el van Laer, pltf. v/s Jan Pietersen, shoemaker, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands fl. 48. zeewan for rent of his house. Deft, acknowledges the debt, 
but says, he does not know, that the pltf. is right owner of the house, in- 
asmuch as he hired it from Kip. The Court condemn the deft, to pay 
the pltf. the aforesaid rent, on condition that the pltf. is bound to guar- 
antee the deft, against after claims. 

Abram Jansen, P 1 .' v/s Ar. & Stoffel van Laer, Def'. s Suspended till 
next Court. 

Lourens vander Spiegel was this [day] chosen by the Court to be 
Constable of this Citty dureing the Mayority of the Worshipp" Thomas 
de Lavall, and hath made Oath accordingly. 

Anna Hall this day Presenting her Late husband's Will, whereby she 



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doth administr uppon the Estate of her s? Late husband, uppon perusal 
the Court allowed of the s? Will and confirmed the same, the Will bears 
date the 9* of aug' 1669: and made by W: Bogard. 

Claes van Elslant Junior requests by petition, that he be accepted in 
his father's place as undertaker and sexton of this City together with 
auctioneer of sales, which is allowed by the W: Court on condition, that 
he behave himself faithful and vigilant. 

The Wife of Gerrit Jansen Stavast appearing in Court desired Liberty 
to make Sale in publicq outcry of several goods w c . h Altie Rodgers had left 
in pawn to Satisfy the rent w c . h was due unto hur from the said Rodgers 
to the summe of fl. 150. seawant. The Court ordered that the goods 
should be sold & the proceeds be delivered to the Petit', provided it doth 
not amount above the s? summe. 

Uppon the Petition of John Fassacre, desireing some suport in his 
sicknesse ; The Court do recommend to the deakons of this Citty to allow 
the Petit' some support, and to enquire Concern? the deseaze and Condi- 
tion of the Petit', and the place of his Late residence, and to make a 
returne thereof at the next Court day. 

Uppon the Petition of Pieter Ryerson and the recommending of his 
honnr the Governf, Itt is this day ordered by the Court that the s? Pieter 
Ryersen shall be admitted to be a Burger of this Citty, Rendring and 
paying for the same three beavers, and such other duties and acknowl- 
edgments as thereunto do belonge. 

Whereas Severall Complaints are made to this Court, that the former 
Ord r . s enacted uppon the Bakeing of Bread within this Citty are Not 
observed, but that severall abuses are Committed Contrary to the good 
Intention of the s? Order; The Court have therefore thought fitt to 
appoint and Authorize, and do by these presents appoint & authorize 
M- Christoffel hooghlant & Mr Thimotheus Gabrie to be Censurers of all 
the Bread that shall be Baked, And put to Sale by any Publicq Baker of 
this Citty; and do further recommend to the s? persons for to view and 
trye, (as often as they see Cause:) Whether it be made both in quantity 
and quality according to true Intent of this Court, in the said order sett 
forth; And do further Strictly Require the respective officers of this Citty 
to be aiding and assisting to the s? Censurers, in the due Execution of 
these presents according to the Tenn' of the s? order. 



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1670. The 8* of 9b' The Court ordered this day that the follow- 
ing Orders should be Issued out: — 

Whereas Poulus Leendersen Vande Grift hath beene appointed by 
this Court to be one of the Administrators of the Estate of Jacob van 
Couwenhoven deaceased, whoo now of Late is departed from hence for 
Holland and therefore requisit and necessary that some other fit person 
should be appointed & admitted as administrator in his stead. Wee have 
therefore thou't fit to nominate and appoint Mr Johannes de PeistT to be 
one of the administrat°' s of the s? Estate to act & performe in as full and 
ample manner as administ™ 5 by the Laws of this government are allowed 
to, dated In New Yorke this 8* of Novembr A? 1670. 

Whereas M r . Poulus Leendersen Vande Grift heretofore hath bene 
appointed by this Court to be one of the Assistants unto M r . s Anna Hall 
In the Clearing and perfecting of the Books accounts & other affaires of 
the s? Hall, who being now of Late departed for England & Holland, 
the s? Anna Hall Requested to this Court that Mr Johannes de Peistr migt 
be Coosen to be an assistant unto hur in the sted of the s? Poulus Leen- 
dersen. Wee have therefore thoug't fit to appoint & authorize the s? M' 
Johannes de PeistT to be an assistant unto the s? Anna Hall in Klearing of 
her Books & the management of hur affaires; dated In New York the 
8* day of 9b- Anno 1670. 

Att a Mayors Court held att New Yorke the 29 th of 9br A? 1670. 
Present Capt. Thomas deLavall, Mayor; Capt. Matthias Nicolls, M r . 
John Laurence, M r . Olof Stevensen, Mr Johannes Van Brugh, M- Isaacq 
Bedloo, Aldermen ; M' Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Uppon the Petition of the Widdow of Jan Hendrix Steelman alias 
Coopal, the Court made the following Order: — Whereas Jan Hendricksen 
Steelman alias Coopal late of this Citty dyed intestate and y. e Widdow 
desiring that some persons might be appointed by this Court to Adminis- 
ter uppon y e Estate of yf S d deceased; The Court have therefore thought 
fitt to Nominate and appoint and do by these Nominate and appoint M' 
Johannes de Peister and M r - Christoffel Hooghlant to be Administrators 
of y? goods Chattels and Estate of y? deceased in trust for y? Creditors of 
yf s? Estate, And yf S? Administrate have hereby full Pouwer and Law- 
full authority to enter into possession of y? Premises and to demand Sue 



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for Recouer receive and dispose of all or any parte of y? Estate of y? said 
Jan Hendrickzen Steelman in trust as afores? in such manner and Wayes 
as Administ" by y? Lawes of this Gouvernment are Allowed to. 

Warnaer Wessells, P 1 ' v/s Jurian Jansen, Kooper, Def The Court 
do allow of both parties their accounts except the pltf. at the next Court 
day can proove his objections ag st the def' s account; and ordered further 
that whoosoever shall be found to remaine in debt, the same to pay Costs 
of Court. 

Alice Trotter, P 1 .' v/s Simon Robberts, Def The P 1 .' declareth that 
the Def being Master of a Barke, she went with hur husband in the last 
Yeare, as passanger for Boston in the def? said Barke, and uppon arrivall 
at boston afores? this P 1 ' demanded from the def hur Chest, feather Bedd 
boulster & three pillowes; but the def refused to deliver this P" hur said 
feather bedd, Boulster & pillowes, and doth still detaine the same from 
this P" notwithstanding he hath long agoe received hur fraight for the 
Def? passage; Wherefore she prayeth that the Def' may Constrained to 
redeliver the Def s Bedd, Boulster and pillowes, or the true vallue which 
shee Computeth to be five hundred Gild"? seawant, with dammages & 
Cost of Suit. The def- not appearing to defend his cause, But his Baile 
John Rider delivering in Court a deposition of George Hancock who was 
the mate of the def' in the s? Voyage and deposeth that the s? Chest & 
Bedd was sent aboard of their barke by Mr Broune, who paid the fraight 
for the same, and for the P 1 ' & hur husbands passage. The Woishipp" 
Court uppon Examining of the Testimonyes produced in Court, did 
decree and order that the def' or otherwise his Baile shall redeliver the 
s? Bedd & premises to this P 1 .' or the vallue Computed by this Court to the 
summe of three hundred Gild" Seawant with Cost of Suit; Provided 
the P" gives a sufficient security to repay the same Vallue, in case the 
def should bring in sufficient proofe to recover the same back againe 
from the P 1 .' afores? 

Jacques Cousseau, P 1 ' v/s Johan de Decker, def' The P 1 ' declareth, 
that the def' now about six yeares past arrested a parcell of pepper be- 
longing to this P 1 .' at Christoffel, By w c . h unlawfull arrest this P 1 .' is damni- 
fied the quantity of 9000 lb of Suggar and upwards, Wherefore the Pit. 
craves Judgem' against the def for the s? damage with Cost of Suite. 
The defendant replyeth that hee arrested a barell of pepper which francis 



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Boon had left in the hands of John Donker at Christoffer afores? but the 
def' saith to be Ignorant to whom the s? Pepper did belong, only knew 
that the s d . Boon had the disposall thereof, and for that reason he arrested 
the same to satisfye a Judgement w c . h he the deft had obtained against the 
s? Boon, at Christoffer aforesaid. The Jury Brought in their Verdict 
and found for the defend' with Cost of Suit; Whereuppon the Wor- 
shipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that Judgement should be entred accordingly, and 
ordered the p 1 .' to pay Cost of Court. 

JURY. 

Joh: de Peister, forem. ; Jerom Ebbingh, Jacob Kip, Timoth: 
Gabrie, Isaac foreest, Balthazf de Haert, Paul Richard, W? Blagge, 
Jonas Bartelsen, Hendk Coustrie, Claes Bordingh, Isaacq Greveraet. 

David Jochemsen, P 1 ' v/s Josyn Verhagen, deft The Court did 
order that whereas this Case did concerne as well the Curators of Reyntie 
Pieters, as the Deft Josyn Verhagen that a Coppy of the proceedings 
should be delivered to the s? Curators, to returne their answer to the 
same at the next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 .' v/s Herry Breser, Deft The persons appointed 
as yet not haveing made any report, this case was suspended till next 
Court day. 

Warnaer Wessells, P'5 v/s Herry Breser, Deft The persons to whom 
this Case referred this day makeing their report, that they could not 
bring the buissenesse to a Composure, wherefore they returned the 
s*? parties Back to this Court to be decided by the Court afores? Where- 
uppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court having heard and Examined both parties and 
their Witnesses, did decree & order, Whereas the deft had committed an 
error by taking Wine in his house without a Permit from the Pi* and the 
P" having uppon his owne authority taken away the s? Wine and con- 
veyed it to his house, That the one half of a dobble ancor of Wine should 
be forfeited to the use of the P" and no more, and the Charges to be paid 
Equally betwixt them. 

Timotheus Gabrie, P 1 . 1 v/s Mary Dopzen, Deft The Pi' being one 
of the Jury, the Court suspended this case till next Court day. 

William Merritt, P 1 * v/s Marte Hoffman, Deft the Deft defaut. 

Johannes Hardenbroock, P 1 .' v/s The Curateurs of Geertie Late 
Widdow of Barthel Maen, deceased, Def. 5 The Court ordered that the 



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Def' should take out a Coppy of the Pit's reply, and returne their duplyck 
to the same at the next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessells, P 1 ' v/s John Risbill [Rich bell], def' Parties 
agreed. 

Mette Wessells, P 1 .' v/s John Risbill, def' Parties agreed. 

Pieter Nys, Pit. v/s John Risbill, Def Parties agreed. 

Samuel Edsall and the rest of the heirs of Harmen Wessels, P 1 .* 
contra Gerrit Huygen & his Wife Geertie Rutgers, Def' It is ordered 
that the Def' should take out a Coppy of the P'' s declaration and answer 
to the same at the next Court day. 

John Daaly, P 1 .' v/s Herry Hodger, def' Parties agreed. 

Pieter Jacobsen & Claes Bording, P 1 ? v/s Andrew Messenger, Def' 
The def' Atturney desired a Coppy of the P 1 " declaration, w .' 1 is allowed 
him for to make his answer to the same at the next Court day. 

Johan deDecker, P" v/s Jacques Cousseau, Def' The P" declareth 
that this def' in his suite now depending before this Court, hath declared 
that he doth reserve an Action against this P 1 ' for w* he threatens to 
trouble this P 1 . 1 hereafter ; Wherefore this P 1 .' humbly desires that the 
Def' may be ordered, to declare and make appeare, whatsoever actions 
or pretensions he Claimes against this P 1 . 1 , or otherwise that he may be 
Imposed with a eternall Silentium, with Cost of Suit. The Def answers 
that he hath nothing else, for this present time to declare ag s .' the P 1 ' but 
only the action w ! 1 now is depending in Court. Whereuppon the Court 
ordered that the Defi should not molest this P" any further, but to 
remaine Silent and to pay Cost. 

Fredrick Philips, P 1 .' v/s Jacob Fabricius, Def Both parties default. 

Stephanus van Cortlant, Admf of the Estate of Dan! Whitehead, P. 1 ' 
v/s Thomas Wandel, Def' The Court ordered that the Def' should 
answer to the P 1 ' 5 declaration at the next Court day. 

Sigismund Luycas, P 1 ' v/s Stoffel van Laer, def The P 1 .' demands 
from the def' fl. ioo. seawant w* Cost of Suit. The Def' ownes the debt, 
but desires three Months time for the payment. Uppon hearing of both 
parties, the Court did decree and order that Judgement should be entred 
ag s .' the Def to pay the s? hundred gild" in seawant within the space of 
two Months with cost of suit. 

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Abell Hardenbroock, Pltf. v/s Jacob Fabricius, de£ The P? de- 
clares that the def' is Indebted unto him for i£ @ of Camerick w c . h he 
sold to Def' s wife in the presence of de Jardins Wife for the summe of fl. 
31. seawant, for w c . h summe he the P" desires Judgem' ag*' the def' with 
Cost. The def' answers by his Atturney that his Wife bought the s? 
Camerick for fl. 17. which he hath tendered to the P 1 ' and still doth 
tender the same in Court, or otherwise is willing to returne the s? Cam- 
erick back againe to the Pit. Uppon hearing of both parties, the Wor- 
shipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order, that in case de Jardins Wife uppon hur 
arrival here can say that the s? Camerick was sold for fl. 31. that then the 
Def' shall pay the same, In the meanewhile that the P 1 ' shall receive in 
part of pay the fl. 17. w c . h are tendered in Court. 

Johannes Witthart, P 1 .' v/s Styntie Lourens, def' This Case sus- 
pended till next Court day. 

Benjamin Johns, P 1 * v/s John Thomas, def' Both parties defaut. 

Allard Anthony, P 1 .' v/s John Barcker, def' At the P 1 ' 3 desire this 
case is suspended till next Court day. 

Rodger Purchaze, P 1 ' v/s Herry Hedger, Def' The Court ordered 
that the P 1 ' should put in his declaration at the office & the Def' to 
returne his answer at the next Court day. 

John Plumb, P 1 .' v/s Humphrey Dampoort, def' Uppon the desire of 
both parties, this Case was suspended till to morrow, when it should be 
tryed by a Special Court. 

Lourens Hoist, Pit. v/s William Merrit, Def' The Court ordered 
that the Def' should take out a Coppy of the P 1 ^ declaration, and returne 
his answer to the same at the next Court day. 

Assur Levy, Pit. v/s Thomas Sprey, Def' The Def' remained y. e 
first Court day default. 

Assur Levy, P 1 ' v/s Arent Lantsman, def' y? first defaut. 

Assur Levy, Pltf. v/s Engell Ottoos, Def' first defaut. 

Fredrick Gysberts, P 1 .' v/s Jno. Garland, Def' It is this day 
ordered that this Case should be decided at the next Court without any 
further delay. 

Fredrick Philipsen, P 1 .' v/s Jacques Cousseau, Def? The differances 
betwixt the p 1 .' & def' consisting cheefely about Errors in accounts and 
damages w c . h the P 1 ' Conceives hee hath susteined throw the means of this 



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de£ The Court have therefore thouht fitt to referre the s? P r ties to a 
Committy of Merchants; and doe hereby Nominate & appoint Mf Cor- 
nelis Stenwyck, Mf Johannes de Peister, Mr Christoffel hooglant, and 
M' Jeronimus Ebbing, for to viuw Examine & state the s? accounts In the 
p r sence of Alderm" Johannes van Brugh as Umpire and to make a returne 
thereof to this Court at the next Ensuing Court day. 

On the petition of Jacques Cousseau is endorsed: — copy hereof to 
be furnished to Fredrick Philipsen to answer thereunto at the next Court 
day. 

Whereas Mr Poulus Leendersen Vande Grift one of the Wees maest- 
ers now of Late is departed for England; and therefore requisit & neces- 
sarie that the said office should be supplyed ; Wee have therefore thought 
fit to nominate & appoint & do hereby nominate & appoint, the Worshipp" 
Mf Cornelis Steenwyck to be Wees maester of this Citty, for the next 
ensuing yeare to and with M 1 . Johannes Van Brugh who Likewise hereby 
is Confirmed for the tyme afores? 

Symon Jans" Romeyn and Assur Levy come into Court, who were 
here authorized by the Woship 1 . 1 May' to bury the dead body of the dec? 
Jan Hendricksen Steelman, and delivering the account of Expences in- 
curred thereon amounting to the sum of three hundred and eighty eight 
guild" and four stivers in zeewan, and further to Mr Hans Kiersteede for 
medicines the sum of twenty seven guilders in zeewan, they request, that 
said Expences may be liquidated and paid out of the first and earliest 
monies; whereupon it is ordered by the W Court: The curators of the 
residuary estate of Jan Hendricksen Steelman deceased are hereby re- 
quired to pay the said accounts as preferred funeral expenses before all 
others, from the first effects. 

Read and considered in Court the letter of Gerrit Swart and Adriaen 
van Ilpendam, curators of the residuary estate of Reyntie Pieters, dec?, 
who died last summer at Albany, requesting in substance, that Symon 
Jans Romeyn and Adriaen Appel may be authorized as their Attornies in 
this quality by the W: Court here, which request is granted and allowed 
by the W: Court, and the aforesaid Simon Jans. Romeyn and Adriaen 
Appel are therefore, hereby confirmed in and invested with the afore- 
said quality. 

Whereas the Karmen of this Citty have Requiered by Petition to his 



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honn' the Govern' that their Number might be stated as the porters are; 
and that those att present employed might be confirmed in their places, 
they undertaking to be verry dilligent & to Give Satisfaction to all p'sons 
and alsoo to fill up the breaches in the high wayes and about the Citty, 
or to do other publicq worke as they shal be Comanded by the Magest* 
Grades; w ch said petition being referred by his honnf the Govern^ & his 
Councell to this Court, to make some order therein: — Uppon Considera- 
tion of the premisses the Court have thought fitt to Graunt the Petition" 
theier request proveyded they doo according to theier s? promisse behave 
themselfs verry diligent to accomodate all p'sons and that they doe 
according to their s? promisse fill up the breaches in the high wayes, in 
and about y? Citty, as allso that they by turns weekly on every Saturday 
in the afternoone shall Kart the dirt from all the Paved Streets and Con- 
vey itt to some Convenient place, Wich thereunto shall be appointed; 
provyded the dirt be throwne & Loaden uppon the Cart by the owners or 
tenneants of the houwses in the s d . streets ; and finally that they according 
to the former orders shall take for a Load of Goods whatsoever itt be 
w c . h they shall Kart within the Gaets of this Citty, the summe of ten 
Stivers in Seawant & No more and further to follow all such orders 
and Instructions as they from tyme to tyme Shall receive from this 
Court. 

Coenraet Ten Eyck, Abel Hardenbroock, Carsten Laersen, Jan 
Harberdingh appear in Court for themselves as well as for the other Shoe- 
makers of this City, stating and complaining in substance, that Arian and 
Stoffel van Laer neglect to grind or pound their tan, according to agree- 
ment entered into and made between them in the premises, requesting 
that they may be obliged to fulfill their agreement or otherwise to pay the 
fine mentioned in said contract; the abovenamed Ariaen & Stoffel van 
Laer appearing, in like manner, declare, it is impossible for them to crush 
the tan for the price mentioned in the contract and therefore renouncing 
hereby the work to the shoemakers, as they by the contract have a right 
to do, on condition of first giving the shoemakers a year's notice. 

John Gouwenburgh this day presenting in Court an account whereby 
Mr. John Cooke deceased is Indebted unto him for Linnen and other 
things sold to this s* Cooke at Neeves the quantity of 678 lb. of Sugar, 
w c . h accounted was attested by Mr. Cousseau who declares that he was 

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present uppon the delivery of the said goods, and that the s? debt is not 
paid ; Wherefore the sf Gouwenbergh humbly prayeth that the Effects of 
the s? Cooke in the hands of Lourens Vander Spiegel may be condemned 
towards the Satisfying of the s? debt with cost. The Court haveing Ex- 
amined the s? ace' and the deposition of the s? Cousseau, and Compared 
the Same with the S? Cooke's letter Likewise produced in Court, Itt was 
ordered that the s? Lourens van der Spiegel should pay and satisfy the s? 
678 lbs. or the true vallue thereof at Neeves, out of the s? Effects of 
Jn? Cooke, with Cost. 

Att a Speciall Court held att New Yorke the 30* day of Novemb' 
Anno 1670. Present Capt. Thomas de Lavall, Mayor; Capt. Mathias 
Nicols, Mr John Lawrence, Mr Olof Steevens, M T . Johannes Van Brugh, 
M? Isaacq Bedlo, Aldermen ; Mf Allard Anthony, Sherrif. 

Jhon Plumb, Pit. v/s Humphry Dampoort, def' The P 1 .' declareth 
that the def' is Indebted unto him the sume of 25 "? s Sterling for w c . h 
this def? Gave a bill to pay this P" att or before the the 31" of July Last 
past but he the P 1 ' could Nott receive itt to this day; wherefore this P" 
humbly praieth Jugment ag s .' the def? for the paiment of the said debt ac- 
cording to his obligation with Cost of Suit. The def? answers that he 
tendered his pay Now Longe Since, and, doth Still tender the same in 
beefe or english Goods equivalent to his obligation. Uppon hearing of 
both p'ties the Worsp 1 . 1 Court did decre and order that Judgment should 
be entred ag s .' the def? that the def do pay to the pit. the s? debt of 25"? 
Sterl? in the same spetie as in his obligation is Exprest together with In- 
trest & Cost of Suit. Whereuppon the Def- declared to appeale from the 
Jugement of this Court to the high Court of Assizes Promissing to Give 
sufficient security according to Law to prosecute his si appeale att the 
Next ensuing High Court as afores? 

1670. 2 n . d of decemb? Uppon the Petition of the Widdow of Jan 
Hendrix Steelman alias Coopall, the Worship 1 . 1 Mayor, with the Advice of 
the AWmen M? Nicolls, Van Brugh and Bedloo, this day ordered that 
the s? Widdow should be allowed out of hur Late husbands Estate to sup- 
port hur this Winter the Vallue of tenne beavers. 

Itt is this day ordered by the Court, that the Constable of this Citty, 
shall be free of paying the Burger's Excys, for what he consumes in his 



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owne familie, he being a Townes Officer & therefore to enjoy the Liber- 
ties w c . h in the Conditions of the s? Excize is sett forth. 



Att a May r - S Court held at New York, the 3? day of January 16 70-1. 
Present Capt. Thomas de Lavall, Mayor; Mr Matth. Nicolls, Mr John 
Laurence, M- Olof Stevensen, M' Johan Van Brugh, Mr Isaacq Bedloo, 
Ald r men ; M* Allard Anthony, Sherif . 

Balthazar de Haert, P 1 . 1 v/s John Cooper, Detf The P 1 . 1 declareth 
that the def' is Indebted unto him the summe of two thousand seaven 
hundred and two gild" in seawant, w c . h according to his bond bearing date 
the 7* day of Novemb' A? 1667, was to be paid in foure Months after the 
s? date, w c . h debt this P 1 ' severall times hath demanded from the def' but 
could never receive it to this day: Wherefore the P 1 . 1 prayeth that the 
dobble bond may be condemned to make good the dammages & Losses 
susteined by the P 1 ' by Reason of the Nonpayment w* Cost of Suit. 
The def' answers that he hath severall times proferred to the P 1 ' to pay in 
Beav r . s or Boston Silvf equivalent to Seawant; and desires that some time 
may be allowed him to pay the s? debt. Uppon hearing of both parties, 
the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order, that Judgem' should be entred 
against the def' That the detf within the space of three months next en- 
suing y? date hereof shall pay the s? debt in seawant according to his 
obligation, with Intrest at the rate of six p C'.° per Annum, together with 
cost of suit. 

Johan de decker, pltf. v/s Isaacq v: Vleeck, att?' for his mother, the 
widow of Tielman Van Vleecq, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, the sum 
of forty good, whole beavers @ 8 guilders the piece with the interest 
thereof @ 10 per cent per annum since 4 May 1663 according to mort- 
gage, deducting the 150 gl. Hollands per bill of exchange received at the 
rate to be decided by the W: Court; with costs. Deft, acknowledges the 
debt and claims, that the foregoing bill ought to be reckoned @ 6 
guild" Hollands per beaver; and offers to pay the balance with exchange 
on Holland, provided the beaver be reckoned @ 6 guild" Holland in like 
manner according to custom; and requests, that the interest may also 
be considered. Parties being heard by the W: Court and the mortgage 
produced being examined, it was by their W. decreed and ordered, that 
the foregoing bill of exchange shall be good @ fl: 7. per beaver and re- 



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duce the interest to 6 per C'°, according to the law of England, and order 
the deft, promptly to pay the remaining monies with said interest @ 6 per 
Cento, with costs. 

Johan de Decker, pltf. v/s Mr. Petrus Stuyvesant, deft. Pltf. 
says, that deft, owed him in the year 1662 a sum of fi. 337. 5. Hollands, 
which item the def' then allowed to be passed to the a/c of the pltfs. 
monthly wages with the Company; which item is now refused to be 
paid by the s^ Company in Holland in consequence of the defts. neglect 
of duty at the surrender of N. Netherland; wherefore pltf. maintains, 
that the deft, is held to pay him the said item etc. Deft, acknowledges 
to have bought from pltf. some goods to the aforesaid amount of fi. 337. 
5. Hollands on condition, that s<? item should be passed to the Company's 
books, which was also done in the year 1662 by which transfer done with 
the defts. full knowledge and consent, the pltf. has discharged the deft, 
for the said item and accepted the Company as his debtor. The Jury 
brought their verdict in and decided that the pltfs entered action should 
be dismissed and he be condemned in the costs. The arguments of par- 
ties and the verdict of the jury being heard by the W: Court, they order 
that judgment shall be registered accordingly and condemn the pltf. in 
the costs of suit. 

JURY. 

Timotheus Gabry, foreman; Jonas Bartels, Isaacq Greveraat, Paul 
Richard, Anth de Milt, Claes Bordingh, Pieter Jacobsen, Assur Levy, 
Isaacq de foreest, francois Petitefile, Jacques Cousseau, Abel Harden- 
broock. 

Att a Mayors Court held att New York the 17* day of January 16^-. 
Capt. Thomas deLavall, Mayor; M' Matthias Nicolls, M' Jno. Law- 
rence, M' Olof Stevenson, M' Johannes Van Brugh, M' Isaacq Bedloo, 
Aldermen ; M' Allard Anthony, Sherif . 

Warnaer Wessells, P 1 .' v/s Jurian the Kooper, def- Whereas several 
Court dayes neither of the Parties did appeare in Court, It was this day 
ordered that this Case should be throwne out of Court. 

David Jochemsen, P l * v/s Josyn Verhagen, def' Uppon the desire 
of the P u .' s Atturney, Itt was this day ordered that this Cause should be 
suspended withall until the P u .' s returne from Delleware. 



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Timotheus Gabrie, P 1 * v/s Mary Dopsen, deft Uppon the desire of 
the Deft was this case suspended by the Court, till the next Court day. 

Samuel Edsall in right of Janneken his Wife, Warnaer Wessells 
Junior, Gelyn Verplanck in right of Hendrickie his Wife, and the afore- 
mentioned on the behalf of Harmen Wessells now residing in Holland, 
all Brothers and Sisters of Harmen Wessells lately deceased, P lts . contra 
Gerrit Huygen and Geertie Rutgers, late Widdow of the forenamed 
Harmen Wessels, Defts. The Court having viewed and examined the 
Testament of the si Harmen Wessells and Geertie Rutgers, and heard the 
debates betwixt both parties, do decree and order that the Def ts accord- 
ing To the Tennour of the si Will, shall pay to the P't s fl. 505. Hollands 
Monney & to deliver to the pits. Coppy of y* Inventory produced in 
Court, as alsoo a Coppy of the debt booke mentioned in the si Inventory, 
and to pay the Charges of Court Equally betwixt them. 

Pieter Jacobsen and Claes Bordingh, P't s v/s Andrew Messenger, 
deft The Def* 2 n . d default. 

Stephanus Van Cortlant, Admt of y" Estate of Daniel Whitehead, 
Pltf. v/s Thomas Wandel, Deft The P 1 .' declares that the Deft is In- 
debted unto him for a Plantation sold to the Deft for the summe of Sixty 
foure pounds payable as p. Obligation; for w c . h the P" craves Judgemt 
ag s .' the Deft with Cost of Suit. The deft by his Atturney cofessed the 
debt and desired one or 2 weeks time for the paiment. The Court 
ordered that Judgemt should be Entred against the deft that the deft 
shall make payment of the si debt within the space of One Month Next 
ensuing this date, together with Costs. 

Rodger Purchaze, P" v/s Henry Hodger, deft The Court ordered 
that the deft should take out a Coppy of the P u . s declaration and returne 
his answer, by the next Court day. 

Lourens Hoist, P? v/s William Merritt, Deft The Deft 2I default. 

Mt Olof Stevensen, P? v/s Anna Smits, deft The Deft 1. default. 

Stoffel vanLaer, Pit. v/s Abel Hardenbroock, Deft Parties agreed. 

Stoffel van Laer, P 1 * v/s Jno. Garland, Deft Parties agreed. 

N: Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Lourens Janzen, Deft Suspended till Next 
Court day. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P" v/s John Jefferies, deft Deft 1. default. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P't v/s Cornelis Post, Deft The Def default. 



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Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 .' v/s Jno Garland, Def The Def remained 
default. The Pit. declares that he in quality as Vendu Mast- did on the 
2 2<? of Octob- last Make Sale of a house and Lott of ground, formerly 
belonging to Stoffel vanLaer, w ! 1 house was publicqly Sold unto this 
Def for the summe of fl. 1005 in See want, and the One halfe of the 
Charges of the outcry according to the Conditions then publicqly de- 
clared, By w c ? Conditions the Def was oblidged to make the first payment 
Coutant, and to give security for the rest, w c * by this P 1 ' Several times is 
demanded but Could never receive it to this day, Wherefore the PI' 
humbly prayeth that the Def may be Condemned to performe the same, 
in Case of further delay, that the P 1 .' may be authorized to make a New 
sale of the s^ house and appurtenances according to the Tennour of the 
s* Conditions, and the Def to pay the damage w c ? will be susteined 
thereby together with Cost. The Worshipp" Court do hereby Authorize 
the P 1 .' in his quality as Vendu Master, to Make sale of the s^ house in 
Case, the Def doo not Performe the s d Conditions within the space of 
eight dayes. 

Rodger Purchaze, P 1 .' v/s John Kingdom, def The Dei? 1. defaut. 

John Nellson, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Sprey, Def The Court ordered both 
parties to take out Coppies of each others accounts and to returne their 
objections to the same at y e . next Court day, & in the meane while the 
Arrest to be void, whereas the def is a burger or Inhabitant of the place. 

M r - Mayor de Lavall, P 1 .' v/s Arian vanLaer, def The def 1. de- 
faut. 

Isaacq foreest, P 1 ' v/s Fredrick de Kooper, def The def 1 defaut. 

Isaacq Foreest, P 1 ' v/s Jurian deKooper, def the def 1. defaut. 

Assur Levy, P 1 ' v/s Thomas Sprey, def The pit. demands of the 
Def- the summe of f. 178. in Wampum with Cost. The def- ownes the 
debt. The Court ordered the def imediately to give in sufficient security 
for the paiment of the s d - debt within the space of two months, together 
with cost of Suit. 

Uppon the Compl- of M' Evert Pieters, that he can not receive the 
monney fl. 350. due unto him from Stoffel Van Laer uppon an assignment 
from the Late M' Mayor; The Court ordered that the s^ van Laer should 
Make paim' of the s^ assignm' within the space of eight dayes or in Case 
of further delay that Execution shall be Issued out ag st him for the s d - debt. 



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i6^f- 7. ieb y - Issued out Execution hereuppon. 

The Servant boy of Jn° Sharp being imprisoned for stealing of a Ring 
from Mr. Boiler and refusing to discouer where he left the same, Itt was 
ordered that the s* boy should be privately Whipt, W c . h being done and as 
Yett refusing to discouer the same, Itt was ordered that the s^ Sharp had 
Liberty to make Sale of the s? Boy for Virginia or Elsewhere, and do 
Condemn the s? Boy in one Yeares Longer Service as he alreadie is Bound 
by his Indenture unto, for to Countervaile the Charges and other Losses. 

James Mills, P u v/s Resolveert Waldron, De£ The P 1 -' declares 
that the def' in the yeare 1663 went aboard this P 1 ' Barcq and Without 
any warrant of authority violently tooke away and detained from this P 1 * a 
desk with books and wrytings whereby the P" Computed to be damnifyed 
the summe of ^500 St? The Court ordered that the def? should take out a 
Coppy off the P 1 ' 5 declaration and returne his Answer to the same att the 
next Court day, and in the meane while to make Enquire in whose hands 
the s? desk doth Now remaine. 

Johannes Hardenbroock, Atturney off the Widdow off Adrian de 
Boor, P 1 .' v/s The Curators off the Estate off Geertie, Late Widdow of 
Bartel Man, deceased, Def. s The Court having thougt ffitt to appoint 
some Indifferent P r sons and do hereby appoint Mf Johannes de Peister & 
M' Jeronimus Ebbing ffor to Examin into what Estate was Lefftt by 
Bartel Man uppon his decease, and how thereoff is disposeth as alsoo to 
vieu the proceedings and heare the allegations off both Parties there- 
uppon, and to give in theire report Concerning the said Matter att the 
Next Ensuing Court day. 

Fredrick Gisbertsen, P» v/s Thorn Garland, D e . ft The Def? this day 
producing in Court his account against wich the P" made severall objec- 
tions, The Court therefore thougt ffitt to appoint Mr Johannes de Peister 
and M r Jhon Sharp to view Examin and state the accounts betwixt both 
P r ties and to make a returne thereoff att the Next Court day. 

The Court Concidering that for the Executing of all Criminall Judge- 
ments, it is requisit that a person for that purpose should be maintained 
by the Towne and did on the 3? of this Instant authorize thereunto Ben- 
jamin Johnson, who accepted to serve the Court Therein for the summe 
of Six hundred Gild" in Seewant p. Annum, to be paid him uppon quarter 
paiements, whereof alwayes one quarter shall be paid him before hand. 



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The abovewritten Order was Made on the last Court day, but then 
omitted to be Entred. 

Att a Mayors Court held att New Yorke, feb? the 7 1 ? 16^. Present 
Capt. Thomas de Lauall, Mayf; M T . Matthias Nicolls, Mr J n .° Lawrence, 
M T - Olof Stevensen, M* Johannes Van Brugh, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Al- 
derm"; Mr Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Timoty Gabrie, P 1 ' v/s Mary Dopzen, Def' Mr Robert Coo being 
Concerned in this Cause the Court ordered that this Cause should be 
suspended for 14 dayes Longer, at w c . h time the s? Coo is to appear in 
Court. 

David Jochemsen, P 1 ' v/s Josyn Verhagen, De£ this Case is sus- 
pended till the p lts returne from dellowarre by a former Ord!" of Court. 

Claes Bordingh & Pieter Jacobsen, P 1 . 4 v/s Andrew Messenger, def 4 
The P 14 do declare that the Def 4 is Indebted unto them for Goods & 
Marchandizes as p. account to the summe of fl. 331. 12. in Seaw 4 or 
wheat at Seawants price w ch said debt the Deft doth still detaine from 
them, notwithstanding they have made several demands for the same, 
Wherefore the humbly desire Judgem 4 for the s? debt with Cost. The 
def 4 remaining defaut or defective to appeare in three following Court 
dayes, The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court thereuppon Ordered, that Judgem 4 should 
be entred against the Def 4 that the def 4 or his Baile do Satisfy the s? debt 
of fl. 331. 12. together with Cost of Suit. 

Johannes Hardenbroock, Atturney of &c, P 14 v/s The Courat rs of 
geertie, widdow of Bartel Man, Def 4 The persons on the Last Court day 
appointed to Examine into what estate was Left by this s d Bartel Maen 
uppon his decease, this day giveing in their Report, Which being read in 
Court and alsoo the Will & Testament of the s? Maen and other papers 
concerning this matter being produced in Court ; Itt was Ordered, 
(:uppon the Complaint of the P 1 . 4 that the whole estate of Bartel Maen 
was not made good but that severall things where embezelled:) That 
the Inventory of Bartel Maen made uppon his decease shall be produced 
by the def 4s at the next Court day ; and further that Bills should be fixt 
up at the usual places, that whoosoever Layes any Claime to the s? Estate 
of Bartel Maen, must discouer their pretences within the space of six 
weeckes. 



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Rodger Purchaze, P 1 ' v/s Herry Rodger, def' the Def' 2? defaut. 

Lourens Hoist, P 1 .' v/s William Merrit, deft The Pltf. declares that 
the def' is Indebted unto him, for the second terme of paiment of a 
house and Lott of ground according to conditions made before the Notary 
Willem Bogardus bearing date the 9^ day of March Last past, the summe 
of fl. 675. in Seawant, which the def- still doth detaine from this P 1 .' Not- 
withstanding he the P 1 ' hath made severall demands for the same; 
Wherefore the P" desires Judgem' ag 5 .' the def 1 with Cost of Suit. The 
def' 5 wife appearing in Court replyed that hur husband had assigned the 
P 1 .' uppon M* Bedloo and that the P" had accepted M^ Bedloo for his 
paymaster. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court uppon hearing of both parties, did 
decree & ord' that the def' should make paiment of the s? debt with Cost 
of Suit, and Ordered that Judgem' should be entred accordingly. 

James Mills, Pit. v/s Resolveert Waldron, def* Uppon of both par- 
ties, the Court find that the desk or box of wrytings where fought away 
from the P 1 ' 5 Board by an order from the Burgomasters, who have secured 
the same in the hands of their Secretary and do therefore Cleare the 
def' of all the pretences made against him concerning the same, and 
ordered that the s? desk should be redelivered to the pit. provided 
that first an Inventory be taken of all the Papers before they be delivered 
to the pi', and do appoint to that end Alderm" Jno Lawrence and the 
Sec. Nicolaes Bayard. 

167$ feb? the 8'. h is this Order by Mf Lawrence & the Secretary 
Bayard effected. 

Isaacq foreest, P 1 ' v/s Jurran de Kooper, def 1 The def' 2? defaut. 

Cornells van Borsum, P 1 .' v/s Fredrick Arensen, def' the def' I s .' 
defaut. 

Peter Nys, P 1 ' v/s Jacob Teunissen, def' the def' 1 defaut. 

Peter Nys, Pit. v/s Jurrien de Cooper, def' the def' 1 defaut. 

Cornells Clopper, P 1 .' v/s Barent Coers, def 1 Ordered that the pi' 
shall put in his declarat" and the def to take out a Coppy of the same. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 .' v/s J n .° Jefferies, Def* the def 1 2? defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Cornells Post, def' the def' 2? defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Humphrey Dampoort, def- the def* 1 de- 
faut. Ordered that the def' should take out a Coppy of the P u .' s declara- 
tion. 



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Johannes Harberding, pltf. v/s Coenraet Ten Eyck and Boele 
Roelofsen, guardians of Aeltie Bickers' child, defts. Pltf. demands from 
deft, according to contract made with them fl. 200. in zeewant. Def s 
acknowledge the debt, but say they have no more property of the child, 
but what is already loaned on interest to the City, which they repeatedly 
requested, so as to pay the same, which they again demand, and then 
undertake to satisfy the debt. The Court order, that the contract shall 
be produced before the Bench at the next session. 

Mary Mattheus, P 1 .' v/s Jno Keen, def' The P 1 . 1 declares that the 
def' is Indebted unto hur uppon ace* the summe of fl. 481: 10. seawant 
for which she attached the def ts effects in the hands of M' W? Dervall ; 
W c . h the Court ordered that it should be entred. 

Philip Johns, P 1 ' v/s John Keen, def? The pit decares that the 
def' is Indebted unto him by bill the summe of ^17. n. for w* he 
attached the Def. s effects now in the hands of M^ W? Derval; W c !> this 
day was Entred by the Courts order. 

From the nomination of those of the Court of Haerlem are this day 
elected by the W: Court and sworn in before the W. Mayor as Overseers 

Daniel Terneur, 

Resolveert Waldron, 

David Maroo, 

Johannes Vernelie. 
For Constable, Pieter Roelofsen. 
New Yorck, feb? the 23? 16^. John Beech, former Servant to J n .° 
Sharp being imprisoned for Stealing of a Gould ring and being by order 
of Court several times brought to the private pillour, to bring him to Con- 
fession where he left the same; and persisting still that he left it in a hole 
in y* Waal, out of W ! 1 it is taken away by some other person; Was this 
day Cleared by an Order of Court, out of his Imprisonm' and sett at 
Liberty; Present M". Maf. de Laval, M^ John Laurence & Isaacq Bedloo, 
Ald'men. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck the 28^ of february A° 16-^. 
Present Capt Thomas de Lavall, Mayor M^ Matthias Nicolls, M' John 
Laurence, M' Olof Stevensen, M' Johannes Van Brugh, M' Isaacq 
Bedloo, Aldermen. 



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Timoty Gabrie, P 1 .' v/s Mary Dopzen, def The P 1 .' as Atturney of 
Daniel Gabrie declares that the def is Indebted unto him the summe of 
fl. 400. for w^ the def? husband bound over to him a Lott of Ground and 
desires Judgem' ag s .' the same. The Def saith that she made tender of 
paiment with 3 Hhds of tobacco W ! 1 W™ Paulse Likewise doth attest. 
The P 1 ' replyeth that he hath seene but one hhd w c - h prooved rotten. 
The Court Questioning the P 1 ' 5 Letter of Atturny, It was Ordered that the 
P 1 .' should bring in Court at the Next Court day, the former Letter of 
Atturny from Daniel Gabrie to Tielman van Vleeck. 

David Jochemsen, P 1 ' v/s Joseyn Verhagen, def' Suspended by a 
former Order. 

John Coo, P 1 .' v/s Mary Dopzen, def' Suspended till Next Court. 

Johannes Hardenbroock, Atturny of the Widdow of Adriaen de 
Boor, P 1 .' v/s The Curateurs of the Estate of Bartel Maen and Geertie 
Breeders, Def? According to the Order of the Last Court day the def? 
this day producing in Court the Coppy of the Inventory of the Estate of 
Bartel Maen made uppon his decease; Itt was ordered that the P 1 ' might 
take out a Coppy thereof, if he would, and to returne his answer to the 
same at the next Court day. 

Rodger Purchaze, P 1 .' v/s Herry Hodger, def The P 1 .' declared 
uppon an Acct. of debt to the summe of fl. 425. 4 in Seawant for meat 
and drinck etz. for w c . h debt the P 1 ' craves Judgem' ag s ' the def with Cost 
of Suit. The def by his Atturney J n .° Rider replyeth that he tendered the 
paiment in horses at the apprizement of Indifferent persons. Uppon 
hearing of the debates of both parties, the Court Ordered that Judgem' 
should be entred against the def that the def do make paiment of the 
s? debt within the space of two Months Next ensuing, together with Cost 
of Suit. 

21. May 1671: Issued out an Execut" uppon the Judgem' 

Isaacq de Foreest, p 1 ' v/s Jurrian Janzen Kuyper, def Pit. de- 
mands from the def per balance of a/c forty new beer half barrells 
according to handwriting. Def' denies the signature of the handwriting 
to be his hand. Symon Romeyn as witness to the aforesaid handwriting 
declares, that it is the def? hand and signed in his presence. Parties being 
heard by the W: Court, they condemn the def to deliver the demanded 
half barrels to the p 1 ' within the term of two months and to pay costs. 



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Pieter Nys, P" v/s Jacob Teunissen Looper, def? Parties agreed. 

Pieter Nys, P? v/s Jurrien de Kooper, def? the deft 2 d defaut. 

Peter Nys, Pit. v/s Fredrick Arentsen, Def' the def' 1 defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Jno. Jefferies, def? the def? 3 1 ? defaut. 

Johannes Harberding, pltf. v/s Coenraet ten Eyck and Boele 
Roelofs, defts. Pltf. pursuant to order of the W Court of date 7* inst. 
deliver into Court the contract made between pltf. and the defts., as 
guardians of the minor child of the late Aeltie Bickers, which having been 
read and considered by the W: Court, the W. Mayor promises the defts. 
to speak to the Hon b ! e Governor about the defts. claim and to do his duty 
in this regard, with further promise, whenever payment should be made 
to any of the City creditors, the defts. as guardians of the orphan child 
shall be preferred to all others. 

Otto Gerrits, P 1 ? v/s Warnaer Wessells, Def? The P 1 ? saith that on 
the 15* of this Inst, he passing by the Def? howse, haveing a Jugge with 
about 7 Canns of rom in his hand, the def? came and tooke the s d rom 
violently out of his hand etc. The def? answers that the s^ rom came out 
of the Cellar of M? Knot, who being a Merch? might not deliver any 
drinck without a sworne porter was by, Wherefore the Def? as farmer of 
the Excize made seizure of the s 1 ? Rom. The Court do order that the 
parties shall apply themselves to his honno? the Govern? who haveing 
farmed out the s"? Excize, can best explaine his Order; except his honnof 
doth referre them back to this Court ; who then wil take Cognizance of 
the Cause. 
^ Jno. Coo, P 1 ? v/s Mary Dopzen, Def? Suspended till next Court. 

Thomas Taylor, P 1 .' v/s Mary Dopzen, Def? Ordered to put in a 
declaration. 

Abell Hardenbrook, pltf. v/s Jan Roelofzen, deft. Pltf. complains, 
that deft, kept his runaway boy 14 days and demands satisfaction for the 
same. Deft, denies to have detained the boy, but says, that he gave him 
lodging for about 8 days and after he understood he was pltf's boy, he 
brought the same himself here to him. Cristiaen Pieters and Jochem 
Beeckman complain, that pltf. beats and treats the boy so, that the boy 
cannot possibly live longer with him, which the pltf. denies. Parties 
being heard by the W. Court, they discharge the deft, from arrest and 
order that the boy shall remain with his friends until next Court day, 



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when the complaint on both sides, relative to the boy shall be further 
heard and decided. 

M' John Lawrence producing in Court his ace' against J n .° Coopal 
deceased desiring that by virtue of his former Judgement he might be 
preferred uppon the Estate of the s^ Coopal, Whereuppon the W: Court 
ordered that uppon his said Judgement he should be preferred, Provided 
his ace' be first Liquided and allowed of by the Curateurs of the 
s^ Estate, who are to take out a Coppy thereof and returne their answer 
to the same at the next Court day. 

Mary Matthews, P 1 .' v/s Jno Keen, def' Suspended. 

Philip Johns, P 1 ' v/s Jno Keen, def' Suspended. 

Egbert Meyndertsen, Pit. v/s Jno Garland, def' the def' i. defaut. 

Egbert Mendersen, P 1 ' v/s Lodowyck Post, def the def i. defaut. 

Timotheus Gabrie, P 1 ' v/s Warnaer Wessels, def' the P" to put in 
his declaration. 

Capf? Tho. de Laval, P 1 .' v/s Arian vanLaer, def the def. s 3? de- 
faut. 

Hendrick Jochemsen, P 1 ' v/s Jacob deLooper, def' the def' 1. 
defaut. 

James Lawrence and Niclis Pamer Masons Account for work done 
for the towne in the Yeare 1668: was this day allowed and ordered by the 
Court, that the Secretary should make paiement thereof to the summe of 
fl. 89. 10. 

The Overseers of High Ways etz. answer in writing the petition of 
Mr. Stuyvesant dated 12 July 1670 presented to this hon b ! e Court and re- 
quest the Hon b ! e Court to appoint some persons to inspect the matter and 
to give their decision on the fence in question. It is apostilled: The W. 
Court hereby authorize Pieter Stoutenburgh, Jan Vigne and Jacob Kipp 
to inspect the matter, to hear parties arguments and to decide thereon 
and hand the same in on the next Court day in case of non-agreement. 

Uppon the petition of their Neighbours in Smith's Valley requesting 
that the Highway about the Water-gate might be repaired by order of this 
Court: Whereuppon the Worshipp" Court do hereby appoint Aldermen 
Laurence and Van Brugh to take a View and Inspection of the said high- 
way, and to propose how the same best may be repaired, as alsoo to take 
a View of the Corner Waal W ! 1 the Towne is to make before the house of 



286 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [16^ 

Long Mary, and to cause soo much wood to be Cut and brought downe 
to the place wherewith the si Wall may be finished.* 

Isaacq ffooreest, as guardian of the children of Mary Peeck, entering 
gives to know, that the lot sold by him to Joris Janse "Van Hoorn and still 
charged with a mortgage in favor of Sybrant Janse van Wien was bought 
by Mary Peeck: he requests therefore, that he may be empowered to dis- 
charge the said mortgage and to convey the said lot. Which after 
question had been put was allowed and granted to the petit' 

Att a Mayors Court held att New Yorck the 7* day of March i6^f-. 
Present M' Thomas de Lavall, Mayo'; M' Matthias Nicolls, M' John 
Lawrence, M' Olof Stevensen, M' Johannes van Brugh, M' Isaacq Lau- 
rence, Aldermen ; M' Allard Anthony, Sherif . 

The petition of Evert Pietersen and Hillegont Joris his wife being 
read and considered in Court requesting in substance, that the W. Court 
may authorize some persons to compose if possible the differences arising 
between the abovenamed Hillegont Joris and her children by a former 
marriage relative to their fathers property; the W: Court nominated and 
authorized M' Cornells van Ruyven and M' Johannes de Peister, who are 
hereby requested to examine the matter in question and to hear the argu- 
ments on both sides; to reconcile parties if possible or otherwise to report 
their proceedings and award to the W Court. 

Domingo and Manuel Angola, free negroes, being sent for to Court 
are informed, that divers complaints were made to the W: Court, that the 
free negroes f were from time to time entertaining sundry of the servants 
and negroes belonging to the Burghers and inhabitants of this City to the 
great damage of the owners: thereupon they are strictly charged by the 
W: Court not to entertain from now henceforth any servants or helps, 
whether Christians or negroes on pain of forfeiting their freedom in case it 
were again found, that they shall have harboured any servants or helps of 
others longer than 24 hours: which they were likewise ordered to com- 
municate to the other remaining free negroes. 

* This was the beginning of the construction of the present Coenties Slip, Long 
Mary's house or tavern on the N. side of Pearl Str. near the head of the Slip, where a 
wharf was now built. — O'C. See infra Septbr. 19, 1671. — B. F. 

f Their farm lots are now partly occupied by the Astor Library. 



i6$£] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 287 

Hans Dyckman Imprisoned uppon Suspition of being accessory to 
setting the Windowes of the State House on fire, This day being brought 
to a New Examination in Open Court, denyed all and every thing what 
was Laid to his Charge Concerning the s'l Matter; Notwithstanding it was 
prooved to his face by the Wife of Bartel Lott, that he was out of doores 
about two a Clock in the Night, when the fact was done, W^ he Likewise 
utterly denyed; Whereuppon the Court uppon Mature deliberation, and 
not findeing sufficient proove against him Concerning the said fact, 
Neverthelesse great Suspition have therefore thought fitt to Condemne 
the s<? Hans Dyckman within the space of eight dayes to depart this place 
and Province, and to remaine Banish*? out of the same for ever: uppon 
the penalty of death in Case he be found hereafter in this Province as 
afores? 

The Bakers of this Citty to witt Lourens vander Spiegel, Reynier 
Willems, Cornelis van Borsum, Cornelis Pluyvier, Hendrick Jans, and 
Anthony de Milt, (the rest being out of Towne or absent) being sent for 
and appearing in Court, It was proposed unto them by the Court, whether 
they thought it Convenient that the Corne might be Transported from 
hence to forraigne parts as heretofore hath been practicable: Where- 
uppon they all do reply, that if the Exportation be permitted that it is not 
possible that the Towne can be supplyed by them this next Sommer with 
Bread, Wherefore they all desired the Court that some Order & Care 
might be taken therein and that it should not be allowed that any Corne 
be Transported, except it was made to flower or Bread by w^ Coopers 
and other Mechanics and other Laborers Kan in som part gett their Live- 
lihood. W c ? the Court thought fitt to Communciate to his honn' the 
Governo' 

Capt. Nicolls In the behaffe of his honn' the Governor proposying to 
this Court whether they would sell his honn' the Vacant Strooke of ground 
which Lyeth betwixt the Statehouse and the New House of his honn': 
Whereuppon the Court have thought fitt to Leave it to his honn r ? discre- 
tion to pay to the Towne for the said ground what his hon^ thought fitt, 
Provided his honn' doth not cut off the Entrie into the prison door or 
Common Goale. 

Whereas Capt" Dudley Lovelace and M' Paulus Leenderse on y* 6* 
of Septemb' last past Where appointed by this Court as Arbitrat r . s to En- 



288 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [167 1 

deavo' a Composure betwixt Jno. Damrille P" and Thomas francen def 
Concerning a Differance of a Lott of Ground by y* s d . francen sold to y e . s*. 
Damrill; and Whereas y e . s<? Paulus Leenderse is departed for Europe 
and y* si Damrill pressing for an end, The Court have therefore thought 
fitt to Nominate and appoint y* Nova y* si Capt" Dudley Lovelace Secre- 
tary Nicolaes Bayard and Adolph Pieterse to view y* ground in Contro- 
versie and if possible to make a Composure betwixt them, and to make 
bring in their Report at y* Next Court. 

Abel Hardenbroock, pltf. v/s Hendrick van der Borgh, deft. Pltf. 
says, he hired deft, as a servant for the term of 4 years to learn the shoe 
makers handicraft and complains, that the deft, has now for divers reasons 
run away. He demands therefore, that deft, shall be condemned to serve 
out his time; otherwise to satisfy the pltf. for board money for about 13 
months time. Christiaen Pieterse and Jochim Beeckman as mediators for 
the deft, appearing complain, that the pltf. does not provide proper board 
for the above boy and so ill treats him with beating and kicking that it is 
impossible for deft, to live any longer with him. The W: Court having 
heard parties and having understood, that on both sides they incline to a 
separation, their Wors p . s decree and order, that parties on both sides shall 
be released from each other and that deft, shall pay pltf. for board etc. 
to date hereof the sum of one hundred guilders zewant and settle the costs 
incurred herein. 

Att a Mayors Court held att New York the 28? day of March A° 1671. 
Present Capt Thomas de Lavall, Mayor; Capt Matthias Nicolls, M' John 
Laurence, M' Olof Stevensen, M' Johannes van Brugh, M' Isaacq Bedloo, 
Aldermen ; M' Allard Anthony, Sherif . 

Jan Harberding, P 1 . 4 v/s Coeuraet Ten Eyck & Boele Roelofs, def? 
The P" declares that the Defts are Indebted unto him for Learning of a 
Boy by Name Victor Bicker the Shoemaker's Trade, the summe of fl. 
150. Seawant besides about 50 gilders more disburst by this P 1 ' for neces- 
saries to the Use of the said Boy, for w^ debt this P" Craves Judgem' ag 5 . 
the Def. s with Cost of Suit. The Def? Confesse the si debt as Ouerseers 
and Guardians of the si boy and requested that the same might be paid 
to the P" out of the Townes Revenues in part of the 2000 gilders W c !* they 
have delivered for the si boy act to the former burgemasters uppon In- 



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terest, to the Use of the City, etc. Uppon hearing the debates of both 
Parties the Worshipp" Court did decree and order that the def? should 
pay the s'? debt to the P 1 * within the space of three Months, and that the 
s d boy shall worke it out till the Def? be repaid, and Concerning the 
def? further desire the Court do referre them to his honn' the Gov' unto 
whom it properly doth belong. 

Timothy Gabrie, Pit. v/s Mary Dopsen, deft. The P 1 ' declares that 
the def? husband George Dopsen is Indebted unto this P" for the 
a/count of the Pits Brother Daniel Gabrie a summe of four hundred 
gild" in Tobacco at six stiv? per lb. being for an erve or lot of ground 
within this Citty w ! 1 he hath bound ouer for the paiem' thereof, Where- 
fore this P 1 .' Craves Judgem' for the s? summe deducting what is paid 
thereuppon. The def replyeth that she hath tendered the rest of the 
payment to this P" who refused to receive the same in the last time of 
Warr. Uppon hearing the debates of both parties and examining of the 
papers produced in Court, Itt was Ordered that Judgement should be 
entred against the def that the def give in security to pay the s d debt this 
next Cropp, in the hands of the Vendu Master Niclis Bayard in whose 
hands the s d pay shall remaine untill such time the s d Gabrie hath procured 
Legall proefe that he be the Atturny of the s^ Gabrie; and in the meane- 
time the Lott to remaine bound ouer till the debt be Satisfied and paid. 

John Coo & Joseph thurston, P 1 ' 5 v/s Mary, Relict of George Dop- 
sen, def' The pit! declare that George Dopsen uppon his depparture 
bound ouer to those pP? his howse in this Citty, to save them harmlesse 
from beinge security for the s^ Dopsen to M' payne of Boston for a summe 
thirtie three pounds, which summe these P'' s have paid or verry neare to 
the s d payne's Satisfaction; Wherefore they desire Judgem' agst the said 
house for the repaiem' of the s 1 ? debt with Cost. Uppon hearing of the 
debates of both parties and perusing of the def? petition, the Court 
Ordered that the s 1 ? house of George Dopsen should remaine Bound ouer 
and Morgaged to the P 1 ' for the repaiement of the s"! debt with Cost 
of suit. 

Jan Kyckuyt, pltf. v/s Christiaen Stoffels, deft. Pltf. demands resti- 
tution of fi. 23 zewant for a scythe loaned him and broken by deft. 
Deft, denies having broken it. The W. Court order deft, to return the 
scythe to pltf. in as good condition as he has received it from him. 

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Johannes Hardenbroock, Attorney of the Widow of Adriaen de Boer, 
P" v/s Jacob Kip and the rest of the Curateurs of Geertie, Widdow 
of Barthel Maen dec?, defts. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court haveing perused and 
examined all the papers proefes and evidences on both sides produced in 
Court, and heard the debates and What More Concerning this Matter 
could be Alleadged by both parties, did decree & order that Judgement 
should be entred ag s ' the def? That the def? do pay and deliver up to this. 
P" all the Estate of the s d Bartel Maen according to Inventory made uppon 
the s d Bartel Maens decease, or the product thereof amounting accord- 
ing to the Vendu Mast r > account to the summe of fi. 2777: 14 in seawants- 
Vallue, provided the def? deduct out of the same funerall and other In- 
cidentall Charges ; And doe further allow to the P 1 ' three months time to 
proeve or discouer if he can that the def? or the Late Widdow of Bartel 
Maen have concealed any of the Effects of the s d . Bartel Maen. 

John Daaly, P" v/s Anna Roomers, def The Mayor promised to 
speake with Capt Dudley Concerning this Matter. 

Warnaer Wessels, Pit v/s Otto Gerrits, Def Uppon M^ Mayors 
recommendation are the p'ties agreed. 

Mary Goosens, P" v/s Johannes Harberding, Def The Pit. de- 
mands from the deft. fi. 25. Seawant for w ! 1 the P 1 .' craves Judgem' agst 
the Def with Cost. The def ownes the debt, and promised the P 1 ' paie- 
ment in few dayes. The Court ordered the def shall pay the si debt 
within the space of one Month with Cost. 

David Jochemsen, P 1 ' v/s Josyn Verhagen, def Suspended by a 
former order. 

Pieter Nys, pltf. v/s Juriaen Jans Kuyper, def Pltf. demands from 
the deft. fi. 93. 12 in zeawant according to a/c delivered, with costs. 
Deft, remaining contumax in his appearance for three Court days, the W. 
Court decree and order, that deft, shall satisfy and pay the pltf. the 
afores? debt; with costs. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu Masf, Pltf. v/s John Jefferies, def The 
p" declareth that the def is indebted unto him for goods bought in the 
Outcry of the Curators of Bartel Maen the summe of fi. 52. 10. in seawant 
w* said debt this p 1 * hath several times demanded but Could Never re- 
ceive it to this day, Wherefore the P 1 ' Craves Judgem' agst the def with 
Cost of Suit. The Def remaining default three Several Court dayes \ 



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The Court ordered that Judgem' should be entred against the def that 
the def shall make Imediat paym't of the s^ debt with Cost. 

Mary Matthewes, P 1 ' v/s John Keen, Def' Suspended. 

Philip Johns, P 1 ' v/s John Keen, def' Suspended. 

Egbert Myndersen, P 1 .' v/s John Garland, Deft, the deft. 2 d defaut. 

Egbert Myndersen, P 1 .' v/s Lodowyck Post, def' the deft. 2 d defaut. 

Timothy Gabrie, P 1 .' v/s Warnaer Wessels, def' Ordered that the 
deft should take out of the office a copy of the declaration, and make his 
answer to the same at the Next Court day. 

The Worshipp" Thomas de Lavall, Esq 1 :, P 1 ' v/s Ariaen Van Laer, 
def' The P 1 ' declareth that the def' is indebted unto him as p' account 
the summe of fl. 495. in seawant, w ! 1 said debt the P 1 ' hath several times 
demanded but Could never receive it to this day. Wherefore the P" 
Craves Judgement ag 5 ' the def' with Cost. The def' remaining defaut 
three several Court dayes, The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that Judgement 
should be entered against the def' that the def' shall make Payment of the 
s d within the space of Month, with Cost of Suit. 

Hendrick Jochemsen, P 1 ' v/s Jacob de Looper, def the def' 2I de- 
faut. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 ' v/s Margreat huwit, Def' It is Ordered that 
the P 1 ' shall put in a declaration agst the Next Court day. 

Niclis Bayard, Vendu M% P 1 .' v/s John Garland, def? the def? 
defaut. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayor desiring in the def? behalfe a suspence 
till next Court day, the P 1 .' allowed thereof. 

Niclis Bayard, Vendu M% P 1 .' v/s Lourens Jans Oost, def the def 
1 defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Juriaen Janz. Kuyper, def the def 1 de- 
faut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Mary Mattheus, def the def 1 defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Thomas Sprey, def the deft. 1 defaut. 

William Smith, P 1 .' v/s Egbert Mynders, def The def to take out 
a Coppy of the Pit? declaration. 

Fredrick Gysberten delivering up in Court the Award of the Arbitra- 
tors by this Court appointed in the action of the s d fredrick against John 
Garland, by w^ award it appeared that the s? Garland remained Indebted 
unto the said Fredrick the summe of two hundred gilders ; for w ! 1 summe 



292 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1671 

the si Frederick desired Judgem' Ag 3 ' the si Garlant with Cost. The 
Court Ordered that the P" should Cause the de£ to be summoned ag 5 .' the 
next Court day, and in Case of Non appearance that the Judgem' should 
be past. 

M r . Oloff Stevensen Cortlant, P? v/s Jean Gerardy, def? The P 1 .' 
declares that the def' is Indebted unto him the summe of fl. 302. in 
beav r . s for w* debt this p 1 ' attached the howse and other effects of the si 
de£ now in the hands and Custodie of M r . Jacob Varrevanger. The 
Court ordered that the si attachment should stand good, till it be taken of 
by due Course of Law. Uppon the Petition of the porters or publicq 
labourers of Corne planckes etz requesting that this Court would be 
pleased to prohibit that no Corne Salt or planks might be carried up but 
by the said porters Complaining that many of the Inhabitants do Imploye 
other labourers in Carring of their Corne etz. W c ? being taken into 
Concideration this Court did Confirme and graunt to the petitioners 
onely the Liberty to Carry up all Sortes of Corne Salt or plankes within 
this Citty provided one off them do Continually attend att the Wighouse 
during the weighouse is open, and hereby stricktly order & charge all 
p r sons both Inhabitants and straingers not to Cause any Corne salt or 
planks to be Carried within this Citty by any other person or p r sons 
whatsoever but by the si porters except it be done by the owner thereof 
himself or by Servants or Negros of his owne, and in case any p r son 
should offer to have it Carried Contrary to this Order thy shal neverthe- 
lesse be oblidged to pay the porters their Sallary in the same manner as 
if it had been Carried by them. 

Whereas Dom' Egidius Luyck * by reason of y e . weaknesse of Dom' 
Samuel driesius now several tymes hath teached y* Word of God, with 
good satisfaction to this Court & y^ Inhabitants of this Citty, for w ! 1 y* 
Court doe hereby returne him thanckes w* further desiere that he would 
be pleased to Continue therein until further order; w c ? being recomended 
to y* si Dom n . e luyck, hee accepted thereof and promissed so to doe; 
Whereuppon itt was this day agreed uppon that from henceforth on Sab- 
bath dayes y e - Word of god shoul be teached, in y* foorenoone by Dom e . 
Driesius & in y* afternoone by y* si dom* luyck, and this Court doe 
further p r mis to make him satisfacktion for his s? service. 
* See note in Vol. VI. 



1671] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 293 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck the 18'! 1 of Aprill 1671. 
Present Capt" Thomas de Lavall, Mayor; M! Matthial Nicolls, Mr John 
Laurence, M! Olof Stevensen, Mr Johannes van Brugh, Mr Isaac Bedloo, 
Aldermen. 

David Jochemsen, Pit. v/s Josyn Verhagen, deft. The P" declareth 
that the def! is Indebted unto him for fraight as pr. a/c: the surame of fl. 
159: 10. seawant for w c . h debt this pi* Craves Judgem! ag s .' the def' with 
Cost of Suit. The def' remaining defaut Itt was ordered that Judgem! 
should be entred against the def- that the def' shall make paiement of the 
s? debt, except she or hur baile shall bring in other proefe, or Lawful 
Objections ag s .' the s? account at the Next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessels, P" v/s Margreat, Widdow of Rendel Huwit, def. 
in an Act" of debt to y? summe of 2 Beavers. The Court ordered that in 
Case the P 1 ' can make appeare, that the def' hath an Estate of hur de- 
ceased husbands in hur hands, that she then shal be Lyable to pay the 
debt; otherwise not. 

William Smith, P 1 .' v/s Egbert Myndersen, def' In an Act" of dam- 
mages. Uppon hearing of both parties, the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered 
vppon the desire of both parties that if Mr Noble at his Next Commeing 
here will Sweare, that he hath sent the Letter now produced in Court, to 
Egbert Myndersen and that the same was delivered to the said Mynder- 
sen, that then damages shall be paid by the Def' Egbert Myndersen, or 
otherwise the P 1 ' to be non suited and to pay Cost. 

Timothy Gabrie, P 1 ' v/s Warnaer Wessels, def' It is ordered that 
the P 1 ' should make his reply to the def' s answer, and the declarations to 
be translated by the next Court day. 

Otto Gerrits, P 1 .' v/s Warnaer Wessels, def! The Court recom- 
mended both parties to agree between themselves; the differences being 
about the breach of the Orders of the Grand Excyse the Court cannot 
Order any thing herein except it be recommended unto them by the 
Governor 

The Court this [day] Ordered that for the future no Wine should be 
delivered by any Merch! out of his house or Celler, uppon any Tappers 
or burgers bill, without a sworne porter be present. 

Burger Joris, P 1 .' v/s Claes Ebells, Def! The P 1 .' saith he hired from 
this def! the house where the def! now Lives in. The def! ownes it, but 



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Saith that she hired another house from Claes Jansen, who now refuseth 
to lett her have it. The Court ordered that she should summon the 
s? Claes Jansen to appeare at the Next Court day. 

Cornelis van Borsum, P 1 .' v/s Rabba Coty, deft. The P 1 .' saith that 
this def Sould him a debt of 400 schipples of Wheat due to him from 
Assur Levy. The Def saith that the s? Assur was not willing to pay it to 
the Pltf. The Court did decree that such a sale could not stand good, 
except the parties concerned who must pay the debt is willing to accept 
of it. 

Egbert Myndersen, P 1 ' v/s Claes Dietloffs, def In an act" of assault 
& Battery. Gerrit Huygen being sworne declareth that he see the Def 
come to this P 1 ' 5 howse and asked the P 1 ' 5 man arian to [go] with him to 
his brothers who called for him; but the P 1 ' refused to lett the si Arian 
go with him, and ordered the def' to go out of his house w ! 1 Def- refused 
to do saing he would first smooke it; Whereuppon the P" gave the def' a 
push saing go from whence you came and soo got hold of each other and 
fel downe both against the Celler doore where the P 1 ' hurted his head. 
Jan van de Water saith the same which oil the other side is deposed by 
Rerrit Huygen, he likewise being sworne in Court. The Court ordered 
that the def' before the Next Court day should agree and compose the 
differance and give satisfaction to the Pit. or else a Jury to be jmpan- 
nelled to trye what dammages shall be allowed to the P 1 ' 

Albert Bosch, P 1 ' v/s Hendrick Spanjart, deft. In an Act" of debt 
to the summe of fl. 28. seawant. Uppon hearing of both parties, the 
Court ordered that the def? should pay the si debt in seawant to the 
p 1 .' within the space of six weekes and Ordered the P 1 ' to receive it from 
David Jochems who accepted to pay it for the def? ace' and to pay Cost 
equally betwixt them. 

Egbert Meyndertsen, Pit. v/s Lodowyck Post, def. The P 1 .' declares 
that the def is Indebted unto him as p' Acct the summe of fl. 69. 3 Sea- 
want and Craves Judgem' with Cost of Suit. The def remaining defaut 
three following Court dayes, The Court ordered that Judgem' should be 
entred uppon his defaut that the Def' shall make paiment of the si summe 
within the space of six Weekes next ensuing this date, together with the 
Cost of Suit. 

1671 20 7br Execution Issued out. 



1671] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 295 

Egbert Mynderson, P 1 ' v/s John Garland, def? The P 1 .' declares 
that the def? is Indebted unto him as p' ace' the summe of fl. 90. seawant 
together with Cost of Suit. 

The def 1 remaining defaut at three several Court dayes, The Court 
ordred that Judgem? should be entred uppon his defaut, and ordered the 
def' to make paiem? of the said debt within the space of Six Weekes Next 
Ensuing, together with Cost of Suit. 

167 1 20 7b' Execut" Issued out. 

Fredrick Gysbersen, P 1 .' v/s John Garland, def' The pltf. declares 
that the deft, is Indebted unto him as appeares by an Award bearing date 
the 9* of ieb y . last past, the summe of two hundred gild rs seawant for w c . h 
debt the P 1 ' Craves judgm? ag s .' the def' with Cost. The def' remaining 
defaut, The Court ordered that Judgement should be entred ag s .' the Def' 
uppon defaut and ordered that the def' shall make paiement of the said 
debt within the space of Six Weekes Next Ensuing this date together with 
Cost of Suit. 

Mary Mattheus, P 1 ' v/s John Keen, def' Suspended. 

Philip Johns, P 1 ' v/s John Keen, def' Suspended. 

Hendrick Jochemsen, P 1 .' v/s Jacob Teunissen Looper, def' The 
P 1 .' by his Atturney John Sharp declareth that the Def' is Indebted unto 
him as per Obligation the summe of one hundred and foure and thirty 
gilders, for which he Craves Judgem' ag s .' the Def' with Cost of Suit. 
The def- remaining def? at three several Court dayes the Court Ordered 
that Judgem' should be entred against the def' to pay the s d debt within 
the space of six weekes next ensuing the date hereof, with Cost of suit 
except he the def' shall bring in Lawful Objections against the s 1 ? debt the 
next ensuing Court day. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Juriaen Janz Cooper, def? the def? 2 d - de- 
faut. 

Uppon the Petition of the Curateurs of Jacob van Couwenhoven's 
Estate, showing that the s d - Estate will fall short verry much and conse- 
quently nothing will be left for the Widdow except something out of 
Charity be allowed hur; Wherefore the Petit" uppon the Widdowes re- 
quest have advised withall or the Most part of the Cheife Creditors of the 
s d . Estate, who all in Generall Condescended that unto the s d Widdow 
should be allowed the Moveables according to Inventory delivered in 



296 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1671 

Court, provided she payes out of the saime funeral and other Incidental 
Charges made since the si Couwenhoven's decease; And humbly requested 
the Approbation of this Court thereuppon. Apostille: The Court do well 
approeve of the aboue written Petition, and do hereby give their Consent 
and Approbation thereuppon. 

From the nomination of the Overseers of the Public Roads and 
Fences on this and the other side of the Fresh Water, the W: Court 
elected as Overseers for the ensuing year: — 

Jan Jansen Langestraat, 

Dirck Siecken, 

Jan Cornelissen de Ryck. 

Who are hereby required to take due care, that the highways be kept in 

proper order and to conduct themselves according to the instructions for 

Overseers delivered to their predecessors. 

Whereas the wagon road between this City and the Village of New 
Haerlem is impassable and this W: Court considers it necessary, that a. 
road be maintained between this City and the abovenamed village, It is 
therefore ordered and directed by the W: Court, that the Magistrates of 
New Haerlem and the Overseers of the highways beyond the Fresh Water 
shall lay out together the most suitable road and that then, on the first 
day of the next coming month of May, the said road shall be made fit for 
use by the inhabitants of the Village of Haerlem and the house holders 
both on this and the other side of the Fresh Water, each for his limits; and 
that on such penalty as shall be fixed by said Magistrates and Overseers. 

Egbert Woutersen, P 1 .' v/s Sigismund Luycas, Def' The def' i de- 
fault. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Atturny of WT Pattesson, P 1 ' v/s Thomas Sprey, 
def The P 1 ' declares that def' is Indebted unto the si Pattisson for 

house rent as p' account the summe of fl. in zeawant, w ch summe the 

P 1 .' hath severall times demanded but could never receive it to this day; 
Wherefore this P 1 ' Craves Judgem' against this Def' for the si debt with 
Cost of Suit. The def' remaining defaut three several Court dayes, the 
Court ordered that Judgem' should be entred ag*' Def' that the Def' shall 
make Paiement of the si debt within the space of Six Weekes Next En- 
suing the date hereof, together with Cost of Suit, provided the def' shall 
deduct what he can make appeare he paid in part of the said rent. 



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Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu M r , P 1 .' v/s John Garland, def? The P 1 .' de- 
clareth that Def? is Indebted unto this P" as Vendu Master for y e . Ac- 
count of Stoffel van Laer yf summe off fl. 1037: 11. being for a house and 
lott of ground sould to this Def? by a publicqu Outcry to be paid y" one 
half on yf 22'! 1 of Octob' last past and the other halfe on primo May next 
ensuing; w°? debt off the first payment this P 1 ' hath severall times 
demanded but Could never receive itt to this day, Wherefore the P 1 ' 
Craves Judgement against yf def' to make Imediate paiement of yf s 1 ? 
Debt; or in Case off further delay that yf s^ house might bee Exposed to 
a New Sale & yf def' to beare yf lose thereof according to y? tennour of 
the Condittions in yf s? publicque Sale declared; The def' remaining 
defaut three Court dayes, the Court ordered that Judgement should be 
entred uppon his defaut and ordered that in case yf defendant doo not 
make paiement or satisfaction of yf s? debt before yf first day of May 
next ensuing. That then yf s? house should be Exposed to a new Sale 
and yf def' to beare yf losse thereof, together with yf Costt of Suit. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Warnaer Wessels, def' the def' 2 A . de- 
faut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Lourens Jansen Oost, def? Suspended. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Lodowyck Post, def' Suspended. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Jno. Smedes, def' the def? 1 defaut. 

M. r Thomas Lovelace, P 1 .' v/s Michiel Simkins & J. Foreest, def? 
Def? 1 defaut. 

M? Thomas Lovelace, P 1 ' v/s Luycas Thienhoven, def? the def? r. 
defaut. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorck the 16* day of May A° 167 1. 
Capt Thomas de Laval, May'r; Capt. Matthias Nicolls, M? Jno. Lau- 
rence, M? Olof Stevensen, M? Johannes van Brugh, M' Isaacq Bedloo, 
Aldermen; M? Allard Anthony, Sherif. 

David Jochemsen pltf., v/s Symon Janz" Romeyn, curator of the 
estate of the late Reyndert Pieters, deft. In the matter in question be- 
tween parties concerning the item of a/c and earned freight etc., the W: 
Court nominated and with the free will of parties elected as arbitrators 
Sieurs Francois Rombout and Pieter Jacobsen Marius, who are hereby 
required to examine the a/c, to hear the case argued by parties and if 



298 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. L1671 

possible to compose and reconcile them; if not to deliver in their report 
and judgment at the next Court day. 

Timotheus Gabrie, P" v/s Warnaer Wessels, def? The P 1 ? making 
his reply to the defts answer, the def? desired a Coppy thereof w* is 
allowed him to return his duply to the same at the next Court day. 

Mary Matthews, P 1 . 1 v/s Jno Keen, def? The Court do suspend this 
Cause till further Order. 

Philip Johns, P 1 ' v/s John Keen, def Suspended as aforesaid. 

Egbert Wouterzen, P" v/s Sigismund Luycas, def? the deft 2? 
defaut. 

Mettie Wessels, P 1 .' v/s Samuel Edsal, def? the def? 1 defaut. Itt 
is ordered that Notice shall be given to the def? of the Attachm? 

Jacob Lucena, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Davis, def? The Pit. declares that 
he shipped on board the defts vessel a parcel of Stockings to be Trans- 
ported for Albany, One doz: of w c . h Stockins the def? hath not delivered 
there. Wherefore the P 1 ? Craves Judgem? for the Same with Cost. The 
def? by his Atturny J"° Sharp desired time to answer to the Next Court 
day. W c ? is allowed him. 

Thomas Davis, P 1 ' v/s Jacob Lucena, Def? Ordered that the def? 
shall take out a Coppy of the P 1 ? 5 declaration and returne his answer at 
the Next Court day. 

Mary Mattheus, P 1 .' v/s William Bartelsen, def? The P 1 .' demands 
by ballance of ace? fi. 77. The def? disownes the debt, except the P 1 ' 
will take hur Oath that it be a real debt because he never spent or dronck 
wine in hur house since he paid hur Last a/c. by Dom? Luke. Itt is 
Ordered that the P 1 ? if shee can shall proeve at the Next Court day that 
the def? drunck in hur house since he paid the last ace? or by want of 
proefe to be nonsuited. 

Tryntie Clocq, P? v/s Richard Painter, def? The def? 1 defaut. 
The P 1 ' declares that the def? is indebted unto hur for ~ house rent at 25 
gl. per Month the summe of fl. 225. in Wampum, and whereas the Def? is 
departed from this Place without giveing hur satisfaction for the same, 
she the P 1 .' hath attached the goods & effects of the def? now in hur house 
for the s d Rent. Evert Duycking Senior being sent for and appearing in 
Court attesteth that he hath bene present that the P" and Def? agreed for 
the rent at 25 gl. per Month as afores? The Court Ordered that this Case 



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Should be Suspended till the Next Court day, and the attachment to 
stand good till further order. 

Benjamin Johns, P 1 ' v/s Rich d Painter, def the def i defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P" v/s fredrick Arentsen, def' Suspended. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Warnaer Wessels, def' the def' 2 d defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Juriaen de Cooper, def' the def' 3 d defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 .' v/s Lourens Jansen Oost, def' the def 2? 
defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Lodowyck Post, def the del? 2 d defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 .' v/s Roelof de Slaghter (the butcher), Def. the 
P 1 .' desired a Suspence. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s John Smedes, def' the def' 2? defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Jno Rider, Def! the def' one defaut. 

Ralph Hunt, P 1 ' v/s Arthur Strongwick, def' the def' 1 defaut. 

Andries Andriessen, P 1 ' v/s Tho* Davits, deft, the def' 1 defaut. 

Anthony Jansen, Pltf. v/s Thomas Davidts. the deft. 1 defaut. 

M' Thomas Lovelace, P' 1 v/s Michiel Simkins & Isaacq Foreest, 
Defts. Def? 2? defaut. 

M' Thomas Lovelace, P 1 ' v/s Luycas Thienhoven, def the def 2? 
defaut. 

Jacob de Loopers Wife, P 1 .' v/s Anna Roemers, def the def 1 de- 
faut. 

Uppon W. Laurence his desire that his ace' might be allowed and 
paid him out of the Estate of John Coopal; the Court ordered that the 
Curaf? of the said John Coopals Estate should be summoned to answer 
the s d ace' at the Next Court day. 

Capt. Marten Kregier appearing in Court requests in substance: — 
That the Court would be pleased to order, how and in what manner the 
nomination should be made of a person for Lieutenant of his Company 
in place of Govert Loocquermans dec d . *; 2 ndly that it is expedient some 

* Govert Loockermans came to this country in 1633, as assistant cook of the yacht 
St. Martin, and was taken by Gov. Van Twiller into the company's service. Having 
become a freeman he went back to Holland and m. 26 Feb., 1641, in Amsterdam 
Ariaentie Jans, with whom he returned to the Manhattans in the ship King David with a 
cargo of goods, as agent or factor for Gillis Verbrugge & Co. Hester Jans, sister of the 
abovenamed Ariaentie, m. Jacob V. Couwenhoven, and the year after Loockerman's return. 



300 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [167 1 

order or heavy fine should be imposed on those, who delayed appearing 
on proper summons or beat of the drum. Which being taken into con- 
sideration by the W: Court it is decreed and ordered by the Worshipps: 

First, regarding the nomination, that the same shall be made by the 
officers of the Burgher Corps, who shall send in a double number to the 
Mayor, who shall effect the election from said nomination by the 
Governor. 

Secondly, that all those, who are unwilling or negligent to appear at 
their place of rendezvous on their officers command by beat of drum 
shall be mulcted in a fine of fifty guilders zewant to be applied by the 
officers as they shall deem proper. 

Whereas Dom? Samuel Driseius has stated to us by petition, as well 
for himself as for the widow of Dom": Megapolensis dec?, that divers per- 
sons are still in arrears to the previous allowance of the Preachers of this 
City, notwithstanding this W: Court did on the n* February i66f order, 
that the arrears should be promptly paid within 14 days time after date of 
the aforesaid Order, on pain of execution ; requesting further that such 
order should be made by this W: Court, so that the petitioners may re- 
ceive the arrears of their allowance: therefore the W: Court decree and 
order, that before the merits hereof shall be disposed of, the Beadle of 
the Church, Willem Verscheuren, shall speak to all persons who by the 
list delivered in are debtors yet and still reside here, on the subject of 
their arrears, and note down the answer of each in particular in the 
margin of the list and deliver it in to Court on the Next Court day. 

Harck Dircksen, pltf. v/s Symon Jansen Romeyn, curator of the 
estate of Ryndert Piettersen, dec?, def In the matter in question be- 
tween parties arising relative to an item of a/c and earned wages &ca., 

to this country, his sister Anneke was m. to Olof Stevensen V. Cortlandt. His first wife 
dying, Loockermans m. July, 1649, Marritje, widow of Tymen Jansen, of New Amster- 
dam, ship builder, whereby he came into possession of the lot betw. Pearl and William 
Streets. After a successful career in business and after having acquired considerable real 
estate, principally in the neighborhood of Hanover Square and on Broadway, he departed 
this life in 167 1, leaving two daughters by his first wife — viz. Marritje, m. Balthazar 
Bayard, 1664, and Jannetje m. Hans Kierstede, 1667. By his second wife he had one son 
Jacob, a physician, who subsequently removed to Albany, N. Y. Elsie Tymens, dau. of his 
second wife, by her first husband, subsequently became the wife of Jacob Leisler. — O'C. 



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the Worship" Court have nominated and with the free will of parties 
Elected as arbitrators S? Francois Rombouts and Pieter Jacobsen Marius, 
who are hereby required to examine the a/c and to hear the matter in 
question argued by parties and if possible to compose and reconcile them: 
if not to deliver in their report and judgment at the Next Court day. 

Whereas several of y? Inhabitants of this Citty w c - h hath bene att y e . 
Charges of Making a Stone Waal before their lotts allongst y? Waterside, 
do daily receive much damage by reason y? Walls w ch Gelyne Verplanck 
& Thomas Wandel are to make are not made up. The Court therefore 
do hereby order and requiere y? s? Gelyne Verplanck & Thomas Wandel 
to Cause Y? s? Wall to be made up with all expedition or by further 
delay that some fine shal be inflicted uppon those that shal be neglective 
therein. 

Att the Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayors Court held at New Yorck the 6*. h day of 
June 167 1. Present Capt" Thomas de Lavall, Mayo'; Mr Matth Nicolls, 
Mr Jno Lawrence, M T . Olof Stevensen, M' Johannes v. Brugh, Mf Isaacq 
Bedloo, Aldermen ; M r . Allard Anthony, Sherif . 

David Jochemsen, P 1 ' v/s Simon Romeyn, Curator of R. Pieters, def? 
Suspended. 

Timothy Gabrie, P 1 ' v/s Warnaer Wessels, def' The Pit replying to 
the def. s Answer, the Court order that the def' should take out a Coppy 
thereof, and that a Jury should be Impannelled to trye the Cause at the 
Next Court day. 

Mary Matthews, P" v/s John Keen, def Suspended. 

Philips Johns, P 1 . 4 v/s John Keen, def' Suspended. 

Ralph Hunt, P" v/s Arthur Strongwick, def' Parties agreed. 

Andries Andries, P 1 ' v/s Thomas Davis, def? the def' 2? defaut. 

Anthony Jansen, P" v/s Thomas davis, def' the def' 2 d defaut. 

Mr Thomas Lovelace, P 1 ' v/s Michiel Simkins & Isaacq Foreest, 
defts. Parties both defaut and therefore suspended. 

M' Thomas Lovelace, P 1 .' v/s Luycas Tienhoven, def' Uppon hear- 
ing of both parties and perusing of the Bill w c . h is made to Mr Coo and 
not at all to this P" the Court ordered that a Non suit should be entred 
against the P" and he to pay Cost of Court. 

Egbert Woutersen, pltf. v/s Sigismundus Luycas, deft. Pltf. de- 



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mands from deft, the sum of fl. 105 in zeawant with costs. Deft, remain- 
ing default three Court days, it is by the W: Court decided and ordered, 
that judgment should be entred against him on the same default and they 
order deft, or his bail to pay the aforesaid debt to the pltf. with costs. 
1671. 28 June. Execut" Issued out. 

Jacob Lucena, P" v/s Thomas Davis, def 2? defaut. 

Thomas Davis, P" v/s Jacob Lucena, Def 2? defaut. 

Harck Dircksen, P 1 .' v/s Simon Romeyn, Curator of R. Pieters. 
Suspended. 

Frans Hendrics, P" v/s Carsten Cornelissen, def both defaut. 

Willem Waldron, P" v/s Evert Dircksen, def the def 1 defaut. 

Josiah Hunt & Rebecca his Wife, P 1 ' v/s Catherina Harrisson, def' 
Suspended. 

Stoffel van Laer, pltf. v/s Jan Pieters, shoemaker, deft. The pltf. 
demands from deft. fl. 120 in zeawant for rent with costs. Deft. 
says, he offered to pay pltf. in goods, as he cannot get any zeawan. 
The W: Court having heard parties, condemn deft, to pay the pltf. the 
demanded debt in zeawan within the time of one month, with costs, 
unless the deft, shall otherwise satisfy some of the pltf's creditors for the 
pltf's a/c. 

Collonel Lewis Morris, by his Atturny Richard Morris, P 1 ' v/s 
Henry Lyon, def' In an action of the Case. Mr John Lawrence pro- 
duced the def' in Court and desired to be discharged of being baile 
w c . h is allowed him. The P 1 ' putting in his declaration, the def? desired 
a Coppy thereof to returne an Answer at the Next Court. And at the 
def? 5 request the C? tooke the def? word for his appearance at the Next 
Court day. 

William Merrit, P 1 .' v/s Otto Gerrits, def! The def 1 defaut. The 
pit demands from the def' fl. 73. 

Richard Morris, P 1 ' v/s Herry Lyon, def' In an action of debt. 
The P 1 ' declares to be agreed concerning this Act" w* the def' 

Assur Levy, P 1 .' v/s Christiaen Pieters, def' The def' 1 defaut. 

James Mills, P 1 ' v/s Mf Cornells Steenwyck, def The P 1 ' delivering 
in his declaration the def Atturny desired a Coppy thereof w c . h is allowed 
him. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu M r -, P" v/s Juriaen Jansen Cooper, def 



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In an Act. of debt to the summe of fi. 164. 10. seawant. The PV Craves 
Judgem' against the def' for the paiement of the s? debt of fl. 164. 10. 
Seawant due to him from this def' for Outcry Monney, together with 
Cost. The Def' remaining default to appeare in four severall Court 
dayes, the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that Judgement should be entred 
against the Def' uppon his defaut, and ordered him to make Imediat 
paim' of the s? debt, with Cost. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu Mf, P" v/s Warnaer Wessels, def' In an 
act" of debt to yf sume of fi. 185. 12 seawant. The P 1 ' Craves Judgem' 
against the def' for yf paiment of yf s? debt of fl. 185. 12 sewant du to him 
from this deft for outcry Money together with Costs. The defend' re- 
maining defaut to appeare in four severall Court days yf Worshipp 1 . 1 Court 
ordred that Judgement should be entred against yf def' uppon his default 
and ordred him to make Imediate paiement of yf s? debt w'f Costs. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu Mr, P 1 .' v/s Lourens Jansen Smith, def' In 
an Ace' of debt to yf Sume of fl. 113. 8 seawant. The P" craves Judge- 
ment against yf def' for yf paiement of yf sf* debt of fl. 113: 8 sewant due 
to him from this def' for outcry mony together w'f Costs. The def' re- 
maing defaut to appeare in fouere severall Court dayes, The Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court ordred that Judgement should be entred ag'nst yf def' uppon his 
defaut and ordred him to make Imediate paiement of the s? debt with 
Costs. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu Mr, P 1 .' v/s Lodewyck Post, def' In an 
Action of debt to yf Sume of fl. in.J- 2 - sewant. The P 1 ' craves Judge- 
ment agast yf deft for yf paiement of yf s? debt of fl. iii. ja seawant due 
to him from this def' for Outcry Mony together with Costs. The def' re- 
maining defaut three severall Court dayes y? Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered 
that Judgement should be entred ag s .' yf Def' uppon his defaut and ordred 
him to make Imediate payment of yf s? debt with Costs. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu Mr, P 1 ' v/s John Smedes, def' In an act" 
of debt to y? sume of fl. 149. 18 seawant. The P 1 ' Craves Judgem' again s .' 
y? yf Def' for yf paiment of y? s? debt of fl. 149. 18. sewant due to him from 
this def- for outcry Monny together with Cost. The def? remaining defaut 
fouere Several Court dayes, the Worship 1 . 1 Court ordred that Judgement 
hould be entred ag^' yf s? def' uppon his defaut and ordred him to make 
Imediate paiment of yf s? debt togethr w'f 1 Cost. 



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Tryntie Clocque, P 1 .' v/s Richard Painter, de£ The P 1 .' declares 
that y? def- is indebted to hur for 8 months house rent y* surne of fl. 160, 
deducting fl. 36. received thereuppon for w c - h she attached y? goodes of 
y? def' now in y? s? house and humbly Craves Judgem' thereuppon. The 
def' remaining defaut y? Court ordred that Judgem' should be entred ag s .' 
y? def' uppon his defaut and do Condemne y? s? attached goodes towardes 
y? satisfying of y? s? debt w* Costs. 

Mis 1 '. 5 Anthonie, pltf. v/s Jan Harmensen, deft. Pltf. says, she agreed 
with and paid pltf. for the making of a churn, which deft, has also made 
but it is not merchantable ; therefore she demands of def- restitution of 
the paid fl. 25 with costs. Deft, says, s? churn is saleable and offers to 
submit himself to the decision of two impartial coopers. The W: Court 
refer to Jan Jansen van Breestede and Evert Wessels to inspect the churn 
in question and in case, they do not find the same merchantable, they 
order the deft, then to return the money, but being found merchantable, 
the pltf. shall then be bound to receive the churn. 

Uppon the Petition of Rodger Purchase humbly desiering that the 
Sherrif might be ordered to serve y? Execution uppon the Judgem' of 
Court obtained against henry hedger etz. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court do 
order that in Case henry hedger do not Comply w* this Petit" satisfye y? 
within written Judgement within y? space of 14 dayes next Ensuing, that 
then .y? Sherrif shall serve y. e Execution uppon y? s? Judgement without 
any further delay. 

Uppon y? Complaint of Abel Hardenbroeck this Worship 1 . 1 Court this 
day ordred that in Case the def' Hend! 1 Van: borgh did not satisfy y? 
within written Judgem' that his father Mr Jacob Fabritius or the person 
that appeared in Court in his behalfe should be lyable to satisfy y? ; same. 

Benjamin Johns, P 1 .' v/s Richard Painter, de£ The P 1 ' declares that 
this def' is Indebted unto him as pr ace' the summe of fl. 156 for w^ h 
Debt this P 1 ' attached some of the def' 5 Effects now in the house of tryntie 
Clocq and humbly Craves Judgement thereuppon. The def' remaining 
defaut the Court Ordred that Judgement should be entred uppon all his 
defaut, and do Condemne the said attached goods towards the satisfying 
of the said debt, with Costs, provided the first attachment and Judgement 
of tryntie Clocq shall have precedence and be first satisfyed. 

Lourens Sachariassen Sluys, pltf. v/s Dirck Janzen van Devent', 



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alias Smit, deft. Pltf. demands from deft, for earned monthly wages, the 
sum of fi. 656, one half in zewant and the other half in goods at zewant 
price. Deft, promises to pay pltf. within six weeks time. The W. Court 
condemn deft, to pay the aforesaid sum of 656 fl. in 6 weeks with costs. 

Cornelis van Borsum, pltf. v/s Jan Gerrits Couwenhoven, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, the sum of fl. 380. 3 zewant according to notarial ob- 
ligation, with costs. Deft, admits the debt, on condition that pltf. has 
first the carpentry work constructed according to obligation. The W: 
Court having heard parties and examined and viewed the obligation, de- 
cree and order, that the pltf. shall cause the promised carpentry work to 
be made according to obligation, which done they condemn the deft, to 
pay the debt aforesaid to the pltf. and the bailbond of the attachment to 
stand good meanwhile until payment be made. 

Att a Speciall Court held In New Yorke by y? mayf and Aldermen 
thereof, y? 19* of June 167 1. Present Capt Matthias Nicolls Depty 
Mayor; M' John Laurence, M T - Olof Stevense Van Cortlant, M' Johannes 
Van Brugh, Aldermen; Mr Allard Antony, Sheriff. 

M' Isaacq Bedloo & M' W? Dervall, P? v/s Rabba Coety, Jewe, 
Def' The pits declare that on y": 15*? of this P^santt Month June, they 
absolutely did Bargaine and sell unto this def' a Ketch Called yf tryall 
with all hur furniture, in yf presentt Condition She Now is Riding at 
ancor in this Rhoad, in Consideration of y* summe of three Hundred 
poundz in flower at twentie shillings p' hundred; and whereas y* Def? now 
Refuseth to stand to his bargaine, y* P 1 ' 5 humbly do Desire Judgem' of 
this Court for y e . performance of y* s d Bargaine. The Def' utterly Denyeth 
that he Struck up y* s? Bargaine w* yf P 1 ? but onely made some proposalls 
w* y* pits did not like nor accept of, and therefore brooke of Withoute 
Concluding y* s? bargaine. Capt" John Carr being Sworne in Court de- 
poseth y*. hath heard y* Def' say, that he had bought y e . s d Ketch but 
Could nott pay all in flower, otherwise he should have none Left to Load 
in y" s d Ketch. The Jury brought in their Verdict and found for yl 
plantives, and that y* Def' pay to y" pl ts y* summe of three Hundred 
pounds in flower at 20' P' Hundred pounds with Cost of Suite: — Where- 
uppon y*: Worshipp! 1 Court ordered that Judgem' should be entred ac- 
cordingly and ordred y^ def' to fulfill his said bargaine & pay Costs of Suite. 



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JURY. 

Capt RicW Morris, Johannes de Peyster, W? Beeckman, Jn? Payne, 
Niclaes de Meyer, Stoffel hooglant, Joseph Knott, Ely Douty, Timothy 
Gabrie, Sam 1 ! hilton, henry Obe, W? Osborn. 

Att a Court of May' & Aldermen, held at New Yorck this 1 i* day of 
July, 1 67 1. Present Capt" Matthias Nicolls, Depty Mayor; M' John 
Laurence, M. r Olof Stevensen, M? Johannes Van Brugh, Aldermen; Mf 
Allard Anthony, Sherif. 

David Jochemsen, P 1 -' v/s Symon Romeyn, Curator, def? Sus- 
pended. 

Harck Dircksen, P" v/s Symon Romeyn, Curator, def? Suspended. 

Timothy Gabrie, P" v/s Warnaer Wessels, def? The Def? was this 
day ordered to deliv? to this P 1 ' a Coppy of his duply, at furthest 24 
hours before next Court day, and the Jury then to deside the Cause. 

Jno Matthews, P 1 .' v/s John Keen, def? Suspended. 

Philip Johns, P" v/s John Keen, def? Suspended. 

An dries Andriesen, P 1 . 1 v/s Thomas davis, def? both P?ties defaut. 

Anthony Johns, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Davis, def? Parties agreed. 

Jacob Lucena, P 1 ' v/s Thomas Davis, def? In case the parties do 
not agree betweene themselves before the next Court, then to bring in 
their Witnesses to be decided By the s d . Court. 

Thomas Davis, P 1 .' v/s Anthony Jans, Def* Order as above. 

W™ Waldron, P 1 .' v/s Evert Dircksen, def' Suspended. 

Josiah hunt & Rebecca his Wife, P 1 .' v/s Catterina harrison, def* 
The def- remaining defaut, and the P 1 .' desiring Judgem? ag s .' the attached 
Goods belonging to this P 1 * Itt was this day ordered that the Attached 
Goods be delivered to the P u . s they giveing sufficient security for the 
same, provided the goods which might be subject to spooiling be first ap- 
prized by indifferent Persons and this Court do hereby authorize Capt" 
Richard Morris & M? fredrick Philips to make s? apprizement. 

Collonel Lewis Morris by Richard Morris and andrew Rider, his 
Agent, P 1 * v/s Henry Lyon, deft. Suspended till next Court. 

James Mills, P 1 .* v/s M' Cornelis Steenwick, def* The def? desires 
time to answer the next Court day. 

Jacob Fabricius, P 1 ' v/s Marten Hofman, def? both p?ties defaut. 



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Thomas Wandel, P 1 .' v/s Jn? Backer, def? the Pit haveinge not 
Notice of this Courts sitting, this Case suspended. 

Fredrick Philipsen, P 1 .' v/s Lewis Morris & Richard Morris, defts. 
The P" is ordered to put a declaration in wryting by the Next Court day. 

James Matthews, P" v/s Lewis Morris & Richard Morris, defts. 
Order as above. 

Dirck van Clyff, pltf. v/s Gerrit Hendricx, deft. Pltf. demands 
from the deft. fl. 75. 5 zewant, balance of a/c with costs. Deft, demands 
copy of a/c which the W: Court grants him. 

Dirck van Clyff, pltf. v/s Guilliam Honneur, deft. Parties agreed. 

Pieter Nys, P 1 ' v/s Lourens Oost, def' the def' 1 defaut. 

Peter Nys, P 1 ' v/s Ralph Huttchisson, def? The P 1 ' demands from 
this def? the summe of Sixty gild rs , for w ! 1 Thomas hatfield remained 
security but this P 1 .' could never receive it from him. The def? answers 
that he hath alreadie discounted soo much with the s? hatfield uppon the 
P 1 ? accompt. The Court do recommmend the p r ties to agree betweene 
themselves before Next Court day, or otherwise that then Judgement 
shall be past hereuppon. 

Otto Gerrits, P" v/s Warnaer Wessels, def' The Court ordered that 
this Action should be throwne out the Court, according to a former 
Order. 

Neeltie Cornells, Wife of Jacob Looper, P 1 ? v/s Anna Roomers, def? 
in an act" of defamation. The P" haveing no evidences to proeve hur 
Compl' was this day NonSuited, and to pay Costs. 

Pieter Nys, P 1 ' v/s Jacob teunissen Looper, def? Suspended by 
reason the def- hath not due notice. 

Philip Johns, P 1 ' v/s John Cooly, def' The P 1 ? demands from this 
def- by an assignmt from Capt. blagge fl. 90. Zewant. The def- replyeth 
that he owes unto Capt" blagge but 3 bevers w c . h ditto blagge ordered him 
to pay to M' de Meyer. Uppon hearing of the debates of both p r ties 
and there appearing no Order that the s d - bevers should be paid to M? de 
Meyer, Itt is Ordered that the def shall pay the s^ 3 beavers to the P 1 -' 
and this P 1 ? to pay Costs. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 ' against Stoffel van Laer, def- Parties are 
ordered to deliver to each other a/cs on both sides for the Next Court 
day. 



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William Merritt, P 1 .' v/s Otto Gerrits, def? The Pit demands from 
this deft fi. 73. The Def' replyes that he hath some account in Contra. 
The Court ordered the def' to bring his ace' in, the Next Court day. 

Capt John Manning, P 1 .' v/s Marten Hoffman, def' The Court 
refferre the hearing and if possible the determination of this Cause to M' 
Johannes de Peister & M' Jeronimus Ebbing, but in Case of non Com- 
posure or determination, to returne it back to this Court. 

Nicolaes Bayard, P 1 ' v/s Marten Hofman, def? Order as aboves? 

Uppon the Complaint of Pieter Nys, Curat' of the Estate of Bartel 
Maen deceased; It is this day ordred that in Case John Garland do not 
satisfy the debt contracted for the house bought in publicq outcry from 
the si Curateurs, before the next ensuing Court day, that then Execution 
Shall be Issued out uppon the Judgement of the Vendu Mr Nicolaes 
Bayard ag*' him. 

Alderman John Lawrence in the behalfe of J"° Barker Complayning 
to this Court, that an arrest was made uppon ^4: 00 belonging to the s? 
Barker in the hands of M' Sandford, w c . h arrest is not prosecuted and 
therefore Craves a NonSuit. The Court ordered that a NonSuit should 
be entred ag st the si arrest, and that the Complainants should be sett at 
Liberty. 

Benjamin Johns this day delivl in Court his Ace' of disbursemf in 
makeing of the Stone Well in the State-House-Yard amounting to fi. 194. 
10. sew' The Court approved thereof and orddered the Secrety to make 
paiement accordingly. 

Whereas Ariaen Appel hath been appointed by this Court together 
with Simon Jansen Romeyn to be administrators of the Estate of Reyntie 
Pieters deceased, w c . h said Appel hath now of Late removed his dwelling 
Place from hence to Albany, Wherefore the si Romeyn humbly requested 
that another fitt person might be appointed by this Court as Administra- 
tor, in the stead of the si Appel. Wee have therefore thought fitt to 
Nominate and appoint and do hereby Nominate and Appoint M' Gelyn 
Verplanck of this City, Merch' together with the si Simon Jansen Romeyn 
to be Curateurs and Administrators of the si Estate for to act accomplish 
and performe in as full & ample Manner as Lawful Administra" by the 
Lawes of this Governm' are Allowed to doe; dated, . 

Rachel Davenport, P 1 ' v/s Humphrey Davenport, def' The Court 



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do suspend the hearing of this Cause till fryday at Nine of the Clock in 
the forenoone. 

Thomas de Laval], Esq?, P 1 . 1 v/s Pieter Groenendyck, de£ In an 
Action of yf Case. The P 1 ' by his Atturny J n .° Rider this day Delivered 
in Court his declaration ag s .' yf Def' and withall Desiring in regard yf most 
part of his Witnesses are at Albany that three months time might be given 
him to proeve his declaration. The def' utterly denyeth yf most part of 
yf allegations w c . h yf p" hath Inserted in his declaration and humbly Craves 
for a Non Suite, and that he might be released of his Arrest. The Wor- 
shipp" Court ordered that yf def' for this present time should be Released 
from his Arrest provided yf Same be no prejudice to y? p'' s action, And 
that y? def' shall give in bond to answer y? s? Action here uppon due and 
Legall warning and Summation of y? same. 

Uppon his honnr yf gouven? Letter of Recommandation that yf Court 
together with some of yf Officers of yf Church should take into Consider- 
ation how y? Salary for yf Expected Minist' from Europe may be Raised 
yf Court thereuppon have thought fitt to appoint a private Court to be 

held on fryday Next being yf 14^ of this Instant in yf afternoone at 

a Clocq and do further desire yf Late Aldermen together w'. h yf present 
and yf Late Church Officers will give theyr attendance at yf sf* time to 
Consult w'. h them Conserning yf premises. 

Att a private Meeting of yf May'. 5 Court held at New Yorke; Yf 14^ 
of July, 1671. Present Captf Matthias Nicolls, Depty Mayor; M' John 
Laurence, M* Olof Stevense, Mr Johannis van Brugh, Aldermen ; M* 
Allard Anthony, Sheriffe. 

Uppon yf petition and Complaint of Rachel Dauenpoort against hur 
husband M T . Humphrey Dauenpoort, alleadging that for many yeares 
together she hath undergone a bitter and wearisome life by Reason of 
hur husbands Inhumane usage Blowes, and Cruel Carriages towards hur, 
In soo much that she is forct to take up a Resolution for ever to seperate 
her selfe from him; and this Court having heard yf request of yf s? M. r 
Davenpoort thereuppon, denying all, or yf most part of what was 
alleadged ag" him, although of severall things proefe was made; yet this 
Court finding no Lawfull Reason for a Divorce Endeavoured to perswade 
both parties to a frindly Composure, and that all former differances 



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should Remaine in Oblivion; unto w c . h y? s d p r ties for y e present could not 
be p'swaded ; "Wherefore this Court have thought fitt to desire and 
authorize Capt" John Manning and Capt" J"° Berry, at their Convenient 
time, before next Court day, to use all possible meanes and perswations 
for a Composure betwixt y? s? parties w c . h if it Could be effected would be 
very acceptable to this Court; but if it should happen that they should 
nott succeed therein, this Court do hereby order that both parties shall 
returne to each other their owne wearing and Apparrell and that y? s? Mr 
Humphrey Davenpoort shall Contribute towards y. e Maintaining of his 
Wife and Children, according to his Ability, as he in y e p'sence of this 
Court hath promised to doe. 

In Obedience, To his Honnf y? Govern? Letter and in pursuance of 
this Courts Order thereuppon this day, Appearing in Court y? former 
Magistraets together with y? present & former Church Officers of this 
Citty, unto whoem y? Worshipp" Court Manifested y? Reson of this 
present Meeting, tendring onely for to advise together, how the sallarie, 
w c . h is promised towards y? Maintennance of y? Expected Minister might 
be raised, whereuppon y? following proposalls where made and presented 
to this Court: — 

Imprimis. That, whereas y? Great Excyse in the first beginning was 
Raysed, onely towardes the Maintainence of the Ministers, that therefore 
the Minist. r ought to be paid out of the s? Excyse altough some advancem 
should be made thereuppon. 

2 ndi y That ye B ur g er Excyse might be Raised soo Much as will 
Maintaine y? Minist" and Satisfie other Necessarie Charges. 

3 rd . ly That the Costumes uppon y? Importation of Rom and Wines 
might be Raised from 4 to 5 pf Cento or more. 

4 1 ?. That an Imposition might be Raised uppon Rom going up for 
Albany & Esoopus. 

j.thi y That a n Townes Charges might be Levyed by a Genn a .' taxe, 
as itt is practicable by y? Neighbouring Townes, provided y? Excyze be 
taken off. 

Uppon w ch proposals, answer was made, that y? Sallary of the Minis- 
ters by y? English, ussually is Levyed, by a taxe, & that about two yeares 
since, y? Ministf was paid by the townesmen. Whereuppon itt was Re- 
plyeth that in Case y? Necessity should Requiere a taxe itt should be much 



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better that a Levy be made uppon any other accompt as for the Mainte- 
nance of a Ministf & Secondly that y? Ministers abowt two Yeares since 
where paid by the townes Men was onely occasioned by the tyme of 
Warre, when the Goverm' was not able to Maintaine them, & therefore 
it was then Likewise proposed to Continue but for one or twoo Yeares, by 
a volluntarie Contribution; finally uppon Severall Debates, Concerning 
y? former proposals, Itt was Mutually Condiscended unto for to Returne 
for advise viz' 

That itt would occasion a Great discontent amongst the people, to 
be both taxed & to pay Excyse Wherefore itt is in genn a ! y proposed, that 
y? Grand Excyse should be something Raised, & that an imposition 
should be Laid uppon Rom going for Albany & Esopus and that y? sell- 
ing of Licq* to the Indians should be p^mitted as it is throughout all the 
governm' and some Excyse or Imposition should be Raised thereuppon, 
or Otherwyse that all the Excyses should be totally abolished ; and a 
Genn* 1 taxe for all towne Charges be made. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New York the 16* of July A? 1671. 
Present Capt Matthias Nicolls, Depty May"; Mr John Laurence, M. r Olof 
Stevensen, Mf Johannes van Brugh, Aldermen; Mf Allard Anthony, 
Sherif. 

David Jochemsen, P" v/s Simon Romeyn, Curatf of R. Pieters, deft, 
suspended. 

Harck Dircksen, P" v/s Simon Romeyn, Curat!" of R. Pieters, deft, 
suspended. 

Timotheus Gabrie, pltf. v/s Warnaer Wessells, deft. Pltf. says and 
proves by his sales book, dated 3? January in the year 1662, to have sold 
at public auction to Gerrit Hendricx dec?, late Weighmaster of this City, 
an hogshead of wine for the sum of fl. 162 in seawant, for which deft, 
then remained security, as more fully appears by said salesbook, and as 
the pltf. could not receive his pay from the aforesaid Gerrit Hendricx, 
the pltf. therefore demands payment from the deft, as security therefor 
with costs. Deft, denies having been security and maintains, that pltf. 
ought to produce his handwriting therefor. The jury brought their 
verdict into Court and give as award and decide, that the salesbook de- 
serves full credit and therefore grant the pltf's demand. The W: Court 



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agree with the aforesaid verdict and order, that judgment be entered 
against the deft, and direct the deft, as security for the s? Gerrit Hen- 
dricx to pay pltf. the aforesaid fi. 162 with costs. 
Y? 28* of Jully the Execution Issued out. 

JURY. 

Fredrick Phillips, Balthr de Haert, Willem Bogardus, Dirck van 
Clyff, Simon Romeyn, Guillam de Honneur, Claes Bordingh, Adolf 
Pietersen, Abel Hardenbroeck, Pieter Stoutenburgh, Balthazf Bayard, 
Pieter Nys. 

John Matthews, P" v/s John Keen, def' Suspended. 

Philip Johns, P 1 * v/s John Keen, def' Suspended. 

Jacob Lucena, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Davis, def? In an Act? of the Case. 
Upon hearing of both P r ties, the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did decree and Ord' 
that in Case the P" hath made it appeare before M T . Mayf de Lavall that 
he made delivery of the one dozzen of Stockens now in Controversie to 
this Detf as he the P 1 .' doth alleadge he hath done, Then the s? Deff is 
to make payment of the s? one doz? of Stockings now missing to the P 1 ' or 
the true Vallue thereof, and each p r tie to pay their owne Charges. 

Thomas Davis, P 1 ' v/s Jacob Lucena, def' In an Act? of debt for 
fraight to the sum of fl. 121. seaw' Uppon hearing of both parties, the 
Court ordered the de£ or his Bayle, M r . Balthazar de Haert to pay or dis- 
count the s? surarae of fl. 121. seawant with this P 1 .' and each p r tie to pay 
their owne Charges. 

Willem Waldron, P 1 .' v/s Evert Dircksen, def' In an Act? of the 
Case, Suspended. 

James Mills, P 1 ' v/s Mr Cornelis Steenwik, def' The def' by his 
Petit? sheweth that whereas the P 1 .' hath commenced a suit ag 3 .' the Def' 
and the Defend- perceiving the p 1 .' hath no vizible Estate within the 
reach of this Governm' and therefore desired that the def' might be 
ordered to give in good security for the Prosecution of his suit and 
satisfying of the Judgem' which might passe against him; uppon wh c . h 
the Def' is willing to Joyne Issue with the P 1 ', alwayes Provided that the 
Articles of surrender be not thereby any wise infringed or broocken by 
one or the other. The P" makeing a Long reply to the s? Petit? In Wryt- 
ing, Itt was ordered that this Case should be suspended Withall, till next 
Court, or till M' Mayor de Lavall's returne from Albany, who best can 



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give reason why no Security was taken at first uppon entring of the 
Action. 

Goert Olphertsen, pltf. v/s Annatie Gerrits, deft. Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of fi. 106 in seawant for wages and lime delivered as 
pf a/c. Deft's son in law appearing says, that pltfs. work is not properly 
done; he also says, he can pay in linen. This pltf. denies. The W: 
Court authorize Sander Stulther and William Churcher to make inspec- 
tion, whether the work is properly done, which being so found, they con- 
demn the deft, then to pay the aforesaid fi. 106 zewant with costs. 

Marten Hofman, pltf. v/s Jan Roelofsen, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, according to handwriting the sum of one hundred gilders sewant 
and 400 lbs. of tobacco, for which debt the pltf. has attached the deft's 
tobacco and other effects in the hands of Claes Mellis and demands that 
said effects be condemned the rather, as he warned the deft, three several 
times to come here from Flatbush, to satisfy pltf. for the s? debt. The 
deft, remaining in default in appearing and answering to the said attach- 
ment, It is by the W: Court decreed and ordered, that the s? debt shall 
be satisfied and paid to the pltf. out of the above mentioned tobacco and 
other the defts. effects, with costs. 

Thomas Wandel, P 1 .' v/s John Backer, def' The P" remaining de- 
faut to prosecute his action, Itt was ordered uppon the defts desire that a 
Non Suite should be entred ag*' the P 1 .' and to pay Cost. 

Collonel Lewis Morris by Richard Morris and Andrew Rider his 
agents, P u . s v/s Henry Lyons, def? The P 1 ' declares that yf def' with one 
John Burr became Indebted to yf s? Rider, servant to Coll. Morris in 
yf summe of one Hundred and Seaventeene pounds, as pf ObligaCon: bear- 
ing yf 8^ day of June 1666: more at Large doth appeare, for w c . h debt 
yf P 1 .' Humbly Craves Judgem' ag 5 .' yf Def' with Cost. The def. replyes 
that and yf s? Jno Burr have bound themselves Jointly but not severally 
for yf s? debt, and that some part thereof is payd and saith that this def? 
Remainder part of yf s? debt, hath bene Reddy severall Yeares past and 
is still Reddy to be payd at fairfield where y' debt is Contracted, and 
yf paym' must be made, as appeares by an agrem' bearing date yf ffirst of 
June 1666, unto w* agrem' yf def. s bill hath a Referrance. The Jury 
brought in their Verdict and find yf bill due, and that yf def- pay yf Con- 
tents thereof according to agrem' Whereuppon yf Worshipp" Court 



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ordered that Judgem' should be Entred ag st y? Def according to Verdict, 
and y*: def' to pay Cost of Suite. 

JURY. 

Peter Jacobsen, Jonas Bartelsen, Alexf Watts, Matthew Mahu, W? 
Merrit, Thomas Tayler, W? How, Jacob Lesseler, Edward Smith, Sam 1 . 1 
Draek, Timothy biggs, Dirck van Clyff. 

Frederick Philips, P 1 .' v/s Lewis Morris & Richard Morris, def s A 
Coppy of the P 1 ' 5 declaration, to be taken out by the Def 

James Matthews, P" v/s Lewis Morris & Richard Morris, def' Order 
as above. 

Pieter Nys, P 1 ' v/s Lourens Jansen Oost, deft, the def' 2? defaut. 

Willem Waldron, P 1 .' v/s Isaacq Foreest & his Son, def s the def? 1 
defaut. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laer, def' Pltf. demands 
from deft, the sum of fl. 331. 2^ zewant as p' a/c delivered, with costs. 
The deft, failing to appear and to deliver in his offset a/c according to 
the last order of the Court dated . It is therefore ordered and de- 
creed by the W: Court, that the deft, shall pay the pltf. the aforesaid 
debt with costs. 

William Merrit, P 1 .' v/s Otto Gerrit, Def.' In an Act" of debt to the 
summe of fl. 73. Seawant. Uppon hearing of both P r ties the Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court did decree & Order that Judgem' should be entred ag s .' the def' 
that the def' should make payment of the s? debt in good Commodities to 
the P 1 ' 5 Liking, at Price Curr' and to pay Cost. 

Capt J"° Manning, P 1 ' v/s Marten Hofman, Def The Arbitrators 
returning their Report that they could not perswade p r ties to a Compos- 
ure, It was Ordered, that the def' should make paiment of the summe for 
W ? the house is Morgaged for to Dirck van Clyff, to the end the house 
may be Cleared to the P 1 ' and the def to pay Cost. 

Simon Romeyn, P" v/s John Garland, Def. the def 1. defaut. 

Simon Romeyn, P 1 .' v/s Maddeleen van Vleecq, def the def 1 
defaut. 

Capt Philip Carteret, P" v/s Thomas Wandel, Def Itt is Ordered 
that the P 1 ' should declare in Wryting, and the def to take out a Coppy 
thereof and returne his answer at the next Court day. 

Sara Hawkins, P 1 ' v/s Thomas Karr, def Uppon hearing of both 



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p r ties, It was ordered that the deft? Sloop should be released from the 
attachm' and the def' be permitted to depart from hence to deleware if 
he see Cause. 

M r - Thomas Lovelace, P? v/s Luycas Thienhoven, deff The P 1 ' de- 
mands from this def? uppon an Assignm' from Mr Brinckley the quantity 
of 150 lb. tobacco. The def' ownes the debt and is willing to make 
Paim' thereof. The Court ordered the deft to make Imediat Paim' of the 
s? 150'? tobacco with Cost of Suit. 

3? July A? 1672. Execution Issued out. 

The Worshipp" Court this day recommended unto Mr Olof Stevensen 
Cortlant to take the Care and Management in Causing the Warff or Wall 
on the Waterside before Gelyn Verplankx house as farr the Townes part 
doth reach be finished and Made up; And Mr Johannes Van Brugh to have 
the Managem' in Repairing of the Half Moon before the State house. 

Uppon the Report of Capt: J"° Manning & Capt" John Berry, being 
appointed by this Court to endeavour a Composure betweene M' Humphrey 
davenpoort & M r . s Rachel davenpoort his Wife returned this day their 
answer, that they could not see any probability of making up the differ- 
ance betweene them, M. r Humphrey Davnpoort denying that he detained 
any of his Wife's waring apparrel, only some Child bedd Linnen w c . h he is 
Willing to returne hur, as also to give her a dozzen of table napkins a pair 
of sheets & a table cloth. Itt is therefore ordered that the former order 
of the Court shall stand in force, that is to say, that both p r ties shall re- 
turne to each other their wearing apparrel & that the s? M' Humphrey 
davenpoort shall Contribute towards the Maintanance of his Wife and 
Children, according to his ability; as he in the presence of the Court hath 
promised to do. 

Uppon His Honnf the Govern? recommending ; The Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court this day admitted M. r Nathaniel Davenpoort of Boston in New 
England Merch' to be a Burger of this Citty, he paying soo much for his 
Burger Priviledge, as others are bound to doe. 

M' Cornells Steenwyk and M. r Johannes Van Brugh being appointed 
by this Court to be Weesmasters of this Citty, are accordingly Confirmed 
by his honnf the Govern" Commission, herein recorded, Viz' 

Whereas M' Cornelys Steenwyck and Capt Johannes van Brugh, 
have been admitted by y. e Court of Mayo' and Aldermen of this Citty to 



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be Wees Mast" or Guardians of Widdowes and Orphants Estate for this 
Present Yeare; These Presents Certify and Declare y' yf s d Wees Mast" 
are Confirmed and Allowed of by Mee to Act and doe in their said Em- 
ployment and Trust accordingly to yf Rules and Customes heretofore in 
practice amongst them before y? Surrender of this Place; In yf Artie? 
whereof Itt is inserted; that is to say — in y? n* Article viz' (:The Dutch 
shal here Enjoy their owne Customes Concerning their Inheritance:) 
And for whatsoever lawffull act or Things yf s d Weesmasters, or Guardians 
shall doe Conformable to y? Custome afores d This shall be to them for & 
during the terme of their Carge a sufficiant Warrant ; Given under My 
hand & sale at forte James in New Yorke this 19'! 1 Day of Jully A? 167 1. 

(Signed) Fran c ! s Lovlace. 

Att a May? Court held att New Yorck the 15* of August A? 167 1. 
M' Matthias Nicolls, Depty May'; Mr Jno. Laurence, M- Olof Stevensen, 
Mf Johannes Van Brugh, M r . Isaacq Bedloo, Ald r men. 

Johannes Vernelje, P 1 ' v/s Ralph Hutchisson, Del? The P 1 ' declares 
that the Def? hath engaged himselfe to pay to this P 1 ' for the ace' of Am- 
brosius Moor the summe of fl. 112 sewant, Whereuppon this P 1 .' Com- 
menced this his Suit, and Craves Judgem' w'? 1 Cost. The def' denyes the 
s d debt. The W: Court uppon hearing of both p r ties & the Witnesses 
produced in Court, Itt was Ordered that Judgement should be entred 
ag*' the def' to pay the s d fl. 100 with Cost of Suit. 

1672: May y e i4'. h Execution Issued out. 

Jno. Quigly, P 1 .' v/s Ralph Huddisson. The P 1 .' declares that the 
def' is Indebted unto him for a parcel of Earthen ware the summe of Six- 
teene pounds ten ShilH 5 , uppon w ! 1 this P 1 ' Commenced this his Suit and 
humbly prayeth Judgem' ag s .' the def' together with Cost of Suit. 
Uppon hearing of the debates of both parties, the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did 
decree and order that this Def' should make payement of the s d ^i6: 10 
within the space of fifteen dayes after this date; provided the deft hath 
Liberty to sue the P 1 ' for his Bargaine in Case it be not made good by 
him and the deft to pay Cost. 

167 1 12 Sept' Execut" Issued out. 

Willem Waldron, P 1 ' against Evert Dircksen, deft P 1 .' demands from 
Def! fl. 32 Zewant. Dei' denies owing so much, and says he has ready 



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according to agrement what he owes the P l * for the wood. The W: 
Court order Deft to pay his debt to P 1 ' with Staves according to agree- 
ment and pay Costs incurred herein. 

Fredrick Philips, pltf. v/s Jean du Priee (Perier ?), deft. Pltf. de- 
mands from deft, the sum of sixty gilders Hollands for passage money 
from here to Holland or three hundred guilders good stringed wampum 
with costs. The deft, admits the debt and offers to pay within -^ time in 
white peas @ 4 gl. the skepel or current price. The W: Court condemn 
the deft, to pay the pltf. within the time of three months the aforesaid 
sixty (guilders ?) Hollands or fi. 300 in zewant, with costs, on giving suffi- 
cient security that s? debt shall be promptly paid. 

Nota. Before the adjournment of the Court, Nicolaes dupuie en- 
tered himself, in presence of the Court, bail pursuant to the aforesaid 
sentence, for the payment thereof. 

Capt" Philip Carteret, P 1 . 1 v/s Pieter Wolphersen, def! The P 1 .' de- 
clares that the def' is Indebted unto him as per Obligation the summe of 
fl. 1363: 18 Wampum. The def' ownes the debt except 200 g? w c . h he 
saith was paid to the P 1 .' by Reyntie Gaukes; and is now come purposely 
to dispose of his effects here and at After Coll to satisfy the P". The 
Court desired the Worshipp 1 . 1 Depty Mayf to Speake with the P u . s Atturny, 
and to propound some way for the deff? releasem' out of prison whereby 
he might be enabled to dispose of his Effects & Satisfy the P 1 .'. 

Raph Huddisson, Agent of Edmond Gibbons, P 1 .' v/s Jno. Will- 
kens, def' The P 1 ' produced in Court a Letter from the s? Gibbons 
whereby he desired the P 1 ' to take out the def. s hands a pacel of Earthen 
ware, and 1 1 p" of tanned Leather w 6 ? this Pltf hath demanded from the 
def' but could not receive it from him: Uppon w c . h this P 1 ' attached the 
s? ware in the hands of Benjamin Johns and Craves Judgem* thereuppon. 
The def- saith that part of the ware is belonging to himselfe, and for Mf 
Gibbons part he tenders to give in sufficient security to be accomptable 
for the same uppon the s? Gibbons returne hether; The Court allowed of 
the s? def' s tender to give in security as afores?, and thereuppon 
released the Earthen Ware from the arrest. 

The W: Court having read and considered the report of Alexander 
Stulter and William Churcher regarding the matter in dispute between 
Goert Olphertsen on the one part and Annetie Gerrit on the other side, 



318 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1671 

It is this day decreed and ordered by the W: Court, that the abovenamed 
Goert Olphertsen shall make the work in question good and tight on the 
inspection of Reyntie Pieters, Alexander Stulter and W? Churcher afore- 
said, provided the said Annetie Gerrits furnishes the materials at a proper 
season or in default of materials that the abovenamed persons shall ap- 
praise the damage of the afores^ work, which damage the aforesaid 
Annetie Gerrits shall then deduct from the principal sum according to 
Judgement. 

Jan Roelofsen Seubringh appearing in Court requests, that the docu- 
ments and papers relating to the matter in question between him and 
Marten Hofman may be revised and the previous judgment dated 18 July 
last be annulled and rendered void. Whereupon the W: Court heard the 
debates on bothe sides and having examined and reviewed the documents 
produced, their Worshipps decree and order, that the preceding judg- 
ment of date aforesaid shall stand good, and remain in its full power and 
effect. 

Samuel Bach, Esq' and David Gomes by their Atturn* Peter Ledget 
& W™ Derval, P'i s v/s The Ketch Betty, Joseph Johnson, M' & Comp, 
Defts. The P 1 ' 5 haveing attached the Ketch abovementioned as alsoo the 
Logwood arrived in hur or the produce thereof, w c . h still is left in the 
Merch^ hands, Itt is this day ordered that the s'J attachment shall stand 
good untill further order, and do hereby authorize & empower Capt" 
Richard Morris M' francois Rombouts Mr Christoffel hooghl' and Jno. 
Quigly to examin into & State the accts. and if possible to determine the 
differances in Controversie betweene both parties and to make a returne 
thereof at the Next Court. 

In the matter in question between Hendrick Obe, pltf. , v/s Jacob 
Hellaekers, deft., the W: Court authorized as arbitrators Sieurs Jan 
Vinge and Balthazar Bayard, who are hereby required to examine the a/c 
of parties and if possible to settle them and reconcile parties; otherwise 
to report to the Court. 

M' Jacob fabricius, P" v/s Marten Hofman, Def? Itt is ordered 
that the def' shall take out a Coppy of the P l ' s acct. and returne his 
objections to the same at the Next Court. 

M* Jacobus fabricius, P u v/s Baey Croeswelt & Jamica his Wife, 
defts. The defts. to take out a Coppy of the P lts declaration. 



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M. Jacob Fabricius, P 1 ? v/s Marten Hofman, def? In an Act" of dis- 
famation. Order as above. 

M? Jacob fabricius, P 1 .' v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, def? Itt is ordered 
that the deft shal take out a Coppy of the P 1 ? 3 declaration and returne his 
answer at the Next Court day. 

David Jochemsen, P 1 .' v/s Simon Jansen Romeyn, def? Suspended. 

Harck Dircksen, P" v/s Simon Jansen Romeyn, def? Suspended. 

John Mattheus, P" v/s Jno Keen, def? Suspended. 

Philips Johns, P 1 . 1 v/s John Keen, def? Suspended. 

James Mills, P" v/s Mr Cornelis Steenwyck, def? This Action was 
by a former Ord' of Court Suspended till M' May" returne from Albany. 

Fredrick Philips, P" v/s Lewis Morris & Richard Morris, defts. Itt 
is ordered that a Jury should be Impanelled to trye this Cause at the Next 
Court day. 

James Mattheus, P 1 .' v/s Lewis Morris & Richard Morris, defts. 
Orderd as above. 

Peter Nys, P 1 .' v/s Lourens Oost, Def? the def 2 d . defaut. 

Willem Waldron, P" v/s Isaacq. Foreest & his Sonn, def' 5 2 A . de- 
faut. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 * v/s Stoffel van Laer, Def? entred a third 
defaut w* the P lts consent. 

Capt Philip Carteret, P? v/s Thomas Wandel, def? The def? 2 d de- 
faut. 

Dirck van Clyff, P? v/s M d . e Tiddeman, deft. 

Dirck van Clyff, P 1 ' v/s John Garland, def 1 the def? i defaut. 

Allard Anthony, P 1 .' v/s Dirck Smith, def? the def? i defaut. 

Arian Van Laer, P" /s Jurian de Kooper. the def? i defaut. 

J n .° Payne, P 1 ' v/s William Beeckman. The Pi* declares that this 
def? is Indebted unto his P 1 .' the summe of Sixteene hundred and six 

gild' 5 in beav rs according to obligation bearing date the in the yeare 

1656: for w 6 ? debt this P 1 ? Craves Judgem? agst the Def? w* Cost of Suit. 
The def? replyes that he satisffied the si debt to the P'? s Atturny, Capt 
Thomas Willet & paid him in the hands of Alexander de Hinojossa a 
summe of fi. 600: and by the West India Comp^ the summe of fl. 1065 
beav r . s as by their Ac ts appeares. The Court ordered that this Case 
should be suspended till Capt. Willetts Comeing downe from Albany. 



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Uppon the Complaint of the Vendu M r Nicolaes Bayard, desiring Execu- 
tion uppon the Judgem! obtained ag s . 1 Garland, Itt is this day ordered 
that in Case the si Garland doth not satisfy the debt according to 
Judgem? within the space of tenn dayes after this date, that Execution 
should be Issued out ag s . 1 him. 

Capt. John Manning, P 1 .' v/s Francis Jackson, Def' Suspended. 

Richard Hartshorn e, P" v/s Benjamin Derval, Def' Both defaut. 

Uppon the Petition of Arent Leendertsen requesting that he might 
be admitted to be one of the Sworne Porters of this Citty to Supply the 
place of the deceas? porter Tousyn Briel; W c . h being taken into Concid- 
eration the Court Condescended therein, and do hereby admit the s? 
Arent Leenders to be one of the porters of this Citty, he behaveing him- 
selfe Civilly and faithfully therein and doing the Oath accordingly. 

Tryntie Clocq, P? v/s Ely Douty, Def The P u declares that the 
Def' is Indebted unto hur as p- Obligation the quantity of hundred deal 
boards for w^ she Craves Judgm^ ag s . 1 the Def', with Cost. The Marishal 
Henry Nuton answered in the def? behalfe that the s d . boards where 
reddy to deliver, provided the P" paid the Charges of the Court, as she 
had promised him to doe. The Court Ordered that Judgem' should be 
entred ag st the def to pay the s d Boards, together with Cost of Suit. 

Att a Speciall Court held att New Yorke this 21^ day of August A? 
1671. Present Cap t" e Matthias Nicols, Dep? Mayor; M' John Laurence, 
M' Oloff Stevens, M' Johannes van Brugh, M? Isak Bedloo, Alderm"; M r 
Allard Antony, Sherriff. 

Benjamin Say, by Joseph Knot his agent, P 1 .' v/s Otto Gerrits & 
Angle his Wyffe, Def? The P 1 .' declaers that these defts are Indebted 
unto him by ballance of accomt for a parcell of Earthen Waere W c . h this 
P? hath deliver d . to the Def. s to dispose of for his account; the sume of 
fouere hundred sixty six gild r ? & 19 styv" in zewant and humbly, de- 
siered Judgem' for the same w*? Costs of Suet. The Jury Brought in 
their Verdict and found for the P? and that the P 1 . 1 shal pay to the Def? 
for their Care & trouble. Uppon hearing of the Debates of both parties 
and haing taken into Matiure Concideration all what Coulld be alledgeth 
on both P'ties Concerningh the Case in Controversie, The Worshipp" 
Court did soo farr allow of the Verdict of the Jury that the Def? shall 



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pay to this P u for the Remaining part of the Earthen waere the surae of 
twoo hundred fourty one Gilders in seawant, out of w c . h the Court doe 
allowe to the Deft for his Care and trouble in selling of the s? Ware the 
sume of fifty Gilders Zewant, and the Deft s to pay Costs of Suit. 

Att a May" Court held att New Yorck August the 29^ A° 1671. 
Present Capt" Thomas de Laval, May!"; Capt. Matthias Nicolls, Mf John 
Laurence, Mt Olof Stevensen, M. r Johannes van Brugh, Mt Isaacq Bed- 
loo, Ald'men; Mf Allard Antony, Sherif. 

David Jochemsen, P" v/s Simon Romeyn, Execute of the Estate of 
Reyntie Pieters, Deft Suspended by a former Order of Court. 

29* d l ? parties agreed. 

Harck Dircksen, P't v/s Symon Romeyn, etz, Deft Suspended as 
above. 

31 s .' ditto. Parties agreed. 

James Mattheus, P" v/s John Keen, deft It is Ordered that notice 
shall be given to Keene for to answer this action in six weeks or other- 
wise that Judgemt shall be past ag 5 .' him. 

Philip Johns, P" v/s Jno. Keene, deft Itt is Ordred as above. 
Whereuppon the following Letter is sent to the s? Keene by Mt John 
Keen: — 

These are onely to acqt you that on the 24* of Jann r . y last past James 
Mattheus and Philip Johns attached your effects here now in the hands 
of M r Derval the first for a debt of fl. 481 seawant and the last for a debt 
of ;£i8. 11. and do both presse for Judgemt uppon the same, But the 
Court have suspended the tryal of the s? causes till this day six weeckes 
and have ordered me to give notice thereof to the end you might come & 
appeare at the s? time either in person or by yt Atturny to answer the 
S? actions soo not else etz. Dated the n'! 1 of Septt 167 1. 

Fredrick Philipsen, P 1 ' v/s Lewis Morris & Capt Richard Morris, 
Deft 5 The P" declares that the Deft Lewis Morris is Indebted unto him 
as pt Bill the quantity of five ancors of good Merchandable Rom for w c . h 
debt this P 1 ' hath attached soo much of the Rom Belonging to the s. d Lewis 
Morris, Now in the hands of the s? Capt. Richard Morris, as will satisfy 
the s? debt, and humbly Craves for Judgemt thereuppon. The deft 
answered that the attached Rom did belonge to J n0 Bonner and not to the 

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Def? Lewis Morris and therefore humbly Craves for a Nonsuit. The Jury 
brought in their Verdict & found for the P 1 * with Cost of Suit. The 
Court ordered that Judgem? should be entred accordingly, and Ordered 
that the s? Capt? 1 Morris shall satisfy the s? debt and Cost out of the s? 
attached Rom and for soo doing this shall unto him be a sufficient dis- 
charge. 

JURY. 

Jno Quigley, Tho? Berryman, Tho. Badger, Timothy Bigs, Michiel 
Smith, Johannes Peyster, W™ Beeckman, Jeronimus Ebbingh, Timothy 
Gabrie, Dirck van Clyff, Peter Lee, Jonas Bartels, Robert Richards. 

James Mattheus, P" v/s Lewis Morris & Capt Rich? Morris, Def? 
The P 1 .' declares that y? Def Lewis Morriss is Indebted unto him as pf 
Bill yf quantity of six hundred pounds of Sugar for w c . h this P 1 .' hath 
attached soo much of yf Rom belonging to yf s? Lewis Morris Now in y? 
hands of yf s? Capt? Richard Morris as will satisfy yf s? debt and humbly 
Craves for Judgem? thereuppon. The Def? answered that the attached 
Rom did belonge to J n .° Bonner and not to yf deft. Lewis Morris and 
therefore humbly Craves for a Nonsuite. The Jury brought in their Ver- 
dict and found for yf P" w'? Cost of suite. The Court ordered that 
Judgem? should be Entred accordingly and Ordered that yf s? Capt? 
Morris shall satisfy yf s? debt and Cost out of yf s? Attached Rom and 
for soe doing this shall be unto him a sufficiant Discharge. 

Otto Gerrits, P 1 ? v/s Joseph Knot, Def? The deft, to take out Coppy 
of the Declarat? 

James Mills, P 1 ? v/s Mr Cornelis Steenwyck, Def' The def' desires 
that the P 1 .' may be Ordered to give in security for the debt and damages 
in Case the P? should be cast by the P 1 ? (qu. Def l) etz. The def (so 
in Orig. qu Pit. ?) replyes that he sues by forme of povertie and desires 
that the P" may be Ordered to answer to his declaration. The Court 
ordered that the Def? should bring in an answer to the P'? s at the next 
Court day. 

Capt. Philip Carteret, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Wandel, def? M? Allard An- 
thony Appearing in the behalfe of the P 1 ' the Court ordered that the s? 
M? Anthony should produce a Lett? of Atturny from the P 1 .' and a Coppy 
of the Will of Herry Puttman, untill w c . h time the Court ordered the pro- 
ceedings of this Case should be suspended. 



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Jacob Fabricius, P 1 ' v/s Marten Hofman, def' In an Act" of debt. 
The W: Court refer parties touching their dispute to the arbitration of 
M* Hendrick Bosch and Warnaer Wessels, who are hereby required and 
requested to settle the question between parties if possible; if not to report 
to the Court. 

Timothy Gabrie is elected Arbitral in place of Hendrick Bos in date 
15 Septf 

Jacob Frabricius, P 1 .' v/s Marten Hofman, def' In an Act" of de- 
famation. Order as above. 

Jacob Fabricius, P 1 ' against Baey Croswelt, def' 

Jacob Fabricius, P 1 ' v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, Def? The differeance 
being about defamation, the Court ordered these Causes to be throwne 
out of Court, they being found only Vexatious. 

James Mills, P 1 .' v/s William Shackerley, Def' The Def' to take out 
a Coppy of the P 1 ' 5 declaration to answer at the Next Court day. 

Jno. Daaly, P 1 ' v/s Herry Hedger, def' the deft, i defaut. 

Richard Morris, P 1 .' v/s Otto Gerrits, deH Parties agreed before the 
Court. 

Gabriel Minvelle, P 1 ' v/s Jacques Cousseau, def' The def' desired 
a Coppy of the P'' s declaration to returne his answer at the Next Court 
day w c - h is allowed him. 

Hendrick Arentsen Spanjaart. P 1 ' v/s Anna Jacobs, def' the deft. 
1. defaut. 

Peter Herren, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Wandel, def' The Court ordered and 
recommended to both Compose their differance Concerning the Sale of a 
Serv' betwixt themselves before the Next Court day, or otherwise then to 
be decided by the Court. 

Hendrick Arentsen Spanjaart, P 1 ' v/s David Jochemsen, def- The 
Court do recommend to both Parties to make up their differance betwixt 
themselves before the next Court day, or otherwise then to be decided. 

Adolph Pietersen & Gerrit Jansen Roos are this day appointed to be 
arbitrators in the Case betweene Allard Antony P 1 ' Dirck Smith & his 
Wife, def' viz' 

M' Allard Anthony, curat' of the estate of the late Foppe Barentsen, 
pltf. v/s Dirck Smit and his wife, defts. In the matter in question arising 
between parties, the W: Court authorized as arbitrators Adolph Pieters 



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and Gerrit Roos, who are hereby requested to inspect the remaining work,, 
which Foppe Barents was yet to make for the deft, and to settle a/cs be- 
tween parties and to reconcile them; if not to report at the next Court 
day. 

Symon Janz Romeyn, P 1 ' v/s Maddelena van Vleeck, def' the def." 
2? defaut. 

Dirck van Clyff, P 1 .' v/s Anna Tiddeman, def^ the def! 2? defaut. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu Mr & Marten Meyer, P 1 ' v/s Abel Harden- 
broeck, def- the def' 1. defaut. 

Ariaen van Laer, P 1 .' v/s Juriaen deKooper, def' The def' desires 
a Coppy of the P". s ace' w c . h is allowed him. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 ' v/s Stoffel van Laer, def' The Court order 
Parties to Settle with each other by the next Court day. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Reyntie Gauker, deft. In the matter in 
question regarding the a/c betwixt parties, the W: Court elected as 
Arbitrators Sieurs Balthazar Bayard and Jan Vinge who are hereby 
requested to reconcile parties if possible; if not to report to the Court. 

Uppon the Complaint of Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu M! that M* Garland 
according to the last Order of C r ' hath not made any satisfaction or pay- 
ment for yf house & Lott of ground bought in Outcry from Stoffel van 
Laer, Itt is this day Ordered that y^ s? Vendu M' at yf Next Outcry shall 
expose yf s? house and lott of ground to a New Sale, and that y? s? Gar- 
land shall make good yf losse thereof. 

Att a Mayors Court Held in yf towne of New Haerlem this 8'. h day of 
7 br 167 1. Present Capt Thomas de Lavall, Mayor; Capt Matthias. 
Nicolls, M r John Lawrence, M' Johannes Van Brugh, Mr Isaacq Bedloo, 
Aldermen; M!" Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

David de Mareest, pltf. v/s John Archer, deft. Pltf. says that deft, 
has mowed and removed the grass of the pltf's valley, lot N? 1, situate 
about Spytenduyvel, notwithstanding he had him forbidden so to do by 
the Constable. He demands, therefore, restitution of the same hay, with 
costs. The deft, answering says, in case pltf. can prove, that the valley, 
lot N? 1, mowed by him belongs to the pltf., he will restore the hay. The 
W: Court having heard parties and the pltfs. ground brief being examined 
they find the length of said lot N? 1. undefined and therefore by consent 



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of both parties, the W: Court orders the Surveyor Jacques Corteljou tc 
measure off, in presence of the Magistrates of Haarlem and Fordhom so 
much good meadow for lot N? i, as the adjoining lots 2 and 3 have and 
in case it be then found, that the mowed valley belongs to the pltfs. lot 
N? 1, the deft, shall be bound to restore his hay mowed to the pltf. and 
to pay the costs incurred herein. 

Marten Hardewyn, pltf. v/s John Archer, deft. Pltf. complains, 
that the deft, broke down pltfs. fence, whereby his corn is destroyed and 
requests payment of damages with costs. By consent of both parties the 
matter in dispute is referred to the arbitration of Daniel Terneur and 
Johan Lamontagne, who are hereby required to decide the question, to 
reconcile parties if possible and to make report of their decision to the 
W: Court on next Saturday fortnight. 

Marcus de Sausoy, pltf. v/s John Archer, deft. Pltf. complains, 
that deft, threw his, pltfs., furniture out of doors, whereby he has suffered 
great loss and damage etz. He demands payment of damage, with costs. 
By consent of both parties, the matter in question is referred by the W: 
Court to the arbitration of Daniel Terneur and Johan Lamontagne, who 
are hereby requested to decide, if possible the matter in dispute and 
reconcile parties and to render a report of their decision to the W Court 
on the next Saturday 14 days. 

Johannes Verveelen, pltf. v/s John Archer, deft. In the matter in 
question arising between parties the W: Court nominated and elected as 
arbitrators Daniel Terneur and Johan de Lamontagne, who are hereby 
required to hear the debates of parties and if possible to decide the ques- 
tion and reconcile parties or otherwise to report to the Court. 

The Inhabitants of the Towne of fordhom, p 1 ? v/s John Archer, 
def- The P 1 ' 5 do complaine that y? def' severall times hath bene y? occa- 
sion of Great troubles betwixt y? Inhabitants of y? s? Towne he taking 
uppon him selfe to Ruel and Governe over them by Rigur and force, and 
do humbly desiere Reliefe and y? protexion of this C rt ag st him or any 
other that should disturbe y? peace of y? s? Inhabitants. Uppon y? Hear- 
ing of both p'ties y? Court ordered y? def? John Archer, to behavie him- 
selfe for y? future Civilly and quietly ag 5 .' y? Inhabitants of y? s? towne, as 
hee will answer y? Contrary at his perrill; And it is further Ordered that 
all small Differances, w c . h for the future shall happen to fall out at fordhom 



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afores? shall be Decided at Haerlem by y? Magistrates of fordham W'! 1 yt 
Assistance of two of y? Magistrates of Haerlem afores?, Except those of 
fordhom will be at y. e Charge to Satisfy y" Magistrates of Haerlem for 
Comming up to their Towne of fordhom. 

Att a Mayors Court held att New Yorck this 19* of Sept' 1671. 
Present Capt" Thomas de Lavall, Mayo. r ; M- r Matthias Nicolls, Mr Jno 
Laurence, M. r Olof Stevens, M- r Johannes Van Brugh, M' Isaacq Bedloo, 
Ald'men; M' Allard Antony, Sherif. 

Mr Jan Laurence desiring an Order to the Curateurs of John Copal 
deceased that he might be preferred for his debt due to him from the s? 
Copall's Estate; Itt is this day Ordered that the said Curators shall at 
the next Court day appeare for to give answer thereuppon. 

Itt is this day Ordered that no Tapper or Inkeeper shall sell any 
Drinck to Saylors or Mariners except the Mastr or Merch' have past their 
word for the paiement thereof, and that the Law in that case provided 
should be made knowne to the Inkeepers to the end that they may regu- 
late themselves accordingly. 

James Mattheus, P" v/s John Keen, def' Suspended by a former 
Ordr 

Philip Johns, P 1 ' v/s John Keen, def? Suspended as above. 

James Mills, P" v/s Cornelis Steenwyck, Deft. Uppon the P 1 ' 5 de- 
sire Itt is Ordered that the P 1 * shall take out a Coppy of the defts answer 
and then to Come to tryal att the Next Court day. 

Mf Cornelis Steenwyck desires that an act" of debt might be entred 
at his suit against James Mills, w c . h by order of Court is done and further 
Ordered that both the abovestanding Causes shall come to Tryal at the 
next Court day, provided both parties do deliver to one another the 
Coppy of the declaration and the deffts answer thereuppon within six 
dayes after this date. 

Gabriel Minvielle, P 1 ' v/s Jacques Cousseau, def' The Court this 
day ordered that Mr Johannes de Peyster, Mr Jeronimus Ebbingh, Mr 
Christoffel Hooglant and M. r Francois Rombouts shall Vieu & Examin 
the papers and account produced in Court by both parties, and to heare 
the debates and allegations of both parties thereupon & to render an ac- 
count thereof to the Court. 



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David Edwards, P 1 .' v/s Rodger Tounsen, def' In an act" of the 
Case. Itt being made appear to this Court that the def' hath bene aiding 
and assisting in Conveying away the P 1 ^ Servant who is now run away 
from his Maistr The Court recommended to the Def' for to Compose with 
the P 1 ' concerning the same, or otherwise that Judgem' should be past 
thereuppon at the next Court day. 

Richard Morris, Atturny of John Payne, PV v/s Capt Thomas Willet, 
def' The P 1 .' declares that the Def' as attorney to this P 1 ' have received 
for the P lts ace' from Willem Beeckman the summe of sixteene hundred 
and Six guilders in Beav r . s , that is to say, by assignmt from the Comp y one 
thousand and sixty five gild" and the rest by discount with Alexander 
d'hinojossa, Late Governor of Delleware. The Jury Brought in their 
Verdict and found for the P 1 ' and the def' to pay One thousand sixty and 
five gild rs beavers w'! 1 Cost of suit and Intrest as the Court shall thinck 
fitting. The Court do Suspend their Judgement till next Morning. 

JURY. 

Mf Tho. Lovelace, Will 1 ! 1 Derval, Edw? Dyer, Rich? Connet, Jno 
Quigly, Peter Harring, Nathan Wright, David Edwards, Tho* Lewis, M r . 
Lockwood, Tho. Paine, Tho. Spragg. 

Balthazar de Haert, pltf. v/s Reynier vanderCoele, deft. The W: 
Court order the pltf. to put in his demand in writing and to deliver it in 
on the Next Court day. 

Dirck van Clyff, pltf. v/s Anna Tiddeman, deft. Pltf. demands from 
the deft, payment, according to a/c, of fl. 419. 5. for goods sold her or 
restitution of the same goods, in whatever condition they now may be. 
Deft, by petition requests, that the W : Court would appoint some persons 
to administer the estate left by her late husband Thomas Tiddeman dec?, 
under benefit of inventory, which was also granted her. And further, 
Sieurs N. Bayard and Notary Jno Sharp are authorized to take s? inven- 
tory, which being done, the pltf. shall have to make his Claim Known to 
the administrators. 

Anna, Relique of Thomas Tiddeman deceased requesting that she 
might be Empowered to administer uppon the Estate of hur deceased 
husband, and that an Inventory might be taken of what her Late husband 
died possest of, to the end she might satisfy everyone so farr as the Estate 
will goe. Whereuppon the Court ordered and appointed the Secret?' 



328 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1671 

Nicolaas Bayard and the Notary Jno Sharp to take an exact Inventory of 
the s? Estate, w c . h being done the Petit!" is permitted to administ" the s d . 
Estate, takeing out Lett r - S of Administration from his honn- r the Gov!" for 
the same. 

Symon Jans" Romeyn, pltf. v/s Madaleentie van Vleck, deft. Defts. 
3? defaut. Pltf. demands from deft. fl. 12. zewant and fi. 24: 10. beavers 
from deft, as per a/c, with costs. The W: Court condemn the deft, on 
her 3 d default for non appearance to pay pltf. the sum demanded within 
the time of 3 months, with costs. 

Hendrick Arentsen Spaujaart, P 1 ' v/s David Jochem, def' 1 defaut. 

James Mattheus, P" v/s John Thomsen, Def' parties agreed. 

James Mattheus, P 1 ' v/s Jn? Thomas, def' Parties agreed. 

Ariaen Van Laer, pltf. v/s Juriaen Jansen Cooper, deft. Pltf. de- 
mands fl. 386. according to a/c. Ordered, in case deft, shall not bring 
in sufficient proof by the next Court day to the contrary, judgment shall 
then be pronounced. 

Anthony Jansen, pltf. v/s Lodowyck Post, deft. Deft, in default. 

Warnaer Wessels, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laer, deft. Pltf. and deft, 
both default. 

Fredrick Philipps, P'.'v/s Jacques Cousseau, def' In an act" of debt 
to yf Summe of fl. 1800 Hollands due by Mortgages. The def' desires a 
Coppy of the P u . s declaration w c . h the Court doth allow him. 

Fredrick Philips, P 1 ' v/s Jacques Cousseau, Def. in an act" of debt 
to the summe of fl. 2 112. for better security thereof. The def- desires a 
Coppy of the P". s declaration w c . 15 the Court doth allow him. 

Thomas Spragg, P 1 ' v/s Joseph Johnson, def' Suspended. 

Jacques Cousseau desires his Tobacco w c . h Now is in the Custodie of 
fredrick Philipsen and bound over to him for debt, may be redelivered 
him to be sold to his most advantage and promised the produce thereof to 
be delivered to the s d Philipsen, except he w d give soo much for the 
s d Tobacco, as others will give. W c . h the Court do allow of, order the s d 
Philipsen to redeliver the s d Tobacco except he will give soo much for it 
as others will pay for the same. 

On the petition of Harck Dircksen requesting preference on the 
estate left by Reyntie Pieters, dec? for the debt due him as per a/c, It is 
ordered by the W: Court that the curators of the abovenamed Reyntie 



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Pietersen shall deliver in to Court the estate of the afores? Reynties both 
as to the out and the incoming debts. 

Gabriel Minvielle produceing in Court the Will & Testament of Capt 
Jno. Julius Late Commander of the Ship the Dorathe now riding at 
Ancor in the harbour of the Citty; by w^ Will he was made Executor to 
administrate the effects now aboard of the s? shipp desireing that the s? 
will might be proeved by the Witnesses and Confermed by the Court. 
Whereuppon the Witnesses to the s? Testament to wit M' Balthazar de 
Haert, M' Claes Verbraeck, W. Philip Johns & Geo: Sparr being Call'd 
and appearing in Court, attested together w^ Secretary Nicolaes Bayard 
that they had bene present in Makeing of the s? Will; and that the 
s. d John Julius had his full understanding as farr outwards could be per- 
ceived. 

Peter Herren, Pltf. v/s Thomas Wandel, Deft. Suspended. 

The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court do recommend to the Aldermen M? John 
Laurence and Mf Johannes Van Brugh to Cause the Corners of the 
Streetes and other defective Places, w ,: . h must be made or repaired at the 
Towne's Charge, to be finished and Compleated. 

The Court do allow to the Karmen for the Worke done for the 
Towne in filling up the Warfe before Long Marie's Eight Stiv" per Load; 
And for the Worke w c . h they shal doe for the Towne hereafter, they shall 
be allowed six Stiv rs per Load and no more. 

On the complaint of Sjvert Olpherse, that Anna Smits fails yet to 
provide the Materials required for the prosecution of the work according 
to previous Courts order; It is this day ordered, that in case the above- 
named Anna Smits has not within the space of 8 days from this date, the 
materials ready for the prosecution of the work, Execution shall then be 
issued on the previous judgment. 

Uppon his Honn. r y? Govern? Letter Recommending to this Court 
that yf former Ord' Concerning y? paving of Streets might be putt in due 
Execution against those that are defective therein and that some Order 
might be made that y? warfes on y? Waterside might be finished and y* 
mote or heere-Graft might be made up in such a forme as M' Johannis 
De Peister before his house hath Already begin etz. The Court have 
therefore thought fitt to Nominate and Appoint W. Allard Anthony 
Sheriff, M. r Nicolaes de Meyer and M. r Fredrick Philipse to take a View 



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of y? s? streetes, and to Cause those that are Defective therein to finish y° 
same and further to take a vieu of y? s? Warfes and heere Graft (Broad 
Street), according to y. e tenn' of his honn r . s Letter and to give their advice 
thereuppon att y? Next Court day. 

Nicolaes Bayard, pltf. v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, deft. Pltf. as Vendu 
Mr demands from deft, the sum of fi. 265. 5. seawant as per a/c for 
auction fees. Deft, acknowledges the debt, but says he was not sum- 
moned. The W: Court condemn the deft, to pay pltf. the debt demanded, 
with costs. 

Gelyn Verplanck, attorny of Jan Hendricksen van Baall, pltf. v/s 
Pieter Jacobsen Marius, Jan Joosten and Luykas Andriessen, defts. 
Pltf. says, that the deft. Pieter Jacobsen bought at Boston for the pltf's 
a/c and also brought on freight to New York and there shipped to 
Albany in the yacht of the defts. Jan Joosten and Luycas Andriessen, of 
which little boxes one lot was missed on their receipt at Albany. He 
demands therefore indemnification for said lot of boxes, with costs. 
Deft. Pieter Jacobsen says, he delivered all the pltf's goods according to 
invoice to the defts. Jan Joosten and Luykas Andriessen. They answer, 
that they delivered, but without counting, all the boxes, which they re- 
ceived from deft. Pieter Jacobsen again to the pltf. at Albany. The jury 
gave for verdict, that the deft. Jan Joosten and Luykas Andriese shall 
make good the lost boxes with costs, provided Pieter Jacobsen shall con- 
firm on oath, that he delivered all the pltf's goods to the deft. W c . h being 
done by the above named Pieter Jacobsen, the above verdict and award 
of the jury was approved and declared valid. 

Att a May r . s Court held at New Yorke this 3? day of Octob' 1671. 
Capt. Thomas deLaval, Mayf; Mf Matthias Laurence, M T . Olof Steven- 
sen, Mr Johannes van Brugh, Mr Isaacq Bedloo, Mf Allard Anthony, 
Sherif. 

James Mills, P 1 ' v/s Mf Cornells Steenwyck, DeH In an Act? of the 
Case. The P 1 * declares that in the yeare 1662, he the P 1 ' being then in 
Virginia, receiv? a Letter from the def? desiring the P 1 ' to bring the Ship 
the Nathaniel to this Port to take in a freight for Holl? promising that the 
s d fraight should be worth to the P 1 ' 18 or 20 g? p r . head, for the Non per- 
formance of w c . h the P 1 ' hath Commenced this his suit, and humbly Craves 



1671] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 331 

Judgem' ag s .' the Def' for the sf" fraight w c . h the P 1 ' Calculates would have 
bene worth to the P" att least 12 hundred gild": together with Cost of 
Suit. The def' denyeth that ever many (so in orig. qy. made f) any 
promise to this pit. for the said fraight, but only he the def' together with 
Nicolas Varlet Jacob Backer and Johannes Vermeulen wrote to the P 1 .' 
a Lettf of advice Concerning the s? fraight. The Jury Brought in their 
Verdict and found for the Def', for that the def' never Oblidged himselfe 
to fraight the P". s Shipp, and that the P 1 ' pay Cost of suite. The Court 
ordered that Judgem' should be entred according to Verdict, and the 
P 1 ' to pay Cost. 

M 1 . Cornells Steenwyck, P" v/s James Mills, Def- In an act" of 
debt. The def? to take out a Coppy of the P 1 ' 5 ace' and to returne his. 
answer thereuppon at the next Court. 

Fred! 1 Phillips, P 1 ' v/s Jacques Cousseau, Def' The Court this day 
Ordered that Aldermen M* Van Brugh, M' Johannes de Peyster, Mr 
Jeronimus Ebbingh, and M r . Francois Rombouts shall vieu and Examen 
yf papers produced in Court and to heare yf Debates and Allegations of 
both p'ties thereuppon and if possible to Compose y. e Differance betwixt 
them or otherwise to make Returne thereof to this Court. 

In pursuance of a former Order of this Court y? Curat'? of y? Estate of 
Jan Hendrickse Copall this Day appearing in Court, and Delivering in 
y? Generall Account of yf s? Estate, Itt is this day Ordered, that the 
Judgem' of Mf Jan Laurence shall have y. e preferrence, (:Mortgages only 
Excepted:) before any other Debts of y? s? Estate and do order y' s^ 
Curateurs to make payment thereof. 

Capt. Richard Morris, Atturny of J"° Payne this day Appearing in 
Court, Desiring yf Worshipp 1 . 1 Court to passe Judgem' uppon y? Verdict 
of yf Jury obtained yf last Court day ag st Capt. Thomas Willet. Where- 
uppon yf Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that Judgem' should be Entred 
uppon yf s? Verdict and Ordered yf s? Willett to make paym' of yf Debt 
w'f Merchants Goods at beav r . s Vallue and to pay Cost of suite. The 
Court Ordered that the rest of the Causes should be suspended till Next 
Court day, by reason the usual time for keeping Court was spent. 

Att a Mayors Court held att New Yorke this 12'? day of Octobr 167 1. 
Present Capt" Thomas de Lavall, Mayor; M. r Matthias Nicolls, M. r John 



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Laurence, M' Olof Stevense, M. r Johannis van Brugh, M. r Isaacq Bedloo, 
Aldermen; Mr Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

The Court Considering that y? Election of y? New Mayor and Alder- 
men for this Citty New Yorke is at hand they have this day made and 
presented to his honnf y? Gouverr yf following Nomination: 
To yf Right honn rb . le Coll francis Lovelace Gouvernf etc? 
Whereas y? time for yf Election of New Mayor and Aldermen of this 
Citty is att hand, we have thought fitt to present to Your honnf a double 
Number of persons for Mayor Aldermen and Sheriff of this Corporate and 
do Nominate: — 

For May? 
Capt! 1 Matthias Nicolls, 
M' Oloff Stevense. 
For Alderm? 
Mr Cornelis van Ruyven, 
M- Thomas Lovelace, 
M- Johannis d' Peister, 
M' Nicolaes De Meyer, 
Mr William Dervall, 
M* William Beeckman. 
For Sheriff. 
M r . Allard Anthony. 
Most Humbly Requesting that Your honn r . s will be pleased to Elect out of 
yf s? Nomber Such persons as Your honnf in his Wisdome shall Judge 
fitt for y? best and well Governm' of this Corporation and shall Remaine 
— Your honn rs humble Serv ts 

The Mayor & Aldermen of y? Citty New York 

to witt Capt" Thomas d Lavall, May r ; 
M' Matth: Nicolls, 
J"° Lawrence, 

Oloff Stevense, Ald r men 
Joh: V. Brugh, 
Isaacq Bedloo. 
By crd- of yf s? Mayf and Aldermen, 

Signed N. Bayard, Sec. 



1671] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 333 

Att a May r . s Court held at New Yorke, this 13 th day of Octob. r A? 
167 1. Present Capt. Thomas de Lavall, Mayor; Capt. Matthias Nicolls, 
M' John Lawrernce, Mr Olof Stevense, Mr Johannes van Brugh, Mr 
Isaak Bedloo, Alderm"; Mf Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

Uppon the Petition of the Company belongingh to the Ketch Society 
now Ridingh at Anchor in this Port Requesting for divers Reasons in 
their Peticon incerted that their Shares of Compechio or Loghwood now 
on board the said Ketch might be Landed here. The Master uppon 
Sumons appearing in Court, Replyed that the Company by their Charter 
party were oblidged to sayle the said Ketch to Boston & to Land the 
Wood there. Houever uppon the Reasons given in by the Company 
aforesaid in their Peticon the Court doth order that the Master shall Land 
the Logwood here, so that the Company may have their proportion 
divided, but w* this Reservance, that the Owners shall Receive no preju- 
dice thereby to that end desiered the Masters demands for his & their 
security w c . h beingh delivered in Court: They doe further order in Com- 
pliance to the s? demandes in the behalfe of the Owners and himselfe 
That all the wood Shall be Landed here and after a dividere shall be 
made of Every ownes Share or proportion the owners part shall be Loaden 
on board againe at the Companies Charge; For demorage the Mast- shall 
be allowed at the Rate of 35 1 ? p' Month accordingh to his demand Ex- 
ceptingh five dayes to be allowed for takingh in of Provisions here and 
the time they shall spend in Landingh and Reladingh the Remainder of 
the Wood; The Rest of the Mast" demandes the Court doe Referre to be 
determined by twoo Mast r . s of Shipps now in their place, Indifferently to 
be Chosen by both p r ties of w c !' they are to Returne an Account, And 
finaly the Court doth order that Company shall find men sufficiant to saile 
the Ketch to Boston w'! 1 provisions at theire owne charge. 

Out of the P r sons Nominated the 12 of Octob' Last past did his 
Honn' the Govern!" this day by his Commission Elect; viz- 

Capt" Mathias Nicols to be Mayor. 

Mr John Lawrence, 

W. Thomas Lovelace, to be Alderm" 

M. r Cornelis Van Ruyven, 

M r Johannes Van Brugh, 

M- Isaak Bedloo. 



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And Mr Allard Antony to be Sherrif of this Citty, from the day of the 
date hereof, untill the 13* day of Octob- in the Yeare of Our Lord A°. 
1672. And have alsoo made Oath accordingly; Whereuppon the s? Com- 
mission was this Day publisht by the Governo" Order. 

N. Bayard, Secretary. 
Register of the Persons, whoes Banes of Matrimony are Entred by Con- 
sent of the Worshipp 11 Mayor of this Citty New Yorck, and accord- 
ing to Custome Published in the Church, viz' 

18^ feb? Willem Waldron, born at Amsterdam, with Engeltie Stouten- 

burgh of New Yorck; Present Resolved Waldron and Pieter 
Stoutenburgh. 

25 feb? Philip Jansen Voz of Vollenhaven, bachelor, with Grietie 

Fockes of Ruyn, spinster, both dwelling on this Island of 
Manhatans — Present the bride's stepfather Claes Jansen van 
Heyningen as attorney of her mother; and on the bride- 
grooms side, he says he has no friends in this country. 

5. March. Martyn Hardemyn with Madlyn de Sauchoy, both Liveing 
at fordham; Present the Brides Mother Lysbet Naghtegael 
and Jacques Coushe, with a Noate from the s? Brides father 
Marcq de Sauchoy that he beared consent to the same. 

11* d l . h Jacob Cornelissen Stille borne at New Yorck, with Aeltie 

fredrix born in Brazill, both residinge at the farmes on this 
Island, Present the brides Mother the wife of Jan Pietersen 
of Gouwanes in the behalfe of hurselfe & S? husband. 

Primo April. Hans Carelsen, widower of Neeltie Cornelis, residing at 
Albany with Geertie Teunis, widow of Cors Jansen residing 
here at New Yorck. 

Barent Gerritsen van Swol, residing at Boswyck, widower 
of Grietie Dirx, with Marretie Hendricx, spinster, born at 
Amsterdam. 
A? 1671. 

7. April. Jean Le Roy, residing at New Haerlem, widower of Louwise 
de Lancester, with Maria Teyne, widow of Philip Casier, 
residing at New Yorck. 

8'! 1 Aprill. Jan Pietersen, born at Dellowarre bay, bachelor, with 
Marretie Pieters, born at New Yorck 



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16^ d'? Manuel Sanders, widower of Mary Sanders dec?, with Maria 

Angola, widow of Christoffel Santomme. 
29 d''° Adolph Meyer, bachelor, born at Ulsen in Westphalia, with 

Maria Verveelen, born at Amsterdam. 
6 May. Elias Post, bachelor, born at Amsterdam, with Cattelyntie 

Connincx, spinster, born at New Albany, 
ditt? Andries Teller, born at New Albany, with Sophia Van Cort- 

lant, spinster, born at New Yorck. 

5 Aug. Severyn Lourens, widower of Tryntie Reynders, with Grietie 

Hendricx, widow of Focke Janzen, both residing at the 
Bouwery. 

6 Sept' Marten Kregier Junior, bachelor, with Jannetie Hendricx, 

spinster, Born at Albany. 
10* d"° Stephanus Van Cortlant, bachelor, born at New Yorck, with 

Geertruy Schuyler, born at Albany. 

Att the Court of Mayor and Aldermen, held at New Yorke, by his 
Mayest'" Authority, the 24'! 1 day of October in the 2^ Yeare of the 
Raigne of our Souveraigne Lord Charles the Second, by the Grace of 
God of Great Brittaine ffrance and Ireland King, defender of the faith 
&c? And in the Yeare of our Lord God A° 167 1. Present Capt" Mat- 
thias Nicolls, Mayor; Mr John Lawrence, Dept? Mayor; Thomas Love- 
lace, Esqr, Mf Cornelis van Ruyven, Mr Johannes van Brugh, MF Isaacq 
Bedloo, Aldermen; Mr Allard Anthony, Sherif. 

James Matthews, P 1 .' v/s John Keen, def! The P 1 .' declares that the 
def- is Indebted unto him by account appeares the summe of fl. 1053: 6. 
Wamp. for w c . h debt this P" hath attached the defts effects now in the 
hands of Mr W™ Derval, and humbly craves Judgement thereuppon, with 
Cost of Suit. The def' owning the debt by his Lett' of Advice to Secre- 
tary Bayard only to the summe of fl. 491: 15. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court 
ordered that Judgement should be entred against the def' for fl. 491. 15. 
and respit Judgem' for the rest till further proefe thereof be made, and 
do Condemne the s? effects of this defend' now in the hands of M T . derval 
towards the paiment of the s? debt with Costs; provided alwayes that the 
Judgem' this day obtained by Philip Johns shal have the preceedance to 
be paid first, it being for meet drinck & Lodging. 

Philip Johns, P 1 .' v/s J n .° Keen, def The P 1 ' declares that the Def! 



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is Indebted unto him for Dyet and Lodging as by bill appeares, the 
summe of . . . for w ch debt this P 1 ' craves Judgern? against this def* 
effects, attached by the P u in the hands of Mr W"? Derval. The def? by 
his Lett? of Advice to the Secretary Bayard Confest the debt, excepting 
only what he paid since the bill was made. The Court ordered that 
Judgement should be entred against the def? and do hereby Condemne 
the def- s effects now in the hands of M? Derval towards y? paiment of the 
remaining part of the debt, with Cost of Suit. 

Mf Cornells Steenwyck, P 1 .' v/s James Mills, def? In an Act" of 
debt. The Court of Assizes, uppon the def. 5 peticion referred the ex- 
amining of the P 1 ? 3 account to some Indefferent Persons. 

Gabriel Minvielle, Pltf. v/s Jacques Cousseau, deft. This Case being 
heretofore referred to some Indefferent persons, the Court do recommend 
to them to bring in their award at the next Court day. 

Hendrick Arentsen Spanjaart, P" v/s David Jochemsen, def' The 
P 1 .' being absent and the defts agent appearing and affirming that the 
P k . s pay was ready, the Court ordered him to receive it, Before next Court 
day or by'delaye Nonsuited. 

Ariaen van Laer, P u v/s Juriaen de Cooper, Def? The def? neglect- 
ing to bring in his objections ag'st the P 1 ? 5 account as he was oblidged to 
doe by the Order of the Last Court; Itt was Ordered that Judgement 
should be entred agst the def? for the Paiement of the debt, amounting 
as p? account to the summe of three hundred eighty six guild" seawant 
and to pay Cost of Suit. 

The 26^ of 9^ 167 1 Execution Issued out. 

Fredrick Philips, Pltf. v/s Jacques Cousseau, deft. Suspended till 
the award be returned by the Arbitrat" 

Fredrick Philips, Pltf. v/s Jacques Cousseau, deft. Likewise sus- 
pended as aboves? 

Thomas Spragg, Pltf. v/s Joseph Johnson, Deft. Suspended till Next 
Court day. 

Peter Herron, Pltf. v/s Thomas Wandel, deft. Parties agreed. 

James Mills, P 1 -' v/s M? Cornelis Steenwyck, deft, in three Several 
Actions w c . h are suspended til Next Court. 

Balthazar de Haert, P 1 ' ag'st Reynier vander Coele, def? The P 1 * 
declareth that the def? is Indebted unto him as appeares by his obligation 



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the summe of two thousand three hundred & fourty eight gilders in sea- 
want, and fl. 316 more for a hhead Molasses as appeares by a Contract 
bearing date the 3? of March 1667: for w c . h debts this P 1 .' Craues Judge- 
ment against the Def? not to depart this Place before he be satisfyed for 
the Same w* Cost. The def' ownes the first debt but saith he earned of 
the P 1 ' in part of paiement thereof the summe of fl. 875 as he wil make 
appeare by Capt. Laval; and paid ^"5. to Peter Dousbury besides some 
Cloathes w c . h he left in Pawne to the P 1 .' The Court doe Suspend the 
hearing & determining of this Cause till Capt" de Lavall's Comming downe 
from fort Albany to the end the Def' may have occasion to prove his paie- 
ment as afores? And do order the def' to give in good Security to answer 
this Cause before he departs from this place. 

Poulus Leendertsen, P 1 ' v/s Reynier van der Coele, Def' The P 1 . 4 
declares that the def- is indebted unto him the summe of Nine beavers, 
and five Schippels wheat, and desires Judgem? for the same w* Cost. 
The Def' ownes the debt, but desires some time for the paiement. The 
Court do order that the def' shall make paiement of the s? debt within the 
Space of Six Months provided giveing in Security for the same & to pay 
Cost. 

Mf Thomas Lovelace, Pltf. v/s Thomas Philips, deft. Suspended. 

Herry Nuton, Pit v/s John Thomas, deft. Suspended. 

Teunis Craey, P 1 ' v/s Claes van Elslant, def' In an Action of debt. 
The def' denyes the debt. The Court finding the debt to be of 15 or 16 
yeares standing & for Tappers drinck ordered that a Non Suit should be 
entred against the P 1 .' and he to pay Cost. 

Ariaen Van Laer, P 1 .' v/s Capt. Thomas Willet, Def? Suspended till 
Capt" de la Vails comming downe from Albany. 

Johannes Hardenbroeck, pit. v/s Cornells Van Borsum, deft. Parties 
being heard by the W: Court their Worships decree and order, that the 
pit. shall be impowered to rent the defts house for the remainder of the 
lease to those already occupying it or to another single person, provided 
he be not of any trade, by which the house may suffer more damage or 
injury, than it should by the pltfs. own business, being that of a merchant. 

Philip Judel, Pi' v/s Jno. Cooley, def? The P 1 .' declares that this 
Def? is Indebted unto him several Smith's Tooles as by his Obligation 
bearing date the 1^ of feb? i6ff wil more at Large appeare. The def? 

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ownes the Bill but desires some time might be allowed him to Cause the 
s? Tooles made. Uppon hearing of both p r ties the Court did decree and 
order that the def' should deliver the s? smith's tooles according to his 
bill, within the space of fifteene dayes next ensuing, and in the meane 
while to Lend some of his owne Tooles to this P" for his Convenience 
and to pay Cost of Suit. 

Egbert Myndersen, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Taylor, Def' the deft defaut. 

Reynier Van der Coele, P? v/s Herry Coustrie, Deff The pit. de- 
clares that the def' hath sold an house of this P 1 .' in Dellowarr and became 
security for the Paiement, etz. The def' by his Agent Nicolaes Bayard 
denyes he ever became security for the s? sale, but wil do his endeavour 
to procure the paim' for the def? The Court do Order that in Case the 
P 1 ' can make it appeare, that the def' received the paiement for y? s? 
house as the P 1 ' doth alleadge ; then the def' to pay yf debt. 

Albert Bosch, P 1 ' v/s Casper Hugla, def? the P r ties agreed. 

Rich? Teatem & John Bugby, Executors of the Estate of Thomas 
Hood, deceased, P 1 ' v/s Thomas Edwerrds, Mr of the Ketch Society, 
Detf The P 1 * declare that the s? Thomas hood hath a share of Wood on 
board of the s? Ketch ; that is to say one half e share for himself e, & one 
halfe share which he hath bought from Hoop Allin for Twelve Pounds 
Sterlings, for w c . h they desire Judgement against the def' w* Cost. The 
def' ownes that the s? Thomas hood hath earned a halfe share of wood 
w c . h he is willing to deliver, but for the other halfe share of Hoop Allin 
the def' saith he never had any portion in the Wood. The Court Ordered 
that the Def' should deliver to the P 1 * 3 the halfe share of wood earned by 
the s? Thomas hood; and if the P 1 ' 5 can make appeare that hoop Allin 
hath had any share, and y' the s? hood paid him for it, then the p 1 ' 3 shal 
Likewise have the same share soo bought as afores? 

Ariaen VanLaer, P 1 .' v/s Arian Gerritsen, Def? Parties agreed. 

Dennis MeKarty, P 1 -' v/s Thomas Edwards, Mr of the Ketch Society, 
Deft. The P 1 ' declares that the Def? is Indebted unto him for Cutting & 
Chipping of Logwood the summe of five pound Sterling and Craves 
Judgem' for the same ag s .' the def' w'. h cost of suit. Uppon hearing of 
both p r ties and examining of the Wittnesses w c . h appeared in Court, The 
Worshipp" Court Ordered that the def' for the ace' of himselfe and the 
rest of his Company should pay to the P 1 .' the s? five pounds according to 
promise W* Costs of Suit. 



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Fredrick Arentsen, P 1 .' v/s W? Laurence, def. The P 1 .' declares that 
the def is Indebted unto him for Blockes and other turners Worke de- 
livered by the def s order to the Shipp James the summe of fl. noo. and 
Craves Judgem' against the def for the same W* Cost. The def haveing 
entred a Crosse Action against the P 1 ' saith that the deff'. is Indebted unto 
him for foure oxen Delivered him last Killing time the summe of fl. 860. 
Whereuppon the Def' the def' earned in Makeing of blokes and other 
turners worke for the s? shipp the summe of fl. 600. as more at Large may 
appeare by the Apprizement and Award of Alexander Watts and David 
Edwards Indifferently Chosen by both parties to make the s? Apprize- 
ment, in soo much that their Remains due to the def' from the s? fredrick 
Arentsen the summe of fl. 260. Sewant, and Craves Judgement against 
him for the same with Cost. Uppon hearing of the debates of both par- 
ties, the Court do allow of the Verdict of the s? persons, and do Order 
that their apprizement shal stand good, and do order the s? fredrick 
Arentsen to make paiment of the remaining fl. 260. Wampum w*? Cost of 
Suit. 

1672: 24. July. Execution Issued out. 

W? Schackerly, P 1 .' v/s Peter home and Robbert Richards, def s The 
def? to take out a Coppy of the P 1 * declarat" 

Robert Richards, Pltf. v/s W 1 ? Schackerly, deft, the deft defaut. 

Roelof Jans Slaght, P 1 ' v/s W™ Schackerly, def' Parties agreed. 

Warnaer Wessels, Pltf. v/s Ariaen van Laer, deft. Parties defaut. 

On this day was the Will & Testament made betwixt Abram Ver- 
planck and his late Wife Maria Vinge bearing date the 9* of August 
1670. And made by the Notary Dirck van Schelluyne, Proeved and 
allowed of in Court. 

John Garland was this day Nominated and appointed to be Constable 
of this Citty during one whole Yeare next ensuing the date hereof and 
Made Oath Accordingly. 

James Sparr beeing Examined in Court about the Oproar Committed 
by him & Companie, answered what he hath done he did it only by Mis- 
jnformation of the Mate of Isaacq Malyns Shipp, who had advised him 
that it was a dutch bottom ; but humbly Craves pardon for what he did. 
Humphrey Davenpoort being Likewise Examined saith that he was verry 
much in drinck and doth not remember how he came on board; Neither 
Knew of No harme. Henry Randel being Examined what he had to do 



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on board in Seizing the Ship of Isaacq Melyn & Loading of the Gunns, 
and answered that he only followed the order of his Commander, James 
Spragg. The Court ordered that the s 1 ? James Spragg, Humphrey daven- 
poort & henry Randel should be released of their only giveing in security 
for their appearance at the Court of Oyer & Terminer to be held on 
Thursday next. 

Pieter Schaefbanck's Salary is advanced by the Court fifty gild r ? pr 
Annum. 

Rutgert Willems, pltf. v/s Claes Gerrits, deft. Pltf. says, that 
deft, hired himself to him for the term of nine months and is now gone 
away without consent etc. Deft, denies having hired himself for full 
nine months, but only from month to month and is free. Parties having 
been heard by the W: Court they release the deft, from his service, pro- 
vided he shall pay or work out, what he shall be found to owe: and they 
authorize hereby Isaack van Vleck and David Wessels to examine and 
settle the a/cs between parties and condemn each in half the costs 
incurred herein. 

Uppon the petit" of John Folshaue desiering some support & Relieff 
in his Sicknesse; The Court do Recommend to the Deakons of this Citty 
to inquire and examin into the truth of the s? petition and to make a Re- 
turne thereof to this C r -* and in the meanwhile to allow him some support 
in his Sicknesse. 

Whereas complaints have been made de nova to the W: Court of the 
evil and scandalous life and demeanour of Arent Juriaensen Lantsman 
notwithstanding the Many Warnings and admonitions given him from time 
to time by the W: Court — but that he in contempt of said warning has 
aggravated his evil behaviour by blasphemy; so that he deserves to be 
severely punished as an example to others: The W: Court have, however, 
in the hope of amendment once more pardoned him this grave fault for 
the last time, hereby strictly warning him, to let his wife be unmolested 
and that he, on the first complaint of his unbecoming conduct made to 
the Court, shall forthwith be banished beyond the jurisdiction of this City 
as an example to others, without the hope of any further favour. 

Itt was this Day Ordered by the Worshipp" Court that the Goall 
Keep!" Pieter Schaefbank's Sallarie since y? 13 of this Instant Month of 
Octob' should be advanced from 150. to 200 gilders pf Annum & Ordered 



1671] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 341 

yf Secretarie to enter him in the booke accordingly; and to pay him soo 
much uppon his account as will make him a new Coate. 

Att a Speciall Court of Mayor and Alderm" held at New Yorke yf 
28* of Octobr 167 1. P r sent Capt. Mathias Nicols, Mayor; Mr John 
Laurence, Mf Thomas Loulace, Esqf, M' Johannes van Brugh, M r . Isaak 
Bedloo, Aldermf; Mr Allard Antonie, Sherrif. 

Thomas Walker, P? v/s Richard Ripley, Def? The P u declares that 
the def' is indebted unto him for provisions & Tooles Delivered for the 
Compechio Voyage to the pinck Batchelors delight whereof this Deff was 
Mast' as alsoo for the Intrest of the s? monny Laid out for the s? pro- 
visions & Tooles and for the Losse of three Boats as pf account the sume 
of ^128: 11:3 Sterlingh for w c . h debt y? p 1 .' Craves Judgement against the 
def' with Cost of Suit. The Jurie brought in their Verdict & found for 
the P 1 .' Interest at 25 pf Cento for Tooles & for the Yoll that was towed 
away at the Starne tf Mast- Ougt to pay for and for the disbursem' of the 
provisions to be paid in the same Specie or Vallue to Content and yf 
Def' to pay cost of Suit & Charges. The Court did Order that Judgem' 
should be entred accordinghly that is to say that yf def' in the behalfe of 
himselfe & Companie accordingh to the Tennor of the articles, should 
pay their proportione of the account of £>\od. 10. produced in Court in 
y? same specie or Vallue of Monny w c . h was disburst by, the P 1 . 1 for the 
Provisions & Tooles, w* Interest for the Tooles at the Rate of 25 pf Cento 
and doo alsoo allow the Eight pound for the 2 barrels of flower in case 
the P 1 .' hath givien Credit to the def' for what hee disbourst towards the 
same and yf Def? to pay for the boate at the Apprizem* of twoo p r sons 
Indifferently to be Chosen betwixt both p r ties. 

167 1. the 24* of 9 b - r execution Issued out. 

Uppon the Petition of Richard Kellem, Benjamin fissher, J no Jarret, 
Tho: Crump, Symon Haukes, Richard Tunmore & W° Willson; Mari- 
ners of the Pinck Batchelors delight, It is ordered that all the Names of 
the Persons, that have bene at Worke in Cutting of the Wood shall be 
given in to Mr Mayor by Mooneday Morning next and that out of the 
s? number the persons shall be Chosen to make the divisions or shares of 
the wood according to the Articles; except the other six who have made 
yf division can give any reason to the Contrary. 



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By Order of the Worshipp" Mayor was the following order Made & 
Issued out the 2 n . d of November 

Whereas some Differance is Rissen betwixt Richard Ripley, Mf of 
the pinck Batchelors Delight; and his Companie of Seamen; The Wor- 
shipp 1 . 1 Mayor hath tought fitt to Appoint M r Thomas Badger, Capt. Josius 
Gate & M' Thomas Edwards; for to heare & examin the Differance be- 
tweene the said p r ties, and to make a Returne thereof or give their Report 
thereuppon at the Next Court day. 

The 1 1 1 . 11 of Novembf Whereas the Worship 11 Mayf of this Citty New 
Yorke heretofore Refferred the differance betweene Richard Ripley, 
MastT of the Batchelours Delight on y? one p r tie & part of the said Riply's 
Companie on the other p r tie unto y? arbitration of Mf Thomas Badger & 
M T . Thomas Edwardes who having mett thereuppon brought in their 
award, that they doo find by y? Articles of Agreement that Richard Ripley 
beingh the mager part of the Company, that accordingh to what is done 
is allowable; whereupon y? Court this day Ordered that Judgem' shoul 
bee Entred accordingly: Dated as abovesaid. 

Att a Speciall Court of Mayor & Alderm? held at New Yorke the 9 th 
Day of November, 167 1. 

P r sent Capt. Mathias Nicols, Mayo'; Mf John Laurence, Mr Cornells 
Van Ruyven, Mf Johannes van Brugh, Mf Isaack Bedloo, Alderm?; M r . 
Allard Antony, Sherrif. 

Alexander Davides by his Atturnie Thomas Badger, P u . s v/s Thomas 
Walker, Def? The P 1 ' 5 Atturnie declares that the p 1 ' became bound for the 
Def' in Jamaico in the sume of one thousand pound Sterling besides for 
other debts for w c . h this P 1 ' is sued and Condemned there & hath satisfied 
part thereof and is Lyable for the Remainder, since the Def' is Runne away 
from hence wherefore the P 1 ' Craves Judgem? ag s .' the Def' for the same w' 1 ? 
Cost. The Def' Denyes he Runne away and Replyes that the pit. and hee 
the Def? became bound together to Sir Thomas Modyford, Govern' of 
Jamaico in the sume of One Thousand pounds bond, that the Defts 
Shipp the batcheLors Delight, should Returne theither w th in the space of 
one Jeare, w c . h is not Expiered before february next; and for any of the 
Def'. s Debts in Jamaico, in Case the P 1 ' is able to prove by Judgem? or 
Legall order of Court at Jamaico, that hee y? pit. hath paid anny Monnies 



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for y" Defts account, then the Def? is willingh to satisfie the same etz. 
The Jury brought in their Verdict & found for y? Def? & the P" to pay 
Cost of Suit. Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that Judgem? 
should be Entred accordingly. 

THE JURY. 

Capt? John berry, Mr Joh! D'pyst r , Mr Thim t; . e gabrie, Mr Tho? 
Edwards, Mr balthaz. d'haert, Mr John Sessions, Mr John Garland, Mf 
Steven Cortlant, M. r Isaack Melyn, Mr John Dixy, WT 1 Shackerly, Mr 
Michael Smith. 



Att a Mayors Court held in New Yorke the 14* of November A° 
167 1. Present Capt" Matthias Nicolls, May r ; Mr John Laurence, Mr 
Cornelis Van Ruyven, Mr Johannes van Brugh, Ald r men; Mr Allard 
Anthony, Sherif. 

Gabriel Minvielle, P 1 . 1 v/s Jacques Cousseau, def? The Court do re- 
commend the Arbitrators heretofore appointed to heare this Cause, to 
bring in their report by the next Court day. 

Fredrick Philips, P 1 .' v/s Jacques Cousseau, defr The Court of 
Assizes refferred the hearing of this Cause to a Special Court. 

Fredrick Philips, P 1 .' v/s Jacques Cousseau, defr this Cause referred 
as ut supra. 

Thomas Spragg, P 1 * v/s Joseph Johnson, def* The P 1 ' demands for 
Bringing Defts Ketch to Port according to Promise one quarter of a Share 
Logwood etz. The Def. replyes, that he made the s? promise in the 
owners behalfe, if the Defr brought the Ketch to Jamaico and in Concid- 
eration of that, the Def allowed to the P 1 .' boy a halfe part of a share 
more then his due was. The Court thought fitt to respit their Judgemr in 
this Cause till Capt" de Lavall's Comming downe from Albany. 

Mr Thomas Lovelace, P? v/s Thomas Philips, def? The P 1 .' being 
from home, the Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayor is desired to speake his honnr the 
Gouvr that the def' might relieved out of Prison. 

Herry Nuton, P 1 .' v/s Jno Thomas, Defr Suspended. 

Poulus Richards, P 1 .' v/s Melle Gaspersen, Def? The P u & def? both 
remaining defaut, the Court ordered that the Nonsuit should be entred 
ag s .^ the P 1 .' and the P 1 .' to pay Cost. 



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Samuell Hall, Pit v/s Denys MeKarty, Detf the P 1 .' defaut. The 
Court ordered that a Nonsuit should be entred agst the P 1 .' to pay Cost. 

Jan Pieterson, P 1 . 1 agst Benjamin Provoost, Def' The W: Court refer 
Parties to the Arbitration of Pieter Jacobs Marius & Boele Roelofzen who 
are hereby requested to reconcile parties if possible; or otherwise to 
report to the next Court. 

Gysbert Elbertsen, P 1 .' v/s Pieter Janz Voz, def' both parties de- 
faut. The Court ordered that a Non Suite should be entred ag*' the P 1 .* 
to pay Cost. 

Warnaer Wessels, P" v/s Ariaen vanLaer, Def' the def' 2? Defaut. 

Edward Smith, P 1 ' v/s James Matthews, def' the def' 1. defaut. 

Egbert Mynders, P 1 . 4 v/s Thomas Taylor, def' the def? 2? defaut. 

Cornelis Clopper, pltf. v/s Barent Cours, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. fi. 931. 7. sewant according to mortgage, with costs. Deft, admits 
the debt, but says he lacks about a foot of ground. The W: Court sus- 
pend this case to the next Court day. 

Uppon Complaint made to M' Mayor that Egbert Meynderson inter- 
taynes people at unseasonable houres in the Night; to the disturbement 
of his Neighbours, It is this day ordered to the s? Egbert's wife, that if 
any such Complaints hereafter be made, that hur husband shal be forbid- 
den from tapping any more. 

Uppon Pieter Jacobsen Marius request of being releast from the 
security he engaged himself e for Herry Lyon to the use of Capt. Morris; 
The Court ordered Capt. Morris to appeare at the next Court to give his 
Answer thereuppon. 

Uppon the Complaint of Claes Bording & Pieter Jacobsen that the 
Sherif still detaynes them from their Monny due to them by Judgem? & 
Execution from Andrew Messenger ; The Court ordered in Case the debt 
be not satisfied before next Court day, that the Sherif shall be ordered to 
pay the debt himself e. 

Uppon the Comp 1 .' of Tryntie Clock, it is ordered that the Sherif shal 
give hur an ace' of the Execution obtained by hur ag s .' the Estate of 
Richard Painter. 

On the petition of Ariaen Van Laer, it is ordered: Copy hereof to be 
furnished to his brother Stoffel van Laer to answer thereunto at the next 
Court day. 



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Anno 167 1. Novemb- the i5'- h The Court being met together and 
where compleat, except only M' Bedloo. 

The Master & Company of the Pinck Batchelors delight being Cald in 
Court, and haveing debated their differance Concerning the divisions of 
their Wood; Itt is Ordered that the s? differance should be decided by 
the Oaths of four of the M' his Company. Whereuppon the M T . Richard 
Rippley, Isaacq Rand Mate, Walter houward & hilliard Wood Seamen 
made Oath in Court, that in the dividing of the shares, they did accord- 
ing to Equity & good Conscience. 

William Shackerly, p 1 .' v/s Peter Hernn & Robbert Richardes, Def? 
The P 1 ' Demandes his fraight for Goodes brought from barbados in Ster- 
lingh Monny of England ; The Defts are Willingh to pay the P 1 ' his s? 
fraight in boston Monny. The Court having heard the Debats of both 
p'ties; Did decree & order that the Defts shall make payment of the s? 
fraight according to the tennuer of the bill of Loading w c . h the Court do 
adjudge to be Sterlingh Monny of England, or the true Vallue thereof 
& the defts to pay Cost. 

Att a May'. 3 Court held att New Yorcke Xbr the 5* 1671. Present 
Capt. Matthias Nicolls, May r ; Mr John Lawrence, M r . Tho s Lovelace, 
Mf Cornell's Van Ruyven, Mr Johannes Van Brugh, Mr Isaacq Bedloo, 
Aldermen. 

Mf Cornelis Steenwyck appearing in Court desired that the Attach- 
ment made uppon the effects of James Mills in the hands of W™ Shackerly 
might stand good, towardes the defraying of the Courts charges, wherein 
the s? Mills is Condemned at M r Steenwycx Sute; Whereuppon the Court 
ordered that the s? Attachm' should stand good till further order. 

Herry Nuton, P 1 .' v/s Jno Thomas, def The P? declares that the 
def* is Indebted unto him as pf ace' the summe of and the pit have- 
ing attached a parcel of Earthen ware of the Def' desired Condemnation 
for the same with Cost of Suite. The def' remaining defective to appeare 
in Court for to Answer the Action, The Court Ordered that Judgem' 
should be entred against the Def' for the s? debt, and do Condemne the 
attached goods to be sold, towards the satisfying of the s? debt & Cost of 
suit. 

Jan Pietersen, pltf. v/s Benjamin Provoost, deft. The decision of 



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arbitrators appointed by this W: Court being delivered into Court, read 
and examined, is approved by this W: Court and the deft, is hereby con- 
demned promptly to pay the pltf. the hundred and fifty gilders pursuant 
to said award with costs. 

Egbert Myndersen, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Tayler, Def The def? 2? de- 
faut. The Court Ordered in Case the def' doth not make Satisfaction to 
the P 1 * before next Court day, that Judgem' shal be entred ag s .' him. 

Cornells Clopper, P" v/s Barent Coers, def' The P 1 .' declares that 
the Def- is Indebted unto him as appeares by the Morgage uppon his 
howse, bearing date the 25* of Jan? 1 last past the summe of fl. 931. 7. in 
Wampum; and humbly craves Judgem' for the same. The def' not ap- 
pearing to defend the Cause as he was ordered to doe; The Court ordered 
that Judgem' should be entred against the Def' or his Baile for the Paiment 
of the s? debt with Cost of Suit. 

Gabriel Minvielle, P 1 ' v/s Jacques Cousseau, Def- The Arbitrators 
recommended to returne their Report. 

Thomas Spragge, P 1 ' v/s Joseph Johnson, Def' The P 1 ' by his At- 
turny Jno Sharp declares that the def' is Indebted unto him One Quarter 
of a share of Logwood, w ch he Promised this P 1 .' for bringing this defts 
Ketch to Port; And Craves Judgem' ag" the Def' for the same with Cost. 
Uppon hearinge of both Parties the Court ordered that a Non Suite 
should be entred ag s .' the P 1 ' by reason he entred not his action in time, 
before the divisions of the Wood where made, and the parties Concerned 
departed from this Place. 

Fredrick Gysbertsen, P 1 .' v/s M!' Jno Rider, def' The def' 1. defaut. 

Jochem Beeckman, Pltf. v/s Elsie Grim, deft. Parties agreed. 

W 1 ? Shackerley, P 1 .' v/s Otto Gerrits, def' The P 1 ' declares that the 
def' is Indebted unto him for one ancor of Rom fl. 80. sewant and Craves 
Judgem' for the same. The def? saith his Wife bought the Rom for fl. 
70. and tenders to pay the P 1 ' In goods or Bills uppon a Merchant. The 
Court ordered the Def' to pay to the P 1 ' the fl. 80. by bills uppon a 
Marchant to the P" s Satisfaction, and to pay Cost. 

W? Shackerley, P 1 ' v/s Joseph Bowel, Def' Itt is Ordered that the 
P 1 .' shall in due time put in his declaration at the Office, to the end the 
Def may take out a Coppy thereof; and then to be Tryed by a Jury at 
the Next Court day. 



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Richard Rippley, P" v/s Thomas Walker, Def! Suspended till Next 
Court. 

Thomas Walker, P 1 ' v/s Thomas Badgard, def' The def' defaut; 
Whereuppon Itt was ordered that the Marishal should give Notice to Mr 
Derval as Baile of the def' to appeare and answer to the P 1 " Action at the 
next Court day; or that Otherwise Judgem- should be past. 

David du Four, P 1 .' v/s Lourens Janzen Smith, def' the def' i. 
defaut. Itt is ordered that the def' should appeare at the next Court day, 
or that Otherwise should be past ag 5 .' him. 

Uppon the Complaint of Pieter Jacobsen & Claes Bording that the 
Sherif Mf Allard Anthony hath not given them any Satisfaction for the 
Execution w c . h they have against Andrew Messenger; as he by the last 
Order of Court was Ordered to doe; The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that 
the Marishall Herry Nuton should serve the s? Execution uppon the 
Estate of the s? Mr Allard Anthony, without any further deLay. 

Uppon the Complaint of M*. Evert Pieters Itt is ordered that the 
Sherif shall before the Next Court day shall Cause the Execution w c . h the 
s? Evert Pietersen hath ag 5 .' Stoffel van Laer to be Satisfyed or otherwise 
that y? Execution shall be Issued out ag s ' the Effects of the Sherif him- 
selfe. 

Albert Bosch, P 1 .' v/s Jno Cooly, de£ 

Thomas Wikes, P 1 .' v/s samuel Washlin, def' The Court referred 
the Parties to the Arbitration of Capt Richard Morris & Mr Francis 
Lovelace. 

Uppon the CompU of Pieter Jacobsen desiring to be releast of being 
security any longer for henry Lyon, to the use of Captain Morris, by 
reason the s? Morris doth refuse to Accept of the Pay allowed him by the 
Court, The Court Ordered that Capt" Morris should give in good reasons 
to the Contrary at the Next Court, or otherwise the Security to be releast. 

Itt is this day ordered that all Bakers of this Citty, or any other 
person, that Makes profession to make flower to be exported out of the 
Governm' shall brand their Markes uppon all the Caskes w c . h they shal 
deliver to the Merchants. 

John Sharp, P 1 .' v/s Benjamin Fisher, def' The P 1 ' declares that the 
def' is Indebted unto him as pf Ace' the summe of fl. 458. wampum. 
The def ownes the debt. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that Judgem' 



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should be entred against the def' for the paiement of the s? debt with Cost 
of Suit. 

Richard Ripley, P 1 .' v/s Symon Hawkes, Def' The P 1 .' declares that 
the def' is Indebted unto him as p- Ace! Nine pounds twelve Sh: & 6? 
and Craves Judgem' for the same with Cost. The def' ownes the debt 
according to ace' except the^i. 15 paid to the Doctor. The Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court ordered that JudgemJ should be entred ag s .' the def' to pay the s? 
debt, with Cost. 

Uppon the Complaint of Hendrick Willemsen Backer that the former 
order of Court obtained by him against Anna Smiths is not put in due 
execution, but that he as Yett doth Susteine great prejudices and dam- 
mage by the Water w c . h Comes from hur Lott: The Court thereuppon 
ordered that the former orders made in this Cause should be put in 
present Execution w'. h out any further delay. 

Itt is this day Ordered that all Logwoodd or Braziletto, w c . h is Shippt 
of & hereafter shall be Shippt of from this Citty for Europe shall pay 
twelve Stiv r . s in B r . s p' tunn. 

The deakons of the reformed Church of this Citty y? day makeing 
their report, uppon the former order sent to them uppon the Petition of 
J"° Fossacre returned for answer that the s? fossacre had Lived on Longe 
Island, Weshester & Onckeway* about 18 yeares and since the Luterish 
dominie preached here, come to this place, and he being a Member of 
their Church, the s? deakons Judged that the s? Church ought to Main- 
taine him. The Court Ordered that the Deakons of the Lutheren Church 
should be sumdned to appeare in Court the next Court day. 

Uppon the Request of the Vendu Mr Nicolaes Bayard, desiring that 
some persons might be appointed by this Court, to be Sworne Censurers 
and Packers of Beafe and Porke. The Court thereuppon Made Choice 
of Jan Janz Kooper and Abram Pieterz Kooper who are to appeare in 
Court at the Next Court day, And in the Meane while to Calculate what 
the should earne in reason for Packing, or Senzuring of a Barrel of Beafe 
and Porke. 

The Court this day Ordered that the Secretary should give Credit to 
herry Nuton uppon the Townes boocke, five pound for Karreing the 
Mace the first Yeare. 

* Fairfield, Conn . 



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Uppon the Complaint Made to the Court by Severall of y? Inhabi- 
tants Concerning y? Abuse Committed by Some Persons, in Casting of y*: 
filth before their houses, Itt is Ordered that John Sharp shall uppon sight 
hereof, make Knowne to the Sherriff, the Names of the persons w c . h 
Carried the dirt from his house, or that otherwise the Court shall Looke 
uppon the S. d Sharp himselfe, to be guilty of y? same. 

Whereas by a former Judgem! of this Court bearing date the 24'! 1 of 
Octobr last past at y? Sute of Richard Tatem and J"° Bugby Execut r . s of 
y e . Estate of Thomas Hood Deceased P". s ag s .' Thomas Edwards, M! of 
y? Ketch Society & Companie, Defts. The Courte then Respited their 
Judgem! for y? halfe Share of Wood, Earned by hoop Allin untill proefe 
was Made thereof; And Capt" Tead having attested before y? Worshipp 1 . 1 
Mayor that y? s? hoop Allin had Earned a half Share, Itt was this day 
Ordered by y? Worshipp 1 . 1 Court, that Judgem' should be Entred to y^ 
Use of y? s? Executors for y? s? halfe Share, and do Condemne the 
attached effects Now in the hands of M! William Dervall, towards the 
Satisfying of y? Same. 

Ariaen Cornelisse & Jan Langestraet heretofore appointed to be 
branders of all horses and Cattle, uppon this Island Makeing Complaint, 
that Contrary to y? last Order bearing date y* 7* day of June last past, 
severall unmarked horses & Chattle are Kept in y? Common Woods of 
this Island, whereof Severall Now of Late are brought up, and Cryed Out 
by y? Common Cryer, but as yet no Owner thereof appeared. Where- 
uppon y? Court Ordered that If after three Severall proclamations made 
by y e Common Cryer of this Citty no Owner appeares, then the s? 
Branders are authorized to make Sale thereof by publicq Outcry, but 
Nott to Dispose of y* Monney untill further ord- of Court. 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke this 20* day of Decemb' 
1671. Present Capt? Matthias Nicolls, May!; M' John Lawrence, M! Tho* 
Lovelace, M' Johannes Van Brugh, Ald'men; Mr Allard Anthony, Sherif 

Egbert Mynderts, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Taylor, deft, the def! 3? defaut. 
The P" declares that the def- is Indebted unto him as pr Ace! the summe 
of fl. 224 Seawant And Craves Judgem' for the s? debt, with Cost, Uppon 
the Defts 3? defaut, The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that Judgem! should 
be entred against the def! to pay the s? debt with Cost of suit. 



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Gabriel Minvielle, P 1 .' v/s Jacques Cousseau, Def' Suspended till 
the arrival of the first ship from Holland uppon y? P". s desire. 

William Schackerly, P 1 .' v/s Joseph Bonwet, Def' the def' defaut. 
Itt is this day Ordered that in Case the def' doth not appeare at the next 
Court day that Judgement should be past against him. 

Richard Rippley, P" v/s Thomas Walker, Def' The Court Ordered 
the Def to take out a Coppy of the P". s declaration and then to come to 
tryal by a Jury at the Next Court day. 

Thomas Walker, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Badgard, Def? The Court ordered 
the Def' to take out a Coppy of the P ll - S declaration and this Cause to be 
decided by a Jury at the next Court day. 

J n ° Cooley, P 1 .' v/s The Widdow of Lourens Torner, def? the def. 
defaut. This Action being laid uppon an Attachm' of the defts effects, 
Itt is ordered that Notice thereof should be given unto hur, to the end 
she might come & Answer to the Action. 

Richard Rippley, P 1 ' v/s Thomas Crump, d' Parties agreed. 

Harmpie Lodwyck, P 1 .' v/s Jurian de Kooper, def' the def' 2? 
defaut. 

Herry Nuton, P 1 .' v/s Abel Hardenbroeck, def' the def' one defaut. 

Arian vanLaer, P 1 .' v/s Arent Isaacqsen, def* the def' 1. defaut. 

Arian Van Laer, P 1 ' v/s Styntie Arents, Def' the def' 1. defaut. 

Pieter Nys, P 1 ' v/s Stoffel van Laer, def* the def' 1. defaut. 
* Pieter Nys, P 1 ' v/s J n .° Rider, def' Parties agreed. 

Pieter Nys, P 1 .' v/s Jacob Teunissen Looper, def' y? Def' 1 defaut. 

Thomas Wikes, P 1 ' v/s Samuel Washlin, def' Suspended til next 
Court day. 

Uppon Comp 1 .' of Thomas Walker that Richard Rippley doth not 
Satisfy the Execution of this Court; Itt is Ordered that if he makes no 
Satisfaction before to morrow at Noone, that the Sherif shal take him in 
Custodie. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 ' v/s Arian Van Laer, Def' The Court ordered 
both parties to bring in their acc' s at the next Court & then to be decided. 

Jno. Leake, P 1 ' v/s Thomas Francen, def' The P 1 .' declares that the 
def' whilst the P 1 ' was in drinck, Bargained with him for a tract of Land, 
w ! 1 bargaine was since made void by an Arbitration held at flattlands, 
Nevertheless the P 1 - 5 Bill stands stil out, and the def- denyes to deliver it 



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up etz. Uppon hearing of both parties and the Examining of the testi- 
monies produced in Court, Itt was Ordered that the def' should deliver 
up the P 1 ' 5 said bill, provided the P 1 ' makes payment of the fifty gilders 
allowed him by the Arbitration, or the Charges w c - h the Def' hath bene 
at, & to pay Cost. 

J n .° Sharp, P 1 * v/s Rich? Rippley, Def. Itt is Ordered that the def? 
should take out a Coppy of the P'' s declaration, and Ace' & returne his 
answer to the same at the next Court day. 

Jno. Garret, P" v/s Richard Rippley, def' Itt is ordered that the 
Def' shal bring in an exact Account at the Next Court day. 

Assur Levy, P" v/s Christian Pieters, def' the def' defaut. 

Itt is Ordered that if the def- doth not make Satisfaction to the 
P 1 .' before the Next Court day, that Judgement shal be past against him, 
and the def' to have his remedie against those of the Lutheran Church. 

The Court this day Ordered the Marishal herry Nuton to give Warn- 
ing to the Neighbours betweene the State howse and the Graft, to cause 
their proportions of the Waal before thier houses to be finished & fild up. 

Uppon the Comp 1 .' of the Vendu Mf made ag'. s Roelof the Slaughtf & 
Warnf Wessels, that they still remaine backward in paying the Provisions 
for the Sugar and Rom, sold in Outcry, desiring Imediat Execution for 
the same, by reason the Ship Lyes in demorrage; The Court ordered 
that the s? Roelof & Warn' should appeare in Court on Thursday next or 
else Execution to be Issued out ag s .' them. 

Uppon the request of the Curat" of the Estate of ]n° Coopal deceased, 
the Court ordered the Credit'. 5 of the s? Estate to appeare at the next 
Court day, w c . h will be held on purpose on thursday next. 

Uppon the request of the Overseers of the highwayes and the 
Branders of horses & Cattle on this Island Manhatans, It is this day 
ordered (that according the following order, heretofore made by Capt. 
Thomas de Laval in the time of his Mayority, w c !* Order this day by the 
Court is approeved & allowed of) the Stray horses, now in the Custody 
of Arian Cornelissen should be Publicqly sold on Saturday next in the 
afternoone, at two o'Clock. 

Whereas Complaints are made that great Quantities of unmarked 
horses and Cattle Contrary the former Ord r . s still are found in the Com- 
mon Woodlands of this Island Manhatans Notw^standing Resolveert 



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waldron, Lubbert Gerritse, Dirck Stocken, & Jan Cornelisse. in the 
behalfe of the farmers in generall have made promise to take Care that 
the former Ord r . s Concerning the Branding of Horses and Cattle should 
be punctually p r formed & putt in due Execution, It is therefore Ordered 
By the Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayor uppon Advice w c . h some of the formers as 
followeth. 

Imprimis. That the p'sons heretofore appointed for Branders as 
well here as at haerlem shall give Notice that no horses or Cattle after 
the Space of Six Weekes next Ensuing are permitted to feed in the 
Comon Woods of this Island except they are branded with the Cittyes or 
Townes brand yron. 

2ndly. That all the horses & Cattle that shall bee found in the 
Woods and nott branded according to Order shall be brought up to the 
s? Overzeers to be branded & the owners of the same shall pay as 
followeth; for bringing up of a horse Six gild r . s & for branding two gilders 
and for bringing up of a Steare Oxe or Cow three gild" & for branding 
one gild- 

3dly. And in Case any horses or Cattle be brought up w c . h are not 
branded & whereof the owners Are not Knowne such horse or beast shall 
be publicly Cryed out by the Cryers of this Citty or haerlem & if the 
Owner doth not appeare after three times being Cryed out as afores? then 
the s? horse or beast shall be Kept up by the s? Overzeers during the space 
of Six Weeckes and if still no Owner doth apeare then the s? horse or 
beast shall be publicqly sould by an Ord' from the Mayor & the Monney 
secured in the Office of this Citty finally the said Overzeers or those that 
Keepe the s? horses or Cattle before the sale be made shall Receive out 
of the product of such horse or beast viz' for a horse 12 stiv r . s per diem 
And for an Oxe Steare or Cow Six Stivers p- Diem in Wampum. Dated 
in New Yorke this 7* of June 167 1. 

Att a May r . s Court held In New Yorke the 21 s . 1 of Xbr A? 167 1. 
Present Capt" Matthias Nicolls, May^; M!" J"° Laurence, Mr Corn. v. 
Ruyven, M? Joh? v. brugh, M' Is. Bedloo, Ald r men; M r Allard Anthony, 
Sherif. 

Uppon Complaint made by the deakons of reformed Christian Church 
of this Citty, that they are Charged with some of the poore of the Luth- 



1671] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 353 

eran profession notwithstanding a Collection is made for the poore in the 
s? Lutheran Church ; as alsoo that the Ueakons of the s? Lutheran Church 
do not according to Custome in a Publicq Meeting deliver up their acc'- s 
how they have disposed of the monney soo Collected as aforesaid ; Where- 
uppon the deakons of the s? Lutheran Church being summoned & appear- 
ing in Court, and haveing heard their Answer thereuppon; The Wor- 
shipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that each Church should for the future Maintaine 
their owne Poore; and that the Deakons of the s? Lutheran Church should 
yearely deliver up their Acc' s in a publicq Meeting in the same Manner 
as in the reformed Christian Church of this Citty until this day hath bene 
practicable. 

Uppon CompU of the deakons of the Lutheran Church, It is Ordered 
that they shal give no more allowance to J n .° fossiker, til further order. 

Martin Simson & Richard Watts haveing bene accessary to the dis- 
turbance of the Peace, in throwing of dirt before the doores of several of 
the Inhabitants of this Citty; Came this day before the Court, acknowl- 
edged their fault and that they where Sorrow for it, Whereuppon the 
Court did Pardon them the s? fault. 

The Curateurs of the Estate of Reyntie Pieters are empoured to agree 
With harck dircksen for is due out of s? Estate. 

The Curat" & Administrate of the Insolvent Estates of Ryntie Pieters 
& John Hendrickse Steelman deceased, desiering to Know whether the 
debts w ch the s? Ryntie Pieters & John Steelman are Indebted in Holland 
shall Come in Concurrence and have Equall Right w* the debts here. 
Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court uppon Matiuere Concideration & de- 
liberation had thereuppon; this day ordered that all the debts w c . h are» 
made here w th in this Governm* shall bee preferred before the debts wich 
are made in any forreigne parts Either in holland or Elswere. 

The Curateurs of the Estate of John hendrikse Steelman deceased 
this day appearing in Court and having Summoned all the Credit" in 
Generall, w c . h most part Likewise appearing They the s? Curat" brought in 
their account of the s? Estate by w rh it appeared if all the debts should be 
allowed, that the s? Estate Would fall short in Bevers fl. 4306: 4 and in 
wampum fl. n 184. desiering further that the Court would be pleased to 
give their Jugem' & to order whoe should be preferred out of the s? Estate 
Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court uppon hearing of the debates of both 

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Parties did decree & order that the following p r sons should have p r fer- 
rence Viz' 



Thimothi Gabrie uppon his Morgage to 

Johannes Vander Meulen By his Bevers. 

Atturnie to the Summe of 1 180 

Balthf D'Haert uppon his morgage 1120 

Nicolaes Bayard uppon his Morgage y e 

Summe 500 

M* John Lawrence by vertue of his Wampum 

Judgment to the Surhe of 340 

M' Cornelis Steenyck by vertue of his 

Morgage the sume of 235:14 

Christoffel hoogland by vertue of his Tobacco 

Morgage lb 631 54:16 

Teunis hellebrantse for the Remainder 

of y? paim. of the Land 469 

Claes Arentse for worke done 34 

Jacob Janse for worke done 64 

Allowed Jacob Kip And Assur Levy for 

their Administration 500 

lbs 631. fl. 1461:16. {1.3035:14 

And that all the Rest of the Credit" that is to say of all the debts w c . h are 
made & Contracted w* in this Governm' shall come in Concurrance & 
Receive Equall proportions of the Remainder part of the s? Estate; Pro- 
vided the s? Credit' 5 do make their demandes verry well appeare to the 
Curat" satisfaction. And finaly Concering M 1 . Symon Romeyns pretence 
of p r ferrence uppon the Neger Claes, the Court Can not allow of it, untill 
better proofe thereof be made. 

Itt is this day Ordered that Joost vander Linde for his debt of Lime 
& William Noble for his bill of five score ells of Osnabrix due from J n ° 
Coopal deceased, although they had past the time w c . h by the Execution 
was made knowne that the debts should be made knowne, neverthelesse 
they both haveing made it knowne in Court this day; Shall Likewise have 
the benefit of Concurrence equal with the rest of the Credit" 



167I] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 355 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorcke January the 16^ 167^-. 
Present Capt." Matthias Nicolls, Mayor; M' John Lawrence, M' Cornells 
van Ruyven, Mf Johannes van Brugh, Aldermen; M' Allard Anthony, 
Sheriff. 

Benjamin fissher this day appearing in Court declaring his poverty & 
that hee hath no effects left to Satisfy the Judgement obtained by J n .° 
Sharpe against him, Desiring that this Court would be pleased to Consider 
his poore Condition & release him from his Imprisonment which being 
taken into Concideration by the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ; Itt was this day 
Ordered that the s? Beniamin fissher should give his bond to Mf Sharp for 
his debt & do graunt to y? s? Sharp all the Liberty to seize uppon any of 
the s? fisshers Effects either here or Elswere if any can be found towards 
the satisfying of his Judgem' but do Order that the s? fissher's boddy 
shall be releast from any further Imprisonment. 

John Downes John Wead & francis Stanton Marriners of the Ketch 
hoopwell this day appearing in Court & Complaining that they were Im- 
prisoned at the Suite of their Mast' Robert Houghton who now is 
Departed without appointing any person to prosecute his Act" against 
them nor order where their wages should be Satisfyed. Whereuppon it 
was this day Ordered that the s? persons should be releast from their 
arrest and that a Non Suite should be Entred against the s? Robert 
Houghton and to pay Cost. 

Att a Mayors Court held In New Yorke this 23^ of Jann? 167-J. 
Present Capt Matthias Nicolls, May'; Mr J n .° Laurence, M' Cornells van 
Ruyven, M' Johannes van Brugh, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Ald r men; M' Allard 
Anthony, Sherif. 

Richard Rippley, pltf. v/s Thomas Walker, deft. Parties agreed. 

Thomas Waaker, pltf. v/s Thomas Badgard, deft. Suspended till 
next Court. 

J n .° Cooly, P u v/s The Widdow of Lourens Torner. def< the def? 2* 
defaut. Itt is Ordered that the P 1 ' shal Send a Coppy of the ace' and 
give Notice to the deff- that the Cause should be decided at the Next 
Court day. 

Thomas Wikes, pltf. v/s Sam 1 . 1 Washlin, deft. Suspended. 

Warnaer Wessels, P 1 .' v/s Ariaen Van Laer, def' In pursuance of a 



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former Order, both parties this day delivering in Court their accounts by 
which it appeared that the def' remained indebted to the P 1 .' the summe 
of One hundred & eighty four gildrs Wampum. Whereuppon the Court 
ordered that Judgem' should be entred ag s .' the Def- and did Order the 
def' to pay the si debt with Cost. 

J n .° Sharp, pltf. v/s Richard Rippley, deft. Parties agreed. 

John Garret, Pltf. v/s Richard Rippley, deft, the Court referred 
this Cause to the Arbitration of Capt. Richard Morris and M' Christoffel 
hooghlant. 

Gabriel Minvielle, pltf. v/s Richard Ripply, deft. Parties agreed. 

Thomas Tayler, P 1 * v/s Roger Tounsen, def' Itt is Ordered that 
the def' should take out a Coppy of the P" s declaration and if the parties 
doe not agree before Next Court, then to be decided by a Jury. 

Thomas Lewis, P 1 ' v/s William Waldron, def- the def- i. defaut. 

Doctf Henry Taylor, P 1 ' v/s Henry Taylor say Thomas Walker, 
Def' The def- being defaut, Itt was Ordered that this Cause should be 
Suspended till next Court. 

John Spiegelaer, P 1 .' v/s Jochem Beeckman, def' the def' i defaut. 

Peter Nys, P 1 ' v/s Jacob Teunisse Looper, Def' the def' 2 de- 
faut. 

Peter Nys, Pi* v/s Stoffel van Laer, def the def' 2 defaut. 

Peter Nys, Pltf. v/s J n -° Rider, deft. Parties agreed. 

Fredrick Gysbertsen, Pltf. v/s J no Rider, Deft. Suspended till 
next Court. 

Dirck van Cljff, P 1 ' v/s Jno. Smedes, def' the def- 1 defaut. 

Hendrick Willems Baker, P 1 .' v/s Nicolaes Johns, def' both defaut. 

Itt is this day Ordered that the Sherif shal make a strict enquirie after 
all Strange persons that are Come into live within this Citty Contrary to 
Order, and that such persons shall be summoned to appeare at the next 
Court. 

Itt is this day Ordered that the Sherif shall make an enquirie what 
persons doe Tappe without Licence, and to Cause them to be find. 

The Court ordered the Sherif to give Notice unto all them that are 
in erreirs of Makeing or paveing their proportions of the Streets, that they 
Cause their said Streets with all possible Expedition to be finished. 

This day Sieurs Jacob Kipp and Anthony d'Milt are authorized as 



167^] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 357 

Curators of the Estate left by deceased Jannetie Jacobs, late Wife of 
Willem Wouters. 

Jacob Teunissen Kaay & Jacques Cousseau together with Peter 
Jacobs Marius who being substituted by Jan Hendricx van Bomel execu- 
tors of the Will and Testament of Balthazar de Haert deceased, this day 
appearing in Court and producing the s d - Will made and attested by the 
Notary Willem Bogardus in the presence of Hans Kierstede & Thymon 
van Borsum bearing date the 4* of this Instant and desired the approba- 
tion of this Court thereuppon; Whereuppon the s? Wittnesses being Called 
and appearing in Court, and declaring that they had bene present in 
Makeing & signing of the si Will; The Court thereuppon Ordered that it 
should be entred that the said Will was approeved of by the Court, as a 
Lawfull Will and that the si Executors where Empowered to Proceed, in 
their Administrations according to Law, and do hereby authorize the 
Secretary Nicolaes Bayard to be present in Makeing of the Inventory. 

Uppon the Petition of John Jacobs desireing to to be Karman, Itt is 
Ordered that two of the Cheifest should appeare at the next Court to give 
their answer thereuppon. 

His Honn* the Gov- this day recommending to this Court the 
denomination of a third Company of foote Officers; the Court have 
Nominated viz? 

for Captl 

M- Jno. Lawrence, 

M' Isaacq Bedloo. 
for Liftenn'? 

IVP Christoffel Hooghl', 

M' Fredrick Philips, 
for Ensignes 

Jn° Lawrence Junior, 

Cornells Dircksen van Westveen. 

Att a Mayors Court held In New Yorke feW the 13* 167^. Present 
Capt. Mathias Nicols, Mayor; M' Jno. Laurence, M' Cornells van Ruy- 
ven, M' Johannes Van Brugh, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Ald r men ; M' Allard 
Anthony, Sherif. 

Thomas Lewis, Pf. 1 v/s William Waldron, deff The P 1 .' declares that 



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the def' lent this P 1 ' 5 Boat, and put hur a drift, and is now taken up at 
Staten Island by John Benneco who demands for takeing of hur up a 
halfe ancor of Rom ; and Craves Judgement ag s .' the def' for his si Boat 
etz. Uppon hearing of both parties the Court Ordered that the def' 
should with all expedition go to Staten Island and release the P". s boat 
and returne hur back to the P" provided the P" sends his boy with the 
def' to bring hur back; and do referre it, unto M' Thomas Lovelace 
Justice at the si Island, to Order what the Def' shal pay for takeing up of 
the s? Boat. 

Thomas Tayler, P 1 ' v/s Roger Tounsen, def' The P 1 .' declares that 
he put out twelve sheep to halves to this Def' but some time after two 
being Kild or lost, the def' agreed with this P 1 .' to deliver the rest Back to 
the P 1 '; But uppon sending the def' refused to make delivery thereof and 
doth still refuse to give Satisfaction for them, Wherefore the P 1 .' craves 
for Judgem' ag s .' the Def? w* cost. The Jury brought in their Verdict 
and found for the P 1 ' that the def' shal pay for, or deliver tenne Sheep 
with Cost of Suit. Whereuppon the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court Ordered that 
Judgem' should be entred accordingly; & ordered the def' to pay or de- 
livery the si Sheep with Cost. 

JURY. 

Jacob Kip, forem; Jan Vinge, Aryaen Cornelissen, Dirck Siecke, 
Pieter Stoutenbgh, Herry Breser, Thomas Lewis, James Mattheus, 
Edward Smith, Timoty Gabrie, Sam" Pell, Nathaniel Wrigt. 

Thomas Walker, pltf. v/s Thomas Badgard, deft. Suspended. 

Thomas Wikes, pltf. v/s Samuel Washlin, deft. Suspended. 

Henry Tayler, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Walker, deH Itt is ordered that the 
1 1 14 "? s of Logwood shall be sold at the next Outcry, and the ace'? of the 
Wheighm' and Porters shall be first satisfied & paid Amounting to the 
summe of fl. 442: 19 and if any overplus be left the same to be paid to 
this pit. in part of his debt, and to suspend the Action about the Attached 
Mofs till next Court. 

John Spiegelaer, pltf. v/s Jochem Beeckmans, deft, agreed. 

Pieter Nys, pltf. v/s Jacob d'Looper, deft, both absent. 

Pieter Nys, pltf. v/s Stoffel van Laer, deft, both absent. 

ffredrigh Gysberts, pltf. v/s J n .° Rider, deft, agreed. 

Dirck Van Cljff, p 1 .' v/s J n .° Smedes, defJ both defaut. 



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Ariaen van Laer, P 1 .' v/s Joost vander Linde, deft. Suspended 
uppon P'- s desire. 

Richard Morris, Atturny of Tho: Walker, P 1 .' v/s Allard Anthony, 
Def' The deft, is to take out a Coppy of the declaration and make out 
his Answer thereuppon at the next Court day. 

James Mills, pltf. v/s W? Shackerly, deft. Agreed. 

Joseph Johnsen, pltf. v/s W? Derval, deft, referred to the Arbitra- 
tion of Capt" Jno Berry and M' Christoffel hooghlant. 

Egbert Mynders, pltf. v/s Jno Sharp, deft, referred to the Arbitra- 
tion as above. 

Symon Romeyn, pltf. v/s Ariaen van Laer, deft, agreed. 

Albert Bosch, pltf. v/s Jno Cooly, deft, agreed. 

Ariaen van Laer, pltf. v/s Arent Isaacqsen, deft. Pltf. demands fl. 
197. beavers according to a/c with costs. Deft, admits the debt, but re- 
quests some delay. Parties being heard by the W: Court, they condemn 
deft, to pay the pltf. one half in six months and the other half in twelve 
months after date hereof. 

John Cooly, PV v/s The Widdow of Lourens Torner, de£ The de£ 
not appearing in Court, as it was ordered the last Court day; The Wor- 
shipp 1 . 1 Court did decree & order that Judgem- should be entred against 
the attached effects of the def- now in the hands of Rendel Huwit towards 
the Satisfying of the P h . s debt to the summe of £6: 8. according to ace' 
w* Cost of suit. 

This Court haveing taken into Consideration the Memorandum sent 
to this Court from his honnr the Govern^; Itt was Ordered 

Vppon y' first Article That Jan Janzen van Breeste & Pieter Abrams 
should be sworne packers and viewers of all meat within this Citty, for 
the fee in the Law Exprest and Mr Van Ruyven is hereby desired to ac- 
quaint them thereof. 

uppon y e . 4 t! . 1 The former Order against the Stealing of Boats and 
Canoes to be renewed with greater penalties to those that are Culpable, 
and reward to the Informers. 

uppon the j" 1 The Sherif is hereby required to Cause the former 
orders Concerning the paving of the Streetes to be put in Execution. 

uppon y e . g'^ The Court do Empower Mr Cornelis van Ruyven and 
M' Isaacq Bedloo, Alderman to Cause the former orders in makeing of a 



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good Waggon path betwixt this Citty & the Towne of harlem to be put 
into strict execution, whereof an Ample Order shall be given unto them. 

On the points delivered into Court by or on the behalf of the Cura- 
tors of dec? Jan Hendricx Steelman against Christoffel Hooghlandt 
Timotheus Gabrie Mr Cornells Steenwyck & Mr Allard Anthony, It is 
order? that Copy hereof shall be furnished to party to answer thereunto at 
the next Court day. 

Uppon the Complaint of Rodger Purchaze Itt is this day Ordered 
that Henry Hedger shal satisfy the former Judgement by the s? purchaze 
Obtained ag 5 . 1 him before next Court day, except he can give sufficient 
reasons to the Contrary, to the Court's Satisfaction. 

Whereas his honnr the Governf this day Recommended to the Court 
to Cause a Civill agreem' to be made w* the Carmen of this City for the 
Karting of the Stone or othf Materjalls, towards the Repairing of the fort 
the Court do therefore appoint Capt" John Manningh & Mr Allard An- 
thony to agree w* the s? Karmen for as Civill prices as possible they can. 

Whereas the Carmen of this Citty by a former Order of this Court 
bearing date the 29^ of 9b' 1670. where Confirmed in their places and 
their Number Stinted as the porters are Uppon severall articles and Con- 
ditions in the s? order sett forth w ch said Articles being brooken by severall 
of them and Complaint thereof being made, the Court ordered them to 
appeare and to answer the s? Complaint. Whereuppon they the s? Karmen 
apparing in Court made their Excuses & promised for the future to be 
verry Delligent and p r forme the s? Orders. 

Uppon w c . h promise & the Articles hereunder Exprest, The Court 
have thought fitt to Confirme them in their places as aforesf & do Allow 
of the following p r sons to be Karmen of this Citty viz' 

W™ Kock, Ambrosius de Weerhem, Thomas francen, Charles floyd, 
Pieter Wessels, John Watkins, Thomas Griffin, Jan Smedes, Aernout 
Webber & Jan Mynderse uppon the following Articles: — 

Imprimus. That according to the former Order they do fill up the 
breaches in Highwayes in an about this Citty and do other publiq worke 
as they are Commanded by y? Magestrates Gratis; 

2 thi y Th^ t h e y b ee V erry Dilligent and give Satisfaction to all 
p r sons, as they have promised to do. 

3d ly That they do weekely on every Saturday in the afternoone 



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uppon Warning given them Kart the dirt from all the paved Streets, 
within this Citty and Convey it to some Convinjent place w c . h thereunto 
shall be appointed provided the dirt be Loaden uppon their Karts by the 
Owners or tennants of the Houses. 

4 th . ly That they do Annually Nominate & p r sent to this Court two 
p r sons of w c . h one shall be Elected by this Court to be Overzeer for that 
yeare. 

gthiy That they do demand no more for a Load within the gates 
of this Citty as heretofore is Allowed w c . h is tenne stivers in Zeawant; 
And finally that they be uppon their good behavior to the end no 
just Complaints be made ag s .' them uppon penalty of forfeiting their 
places. 

[Here follow in the Original the Above Articles in Dutch.] 

Whereas the Hon b ! e General has at divers times recommended to this 
Court and this W: Court has ordered the Overseers as well of Haerlem as 
the suburbs hereabout, to construct the road between this place and 
Haerlem, notwithstanding which it is still found unfinished, for which 
reason many complaints have been lodged — Yea, that people wishing 
lately to travel over that road on horseback have been in danger of losing 
their lives by the neglectful keeping of the said road; which together 
with other reasons has moved the Honn b . le General to earnestly recom- 
mend to us again the construction of the aforesaid road, in order that 
then the work may be promptly Commenced and Executed. Therefore, 
as for the prosecution of so necessary a work, the W: Court cannot hit on 
a better expedient, than to commission two from their Bench of Justice, 
as they hereby do, to summon as often as they shall think fit touching 
that work, the Overseers as well of Haerlem as the suburbs dwelling 
hereabout, and to propose to them, in the first place, how very ill it has 
been taken, that the previous orders regarding the aforesaid road have 
not been better observed; secondly the earnest intention of the Honn b ! e 
General and this W: Court, that such should forthwith, without any 
neglect, be executed; which being done, to provide means how and in 
what manner such should not only be completed, but also kept continu- 
ally in good repair: and, in our opinion it would not be improper to make 
the Overseers of the suburbs, hereabout Supervisors of the part those of 
Haerlem shall have to maintain, and the Overseers of Haerlem Super- 



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visors of the part the suburbs hereabout must keep in repair; and for the 
prosecution of the aforesaid are requested and appointed 

Alderman Cornelis Van Ruy ven ; 

Alderman Isaacq Bedloo. 
Who are hereby specially authorized with the said Overseers to impose 
such fines on those who, when summoned, shall neglect to appear or to 
send any one, and to apply the same as they shall deem proper for the 
advantage of the aforesaid. Thus done at the Meeting of the Worship 1 . 1 
Mayors Court in the City Hall of this City New Yorke this 13* february 
A° i6 7 |. 

Uppon Complaint of Some disorders w c . h where made at y e . towne of 
ffordham, in y e - Corporation of this Citty by reason they ly to farre dis- 
tinct from any Constable or Overzeers, I have therefore thought fit & 
nessesary to Nominat and appoint and doe hereby Nomin' & Appoint 
Johannes Verveelen to be Constable & Clarke & John Pieters buys & 
John heddy to be Overzeers of y^ s d . Towne during the Space & time of 
my Mayority, hereby requiring y* inhabitants of y* s d . Towne and all 
others whome itt may Concerne to obey them in theire respective Offices, 
according to Law & for y e . due Execution of their s^ Offices this shall bee 
unto them a Sufficiant Warrant dated in New Yorke the 13* day of feb y . 
A°. 167*. 

Att a Mayors Court held in New Yorcke March the 5* A . i6f£. 
Present Capt" Matthias Nicolls, Mayor; M' John Laurence, M' Thomas 
Lovelace, M' Cornelis van Ruyven, M' Johannes van Brugh, M' Isaacq 
Bedloo, Alderm" 

Thomas Walker, P 1 . 1 v/s Thomas Badgard, Def' both defaut. Itt 
is ordered if the parties do not appeare at the Next Court day, the P 1 ' to 
be Non Suited. 

Thomas Wickes, P" v/s Samuel Washlin, Def- in an act" of debt to 
y^ summe of £5 The Court having this day Concidered what by both 
parties hath bene alleadged, concerning this Cause; It was Ordered that 
Judgement should be entred ag s . 1 the def' or his bayle to pay the P 1 .' the 
summe of 50 Shillings and the Charges to be equally paid betwixt both 
parties. 

Henry Tayler, P 1 ' v/s Thomas Walker, def Upon an Attachm' of 






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the Moffs. The Court Ordered that the P 1 .' and Nathaniel Wright should 
each of them bring in all their proofes Concerning the Moffs in Contro- 
versie at the Next Court day. 

Ariaen Van Laer, P 1 ' v/s Joost van der Linde, def' Suspended. 

Richard Morris, Attf of Thomas Walker, Pit. v/s A Hard Anthony,. 
Deft, the P 1 .* defaut. Iff the P" doth not come to prosecute his Action 
at the Next Court day, then to be NonSuited. 

Isaacq Bedloo, pltf. v/s Dirck Jansen Smith, deft. The Court orders 
deft, to defend his arrest by the pltf. at the Next Court day on pain of 
condemnation. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu M', pltf. v/s Roelof Jansen, Butcher, deft. 
The Court orders deft, to answer pltfs. demand on the Next Court day 
on pain of condemnation. 

Gerrit Huygen, P" v/s Arent Evertsen, def' both defaut & there- 
fore Nonsuited. 

Warn? Wessels, Roelof Jans, P 1 " v/s Evert Duyckingh, def' the pits, 
defaut & therefore Nonsuited. 

Mary Dobsen to be summoned concerning the Judgem' of M' Gabrie. 

Uppon the CompP? of Peter Jacobsen & Claes Bording, The Court 
ordered that the Sherif M* Allard Antony should give Imediat Satisfac- 
tion to the Complayn[. s or otherwise that the Order of Court bearing date 
the 5* of Xb' last past shal forthwith be put in Execution against him. 

Uppon the Petition of Pietf Jacobsen, Itt is ordered that his Bond as 
Security for henry Lyon shall be delivered up to him, except Capt" Morris 
can give any sufficient reasons to the Contrary at the next Court day. 

The Court ordered that the examining of the differances betwixt 
Curat" & some of Creditors of Jno. Coopal should be suspended til next 
Court day. 

In Pursuance of a former Ord- of this Court bearing date the 13* of 
Feb 3 ! last that one of the Karmen of this Citty should be elected to be an 
Overzeer of the rest; The Court this day Made Choice of Charles floid to 
be Overzeer of the si Karmen during the space of One Year next Ensuing 
the date hereof, he regulateing himselfe & observing all such Orders and 
Instructions as he dureing the si time shal receive from this Court. 

Uppon Complaints Made to this Court that some of the Officers do 
exact their fees much more as by the Law is allowed; Itt is this day 



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Ordered that No fees be levyed by execution, except the ace 1 ? of the fees 
be stated or signed by the Worshipp 1 ! Mayor, or his Deputy. 

The Govern r . s Memorialls being this day againe taken into Concidera- 
tion; Itt was agreed uppon viz' 

Uppon the 2 d Article. That the Retayle Sellers of Licq r ? & drinck 
shal for the future annually take out their Licenses, uppon every 25* day 
of March. 

Vppon the j d . Article. Since the Ord r . s Concerning the English 
Wheits & Measures to be only used, was made by the Court of Azzizes; 
The Court do judge it more proper that the s d - Order should be renewed 
by his h'onn' the Gover' Because the s*? Order doth not only Concerne this 
Citty, but the Whole Province. 

Uppon the f* W. May! did undertake to make a drauft of an Ordf 
for Killing of Meet. 

Uppon the 10"? Article. Itt is agreed uppon to meet at the Staate 
house on every Moonday & fryday in the afternoone about four a Clock 
to make a draught for a Charter to the use of this Citty. 

Whereas by the former Orders of this Court bearing date 2 July 
1667. Itt was enacted that towards the repairing and upholding of the 
Great Bridge of this Citty, All Shipps Inwards from Europe should pay 
according to their Burthens two stivers and a halfe pr tunn in Beavers, 
and that all Marchandizes Shipt of from hence for Europe should pay as 
followeth 

for one hundred beav r . s or the Vallue thereof 

in furr, Peltry or hides twenty stiv r . s in Beavers 

for a hhead of tobacco or Sugar two Stiv" in beav" 

And for Campechio Braziletto or other dye Wood twelve stivers in 

Beavers p r - tunne. 
Now to the End the said Revenue might by duely Collected & paid to the 
Use afores? The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court have thought fitt to authorize & ap- 
point and do hereby authorize & appoint, Ephraim Herrmans Clarke of 
this Citty Office to be Collect of the s? Revenue; he rendring a due 
ace' thereof to the Treasurer of this Citty uppon demand. 

The Worshipp" Court did this day order that Ephraim herrmans * 

* A son of Augustine Heermans and Janneke Verleth, born in 1652, he served several 

years in the Secretary's office at New York and was appointed Clerk of the Court and Col- 



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should be allowed and receive for Collecting of Bridge Monney as in the 
Above Written order is Exprest, tenne p Cent, out of w ? he is to make 
good the losse of monny he doth receive. 

This day the W: Court ordered, that copy of Stoffel van Laer's a/c 
should be furnished Mr Allard Antony; to the end that should he have 
any thing to object to it, he may prove it on Next Court day. 

The Court this day allowed to dom? Luyck, by way of gratuity for 
Preaching before Domf Newenhuysen's* Arrival, the somme of four hun- 
dred gild r . s seaw" Vallue and ordered the Secret?' to make paym' thereof. 

Att a Mayors Court held in New Yorke March y? 19 th 16^ J. Present 
Capt" Matthias Nicolls, Mayf; M r J n .° Laurence, Mr Tho. Lovelace, Mr 
Corn Van Ruyven, Mr Johannes van Brugh, M r - Isaacq Bedloo, Alderm"; 
Mr Allard Anthony, Sherif. 

Thomas Walker, P u v/s Thomas Badgard, Detf The P 1 * or his 
Agent not appearing to prosecute his action, Itt was ordered that a Non 
Suite should be entred against the P 1 ' and he to pay Cost. 

Henry Tayler, P? v/s Thomas Walker & Nathaniel Wright, defts. 
The Court recommended the P 1 ' & the def' Nathaniel Wright, to Com- 
pose the differance betwixt themselves before Next Court day; or other- 
wise then to be decided. 

Ariaen van Laer, P" v/s Joost vander Linde, Def' The parties re- 
maining both defaut, the Court Ordered that a Nonsuit should be entred 
against the P"; and he to pay Cost. 

Richard Morris, P 11 , as Atturny of Tho: Walker v/s Allard Anthony, 
Def- Uppon the P". s desire, the Court suspended this Case till next 
Court day. 

Isaacq Bedloo, P 1 ' v/s Dirck Smith, def? the P 1 .' desired a Suspence 
w ch is allowed. 

lector of Revenues at New Castle, Del., Septbr., 23, 1676. He m. Elizabeth, da. of Lucas 
Rodenbough, late Dutch Lieut. Govr. of Curacao, Septbr., 1679, and after living with her 
for 9 years he abandoned his wife and family to join the Labadists. He soon repented of 
his folly, returned home, became insane, and died cursed by his father for having asso- 
ciated with those religious'visionaries. 

* Rev. Wilhelmus Nieuwenhuysen was Minister of the Ref. Ch. in N. Y. from 1672 
to 1682, when he died. 



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Nicolaes Bayard, P !t , Vendu M^ v/s Roelof Jans, def? The P" de- 
siered a Suspence till Next Court which is allowed by the Court. 

Henry Taylor, pltf. v/s Thomas Butler & Thomas Walker, defts. 
Suspended. 

John Cooley, pltf. v/s Enick Boulter, deft. Suspended. 

Thomas Wandel, pltf. v/s J"° Gerardy & Jacob Varrevanger, defts. 
Suspended. 

Mr Cornelis Steenwyck, P 1 .' v/s Mr Jacques Cousseau & the Attur- 
neys of Poulus Leenders van de Grift, Defts. The P" declares that the 
Def ts bound themselves by their Obligation bearing date the 24^ of Octob. 
1670. to pay this P 1 ' for the ace* of Thomas Wandel (if the s? Wandel did 
not pay it himself within the space of three Months after the s? date:) the 
summe of One hundred and Sixty four gild" tenne Stivers in beav" for 
w c . h summe the P 1 ' Craves Judgem' against the def? with Cost of Suit. 
Uppon hearing of the debates of both p r ties and Examining of the s? Ob- 
ligation; The Court Ordered that Judgem 1 Should be entred against the 
Def ts for the payment of the s? debt according to their Obligat" but no 
execution to be issued out untill further order; to the end the def 1 . 5 (:if 
they see Cause:) can have their remedie by their Course of Law against 
the s? Wandel. 

Uppon the Petition of Anthony Glenn and the recommending of his 
honn' the Govern^ the Court admitted the s? Anthony Glen to be one of 
the Porters of this Citty for Corns Planckx & Salt in the stead of Jno 
Bugby, who is now of late absented himself e from the s? Employment; he 
the s? Anthony Glen behaving himselfe honestly and Civilly in the s? 
Employment. 

Uppon Capt" Morris desire, the Court suspended the delivering up 
of Peter Jacobs bond for being Herry Lyon's security till next Court day. 

The Court do desire Alderm" Lawrence & Alderm? Van Ruyven to 
heare and Examin into the differance betwixt Mf Allard Anthony & 
Stofel van Laer, and to decide the s? differance if they can, or otherwise 
to returne their report to this Court. 

The Widdow of Jacob van Couwenhoven deceased desiring that in 
Lieu of the Lott w c . h the late Gov? Peter Stuyvesant had given to hur s? 
husband behind his house in the dirty Lane or Slycksteegh, the Court 
would be pleased to graunt hur a Lott elsewhere within this Citty. Where- 



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uppon the Court replyed that it doth not appeare to this Court that the 
S? Lott was a Lawful graunt to the Petit 11 " husband ; Neverthelesse the 
Court being willing to let hur have some Concideration for itt, do leave 
it to the Petit' for to make an enquiry whether there be any lott undis- 
posed of within this Citty, which can be no prejudice to the Towne or 
the fort; and uppon discovery to give Notice thereof to this Court. 

Uppon the Complaint of Robbert Garret Mast' Mate, William Palmer 
Carpenter and John Rymoor, Marynor, against their Mastr Capt" Clay- 
borne Hazelwood, Commander of the Shipp called the Justice of London; 
The Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayor haveing appointed an Arbitration to endeav' a 
Composure of the differance betwixt them which Arbitrators this day 
brought in their report, and awarded that it should be at the Liberty of 
the Mate to leave the Shipp, and he to have his Cloathes & other things 
belonging to him, as alsoo his pay according to agreement to the Utmost; 
But as for the Carpenter & Seaman, they still to Continue on board and 
follow their employment as they ought to doe, and that the Master do not 
only finde them with sufficient allowance of meat drinck & such like 
Necessaries, and Alsoo to pay them their Wages (when due) but alsoo for 
the future, that hee behave himselfe More Kindly towards them, and 
restrayne his hands from Stryking as heretofore he hath done; Which 
award being read in open Court, And the debates of the s? parties being 
heard thereuppon ; The Court thought fitt to approeve of the s? Award, 
and do Strictly order & Require the s? Parties to Observe the same ac- 
cording to the true Intent thereof. 

March the 25^ 1672 Execution Issued out. 

Mary Dopsen is ordered to appear at the next Court day in regard to 
Gabrie's Judgement. 

Anno 16^-J. Ady 21. March. Read the petition of the Kerck- 
meesters of the Reformed Church of this City representing in substance, 
how necessary it is, that the roof of the Church in the Fort be renewed ; 
requesting to this end the Courts assistance for this work by furnishing as 
much money from the City's revenue, as is possible and interceding with 
the h' Govern' that his Honor may be please likewise to contribute there- 
unto from the public fund of the Province etz. 

Which Petition being this day taken into consideration by the Wor- 
shipp 1 ! Court, their Worships, with the previous knowledge of the h*. 



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Govern' provisionally allowed the petitioners from the City chest, the sum 
of five hundred guilders sewant value. 

New Yorke 5. April, 1672: The Court being Compleat, except only 
M' May' 

This Day Complaint being made to the Court by the Secret? Nicolaes 
Bayard against Warnaer Wessels, that the s^ Wessels is a Conciderable 
summe of Monny Indebted to the Towne as p' ace' produced in Court 
appears; that the s d Wessels doth not only refuse to make paiment thereof, 
but in Contempt of the Authority & in affront to the Magistrates did give 
very filthy speeches, Whereof proefe being made in Court by the Testi- 
monies of Sivert Olpherts and Jacob Teller; And the s^ Wessels being 
heard thereuppon, utterly denyed what was alleadged ag 5 ' him, But 
promised to make paiment of soo much possible he Could; Whereuppon 
the Court Ordered him to appeare at the Next Court day untill which 
time the Court do suspend the determination hereof. 

Att a May" Court held In New Yorck April the 30* 1672. Present 
Capt" Matthias Nicolls, May'; M' Jno Laurence, M' Corn: Van Ruyven, 
M' John van Brugh, M' Isaacq Bedloo, Alderm" 

Thomas Williams, P u v/s Thomas Tayler, defi The P 1 .' declares 
that the def' is Indebted unto him as p' ace' the summe of eleven pound 
fourteene Shillgs & Nine pence, for w c . h the P 1 ' Craves Judgem 1 agst the 
de£, With Cost of Suit. The de£ Ownes the debt, but saith that the P 1 . 1 
promised him a barrel of Rom in the Bargaine of a horse. Uppon hear- 
ing of the debates of both parties the Worshipp" Court did decree & 
order that Judgement should be entred against the deft, that the deft, 
should satisfy s* debt, deducting only for the s d - Caske of Rom the summe 
of fourty Shillings w c ? by the P 1 ' is allowed, and the def' to pay Cost. 

Whereas Cornelis Van Borsum off this Citty hath made Request unto 
me, That ffor an Enlargem' to his Lott & some of his Neighbours a Small 
Slip off ground on the backe side of his house over against the fforte may 
be graunted unto them in the Beginning to be about teene or twelve ffoot 
& to run ffrom the Corner off his Oold ffence a Long West Ward to Make 
the ffences behinde even till itt Comes to Nothing; Forasmuch as I am 
given to Understand itt will no way be prejudiciall to the fforte or Citty I 
doe recommend it to the Court off Mayo' & Aldermen that the Request 



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be granted and some persons by them appointed off good Judges and In- 
tegrity are to view and Lay out the same & Likewyse to adgudge and 
agree ffor such reasonable Satisffaction as the Vallue off the si ground 
may Amount unto. Given under My hand at Fort James in New Yorck 
this 29 th1 day off Aprill 1672. 

Signed Francis Lovelace. 

In persuance off the above written order off his honn' the Govern' 
The Court do Nominate and Appoint Alderman John Lawrence M' Oloffe 
Stevense Cortlant and ffredrick Philips to adjudge and agree w l . h the P r sons 
Concerned ffor the vallue of the Ground within Mentioned and to 
Returne an ace? there off to this Court. 

Richard Morris, Atturny of Tho? Walker, P 1 . 4 v/s Allard Anthony, 
def 4 Itt is Ordered that the P 1 . 4 shall prosecute this Action at the next 
Court day, or otherwise to be Nonsuited. 

Isaacq Bedloo, pltf. v/s Dirck Smit, deft. Suspended. 

Henry Taylor, pltf. v/s Thomas Butler & Thomas Walker, defts. 
Suspended till next Court day & then to be decided, whereof both parties 
are to have notice. 

Otto Gerrits, P 1 . 4 v/s Joseph Knott, def 4 the def 4 1. defaut. 

J n .° Cooley, P 1 . 4 v/s Enick Boulter, def 4 Suspended at the P". s re- 
quest. 

Thomas Wandel, P 1 . 4 v/s Jacob Varrevanger & J n .° Gerardy, def.' 
both part? defaut & therefore Suspended till next Court day. 

Henry Taylor, pltf. v/s Claude Vallot, deft. Agreed. 

Gabriel Minvielle, pltf. v/s Jacques Cousseau, deft. Suspended at 
the Pltf's request. 

Richard Morris, pltf. v/s Claude Vallot, deft. Suspended. 

Jacques Cousseau, pltf. v/s Gabriel Minvielle, deft. Suspended. 

Glaude Lametre, pltf. v/s David Maree, deft. Agreed. 

Pieter Nys, pltf. v/s J n .° Rider, deft. Suspended. 

Thimothy Gabrie, P 1 . 4 v/s Mary Dobsen, def 4 The def 4 defaut. Itt 
is Ordered that she shall be sumbned to appeare at the next Court day. 

Nicholas Bayard, Vendu M r , P 14 v/s Roelof Jansen, def 4 Suspended. 

Uppon the Petition of Roger Purchaze, The Court Ordered that 
henry hedger within the Space of one Month next ensuing shall Cause his 
horses on Staten Island to be taken upp, and brought to this Towne to be 

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apprized by two Indifferent persons for the satisfying of the Execution 
obtained by the s^ Purchaze ag 5 ' the s^ henry hedger. 

1672 3^ July Execution Issued out. 

Pieter Jacobs Marius & Capt. Morris nott appearing in Court to 
pleade the Case Concerning the bond of Security for henry Lyon; the 
Court ordered to Suspend the hearing thereof till Next Court. 

Uppon the Petition of Richard Eliot Kooper, the Court allowed him 
to be a free burger and Inhabitant of this Citty, he paying Scot & Lott as 
others of the Inhabitants are bound to doe. 

Sivert Olpherts Complaining that his Execution obtained ag 5 ' Anna 
Smits is not as Yet Satisfyed notwithstanding the Sherif hath bene desired 
several times soo to doe; Whereuppon the Sherif promised to put the 
s^ Jugem' of Sivert Olpherts in Imedeat execution without any further 
delay, w^ by Court accordingly is Ordered. 

On the complaint of the Sheriff against the underwritten persons, 
that they still fail to pave their streets pursuant to the Placard and to 
Construct their sheeting on the Strand, etz. 

Gelyn Verplanck says, that M r . Cortlant is obliged to pave before his 
own house. 

Burger Joris' widow promises to make her share of the street and 
sheet piling. 

Nicolaes Backer promises to pave his street as soon as any of his 
Neighbours pave up to him. 

Gelyn Verplanck and James Mattheus request to be excused levelling 
their street until their cellars are completed, which they proposed shortly 
to do. 

John Rider and Tho Berryman are ordered to pave their portion of 
the Winckel Straet {Market St.). 

Sybout Claessen is willing to make his sheeting provided the Govern^ 
restore to him the stone, which he brought for that purpose to the place 
and were loaned by him. 

Sybrant Jans has left only one opening to enable him to fill in his 
wall from the Strand and will close that as soon as his neighbours begin 
to fill in. 

Tryntie Clocq declares, she is unable to fill in her part of the wall: 
Whereuppon the Court decrees that since her portion of the wall is so 



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large and she being a widow is unable, that the Court shall consider how 
and in what manner her share shall be best filled in. 

The W: Court order all and every who as yet have failed to pave 
their streets and sidewalk pursuant to the Placard, to compleat the same 
without delay on the penalty expressed in the Placard, and hereby 
authorize Sieurs Johannes de Peyster, Coenraet ten Eyck, Hendrick 
Willemsen Baker and Lourens van der Spiegel to attend, that the same 
work be prosecuted and completed with all possible expedition, and said 
gentlemen are in like manner requested to take into consideration, what 
streets or ways require to be paved besides those designated in the fore- 
going Placard: and finally to give their advice and opinion, how and in 
what manner the wall in front of Tryntie Clocq and the adjoining lots 
shall be filled in in the best and most advantageous manner. 

Uppon the Complaint of Lodowyck Post, provoost Marishall of this 
Citty severall p r sons do Refuse to pay y? fine wherein they where con- 
demned by y? Court Marishall bearing date y? 30* of Jann? Last past. 
The WorshippV Court Ordered that y? Marishall Henry Nuton together 
w'! 1 the s? Provoost Marishall shall forthwith put y? Judgem* of yf s? Court 
Marishall in Execution by Seizing uppon soo much of y? goods & Chattels 
of the Persons w c ? still do Refuse to pay their fines accord? to the tenn? of 
the s? Judgem' & for soe Doing this Shall be unto them a sufficient 
Warrant. 

The Court haveing heard y? Excuse & supplication of Waernaer Wes- 
sels, Concerning y? Seditious words spoken in affront & contempt to y^ 
Magestrates; y? Court for severall Reasons & Considerations have re- 
mitted y? punishm' w c . h according to the merrit of this fact ought to be 
Inflicted uppon him & do Condemne him only to pay to y? use of the 
poore of this Citty a fine of twintie Gild" togeth' w* Cost. 

May the 14* 1672. The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court haveing Examined unto 
y? Differance betweene Tho* Gibbs Complainant & Claybre hazelwood 
Comand- of y? Shipp Called y? Justice Def? uppon Mature Concideracon 
doe decree & Order that y? s? hazelwood shall pay y? Complain' y? wages 
due to y? servant belonging to y* Complainants breth" in Barbados, de- 
ducting only two months wages for the tyme w c !* y? Complainant hath 
Employed y? s? servant to Albany w th out y? Courts Consent & approbation, 
& by Reason y? s? hazelwood hath Atered his voyage for England y? Court 



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do adjudge that yf s? Servant shall be cleared from yf shipp & Remaine 
at yf s? M". Gibbs disposall, & yf Charges to be equally paid betwixt both 
p r ties. 

In Pursuance of an Order from yf Worshipp 1 . 1 Mayors Court bearing 
date yf 29* of Aprill, Aldermen John Lawrence Mr Olof Stevense & 
Mr fredrick Philips have surveyd yf Slip of ground opposit to yf house of 
Mr Corn? Steenwyck, abutting uppon yf Lott of Corn? van Borsim, & do 
find yf ground laid out for Corn? van Borsim to Containe on the East 
Side therteene English foot, & from thence uppon a West & by North- 
line thirty Eight foot, and on the West Side Eight & a half Englis foot. 

Item yf Slipp abuting uppon the Lott of Isaacq Greveraet on the 
East Side Eight & halfe English foot & from thence uppon a West & by 
NorthLine Eighteene & a halfe foot, and on yf Westside five & a halfe 
Englis foot. 

Item the slipp on yf backside of yf Lott of Jeremyas Janse, on yf 
East side five and a halfe English foot, & from thence uppon a west & by 
North Line seaventeene and & a halfe foot and on the west side three 
and a quart English foot. 

Item the Slipp of Ground on the backside of Hendrick Obes Lott, 
on yf East side three & a quart foot, & soo uppon a west & by north line 
till it Comes to Nothing. 

Memorandum by Captf Lovelace Computation containes the Gen- 
erall, west & by North line, in all 96 English foot. 

Att a Mayors Court held in New Yorke June the n* A? 1672. 
Present Captf Matthias Nicolls, Mayf; Mr J"° Laurence, M 1 . Cornells van 
Ruyven, Mf Johannes Van Brugh, Mf Isaacq Bedloo, Alderm"; M r 
Allard Antony, Sherif. 

John Cooley, P? v/s Enick Boulter, Detf The P 1 .' declares that the 
Def? is Indebted unto him the summe of One hundred & two Gilders in 
Corne Wampum Vallue and humbly Craves Judgem' with Cost. The 
Def? Baile henry Nuton appearing in Court, Owned the debt and desired 
some time in the def. s behalfe for the payment thereof. The Worshipp 1 . 1 
Court did decree and Order that Judgement should be entered against 
the defi that the def' or his Bayle shall satisfy the s? debt together with 
Cost of Suit. 



1672] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 373 

Richard Morris, Atturny of Thomas Walker, P 1 ' v/s Allard Anthony, 
Def' The P 1 ' desired a suspence till next Court day by reason his 
atturny is Sike, w c . h the Court allowed him. 

Henry Taylor, pltf . v/s Tho : Butler & Tho Walker, defts. The parties 
all Concerned not being present, it is Ordered that the hearing & deter- 
mining of this Cause shall be Suspended till next Court day & No Longer. 

Otto Gerrits, P 1 ' v/s Joseph Knott, Def' The Court do authorize 
any two of the Alderm" for to heare and Examin into the differance be- 
twixt both parties, & the Secretary to Vieu the records what was done 
therein, and to make a report to this Court. 

Thomas Wandel, P 1 ' v/s Jacob Varrevanger & John Gerardy, def' s 
The Court ordered that the P 1 .' should deliver into the Office a declara- 
tion in wryting, within 8 dayes, and the def' to take out a Coppy thereof, 
and to returne his Answer at the next Court day. 

Gabriel Minvielle, P 1 ' v/s Jacques Cousseau, Def' Itt is Ordered if 
the Parties do not give sufficient reasons at the Next Court day, that this 
Cause should remaine uppon the list, then to be Non Suited. 

Jacques Cousseau, pltf. v/s Gabriel Minvielle, deft. Ordered ut 
Supra. 

Mary Balding, P 1 ' v/s Benj n Johns, Def' In an Action of debt. 
Uppon hearing of the debates of both parties, the Worshipp 1 . 1 Court did 
decree & order that the Def' should forthwith make Paym' of the remain- 
der part of the debt Amounting to the summe of fl. 78. in goods at 
Wampum price, together with Cost of suit. 

Pieter Nys, P 1 .' v/s Jno Rider, def' It is ordered if the deft, doth 
not satisfy the P 1 .' before Next Court day ; then Judgem' to be past 
ag s .' him. 

Thimoty Gabrie, pltf. v/s Mary dobsen, deft. Suspended till next 
Court day and then to be decided. 

Tomas Francen, P 1 .' v/s James Pittrie, def' both default. The 
Court ordered that a Nonsuit should be entred ag s .' the P 1 .' for non 
appearance and the P 1 .' to pay Cost. 

J no Sharp, P 1 .' v/s Sam" Wheeler, De£ The Court Ordered the 
Def' or his Bayle to take out a Coppy of the P 1 ' 5 declaration; and to 
answer it at the Next Court day. 

Alexander Watts, P 1 ' v/s J n .° thomson Smith, def' both default. 



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The Court ordered that a Nonsuit should be entred against the P 1 ' for 
non appearance to prosecute, and the P 1 ' to pay Cost. 

Clayborne Hazelwood, P" v/s Thomas Gibbs, def' Ordered the 
def' to take out a Coppy of the P". s declarat" and to returne his answer at 
the next Court day. 

Philip Jons, P" v/s Fredrick Arents, def' the def? defaut. Ordered 
the def' to appeare at the Next Court day, and then to be decreed. 

Edward Smith, P 1 ' v/s Lourens Coolvelt, def' both default. The 
Court Ordered that a Nonsuit should be entred ag s ' the P 1 ' for Non 
Appearance to Prosecute, and the P 1 .' to pay Cost. 

M' John Laurence, P 1 ' v/s John Smedes, def' In an Action of debt 
to the Summe of fl. 60. Uppon hearing of the debates of both parties, 
and the def'. 5 Confessing the debt, The Court did decree and order that 
Judgement should be entred against the Def' for the paiement of the said 
debt amounting to the summe of fl. 60. seawant, together with Cost of 
Suit. 

Uppon the Petitions of the Undernamed persons, desiring to be 
admitted as free Burgers & Inhabitants of this Citty, the Court graunted 
their request, viz' 

Daniel Sutton Cooper, 
Cornells Wynhart of Dellowar, 
William Hawkins. 

Uppon the Compl' of Jonas Bartels Wheigh-Master, that several of 
the Wheights belonging to the Wheighouse are Worne out and will not 
containe their full Wheight, desiring that some persons might be ap- 
pointed by the Court for to be Censurers of the s d . Wheights and to bring 
them to the exact Weight of the Standard; Which request being taken 
into Concideration the Worshipp" Court do hereby Nominate & appoint 
Juriaen Blanck and Albert Bosch Cutler, to be Censurers not only of the 
Wheights belonging to the Wheighouse, but alsoo to all the Wheights 
belonging to any of the Merchants and Inhabitants of this Citty. 

Nota, the Order for the Wheights of the Inhabitants is recalled. 

From the nomination of the Overseers of the Fences and Highways 
as well on this as on the other side of the Fresh Water, the W: Court 
elected as Overseers for the ensuing year. 



1672] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 375 

Jan Cornelissen d'Ryck, Old Overseer; 
Servyn Lourens, 
Jacob Leendersen, 
Gerrit Hendricx. 

Two of whom shall continue the next year and two new be elected in the 
places of those retiring. 

Uppon Rodger Purchaze Comp 1 .' ag 3 . 4 Herry hedger of not Complying 
with the Order of this Court bearing date the 30 th of April last past The 
Court ordered that Execution should be issued out thereuppon. 

Henry Taylor, P" v/s Andries Andriesen, def' The Court do re- 
ferre the hearing of this Cause to any two of the Aldermen. 

M' Johannes de Peyster M' Coeuraet ten Eyck M' Hendrick 
Willems, Baker & M' Lourens van der Spiegel this day makeing their 
Report uppon the last Order of this Court for the Paveing of the Streetes, 
as more at Large by their report in wryting may appeare; Which said 
report being read in Court the Court did wel approeve of and ordered 
thereuppon that the Street called the Slyck Steegh * or Dirty lane, from 
the house of Adrian Vincent to the house of Hendrick van Doesburgh, 
and from the smal house of David Jochems to the Lott of Jacob van 
Couwenhoven deceased, should be Paved with Stones before the latter 
end of September Next ensuing, uppon the Penalty. 

Item the Street Called the Prince Street f from the houses & Lotts 
of M' Mayor & Jochem Beeckman, to the houses & lotts of M' Bedloo & 
the Widdow of Reyer Stoffels within the time & uppon the same Penalty 
as aforesaid. 

Item a Strooke or foot path to be paved before the front of the 

* Slyck Steegh, the dirty or miry alley, was that part of the present South William 
Str., East of Broad as far as Mill Lane or Street, a passage now closed, but formerly run- 
ning from Broad Str., East betw. Beaver and South William to near William and then 
turning with an angle into South William. Vincent's lot was on the N. E. corner of 
Broad Str. and the Slyck Steegh, the S. E. corner being the Couwenhoven lot. David 
Jochems' lot was on the South side of the Steegh, extending to Stone Str. and van Does- 
burg's on the North side, about opposite to where Mill Lane came into South William 
Str., to which the Steegh extended at this time. This was the extent of the proposed 
improvement. — B. F. 

f That part of Beaver, now betw. Broad and William Str. 



37 6 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1672 

houses, from the house of M' Bedloo at the Waterside to the house of 
Cornells van Borsum, and from thence to the house of M' Steenwyk.* 

Item from the house of Dom' Niewenhuysen to the State house. 

Concerning the proposall of filling up the Gapp before Tryntie 
Clocqs, the Court do Consent that she may, make use of the ground lying 
next to hur lott, and will take it into Consideration to be aiding and 
assisting unto hur, in the filling up of hur proportion. 

Johannes van Couwenhoven, P 1 ' v/s Cornelis van Borsum, Def The 
Court do referre the parties to the Arbitration of Jacob Lessler & 
Michiel Henel. 

Thomas Lammerts, P 1 .' v/s Hartman Wessels, Deff The Court do 
referre the Parties to the Arbitration of Jacob Lesseler & Adolph Pieters. 

Whereas Severall persons do dayly sue their parties but at y* time of 
a hearing do not appeare neither in person or by their Atturny to prose- 
cute, It is therefore Ordered by this Worshipp 1 . 1 Court that if y e - P 1 ' from 
hence forth do noth appeare to prosecute his Action at the first Court day 
after hee Entred his Action that such P u . s shall be NonSuited and pay Cost. 

On the petition of M r . Johannis dePeyster in substance setting forth 
that the estate of the late Pietertie Jans owes him a considerable sum and 
whereas the curators of the s d - estate, namely Lodowyck Post and Johannis 
de Wit dec? have rendered no a/c and reliqua as yet of their administra- 
tion, therefore he the petitioner requests that they may be so ordered. 
The W: Court find the petitioner's request to be just, and therefore the 
curators of the s? estate or their successors are ordered to deliver in an 
a/c and reliqua of their administration on the next Court day. 

Nicolaes Bayard, Vendu M r , P 1 .' v/s Roelof Jansen, Butcher, def. 1 
The P 1 ' Declares that the Def? is Indebted unto him for a house and Lot 

of ground bought in Outcry the Sumu! of fl. whereof the two first 

payments are Long Expired as also for goods Likewise bought in Outcry 

y* Summe of fl. amounting in all y": Summe of fl. 2060: 16 w ! 1 said 

debt y* P 1 ' hath Severall times demanded but Could never Received it to 
this day wherefore the P 1 ' desires Judgem' against the def' for y e - payment 
of y e . s d . debt with Cost. The def' Not appearing in three Severall Court 
dayes to answer the P'- s demands The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court thereuppon 
ordered that Judgem' should be Entred against y* def' that y* def' shall 
* On Pearl betw. Broad and Whitehall Streets. 



1672] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 377 

forthwith make paymf of yf s d . debt or otherwise that yf house shall be 
put to a New Sale at next Outcry w ! 1 shall be held w^in this Citty towards 
the paymf of yf s^ debt and what yf s'? house shall Jeild Lesse he the deft, 
to make good the Losse thereof according to the tennf of yf Conditions 
of sale & the deff to pay Cost. 

[In the margin.] According to yf tenn' of yf Conditions of Sale & if 
yf remaindf part of yf debt be not satisfied w'. h in yf space of Eight dayes 
then Execution to be Issued out ag? yf deff for yf same together with 
Cost of Suite. 

To His Honnf the Gouvernf 
Humbly s d 

The Constable of this Citty hat Made Complaint to this Court against 
Corporal hamor for threatening & abusing yf s? Constable in yf Executing 
of his office w c ? hamor being a Corporal under yf honn" Guarrison we 
thought fit to prevent this to yf honnf and withall for w c . h affront this 
Court should have dismist yf s? hamer from his place as being porter of 
this Citty but he being a Corporal under yf honn r ' s Guarrison this Court 
thought fitt to present it to your Honnf; and withall requesting that your 
honnf will be pleased that the Officers of this Court for yf future may not 
be abused by any of yf honn r . s Guarrison so wishing Yf Honnf healt & 
happiness wee Remaine &tc. 

Whereas his honni the Gouvernf hath severall times Recomended 
to this Court the Makeing up of yf Mote or Graft of this Citty The Wor- 
shipp 1 . 1 Court have therefore thought fit and do hereby Strictly Order that 
yf s? Mate or graft schall be made up by yf Owners of yf houses or Lotts 
that do [live] about uppon yf s? mote or otherwise by yf tennants of 
yf houses for yf Owners accounts in manner & forme following, vizf 

Imprimus from yf Waterside upwards to the bridge over against 
yf Stone Streete * to be Repaired and made up in yf same breath & forme 
as heretofore it was made. 

And from thence upward to yf Corner of yf Lott of Jochem Beeck- 
man to be made & finished in yf same forme & manner as Mf Johannis de 
Peyster hat already begunn to be made & finished the s? owners of 

* The Stone Str. here referred to was that part which runs East of Broad. A bridge 
crossed the Gracht or Canal to Brewers Str. or Stone Str., West of Broad. Jochem 
Beekman had his lot on the S. E. Corner of Broad and Beaver. 



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yf houses & Lotts or yf Tennants for y? Owners accounts w ! 1 in yf space 
of two months next Ensuing yf date hereof. 

Item from yf s? Corner of Jochem Beeckman upwards to yf Corner 
of y? Lane by M' Jacob Kip* in yf same forme & manner as before it is 
Exprest to be made & finished w th in the space of Three Months next 

Ensuing the date thereof uppon Penalty of to be forfeited & payd 

by all those that shall be found defective in the finishing of their severall 
proportions of yf s? Mote. 

June the 20 1 ! 1 1672. The Dep^ Mayor Mf J n .° Lawrence together 
w* yf Aldermen Mf Corn Van Ruyven & Mf Johannis van Brugh in pur- 
suance of yf last Order of Court this day haveing heard the Differance 
betwixt Doctf Henry Taylor P" against Andries Andriese Deff do find 
uppon Examininge of yf Witnesses that there was an agreemf made 
betwixt them: Whereuppon yf P 1 ' Demanded for yf six weekes Damage 
jQ 6 : The Def proeved by the Sailmaker that yf Sail hath bene Reddy 
but 3 weekes. The Alderm" Ordered that yf def' from henceforth should 
be Cleared from yf P 1 ' 5 Scow and do Referre it till next Court day what 
dammage shall be Allowed to the P" 

Att a May r . s Court held In New Yorke July the 2? A°. 1672. Present 
Capt" Matthias Nicolls, May!"; Mf John Laurence, Mf Tho: Lovelace, 
Mf Cornells van Ruyven, Mf John Laurence, f Mf Isaacq Bedloo, 
Aldermf; Mf Allard Anthony, Sherif. 

Richard Morris, Atturny of Tho : Walker, P 1 .' v/s Mf Allard Anthony, 
deff The P 1 .' declares that the deff in his quality as Sherif, suffered one 
Richard Rippley uppon whom this P 1 ' had Obtained a Legal Execution, 
to depart this place without satisfying the s? Execution; and therefore 
desires Satisfaction from this deff for the s? Execution. The deff answers 
that he lett the s? Rippley out, at the request of Capt. De Laval who en- 
gaged to Satisfy the Execution and with Consent of the s? Walker; 
Whilst the Worshipp" Mayf likewise affirmes that it was past in his 
presence. The Court do find that the Sherif sett the s? Rippley at liberty 

* This lane is now Exchange Place and this order shows, that the Gracht or Canal 
extended then up Broad Str. as far as this point. 

f I presume this name ought to be "Van Brugh," but it is in the Original Record as 
here copied. — Tr. 



1672] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 379 

by the s? Walker's Consent, and therefore do discharge the def' from the 
same; and do authorize Alderm? J n .° Lawrence & Isaacq Bedloo to speake / 
to Capt" de Laval, and Enquire how the s? Execution was Satisfied, and 
to make a report thereof to this Court. 

Henry Taylor, P? v/s Thomas Butler & Thomas Walker, def'. s The 
P 1 .' declares that Thomas Walker is Indebted unto him £\2. for w* he 
attached Tho: Butler a servant to the s? Walker who now being run away, 
demands the debt of the s? Butlers security Mr Tho: Louelace; w'! 1 Cost. 
The s? M! Lovelace answers that the s? Thomas Butler before the P 1 ? 
arrest, was Condemned by the Court at Staten Island, for stealing of Pipe 
Staves, to serve for his s? misdemeanor Six months service, and uppon 
that is run away. The Court Ordered that in Case the s? Butler was 
Condemned at Staten Island as aforesaid, before the P u . s arrest was made 
here, then the s? arrest to be void, otherwise to continue in itts full force 
and Vertue. 

Otto Gerrits, P 1 ' v/s Joseph Knott, def' The Court ordered before 
the P" shall proceed in Pleading, that he shall give in security to prose- 
cute & pay Cost if he be Cast; w c . h being done the Action to be tryed by 
a Jury att the next Court day. 

Thomas Wandel, P" v/s Jacob Varrevanger, Executf of the Estate 
of Mary Polet, def' Itt is ordered that Enquire shall be made unto 
whom Philip Gerardy, first husband of the s? Mary Polet, hath made his 
Estate and how he by Will & Testament disposed thereof. 

Gabriel Minvielle, P 1 ' v/s Jacques Cousseau, Def' Vppon the P 1 ? 
desire the Court Ordered that this Action should be suspended withall 
for 3 Months or till intelligence Concerning this differance arrives here 
from Europe & that the arrest on boath sides of the goodes of the P 1 ' as 
also of the Def should be Released. 

Jacques Cousseau, P 1 ' v/s Gabriel Minvielle, Def' Itt is Ordered as 
Ut Supra. 

Thimoty Gabrie, P 1 .' v/s Mary Dopsen, def? The P 1 .' humbly de- 
sires Execution uppon the former Judgem' ag s .' the def' he haveing now 
procured sufficient proefe of the Lett' of Atturny in the former Judge- 
ment. The Court haveing Examined the proefe do allow thereof, and do 
Order the Def' to satisfy the s? Judgem' within the Space of Six Months, 
the Court haveing prevailed soo much by the P 1 ' to forbeare so long. 



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A? 1673. 14 April Execution Issued out by Ord- of M!" Mayor Laur- 
ence. 

[Jno.] Sharp, P 1 . 1 v/s Sam 1 . 1 Wheeler, Def Suspended. 

Clayborne hazehvood, P'. c v/s Thomas Gibbs, def' In an Action of 
Debt. The Court do referre this Cause to the Arbitration of Capt. 
Richard Morris, Capt. John Berry, Mf Gelyn Verplanck & M' Jacob 
Milborn, for to examin the accounts of both parties and if possible to 
Compose the differances betwixt them, and to make a returne thereof to 
this Court. 

Philip Johns, P" v/s ffredrick Arentsen, def' The P 1 .' declares that 
he put a parcel of Black Walnut wood to this Def' for the Makeing of a 
parcel of Chayres ; which Chayres being made the def sold them to 
another person; Wherefore the P 1 ' prayes for Judgem? ag s .' the def' that 
the Def' may make imediat delivery of the s? Chayres and pay a fine for 
his presumtious Trespasse. The def' answered that the P 1 ' would not 
satisfy him for his worke according to agreement. Vppon hearing of the 
debates of both parties, The Court did decree an order that the Defd' 
should make delivery of the s 1 ? Chaires made of the P". s wood, or some 
other black wallnutt wooden Chaires to the P". s Satisfaction, and do Con- 
demne the def for his Presumption in a fine of twenty Gild r . s & to pay 
Cost. 

1672. 24. July Execution Issued out. 

Henry Taylor, P 1 .' v/s Andries Andriessen, Def' The Aldermen ap- 
pointed to heare this Cause this day bringing in their report; The Court 
did Wei approve of their transactions and did decree and Order that the 
def' should pay to this P 1 ' for damage susteined by the P 1 ' in his Scow, 
the summe of fl. 50. or 400 p c . s of good Waalnut firewood to be delivered 
before the P'' s house att or before the Month of Decemb' ensuing this 
date and to pay Costs. 

Johannes van Couwenhoven, P 1 .' v/s Cornelis van Borsum, def.' 
Suspended. 

Thos. Lammerts, P 1 ' v/s Hartman Wessls, def' Agreed. 

James Mattheus, P 1 .' v/s Adam Oncquelbach, def' A Coppy of the 
P u . s declaration and the presentment of the Sherif to be delivered to the 
def' and the Def' for to Answer thereuppon at the next Court day. 

Uppon the Presentment of the Sherif against Jacob, farmont for 



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beating Breusing & evel entreating of the person of Mary Johnson; The 
Court Ordered that the def' Jacob farmont should be Committed 
to prison, until he had given sufficient security to answer the s? Com- 
plaint. 

Abram Willemsen, P 1 .' v/s John Sharp, def' The Court ordered 
that the Cause should Come to hearing on fryday Next in the afternoone 
at two o'Clocke, and the def- to take out a Coppy of the P 1 ' 3 Petition. 

Jacob Kip and Antony de Milt curators of the estate of Jannetie 
Jacobs dec? delivering in this day to Court their a/c of the administra- 
tion of said estate and to whom in their opinion preference ought to be 
allowed ; the W : Court after examination thereof approved the same and 
the curators are authorized to allow those preferred to receive according 
to their entered preference, and to divide the surplus concurrently among 
the remaining creditors. 

Jonas Bartelsen this day appearing in Court desiring that the last 
order of Court Concerning the perfecting of the Wheights belonging to 
the Wheighhouse might be put in due Execution ; whereuppon the Court 
recommended the persons thereunto appointed to Witt Juriaen Blanck 
and Albert Bosch, to Cause the s? necessary worke forthwith to be put in 
Execution ; and what Charges and disbursements shall be made by them 
towards the same, shall be restored them together with a reasonable 
allowance for their Labour. 

Jacob Kip and Assur Levy curators of the estate of Jan Copal re- 
questing decision of the W Court regarding the points against Messrs. 
Steenwyk, Hooghlant, Gabrie and Allard Anthony, the W: Court sus- 
pend the decision until the return of M' Hooghlant from Albany. 

Lodowyck Post and the curators of the estate of the late Pietertie 
Jans are this day ordered to deliver into Court a pertinent a/c of their 
administration. 

Uppon the Motion of Jno Rider, Atturny of Capt. Philip Carteret, 
desiring Judgement against Pieter Wolpherts or his Bayle for the debt he 
the s? Carteret hath heretofore declared in Court; Itt is ordered that the 
Bayle of Pieter Wolpherts shall have three months time allowed him to 
see the s* Pieter Wolpherts forthcomming to answer the s d - Complaint or 
Action of Capt. Carteret; and the Sherif is Required to give the s d . Baile 
notice thereof. 



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Att a May r . s Court held at New Yorcke this 3? day of July A° 1672. 
The Court being Compleat. 

Uppon a Letter from his Honn' the Govern' manifesting the necessity 
of the fforts repairing, desiring the assistance of the Inhabitants towards 
the perfecting of it as by his honn r . s Lett' bearing date the 2 n . d of this In- 
stant the Court ordered that several of the Cheif Inhabitants should be 
Listed and desired to appeare in Court next morning. 

July the 4* According to the abovewritten Order this day appear- 
ing in Court several of the Chief Inhabitants, unto whom the Govern'? 
Letter was Communicated, and withal recommended to make a Voluntary 
Contribution, towards the repairing of the ffort; Which by them accord- 
ingly is done, as appeares by their several bills, w^ Bills are delivered to 
the Commission' 5 appointed for the Collecting of the same. 

Doct' Henry Taylor appearing in Court desired to have review of 
the Action betwixt him and andries Andries, w* is allowed him. 

Itt is Ordered that the Buckets & Other Instruments for fire belong- 
ing to the Towne shall be brought to the State house within 14 dayes. 

July the 9^ The Court being Compleat, received an Ord' from his 
Honn' the Govern', together with a Declaration of Warre ag s . 1 the States 
General of the United Provinces, dated at Whitehal the 4* of April 167^, 
to declare & Publish Warre against the s 1 ! States, according to the Tennf 
of the s*? declaration ; Which this day accordingly is done from the State 
house of this Citty. 

Att a Speciall Court held at New Yorke the 13* of July A° 1672. 
Present Capt" Matthias Nicolls, May'; M' Jno. Laurence, M' Tho Love- 
lace, M' Cornelis Van Ruyven, M' Johannes van Brugh, Ald'men; M' 
Allard Anthony, Sherif. 

Lourens Gonsalis, P 1 .' v/s Matthyas de Haert, Def' The P 1 .' de- 
clares that the Def' hath arrested this P" and his Vessel for a debt, for 
w ch this P 1 ' hath made him tender of payment, but the Def- refused to 
receive it, whereby the P 1 ' saith to be damnified verry much ; and desires 
reparation thereof. The def' answers that the P 1 ' hath made tender of 
payment w* never by this Def' was denyed to be received, but the P 1 ' de- 



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parted from hence only with a Tender, without performance. The Jury- 
brought in their Verdict, and found for the def' that the P 1 ' should make 
payment of his debt, which he acknowledged in Court, and the Charges 
to be paid equally betwixt them. The Court do approve of the s? Verdict, 
and Ordered that Judgem' should be entered accordingly. 

JUR R - S 

Rich? Morris, Tho. Gibs, Edw. Dyer, fran. Lovelace, Jno. Garland, 
W? Merrit, Gelyn Verplanck, Herry Obe, Thimot Gabrie, James San- 
derlin, Joh* depeyster, Jacob Leiseler. 



Att a Mayors Court held att New Yorke, the 23* of July, A° 1672. 
Present Capt" Matthias Nicols, May"; M' John Laurence, M' Tho* Love- 
lace, M' Cornells Van Ruyven, M' Johannes van Brugh ; M" Allard 
Anthony, Sherrif. 

Thomas Wandell, P 1 .' v/s Jacob Varrevanger, Execute of y* Estate of 
Maria Poulet, deceased, Def' The Court ordered that the P" should 
find out w'. h in the Space of Six weecks unto whome Philip Gerrardy first 
husband to the si Maria Poulet hath made his Estate & how hee by Will 
& Testament, disposed thereof. 

James Mattheus, P 1 ' v/s Adam Oncquelbagh, def' In an Action of 
Assault and Batterie. Uppon hearing of the debates of both parties, the 
Court doe take the deft? imprizonment for satisfaction of the said assault 
and do Releasse the def' from his imprizom' provided he Confesse his 
error before the MayF or his Deputy. 

Dirck Smith, P 1 .' v/s William Cooke, Def' The Court ordered that 
this Action should be Suspended untill Cap" d'Lavall's Coming home 
from Albany. 

Arent Evertse, P 1 .' v/s Dirck Smith, Def' The P 1 .' demands from 
Def. as p 1 . account the sume of fl. 38: 12. for weigh monny. The Def' 
answered he paid the P 1 ' w'! 1 a Note uppon M' William Beeckman. 
Uppon hearing of the debates of both parties, the Court ordered that the 
def' should pay to the P 1 ' the said sume of fl. 38: 12 as also to pay for his 
Trespas in giving this P'.' the Ly before this Court a fine of 6 gl. wam- 
pum; and that M T . Beeckman should repay this Def' his said debt and the 
def' to pay Cost. 



384 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1672 

Hendrick Obe, P 1 ' v/s Carsten Leurse, Curat' of Matheus d Vos, 
deceased, deft. The P 14 demands from this def 4 as Curateur of the 
Estate of the s d de Vos, as by his account the sume of fl. 158: 1. for 
w c . h debt hee Craves w* Cost; The def 4 Replyeth that the said Estate of 
Matheus de Vos alreaddy is distributed to the Credit" of the said Estate. 
The Worshipp 1 . 1 Court ordered that in Case there be any debt owing to 
the Estate of the said d'Vos then the def 4 to pas a Note to the P 14 for to 
Recaive the Same. 

Jan Hendricks Kyckuyt, P 1 ' v/s Grietie Claes Dietloop's Wffy & hur 
Mother cum socis, Def 4 The P 1 . 4 Complains to this Court that the def? 
have taken apples out of his orchard. The def? disowne the same. The 
Court Ordered that the P 1 ' should agree w 4 . h the def? about the same or 
otherwise to bring in his proofe at the next Court. 

Alexander Watts, pltf. v/s John Thomson, deft. Suspended. 

Hartman Wessels, pltf. v/s Nathaniel Britten, deft. Suspended. 

Henry Taylor, pi 4 v/s Andries Andriessen, def A Coppy of the 
pltf? declaration to bee delivered to the def and the def 4 to answer there- 
uppon at the next Court day. 

John Sharpe, pltf. v/s Samuel Wheeler, deft. Suspended. 

Hans Kierstede, pltf. v/s Rich? Pewtinger, deft. Suspended. 

Hartman Wessels, pltf. v/s Richard Moris, deft. Suspended. 

Claybourne Hazelwood, P 1 . 4 v/s Thomas Gibbs, def 4 The Court do 
desier the p r sons appointed the last Court day to View & State the said 
ace 4 and to bring their Report thereof at the next Court day. 

In the matter in question between Dirck Wesselsen, pltf. v/s Frederik 
the cooper, deft., the W: Court nominated and elected Jan van Brestede 
and Lourens van Spiegel, who are hereby requested to examine the ace* 
between parties and make them up and if possible to reconcile parties or 
otherwise to render a report on the next Court day. 

Itt is ordered that Otto Gerrits should fulfill the Order of the last 
Court before next Court in the Action of Joseph Knot or otherwise to be 
Nonsuited. 

Robbert Jackson Appearingh in Court produced a bill of Claes 
Mellisse deceased bearing date the 28 4 ! 1 of Sept 4 !' 167 1 to the sume of 375 
ell of Osenbrigs being for twoo Mares and one Oxe to be paid 25. of 
Septembr followingh, desieringh p r ferrance for the same. Itt is ordered 



1672] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 385 

that a Coppy of the Bill should be Left in the hands of the Secretary 
Bayard. 

Johannes De Pyster produced in Court his account against the estate 
of Pietertie Jans deceased, by wich hee demanded the sume of fi. 182. 7. 
desieringh that he might bee preferred for the s? debt. The Court ap- 
pointed M! Cornelis van Ruyven & Mr Allard Anthony for to View & 
Examin the Account of the Curateurs of the Estate of the said Pietertie 
Jans and to give their advice at the Next Court whoo should be preferred 
out of the s? Estate. 

Whereas his honnf the Govern? did Recomend to this Court that in 
Regard of the p r sent and Extraordinary necessity of the Reparac'on 
the fforth in this Citty, wich is the Chief place of defence w'Mn this Gov- 
ernm' a Voluntary Contribution had not only been proposed to the several 
Ridings uppon Long Island, but a Compliance theerw* had ben agreed 
uppon & divers good Summs given towards the same, as by their severall 
Subscriptions doth apeare, Wich Example having been Likewise followed, 
by this Citty in generall verry francly, & noe place exemted W^in the Ju- 
risdiction thereof; Itt is therefore Ordered by this Court that Notice bee 
given to the Inhabitants of haerlem, that as Members of the same boddy 
they summon their inhabitants together & take an account of their Volun- 
tarie Subscriptions towardes this Gennerall worke, and that they returne 
the same as soon as conveniently may bee to myselfe or some other of the 
Alderm? of this Citty; Given under my hand at the State house in New 
Yorke. 

(Signed) Mathias Nicolls, May.' 

To the Magistrates & Officers at New haerlem. 

New Yorke Septembf i7'. h A? 1672. Uppon Hearing off the differance 
betweene M' Isacq Melyn and his mate henry Rodgers The Worp" Mayer 
did ffind and Order that the s? Mr Melyn shall pay unto his said mate 
wages at the Rate of three pound p5 month untill the first day of Septem^ r 
the s? Melyn making appeare by his booke hee enterred him soo; or 
otherwise to pay three pound & tenn Shilling pf Month deducting for the 
Indigo three Shill? 3 pf lb. & for y? Coate fourthy fyve gilders: But Con- 
cerning y? s? Rodgers pftence of seven day days w c . h Capt. Wever & fyve 
Shillings about Klearing of y? ship at Neevis is not allouwed of. 

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386 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1672 

Att a Mayors Court held at New Yorke the i7 4 . h day of Septembf 
Annoq? 1672. Pfsent Capt. Mathias Nicols, Mayor; Mf Thomas Love- 
lace, Mr Cornells Van Ruyven, M*. Johannes van Brugh, Mf Isaacq 
Bedloo, Ald r men ; MF Allard Anthony, Sherif . 

Nathaniell Denton & John Everik P? v/s Enogh Boulter, Def 4 The 
P l4s declare that the def 4 is Indebted unto them the sume of fi. 60. Wam- 
pum for one Case off pistols and jQi\ 10: 01 as pf Account ffor w c ? they 
Crave Judgement with Cost. The def 4 Remaining defaut, The Worp 1 ! 
Court did decree & order that Judgement should bee enterred ag 5 . 4 the 
def 4 and do Condemne the Attached goods in the hands of the Sherif, 
towards the Satisfying of the s? debts together with Cost. 

Abell Hardenbrock, P 1 . 4 v/s Stoffel van Laer, and Katharina his 
Wyffe, Defts. The P 1 . 4 declares that the defts Wyffe hath borrouwed a 
pendant of Pearle of his Wyffe and hath broken the s? pendant and hath 
taken a pearle thereof ; etz. The defts Wyffe Replyed that the s? 
Pearle did belonge to hurselfe. The Court Ordered the def 4 to Cause the 
s? broken pendant to be made upp w* the Pearle & to deliver the same 
unto M' Mayor. 

Thomas Wandell, pltf. v/s Jacob Varrevanger, ExecutT of Maria 
Polet, dec?, deft; Suspended till next Court. 

ffrancis Lee, P 1 . 4 v/s John Pietersen, def 4 Suspended. Andries 
Andriessen declares that hee came w 4 - h the def 4 ffrom the gate to harmen 
Smemans and that the def 4 there was Assaulted by the P 14 and the def 4 in 
defence of himselfe wounded him. 

Dirck Smith, pltf. v/s William Kooke, deft. Suspended. 
Augustine Herman, P 1 . 4 v/s Huygh Barensen, def 4 Itt is Ordred 
that the Attachment wich the P 14 has Laid uppon the def 4 * Korne horses 
and Waggon Shall Stand good & Remaine in force. 

Poulus Richards, pltf. v/s Pieter Jansen, deft. Suspended. 
Henry Taylor, pltf. v/s Andries Andries, deft. Suspended. 
Henry Taylor, P" v/s Eghbert Mynders" def 4 In an Action of debt 
to yf sume of fl. 114. The Court do Referre this Case unto M^ Jacob 
Varrevanger ffor to Exammin the P l4s account; and if possible to Compose 
the differance betweene both parties or otherwise to bring in his Report 
thereof at the next Court day. 

Otto Gerritr, P 14 v/s Joseph Knot, 'def 4 The P 1 . 4 not fulfilling the 



1672] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 387 

Order of the Last Court; The Worp" Court orderred that a Non-Suite 
should be enterred ag 5 .' the P 1 ' 

James Mattheus, P 1 ' v/s Hendrick Arentsen Spanyard, Def? The 
Court appointed M' Gelyn Verplanck and M' Peter Jacobse ffor to View 
& Exammin The P 1 ? account and to bring their report Concerning the 
same, at the Next Court day. 

John Sharpe, P 1 ' v/s Samuell Wheeler, Def? A Jury to be Empan- 
nelled against the next Court day. 

Claybourne Hazelwood, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Gibbs, def' The Court 
have in Stead of Capt Moris whoo is of Late deceased appointed Mr 
Christoph' Hoogland to be one of the p r sons to view & state the accounts 
betweene the parties. 

Margriett Backers, P'.' v/s Rynier Vander Coele, DeH The P 1 * not 
appearing in Court to plead hur Cause the Court ordered that a Nonsuit 
should be entered against the P" 

The Executors of Capt. Moris, P 1 ' v/s Humphrey Davenpoort, def. 
Suspended. 

Philip Cartret, pltf. v/s Humphry Davenpoort, deft. Suspended. 

Thomas Wandell, pltf. v/s Mary Hofmyers, deft. Suspended. 

William Palmer, pltf. v/s Rich? Eliot, deft. Suspended. 

Jacob Leisler this day appearing in Court desired that it might be 
entred in the records that Niclis davis is Indebted unto him as p* Obliga- 
tion appeares dated 24^ Octob' 1671: the quantity of 810 lb . s tobacco. 
Item more as Atturny of Samuel Schrimton as p' Ace' £37: 18: 1. Sterlg. 
w ! 1 by Order of Court is entred. 

Uppon the Petition of the Widdow of Jacob van Couwenhoven, de- 
sireing some satisfaction for the Erve or Lott of ground w* was given hur 
Late husband by the late duch Govern' Stuyvesant, for w ? 1 Lot the 
Worship" Court heretofore have promised to give hur a peece of ground 
elsewhere. The Court do Allow to the s? Widdow in Lieu of the s d Lott, 
the summe of two hundred gilders, and do order the Secretary N. Bayard 
to passe a bill to the paghters towards the paiment thereof. 

Uppon the Compl' of Charles floid, Overseer of the Karmen ag s .' 
Thomas francen, Itt is this day Ordered, that if the s d Thomas Francel 
will not obey the s d Overseers Civil Commands, that he shall not be 
suffered to be a Carman any Longer, in this Towne. 



388 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1672 

Whereas the highway * on the Waterside betwixt the State House & 
Tryntie Clocx is soo washed away that the passengers are in danger of 
some Mischiefe, & therefore necessary that the s d . highway bee forthwith 
repaired and made Levell but it being too much for to bee effected before 
Winter Itt is therefore Ordered by the Court that y* owners of the s? 
houses abutting uppon the s d . highway or the tennants for the owners ac- 
counts shall cause a foottpath of six ffoote in breadth to bee made each 
before their houses & Lotts within the space of fouere Weekes after due 
warning hereof bee given unto them & for the filling upp of the Rest the 
Court shall take some course that the owners shall bee assisted by the 
Towne. 

Jan van Gelder, pavior, complaining, that Geertie Stoffels refuses to 
pay him, what he earned in making the street before her lot in Prince 
Street, amounting according to a/c to the sum of fl. 72: 9., demands 
judgment against her since he made the s*? street by order of the Mayor. 
The W: Court do therefore order s*? Geertie Stoffels to pay forthwith s d . 
Jan van Gelder the aforesaid fl. 72. 9. with cost, on pain of execution. 

Nicolaes Davis deceased, is Indebted unto the following persons as 
appeares by their Ace 1 ? delivered unto the Office, w c . h is entred here by 
the Courts Order. 

Jacob Leiseler as appeares on the Bakside. 

Jan Otte van Tuyl fl. 80. hollands Monny. 

Mette Wessels fl. 144. Seawant. 

Hendrick Jansen Baker fl. 232. Seawant. 

Jacob Kay fl. 136. Seawant. 

Willem Beeckman fl. 230. SeawJ 

Wessel Wesselsen fl. 153. 8. Seawant. 

Balthazar Bayard fl. 184. Seawant. 

Nicolaes Bayard 2 Bevers & fl. 414:17. in seawant uppon w°? he left 
in his hands a bill of Claes Mellis, and the bills of Exchange of Capt n . 
Morris, w c . h last bills are delivered to his Sonn Sam" Davis 

Augustine Herrmans ^9. 

Poulus Richard as p' a/c. fl. 40. wampum. 

William Derval. 

Balthazar de Haarts Curat" fl. 747: 19. Wampum. ... .„ .. , 

* Or Pearl Str. betw. Coenties Alley and William Str. 



1672] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 389 

Goert Olphertsen fl. 33. wampum. 

Pieter Jansen acknowledgeth to be Indebted unto the s d . davis as 
pT Acd fl. 1238.5. Seaw? 

Charles floid fl. 141. 

Gabriell Minvielle . . . about fl. 2200. Wampum. 

Mde Myers In bevers fl. 66. 

in tobacco fl. 45. 15 
And in Wampum 53. 

ffrederick Philips in tobac? 5073 lbs. in Silver ^42. n And in Wam- 
pum fl. 3105: 19. 

Wander Wessels hatter by Obligation 10 shill g . s silver. 

Att a Mayors Court held att New Yorke, the 8* day off Octob' 1672. 
Present Capt" Mathias Nicolls, Mayor; M' John Lawrence, Mr Thomas 
Lovelace, M' Cornells van Ruyven, M' Johannes van Brugh, Aldermen; 
M' Allard Anthony, Sherriff. 

Abell Hardenbroeck, P 1 .' v/s Stoffel van Laer & Catharina his Wyffe, 
defts. Uppon hearing off the debates of both parties and the def? Con- 
fession of having Nothing to say to the P"? daughter. The Worship 1 ' 
Court did decree and Order that the pendant w* the Pearle in question 
should be restored to the P 1 ' and doo Charge the parties not to make any 
more disturbance conserning the same, and the def' s to pay Cost of Suit. 

Margriet Backers, P 1 ' v/s Rynier vander Coele, detf The Court doo 
appoint M' Johannes De Pyster and Mf ffrancois Rombouts ffor to view 
& examin the papers, and heare the debats & Allegations of both parties, 
and iff possible to Compose the differance betweene them or otherwise to 
bring their Report concerning the same at the next Court day. 

Thomas Wandell, P 1 .' v/s Jacob Varrevanger, Executf off Maria 
Poulet dec?, detf The P 1 ' not fulfilling the former Order of Court bear- 
ing date 23 l . h of July Last past, in bringing proofe unto whome Philip 
Gerrardy first husband of Maria Poulet made his Will: It is ordered that 
a Nonsuit should bee enterred against the P 1 ' & hee to pay Cost. 

Thomas Wandell, P 1 ' v/s Mary Hofmeyers, def' In an Action of 
debt ffor housrent. Uppon hearing of the debates of both parties the 
Court Ordered that the def? Should pay unto the P 1 ' housrent ffrom the 
tyme shee was parted ffrom hur husband by an Order of Court. 



39° Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1672 

Nathaniell Britten, P 1 ' v/s ffrancis Doughty, def? The p? declares 
that the Def? is Indebted unto him since y? Yeare 1665 the quantity of 
1900 lbs of Tobbacco, for a Negro Woman, besides that hee is Damnifyed 
thereby the sume of fl. 200. ffor w c ? hee craves Judgem? against the 
Def' W? Cost. The def' Confesset the debt, but saith hee assigned him 
uppon Capt D'Lavall. Uppon hearing of the debates of both P'ties the 
Worship 1 . 1 Court did decree & order that Judgement should bee entered 
against the def' ffor the paiment of the s? 1900. lbs Tob? But no Execu- 
tion to bee issued untill ffurther Order from this Court; & that in the 
Meanwhile Enquiery bee made in Capt D. Lavalls books whether the 
Def' hath Assigned the P 1 ' towards the paiement off the s? debt. 

Hendrick Obe, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Wandell, Def? The P 1 .' declares that 
in the yeare 1662 : this Deft, gave him an assignation uppon Mattheus 
d'Vos to the sume of fl. 140. Wich said Assignment is not paid to this 
P 1 .' Wherefore the P 1 ' desieres this Court would bee pleased to order the 
Def' to make paim? off the said sume of fl. 140. W? Cost. The def' Re- 
plyed that Matheus D'Vos told him severall tymes that hee hath paid this 
pit. the s? Assignm? The Court ordered the P 1 ' to bring in better proofe 
that the s? Assignm? is not paid to him by Matheus d'Vos. 

Dirck Wessels, P 1 .' v/s Ffredrick the Cooper, def' In an Action of 
debt. The persons apointed the Last Court day this day bringing in 
their Award, the Court do Allow of the said Award en do Ord? the def' to 
pay unto the P 1 .' the summe of Seventy Eight gilders & twoo Styvers 
w* Cost of Suit. 

Thomas De Laval, P 1 .' v/s ffrancis Doughty, Def' It is Ordered that 
the Def' Shall take out a Coppy of the P 1 ' 5 declaration & to answer there- 
uppon at the Next Court day. 

Capt. Johannes Van Brug & Jacques Cousseau, P 1 ? v/s Thomas 
Wandell, Def' Ordered ut Supra. 

ffrancis Leight, P 1 .' v/s John Pietersen, Def' Parties agreed. 

Dirck Smith, P 1 .' v/s Willem Kooke, Def? Suspended. 

Poulus Richard, P 1 .' v/s Pieter Jansen, def? The P 1 ' not appearing in 
Court to plead his Case itt is Ordered that a Nonsuit shall be enterred 
against the P 1 ' 

John Sharp, P 1 .' v/s Samuell Wheeler, Def? It is Ordered that a Jury 
shall be Empannell? to deside this Case at the next Court day. 



1672] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 39 1 

The Executors of Capt. Richard Moris, P" v/s Humphry Daven- 
poort, Def' Suspended till further Ord" 

Sara Hawkings, P 1 ' v/s Juriaen Janse Cooper, Def' The Def' 1 defaut. 

Sara Hawkings, P" v/s Benjamin Johns, Def' Def' 1 defaut. 

Uppon the Complaint of Pieter Jacobse Marius & Claes Bording 
against the Sherriff Mr Allard Anthony that hee the said Sherriff notwith- 
standing y? severall orders made by the Worshipp" Court to Cause the 
Judgement by the said Pieter Jacobsen & Claes Bording obtained against 
Andrew Messenger to bee put in Execution, doth still prolixe, the s? Exe- 
cution, and thereby detaynes the Complaynants ffrom theire Just due. 

Itt is this day ordered that the marishall Henry Newton shall forth- 
with Cause the s? Judgement by the Complaynants obtayned against the 
s? Andrew Messenger to bee put in Execution, by seising uppon so much 
of the goodes and Chatles of the said Sherrif as will satisfy the s d Judge- 
ment, together with the incidentall Charges allowed by the Lawes of this 
government and for so doing this shall bee to the s? Marishall a sufficiant 
Warrant and discharge. 

Jan Hendrickse van Bommell Jacob Theunisse Kay & Jacques Cous- 
seau, Execut" of the Estate of Balthazf de Haert deceased this day 
appearing in Court, declared, that they had ffinished the ballance of the 
s? Estate, and desiered that the Court would bee pleased to nominate and 
Appoint some able persons for to audite view and Examin the same; 
Whereuppon the Worsh 1 . 1 Court have made Choice of Mr Johannes de 
Pyster and Mf ffrancis Rombouts to bee Auditors ffor to View Examin 
and audit the Accounts of the s? Executors in the Prsence of M r . Van 
Ruyven, Mr van Brugh, Aldermen & the Secretairie Bayard, or any twoo 
of them & to make a true Returne thereof at the next Court day. 

Capt John Manningh, P 1 * v/s Henry Bresier, De£ This Case being 
not tryable in this Court by Reason the differance is about a peece of 
Land on Longh Island ; The Court therefore doth Referre the determin- 
ing of this Case unto the next Court of Sessions on Longh Island. 

Edward Randall, P k v/s Isacq Melyn, Deft The P? declared that 
this Def? on the 16* day of Septembf A? 1671. bekame indebted unto the 
P u by his bill, in the sume of ^14: 00: 6. Sterling to bee paid in New 
Yorke provisions, and delivered in Barbados fraigt ffree, and more for 
wages of this P u . s servant the sume of ^"12: 13: 4: for which said debts 



39 2 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1672 

the P 1 ' craves Judgement against the def' w* Cost of Suit. The def? 
ownes the debt of ^14: 00: 06. but sayeth hee Left in the P 1 ? handes 80 
deal boards and 13 Sparres for to dispose of for the defts account at Bar- 
bados. Uppon hearing of y? debates of both parties; y? Court ordered 
the def' to give to the P 1 ' Security ffor the paiment of the s? debt of 
^14: o: 6. at Barbados; provided the P 1 * Likewise gives in Security for 
to bee^'Accomptable to y? def' for the sale of the deal boards and sparres ; 
and about the wages of the P 1 ' 5 Servant, the Court thought fitt to Referre 
the Same unto the determination of M' Jacob Kip & Mr Thomas Williams 
this afternoone. 

Doctor Henry Taylor, P" v/s Egbert Mynders, Def' Mf Jacob 
Varrevanger this day bringing in his award by wich hee aprooves & 
allows of the P" account to the Sume of fl. 114: wamp! The Court 
doth allow of the s? Award and doo Order that Judgement should be 
Entred accordingly; and the de£ to pay Cost. 

22? Octob' 1672. Execution issued out. 

Claybourne haselwood, P 1 .' v/s Thomas Gibbs, De£ In an action of 
debt. The persons heretofore by the Court appointed ffor to Exammin 
the ace 1 ? and to Compose the differance betweene the Parties, this day 
bringing in their award by wich they fynd that the P 1 ' Remaines indebted 
unto the Def' Thom: Gibbs in the Sume of £y. 01: 09. The Court 
thereuppon ordered that Judgement should bee enterred accordingly and 
the P 1 .' to pay Cost. 

W? Pamer, P 1 .' v/s Richard Eliot, def? both defaut. 

Uppon the several Complaints heretofore & this day made by Pieter 
Jacobsen Marius, It is ordered that his Bond of Security for Capt? 
Richard Morris deceased, for Henry Lyon should be forthwith canceld 
and made Void. 

The Court of Mayor & Aldermen this day resolved to Contribute 
towards the reparation of the fort the summe of One Thousand gilders 
Seawants Vallue to be p d equally betwixt them and Ordered the Secretary 
to give an ace' thereof to his honn' the Governour. 

Uppon the Report made by the P'sons appointed to view and appryse 
the Lott of ground Laid out for an Enlargement of the Lot of Corn : van 
Borsum the Court this day ordered the s d - Van Borsum to pay for y* s d . En- 
largem' to the Tresurer to the Use of this Citty the sume of fouer hundered 
gilders Zewant. 



1672] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 393 

Whereas itt is ffound necessary that [the] former Custome for Ellect- 
ing of Brand mastT should bee continued in this Citty: The Court do 
therefore nominate & appoint Jan Jansen van Brestede, Evert duycking 
and John Cooly to be brandmasters of this Citty for the space of one 
whole Jeare commencing from the day of the date hereof, during w ! 1 
tyme they are hereby Required ( : as often as they shall see cause : to 
make a View of all Chimbnees within this Citty and the Suburbs thereof, 
and to fine the owners of all those that shall bee defective or not cleansed 
accordingh to the former Customes ; As alsoo to take ceare that the 
hookes and Ladders made to that purpose, may bee brought and fastned 
to some Convenient place w ! 1 they shall thinke fitt. 

This day Complaint being made in Court that the ffarmers of the 
Small or Burgers Excise, do still Remaine neglective towards the paing 
and satisfying of their Erreirs, whereby the Treasuror of this Citty is En- 
abled to give any Longer Satisfaction to the Workemenn and Labourers 
of this Citty for the bills drawne uppon him. Itt is Therefore ordered 
that the s* ffarmers shall satisfy their s^ Erriers w'Mn the space of Eight 
dayes next Ensuingh the date hereof, or by further delay and nonpaym' 
of the same ; The Sherif of this Citty is hereby Requiered to Levy the s d . 
Erriers by fforme of Execution. 

Att a Mayors Court held In New Yorke, Octob' the 12* A° 1672. 
Present Capt" Matthias Nicolls, May' ; M' J n ° Laurence, M' Thomas 
Lovelace, M' Corn: van Ruyven, M' Johannes van Brugh, Aldermen. 

Whereas it is ffound by Experience that great abuses are made, by 
Reason that according to the fformer Customes of this Place, hetherto in 
this Court off Judicature, to the defendants hathe bene allouwed, twoo or 
three Court days or defauts ffor Appearances, whereby many tymes the 
due course of Lawe is prolixed to the P u . s great detriment & damage. 

Wee the May' & Aldermenn of the Citty New Yorke have therefore 
thought fitt to order publish & declare, and doo hereby order publish and 
declare that ffrom henceforth all persons Whatsoever being subjects to 
this Court of Judicature, uppon a Legall arrest or Summons shall be 
oblidged to make their appearance Either in person or by their Atturnies 
at the ffirst ensuing Court day after the si summons or Arrest, is made, 
uppon the penalty that uppon Defaut or Non apearance at the first Court 
day as aforesaid, the Cause shall bee determined & Judgement past 



394 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1672 

uppon the P u . s Complaint: Provided the P" hath entred his action & left 
a Coppy of the declaration in the office of this Citty at least four dayes 
before the Sitting of the Court. And ffurther to prevent all unnecessarie 
Charges w ! 1 uppon the Recoverie of some small debts before this Court 
are made; Itt is therefore Ordered and Enacted by the Mayo' & Alder- 
men as aforesaid, that all cases under the Vallue of fourthy Shillings 
Shall bee determined by the May? or any one of the Aldermenn, as alsoo 
that from henceforth no a[tturny] shall bee Retayned or allowed of in 
this Court under the s^ Vallue of 40* Exept itt bee at the proper cost & 
Charge of the party that Retayned him. 

The Court concidering that the Ellection of y* New Mayor & Alder- 
menn, for this Citty New Yorke is at hand they have this day made & 
prsented to his honn' the Govern' the ffollowing Nomination : — 
To the Right Honn b . le Co" ffrancis Lovelace Govern' etz. 

Whereas the tyme ffor the Ellection of New Mayor & Alderm? of this 

Citty is att hand, Wee have thought fitt to p'sent to Yo' Honn.' a double 

Number of persons ffor May' & Alderm" and Sherrif of this Corporation 

and do Nominate 

ffor May' 

M' John Lawrence & 
M' Mathias Nicolls. 
ffor Alderm" 
M' Oloff Stevense Cortlant, 
M' Johannes D'Pyster, 
M' William Darvall, 
M' ffrancois Rombouts. 
And M' Allard Antony ffor Sherrif. 
Most Humbly Requestingh that Yo' Honn' will bee pleased to Elect 
out of the said Number such persons as yo' Honn' in his Wisdome shall 
Judge ffitt, for the best & well Governm* of this Corporation & we shall 
Remaine Yo' Honn'. 5 humble Serv'? 

The Mayor & Alderml of this Citty. 
To witt Capt" Mathias Nicols, Mayor; 
John Laurence, ^ 

Thomas Lovelace 1 

Corn? Van Ruyven Ald'men. 

Johannes [Van Brugh] J 
[The Records from this last date to the 17th of August, 1673, are 
missing. — B. F.] 



1673] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 395 

Note by the Translator. — The following entries are translated from 
the Dutch Council Minutes in the Secretary's Office, Albany, and in- 
serted here, in order to explain the Manner in which the English 
Municipal System was abolished and the Antient Dutch Institutions 
restored.— O'C. 

At a Meeting of the Right Hon b ! e Commanders and Attendant 
Council of War, at the City Hall of the City of New Orange This 12? 
August A° 1673. 

The Magistrates and the principal Burgher Officers being sent for to 
this meeting, they are absolved by the Admirals and the Council of 
War from their oath previously taken to the English Government and 
further recommended to do their duty, so that no disorder may be com- 
mitted in the place, until the government and Magistrates of this City be 
restored by the Admirals and Council of War. 

At a Meeting etc. (as above,) held in ffort Willem Hendrick on the 
13* August, 1673. 

This day the following order is sent to Mr. Steenwyck: — 

MynHeer Steenwyck: — Please to see, that orders be given for a 
meeting of Burghers, to appoint some, either four, six or more from their 
midst, to speak with us, if possible, to morrow at the City Hall in the 
afternoon ; Which expecting we remain (Was signed) 

Cornelis Evertse the Younger,* Jacob Benckes.f 
In Fort Willem Hendrick 13. August 1673. 

This 14* August, 1673, the Deputies from the Commonalty of the 
City of New Orange delivered in the following answer to the Commanders 
and Council of War: — 

The Commonalty of the City of New Orange being convoked at the 
City Hall and it being proposed to them by order of the R- Hon b ! e Com- 
manders and Attendant Council of War of the Fleet to elect six persons to 
confer with the said Commanders, they have therefore by plurality of 
votes elected Mr. Cornelis Steenwyck, Mr. Cornelis Van Ruyven, M r . 

* A son of the renowned Dutch Admiral of the same name, who fell in battle with 
the English, June II, 1666. See Doc? relating to the Colonial History of N. Y., II., 572. 
f See ibidem, 579. 



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Johannes van Brugh, M' Johannes de Peyster, Capt" Marten Cregier and 
Secretary Nicolaes Bayard. Done New Orange, 14* Aug 5 .' 1673. 

At a Meeting of the valiant Council of War of New Netherland the 
15^ August A° 1673. 

The abovenamed Deputies being sent for to the meeting the follow- 
ing order was handed them: — 

The Delegates from the Commonalty of the City of New Orange 
being sent for to the meeting of the Commanders and adjoined Council 
of War of the Fleet, the said Delegates are recommended to convoke the 
Commonalty here in the City Hall as soon as possible, and to cause them 
to nominate six persons as Burgomasters and fifteen as Schepens, to wit 
from the wealthiest inhabitants and those only, who are of the Reformed 
Christian Religion, from whom the said Commanders and Council of War 
will elect some as Magistrates of this City. Done at the City Hall of the 
City New Orange This 15 august A° 1673. Was Signed 

Cornelis Evertse, Jun' Jacob Benckes, 

Nicolaes Boes, 
A. Colve. A. F. van Tyll. 

^ This i6 t . h August A? 1673. Pursuant to the foregoing order the said 
Commonalty of the City of New Orange have by plurality of votes 
nominated and by the Delegates delivered into the Meeting: — 
As Burgomasters : 
Cornelis Steenwyck, 
Cornelis Van Ruyven, 
Johannes Van Brugh, 
Marten Kregier, 
Johannes De Pyster, 
Nicolaes Bayard. 
As Schepens : 
Jeronimus Ebbingh, 
Willem Beeckman, 
Egidius Luyck,* 

* He had come to New-Amsterdam as headmaster of the Latin school, now the 
Collegiate Reformed Church School (see Dunshee), and returned to Holland after the 
surrender in 1664 to study Theology. After his ordination to the ministry he came back 
and served the Reformed Church in New York with van Nieuwenhuysen. His school 



1673] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 397 

Jacob Kip, 
Gelyn Verplanck, 
Loerens Van der Spiegel, 
Balthazaer Bayard, 
francois Rombouts, 
Steven van Cortlant, 
Adolf Pietersen, 
Rynier Willemsen, 
Pieter Jacobsen, 
Jan Vinge, 
Pieter Stoutenburgh, 
Coenraet Ten Eyck. 

[End of the Extracts from the Council Minutes.] 

The Commanders and Hon b ! e Council of War in the service of their 
High Mightinesses the Lords States General of the United Netherlands 
and his Serene Highness the Prince of Orange, etc. Health! 

Whereas We have thought proper for the greater advantage and pros- 
perity of this Our City of New Orange, newly restored to the obedience 
of their aforesaid High Mightinesses the Lords States General of the 
United Netherlands and his Serene Highness the Prince of Orange, to 
reduce the form of the Government of this City to the former character 
of Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens, as is in practice in all the cities 
of Our Fatherland, in order that justice may be distributed and admin- 
istered to all good inhabitants without respect or regard for persons: — 

We, therefore, in virtue of our commission, in the name and on the 
behalf of the High and Mighty Lords States General of the United 
Netherlands and his Illustrious Highness the Prince of Orange have, 
from the nomination exhibited by the Commonalty, elected as Regents 
of this City for the time of one current year as follows: — 

As Schout : 

Anthony de Milt. 

As Burgomasters : 

Johannis Van Brugen, 

obtained such reputation, that pupils were sent to it from Albany, Delaware and Virginia, 
and it has retained it until to-day. 



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Johannis De Peyster, 

Egidius Luyck. 
As Schepens : 

Wyllem Beeckman, 

Jeronymus Ebbyng, 

Jacob Kipp, 

Louwerens van der Spiegel, 

Geleyn Verplanck. 
Which aforenamed Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens are hereby 
authorized and impowered to govern the inhabitants of this City, as well 
Burghers and strangers, in conformity to the laws and statutes of our 
Fatherland and to make such ordinances therefor, as they shall find for 
the advantage of this City and its inhabitants. And the inhabitants of 
this City are strictly ordered and charged to respect and honour the 
abovenamed Regents in their respective qualities as all honest and faith- 
ful subjects are bound to do: Done Fortress Willem-Hendrick, ady this 
17* August A° 1673. 

(Was Signed) 
Jacob Benckes, Cornelis Evertsen the Younger. 

Nicolaes Boes, A. Colve. 

Ap van Teyll. 
Follows the oath taken by the Magistracy: — 

We, Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens with the Secret?' of the City 
of New Orange, qualified by the right puissant Council of War, promise 
and swear in the presence of the Almighty God, that we, each in this our 
quality, shall according to the best of our knowledge pronounce good law 
and justice between parties in the cases brought before us, without any 
passion; that we shall promote the welfare of this City and its inhabitants; 
maintain in all things the pure and true Christian Religion conformably 
to the Word of God and the order of the Synod of Dordreght, as taught 
in the Church of Netherland; obey, maintain and assist to uphold in all 
things the high authority placed over us, or yet to be placed over us in 
the name of their High Mightinesses the Lords States General of the 
United Netherlands and his Highness the Prince of Orange, against all 
that may oppose it as much as lies in our power. So truly Help us 
God! 



1673] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 399 

i8'. h August, The chosen Burgomasters and Schepens have further 
resolved to send the Schout and Burgomastr Luyck to the Commanders, 
to confer with them on some necessary matters. 

Returning this date they report, they were expressly charged by the 
Hon b ! e Commanders, that the Magistrates should take care, that the 
Burghers of this City may be sworn forthwith; likewise that the Mace, 
Gowns and City Seal of the late Mayor J n .° Lawrence be brought in 
together with the Constables' staves and the colours and handed over to 
their Hon? Whereupon the late Mayor John Lauwrence being sent for, 
the same is communicated to him, who also undertook to do it. They 
further report, that the Burgomasters shall succeed as Burgher Captains 
and that they with the Schepens are authorized to elect their Lieutenants 
and Ensigns. 

This date also a beginning is made to swear in the Burghers and 
inhabitants. 

The late Mayor reappearing in Court delivers up his gown or cloak 
with the City Seal and Mace and the remainder of the gowns and Con- 
stables staves are in like manner brought and fetched into the fort by the 
express order of the Commanders, except the two burgher flags, which 
remain with the Commanders' consent, at Burgomaster van Brugh's. 

Walter Webly appearing this day, pursuant to the order of the Com- 
manders and Hon b . le Council of War, in the Court of Schout, Burgomasters 
and Schepens, to prove before the same, that the goods brought by him 
from Barbados belong to him; the said Burgomasters and Schepens have 
accordingly required from him sufficient proof thereof. To which said 
Webly answers, he has no other proof than his own word, refusing how- 
ever to confirm the same by oath ; demanding further in case the said 
goods be confiscated, that the debts, which he has here contracted for the 
said goods may be satisfied and paid therefrom. 

On the petition of Cornelis Baerendtsen Van der Cuyll, Grain Meas- 
urer of this City, setting forth, that he has filled the office of Measurer 
of Grain and Salt for about fifteen years within this City, and had given 
satisfaction to every one according to his ability and requesting, that the 
W. Court may be pleased to confirm him in the Measuring, with prefer- 
ence, as he has enjoyed the same during the previous government. It is 
apostilled: — Petitioners request is granted and he is confirmed in his said 



400 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1673 

office with such privileges, as were granted him by the former English 
government. 

Pursuant to a preceding Order, dated 21 s . 1 inst. the inhabitants of the 
Village of N. Haerlem presented this day in Court a double number of 
persons as Magistrates over said Village, together with a list of their in- 
habitants, who have taken the oath, from which nomination the following 
are elected as Schepens of said Village: — 

Resolveert Waldron, 
David de Maeree, 
Joost Oblinus, 
Arendt Harmensen; 
And as Secretary, Hend'k Jans? V. Vin. 

The Schout of this City has this day appointed Resolveert Waldron 
as Under Schout of the said village in his place, whereupon the said 
Schepens or Commissaries took the following Oath: — 

We, Commissaries and Secretary of the Village of New Haerlem, 
elected by the Schout, Burgomasf. 5 and Schepens of the City of New 
Orange, promise and swear in the presence of the Almighty God, that we 
shall, each in his quality, according to the best of our knowledge, admin- 
ister good law and justice between parties brought before us without any 
affection ; that we shall promote the welfare of the aforesaid village and 
inhabitants ; we shall in all things uphold the pure and true Christian 
Religion conformably to the Word of God and order of the Synod of 
Dordreght, taught in the Netherland Churches; we shall obey, maintain, 
and assist to maintain in all things the supreme authority placed over us 
in the name of their High Mightinesses the Lords States General of the 
United Netherlands and his Highness the Prince of Orange, and oppose 
all that conflicts therewith as much as lies in our power. So truly Help 
us God Almighty! 

And the abovenamed Magistrates are further ordered to send in to 
this W. Court by the first opportunity a list of those, who have taken the 
oath in their town. 

This day the outside people on this side of Haerlem have in like 
manner presented their nomination for Magistrates, and the Court there- 
from elected the following: — 

As Under Schout, Jan Langstraet. 



1673] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 401 

As Schepens, 
Dirck Jansen, 
Jacob Leendersen, 
Jan Pietersen. 
As Secretary, Johannis Couwenhoven. 
Which UnderSchout, Schepens and Secretary have taken the oath 
at the hands of the W Court and they are further ordered to make out a 
list of the people living outside in their district and to present the same 
to the Court and to tender the oath of allegiance to them. 

On the petition of Isaack Moolyn relative to the question between 
him and M' Hans and Mf Mattheys, the case is referred to Sieur Jacob 
Lyslaer, Reynier Willemse and Dirck van Clyff to arrange the affair if 
possible and to reconcile parties. 

The carmen of this City, eleven in number, being sent for this day 
have undertaken and promised to work each one day in the week for the 
City and the four new ones have promised to work two days pro gratis. 
Thomas ffransen, 
Jan Myndersen, 
Pieter Wesselsen, 
Jan Hendricksen Kuyckuyt, 
Jan Thenussen, 
Pieter Janse Mesier, 2 days, 
Wolphert Webber, 2 days, 
Gysbert Elbertse, 
Coenradus vander Beeck, 2 days, 
Siegemundus Luyckas, 2 days, 
Aernout Webber. 
Ittem it is this day resolved to offer at public sale the produce of the 
Weigh Scales according to previous conditions. 

It is also further resolved to cause the collection of the great and 
small excise and to change the fines to double the amount, \ of the fine 
for the informer, one third for the officer and \ for the City, and that no 
one shall presume to tap without license under a penalty of 25 guilders, 
the crews of the national vessels, the supreme and subaltern government 
and hospitals alone excepted ; and that small beer shall pay half excise. 
According to the above resolution Balthazar Bayard is this day sent 

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402 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1673 

for to Court and he is offered the collectorship of the abovementioned 
excise, which is accepted by him demanding for his trouble 5 p? cent, 
and the income from the permits; whereupon he is offered 5 per Cent 
without the income of the permits and said matter is further postponed, 
and it is deemed proper to inquire, what the previous custom was. 

This date Hendrick Obe is accepted as City-drummer for fi. 400. 
zewant, for which he shall serve three Burgher Companies according to 
his ability. 

At a Court of the Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens held on the 
28'. h August, 1673. Present Anthony de Mill, Schout ; Johannes van 
Brugh, Johannis de Pyster, Egiedius Luyck, Burgomast" ; Willem Beeck- 
man, Jeronimus Ebbinck, Jacob Kipp, Lourens van der Spiegel, Giuliam 
Verplanck, Schepens. 

Balthazar Bayard is this day sent for to Court and undertook to col- 
lect the tapsters and burghers excise of this City until the first of May 
next, and he shall receive for his trouble 5 per cent, besides the proceeds 
of the permits; whereupon he took the following oath: 

I promise and swear etc. that I will be faithful and diligent in 
collecting, what I am now appointed to here; secondly, that I shall 
render good and correct a/c and balance thereof to the Magistrates and 
those, whom they shall thereunto qualify, whenever they require it; 
thirdly, that I will to the best of my power suffer no fraud nor smuggling, 
but make the same known to the officer. So truly help me God 
Almighty ! 

The Schout with the Notary Willem Bogardus and the Collector 
Balthazar Bayard is ordered to go and guage amongst all tapsters and 
tavern keepers. 

The labourers and porters at the Weigh-house of this City being sent 
for to Court, they are asked, if they are inclined to continue in such ser- 
vice. To which they declare in the affirmative and are thereunto willing 
and ready. Whereupon, on taking the foregoing oath, they are continued 
in their places. 

This day, order is also given, that all those, who are not yet on the 
watch and are fit for it be divided among the companies, and they are 
notified thereof. 



1673] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 403 

ORDINANCE MADE REGARDING THE PAYING AND RECEIPT OF THE TAP- 
STERS EXCISE OF THE CITY NEW ORANGE. 

The Collector Balthazar Bayard shall receive for all wines, brandies 
distilled waters, rum, cider, mead and beer to be tapped by tavern keep- 
ers and consumed within this City's jurisdiction unto the Sawkill: — 

From a hogshead of French wine fl. 40. 

From an anker ditt? 8. 

An anker of brandy, Spanish, Fayal, wines or any 

sorts of certain rum, mead, or destilled waters. . 14. 
An anker of cider 4. 

From one tun of homebrewed beer 8. 

From a tun of foreign beer 12. 

More or less in proportion. 

The aforesaid impost must be paid in zeawant @ 6 white and (or ?) 
3 black for one stiver; or in silver at zeawant value, or good beavers, 
@ 24 gl. per beaver, or merchantable winter wheat @ 6 gl. the skepel. 

Those who make profession within this City of tapping shall be held 
to take out a license from the Secretary Nicolaas Bayard, under a fine of 
twenty five and twenty guilders; and those who keep boarders within this 
City shall pay the Collector half tapster excise, if wines, brandies, dis- 
tilled waters and beer is to be consumed by them on pain of forfeiting 
one hundred guilders seawant for each can of wine, beer or distilled 
waters etc. sold by them, as aforesaid. 

In order to prevent as much as possible all frauds, no trader, brewer 
or beer merchant shall have power to have any wines or beer carried in or 
out unless by sworn porters on pain of 200 gl. zewant, which porters shall 
not take in or out any wines or beer for a tapster or tavern keeper, 
except on a permit from the Collector and not at any time except from 
Sunrise to Sun Set, on a similar penalty. 

Whoever is arrested or caught smuggling any wines, brandies, destilled 
waters, etc. or beer shall forfeit the said smuggled wines or beer etc. and 
in addition double the value thereof, to be applied £ for the informer, % 
for the officer, £ for the City. Done New Orange, ady. 28^ Aug'st 1673. 

ORDINANCE MADE ON THE PAYMENT AND RECEIPT OF THE BURGHER 
EXCISE IN NEW ORANGE. 

The Collector Balthazar Bayard shall receive for excise of all sorts 



404 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1673 

of wines and good strong beer to be consumed by all Burghers, tapsters 
and inhabitants, the national fleet and high and subaltern government 
and hospitals excepted, also for all wines and strong beer, which shall be 
exported hence to Long Island, Staten Island and all other places within 
this government, Albany and Esopus only excepted, where the excise 
thereof is payable, to wit: — 

For an anker of brandy, rum, and destilled waters fl. 4:10 

For an anker of Spanish, French, Rhenish, Madeira wine 

and all other Sacks 3. — 

For a barrel of cider 3. — 

For a tun of beer 2. — 

For a tun of small beer 1. — 

More or less leakage in proportion. 

The excise shall be paid to the Collector in seawant or silver at sea- 
want value, or in good whole beavers at 24 gl. per beaver, or in merchant- 
able winter wheat at 6 gl. per skepel. 

The Collector shall be bound to keep open office within this City for 
the accommodation of the Burghers, in winter during the forenoon from 
8 to 12 o'Clock and in the afternoon from 2 to 5 o'Clock; and during the 
summer in the morning from 7 to 12 o'Clock. And from 2 to 6 o'clock 
in the afternoon; strangers alone excepted, for whom he is not to fix any 
precise time. 

In case any persons exempt by this Ordinance from excise shall come 
to keep boarders, they shall be bound to pay the excise, on what their 
boarders will consume or compound with the farmer for it. 

In order to prevent all frauds as much as possible, no trader or 
brewer shall be at liberty to have any wines or strong beer conveyed in or 
out of their houses or elsewhere (except for their own consumption) unless 
by sworn porters, which porters are hereby ordered, not to remove any 
wines or beer in or out his cellar for Any trader, tapster or Burgher, ex- 
cept on a permit from the Collector and not otherwise and that only 
from sunrise to sunset, under forfeiture of their places. 

The Scout or Collector seizing any smuggled wines or strong beer 
shall take such smuggled wines and beer as forfeit, besides all expences of 
the officers of justice etc. at the discretion of the Burgomasters and 
Schepens. Done N. Orange A? 1673. 



1673] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 405 

Whereas we experience to our grief, that the previously enacted and 
frequently renewed Placards and Ordinances against the desecration of 
the Sabbath of the Lord, the unlawful and unseasonable tapping on the 
same and after setting of the watch or drum beat, are not observed, but 
that many of the inhabitants almost make it a custom, in place of observ- 
ing the Sabbath, as it ought to be observed, to frequent the taverns more 
than on other days and to take their delight in illegal exercises, to prevent 
and obviate which hereafter as much as possible for the future, the 
Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens renew the aforesaid Placards, en- 
acted on that subject and hereby interdict and forbid within this City of 
N: Orange and the jurisdiction thereof from sunrise to sundown on Sun- 
day all sorts of handicraft, trade and traffick, gaming, boat racing, or 
running with carts or wagons, fishing, fowling, running and picking nuts, 
strawberries etc. all riotous racing, calling and shouting of children in 
the streets, together with all unlawful exercises and games, drunkenness, 
frequenting taverns or taphouses, dancing, cardplaying, ballplaying, 
rolling nine pins or bowls etc. which is more in vogue on this than on 
any other day; to prohibit and prevent which, all tavern keepers and tap- 
sters are strictly enjoined to entertain no clubs on this day from sunrise 
to sunset, nor permit nor suffer any games in their houses or places, on 
pain for the tavern keeper, who shall be found to suffer such in his house, 
of forfeiting for the first offence 25 gl. for the second offence 50 gl. and 
for the 3 d . offence he shall no longer be allowed to tap and moreover 
forfeit a fine of one hundred guilders zeawant; and each person found on 
Sunday in a club or gaming shall forfeit three guilders zeawant; and if 
any children be caught on the street playing, racing and shouting, pre- 
vious to the termination of the last preaching, the officers of the law may 
take their hat or upper garment, which shall not be restored to the 
parents, until they have paid a fine of two guilders. 

The intention of the above prohibition is not, that a stranger or citi- 
zen shall not buy a drink of wine or beer for the assuaging of his thirst, 
but only to prevent the sitting of clubs on the Sabbath, whereby many 
are hindered resorting to Divine Worship. 

Further, no tapsters nor tavernkeepers shall tap, present or sell any 
wines, brandies, beer etc, nor set any clubs on Sunday, nor on the night 
of any other day after setting of the watch or ringing of the bell, under 



406 Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. [1673 

the penalty and fine as above. Done in the City Hall of the City N. 
Orange the 28* August A° 1673. 

By Order of the Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens aforesaid. 

Whereas it is considered necessary in this conjuncture of war to place 
this City in proper state of defence, as far as can be done with earth and 
sods. And since it is found by experience that the hogs, which are at 
present kept in great quantities within this City, have done great damage 
to such like works, and will undoubtedly commit the same injuries on the 
newly begun fortifications, unless it be prevented by prohibiting the 
keeping of any hogs within this City; Therefore we, Schout, Burgomasters 
and Schepens of this City of New Orange have thought fit for the good 
of this City and the preservation of its newly erecting fortifications to 
order and enjoin on all our good inhabitants within this City and its juris- 
diction unto the Fresh Water to prepare to confine all their hogs within 
the time of twice 24 hours and not to suffer them to roam along the 
streets and highways on this side of the Fresh Water, upon forfeiture of 
said hogs, to be applied one half for the officer and the other half for the 
City. 

Every one is hereby warned and put on his guard against loss. 
Done New Orange, Ady, the 28* August, A? 1673. 

By order of the Schout, Burgomast" and Schepens 

of the City N: Orange. 
Was signed N. Bayard, Sec? 

The W. Burgomaster Luyck and Schepen Verplanck appear again in 
Court of Burgomasters and Schepens to relate the conference had with 
the Commanders. 

Firstly, That the old stones of the Quay, wall, house and cellar and 
appurtenances thereof, belonging to an Englishman in other countries 
and now confiscated, shall be again given to the City works in compensa- 
tion for the stone heretofore taken by the English government from the 
City's works. 

Secondly, Of the Drummer: that they should have proper houses 
for their officers, but that he should be accommodated according to cir- 
cumstances. 

The Commanders and Council further recommend that the fortifica- 
tion of this City should be proceeded with, according as the engineer 



1673] Court Minutes of New Amsterdam. 407 

should order and stake it out, so that no broken works should be erected. 

Ittem. Marten Cregier is appointed Superintendant with the en- 
gineer of the work, which the abovenamed Cregier being informed of, he 
accepted the same provisionally. 

At the Court of the Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens held at the 
City Hall of the City N: Orange, the 29* August A° 1673, Wilhelmus 
Bogardus has taken the oath of allegiance as Notary, according to the 
order of the Commander given in date 22^ August, last. 

At a Court of the W: Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens holden on 
the 30* August A° 1673. 

Present Anthony d'Mill, Schout ; Johannis van Brugh, Johannis 
d'Pyster, Egiedius Luyck, Burgomasters; Willem Beeckman, Jeronimus 
Ebbingh, Jacob Kipp, Louwerens v. Spiegel, Guiliam Verplanck, 
Schepens. 

After some deliberations an order was made, regarding what is to be 
taken in hands to morrow and each of the Chief Officers is given direc- 
tions according to his ward. 

Further, regarding the farming of the Weigh-house it is unanimously 
resolved, that it should be let, to see what profit it will bring; which 
being set about and tried in various ways, it was at last by unanimous 
resolution held at fl. 3000 and resolved, that it could realise more. It is 
postponed till tomorrow. 

At a Court of the Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens holden in the 
City Hall on the 3i s . t August, A° 1673. Present Anthony d'Mill, 
Schout; Johannis Van Brugh, Johannis d'Pyster, Egiedius Luyck, Bur- 
gomasters; Willem Beeckman, Jeronimus Ebbingh, Jacob Kip, Louwer- 
ens V. d. Spiegel, Guiliame Verplanck, Schepens. 

Thomas Walton, pltf. v/s Roelof Jansen, Butcher, deft. Pltf. 
demands from deft, the quantity of three ankers of rum for sheep sold. 
Deft, admits the debt. The arguments of parties being heard and what 
the deft, brought in regarding some a/cs against Goven' Lovelace, the 
W. Court condemns the deft, to pay the said debt to pltf. 

John Scharp, pltf. v/s Thomas Walton, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft. according to a/c the sum of fl. 62. 6 and asks for payment. Deft. 



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fully admits to owe something to the pltf. , but not so much, as the pltf. 
demands. The W. Court having heard the arguments of parties and 
examined also the pltfs. book, condemns the deft, to pay the pltf. the 
aforesaid debt: meanwhile they declare the attachment valid. 

John Sharpe, pltf. v/s Ralph Warner, deft. Pltf. demands from 
deft, according to judgment and a/c made up in presence of the Schout, 
payment of fl. 470: 2. or security. Deft, admits the debt, but maintains, 
it is not so much, since he disbursed the most in the ship's service and 
says the Governor and Capt. Manningh owe him 7 @ 800 guilders. If 
they will pay him, he shall pay others. The W. Court condemns the 
deft, to pay the aforesaid debt to the pltf. and declares the attachment 
valid, saving his right against the Govern' or Capt Manning etc. 

Balthasar Bayard being sent for to Court, he is asked if he will also 
collect the Weigh-Money ? Gives for Answer, No ; as he has already 
enough to do with collecting the tapsters and Burgher excise. It is 
further resolved to send for Jonas Bartelsen to agree with him about the 
Weighhouse either to rent it or to collect the money. Who appearing 
absolutely refuses the farming and demands for the collection a salary of 
fl. 600 until the first of May next. Again appearing in Court he is asked 
how much per cent he will collect it for ? He answers, he will have 
nothing to do with percentage and demands the first fl. 450. and to have 
the preference on it until May. He was offered four hundred and it is 
finally postponed until another time. 

The petition of M' Thomas Williams, referred to this W. Court by 
the Commanders, being examined and the abovenamed Williams entering, 
he is asked, whether he can produce any other proof than by book ? He 
says No, as Capt. Lavall's books doubtless are not present. He further 
produces an a/c. of £366. 17. 6., which he says he paid on half the 
vessel, and says, that Laval has no a/c against it as he always disbursed 
for the ketch and her equipage. He is ordered to exhibit copy of the 
agreement made with Lavall, which he says remains with M 1 . Sharp. 

In the case in question between Jan Romyn and Isack Melyn in the 
matter of a/c. ordered that parties be heard. 

At a Court of Schout, Burgomast" and Schepens of the City N. 
Orange On the 2* Sep? A°. 1674 (1673.) Present Anthony d'Mill, Schout; 



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Johannis Van Brugh, Johannis d'Pyster, yEgiedius Luyck, Burgomasters; 
Willem Beeckman, Jeronimus Ebbingh, Jacob Kipp, Louwerens V. d. 
Spiegel, Guiliam Verplanck, Schepens. 

Schout Anthony D'Mill, pltf. v/s Arendt Juriaensen Lansman, deft. 
Pltf. says, that the deft, created disturbance in the tavern after the 
watch was set and demands punishment according to merits. Deft, ad- 
mits the charge and prays forgiveness. Question being put, they decree 
and order, that as it is the first time, the deft, be discharged from confine- 
ment on paying to the Officer a fine of fl. 30. with costs incurred herein 
and be warned to behave himself better for the future. 

The 4 l . h Septemb' A? 1673. Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens 
being assembled, after deliberations and divers debates had; Thimotheus 
Gabrie is appointed Collector of the Weighhouse of this City until the 
first of next May, on condition of receiving eight p. Cent for his trouble. 
And the profit of the whole receipt shall remain for the City. 

Ittem, the weighmoney shall be receivable in what is expressed in the 
Farming. 

5* Sept' A . 1673. In the case in question between Jan Romyn and 
Sander Leendersen, pltfs., v/s Isaack Melyn, deft., the W. Court selected 
and appointed as arbitrators Sieur Jacob Lyslaer, Dirck van Cleef and 
Thomas Williams, who are requested to hear the differences between 
parties and if possible to reconcile them ; otherwise to report to the Court. 

The Schout, Burgomasters and Schepens further resolved and con- 
cluded that the tapsters outside of this place be allowed to lay in a barrel 
of strong beer at Burgher excise at harvest or the Merry Making and at 
burials both within and without this City according as the Schout Burgo- 
masters and Schepens shall order on similar occasions. 

Item, all officers belonging to the Fort Willem Hendrick must pay 
the full excise as well as the tapsters themselves, if they lay in and con- 
sume any wines or beer in tapsters houses. 

Item, the payment of the excise shall be collected and paid forthwith 
if possible; otherwise within the time of fourteen days. 

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