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The “Burgher Oath," Pledging Allegiance to the Patroon, November 28, 1651
The “Burgher Oath” [pledging allegiance to the patroon] with resolution of [commis], 28 November 1651
"I, N. N., promise and swear that I shall be true and faithful to the noble Patroon and Co-directors, or those who represent them here, and to the Hon'ble Director, Commissioners and Council, subjecting myself to the Court of the Colonie; and I promise to demean myself as a good and faithful inhabitant or Burgher, without exciting any opposition, tumult or noise; but on the contrary, as a loyal Inhabitant, to maintain and support offensively and defensively, against every one, the Right and Jurisdiction of the Colonie. And with reverence and fear of the Lord,and uplifting of both the first fingers of the right hand, I say—So Truly help me God Almighty."
This date, 15th July, 1649, hath Steven Jansen Carpenter taken the Oath of allegiance from the hands of the Honorable Director before the commissioners of the colonie. Witness, A. De Hooges, Secretary.
23d Nov., 1651. Resolved, that all Householders and Freemen of this Colonie shall appear on the 28th day of November of this year, being Tuesday, at the house of the Honorable Director, and there take the Burgerlyke oath of Allegiance.
The following persons have taken the Oath at the appointed time, according to the foregoing formulary:—
Mons'r Arendt van Curler, EverardusJansz.
Mons'r Johan Baptist van Rensselaer, AdriaenPietersz.vanAlkmaer,
Pieter Hartgers, Thomas Jansz.
Jan Verbeeck, Jochim Weasels Backer,
Sander Leendertsz, (Glen.) Jacob Luyersz.
GysbertCornelisz. vanWeesp, Thomas Sandersz Smith,
Willem Fredericksz. Evert Pels,
Jan Michelz. -------- Hendricksz. Verbeeck,
RutgerJacobszen, [One name defaced here,}
GoosenGerritsz. -------- Van Es,
CornelisCornelisz. Vos, Thomas Keuningh,
Jan van Hoesem, CornelisSegersz.
Jan Thomasz. Cornelia Cornelisz.vanVoorbout,
Pieter Bronck, Jan Ryersz.
Jacob Jansz. vanNostrandt, Jan Helms,
TeunisCornelisz. GuysbertCornelisz. aende Berg,
Jacob Adriaensz. Raedmacker, Evert Jansen Kleermaker,
TeunisJacobsz. Dirck Jansen Croon,
RutgerAdriaensz. Jacob Simonsz. Klomp,
Casper Jacobsz. Volcker Jansz.
Abraham Pietersz. Vosburg, [21st May, 1652. Renss.MSS.]