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Copy of Abraham Clock's Bill for Carpentry Work, n.d.

Copy of Abraham Clock’s Bill for Carpentry Work but Which is Still in Dispute
New York State Library, NYSL_sc7079_dehooghes-memo-book_A35
Document Description
A copy of Abraham Clock's bill for carpentry work which is still in dispute, from a memorandum book kept by Antonio de Hooges, n.d.
[Page A35]
[Copy of Abraham Clock’s Bill for Carpentry Work but Which is Still in Dispute]
[               account] of Abraham Cloc[k] [        ] Still unresolved, in regard to De [Hooges      ] house where [     ] this, the following, from [ ]
Also earned, on the farm of the Joncker, that which was contracted out on De Hooges’s account.
Also one mantel, two small joists, two columns                            f10:--:--
Also built one solid loft, with a door to bring in grain.                  f8:--:--
Also laid the floor in the cellar, which had been started,
and two small lights                                                                            f10:--:--
Also brought stone                                                                              f10:--:--
Also borrowed 6 ½  beavers from the farm
of the Joncker, for stone                                                                    f45:--:--
What is the purpose of this document?
List the work done by the carpenter.
How does the work done by the carpenter benefit the people of the colony?

Historical Context
The Dutch colony of New Netherland included a vast amount of virgin forests. These forests provided the raw materials for a thriving shipbuilding and saw mill industry. However, the Dutch West India Company was not interested in turning the colony into a producer of finished products. The benefits of the wood industry in New Netherland were limited to a small shipbuilding enterprise and the construction of housing.
Essential Question
How did carpenters contribute to the growth of the colony?
Check for Understanding
Explain the role of a carpenter in a Dutch colony.