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Declaration of Jan Cornelisz (van Leyden), Carpenter, March 10, 1646

Declaration of Jan Cornelisz (van Leyden), Carpenter, Concerning Cornelis Segersz van Voorhout’s Dissatisfaction over the Construction of a Bedstead
New York State Library, NYSL_sc7079_dehooghes-memo-book_A25-A26
 
Document Description
Declaration of Jan Cornelisz (van Leyden), Carpenter, concerning Cornelis Segersz van Voorhout's dissatisfaction over the construction of a bedstead, March 10, 1646.
 
Translation
[Page A26]
 
[Declaration of Jan Cornelisz (van Leyden), Carpenter, Concerning Cornelis Segersz van Voorhout’s Dissatisfaction over the Construction of a Bedstead]
 
Cornelis Segerz. Jan Cornelisz has come to me and recounted how you and your wife have behaved very unpleasantly toward him, concerning the making of a bedstead. What truth there may be to it, I do not know. But he added that you say that you do not need him to do work for you, that there are other carpenters available. If that is true, very well, I am satisfied, but watch yourself after this, that you do not think of me as your servant or fool, as one whom you routinely used to call for such things as, “the house is no good, one cannot stretch out in there,” and so forth; and if someone prepares a house for you, do not think of it that way either, and say that you could well hire other carpenters. But you must understand, that I will not involve myself with the house any further, but that the losses that arise from it will fall upon you. If the words of Jan Cornelisz are true, then take this as a warning, and watch what you do.
 
This, the 10th of March, Anno 1646
Ad: Hooges
 
 
Questions
What is the purpose of this document?
 
Who is Jan Cornelisz?
 
Is Jan Cornelisz the only person who does this type of work? Provide evidence to support your answer.
 
What is the main problem presented in this document?
 
Who is responsible for the problem according to the document?
 
 

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.