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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]
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