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Extraordinary Session (Court Proceedings), Horse Racing, December 16, 1648

Extraordinary session, 16 December Anno 1648
New York State Library, NYSL_sc7079-b13-f18_p18r_ncn
 
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Extraordinary session (court proceedings) December 17, 1648, Director Slichtenhorst, prosecutor and plaintiff, against Claes Teunisz and some horse racers (paerden jachters), for judgment according to the petition of the honorable director.
 
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Court Proceedings, December 17 Anno 1648
Director Slichtenhorst, prosecutor and plaintiff, against Claes Teunisz and some horse racers (paerden jachters), for judgment according to the petition of the honorable director.
Whereas those guilty of riding at excessive speed, according to the apostil on the petition to that effect, are declared to have forfeited six guilders for each offense, in addition to the damage done to the horses, each person, moreover, having been summoned to appear on this day to defend himself; and whereas Claes Uylenspiegel, three several times, yes, even twice on the same day, notwithstanding the fine and the prohibition and warning by the honorable director and the prohibition of their honors' ordinance, out of pure mischief and in spite of the court, has presumed to ride past the director's door as fast as the horse could run, he, Claes, always having the lead over the others, whereby he has not only violated [the authority of] the honorable patroon in his high and low jurisdiction and [that of] the court here; but also [that of] the Lords States General whose places we occupy and committed the highest crime [against them] ; therefore, the honorable plaintiff demands that the aforesaid Claes shall be publicly exposed in the pillory and be banished from the colony, in accordance with the custom of the fatherland, where those who disobey and disregard the lord's prohibition and banishment are punished with death; or that the same shall be apprehended and for the first offense be [confined] for four days, for [the second offense eight days], and for the third offense sixteen [days, and in addition] [18v] be exposed and banished as above written, as an example to others; cum expensis. And that all the others, for the damage and abuse of the horses, in addition to a fine of one pound Flemish, shall for each offense pay three guilders to the poor and furthermore be arbitrarily punished; cum expensis.
N. B. Their honors will please do their duty, in order that the dumb animals may not again do justice themselves and put the court to shame, as has happened before.
 
 
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