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Ordinance Regulating the Picking of Hops, August 31, 1644
Ordinance Regulating the Picking of Hops
The honorable court of the colony of Rensselaerswyck, noticing the great evil which occurs yearly by the untimely picking of the hops which tends largely to the loss and detriment of this colony, and wishing to remedy this, have ordered and thought fit, as they hereby do order and think fit, that no one shall be allowed to pick any hops in this colony or to carry any hops that are picked outside into the colony before the 25th of September of each year, on forfeiture of the said picked hops and an additional fine of 25 Carolus guilders whenever any one is found to act contrary to this ordinance; and the hops which have been picked or are being picked at present shall be burned by the officer of this colony, as they are not merchantable hops and cause great fraud by being mixed with others and otherwise. Therefore, let every one take heed and guard himself against loss. Done in council, this 31st of August 1644.
By order of the honorable court of this colony of Rensselaerswyck.
Underneath was written:
Arendt Van Curler, Secretary.
- What are hops used for?
- Why might the patroon have people growing hops in his colony? What might they be used for?
- What instructions does the patroon give about picking the hops? Why?