Lambert Routs The Lout!

Minutes of the Court of Fort Orange and Beverwyck 1657-1660

translated and edited by A.J.F. Van Laer, Vol.2, Albany, 1923: Page 9:

"Ordinary Session held in Fort Orange, January 9 Anno 1657

"President, J. La Montagne, Rutger Jacobsen, Jacob Schermerhoorn, Andries Herbertsen, Philip Pietersen

"Lambert van Valckenborch, plaintiff, against Henderick Claessen and Gerrit Willemsen, defendants.

"The plaintiff complains that the defendants beat him and his wife in his own house.

"The defendants deny it and claim that the plaintiff chased them with a naked rapier out of his house and pursued them to the center of the fort.

"The court orders the parties respectively to prove their assertions."


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Extraordinary Session held in Fort Orange, June 7 Anno 1657

"Present, the magistrates of this court and the members of the court martial of the burgher guard.

"President, Jacob Schermerhorn Hendrick Jochimsen, lieutenant Captain Abraham Staets Philip Pietersen Adriaen Gerritsen

"Lambert v: Valckenborch, sergeant

"Pieter Jacobsen Borsboom complains that last Sunday evening, being the 5th of June, sitting in front of the guardhouse of the burgher guard, where he was lodging by permission of the magistrates, Marten, the mason, came to him before the guard was set and asked him what had become of the candles? Whereupon he answered that he did not know; to which Marten replied: "You have taken them." The plaintiff answered: "You lie."

Marten immediately drew his sword and cut the plaintiff's head as he made a move to get up.

"Marten, the mason, being examined and asked why he wounded Pieter Van Borsboom, answers that he told him he lied and called him a rascal.

"Lambert van Valkenborch, sergeant of the burgher guard, who was present, says that on coming to the guard house he ordered a candle to be lit. Marten, the mason, stepping outside the guard house asked Pieter Jacobsen Borsboom where the candles were? To which question Pieter Jacobsen Borsboom answered: "I do not know." Marten replied: "You stole them." The aforesaid Pieter Jacobsen Borsboom then said: "You lie like a rascal and a knave."

"The aforesaid Marten then drew his sword and cut the said Pieter Jacobsen Borboom's head as he rose from his seat.

"The court refers the matter to a committee of four, to wit, two from the court and two from the court martial, to render a decision in the case, namely, Jacob Schermerhoorn and Philip Pietersen Schuyler from the court and Captain Abraham Staets and Hendrick Jochimsen, lieutenant, from the burghers."


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