"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
"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
"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