American History Told by Contemporaries

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Author: Adriaen Hegeman  | Date: 1867

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A Schoolmaster’s Duties (1661)

BY SECRETARY ADRIAEN HEGEMAN

(TRANSLATED BY H. R. STILES, 1867)

TO the Right Honble Director-General and Council of New Netherland: The Schout and Schepens of the Court of Breuckelen respectfully represent that they found it necessary that a Court Messenger was required for the Schepens’ Chamber, to be occasionally employed in the Village of Breuckelen and all around where he may be needed, as well to serve summons, as also to conduct the service of the Church, and to sing on Sundays; to take charge of the School, dig graves, etc., ring the Bell, and perform whatever else may be require:

Therefore, the Petitioners, with your Honors’ approbation, have thought proper to accept for so highly necessary an office a suitable person who is now come before them, one Carel van Beauvois, to whom they have hereby appropriated a sum of fl. 150, besides a free dwelling; and whereas the Petitioners are apprehensive that the aforesaid C. v. Beauvois would not and cannot do the work for the sum aforesaid, and the Petitioners are not able to promise him any more, therefore the Petitioners, with all humble and proper reverence, request your Honors to be pleased to lend them a helping hand, in order thus to receive the needful assistance. Herewith, awaiting your Honors’ kind and favorable answer, and commending ourselves, Honorable, wise, prudent, and most discreet Gentlemen, to your favor, we pray for your Honors God’s protection, together with a happy and prosperous administration unto Salvation. Your Honors’ servants and subjects, The Schout and Schepens of the Village aforesaid. By order of the same, . . .

Henry R. Stiles, A History of the City of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, 1867), I, 116–117.

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Chicago: Adriaen Hegeman, "A Schoolmaster’s Duties (1661)," American History Told by Contemporaries, trans. H. R. Stiles in American History Told by Contemporaries, ed. Albert Bushnell Hart (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1897), 585–586. Original Sources, accessed August 8, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=51892K97XR5BB78.

MLA: Hegeman, Adriaen. "A Schoolmaster’s Duties (1661)." American History Told by Contemporaries, translted by H. R. Stiles, Vol. I, in American History Told by Contemporaries, edited by Albert Bushnell Hart, Vol. 1, New York, The Macmillan Company, 1897, pp. 585–586. Original Sources. 8 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=51892K97XR5BB78.

Harvard: Hegeman, A, 'A Schoolmaster’s Duties (1661)' in American History Told by Contemporaries, trans. . cited in 1897, American History Told by Contemporaries, ed. , The Macmillan Company, New York, pp.585–586. Original Sources, retrieved 8 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=51892K97XR5BB78.