NNA 1.01.02 Vol.5550 f.2v

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Nummer Toegang: 1.01.02; Archievbloknummer: 5550 f.2v: Right click on image for full size image in separate window


gelijck bij differente gelegentheden, daerde waren
ende goederen soo courant niet en zijn geweest
als wel dese zijn, is gebleecken, ende waer van des
noot zijnde de supplianten souden connen bewijs doen
maer dewijle zij vertrouwen dat het doen vande Engelsen
u.ed.en mogende genoech bekent is, zullen sij
t’selve tot kennisse van U.ed.en mogende
refereeren, dan alsoo de voors. inconvenienten ende
swaricheden dienen verhoet ende voorgecomen soo
hebben de supplianten goet gevonden haer te keeren
tot U.ed.en mogende, otmoedelijck versoeckende
dat U.ed.en mogende gelieven hen supplianten te
verlenen uwe favorable brieven van voorschrijvens
ende recommandatie aende hooch mogende de
heeren staten Generael der vereenichde
Nederlanden, tenderende tot dien eijnde dat haer
hooch mogende gelieven sullen aende heer admirael
oft commandeur die het commandament
heeft oft hebben zal, over de schepen die
geordonneert zijn, hen aent eijnt vant canaal
tehouden om de incomende schepen waer te neemen
ende int vaderlant te convoijeren, te ordonneren ende
te lasten de bovengemelte hamborchse ende
Oostendese schepen, soo wel te convoyeren ende in
dese landen tebrengen als de schepen van dese landen
jae alwaert dat eenige vande hamburchse oft
Oostendese schippers daer toe niet wilden oft
conde verstaen, hoewel de supplianten nieten
twijffelen oft all de hamburgers sullen liever
hier tot Amsterdam [ofte in dese landen] als tot oostende zijn

English Translation

Summary of three page document (NNA 1.01.02 Vol.5550 f.2r; NNA 1.01.02 Vol.5550 f.2v; NNA 1.01.02 Vol.5550 f.3r)

Thirteen Dutch merchants fear the English will capture the ships, under pretence that they want to check if there are no goods of enemy states, and the merchants fear it will then be virtually impossible to get the goods back. To prevent such inconveniences they ask for the admiralty to recommend to the States General to send a convoy to bring the ships safely to Amsterdam/the Netherlands. If that would cause the Republic problems with other states due to previous agreements, then they ask for a convoy to bring the ships safely to Ostend so the Dutch merchants could pick up their merchandise and silver there. That would ensure it will not end up in English hands, which is a benefit for the Dutch state as it would otherwise strengthen the English cause and ruin the Dutch merchants.



This unfoliated three page document is from the incoming correspondence of the States General from the various Dutch Admiralties [the foliation in page title is artifical].

The document was sent by thirteen leading Dutch merchants trading with Spain, who were expecting delivery of Spanish silver bullion being transported to them them in neutral ships of Hamburg and Ostend. War had broken out between England and the United Provinces and the Dutch merchants were fearful that the English would seize neutral ships.

The signators were Nicolaos Van Hulten, Henriq Mathias, Philips Pelt, Jacomo Rulandt, Floris Visscher, Daniel Desmazieres, Guilliam Momma, Albert Lemmerman, Gerbrant Dobbesen, Jan van Brouck, Cornelis Gijsbert van Goor, Jan Ernst Van Basten, Jacques Martin.

Thanks are due for their help in deciphering the signators names to @AdvanderZee, @SjoerdBeelen, @SLevelt, @BelaudDuBellay, @HLJLooijesteijn, @stefanjji, @sneuperdokkum, @_mapnu, @hs_coates and @suzezij.