Michaelius, by Jonas Michaelas -- Novum Belgium, by Isaac Jogues -- Journal of New Netherland -- Representation of New Netherland, by Adriaen van der Donck -- Van Tienhoven's answer, by Cornelius Van Tienhoven -- Bogaert: Letter of Johannes Bogaert to Hans Bontemantel -- Letters of the Dutch ministers to the Classis of Amsterdam, by Johannes Megapolensis, Samuel Drisius, and Henricus Selyns.
art we do our best in all sincerity and honest zeal; whereunto I have from the first entirely devoted myself, and wherein I have also hitherto, by the grace of God, had no just cause to complain of any one. And if any dubious matters of importance come before me, and especially if they will admit of any delay, I shall refer myself to the good and prudent advice of the Honorable Brethren, to whom I have already wholly commended myself.
(1) I.e., acts of the synod of North Holland. North Holland was not at this time a province, but merely a part of the province of Holland, the chief of the seven United Provinces. The national Acta would probably be those of the six fundamental synodical conventions of 1568-1586 and the Synod of Dort.
As to the natives of this country, I find them entirely savage and wild, strangers to all decency, yea, uncivil and stupid as garden poles, proficient in all wickedness and godlessness; devilish men, who serve nobody but the Devil, that is, the spirit which i