(drowned March 14, 1559, in Leeuwarden)
This is the Confession of a woman named Claesken, who gave her life for the witness of Jesus Christ, in the year 1559.
Questions and Answers between the Commissioner and Claesken.
The Commissioner first asked me for my name, where I was from, my age, and some more of that kind of thing.
Then he asked me: “Have you been baptized?”
Commissioner: “Who baptized you?”
Claesken: “Gielis van Aken.”1
Commissioner: “That deceiver! He has already renounced those beliefs himself. What did he do when he baptized you?”
Claesken: “He [Mt 28:19] baptized me in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.”
Commissioner: “Where did you receive this baptism?”
Claesken: “In the fields at Workum.”2
Commissioner: “Were more people there?”
Commissioner: “What people?”
Claesken: “I've forgotten.”
Commissioner: “What was the reason you went there?”
Claesken: “I've forgotten. I am able to say that truthfully both times.”3
Commissioner: “Haven't your children been baptized?”
Claesken: “Not my two youngest children.”
Commissioner: “Why haven't you had your children baptized?”____________________