Classis of Amsterdam.
Acts of the Deputies.
( West Indies.)
( 1638, April 10.)
It was represented to the Hon. Messrs. Directors (of the West India Company) by the East India Company, . . . . . . . . . . which also by ministers in Brazil . . . . . . . . . . answered to this with the first now expected . . . . . . . . . . the advice of the Assembly of the XIX . . . . . . . . . .
There were also handed over the Synodical Acta from the year 1618 to 1638. It was promised to recommend this business in the most favorable manner to the said Assembly.
In reference to the marriage ordinances, it was answered that some had been sent before, and more would be sent.
On May 15 the Directors informed Rev. Somerus that the Assembly of the XIX had agreed to the suggestion, and requested two ministers, as well as Siecken-Troosters, and Schoolmasters. Thereupon it was resolved to recommend as ministers Rev. Jonas Michaëlius, Abraham Middlehovius, and Peter Jansen Lantman; as Siecken-Troosters, Isaac Abrahams and Peter Wernerius, of Meppel; as Schoolmaster Philip Cyriacus Nicolaus. These recommendations were announced on 20th inst. to the Directors by the Deputies. Answer was given that the decision of the Company shall be made known to the Brethren through their Committee, as soon as possible. xxxix. 40.
1638, April 26.
Whereas their High Mightinesses learn that a sufficient number of good and pious clergymen have not been sent to labor at Brazil in the harvest of the Lord; also that church discipline