FOR the greater part of the interval of three years between the writing of the preceding and of the present report by Governor Printz, the colony of New Sweden had been allowed to shift for itself, the people at home being largely occupied in a war with the Danes. Yet, in spite of these handicaps, the work of the settlement, it will be observed, made a fair degree of progress.
This report exists in two manuscript forms, in Swedish, as signed by Printz. They are in the Riksarkiv (Royal Archives) in Stockholm. Three transcripts of these are in the collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, one of each being used in a translation made by Dr. Gregory B. Keen, published in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History, VII. 271281( 1883). The translation, as revised by Dr. Amandus Johnson from these transcripts, is here reproduced.
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