1692, Sept. 8, page 23.
In a petition to the Crown it is charged that, owing to the cutting up of the late New Netherland into several parts, (which were not governed like New York), the people were beginning to emigrate. In these new places they were free from the imposition of taxes and levies for war, etc.; that Albany was very . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Correspondence from America. The Revs. Selyns, Varick and Dellius to the Classis of Amsterdam, October 12, 1692. Extracts, xxi.337; and another translation in Murphy Anthology of New Netherland, 117-121.
New York, October 12th, 1692.
To the Rev. Classis of Amsterdam,
Gentlemen and Brethren in Christ: --
We wrote you two or three years ago, informing you of the sad condition of our land and our Church. We have been so unfortunate as not to have received any replies to our letters, nor even to have seen any other correspondence from you. The cause of this is, no doubt, on account of the war, or of the internal troubles at home, which are worse than war with a foreign foe. Your letters may have been captured by the enemy, or ours may have been stopped and deained here. It has not been permitted to ministers here to write to other ministers, nor to your Reverences; neither have private parties been allowed to correspond with their friends and acquaintances. During all this time,