ship (lit. brotherhood), that the breaches might be healed, and God's Church more greatly strengthened and built up, and that, as it was a few years ago, we all might come together, as with one heart and one soul, to the Lord's house, and the Supper of the Lord.
Finally, it was found good and determined that a copy of these transactions and resolutions should on the morrow be handed to the abovementioned protesting gentlemen, to discover whether, by such means they could be persuaded to greater brotherly love and peace.
Hendricus Selyns, Minister of the Dutch Church at New York.
A true copy.
A Second Protest against the said election, made, as before, by the beforementioned Messrs. Samuel Staats, Joh. de Peijster and Dr. Johannes Kerfbijl, was handed in on Nov. 12, 1698, (as follows:)
To the Rev. Henricus Selyns, Minister, and to the other members of the Consistory of this City.
We, the undersigned, herewith protest against the very unreasonable and unbecoming conduct of Domine Selyns. We sought, in our former petition, to be heard by his Reverence and the Rev. Consistory, among the members of which, we believe and are sure, that the majority of them are men who love equity and peace. Of this Domine Selyns is also himself certain. And we doubt not but that, if we could have made our proposals to the said Consistory, we could have presented such plans and expedients, that these disputes could have been at least to a considerable degree adjusted and settled. But instead of doing thus, Domine Selyns calls in the old Consistory, before which we did not desire to be heard until the proper time might come; and he did this only to carry his measures by a majority of votes, our adversaries being among them, (the old Consistory), and thus appear to have acted (not) illegally. By such means he further sought to hoodwink, yea, to