Ecclesiastical Records, State of New York - Vol. 2

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deceive the Rev. Classis. Against such an abominable way of acting, we complain and protest with grief; and especially because it was promised only last evening by Domine Selyns, that a written answer to the two last points of our request should be sent,-- the former that it might be sent to the Rev. Classis. But it was sent to us only on Saturday evening, so that we should have no time to answer, before that the publication would be made the following (Sunday) morning. And we then received, instead of a satisfactory answer, a communication full of falsehoods, misrepresentations and pretensions of peace, while, meantime, not the least satisfaction was given to our request. We, therefore, now perceive that it is impossible that either we ourselves or the congregation can ever obtain anything of Domine Selyns, toward the securement of peace. We are therefore under the necessity to let the Classis of Amsterdam know the unendurable bossiness and tyranny of Domine Selyns, together with our other complaints, and the treatment we have received; for the Classis is our competent Judge; and to show that the gravy is indeed worth the cabbage (That it is very much worth talking about.)*

(Signed by) Samuel Staats, Johannes de Peijster, Johannes Kerfbijl.

New York, Nov. 12, 1698.

Note: It was indeed promised on Friday night that the report should be sent the next day. This was done by sending it on Saturday, before the evening. It was not possible to send it earlier.

Counter certificates and testimonials, by individual elders and the Ruling Eldership, and other persons who have been in office, made on Nov. 19, 1698.

Having received and read the second Protest given above, and prepared by Messrs. Samuel Staets, Johannes de Peijster and

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*
In the answer of the Consistory, before given, we have thin proverb thus: "De kool is het zap niet waert". As quoted here in retort, it is: "Het sop de kool wel deegelijck waert is." Compare--"The game is not worth the candle."

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