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Appointed Beer & Wine Carrier for New York City

A passage from the Court Minutes of 1654 in the City of New Amsterdam covering Barent Jacobsen Kool's appointment as a sworn wine and beer carrier.

Barent Jacobsen Kool b.1610 in Amsterdam, Holland, d.1676 Kingston, Ulster, NY

Declaration of his Appointment as Beer & Wine Carrier for New Amsterdam

Under the Court Minutes for 1654 (for the Burgomasters and Schepens of this City of New Amsterdam):

And in order to prevent all fraud and smuggling in the one and the other, the Burgomasters and Schepens aforesaid with the approbation of the Honorable Director General and Council have appointed and accepted as sworn Wine and Beer Carriers Barent Jacobsen Cool and Pieter Caspersen van Naerden and no person, be he who he may, except such Beer Carriers, shall be at liberty to work at, lay in, or remove any wines or beer from one warehouse, cellar, or brewery to another or to bring foreign beer within this City’s gates on pain of forfeiting said wines or beer and arbitrary correction at the direction of the Court.

And here’s a table of how much they could charge for their services:

The appointed Wine or Beer Carriers for what they may convey here within the walls of this City from one Brewery house or cellar into the other, shall not be permitted to receive more than the following.

For one pipe of brandy………………………………………Twenty-four stivers
one pipe of wine………………………………………………Twenty stivers
one hogshead of wine……………………………………….Twelve stivers
one Aam (40 gallons) ……………………………………… Ten stivers
one half-aam………………………………………………… Five stivers
one anker………………………………………………………Three stivers
half anker………………………………………………………Two stivers
one tun of strong or small beer………………………………Eight stivers
one half-barrel………………………………………………….Four stivers
one anker………………………………………………………Three stivers


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