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NOTE 1.-PAGE 16.
Appointment of a Representative Council, in 1647.—Gov. Stuyvesant.
"Whereas, we desire nothing more than that the government of New Netherlands, entrusted to our care, and principally New Amsterdam, our capital and residence, might continue and increase in good order, justice, police, population, prosperity, and mutual harmony, and be provided with strong fortifications, a church, a school and reading-place, harbor and similar necessary public edifices and improvements, for which we are desirous of obtaining the assistance of our whole community. Being unwilling, however, to vex and harass our dear subjects in any way with exactions, impositions and burthens, but rather to induce and solicit them voluntarily to assist in such honest and highly necessary work; and
"Whereas, it is difficult to cover so many heads with a single cap, or to reduce so many different opinions into one, so did we, with the advice of our Council, heretofore propose to the Commonalty, that the inhabitants should nominate a double number of persons from the most