| Peter of New Amsterdam|
|by James Otis|
|The story of the Dutch colony at New Amsterdam, through the eyes of the young lad Peter. Relates its settlement by the West India Company under the leadership of Peter Minuit, their transactions with the Indians including the purchase of the island of Manhattan, their overthrow of the Swedish forts to the south, and their surrender to English forces in 1664. The portrait of the contrasting figures of Peter Minuit and Peter Stuyvesant enlivens the narrative. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Ages 8-10 |
DISMISSED BY MASTER STUYVESANT
HAD I been a Lutheran preacher, or a Quaker, I
could not have been treated more shamefully.
Instead of questioning as to why our trade was growing
small, in which case I should have told him that
in my belief it was owing to the English colony in
the country of Connecticut, he cried out upon me
in a most violent rage, declaring that I had been
spending my time breeding discontent among the
 people, instead of having a watchful eye over the
interests of the Company.
And this when I had never been outside the fort,
save while Master Tienhoven was in the storehouse
giving the advice that I take my ease!
Nor was this the end of the matter; it seemed as if,
being in a bad humor, he was bent on venting his
spleen upon me, and without giving any reasons,
other than as I have told you, the Director
declared that I was no longer in the employ of the
When I spoke to him of the rule that a
store-keeper may not be deprived of his office save by
the Council of the Company in Holland, he
called me a mutinous
hound, and threatened
that if I showed myself
inside the fort after the
sun had set, I would be
thrown into prison.
I knew full well that
I would be powerless if
he did such a wicked
thing, for of course the word of the Director would be
heeded by the Company when set against one of the
lower officers like myself, therefore did I hold my
 temper in check, striving to look the submission which
I did not feel.
It is no more than just that I should give Kryn
Gildersleeve credit for grieving over the injustice that
had been done
me; but he could
not mend matters, even if I
would have had
him, and two
sunset I had
made a bargain
for lodgings on
belonging to Martin Kip, who was glad to have in
his family one who knew the Indians so well that he
might be expected to get some hint if the savages
were bent on more mischief.
I had known Martin for many a year, he having
come over in the Sea Mew when I did, and trusted him
for a true friend, if so be he was not called upon for an
outlay of money.
To him I told my plans for joining one of the English
colonies, and much to my surprise he gave me his
reasons for believing that I would soon be in an English
colony, if I remained in New Amsterdam taking good
 care not to show myself in such a manner as would
arouse Director Stuyvesant's ire.
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