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A THREE DAYS' TRUCE
UPON this Master Stuyvesant asked for three days
in which to consult with his advisors, forgetting,
perhaps, that the Swedes had asked for only twelve hours,
and he had refused.
To this request Colonel Nicolls agreed, but at the
same time made all his preparations for opening fire
 upon the city, in case Master Stuyvesant was so pig-
headed as to refuse to surrender.
Two of the ships were sent up the river and anchored
where they could throw shot into the fort at short
range, while the others were moored off Nutten Island,
sending five companies of soldiers ashore near the ferry
landing on Long Island, where they went into camp.
Next morning a company of horsemen and a band of
soldiers came down from Hartford, and were ferried
across in the boats of the fleet, thus showing that the
Massachusetts Bay Company would do what they
might to carry out the wishes of King Charles.
That night the commander of the English fleet sent
ashore, secretly, twenty or more written messages to
 the people, and both Martin Kip, on whose farm the
messengers landed, and I, knew beyond a peradventure
that there were found men in New Amsterdam willing
to spend their time carrying them where the most good
might be done to the enemy.
In these messages Colonel Nicolls promised all who
would lay down their arms, full liberty to remain on the
land, without being molested in any way, and agreed
that his king would protect them in the holding of all
Now even those who had been hesitating whether
to side with the Dutch or the English, were eager to
see the surrender of the city, and when the Director
called upon citizens to work on the fort or the palisade,
he could find none save servants or slaves to answer
his summons, and even these it was necessary to drive
wwith such of the soldiers as were yet willing to obey