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Nicasius De Sille

(1610-1674 ?)
New York

Nicasius de Sille was "borin in Holland near the beginning of the seventeenth century. He is said to have been an accomplished lawyer and man of affairs. He came to New Netherland in 1653, ass first councillor to the colonial government, and was subsequently attorney-general and sheriff of New Amsterdam. He was one of the proprietors of New Utrecht on Long Island, and kept the records of that town. It is in those records that his few metrical efforts have been preserved." [James L. Oderdonk, History of American Verse (1610-1897) 57 (Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1901)][online text]

Nicasius De Sille
Danielle Carlock

[See: Alden Chester & Edwin Melvin Williams, Courts and Kawyers of New York: A History, 1609-1925 210-211 (American Historical Society, 1926)(Clark, New Jersey: The Lawbook Exchange, 2005)]


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