Hempstead Convention of 1665

An assemble consisting of two deputies, chosen by the freeholders of each town upon Long Island (except Southampton), and from the town of Westchester, was convened at Hempstead by Governor Richard Nicolls, February 28th, 1665, the first governor of New York under the English dominion, and successor of the famous governor Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor.

This convention was called to settle the affairs of the government under the changes made by the English in taking possession of the colony of New York. It promulgated a code known as the "Duke's Laws", and established a shire, styled Yorkshire, which was sub-divided into three ridings.

This was a very important and memorable assembly; the first convocation under the power of the English Crown, in the State of New York.

This assembly consisted of the following deputies; those from Kings County are printed in Italics:

DEPUTIES

Thomas Baker..................Southampton
Roger Barton...................Brookhaven
Thomas Benedict.............Jamaica
Richard Betts...................Newtown
John Bowne.....................Gravesend
John Coe..........................Newtown
Richard Cornhill..............Flushing
Jacques Corttelleau........New Utrecht
Daniel Denton.................Jamaica
Elias Doughty..................Flushing
Elbert Elbertson.............Flatlands
John Evertsen.................Brooklyn
Hendrick Gucksen..........Flatbush
Mathias Harvey.............Oyster Bay
John Hicks......................Hempstead
Younger Hope................New Utrecht
James Hubbard..............Gravesend
Richard Dowe................Gravesend
Robert Jackson..............Hempstead
John Ketchum................Huntington
Daniel Lane...................Brookhaven
Hendrick-Lubbertzen....Brooklyn
Reloffe Martens.............Flatlands
John Quimby.................Westchester
John Stealman..............Bushwick
John Stratton.................Easthampton
John Stryker..................Flatbush
Gisbert Tunis...............Bushwick
John Underhill...............Oyster Bay
William Wells................Southold
John Woods...................Huntington
John Youngs..................Southold

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