|Birth certificate for Dirk Spuijt who assumed the name Dirk Courtland in the United States.|
Today, the eighteenth of April, eighteen hundred fifty-seven, appeared before us, the Registrar of the city of SCHIEDAM, in the City Hall, Pieter Krijn Spruijt, age thirty-nine (39) years, occupation skipper, residing here, who has declared: that on the sixteenth of this month in the evening at nine-thirty [half ten] in a vessel called “De Zeldzaamheid” [“The Rarity”], lying in the new harbor, here a child of the male gender was born to Adriana van Gog, his wife, whose child shall be named Dirk.
From this declaration we have created this certificate, in the presence of Otto van der Vlies, fifty-three (53) years old, occupation salesman, residing here and Petrus van Oers, fifty-eight (58) years old, occupation yeast salesman, residing here also.
And this certificate, after being read aloud, has been signed by the declarant, the witnesses, and by us.
The Registrar: (Signature illegible)
O VD Vlies
P Van Oers