Hereby declare to owe
I, the undersigned, hereby declare to owe Petrus Henricus Coeperus, surgeon of the snow ship The Unity that is in service of the honourable directors of the Commercie Compagnie of the city of Middelburg, Zeeland, a sum of 162 guilders, 11 shillings and 12 pennings because His Honourable left me his clothes as well as money in cash because I, the undersigned, have been dismissed from my service of the aforementioned Company to stay here in Rio Essequebo by the captain Jan Menkelveld. According to calculations, I, the undersigned, have given an obligation to the aforementioned Petrus Henricus Coeperus and humbly request that the honourable directors of the Commercie Compagnie of the city of Middelburg in Zeeland pay the aforementioned sum to Petrus Henricus Coeperus.
I shall oblige myself.
Thus has been done and has passed in Rio Essequebo this September 3rd anno 1762 in the presence of these two witnesses.
[Signed] Louis Bernard
[Signed] Johannis Coijwijk
[Signed] Adriaan de Puijt
In knowledge of
[Signed] Jan Menkenveld
I dismiss from service
I, the undersigned Jan Menkenveld, commanding the honorable Commercie Compagnie snow ship The Unity, lying with the same at Essequibo River, declare hereby to dismiss from service and to release Louis Bernard, born in La Rochelle, France, surgeon’s mate on aforementioned ship,to stay here in Rio Essequibo. He has been in service of thehonorable directors of the Commercie Compagnie in Middelburg,
Zeeland, from October 2th, 1761 until September 3th, 1762, being 11 months and 1 day, for 18 guilders per month, which amounts to a sum of 198 guilders, 11 shillings and 12 pennies. Before departure with aforementioned ship said Louis Bernard has received two months worth of wages in cash. Therefore remains to be paid by the honorable lord directors of the Commercie Compagnie a sum of 162 guilders,
11 shillings and 12 penning to Louis Bernard, all of which can be received upon my arrival in the motherland.
Actum Rio Essequebo,
September 3, 1762
Account and resignation of the release from service of Louis Bernard, surgeon’s mate sailed with the
snow ship The Unity in service of the honorable lords directors of the Commercie Compagnie in Middelburg, Zeeland anno 1761 
Zeeland Archives, Archives of the MCC inv.no. 387; inv.no. 389.3
Transcription made by Paleografie in Zeeland (PaiZ)
Translation made by students of University College Roosevelt