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States-General. Stuyvesant did not yield, however,
and on the 9th, in another letter, repeated the previous
demand, which was answered with a proposal that their
boundaries be settled by their rulers, or by duly
appointed commissioners. No regard was paid to this,
and the pecular siege was continued, while the Swedes,
who numbered only about thirty men, some of whom
were sick and others ill-affected, noting the progress
of the works of the enemy, and anticipating the speedy
failure of their supplies began to entertain thoughts of
surrender. On the 13th Rising and Elswich had an
interview with Stuyvesant, and made a last appeal on
behalf of the jurisdiction of their sovereign over the
territory of New Sweden, but without avail, and the
following day they were formally summoned to
capitulate within twenty-four hours. To this demand the
garrison finally acceded, and articles of surrender were
signed on the 15th. In accordance with this agreement,
all artillery, ammunition, provisions and other
effects belonging to the Crown of Sweden and the
South Company were to be retained by them. Officers,
soldiers, and freemen were allowed to retain their
personal goods, and to go where they pleased or
remain upon the Delaware; and Colonists, who desired
to return to their native country, were to be conveyed
thither free of expense. By private understanding,
Rising and Elswich were to be landed in France or
England. Another proposition was made to the
Governor of New Sweden by Director-General Stuyvesant,
namely, that the Swedes should reoccupy their fort
and maintain possession of the land higher up the river,
while the Hollanders retained that south of
Christina Creek,—the two nations at the same time entering

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