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  • n. A prominent citizen in New Amsterdam, whose duties spanned across law, education and religion.
  • n. A legal or religious reader.


From Dutch voorleser (modern spelling voorlezer), from voor- ("before") + lezer ("reader"). (Wiktionary)


  • For the present they have nobody except a _voorleser_, [172] who performs his service for them on Sundays, in the school house, where they assemble.

    Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680

  • Hendrick Vander Vin, clerk and _voorleser_ of Harlem, whom our travellers may have met at Waldron's house, had had an important official position there.] [Footnote 141: Catrix for Carteret.

    Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680


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