"There was one officer called a schout, very much the same as a mayor is in these days."
"The schout came from the hill frome those that hoped no victorie upone the Engliss parte; the schout ryses, (we say,) "Thei flye, thei flie;" but at the first it could nott be beleved, till at the last it was clearlie sein, that all had gevin backis, and then begane a cruell slawchtter, (which was the greattar be reassone of the lait displeasur of the men of armes.)"
"Stuyvesant allowed the burgomasters and schepens to nominate their successors, but the city did not have a schout of its own until 1660."
"He sent the schout-fiscal as a prisoner to Holland, which was a foolish thing for him to do."
"Then came the schout-fiscal, who worked still harder, being half sheriff, half attorney-general, and all customs officer."