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[ARCHIVE OF NOTARY PUBLIC BOOKS AND REGISTERS FOR THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, BELONGING TO JOHN HENRY REMSEN]
New York, 1798. Eleven volumes, each approximately 300pp. Nine folios and two quartos. Folios in contemporary three- quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt leather label, later paper labels. Some volumes with cracked hinges or chipping to spines. Corners worn, some wear to boards. Internally clean overall, written in a legible hand. Quartos bound in contemporary suede. Hinges cracked, front cover lacking on one volume, spines heavily chipped. Internally clean and legible. One quarto volume in a cloth clamshell box. Overall, about very good. An extensive archive of notary public ledgers created by John Henry Remsen of New York City. Remsen was a prominent New York City attorney who studied law with and worked for a time as assistant to John Jay. He was one of the seventeen notaries licensed to practice in the city in the Federal era. These ledgers cover his most prolific period before his death in 1798 and contain a number of notable New York names and cases. The volumes consist of the retained copies of partially printed documents bearing Remsen's notary public heading and accomplished in manuscript by him and others and repeatedly signed by Remsen as notary public. Many volumes also include laid-in "Alphabets" or alphabetical directories of the contents, most of which concerns the collection of payments on promissory notes and bills of exchange. Also included in the archive are two of Remsen's registers for the State Supreme Court. Both of these volumes are entirely in manuscript. The first volume contains a manuscript title-leaf dating the contents from September 1796 to December 1797, and the second volume covering December 1797 to August 1798. These volumes contain manuscript descriptions of varying lengths, recording the details of each case recorded. The defendant and plaintiff are both listed, as well as the amount of damages sought, if applicable. Occasional notes on court fees and outcomes are also present. Each volume includes an index bound in at the front. An additional register for the Supreme Court, not belonging to Remsen, is included here as well, dated 1798 to 1807 and containing information similar to that in the other two volumes. Though worn, its contents are legible. A fascinating archive of New York legal history, and a substantial opportunity for research.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana ]
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