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New York State Dept. of State Record of Commissions, Dedimus Potestatem, Supersedeas, Pardons, and Other Executive Actions

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The series consists of commissions and discharges issued for all appointive positions as well as pardons issued by the governor. The series was generated by the colonial governor, and after the organization of the state, the council of appointment. The bulk of the series records commissions and appointments; pardons and discharges appear sporadically.
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Quantity:
14.5 cubic feet (33 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1770-1827
Series Number:
A1854

Arrangement

Chronological.

Administrative History

Early commissions were recorded by the secretary of the Colony of New York. Chapter 12 of the Laws of 1778 appointed the secretary of state the clerk of the Council of Appointment. The 1821 state constitution abolished the council, and its powers were transferred to the governor.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of commissions and discharges issued for all appointive positions as well as pardons issued by the governor. Supersedeas is the official discharge of a civil officer from his office. Dedimus potestatem (translated from the Latin as "we give power") is the executive's grant of authority to another author to administer oaths of office. The series was generated by the colonial governor and, after the organization of the state, the council of appointment. The bulk of the series records commissions and appointments; pardons and discharges appear sporadically.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series B0047 Records of supersedeas, contains records of supersedeas dating 1813-1881.

Other finding aids

Indexes are available for original volume numbers (on spine) 6-17, 20, 22, 24, 25, and 28.

Custodial History

The series originally consisted of 38 volumes dating from 1680 to 1822, but volumes 1, 2, 4, and 5 were destroyed in the 1911 New York State Capitol fire and only fragments of volume 3 (1702-1750) were salvaged. The surviving records were transferred to the State Library in 1925. The series was transferred to the State Archives and accessioned in 1978.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Volume

Accretion: A1854-78
1770-1789 Commissions under the Colonial and State Seal; Pardons (Old Vol. 6) 1 1
1778-1827 Commissions to Hold Courts of Oyer and Terminer (Old Vol. 7) 2 2
1789-1793 Miscellaneous Commissions and Pardons (Old Vol. 8) 3 3
1793-1797 Miscellaneous Commissions and Pardons (Old Vol. 9) 3 4
1797-1801 Miscellaneous Commissions (Old Vol. 10) 4 5
1798-1803 Coroners Commissions (Old Vol. 11) 4 6
1798-1809 Dedimus Potestatem (Old Vol. 12) 4 7
1798-1804 SPecial Peace Commissions (Old Vol. 13) 5 8
1798-1808 Auctioneers Commissions (Old Vol. 14) 5 9
1798-1810 Judges and Justices (Old Vol. 15) 5 10
1799-1817 Sheriffs Commissions (Old Vol. 16) 6 11
1799-1801 Commissioners of Taxes (Old Vol. 17) 6 12
1800-1801 Superintendent of Highways (Old Vol. 18) 6 13
1801-1810 Miscellaneous Commissions (Old Vol. 19) 6 14
1801-1812 Assistant Justices (Old Vol. 20) 6 15
1801-1814 Supersedeas of Sheriffs (Old Vol. 21) 7 16
1801-1806 Miscellaneous Commissions (Old Vol. 22) 7 17
1803-1813 Coroners Commissions (Old Vol. 23) 8 18
1804-1811 Justices of the Peace (Old Vol. 24) 9 19
1806-1826 Miscellaneous Commissions and Supersedeas (Old Vol. 25) 10 20
1808-1817 Auctioneers Commissions (Old Vol. 26) 11 21
1810-1815 Miscellaneous Commissions (Old Vol. 27) 11 22
1811-1814 Justices (Old Vol. 28) 12 23
1811-1815 Judges and Justices (Old Vol. 29) 12 24
1813-1820 Coroners Commissions (Old Vol. 30) 12 25
1815-1821 Judges and Justices (Old Vol. 31) 13 26
1815-1822 Sheriffs Commissions (Old. Vol. 32) 13 27
1815-1819 Miscellaneous Commissions (Old Vol. 33) 14 28
1816-1820 Judges and Justices (Old Vol. 34) 14 29
1818-1822 Commissioners of Deeds (Old Vol. 35) 15 30
1818-1822 Sheriffs Commissions (Old. Vol. 36) 15 31
1818-1822 Auctioneers Commissions (Old Vol. 37) 16 32
1819-1822 Miscellaneous Commissions (Old Vol. 38) 16 33