Scope and Content Note

The records in this series document English colonial New York's judicial and administrative interaction with the Delaware region while that region was in possession of the Duke of York. Records include correspondence, reports, petitions, accounts, survey-returns, and copies of local court proceedings sent to the English central government at Fort James in New York City. More than two-thirds of these records relate to court cases on appeal or suits outside the responsibility of local courts in the Delaware region. The series also includes copies of outgoing letters, orders, warrants, instructions, commissions, and patent records retained by Provincial Secretary Matthias Nicholls.

Known as the "Delaware Papers" of the English period, this series originally constituted volumes 20 and 21 of the New York Historical Manuscripts in the New York State Library. While the bulk of the original records are in English, certain documents are in the Dutch language.