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Scope and Content Note

This series consists of a daily record of the proceedings of the Court of Chancery. The date, location, and the name of the Chancellor are given for each session of the court. The names of the parties and their attorneys, summaries of arguments and documents read or submitted, and actions taken by the court are recorded for cases heard at the session. The minutes include the texts of Chancellor's orders in matters before the court. Also included are the minutes of proceedings in which court officials were appointed, court rules and terms were set, and other court business not related to cases conducted.

These minutes give a fairly detailed account of what transpired in the court and the particulars of each case. The minutes for 1781-1783 record the proceedings of Court of Chancery held in New York City with the Royal Governor acting as chancellor. These are minutes of the last sessions of the colonial Court of Chancery, which after 1779 co-existed with the State Court of Chancery established by the Constitution of 1777. These minutes were transferred to the Register of the State's Court of Chancery in 1789 and were incorporated with the later minutes of that court. There are no minutes for the State Court of Chancery for the years 1781-1783. The only surviving record of proceedings of that court is the first volume of Chancery Registers.