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New York Colony Court of Chancery Orders and Minutes in Chancery

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:
This series consists mainly of copies of orders and decrees issued by the Royal Governor or Lieutenant Governor acting in his capacity as chancellor. Also included are minutes of proceedings, copies of master's reports, and other material relevant to the business of the court. Decrees usually contain some detailed information about the case and determination. Orders vary as to case information.
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Quantity:
0.6 cubic feet (4 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1701-1702, 1705-1708, 1720-1735, 1748-1770
Series Number:
J0090

Arrangement

Chronological by date of issuance or proceeding.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists mainly of copies of orders and decrees issued by the Royal Governor or Lieutenant Governor acting in his capacity as chancellor. It also includes minutes of proceedings, copies of master's reports, and other material relevant to the business of the court. The first three volumes (1701-1702, 1705-1708, and 1720-1735) contain mostly orders and decrees, with some entries that record other proceedings in Chancery. Volume four (1748-1770) contains orders, decrees, masters' reports, and testimony.

The heading for each decree, order, or other record contains the names of the parties in the case, the chancellor (royal governor or lieutenant governor), the Colonial Council members in attendance, and the reigning British monarch, as well as the date (often in regnal years) and location of the proceedings. The names of the parties in the case, the name of the British monarch, and the date of the proceedings are rendered in Latin in the volumes covering the years 1701-1708.

The information in the main body of each entry in this series varies. Decrees usually contain some detailed information about the case and the determination of the court. Orders vary as to case information. Additional information about cases is contained in master's reports and minutes of proceedings where they appear.

The last volume in this series, covering the years 1748-1770, generally contains the minutes of all court proceedings. These minutes give considerable detailed information about cases including the arguments of lawyers and the reports of masters and testimony.

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Access Restrictions

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

Related Information

Related Materials

Series JN319 New York State Court of Chancery Register's and Assistant Register's Minute Books and

Series J0065 Chancery Decrees and Papers Before 1800, contain related records.

Other finding aids

Alphabetical index by last name of complainant in each volume, except the volume covering 1705-1708.

Volume list is available at the repository.

Custodial History

The Court of Appeals placed these records on deposit at the Historical Documents Collection, Queens College, from 1973-1982.

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