Alexander papers, 1668-1818 (bulk 1717-1786).


Alexander family. Alexander papers, 1668-1818 (bulk 1717-1786).

Alexander papers, 1668-1818 (bulk 1717-1786).

Personal, professional, legal, and financial papers, 1668-1818 (bulk 1717-1786), of James Alexander, merchant, lawyer, and public official of colonial New York and New Jersey, James' wife, Mary Alexander, and their son, William Alexander, also known as Lord Stirling. Materials include correspondence, land surveys, mostly of properties in New Jersey, wills, deeds, conveyances, accounts, bills, receipts, invoices, sight drafts, time drafts, promissory notes, memoranda, writs, warrants, depositions, affidavits, briefs, legal opinions, legal arguments, judgements, minutes, and petitions. Series of court papers contains writs, warrants, motions, statements of case, pleas, dockets, indictments, etc., pertaining to court cases prosecuted during James Alexander's time as attorney-general of New Jersey or cases with which he was involved as part of his private practice. Also included in this series are the findings of Coroner's Juries. Court cases documented here include both civil and criminal cases heard before courts in New York and New Jersey, including the New Jersey Court of Chancery, the New Jersey Court of Vice-Admiralty, the New Jersey Supreme Court, the New York Court of Admiralty, and the New York Supreme Court. Papers relating to the New Jersey Proprietors principally concern the Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey, for whom James Alexander served as agent. Material includes minutes of the Proprietor's meetings, reports, accounts, and memoranda; and relate to various aspects of the administration of the proprietorship, including the advertising, surveying, and sale of lands, and the distribution of dividends. Other material concerns the dispute between the Eastern and Western Proprietors over the exact location of the boundary between East and West New Jersey. Also included in this series is the diary, 1752-1775, of George Ryerse, who acted as the Eastern Proprietor's agent in Bergen County. Papers relating to the administration of the colony/state of New Jersey include drafts of legislation, instructions to the personnel of the Surveyor general's office, and copies of commissions issued to colony/state officials. Similar series of documents pertaining to the colony/state of New York include drafts of legislation, petitions, material regarding the establishment of the New York-Connecticut boundary, and material regarding the establishment of the New York-New Jersey boundary. Final series of business papers contains documents relating to the business affairs of individuals other than James, William, and Mary Alexander; including bills, accounts, receipts memoranda, etc. of a wide variety of persons. Included in this series is material created by or pertaining to a group of New York landowners collectively called the Second Nine Partners, Cortlandt Skinner, the merchant house of McVicker & Hill, New York Merchant Robert Snell, and merchants Andrew Bell and Peter Smitzer, both of Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

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