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Kent Family papers, 1785-1901

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Series II. Legal Opinions, Notes, and Correspondence Regarding Issues of the Law, 1791-1851 and undated

Most items of correspondence in this series are of William Kent and James Kent but there are several without proprietary signatures or penned by other men of the law, for example Martin Van Buren and George S. Yerger as well as other individuals. This series is arranged chronologically in 82 folders.



Box 2 Folder 1 Statement on the state debt of New York and of the securities in the Treasury, in the hand of James Kent,, 1791


Box 2 Folder 2 Legal opinion on debts for Sedgwick and Bleeker, in the hands of James Kent,, July 1805


Box 2 Folder 3 Claim of the Orphan Asylum Society of New York against his estate, Peter McCartee et al executors, opposing the claim of his widow, Elizabeth Jacobs; addressed to James Kent and signed by Isaac A. Johnson and David Bayard Ogden.,, December 12, 1821


Box 2 Folder 4 Letter from Joseph Kinnicutt Angell to James Kent and separate notations in Kent's hand on Sir Matthew Hale and the Coin Law, February23 1828.


Box 2 Folder 5 Agreement of Land: Eliza R. Armstrong to sell property to Nicholas Cruger, signed by Armstrong, April 25, 1828.


Box 2 Folder 6 Letter from Martin Van Buren to Preserved Fish, September 19, 1829


Box 2 Folder 7 Letter from Martin Van Buren to Preserved Fish, October 2, 1829


Box 2 Folder 8 On Arkansas and Texas Land Co., unknown author, 1833


Box 2 Folder 9 Legal opinion on the will of George (?) Edwards, James Kent, February14, 1833


Box 2 Folder 10 Legal opinion on Underhill vs. Van Cortlandt, James Kent, March 26, 1834


Box 2 Folder 11 Legal opinion on the will of Henry Churchill, related correspondence from Bate & McKissock, James Kent,, March 1838


Box 2 Folder 12 Legal opinion on Baltimore vs .White & Sons, James Kent, March 24, 1838


Box 2 Folder 13 Legal opinion for Commercial Bank of Florida, James Kent, September7, 1838


Box 2 Folder 14 Legal opinion on Brown Bros. & Co. vs. Birkenhead & Co., James Kent,, September 14, 1838


Box 2 Folder 15 Legal opinion for the Munn Illionois Land Co. land title, James Kent, December 4., 1838


Box 2 Folder 16 Draft of marriage settlement between the son of William Brown (Alexander) and the daughter of his brother, James Brown. December 19, 1838.


Box 2 Folder 17 Legal opinion on Ohio Life Insurance & Trust Co. move to New York, James Kent,, December 1838


Box 2 Folder 18 Legal opinion on New York, Providence, and Boston Railroad Mortgage, James Kent,, January 14, 1839


Box 2 Folder 19 Legal opinion on an Indian title and fraud, James Kent, February13, 1839


Box 2 Folder 20 Legal opinion on Joseph S. Kennedy et al. vs. William Hall et al., James Kent, March1,, 1839


Box 2 Folder 21 Legal opinion on Markle heirs vs. Rapp heirs with related letter from Rose Chauncey, James Kent,, July 1839


Box 2 Folder 22 Legal opinion on John K. Boyer vs. the Illionois Canal Co., James Kent, September24, 1839


Box 2 Folder 23 Letter from B'Nai Ishurun Congregation requesting legal opinion from James Kent, with notes in Kent's hand,, September 29, 1839


Box 2 Folder 24 Legal opinion on the will of James D'Wolf with related letter from Jonathon Prescott Hall, James Kent, October1839


Box 2 Folder 25 Legal opinion on the will of James D'Wolf, James Kent, October 30, 1839


Box 2 Folder 26 Legal opinion on the Wisconsin Marine & Fire Insurance Co., James Kent,, November 29, 1839


Box 2 Folder 27 Legal opinion on Seneca Indians vs. Ogden & Fellows, James Kent,, 1840


Box 2 Folder 28 Request for legal opinion from David Sears to James Kent, December 22, 1840


Box 2 Folder 29 Letter from David Sears regarding advice given by James Kent, January 11, 1841


Box 2 Folder 30 Newspaper clippings regarding the Bank of Kentucky and a fraudulent stock issue with a note by James Kent,, January 30, 1841


Box 2 Folder 31 Legal opinion on North American Trust and Banking Co. vs. R.M. Blatchfordet et.al.,, April 27, 1841


Box 2 Folder 32 Legal opinion on North American Trust and Banking Co. vs. R.M. Blatchfordet et al.,, May 1841


Box 2 Folder 33 Legal opinion on North American Trust and Banking Co. vs. R.M. Blatchfordet et al.,, May 13, 1841


Box 2 Folder 34 Legal opinon on Whiton & Hulburt vs. Butterworth & Smith, James Kent,, June 7, 1841


Box 2 Folder 35 Legal opinion on John W. Leavitt vs. North American Fire Insurance Co., James Kent,, October 15, 1841


Box 2 Folder 36 Legal opinion on Trinity House of Quebec vs. the bark Miramiche, James Kent,, November 1, 1841


Box 2 Folder 37 Legal opinion on Brigantine Xenophon vs. the bark Delia, James Kent, December 10, 1841


Box 2 Folder 38 Legal opinion on Gopher & Dakin vs. Southard & Emerson, James Kent,, December 21, 1841


Box 2 Folder 39 Legal opinion on George M. Woolsey et al vs. Edward Curtis, James Kent, December 23, 1841


Box 2 Folder 40 Legal opinion on the Public School Society, James Kent, April 11, 1842


Box 2 Folder 41 Legal opinion on the Tennessee Railroad with notes by James Kent, George S. Yerger,, September 3, 1842


Box 2 Folder 42 Resolution on the Hiwapee Rail Road, from the minutes of the board, Union Bank of Tennessee,, September 6, 1842


Box 2 Folder 43 Request for legal opinion from the Public School Society of New York Executive Committee to James Kent,, July 14, 1842


Box 2 Folder 44 Indictment in the case of Henry Harrison vs. The Robert & Ann, Vice Admiralty Court of Canada,, August 20, 1842


Box 2 Folder 45 Request for legal opinion from Vincennes University board of Trustees, James Kent,, November 15, 1843


Box 2 Folder 46 From the Board of Trustees of Vincennes University to the General Assembly of Indiana with corresponding Act of Incorporation document,, 1843


Box 2 Folder 47 Legal opinion on the case of Vincennes University with letter from Vincennes University to James Kent, James Kent, December 4 & 15,, 1843


Box 2 Folder 48 Legal opinion on Follain, Bellocq, and Degelos vs. Jacques Dupre, James Kent,, September 5, 1844


Box 2 Folder 49 Legal opinion on Richard Townings will with related letter from Charles Edwards, James Kent, December 26 & 30,, 1844


Box 2 Folder 50 Legal opinion on W.S. Wetmore vs. William Lejee & William Cooper, James Kent,, May 5, 1845


Box 2 Folder 51 Legal opinion of the court in Union Bank of Tennessee vs. Solomon D. Jacobs and related letter from Jacobs to James Kent, James Kent and Supreme Court of Tennessee, September and, December 1845


Box 2 Folder 52 Legal opinion in Merchant of Apalachiola Florida vs. the city charter, James Kent, 1845.


Box 2 Folder 53 Notes on "Duer's Lecture…on the branch of Neutrality," James Kent, October 15, 1846


Box 2 Folder 54 Legal opinion on the Apalachiola Florida inspection laws with related letter from A. Robertson Rogers, James Kent, February 5 & 9,, 1846


Box 2 Folder 55 Legal opinion on the duties of Trustees, William Curtis Noyes, in the hand of James Kent,, 1846


Box 2 Folder 56 Notes on "Admissibility of paid evidence," William Kent, February 20, 1847


Box 2 Folder 57 Legal opinion on the case of the Brooklyn and Gowannus Toll Bridge Co., James Kent, February25, 1847


Box 2 Folder 58 Notes on usage in law, William Kent, March7, 1847


Box 2 Folder 59 Notes on duties of nations in peace, William Kent, March 9,1847


Box 2 Folder 60 Notes on Reprisals, William Kent, March 12, 1847


Box 2 Folder 61 Notes on trading with the enemy,William Kent, March 15, 1847


Box 2 Folder 62 Notes on armed neutrality, William Kent, March 15, 1847


Box 2 Folder 63 Notes on contraband of war, William Kent, March 21, 1847


Box 2 legal opinion on the mortgage of a railroad, William Kent, December 2, 1847


Box 2 Folder 64 Legal opinion on the mortgage of a railroad, William Kent, December 2, 1847


Box 2 Folder 65 (Draft) legal opinion on the rights of proprietors to redeemed land, William Kent,, February 16, 1848


Box 2 Folder 66 Official legal opinion on the rights of proprietors to redeemed land, William Kent,, February 29, 1848


Box 2 Folder 67 Agreement on the construction of a railroad under the title "Company of Panama" and related terms of business, signed by Winfield Scott, William Kent, and others., December 11, 1848


Box 2 Folder 68 Report on Committees of Examination, Harvard University Board of overseers and William Kent,, March 20, 1849


Box 2 Folder 69 Legal opinion on the case of Phoenix vs. Whitney, William Kent, 1850


Box 2 Folder 70 Legal opinion on the case of Isaachinsssen vs. Newport Fire & Marine Insurance Co., William Kent,, July 29, 1851


Box 2 Folder 71 Legal opinion on the case of Mark Anthony D'Wolf vs James D'Wolf, Jr., James Kent, undated (presumably in the late 1830s or early 1840s), undated, 1830s


Box 2 Folder 72 Legal opinion on Schuyler vs. Williams, James Kent, undated


Box 2 Folder 73 Legal opinion on the case of the murder of Samuel Adams by John C. Colt, William Kent, undated but presumably from 1842., undated


Box 2 Folder 74 Legal opinion on the Bankrupt Act of 1841 William Kent, undated, 1841, undated


Box 2 Folder 75 Notes on Bankrupcy, William Kent, undated


Box 2 Folder 76 Notes on "Smith's Leading Cases, Wigglesworth vs. Dallison,"William Kent,, undated


Box 2 Folder 77 Notes on contracts, William Kent, 1847 and undated, 1847, undated


Box 2 Folder 78 Notes on promissory notes, William Kent, undated


Box 2 Folder 79 Notes on the Restraining Act of 1804 William Kent, undated, 1804, undated


Box 2 Folder 80 Notes on the "Construction of the Constitution," William Kent, undated


Box 2 Folder 81 Miscellaneous legal papers and briefs, William Kent, undated


Box 2 Folder 82 Legal opinion on a case of Trust, William Kent, undated