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Van Cortlandt family papers, 1664-1870

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Call No.: MS#1284
Bib ID 4079430 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Van Cortlandt Family
Title Van Cortlandt family papers, 1664-1870
Physical Description 1 linear feet (1 box, 3 oversize folders (mapcase))
Language(s) English .
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Description

Summary

Five manuscripts, one map, and four books formerly belonging to various members of the Van Cortlandt family: New York (Colony) Laws, Statutes, etc. Lawes Establish'd by the Authority of his Majesties Letters Patents.. By virtue of a Commission from.. James Duke of Yorke.. 1664. This first set of laws for New York, commonly known as the "Duke's Laws" were promulgated by Governor Richard Nicolls, after a meeting with representatives in Hempstead, Long Island, on March 1, 1664. Bound with this code are nine additions most of which are "Orders made at the Generall Court of Assizes held in New York" 1664-1672. The texts are written in several different hands and signed variously by Richard Nicolls (1624-1672), first governor of New York, 1664-1668; Matthias Nicolls (1630?-1687), Richard's brother and secretary to the province during the period covered; and Francis Lovelace (1618?-1675?), brother of the poet Richard Lovelace and governor of New York, 1668-1673. Written copies of this code were prepared for all the towns on Long Island. Of these copies only four are apparently extant, including this one and one in the New York Historical Society.

New York (City) Coroner. Minutes of Coroners Proceedings in the City and County of New York, 1747-1758. This manuscript was probably written by an amanuensis for John Burnet who was coroner at the time. The minutes deal with his inquests into unexplained deaths. Edward Newenham Bibby (d. 1882) [Notes on Diseases and Their Symptons, ca. 182?]. Bibby, a prominent Yonkers physician and member of the Van Cortlandt family, attended th College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1809 and wrote this lengthy series of medical notes (190 leaves). There is also a deed signed by Richard Nicolls confirming the rights of Oloff Stevenszen Van Cortlandt (1600-1684) to a property on Stone Street in lower Manhattan. Included with this deed is a Dutch document dated July 6, 1650, pertaining to the land grant for this property and a map, 1897, showing its location in the 17th century. There is also a quadripartite indenture between John Jay, Augustus Van Cortlandt, and many others, which redistributes the land and other assets which Augustus Van Cortland had inherited from Fredrick Van Cortlandt to all of his family. This is signed and sealed by 22 beneficiaries. Also four books formerly belonging to various members of the Van Cortlandt and Bibby families.

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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Van Cortlandt family papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

The Nicolls deed was the gift of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Crimin in 1970.

The two manuscripts pertaining to Laws, Statutes, etc. and the New York City Coroner were originally in the possession of Judge John Chambers (1710-1765) under whose tutelage Augustus Van Cortlandt (1728-1824) studied law. When Chambers died, half his books and manuscripts were left to his nephew John Jay and the other half to Van Cortlandt. These were deposited at Columbia in 1927 by his descendant, Augustus Van Cortlandt (1856?-1943) and finally donated to the University in 1978 by his daughter, Mrs. Charles Martin.

The Bibby notes and the four books were the gift of Mrs. Katherine Van Cortlandt Wilberding in 1978.

The quadripartite indenture was the gift of Mrs. Katherine Van Cortlandt Wilberding in 1995.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/1989.

Indenture Cataloged HR 03/21/1996.

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Indentures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Judicial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Laws Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Statutes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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Bibby, Edward Newenham Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burnet, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chambers, John, 1710-1764 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Coroners -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deeds Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Governors -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inheritance and succession -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
James, King of England, II, 1633-1701 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jay, John, 1745-1829 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Land titles -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Landowners Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lawyers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Legislators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lovelace, Francis, 1618?-1675? Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morris, Gouverneur, 1752-1816 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (State) -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (State) -- Law and legislation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (State) -- Politics and government -- To 1775 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nicolls, Matthias, 1630?-1687 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nicolls, Richard, 1624-1672 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Physicians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Real property -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Cortlandt, Augustus, 1728-1824 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Cortlandt, Frederick Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Cortlandt, Oloff Stevenszen, 1600-1684 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
York, James Stuart, -- Duke of, -- 1633-1701 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID