Lot 51[NEW YORK - MANUSCRIPT]
Large group of John Henry Remsen's Notary Public Protest Books and Supreme Court Registers. New York: 1796-98. Together 11 volumes in varying contemporary bindings. The Protest Books: 9 volumes in original leather backed marbled boards, many with a red morocco spine label reading "PROTEST', all with 20th century typed labels to spines. The Protest Books are the retained copies of partially printed documents bearing Remsen's Notary Public heading and accomplished in manuscript by him and others and repeatedly signed by Remsen as Notary Public. Many volumes with laid in "Alphabets" or directories of the contents. At approximately 300 pp. per volume there are over 2500 pages of manuscript entries in these folio volumes which measure 12 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches (32.5 x 19.5 cm), most of the content regarding the collection of money owed; The Supreme Court Registers: 2 volumes in reverse sheep (one cover lacking, one in custom box), the first volume with a manuscript title leaf dating the contents from September 1796-December 1797, the other volume covering December 1797-August 1798. These volumes with directories bound in at front and comprising approximately 500 pp. being manuscript descriptions of cases of varying lengths, both volumes bearing multiple Remsen signatures, 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches (25 x 20 cm). Intermittent stamps, wear to bindings, one register cover lacking as noted, other wear; Together with a manuscript Supreme Court Register covering 1799-1804, early leather backed boards. Worn.
A fascinating archive of New York legal history. John Henry Remsen was a New York City lawyer, assistant to John Jay, and one of seventeen notary publics in the city. These ledgers cover his most prolific period before his death in 1798 and contain a number of notable New York names and cases. The lot twelve volumes.
C The New York City Bar Association
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