Friday, November 14, 2008

New Arrival: John Remsen's Manuscript Cash Book

The Law Library has just acquired a fascinating manuscript account book dating from the 1790s. John H. Remsen, a solicitor in New York City's Court of Chancery, kept daily accounts of the case transactions associated with his law practice in this 246-page account book. Remsen made loans to Aaron Burr and John Jay, and conducted transactions for James Roosevelt and many of the New York Dutch families. The account book provides a fascinating glimpse into New York in the 1790s, as well as the daily life of a working lawyer.
This manuscript complements an outstanding collection of early American legal and land use documents given to the library in 2003 by Robert E. Brooker III. This account book was purchased with funds donated by Mr. Brooker.

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