1811 Collection of Manuscript and Printed Documents Regarding the Petition of Alexander Peacock, an Insolvent Debtor of Oyster Bay Long Island New York with Documents Signed By Judge Cary Dunn Jr., Alden Spooner & Others
(Americana - Manuscript - Legal Document - Oyster Bay Long Island - Printing History)

Oyster Bay Long Island New Yor: Not Published, 1811. F Collection includes 17 separate documents, all of which reference this court case regarding the petitioner Alexander Peacock, an insolvent debtor from Oyster Bay, Queens County, Long Island NY; appearing before Cary F. Dunn, Jr. first judge of the court of common pleas County of Queens; Peacock was "...conforming himself to the directions of the act entitled 'An act for the benefit of insolvent debtors and their creditors'..."; the first document, partially printed, titled (No. 1 Petition) has been notarized with the blindstamp at top of E. Ely Notary and is addressed to Judge Dunn; the next is the proof of residence, deposed and signed by John B. Hicks & the judge; the following is an Account of Creditors, a long list of over 30 names and including individuals living in New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey, the debts amounting to $ 5468.00; next is an accounting of the 6 suits and judgements brought against Mr. Peacock, including that of Joseph C. Hornblower of Newark, NJ, James King and Archibald McKellar of the City of New York and others; the next document is an inventory of the estate of Peacock, with a list of 15 people who have notes outstanding owed to him, including Benjamin Smith, Gilbert Robertson & Co., David R. Floyd Jones, Luther Hildreth, a Mr. Sibbsone of England, Capt. Jones of the United States Vessel Revenge and Louis Jones (a Colored man) totalling $ 5647.62 - the back of this sheet gives a list of the "Body Clothing, Beds & Bedding..." Peacock being fairly well-dressed and provided for; other documents here include the Oath certifying the amounts owed; a certification of copies of the documents by James Fairlie, Clerk of the Supreme Court; a legal agreement & acknowledgment from Peacock to meet with creditors at the house of Joseph Roe innkeeper in the Village of Jamaica; also is the "Order for Advertisement" document signed by Judge Dunn, requesting that the notice of the meeting be published "...in the paper printed by the printer to the State and in the Columbian, and Long island Star for six weeks successively, requiring his creditors to appear before me at the House of Joseph Roe..."; attached here are the printed papers completed in manuscript attesting to the publication of the notice to publicize by the judge from Charles Holt, printer of the Columbian and counter-signed by James Campbell, Master in Chancery and tipped-on is a printed copy of the actual advertisement as it appeared in the newspaper; with a similar notice from Solomon Allen, printer of the Albany Register, another from Alden Spooner, printer of the Long Island Star, both of these also with their samples of notice tipped-on; with a notice signed by the judge assigning all of Peacock's properties, excepting his bedding & clothing, to his creditors; and an attesting witness of the judge's assignment signed by Edward Parker; with a certifying document, with original seals, of Peacock's main creditors receiving conveyance of his estate as assignees in satisfaction of the debts, signed by Edward Parker, John B. Hicks and Christian Truss as witnesses, signed & sealed by Wm. Wright, David Findlay and Wm. Crow, with the verso attested to by the judge; with a notice of oath-taking of Wright & Findlay to uphold the decision of the court; and a similar oath by Wm. Crow and signed by Judge Dunn; each page is signed by Alexander Peacock; originally, these were all sealed or adhered to each other at the top of the sheets, to make one continuous 'case' of materials - some of the old glue has given way and now there is separation of the pages; varying sizes, from 6 3/4" x 8" to 8 1/2" x 13 1/2" size sheets; most of the paper of very good quality, chain-laid, some with the paper makers' watermark; some edge, tips wear and chipping to edges, some darkening and old fold lines; in very good condition overall and a collection offering a glimpse of the process for relieving debt, in this case substantial, especially useful for outlining the entire process under the law in the early days of the American Republic; interesting legal history documentation. Noteworthy individuals mentioned in this case are: Joseph Coerten Hornblower (1777 - 1864) American lawyer and jurist from Belleville, New Jersey, Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court; Alden Spooner (1783-1848) who "...has the distinction of being a printer in two Long Island towns, Sag Harbor and Brooklyn. It was natural that he chose to be a printer as his father Judah Paddock Spooner, was the pioneer printer of Vermont and his uncle, Timothy Green was a printer in New London, Connecticut..." Spooner also started Brooklyn's first daily newspaper (Doggett, Long Island Printing); Judge Carey Dunn Jr. Revolutionary War veteran; Commodore Jacob Nicholas Jones (1768 - 1850) officer in the United States Navy during the Quasi-War with France, the First Barbary War and the Second Barbary War, and the War of 1812. Good Paperback (Item ID: 23306)


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