Account Book of a Distinguished Nineteenth-Century New Jersey Jurist [Manuscript]. Vredenburgh, Peter [1805-1873]. [Account Book]. Freehold, NJ, 1829-1839. 231,  pp. Oblong octavo (5-1/4" x 8-1/2"). Reversed calf, black-stamped frames to boards. Light rubbing and some scuffs and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges with wear to corners, front board detached, spine perished. Owner signature to front pastedown and following leaf. Moderate toning to interior, first three leaved detached and edgeworn with very minor loss to content, diminishing edgewear to following five leaves, a few manuscript items laid-in. Housed in a custom dark green cloth clamshell box with gilt lettered morocco spine label. $1,250. * With an index. This ledger, which opens with the statement "Opened Office Apl 21 1829," records the early years of the career of a man who would become a prominent New Jersey lawyer, prosecutor and, later, an associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, a post he held from 1854 to 1868. (He was also the father of William H. Vredenburgh, judge on New Jersey Court of Errors and Appeals, and Peter Vredenburgh Jr. (actually III), a lawyer and distinguished Major during the American Civil War. Camp Vredenburgh, which is located near Freehold, is named after him.) The entries record fees collected for legal services. Several prominent local names are listed among the parties, such as Laird and Vandevanter. Taken together, they offer a good idea of the legal activity in an important New Jersey town.
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