Probably Compiled Around 1765 by an Apprentice to a New York City Lawyer [Manuscript]. [Legal Education]. [Formbook]. New York, c. 1765. 89 pp. Folio (14-3/4" x 9-3/4"). Quarter calf over marbled paper-covered limp boards. Worn, paper mostly peeled away, leather spine partially detached, edges frayed and chipped, moderate edgewear and a few cracks to text block. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining in places, tears to a few leaves, a few leaves loose. Text in attractive clear hand with occasional corrections, minor loss to text in places, evidence of a few leaves removed, a few additional notes laid in. $7,500. * Probably compiled by a law apprentice, this formbook includes fair copies, "true copies" and practice copies of approximately 50 legal documents with dates from 1745 to 1765. Notes at the end of several entries, labeled "N.B.," have instructions concerning such matters as the necessary number of witnesses and where and when a document should be signed or sealed. It also records advice on how to write, work at a desk, cut quill pens and make ink. Some of the entries have headers, such as "Bargain and Sale for a Year," "Power of Attorney" and "Transferrance of the Foregoing Mortgage and Lease for Lives & Years." A number deal with maritime, naval and military matters, such as "Commission from the Judge of a Vice Court of Admiralty to the Capt. of a Privateer Ship of Warr," "Affidavit That a Ship is Cast Away" and "Form to be Observed in Making out Muster Rolls." In many cases, the documents use the names of actual people, but there are several where the author invented names (some of them humorous). An example of the former, dated February 6, 1759, is a document relating to the appointment of Samuel Collier as a surgeon to His Majesty's Sixtieth Royal American Regiment of Foot by Jeffrey Amherst, Major General and Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Forces in North America (see Ford). An example of the latter is a "letter of license" for the creditors of "James Adams, merchant," dated December 24, 1750, "signed" by "Timothy Trueman," "Abraham Evidence," "Peter Charity," "Simon Hope" and "Soloman Goodnature." A mixed example is a privateer's commission "witnessed" by Lewis Morris, an actual judge who served on the Vice Admiralty Court in New York from 1738-1762, for a ship called the Dreadnought, wh.
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