Book #72594
Docket 1845. Manuscript, Henry H. Babcock.
Docket 1845
Docket 1845
Docket 1845

Docket 1845

Mid-Nineteenth-Century Docket Book of an Upstate New York Justice of the Peace [Manuscript]. Babcock, Henry H. Docket 1845. Rush, NY, March 1845-February 1850. [120] pp., content to 63 pp. Quarto (9-3/4" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt fillets and hand-lettered title (reading "HHB 1845 Docket") to spine. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, a few nicks and scuffs to spine, small chip to foot of spine, corners bumped, contemporary annotations to endleaves, owner signature and "Docket 1845" in ink to front free endpaper. Moderate toning and occasional light foxing to interior, text in a single neat hand on ruled pages with scrap paper and a legal document pinned in, penultimate two leaves loose and pinned together, pp. 15-16 and 43-44 removed, likely by Babcock. $650. * Little is known about Babcock himself other than that he belonged to a large family with deep roots in New York and in the legal system. His docket book includes many prosaic entries on highway obstruction or unpaid bills, but some are more interesting, like a legal dust-up between William Erwin and Cyrus Davis. Erwin came in front of Babcock for "assaulting and beating the said Cyrus Davis," for which he was fined two dollars. He refused to pay and indeed sued Davis himself, but withdrew and paid court costs for both cases. Several documents are pinned in, including an original 1850 summons signed by Babcock. A good example of the period, written in a fine hand and with more complete entries than those in most records of this type.

Price: $650.00

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