Description: WILLIAM PATERSON
(1745 - 1806) Signer of the Constitution, Senator, Governor of New Jersey; Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Extremely rare war-date A.D.S. "Wm. Paterson Atty Genl " 1p. legal folio, Newark, N.J., June 25, 1779. The document, completed in his hand and then endorsed on the verso concerns Paterson's costs prosecuting cases involving the confiscation of loyalist estates. In the bill, Paterson lists the names of 25 prominent New Jersey and New York Tories who owned land in Essex County, N.J. The document reads, in most part, "...the Attorney General on the Several Inquisitions found against Isaac Mills, John Stites Jur., George Marshall, James Frazier Junr., John[?] Oliver, Vincent Pierce... Isaac Ogden, Thomas Phillips, James Blundle, Thomas B. Chandler, John Stone, Robert Gxult[?], Joseph Marsh, John Aeley, Cornelius Hetfield Junr., Oliver De Lancey, John Lee Junr., Joseph French, Henry Vanderoof, Cornelius Stager, John Collery, James Chauncey, John Tabor Kemp, George Warner, Duncan Cambell, Wm Brownjohn, John Crane, Hugh Wallace, Luther Baldwin, James Wilson, and Miles Sherbrook, in the County of Essex, final Judgments being entered thereon respectively in the Term of June 1779 in the Court of Please of Said County, at Twenty one Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, and nine Pence lawful Money of New Jersey against each and every of the aforemen[tion]ed Persons" Some of the named loyalists were actually prominent New Yorkers including Isaac Ogden, who moved to Canada where he served as a Judge in Montreal following the war. Also mentioned is Oliver De Lancey Sr. (1718 - 1785) who had allied himself with Isaac Sears and the Sons of Liberty in New York in the 1760s, but later moved to the other side, serving as a loyalist officer in the war raising a brigade of three battalions. He left for England when the British evacuated New York in 1783. The conclusion of the main document on the recto is signed by WILLIAM BURNET (1730 - 1791), Chairman of the Essex County Committee of Safety. Paterson adds two endorsements on the verso. The first one, which is signed at the conclusion, reads: "Recd. this 29th Day of June 1779 of Messers Jn Clawson & Danl. Marsh... the Commissioners of forfeited Estates... for the County of Essex the sum of Two hundred and eighty seven Pounds eight Shillings, & nine Pence lawful Money of New Jersey in full of my Costs as Atty Genl. against thirteen of the within offenders. Wm. Paterson, Atty Genl. £287.8.9" Paterson adds a docketing endorsement as well: "Costs of the Atty Genl on Inq. C in the Cy of Essex, upon which final Judt. has been ent[ere]d in the Term of June 1779, for John Clawson & Danl. Marsh." Usual folds, expertly laid-in to a larger sheet, else very good condition.