Guide to the New Jersey Legislature Records 1751-1808 MG 46

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Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Restrictions
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information
Bibliography

Container List

Minutes


Guide to the New Jersey Legislature Records
1751-1808
MG 46

The New Jersey Historical Society
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by James Lewis as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. August 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: New Jersey. Legislature. General Assembly.
Title: New Jersey Legislature Minutes
Dates: 1745-1866
Abstract: Consists of volumes of original New Jersey Assembly minutes; minutes of the Committee of Safety and Provincial Congress, 1776, kept by William Paterson (1745-1806). There are frequent, though mostly minor, textual differences between these manuscript minutes and the published Votes and Proceeding of the…General Assembly of the State of New-Jersey (Trenton, [1779]-1808), and the Minutes of the Provincial Congress and the Council of Safety of the State of New Jersey (Trenton, 1879).
Quantity: .9 linear feet (7 volumes)
Collection Number: MG 46

Biographical Note

The New Jersey Assembly had similar functions both before and after the American Revolution. In colonial days, the representatives, who were elected by adult white males over the age of 21, were sworn in, and then chose the speaker. The Governor could veto the assembly’s choice for speaker but most of the time he gave his approval. To hold a meeting of the Assembly at least two members and the speaker had to be present, however, they needed sixteen votes to enact ordinary legislation and eighteen or twenty to pass a money bill. If a bill passed its third and final reading it was sent to the Council, which then made amendments and sent the bill with suggested changes back to the assembly for approval. If the Assembly approved then the bill was sent to the governor for his signature. If the bill was not approved then committees from both houses were appointed to confer. If they failed to agree then the bill was thrown out. The governor had no power of amendment but his assent was required. The assembly was re-established with the writing of the New Jersey Constitution in 1776. It provided three-quarters of the votes for the governor and chief officials, chose its own officers, and had the sole right to draw up all money bills. The assembly and council passed all laws.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of seven volumes of original minutes from the New Jersey Assembly, kept by William Paterson (1745-1806) dating from 1751 to 1808 and measuring 0.9 linear feet. The attending assemblymen are listed at the beginning of each volume. The minutes were published in Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, General Assembly of the State of New-Jersey (Trenton, 1779-1808) and The Minutes of the Provincial Congress and the Council of Safety of the State of New Jersey (Trenton, 1879). The subject of the bills varies from landownership, acts regarding violence, dog ownership to the building of inter-county turnpikes. A number of the bills discussed from 1776-1781 are in regard to the Revolution and how to handle Tories.

A few noteworthy bills discussed include one passed in May 1787 for a tax to discourage dog ownership and one in 1782, which was not passed, calling for the cessation of the plundering of Staten Island properties by New Jerseyans.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Paterson, William, 1745-1806.
Subject Organizations:
American loyalists–New Jersey.
New Jersey. Legislature. General Assembly.
Subject Topics:
Dog licenses–New Jersey.
Land tenure–New Jersey.
Law–New Jersey.
Subject Places:
New Jersey–History–Revolution, 1775-1783.
Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
United States–History–Revolution, 1775-1783.
Document Types:
Minutes.
Subject Occupations

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Related Material

This is a selective list of related collections at the New Jersey Historical Society.

Manuscript Group 239, Colony of New Jersey: Samuel Smith (1720-1760) Records

Manuscript Group 23, Peter Wilson (1746-1826) Papers

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The source of this collection is unknown.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 46, New Jersey Legislature Records, The New Jersey Historical Society.

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Bibliography

Kemmerer, Donald L. Path to Freedom: The Struggle for Self-Government in Colonial New Jersey, 1703-1776.Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University, 1940.

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Container List

Minutes

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Original minutes 1751-1752
1 2 Original minutes 1776
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2 (Ledger size) Original minutes 1777-1779
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3 (Ledger size) Original minutes 1780-1781
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4 (Ledger size) Original minutes 1782-1784
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5 (Ledger size) Original minutes 1786, 1788, 1790
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6 (Ledger size) Original minutes 1806-1808

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