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Guide to the Papers of Robert Hunter
1699-1744 (Bulk 1710-1744)
 MS 316

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 25, 2011
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Hunter Papers
Dates: 1699-1744 (bulk 1710-1744)
Abstract: Robert Hunter was a colonial governor of New York and New Jersey. His papers include correspondence, accounts, and legal documents.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Location note: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: MS 316

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Biographical Note

Robert Hunter was born in Edinburgh, Scotland 1666. He was appointed governor of New York and New Jersey, arriving in June of 1710. Hunter left New York and New Jersey in 1719, exchanging positions with William Burnet, the comptroller of customs. In 1727 he was appointed governor of Jamaica, where he died in 1734.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes personal and official accounts; bills of lading; receipts; letters of administration issued by Governor Hunter; powers of attorney; leases; complaints issued in suits against debtors; bills of exchange; bonds; a few items of correspondence; and a group of later legal documents pertaining to the affairs of Robert Orby Hunter, particularly to his suit against Peter Schuyler.

Individual documents include a list of warrants, bonds, conveyances, and papers left in the hands of Abraham De Peyster, 1719; accounts pertaining to the repair, rental, and leasing of houses and property in Amboy, New Jersey; and a 1720 valuation of Hunter's household goods at Amboy. Individuals mentioned or involved in Hunter's affairs include his attorney, James Alexander, John Barclay, and William Burnet.


The collection has been arranged into folders by type of material. Items within the folders are arranged chronologically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Alexander, James, --1691-1756
  • Barclay, John
  • Burnet, William, --1688-1729
  • Hunter, Robert Orby
  • Schuyler, Peter
  • Walbo, Richard

Document Type

  • Accounts
  • Bills of lading
  • Bonds
  • Complaints (Civil procedure)
  • Correspondence
  • Inventories
  • Leases
  • Legal documents
  • Legal instruments
  • Letters of administration
  • Powers of attorney
  • Receipts

Subject Topics

  • Debt -- New York (State)
  • Eagle (ship)
  • Land grants -- New Jersey
  • New York (State) -- Politics and government -- To 1775

Subject Places

  • Perth Amboy (N.J.)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to:

Manuscripts Curator
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Robert Hunter Papers, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence addressed to Robert Hunter
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence from Robert Hunter
1723, 1726, 1744
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Accounts (including accounts of the Brigantine Eagle)
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Abstracts of Accounts/State of Affairs
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Bills for various goods and services
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Receipts
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Bills of exchange
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Bonds and Indentures
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Leases for Hunter's property
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Letters of Attorney
1712, 1719, 1727
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Letters of Administration issued by Hunter
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Bills of Lading
1724, 1727-1728
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Complaints issued by Hunter in suits against debtors
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Legal affairs of Thomas Orby Hunter (particularly his suit against Peter Schuyler)
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Petition to Hunter from the General Surveyor of New Jersey
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Releases
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Land transfer for property located in the patent of East New Jersey, 1699
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Inventory of the estate of Richard Walbo

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