Governor Chris Christie • Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno
NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs
New Jersey State Archives
225 West State Street-Level 2
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307

Contact Information

Email: Feedback@sos.state.nj.us


Record Group:
Middlesex County
SubGroup:
Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace
Series:
Petitions for Shopkeepers' Licenses, 1781
Accession #:
1954.04
Series #:
CMIQU001
Guide Date:
7/1992 (JK); rev. 3/2007 (EC)
Volume:
0.25 c.f. [23 items]

 

Legislative History

On 22 December 1780, the General Assembly of the new state of New Jersey passed a law to more effectively prevent inhabitants of the state from trading with the British forces (see Acts of the Fifth General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, first sitting, Chap. V, pp. 11-19). By section 18 of this law, merchants in counties bordering enemy territory (i.e. New York), and selling goods produced outside New Jersey or neighboring states, were required to apply to the county court of quarter sessions for a license to open a shop or store. Petitioners were required to solicit signatures from fifteen "reputable and well-affected" freeholders from the same county, certifying the applicant to also be of good repute and "well-affected" to the government of the state.

The penalty for selling foreign goods without a license was six pounds per offense--half of which was to go to the support of the poor in the township where the offense was committed. The courts were allowed to charge six shillings for the issuance of the licence. They were also empowered, of course, to revoke any shopkeeper's license if a legitimate complaint was made against him.

Content Note

This series contains signed petitions of Middlesex County (mainly New Brunswick) shopkeepers. Although directed to apply to the court of quarter sessions for a license, many petitions in this series were addressed to the court of common pleas. They date from January, 1781, soon after the enactment of the wartime trade legislation referred to above, to April of that year. [Note: In some instances, only the date of the court term (month and year) was listed on the petition.]

Contents

Item No.
Description

Images

1.
Bennett, James, New Brunswick, January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
2.
Bonney, James, Woodbridge Twp., 3 April 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
3.
Bray, John, Raritan Landing, April 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
4.
Chambers, James, [no location given], 12 January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
5.
Douglass, James, New Brunswick, January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
6.
Eastburn, John, New Brunswick, January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
7.
Eastburn, Robert, New Brunswick, January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
8.
Garritsen, Samuel W., New Brunswick, January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
9.
Hall, William, New Brunswick, January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
10.
Hartupee, Charles, Windsor Twp., 1 April 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
11.
Jaques, Enos, Woodbridge Twp., 16 January 1781
  
(Click image to enlarge)
12.
Lawson, William, New Brunswick, January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
13.
Low, Peter, New Brunswick, January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
14.
Manning, Jeremiah, [no location given], 4 April 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
15.
Paton, James, [Woodbridge/Piscataway Twp.], January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
16.
Plum, John, New Brunswick, January 1781
 
(Click image to enlarge)
17.
Richmond, James, New Brunswick, January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
18.
Rowan, Andrew, Windsor Twp., 19 March 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
19.
Schureman, James, New Brunswick, January 1781
 
(Click image to enlarge)
20.
Seaburn, Jacob, New Brunswick, January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
21.
Sloan, William, Cranbury, 8 January 1781
 
(Click image to enlarge)
22.
Stryker, Barent, New Brunswick, January 1781

(Click image to enlarge)
23.
Thompson, John, New Brunswick, April 1781

(Click image to enlarge)


Back to Top

Consult the Reference services page and/or the Guide to Reproduction and Research Services, Policies and Fees for information on reproduction of images included in this collection.


Created July 2009