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In 1772, James Drummond, the Earl of Perth, mortgaged property in Perth Amboy, N.J., to General James Robertson. Upon the Earl of Perth's death in 1781, and with no heirs except for an infant daughter, there was a need to settle the accounts that he owed to Robertson. Elias Boudinot was about to purchase the land, and the money would would have gone to Robertson's estate. However, it was discovered that there was no executor to the Earl of Perth who could sign for the sale and resolve the conflict.
The collection consists primarily of correspondence and documents regarding monies owed to James Robertson by the estate of Lord James Drummond, the Earl of Perth. The material deals with the attempts made to understand the nature of the legal conflict and to recover amounts owed to General Robertson. Correspondents include Andrew Bell, Elias Boudinot, David Erskine, James Morris and his agent James Chalmers, and Walter Rutherfurd. There are lists of accounts, "Statements of Facts," and other documents about the case. There are also several unrelated receipts and bills of Robertson and other individuals.
Folders are arranged in chronological order.
Gift of Wilfred P. Pesky on June 2, 1964 (AM18456).
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This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 21, 2007. Finding aid written by Traci Ballou-Broadnax on November 7, 2007. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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