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Josiah Sutherland papers

Livingston family papers

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Josiah Sutherland papers | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Date Acquired: 05/03/2012

Languages: English


The Josiah Sutherland papers (2012-15-0) consist of letters to Josiah Sutherland; a few financial records and court papers; and legal papers relating to the Livingston family, mostly Henry W. Livingston for whom Josiah Sutherland served as attorney.

Collection Historical Note

Josiah Sutherland, Jr. was the son of Josiah and Abigail (Dunkin) Sutherland. He graduated from Union College in 1824 and afterwards studied law in the office of Samuel G. Huntingdon of Waterford, NY and then in the office of Bushnell & Stebbins of Hudson, NY. Josiah was admitted to the bar in 1829 but moved to South Carolina for a year to improve his heath. Upon returning north, he entered into a partnership with Robert H. Morris in Livingston, NY. Morris was a former Mayor and Recorder of New York City. In 1831, Sutherland was appointed District Attorney of Columbia County, an office he held for over a decade. In 1838, He moved to Hudson, NY and continued to practice law. Sutherland was elected to U.S. Congress in 1851 for one term. Afterwards he moved to New York City in 1857 and continued to practice law. He became an Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in 1857 and held the position until 1871. Sutherland immediately became presiding Judge of the Court of General Session from 1872 to 1878. At this point he retired from judicial life and resumed his legal practice. He died in New York City on May 25, 1887.

Josiah Sutherland attended the Litchfield Law School in1825.

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: Connecticut Historical Society

Acquisition Method: Gift

Original/Copies Note: For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Related Materials: Litchfield Law School collection

Preferred Citation: Josiah Sutherland papers (2012-15-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759.

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Series 1: Josiah Sutherland papersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Letters to Josiah Sutherland, 1851-1873Add to your cart.
Folder 1: DePeyster, J. Watts, 1851 Jun 13Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Eaton, Dorman B, 1857-1859Add to your cart.
Two letters asking for delays in cases from D.B. Eaton, a member of  the Eaton, Davis & Tailer  law firm.
Folder 3: Letcher, John, 1855 May 28Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Moloney, Patrick G, 1857 Nov 5Add to your cart.
P.G. Moloney requests  $24 from Sutherland for  payment he made on Sutherland's account to the four districts of the 3d Ward. The letter is written on letterhead from the Office of the Governors of the Alms House, Rotunda Park, New York.
Folder 5: McKinstry, Justus, 1852 MayAdd to your cart.
A letter requesting information about amounts drawn from the Treasury by the officers of the Topographical Corps of the Army.
Folder 6: O'Brien, James, 1873 Jul 1Add to your cart.
Letter requesting Sutherland re-appoint  Patrick McCarty as a New York City police officer. It is signed James O'Brien, Senator. He was in the New York State Senate from 1872-1873. The letterhead in Andrew Jackson Club, 161 Lexington Ave., New York.
Folder 7: O'Gorman Richard, 1872 Mar 12Add to your cart.
Letter requesting Sutherland publish a newspaper notice of the taxation of costs incurred in widening Broadway. Letterhead from City of New York, Law Department, Office of Counsel to the Corporation.
Folder 8: Parker, Amasa J, 1857 Feb 12Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Schell, Augustus, 1855 Jun 20Add to your cart.
Encloses a note he would like Sutherland to edit and send to Simon Stevens of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. [The note is not included]
Folder 10: Sutherland, Jane McClellan, Apr 1Add to your cart.
Letter from Josiah Sutherland's wife probably written to him when he was in Congress, between 1851 and 1853.
Folder 11: Tappen, A. B., 1857 SepAdd to your cart.
Asks about a case and court appearance.
Folder 12: Tucker, Gideon J, 1857 Jul 20Add to your cart.
Letter of introduction for Lewis Lampher asking for an appointment under Mr. [Augustus] Schell.
Folder 13: Wood, Hernando, 1872 Apr 6Add to your cart.
Complaints to Judge Sutherland about the costs of River Side Park are having on his remaining businesses.
Sub-Series 2: Financial and legal papersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Receipts and financial papers, 1832-1856Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Legal documents, 1835-1864Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Other documentsAdd to your cart.
The connection of these documents to Josiah Sutherland is unknown.
Folder 1: E. Babcock bills, 1806-1814Add to your cart.
Bills to Elisha Babcock for paper: 1806 Feb 26 from Elijah House & Son in Andover; and 1814 Oct 27 from Gideon Hollister in Coventry.
Folder 2: St. Matthews parish receipts, 1840-1842Add to your cart.
Twelve receipts to various individuals signed by F.B. Woodward for payment of subscriptions to the parish of St. Matthews, Plymouth  [possibly Connecticut].
Series 2: Livingston family papersAdd to your cart.
Documents for members of the Livingston family including General Henry Livingston; Robert Thong Livingston; and Henry Walter Livingston. Josiah Sutherland was the attorney for some of the Livingston family members.
Sub-Series 1: Livingston, Henry Walter (1798-1848)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bills and receipts, 1823-1828Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Livingston, Henry, General, 1823-1847Add to your cart.
Documents regarding the estate of General Henry Livingston, including fees paid and some explanations for charges against the estate.
Sub-Series 3: Livingston, Robert Thong (1759-1814)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Livingston, Robert T. estate leases, 1835-1838Add to your cart.
Leases by Carroll Livingston, manager and receiver for the estate of Robert T. Livingston, for estate properties in the town of Livingston, Columbia County, New York.
Folder 2: Livingston, Robert T. estate lease, 1842 Apr 1Add to your cart.
Rent agreement between Jacob Shutts and Josiah Sutherland, receiver of the estate of Robert T. Livingston.
Folder 3: Crofts, John M. [et al], 1847Add to your cart.
Five leases for farm land belonging to the estate of Robert T. Livingston executed by Josiah Sutherland, attorney for John M. Crofts, Alexander L. Crofts, Robert T.L. Crofts and William J. Fryer for right of his wife Margaret L.
Sub-Series 4: Other Livingston family membersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Livingston, John, 1839-1841Add to your cart.
Bill to Harmen Livingston and payment (received from Josiah Sutherland, Jr.) receipt from John Gaul, Jr. for his services as surrogate for John Livingston's will.
Folder 2: Livingston, Mary C., 1856 Aug 15Add to your cart.
Josiah Sutherland's note that he appears as the attorney for Mary C. Livingston, in a New York Supreme Court case of Cornelia and George Croghan against Eugene A. Livingston and his wife Elizabeth R., Mary C. Livingston, and others.
Folder 3: Livingston, Moncrief, 1826 Jul 18Add to your cart.
Agreement that upon Moncrief paying Francis Depeau the principal and interest due on the Bond & Mortgage executed to Henry Livingston deceased, all claims between Moncrief and the executors of the estate of Henry Livingston, deceased, shall be cancelled. Signed by Henry W. Livingston.
Folder 4: Crofts, Alexander [et al], 1829-1833Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Livingston, Herman, 1832-1833Add to your cart.

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