Abraham De Peyster
Account Books, 1724-1773


Quantity: 2 boxes (0.50 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: See Provenance Note
Processed By: Manuscripts and Special Collections, May 2016

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Related Materials: De Peyster Family Papers, 1706-1816

Biographical Note:

Abraham De Peyster (1696-1767) was the son of Abraham De Peyster (1657-1728). He was a prominent New York City merchant and succeeded his father in the office of provincial treasurer of New York.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection includes two account books that record the financial transactions of the mercantile business operated by Abraham De Peyster from about 1724 to 1763.  Also included is an Account of excess money received by the office of Colonial New York Treasurer, 1729, and a ledger of debit-credit accounts related to the settlement of the estates of Abraham De Peyster and Elizabeth Hamilton, 1772-1773.

Provenance Note:

This collection consists mostly of restored remnants of documents salvaged in the aftermath of the New York State Capitol fire on March 29, 1911.  The original accession records were also lost in the fire so the source of the documents is not known.  The original accession numbers are listed in parentheses at the end of each item’s description.

Box Item Description
1 1 Journal of accounts, 1745-1759. (1 v. 80 p. 33 cm.) (10740)
1 2 Ledger relative to the settlement of accounts of Col. Abraham De Peyster and Mrs. Elizabeth Hamilton’s estate, 1772-1773. (38 p. 34 cm.) (10741)
1 3 “An accompt [sic] of what money has been paid into the Treasury by the following persons on acc[oun]t of excise since the last acc[oun]t delivered to the General Assembly. 30th July 1728”; D.S. Abraham DePeyster, Treasurer, New York 20 May 1729 (1 leaf; 37 x 23 cm.) (15997)
1 4 “A List of persons named whome have farmed the excise of strong liquors retailed in the province for one year beginning from primo November 1728 to primo November 1729.” D.S. Abraham De Peyster, Treasurer, New York, 20 May 1729 (1 leaf ; 37 x 23 cm.) (15997)
2 5 Day Book of Accounts, ca. 1724-1763 (228 p. 31 cm.) (10876)
Last Updated: May 24, 2021