The records in this series document English colonial New York's judicial and administrative interaction with the Delaware region while that region was in possession of the Duke of York. Records include correspondence, reports, petitions, accounts, survey-returns, and copies of local court proceedings sent to the English central government at Fort James in New York City. More than two-thirds of these records relate to court cases on appeal or suits outside the responsibility of local courts in the Delaware region. The series also includes copies of outgoing letters, orders, warrants, instructions, commissions, and patent records retained by Provincial Secretary Matthias Nicholls.

For more on the arrangement and publication of the Dutch Colonial Manuscripts, see the compilation of the introductions to the New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch / New Netherland Documents Series.

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Manuscript images in the New York State Archives' Digital Collections

Volumes 20 and 21, Delaware Papers, English Period, 1664–1682 translation (published book images)

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