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MS042 - Court of Common Pleas (Rockingham County) Records, 1782-ca. 1845 (Ms. #42).

This material primarily consist of court cases, including debts, or complaints alleging assaults or stolen property. There is a letter written by attorney Nathaniel A. Haven of Portsmouth NH on July 28, 1821, concerning a legal case. There is also one written by a Portsmouth town official on February 24, 1790, requesting the court force two African Americans to leave the town because they were branded as "vagabonds." All the cases were heard either in the dwelling house or the office of a specific justice. Many of the cases were heard by Nathaniel Adams, who was the first President of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. Related Collections S737 Bound Volume of Nathaniel Adams Court Cases at the P