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Title Legal Records
Dates of Creation 1772-1884
Scope & Content This group includes Vermont related legal documents that are organized by type of court: justice of the peace, county court, Vermont Supreme Court and Vermont Court of Chancery, and U.S. District Court for Vermont. The justice of the peace cases are most numerous.

Subjects include recovery of debt, writs, attachments, summons, divorce records, Chancery Court filings and decisions, promissory notes, record of prisoner transfer, commissions issued for sheriff and justice of the peace positions, warnings on counterfeit bank notes and so called "light gold," arrest warrants and pardons issued by governors, a copy of the 1837 Rules of Practice for the Bennington County Court, and railroad suits.

Of interest are a promissory note signed by Captain Daniel Shays (Shays Rebellion), at least one early form likely printed by Vermont's first printer Anthony Haswell, and the original 1778 arrest warrant for three Bennington Tories.
Credit line Bequest of Hall Park McCullough
Catalog Number 2009.163.114