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"John T. Reilly" <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 13:44:43 -0400
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Dear Dick
    Thanks for the information on Albany.  Did you come across a reason why the
order was given to move the government to Albany?

    John T. Reilly
    Mount Saint Mary College
    Newburgh, New York

"F. Richard Barr" wrote:

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> Fri, 22 Oct 1999 10:18:30 -0400
> The seat of Government was originally fixed at New York City, and remained
> there until the Revolution, with occasional adjournments of the General
> Assembly and Executive Department on account of prevailing sickness.  Such of
> the public records as related to the immediate interests of the crown were
> removed, by order of Gov. Tryon, in Dec. 1775, to the armed ship, Duchess of
> Gordon, and remained on board till Nov. 1781, when most of them were returned
> to the city.  In June, 1776, the other public records were removed to
> Kingston, and, on the approach of the enemy in Oct. 1777, they were hastily
> taken to Rochester, Ulster County.  they were soon afterward taken to
> Poughkeepsie, and in 1784 to New York.  In 1797, commissioners were appointed
> to erect a building for the records in Albany, and an order dated July 31,
> 1798, authorized their removal thither and the permanent location of the seat
> of Government at that place.
> J. H. French, Gazetteer of the State of New York 1860 (reprinted Baltimore,
> MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983), p. 26.
> respectfully submitted
> dick barr
> Syracuse, New York