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"F. Richard Barr" <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
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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