Seeking 1802 "Journal of the Proceedings of the Legislative Council of the State of New Jersey"

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Can anyone please tell me where I might find the following publication:

"Journal of the Proceedings of the Legislative Council of the State of New-Jersey: Convened in General-Assembly, at Trenton, on Tuesday the Twenty-sixth Day of October, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Two--A.D. 1802. : Being the First Sitting of the 27th Session"

I have seen it cited in recent books, so I presume there are extant copies somewhere. The title for 1802 does not come up in online searches for the State Archives, State Library, my local Newark Public Library, nor the NJ Historical Society.


Gordon Bond

I posted a reply to your query on the Garden State Legacy Facebook site last night. The copy owned by Princeton appears to be full text in HathiTrust. -

[Editor's note: The record of 1802 session the query asks about starts on page 148 of the digitized volumes for 1800-1803. This question was submitted to our site before the Facebook query was answered. It seems useful to have a record of the response here. - John Beekman, H-NJ co-editor]

Thank you Stephanie.

I had posted the question both here and on Facebook and found two sources for this publication - the one you mentioned and also a link someone gave me to a Readex PDF. The Princeton link is a better one since they are digital images of the printed document. The Readex is like a photocopy scan. Both are useable, but the quality is better on the Princeton site.

I am trying to hunt down the name of a black woman who evidently voted in Hunterdon County in the 1802 State Legislature election. The result was a tie and the joint committee was unable to elect either a governor or senator as a consequence (the Legislature chose both at the time). The tie was blamed on fraudulent votes from Hunterdon County. One was a married white woman. Since the estate would be in her husband's name, she would not have met the estate requirements to vote. It was determined she had been separated from her husband for some time and paying her taxes in her maiden name. The second was a black woman who was said to be a slave. The investigation determined she had been a slave but previously contracted for her freedom.

I was looking for examples of pre-1870 (Fifteenth Amendment) black voters as part of my research into Thomas Peterson, the first African-American to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment in the country. He voted the day after ratification in Perth Amboy, NJ. Several sources claim he was the first black voter in the U.S., which is incorrect. He was first under the guarantee and protection of the U.S. Constitution. When I learned that there was an early black voter in NJ who was a woman to boot, I became intrigued!

Unfortunately, the report does not name either woman. Is there any possibility notes from the investigation might still be extant somewhere?

Gordon Bond

Gordon -- How fascinating. If you find this, please share it with us!

I can't suggest a source at this point, but I would be interested in knowing what the original source was for the claim that a female former slave voted in 1802. And yes, I agree with the last person who posted. Please do share if you manage to track down the details of the story.