Joseph Bloomfield

Joseph Bloomfield Gorgeous Signed Document

Copy of New Jersey Legal Document with U.S. Senator’s and Governor’s Names


RICHARD STOCKTON, Manuscript Copy of Bill of Complaint, c. 1811, New Jersey; JOSEPH BLOOMFIELD, Manuscript Copy of Order, April 15, 1811. 1 p., 8" x 13". Expected folds; Copy of final page of likely three-page document. Ex-Charles I. Forbes.


Complete Transcript

"of said Sarah Allen as aforesaid and your Orator be relieved in all and singular the premises according to Equity and good conscience, may it therefore please your Excellency the premises considered to grant unto your Orator as well the state writ of subpoena against the said Joseph and John, commanding them to appear at a certain time and under a certain pain therein to be limited before your Excellency in the high and honourable Court of Chancery, then and there upon their several corporal oaths to make answer as aforesaid; as also the said State’s writ of Injunction to them and each of them their Attornies and counsel at law enjoining and prohibiting them and each of them under alike pain from proceeding further at law untill full answer is made to this your Orator’s bill of complaint and the further decree and order of this honourable Court and further that the said Joseph and John do stand to and abide such further direction and decree in the premises as to your Excellency shall seem meet. And your Orator will ever pray &c.

                                                                        Richd Stockton

                                                                        of Counsel for compt

[Order: Let injunction issue—15 April 1811.

                                                                        Joseph Bloomfield

A true Copy

J Linn Clerk"



Historical Background

William Griffith, by his attorney Richard Stockton, filed this bill of complaint against Joseph Holmes and John Craig in April 1811, requesting an injunction against their suing him in court. Governor and Chancellor Joseph Bloomfield issued the injunction that Griffith requested.


The Governor of New Jersey presided over the Court of Chancery as Chancellor until the New Jersey Constitution of 1844 removed all judicial powers from the governor and gave them to an independent chancellor.


Richard Stockton (1764-1828) was born in New Jersey, the son of Richard Stockton (1730-1781), a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The younger Richard graduated from the College of New Jersey (Princeton) in 1779, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1784.  From 1789 to 1791, he was the first U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. He represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate as a Federalist from 1796 to 1799 and in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Federalist from 1813 to 1815. After Congress, he continued to practice law in Princeton. In 1820, he ran unsuccessfully for vice president as a member of the Federalist Party, which did not nominate a candidate for president that year.


Joseph Bloomfield (1753-1823) was born in New Jersey and read law in the office of a loyalist attorney. He was licensed to practice law in 1775 and began a practice in Bridgeton. He entered the patriot army and rose to the rank of major in the 3rd New Jersey regiment. In 1778, he became clerk of the New Jersey General Assembly. From 1783 to 1792, he served as New Jersey Attorney General. In 1794, he led New Jersey troops to help put down the Whiskey Rebellion, and from 1795 to 1800, he was the mayor of Burlington, New Jersey. Elected governor of New Jersey as a Democratic-Republican, he served from 1801-1802 and from 1803 to 1812. From 1817 to 1821, he represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.




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