Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Colonies:
An Annotated Digital Catalogue: Part 2
compiled by: Sharon Hamby O’Connor and Mary Sarah Bilder
with the assistance of: Devon Coleman and Charles Donahue, Jr.

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This website is the sequel to Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Colonies: An Annotated Digital Catalogue: Part 1. That website contains full reports on all the known appeals to the Privy Council from colonial courts in the thirteen British colonies that ultimately became the United States. It also contained preliminary lists of appeals from the British colonies in the Caribbean and Canada prior to 1783, now replaced by this website. This website contains full reports on the appeals from the Caribbean and Canadian colonies. Links are provided to images of the relevant pages in the Acts of the Privy Council of England: Colonial Series (APC) and of the Privy Council registers (The National Archives [TNA], PC 2). References, and in most cases links to images, are given to the loose documents connected with the appeals in the PC 1 series at TNA. Some of these were found in vol. 6 of the APC, others by a systematic search of the current TNA catalogue. A number of libraries were searched for copies of printed cases, and in most cases images of those cases are included. The principal libraries in which such cases were found remain, as they were in Part 1, the British Library, the Law Library of Congress, and the Diamond Law Library at Columbia University.

The reports differ in minor ways from those in Part 1. The ones that are most noticeable are: (1) We did not include those that we marked as Not True Appeal’. Rather than including them in the reports, we have listed them comprehensively by category in the Introduction. (2) We have not included references in the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) to copies of the printed cases. As was the case with Part 1, the proportion of such cases currently is small and will augmented by this work.

The major difference between the two parts is that Part 2 contains a comprehensive Index of Persons and Places (IPP) linked to the reports in which the persons appear. The lists of participants in the reports are similarly linked back to the index. Like Part 1, other types of indexing are found on the page called ‘Useful Lists’: Case Names Long (by colony and date), Case Names Short (alphabetical), Vessels (alphabetical), Bibliography, Proceedings That Have Printed Cases (by colony), All Printed Cases (by report number), Counsel (alphabetical by surname), Repositories of Printed Cases (names and addresses), Conversion Chart (converting the references in the APC to the current TNA reference), Enslaved Persons (those mentioned specifically in the APC), and Plantations (those mentioned specifically in the APC). For reasons that are explained above, the list of Not True Appeals and of references to the ESTC are not included in Part 2.

Recommended Citation: Sharon Hamby O’Connor and Mary Sarah Bilder, with the assistance of Devon Coleman and Charles Donahue, Jr., Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Colonies: An Annotated Digital Catalogue: Part 2 (Ames Foundation, 2020). A hard-cover version in paper will be obtainable from W. S. Hein & Co. when their printing operation can be reopened.

 

Contents by Colony, Report No., Case Name Contents by Year, Report No., Case Name, Colony
Contents by Colony and Report No. Only Useful Lists