Ezra L'Hommedieu Autographed Signed Document:
March 29, 1757
Ezra L'Hommedieu, 1734-1811
Acquired from Alexander Autographs in November 2008.
Extent, Scope, and Content Note
In this early Long Island legal document date March 29, 1757, Isaac Scidmore has been
ordered to appear in the Suffolk County Hall on October 2, 1757, and to bring with
him his grandfather John Scidmore's will and the deeds to a property in order to settle
a dispute. A fine of 100 pounds would be levied against him if he failed to appear.
The term "per curiam" is written near the end of the document. A per curiam decision
is a delivered via an opinion issued in the name of the court rather than specific
justices. The document is signed by (Ezra) L'Hommedieu.
L'Hommedieu (1734-1811) was a delegate to New York in the Continental Congress from 1779 to 1783
and in 1788.
Dimensions: 1 leaf; 18.5cm x 19.5cm
Arrangement and Processing Note
Processed by Kristen J. Nyitray in February 2009.
Finding aid updated and revised by Kristen J. Nyitray in July 2019.
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Autographed Signed Document:
March 29, 1757, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.
Ezra L'Hommedieu (1734-1811) was born in Southold, Long Island, New York into a Long
Island family of Dutch and French Huguenot ancestry, He practiced law in New York
City after his graduation from Yale in 1754. L'Hommedieu was a noted patriot of the
Revolutionary War era and represented New York in the Continental Congress during
the years 1779 to 1783 and in 1788. He also served in the State Assembly as a senator
and other local offices, and was an author of the New York State Constitution. He
helped to design the lighthouse at Montauk Point, a project on which he advised George
Washington, and also developed methods of scientific farming, including the use of
ground seashells to fertilize soils. L'Hommedieu served as clerk of Suffolk County
from January 1784 to March 1810 and from March 1811 until his death. He is buried
in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Southold near the grave of his first wife Charity
Floyd, whose brother was General William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
L'Hommedieu, Ezra, -- 1734-1811.
New York (State) -- Long Island.
Judicial opinions -- United States.
Common law -- United States.
Law -- United States -- History.
"By virtue of a supena to you directed and here
with shown unto you, all businesses and expenses
whatsoever laid aside you are personally to be and
appear at the County Hall in and for the County
of Suffolk on Tuesday the second day of October
? and bring along with you your Grand
father John Scidmores original will and
also three deeds one from Cornelius Conklin
to John Scidmore another from William
Jarvis, John Mott and John Titus. The other
from John Whitman to said John Scidmore
And this you will not omitt (sic) or paid of one
To Isaac Scidmore
Dated 29 March 1757