Robert Troup (1757-1832) was a lawyer and land agent from New York State. He served as an officer with the American army during the Revolution, practiced law in Albany and New York City, was elected to the State Assembly, and in 1796 was appointed judge of the United States district court of New York. From 1801 to 1832 he was land agent of the Pulteney Estate of England for properties in western New York. Collection consists of the papers of Robert Troup as well as those of his sons, Charles G. Troup and Robert R. Troup. Robert Troup's papers mainly concern his career as a lawyer and administrator of estates and include correspondence, registers of cases, legal documents, and account books for the Pulteney Estate. Charles G. Troup was associated with his father in the practice of law and his papers contain correspondence, notebooks of law lectures, commonplace books, account books, financial papers, and household accounts. Robert R. Troup's papers reflect his business interests and include ledgers and other account books.
Biographical/historical: Robert Troup was a Revolutionary officer and a lawyer thereafter, residing in New York State or City until his death in 1832. From 1801 until his death he was the land agent for the Pulteney Estate in England. He was a logical choice for them because of his own interest in the lands of western New York State and because of his reputation as a lawyer.
1804-1811 Peter & Abraham, Jr. in business together
1824-1828 A. Brinckerhoff, Jr. & Co. - 1825 became insolvent (James L. Brinckerhoff was a partner)
A. Brinckerhoff, Jr. & Co. - dry goods & crockery at Coenties Slip; later at Hanover Sq.
Content: These papers fall into three groups. The first seven boxes contain miscellaneous papers and correspondence of Troup himself, and papers in various estates his family were connected with. His daughter, Charlotte married James Lefferts Brinckerhoff and their daughter Charlotte married Frederic Bronson. This resulted in papers connected with the estates of Robert Troup, several members of the Brinckerhoff family, and some of the Bronson family, all finding their way into this collection.
The second group of five boxes follow these because of the Bronsons. They had speculated widely in what were called the western lands in the first half of the 19th century, and in New York City real estate until well after the Civil War. Charlotte Bronson's husband Frederic became involved in his father Isaac's and brother Arthur's estates, as well as his own land deals. These boxes cover that.
The third group of five boxes contain Troup's side of the correspondence of his agency for the Pulteney Estate.