Scope and arrangement
This item documents the mismanagement of John Bradstreet's estate by executor Philip Schuyler. John Charles Evans, husband of Agatha Bradstreet, created the document sometime before 1788, when the couple filed a bill in chancery against Schuyler. The minutes and observations, consisting of twenty compiled entries, detail discrepancies in the estate that Evans discovered after conducting numerous interviews with Schuyler and other people familiar with the assets. Evans compiled this evidence between 1783 and 1786.
The investigation details the amount of cash that Bradstreet left in a trunk at the time of his death, as well as sums of his mortgages and loans, and expenses incurred in building his home. Martha Bradstreet (1780-1871), the general's step-granddaughter, annotated one entry, noting that it referred to the illicit relationship between John Bradstreet and Catherine Schuyler, Philip Schuyler's wife (page 8).