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Jeremiah Basse

Jeremiah Basse
5th Governor of East & West New Jersey
In office
7 April 1698 – November 1699
Deputy Andrew Bowne
Preceded by Andrew Hamilton
Succeeded by Andrew Hamilton
1st New Jersey Provincial Secretary
In office
Governor Lord Cornbury, Lord Lovelace, Richard Ingoldesby, Robert Hunter
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by James Smith
3rd New Jersey Attorney General
In office
Governor Robert Hunter, William Burnet
Preceded by Thomas Gordon
Succeeded by James Alexander
Personal details
Born England
Died 1725
New Jersey
Occupation Politician

Jeremiah Basse (died 1725) was a governor of both West and East Jersey. He became governor of West Jersey in 1697, and became governor of East Jersey in the following year.

Basse was not an effective governor, however, after Andrew Hamilton returned to England in 1698, following an act of parliament which provided that "no other than a natural-born subject of England could serve in any public post of trust or profit." Basse was unable to effectively maintain a good administration during his term of governorship, so finally Hamilton was reappointed as the governor on 19 August 1699.

After being province secretary for Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury and entering the Cornbury ring, he was convicted during the governorship of John Lovelace for perjury.

Family history

Jeremiah Basse's mother was Mary Basse. Prior to her marriage to Jeremiah's father she was married to John Barkstead.

Jeremiah Basse was the half brother of John, Francis and Joshua Barkstead, John Barkstead, the Barkstead's father was executed 1662, in london for regicide.[1] Jeremiah Basse also had a sister called Hester Basse. Hester married John Lofting 1659-1742 a merchant and manufacturer of engines. [2] Lofting, John (c.1659–1742), merchant and manufacturer of engines, was a native of the Netherlands, one of at least two brothers. He later recorded that he ‘lived seven years at Amsterdam with one of the masters of the fire engines there, and is thoroughly acquainted with the methods practised in those parts in quenching of fires’ (DNB). He came to England, obtaining grants of free denization in July 1686 and August 1688. At the time of his marriage, at St Nicholas Cole Abbey, London, on 3 May 1689, Lofting was described as a merchant, aged about thirty, and resident in the parish of St Thomas Apostle, London. His wife was Hester Bass of St Michael Queenhithe, London, aged nineteen, sister of Jeremiah Basse, future governor of New Jersey. In June 1689 Lofting enrolled in the Company of Free Shipwrights, paying quarterage until January 1699, thereby becoming a citizen of London.

In 1698 Lofting and Jeremiah Basse shipped goods to Perth Amboy, East New Jersey, in the Hester, a sloop owned by Basse. It discharged without calling at or paying New York customs dues, and the governor of New York seized the ship and sold it. Lofting and Basse appealed to parliament and took legal action, eventually receiving damages and costs of £1890, but not before Lofting was declared bankrupt in March 1700.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ New Jersey Land Registry showing family connections 1695March 30. Deed in trust. Joshua BARKSTEAD (as above) and Jeremiah BASSE of the same place, brother of said Joshua, to their mother, Madam Mary BASSE of London, widow, and brother Francis BARKSTEAD of London, merchant, for 4984 acres in ffENWICK's Colony, on the Eastside of a little creek, running into the River Caesarea (Cohanszy, Cumberland Co.) and along said river; in trust for grantors and their wives for life.
  2. ^ John Lofting Thimble and Fire Engine maker
  3. ^ AN EARLY DECISION ON INTERCOLONIAL RIGHTS. Author:Parker, Chauncey G.. Title:“An Early Decision on Colonial Rights.
  4. ^ Citation: Harvard Law Review 7 (May 1905): 483-94. THE report of the case of Governor Bass v. The Earl of Bellomont, Governor of New York, was found by me in preparing the case of the State of New Jersey in its boundary suit against the State of Delaware. As it has not been published elsewhere, its legal and historical interest seems to justify reproducing the bulk of it where it will be more accessible. It is the first discussion in a court of law of the constitutionality of a colonial statute, and Lord Holt, in considering this, applies the principle, “no taxation without representation,” which was the basis of our revolution from England. It contains also a general consideration of intercolonial rights.
  5. ^ Governor Bass v. The Earl of Bellomont, Governor of New York, JEREMIAH BASSE AND JOHN LOFTING Plts. RICHARD EARLE OF BELLAMONT Deft.2 In Banco Regis. Midds 10 May 1700.
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