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A Man Transfers His Dividend Payment From The South Sea Company Two Years After That Company Hit The Peak Of Its Famous Bubble

A Man Transfers His Dividend Payment From The South Sea Company Two Years After That Company Hit The Peak Of Its Famous Bubble

SOUTH SEA BUBBLE) (THE SOUTH SEA COMPANY). The South Sea Company was a British venture established in 1711 to trade with South American colonies. Its publicly-traded stock became the subject of a massive bubble in 1720. Shares traded for £1050 British Pounds in June of that year, up from a mere £128 in January, but then fell back to the £100 range by the end of the year. Companies and private individuals alike were financially devastated when the bubble burst, and many of the company’s key figures were eventually prosecuted for various sorts of corruption. ADS. 1pg. 6” x 7 ½”. July 28, 1722. N.p. An autograph document signed “Tho. Macro” and written in the same hand. Mr. Macro transfers his dividend payment from South Sea Company stock to John Creichton of London: “Sr please to pay my Dividend of mid Summer cost for all my stock in the South Sea Company to Dr. John Creichton being 633:6:8 and this shall be yr dischange from yr unknown humble sert Tho. Macro”. Macro received this dividend about two years after the South Sea Company reached its highest price and over one year after the bubble had fully collapsed. The document is in very good condition with a few small holes and a small piece removed from the bottom edge of the paper. The address leaf is on the verso. A memory of one of the financial market’s great stock bubbles.
A Revolutionary War-Dated Connecticut Debenture Document Signed By Several Important Connecticut Politicians â€" Declaration Of Independence Signer Samuel Huntington

A Revolutionary War-Dated Connecticut Debenture Document Signed By Several Important Connecticut Politicians — Declaration Of Independence Signer Samuel Huntington, Davenport, Dyer, Griswold, And Pitkin

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON SAMUEL HUNTINGTON (1731-1796). Huntington was a Declaration of Independence Signer from Connecticut, and he also signed the Articles of Confederation. He also served as Governor of Connecticut. ABRAHAM DAVENPORT (1715-1789). Davenport was a Revolution-era Connecticut politician and militia colonel. ELIPHALET DYER (1721-1807). Dyer was a Connecticut lawyer and a delegate to the Continental Congress. MATTHEW GRISWOLD (1714-1799). Griswold was a Revolution-era Connecticut politician and the Governor of Connecticut in the 1780s. WILLIAM PITKIN (1694-1769). Pitkin was a Colonial Governor of Connecticut Colony. DS. 1pg. February 3, 1779. Connecticut. A handwritten document signed by several important Revolution-era Connecticut politicians, “Matthw Griswold”, “Elipht Dyer”, “Wm Pitkin”, “Sam Huntington”, and “Abrm Davenport”. It was also signed “Wm Pitkin for M Sheldon” on behalf of an Elisha Sheldon, who may have been a Colonel in the Continental Army, and “Geo. Pitkin, Clerk”, likely by William Pitkin’s son. Written in the midst of the Revolutionary War, the document records payments on a debenture: “Superior Court Debenture on the Council in August, September & Oct’r 1778, viz. The Hon’ble Matthew Griswold Esq. 60 days £324:0:0 Matthw Griswold Eliphalet Dyer Esq. 30 days £162:0.0. re’d £25:10.0 recd the Balance April 15 1779 Elipht Dyer Wm Pitkin Esq. 60 days £306:0:0 Wm Pitkin Sam’l Huntington Esq. 53 days £270 6:0 Sam Huntington Elisha Sheldon Esq. Assistant 4 days £20:8:0 Wm Pitkin for M Sheldon Abraham Davenport Esq. Assis’t: 3 days £15:6:0 Abrm Davenport £1098:8:0 Cr as paid pr order 181:10:0 £916:10:0 To John Lawrence Esq Treasurer of the State of Connecticutt [sic] Sir please to pay to The Judges of the Sup’r Court and Assistants the Balance due on the foregoing Debenture being the sum of Nine Hundred & Sixteen Pounds Ten Shillings & Charge the State in Account therefor. February 3rd, 1779. Per the order of Court Geo. Pitkin, Clerk”. Docket: “Sup’r Court Debenture. Fall Circuit 1778. £916:10:0. Charged 4 Feb’ry 1779. No. 2 No. 241”. The document is in good condition with some light foxing and small tears in the deep folds.
As Pennsylvania’s First Governor

As Pennsylvania’s First Governor, Thomas Mifflin Signs A Document Concerning Lands Owned By Wealthy Speculator William Bingham

THOMAS MIFFLIN THOMAS MIFFLIN (1744-1800). Mifflin was President of the Continental Congress and George Washington’s aide-de-camp during the American Revolution. After the war, he became Pennsylvania’s first governor. WILLIAM BINGHAM (1752-1804). Bingham was an important and very wealthy businessman, as well as a U.S. Senator. He was one of the Bank of North America’s founders. He made most of his fortune, which he eventually lost, in land speculation. DS. 1pg. October 14, 1794. N.p. [Pennsylvania]. A partially-printed Pennsylvania land document signed “Thos Mifflin” as Governor of Pennsylvania. The vellum document concerns lands owned by William Bingham, who made his considerable fortune speculating on properties like this one. “To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting: Know ye, That in consideration of the monies paid by Charles Milling into the Receiver-General’s office of this Commonwealth at the granting of the Warrant herein after mentioned and of the sum of five pounds three shillings and nine pence lawful money now paid by William Bingham Esquire into said office there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto the said William Bingham Esquire a certain tract of land called ‘Good Hope’ situate on the waters of Sugar Creek in the late purchase district No1. Beginning at a Sugar tree thence by land of Charles Willing north six hundred and Forty perches to a Beech west Two hundred and ninety perches to a Beech South six hundred and forty perches to a hemlock and thence by land of Miers Fisher Esquire East two hundred and ninety perches to the beginning containing One-thousand and ninety four acres and allowance of six per cent for Roads &c. Which said tract was surveyed in pursuance of a warrant No. 1116 dated April 19 1792 granted to said Charles Willing who by deed dated July 23 1793 Conveyed the same to the said William Bingham Esquire with the appurtenance. To have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land, with the appurtenances, unto the said William Bingham and his Heirs to the use of him the said William Bingham his Heirs and Assigns forever, free and clear of all restrictions and reservations as to Mines, Royalties, Quit-rents or otherwise, excepting and reserving only the fifth part of all Gold and Silver Ore for the use of this commonwealth to be delivered at the pitt’s mouth clear of all charges. In Witness whereof Thomas Mifflin Governor of the said commonwealth hath hereto set his Hand, and caused the State Seal to be hereunto affixed the Fourteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four and of the commonwealth the Nineteenth Attest James Trimble Deputy Secy”. It is signed “Thos Mifflin” in the upper part of the left-hand margin. There is a large paper Pennsylvania state seal just above Mifflin’s signature. The document is in very good condition.
A Letter To Guy Carleton

A Letter To Guy Carleton, Asking For Reimbursement For A Boston Doctor, Thomas Bulfinch, Who Had All His Medicines Seized By The British During Their Occupation Of Boston

REVOLUTIONARY WAR MEDICINE) GUY CARLETON, 1ST BARON DORCHESTER (1724-1808). Carleton was the British colonial governor of Quebec before and at the beginning of the American Revolution. He retired in 1778 but he was brought back to North America in 1782 to oversee the evacuation of New York by British troops and loyalists. AL. 2pgs. 7 ¾” x 7 ¾”. April 21, 1783. Boston. A handwritten, unsigned letter addressed to Sir Guy Carleton as Commander in Chief of All the Forces of His Britannic Majesty in North America. The anonymous author seeks reimbursement for a doctor named Thomas Bulfinch, who had his entire stock of medicines taken by the British for their use in Boston. Carleton was the in New York City: “Sir, I had the honour to receive Excellency’s very polite letter in consequence of my recommendation of Mr. Livingston to your notice; I fear your Excellency will think me trouble some in my frequent addresses to you, but I must beg your indulgence in suffering me to solicit your countenance to the application of Thomas Bulfinch Esqr. a physician of respectable character; the doctor was call’d upon by General Howe when the British Troops were in Boston for the whole of his medicines & drugs which were taken & used in their service, the several papers with the variety of circumstances attending this business the doctor has dedicated to Mr. Peter Morton Esqr. a gentleman of reputation in the profession of the law, who is accompanied by Mr. Charles Bulfinch son of the Doc’r a young gentleman of an amiable character, whom I beg leave to introduce to your Excellency’s notice & civilities & whom I pray the fav. with Mr. Morton’s Lady may be permitted to pass into New York, & I shall feel myself exceedingly oblig’d to your Excellency for your countenance & support to Mr. Morton & Mr. Bulfinch in the prosecution of this Business with possible that the Doc’r may meet a Reimbursement and I shall be happy to have an oppo’y to demonstrate my readiness on all occasions to convince you of my disposition to make similar returns, & with what truth I am, Sir, Your Excellency’s Most Obed’t humble Serv’t.” Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844), the doctor’s son mentioned in this letter, would go on to become an important architect, and he was the second Architect of the United States Capital. His son, Thomas Bulfinch (1796-1867) is well-known as the author of Bulfinch’s Mythology. The letter is in fair condition with cross-outs, repaired folds and dark ink.
A Large Archive Of Letters From An Ensign In The Naval Reserve To His Family From Many Training Schools And Post-War Service On A Pacific Atoll

A Large Archive Of Letters From An Ensign In The Naval Reserve To His Family From Many Training Schools And Post-War Service On A Pacific Atoll

WORLD WAR II NAVY ARCHIVE) (WORLD WAR II SOLDIER ARCHIVE). Archive. About 163 pieces. 1943-51. An archive of letters from Lloyd A. McAuley Jr. of Fairfield, Maine to his mother and other family members. McAuley was an officer in the United States Naval Reserve and briefly served overseas right after World War Two. The majority of the archive (about 86 letters) dates from late 1943 through early 1945, when McAuley was a student at Dartmouth College’s Navy V-12 College Training Program. There are also five pieces (dated 1943) from McAuley’s pre-Navy days as a student at the University of Maine, seven (all dated March 1945) from a Naval Reserve School at Princeton University, about 17 (first half of 1945) from Northwestern University’s Naval Reserve Midshipman’s School, and 8 (July-October 1945) while at another training program in Miami. All of these letters are about typical college student stuff, such as classes, roommates, dates, dances, and movies. They also ask for family news and money. One of his letters from Miami mentions the celebrations when V-J Day was announced. After completing his training, McAuley was sent to San Francisco to await deployment. While there, he sent three letters to his mother, all dated November 1945 and on fancy hotel stationery. He was an Ensign, which means that he was an officer; it’s clear that he enjoyed all the perks of that position. Finally, he was sent to Eniwetok Atoll, a coral atoll in the Pacific, where arrived in December of 1945. He was soon put in charge of a large tugboat, the USS Allamakee. McAuley wrote 29 letters home from Eniwetok. In them, he talks about the day-to-day operations of the tugboat, including frequent repairs. It seems that the Allamakee broke down several times during McAuley’s time aboard. He also talks about the “jobs” the ship was sent on, including some that seem to have been related to Atomic Bomb testing. For example, he talks about tugging a “Jap battleship” that was going to be part of the testing. He also mentions working with something called an Advanced Base Sectional Dock (ABSD), which he says was a great secret during the war. McAuley asks for family news in all of his letters. He frequently speculates about when he’ll get out of the service and talks about wanting to become a dentist after leaving the Navy. Finally, on June 1, 1946, McAuley wrote to tell his mother that he was coming home for good. He had been abroad for about six or seven months. There are about eight other miscellaneous pieces of the archive. They include a letter to McAuley’s mother from one of his military friends inquiring after his whereabouts, two (unopened) envelopes from Tufts College Dental School, and a few letters from the early 1950s addressed to McAuley’s fiancà e Ruth Treco. One is from Mrs. McAuley and welcomes Ruth to the family. The archive is in very good condition overall. Everything is easily legible. Most of the letters are handwritten, though all the letters written after McAuley was sent to the USS Allamakee are typed. All are signed “Lloyd Jr.” or “Skip”. Most include their original mailing envelopes. The vast majority of the letters were addressed to McAuley’s mother, Olive McAuley, though some others were addressed to his father Lloyd Sr. and his sisters, Jean and Anita.
Two Lottery Tickets To Fund The Washington City Canal

Two Lottery Tickets To Fund The Washington City Canal

WASHINGTON DC CANAL) (WASHINGTON CITY CANAL). The Washington City Canal was a public works project in early Washington D.C. that was meant to cultivate commerce and industry in the city. The canal connected the Eastern Branch (Anatostia River) to the Potomac River and Tiber Creek. The canal was began in 1810 and opened in 1815. Unfortunately, it was never a big success, and it was filled in 1871 after having fallen into disrepair. It passed through what is now the National Mall. Two tickets for the lottery established to fund the Washington City Canal. One ticket reads “This Ticket will entitle the Possessor to such Prize as may be drawn to its Number, in Lottery No. 1, for cutting the Canal through the City of Washington to the Easter-Branch Harbour”. The other ticket says the same thing, except that it entitled the possessor to only one quarter share. Both tickets are printed except for their numbers, which were written by hand. Both were signed “Danl Carroll of Dud’n” by Daniel Carroll of Duddington (1764-1849), a major landowner in Washington D.C. who owned the land that would become Capital Hill. He shouldn’t be confused with Founding Father Daniel Carroll (1730-1796), though they were relatives. Lotteries were popular ways of funding public and private projects in early America. The lottery tickets are in very good condition, though one of them has minor foxing and a tiny hole.
An Autograph Letter Signed By Noted Virginian Edmund Randolph As The First Attorney General

An Autograph Letter Signed By Noted Virginian Edmund Randolph As The First Attorney General, To Robert Morris’s Business Partner John Nicholson. Just Months After The First Bank Of The United States Was Chartered, Randolph Mentions His Opinion Of The Bank (He Opposed It)

EDMUND RANDOLPH EDMUND RANDOLPH (1753-1813). Randolph was a lawyer and an important figure in Revolutionary War-era Virginia. He served as the first Attorney General and then as Secretary of State. JOHN NICHOLSON (1747-1800). Nicholson was a Pennsylvania financier and frequent business partner of Robert Morris. He served as Pennsylvania’s Comptroller-General before being impeached for his involvement in a front organization that purchased land in the Erie Triangle, and he eventually died in debtor’s prison. ALS. 1pg. 4” x 6 ½”. Wednesday afternoon [October 19, 1791]. N.p. An autograph letter signed “Edm. Randolph” as Attorney General and addressed to John Nicholson Esq as Comptroller-General of Pennsylvania. “Dear sir I will take care of the bank; so as to be prepared in time, and thank you for your friendly offer. My opinion was sent to the secretary rough and untranscribed. He therefore has the original. It was sent lest an answer might be necessary before the conclusion of September. I will see him and endeavour [sic] to get you a sight of it an notify you as soon as I get it. Yrs with esteem Edm. Randolph”. The First Bank of the United States was chartered on February 25, 1791 after President Washington signed it into law. Washington’s Attorney General, Edmund Randolph, opposed the bank, believing it was unconstitutional (as did many other Southerners, such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison). Hamilton, however, was a prime backer of the Bank and believed it was legal. The letter has light soiling, a repaired seal tear, a stamp “Madlener” in the lower corner and dark ink. There is docketing in Nicholson’s distinctive writing. The letter is in very good condition.
Revolutionary War General John Sullivan Orders Pay Shortly Before The Battle Of Rhode Island

Revolutionary War General John Sullivan Orders Pay Shortly Before The Battle Of Rhode Island

JOHN SULLIVAN JOHN SULLIVAN (1740-1795). An American Revolution general, Sullivan fought at the siege of Boston in 1775 and 1776, as well as Long Island, Trenton, Princeton and Brandywine. In 1778, he headed the forces that sieged Newport. After the war, he served in the Continental Congress, New Hampshire’s attorney general and President, and a Federal judge. LS. 1pg. 8” x 9 ½”. July 4, 1778. Providence, RI. A document signed “Jno. Sullivan MG” and written in another hand. “To Benjamin Steele Esq’r Pay Master Gen’l to the Army in the State of Rhode Island. Sir, Pay to Solomon Southwich Esq’r Issuing Commissary for the Rhode Island Department one thousand Dollars for the use of the Department and this shall be your sufficient warrant. Given at Head Quarters, Providence, July 4th, 1778 Jno. Sullivan MG By order of the Gen’l Lewis Morris, Sec. pro. Tem:”. The Lewis Morris who signed was not the same Lewis Morris who autographed the Declaration of Independence. Sullivan and his troops would partipate in the siege of Newport and Battle of Rhode Island later in the summer of 1778. This was the first attempt between French and American forces to coordinate an attack on the British, but it was unsuccessful. The document is in very good condition, though the ink has bled through the paper on both sides. It has a docket in the verso and a light chip in the left margin.
A Draft Of A Letter By General Philip Schuyler To George Washington In 1780

A Draft Of A Letter By General Philip Schuyler To George Washington In 1780, Suggesting Places The Continental Army Can Pressure The British

PHILIP SCHUYLER PHILIP SCHUYLER (1733-1804). Schuyler was an New York landowner and delegate to the Continental Congress. He was appointed a major general and Washington put him in command of the Northern Department. He was blamed for the British capture of Fort Ticonderoga and was replaced by Horatio Gates. He was one of New York’s first Senators and negotiated treaties with the Iroquois Confederacy. GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799). Washington was Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, President of the Constitutional Convention and the first President. AL. 15pg. 7 ¼” x 12”. May 28, 1780. Morris Town, New Jersey. A lengthy autograph letter in the handwriting of General Philip Schuyler to General George Washington. Schuyler, being asked his opinion by Washington, discusses a “Southern strategy” to put military pressure on General Clinton, but believes that the Continental Army should concentrate its pressure on New York City. Schuyler writes in part: “The subject of the queries which you have done me the honor to request my opinion.In itself is become . more so from the debilitated state of the country as this important area, to attention must of necessity be paid In forming the action or the determination, I shall however state my answer in the business in best manner I am able and consider the subject in any form of view I am capable of placing.It seems requisite previous to.consideration of part of the first question ‘Where can the Enemy be attacked to the greatest advantage in their present divided state? First, to take a view of the probable consequences of an attack in the Southern Quarter and of one in New York…To save Charles Town [South Carolina] to prevent the garrison falling into the hands of the Enemy and by guessing the.communication with Charles Town, & by taking such a position with a competent body of troops as would oblige Sir Harry Clinton to raise the siege of Charles Town, and thereby to preserve the Garrison, and expose the British to risk the loss of their Army, are objects of such great magnitude that I should not advise commencing our operations in the Southern Quarter. If the objections which present themselves to me do not appear to be over balanced…than which may be adduced for the favor…If the foreign forces should arrive at an Eastern port so much time will elapse in debarking the sick and the stores which if…forwarded should be left in some place of security In preparing the Transports for the reception of the horses, which must of necessity be sent for the use of the artillery In providing forage, in embarking both; in constructing berths for such of our troops with which it may be necessary to reinforce the French; in procuring the necessary provisions for these troops (supposing it procurable) and in completing the voyage to Charles Town that it appears.certain either the town would be reduced before our force could arrive.or the siege be raised If the former and Sir Henry Clinton with his army still there I doubt whether the force we could send would be sufficient to act with any probable prospect of success either for the recovery of the Town or in an attack…probably risk losing by operating in the first instance to the southward …In preference have a march on N. York…equal time will be lost…whether we operate here or go South. Yet much time will be otherwise saved as no provisions need be made for Transports of horses…But admitting the French troops are to come up the Sound, provision must be made for dislodging the Enemy from Staten Island…The remainder of the Army now in this quarter…can be put in position [on] the North river and occupy the heights between…& Kings Ferry from whence the troops move being provided with crafts down the river and or cover of a Frigate or two to be sent from the fleet…It is to be observed that if our forces together with the French …scarcely number that of the Enemy, a division of it may expose us to a patent disaster,
A Soldier’s Bond From Revolutionary Connecticut â€" Jabez Fitch Becomes A Paymaster Upon Payment Of 5

A Soldier’s Bond From Revolutionary Connecticut — Jabez Fitch Becomes A Paymaster Upon Payment Of 5,000 Pounds

JABEZ FITCH JABEZ FITCH (1737-1812). Fitch, of Connecticut, was an officer in the Revolutionary War. He eventually attained the rank of Captain. DS. 1pg. 7 ½” x 13 ½”. February 21, 1778. Connecticut. A partially-printed document signed “Jabez Fitch”, “Isaac Lockwood”, “Jn Chenevard”. The document is Jabez Fitch’s bond with Connecticut, which was at the time necessary for him to become an officer. He was being appointed to the position of paymaster under Col. John Mead: “Know all Men by these Presents that we Jabez Fitch of Greenwich & Isaac Lockwood of Stanford acknowledge ourselves jointly and severally bound to the Governor and Company of the State of Connecticut, in the penal Sum of Five thousand pounds to be paid to said Governor and Company, their Successors or certain Attorney; which Payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, Executors and Administrators firmly by these Presents. Witness our Hands and Seals this 21st Day of February A.D. 1778. The condition of the above obligation is, that whereas Jabez Fitch Esq. is appointed paymaster to the Forces Under the Command of Col. John Mead station’d at the Sawpits (white Plains) & placea adjacent. Now, if the said Jabez Fitch Esq. shall truly and faithfully pay over all the Monies he shall receive from the Treasurer by Orders from the Pay-Table, agreeable to the Trust reposed in him by his Appointment aforesaid, and his Account thereof render to the Committee of the Pay-Table when required, then the above Obligation to be void. Signed, Sealed and Delivered, the Day and Year abovesaid, In presence of Jabez Fitch Jn Chenevard Isaac Lockwood”. The large document is in very good condition with dark writing and two red wax seals by the autographs.
In 1788

In 1788, A Quebecois Businessman Mentions Debts Due To Him By First Nations Tribes: “Payment Of The Debts Due By The Indians On The Posts Of The Domain & Mingan”

PETER STUART (FIRST NATIONS TRIBES). ALS. 1pg. September 5, 1788. Beauport (Quebec City). An autograph letter signed “Peter Stuart” and written to “Messrs. Davidson & Lees”. Stuart was a Quebecois businessman, and his letter concerns debts due to him and his business partners by First Nations tribes. “Gentlemen As you seem to apprehend that in the suit brought by Messrs Tho. Dunn Wm. Grant & myself, for payment of the debts due by the Indians on the posts of the Domain & Mingan an argument may be raised against you from my having ordered the Clerks of the different Posts, On the Commencement of the new lease to bring to the debit of the different Indians, the amot. of the debt due to the Old Compy I think it Justice to declare that such entries were made in the Books by my Orders, with out your knowledge, which I did not think necessary to inform you of till lately. And in Justice to the old Compy, I thought it equitable that the am’ts should be recpt so as the said amot. could not be paid but to the New Compy at the same time I never understood or intended that any order given by me for the benefit of the old Compy in which I was aparty, and for whom I then acted, could have any effect on the New Compy who were ignorant of such orders…Peter Stuart”. Peter Stuart, Thomas Dunn, and William Grant together owned substantial amounts of land on the Mingan Archipelago in Quebec. This area has historically been home to Innu (First Nations) groups, who now have a reservation there. This probably accounts for the mentions for “debts due by the Indians”. The letter is in very good condition with light toning bands along two folds.