Friday, July 18, 2014

Something to de-accession?

Somehow we ended up with a deed of property in New York city with a detailed drawing on the side of the plot. It is large and in two pieces, each measuring 24 x 9-10 inches. Except for a few rips and being in half, it is in good condition. The handwriting is very neat. The deed dates to March 1, 1825 and records the sale of the property by Clement C. Moore of New York city and his wife Catherine Eliza to James Bennet of New York, a varnish maker, property  from 8th to 9th avenue between 21 and 22nd streets for $250.00.  It is signed by Clement and Catherine Moore with a seal, in the presence of John Hildreth (signature). James already owned a small piece of property surrounded by Moore owned property. On the back is a statement that Catherine privately agreed to the sale separately from her husband,  a process required to protect her rights, signed by John Hildreth, aCommissioner for the city New York, May 20, 1825. Also noted on the back is that fact that the deed was recorded in the city and county of New York in the Office of the Register in Lib. (Book) 193 of Conveyances p. 264 on July 26, 1825 at 9a am by the Register (no name). Interesting that he thought the time was more important than his name and signature.

 I contacted several institutions and nobody wants it because this is an individual owner's copy, not an official state copy.
Here's the whole deed.
 I like the way it is trimmed on the top with a scalloped edge. It is neat and has an original signature stamp on the bottom right corner. I'm thinking of using it for my class and talking about early paper, early deeds, and de-accessioning.
Here's the detail of the plot drawing in the deed's left margin.

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