Lot 21: Lewis Morris Archive

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2018-07-02 12:16:13

Lot 21

Collection of nine manuscript drafts and documents related to New York signer Lewis Morris (none signed by him), which concern various lands owned or sold by either himself or his family, twelve total pages, dated between 1738 and 1816, including: a manuscript document docketed, “Lewis Morris Gov., & Isabella his Wife, to James Graham,” affirming the sale of a “certain tract of land (being part of the Manor of Morrissania)” to his son-in-law; a vellum scallop-topped indenture between “John Thomas Esquire Sherriff of the County of West Chester” and Lewis Morris, dated 1786, in which Morris receives £800 for “damages on account of certain Trespasses done by the said Samuel Embree”; a letter addressed to Morris by “Samuel Jones,” May 18, 1797, informing him that the “Owners or Proprietors of Morrisania” are 92 years in “arrears of Quit Rents due on the Grants of Morrisania and the Manor of Fordham” on “the Grant to Lewis Morris dated 6 May 1697,” with the bill attached; another letter from Jones to Gouverneur Morris, September 6, 1799, noting that his brother Lewis “took no notice” of the previous letter, so the owners of the lands that “include the Tract called Morrisania” must appear at City Hall or the land will be sold; a manuscript document signed “Samuel Jones Comptroller,” February 15, 1800, a certificate affirming that $303.82 is due to the State of New York “for Arrears of Quit Rent…on a Patent granted to Lewis Morris the 25 April 1676 for Land and Meadow in the County of Westchester”; a manuscript document twice-signed “Elisha Jenkins Comptl” and “Abm G. Lansing Treasr,” April 19, 1805, affirming that “it Appears that the Sum of Twenty Dollars is due for arrears of Quit Rent on two Patents for Land Granted Lewis Morris”; a manuscript document signed “Abm. G. Lansing Treasr” and “Elisha Jenkins Compt.,” April 19, 1805, affirming “that James Morris has this day paid the arrears of quit rent on two patents of land granted to Lewis Morris”; a vellum manuscript document twice-signed “Morris Morris” and “Jerusha Morris,” dated May 23, 1807, a land grant in which Morris Morris, yeoman, and his wife Jerusha, sell to Isaac Davis, miller, “a certain Lot or Piece of land situate in Mooreland Township in the County of Montgomery” for a sum of $716; and a manuscript document signed “John Boyce” and by Catherine Boyce under “X,” dated February 18, 1816, an indenture between “John Boyce of the City of New York, Gardener, and Catharine his wife of the first part, and Gouverneur Morris of Morrisania in the County of West-Chester…that the said John and Catharine for…Two thousand Dollars…have granted…unto the said Gouverneur…All that certain dwelling house and farm tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in West Farms in the County of West Chester." In overall very good to fine condition.

Estimate: $1000-$1500

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