Lot 501: John Bradstreet

RR Auction

RR Auction

2016-01-22 16:28:46

Lot 501: British Army officer during King George's War, the French and Indian War, and Pontiac's Rebellion (1714–1774). Fascinating collection of documents related to John Bradstreet and the property disputes that his family experienced after his death. The title to land that Bradstreet had owned in an area called 'Cosby's Manor' became mixed up between his daughters, their later heirs, and his longtime friend and business partner, Philip Schuyler, who had been a partner in Bradstreet's purchase of the land at auction in 1772. While several items are signed by Bradstreet's descendants, none are signed by Bradstreet himself. Includes: Three similar Supreme Court of New York documents related to the auction of lands by the sheriff of Albany, each one page, May 7, 1772, with one specifically referring to the property called Crosby's Manor. Attached to one is a later 1830s document from several of Bradstreet's descendants involved in the dispute; attached to another is an 1802 document. The last will and testament of the general's widow, Mary Bradstreet, one page, March 3, 1782, retaining a large attached seal. An autograph testimonial letter by Sir Charles Morgan, Baronet, three pages, June 4, 1800, confirming his approval of the marriage of Martha Bradstreet to Matthew Codd. A manuscript letter by Morgan, one page both sides, also June 4, 1800, similar to the previous but written in legalese. Attached is a letter from a notary confirming the content and signature on Morgan's letter. One condition of Martha's inheriting property was that Morgan, a trusted family friend, approved of her husband. An agreement between Bradstreet representatives and Thomas Eldridge concerning a lot in Cosby's Manor, three pages, December 16, 1805. A financial document concerning a transaction relative to Cosby's Manor, one page, April 3, 1807. In overall very good to fine condition. Ultimately, the Bradstreet clan brought their plight before the New York Supreme Court in the 1830s and lost the case. An important and significant grouping. RR Auction's Fine Autographs And Artifacts Auction 469 Wednesday, 10th February 2016 Estimate: $2000-3000
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