Saturday, July 30, 2005

1845 letter Elizabeth Pease, Abolitionist Quaker to James Fuller NY Underground Railroad

Important 1845 British Feminist ABOLITIONIST Quaker letter

A Lengthy Letter from Elizabeth Pease One of the Leaders of the British Anti-Slavery Movement, to a Station-owner on the Underground Railroad in New York

A long, substantial letter dated Darlington (England), July 29, 1845, from the staunch British anti-slavery advocate and Quaker Elizabeth Pease, to James C. Fuller of Skaneateles, New York (near Syracuse), who with his wife ran a station for escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad.

The letter illuminates the tensions within the Society of Friends on both sides of the Atlantic regarding slavery. Elizabeth is especially troubled by a deputation of British Friends about to embark from England in order to quell a schism taking place in Indiana between anti-slavery Quakers and traditional “organizationists.” Her interactions with the members of the delegation have convinced her that they are merely going in order to restore the status quo, and have no intention of allowing the slavery question to insert itself into the Society’s doctrine. Her instincts were correct: the deputation had little if any effect on the troubles in Indiana.

She details a meeting in which she is “put down” for raising the slavery question, and also touches on a number of other “hot button” issues of the time, including poverty in England (“there is as great a prejudice against poverty in England, as there is against colour in America”), women’s voting rights, and the death penalty.

Elizabeth Pease, the daughter of Joseph Pease and Elizabeth Beaumont, was born in 1807. In her early twenties, she became the leader of the Women's Abolition of Slavery Society in Darlington. In March 1838, she joined with Jane Smeal of Glasgow, to publish a pamphlet, Address to the Women of Great Britain, urging women to organize female anti-slavery associations. Elizabeth also believed that anti-slavery societies should allow women to speak at public meetings.

Elizabeth supported the campaign for the 1832 Reform Act which enabled her father, Joseph, to become Britain's first Quaker member of the House of Commons. However, unlike most middle-class reformers, Elizabeth was not satisfied with this measure and along with her close friend, Anne Knight, became a supporter of the Moral Force Chartist movement.

Elizabeth was in close contact with the Chartists in Darlington and helped to distribute their literature. In a letter to her friend, Anne Warren Weston, Elizabeth pointed out that some of her friends considered her to be "ungenteel" and "vulgar" because she was a supporter of universal suffrage.

Elizabeth, the most radical of the Pease family, believed that most of the problems afflicting British society were due to "class legislation". She supported workers who went on strike and defended those who attacked factories in Lancashire and Yorkshire in 1842.

She was a member of the Peace Society and the Temperance Society, and also took part in the anti-vivisection campaign. In 1853 she married John Pringle Nichol, a professor of astronomy at the University of Glasgow. As Nichol was a Presbyterian, Elizabeth was expelled from the Society of Friends. She and her husband moved to Edinburgh where she lived until her death in 1897.

The letter is on a very large sized sheet, which measures about 16 x 10 inches when unfolded, and she has written on just about every blank space. It was sent via the Cunard line, and she is sure to note that it is a "Single Sheet," as customers were charged for each sheet.


Thanks to Laurel Cooper for submitting this letter to The Paper Trail

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Groveland Station New York Invoice to George M Davis 1902

A paper document taken from a ledger from a store which used to be located in Rock Glen New York. Document dated June 2, 1902.

Ledger document is from a business in Groveland Station, New York. Business name on document is Ewart & Lake, Dr., Flour, Grain, beans and baled hay. Information also includes Long Distance Telephone, Telegraph, Railroad and Express, Groveland, N.Y.

Invoice for flour to Mr. Geo (George) M. Davis of Rock Glen New York

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

1897 Cleveland Ohio Stove Co. to G. M. Davis, Rock Glen NY

1897 Cleveland, Ohio Old Paper Document Stove Company a paper document taken from a ledger from a store which used to be located in Rock Glen New York. Document date on top sheet is February 15, 1897.

Ledger document is from a business in Cleveland, Ohio. Business name on document is Office of Co.operative Cleveland Stove Co. (Stoves, Hollow Ware, Plumbers Sinks, etc.) Business location on document is 26 to 36 on Viaduct.

To G. M. Davis of Rock Glen New York

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Letter from Morgantown Virginia, Jonas Davis to Philadelphia merchant George Westcott


31 July 1800, Morgantown Virginia (later West Virginia) letter from a Jonas Davis to Philadelphia merchant George Westcott. Davis owes Westcott money, and thanks him for "so polite a letter" which "is seldom received from persons who have been kept so long out of their money."

"I hope that you will not order suit if I inform you that I am making arrangements to depart this place some time this ensuing Fall and fix myself at N. Orleans [New Orleans] or at Loftus's Hights at which there has lately been laid off a Town which I am told is high from the River [Mississippi] healthy and progresses with astonishing rapidity -- it lies close within the bounds of the US.

The Gazattes gave us an account that a Brig of 140 tons came up there, discharged her cargo - reloaded and returned...I cannot advance a single step by remaining in this country, in the discharge of the money which I owe I deem it most prudent to attempt an experiment of establishing a Commission House on the miscicippi [sic]

...I shall feel happy in the belief of being soon able to discharge all my debts. From several tracts of land I hope to be able to raise 10 or 1200 Drs. in the produce of this will oblige me very much if you will write me by the next mail yr opinion of the under-taking."

Monday, July 25, 2005

1797 Union NY Deed of Land to Benjamin Winchel Revolutionary Soldier

Land deed reads in part:

Know all men by their presents, that I, Benjamin Winchel of the Town of Union, County of Tioga, State of New York, Gentlemen, for and in consideration of forty pounds lawful money of the state of New York... have sold unto Charle Hyde of the first regiment in the Army of the United States, Gentelmen, all and every piece, parcel, trust or grant of land that hath been, shall or will be given, granted or lein out to and for Tador Palmer, bounty for services as a soldier during the American War with Great Britain.

And I do by then preesent, give, grant, bargain, and release all of my rights and tittle to aforesaid land...

Signed Charles Hyde, Josiah L. Paterson, Benjamin Winchell and Harriot Hyde. Reverse signed by Robert Yale.

100 acres Range 18, Township 4, Section 2, Choice 33

Sunday, July 24, 2005

1897 Albany New York Keeler's Hotel to George Davis

Hand written letter taken from a ledger from a store which used to be located in Rock Glen New York. Document date on top sheet is May 2nd, 1897. Ledger document is from a business in Albany, New York. Business name on document is Keeler's Hotel. Business location on document is Broadway and Maiden Lane.

Letter addressed to Geo. (George) M. Davis

Dear Sir,

As the shoes have not arrived here and [I?] will leave here in the morning, cannot say where I will be for some time ahead if they have not shipped them better have them come to Rock Glen, and hold them there until I return.

Yours truly,
F.J. Gill

Saturday, July 23, 2005

1892 Leroy New York W. S. Brown Carriage Factory

Paper document taken from a ledger from a store which used to be located in Rock Glen New York.

Document date on top sheet is Mar 26, 1892. Ledger document is from W. S. Brown, Leroy Carriage Factory, Lime Works and Stone Quarry in Leroy,New York and is addressed to A. B. Davis & Co.

To left side of paper Quick Lime, By the Car-Load,Barrel or Bushel, rough and Cut Stone of all Kinds from the Celebrated LeRoy Quarries. Business location on document is 80 Main Street

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Vienna Bakery Invoice Warsaw NY to A. B. Davis & Co.

Warsaw New York Vienna Bakery Invoice for Bread and cookies to A. B. Davis & Co. August 9, 1891.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

1891 Warsaw New York Letter to Davis

Paper document taken from a ledger from a store which used to be located in Rock Glen New York. Document date on top sheet is Oct 12, 1891. Ledger document is from a business in Warsaw, New York. Business name on document is The New Watkins, C. T. Watkins, Prop'r. This is a two sided letter of payment request.

Letter begins:

Friend Davis.... What has gone wrong?

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

1890 Buffalo New York Baked Goods George M. Davis of Perry NY

A paper document taken from a ledger from a store which used to be located in Rock Glen New York. Document dated July 26 1890. Ledger document is from a business in Buffalo, New York. Business name on document is R. Ovens Bakery, Fine Biscuits, Crackers and Sweet Goods. Business location on document is 159 to 167 Ellictt Street.

Bill made out to Geo. (George) M. Davis of Rock Glen New York for milk and soda.

George M. Davis is found in the 1900 census for Gainesville, Wyoming, New York; Roll: T623 1179; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 122. He is a merchant, age 59, born New York. WIth him are his wife, whose name I can't read, and 3 sons - George Gibbs, Harold H. and Edward M. plus one daughter Marguerite, ages 3 to 17. Find George and family in other census records by using this Census Records Free Trial

Sunday, July 17, 2005

1886 Buffalo, New York Invoice Mr. G. Davis, Perry NY

Document dated Dec. 3, 1886. Ledger document is from a business in Buffalo, New York . Business name on document is The Superior Manufacturing Co, Pants, Vests, Overalls, Shirts, & C. Henry Haenlein, Proprietor. Business location on document is 78 Pearl Street

Document is an invoice for clothing (Vests, pants, etc) made out to Mr. Grover? Davis of Perry New York. See other documents for this family here on Paper Trails.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

1849 Ledger Page James Hubbard

7 3/4"x10" ledger sheet on blue page, December 26, 1849 signed by James Hubbard. Apparently a list of things he bought on that date. Total price is $72.47. Marked "John Stores BILL" on verso fold

Found in Selbyville, Delaware

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

1866 Idaho Territory indenture letter

1866 Idaho Territory indenture letter between W. K. Leveridge and Moses Kenfruer for $210.00 in the 2nd Judicial District of Idaho Territory and Boise county.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

1828 sale of shares in Sutton Bank Massachussets

Know all men by these presents that I Peter Farnum of Grafton in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachussets for value received have bargained, sold, assigned and transferred by these presents, do bargain, sell, assign and transfer unto Ramiz B. Sibley, Cashier of the Sutton bank, Ten full shares in the capital or join stock of the President, Directors and Company of the Sutton Bank, the certificate whereof is dated the fifth day of Oct AD 1828.

Monday, July 11, 2005

1884 Marriage Certificate Young - Gardner, Kansas & Pennsylvania

1884 Framed Photo Marriage Certificate Major John Young

Framed marriage certificate for Major John W. Young of Minneapolis, Kansas and Lydia A. Gardner of East Bridgewater, Pennsylvania on December 17, 1884.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Marriage Certificate WAUGH - SHERWOOD, Greene NY

Large 1893 Framed Marriage Certificate Greene New York for John R. Waugh & Addie M. Sherwood of Greene, NY on January 10, 1893. Witnesses: Joseph A. Sherwood, Lizzie Waugh

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

New York Legal document 1713 Nicholas Dallie (Daley)

Dated January 5th "in the Twelfth Year of the Glorious Reign of Our Sovereign Lady Anne...." This is a deed of sale between "Nicholas Dallie [he signs "Dally" as does his wife, and is likely an old form for Daly] of the City of New York Carpenter and Elizabeth his Wife...

Give Grant Relase Renounce...Bargain and Sell unto the said Isaac Quintard...All that a certain House and Lott or Toft of Ground...being within the City of New York bounded on the North by the Street or Highway commonly called Maiden Lane, On the West by Smith's Street, On the South by Crown street, and on the East by the House and Lott of Matthew Benson, Containing in Breadth to the front of Maiden Lane aforesaid being the North End thereof Twenty one foot...and on the East side by the said Matthew Benson sixty six foot All English Measure...." And so on for another twelve lines.

Besides the note on the verso which is signed by three persons (David Letellier, Susan Letelier, and John Conrad with some writing after Conrad I cannot make out) there is another notation written and signed by a justice of the peace, Abraham Wendell. This note is dated a day later, January 6th 1713.