Partly printed document, completed in manuscript, 35 x 21 cm. Old fold lines and scattered foxing. Hammett, as the Church Treasurer, signs the document and affixes a seal, acknowledging the sale to John A. Hazard for the sum of $70. Witnessed by G.W. Sanford, and by B.[B.?] Howland, Justice of the Peace. Accompanied by PLAN OF PEWS IN THE UNITED CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, NEWPORT, R.I. The Pews not marked are to be sold at Auction at the Church Wednesday December 10th, 1856. [Caption title]. Small folio broadside, 43 x 27 cm. [Newport, R.I: 1856]. The church plan shows 154 pews, of which only fifty-one have been sold and identified with printed name. [Pew #107 shows Hazard's name]. Pew valuations and yearly rent are also shown. Old fold lines, with some short breaks at folds, and scattered foxing. Also accompanied by an 1898 certificate of membership, with envelope, from the church to Harriet E. Hazard. The three items. Item #65711
Charles E. Hammett, Jr. was the author and publisher of the 1887 "A Contribution to the Bibliography and Literature of Newport, R.I." The Hammetts were major pew holders. A new church to house the congregation was built in 1857 and presumably this sale of pews helped to finance the undertaking.