Eleven partly printed documents, completed in manuscript, each approx. 16 x 20 cm. Lightly creased along horizontal fold, a few with short separations along the fold, else all in very good condition. The lots (in what is now called the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City) include Nos. 1-5, and 7 along Greenwich St. in the Third Ward, and Nos. 1-3 along Chambers St., Lot 4 on Chambers & Augustus Sts., and Lot 5 on Duane St., all in the Sixth Ward. The purchasers agreed to pay one fourth part of the value of the property on the day after the agreement was signed, with the balance due in installments over the following year and a half. Each agreement was signed by the purchaser and dated January 28, 1813. The buyers (some purchased more than one lot) were Andrew Hunt, Isaac Graham, John Van Orden, Jacob Berry, William Roe, E[lbert] Anderson Jr., Wm. Al Burtis, and Alexander Thomson. The purchase prices varied from $1850 - $4000 for the lots in Ward 6, and $3750 - $8,250 for those in Ward 3.
The Minutes of the Common Council of the City of New York from January 1813, Vol. 7, pp. 355 & 367-8, record the city's intention to sell "at auction at the Tontine Coffee House on Thursday the 28th Inst." lots on Greenwich St., Chambers, Augustus & Duane Streets [among others], and record the sales of these particular lots to the buyers named in these documents. Item #66156
Early development of Tribeca, as the city expanded beyond lower Manhattan.