STATEMENT AND EXPOSITION OF THE TITLE OF JOHN JACOB ASTOR To the Lands Purchased by him from the Surviving Children of Roger Morris and Mary his Wife. New York, John Jacob ASTOR.

STATEMENT AND EXPOSITION OF THE TITLE OF JOHN JACOB ASTOR To the Lands Purchased by him from the Surviving Children of Roger Morris and Mary his Wife.

New York, (NY), 1827. First edition. 8vo. 60 pp. Original printed front wrapper (detached, brittle but serviceable, small library duplicate stamp on cover and title page; rear wrapper lacking). Stitching perished, title page loose. American Imprints 30700 (one copy of this 60 page edition). A 54-page edition is also listed. The Morris's had owned about a third of Putnam County, but they had been loyalists and their lands had been seized. Astor had learned that the Morris's had only a life interest in the land and when they died their children would inherit, so he purchase their rights. The state had given title to a number of settlers on the land without realising there was a claim on it. Astor offered to settle with the state several times and his offers were refused. Finally it was decided that it would be put before the Supreme Court and if they validated his claim, the state would settle. The court validated the claim and the state bought the land back from him. A fascinating look into the dealings of one of the wealthiest men of that time. Item #66566

Price: $100.00

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