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Three (3) Land Documents of a Paper Mill in Essex County, New Jersey
1818. Informative series of financial instruments that illustrate the contractual arrangements between a bookseller from New York and a merchant from Connecticut in an enterprise that would perpetuate the Third River Paper Mill in Passaic, New Jersey. The Third River, which passed through the property where the paper mail was constructed, flowed through the towns of Little Falls, Clifton and Montclair and was the sources of industry and wealth for decades in these New Jersey towns.According to John Bidwell in his book, American Paper Mills 1690-1832, a grist mill on the Third River was transformed to paper manufacture when the property was purchased by the firm Bird, Hopkins, and Whiting in or around 1808. Hopkins was a bookseller from New Jersey who also was a stationer and a proprietor of a paper warehouse, who remained in the paper business for decades. Samuel Whiting, a New York bookseller was half owner of the property and paper mill with Hopkins and was the principal in the sale of land that is documented in the small archive offered for sale here. An interesting footnote is that Whiting used the symbol "S W & Co" and his watermark in much of the paper he produced, and it appears on some of the leaves in this historical collection.1) Indenture of Property. Samuel and Hannah Whiting to William Leffingwell land in Aquackenuck, N.J. June 1, 1814. Signatures of Samuel and Hannah Whiting, William Leffingwell, witnesses Henry S. Dodge, John L. Tiffany, Brockholst Livingston. Seals, red ribbon. 10 x 15 in.,8 pp. Folds, edge frayed with slight loss, small tears at folds.2) … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: De Simone Company, Booksellers [US]
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