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Manuscript Log Book of the 17th Precinct, New York City Police Department, December 1865-March 1866
Disbound ledger, 15 x 9.5 inches, 378 pp, covering the period from December 22, 1865 to March 5, 1866. Boards not present, gatherings loose, but complete (i.e, all pages from 1 to 378 present; it is possible there were originally more pages), clean and easily legible. The Seventeenth Precinct of the NYPD was headquartered at 79-81 First Avenue, and its boundaries were Houston St., Avenue B, Fourteenth Street, Fourth Avenue, and the Bowery. It was a low-income, densely populated area, home to large numbers of German and Irish immigrants. This ledger offers a fascinating glimpse into the challenges faced by the men charged with keeping the community safe and orderly. The log is organized by shift, and records the names of the commander, sergeant, roundsman (patrol supervisor), and patrol officers of each watch, also noting who was performing desk duty, away on other business (e.g., escorting prisoners to court), out sick, or away without leave. Details are noted in the log each time someone is arrested - including type and location of the offense; name of arresting officer; offender's name, age, race, occupation, nationality, and marital status; and whether the person was jailed, fined, posted bail, or was discharged. The vast majority of poeple arrested were white men (we noted about 30 charges against women and one against a black man), and during the months covered in this log they committed a wide array of offenses, including attempted murder, assault, grand and petit larceny, burglary, passing counterfeit notes, swindling, carrying a concealed weapon, intoxication, vagra … [Click Below for Full Description]
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