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D'Wolf, James, president
Rhode-Island Cloth-Hall Company . James D'Wolf, President
September 22, [Providence], Union Buildings, 1836. Quarto bifolium circular (approx. 9¾" x 8"), printed on the first page only with address panel on verso of the integral leaf; previous folds, very good. Rhode-Island Cloth Company circular announces that it has leased the fire proof stores in the Union Buildings, Market-street west side of the Bridge (Providence), where the business of the company will be conducted. The circular goes on to describe the terms of the company for exhibiting goods for sale, including the particulars of fire insurance. Signed in type by James D' Wolf, President, Charles Potter, treasurer, and Geo. W. Cushing, Assistant to the Treasurer. The circular is addressed in ink to the cotton merchants Borden & Bowen in Providence. The establishment of the little-known Rhode Island Cloth-Hall Company (incorporated in 1836) was an effort to sell Rhode Island produced goods in Providence at an exhibition "Cloth Hall" rather than having them shipped to New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia to be sold on commission by other merchants. Unfortunately, Cloth Hall was a failed experiment and lasted only a few years. American Imprints locates a Charter for the company printed in 8 pages, also in 1836, but not this bifolium circular. Not in OCLC, Bartlett, Parks, or Sabin. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB) [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]
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