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Manuscript Document Signed, being a contract between Webster and LINDLEY MURRAY regarding the terms of Webster's purchase from Murray of a plot of land in lower Manhattan, "now in tenure and occupation of Thomas Greenleaf, printer"
[New York], 1794. Signed by Webster, and Murray's attorneys, John Murray , Sr. and Jr. Three scallop-topped pages on two adjoining sheets. 7-3/4 x 12-1/2 in. Some splitting along central vertical fold, otherwise in fine condition. In quarter blue morocco folder. Murray and Webster Do A Deal A New York City real-estate transaction with tremendous resonance. This remarkable agreement was made between the two pioneering, rival American grammarians, Lindley Murray and Noah Webster, whose grammars, spellers, and readers influenced many generations of American students. Indeed, Lindley Murray (1745-1826) was the only rival in popularity to Noah Webster, and he published his hugely successful ENGLISH GRAMMAR in 1795, while living in York, shortly after this document was signed. In it, he agrees to sell a plot of land to none other than Noah Webster himself ("all that certain lot of ground situate lying and being in the second Ward of the City of New York ... bounded in front on Water Street, on the East side by ground of Robert Bruce, and on the West side by ground of John Keese ...") By an equally curious coincidence, the then-current tenant of Murray's property was the New York printer, Thomas Greenleaf, whose "New York Journal and Patriotic Register" was the first Democratic organ in the country.
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