Lot 223: 3 deeds: 1 sgd. by Wash DC Justice Wm. Cranch
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [Washington DC Deeds] 3 deeds for Washington DC/ District of Columbia land sales, signed by William Cranch, Franklin Edmonston & William Paulding. ++ 1 deed signed by William Cranch in 1827/1828 as subscriber of deeds for the District of Columbia. Miss Charlotte Abigail Myers and Mordecai Cohen Myers, a Jewish family from Georgetown, SC, sold land to John A. Smith of Washington City, in the District of Columbia for $350. The land was Lot 19, Parcel 533 in Washington which Charlotte Abigail Myers and M. C. Myers had inherited from David Pollock. Below the notation on the verso is a paragraph stating that notary Thomas R. Mitchell appeared before William Cranch as the subscribing witness to the transaction, with Jan. 22, 1828 date in text, after the date of May 15, 1827 that appears in the text on recto. Signed W Cranch in William Cranchs capacity as subscriber of deeds for the District of Columbia, with the main portion handwritten by a secretary. Cranch served as a judge on the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, 1801-1855, as Chief Judge of the Circuit Court beginning in 1806, and he swore in two Presidents of the United States, John Tyler (in 1841) and Millard Fillmore (in 1850), each of whom assumed the presidency upon the death of his predecessor. He published Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States, acting as the Supreme Court reporter without drawing a government salary, relying on the works profits and preparing reports for his own court, the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, covering 1801-1841. Also signed by William Brent (1775-1848) the Clerk of the Court for DC, who also served as temporary Secretary to Thomas Jefferson. 16 3/8 x 12 in. Largely split along folds. Toned. A lower portion without text (but with docketing) is separated. ++ Deed for a sale on Feb. 1, 1815. Franklin Edmonston sold land to Jacob Braddock Lot 10, in Square 126 in Washington for $100. 1 double-sided leaf. Signed twice by Franklin Edmonston (below text and below the docketing in the lower portion of verso). 13 ½ x 8 in. Minor splitting to folds. Toned. ++ Mortgage countersigned by William Paulding Jr. (1770-1854) as Mayor of New York City on Nov. 2, 1824. The mortgage was taken out by Satterlee Clark in the County of Oneida, gentleman, backed by land in the City of Washington, District of Columbia. The $6000 principal was to due to be paid back 6 months later as $12000, to the Bank of Plattsburgh. Signed by Sat Clark below text, countersigned twice by Wm Paulding Junr below text and on attest on the blank 2nd leaf, and countersigned once by Sam. Hinman. William Paulding Jr. served in Congress from 1811-1813, was a Brigadier General of the NY Militia and served as Mayor of New York City from 1824-1826. Paulding pp partly printed, partly handwritten. City of New Yorks seal below the attest on p3. 17 x 9 in. Split along folds.