Item #57937 [Manuscript survey]: Field book of a patent

[Manuscript survey]: Field book of a patent

[N.p., n.d. but likely Albany County: late 18th century]. Square 8vo, pp. [44]; sewn, with thread weakened, old fold, the occasional ink stain, good and legible. A thorough survey of five-thousand acres of land divided into 20 lots, owned by William Smith Esquire, Johannes Quackenboss, and Thomas Smith, situated in the County of Albany on the east side of the Hudson. Distance is measured by [Gunter's] chain and link. The first 15 pages of the survey describe the entire parcel of 5000 acres, and the bordering properties (owned by Alexander Turner, Duncan Reed, Alexander Montgomery, and others). Markers, creeks, trees, and other landmarks are noted. The balance of the manuscript breaks the parcel down into 20 lots, each with surveyed dimensions, and notes on the quality of the lumber and soil. At the back is a chart grading each plot in terms of quality. On final page is an inventory of livestock for multiple local men (Aston Peace 2 oxen, 2 cows, 1 yearling 23 sheep 2 horses). An example of a lot description: "Begins at a stake blazed on four sides standing at the NE corner of lot no 3. 50 links N of a black birch tree marked on four sides no. 3: 4 & 7. 8 thence due N along the W line of lot no 7 50 chains to a pine tree marked on four sides... the place containing 50 acres of land and the usual allowance for highways. A considerable part of this lot has pine timber, the rest a mixture of beach and maple a stoney hill on the E. side the lot is but ordinary." Item #57937

Price: $400.00

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