1811 Autograph Document Signed, Establishing a Tavern in Maurice River, Cumberland County, New Jersey.
“[H]e is of good repute for honesty and temperance”
Twelve men attest with their autographs to the worthiness of the character of John Williams. Williams is a “suitable person to keep an Inn and Tavern, and that he is of good repute for honesty and temperance; has at least two spare Feather Beds more than is necessary for his family…” and can stable horses. Signers Thomas Lee and James Lee were prosperous merchants and Thomas Lee became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Jonathan Dallas, who signs his name, was the same man who fought Tories at the purported Battle of Dallas Landing in 1781. (A bloody conflict of legend or fact; whether the battle happened is an open discussion.) Other prominent Maurice River, New Jersey men who sign this manuscript: Joshua Brick, Benjamin Fisler, Randall Marshall, Abraham Jones, John Young, Isaac Townsend, Eli Stratton, et al. The document is further autographed by two justices of the peace.
Description: 1811 Autograph Document Signed, Establishing a Tavern in Maurice River, Cumberland County, New Jersey.
Maurice River, New Jersey. June 3, 1811. Quarto bifolium, p.+ blank; blank separated from first page of document and attached with a small piece of tape, some folds with small closed splits, else very good.