[New York Society Library] New York October 18, 1793. Mr. John Moore for the Libery. [manuscript caption title]
Handwritten receipt for £5.0.10 signed by New York City carpenter Jasper Stanton for ten pounds of lime and other goods sold to John Moore “for the Libery” [Library]. Moore and John Richardson signed for the debt on October 18, 1793; Stanton acknowledged payment of the debt by Jacob Morton and signed the receipt three days later.
Although not mentioned explicitly, the receipt is very likely for the New York Society Library in New York City. Conceived in 1754, the library had grown to 5,000 volumes by 1793; a new building was constructed that same year at 33 Nassau Street. Jacob Morton who paid the carpenter’s bill served as one of the trustees of the New York Society library in 1793.
Description: [New York Society Library] New York October 18, 1793. Mr. John Moore for the Libery. [manuscript caption title]
New York, October 18 and October 21, 1793. p. 5 x 7¾ inches. Laid paper. Contemporary docketing on verso. Folds; very good.
Refs. The Charter, Bye-Laws, and Names of the Members of the New-York Society Library… (New York, 1793), p21. A Further History of the Library | New York Society Library accessed online.