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Friday, February 10, 2006

Caleb Pell's Lost Silver Watch - An Advertisement Published in 1757

In late 1757, Caleb Pell lost a small silver watch while traveling between the Manor of Pelham and the adjacent Village of "East-Chester". He later placed a brief classified advertisement in The New-York Gazette offering a reward for return of the watch.

The tiny little advertisement provides a surprising amount of useful information including the fact that Caleb Pell owned at least two houses, one in Pelham and another in Eastchester. The advertisement is transcribed below:

"L O S T,

ON the 14th Day of this Instant December, in the Afternoon, in going from my House in the Manor of Pellham, to my House in East-Chester, a small Silver Watch, with a green silk string and a Piece of a Key tied to it; the Ring of the Watch was fasten'd to the swivel with a Brass Wire; on the Plate of the Watch is engrav'd Lancaster, Backhouse. Whoever has found or may find said Watch, and brings her to the subscriber at the Manor of Pleham, shall have Thirty Shillings Reward, paid by me CALEB PELL."

Source: Lost, The New-York Gazette, Dec. 19, 1757, p. 2.

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