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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

1805 Notice of Public Sale of 50 Acres on City Island

On April 16, 1805, a notice appeared in the Mercantile Advertiser indicating that two days later on Thursday, April 18, 1805, a public auction of 50 acres on "New City Island" would occur at the Tontine Coffee house" in lower Manhattan. The sale was to be conducted by George Ferris. The pertinent provisions of the brief notice read as follows:


On Thursday,

At I o'clock, at the Tontine Coffee house, will be sold a valuable property, on New City Island, about 20 miles from New-York, one of the pleasantest situations on the continent, commanding a full view of the sound and the adjacent country. It is laid out in squares and building lots of 1 & 2 acres, together with the water lots. It will be sold together or separately as may suit the purchasers. The whole contains about 50 acres. A map of the Island to be seen at the Tontine Coffee house."

Source: Sales at Auction, Mercantile Advertiser, Apr. 16, 1805, p. 3, col. 3.


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