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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

1799 Advertisement Offering 225-Acre Farm of Caleb Pell For Sale

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In the late 18th century, Caleb Pell, a descendant of John Pell who often is referred to as "Second Lord of the Manor of Pelham", owned a farm that encompassed lands in Eastchester and Pelham. In 1799 a series of advertisements appeared in a New York newspaper offering the farm for sale. The text of the advertisement is quoted below, followed by citations to its sources.

A Farm containing 225 acres, including salt meadow, in the town of East-Chester, on the main road to Boston, and within half a mile of the Church [now Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site]; for many years in the possession of Mr. Caleb Pell -- It is well watered with living springs, and has the best tract of timber in the county -- There are on the premises a good Farm-house, barn, cyder-mill, with a new screw, and an orchard of ten or twelve acres of the best grafted trees, capable of making sixty hogsheads of cyder annually, a garden with a number of the best kind of peach trees, and a fine well of water at the door. An indisputable title will be given, and a great part of the purchase money may remain on mortgage -- For particulars enquire of

No. 7 - Maiden lane,
N.B. No application will be received after the first of April.
Feb. 22 2w"

Source: For Sale, A Farm Containing 225 Acres, Commercial Advertiser [New York], Mar. 1, 1799, Vol. II, Issue 440, p. 4, col. 3. The same advertisement also appeared as For Sale, A Farm Containing 225 Acres, Commercial Advertiser [New York], Mar. 5, 1799, Vol. II, Issue 443, p. 4, col. 3.

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