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Monday, January 29, 2007

Palmer Family Offers One Thirtieth of City Island for Sale in 1785

Before the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Palmer had grand plans to develop the island located in the Manor of Pelham then known as Minneford Island. He renamed it "City Island" as part of his plan to create a great port city to rival New York City. The onset of the Revolutionary War brought those plans to a screeching halt.

Today's Historic Pelham Blog transcribes the text of an interesting advertisement published in 1785 in which two members of the Palmer family offer for sale a large portion of City Island. The text of the advertisement and a citation to the source appear immediately below.

"To be SOLD, at private SALE,

A PROPRIETOR'S Right, on the New City Island (so called) laid out in squares and lots, in order to form a city; the right contains the one thirtieth part of said island; -- Any person or persons inclining to make their fortune, by making a purchase of the whole or a part, may know the conditions of sale, by applying to us the subscribers, living in North Castle, state of New-York, who will give an indisputable title for the same.


Jan. 26. 6I 4p."

Source: To Be Sold, at Private Sale, Loudon's New-York Packet Supplement, Feb. 17, 1785, p. 1, col. 3.

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