Lewis Morris

Lewis Morris, Dec. of Independence signer, archive of 9 land-related Morris family docs incl ones concerning the Manors of Morrisania and Fordham, West Farms, and the Saw Mill, NY, NJ

Comprises:

(1) First Lord of the Manor of Morrisania Lewis Morris gives “part of the Manor of Morrissania,” land “by the sound that divides Long Island and the Islands of Nassau from the Continent.” to his son-in-law

Manuscript Document, 1.5 pages, 12.75’ x 8”. [New York], no date, but between 1738 and 1746. Docketed “Lewis Morris Govr. / & Isabella his Wife / to / James Graham / Boundarise [sic].” In part, “All that certain tract of land (being part of the Manor of Morrissania) situate lying and being in the County of West-Chester in the Province of New York aforesaid Beginning at the mouth of a small ... brook or run of water commonly called or known by the name of Wigwam Brook ... To the Eastward partly the salt Creek aforesaid that runs by the House of Legget and the Southward by the sound that divides Long Island and the Islands of Nassau from the Continent.” Lewis Morris (1671-1746) married Isabella Graham (1673-1752) in 1691. James Graham (1704-1767) married Lewis and Isabella Morris’s daughter Arabella “Bell” Morris (1708-1767) in 1738. First Lord of the Manor of Morrisania, upon the separation of New Jersey from New York in 1738, Lewis Morris became the first Governor of New Jersey, serving until his death. Partial fold tear. Fine condition.

(2) Signer Lewis Morris receives land in West Chester “beginning at the Saw Mill...” as a result of a law suit against a trespasser

Manuscript Document Signed “John Thomas Sherrif,” one page, 26” x 13”. West Chester, New York, December 11, 1786. In party, “This Indenture ... Between John Thomas Esquire Sherrif of the County of West Chester in the Stare of New York of the one part and Lewis Morris of the Borough of West Chester in the said County and State Gentleman of the Other part ... Lewis Morris ... did recover against Samuel Embree” £800 “for his damages on account of certain Trespasses done by the said Samuel Embree to the said Lewis Morris ... and whereas the said John Thomas Esquire ... did seize and take in Execution of the Lands and Tenements of the said Samuel Embree in his Baliwic all that certain Messuage Tenenement [sic] and Farm Peice [sic] or parcel of Land situate lying and being in the Borough of West Chester .. beginning at the Saw Mill...” Docketed on verso “John Thomas Shef. To Lewis Morris } Release.” Upper edge scalloped. Partial red wax seal. Fine condition.

(3) Signer Lewis Morris is informed that the “Owners or Proprietors of Morrisania” are 92 years in “arrears of Quit Rents due on the Grants of Morrisania and the Manor of Fordham” on “the Grant to Lewis Morris dated 6 May 1697...”

Autograph Letter Signed “Samuel Jones,” one page, 8” x 10”. New York, May 18, 1797. Addressed on integral leaf to “Lewis Morris Esquire / Morrisania.” In full, “From the accounts in my Office it appears that there are considerable arrears of Quit Rents due on the Grants of Morrisania and the Manor of Fordham; and as you hold Lands under both Grants I have inclosed the Accounts to you and request you to communicate them to the other Owners and inform them that it is necessary the money should be paid as soon as possible to the Treasurer. I am / Your Friend / Samuel Jones.” Attached by the original straight pin is the bill to “The Owners or Proprietors of Morrisania To the State of New York ... Quit Rents on the Grant to Lewis Morris dated 6 May 1697 being 8/ a Year from the Date of the Patent to this Day deducting 8 Years is 92 Years at 8/ a year is £36-16-0 equal to Dr 92-00 Cents.” Samuel Jones (1734-1819) was the first Comptroller of the State of New York from 1797-1800. Fine condition.

(4) Gouverneur Morris is told that his brother Lewis “took no notice” of the previous letter, so the owners of the lands that “include the Tract called Morisania” must appear at City Hall or the land will be sold

ALS “Samuel Jones,” one page, 7.25” x 9”. Albany, September 6, 1799. Addressed on verso to “Gouverneur Morris Esquire / New York.” In full, “The Patents No. 2&3 in the inclosed Notice include the Tract called Morisania. I apprized your Brother Lewis of the demand before I took any Steps respecting it; but he took no notice of it. I Am Your Friend Samuel Jones.” Affixed to the lower blank area is the 19” x 5” broadside (creased with folds) announcing that the owner(s) of the two Land Patents and 15 others must appear before Jacob Radcliff, Justice of the Court of Exchequer, at City Hall to show cause why the land should not be sold by the State “to satisfy and pay the said quit rents...” Seal tear. Fine condition.

(5) Certification of money due “for Arrears of Quit Rent” on the 1676 and 1697 land patents granted to Lewis Morris with note that Gouverneur Morris has paid it in full

Autograph Document Signed “Samuel Jones Comptroller,” one page, 8’ x 10”. Albany, February 15, 1800. Certification that $303.82 is due to the State of New York “for Arrears of Quit Rent ...on a Patent granted to Lewis Morris the 25 April 1676 for Land and Meadow in the County of Westchester ... on another Patent granted to Lewis Morris the Sixth Day of May 1697 for Lands and tenements in the said County of Westchester; and the further Sum of Eighteen Dollars for the charges of advertising the same Patents...” Manuscript DS “Robert McClallan Treasurer” beneath Jones ADS: “Received into the Treasury from Gouverneur Morris by the hands of Samuel Jones, the above sum of three hundred and Ninety two Dollars and Seventy one cents. Albany 25 March 1800.” Countersigned “John V. Henry Comptroller.” In 1798, Robert McClallan (1747-1817) was appointed New York State Treasurer, a post he held until his resignation on January 31, 1803, after the discovery of a shortage of $33,000 in the Treasury accounts. Samuel Jones was succeeded by John V. Henry (1767-1829) in 1800; Henry served until 1801. In April 1800, Gouverneur Morris was elected to the U.S. Senate. Fine condition.

(6) Certification that money “is due for arrears of Quit Rent” on the two Lewis Morris land patents with note that James Morris has paid it in full

Manuscript Document Signed “Elisha Jenkins Comptl” (twice) and “Abm G. Lansing Treasr,” one page, 8” x 9.5”. Albany, April 19, 1805. Certification that “it Appears that the Sum of Twenty Dollars is due for arrears of Quit Rent on two Patents for Land Granted Lewis Morris as follows Viz Patent 25 April 1676 Quit Rent 24/ 7 May 1697 6/ } 30/ which Sum of Twenty Dollars the Owner of the said Land is hereby directed to pay...” Notation at conclusion that James Morris has paid the $20. Docketed on verso: “Discharge for quit Rent on Morrisania. 1805. Entd.” Abraham G. Lansing (1756-1834) was New York State Treasurer from 1803-1808 and 1810-1812. Elisha Jenkins (1772-1849) was New York State Comptroller (1801-1806), NYS Secretary of State (1806-1807, 1808-1810, 1811-1813), and Mayor of Albany (1816-1819). James Morris (1764-1827) was son of Signer of the Declaration of Independence Lewis Morris who was the grandson and namesake of the recipient of the land patents. Fine condition.

(7) Certification that James Morris has paid the amount “due for arrears of Quit Rent” on the two Lewis Morris land patents

Manuscript Document Signed “Abm. G. Lansing Treasr” and “Elisha Jenkins Compt.,” one page, 8” x 7.25”. Albany, April 19, 1805. Certification “that James Morris has this day paid the arrears of quit rent on two patents of land granted to Lewis Morris on the 25th April 1696 [sic, 1676] and 6th May 1697...” Fine condition.

(8) Morris Morris sells land in Pennsylvania to Isaac Davis

Manuscript Document Signed “Morris Morris” (twice) and “Jerusha Morris,” one page, 23.5” x 15.5”. Pennsylvania, May 23, 1807. On vellum. Morris Morris, yeoman, and his wife Jerusha, sell to Isaac Davis, miller, “a certain Lot or Piece of land situate in Mooreland Township in the County of Montgomery...” for $716. The land was granted to his father Joshua Morris in 1746 and “descended unto his Children, namely the said Morris Morris his eldest son, Susanna Longstreth, Joshua Morris, a Lunatic, Margaret Morris and the Children of his Daughter Mary Mather decd...” Blank upper left corner missing. Soiling. Hole removes three words. Very good condition.

(9) John and Catharine Boyce sell land “in West Farms in the County of West Chester” to Gouverneur Morris

Manuscript Document Signed “John Boyce” and Catherine Boyce “X,” three pages, 10” x 15.5”. February 18, 1816. In part, “This Indenture ... Between John Boyce of the City of New York, Gardener, and Catharine his wife of the first part, and Gouverneur Morris of Morrisania in the County of West-Chester, Esquire, of the second part. Witnesseth that the said John and Catharine for ... Two thousand Dollars ... have granted ... unto the said Gouverneur ... All that certain dwelling house and farm tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in West Farms in the County of West Chester aforesaid...” Docketed “John Boyce & wife / To / Gouverneur Morris } Deed.” Gouverneur Morris died ten months later on November 6, 1816 at the age of 64. Fine condition.

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