Two early 19th century legal documents involving the Reading family, who were known for inventions of the period. Pierson Reading of Trenton, NJ, secured patents for a hulling machine to be used for clover, barley and buckwheat. This 8 1/2 x 13 document, July 16th, 1829, describes the sale of half a bank share in the Turtle Fishery to Sarah Rittenhouse of Kingwood Township for two hundred dollars. “Left to me by the will of my Father.” Rittenhouse was of some notoriety. Her portrait was painted by William Bonnell in 1825.
Second document, 8 x 13, 1 1/2 pp, April 8, 1820, is a letter of attorney in which John Lewis appointed Samuel Reading of Kingwood County, NJ, as attorney, to collect rents “...of a certain plantation farm...containing forty five acres...in the Township of Kingwood...with all the houses, woods and other appurtenances.
First document is stained with fold tears and old tape repairs. Second has folds, a couple of fold tears expected toning.
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