• Ex-Constable in Albany Order Arrested for Non-Payment of Debt -- Beautiful Early American Document

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    JOHN GIVEN was appointed sheriff of Albany City and County in September 1796. The Albany assessment roll for 1799 assessed his personal property under the first ward house of James Fairley. It appears that Given shared that house with a Black woman who possibly was the absentee Fairlie’s housekeeper.

    George Reab, a dry goods merchant at Albany, was elected Constable of the third ward of Albany on Nov. 30, 1786.

    Beautiful one page, 3 ½” x 8 ¼” arrest warrant on parchment with a superb wafer seal completely intact ordering Reab’s arrest. Document is signed by Fairlie as Clerk and John Given as sheriff (verso).

    “The People of the State of New York by the grace of God, free and independent, to the sheriff of the City and County of Albany Greetings – We command you that you take George Reab if he may be found in your bailiwick and him safety keep so that you may have his body before our Justices of our Supreme Court…at the City hall of the City of Albany on third Tuesday in January next to satisfy John Currie of eight hundred and sixty three dollars and nine cents which the same John lately in our court before our said Justices….recovered against the said George for his damages which he sustained as well by occasion of…not performing a certain promise and undertaking lately made by the said George to the said John as for his costs and charges by him about his suit in that behalf expended whereof the said George is convicted…Witness John Lansing Junior Esquire Chief Justice…the twenty seventh day of October in the twenty third year of our independence –

    “Fairlie Clerk

    “Graham Attorney”

    Very nice docketing on verso.

    Expected toning and soiling. Wear on right corner. 

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