• Nice Set of Early Liquor Documents; PA Red Lion Inn, Temperance Tavern, Wine, Gin, Brandy

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    Offering a nice assemblage of early liquor documents, including one for TITUS YERKES, who was born in the Manor of Moreland on November 15th, 1762.  YERKES formed a co-partnership with his brother Jonathan and joined with him in the purchase of an estate in Germantown, PA, where they engaged in the milling business. Some years later, he erected a mill for the manufacture of cotton yarns on land that had belonged to his father at what was Yerkesville and is now Terwood. For several years, he was the proprietor of the Red Lion Inn, afterwards the States Union Hotel, on Market Street in Philadelphia. One page, 4" x 6", Philadelphia, March 1st, 1825, Tavern Bill from Perry to Titus Yerkes for Brandy, Gin, Beer, Crackers & Sugar $3.50. Recd Payment Titus Yerkes." Nice docketing on verso. Folds, toning, light soiling and irregular margins. Comes with a copy of an early photograph of The Red Lion Inn.

    The grouping includes a document involving JOHN S. EICHELBERGER enlisted as a Captain on June 11, 1861, into F Co., which he helped to organize, PA 37th Infantry, and was drafted into B Co., PA 99th Infantry. He was taken POW and held at Libby Prison for 42 days and later exchanged. He was wounded at Fredericksburg on April 30, 1863, and discharged as a result. He purchased the Hopewell House Hotel after the war and became a hotel keeper. A fire began in the hotel on Thanksgiving morning 1931, destroying most of the town’s businesses and homes. (His bio is included.) 3 pp, 8" x 14" Eichelberger's January 1900, part-printed, part-manuscript, petition and bond for operating a tavern at the Hopewell House in Bedford County, PA. The document includes four tax stamps and the names of 40 men who are supporting the petition and some who have witnessed the document. They include: FRANKLIN CARTWRIGHT, possibly Franklin James Cartwright, a Civil War Veteran of the 205th PA Infantry, Co. C. RUFUS E. SMITH, an influential school board member. His father, John Smith, was the son of a pioneer of Bedford County. Smith was a member of C Co, 205th PA Volunteer Infantry. He was at the front of the Battle of Fort Steadman and later at the Siege of Petersburg. He also fought at Weldon Railroad and Hatcher's Run. During President Grant's second term and part of President Chester Arthur’s, he held the storekeeper position of the Sixteenth Internal Revenue District. For several years, he was auditor of Hopewell Township. Document has expected folds. Some staining and ink brushing on second and fourth pages. Overall in excellent condition and very readable and a wonderful piece of Bedford County, PA history.

    The grouping also includes an 1851 license for Francis West, who was also the postmaster, to “keep a Temperance Tavern at his residence in St. Paris, Champaign County, Ohio, for the term of one year.” Signed by Joseph C. Brand with a very nice embossed county seal. Plus an 1804 and 1806 accounting of gauging for Joshua and York Lippincott by Joseph Master. The two documents include many listings, such as brandy, wine, gin. 


    Toning, folds, but overall very good.

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