1796 Benjamin Taylor Manuscript Survey Map of Tribeca, New York and Indenture

Tribeca-taylor-1796
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A Map shewing the arrangemnt agreed to between the Corporation of Trinity Church, and the Proprietors of the Estate late Ireland's, with regard to Streets, &c. &c.
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1796 Benjamin Taylor Manuscript Survey Map of Tribeca, New York and Indenture

Tribeca-taylor-1796

A historic manuscript survey of Tribeca from the 1700s.

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Title


A Map shewing the arrangemnt agreed to between the Corporation of Trinity Church, and the Proprietors of the Estate late Ireland's, with regard to Streets, &c. &c.
  1796 (dated)    21 x 26 in (53.34 x 66.04 cm)

Description


This is a rare historic 1796 indenture and associated manuscript survey map documenting the transfer of certain lands in the Tribeca district of Manhattan from the Trinity Church Corporation to the City of New York.

The indenture agreement bears the signatures of several important New York figures including Thomas Cooper (a friend of Jefferson, Franklin and Washington), Richard Harrison (important official of Trinity Church), John Charlton, and Robert Benson. Original paper and wax seal attached, though broken.

The interesting attached manuscript map, also on vellum, was drawn by the important New York surveyor Benjamin Taylor. Taylor was a contemporary of Goerck and is responsible numerous important 18th century surveys of various parts of this city. The map in question covers modern day Tribeca from Greenwich Street to Church Street (Chapel Street) and from Reade Street to Moore Street. Names numerous early streets including Harrison, Jay, Thomas, Catherine, Barley, Provost and Duane Street. Also notes the Location of Varick Street, which at the time has been built but not named. Shows the locations of several early boundaries and land lots which are mentioned and exchanged in the associate indenture contract.

It would be difficult to come by an earlier or more important piece of original New York City survey work.

Both recto and verso of document are show above.

Cartographer


Benjamin Taylor (1746 - 1832) was a New York city surveyor active in the post Revolutionary War period. Taylor was born in Yorktown, Westchester, New York. He enlisted with the Colonial Army at the age of 16 and served in several wars, including the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War. It was most likely during the war that Taylor developed his surveying expertise. After being discharged, on June 9th of 1783, Taylor established himself as contract surveyor in New York city. Taylor's corpus consists of countless surveys of various parts of New York, Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Harlem and Queens. He was a contemporary of Casmir Goerck, another well known surveyor of the period, and it is known that they collaborated on a number of important maps. Taylor is best known for his important map of New York City. He died in Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York in 1832.

Condition


Manuscript work on vellum. Two documents. Map is in excellent condition, some toning, original folds. Blank on verso. Indenture is in good condition. Toning overall. Original folds. Some damage and warping near center of document - see image. Manuscript text on both recto and verso.

References


Dunn, J.P., Briefs and points: in miscellaneous proceedingsā€¦, volume 35, page 3.