This wealthy clothing merchant made a name for himself as mayor of New York when during the infamous Draft Riots of 1863 he refused to waver in his support of the draft. Item #16457
Partly-printed DS, 1p, 8" X 3 3/4", New York, NY, 1863 November 9. Very good. Cancellation slashes lightly touch one letter of signature. City check printed in blue and drawn on the Broadway Bank (from the "Election Expenses" account), paying $125 to Terence M. Lynch for voter registration services rendered. Large and ornate, with a nautical theme vignette featuring a sailor and a Native American maiden. Signed boldly in brown ink by Opdyke as mayor, Matthew T. Brennan as Comptroller and F.B. Forney as Clerk of the Board of Superintendents. Accompanied by a superb late 19th century steel-engraved head-and-shoulders portrait of Opdyke, heavy stock 6" X 9". Near fine.