Revolutionary War-era residents of Newtown in Queens County, New York. Item #43890
DS, 1p, 7 3/4" X 11 3/4", Queens County, NY, 25 February 1774. Good. A bit delicate and edgeworn, with moderate age toning. Retained draft, likely entirely in the hand of Jacob Hallet, of an unspecified bond between the three Hallet brothers and James Way in the amount of "fifty Three pounds fifteen Shillings and Eight pence...." Usual boilerplate legalese spells out "The Condition of this Obligation" and the terms under which it can be repaid. This bond might have been a lease for a tenement owned by Way in which the Hallets ran a cooper business; Henry Onderdonk Jr.'s 1865 "Queens County in Olden Times" records that on January 22, 1776, Way was advertising for rent the tenement in which Jacob Hallet lived. Other histories of this area such as the 1882 "History of Queens County" also note business dealings of the Hallets and of James Way (died 1788), a wealthy Quaker businessman whose ancestors were among the founders of Newtown in the mid-17th century.