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ASSOCIATE JUSTICE LEVI WOODBURY - PRINTED DOCUMENT SIGNED IN INK 05/21/1840 - HFSID 17147

Treasury Secretary Woodbury signed this document to award a claim to someone who lost property in a 1835 fire in New York City. This fire destroyed the Financial District from Fulton Street to the island's east waterfront. A fascinating document from the early years of New York City!

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LEVI WOODBURY
Treasury Secretary Woodbury signed this document to award a claim to someone who lost property in a 1835 fire in New York City. This fire destroyed the Financial District from Fulton Street to the island's east waterfront. A fascinating document from the early years of New York City!
Document signed "Levi Woodbury" in black ink as Secretary of the Treasury. Pencil notations on back of letter in unknown hand. 1 page, 7¾x9¾, 1 sheet folded, docketed on back of letter. May 21, 1840. Addressed to Messrs. Tepe Hoyt, W. S. Coe and B. F. Butler, Commissioners of New York. This document was signed by Woodbury to award a claim of $147.71 to Moses Taylor per a July 1838 Act of Congress entitled "An act to remit the duties upon certain goods destroyed by fire at the late conflagration in the city of New York". This fire is probably a fire that ignited on Dec. 16, 1835. The fire stretched from Fulton Street, near Manhattan's southern end, south to the east shore of the island and destroyed the Stock Exchange as well as Wall Street and much of the island's financial and commercial center. The damage was so extensive that an article in Parley's Magazine written over two years after the fire reported that rebuildinghad only just begun in the devastated area.Woodbury (1789-1851, born in Francestown, New Hampshire) was President Jackson's Secretary of the Navy (1831-1834) and Secretary of the Treasury (1834-1837), continuing in the Treasury when Martin Van Buren became President (1837-1841). In 1845, Woodbury was appointed Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by President Polk, serving until his death in 1851. Woodbury's other elected offices also included Governor of New Hampshire (1823-1824) and U.S. Senator from the state (1825-1831, 1841-1845). He sought the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1848. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Discolored at top edge. Lightly torn in lower right corner. Separation in upper left corner of letter's rear leaf. Folded twice and unfolded. Lightly nicked at right edge. Otherwise in fine condition.

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