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Schuyler, Arent J. (1746-1803) to Nicholas Hoffman

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03775 Author/Creator: Schuyler, Arent J. (1746-1803) Place Written: Essex County, New Jersey Type: Manuscript letter Date: 27 January 1788 Pagination: 6 p. : docket ; 32.7 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Copy of a letter from Schuyler to Hoffman, written in Henry Knox's hand. First three pages consist of Schuyler's letter; final three pages contain Knox's remarks concerning this letter. Schuyler's original was written at Barbados Neck. He lists stipulations for leasing his copper mines to Hoffman. Provides details on the length of the lease (21 years). Limits locations in which Hoffman can dig for ore. Requires eight men to work in the mines for at least eight months per year. Indicates that these terms are taken from the lease formerly granted to Mr. Hornblower. It is unclear whether the remarks on pages four - six are those of Knox or Hoffman. These remarks consist of reasons to agree to or disagree with Schuyler's stipulations. In conclusion, Hoffman and the "proposed lessees" do not consent to Schuyler's terms, saying, "such desperate chances must be left to mere adventurers."

Background Information: Possibly pertains to Nicholas Hoffman (1736-1800).

People: Schuyler, Arent J., 1746-1803
Hoffman, Nicholas, 1736-1800

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralMiningIndustryLand TransactionFinanceContractCoins and Currency

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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