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Gurney, Henry (fl. 1791) [Agreement between Henry Knox and Henry Gurney]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04988 Author/Creator: Gurney, Henry (fl. 1791) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph document signed Date: 11 June 1791 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 33.5 x 20.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Legal agreement for Knox to rent the farm of Henry Gurney for three years. A man named Oliver Pollock was the previous tenant. The farm was situated north of Chestnut Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets. The rent was 300 pounds of Pennsylvania currency per year. Knox is also responsible for the taxes. Document witnessed and signed by Thomas Biddle and Clement Biddle.

Background Information: Clement Biddle (1740-1814) was an American Revolutionary soldier. He helped organize the "Quaker Blues", a company of volunteers. He was a deputy quartermaster general of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey ...militia. He was the Commissary General at Valley Forge under George Washington. After the Revolutionary War he was a U.S. marshal in Pennsylvania.

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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Gurney, Henry, fl. 1791
Biddle, Clement, 1740-1814

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralLandlord and TenantMortgageContractLawFinanceTaxes or TaxationLand Transaction

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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