Alexander Hamilton Papers

Conveyance from Isaac and Hannah Riley, 7 July 1796

Conveyance from Isaac and Hannah Riley1

New York, July 7, 1796. “Isaac Riley and Hannah his wife for … the Sum of Two thousand Dollars …2 have granted … unto the Said Alexander Hamilton … eight certain Lots of Land … in the Seventh Ward.…”

Copy, Conveyances in the Office of the Register, City of New York, Liber 71, 345, Hall of Records, New York City.

1Isaac Riley was a New York City merchant.

2On July 7, 1796, H made the following entries in his Cash Book, 1795–1804:

“Lots City of New York Dr. to Isaac Riley for purchase mony of 8 lots per deed of this date 2000  
“To Cash paid clerks of Supreme & Mayors Court for search for Mortgages & Judgmt 16.25
“Isaac Riley Dr to Cash for this sum paid him on account of above lots 1400  

“Note there is a mortgage from Riley to you for Ballance.” In the margin opposite these entries H wrote: “Mayors not paid 62.10 Qr.” (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

John Barker Church was H’s partner in this purchase. Church assumed one-half of all the expenses. See “Account with John Barker Church,” June 15, 1797.

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