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Manuscript Document form the Mayor's Court "City of New York vs. George Aston complaines against John Wytt and Margrett His Wife."

NY December 20 (17 12 x 8.25, one sheet folded in four, handwritten. Light wear, creasing and a few tears. Comes with two sets of copies, one typwritten, the other carbon. George Aston is suing John & Margrett Wytt for slander. He has plied his trade as a tanner and curier (sic) for the last two years in the city of New York and is described as "good, tru, faithful, credible, honest." He buys hides and skins from various butchers and "did pay for without deceit fraud or detaining any debt . . . " John and Margaret Wytt "malitiously envying. . . Craftily to prejudice and hurt . . . Into great discredit and scandal . . . " Margrett Wytt loudly defamed him in front of peole he knew and that he did business with that he owed money to many people (including John Cracraft from whom George Aston had bought a Negro) and to "gett your money now for they are indebted to so many people that I . . . Don't know when you will get your money . . . " "They" refers to George and his brother-in-law Jonathan Hunter, whose wife Margery is referred to as "our bitch" by Mrs. Wytt. Mrs. Wytt also said that the two men would have left town if Johnathan hadn't been able to marry Margery. She goes on to say that a Mr. Jackson's wife had "told me they had agreed to run away for that their leather was all rotted and spoilled and that (Mr.) Jackson was to supply them with money to carry them off." George Aston seeks five hundred pounds in compensation for the loss of business that the slander causes. Document is very wordy, almost makes 20th c legal documents look easy to comprehend. Scarce early Colonial document.

Book Id: 97-7356

Price: $495.00

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