John Jacob Astor Document Signed. One partially-printed page, 8" x 13", New York, February 7, 1832, certifying "that a certain Mortgage . . . made and executed by William C. French . . . and Mary his wife to me upon certain premises therein named to secure payment of fifteen hundred dollars with interest, and which mortgage being duly acknowledged was Recorded." Astor (1763-1848), an investor and the United States' first multi-millionaire, amassed his fortune through his American Fur Company, buying furs from trappers and Indians. In the 1830s, he realized that building up New York City would prove lucrative and he left the American Fur Company. He began to buy up and develop large tracts of land in Manhattan, leasing it to others as this mortgage contract testifies. Docketed on the verso.

    Condition: Smoothed folds are toned. The folds are separating slightly at the right edge. Several spots of foxing are evident, as is some ghosting of the ink from being folded, particularly near the upper edge.

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