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    Little Schuylkill Navigation, Railroad and Coal Company of Pennsylvania Land Deed Book. 9" x 13", with over 200 pages of handwritten entries of deeds, patents, letters of attorney, mortgages, deed polls, and declarations of trust, dating from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Founded by Friedrich List and Isaac Hiester in 1826 to build canals to link coal fields, the Little Schuylkill N. R. R. & C. Company expanded its operations in 1831 by opening a twenty mile railroad connecting Tamaqua and Port Clinton in eastern Pennsylvania. Much later, in the 1860s, the company was purchased by the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. This deed book of the very early railroad company is comprised of two parts.

    Part one contains an index of both grantors and grantees, plus near 160 pages of land records, some involving important Pennsylvanians, such as Benjamin Franklin (as president of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, originally dated August 1786); Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Mifflin (as the first governor, originally dated 1794); Charles Albrecht, "musical Instrument maker"; Thomas McKean (a signer of the Declaration of Independence as the second governor of Pennsylvania, originally dated 1800); Thomas Biddle (hero of the War of 1812 and brother of Second Bank of the United States President Nicholas Biddle). An entry on page forty-seven, originally dated 1786, contains land payment in "Spanish Silver milled Dollars": "John Rheiner . . . standeth bound unto the said George William Steinhauer in the sum of Two thousand six hundred and sixty six Spanish Silver milled Dollars . . . each Dollar weighing at least seventeen penny weights and six grains of fine Silver". On a preliminary blank page is written in pencil in part, "Little Schylkill [sic] N.R.R. & C. Company Deed Book".

    Part two
    , near fifty pages, is headed with "Schedule of Land papers in the Office of the Little Schuylkill Navigation Rail Road and Coal Company. January 17th, 1834". On the cover of the deed book is printed. "Little Schuylkill N.R.R. & C./ Company/ Deed Book". Printed on the spine is "Deed Book &c./ L.S.N.R.R. & C. Co." Handwritten on the spine is "Schedule of Deeds etc. made January 17th, 1834". All pages are lined; many blank pages in the center of the book. The suede binding is worn, with some tears to the suede; with leather title labels and gilt lettering on cover and spine. Marbled endpapers. Overall fine condition.

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