Eighteenth-Century New York City Tavern License [Taverns]. [New York City]. [Duane, James (1733-1797)]. [Tavern Licence Granted to John Swan Signed by Mayor James Duane]. New York, May 4, 1789. 6-1/4" x 7-1/2" part-printed document, inscribed in neat hand, docketed on verso. Moderate browning, faint horizontal fold line, another fold line to upper right corner, minor wear and a few small chips to edges, a few cellotape repairs to verso. An interesting item. $950. * Swan's license permits him to sell "strong liquors in his dwelling house," provided he does not "keep a disorderly Inn or Tavern, or suffer or permit any Cock fighting, Gaming or playing with Cards or Dice, or keep any Billiard Table, or other Gaming table or Shuffle Board, within the Inn or Tavern." James Duane was the first mayor of New York after the British evacuation in 1784. A Revolutionary leader, he was a delegate to the Continental Congress and a signer of the Articles of Confederation. After he completed his term as mayor in 1789, he became one of the first federal judges on the U.S. Circuit Court in New York.
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