Activities in New York City's 22nd Precinct, Located in Hell's Kitchen, in 1864 [Manuscript]. [New York City]. Metropolitan Police Blotter 27, Twenty-Second Precinct, Johannes C. Stott, Captain. [New York, July 29, 1864-October 8, 1864]. [ii], 260,  pp. Folio (15" x 9 1/2"). Quarter calf over marbled boards, rebacked in period style, endpapers added. A few minor scuffs to boards, some rubbing to extremities, corners worn. Light toning, content in neat hand to rectos and versos of all leaves, additional notes to endleaves, negligible dampstaining in a few places, some edgewear to preliminaries and final leaves, pencil drawing of a ship on recto of front free endpaper. An interesting piece of New York City history. $6,000. * The activity blotter of the 22nd Precinct of the Metropolitan Police under Captain Johannes C. Stott. Located in a rough neighborhood that would later be part of the district known as Hell's Kitchen, the precinct covered the west side of Manhattan between about 42nd and 52nd Streets, with headquarters on 47th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Its population was comprised mostly of Irish and German immigrants and was notorious for its street gangs, such as the Gophers. Stott commanded 4 sergeants, patrolmen and 2 doormen. The log includes many daily entries, often more than hourly, and includes details on specific crimes. Here are a few examples: On July 29, at 10:15 p.m., they brought in John Rice, aged 17, native of Germany, for felonious assault, "striking the comp't in the head with a stone." The next night at 12:30 came Gottlieb Roaling for "having cut one Christian Emtling in the throat with a lager beer glass." On 16 August, "a boy named Washington Favor employed in Higgins Carpet Factory fell through the hatch from the third floor and...is not expected to recover. The boy is about 11 years old." (You may be glad to know that the boy survived and was working as a theater manager according to the 1880 census). There are many cases involving lost boys and unidentified corpses. In all, this ledger provides a vivid document of daily life in a tough New York City neighborhood at the end of the Civil War era.
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