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Title Memorandum and account [manuscript]: New York State, 1788 July 22
Author Rosecrantz, N.
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Memorandum and account, Apr. 24-July 22, 1788, submitted by N. Rosecrantz, summarizing his services to the "company" (probably the New York Genesee Company) and itemizing his expenses. Rosecrantz notes that his account was paid in full on July 23, 1788.
Names Livingston, John (1750-1822); Debartzch, Dominique
Places Genesee Region, New York, United States
Keywords account, expenses, financial transaction, trade, commerce, land tenure, land cession, property, council
Theme Trade and Indian Economies
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information

Rosecrantz apparently worked as a courier, delivering wampum to Col. Livingston and assisting Mr. Debarztch (a Montréal Indian trader working for the Livingston and Phelps/Gorham enterprise) in preparations for the the Buffalo Creek council.

In 1788 John Livingston and his New York Genesee Company secured a perpetual lease from the Iroquois to a huge tract of land in western New York state. Livingston and the company merged their interests with the Phelps and Gorham enterprise, which had agreed to purchase proprietary rights to the same lands from the state of Massachusetts. In agreement with Phelps, the Livingston concern arranged a council with the Indians at Buffalo Creek, where on July 8, 1788, Oliver Phelps secured the Indian title to approximately one-third of the land to which he had secured the preemption rights.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 780
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue