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HELL'S KITCHEN POLICE BLOTTER FROM 1864 A fascinating Civil War-date New York City Police blotter for the 20th Precinct (Hell's Kitchen tenement district), 264 manuscript pps., hardbound large folio ledger, June 9 through Sept. 30, 1864. Unlimited space is used to chronicle each day's events included the police force available for that day along with standardized records of criminal as well as civil offenses including, but not limited to lost children, persons picked up for public intoxication, and petty offenses. Most entries include the time of the arrest, the offender's name, address, age, place of birth, occupation, marital status along with a brief description of the charges. In very small part: "...[July 3, 4:40 p. m]...Jesse Hamilton...S[ingle], Prostitute...Bella Chatt...U. S., Prostitute...Thomas White, 426 West 44th St., complainant. Officer Van Ness. The prisoners are charged...with robbing him of $50 and a handkerchief while he was in the house 204 West 36th St., a notorious house of prostitution...[July 7, 9 1/2 a. m.]...officer Woodruff conveyed unknown man to the Jewish hospital whom he had found in a fit...he appeared to be about 40 years of age...dressed in blue pants and shirt, appeared to be a sailor. This man died at 3 p. m...[4 1/2 p. m.]...Anton Reity a deserter from Co. D, N. Y. engineer regiment was brought in by officer Scherbe...[July 8, 10 1/4 p. m.]...a citizen named George Winterble brought in a bunch of blacks which he had found on a stoop...[July 9, 8 1/4 a. m.]...Officer Fitzgerald brought in the body of the infant from vacant lot 34th St. near 10th Ave...[July 13, 4:50 p. m.]...a man too drunk to give his name. Lawrence McCann, 22 W., Ireland, Labor...$300 bail...Frank Long, 580 8th Ave., Witness...[July 16, 9 1/2 p. m.]...Mr. Wm. Wright of...36th St....complained that some of Mr. Frazer's boys...fired off a small loaded cannon, the bullet...going through the fence and striking Mrs. Wright in the arm near the shoulder, inflicting a serious wound. Officer Hack...went to Mr. Frazer's house and found all the folks out...[July 20, 10 p. m.]...alarm of fire in 2nd District...the alarm was occasioned by the bursting of a head light on a locomotive in the 'Round House' near the 11th Ave...extinguished a few pails of water...[July 27, 1:50 p. m.]...Officer Hack brought in a stray cow which he found in a yard under suspicious circumstances...sent to Callahan's supposed to have been stolen by some boys and put there till they got a chance to dispose of her...[Aug. 11, 8 1/4 a. m.]...Henry Brice aged 13 was bitten on the thigh & a shark while bathing at the foot 37th St...he was taken home by some citizens. He is the son of Officer Brice of this precinct. Shark bit him 3 times...[Aug. 14, 3 3/4 p. m.]...Michael Ayers, 15 W[est St.]...his boy pushed...James Clary off the dock and drowned him...[Aug. 19, 7 1/4 a. m.]...Berthia Donaldson...has $188.45 in good money $97 counterfeit 50 cent stamps and 36 Dollars bad money on Corn Exchange Bank N. Y...[Aug. 28, 4: 35 p. m.]...Officer Leacy reported the body of a man found in the water [at the] foot of 31st St...[Aug. 5 1/4 p. m.]...Robert Kerr and Nicholas Stafford...furious driving & running over a child of John Hammerill...[Sept. 11, 2 1/4 p. m.]...John S. Doyle...liquor dealer, M[arried]...enticing [Edward] Carroll to leave the state to enlist at Bridgeport Ct...". A rare original period working copy with an 1880's label only used to help label this volume, overall very good with rear cover detached. Res.: 950.00 [Clement's Library has the Feb. thru June 8, 1864 blotter from the 20th Precinct.
Estimate $ 1,000-1,200

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