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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.03775
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0083] January-March 1788 
Title Arent J. Schuyler to Nicholas Hoffman about proposals concerning a copper mine
Date 27 January 1788
Author Schuyler, Arent J. (1746-1803)  
Recipient Hoffman, Nicholas  
Document Type Correspondence; Business and financial document; Land transaction document
Content Description Copy of a letter from Schuyler to Hoffman, written in Henry Knox's hand. First three pages consist of Schuyler's letter; final three pages contain Knox's remarks concerning this letter. Schuyler's original was written at Barbados Neck. He lists stipulations for leasing his copper mines to Hoffman. Provides details on the length of the lease (21 years). Limits locations in which Hoffman can dig for ore. Requires eight men to work in the mines for at least eight months per year. Indicates that these terms are taken from the lease formerly granted to Mr. Hornblower. It is unclear whether the remarks on pages four - six are those of Knox or Hoffman. These remarks consist of reasons to agree to or disagree with Schuyler's stipulations. In conclusion, Hoffman and the "proposed lessees" do not consent to Schuyler's terms, saying, "such desperate chances must be left to mere adventurers."
Subjects Revolutionary War General  Mining  Industry  Land Transaction  Finance  Contract  Coins and Currency  
People Schuyler, Arent J. (1746-1803)  Hoffman, Nicholas (1736-1800)  
Place written Essex County, New Jersey
Theme Industry
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Possibly pertains to Nicholas Hoffman (1736-1800).
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859