Clement C Moore Autographed Deed 1842 Framed Chelsea Nyc With Color Book For SaleCLEMENT C MOORE Autographed Deed 1842 Framed CHELSEA NYC With Color Book
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A beautiful framed presentation showcasing the historic autograph of the
author of "A Visit From St. Nicholas" ("The Night Before Christmas"),
Clement Clarke Moore, on a deed for lots not far from the Chelsea
mansion where Moore reputedly first read his "whimsical" little poem to
his children at Christmas in 1822.
Clement C. Moore (1779–1863) was Professor of Oriental and Greek Literature, as well as Divinity and Biblical Learning, at the General Theological Seminary for over twenty-five years. He wrote scholarly and political works, but is best remembered for his Christmas poem.
The deed has been framed along with a colorfully illustrated book edition of the poem. The deed was signed twice by Moore, and has been folded so that one signature is visible in the frame.
British Major Thomas Clarke obtained the Chelsea property when he bought the farm in 1750. The land was bounded by what would become 21st and 24th Streets, from the Hudson River to Eighth Avenue. Clarke chose the name Chelsea after the manor of Chelsea, London, home to Sir Thomas More. Clarke passed the estate on to his daughter, Charity, who, with her husband Benjamin Moore, added land on the south of the estate, extending it to 19th Street. The house was the birthplace of their son, Clement Clarke Moore, who in turn inherited the property. In 1827 he gave the land of his apple orchard to the Episcopal Diocese of New York for the General Theological Seminary, which built its brownstone Gothic, tree-shaded campus south of the manor house; it still stands, on ninth avenue between 20th and 21st streets.. Moore also began the development of Chelsea with the help of James N. Wells, dividing it up into lots along Ninth Avenue and selling them to well-heeled New Yorkers, in this case to Nicholas C. Smith. Smith's signature is below Moore's.
The frame measures 17.5 x 26.5". Excellent condition. Payment and Shipping
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