Coxsackie, NY: 1800 & 1806.
Two printed forms each completed in unique hand (15.5 x 21 cm. each). The earlier permit allows for Charles Titus (1760-1847) of Coxsackie to sell “spiritous liquors” in a quantity of fewer than five gallons for one year. Specifications that the liquor must not be drunk at his house, out-house, yard, or garden preclude the operation of a tavern or public house. This license is signed and sealed by Peter A. Van Bergen, Philip Conine Junr, and Jonas Bronk. Notable here is the Bronk name, a descendent of Jonas and Pieter Bronck, after whom the Bronx River, County, and Borough are named. The 1806 license—printed by Charles R. and George Webster, Albany’s leading newspaper publishers and printers—permits Titus to operate a public inn or tavern for one year. License issued, signed, and sealed by Coxsackie’s Commissioners of Excise. Besides his store and tavern, Titus is noted to have owned a sawmill, ashery, blacksmith shop, and trading vessel. Both documents have uneven edges with some slight foxing, otherwise very good.