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NEW YORK 1801 Rules For the Government of the Alms-House


Rules for the Alms-house in the City of New York October 6, 1801


Harrison, Richard and De la Montagnie, Jacob. RULES / FOR THE /Government of the Alms-House / IN THE / CITY OF NEW-YORK,/ APPROVED AND AGREED TO / AT A / COMMON COUNCIL, / ON MONDAY, THE SIXTH OF OCTOBER,/ 1800. Printed by Furman and Loudon, Opposite the City-Hall, [New York]: 1801.

First edition. Copies of this imprint are found at the Library of Congress and at the New York Historical Society. 22 pages, 6 7/8 in x 3 7/8 in; quarto; [A1-4; B1-4; C1-3]. Published by the order of the Common Council, Robert Benson, Clerk. Printer’s mark of a phoenix rising from flames, with the printer’s motto “Protection” on the title page. This copy lacks the final blank with the printer’s advertisements on the verso. Shaw and Shoemaker 1023.
Furman and Loudon were located at the corner of Broad and Wall Streets in New York City in 1800, opposite the City Hall. Small repair of paper loss to title-page without any loss of text. This copy is sewn into a plain wrapper and trimmed.

This rare title is remarkable for the progressive compassion articulated in the provisions of governance and in the vision of its authors for the self-help solutions articulated for the paupers cared for by this early public assistance institution.

Jacob de la Montagnie was a judge and held various elected positions as an elected representative of the people of New York. Notably, in 1804 he served on the committee overseeing the funeral arrangements for Alexander Hamilton and for the hiring of Col. John Trumbull to paint a full-length portrait of Hamilton as a general for the sum of five-hundred dollars. Richard Harrison was one of the first three lawyers (and the only lawyer from New York) admitted to practice before the Supreme Court the first day it opened in New York in February 1790.