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New York Innkeeper’s License 1796 Signed by New York City Mayor Richard Varick

$500.00

Bernard Repelye, a grocer located at 70 Front Street, secured the right to “keep an Inn or Tavern for retailing strong or spiritous Liquors in his Dwelling-House …” for a period of one year. Mr. Repelye was prohibited during the time he held this license from keeping “… a disorderly Inn or Tavern, or suffer or permit any Cock-fighting, Gaming, or Playing with Cards or Dice, or keep any Billiard-Table, or other Gaming-Table, or Shuffle-Board, within the Inn or Tavern by him to be kept, or within any Out-House, Yard or Garden belonging there-unto; then this Recognizance to be void, else to remain in full Force.”

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Varick, Richard. New York Innkeeper’s License 1796 Signed by New York City Mayor Richard Varick. An engraved form printed on an untrimmed sheet with the year 1796 and month of March, with manuscript annotations. For the sum of fifty pounds, Bernard Repelye, a grocer located at 70 Front Street, secured the right to “keep an Inn or Tavern for retailing strong or spiritous Liquors in his Dwelling-House …” for a period of one year. Mr. Repelye was prohibited during the time he held this license from keeping “… a disorderly Inn or Tavern, or suffer or permit any Cock-fighting, Gaming, or Playing with Cards or Dice, or keep any Billiard-Table, or other Gaming-Table, or Shuffle-Board, within the Inn or Tavern by him to be kept, or within any Out-House, Yard or Garden belonging there-unto; then this Recognizance to be void, else to remain in full Force.” Signed, Richard Varick (1753-1831) as the Mayor of New York, serving from 1789-1801. An original printed form with manuscript annotations in ink, printed on heavy laid paper, slight browning, but in very good condition.