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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Aug 22, 20
Edited on:Aug 22, 20
Postmark: Sep 1, 1835
Origin: Griswold's Mills, Warren County, New York, UNITED STATES
Destination: Albany, New York, UNITED STATES

"Griswolds Mills NY 1st Sept" (1835) manuscript postmark and ms. "Paid 10" rate marking on folded letter to Messrs. I. & J. Townsend, Albany, N.Y. Docketed "Elisha M. Forbes, Septr. 2 1835".

Transcript of letter: "Grisworlds Mills Sept 2th 1835, Messrs. I. & J. Townsend, Gent
I have offered me 40 tons of Wrought iron in casks. Please write me by Return male
(sic) what you will Pay for it in delivery on the Dock at Albany. I shall have to pay for casks at 3/ three shillings each. Repectfully Elisha M. Forbes, I want to do the Best Cond. I shall Buy it"

Griswold's Mills post office was in Warren County, N.Y., in operation from 1829 to 1894. The postmark is unlisted in ASCC.

Beginning with the involvement of Peter Townsend in the Sterling Iron Works before the Revolutionary War, the Townsend family had interests in the purchase, sale, and manufacturing of iron products of all kinds.  Many members of the Townsend family were born in Sterling, Orange County, New York, including brothers Isaiah Townsend (1777-1838) and John Townsend (1783-1854), great-nephews of Peter Townsend.

In 1799 Isaiah Townsend moved to Albany, New York, to become a partner in the firm of Stewart & Townsend, also iron merchants.  When that firm dissolved, Isaiah was joined by his younger brother, John, and together they formed the firm I. & J. Townsend in 1804.  The Townsends’ business involved the buying and selling of both foreign and domestic iron and the production, at their foundry, of mill gearings, machinery castings, chilled and dry sand rolls and railroad car wheels. The firm, under various names, remained in the family until the 1890s. Source: Townsend Family Business Papers (1802-1883), New York State Library, State University of NY at Albany.

Owner's ID: 2332
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes