Patterson, NY: 21 April 1834. A legal document for an unusually large amount, $8,000, to 3 prominent New York citizens, including Lewis Ludington, the brother of Sybil, a heroine of the American Revolutionary War, sometimes called the female Paul Revere.
Sybil Ludington (1761 - 1839) is famous for her April 1777 horseback ride, undertaken at night when she was only 16, to warn her father, Colonel Henry Ludington about an impending British attack.
Lewis Ludington (1786 - 1857) born in Kent NY, first ran a general store in Kent, NY, and later became a real estate devloper, lumber baron and founder of Columbus, Wisconsin. In the early 1830s the US was experiencing a boom, with the government profiting handsomely from land sales. In the late 1830s Lewis explored Wisconsin and considered the idea of purchasing large tracts of land from the government to start a timber operation.
Daniel Kent (1782 - 1860) of Patterson NY, was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas in New York. Walker Todd (1786 - 1840) of Carmel NY, was a New York politician who served as judge on the Surrogate's Court of Putnam County.
The loan document states the amount of the loan, but not the purpose. Signed and sealed with red wax by Kent, Todd & Ludington, and below, by Judge Samuel Washburn. 8 x 12 3/4". Period folds flattened, short splits at a few folds. Very good overall. Item #26264