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Excise License for the Tavern of George Waggoner

[This information is from Vol. II, p. 1215 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Excise License for the Tavern of George Waggoner

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Photo: Excise License for the Tavern of George Waggoner, on the Old Mohawk Turnpike in present Nelliston. Print by courtesy of W. D. Shults, Fort Plain.

[Transcription follows:]

Montgomery County, ss.

THE COMMISSIONERS OF EXCISE.

For the town of Palatine by virtue of an Act, passed by the legislature of the state of New York, on the seventh day of April, 1801, entitled "An act to lay a duty on strong Liquors, and for regulating Inns and Taverns," DO HEREBY LICENSE George Waggoner of Palatine who is of good moral Character, to keep a public Inn or Tavern at his dwelling where he now Resides from the date of these presents until the first Tuesday of May, one thousand eight hundred and Thirteen. It appearing to the commissioners absolutely necessary that a Public Inn or Tavern be kept at the said place, for the accommodation of Travellers.

GIVEN under our hands and seals, in the Town aforesaid, this 5th day of May 1802

Peter C. Fox
Wm. W————— [illegible]
Thos. F. Getman
Commissioners of Excise

[Editorial note: the above signatures are open to interpretation]

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