Beautifully engraved certificate from the Boston Water Scrip issued
in 1847. This historic document was printed by the New England Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of ships sailing, an indian killing a deer, an allegorical woman with a drink and an allegorical woman with a sword. This item is hand signed by the City’s Mayor ( Josiah Quincy Jr.), Tresurer ( James C. Dunn ) and Auditor and is
over 161 years old. Condition if Fine.
JOSIAH QUINCY, JR.
Mayor of Boston, December 1845-January 1849. Born 1802, died 1888. Believed in the Public Boston Library plan so thoroughly that he made the first cash gift to the Boston Library in the sum of $5,000. He made the gift anonymously with the condition that "$10,000 be raised at large for the same purpose and that the library should be as fully used by all, as may be consistent with the safe-keeping of the property."
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