MACLAY, Isaac Walker (1841-1908); DAVIES, William E. Manuscript Real Estate Ledger for New York City and New Jersey. [ca. 1880-1890].

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Folio (13 ½ x 8 ½ in.; 34.2 x 21.6 cm.). 82 original manuscript maps in pen and ink with colour wash of individual lot surveys for plots in New York City and New Jersey, and a few other locations, large folding lithographed maps of "Eligible Building Sites between Alpine and Closter, Bergen County, New Jersey" for sale by Maclay & Davies, 1887, and "Residential and Building Sites at Orange Heights in the Township of West Orange, Essex County, N.J.", 1892.  Disbound, original black morocco, cloth cover present. 


AN EXTRAORDINARY RECORD OF THE EXTENSIVE AND INCREASINGLY VALUABLE PROPERTY PORTFOLIO OF THE MACLAY & DAVIES REAL ESTATE COMPANY OF NEW YORK, founded by Isaac Maclay in 1867.  Maclay graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1864, and was present at Ford’s Theater one year later, in April of 1865, the night that J. Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.   Major Maclay, with two other officers of the Washington Arsenal, Maclay attended the theater. After the shooting, Maclay and his fellow officers brought the President to the Peterson House and placed him on a bed in a rear room. This house is now known as the Lincoln Museum. “Mr. Maclay went for Dr. Todd, the President's family physician, after which he was detailed to guard the residence of the Secretary of War, Mr. Stanton" (Obituary in the Yonkers, N. Y., Statesman of December 30, 1908). 


Maclay became Chief Ordnance Officer of the Department of the Platte, and was a member of the Board appointed to appraise the value of the arsenals at Rome, N.Y., Vergennes, Vt., and Fayetteville, N.C.  When Maclay retired from active military service shortly after the Civil War, he was appointed Assistant Topographical Engineer of the Department of Parks, New York City. He was "the engineer in charge of the surveying and laying out and monumenting of the streets, roads and avenues north of 155th street, on Manhattan Island, and also in the 24th and 25th wards after their annexation to that city.  He resigned from that position to accept the appointment of Chief Engineer of the Long Island Railroad. In 1867 he established the firm of Maclay & Davies, in connection with William W. Davies, which firm subsequently engaged in the real estate business, and in which he continued until his death. The Major's real estate firm built the first of the iron piers erected at Long Branch and Rockaway" (Obituary in the Yonkers, N. Y., Statesman of December 30, 1908). 


The 82 manuscript maps in the Ledger show properties in: Sackett Street, Union Street, and Degraw Streets, Brooklyn; Hunts Point in the Bronx; houses in Lexington Ave., W. 68th Street, W. 56th Street, E. 123rd Street, 114th Street and 1st Ave., W. 10th Street, 87th Street, 88th Street, 148th Street, 10th Ave., Park Ave., 85th Street, 136th Street, W. 97th Street, E. 111th Street; Echo Farm, Stable and Smith Shop, Demarest Ave., Bogert Purchase, Bell Lot, Bell Wood Lot, Polk, and Colonial Cottage, Demarest, New Jersey; Madison Street Passaic, New Jersey; Newark New Jersey; Felter Farm, Westwood, New Jersey; Pearson, Orange Heights, New Jersey; Coytesville, Ridgefield Township, Tenafly, and extensive property in Kensington, Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, New Jersey; Salter, Springfield, New Jersey; Thayer, Ogden, and Blyth, Englewood, New Jersey; Rowhl Lot, Closter, New Jersey; Rutherford Heights, Rutherford, New Jersey; Mahwah, New Jersey;The Howland, West Englewood, New Jersey; a large plot between Clinton and Columbia Streets, Plainfield, New Jersey; Bay View Ave., Englewood Township, Bergen County, New Jersey; extensive property in West Orange & Livingston, New Jersey; property in Boulder, Colorado; Biegen Dock, Valentines Lane and Hawthorne Ave.,Yonkers, New York; Hatchkiss, Irvington, New York; Pelhamdale Ave., and Boston Post Road, Manor Lane, Pelham; Cottage Ave., St. Louis; Jefferson County, and Jackson County, Missouri; 92 acres in Sing Sing; river frontage in Farmingdale, Long Island; Riverside, Chicago; Virginia; and even in Winnipeg, Selkirk, Canada. 


In addition to listing the title holders of the properties, which in the early days were the wives of Maclay and Davies, details are also given of the mortgages held, rents due, sales prices and purchaser information, as well the names of later partners in the more extensive transactions in New Jersey particularly, including John C. Shaw and William Schneider.    # 72lib1201