File 01 - Deed of assignment

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Deed of assignment

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CA RBD MSG 1139-01

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  • 11 February 1814 - 22 June 1814 (Contribution)
    Griffin, Henry, active 1812-1814
    Montréal (Québec)
  • 5 October 1812 - 6 October 1812 (Contribution)
    Griffin, Henry, active 1812-1814
    Montréal (Québec)
  • 17 April 1811 (Creation)
    Barron, Thomas, active 1811
    Montréal (Québec)
  • 17 April 1811 (Creation)
    Gray, Jonathan Abraham, 1811
    Montréal (Québec)

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1 bound document ; 45 x 29 x 0.4 cm

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Thomas Barron was a notary who was practicing in Montreal in 1811.

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Jonathan Abraham was a notary who was practicing in Montreal in 1811.

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A deed of assignment prepared for the firm Patterson and Co. (represented in Montreal by William Walker, in Quebec by Samuel Hopkins, and in Liverpool by Andrew Todd Patterson and John Michael Malonek). The deed of assignment transfers the ownership of several plots of land in Montreal and Trois-Rivières (including a lumberyard, house, and windmill), a partially-built ship under construction in Trois-Rivières, a quantity of goods and wares (primarily timber, alcohol, and food), and some furniture and property from William Walker, Samuel Hopkins, Andrew Todd Patterson and John Michael Malonek to their attorneys, James McGill, John Richardson, and William Hallowell on behalf of their creditors. The agreement also includes an allowance for William Walker and Samuel Hopkins, as well as funding for a counting house in Montreal. The original agreement is dated 17 April 1811 and was notarized by Jonathan Abraham Gray and Thomas Barron.

Patterson and Co.’s creditors include McVickar & Stewart (James McVickar and William Stewart of New York, with their attorney John Richardson), McTavish, McGillivray & Co (William McGillivray, William Hallowell, Roderick McKenzie, Angus Shaw, Archibald Norman McLeod), Thomas W. Storrow & Co (Thomas W. Storrow, John C. Brown, Samuel A. Storrow, James Jones), and Lot & Asa Elmore.

A renewal of the contract from 10 March 1812 include new creditors: Douglas Reid & Co, McVickar & Stewart, Broker Darling & Co (by substitution from George Hamilton of Quebec), Alex Allison, Romeo Wotsworth, David David, Richard Seeds & Campbell Graham (power of substitution from Irvin Macnought & Co), Tappan & Sewall, Johnston & McQaid, Fred W. Ermatinger, Anthony Hood & Co., James McGill, John Morrall & Co, Esra Meach, Wright Bourlin & Wright, William Bowdin, and Joseph Hilson.

Additional signatories were added on 5 and 6 October 1812 (notarized by Henry Griffin): James McGill, John Richardson, William Hallowell, Henry Griffin, Thomas Barron, N.P. as well as the following creditors: George Sellers (represented by his attorney G. Garden, by power of substitution from John Salmon) and Thomas Clark (represented by his attorney Robert Frost per power of substitution from Sam. Hopkins).

Further signatories were added on 11 February 1814 and 22 June 1814 (notarized by E.H. Griffin): William Thompson (represented by his attorney Robert Frost, by power of substitution from William Mager), and M.C. Cowilling (attorneys by substitution to George Srymes attorney to the assignees of Carson, Parry & Co).

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Includes four appendices: Appendix A: List of creditors of the house or firm of Patterson & Co. of Quebec and Montreal; Appendix B: Inventory of goods, wares & merchandise belonging to the house or firm of Patterson & Co.; Appendix C: Inventory of personal property and real estates belonging to the house or firm of Patterson & Co.; and Appendix D: List of debtors of the house or firm of Patterson & Co.

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