New York, 1828 Comptrollers Office Payment Signed by Mayor William Paulding Jr. and Richard Riker

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New York, 1828 Comptrollers Office Payment Signed by Mayor William Paulding Jr. and Richard Riker

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New York, 1828. Handwritten payment to J. Fleming for $1,004.65 for "City Stock transferred to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund," Black handwriting on off-white paper, S/N 71, Cut cancelled with an X at center. Signed by several notable New York City figures who were also Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, including New York City Mayor at the time, William Paulding Jr., and Richard Riker as Recorder. William Paulding Jr. (March 7, 1770 - February 11, 1854) was a United States Representative from New York and the 56th and 58th Mayor of New York City. He was the Adjutant General of New York for two non-consecutive terms. Paulding Avenue in the Morris Park section of The Bronx is named after him. Richard Riker (September 9, 1773 - September 26, 1842) was an American lawyer and politician from New York, who served as the first district attorney of what is now New York County, and as recorder of New York City. Riker was a close friend of DeWitt Clinton, and both were supporters of Alexander Hamilton, leading to duels with supporters of Hamilton's rival Aaron Burr. Riker served as Clinton's second in a duel with John Swartwout on July 30, 1802 at the dueling grounds in Weehawken, New Jersey, where Swartwout was wounded in the leg. On November 21, 1803, Riker dueled with John Swartwout's brother, Brigadier General Robert Swartwout, at Weehawken in defense of Clinton's honor. Riker was shot in the leg at this duel, giving him a permanent limp. Riker was also a member of the prominent and wealthy Riker family, which owned Rikers Island, now New York City's primary jail complex, until 1884. Also signed by G. N. Bleeker as Comptroller and very possibly who Bleeker Street in the Village is named after. VF condition, especially for its age. Rare piece of New York City history.