James Beekman was a prominent merchant in New York City. In this document dated 1763, New York, merchant James Beekman has signed a receipt to Martin Garrisson for calico. It was signed at lower right by Beekman. Beekman (1732-1807) is best remembered for his mansion, known as Mount Pleasant, which he built in Manhattan on the East River in 1763, near the northwest corner of 1st Avenue and East 51st Street. This mansion served as the British military headquarters during the American Revolution, and was the site of the trial of Nathan Hale.
The British made their headquarters in the mansion for a time during the American Revolutionary War and Nathan Hale was tried as a spy in the mansion's greenhouse and hanged in a nearby orchard. George Washington visited the house many times during his presidency. The Beekman family lived at Mount Pleasant until a cholera epidemic forced them to move in 1854. The home survived until 1874 when it was torn down.
This James Beekman autograph document reproduction would make a great addition to an album or display.