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Guide to the Henry Van Solingen Receipt Books
 MS 2606

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Van Solingen, Henry
Title: Henry Van Solingen receipt books
Dates: 1789-1836
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet
Call Phrase: MS 2606

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Biographical note

Henry M. Van Solingen, a physician, received his medical degree from Queens College, New Jersey in 1792. He moved to New York in 1789-90 and set up both a medical practice and a business, which manufactured and sold medicines. The 1793 New York Directory listed Van Solingen as a physician, residing at 45 Hanover Square; the 1806 Directory listed him living at 46 Cortland Street. His meticulous records indicate the he was careful with money, and quite religious, supporting the New Dutch Church, and later the Middle and North Dutch Churches. He invested in various rental properties on Maiden Lane, Greenwich Street, Cedar Street, Washington Street, Cortland Street and Broadway. One of the receipt books documents a business partnership with a Ryneer Suydham. Although records show tuition payments for a son, there is no mention of a wife.

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Scope and Contents note

The receipt books provide a running record of money paid out from 1789-1832. The transactions provide a glimpse at the goods and services purchased by a member of the shopkeeper class of early 19th century New York City. The majority of the entries are for taxes; rents; house repairs; charitable donations; pew rents and support for ministers; fines for periodic chimney fires; street repair; and purchases for his drug business.

The clippings, many from the Commercial Advertiser, New York Herald and New-York American, are dated from 1789-1836. They vary in subject, including articles on medical advice; natural history; music; the stock market and real estate auctions; obituaries; ship accounts; and recipes for plant remedies. Also included is the public address written by John Pintard announcing the founding of the New-York Historical Society.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Romayne, Nicholas, 1756-1817
  • Suydam, Ryneer

Document Type

  • Clippings
  • Receipts

Subject Topics

  • Physicians--New York (State)--New York--19th century

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs--19th century

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to qualified researchers.

Conditions Governing Use note

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation note

Henry Van Solingen receipt books, MS 2606, The New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased in 2001.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 1 Receipt book
Volume: 2 Receipt book
Volume: 3 Receipt book
Folder: 1 Clippings

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