Ringwood Works, Historic New Jersey, 1784 Handwritten Credit Document

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Ringwood Works, Historic New Jersey, 1784 Handwritten Credit Document
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Bellville near Trenton, New Jersey, May 19, 1784. Handwritten document stating that John Suffern, Esq. "has given Edward William Kiers credit in the Ringwood Books" for over 23 pounds in June of 1776 and over 24 pounds in May of 1777, equaling a total credit of 48 pounds. This piece is signed by Dominic Robertson, Late Clerk to the Ringwood Works. John Suffern, first Rockland County judge, 1798_1806, settled near the base of the Ramapo Mountains in 1773, and called the place New Antrim, after his home in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. New Antrim's location was considered strategically important in the Revolutionary War because it was at an important crossroads near Ramapo Pass. General George Washington and other important military leaders used John Suffern's home as headquarters when they were in the area. The now-present village of Suffern, New York was named after John Suffern. The Ringwood Iron Works, mentioned in the piece as "Ringwood Works" provided crucial support for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Ringwood's iron was used in manufacturing links for the Hudson River Chain, a defensive device installed across the river north of West Point, as well as for tools and hardware for the army. Edward William Kiers served as captain of the Haverstraw Company in the Orange County, New York militia. He also testified, at the request of George Washington, at the court-martial of Joshua Hett Smith, an alleged co-conspirator of Benedict Arnold and John Andre. It was at Smith's house (known later as Treason House, on Treason Hill) that Arnold and Andre plotted to surrender the fort at West Point. Fine condition with toning, still in incredible condition for its age. A fascinating historical document from an important area during the Revolutionary War, which also mentions historical figures who were contemporaries of George Washington.