Boston: 1796.  pp. Bifolium. 7.25 x 9 inches. A section has been clipped out where Copley's or his counsel's or witness' signature would have appeared just above Joy's, otherwise legible, seal present. Item #45570
Dated March 7th, 1796, lease for land in Boston Commons from painter John Singleton Copley (1738 -1815), to John Joy, whose brother Benjamin Joy, was an East India merchant who served as the first U.S. Consul to India. Both Joy brothers had estates neighboring Copley's, and were part of the "'Mount Vernon proprietors,' a group that acquired and developed the land of Loyalist John Singleton Copley on Beacon Hill. From Copley’s vantage point in England, the land seemed like a worthless cow pasture, but, due to the impending (unknown to Copley) construction of the Massachusetts State House, was in fact quite a valuable parcel." ("From Loyalist son to American consul: Benjamin Joy of Boston", Massachusetts Historical Society).
This indenture is for a "parcel of land, situated near the common in Boston and bounded as follows: Southerly by the Common there measuring twelve feet six inches. Westerly by the fence now standing and belonging to the sd. John Joy ... " Signed by John Joy and a witness.