'Droit Office & Pier', 1820. Artist: John Shury
'Droit Office & Pier', 1820. Margate is a seaside town in the district of Thanet in Kent. The town's history is tied closely to the sea and it has a proud maritime tradition. In the 18th century, a droit was the fee a ship paid to enter harbour. Built in 1812 the Droit Office on Margate's pier became the Customs House in 1828. After Captain George Varlo. From Picture of Margate, and its Vicinity, by WC Oulton, Esq., author of the Traveller's Guide. Illustrated with a Map and Twenty Views, engraved by JJ Shury, from Drawings by Captain G Varlo, by WC Oulton. [Baldwin Craddock & Jay Paternoster, London, 1820]
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John Jay, American statesman, from a print published in 1783, (c1880).Artist: Whymper
John Jay, American statesman, from a print published in 1783, (c1880). One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Jay (1745-1829) was President of the Continental Congress from 1778-1779 and, together with Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, was one of the authors of The Federalist Papers. From 1789-1795 he served as the first Chief Justice of the United States. Jay then became Governor of New York, as which he was a prominent opponent of slavery, overseeing the passing of emancipation legislation in the state in 1799. A print from Cassell's History of the United States, by Edmund Ollier, Volume II, Cassell Petter and Galpin, London, c1880.
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