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David Galbreath - Newspapers

23 Oct 1779 - Royal Gazette (New York) - Issue 320, pg4.

NB. An advertisement by David's father Thomas Galbreath

At No. 219, Queen Street,
Begs leave to acquaint the public and his friends in particular, that he sails by the very first fleet for London, therefore desires those who have any demands against him to call for payment, and all those indebted to him are requested to settle their accounts speedily.
   The whole stock of goods now remaining on hand being a general and very neat assortment will be sold on very reasonable terms for cash by his son David Galbreath, who remains at the above store to settle and wind up that concern.
   N.B. May be had at the same store a parcel of Sailor's Winter Jackets, lined with Flannel, and Yarn Stockings of different colours, also Military Yarn Hose, Gloves and Mittens, by the bale, at a very low advance on Sterling cost, and many articles at first cost.

25 Apr 1781 - Royal Gazette (New York) - Issue 477, pg. 2

Imported in the Ship Quebec from London, And sold by Galbreath & Thomson,
At their Store No. 228, Queen Street,
An assortment of Silk Gauzes, Flowered Lawns, Callicoes, Dutch Cords , Plain and corded Dimmities, Marseilles, Quilting, Brown Linens, Ravens Duck, Brown and white Drillings, Bengal Stripes, Persians, and Sattin Petticoats, Black Lastings, Callimancoes, Boys and Mens Hats, Stuff, Morocco and Silk Shoes, Thread, Cotton and Silk Stockings, Muslins, Sattins, Persians, Taffety's, Fashionable Mantua and Brocade, China in small Boxes, &c.
Also Black Pepper in Bags, Loaf Sugar in Casks.

31 Aug 1782 - Royal Gazette (New York) - Issue 619, pg3.

Cheap, for cash only, By Galbreaths and Thomson, At their store, No. 228, Queen-Street,
A large assortment of European, and India goods : amongst which are the following Articles, now opening for sale, suitable for the approaching season, viz.
Superfine Broad Cloths, Plain and twilled Bath Coatings, Flannels and Baizes, Carpets and Carpeting, A large assortment of worsted Hosiery, Milled Gloves and Mits, Plain and striped Camblets, Corderoys and Velverets, Royal Ribs, Denims, and Sattinets, Fashionable figured silk Velvet for Jackets, Woman's Callimanco Shoes, Men's fine and Military Shoes, Boots, &c. N.B. Sailcloth, No. 1, to 8.

25 Dec 1782 - Royal Gazette (New York) - Issue 652, pg3.

The Copartnership of Galbreaths & Thomson
Will be dissolved (by mutual consent) on the first of April next, their remaining stock on hand, consisting of a large assortment of European and India goods, Will be disposed of at their store, No. 228 Queen Street, at first cost and charges, among which are the following articles, viz.
Superfine broad-cloths, Fine masquerade ditto, White and coloured cashmers, Spotted baizes and scarlet flannels, 1/2 yard, 3/4ths, and yard wide carpeting, An assortment of worsted hose, Double worsted caps, Boys and youths hats, Callicoes and chintzes, Morea gown patterns, An assortment of silk gauzes, Plain and sprigged muslin, Book muslin handkerchiefs, Plain and striped ?ths mantuas, Rich tobines and brocades, Black modes and satins, Sar(e)snets of every colour, Coloured India persians, Clouting, and 1/4ths Russin diaper, Womens callimanco and tick stays, Lungee, romal and Barcelona handkerchiefs, Printed linen ditto, Coloured thread and sewing silks, Women's leather, linen and jean gloves, Plain and figured ribbons, White thread, and black silk laces, Marseilles quilting and drawboys, Clear lawns, Lawn aprons and handkerchiefs, Womens durant and callimanco petticoats, Ditto persian and satin ditto, Mens fine leather shoes, Womens common and French heel'd callimanco shoes, Childrens morocco and black pumps, Ravens duck and white drillings, Sail cloth, No. 1, to 8, Bunting for ships colours, Olive denims, royal ribs, sattinets, heaverets, rib de leurs, Scarlet rattinets and camblets, Fine black 1/4th shoe callimancoes, Black russels and princess stuffs, Tapes, bobbins and stay laces, Skane and bowed wires, Deathead, camp and fancy metal buttons, A parcel of hardware, ALSO Superfine kiln-dried flour, Currants, pickles, and hair brooms, China, sorted in small cases, Glass ware in casks, &c, &c.

As David Galbreath intends for England by the first packet, it is most earnestly requested, that all those who have been long indebted to Galbreaths and Thomson, will speedily settle their accounts, otherwise they will be under the disagreeable neccssity of suing for payment before the packet sails. 

Further adverts for dry goods etc., similar to above :-
Galbreaths & Thomson - Independent Journal (New York) - 19 May 1784  &c.
David Galbreath & Co. - Independent Journal (New York) - Oct 1785
David Galbreath - New York Daily Gazette - Feb 1789, Sept 1789
etc. are just some, many adverts ongoing over several months. 

22 May 1784 - Independent Journal (New York) - Issue 50, pg3.

As the term of Copartneship between Galbreaths and Thomason will expire on the first day of September next, when the said Copartnership will, by mutual consent, be dissolved. - The above goods, and all their remaining stock on hand, will be sold, for cash only, at such reduced prices by the package, as will be worth the attention of the purchaser.

27 Sep 1784 - The New York Packet and the American Advertiser - Issue 423, pg.3.

David Galbreath & Co.
No. 228, Queen-Street, near the Fly-market, Have imported, in the London and Triumph from London, the Lucy from Liverpool, and Mary from Glasgow,
A very large and compleat assortment of seasonable DRY GOODS, which they are now opening, and will dispose of, by the package or piece, on the lowest terms, for Cash, or short credit, amongst which are the following articles, viz. (There follows a long list of materials, and some stationary, china bibles and bird shot.)
All those indebted to the late co-partnership of GALBREATHS SON, are earnestly requested to call speedily and settle their respective balances with David Galbreath & Co.

6 Nov 1784 -  Independent Journal (New York) - Issue 98, pg- supplement 1.

David Galbreath, & Co. No. 228, Queen-Street,
Have just imported in the Triumph and London, from London; the Lucy, from Liverpool, and Mary, from Glasgow; a very large and most capital assortment of
European and India goods,
Peculiarly adapted to present and approaching season, which they will dispose of on reasonable terms, by the package or piece.

10 Mar 1785 - Loudon's New York Packet - Issue 470, pg.3

David Galbreath and Co. No. 228, Queen-street,
Have imported in the Betsy from Liverpool, the Marlborough from London, and other late arrivals,
A large and general assortment of  European and India Goods,
Peculiarly adapted to the season, which they will dispose of by the package or piece, on their usual low terms for cash.

All those who are yet indebted to the late co-partnership of Galbreaths and Thomson, are requested to make speedy payment to David Galbreath, and Co.

31 Aug 1785 -  Independent Journal (New York) - Issue 183, pg.2.

Yesterday sailed the ship Mentor.............; and at the same time sailed the new ship Sally, Captain Wright, lately launched at New-London, for Glasgow, with Mr. Galbreath, Merchant, of Queen-Street, ....
(Note - this cannot have been David, as he married in New York on the 12 Oct, only 6 weeks later, not enough time to sail to Glasgow and back. It was perhaps his father Thomas from London, or his brother Thomas jnr.?)

14 Oct 1785 - The Daily Advertiser, Political, Commercial, and Historical - Vol. I, Issue 196, pg.3

Married, - Mr. David Galbreath, of this city Merchant, to the amiable Miss Cornelia Stites, Daughter to Mr. John Stites, also of this city.

15 Oct 1785 - Independent Journal (New York) - Issue 193, pg3.

Last Wednesday evening was married, by the Reverend Mr. James Manning, President of New Providence College, Rhode Island, Mr. David Galbreath, Merchant, in Queen-Street, to Miss Cornelia Stites, third daughter of Mr. John Stites, of this City. From this match all possible felicity may be most justly expected.

6 Dec 1786 - Independent Journal (New York) - Issue 315, pg1 (plus further similar ads into 1787).

David Galbreath & Co.
No. 224 Queen Street, opposite the Fly Market.
Various cloths etc., similar to above.

22 March 1787 - The Daily Advertiser (New York) - Vol.III, Issue 647, pg3.

For Sale by Auction.
On Friday next the 23rd instant, At the Merchants Coffee-House, if not sold before at Private Sale.
The Ship BETSEY,
An excellent new vessel, in good order and well sound; was built at Providence, under the immediate inspection of Capt. John M'Ivers, and is about two hundred and thirty tons burthen, or thereabouts. An Inventory of the Ship may be seen, and the terms of sale made known by applying to David Galbreath, & Co. No. 224 Queen-street, Capt. John M'Ivers at the Coffee-House, or Mr. Anthony L. Bleecker, in Water-street.

10 April 1787 - The Daily Advertiser (New York) - Vol.III, Issue 663, pg3.

Notice is hereby given by the subscribers, petitioning creditors of John Keating sen. of the city of New-York, Merchant, an insolvent debtor, to all the creditors of the said John Keating, to shew cause, if any they have, by Tuesday the seventeenth day of April, inst before James Duane, Esq. Mayor of the city of New-York, and one of the Judges of the Mayor's Court of the said city, at eleven of the clock in the forenoon of the said day, why an assignment of the said debtor's estate should not be made, and the said John Keating, sen. be discharged, pursuant to and act, entitled "an act for the relief of insolvent debtors," passed 13th April 1786.
....(amongst other creditors)....David Galbreath & Co. ...Andrew Mitchell (David's brother-in-law). ....

2 June 1787 - Independent Journal (New York) - Issue 366, pg4.

The house No. 180, corner of Queen and Beekman Streets, one of the best stands for business in this City, is 25 feet in front in Queen-street, and 100 feet deep along Beekman-Street.
A lot in Beekman-Street, adjoining the above, and on which a Store House and Stable now stands; which is 25 feet front, in Beekman-Street, and 75 feet deep.
Both the above will be sold together or separate - For price, and other particulars, apply to Mr. David Galbreath, Merchant, No. 224 Queen-Street.

Note : This property can be identified from deeds as being owned by John Stites, David Galbreath’s father-in-law. David obviously being the selling agent. The purchase & sale by John Stites are recorded in New York Conveyances - Deeds Books 41 pgs 133 & Book 45 pgs, 321 & 433.

15 Nov 1788 - Independent Journal (New York) - Issue 518, pg1.

The Copartnership of David Galbreath, & Co.
Is this day dissolved by mutual consent. Those that have demands against said firm, are desired to present them for payment; and all who stand indebted, are requested to discharge the same, without delay, by note or otherwise.
The business will be carried on in future by David Galbreath, No. 224 Queen Street, who has received by the 'Betsey', Capt. Mesnard, from London, a general assortment of seasonable articles which he will sell for cash, Pot-ash, &c.
New York, August 22, 1788.

16 Dec 1788 - The New York Packet - Issue 863, pg.3

The creditors of Lyon Hart, of the city of New-York, merchant, are hereby required to shew cause (if any they have) at the next Supreme Court of Judicature, which will be held for the State of New York, at the city of New-York, on the fourth Tuesday in January next, why an assignment of the said Lyon Hart's estate should not be made, and the said Lion Hart discharged, according to an act entitled "An act for giving relief in cases of insolvency," passed the 21st day of March, 1788. that being the time and place appointed for that purpose by the Honorable Richard Morris, Esquire, Chief Justice of the State aforesaid. _ Dated the 11th day of December, 1788.
Petitioning Creditors. Samuel Hopkins and Co. John Ellis, Frederick Jay, Thomas Elmes, Attorney for David Galbreath, George Pollock, Sarley and Barnwall, Oatout and Dumont, Riddell, Coloquhoun and Co. Robert Gilchrist, Attorney for samuel Merian, scriba, Schroppel and Starman, Peter McDougall and Co. Samuel Corp, Frederick Cockle, Josiah Ellis, J. Montoudevert, William Seton, Attorney for Jacob Mordecai - William Constable, Alexander Robertson, James A. Stuart, Administrators for the estate of Haym Salomon, deceased, Ritson and Bayard.

7 Feb 1789 - New York Daily Gazette - Issue 36.

Window Glass.
A quantity of 6 by 8, 7 by 9, and 16 by 12 Bristol Crown Window Glass, imported in the Peggy, from Bristol, and for sale on very low terms for cash, by David Galbreath, No. 224, Queen-Street, opposite the Fly-Market.
New York, January 23, 1789.

11 Feb 1789 - New York Daily Gazette - pg3.

To be let,
The three story house, No. 224, Queen street, nearly opposite the Fly Market, in which Mr. David Galbreath now lives; one of the best stands in this city for business. Enquire at No. 35, Maiden-lane.

3 April 1789 - The Daily Advertiser (New York) - Vol.V, Issue 1285, pg2.

New York, April 3.
Yesterday arrived his Britannie Majesty's Packet, Duke of Cumberland, Capt. Lang, in 50 days from Falmouth, with the January and February mails. ..........
Mr. David Galbreath, merchant, of this city, came passenger in the British packet............

18 May 1791 - New York Daily Gazette - Issue 747, pg3.

Has removed from No. 224 to 216 Queenstreet, and intends selling off his remaining stock of seasonable dry goods at such reduced prices, for cash or short credit, as will be worth the attention of purchasers.
Also for sale,
The house in which he now lives. For terms apply as above.
May 4, 1791.

8 Jun 1791 - New York Daily Gazette - Issue 765, pg3.

The remaining stock on hand of David Galbreath, No. 216 Queen-street,
Will now be sold at reduced prices, for cash or short credit; as he intends shortly for Europe, requests all those having any demands against him for immediate payment, and those whose debts are due to him to discharge the same. May 25, 1791.

4 Jul 1791 - New York Daily Gazette - Issue 787, pg2.

Yesterday sailed for Bristol, the ship 'Bristol', Capt. Robert Adamson. In her went passengers Mr. Thomas Mullet, merchant, of Bristol, with his lady and family; and Mr. David Galbreath, merchant, of this city, his lady and family.

13 Jul 1791 - New York Daily Gazette - Issue 795, pg3.

Sales at Auction, By Frederick Jay.
On Thursday, the 14th inst, 10 o'clock, No 216 Queenstreet,
The remaining HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE of Mr. David Galbreath.

16 June 1792 - New York Daily Gazette - Issue 1085, pg1.

Galbreath and Elmes,
No. 30, Queenstreet, corner of Burling-slip, Have received by the late arrivals from Europe, 
A Quantity of Dry Goods,
Which are now opening, and will be sold on remarkable low terms. April 24.
(Similar adverts appear in 1793, 1794.)

Note : despite departing for England, David Galbreath had entered into a partnership with Thomas Elmes, possibly as the London end for the supply of the goods. We know this is the same David Galbreath, as his involvement with Thomas Elmes continues in various land deals, where David is referred to as "of London". see properties. Also see other evidence on David's home page.

3 Mar 1798 - Commercial Advertiser (New York) - Vol.1, Issue 132, pg4.

Lost, About the first instant, a red morocco pocket book, containing a 5 dollar bank note, a note of hand, dreawn by John Griffen, per £107. 2. 4. in favor of and endorsed by Galbreath and Elms (Elmes); one drawn by Samuel Stansbury, per 208 dolls 56 cents, in favor of and endorsed by do and sundry papers of no consequence to any person but the owner.
All persons are forbid receiving said notes, payment thereof being stopped - Whoever leaves said pocket book with the contents at the printer's, or at No. 234 Pearl Street, shall receive 10 dollars reward and no questions asked. February 6.

17 May 1799 - Mercantile Advertiser (New York) - Issue 2128, pg.3.

Galbreath & Elmes,
Have received an assortment of Printed Goods which they are now opening for sale, at the store lately occupied by Messrs. P. & A. Bache, in Slote-Lane.

4 Jun 1800 - Mercantile Advertiser (New York) - Issue 2448, pg.4.

Galbreath & Elmes
Have received by the Two Friends, from London, The Suffolk, from Liverpool, and other late arrivals from Europe, a very general assortment of Printed Goods. Also, Hosiery, Silks, Dimities, Muslinets, Quiltings, and Cambric Muslins.

4 Jul 1800 - Mercantile Advertiser (New York) - Issue 2399, pg.2.

Return of Vessels entered at the Custom-House, New-York - March 26th to April 3D.
3 Apr - Brig Fair American, Capt. Creed, from London, Cargo - Sundries, Ship's husband - Lawrence & Whitney, Consignees - Thos. Waring, Hector Scott, J. Lewis & Co. Wm. Armstrong, J. Hulle, Thurston and King, John Junel? and Co. Lenon and Maitland, Galbreath & Elmes, Ephraim Hart, J. J. Astor, T. and J. Swords.

1 Jan 1801 - Commercial Advertiser (New York) - Vol.IV, Issue 1012, pg4.

100 Dollars Reward,
For securing and lodging in any gaol in the United States, JAMES GRAY, a clerk of T.H. Thiermann, No. 297 Pearl-street, who died on the 24th ult. and whose store the day before his decease was broke open and robbed of goods and property to a considerable amount by the said James Gray. It is supposed he is now secreting himself in or near this city. He is about 5 feet 7 inches high, stout built, aged 25 years, fair complexion, with sandy hair, his face full and marked with large pits of small pox, his eyes black and full. He had on, when he absconded, a blue coat with black velvet collar and plain gilt buttons, black pantaloons, and a dark colored great coat. He carried off with him a double cased silver hunting watch, and is in the habit of taking a great deal of snuff. he is a native of Edinburgh, in Scotland, and has a Scotch accent. All captains of vessels are forbid taking on board the said robber, under penalty of the laws. The above reward, with charges, will be paid by Brune & Erich, Galbreath and Elmes, or Hector Scott. The said James Gray has lived for several years in Baltimore, as a clerk in a Dry Good store. Any Cartmen who can give information where the Goods fro the said store were carried, will receive Ten Dollars reward.
Dec 2.

24 Mar 1802 - The New York Evening Post - Issue 110, pg2.

From the first of May next, The three story brick house, No. 87 Water-street, in complete order, having every comfortable convenience, a communication with Front-street, and supplied with water from the Manhattan reservoir, and possession given the 15th of April.
Also the convenient brick store in Slote-lane, fronting the Alley leading to (Hanover-square) Pearl-street, formerly occupied by Messr.s Galbreath and Elmes, with the fixtures for the dry good business, if wanted. For particulars enquire of Theophylact Bache, 122 Pearl-street. 

29 Oct 1802 - The Daily Advertiser (New York) - Vol.XVIII, Issue 5529, pg.4.

Dissolution of Partnership.
The Copartnership of David Galbreath & Thomas Elmes, under the firm of Galbreath & Elmes, is this day dissolved by mutual consent. Any person having a demand on them, is requested to call at the Counting-House of Mr. Alexander MacGregor, No. 83 Broadway, for settlement, and those indebted are requested to make immediate payment.
New York, September 2, 1802. 

4 June 1803 - American Citizen (New York) - Vol 4, Issue 995, pg4.

List of letters remaining in the Post-Office, New-York, June 1, 1803,
.... (amongst many others) .... Galbreath & Ealmes...........  

7 Mar 1811 - The Morning Chronicle, London

Highbury Terrace, Islington - Household Furniture, Sideboard of Plate, curious China, Linen, Books, valuable collection of Fine Paintings, Prints, Drawings, and other Effects.
By Mr. Sampson, on the premises, No. 7 Highbury Terrace, THIS DAY, at 11, by Direction of the Trustees of Mr. David Galbreath, Merchant.

The neat and genuine HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, comprising mahogany four post and tent bedsteads with printed cotton and dimity furnitures, capital well seasoned bordered goose feather beds and bedding, mahogany wardrobe, chest of drawers, dining card and Pembroke tables, parlour and chamber chairs, carpets, large pier glasses, about 200 ounces of plate, valuable and scarce paintings, prints and drawings, fine china, small library of books, and numerous culinary and kitchen requisites. - To be viewed and catalogues had on the premises, and of Mr. Sampson, Auctioneer, No. 55 Bread Street, Cheapside.

11 April 1811 - New-York Gazette & General Advertiser

 D. Galbreath and T. Galbreath among the passengers of the Hercules, 28 days from Liverpool. 

17 Aug 1811 - London Gazette

The creditors of Mr. David Galbreath, late of Coleman Street, London, and Thomas Elmes, of New Orleans, Merchant, who have executed the Assignment made by the said David Galbreath for the equal benefits of his creditors, are requested to send the particulars of their accounts on or before Monday the 26th of August instant, to the counting house of Messrs Rowlandson, Burra, and Co. Watling Street, that they may be examined preparatory to declaring a dividend; and all creditors who have not executed the said Assignment may execute the same applying at the office of Bourdillon and Hewitt, in Little Friday Street, Cheapside, on or before that day, and in default thereof they will be excluded from all benefit under such Assignment.

26 Oct 1811  -  The Ladie's Miscellany of The Weekly Visitor, New York, p.14.

On the 8th of Sept. on board the brig Cannon on his passage from New Orleans to this place, Mr. Thomas Galbreath in his 22nd year, the eldest son of Mr. David Galbreath of London.

The Columbian (New York) - 6 Feb 1812

A List of Letters Remaining in the Post-Office at New-York city January 31, 1812.
.... (amongst many others) .... David Galbreath, ............. 

16 May 1812 - Weekly Museum, published as New-York Weekly Museum

Obituary :-
At Gibraltar, on the 8th Feb. Mr. David Galbreath, formerly merchant of this city.

(Also appeared in the New York Gazette & General Advertiser, 12 May 1812, Vol. XXIV, Issue 9010, pg 2)



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