I was working on the Samuel Holcenberg papers today. This is a fine collection of 20th century personal papers. Holcenberg was a prominent figure in Jewish life here in the Bay Area and in Seattle, most notably as the Executive Director of the Jewish Committee for Personal Service and as the Executive Director of the Seattle Federation.
Amidst these otherwise lovely 20th century papers, however, I found this:
This is a 1747 indenture between John Lord Berkeley, Baron of Stratton and Benjamin Timbrell, called by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography “one of the most noted master builders working in London in the first half of the eighteenth century.” The indenture seems to lay out the terms of a lease of land and buildings in the St. George Hanover Square area of London to Timbrell and also to contract for Timbrell’s building services. It is a beautiful document–a 2.5 x 2 feet piece of parchment with some lovely old burn marks. Its relationship to Holcenberg and to the collection of which it is a part is a mystery. Hmm. Always an adventure!