Certificate is in two pieces from being folded in half vertically for so long; previous folding also caused text from right side of certificate to bleed, in mirror-image, onto left side of document. Two pieces of adhesive affixed to verso to connect certificate.
Seal punched in lower left quadrant of document.
Gift; Harley Trice; 2012; 2000021156
Certificate, dated June 23, 1818, authorizes appointment of Ebenezer Jenkins to the appointment of Inspector of Pot and Pearl Ashes in the county of Columbia in the State of New York. Certificate witnessed and signed by De Witt Clinton, the state governor from 1817-1821 and 1825-1828.
Pot and pearl ash, also known as potash, was an essential ingredient in the manufacture of glass in 18th and 19th century America. In 1790, Samuel Hopkins was granted a patent for improving the making of potash, potassium salts derived from the ashes of timber or other plants.
Notation penciled in lower left corner.
"Columbia, Insp. of Ashes, filed June 24, 1818" -- written in ink on verso.