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Sarah Light <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 16 Aug 2001 19:22:13 -0400
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I believe the word is vendue: "2 Articles of vendue" misspelled "vandue."
"Articles to vendue the Poor belonging to the Town of..." It means articles
sold at a sale at public auction, particularly a sale made under authority
of law, as by a constable, sheriff, tax collector, etc. Cf. Black's, Rev.
4th, p. 1726.
----- Original Message -----
From: Poor House Lady <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 9:04 AM
Subject: Auctioning of the Poor -- Legal term

> We are trying to transcribe a document which is a record of the auctioning
> of the poor of a town in 1832. (This is for posting on the history page of
> our website called The POORHOUSE STORY -- which is a clearinghouse for
> information about 19th century American poorhouses.)
> It is easier to SHOW you what I am working with rather than just telling
> about it. So, if you would be so kind as to go to
> http://www.poorhousestory.com/AUCTION_POOR.htm  you can view the document.
> The Title of the document, written in the usual place on the back of the
> tri-folded paper, and the first phrase use a term with which I am
> unfamiliar. And, of course, I have the usual dilemna ... how do you look
> up (to check the spelling) if you don't already know how to spell it!
> The title looks like ... Articles of Vandice
> And the opening phrase looks like ... Articles to vendice (sp?)
> We believe that it and the opening phrase in the body of the document
> (below) are related to the derivation of the word "vendor" --
>      Main Entry: ven.dor
> Pronunciation: 'ven-d&r, for 1 also ven-'dor
> Function: noun
> Etymology: Middle French vendeur, from vendre to sell, from Latin vendere
> Date: 1594
> Variant(s): also vend.er /-d&r/
> Any help verifying this term would be greatly appreciated.
> PS  I could e-mail a larger and somewhat clearer scan of the document than
> was feasible to post on the website.
> PPS We are also having trouble deciphering the name of the town and are
> uncertain what state it was in. Sigh.
> Thanks,
> Linda Crannell
> (aka=The Poorhouse Lady)