Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Goshen Stage Coach Records, 1797-1801

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Goshen Stage Coach records
Creator: Dobbin, Anthony and Tustin, James
Inclusive dates: 1797-1801
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This volume contains financial accounts related to the operation of the "Goshen Stage" line between Goshen, New York, and New York City from 1797 to 1801. Most entries document fares paid by passengers, and fees associated with passengers' baggage or other transported items.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1997. M-3346.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Goshen Stage Coach records, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The New York State Legislature granted Anthony Dobbin and James Tustin the exclusive right to operate a stagecoach service between Goshen, New York, and New York City on March 30, 1797. The stage was in operation until at least August 1801. The initial license required the coach to travel at least once a week and established other conditions, including price restrictions on fares.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume contains 173 pages of financial accounts related to the operation of the "Goshen Stage" stagecoach line between Goshen, New York, and New York City from 1797 to 1801. The first 5 pages (numbered 16-20, following 15 blank pages) record accounts with individuals for such charges as carrying baggage (March 11, 1797-July 8, 1798). The remaining pages (numbered 22-193) consist of double-entry accounts for fares and fees paid by the coach's passengers between March 8, 1797, and August 7, 1801.

The stagecoach ran between Goshen, New York, and New York City every few days, and stopped at Chester or other towns along the way. The amount of the fare was prorated depending on the distance traveled. Some passengers paid additional baggage fees, and most paid for their travel in cash.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Goshen (N.Y.)
    • New York (N.Y.)
    • Stagecoach lines.
    • Stagecoaches.
    • Transportation--United States--History.
    Genre Terms:
    • Account books.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Goshen Stage Coach records,  March 8, 1797-August 7, 1801 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    "An Act granting to Anthony Dobbin and James Tustin the exclusive right of running stage waggons and other carriages between the town of Goshen and the city of New York." Laws of the State of New York Passed at the Sessions of the Legislature Held in the Years 1797, 1798, 1799 and 1800, inclusive... Volume IV. Albany: Weed, Parsons and Company, Printers, 1887. 97-98.