Exceedingly rare original insurance document dated November 17th 1812 for insurance on the buildings and dwellings of Dartmouth College. The company writing the policy was the Phoenix assurance Company of London,England. The coverage was for $10,000 dollars ($181,818.18 in 2016) and a premium of $97.25 cents was paid by the college. The document is signed by Robert Bunbeck and unsigned agent from Boston, Mass James Otis. FYI Joseph Otis was the brother of Revolutionary hero and statesman James Otis. This document is politically intriguing because it basically insures the British troops would not attack or burn down the buildings in time of war since a London based Company would have to pay for the damages, the nation during the time of this policy was at war with the United Kingdom and sentiments against England were at fervor. The document specifies that the policy will cover any military or ufurped power civil commotion, war, riots, hurricane, earthquake and so forth. Fresh to the market and directly out of attic.
16 x 19 ½ inches with natural folds.