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the city. Many families, whose wealth was rapidly mounting up, were building new brick or marble houses which had to be furnished in the prevailing taste. Many of them found the furniture from Phyfe's workshop not only the finest from the point of view of workmanship and design, but best adapted to the character and scale of their interior architecture.

His reputation, too, was spreading and orders came to him from other cities, such as Philadelphia and Albany, while in the adjacent country in New Jersey and the Hudson valley handsome country seats were springing up and in many of these his handiwork found a place. To his shop one could go not only for the exquisite mahogany drawing-room or dining-room suites, but, for the accommodation of his clients, he would furnish kitchen furniture such as ironing boards, clothes horses, pastry boards, and servants' beds. He also did careful repairing of furniture. This custom was usual among the cabinet-makers of the eighteenth century in England who undertook to furnish a house from cellar to garret with appropriate articles.

That he very soon found business growing beyond his expectation is proved by the increase in his property. At first with only the one house at No. 35, in 1807 he acquired No. 34 next door, and in 1811, No. 33 Partition Street. The original house was still his dwelling with the salesrooms at No. 34 and the workshop and warehouse at No. 33, these buildings being all on the same side of the street.

Shortly after Robert Fulton's death, in 1815, measures were taken to open through a street from the East River to the North River to be called by his name. About this time




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