Herman Melville was already on his way to Liverpool aboard the merchant ship St. Lawrence. His mother and family now made their home in Lansingburgh. From the Albany Evening Journal, Tuesday, June 11, 1839:
SHERIFF’S SALE.—By virtue of an execution issued out of the Supreme Court of the state of New York, to me directed and delivered, I have seized and taken all the right, title, interest and estate which Maria G. Melville had on the first day of May, 1837, or which she may since have acquired, of, in and to all that certain lot of ground known as lot No. 29, in the fifth ward of the city of Albany, bounded on Carroll street, between Spencer and Lumber Streets, with the buildings thereon, lately occupied by Chase & Smith as a fur factory; said lot is 38 feet front on Carroll street and 95 feet 6 inches in depth; and also two vacant lots, being part of the yard connected with the said factory, each of said lots being 24 feet in width, and each being upwards of 100 feet in depth, which I shall sell at public auction at the Mansion House, in the city of Albany, on the 27th day of June next, at 10 o’clock in the forenoon of that day.
Dated Albany, May 16, 1839.
ANGUS McDUFFIE, late Sheriff
By JOHN D. LIVINGSTON, Dep. (Accessible at Old NY Postcards; and GenealogyBank)
Later notices in the Albany Evening Journal, for example September 9, 1839, announce postponement of auction:
"The sale of the above property is postponed until the 1st day of November next, at the same hour and place above mentioned. –Dated June 27, 1839. MICHAEL ARTCHER, Sheriff"
The auction was again delayed until the 7th of February, 1840, as announced in the Evening Journal on Wednesday, February 5, 1840.