TWO INTERESTING PORTRAITS.
Miss Adelaide Mills, daughter of the late Zophar Mills, the wellknown volunteer fireman of the New York of old days, has presented the New York Historical society with a portrait of her father, painted by Samuel Waldo in 1812. Zophar Mills, who died in 1887 at the age of seventy-eight, was actively connected with the old volunteer fire denartment of this city both as a private engineer and as captain of a company. During the great fire of 1835 he had charge of an engine, and, besides the portrait, Miss Mills has given the Historical society a large colored lithograph of that fire, in which is shown the burning of the Merchants’ Exchange in Wall street, where the present Custom house stands. The society is also the richer by three old fire hats belonging to Zophar Mills, and the huge trumpet which he used while on duty. It will be remembered that the fireboat Zophar Mills, belonging to this city’s fire department, is called after the veteran firefighter.
Another portrait of interest to firemen has also been presented to the New York Historical society by Miss Sophie E. Minton, great granddaughter of David Grim, a former prominent merchant of New York city, before and after the Revolution. This worthy, though not himself a fireman, was greatly interested in fires, and made two elaborate plans of the great conflagration of 1776 and of the lesser one of 1778, both of which he presented to the Historical society before his death.