Manuscript Account Books, American, Two: c. 1771-1807.
Account book of Nathaniel Dean (1747-1817) blacksmith of Raynham, Massachusetts; small folio format, homemade signatures kept folder-like in the covers of an old book, one section just folded together, the binding method for the second group stab-stitching with alum-tawed leather through a support made of striped linen fabric pasted to a few layers of board, front cover perished, the text documents the business accounts of Dean, with the occasional personal note; Dean shoes horses and oxen, he makes chains, pitchforks, plowshares, nails, locks, bayonets, and many other articles, in addition to other incidental cottage work: spinning yarn, and making clothes; although the book is not used in strict chronological order, dated entries exist during the span from 1771 to 1790; the smith kept careful accounts, listing the name of "dettor" at the top of each entry, and the year, below he has a column for each month, an itemized listing of the work and the cost, and when accounts are settled, Dean and the debtor sign the book, worn, with finger smudges, some tears, and tattered edges, quite legible and handleable, 81 leaves.
[and] Account book of Simeon Webster (1766-1807) commercially produced tall narrow folio, account book, with genealogical notes and accounts concerning the buying and selling of goods and services including livestock, corn, rye, codfish, potatoes, cotton, and indigo, shoe-making, mowing, planting, raking, and haying, framing, hewing timber, making coffins, wagons, and many other things, based on the names in the book, Webster lived in or near Dartmouth, Massachusetts, 1792-1807, water stains, tattered edges, other damage. (2)
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