Memorandum book of an American merchant, [Massachusetts?], 1777

A small memorandum book kept by an American merchant during the American Revolution. Records payments made and received (in both dollars and pounds), notes of things accomplished, tallies of goods received, and other memoranda. Other contents include a double-page notation of “Surinam cargo rec’d.” including payments received from C. Ellery and Jos. Rogers. The anonymous writer of this record book was also involved in real estate dealings, with entries on “Cash paid John Ayers for his farm,” and other farms and houses in Norwich and Colchester. One page contains a small ink drawing of a house floor plan. Other transactions noted involve molasses, sugar, wheat, and other agricultural products. Purchases from Nathan Gardner include “negro Wom” and “negro,” for the labor of two African-Americans.

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