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Account book of James Short, Newbury, Mass., 1742-1801

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This family account book was kept by James Short of Newbury, Massachusetts, between 1742 and 1801. Other family members mentioned include Nicolas Short and John Short. Monies exchanged were in pounds Sterling. Goods and services exchanged included a wide variety of agrarian activities and basic needs of the day. Goods include spices, molasses, barley, mutton, calfskins, and yarns. The Short family, evidently, were accomplished cobblers as they made, sold, and mended all kinds of shoes.

Other activities included: plowing and "halling" (hauling) wood, dung, and various grades of hay; raking, reaping; and threshing; and weaving and selling cloth, buttons and "ribin." In listing individuals' accounts, the writer often refers to the customer thusly: "halling rocks for you," indicating how close the relationship would have been between buyer and seller.

The book is leather bound, dimensions 7.75 x 12.25 inches with some tears and staining. Interleaved are several loose receipts and jottings.

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Details

Collection Name
Account books collection
Collection Code
MS002
Dates
1742-1801
Acquisition Type
Museum Purchase
Date of Acquisition
2000-06-13
Physical Description
1 account book
Collection Type
Manuscripts
Description Level
Item
GUSN
193827
Reference Code
MS002.134

Record details

Material Type
account books

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