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Tradesmen, craftsmen, doctors, and lawyers in the 18th and 19th centuries kept account books to record their business with their customers. Between the 1740s and the time he died in 1771, Elijah Williams of Deerfield, Massachusetts, did business with most of the people of that town. He sold cloth, food, hardware, and liquor and accepted in exchange ("contra") cash, labor, farm animals, and farm products. Each sale was recorded with the amount and the value attached under the customer's name. On the opposite page was written the type and amount of payment. Some accounts were balanced monthly, some yearly, and some less often.


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Account Book of Elijah Williams, Ledger C, Vol. 4

creator   Elijah Williams (1712-1771)
date   1755-1759
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   14.5"
width   9.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Account book
accession #   #L00.085

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Account Book of Elijah Williams, Ledger B, Vol. 3

Pages from Elijah Williams (Old Soldier's) account book, Vol. 2

"Williams Cupboard and Ceramics"

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