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9       1783 Contra Cr
1783 Jonathan Ashley Esqr Dr   March ye 1st by Wheat & Rye
by Horses Journey
1..8..
__2..10
March ye 1st To Sundres 25/11d March 12thSunds 6/8 £1..12..7   1786
Augt 4
This Acco is Ballanced by
part of an Order on Town Rate
 
28th pepper 5/. April ye 7th paper 2/. ___7___        
Octr 15th buttons /4d Novr (12th) Lining 18/8 __19__        
Decr 6th yd Osgood 9/4 ___9..4        
20th To Cl Jn Memo B 3..7..11        
Septr 24th Interest to this time 5..4..0        
  Ballanced          
             
             
             
1783 Capt. Nathan Frary Dr   1783 Contra Cr
July 28th To Durant 16/4 __16..4   March ye 1st By Cloth & Hose . 108/9 5..8..9
Augst 9th Sundres 65/3 Octr 1st Callico 6/11 _3..12..2     By Cloth 42/7 1/2 _2..2..7.1/2
_7.11..4.2
Novr 13 to 3 1/2 yds Blk Taffaty @ 8/
to 2 yds Blk Ribbon @ 1/
__1..8..0
__0..2..0
       
17th to 1 hank Blk Silk
did Mrs Ellice 26/10
__0..0..0
__1..6..10
       
Janry 14th
1784
Brass Cock 4/1 May 27th to pt of Iron1/3 1/2 ___5..4.2        
  Ballanced __7..11..4.2        
             
             
             
1783 Doctr Elihu Ashley Dr     Contra Cr
March ye 1st to Black Stock 4/ March 6th Sundres 3/ ___7___   March ye 1st by 1 turkey-3/6 __3..6
ye 14th Sundres 2/4 ( April ye 12th Snuff . . 1/2 ___3..6   1783 Octr by peas & Oats 6/. ____6..
August 25th Sundres 5/4 Septr 10th Sundres 15/6 _1..0..10   Decr 2d by 1 turkey 3/6 ____3..6
Novr 5th Sundres 13/4 (12th) Nails 2/ (21st) Do 4/11 _1..0..3   5th by Shingles 3/1 ____3..1
Augst 13 Sundres See Memo B __13..6       0..16..0
Decr 22d Door Lock 1/10 1784 June 26th 2/. ___3..10   1784 By 1 Rone horse Sold
In Connecticut fa 45 Gallns@4/6
_10..2..6
1784 Octr 16th to Sugar 2/8 (28th) to Sugar 1/9 ___4..5     By Hand & team 2 Day at Haves 12/ ___12..0
Novr 26 to 2 Gal. W.I. Rum @ 5/8 __11..4     Account the day renderd against}
Jo Williams
_1..14..6
Decr 10th to 1 Gal. W.I. Rum 5/8 ___5..8     By Charge Edward Upham 4/8--} ____ 4..8
22d to Sunds 1/9 1/2 (23d) to Rum 5/8 ___7..5.1/2       13..9..8
1785         Debt Brot Up D<sup>r</sup>
Jany 10th To Rum 1/10d (15th) to 2 Almanacks 8d ___2..6       ___8..4..2.0
17th to 2 Gal. NE Rum 8/ ___8   Sepr 7th Sundres /6d )8th) Sundres 6/8 ___7..2--
Feby 9th to Rum 8/} £5..8..3.1/2   23 to Sund------- ___4 ~ ~ ~
    0..14.--   24 to Order on his Mother 18/4 _18..4
13..9..0
22d to Rum 6/} March 18th Rum 7/2 ___7..2        
April ye 9th to Rum 6/10 1/2 June 6th Rum 8/. ___8..10.1/2        
17th Mollasses 3/6 (20th) Rum 2/1 (25th) Salt 5/. __10..6        
July 4th Indigo 4/1 Augst (22d) Rum 2/8 (25th) Salt 5/. ___9..4        
Septr 2d Rum 2/8 (7th) Rum 2/8 Advance 8-- ___6.--        
    £8..4..2.0        
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James Upham and John Williams kept a store in Deerfield, Massachusetts during the 1780's. Tradesmen, craftsmen, doctors, and lawyers in the 18th and 19th centuries kept account books to record their transactions with their customers. Upham and Williams sold cloth, foodstuffs, hardware, and spirits and accepted in exchange ("contra") cash, labor, livestock, and agricultural products. Each purchase was recorded with the amount and the value attached under the customer's name. On the opposite page was written the method and amount of payment. Some accounts were reconciled monthly, some yearly, and some less often.

 

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Pages from Williams & Upham account book

author   James Upham (1755-1827)
author   John Williams, Esq. (1751-1816)
date   1782-1785
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
width   6.25"
height   15.75"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Account book
accession #   #L07.036


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