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An account book is like a picture of a person's business life. In it he recorded what he made, for whom, how much he charged, and how he was paid. John Partridge Bull (1731-1813) was a gunsmith/blacksmith in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in the 18th century. Accounts were often paid with work services or goods from a 3rd person, and accounts were often fully settled up only at the death of the person who owed. By studying the accounts, we can learn who his customers were, what he made for them, and how and when they paid for the goods. This page records what went on between Mr. Bull and Oliver Field (1751-1821).