Ledger of Personal Household Items Purchased, dated 1852

This is a ledger written in a composition-type booklet, containing a list of household and personal items purchased in 1852. I purchased this booklet in a box of ephemera from Bridgeport, Connecticut, but there is no identification of the woman (I assume) who wrote it.

The heading on the first page reads: "Accompt (sic) of things bought for the Year 1852". The year is not complete as the first item is dated August 6th, on which she purchased 22 yards of calico at 12-1/2 cents per yard. Other items purchased include snuff, watermelon, molasses, oats, and flour. She also had her shoes resoled, hired a man to make a closet door, and gave to a collection at church, among other interesting items. On the last page is a list of washing done for a customer for the year 1853.

The old-fashioned writing is neat and legible. The booklet has a sewn spine, measures 6-1/4 by 7-1/2 inches and contains 24 pages. There are no tears or creases, although the pages have age-browning and some spots.

The front cover, which has illustrations of an elephant and a lion, and the back cover are totally detached from the book.

Item ID: 5614-2


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