British North American household provisions commonplace book
Rewritten from dealer description: A household account book, dated 1826 to 1827, containing monthly records of foodstuffs and other goods purchased, perhaps for a hotel or private home on the east coast of modern-day Canada (British North American distinction in title derived from bookseller description). The book is made of stiff gray paper, consists of 44 unnumbered pages, and measures approximately 11 x 18 cm. Beginning on July 18, 1826, the cost of each entry is recorded in pounds, shilling, and pence. Some fruit and vegetables listed include currants, gooseberries, strawberries, cherries, lemons, grapes, cabbages, asparagus, cucumber, horseradish, greens, broccoli, parsnips, carrots and turnips. Drinks include beer and some rum, tea, milk and notes the household regularly "paid for water." The book also notes various seafood and fish such as herrings, shrimps, oysters, mackerel, anchovies, as well as meats such as fowl, rabbit and bacon. Donations were made to "Poor Old Eltham, Poor Girl and Poor Man." Payments were also made to people for various services provided, such as carpentry and butchering. The inclusion of items such as "cloth for pillow cases," "Housemaids gloves," tablecloths, pearl buttons, blacking, shoes, starch, candles, and windsor soap suggests either a hotel or well to do household. The diary ends on October 1st, 1827.
- 1826-07-26 - 1827-10-21
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.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal sized folder)
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A household account book, dated 1826 to 1827, containing a monthly record of foodstuffs and other goods purchased, perhaps for a hotel or private home on the east coast of Canada. There is currently no biographical information on the creator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Antipodean Books in January 2018, with support from the Class of 1990 Fund.
Processed by Kristen Diehl in October 2018.
- Guide to the British North American household provisions commonplace book
- Kristen Diehl
- 2018 October
- Language of description
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