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New York General Store Ledger
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Manuscript account book containing store accounts kept by the proprietor of, presumably, a general store in upstate New York. The date range is established from dated ledger entries. An alphabetical, tabbed index of names on the first [24] pages refers to entries on pages 1 to 101 and 672 to 694. Early entries, from 1873, include detailed lists with sundries, ginger, starch, salt, sugar, tobacco, tea, muslin, crackers, etc. Most entries code amount of purchase, payments, and credits paid off to local banks in Elmira and Oswego; one customer (page 32) was banned in 1875 with the admonition, "no more credit". Most customers were identified as doctors ("Dr."); Dr. William Manchester and Dr. S.J. Willetts and Co. were the most active customers. Accounts extended beyond New York to Pennsylvania and Lowell, Massachusetts (Dr. J.C. Ayer, the patent medicine purveyor). Pages 103-121 were used as an address book kept in another hand in the twentieth century.
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