Digital Commonwealth

Diary and Account Book, 1859-1862

Newton Free Library

Presented here is a manuscript by Richard T. Sullivan of Newton Upper Falls, who eventually became a prominent woolen manufacturer and leader in Massachusetts politics, went to Cuba (Isla de Cuba), passing through Havana and Matanzas on his way to work on Plantation San Luis and Plantation Guamutas. He was apparently charged with keeping accounts of shoes and metal parts (chains, hooks, bolts, nails, etc.).

The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural and governmental past. These materials reflect the civic life of and provide insight into Newton from the 19th through the early 20th century, a time when Newton was transforming from agriculture to industry and becoming a suburban Boston residential community.