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James Richards daybook

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Title:
James Richards daybook
Description:
Bound in a crude limp vellum binding, the Richards daybook is a beautiful example of a ledger containing transactions associated with a prosperous farm in colonial Massachusetts at the turn of the eighteenth century. The volume includes over 5000 entries extending nearly to the date of Richards death in March 1710/11. The volume associated with James Richards records sales of goods produced on his Weymouth farm, including barley, rye, "Indian corn," salt, mutton and lamb, pork, and eggs, along with occasional records of the sale of goods such as shingles, "board nails," clapboards, molasses and sugar, lamp oil, tobacco, and cloth. A fully transcribed and annotated version of James Richards account book was published as: James E. Wadsworth, ed., The World of Credit in Colonial Massachusetts: James Richards and his Daybook, 1692-1711. Amherst, Mass. : UMass Press, 2017.
Creator:
Richards, James
Date:
1692–1711
Format:
Documents
Genre:
Daybooks
Location:
Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
Collection (local):
Richards Family Collection
Subjects:
Agriculture
Farmers
Economic conditions
1600-1699
1700-1799
Places:
MassachusettsNorfolk (county)Weymouth
Weymouth (Mass.)
Extent:
1 vol. (248 p.)
Link to Item:
Terms of Use:
Requests to publish, redistribute, or replicate this material should be addressed to Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries.
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Place of origin:
Weymouth (Mass.)
Language:
English
Identifier:
mums1030-v001-i001