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.
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