19th-Century New England Scrapbook, Ledger, and Children's drawing book
1800·Washington, New Hampshire
Washington, New Hampshire, 1800. Ledger. Fair. Tall quarto ledger measuring 13" x 8" with soft brown leather covered boards. Ledger consists of approximately 250 pages. Front hinge is cracked. Leather is scuffed, pitted and worn along the board edges. A few pages are detached and loose. The binding has suffered old water damage lower right corner resulting in moldy pages bottom corners of sheets with some loss of content. The first 100 plus pages of the ledger has pasted down clippings of stories. The remaining approximate 150 pages in the ledger include original store accounts dating from 1815-1816 and several children's drawings. Many of the drawings are signed by Mary Frank Wiley and other members of the Wiley family. One drawing is signed by 11 year old Minnie Chamberlain. Towards the back of the ledger are names of the Wiley family including Mary, Tisdale, and Oscar Wiley. Other names written on the same page include Walter and Terrie Atward, Charlie Wheeler, George Tool, Wallace Dole and others. The town Washington, N. H. is written in old ink at the top of the page with the names and is also written on at least one other page. Many of the drawings are titled including, "Cred (spelling? Cried?) Memory Afctionate Mother-Bhe Mother Grave"; Oscars Ship of War; Southern States; a little farm; old fussie Minnie; a little village, and more. There are several loose advertising cards and a few illustrations laid in-between the pages towards the back of the ledger.
(Inventory #: 8477)
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