Hudson, N. Y., February 1876-February 1877. Single lined sheet of letterhead measuring approx. 14 x 8.5 inches, with Chace's account written in legible ink recto and verso and marked as paid in full, March 22, 1877. Some light soiling and splitting along old folds; in very good condition. Item #15394
Per a Columbia County history of 1900, Chace was a Civil War veteran and longtime local lawyer; his accounts here would suggest that his office ran in no small part on lamp oil and whiskey (Astral Oil runs $2 per five gallons; whiskey $1.40 per bottle), with the occasional cake of soap or can of oatmeal or bottle of bitters thrown in. For the year stretching from February, 1876 through February, 1877, Chace manages to secure on account three bottles of whiskey, three bottles of Atwood's bitters, three half-pints of brandy, lemon extract and sugar (perhaps for a punch?) and a half pint of gin. The account also shows the purchase of a "family syringe," which to the optimistic mind suggests contraception and family planning. (Chace manages to square his account for $36.85 at the close of the year, his consumption of whiskey notwithstanding.) Docketed along one edge in autograph ink.