Manuscript labor and trade ledger for an Adams County, Pennsylvania farmer. Pennsylvania, Samuel Kinert.
Manuscript labor and trade ledger for an Adams County, Pennsylvania farmer.

Manuscript labor and trade ledger for an Adams County, Pennsylvania farmer.

[Latimore Township, Pennsylvania?, 1834-1851. Blank book with decorated paper over stiff sugar paper, 12 x 7.63 inches, 39 pages of autograph text (plus text on both pastedowns), 5 blank pages. Some occasional staining and some rubbing; in very good condition. Item #17720

A lengthy, detailed, and legible record of work and trade in Pennsylvania, with much on chopping wood, topping corn, picking apples, raking hay, making rails, etc., and useful in part to establish the relative prices of goods and labor: bottoming two chairs and one day of chopping logs each earns Frederic Pupp fifty cents payment in 1838; compare that to Kinert paying Peter Fery (?) $2.25 for "3 yards fuld linsey" (presumably fulled linsey-woolsey fabric) in 1835. One page beginning on May 17, 1838 records prices for food and for household items: a bushel of corn runs fifty cents, two bushels and a half of wheat run four dollars, while 83 pounds of hog meat costs $4.45; "crockerware and dishes" cost thirty-five cents. The numerous names included in these accounts point toward Adams County around Lattimore Township: Burkholder, Mumper, Getz, Pupp, Rofel/Roffel, Trump, etc. Though one entry (for David Grist, page 21) goes as early as 1829, this is likely bringing over information from another record; the bulk of the book covers the late 1830s and the 1840s.

Price: $375.00