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Boston Wharf Merchant Handwritten Ledger Maritime/nautical/schooner Orig 1700s For Sale
FANTASTIC, ORIGINAL 18TH CENTURY LEDGER OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS MERCHANT GEORGE MAKEPEACE. This terrific early account book spans from August 9th, 1787 through April 13th, 1791 and contains some 364 pages of manuscript entries. Volume chronicles in detail the business activities of noted Boston merchant George Makepeace (1735-1819), who operated from a location at 18 Long Wharf in Boston [see: 1800 Boston City Directory]. Built between 1710-1721 and extending nearly half a mile into the harbor, Long Wharf stretched considerably farther than other wharves into deep water thus allowing larger ships to tie up and do business directly with the many merchants that lined it. Boston's Long Wharf has been called "the busiest pier in the busiest port in America during early colonial times."
Makepeace's waterfront location lent itself heavily to the maritime trade. Consequently, volume contains scores of entries related to the outfitting of sea-going vessels such as the schooners Fortune, Plutur, Friendship, Ruby, Ranger, Polly, Marey, Lively, Fontaine, Hope,etc., the sloops Betsy, Lark, Clarke, etc. "Voyage" entries suggest some of these vessels were setting sail for distant ports. Along with numerous vessels, many ship captains are alsoreferenced here includingcaptains Rumney, Arnold, Magray, Partridge, Paine, Leonard, Bishop, Mayhew, Eggery, Cook, Higgins, Holbrook, Wesson, Dunham, Howard, Young, Taylor, Lane, Lincoln, Hall, Howard, Little, Cottle, Williams, Boardman, Delana, Hovey, Gray, Gale, Summers, etc.
A myriad of commodities can also be found throughout including Mast Hoops, Rigging, Anchors, Cord Wood, Plank Boards, Chocolate, Coffee, Tobacco, Rum, Clapboard Nails, Lobsters, Mackerel, Fish, Sea Coal, Shoes, Blubber Oil, etc. Entries for "lodging" and "meals" are occasionally interspersed, suggesting Makepeace also rented a room to accomodate crew members in need of overnight lodging. Among various Massachusetts locations gleaned from ledger include the town of Boston, Weymouth, Braintree, Easton, Charlestown, Cambridge, Plymouth, Newbury, Milton, Stoughton, Concord, Haverhill, Lynn, Norton, Taunton, the Vineyard [i.e., Martha's Vineyard], etc. Also places such as Penobscot and Kennebunk, which are now part of Maine. More distant locations include Nova Scotia, Annapolis, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Makepeace employs two different page headings throughout ledger, "Boston New England" and "Boston North America".
Additionally, ledger contains hundreds of customer names making it a genealogy treasure trove. Surnames include Alley, Archbald, Alexander, Balch, Ball, Ballard, Baker, Bancroft, Barrett, Bass, Batey, Bates, Bentley, Beveridge, Bird, Blair, Blake, Bradley, Burt, Bumfled, Cabot, Cade, Calder, Callender, Canby, Chase, Cobb, Cooper, Cordis, Cunningham, Cushing, Dowse, Eaton, Egrey, Eliot, Elliot, Emmons, English, Enoch, Fairsarvis, Faulkner, Faunee, Fosdick, Forthingham, Fowle, Fox, Gardner, Gay, Gibbs, Gill, Green, Groves, Hagger, Hall, Hammell, Hancock, Hartwell, Hayden, Hedge, Henderson, Higginson, Hitchborn, Hobbs, Holland, Homer, Howes, Hussey, James, Jones, Lambert, Lazell, Loring, Mackay, Martin, May, Moor, Moore, Murro, Nash, Newhall, Parker, Parkman, Parsons, Payne, Perry, Person, Pierce, Porter, Putnam, Robbins, Round, Ruggles, Sargent, Sherburne, Shurleff, Skillinger, Snelling, Spooner, Stratton, Stoddard, Stone, Stow, Sturgis, Sutton, Thomson, Thompson,Tufts, Usher, Washborn, Waters, Williams, Weld, Welsh, White, Wild, Woodman, etc. A marvelous surviving relic from the thriving waterfront of 18th century Boston.
Condition: Rare book remains in good to very good condition [see images]. Volume bound in original brushed calf [leather]; moderate cover wear with "No. 2. Day Book 1787" inked to front board, "George Makepeace" ownershipinscription to front endpaper along with beginning date of ledger, scattered ink smudging, fading to a few pages, variouspieces ofscrap paper layed or nailed in, etc.,generally clean internally. Oblong shaped folio contains about 182 leaves [i.e., 364 pages] of manuscript entries; and measures approx 16" tall x 7" wide x 1.5" thick. Quite a find and a very worthy acquisition indeed.
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