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Morristown New York Carpenter and Farmer's - [Joseph Couper] - 1837. 
Morristown, New York: Couper. Approx. 7 3/4" X 6 1/4" ledger with marble paper covered boards and leather backstrip. The first 8 sheets is an index used to record names with numbers written to the side. Account dates for named individuals begin in 1837. Most of the account details are from early 1840s. Account information is recorded into the late 1850s. Following the account details midway through the ledger is a diary that commences on July 1, 1856 and are finishes on November 30th, 1862. Pages following the diary are not used for writing with the exception of handwritten days, dates and months arranged in columns ending on December 31st, 1864. Condition of the ledger is good. The lower section of the spine is chipped and starting to come loose from the front board. The handwriting is very small but for the most part is easy to read. Laid inside the ledger book are several misc. pieces of paper, recites, news clippings, etc. The ledger and diary appear to be kept by a Couper family member (possibly Emily Couper) with several family references stated in possessive form. The diary covers weather, births, marriage, deaths, farming, carpentry, surveying, travel, handwritten copied news, pencil diagrams, written narratives, directions for repairing things, supplies, and many more interesting observations. The diary records the local 1860 Presidential Election results showing Abraham Lincoln and Hamlin vote totals. The keeper of the diary also records the names of family members volunteering for the Civil War. One family member was turned away because of health reasons. Interesting details are provided regarding one of the Couper family members John Couper. His name and address are recorded inside. John H. Couper resided in Lewiston, Dakota Co. Minnesota (Territory).
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