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Porter, William Peacock
Manuscript notebook of an immigrant from England
Ohio & Pennsylvania, 1840. 12mo, approximately 192 pages, in ink; marbled edges and endpapers, stiff vellum boards, boards soiled, clasp lost, first gathering loose, text clean and writing legible. This notebook consists of records of the finances, business, and reference material of William Peacock Porter, an otherwise anonymous individual who appears to have arrived in the US sometime around 1840 from Sunderland, Durham, in Britain. It appears that entries dated before 1844 were recorded in England, and entries after that date were recorded in either Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, or Cincinnati, Ohio. He appears to have been employed in blacksmith work, with many pages of his notes dedicated to the production of chains, anvils, boilers, and ships. He keeps track of his workload, wages and grocery expenses, as well as keeps reference on the value of chain. One table shows "the size of chain requisit for vessels according to their tonnage." The book also includes periodic records of Porter's personal expenses. These entries typically list the date of the transaction, the product purchased, and the cost of the item. Among Porter's purchases were groceries, oil, and a broom. Occasionally he makes notes of his employers, which include the Durham coalmine Ludworth Colliery; producers of train cars in Cincinnati Keck & Davenport; Douglas and English Co.; and Williams Forster and Co. Little is said about his movement, but one entry does record his travel: "Nov. 26 went to Cincinnati and from thence to Louisville. Arrived at Pittsburgh on the 26th of Dec 1849." Most entries are made in … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB) [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]

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