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SMITH, Walter
[Stage Coach Ledger, cover title]: Walter Smith's Stage and Express Book
(Setauket and vicinity, 1883. Hardcover. Very Good. Octavo. Blank ledger book with lined pages. Slightly flexible blue pebble-grained leather over thin boards. Approximately 190pp. Each page, including endpapers, and almost every line of the ledger is used to record fares collected by Walter Smith's stagecoach, which mostly operated in a small radius from Setauket, Patchogue, and the other small villages that now make up Brookhaven. We found a likely match for Walter Smith (1833-1887) buried in Setauket, and some brief mention in Long Island histories of the distance between the railroad stop and Setauket being three miles, connected by Smith's stagecoach. Smith begins the ledger recording small amounts "Paid out for help for stage driving" in 1879 and thereafter assiduously records his fares until 1883 for both people and freight, seldom charging more than a dollar or two, and usually much less (mostly between 10c - 75c). He notes the names of most of his fares, including presumed descendants of the Revolutionary War Culper Spy Ring, such as Woodhull and several Brewsters, although occasionally he'll just note a type: "Lady to John Kershaws," "School teacher from Mrs. Davis," "Gent to Chas. O'Dowd," "Col[ore]d woman, 2 chil[dren] to Sam's," "Mr. Griswold - Factory Man," "2 Factory Men to Mrs. Brewsters," "Colo[red] woman - out & in," etc. He also notes the type of freight he is hauling: trunks, baskets, hampers, papers, chickens, oysters, eggs, meat, or sherry. In addition, he does a brisk business delivering telegrams from the telegraph office for anywhere from 10c t … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [United States]
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