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Sever, Nicholas and William
[MANUSCRIPT ACCOUNT BOOK AND INDEX FOR THE IMPORTANT AMERICAN MERCHANT FIRM OF NICHOLAS SEVER AND SONS, DOCUMENTING TRADE AND SHIPPING OF A WIDE VARIETY OF MATERIAL OUT OF BOSTON AND SALEM FROM THE PERIOD OF THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR TO THE END OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION]
[Kingston, Boston, and Salem, Ma, 1782. Ledger volume: 279,[1] leaves, plus twenty- five pieces of paper laid in, most used as blotters and quick calculations, two with account transactions in different hands. Index volume: [24] leaves. Ledger: Tall thick folio. Contemporary blindstamped reverse calf. Binding soiled, rubbed, and worn, some loss to extremities, spine ends frayed, joints tender. Mild worming to margins of first and last leaves, two leaves detached (but present), light toning and a few spots of soiling throughout, but overall the interior is quite clean. Index: Folio. Contemporary marbled paper wrappers. Wrappers moderately worn, starting to separate along spine, one-inch closed tear to front wrapper. Light worming to first few leaves, light foxing and tanning, but internally clean overall. One leaf from an almanac laid in. Both volumes very good overall. A substantial account book from the firm of Nicholas Sever and Sons, a prominent merchant and shipping firm in Kingston, Massachusetts, documenting their activities from the 1750s to the early 1780s. This accounting ledger records hundreds of transactions with merchants around the northeast, as the Severs imported goods from elsewhere in the American colonies and also the Caribbean, and then distributed them. A wide variety of goods are recorded - prominent among them sugar, molasses, and rum from the Caribbean - as well as cod, candles, lumber and more. The Sever family was active not only in trade, but was also quite well-connected politically, and this hefty account book provides valuable evidence of a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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