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MANUSCRIPT LEDGER, A RECORD OF STUDENT ACCOUNTS AND EXPENSES FOR THE LADIES ACADEMY OF THE VISITATION, GEORGETOWN, WASHINGTON, D.C., 1858-1863
Narrow folio. 37 x 16 cm. [2], 180, [3] pp. Leather backed marbled paper boards, spine perished, boards detached. Small ownership label on rear pastedown. A record of accounts for the young female pupils at the school, both boarders and day students, as well as lists of expenditures for rent, music and dance lessons, teacher's salaries, seamstresses, advertising, etc., plus payments on notes at both the Bank of Washington and the Bank of the Metropolis. All in a legible hand. Although the name of the school is not given, the record of students, which includes daughters of many Congressmen and other luminaries, both Union and Confederate, identifies the institution as the Ladies Academy of the Visitation [now known as Georgetown Visitation] in Washington, D.C. On the first unnumbered leaf, used out of chronological order, is a record of expenses for the school for November and December 1861, and a note for three days in March 1862: "10 March: The Army of the Potomac moved toward Manassas. 11: Rumor of its evaluation. 12: Confirmed." The entries for the young students include information on their status as members of the primary, middle or junior departments, and lists of copy books and texts charged to their accounts: Walker's Dictionary, Brown's Grammar, Cornell's Geography, Parker's Reader, Davies' Arithmetic, a Shakespeare Reader, Telemaque [by Fenelon], etc. Additional expenses for music lessons, drawing and dancing are mentioned. [Samuel] Carusi, listed as a music teacher in Boyd's Washington and Georgetown City Directory of 1862, was paid for providing dancing lessons … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bartleby's Books [Chevy Chase, Maryland, U.S.A.]

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