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Manuscipt. A copy book of personal and business correspondence.
Bogotá Folio (32 cm; 12.5"). [130] ff.. 1801–10 Sánchez Borda (1772–1817) was a Bogotá merchant. His copy book begins 20 September 1801 with a letter to his mother, Inés María de la Borda y Betancourt, telling of his grief upon receiving her letter announcing the death of his brother Francisco Antonio Sánchez de la Borda (1758–1801), a priest; and it ends with a note that on 15 February 1810 at 6:30 A.M. his son Ramón Policarpo was born. On the 256 intervening pages Sánchez B. has recorded hundreds of business dealings with suppliers and other merchants. He specialized in fine clothing but also dealt in gems (at least one diamond ring, many garnets), salt, books, cloth (silk, taffeta, etc.), and many, many other commodities. The volume gives an excellent view of who his suppliers were, the terms on which he conducted business, the types of goods available in Colombia and most especially Bogotá, and the amount of travel that this one merchant engaged in while maintaining a store in the capital. Scattered here and there in the volume are individual accountings of monies owed to him and letters he wrote attempting to have bills paid. There are also => letters to family members, especially having to do with money being sent, loaned, or repaid; notations of the birth or death of a child, and general news. Curiously, there is no mention of political events. Bound in repurposed vellum over cardboards; remnants of leather ties. Written on different stocks of paper with some small variation in size; ink used varies over time from near black to very pale sepia. Sánchez Borda's hand is an easy one but when the ink is faint, or there is significant show-through of ink from the leaf's other side, some effort must be expended to read the text. => This manuscript invites quite a variety of researches.
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