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Manuscript Account Book of Cyrus Cole
[No Place]]: , September 24, 1852. Square 8vo, leather spine with boards, 19, 1, 16, 1pp. Binding is worn, and hinges are a bit weak, preliminarily pages are torn and have some pencil marks, there could be some pages removed, but toward the rear of the book; still in pretty good shape and very legible. The account book belonged to Cyrus Cole, whose name is inscribed on the first page. There is also a receipt for a note, which he signed, but his last name is mostly torn away. Cole appears to have been in the clothing business, and the account book records purchases from John Sargent Pillsbury, who would become the seventh governor of Minnesota in 1876. His signature appears on page twenty-one, which was present to settle an account with Cole. Pillsbury, who would be one of the founders of the Pillsbury Company in Minnesota, was a merchant tailor and cloth dealer in New Hampshire before moving to Minnesota. The transactions recorded in this account book were probably done shortly before Pillsbury settled in St. Anthony, Minnesota in 1855 (see National Cyclopedia of American Biography Vol. X). After Pillsbury's signature on page 21, there are another 16 pages of transactions, but it is not clear if they were also with Pillsbury. After a number of blank pages, there is another page of transactions, but it is dated 1874 & 1875, more than 20 years after the initial entry. Another page, in a somewhat crude hand, lists other transactions that are dated 1884. All together, there are 39 pages of transactions. National Cyclopedia of American Biography. ANB.
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