Oblong, 4" x 6.5". 90 pp in manuscript [remaining pages blank], pages lined. Original brushed leather, decorative tooled borders and spine [rubbed and worn, spine eroded, covers detached]. First few leaves loose [one torn, then neatly sewn together]. A couple of small clipped articles on cures for hydrophobia, recipe for a consumption cure. Good+.
This is the pocket-sized receipt ledger of Samuel Linton [1806-1888]. Linton was married to Maria Hoover Linton [1811-1888]. For the 1830 Federal Census he lived in District 2, Maryland; the 1840 census, in Pennsylvania; the 1850 census, in Ward 6, Washington, D.C., working as a clerk; the 1880 Census, in Maryland and working as a farmer.
The book spans 56 years of Linton's dealings, from 1832 through 1888. It includes receipts for payments for leather, rent, taxes, professional services of Dr. B.W. Helffenstein, a subscription to the Norristown Register, and other goods and services. Each receipt is written out and signed by the recipient of Linton's largesse. Linton died on October 19, 1888; his wife Maria died just five days later. They were buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington. Linton's son Irwin took over the book at this time and recorded information about his parents' estates, including funeral costs, flowers, distributions.
Some names mentioned in this book are John N. Ford, William H. West and John P. West, all of Washington, D.C. Also listed are Dr. B.W. Helffenstein, B. Posey, Capt. Francis Simmons, Benjamin K. Brant, Henry Nuss, Henry L. Acker, Simpson & Philips, Jonathan Thomas, Cyrus Wheeler, William Walker, J.L. Righter, B. Johnson, Jno. Pursell & Son, Edwin Bird, Samson Thomas. Item #28238