Oblong, 8" x 10 1/4". 176pp, columns and headings in black, pink and blue printed inks. Completed in manuscript. Bound in cloth [some light staining] with printed paper label on front cover [chipped, loss of a few letters]. Running title: "Received from Adams Express Company, the following articles, in Good Order:" Columns for: when received, date of way-bill, way-bill number, where from, no. packages, weight, amount, marks, destination, charges, freight, prepaid, signature acknowledging receipt of packages, date delivered, by whom identified.
Includes seventeen contemporary broadsides and other documents of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad Company [glued over content] on the first 17 pages, concerning baggage handling, baggage receipts, baggage agents, and similar content. Binding shaken, some gatherings beginning to loosen but still holding, textblock nearly detached from covers. Light tanning, occasional spotting of text pages, light edgewear. Good+.
Most deliveries are destined for Sands Lake, Michigan. Points of origin were Grand Rapids, Big Rapids, Rockford, Kalamazoo and other Michigan cities; Chicago, Cincinnati, Toledo. Some names and businesses mentioned: Olin & Ware [Planing Mill Company in GR], Morton & Lewis [Constantine Morton, Jeremiah Lewis, lumber dealers in Sand Lake], E.F. Doty, S. Dumas, Mrs. Mary West, S. Bilty, H. Brooks, W. Ferey, C.B. Jones, H.S. Carter, W. French & Co., J.A. Shattuck, J.V. Crandall & Son [steam mill, manufacturer of lumber and shingles, Michigan], Allen & Brown, Hudson & Earl, and many others.
Alvin Adams [1804-1877] had operated a produce business that failed during the Panic of 1837. In 1840 he started a new company with "little more than two men, a boy and a wheelbarrow." [adamsfunds.com] He carried small parcels, bank drafts and valuables between Boston, Worcester, Norwich, New London and New York City via steam and rail. Adams traveled as a paying passenger to deliver his parcels. The business grew; Adams Express Company was incorporated on July 1, 1854. Adams Express has thrived for more than 160 years; first as a leading independent express company, later as one of the nation's oldest and largest closed-end investment funds. In 2015 the company was renamed Adams Diversified Equity Fund, part of Adams Funds. ["Over 160 Years of Success," Adams Funds website; "The Adams Express Company." International Directory of Company Histories. 2007. Encyclopedia.com. Accessed June 15, 2016.]. Item #32980