Broadsheet; “An Act For the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant’s Service, 1790"
Nice example of American Naval Regulation of Labor Agreements between master and crew on Interstate Voyages. Form is pre-printed with Mss. entries; Working document concerning Brig Ruby of Newburyport, Mass, and the detailed (by Act) contract between Master John Dilloway and the six crew members; their roles, wages, etc. in MSS. on an 1811 voyage from Newburyport to the West Indies
In 1790, a Federal Law was enacted requiring detailed contracts between a ship's master and the crew for all interstate voyages. The full law was printed on the document, with the opposite side to be filled in Manuscript with details of the voyage, master and crew. Forms were pre-printed, and filled in prior to each voyage with appropriate details. All forms of the broadsheet are rare, with full copies very hard to find in any form. There are several variations of the broadsheet as they were printed by various booksellers.
Act reads: "Congress of the United States, at the second session, begun and held at the city of New York, on Monday the 4th of January, 1790. And Act for the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchant's Service. It is agreed, between the Master, Seamen, and Mariners of the (Brig Ruby of Newburyport,) Master, now bound from the port of (Newburyport to the West Indies), that in consideration of the monthly or other wages, against each respective Seaman and Mariner's Name Hereunder Set, they severally shall and will perform the above mentioned voyage"
Act continues in 3 column format and closed with printed names of Frederick Muhlenburg, John Adams, Geo Washington and Thomas Jefferson as signers of the 1790 Act.
(Matte: 17.5 by 22”, Sight: 16.75 by 12.5”) Condition: Fold creases, otherwise fine. Very Rare
Americana, Farm Ledger, Working Daybook, and later Justice of the Peace Log
Description: Journal, Daybook and Copybook, or perhaps a multi-generational multi-
use book descended in the George Griswold family of Guilford, Connecticut
For the researcher or town historian, this volume represents an opportunity to learn so
much about Guilford, Ct history through the work or different Griswold family members.
The original purpose is a Daybook or Account book for Griswold of Guilford,
Connecticut. As most account books are set up, the originator created an alphabetical
index listing each customer or client and on what page their account was located. It is
not a store ledger, but a list of services performed, farm produce sold, and misc. other
entries. It is likely that these services reflect at least one man and possibly one woman.
Entries are for plowing, cord of wood, carting flax, a load of stone, mending a fence,
sewing a dress, and many more related categories. The entries reflect a very hard-
working man with general farm and carpentry skills. Researching this section of the
book led to site showing standard rates for different work by years. For example, carting
wood was 9 shillings a day in 1776, and plowing only 3 shilling per day. So much to
learn!! This section covers 80 pages + with many entries on every page. Many, many
names. followed by 58 blank pages (of the greatest paper).
Turn the book over and start from the other end: The second life of the volume belongs
to George Griswold, Justice of the Peace, New Haven County beginning 1821 George
used this as his copybook for official transactions which he entitled. "Sundry Records"
followed by page headers "Licenses" using 110 pages with each license number by
year, and then sequenced No 1- No. (last one for the year), repeat, etc. 1821-1827.,
Also, there is a 2 page section with taxes collected between 1825 and 1833. A page
listing Division of Services breaking New Haven County by sections (or not?)
Very cool, very interesting ledger starting in Colonial America and stretching through the
early 19th century. Much to learn here, especially for someone interested in Guilford Ct,
Connecticut history, and more.
Size: 6.75" x 16", vellum covered. Rough page count is 225-240 total pages.
Condition: Cover is vellum and thus well protected, yet it does show the wear of
constant use. There are minor seam separations on the spine, but the book is intact
with no loose pages. Cover is tight to book.
Manuscripts, Signed Documents, 1764 French & Indian War Related Document Date/Period: Jan 31, 1764, Goshen, Connecticut
Measurement: 6 by 7.25”
Material: Ink on woven paper, [Mss.DS]
Transcription: "To Joseph Talcut (Talcott) Esq. Treasury of the Colony of Connecticut
Sir these are to order + desire you to pay unto Eben'r (Ebenezer) Hill the Barror
(Bearer) of the sum of 5/ (pounds) for commuting two French prisoners to Goul (Jail) in
the year 1759 by order of Athority (Authority) Dated Goshen Jan'y (January) 31th 1764
per me Sam'l Pettibone Justice Peace"
Description: 1764 French & Indian War-Related Document, Goshen, CT “commuting
two French prisoners to Goul (Jail)" in 1759. Dated January 31st, 1764 at Goshen,
Connecticut. Written entirely in the hand of Samuel Pettibone and signed by him at the
conclusion (as Justice of the Peace), the document seeks payment to Ebenezer Hill
from the Treasurer of the State of Connecticut for transporting two French prisoners to
JAIL five years earlier, in 1759. Verso of document signed in ink by Ebenezer Hill,
indicating that he was reimbursed for his services. There is also some docketing
information on the verso indicating the document was audited.
Condition: Ink is dark, with all text legible. Multiple folds with some seam separation.
Will look great framed.
Letter Archive, Asst. Surgeon James Rogers, H.M.S. Revenge
Included are 5 19th century surgical instruments;
2 by M. Wocher, 3 by Luer
Description: Very interesting letter grouping of Asst Surgeon James Rogers, H.M.S.
Revenge, along with MSS formulas for various cures mostly in Latin, a poem "The Tear"
written by Dr. Rogers aboard the Revenge in 1838, and 5 small surgical tools belonging
to Dr. Rogers. This is most interesting archive demanding further research.
Five letters to Dr. James Rogers to/from John Rogers, his father. All have stampless
envelopes with interesting postmarks including to Rogers aboard H.M.S Revenge, Cape
of Good Hope or Elsewhere. Another to Rogers on the Revenge in Portsmouth, another
to Rogers aboard the H.M.S. Isis. John Rogers spares no words in detailing the family
happenings throughout the period of 1837 to 1847, the date of the last letter. Two letters
are addressed to Dr. James Rogers, Oakland County, State of Michigan Letters are all
readable, although one is tearing at all seams and another has cross-writing on the
entire surface. (twice the content, but harder to read).
In 1976, a letter was written to the Minister of Defense, London, England to enquire
about Asst Surgeon James Rogers service in the British Navy. The reply is included in
the archive stating that James Rogers did indeed serve as Asst. Surgeon on the H.M.S
Revenge in 1831, and additionally detailed the service history of the H.M.S Revenge
from 1805 to 1849. Further info on the H.M.S. Revenge can be found
Condition: All items are readable with legible handwriting. Most have some minor
condition issues not affecting the content. One letter has severe seam separation but
remains legible. Surgical tools are intact. Overall, well-worn but of acceptable condition
for the researcher, collector, or family archivist.
New Ipswich New Hampshire Account Book-Daybook, Louise M Abbot Date/Period: 1860-1861
Measurement: 6/12" x 8"
Material: Marbled Covers
Additional Information: Typical 1860s daybook of a schoolgirl in New Hampshire.
Many local names. B. 1844 Wilton, NH. was 16 when writing the journal. Not a lot of
interest in politics or world events.
Manuscript, Notebook: Popular 19th Century Song Lyrics
An Interesting Taste of 19th Century American Popular Culture
"Angie Andress Song Registry 1890" in Script on Cover
Content is primarily 34 handwritten song lyrics copied from
popular music, copyrighted by various composers 1874 to 1890
Titles include “Johnstown Flood" by Joseph Flynn 1889, "A Package of Old Letters” (aka Rosewood Casket), White and Goulliard 1870, and 32 more lyrics entries. Not all entries were researched, but are assumed to be copied. (Approximately 5.5" by 8.25" lined pages with Mss. Entries; dings, tears, minor smudges, etc.)
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