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Newton Day Book 1872

Tue, 2012-09-04 16:34 -- BMHS

“Brandy, Whiteface, Blossom…” the plantation owner must love his cattle. He has spent the time to name all of his cattle as opposed to his horses, sheep and mules  for which he only takes into account increases or decreases.  His list of cattle is extensively detailed.
“They must have been producing some really good milk!”

Newton Day Book 1864 and 1870

Tue, 2012-09-04 16:33 -- BMHS

It’s amazing to see the accountancy skills of the managers or owners of this plantation back in the day. They left no stone (or on this case, no cent) unaccounted for.
It still blows my mind the meticulous way in which they documented every single transaction.  They even made extra notes, which may be considered mental notes, to themselves. E.g.  the intention to Shift a worker from one area to another and the poor  performance of worker.   
Everything on this plantation seems to have been documented, even something as simple as where tools are to be kept.

Money Renters and Stock Keepers 1862

Fri, 2012-08-31 16:36 -- BMHS

Upon starting much care had to be given to this book in particular as its pages were very brittle, torn and falling apart.  On many occasions two persons had to be on hand to turn pages and also to help in deciphering the writing.
After analyzing the document Harriet and I realized that this was in fact two books contained in one.  One book/section detailed the rents and wages of Stock keepers and watchmen and the other looked at what was described as money renters.


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