1888 - 1891 Expenses and Sales of a Smith Family farm, Smithtown Long Island New York (with) An Inventory and Valuation of House Contents
(Americana - Manuscript - New York State - Smithtown Long Island - Farming)

Smithtown Long Island New York: Not Published, 1888. F A lined-paper bound notebook, with three main sections of entries: with circa 80 pages having handwritten sales & expenses for a Smith family farm; 17 pages which give a room-by-room itemized and priced inventory of one of their homes; and 5 pages of student Latin lessons. The farm entries, 1888 - 1891 are displayed with income received from monthly sales on the left page, the right page with the expenses for the same time frame. References of Smith family names are given, this branch being that of the immediate descendants of Caleb Tangier Smith (1834 - 1885) & his wife Mary Augustus Smith (1834 - 1902). Several recurring references are made for payments to one George N. Powell, eventually paid off, evidently for a loan. Details of running the farm give prices received for livestock, milk, eggs, the boarding of various individuals, crop sales and labor; expenses are also various, with plastering work, wages, carpentry, fertilizer for the crops, feed for the livestock, and with side-bar notes, as in: "Shan't get my manure money back 'till the hay crop comes on" and "…woman's wages to come Edwards time & labor not included Cannot realize on hay…" and more. Mostly penned entries, legible; with occasional notes and lines in pencil. The inventory is dated Dec. 9, 1873 and extends over 17 pages. It describes 'CTS' (Caleb Tangier Smith) room; the library; main hall; parlor; dining room; butler's pantry & grocery closet; wing hall; cellar; nursery; Bertha's room; linen closet; Miss North's room; another bedroom; boudoir; 2nd story hall; pink room; blue room; foyer; 3rd story hall; 3rd story NW. bedroom; 3rd story SW bedroom; dark closet; main attic; servant's bedroom; wing attic; servant's room. Pencil entries, clear and legible; many have 'ticks' next to the evaluation amounts and there are running-tally totals of the values. The 5 pages of Latin lessons give Latin words, English phrased meanings, side-by-side. In pencil, clear. The volume approx. 6 1/2" x 8" size; bound in polished marbled paper-covered boards, red leather spine and corners, a few thin gilt rules on the spine. Some wear and scuffing to the binding, a couple of laid-in or attached pages of extra expense notations, one leaf detached. Occasional soiling & wear; some leaves excised at beginning and within; overall, the contents clearly written and in very good condition. An interesting glimpse of the vicissitudes of late 19th century farming at Smithtown, Long Island for this family; especially of note is the detailed inventory & valuation of the contents of the home. Good (Item ID: 25002)


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