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    18th Century Arithmetic Exercise Journal, Including a Revolutionary War Oath of Allegiance to King George III. This 8.5" x 13" journal consists of near 200 pages of intermediate arithmetic exercises, with one page containing an oath of allegiance copied by Huntington, New York, teenager James Pine Chichester, the son of Eliphalet and Mary Pine Chichester. (Eliphalet fought against the British during the Revolutionary War.) The oath, along with an introductory remark, reads in part: "The oath that the inhabitense [sic] was obliged to take while prisoners under the British government During the Revolution War for our Independence./ I do certify that Pine Chichester, aged 19, of Huntington township has Voluntarily Swore before me to Bear Faith and True Allegiance to his majesty King Georg[e] the Third . . . ." The page is signed, "William Tryon/ Governor ", likely by Chichester. (Tryon served as New York's colonial governor from 1771 through 1780. New York City, not far from Huntington on Long Island, became the headquarters of the North American British Army after 1776.)

    The exercise journal was used by several generations of Chichester youngsters living in Huntington and later, Iowa. The book appears to have been first used by Mary Pine, the mother of James Pine Chichester, who has written in large letters across two pages, "Mary Pine Her Book November the tenth Day Seventeen Hundred 52". Mary married Eliphalet Chichester six years later in 1758. The book was then used by several succeeding generations of young men named James Pine Chichester, one who wrote across the front cover, "ARITHMETIC/ JAMES P. CHICHESTER./ 1796." Almost every page of the exercise journal contains either arithmetic exercises (including more advanced exercises in business math), word problems, mathematical rules (such as, "As the sum of the several stock, So to the total gain or loss, So is each mans share in stock, To his Share of the gain or loss"), maxims, or poems. Several pages contain Chichester birth records from the eighteenth century. The latest date recorded in the journal is 1872. Foxing throughout, with some larger stains. The coated brown paper wrappers are worn and wrinkled; the back wrapper has detached, but is present. Some pages have also become detached. Still, a wonderfully preserved piece of Americana in good condition.

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    October, 2009
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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