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    A really superb adjunct to to even the most sophisticated Bowie knife collection.

    Jim Bowie Purchases a Knife from the Bennett General Store in 1817. Bennett General Store Ledger listing Bowie's purchases while he lived along Bayou Boeuf in central Louisiana, with entry dates from 1817 to 1819. 7.5" x 12.75" with approximately 200 pages. The ledger records four entries for Bowie with each entry recording the items he purchased such as "1 shaving box", tobacco, a rug, "9 yds cotton shirting", "1 bandanna handkf", "1 pocket comb", one quart of :madaira" wine and, most interesting, on August 7, 1817, "1 Jack knife", for fifty cents.

    James Bowie (1796-1836) has become a legendary figure in Texas history, but before he arrived there in 1828, he lived in the Louisiana Territory. In 1815 at the age of nineteen, Bowie settled alone on the border of modern Rapides Parish and Avoyelles Parish and began carving his plantation out of the wilderness. It was here, near the Bayou Boeuf Store, in a region with little law enforcement, that the future hero of the Alamo gained a reputation for his adroitness with a knife.
    Joseph B. Robert's general store, located in a sparsely settled region near modern Cheneyville, was built in 1817, and was originally called Bayou Boeuf Store, as recorded at the top of most pages of this ledger. Ezra Bennett bought the store in 1836 and changed the name to Bennett's Store. The Bayou Boeuf Store was a place for the settlers to retrieve mail, socialize and, according to the ledger, buy goods such as sugar, medicines, alcohol (lots of alcohol), cloth and fish hooks. Bowie, whose plantation was just a few miles from the store, traded there in 1817 and 1818.

    The ledger cover has some faded pen strokes and shows wear, but good sound condition. A small number of pages have been torn out and some sketching/ doodling appears on the front and back paste downs. All writing is large and easily read.


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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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