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    Colonial Boston Shipping Receipts Ledger of William Blair Townsend, Merchant, dated 1744-1804, Boston, 7.75" x 4.75", containing over 150 pages of receipts for goods and services bought and sold, such as tobacco, slaves (September 22, 1748 entry: "Received of Wm. Blair Townsend Four hundred Pounds Cold Tend. in full for a Negro Man, named in Paul"), livestock, rent "Postage letters", and many receipts for the services of a wet nurse ["Received of William Blair Townsend, Two Pounds Two Shill. & Eight Pence Lawful Money, being in full for nursing his Son Thomas Hubbard to 31 last August. Hannah Hammond (her mark)."] There is at least one entry concerning "the Honble. John Hancock, Esq." signed by "William Bank/ Attorney to W. Hancock", dated May 3, 1777. Only about sixty percent of the ledger contains single-sided entries. William Blair Townsend (1732-1778) graduated from Harvard in 1741 and became a well-known Boston merchant. The signed receipts, housed in a suede and blind stamped binding, are a veritable "Who's Who" of Boston commerce before and during the American Revolution. Interesting reading. Fine.

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