Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    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.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2010
    11th-12th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,184

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 October 27 Musical Instruments - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 May 11 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,136,332