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Collection Number: 05091-z

Collection Title: D. Abeel Williamson Account Book and Receipt, 1860-1862

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Abstract D. Abeel Williamson of New Jersey was employed as a tutor on G. B. Shields's plantation in Natchez, Miss., from 12 November 1860 to 11 May 1861. On the inside back cover of the account book, in another person's handwriting, it is reported that Williamson went on to become a lawyer and serve in the 7th New York Infantry Regiment. The collection includes a small account book containing a detailed listing of the expenses that D. Abeel Williamson incurred in the course of his six-month tenure as a tutor on G. B. Shields's plantation in Natchez, Miss. The account book records Williamson's discretionary spending. In addition to recording the costs associated with the more mundane aspects of life, such as haircuts, boot repair, and postage, Williamson's ledger itemizes the costs he incurred during visits to New Orleans, the circus, race tracks, and a concert by Blind Boy Tom. A few notations following the accounts date from early 1862. Also included is a receipt from the Presbyterian Church in Natchez acknowledging Williamson's payment of the yearly pew tax.
Creator Williamson, D. Abeel, fl. 1860-1862.
Language English.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the D. Abeel Williamson Account Book and Receipt #5091-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Purchased from Terry Alford of Springfield, Va., in April 2002 (Acc. 99222).
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D. Abeel Williamson of New Jersey was employed as a tutor on G. B. Shields's plantation in Natchez, Miss., from 12 November 1860 to 11 May 1861. On the inside back cover of the account book, in another person's handwriting, it is reported that Williamson went on to become a lawyer and serve in the 7th New York Infantry Regiment.

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The collection includes a small account book containing a detailed listing of the expenses that D. Abeel Williamson incurred in the course of his six-month tenure as a tutor on G. B. Shields's plantation in Natchez, Miss. Since his employer had agreed to provide for his "necessary expenses," that is his "board lodging & washing & fires," the account book records Williamson's discretionary spending. In addition to recording the costs associated with the more mundane aspects of life, such as haircuts, boot repair, and postage, Williamson's ledger itemizes the costs he incurred during visits to New Orleans, the circus, race tracks, and a concert by Blind Boy Tom. A few notations following the accounts date from early 1862.

Also included is a receipt from the Presbyterian Church in Natchez acknowledging Williamson's payment of the yearly pew tax.

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The collection includes a small account book containing a detailed listing of the expenses that D. Abeel Williamson incurred in the course of his six-month tenure as a tutor on G. B. Shields's plantation in Natchez, Miss. Since his employer had agreed to provide for his "necessary expenses," that is his "board lodging & washing & fires," the account book records Williamson's discretionary spending. In addition to recording the costs associated with the more mundane aspects of life, such as haircuts, boot repair, and postage, Williamson's ledger itemizes the costs he incurred during visits to New Orleans, the circus, race tracks, and a concert by Blind Boy Tom. A few notations following the accounts date from early 1862.

Also included is a receipt from the Presbyterian Church in Natchez acknowledging Williamson's payment of the yearly pew tax.

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Account book and receipt #05091-z, Series: "Account Book and Receipt, 1860-1862." Folder 1

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