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Spicer, Peter, 1795-1873  Search this
1 Volume (53 pages , 33 cm.)
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Collection descriptions
Notebook kept by Peter Spicer for recording arithmetical concepts and exercises as a young student, with an emphasis on business and bookkeeping-related skills. Some of the topics covered include: Federal money; simple interest; brokerage; insurance; compound interest; annuities; loss and gain; conjoined proportion; vulgar fractions; decimal fractions; arithmetical progression; and geometrical progression; among others.
Biographical/Historical note:
Born in Preston, Conn. on 7 Dec. 1795, and died in Westminster, Conn. on 24 June 1873. Carpenter, wheelwright, soldier in the War of 1812, innkeeper and local postmaster.
General note:
Handwritten in black, red, and green inks, with some small doodles throughout.
"Began to cipher the 10th day of December, A.D. 1805, Preston, in the county of New London [Connecticut]"--p. 1; "Peter Spicer's ciphering book, January 13th, 1806, Preston"--P. 19.
Local Notes:
SCDIRB copy 39088014409213 has water stains, primarily on the upper third of the volume, somewhat affecting the legibility of the handwriting. SCDIRB copy has bookplate: Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Gift of Mr. Stephen Harper. SCDIRB copy has the original paper cover made from pages of a contemporary newspaper that have been glued and stitched together. Housed in an archival envelope for preservation.
Arithmetic -- Early works to 1900  Search this
Arithmetic -- Problems, exercises, etc.  Search this
Bookkeeping  Search this
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