Jacob Setley, author of these papers and daybook, was perhaps a German immigrant who settled in Reading, Pennsylvania. He apparently made his livelihood by operating a brick kiln and later branched into construction work and storekeeping. He also owned and leased property in Reading around 1846. John, Adam, and Samuel Setley, perhaps family members or relatives, are mentioned in the daybook.
Includes papers found in the daybook concerning the operation of a brick kiln, receipts, a property lease, notes about construction work, and accounts of merchandise bought and sold. The daybook, 1832-1840, records the buying and selling of general merchandise such as butter, sugar, molasses, thread, potatoes, and coffee. It also records payments made for "woork."