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Wesly Burnham Papers, 1797-1811


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Notes

  1. Wesly Burnham, Jr.
  2. Units of Measure used when purchasing goods
    1. Dry measure
      1. pounds - Abbreviated lb, with some abbraviations appearing as #. Used for meat and fish, spices, flour, coffee, tea, salt, butter, twine. Flour was purchased in units of 7 pounds.
      2. bolt - cloth (duck canvass)
      3. cord - (128 cu. feet; a 8 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft stack of wood) cut wood
      4. dozen - eggs, fish hooks
      5. bushels - vegetables (beans, corn), meal
      6. pair - shoes
      7. ounces - spices (pepper, ginger), tea
      8. yard - cloth (india cotton, gingham, calico), tobacco
      9. hundreds - ship bread
      10. feet - wood
    2. Liquid Measure
      1. glass - rum
      2. pints - rum
      3. gallons - molasses, rum
      4. barrels - liquids (cider, oil)
      5. gill - (= 4 oz. or ¼ pint) used for alcohol (gin)
      6. hogshead - fat
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