Friday, January 20, 2012

lost and found


When hubby and I bought our home the previous owners told us they left an old ledger that had been found under the kitchen floor in a cupboard for us.
We searched high and low. No such ledger.

But this makes sense as when we purchased our home it had no locks on the doors. Yes, no locks for 225 years. And worse yet, the house had been vacant for 2 years previous to us. Sad were we.
And tell tale of the times...we put locks on the doors.

With no lead on the ledger...I had filed this under things I would just never know...you know, like math or how electricity works.

So , surprised I was when one day there was a knock at the door...and a kind soul (with a conscience) returned the ledger....no questions asked.

So here it is...in a poor fragile state..but to me a work of art.
Dating back to 1817 and used as a shoe cobbler's accounts book.
Full of handwritten calligraphy, notations on family names and items in trade for shoe mending and repair. Even a charge for a pair of velvet shoes!

Gotta love the trade for work for a barrel of cider, a rooster, side of beef, barley.


My favorite entry:
Whatever bralls disturbs the streets
Their should be peace at home
Where sisters dwell and brothers meet
Quarrels should never come
Little birds in their nests agree
and 'tis a shameful sight
when children of one family
fall out , and chide, and fight.

(taken from an old hymn by Isaac Watts)

4 comments:

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

WOW, someone really returned it? How wonderful for you to now have a piece of history from your beautiful home in hand. Have a great weekend:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Sweet Life Farm said...

What a Treasure!!! Absolutely beautiful, an every day work of art! Fitting to be a part of your farm….back home where it belongs. And, might you consider a rooster in trade for one of your paintings :>

Nancy said...

So glad mystery of the missing ledger is solved!

Adirondackcountrygal said...

That is really neat. Too bad there isn't more bartering these days!