1727 – An attractive ledger leaf from a New England grog shop showing “Rum Sold & Deliver’d to Sundry persons this month [and a payment] To Ebenezer Chamberlin . . . for 12½ Months and 3 days Service of his Negro Man Toney.”. Cornelius Waldo.
1727 – An attractive ledger leaf from a New England grog shop showing “Rum Sold & Deliver’d to Sundry persons this month [and a payment] To Ebenezer Chamberlin . . . for 12½ Months and 3 days Service of his Negro Man Toney.”

1727 – An attractive ledger leaf from a New England grog shop showing “Rum Sold & Deliver’d to Sundry persons this month [and a payment] To Ebenezer Chamberlin . . . for 12½ Months and 3 days Service of his Negro Man Toney.”

Boston: 1727. Disbound. This leaf, comprising pages 331 and 332 measures 7,75” x 12.5”. Page 331 lists expenditures and is titled “Boston New England Janry 27th. 1727/8.” Page 332 lists expenditures and is dated on the 31st. In nice shape.

This ledger was kept by Cornelius Waldo (known from similar leaves). In it he kept entries for sales of rum, and his sales were significant.

For the month of January 1727, the ledger notes at the bottom of page 332, he sold “15 ½ bbls [barrels], 9 Tierces & 39 hhds [hogsheads] cont. 5765 ¾” gallons.”

Page 331, lists Waldo’s payment for supplies and labor including casks, carting boards, sand, lime, stones, etc.

Of particular interest, is his payment “To Ebenezer Chamberlin for 12½ Months & 3 days Service of his Negro Man Toney. . .” who likely helped manufacture rum within Waldo’s distillery.

. Very good. Item #009869

Online information about the Waldos’ liquor business is available. Cornelius began selling imported “Canary Wines . . . Pipe or Quarter Cask with a partner in Boston in 1721, and in 1734, he and a cousin began selling Madeira wine which they imported from St. Kitts. Waldo also began distilling and selling rum in Boston, and by 1843 he had built a substantial “Rum House and Engine” that incorporated a horse-operated pump to bring water to his distillery. Waldo was also a land speculator and acquired a substantial fortune in Maine and Massachusetts real estate.

An unusual and attractive ledger leaf documenting the Waldo family’s rum business made all the more significant by its reference to hiring a slave to serve as one of the distillery’s workers.

Somewhat scarce, however leaves from this ledger occasionally appear for sale on eBay, although usually without any reference of enslaved workers.

Price: $450.00

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