Account Book of Nineteenth-Century Lawyer from Gardiner, Maine [Manuscript]. [Stilphen, Asbury Coke (b. 1842)]. Account of Monies Expended from May 1st 1865 to 1880. [Collection and Cash Book]. Gardiner, ME, 1870-1874.  pp. Folio (13" x 8"). Three-quarter sheep over marbled boards, gilt fillets and title (reading "Ledger") to spine. Considerable rubbing with loss to spine ends and corners, boards abraded and scuffed, a few cracks to text block, Stilphen's stamp to front pastedown, his signature to front free endpaper. Light toning to interior, faint dampstaining in a few places, content in fine neat hand to rectos and versos of most of the leaves, tipped-in bill of sale for musical instruments, instructional books and sheet music from "Joseph Stilphin, Deputy Sheriff" to rear pastedown. $850. * This ledger records the daily practice of a prominent lawyer and businessman who practiced in Gardiner, Maine, a town near Augusta, the state capitol. Stilphin was both a lawyer with a specialty in corporate practice and a dealer in investment securities. He was also the auditor (comptroller) of the Kennebec Central Railroad. The ledger indicates that he devoted most of his time to investment services. Considered a leading citizen of Gardiner, he was active in civic enterprises and held several political offices. He was also active as a local historian. Mercantile Publishing Company, Boston, Leading Business Men of Lewiston, Augusta and Vicinity 147.
Book number 64232