Account Book of a 19th-Century Canadian Teacher and Farmer [Manuscript]. Ross, James. [Account Book]. Ontario (near Guelph), 1854-1860.  pp. Quarto (7-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary diced calf, rebacked in period style, gilt fillets and large central gilt lozenge-shaped panels to boards, gilt fillets to spine, endleaves retained. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to corners, a few leaves removed near front and rear of text block. Light toning to interior, "James Ross Esquire" in bold hand to front free endpaper, content in neat hand to 83 pages, a few pages have entries in a later hand dated 1885. An interesting piece of Canadiana. $500. * Ross was a farmer and school teacher who lived near Guelph, Ontario. (He is not to be confused with James Ross of Red River [1835-1871], the Canadian lawyer, journalist and political leader). Covering the years 1854 to 1860, most of the entries in this account book pertain to the maintenance of Ross's household and teaching expenses. Several entries record purchases of such items as livestock, household improvements and schoolbooks. A few note expenses relating to a run for local political office and for trips to Guelph and Toronto. In all, this account book offers an interesting perspective on the life of a busy, ambitious man living in rural Ontario in the mid-nineteenth century.
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