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  • Washington Grays Account Book
    quarto, 202 manuscript pages, bound in contemporary brown reverse calf, two black leather spine labels, stamped in gilt, which read: "Ledger" and "L.A. Corps Washington Grays," minor wear, and scuffing, binding in very good condition, tight, and strong, entries written in ink, in a clear and legible hand, also includes index at front listing 130 different accounts for members of the corps between 1843-1847, as well as accounts for the expenses of the corps.
    Description of Ledger     The ledger contains approximately 130 different accounts for men who served in the Washington Grays during 1843 to 1847. The dates of the entries are from 6 February 1843 to 11 December 1847 and cover all the various sorts of expenses that the men incurred, or that the corps incurred for supporting and paying the men. The ledger is set up in the double entry book-keeping system, debits on the left hand side and credits on the right.     On the debit side of the ledger the expenses for the men include such things as uniforms, including installments on overcoats, expenses for fatigue jackets and caps, new uniforms, coat and pants, costs for contra straps, breast plate. There are also costs to the men for various infractions of the corps rules, appeals to those penalties, for taking care of arms, fines for not reporting, fines for not furnishing reports in the case of one officer, expenses for band participation, costs for copies of corps constitution, or entrance costs when men first joined the Grays, as well as other incidental debits.    The credit side of the ledger includes the men's credits such as their pay for serving, or monies received from the county commissioners for pulling riot duty on such occasions as: the Weaver's… more >