Codices. Ledgers (account books) Manuscripts, American -- 18th century. Manuscripts, English -- 18th century.
Philadelphia-born resident of Montreal jailed for 16 days for defending the rights of a protester to disparage King George III; paymaster of the Continental Army in Quebec under Benedict Arnold and Richard Montgomery; withdrew with the army to Philadelphia in July 1776.
Ledger of personal expenses and commercial activities in the operation of a store during David Salisbury Franks's residence in Montreal, from 6 July 1774 to 8 February 1776. Brief reference to imprisonment on 3 July 1775, "Profit & Loss sundrys gave as my garnish when put in jail." Persons involved in the transactions include members of the Franks family and Montreal's Jewish community and customers with English and French family names. Items in the transactions include cloth and sewing supplies (Irish linen, calico, chintz, flannel, muslin, ribbons, laces, thread, buttons, buckles), small articles of clothing (hats, gloves, cravats, shoes), food and drink (molasses, loaf sugar, beef, cabbage, mustard, vinegar, tea, wine, rum, gin), and other objects (tableware, paper, penknife, quills, inkstand, scissors, combs, candlesticks, tobacco, soap, nails). The ledger also includes postage and cartage expenses. First gathering (June-September 1774, p. 2-17) mostly detached, with first leaf missing; several leaves severely faded and difficult to read (April-July 1775, p. 57-69). Some leaves torn out from the blank leaves at the end (2 after p. 137, 3 at the end of the volume).
Title supplied by cataloger. Pagination: Paper, 103 leaves; contemporary pagination in ink, modern pagination in pencil, upper outer corners, 2-10, [11-207 (110-207 blank)]. Layout: Ruled in red ink; narrow column on the left, wide central column with notes, and three narrow columns on the right for amounts; royal folio format. Script: Written in cursive script by David Salisbury Franks. Watermarks: Similar to Heawood 1808 (Strasbourg Lily 1A with 4-shaped downward extension, initials LVG, and countermark IV). Binding: Cloth over pasteboard; spine exposed. Origin: Written in Montreal from 6 July 1774 to 8 February 1776.
Sold by Carmen Valentino (Philadelphia). Purchased by Arnold Kaplan with the Penn Libraries for the Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica (Collectify accession no. 2012.03.28.00001).