Sep 28, 2017 - Sale 2455

Sale 2455 - Lot 154

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(MARYLAND.) Ledger of shipping merchant Robert Peacock of Oxford, Maryland. [2], 67, [31] manuscript leaves. 8vo, contemporary limp calf, minor wear; contents generally clean. Vp, 1766-1778

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Peacock invested in shares of numerous merchant voyages, trading with Gibraltar, Holland and Italy, and seemed to lean toward luxury goods: wine, silk stockings, parmesan cheese. On at least one occasion, he seems to have traded in human cargo. In a joint account from 1777 he notes "a servant sold at Baltimore in 1775 June which was charged to me." Among the interesting accounts are with Captain William McGachin (a friend of Washington's) on page 2; and prominent Baltimore physician John Stevenson on page 14. He signs his own name on page 19, and is mentioned in several other spots. In the rear are 29 pages of notes from an early reading of Marshall's Life of Washington.