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Guide to the Timothy H. Lewis Pail Manufactory Account Book and Diary, 1881-1884

Collection number: MS 10

Size: 2 items (0.20 cu.ft.)

About Timothy H. Lewis

Timothy H. Lewis operated a small pail manufactory in the Westport section of Swanzey, N.H. and had as many as eight employees under his supervision, most of whom were paid for light finishing work. He married Martha in 1867 and they had one son, Earl. Lewis was apparently a justice of the peace for Cheshire County, although his name is not mentioned in the 1890 History of Swanzey.

About the Timothy H. Lewis Pail Manufactory Account Book and Diary

The detailed account book includes records of payment to employees by name, along with production records, monthly summaries, type of work performed and rate of payment. Lewis was a good diarist, enlivening his daily accounts with rich detail. The 1884 diary is a local historian’s treasure trove, mentioning more than forty names of local residents, local events, news and details of family life. One amusing entry records that on one night “wife blowed out my light contrary to good behavior.” The next day he mentions “Wife hid my lamp.”

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This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Timothy H. Lewis Pail Manufactory Account Book and Diary, 1881-1884, MS 10, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased: Manuscript Company of Springfield, July 5, 1983 (Accession number: 832)

Purchased: Charles Apfelbaum, dealer, Watchung, NJ, Nov. 2009 (Accession number: 2011.23)