Sarah and Edward Ogden travel diaries  1886-1908
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Box   : Duane Norman Diedrich Collection  
John Bartlett and George Nichols collection [series]
 
  1847 August 1 . AD; [Cambridge, Massachusetts?]. (1 page)
Balance sheet. Lists debts and credits, tabulating profits and losses. Includes dealings with Southworth Manufacturing Co., Daniel Appleton & Co., Harper & Brothers, American Bible Company, Harvard College, Stickney & Shephard. Dealings with George Nichols, Samuel Aspinwall, Ed Richardson, Mons. De Laporte.
 
  1848 August . AD; [Cambridge, Massachusetts?]. (1 page)
Balance sheet. Calculates profits and losses, noting debts and credits. Bills, interest, charges, stock, sales, amount owed to and owed by booksellers, and financial balance for George Nichols.
 
  1848 December 4 . G[eorge] Nichols ALS to [John Bartlett]; Cambridge, [Massachusetts]. (3 pages)
Decision to dispose of his entire business, the University Book Store. Describes what he will sell, including retail stock, works in press, contracts, copyrights, type plates, and other business-related items. Debts owed to the store. Price determination. Arranges payments around when the business will be receiving sums from the College. Notes the mortgages he has out to cover the business, and the bank's demands regarding them. With a single line written and signed by Bartlett on December 29, 1848 accepting the proposition.
 
  1850 October 16 . ADS; s.l. (3 pages)
Acknowledging John Bartlett's debt to George Nichols on account of his stock in trade, furniture, and stereotype plates for the University Book Store. Nichols agrees to take on Bartlett's debt to Metcalf & Co. and to guarantee Bartlett's debt to John W. Treadwell. Nichols agrees to offer his services as Bartlett's agent. Bartlett to pay six percent interest on amounts owed to Nichols and to give him half of the store's profits. Includes a signed and witnessed statement by Bartlett naming Nichols as his agent and stating the parameters of his position. Witnessed by J. Homer Hyde.
 
  1851 March 1 . John Bartlett Document ADf to John W. Treadwell; [Cambridge, Massachusetts]. (2 pages)
Transferring his leasehold estate on the University Book Store, his stocks in book trade and stationary, copyrights, shop-furniture, and chattel in the building to Treadwell in exchange for $7,900. Brief mention of the storage of stereotype plates "in the brick fire-proof building appertaining to the printing establishment of Metcalf & Co…. known as the 'University Press'." Notes the terms by which he can reclaim ownership.
 
  1851 May . PrD; Cambridge, [Massachusetts]. (1 page)
"List of Books Published by John Bartlett, Bookseller to the University." List of textbooks sold for use by Harvard College, French and Spanish books, and miscellaneous other works
 
  1851 July 1 . 3 ADf; [Cambridge, Massachusetts?]. (25 pages)
Drafts of the articles of agreement between George Nichols and John Bartlett regarding Bartlett becoming a partner in the University Book Store. Covers details regarding Bartlett's payments, the debt owed to John Treadwell, changes in terms due to Nichols' agreement to partner with Bartlett, and restrictions on Bartlett's withdrawal of funds. Addendums to the agreements between George Nichols and John Bartlett's co-partnership in the University Book Store.
 
  1852 March 1 . Geo[rge] Nichols AD and DS to [John W. Treadwell]; Cambridge, [Massachusetts]. (3 pages)
Acknowledging receipt of John Bartlett's promissory note of $7,900 to John Treadwell, along with his mortgage deed. Signed document by George Nichols guaranteeing the payment of John Bartlett's promissory note to Treadwell
 
  1852 July 1 . AD; [Cambridge, Massachusetts]. (2 pages)
List of expenses for the University Book Store from 1850 to 1852 including freight, portage, clerks, insurance, taxes, advertising, rent, and sundries. Summary of profits for the past two and a half years. Notes "outlays not included in the estimate."
 
  1852 September 8 . John Bartlett ANS to [George] Nichols; s.l. (1 page)
Has an "immediate prospect for a loan" and inquires about Nichols' position on their stocks, assets, and interest rates.
 
  1852 September 11 . John Bartlett ALS to [George] Nichols; Cambridge, [Massachusetts]. (1 page)
Copying a paper he mislaid. Negotiates his taking on liability of recent cash advances in exchange for a reduced percent of payments owed to the University Book Store and to Nichols.
 
  1852 September 13 . John Bartlett ALS to George Nichols; s.l. (1 page)
Sending papers and other materials. Notes on balance sheets. Would like to examine business accounts at the store.
 
  1852 September 23 . John Bartlett ALS to [George] Nichols; Cambridge, [Massachusetts]. (3 pages)
Disagrees with Nichols on a number of matters but compromises to reach a settlement. Explains his use of "errors excepted" in the balance sheets for the University Book Store and a decline in profits for 1851. Assures Nichols that the balance sheets are open for his review and suggests he should not be suspected of wrongdoing. Explains specific items on the balance sheet. Nichols's position on advances is "unreasonable." "Admitting that the business was planted by your capital, I claim that it 'was reared' by my industry--and is now retained by my personal influence."
 
  1852 September 30 . John Bartlett ALS to George Nichols; Cambridge, [Massachusetts]. (2 pages)
Hopes to advance the valuation of their assets. Explains his selection of worthless and bad accounts. Notes on debts, stock, cash. Would like to settle the matter so he does not need to return a loan.
 
  1852 October 1 . DS; Cambridge, Massachusetts. (3 pages)
Articles of agreement between George Nichols and John Bartlett cancelling the October 16, 1850 contract and dissolving the partnership. Bartlett agrees to guarantee all debts in relation to the University Book Store and to protect Nichols against all claims and demands stemming from such debts. Bartlett to pay all debts personally owed to Nichols and the debt owed to John W. Treadwell. Bartlett to pay Nichols his share of the store's profits. Nichols to relinquish all business assets, renounce his claims to shares in the profits. Signed by John Bartlett and George Nichols, witnessed by J. Homer Hyde.
 
  1852 October 1 . 3 AD; Cambridge, Massachusetts. (3 pages)
Three copies of the articles agreement between George Nichols and John Bartlett dissolving their partnership in the University Book Store and laying out the terms of Bartlett taking possession. One copy includes corrected errors, and states the date as "this sixth day of October ."
 
  1852 October 8 . George Nichols AD to John Bartlett; [Cambridge, Massachusetts?]. (2 pages)
Itemized list of John Bartlett's account from January 1st through December 1850. Account settled October 8, 1852 and signed by Bartlett. Items include atlases, almanacs, office supplies, Bibles, grammars, omnibus tickets, geographies, school books, and other texts.
 
  1852 October 8 . George Nichols AD to John Bartlett; [Cambridge, Massachusetts?]. (2 pages)
Itemized list of Bartlett's account from June through December 1851. Account settled October 8, 1852 and signed by John Bartlett. Includes various books, writing utensils, office supplies, omnibus tickets, and miscellaneous other items.
 
  1852 October 8 . George Nichols AD to John Bartlett; [Cambridge, Massachusetts?]. (2 pages)
Itemized list of Bartlett's account and amounts owed dating from January 1, 1852 to October 4, 1852. Includes various books, office supplies, omnibus tickets, cash transactions, picture frames, and various other items. Account settled and signed by Bartlett October 8, 1852.
 
  1852 October 9 . George Nichols AD to John Bartlett; [Cambridge, Massachusetts]. (1 page)
Lists money owed to and from George Nichols on October 1, 1852 including interest, discounts, and shares of the University Book Store's profits. Settled and signed by John Bartlett on October 9, 1852.
 
  Undated . John Bartlett ALS to George Nichols; s.l. (1 page)
Granting a loan and selling 400 copies of "Ajax" to Mr. Gray, who offers his library of 700 volumes as security.
 
  Undated . [John Bartlett] AD to Geo[rge] Nichols; [Cambridge, Massachusetts?]. (2 pages)
List of "additional liabilities found upon a final examination of the books" for the University Book Store. List of "Errors & deductions" from individual accounts.
 
  Undated . [George Nichols] ADf; s.l. (26 pages)
Draft on selling the University Book Store to John Bartlett and the decision to try a co-partnership instead. Discusses Nichols' poor eyesight and health, the decision to dissolve the partnership. Notes on debts, payments, funding, and protecting Nichols from liabilities. See articles of agreement signed by John Bartlett and George Nichols, October 1, 1852.