Susan F. Berry notebook  1793, 1849 (bulk 1793)
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Collection Scope and Content Note

The Susan F. Berry notebook contains directions for solving numeric and descriptive arithmetic problems, and the solutions to the problems, as well as a collection of recipes. The first section, "Mercantile Arithmetick," presents written and numerical explanations of basic mathematics, including space for the practice of writing numerical figures and numerous examples of problems based on numbers and on real-world applications. The second section of the notebook, entitled a "Table of Money, Weights, Measures, &c.," is devoted to a series of conversion tables.

These include:

  • United States federal money
  • English money
  • Weight
  • Cloth measures
  • Length
  • Square areas
  • Wine
  • Ale/Beer
  • Cubic measures and solids
  • Dry measures
  • Time

Following these tables, Berry wrote several passages on compound addition and subtraction, and discussed the conversion and reduction of measurements into different units. Berry also added currency conversion tables specific to several monies, including United States federal money, English money, and individual currencies used in different areas of the United States, including New England and South Carolina/Georgia systems.

The final 48 pages of the notebook consist of a number of recipes, especially for baked goods, such as tea biscuits and different types of cakes. Of particular note are non-food instructions; for example "To Kill Cock Roaches," "Technical terms in Painting," and instructions "to die [sic] a good black."

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