This collection contains approximately 675 receipts for oysters, fish, candies, wooden goods, and other items purchased by P. Whitin & Sons and by Paul Whitin Dudley between 1843 and 1869. Dudley ran the company's store, located in Northbridge, Massachusetts, from 1846 until after the company's dissolution in 1864. Most of the dealers who issued receipts were based in Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. The company and Dudley frequently purchased large supplies of oysters, lobsters, and other fish, often bought by the gallon or barrel, and purchased large numbers of brooms from several manufacturers. They also occasionally bought other wooden cleaning items, such as washboards and buckets, and larger items, including cradles and chairs, and confectionary and tobacco items such as candy, cakes, chewing gum, and cigars.
See the Box and Folder Listing for the names of most companies who issued receipts.