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1750's Trade Goods
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TRADE LISTS CAN PROVIDE ESSENTIAL INSIGHTS INTO THE ITEMS USED ON THE COLONIAL FRONTIER AS WELL AS INTO THEIR RELATIVE VALUE. BELOW ARE TWO SUCH "LISTS" ... STRAIGHT FROM THE FRONTIER. THEY ARE DISPLAYED "AS IS." MAKE YOUR OWN ASSUMPTIONS!

 

John Nash, December 1756, Lists of Indian Goods at Rock Creek

Letters to Washington and Accompanying Papers. Published by the Society ofthe Colonial Dames of America. Edited by Stanislaus Murray Hamilton.--vol. 01

vizt.

Demy 7\8 Garlia from 18\--to 44\ prs.

3\4 Do.--from 16\6--to 27\6 -- somewhat dissorted a good many prs being sold, but a large Quantity still remains

Tandem & Nuns Hollands from 27\--to 52\--some of these exceeding fine

Cambricks from 35\--to 44\

yd. wide Muslins from 35\--to 44 --

6\4 Do.--@ 68\

printed Calicoes gay Colours from 20\--to 40\ --

striped Callimane: @25 \6 --

Bandannoes @ 19--Cotton Romales @ 10\

Linnen & Holland Checks from 8d--to 15d per yd.

strip'd Cotton Hollands from 1\3--to 2\ --

Emboss'd Flanneles--@ 12d 7 --

half thicks--@ 14d --

strip'd & scarlet worsted Caps from 5\--to 12--per dozn.

Silk Hankers: from 28\--to 33\

Silk Caps--@ 40\ --

Mens worsted Hose from 24\ to 45\--per dozn.

grey, green & red yarn Do.--from 10\6--to 15\--not many left

Mens beavr: Carolina Hats from 4\6--to 6\--not many left

Worsted Creseles sorted from 3\6--to 4\6 per

12. Ribbons all different Colours sorted from 5\9--to 6\3 per prb.

narrowed Ribbons--@ 4\3 --

Star-Lace, blue, green, yellow & red from from 12\--to 13\ per Gross

Gartering, scarlet & green Star, & scarlet in Grain--from 10\--to 13\ --

Threads of all sorts & prices --

Stripd Duffields--none left --

Strands from 72\d--to 80\--but little left --

purple & red Black lists @ 10\--but little left --

Vermillion--at 7\--per O

Small Bar Lead--@ 18\3 --

Gun-powder--all Sold --

abt. 2 dozn. fusee Guns proved Barrells @ 14\--very good at the price but rather larger Bows than those commonly used in the Indian Trade ; they wou'd answer very well for a Bullet & Shot & believe wou'd suit the Southern Indians ; as I have been told they do not use a single Bullett so much as the Northern Indians at Mr. Chapmans

abt. 1 dozn. 4. ft. square barrell'd Guns very small Bores best Iron mounted

& stock'd like Rippells, a Bullet Mould to each. @ 27\6

abt. 1 dozn. Rippells 4. ft. Barrells, best Iron Bullet Mould to each @ 41\6

Gun flints all sold --

Buck horn handled Cutlasses @ 2\6--but few left --

Brass & tin Kettles--all sold --

common oval Eyed Indian Hatchets all sold --

pipe--Tom-hawks--@ 4\3--each --

bright Indian weeding Hoes @ 14\ per Dozn.

Tolee. Tongs--@ 2\6--per dozn

padlocks--from 10\ to 15\ per dozn.

fine Indian Awl blades--@ 3\9 per Gross not many left

plain brass Rings--@ 1\6--per Gross

Stone Do. sorted from 2\10--to 9\6 per Gross

plain Silver Rings--9\ per dozn.

Stone Rings set in Silver from 4\ to 5\ per dozn.

Neat Stone Ear-bobs set in Silver from 2\6 to 3\6--a pr. --

painted Sleeve Buttons sorted from 3\3--to 4\3 per Gross

brass Jews-harps @ 21\--but few left

Wood screw Boxes for paint--@ 3\6 per Gross

Monrie Bells @ 12\ --

Looking-glasses, plate Glass--@ 15\ per dozn

Barley Corn Beads black & white from 2\8--to 3\ per Bunch

small round Beads at 2\4 per O --

Knives of all Sorts used in the Indian Trade from 2\--to 6\3 per Dozn.

Wampum none here, but I believe Colo.. Cresap has some belonging to the Company.

Septemb. 6th. 1755.

SIR

I wish I had been at Home when you was pleased to call last Night, it might have saved this Trouble of writing, However as you desire I now send You all the Information I can as to the Commission as Commissary, Which I think I had from the same Authority you seem to have Yours, and with very full powers and Instructions. Agreeable to which Mr. Walker & my Self imbarkd. in the Affair, happily compleated what we had undertaken, I have sunk my Money in the Service (tho we were assured of being constantly supply'd) in confidence of the Publick faith that I shoud not suffer, instead of which I am denied my Money, Provisions Wagga. &c. contracted by us on the said Faith & Instructions for the use [of the] Expedition refused to be paid for, or to send Money to dischare [mutilated] for which there are Suits now commenced against me, have [mutilated] need my own Charges & not one farthing paid me for all I have done, As this is the Case besides 50 things more too tedious to mention, I leave you to Judge what Man can bare such usage. As for retaining anything belonging to the Expedition it is not my Intention, As I have the Governors hand writing by me to Support & pay every thing we shoud engage for the Expedition, Else I assure you I should dispute any Obligation I had to give up any thing till it was paid for & I secured, So that Whoever you appoint may have all the right & Title I have over all the Stores belonging to the Expedition, You are pleased to be of Oppinion that if I continued at least till the Committee meets in Octobr. when they may obviate all my Objections which as they are not well understood by them, there will be a Necessity of my being there, else the same Usage I have had I should meet with, And any one to undertake the Business cannot spare the time to go to Wmsburg if I rightly guess or know what is or ought to be done as Comry. Neither have you made any Mention of what I should have in engaging in such an affair again, As I should now be thoroughly satisfied by a certain Agreement well knowing what it is to leave Things undetermined in serving the Public.

... I am ... Sir

... Your very Obedt. Humble Servt.

... CHAS. DICK.

Indian Goods at Fort Cumberland Sept. 17th. 1755.

2 pr. red Stroud

1 half pr. blue do.

6 blue Strouds

3 pr. blue 1/2 Thick

2 pr. white do

3 half ps. do

2 ps. red do

33 p blue Indian Stockgs.

3 ps. Imbost Large

3/4 of a pr. Garlix

4 doz. 11 plain Shirts

3 doz. 3 Boys do

8 ps. Stuffs & Callimanco

1 pr. Str Gr. holland

6 Laced Hats

6 ps. brd. Ribbon

4 large Hat feathers

2 parcels gold & Silver Tassells

14 ? Vermilion

6 Small lookg. glasses

3 doz. large knives

2 doz. Clasp do.

8 doz. brass mounted knives

3 papers Rings

1 paper Sleeve Buttons

5 do. Beads

3 large brass kettles

1 small do

1 paper Auls

4 Coyls brass Wire large

12 Coyls Small do.

In the Chest with Sundries

9 Rolls fig. gartering

Rolls red do.

Parcels Thread

1 Doz 11 Mens ruffled Shirts

2 Doz 10 p Wome. Stockings

14 Mens worsted Caps a remnant of Callicos

8 Silver Meddals

8 yd. of Ribbon a quantity of black & a large

parcelty of white Wampume

1 fine Laced Coat

4 fine Wastcoats &c

2 p Breeches

4 Indian Guns

20 Cutlashes

4 p. Side Pistols

The above taken from Col. Innes's List left by him -- ...

CHAS DICK --

 

 

FOR A DISCUSSION ON WAMPUM TRADE GOODS & ITS IMPORTANCE SEE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WAMPUM TO 17TH CENTURY INDIANS ...

 

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