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David Baschard Account Book, 1763-1774 (Bulk: 1763-1768)
1 vol. (0.25 linear feet)
Collection number: MS 142

Abstract:
David Baschard (sometimes spelled Bichaud) was an innkeeper and merchant in Nantucket during the middle decades of the eighteenth century. Althouth little is known about the specifics of his life, when he died at the age of 50 on Feb. 9, 1770, he left a substantial estate valued at £1000. He left a legacy to his sister Mary and the remainder, including a "negro slave girl" and a pew in the Congregational Meeting House, to his wife Elizabeth (Hussey).

A standard two-column account book, David Baschard's ledger records the day to day transactions of a Nantucket merchant of the 1760s. Trading actively in a range of sundries and domestic goods such as cloth, apparel, sugar, tea, and tobacco, Baschard also sold liquors of various sorts, including punch, grog, wine, and rum. In addition to his local Nantucket clientele (members of the Starbuck, Coffin, Rotch, and Folger families among them), he traded in towns along the Cape Cod and elsewhere in southeastern Massachusetts, including Harwich, Rochester, Dartmouth, Falmouth, and Martha's Vineyard. Accounts were settled both in cash and in kind.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note

David Baschard (sometimes spelled Bichaud) was an innkeeper and merchant in Nantucket during the middle decades of the eighteenth century. Althouth little is known about the specifics of his life, when he died at the age of 50 on Feb. 9, 1770, he left a substantial estate valued at £1000. He left a legacy to his sister Mary and the remainder, including a "negro slave girl" and a pew in the Congregational Meeting House, to his wife Elizabeth (Hussey).

Scope and contents of the collection

A standard two-column account book, David Baschard's ledger records the day to day transactions of a Nantucket merchant of the 1760s. Trading actively in a range of sundries and domestic goods such as cloth, apparel, sugar, tea, and tobacco, Baschard also sold liquors of various sorts, including punch, grog, wine, and rum. In addition to his local Nantucket clientele (members of the Starbuck, Coffin, Rotch, and Folger families among them), he traded in towns along the Cape Cod and elsewhere in southeastern Massachusetts, including Harwich, Rochester, Dartmouth, Falmouth, and Martha's Vineyard. Accounts were settled both in cash and in kind.

Although the owner of the ledger is not specifically identified, an agreement associated with the account of George Hussey (p. 158) indicates the owner to be David Baschard. The ledger is bound in full leather and branded on the cover with the words "Ledger B 1763." At some point, probably in the later nineteenth century, it was repurposed to serve as a scrapbook, with newspaper clippings pasted over the first 64 pages. These were later soaked off to reveal the original content. One account (Solomon Pinkham, p.160-161) was recorded shortly after Baschard's death.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: David Baschard Account Book (MS 142). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Provenance unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, July 2013.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English
Bibliography

Worth, Henry Barnard, "Nantucket Lands and Land Owners," Nantucket Historical Association Bulletin 2:1 (1901).



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Subjects
  • Hotelkeepers--Massachusetts--Nantucket Island
  • Merchants--Massachusetts--Nantucket Island
  • Nantucket Island (Mass.)--Economic conditions--18th century
  • Nantucket Island (Mass.)--History--18th century

Genre terms
  • Account books


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