Volume/Folder: John Cadwalader estate book, 1786-1796

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Record Number: 12566
Volume: 1
Address: Shrewsbury, MD
Date of Original: 1786 - 1796
Original Format: Manuscripts
Dimensions: Dimensions of image, 20.5 by 32.5 by 3.5 cm
Image description: The ledger documenting the administration of John Cadwalader's estate is maintained in two dos-a-dos sections, one entitled "Book of memorandums, inventories, and miscellaneous transactions of the Exter [Executor] to the estate of John Cadwalader, Esqr (begun March 1786)," and the second untitled section consisting of memoranda and receipts by the estate begun Nov. 1790. Both deal largely with the administration of Shrewsbury Farm, with references to other Cadwalader holdings. The volume contains details on the family's slave holdings. In addition to general inventories of the men, women, and children who were owned by the estate, there are, for some individuals, agreements concerning their disposition after Cadwalader's death. These agreements contain names, dates, and promises of humane treatment and "warm and comfortable lodgings." The ledger also contains significant details on other items owned by the family, including furniture, house wares, and livestock, particularly horses. There are several pages of receipts showing mares and stallions that were sold by the estate.