SOLD! for $1,770.00.
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- High Estimate: $700.00
- Realized: $1,770.00
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Extensive archive relating to David Morris Harding (1795-1854) and wife Frances "Fanny" Grieves Davis Harding (1801-1865), including ledgers for David Morris Harding's whiskey business and plantation, later known as Devon Farm; Civil War and Slave related ephemera; land documents; and numerous receipts. David M. Harding Account Book for Whiskey Credited for the year of 1849 with records of sales to John Davis, John Harding, and others; partial book titled Account of Making Whiskey with 2 pages in back listing certain repeated names of people (likely slaves) with quantities (likely a production record); a large book that appears to be an early textbook or reference book with wine and beer measures but also geometry and other problems, dates around 1814; 7 land indentures between David M. Harding and Thomas Harding, Christopher Robertson, and other early Nashville landowners, with witness signatures including William Harding and Giles Harding; Survey map of land along Harpeth River; several pages of accounts with John Nichol for household items including furnishings such as tea china and tumblers, fine beaver gloves, food and sundry supplies; a hand written recipe for Cold Beer; a $2,000 check from a New Orleans bank for Mr. George Harding; a scrap of paper with prices for architectural work including stairs, 1804 s.f. flooring, roof, windows, doors etc; and a 1863 Civil War Pass for Mrs. Harding's driver and Fanny Harding's oath of allegiance to the United States Government. There are also several small note books, including one inscribed Thomas Harding, the others apparently David Harding's notes of checks written and amounts received from various accounts. One appears to have a 2 page reference to slaves purchased from the Echols family. Another has 8 checks, dated 1822, from the Commercial and Farmer's Bank of Baltimore, where Harding often traveled to purchase slaves. Provenance: the estate of Sarah Hunter Hicks Green, formerly of Historic Devon Farm, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: Most items exhibit expected toning and light fading but are in overall good condition. Textbook and account books are fragile with edge and corner losses and lack covers, some pages detached. Fanny Davis's oath of allegiance and travel pass were both found on old self-adhesive photo album page, and we have not attempted to remove them. Some land indentures have tears at fold lines.