began the book as a Common place Book, using it for sundry scraps and clippings.
Later, some of these earlier scraps were covered with others of later date.
In addition, there is the usual miscellaneous assortment of scraps having no connection with each other.
Whatever he wrote that had appeared in the papers he has preserved, also, any mention of him was duly clipped and inserted.
There are some family scraps, tax bills, etc. Here is a bill rendered his great great grandfather, Cochran Reeve, in 1738, for expenses on account of a slave.
The items are specified as freight, nursing, and a coffin.
The jailors's bill had not been received, so that could not be included.
But for our present purpose we find many clippings which will be referred to from time to time.
It is a strange sensation to study, not to glance hastily, but to study a scrap-book, especially such a personal one as this.
In our own experience we find ourselves at times perplexed as to why we preserved som