had ‘Entertainment for Man and Beast’ the charge of ‘one and six’ for ‘Horss’ completed the charge for that day, each day's charge being separated by a line drawn across the unruled page.
The next charge is interesting; two horses
did the eating
and (presumably two) men
the drinking, the particular ‘vanity’ of one being a mug of flip, probably smaller than the toddy bowl, but same price.
We have been asked ‘What was flip?’
Well, it was hot
stuff, so was toddy; but flip was heated by the insertion of a red hot poker into the contents of the mug when served to the guest.
We fail to note any difference in the price of ‘Ginn
’ and brandy in the raw, but the director who indulged in brandy
toddy was taxed five cents more than for the decoction from gin.
It is too late to rectify mistakes (for the innkeeper has been dead a century), but he forgot to insert in charge column three dollars for three toddys and six dinners, and made a slight error in his footing.
It would be interesting to know who Col. Warner
was, and the items
of his ‘expense in town’ that was overlooked at the time, later charged, and at last deducted.
He may have been an adviser or engineer, and so a guest of the directors.
If so, why the final deduction?
And why the deduction of ‘Clerks bill, $4.22’?
On the back of this old scrap of paper are two ‘examples in short division,’
Why this division of the total of the bill by seven?
and amount of that
quotient deducted instead of the one evidently first made.
Possibly the final entry may explain.
By that entry it appears that the innkeeper had a separate bill against the turnpike company
, and had erroneously charged six dollars to the company on February 3.
The ‘clerk’ might not have been a director, but an employee of the company, meeting with the directors, who may have