S. Cary and Co. agent John Sinclair order of 1846-09-08

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John Sinclair wrote an order authorizing Mr. Turner, an early merchant at Fish River (Fort Kent), to allow John Henderson to pick up 2 pounds of "salerates" and one pair of women's shoes for Sinclair. The order was written at Black River, either the Little Black or Big Black, both of which are upriver from Fort Kent.

Saleratus is sodium bicarbonate and used as a leavening agent in bread. The value of the items received appears to be in pounds and shillings. The British monetary system continued to be used in many transactions on the Upper St. John during the period closely following the Webster-Ashburton Treaty.

Shepard Cary was a prominent Houlton merchant, legislator, and lumberman.

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  • Title: S. Cary and Co. agent John Sinclair order of 1846-09-08
  • Creator: Sinclair, John
  • Creation Date: 1846-09-08
  • Subject Date: 1846-09-08
  • Town: Fort Kent
  • County: Aroostook
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 12 cm x 20 cm
  • Object Type: Text

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