Friday, March 15, 2013

What was for sale on March 13, 1813 in Bladensburg, Maryland..and beyond?

We kick off our reporting on "Bladensburg - Beyond the Battle" with a report on what items were advertised for sale in a local paper, Daily National Intelligencer, March 16, 1813.[1]

At Richard Parrott & Co. on Water Street, Georgetown, on land once owned by Washington Bowie,  a mere hour or so from Bladensburg - right up the road, one could select from the following list of recently arrived quality goods.

·       West India or Orleans sugar
·       Molasses
·       French brandy  4th proof
·       Best West India rum
·       Madiera
·       London particular Teneriffe Sherry
·       Port
·       Malaga
·       Pepper by the pound
·       Lisbon salt by the bushel
·       Green & white coffee by the bag
·       Chests of tea; Imperial, Hyson; young Hyson; Hyson Skin and Souchong
·       Bales of Pimento
·       Barrels of tanner's oil
·       Pickled Herrings by the box
·       Ploughshare moulds
·       Limited cases of Sweet Oil Spermacetia, Mould and Dipp'd candies
·       flat & square "Bar iron"  by the ton; and Russian steel
·       Seine twine and corks; plough lines and cordage of every description

[1] Daily National Intelligencer; Date: 03-16-1813; Volume: I; Issue: 64; Page: [1]; Location: Washington (DC), District of Columbia.  

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