College Expenses

In putting away the contents of our ‘archive room’ after our big move, I am re-discovering some treasures.  For example, this little ledger book kept in beautiful hand by Andrew Cavitt when he was in college in Lebanon, Tennessee.

antique ledger book 1870

The cover is a bit worn after all these years.

antique ledger book 1870

Andrew Cavitt kept this ledger impeccably.

Here is the first set of entries:

Bought in June 1868

1 Woolen Suit………………..15.00

1 Linnen [sic] Suit………….4.00

3 Shirts…………………………7.50

2 Under Shirts………………2.00

6 Linnen [sic] Collars…….1.25

1 Wool Hat……………………2.50

6 Pair of Socks………………2.50

                                              34.75

A later entry, from October 1869, has him buying these textbooks and paying these school expenses:

Demosthenes On the Crown…….1.75

Anthons Tacitus……………………..1.75

Kukner’s Gk Grammar………2.00

Gildersleeves Latin Grammar…1.50

Tuition…………………………………80.00

Contingent fee……………………….6.00

Copy of Shakespeare………………2.25

So, I see you a Shakespeare and raise you a Gildersleeve, Mr. Cavitt!

Andrew Cavitt

Andrew Cavitt

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