Post Sutler-Ledger and Prices

Wilson's daughter, Elizabeth Wilson-Goodlander inherited two of her father's ledgers, dated 1844-45 and 1851-52. The National Park Service acquired these ledgers in 1991. They show who the customers were and the commodities that they purchased. They also establish that Wilson was a banker, postmaster, and vendor of books, newspapers and magazines. The sutler stocked a wide variety of goods. The range of prices and quality of these goods reflected the diversity of clientele that the sutler served. The following are photos of those ledger pages and actual prices for items he carried.

 
Sutler Ledgers
 
Selected Sutler Items and Prices-1845

Almonds $ .375/lb.

Ax $ 2.00 ea.

Bacon $ .06/ lb.

Bed Ticking $ 1.25/ yd.

Best Padlock $ .75 ea.

Black Silk Handkerchief $ 1.75 ea.

Boots $ 2.50/ pr.

Bowls $ .25 ea.

Brass candlesticks $ 1.00/ pr.

Broom $ .19 ea.

Buffalo Robe $ 3.00 ea.

Candles $ .45 ea.

Castile Soap $ .25/ lb.

Cheese $ .15/ lb.

Cigars $ 7.00/ box or $ .25/ doz.

Coffee Pot $ .375 ea.

Comb $ .25 ea.

Eggs $ .10/ doz.

Ginger $ .24/ lb.

Indian Ink $ .50/ bottle

Lemons $ 1.00/ doz.

Marbles $ .125/doz.

Molasses $ .16/ qt.

Nails $ .10/ lb.

Olive Oil $ .62/ bottle

Pepper $ .25/ lb.

Pickles $ .75/ jar

Raisins $ .25/ lb.

Rice $ .10/ lb.

Saddle Blanket $ 1.50 ea.

Salt $ .1825/box

Shaving Soap $ .375/lb.

Shoes $ 1.25/ pr.

Soap $ .0625/cake

Socks $ .375/pr.

Spade $ 1.00 ea.

Sugar-loaf $ .70 ea.

Table Salt $ .1825/box

Teaspoons $ .0625 ea.

Tin Cup $ .05 ea.

Tin Bucket $ .50 ea.

Tobacco $ .56/plug

Toothbrush $ .25 ea.

Trunk $ 5.00 ea.

White Bowl $ .16 ea.

Wine $ 1.00/bottle

Yellow Bowls $ .17 ea.

 
 
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Last updated: July 29, 2016

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