Guide to the Lydia Bailey account statement, April 2, 1823


Lydia Bailey was a prominent 19th century Philadelphia printer. The Lydia Bailey account statement itemizes a printing job commissioned by John Steele of the Port of Philadelphia. The job consisted of labels for imported liquor, wine and tea for use on the cargo of commercial ships.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Lydia Bailey account statement
April 2, 1823
1 items, 1 Folder
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Manuscript document signed by Lydia Bailey, listing 65 itemized expenditures dated March 8-29, 1823, totaling $141.50 for "Printing certificates of spirits, wines & teas imported in the first quarter of 1823." It begins "Genl. John Steele, Collector of the Port of Philadelphia/To Lydia R. Bailey," and concludes with a certifying statement, and a receipt for payment in full signed by Bailey. Each entry specifies the quantity of certificates printed and the name of the ship for which each lot is destined. There is also a single entry for "1000 copies blanks for inspectors."

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[Identification of item], Lydia Bailey account statement, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Account statement
Box folder 1

Historical Note

Lydia Bailey was a prominent printer active in Philadelphia from 1808 to 1861. She was appointed the City Printer of Philadelphia from 1810-1850 and was the only woman to ever hold that position. She trained many employees who went on to establish careers in their own right.

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The Lydia Bailey account statement was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Megan Lewis, February, 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-MSS111