Roger Sherman’s store accepted non-currency for payment

“Late eighteenth-century newspaper ads in New Haven advertised that stores would accept a variety of non-currency items for payment; Roger Sherman’s store, for example, accepted as payment: ‘Wheat, Rye, Corn, Oats, white Beans, Flax-Seed, Butter, Cheese, Pork, Beef, Flour, Hoops, Staves, Heading, Boards, Plank, Hay, Wood, Geese Feathers, Tow-Cloth, Check, Flannel, and all kinds of Public Securities.'”
-courtesy of Urban Law article, “The Failure of America’s First City Plan,” by Maureen E. Brady, 2014. Referencing the New Haven Gazette, Nov. 11, 1784 (image) “Res. of Roger Sherman, lithograph of the home of Roger Sherman in New Haven, Connecticut,” 1800 to circa 1850, courtesy of the Yale University Manuscripts & Archives Digital Images Database

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