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RIVER TRADE

For several years the people of the river settlements such as Maugerville were in a large measure dependant for supplies upon the store kept by Simonds and White at Portland Point, in what is now the north end of Saint John. The name of Stephen Coburn appears frequently on the store ledgers of 1789-1790.

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... Dec. 15 1789 to Stephen Coburn s. d.
1 stick of twist @ 5d. 5 Dec. 30 1789
 
3 gallons of Rum @ 3/6 10 6
2 gallons of Moylases @2/6 2 6
3 plates....4d., 1 Chamber pot g 1/9 2 9
1 yd. of Baz @ 3/4 2 lbs Raisins 10d. 5  
Feb. 13, 1790
1 lb. Broken Tea 2/9 2 9
1 Sieve Bottom 1/ 1  
1 Loaf Sugar 1lb/8oz. 1½ 6 4
2 yd Ribbon 9d1 6
yd Seville Coating 8/6 12 6
1 Stick Twist 5d. 5  
1 lb Chocolate 1/3 1 3
Feb. 19, 1790
1 lb. broken Tea 2/9 lb Chocolate 1/3 4  
3 gal Rum 3/6 10 6
7 Handles 7/2 7 2
¼Alspin 2/6  
7½ Sugar 5/ 5  
March 2, 1790
1 pr. Shoe suckles 1/6 1 6
March 17, 1790
1 Penknife 1/6 1 6
1 pr beaver Gloves 3/ 3  
Needles 1d.   1
2 yd Cloth    
bu Apples 3/9 3 9
1 p. "Dutch Lace No. 3. 2/ 2  
1 Sheck Knife 3d.   3
2 Gimlets 6d. 1  

In return for goods purchased the settlers tendered furs, limber occasionally an old piece of silver, sometimes labour and produce from their farms. Money they scarcely saw or used. Very often the gave notes of land when they found it hard to pay. The furs they supplied were principally beaver skins at five shillings a pound. They also supplied martin, otter, and muskrat skins. The latter at 4½- pence each. The lumber they supplied included white oak barrel staves at 20 shillings per thousand, red oak hogshead staves at 20 shillings per thousand, oyl nut (Butternut) staves at 16 shillings per thousand. Clapboards at 25 shillings and oak rafters at 2 pounds per thousand feet.