This collection is made up of 113 receipts for purchases and sales by David McCreary, a New York State mason, carpenter, and construction worker. These receipts are largely from in and near Caledonia, New York.
David McCreary's receipts include sales and purchases related to his carpentry and cabinet making business. Items include various wood and lumber, such as white wood, beech, maple; and materials such as screws, files, varnish, bolts, rings, handles, nails, turpentine, and linseed oil. Fabrics include black velvet and calico. A variety of foodstuffs include molasses, tea, sugar, candles, soda crackers, eggs, cheese, apples, herring fish, salt, rum, whiskey, and more. Tools and machines include a vegetable boiler, corn sheller, beehive, root puller, pruning scissors, "self acting" cheese press, churn, and plow. A few records pertain to a loan, the purchase of a book, and a subscription to the Buffalo Sentinel.
Products represented include wheelbarrows, benches, common bedsteads, fancy bedsteads, rocking chairs, tables, Windsor chairs, little chairs, oak chairs, sewing chairs, a hearse body, coffins, children's coffins, etc. The receipts also document labor, such as sawing wood, posts, and logs, drawing lumber, digging a well, gluing up a block for a cider mill, filing and setting, painting a set of blinds green, etc.
Payments represented include cash and barter with potatoes, flour, and wheat. The final receipts are a payment to a physician for medicine and addressing a cancer in his cheek (June 11, 1860), and a payment to S. Barrett for assisting Dr. Baker with an unspecified operation (October 23, 1861).