How Much Did He Gain?
“Specimens of Penmanship,” 1868.
This new addition to our growing collection of penmanship books belonged to Christian L. Meyer (1854-1940) of Bedminster, Pennsylvania. According to the inside cover, he commenced writing in the volume on November 6, 1867, at the age of thirteen. Meyer used this book to keep notes on mathematics, with pages devoted to topics such as “Addition and Subtraction,” “Apothecaries Weight,” and “Land Measure,” along with plenty of examples – “A merchant bought a quantity of coffee, for which he paid 560 dollars. He afterwards sold it for 610 dollars 87 ½ cents. How much did he gain by the transaction?”