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Williams, W. A. W. A. Williams his cyphering book; commenced July the 5th 1825, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Cumberland County.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.441 Author/Creator: Williams, W. A. Place Written: Fayetteville, North Carolina Type: Autograph manuscript Date: 05 July 1825 Pagination: 24 p. 31 x 19 cm

Includes sections on basic arithmetic functions, as well as addition and subtraction of federal money, and weights and measures of commodities (e.g. land, cloth, wine, etc.).

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