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An exciting acquisition at the Chester County Historical Society is an Anthony Wayne account book for the Waynesborough tannery. It lists Samuel VanLeer (Wayne family), a Jonathan Penrose (Anthony’s wife’s maiden name), and, of course, some Waynes (Isaac and General Wayne). It was for the sale of calfskins, horse hides, hog hides, and more items. Sales were made to many famous Revolutionary-era figures, as well as locals in Chester County.
It dates from 1774-1783 and then 1784-1787. The handwriting changes, so one does not know who is writing.
At the opposite end of the book and when turned upside down there is a receipt book and memorandum pages in Anthony Wayne’s hand with eleven signatures. Of particular interest here is a section “General directions and instructions for conducting the farm…” For Historic Waynesborough volunteers, and local history buffs, this is truly a page-turner. Thank you to CCHS for keeping this in the County and so close to its original home in Paoli, Pennsylvania.