A Guide to the John S. Major Arithmetic Book, 1800-1803 Major, John S., Arithmetic Book, 1800-1803 MS 92.2

A Guide to the John S. Major, Arithmetic Book, 1800-1803

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the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Manuscript Number MS 92.2


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Repository
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
MS 92.2
Title
John S. Major Arithmetic Book, 1800-1803.
Extent
1 item (396 p.)
Creator
John S. Major, b. 1787.
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

John S. Major Arithmetic Book, Manuscript MS 92.2, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1992.


Biographical/Historical Information

John Sleet Major was a resident of Culpeper County, Virginia.

Scope and Content Information

Arithmetic exercise book. Includes questions and answers, exercises, examples, case or story questions, and a multiplication table. Major's tutors were Gilbert Christian and Edward Wall. Includes several personal comments or signatures. Lessons worked on range from elementary addition to more complex banking and mercantile concepts. Lessons include addition and subtraction of dry measure, wine measure, cloth measure, time, motion and apothecaries weight; compound multiplication; short, simple, long and compound division; reduction in money; tare and tret, rule of three; simple and compound interest; brokerage; rebate or discount; equation of payments; barter; loss & gain; simple and compound fellowship; exchange (with some examples of bill of exchange with European firms); comparison of weights and measures; media and alternate alligation; comparative arithmetic; arithmetical progression; geometrical progression; vulgar fractions; decimal fractions; square roots; the cube; biquadrate; sursolid; annuities or pensions in arrears and other subjects.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Christian, Gilbert.
  • Major, John S., b. 1787.
  • Wall, Edward.
  • Subjects:

  • Education--Virginia--History--19th century.
  • Arithmetic--Early works to 1900.
  • Arithmetic--Study and teaching--Virginia--History--19th century.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Christian, Gilbert.
  • John S. Major, b. 1787.
  • Major, John S., b. 1787.
  • Wall, Edward.