January 2, 1849 (Tuesday)

Tuesday. Intended going the city, today, but concluded to postpone it until tomorrow. Am about leaving type-sticking business for something else. Viz: Keeping Books for the firm of Reeves, Buck & Co, who are very extensively engaged in the manufacture of iron.

“Type-sticking” was usually the job of the youngest person at a print shop who would form words and sentences from lead type on a compositors stick. Nathan’s new employer, Reeves, Buck & Co., produced nails and railroad iron. The business was located at 45 North Water St. in Philadelphia at the corner of Arch St, but site is now consumed by I-95. Nathan’s new job as a clerk “keeping books” was a typical one for a young man on the make, allowing him to make the move to the big city.

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