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Andrew Burnaby, Travels Through the Middle Settlements in North-America in the Years 1759 and 1760, znd ed. (1775 ; rpt. Ithaca, New York, 1960), pp. 103-104. For information on the decline in trade, see Carl Bridenbaugh, Cities in the Wilderness (1938; rpt, Oxford, 1971), pp. 303, 330-336. 21. E. Milby Burton, Charleston Furniture 1700-1825 (Charleston, 1955), p. 127. 22. Warham purchased goods from Samuel Gardner, a Boston shopkeeper, on October 9, 1724. See Suffolk Common Pleas, December 14, 1730.

Tables and desks constituted the great majority of their work. Of the documented objects, 62 were desks and 225 were tables. Many were simple utilitarian pieces of furniture made of maple or pine (fig. 13). However, these craftsmen also made elaborate card and tea tables as well as veneered desks with inlaid stringing and stars. "34 Such a desk probably resembled one owned by the American Antiquarian Society (fig. 14). "No well rume" indicates that insufficient space was available for a concealed well, a feature often found in New England desks of the William and Mary style.

32 Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century as well as comfort. P Fitch succeeded in business by capably serving an elite clientele. Evidence indicates that his apprentice, Samuel Grant, sought to do the same. In 1728 Grant had completed his indenture and was working at the Crown and Cushion in Union Street (fig. 24). Fitch helped him to begin business by selling him upholstery materials on credit. Of additional importance were the contacts that Grant had made while under his master's guidance.

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