Guide to the Arithmetic Exercise Book of Stephen Wood [ca. 1780-1800] MG 281
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The New Jersey Historical Society
Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. February 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
Stephen Wood was born on March 21, 1765, the son of Dr. Stephen Wood and his second wife, Mary. Wood was afforded all the opportunities that wealth provided; he and his siblings were taught by a private tutor who emphasized a classical education. To supplement his classical education, Wood also studied medicine with his father. Wood and his wife had one son, Stephen W., born in 1810. Wood died at the age of seventy-one in the year 1826.
This collection consists of Stephen Wood’s arithmetic exercise book, commonly known in the eighteenth century as a ciphering book, and dates from circa 1780 to 1800. The volume includes a table of contents on the front page. Topics covered in the book include loss and gain, simple interest, permutation, vulgar fractions, geometrical progression, square roots, as well as others. A brief history of the Wood Family completes the volume.
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This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 281, Stephen Wood Arithmetic Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.
This collection is the gift of Cora B. Hogan, 1956.