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Garland Wheeler cyphering book

Identifier: MS-SC3772

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of one cypher book dating from January 1814 containing over 183 handwritten pages. While a student, Garland Wheeler recorded various math and business problem solving concepts, word problems, providing examples for each. Several different categories of work were considered, including addition and subtraction of whole numbers (and money), multiplication, single and double “rule of three” and their inverses, division of stock under a partnership or single fellowship, barter, simple interest, discount, money exchange, profit and loss, alligation, alternation, single and double proofs, arithmetic and geometric progression, square and cube root. Additionally, Wheeler included conversion and reduction of various measures, most of them having to do with pharmacy or dry goods business.


  • 1814


Biographical / Historical

Garland Wheeler (1791-1862) was born in Virginia and subsequently lived in Kentucky. He was a farmer, and with his family, moved from Kentucky to Oakley Township, Macon County, during the 1830s.


1 folders (1 folder: .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet))

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