This week I worked on naming files from the second book of Chaffey letters.
In a few of the letters from Book 2 that
I got to skim, I came across some business issues the Chaffey
brothers had to deal with. A common theme was that
the person they were writing to wasn’t writing back to them in time. The
brothers were dealing with pressing issues at times, but the speed of the postal service (and potentially the reluctance of their business partners to
answer) meant they didn’t always get a response when they needed one. For
example, in the file ont00017_0103_0002, George Chaffey wrote about rabbits
doing damage to trees on their land, and how the person he was addressing had
left his letter unanswered. This made me think of how nowadays we are
accustomed to instant responses, and if we don’t get them, we can often check
whether or not our messages have been received or even opened. People are also
expected to be accessible at any time because our cell phones are never too far
from us. This has changed business practices and customs so much. It was
interesting to read how it used to be in the 1800s, and how all the Chaffey
brothers could do to ensure a faster response was to perhaps insert some stern
words into their requests.
Speaking of the digital age, I also worked on posting to CLIR and Honnold’s social media pages today!
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