JJ (justjayj) wrote in little_details,

Cash vs. Barter vs. ??? in Antebellum VA

Apologies if there's a really obvious way to google this, but I've been trying for a while now and I'm coming up with zilch.

The setting is a small town in the Virginia Tidewater, 1853. The character is the village doc. He's content to take barter for his services from the less-well-off, but he charges money to the plantation owners (he treats both free men and slaves).

Now, when it comes time to collect for his services, would he be given cash? A cheque? A letter of credit to take to the bank? Something else I'm not thinking of?

Tags: 1850-1859, usa: history: civil war, usa: virginia, ~medicine: historical

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