Lewis J. Struvee was a merchant in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, during the period when several thousand Loyalist refugees were attempting to settle in the area after the American Revolution. The great variety of goods that are mentioned in the Day Books indicate that Lewis Struvee was a general merchant, and not a dry goods merchant, as he is described in the brief statement at the beginning of the reel.
The inclusive dates of the Day Books are: 2 January 1789 - 26 May 1789 and 10 January 1791 - 28 October 1793. They are a daily record of the goods purchased by customers, the amounts charged, and the payments made on accounts. The name of the customer is recorded for each transaction. As the quality of the microfilm reproduction is very poor, in some cases the name of the person is all that can be read. However, even this information could be important to researchers, for it reveals, to some extent, who was living in Shelburne at that particular time.
A few examples of goods that Lewis Struvee sold include: flannel, corn, fish, rum, sugar, molasses, needles and thread, knives and forks, plates, linen, tobacco, tea, pepper, coffee, oak staves, candles, shoes, oak plank, spelling books, and many other items too numerous to mention.