Endorsed inside cover, ‘James Young, Alkali Cottage, Newton’.Addresses, expenses and receipt for a coffin, scale of operations, receipt of mineral raw materials and details of production and stocks of equipment.
First mention of paraffin; James Young’s interest in the chemistry of dyestuffs, with the experiments carried out; addresses; accounts of production; list of garden seeds and plants to be bought; and list of his children’s birthdates.
Business affairs. Preparing to venture into business with Edward Binney and Edward Meldrum and details of cost. Information on Young’s attempts to discover if paraffin has been patented and his financial interest in the chemistry of dyestuffs.
Endorsed on inside cover, 'James Young, Murrayfield, Edinburgh'. Details of experiments at Bathgate and expenses of visits to Scotland, Wales and France. Also weekly expense account for production at Bathgate.