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BOOTH, Benjamin, writer on book-keeping. He was an American merchant, who became clerk in a store in New York about 1759, and when he rose to the chief clerkship introduced a system of book-keeping of his own invention, which he employed also in his own business. He was a retail merchant in New York until the war of independence interfered with his business, when he retired and went to England. There he made known his system of keeping accounts in a volume entitled "A Complete System of Book-Keeping by an Improved Method of Double Entry, containing also a New Method of stating Factorage Accounts, adapted particularly to the Trade of the British Colonies" (London, 1789). It was written humorously, with fanciful entries, under the names of noted persons, to illustrate the new method.
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