George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 20 July 1762]

20. Recd. my Goods from the Unity—Captn. Robson.

Bot. Frederick & Judy of Mr. Lewis.

Began grubg. my Meadow. Note sometimes 4, & sometimes 6 hands at Wk.

Capt. William Robson of the Unity carried a large shipment of goods which GW had ordered from Robert Cary & Co. on behalf of himself and the two Custis children. The complete order amounted to £463 15s. 8d. and included such items as a new still, clothing, china, food, farm equipment, and books (invoices of goods shipped to GW, 1754–66, DLC:GW). GW wrote Cary & Co. on 18 Sept. 1762 that everything had arrived except some shoes. “There must likewise have been a mistake in Shipping the Plows, for many of the most material parts being wanting, the rest, according to the Bill of Parcells, is entirely useless, and lye upon my hands a dead charge” (DLC:GW).

frederick & judy: On this date GW paid £115 to Col. Fielding Lewis for two Negroes (LEDGER A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 146).

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