George Washington Papers

Memorandum List of Quitrents, May 1760

Memorandum List of Quitrents

[c.May 1760]

A List of Lands for which I paid Quit-Rents in the year 1760.

In King George County—Viz.—1250 acres—5 years due at 2/6 pr ct £7.16.⟨ ⟩
Fairfax—Mount Vernn Tract 2126 5 [years due]
bot of S. Darrel 1757 500 3 [years due] 15. 3.⟨ ⟩
Frederick taken up 760
bot of G. Johnston 552
of J. McCracken 550
taken up 453
2315 5 years due 14. 9.⟨ ⟩
Hampshire [taken up] 240 ditto ditto 1.10.⟨ ⟩
Total amount 6431 £38.18.⟨ 9⟩

N.B. On the 23d of May 1760. I paid Colo. Geo. Fairfax1 the above Sum of £38.18.9 in ⟨illegible⟩ full of Quit-Rents for the above Lands until Michaelmas 1760 as will ap⟨pear⟩ by his Receipt No. 2.

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LB, in GW’s hand, DLC:GW. See source note, Memorandum, 1758–59.

1George William Fairfax was agent for Lord Fairfax, to whom as proprietor of the Northern Neck the quitrents were due. The rate was 2s. sterling per 100 acres (2s. 6d. current money), the same as the king’s quitrent in the rest of Virginia. The separate ledger that GW devoted to his quitrents has not been found, but his papers and accounts contain many references to quitrents and levies.

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