George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, May 1768

Cash Accounts

[May 1768]

Cash
May 4— To Ditto [cash] of Wm Dandridge Int. of his Bond £  22. 0.5
6— To Ditto of Dr [James] Carter Int. of Mrs [Joanna] McKenzies Bd 10.16.0
10— To Mr Jos[ep]h Valentine 15. 0.0
12— To Cash recd of Mr Frans Foster for Intt 25. 0.0
14— To Ditto of Mr B[artholomew] Dandridge in settling for the Int. of his Bonds 6.13.9
To Ditto of Colo. [Burwell] Bassett in settling for Do 0. 6.8
Contra
May 1— By Play Tickets1 1. 7.6
By Servants 2 0. 2.6
3— By Captn Jno. Lee in discharge of my Bond to Mrs Lee for Negroes bought at their Sale2 149.15.0
By Mr [Robert Carter] Nicholas for the Sheriff of Eliz[abet]h City in the Suit of Wager3 5. 7.9
5— By Cash paid for a Bill of Excha. 150. 0.0
By Club at Charlton’s 5/. Play Tickets 12/6 0.17.6
 
7— By Ditto at Mrs Vobes 0. 7.6
7— By Charity 22/6—By Barbr Wm Godfrey 15/ 1.17.6
By Mr Wm Rinds Acct for Printing &ca 1.17.6
By Mrs Dawson chances in Raffling for her Coach for Colo. [Fielding] Lewis & myself4 2. 0.0
12— By Servants 2/6. Exps. at New K[en]t Ct House 5/ 0. 7.6
By Mrs Campbell for Board 2.10.0
15— By Mrs Washington 0.10.0
19— By Colo. Bassett in Excha: of a bay (Partner) Mare with his Grey Horse Brookes 10. 0.0
19— By Ditto in Excha: of a horse for J. P. Custis 17. 0.0
By my boy Billy’s Exps.5 0. 8.9
20— By Servants 15/9. Ferriages at Frazer’s 9/6 1. 5.3
21— By Exps. at Webbs 10/6.6 Do at Hobs hole & Ferry 41/10 2.12.4
22— By Servants 5/. Ferry at Nomony 5/7 0.10.0
25— By Servants 1/3. Do 3/9. Cards 5/ 0.10.0
29— By Mr Chamber’s at Boyds hole 7.10.9
By Mr Grant at Ditto8 0.14.9
By Mr Wm Lee my propn of a Sum Levied by the Mississippi Compy9 16.18.9
30— By Cards 28/9. Servants 1/3 1.10.0
31— By Ferriage at Hoes 2. 8.0

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 269, 274.

1GW rode into Williamsburg from Eltham on 2 May and “went to the Play” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:58).

2Mary Smith Ball Lee inherited from her husband Col. John Lee at his death in 1767 the use for her lifetime of his land and slaves in Westmoreland County, where she at this time was living. GW bought from her at a sale four slaves: Mulatto Will for £61.15, D[itt]o Frank for £50, the “Negro Boy” Adam for £19, and the boy Jack for £19. See Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 261, and Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:88. GW’s promissory note to Mary Lee, dated 15 Oct. 1767, for the amount of purchase, appears in the Robert F. Batchelder catalog no. 78, 1990. Mulatto Will or Billy, or William Lee as he called himself, became GW’s personal servant who accompanied him throughout the Revolution. Greatly indulged by GW in his later years, William Lee received his freedom by GW’s will. “Captn Jno. Lee” is probably a cousin, John Lee, Jr., of Essex, whose sons inherited part of Col. John Lee’s estate.

4Elizabeth Churchill Bassett Dawson (c.1709–1779), mother of Burwell Bassett and widow of Commissary William Dawson (d. 1752), lived in Williamsburg. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:58.

5Billy was sent on an errand. See Joseph Valentine to GW, 17 May 1768.

6Webb’s ordinary was in Essex County, south of Hobbs Hole.

7The Nomini neighborhood in Westmoreland County was clustered around Nomini Creek, an affluent of Potomac River.

8Andrew Grant was a prosperous storekeeper at Boyd’s Hole. Chambers may have been Robert Chambers to whom GW wrote on 28 Jan. 1789 with regard to his account against Ferdinando Washington.

9For the organization of the Mississippi Land Company, see Mississippi Land Company: Articles of Agreement, 3 June 1763, and the Mississippi Land Company’s Memorial to the King, 9 Sept. 1763. See also GW’s account with the company, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 169.

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