George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, January 1770

Cash Accounts

[January 1770]

Cash
Jany  6— To Ditto [cash] of Mr H. Manley £ 4. 5.01
10— To Cash recd for 2 Barrls White Fish 3. 0.0
13— To Ditto recd on Acct of Subn to the V. Justice2 0.15.0
20— To Ditto recd on acct of Do 0. 7.6
Contra
For 1770  By Thomas Bishop Cash Lent 4. 0.0
Jany  7— By the Revd Mr [Charles Mynn] Thruston for his share of Land on the Ohio undr the Kings Procln3 10. 0.0
By Overseer Morris for encouragemt 2. 0.04
10— By Jonathan Palmer5 2.10.0
17— By Richd Lake Balle Acct for Work done on my House in Alexandria6 22. 5.2
By John Alton 7. 0.0
18— By Jn. Parke Custis 0.10.0
23— By Mrs Washington 2. 0.0
By Servants 1/3. By Hall & Gilpin for shoes 8/7 0. 9.3

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 302.

1This was payment for mourning rings that GW bought for Harrison Manley in Williamsburg. See Cash Accounts, December 1769. For the weaving that his weavers had done for Manley, see Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 115.

4This is only one instance of GW’s making a payment to a slave overseer.

5GW hired Jonathan Palmer on 30 Aug. 1768 as overseer of his carpenters, but Palmer seems not to have begun work until June 1769 (see Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 294). For the terms of his agreement with Palmer, see Cash Accounts, July 1768, n.7, printed above. Palmer continued as a full-time employee until 1774 (see Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 294, and Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 28).

6In the spring of 1769 GW engaged Edward Rigdon (d. 1772) and Richard Lake (Leak, Leake) to build a house in Alexandria at the corner of Pitt and Cameron streets on one of the two lots he had bought in 1764. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:183, and GW to Carlyle & Adam, 15 Feb. 1767, n.8.

7In his February 1770 Cash Accounts GW has an entry on 7 Feb. of seven shillings to “Hall & Gilpin for a pr of Shoes for J.P.C.,” and he has an entry of February 1770 in his Guardian Accounts for John Parke Custis, 1 May 1771, “2 pr of Boston Shoes of <Hall> & Gilpin.” See also GW to Jonathan Boucher, 3–10 Feb. 1770.

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