George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, August 1770

Cash Accounts

[August 1770]

Cash
Augt 2— To Cash of Doctr [James] Craik for the use of the Surveyor of the 200,000 Acres of Ld Grantd the Sold[iers] by Govr [Robert] Dinwiddies Procln £ 6. 0.0
To Do of Captn [Peter] Hog on the same Acct 9. 0.0
To Do of Mr Jas Mercer in behalf of his Brother Geo: Do1 12. 0.0
9— To Cash won at Cards 0. 5.0
21— To 3 Guineas of Mr [Walter] Magowan for a Gun Imported for him2 3.18.9
To Cash of Jno. Cannon 0. 8.0
29— To Ditto recd from Mr Hectr Ross3 20. 0.0
Contra
Augt 3— By Mr James Hunter in full for Mill spindles Gudgeon’s &ca.—Mill 10. 5.0
By Mr Heslop for self £3.6.0 for Miss Custis 10.4 13. 6.0
4— By Mr Geo. Mitchell for J.P. Custis5 3.16.0
By Mrs Washington 5. 0.0
By Miss Custis 1. 0.0
6— By Black Everlastg & trimgs 2 pr Bs. 1.10.9
By Mrs Washington to buy a ps. of Paduasoy 5. 0.0
7— By Mr Brooke for new Carre to my Cht6 3.12.0
By Mr Briggs Silk for Miss Custis7 4. 6.7
By Barber 1/—Club at Weeden’s 7/3 0. 8.3
 
By Captn [George] Weeden for a Tent & Marquee 6. 0.0
By repg Watch 5/ 0. 5.0
By Mr Hamilton for Miss Custis .8.68 By Doctr [Hugh] Mercer for Do 1.15. 2. 3.6
9— By Club at Weedens 1/3—By Servants 4/3 0. 5.6
By Expences at Dumfries 0.10.3
11— By Mr Jno. Ball—Mill 2.10.09
12— By Onions &ca 6/9 . 6.9
By John Harvey—Mill10 1. 0.0
18— By Jno. Roberts 1042 Bls Oystr Shells @ 18/ M 9. 7.6
21— By Charity 0. 8.6
By Quit rents pr John Hough 15. 6.6
By—Rigdon on Acct of my Ho. in Alexa.11 4. 6.0
29— By Cash lent Mr Robt Rutherford12 20. 0.0
By Doctr [David] Ross for 1 T. 7 C. 3 Q. 24 lbs. of Iron @ 27/ £38.1.9½ Maryld 30. 2.0

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 319–20.

2GW ordered the “fowling piece” from Robert Cary & Co. on 25 July 1769.

3For the financial dealings of GW with Hector Ross, the Colchester merchant, arising out of the sale of John Posey’s property to satisfy Posey’s debts to the two of them, among many others, see GW’s account with Ross in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 276. See also GW to Ross, 9 Oct. 1769.

4In his guardian accounts for this date, GW shows an expenditure of £10 for a piece of silk bought for Martha Parke Custis from the mercantile firm of Heslop & Blair in Fredericksburg. Isaac Heslop and Alexander Blair were merchants in the town.

5George Mitchell was a merchant in Fredericksburg.

6Mr. Brooke may be Richard Brooke, a planter in Spotsylvania County who lived near Fredericksburg.

7David Briggs was a merchant in Fredericksburg.

8Hamilton has not been identified. The expenditure was “for a pair of Earings” (GW’s Guardian Accounts, 1 May 1771, printed below).

9GW made an agreement on 30 Dec. 1769 with millwright John Ball of Frederick County to build his new merchant mill, and Ball began work in April 1770. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:204, 221–22, 233–34. Ball was paid off in February 1771 and given a bonus of five guineas. See Cash Accounts for February 1770 and Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 324.

10John Harvey on 1 May “went to Ditchg. on my Mill Race at 1/3 pr. Rod” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:243).

11GW paid the joiner Edward Rigdon an additional £26.13.2 for the house he and Richard Lake built for him in Alexandria (see Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 323; and Cash Accounts, January 1770, n.6).

12GW lent Robert Rutherford of Frederick County £5 in Williamsburg on 20 May 1769 and lent him this £20 at Colchester on 29 Aug. 1770 (see Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 202).

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