George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, May 1772

Cash Accounts

[May 1772]

May  1— To Ditto [cash] receivd for Ditto [Fish] £  0.18.0
11— To Ditto for Fish 3 M Herrings 0. 9.0
To Ditto for Eight thousand Salt Herrings 4. 8.0
12— To Cash receivd of Mr Willm Triplet 3. 1.9
16— To Ditto of Mr Hectr Ross for J[ohn] Washington—Suffolk1 20. 0.0
To Ditto of Lund Washington for Corn sold 27. 1.0
To Ditto of Do on acct of Do from B[utle]r Ashford 2. 0.0
To Ditto recd on Acct of Smiths Work 0. 2.6
18— To Ditto of Mr Jno. Baines on Acct of Lieutt James Towers’s part of the Exps. of Surveying the Grant of 200,000 Acres of Ld2 10.15.0
19— To Cash borrowed of Mr Mattw Campbell 65. 0.0
24— To Ditto Recd from Lund Washington for Corn Sold 19.17.6
4— By Cash sent Mr Saml Gallaway pr Mr Custis viz. 24 Dollars3 7. 4.0
By Mr Custis for Pocket Expences 4.16.0
By Charity 0. 6.0
By Smiths Work 0. 5.0
By Messrs Robt Adam & Co. for Negroes Anthony, London, & Strephon4 185. 0.0
By the Taylor at the Gumspring Cuttg N[egroe]s Cloaths5 0. 6.0
By Jonathan Palmer 5. 0.0
11— By 1030 feet of Inch Pine Plank @ 6/ 3. 1.9
By 290 Do of Inch & Qr Ditto 6/8 0.19.4
12— By Miss Custis for Pocket Money 3. 0.0
16— By Wm Suttle, pr my Br. Jnos. Order, for Wheat bot of Colo. Jno. Lee’s Estate viz. 103 Bushls @ 4/ and freight @ 3d. 21.17.9
18— By Mr Humphrey Peake Cash lent 10. 0.0
By Mr William Bernard a Legacy left his Wife by Colo. Ths Colvill6 320. 2.9
By Mr Young for Cakes at the last Electn7 1. 9.8
22— By Mr M. Campbell the sum borrowd of him the 19 as pr Contra 65. 0.0
25— By Expences in a journey to Leesburg 0. 2.0
By a Dark bay Horse of Michl Shryhawke 18. 0.0
By a Chesnut Do of George Lewis 15.10.0
27— By Expences at Leesburg 1. 9.5
By Ditto at Robert Ashby’s 0.13.3
28— By Ditto at Snickers 0. 4.6
By Servants 0. 1.3
30— By Mr Peale Painter, Drawg my Picte £18.4.0 Miniature Do for Mrs Washingtn 13. Ditto Do for Miss Custis 13. Ditto Do for Mr Custis 13.8 57. 4.0

AD, Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 5, 50.

1GW sent this £20 for Hector Ross to John Washington by Fielding Lewis in December. See Cash Accounts, December 1772, and Memorandum, 20 Nov. 1772.

2For the completion of the first survey of the 200,000 acres for the Virginia Regiment of 1754, see particularly GW to the Officers and Soldiers of the Virginia Regiment of 1754, 23 Dec. 1772. For James Towers’s service in the Virginia Regiment, see John Baynes to GW, 14 Nov. 1772, n.1.

4In the Memorandum: List of Tithables, c.10 June 1772, GW lists London and Anthony at his Home House farm at Mount Vernon. London, who had lost part of his toes from frostbite, was sent in 1773 with Gilbert Simpson to settle GW’s land at Washington’s Bottom. See GW to Simpson, 23 Feb. 1773, and note 2 to that letter. See Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 42. Strephon, at this time about eleven years old, was among the slaves taken from Mount Vernon by the Savage, a British sloop of war, in April 1781. He was trained as a cooper (Lund Washington’s list of slaves taken by the Savage, 1781, ViMtvL).

5Gum Spring was located on the south branch of Little Hunting Creek at the place where the road from Mount Vernon entered the main road from Alexandria to Pohick Church.

6William Bernard’s wife, Sarah Savin Bernard, was left £250 current money by Thomas Colvill. See GW to John West, Jr., December 1767, nn.1 and 2.

7GW’s diary entry for 4 Dec. 1771 included: “Went up to the Election & the Ball I had given at Alexa.” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:74). After Governor Dunmore dissolved the House of Burgesses on 12 Oct. 1771, GW and Col. John West were reelected from Fairfax on the day of the ball.

8Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827) came to Mount Vernon on 18 May, and GW finished sitting for his portrait in his uniform as colonel of the Virginia Regiment on 22 April, before setting out for Leesburg where he joined Bryan Fairfax. See ibid., 1:frontispiece. Peale remained at Mount Vernon to paint miniatures of Martha Washington and of John Parke and Martha Parke Custis. See ibid., 3:108–9. GW charged Martha Parke Custis’s miniature to her account, and those of John Parke Custis and Martha Washington to Custis’s account. See Guardian Accounts, 3 Nov. 1773.

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