Wmsburg 20th Novr 1772
out of which
To pay my part of Norfleets demand—Mr Hodges claim against Mr Robt Adam—£20 to John Washington (being money receivd for him of Mr Ross)3 and one hundd and odd pound to the Treasury on acct of Mr William Ramsay; provided the £32.10 is recd of Colo. Bannister, and Hill is able to pay at least £125 otherwise no money to be paid for, & on acct of Mr Ramsay, as I cannot spare the money from my wheat Contracts & other Engagements.4
also to receive
From Mr Edmund Pendleton, or Mr Montgomerie the further Sum of £270 (a Sum I expected to receive myself)5 all of which money’s, after making the above payments, under the proviso’s there mentioned be pleasd to bring up & advise me of your arrival by Post that I may send Lund Washington down as I shall be much in want of the Cash to pay for what wheat I have bought.
ADS (photocopy), NjP: Armstrong Collection. The ADS was offered for sale in Walter Benjamin’s Collector, March 1892, outside back cover.
GW left Williamsburg on 20 Nov. in order to attend the meeting in Fredericksburg of the officers of the 1754 Virginia Regiment (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:143–44), leaving instructions for Fielding Lewis to collect and pay debts for him at the fall meeting of the merchants in the capital.
3. For payments by Fielding Lewis for GW of £200 to Marmaduke Norfleet, £20 to John Washington on the account of Hector Ross, and £45.18.6 to Thomas Hodge of Leedstown for Robert Adam, see Cash Accounts, December 1772.
4. No record of a payment by GW to the treasury for William Ramsay has been found.
5. This £270 payment probably was expected from William Armistead’s estate. GW did indeed receive £250 on 8 Dec. by Thomas Montgomerie for the Armistead estate (Cash Accounts, December 1772, and note 1 of that document). In May 1765 Edmund Pendleton had paid £100 on behalf of the estate (Cash Accounts, May 1765).