George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, June 1775

Cash Accounts

[June 1775]

Cash
June  7— To John Ross recd from him on Accot of Mr Andrew Leitch P[rince] William Arms1 [£] 32. 0. 0
To Colo. Harrison received from him on Accot of the Money paid Mr Thomson last Cong[res]s2 1. 0. 0
To Overcharge on Contra Side in John Ross’s Credit 32. 0. 0
To Mr [William] Milnor recd from him on Acct of Andw Leitch P. Wm Company 7. 0. 0
13— To Messrs Willing & Morris a Bill of Excha. Drawn upon John Motteaux Esqr. Londo. Dated May 31st 1775 for £161.5.10 Str. for the £250 P[ennsylvania] C[urrenc]y lodgd with them 23d May 200. 0. 03
Contra
June  1— By Dinner & Club at Burris’s Coffee &c.4 0. 5. 8
By a Belt & Altering my Hanger 1. 0. 0
By Exps. bringing my Horses from Baltimore 2. 5. 0
3— By a Cloaths Baskett 0. 7. 6
By Exps. at New Tavern 1/6 Black Cravatt 7/6 0. 9. 0
By Prince William Coy Men’s Accot for Cartooch Boxes &c.5 30. 0. 0
5— By 1 Tomahawk 0. 7. 6
By 15 Yds Narrow Edging @ 1/2. 12 Do Narrow for Mrs [Eleanor Calvert] Custis 11/ 1. 8. 6
By Covering my Holsters 7/6 a Circingle 5/ 0.12. 6
7— By 6 Flasks Florence Oyl6 0.19. 6
By John Ross recd from him on Acct of Mr Andw Leitch 32. 0. 0
By Do for a Sash had of you by Mr W. Milnor 6. 0. 0
By Messrs Marshall’s Accot for Paints 17. 2. 4 1/2
By Doctr Smith for Medicines7 18. 7. 6
By 1 Kegg Raisins 2.15. 0
By 1 Do of Currants 33¾ @ 10d. 1. 8. 1 1/2
By Brooms and Mons per Acct 1. 6. 0
By Ben. Town Pd him per Mr W. Milnor P. Wm Coy8 5. 0. 0
 
By Two Cloath’s Basketts 0.15. 0
By Two Ps of Irish Linnen @ 2/8 per Yd 6. 5. 4
By 5 Military Books 1.12. 0
9— By Charity 2/6. Cash gave away 15/ Barber 1/10 0.19. 4
10— By 1 Ps Blk Silk Ferreting 0. 7. 6
11— By Postage of letters 0. 2.10
21— By Mr Simpson’s Acct 6. 9. 6
By Charity 7/6 Postage of letters 5/8 Py. Cy 0.10. 6 1/2
By 4 prs Stockings 2. 3. 2 1/2
By Club at Burns’s [tavern] 0.10. 0
By Shoemaker 0.17. 7
By Washing 0.14.11
By Letter Case, & Ink Stand 2. 8. 0
By Gallaway Taylor’s Acct9 16. 0. 0
By Mending Will’s Boots 0. 3. 6 1/4
By Mr Simson’s Acct for 24/ for Mr Custis & 16/2 for C. Bassett 5. 3 7
22— By Mr [William] Todd for Harness 6. 4. 0
By John Cotringer Taylor 6. 6. 2 1/2
By Chas Binks Sadler 1.19. 2 1/2
By Jacob Hiltsheimer10 0.16. 0
By Elias Botnar11 0.14. 5
By Js Shoemaker 0. 8. 0
By Benjn Hemmings Stabler 0.14. 6 3/4
By Mr [Benjamin] Randolph Bd &c.12 14. 2. 7
23— By Mr Smith’s Acct13 5.13. 7 1/4
By a Whip 4/ Servts 6/ Charity 1/3 Barber 4/ Ribbon 2/8 0.13.11
24— By Indians 5/ Washing £1.2.5 1 Pr Breeches for Bill 18/ 2. 5. 5

D, Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 194–95.

GW was chosen commander in chief of the Continental army on 15 June 1775, and on 23 June he left Philadelphia to take up his command. The cash accounts for June are the last ones that will be printed in the Papers, although GW continued to keep accounts until his death.

1For the arms ordered for the Prince William Independent Company, see GW to William Milnor, 23 Jan., and William Grayson to GW, 5 April. Mr. Ross was John Ross, the Philadelphia merchant.

2Colonel Harrison is undoubtedly Benjamin Harrison (d. 1791) of Berkeley in Charles City County, GW’s fellow delegate to the Continental Congress. Mr. Thomson is Charles Thomson, secretary of the Congress.

3See entry under 22 May in Cash Accounts, May 1775.

4This was Burns’s tavern (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:333).

5For the cartouche boxes, see GW to William Milnor, 23 January.

6This was a superior kind of olive oil.

7Dr. Smith was probably William Smith (d. 1822) of Philadelphia who graduated as an M.D. in 1771 from the medical department of the college in Philadelphia. He was the junior partner for many years of the leading drug firm of Lehman & Smith (Beath, St. Andrew’s Society description begins Robert B. Beath. An Historical Catalogue of The St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia: With Biographical Sketches of Deceased Members. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1907–13. description ends , 2:150–51).

8Benjamin Town was a Philadelphia coppersmith.

9John Galloway’s tailoring shop was on Second Street in Philadelphia, opposite the City Tavern.

10Jacob Hiltzheimer (c.1729–1798) came from Germany in 1748 and became a farmer and breeder of livestock. He began keeping a public stable in Philadelphia in 1776 where he kept horses belonging to members of the Continental Congress.

11Elias Botner seems to have had a saddlery business. On 22 June 1775 GW bought “1 portmantle pillean stuffed [and] 4 long Straps &c.” for 18s. from Botner. The amount was paid in full for GW by Benjamin Randolph (DLC:GW).

12Benjamin Randolph, a cabinetmaker, boarded several members of the Congress at his home on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

13Daniel Smith was the proprietor of the City, or New, Tavern on Second Street between Third and Fourth.

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