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Invoice from Robert Cary & Company, 29 September 1772

Invoice from Robert Cary & Company

London 29th Septr 1772

Invoice of Cost & Charges of Goods Shipd on Board the Trimley James Page Commander for Virginia upon the Acct and risque of Colo: Geo. Washington & Consignd to himself.1

John Walker Sugar
12 dble loas. 0. 3. 5 92/ [£]  3.13. 1
14 Single Do 1. 3. 4 72/ 6. 8. 7
A Cask . 3. 6
Benja. Kenton Porter
24 doz. fine old Porter Bottled packd & wird 7.16. 0
2 Casks .11.  
Cartage Shipping &ca . 5.  
Thos Johnson Turn[er]y
30 yds of yd wide fine Matting 1.17. 6
6 Best Mops . 6.  
 
4 Hair Brooms . 8.  
6 large dble Wire dry Rubbing Clamps .13.  
2 Round Table Brushes . 2. 4
3 Plate Brushes . 2. 6
A Matt . 1.  
Mauduit & Co. Woolen
4 ps. best wh: Cotton 100, 100, 98, 102–400 yds—16d. 26.13. 4
3 ps. bro: Do 107, 109, 110–326–18½ 25. 2. 7
1 ps. wh: Kendl Cotton for Wrapr .18. 0
A Bale—Canvas & Cord . 8. 6
James Davidson2 Netts
A Sain 70 Fathom long 12 ft deep in the Middle & 7 feet at the ends; ¾ Inch Meshes the Middle taperd to Inch & ½ at the ends; the Corks 2½ feet assunder; the Leads 5 feet apart; best 3 strd twine composed for Fishing 12. 5. 0
A Sain 65 fathom long 12 & 7 feet as above 11. 7. 0
A Cask .10.  
A Sain 80 fathom long as above 14. 0. 0
26 lb. best 3 strd laid Twine 13d. 1. 8. 2
A Cask . 7.  
Glover & Strothoff Oznbr.
A Bale—Packg & Carting . 4. 6
7 ps. 758 Ells Hempn Oznags 8½ 26.16.11
6 ps. 419 ans brown Rolls 209½ Ells 2 prCt is 205½ Ells 4¾ 4. 1. 0
1 ps. Hessen Wrapper 1. 0. 0
Darby & Morgan Blan:
A Bale—Packg &ca . 3. 6
1 ps. best duffield Blankg 87/6 4. 7. 6
1½ dozn pr Pld Hose No. 3 11/6 .17. 3
3½ doz. pr Do Do 4 12/6 2. 3. 9
5 doz. pr Do Do 5 13/6 3. 7. 6
A Box Cord & Cordg . 5.  
Farrer & Garrett China
1 Compt Sett Tea Equipage with 8 Coffee Cups & 8 Saucers, fine Lands⟨c⟩.3
1 Compt Sett Breakfast Do wt. 8 Coffee Cups & 8 Saucers 5. 0. 0
Thos Dobb4 Glass
2 dozn Cutt Wine Glasses 9/ .18. 0
6 Ale Ditto 12d. . 6.  
6 Tumblers Ditto 2/ .12.  
4 Qt Decanters Do 4/6 .18.  
 
J: & J: Coleman Breechs
1 pr Buck Breeches 1. 8.  
Josh Middleditch Gro[cer]y
A Cask . 4.  
2 Jarrs Raison’s 0.2.22  
⟨Jr⟩  .1. 4  
1.18    64/
1. 6. 3
1 Jarr Currts 1.13 3/4
⟨Jr⟩ .11 1/4
0.1. 2   54/
.14. 6
Orange Chips 6 lb. 18d. . 9. 0
Box .  . 9
Jordan Almonds 30 lb. 20d.
2.10.  
White Ginger 4   8 
. 2. 8
Mace 1/4  20/ 
. 5.  
Cinnamon 1/4  18/ 
. 4. 6
Cloves 1/4  12/ 
. 3.  
Nutmegs 1/4  9/4
. 2. 4
Figg Blew 2   18d.
. 3.  
Amber grease 1 oz.
   .18.      
Widow Stoughton Bitters
1 Galln Stoughton’s Bitters 1. 0. 0
2 Stone Bottles . 1.  
Francis Nalder Cheese
A Case . 2.  
2 dble Glostr Cheess. 43 lb. @ 6d. 1. 1. 6
1 Cheshire Do 43¼       6 1. 1. 7 1/2
A Chest &ca .17. 6
Dennis &ca Sadlery
A Long white Swanskin Sadle Cloth bd with Silk, Tags, Web loops & Leather Flaps . 5.  
A large very best bla: Velvet Cap, with a silk band & Silvr Buckle 1. 6. 0
A very best whole Huntg Whip—wt. a large Silvr Cap engravd .12. 0
1½ dozn strg Dog Couples with straps @ 12 .18.  
Wm Hallier Tin
3 Block Tinn Coffee Pots . 4. 6
Webster & Son W. Keys
A watch Key . 1. 6
Jno. Watts & Co.5 Funnels
1 Quart Funnell . 2. 6
1 pint Ditto . 1. 6
 
Richards & Co. Hose
1 pr Womns fine wh. Silk Glovs. . 6. 0
2 pr Do Mitts @ 4/ . 8.  
3 pr Do thrd Hose 3/ . 9.  
3 pr Do White Silk Do 10/ 1.10.  
2 pr Mens bro: thrd Gloves . 2. 6
6 pr 4 thrd fine bro. thd Hose 5/ 1.10.  
6 pr sml Mens thrd 2/6 .15.  
1 dozn larger Do Do 3/ 1.16.  
6 pr sml Mens Knit wors[te]d 2/6 .15.  
1 dozn larger Do 3/ 1.16.  
Eleanr Brown Corks
10 Groce Corks & Bag 2/ 1. 0. 4
Timothy Bevan Ap[othecar]y
Blister Plaister 1 lb. . 3. 8
Oil Peper Mint 1 Oz. . 5.  
Do of Comn Mint 1 Oz. . 3.  
Spirit of Lavender 6 Oz. . 1. 6
Balsum Capivi 4 Oz. . 1.  
Spirit Salvolatili 6 Oz. . 2.  
Bark in Powder 1 lb. .10.  
Jallop in Powder 4 Oz. . 1. 6
best Glauber Salts 5 lb. . 4. 2
Bottles, Flint Vials, & Jarrs . 4. 2
Box & Cord . 1. 4
Chas Walford6 B. Balls
1 doz. Blackg Balls .10.  
Edwd Gilbert Staty
1 lb. Sup[e]rf[in]e Sealg Wax red . 6. 6
½ Rh. Suprf. 4to Post Wri[tin]g Pr . 4. 3
½ Rm Do fo. Cap Cut . 6. 9
½ Rm Ordy Post Do . 3. 3
Stephn Heath Hab[erdasher]y
15 lb. fine shoe thrd 13d. .16. 3
20 lb. bro: Ditto 18d. 1.10. 0
5 lb. Suprfe Colr 3d. Do Belln7 3/ .15.  
1 lb. Whited Bro: Do . 4. 6
6 ps. brd French Tape 10d. . 5.  
3 M best Wh: Pins 7d. . 1. 9
3 M Midling Do 10d. . 2. 6
3 M Cauking Do 1/ . 3.  
3 fine Ivory Combs 2/3 . 6. 9
8 Oz. col[ore]d Bellende8 Silk 2/ .16.  
 
6 Bellende Laces 4 yds Ea: 9d. . 4. 6
1 ps. of thrd Lace qty 80 yd 5½ 1.16. 8
15 yds brd new fash. figd Rib: 7d. . 8. 9
Jno. Didsbury Shoes
3 pr str. & 3 pr dress Shoes 2.14. 0
1 pr Morocco Lea: Slipprs .11.  
Theoa Crowley Iron
1 dozn Smiths large Flat & ½ dozn round Files .12.  
2 Smiths la: Rubr Files . 8.  
2 pr lar: Sheep Shares 18d. . 3.  
6 Bright Iron Table Spoons .10.  
Canvas Board & Cord .  . 6
Fras Brazier Stock Pis.
To new stocking9 in Walnut repairing the work &ca of a fine Pistol .15.  
Thos Squire Cutlery
2 dozn pr Chinese green Case Knives10 & Forks Londn made 3.12.  
2 pr Horse Scissars 2/6 . 5.  
2 dozn Agate Cut Flints . 7.  
A two bladed knife very gd . 4. 6
Frans Newbery J: Powdrs
1 Box of essential Salt of Lemon . 1.  
6 Papers James’s Powdrs .15.  
Chas Wilkens Pickles
A Case
To a 9 Pottle case of Pickles 2.15.10
A Box . 1. 6
10 lb. Sulpher 4d. . 3. 4
6 Bottles Mustard . 6.  
Box for Mustard .  . 6
4 Qts fine Oil .10.  
4 Bottles . 1.  
A Trunk .19.  
Susan: Thorpe11
a white Sattin Coat 3. 0. 0
A dressd Mi[g]n[onet]t[e] Cap with bla: Hood 3. 5.  
A Minionet Cap 2. 2.  
2 Pat[en]t Nett Handfs @ 12/ 1. 4.  
2 Patt Nett Hoods 5/6 .11.  
A rich blew Sattin Bonnett trim’d with lace 1. 7.  
A Box . 1.  
 
Hammond &ca12 Gloves
4 pr Womns best Wh: grd Kid Gloves . 7. 4
6 pr Do Ditto Mitts 22/ .11.  
2 pr Do Ditto Purple flow[ere]d 24/ . 4.  
Vinct Mitchell Jew[elr]y
2 fancy Paste & 2 fancy Garnet Pins 1. 0.  
A Neat Seal Mountd in gold 2. 2.  
A pr of Gold enamd Buttons 2. 6.  
a Broach Ditto .15.  
A pair of Plated Spurs . 9.  
A gravd Silvr Pencil Case .16.  
1 dozn Pencils . 4. 6
Thos White Stays
1 pr of Stays pr Measure 1. 6. 0
Thos Gibson App[are]l
4 yds & ¼ Suprfine Crims. Cloth @ 21/ 4. 9. 3
8 yds crimn ⟨scad.⟩ Velvt 11/ 4. 8.  
Makg the dress Suit wt. rich gold Buttons 4. 3. 9
10 yds Cassimor 9/6 4.15.  
5½ yds Silk Serge 5/8 1.11. 2
Makg the dress Suit wt. rich emb[osse]d Buttons 3.15. 6
2¼ yds of Suprfe drab col[ore]d Cloth @ 18/ 2. 6.  
Makg the Frock and Lining & Triming & Gilt Buttons 1. 7. 9
6½ yds Suprfe blew Rattn 6/ 1.19.  
Makg the Sartt with Velvet Cape & Buttons &ca 1. 4. 6
1 yd Suprfe Scarlet Cloth 1. 1. 0
6¼ yds brd Gold Lace 15/ 4.13. 9
Makg the Waistcoat wt. gold holes Ling &ca 1. 7. 3
A pair of very best bla: Silk Breeches 2. 0. 0
Green Baise for Packg . 9.  
John Stabler Linn
Trunk .17. 6
1 ps. died fustian 1.18.  
2 ps. Irh Linn yd wide N. 15 50 yds 15d. 3. 2. 6
1 ps. fine Do Do 4 25 2/ 2.10.  
2 ps. Suprfine Do Do 14 51 4/2 10.12. 6
1 ps. fine Holld Sheetg Ellwide 672 45 Ells 4/ 9.  .  
1 ps. Do Do 673 32½ Ells 4/2 6.15. 5
5 Suprfe dam[as]k Table Cloths Ln HH 8/4 by 10/4 21/ 5. 5.  
5 Do Do ⟨T.⟩ 23/ 5.15.  
4 yds fine Book Muslin 8/6 1.14.  
5 yds fine 6/4 Jacconot 11/6 2.17. 6
4 fine Handfs y. wd. Jac[one]t bordd 4/6 .18.  
 
1 Demi Cambrick N. 624 1. 3.  
1 Suprfine Do 449 5.     
1 Suprfe India Chintz bordd 3. 3.  
Duty on two Demi Cambks . 3.  
Elizh Vaughan Sieves
Bundles &ca
1 Dozn Sqr. hole Sieves for Wht 2. 8. 0
Heading & Matting . 4. 6
Packg the Sieves returnd . 9.  
Cr   3. 1. 6    
By Sieves returnd   2.11.      
.10. 6
Boucher Walton13 Powder
½ Bl Gunpowder @ 90/ 2. 5. 0
Wat⟨ng⟩ . 5.  
Turpen & Gordon Oars
12 Sqr. loomb Ash Oars 18 feet long @ 17/ a pr 5. 2. 0
Painting Ditto . 2.  
349.13. 6    
Entry out Searchers Fees & Shipg Chargs. 3.10. 6
Freight Primage &ca 9.16. 6
Premo of 380£ Insd @ 2 prCt & Policy 7.17. 6
Comn @ 2½ prCt 9. 4. 6
380. 2. 6    

E. Excepted

pr Robt Cary & Co.

ALB, DLC:GW. There are also invoices of the same date for John Parke Custis and Martha Parke Custis.

1These supplies were ordered from Cary on 15 July. The shoes for Martha Washington and Martha Parke Custis ordered on 15 July did not come with this order. See invoice enclosed in GW to Cary, 15 July, n.3.

2James Davidson was a net, twine, and line maker at 27 Fishstreet Hill.

3This word may be “Landscape.” This may be some of the blue and white Chinese export ware which GW ordered a number of times from England.

4Thomas Dobb had a cut glass manufactory at 39 St. Paul’s Churchyard.

5John Watts, pewterer, had his shop at 16 Aldgate.

6Charles Walford, merchant, was located on Old Street.

7This is probably beledin, a variety of raw silk from the Near East.

8See note 7 above.

9Stocking was fitting a stock to a gun.

10A case knife was a knife covered in a case or sheath, used for cutting food.

11Martha Washington had not been satisfied with some of the goods sent earlier by Mrs. Thorpe. On 15 July 1772 she wrote her, complaining about these items and ordering more: “Madam, I cannt help writing to you in behalf of my daughter, Miss Custis, who together with myself, Imported some very hard bargains from you last year. Messrs Cary & Co. was wrote to for a handse Suit of Brussells Lace to Cost £20; in conse. of wch, she recd from you a pr of triple Ruffles, a Tucker, & Ruff set on plain joing Nett (such as can be bought in the Milliners Shops here at 3/6 pr yd) When, if you had even sent a Tippet & Cap wt. the other things I shd still have thot them Dr. These things have been shewn to sevl Ladies who are accustomd to such kind of Importns, & all agree, that they are most extravagently high chargd.

“I now sd for a Suit at the price of £40; wt. Lappets &ca but if you cant afford to sell a much better bargn in these, than yo. did in the last I shl hope that Mr Cary will try elsewhere, as I thk her Custm add. to my own is worth a little pains—Amg the othr things sent last y[ea]r for myself &ca were 5 Gauze Caps wt. Blond Lace bordrs at a G[uine]a each, when the same kd might have been bot in the Country at a much less price—I have now sent for 2 Caps for M. Custis, & 2 for myself of Mi[g]n[onet]t[e] lace & wd have them gentl but not expene; hers to Suit a Person of 16 yrs old mine one of 40 & I cant help addg that I thk it necesy that the last yrs Suit (wch ought to be retd if she cd do witht it in the meanwhile) shd be compld wt. a Tippet & Cap as it is sca[rc]e more than ½ a suit witht. I am Madam Yr ⟨illegible⟩ Hble Servt Martha Washington” (LB, in GW’s hand, DLC:GW). The goods that Martha Washington is complaining about were sent with Cary’s invoice of 3 Dec. 1771. The “Suit” and three of the caps were listed on the invoice of goods for Martha Parke Custis (DLC:GW).

12Hammond & Co., haberdashers, were at 47 Cheapside.

13Thomas and Bouchier Walton were merchants at 15 Angel Court, Throgmorton Street.

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