George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 4 June 1762]

4. Jno. Askew came to Work.

In 1759 GW hired John Askew, a local joiner, for £25 per year plus housing. In Oct. 1761 they changed the agreement, GW now paying Askew a per diem wage that amounted to the same £25–per-year rate. For a 5–day week with 11 holidays per year Askew’s pay would come to 2s. per day. Hence, as Askew was paid per day, GW kept track of any absence or return to work by Askew.

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