George Washington Papers

Enclosure: Invoice, 6 December 1755



[6 December 1755]

Invoice of Sundry Goods to be Shipd for the use of Geo: Washington at Mount Vernon. Potomack River Virginia—

✻2 Compleat Livery Suits for Servants. The Cloath @ 10/ pr Yard—Spare Cloath, and all other necessary trimmi⟨ng⟩s1 for two Suits more.
1 Sett horse Fur⟨n⟩iture, with livery Lace, and the Washington Crest on the housing &ca. The Cloath to be of the same colour & price of the clothes
1 piece of Irish Linnen @ 7/ pr yd
1 piece of Suitable Cambrick for Ruffles—or any other
Ruffles that are more fashion⟨able⟩ and not very expensive—
also 1 othr ps2 Irh Linn
@ 5/
2 pair Men’s Silk Stockings—mixd Colour’s3
4 pr Cotton Do @ 12/6 a pr
4 pr thread Do 6/ Do
3 Gold & Scarlet Sword knots
3 Silver & blew Do
1 Blands Military Discipline4
1 Fashiona⟨ble gold⟩ Lacd Hatt.

✻The Servants that these Liverys are intended for, are 5 feet 9 Ins. and 5f. 4 In. high and proportionably made. I wou’d have you choose the livery by our Arms; only, as the Field of the Arms is white. I think the Cloaths had better not be quite so. but nearly likely the inclosd. The Trimmings and Facings of Scarlet, and a Scarlet Waistcoat the cloath of wch to be 12/6 pr yd. If Livery Lace is not quite disus’d, I shoud be glad to have these Cloaths Laced. I like that fashion best. and two Silver lac’d Hats for the above Ly.

LB, DLC:GW; LB, DLC:GW. GW copied this invoice into the Braddock letter book immediately after his letter of the same date to Richard Washington. See source line for GW to Anthony Bacon, 6 Dec. 1755, and the editorial note preceding the entry of 2 Mar. 1755. This is the copy printed here. The second copy that GW made and signed does not appear with the covering letter in the volume devoted to GW’s business correspondence but is the first document in the second section of the same volume. The two letter-book copies vary only slightly.

1This and other bracketed portions are taken from the later letter-book copy.


3GW changed this to “marbled colourd” in the second version, and Richard Washington also described the hose as “marbled” in his invoice for these goods dated 6 April 1756.

4Humphrey Bland, A Treatise of Military Discipline. For a description, see GW’s Address, 8 Jan. 1756, n.2.

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