George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, December 1759

Cash Accounts

[December 1759]

Cash
Decr 2— To Cash of the Estate recd of Mr Holt for Damagd Linnen in Captn Hooper1 £15.11.7 1/2
31— To Cash of Mr Bryan Fairfax2 21. 0.0
Contra
Dec. 2— By Exps. at Newcastle 18/93—Colo. Baylors 3/3 1. 2.0
By James Allan4 for Mahagony Stands 3.10.0
By Peter Greenlaw £1.10—Cards £2.6 3.16.0
By Jno. Ballendine Iron—41½Pistoles5 44.12.3
By Jno. Foster’s Wages &ca £13—Jno. Askew £7 20. 0.0
By Potatoes & Oysters 11/3 0.11.3
27— By Cash paid William Poole6 7. 5.0
28— By Ditto paid Joseph Javens for 6 head of Cattle7 7. 0.0
By Mr Thornton’s8 Skipper 0. 2.6
6— By Cash pd Mr James Hunter on acct of Colo. Custis Estate9 7.10.3
By a piece of Hummums10 4.13.0

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 62–63.

1William Holt was a merchant in James City County who operated a flour mill near Williamsburg in the 1760s and 1770s. Captain Thomas Hooper of the Cornwall entered York River from London on 7 July 1759 carrying sundry European goods.

2Bryan Fairfax was repaying the £21 that GW lent him, 13 Feb. 1758 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 49).

3Newcastle (New Castle) was a village on the Pamunkey River in Hanover County.

4James Allan was a joiner in Fredericksburg.

5For GW’s previous dealings with John Ballendine, see GW to John Ballendine, 18 April 1758, and Edward Snickers to GW, 19 July 1758. For the controversy arising out of the purchase of iron, see George Johnston to GW, 8 Jan. 1760, and notes.

6William Poole, overseer of the mill farm at Mount Vernon, received £7 in 1759 for “looking after my Mill” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 69).

7Joseph Javins of Fairfax County died intestate in 1760, probably in June, and two of GW’s overseers, William Poole and Richard Stephens, were among those appointed to inventory his estate.

8This was probably Col. Presley Thornton.

9This was “for Freight & Charges on 15 Hhds Tobo shipd pr the Fair American” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 57).

10A hummum is a Turkish bath, but GW was referring to a kind of East Indian cotton cloth often called humcum.

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