George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, May 1760

Cash Accounts

[May 1760]

Cash
May 23d— To Cash of Mr Ramsay1 £300. 0.0
May 30— To Ditto of Colo. Custis’s Estate—Intt on Wm Dandridges Bond2 22. 0.5
To Ditto of Ditto [Custis’s estate]—Balle Acct with the Revd Mr Mossum3 0. 2.6
To Ditto for a Horse I sold Colo. Jno. Randolph4 20. 0.0
Contra
May 4— By Jno. Alton £2—Exps. at Coleman’s5 3/9—Ferry &ca 1/10½ 2. 5.7 1/2
8— By Cash lent Vale Crawford £15.6  left wt. Hardwick £4 19. 0.0
9— By Richd Stephenson’s Acct7 4.16.0
10— By Dinner &ca 2/.  Expences at Colemans 1/6 0. 3.6
12— By Cash pd Wm Gardner for 8 Barrels Corn (in gold)8 3.12.0
By Mr Watson’s Acct—neglected before9 10.11.1 1/2
13— By Garners Expences looking after Corn10 0. 6.6
15— By Cash advancd Jno. Askew 3. 0.0
By my Rent paid Jno. Washington for Colo. Geo: Lee11 85.12.6
 
16— By Doctr Laurie’s Acct in full 12.19.6
18— By Mrs Washington 20/.  Exps. at Colchester 3/312 1. 3.3
By a Begging Woman 1. 1.3
By Levies, Taxes &ca paid Colo. Jno. West pr Rect for13 26. 8.2
23— By Colo. Fairfax Balle of our private Acct 14.10.8 1/2
By Ditto on Acct of Quit Rents14 38.18.9
24— By Jno. Alton 40/.  Gave Sailors 2/6 2. 2.6
27— By Moritz Pounds advanc’d upon a Mortgage15 15. 0.0
29— By Gloves 2/6—lost on the Race 3/.  Tickets for Ball 25/ 1.10.6
30— By Treating the Ladies 4/ 0. 4.0
31— By Mrs Dandridge16 35. 0.0

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 89, 95.

1GW’s account with William Ramsay shows him owing GW £415.15.7½ in November 1759 for £200 borrowed and for several purchases of flour and wheat. Ramsay paid Thomas Kirkpatrick £300 on this account on 23 May 1760. The entire account was settled in August 1764 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 90).

3The Rev. David Mossom was rector of St. Peter’s Church, St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent County, from 1727 to 1767.

4John Randolph (c.1728–1784) practiced law in Williamsburg at this time.

5Richard Coleman and his son John ran an ordinary on the Leesburg road at Sugar Land Run. GW recorded in his diary on 4 May that he “set out for Frederick [County] to see my Negroes that lay Ill of the Small Pox.” He arrived at Coleman’s “about Sun setting” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:276).

6Valentine Crawford promised to pay back the £15 on or before 1 Nov. 1760 (Valentine Crawford’s bond, 8 May 1760, MHi: Miscellaneous Bound Collection). Crawford paid off this loan in butter, which he regularly supplied to GW (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 90; Valentine Crawford’s account, 26 April 1760–October 1761, ViMtvL).

7GW’s first dealings with the frontier entrepreneur Richard Stephenson (d. 1765) in Frederick County were probably in 1750 when GW surveyed for Stephenson tracts of 408 acres and 316 acres at the forks of Bullskin Run. Through the years GW had frequent dealings not only with Richard Stephenson but also with at least four of Stephenson’s sons and his two stepsons, William and Valentine Crawford. The £4.16 paid in cash to Stephenson on this date was a part of the total GW paid him between January 1760 and October 1762 for “Butter Liquor Iron &ca” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 3). GW stopped by Stephenson’s bloomery on 9 May on his way back to Mount Vernon. For a discussion of the manufacture of iron by Richard Stephenson and William Vestal, see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:277–78.

8William Gardner was a planter in Fairfax County.

9Mr. Watson may have been GW’s friend Joseph Watson, who was a partner of John Kirkpatrick in 1758–59 and made purchases for GW in Philadelphia in 1765.

10Garner may be William Gardner (see note 8), or he may be Joseph Gardner who rented a farm on Clifton’s Neck from GW. GW records on 13 May that “People all working at Muddy Hole getting in [Richard] Stephens’s Corn” (ibid., 279).

11For the terms of GW’s lease of Mount Vernon from George and Ann Lee, 17 Dec. 1754, see Papers, Colonial Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Colonial Series. 10 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1983–95. description ends , 1:232–35.

12GW was setting off for Williamsburg, but at Colchester he turned back to Mount Vernon because he was informed “that the Assembly wd. be broke up before I could get down” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:280–81).

13John West, Jr., not Col. John West, was sheriff of Fairfax County from 1759 to 1761. The elder West had been sheriff from 1757 to 1759. For GW’s account of the payment of taxes and levies totaling £26.8.2, see Memorandum, 1758–59. He summarizes this data in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 99.

14For the account of GW’s payment of quitrents to George William Fairfax, agent of the Fairfax Proprietary, on 23 May 1760, see the Memorandum (“List of Quitrents”), c.May 1760.

15For GW’s agreement to support Maurice Pound’s vineyard in Colchester by advancing him £15 “upon a Mortgage of his Lotts” there (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 100), see Subscription for Maurice Pound, October 1759.

16Martha Custis settled a payment of £35 per annum on her mother Frances Dandridge, and this was the payment of the first annuity (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 100).

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