George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, September 1760

Cash Accounts

[September 1760]

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Septr 3— By Joseph Ransom in part1 £ 0.15.0
8— By Gerrard Bowling Inspecting Tobo2 0.15.0
By Cards 2/6—Exps. at Colemans 7/ 0. 9.6
9— By Israel Thompson for 29 Bushls hair3 1. 1.9
By Joshua Baker Dressing Hats4 0. 6.3
 
By Captn Hardin Add[itiona]l Publick Levies5 0.14.0
12— By Patrick Rice for Warr[an]t recd before6 0.18.9
13— By Mr Fieldg Lewis on Acct Iron Work Scheme7 5. 0.0
By Money gave my Negroe fellow Joe8 0. 5.0
14— By Christopher Hardwick 10. 0.0
15— By Ferriages at Keyes’s 1/3—Exps. at Leesburg 4/99 0. 6.0
By Expences at Colemans in full 6/2 0. 6.2
16— By Colo. Colvill for 15 Barrels of Corn10 7.10.0
By Mr Robt Adam’s Acct11 5.12.0
By Hosea Bazill in full of all Accts 1.18.9
21— By Expences at Alexandria 2/6—By Jno. Alton 20/ 1. 2.6
By Doctr Hunter Bleeding Mrs Washington12 0.10.0
24— By Miss Dent on Acct of Patcy Custis13 1. 1.0
By Do Do on Acct Mrs Washington 0. 2.6
25— By Jno. Jones—for 6 Days working at my Mill14 0. 9.0
30— By Jno. Askew money lent 4. 0.0

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 98, 108.

1GW noted on 7 Sept. that Joseph Ransom had earned 15s. for “10 days working at my Mill—a 1/6. pr Day” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 110).

2Gerrard Bowling (Garrard Bolling), a merchant and planter in Fairfax County, was an inspector of tobacco at one of the public warehouses in Fairfax County. For the appointment of inspectors and location of the warehouses, see “An Act for amending the staple of Tobacco, and preventing frauds in his majesty’s customs” (6 Hening description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends 154–93).

3In return for timothy seed, GW in February 1762 gave Israel Thompson “1 fatted hog left at yr House by my People in drivg down Porke from Fredk [County]” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 128). Thompson was a Quaker living near Catoctin Creek in Loudoun County. Animal hair was used in making plaster.

4This was Joshua Baker (d. 1765) who owned land in the lower part of Frederick County. He was probably the man earlier named an armorer for the Virginia troops (GW to John St. Clair, 11 May 1758, n.2).

5John Hardin was one of the justices for Frederick County who were charged to take the list of tithables for 1760.

6GW surveyed 400 acres for Patrick Rice at the head of Long Marsh Run in Frederick County in 1750 and 300 acres in 1751 (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 , 1:26, 27).

7For the scheme to build an ironworks on George William Fairfax’s Shenandoah lands, see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:253. Fielding Lewis was one of the partners in the enterprise.

8A slave named Joe accompanied John Parke Custis when he entered King’s College in New York in 1773 (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:182–83), and GW had at least two slaves named Joe at Mount Vernon in the 1780s, one a cradler and the other a postilion (ibid., 5:3).

9Keyes’s Ferry (formerly Vestal’s) crossed the Shenandoah River at the northernmost road from Alexandria to the Shenandoah Valley. Leesburg, founded in 1758, was the county seat of Loudoun County.

10Col. Thomas Colvill (c.1688-1766) of Cecil County, Md., owned Cleesh on Hunting Creek opposite Alexandria.

11Robert Adam (1731–1789) was a Scottish entrepreneur living in Alexandria.

12Dr. John Hunter was a physician in Alexandria.

13In the Custis Papers (ViHi) is a receipt of this date signed by Elizabeth Dent. For her probable identity, see Cash Accounts, August 1759, n.9.

14For GW’s mill see William Poole to GW, 9 July 1758, n.1. In early March 1760 GW made a contract with Jeremiah Mitchell to repair his deteriorating mill in the summer months when the stream ran dry. The hard rains later that month, however, “carried of the Tumbling Dam of my Mill and was near carrying of the House also” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:252–57). Some temporary repairs were made immediately and others at various times during the year.

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