George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, October 1760

Cash Accounts

[October 1760]

Octr 2— To Cash of Mr Robt Brent in Excha. for Bills1 £ 8. 5. 0
To Cards at Sundry times 7.12. 6
15— To Cash of Mr Joseph Valentine 149. 0. 1
Octr 2— By two Bushels of Oats 3/6—Gave Servants 7/6 0.11. 0
By Ferriage & Ferrymen at Fredericksburg 0. 7. 6
4— By Expences at Caroline Court House 0. 8. 6
By Ditto at Hubbards 27/10.  Ferriages &ca at Danzies 12/ 1.19.10
6— By the Govrs Servants 10/.2  Breakfast 1/3—Candles 1/3 0.12. 6
8— By Cards 30/.  Coach hire 1/3. Cards 10/.  By Barber 2/6 2. 3. 9
By Play Tickets at Sundry times 7.11. 3
14— By Supper &ca 2/6.  By Coach 1/3. By Liquor 10/ 0.13. 9
15— By Mr Jno. Hood for a Lot in Edinburg3 10. 0. 0
17— By mendg Harness 1/3.  By Mr Mercers Servts 1/3 0. 2. 6
21— By The Attorney Genl—fee in Massons Suit4 5. 0. 0
26— By Mrs Washington 28/6.  By Chesnuts 1/6 1.10. 0
28— By Colo. Harrisons Servts 2/6.5  By Cards Sundries 75/ 3.17. 6
31— By Colo. W: Randolphs Servts 5/6 0. 5. 0

AD, General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 108.

1This perhaps should be not Robert Brent but George Brent for whom GW drew a bill of exchange of £200 sterling (GW to Robert Cary & Co., 8 Oct. 1760). GW paid Brent £194.4.4 sterling on 24 Sept. 1760 for a tract of land in Clifton’s Neck. See GW to Robert Cary & Co., 10 Aug. 1760, n.16.

2GW was in Williamsburg to attend the general assembly that sat from 6 to 20 October. On 8 Oct. the House of Burgesses ordered GW to present its address to Francis Fauquier asking the governor “to direct the Paymaster of the Virginia Regiment to pay” the amount due seven soldiers captured near Fort Duquesne in September 1758 and imprisoned in France for twenty-one months before being exchanged (JHB description begins H. R. McIlwaine and John Pendleton Kennedy, eds. Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia. 13 vols. Richmond, 1905–15. description ends , 1758–1761, 188).

3GW in his will dated 9 July 1799 included the bequest “to my Nephew William Augustine Washington” of “a lot which I purchased of John Hood, conveyed by William Willie and Samuel Gordon Trustees of the said John Hood, numbered 139 in the Town of Edinburgh, in the County of Prince George, State of Virginia” (Last Will and Testament, in Fitzpatrick, Writings description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C., 1931–44. description ends , 37:275–303). Edinburgh, a town only on paper, was supposed to be built south of the James River.

4For references to Thomson Mason’s attempt to buy William Clifton’s land, see GW to Benjamin Waller, 2 April 1760, n.1. In his account with Attorney General Peyton Randolph (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 111), GW wrote this £5 chancery fee off with the notation: “This Suit never was prosecuted nor no return of the Contra Sum will I suppose ever be made—& therefore may as well be Ballanced.” This may have had to do with Thomson Mason’s threat to appeal the auction of Clifton’s land.

5This was probably Benjamin Harrison (d. 1791), of Berkeley, burgess for Charles City County.

6William Randolph and his wife, the daughter of Benjamin Harrison of Berkeley, lived at Wilton on the James River upstream from Berkeley. He was a burgess for Henrico County.

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