George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, December 1760

Cash Accounts

[December 1760]

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Decr 10— By George Taylor’s Balle pr Acct 20/1—Club at Hughs’s 1/2 £ 1. 1. 0
11— By hire of a Boat to go to Mr Rozer’s 10/.3 Club at Masons 1/64 0.11. 6
12— By Colo. Carlyle’s Servts given 10/ 0.10. 0
By Mr Muirs Acct for 2000—10d. Nails5 1. 0. 0
13— By Jno. Carney for a horse £10 10. 0. 0
By Saml Johnston for 15 head of Sheep a 6/6 4.17. 6
By Ditto for a horse had of Jos[ep]h Gardner6 12.18. 0
15— By Gilbt Simpson for 42 Barrels of Corn a 7/67 15.15. 0
Ditto for 1 stack of Tops & 3 of Blades8 9. 0. 0
16— By [ ] Lovett. a New Englandman—Maryld viz. C[urrenc]y
For 100 wt of dryed Cod  1. 0.0
 
½ Barrl Pickled Do  1. 0.0
1 Axe  0.10.0
4 flag bottom’d Chairs @ 3/  0.12.0
2 Buckets—@ 2/  0. 4.0
£3. 6. V:C: is
2.12. 3
18— By Wm Leake for puttg a Chimy to School Ho. & plg Ditto9 3. 5. 0
By Valentine Crawford for a Waggon & 1 Horse &ca 20. 0. 0
By Patrick Grace for Thrashing10 3. 0. 0
By 2 Sows big of Pig @ 10/ 1. 0. 0
22— By Joseph Ransom in full for Working at my Mill 0.12. 0
By Cash lent Jno. Askew 16. 0. 0
By Richd Ryder (in gold) for 7,200 Shingles 6. 9. 6
27— By Alexandria Lottery Tickets 5.10. 0
By gave a Beggar 0. 5. 0
By Money lost or pd & not charged 101. 0.11 ½11

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 112.

1Among the things for which GW charged George Taylor in closing his account on 10 May 1760 was “1 Load of Houshold Goods Waggon’d to Goos Creek” 17s. 6d. (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 82), suggesting that Taylor at that time had moved from GW’s neighborhood to Loudoun County.

2Nathan Hughes on 18 Dec. 1759 applied for a license to keep an ordinary in Alexandria, and in December 1760 he and his wife mortgaged their property to Carlyle & Dalton.

3Henry Rozer (Rozier) lived at Notley Hall, Prince Georges County, Md., opposite Alexandria.

4Ann Mason (d.1761), widow of Charles Mason (d.1757), applied in November 1757 for a license to keep an ordinary in Alexandria. She was granted a license on 22 May 1760 under John Dalton’s sponsorship.

5John Muir (c.1731–1791) was one of the Scottish merchants in Alexandria.

6GW’s tenant Samuel Johnston, Sr., paid Joseph Gardner, another tenant, for the horse and sheep in September 1760. GW records having paid Johnston on this date £17.15 for the fifteen sheep and the horse (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 77).

7Both Gilbert Simpson, Sr., and Gilbert Simpson, Jr., were renting farms at Mount Vernon in 1760.

8Tops and blades are leaves of tobacco.

9This may have been the William Leake of Fairfax County who in May 1760 was tried and convicted of hog stealing and then sentenced to receive twenty-five lashes and to pay a fine of £10.

10In his account with Patrick Grace (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 113), GW records owing Grace in August 1760 1s. 8d. for threshing five bushels of rye, in September £2.9.8 for threshing [c.199] bushels of oats, and on 20 Dec. 9s. 8d. for threshing nineteen bushels and one peck of wheat.

11The “Money lost” entry is written after entries for 3 and 10 Jan. 1761 and is followed by the notation “1761—By Balle carrd to new Acct folio 141–898.10.9” and by the running total of £9,752.14.6½. This completes a page in the account book of Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends . When GW began a new page he changed the format for the cash accounts in his ledger. Instead of continuing his chronological entries, he used for the years 1761 and 1762 a grouping of entries by subject, such as “Tavern Keepers” and “Doctors.” In 1763 he returned to his former practice of making his entries in simple chronological order.

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