George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, July 1763

Cash Accounts

[July 1763]

Cash
July 28— To Ditto [cash] of Collo. Lewis1 £21. 0. 0
Contra
July 1— By Expences at Buffington’s 2/6.2 Ditto at Leesburg 11/2 0.13. 8
By Ditto at Trammels 3/3—Gave away 20/ 1. 3. 3
By Oyster shells viz. 460 Bushls 4.13. 0
5— By Turner Crump £30 (June 28). Edwd Violet £21.14.3 51.14. 0
13— By Exps. of bringing home my Flat 0. 5. 0
By Captn Posey Lent £20—pd Mr Stephenson 42/64 22. 2. 6
19— By Quit Rents to Mr Tomison Ellsey5 10.18. 7 1/2
26— By Mr Macrae Acct Sundries6 18.15. 4
By Ditto on Acct Master & Miss Custis’s Tutor7 24. 7. 9
By Ferrymen at Occoquan 1/—Exps. at Allans 1/8 0. 2. 0
28— By Mr Stuarts Acct9 12. 1.10
By Billiards 3/1½—By Subscriptn to Hunters Ferry 10/10 0.13. 1 1/2
29— By Button’s 1/—Lock 2/6—Lemons 15/ 0.18. 6
By white wash brush 2/6—Sadler Hustons £4.5.611 4. 8. 0
30— By Barber 2/6—By Doctr Mercer for McLean 12.4.512 12. 6.11
 
By Servants 3/6—Exps. at Dumfries 5/—Colch[este]r 2/6 0.11. 0

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 166.

1GW’s account with Fielding Lewis indicates that GW received the £21 on 28 July in “Cash at Fredericksburg” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 8). Lewis owed GW £162.18.2 current money for a carriage that GW had ordered for him from Robert Cary & Company. See GW to Cary, 16 Mar. 1762, n.1.

2This is probably William Buffington whose will in Hampshire County is dated 1784. Buffington seems to have lived in Hampshire since the 1750s. He had land on the South Branch and Patterson Creek, including lot no. 15 in the South Branch Manor.

3The £21.14 was to “pay Parish Levies,” 1.12.6; “Mason—for Dairy,” £6.1; “Joiner—Ditto,” £5; “Mower’s—Meadow,” £2.0.6; “buy a horse,” £7 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 131).

4GW owed Richard Stephenson £2.2.6 for a firkin of butter weighing nearly ninety-eight pounds (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 3).

6Allan Macrae was a merchant in Dumfries with whom GW did business.

7This was the total charge for the passage from England and the travel expenses of Walter Magowan; later this year GW charged it against the accounts of his wards, one-half to John Parke Custis and one-half to Martha Parke Custis. See Washington’s Guardian Accounts, 30 April 1764.

8“Allans,” where GW frequently stopped, was probably at Dumfries. See Cash Accounts, January 1760, n.6.

9This may have been Charles Steuart, a Norfolk merchant with whom GW dealt. See GW’s diary entry of 9 Feb. 1760, in Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:235.

10GW seems to have paid an annual fee for the use of the ferry of James Hunter, Jr. (1746–1788), on the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg. See ibid., 296.

11William Houston (died c.1771) owned and operated a tannery and saddlery in Fredericksburg.

12Dr. Hugh Mercer (c.1725–1777), a Scot who served in the Pennsylvania forces in the Forbes campaign of 1758, had settled in Fredericksburg. McLean may be Dr. Lauglan Macleane.

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