George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, May 1764

Cash Accounts

[May 1764]

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May 1— By Mr Jos. Valentine to take up my Bonds given to Buckners Exrs for Negroes1 £103. 2.11
By Barbers Acct 12/6—Mrs Campbells Do 44/ 2.16. 6
By mendg Harness 8/6. Do Chair 15/ 1. 2. 6
By Club at Trebels 5/. Charity 20/ 1. 0. 0
By Ferriages at Claibornes 3/6—Exps. at Tods 5/2 0. 8. 6
4— By Expenses at Sneads 11/6—Ferriage at Por[t] R[oya]l 2/6 0.14. 0
By ferriage at Hoes 14/—Ferrymen at Do 2/6 .16. 6
5— By Jno. McClockland Balle of Accts 1. 1. 4
By Danl Bush for 2 Groce Bottles3 @30/ 3. 0. 0
By 50 Bushl Salt @1/9 4. 7. 6
14— By Jno. Askew 14. 0. 0
15— By Captn Posey—lent on acct Wm Whiting4 28.10. 0
24— By Card money £5. By Thos Nichols £45 9. 0. 0
25— By Mr [Harry] Piper for two Guns6 10.11. 0
26— By Jno. Alton 3. 0. 0
By freight of Goods from Norfolk 1. 0. 0
30— By 1176 Bushls Oyster shells @18/ 10.11. 8

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 176, 178.

1In his account with Col. Samuel Buckner’s estate under the date of 23 Jan. 1764, GW has this entry: “By the following Negroes bought at Publick Sale, & for wch my Bond was taken payable 12th June next to Jno. & Charles Mynn Thruston Exrs viz.—Robin—£65[,] Charles—74[,] Jerry—65[,] £204” total (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 173). Dated the next day, an entry in GW’s account with Speaker John Robinson reads: “To the following Negroes bought for you at Collo. Buckner’s Estate—& of Mrs Sarah Alexander, & for which I passd my Bond payable 12 of June next—viz.—Lewis—£76[,] Charles—74[,] Jerry—65[,] £215” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 174). On the other side of the ledger, there is this entry dated 12 June 1764, “By Cash paid Mr Joseph Valentine—£215.” Beginning in 1764, GW includes in his list of tithables two slaves named Robin; one had been listed at River farm since 1762 and the second, at Home farm, is listed for the first time.

2This entry appears at the top of the page with only “May” opposite it; it could have been May 1, 2, or 3.

3Daniel Bush received a license to operate an ordinary in Alexandria on 16 Aug. 1763.

5In September 1763 GW hired the farmer Thomas Nichols (Nicholas) to be the overseer of his Home House farm. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:313. GW settled with Nichols for “a year’s service” on 8 Sept. 1764 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 179).

6One of the guns was for GW’s brother Charles. See Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 13.

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