George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, December 1764

Cash Accounts

[December 1764]

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Decr 11— By Mrs Devenports Acct £ 1. 4. 6
13— By Club at Trebels 6/ 0. 6. 0
14— By Club at Ditto 7/6—By the new duty of Man 5/1 0.12. 6
By Mrs [Christiana] Campbell—pd her in Cash £22.7.6 allowed pr Jos. Valentine 11.11.3 33.18.10
By Mr [James] Martin—Barber’s Acct 3. 0. 9
16— By my quota of £480 voted by Compy of Adventurers in the Dismal Swamp2 40. 0. 0
By my ⅓ of the purchase money of Jones’s Land & which I paid to Colo. Fieldg Lewis3 33. 6. 8
By Servants 6/3. Club at Trebels 5/ 0.11. 3
18— By Exps. at Hubbards 24/6—Servts 3/6 1. 8. 0
By my Mother £15—By Exps. at Allan’s 2/6 15. 2. 6
19— By Mr Richd Graham freight 4¼. Casks Wine fm Lisbn4 3. 4. 0
By Exps. at Dumfries 20/. Ferriage &ca Colchr 8/9 1. 8. 9
By year’s Ferriage left wt. my Mother for Hume 0.10. 0
24— By Fish 14/6—By Jno. Alton £10 10.14. 6
By Jno. Askew money lent 12. 0. 0
By James Cleveland for a horse5 4. 0. 06

AD, Ledger A, description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends 189.

1The New Duty of Man, which appears in List of Books, 1764, was a book of devotionals, new versions of which were frequently published. On 1 May 1766 GW charged to the account of his employee Sarah Harle 4s. 6d. for “1 New whole Duty of Man” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 216).

2The Dismal Swamp Land Company met on 16 Dec. 1764 and voted to raise £480 “for carrying on our operation’s in the D. Swamp.” GW’s quota was £40, and he paid it to Fielding Lewis (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 194).

3The three managers of the Dismal Swamp Land Company, GW, Fielding Lewis, and Thomas Walker, bought from Joseph Jones and Dr. James Wright 1,119 acres of land in Nansemond County on the road from Suffolk to Norfolk. Part of the tract was in the Dismal Swamp. See Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 193, 241.

4Richard Graham (d. 1796) was one of the Scottish merchants in Dumfries.

5James Cleveland became overseer of GW’s River farm on Clifton’s Neck at Mount Vernon and remained in his employ until the Revolution.

6GW closes his cash accounts for the year with the following entries: “By mistake in Countg the English Silvr last year £15.5.10½

“By money lost, Stolen, or miscounted 88.6.2½

“By D[itt]o upon hand this day & carrd to Acct for 1765—folio 203—viz. In Virginia Paper 280 English Silvr 10.5.7½ Dollars 14. @6/6 [£]4.11. Pistoles 4 @24/[£]4.16 ½ a Guinea . 15 [total] £403.19.7½” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 189).

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