George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, March 1765

Cash Accounts

[March 1765]

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Mar. 3— By Mr Lund Washington [£]20. 0.01
5— By freight of 477 Bls of Oats from E: Shore @3d. 5.19.9
13— By Captn [William] McGachin for Sundry Goods first cost of which £4.3.6 Excha: on Do 65 prCt 2.14.3 6.17.9
16— By ferriage at Falmouth 0. 1.0
19— By Oranges 1 dozn 0. 3.0
By ferriages at falmouth 0. 1.0
23— By Exps. at Colchester 0. 8.0
25— By Do at Gardners2 0. 3.0
By Cash delivd Mr Josh Watson 13. 0.03
28— By Cakes 0. 5.0
By Exps. at Arrols 0.18.3
By Cash left with Captn Dalton to pay the Exps. of my Election4 2. 0.0
29— By Mr Wm Carlyle for Plank & Sundries5 4. 7.6
30— By my Brother Saml for hire of Negroes 10. 0.06

AD, Ledger A, description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends 203.

1After Lund Washington became his farm manager at Mount Vernon, GW regularly provided him with cash “to be acc[ounte]d for” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 190).

2William Gardner secured a license on 15 April 1765 to operate an ordinary in Fairfax County.

3The £13 in Virginia currency was “to purchase Sundries for me at Philadelphi⟨a⟩” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 202).

4John Dalton (d. 1777) was one of the first merchants in Alexandria. For GW’s election to the House of Burgesses in Alexandria in 1765, see Fairfax County Poll Sheet, 16 July 1765.

5This may be John Carlyle’s young cousin William of Limekilns in Scotland. In 1768 the Virginia Gazette (Purdie and Dixon; Williamsburg) listed a letter of 7 July 1768 to “William Carlyle, to the care of Col. John Carlyle” among letters at Dumfries post office.

6In his account with his brother, GW indicates that the £10 was for “the hire of your Negro James—1 Year” (Ledger A, description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends 7).

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