George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, May 1765

Cash Accounts

[May 1765]

Cash
May 1— To Cash recd of Colo. Edwards Bal[anc]e of Bond1 £ 49.14.6
2— To Doctr [James] Carter for Int of Mrs [Joanna] McKenzies Bond 10.16.0
4— To Interest Recd of Mr Wm Dandridges B[on]d 22. 0.5
To Ditto recd of Mr Phil. W: Claibornes Do 14. 0.0
7— To Cash recd of the Receivr Genl for Colo. [John] Carlyle 40. 0.02
10— To Cash of Mr Edmd Pendleton on acct Armisteads Exrs protest3 100. 0.0
To Cash of Francis Foster by Colo. [Burwell] Basset 5. 0.0
To Ditto of Joseph Valentine
To Ditto of Mr Matt: Phrip for Mr Chas Digges 74. 0.04
Contra
May 1— By Mr Chs Yates for 35 Bls of Hemp seed5 35. 0.0
By my last proportion for Mr Jos. Jones’s Land pd Mr James Gibson6 33. 6.8
2— By Colo. Jno. Thornton for a pr of Millstones bot of Mr Jackson’s Estate7 30. 0.0
By my Exps. to Williamsburg 1. 3.0
By my Do to hear the Armonica8 0. 3.9
3— By Club & Coffee 0. 4.3
By Servants 1/3d.—Coffee 1/3 0. 2.6
7— By Club at Trebels 6/—Do at Do 4/ 0.10.0
By Do at Do 5/—Mendg my Buttons 7/6 0.12.6
By Sadler’s Acct 10/—Barber’s Do 12/6 1. 2.6
10— By Mrs Campbells Acct 3. 5.0
12— By Colo. Bassets Servants 0. 3.9
 
By Exps. at Todds 6/—Do at Hubbards 8/6 0.14.6
13— By Wm Parker old Acct9 0.10.0
By 3 Yards Muslin for Mrs Green 1.10.0
By repairing watch 0.15.0
14— By Servants 2/—Exps. at Allans Ordy 1/3 0. 3.3
16— By Mr Lund Washington 6. 0.0
20— By Dinner & Club at Arrols 2/6 0. 2.6
By 2 Oz. of Verdigrease 0. 2.6
By Henry Taylor 1.16.3
By Cash pd Colo. Carlyle (wch I recd for him) 40. 0.0
By Ditto sent Mr Chs Digges 74. 0.010
29— By 500 Bushls of Oyster shells a 18/ 4.10.0
By Servants 1/3 0. 1.3
By Joseph Devenport to pay Levies 14. 0.011
31— By Zach: Connel for bringg down 26 Bls of Hemp seed 2. 0.0

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 203, 208.

1For the history of the loan made by John Custis to Nathaniel Edwards in the 1740s, see doc. III-B, n.12, in Settlement of the Daniel Parke Custis Estate, 20 April 1759–5 Nov. 1761.

2See entry in Contra, below.

3For background to the debt of William Armistead, see doc. III-B, n.14, in Settlement of the Daniel Parke Custis Estate, 20 April 1759–5 Nov. 1761. GW noted in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 192, that he received from Edmund Pendleton £100 in Virginia currency, from which was “deduct[ed] 65 prCt (Excha[nge] settled by the Court),” making it a payment of £60.12.2 sterling, which in turn left a balance owed of £172.16.7 sterling.

4See entry in Contra, below. Matthew Phripp was a prominent merchant in Norfolk.

5Charles Yates was a merchant in Fredericksburg.

7Col. John Thornton (d. 1777) of Spotsylvania County was an administrator of the estate of Robert Jackson of Fredericksburg, who died in 1764.

8The making of music by rubbing one’s fingers around the moistened rims of glasses was popular in London in the mid-eighteenth century, and probably in 1761 but perhaps before that, Benjamin Franklin devised an instrument based upon the musical glasses and called it an armonica, which was widely used. See Labaree, Papers of Franklin description begins William B. Willcox et al., eds. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin. 40 vols. to date. New Haven, 1959–. description ends , 10:116–30, for an account of its invention and use.

9William Parker ran an ordinary in his house in Caroline County.

10For the payments of £40 and £74, see entries in the cash side of the ledger, above.

11This was the amount paid in taxes for John Parke Custis’s and the dower property combined.

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