George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, December 1765

Cash Accounts

[December 1765]

Cash
Decr 8— To Ditto [cash] of Mr Martin Cockburn [Maryland currency]1 £ 23.12. 6
21— To Ditto recd of Mr Harry Piper 9.12. 02
To Ditto of Mr Robt Alexr for Mr S[amuel] Washingn 12. 0. 0
To Ditto for an Axe sold in Frederick [Maryland currency] 0. 5. 0
30— To Ditto recd for Virginia Money [Maryland currency] 1.17. 6
To Cash (supposd to be) recd & not chargd 29.12. 9
Contra
Decr 1— By Mr [John] Muir for havg two Deeds drawn for my Lotts in Alexa.3 0.10. 0
2— By Mrs Washington 0. 2. 6
By Servant 0. 1. 3
11— By Mrs Washington 2. 0. 0
By the Treasury for the Sheriff of Albemarle pr Colo. [Fielding] Lewis4 20. 0. 0
By 70,000 Shingles pr Colo. Lewis 35. 0. 05
By Saml Johnson pr Jno. Sheridine [Maryland currency] 1. 2. 6
By 1 Bull —— English 3. 0. 0
22— By Thomas Bishop 3. 0. 0
By James Davenport 2. 0. 0
23— By Dulick Willis Rigging my Schooner6 1. 2. 0
24— By Jno. Alton 8. 0. 0
28— By James Davenport 6. 0. 0
30— By Virga Money given for 5 dollars 1.13. 9
31— By Jno. Carney 58.10. 07
 
By Cash upon hand this day & carrd to Acct in 1766 folio 230 viz.
In Virginia Paper 302.11. 0
English Silver 10. 6.10
Ditto gold ½ a Guinea 0.15. 0
Dollars 63 @7/6 [Maryland currency] 23.12. 6
Maryland Money [Maryland currency] 0.10. 0
By Maryld money pd & not charged [Maryland currency] 8.19. 6

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 222.

1When settling his account with GW at this time, Martin Cockburn owed GW £21.3.1 in Virginia currency for, among other things, 10,000 shingles that GW sold him in August 1765 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 218). Cockburn came to Virginia from Jamaica and settled near Colchester (see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:111).

2On 16 Sept. 1765 GW sold four hogsheads of tobacco to Harry Piper for £34.16. On 23 Sept. GW gave Piper his order for £25.4 to be paid to William Triplett, leaving £9.12 still to be paid. See Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 103. In November 1765 Triplett provided GW with fifty-six barrels of Indian corn valued at £25.4 (see Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 72).

3GW bought two lots in Alexandria on Pitt Street in 1764, one at the corner of Prince Street and the other at the corner of Cameron Street. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:183.

5In GW’s account with the “Adventurers for Draining the Dismal Swamp” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 194), he indicates that on 12 June 1765 John Washington supplied 70,000 shingles for £35. On the other side of the ledger he enters £35 “To Cash allowd in Acct with Colo. [Fielding] Lewis for the Contra Shing[le]s.” John Washington (1740–1777), the brother of Lund Washington, was made resident overseer of the Dismal Swamp Land Company’s operations in the swamp. See Appraisement of Dismal Swamp Slaves, 4 July 1764.

6GW wrote in his diary on 15 Sept., “To this date my Carpenters had in all worked 82 [man] days on my Schooner” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:341). Subsequent entries well into October indicate that John Askew was supervising the work and that an average of more than twenty man-days a week were devoted to building the schooner, probably at Mount Vernon. It was launched in February 1766. Dulick Willis was from Fairfax County.

7Twenty-five pounds of this amount was to buy out John Carney’s lease on Clifton’s Neck. See Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 218, and deed from John Carney to GW, 26 Feb. 1765, privately owned in 1970.

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