George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, May 1766

Cash Accounts

[May 1766]

Cash
May 1— To Do [cash] from Do [John Relfe] by Mr Chs Yates1 £32. 5. 0
To Do of Mr Phil. W. Claiborne a yrs Intt of his Bond to Miss Custis 14. 0. 0
To Do of Ditto a yr Intt on Mr Wm Dandridges Bond 22. 0. 0
2— To a years Intt of Doctr [James] Carter for Mrs [Joanna] McKenzies Bond 0.10.16
To Cash recd from Colo. Byrd2 40. 0. 0
 
To one Years Interest of Frans Fosters Mortgage 25.     
To Cash of Mr Joseph Valentine3 87. 0. 0
To Do of Chs Cartr Esqr. Corotoman 1. 3. 04
3— To Do of Mr Josh Valentine 16. 0. 0
9— To Do of Walter Magowan—Biggs Order for 20 Dollars 7.10. 05
10— To Ditto of Jno. Snowden 4 dollars 1.10. 06
To Ditto of Wm Carlin for 86 lbs. Butter 9d. 3. 4. 6
19— To Cash of Mr Humpy Peake 5. 0. 07
20— To Cash of Geo: Thrift for Chs Washington 1.10. 08
To Ditto from Wm Little Balle of Acct for Wheat9 7.12. 6
To Cash for a knife 0. 7. 6
Contra
May 1— By Colo. Lewis pr Acct 47.19. 010
By Mr Campbell of Norfolk for Sales & Rig[gin]g for my Schooner pr rect &ca.11 59. 4. 8
By Cash paid Colo. Tucker pr rect12 6. 5. 0
By Mr Edward Traverse on Acct of Jno. Chownings Bond13 12. 7. 3
By Mr Hodge for 2 Servants pd instead of £30 Sterling14 37.10. 0
By 1 New whole Duty of Man15 0. 4. 6
2— By 1 Oz. of Tarter emetic &ca 0. 2. 6
By 1 yd Book Muslin for Mrs [Margaret] Green 1. 8. 0
By Blank Deeds &ca 0. 7. 6
By Club at Jos. Pullets16 0. 5. 0
By Exps. at Trebels 1. 4. 6
By Colo. Tayloe (Subscriptn to Purse Wm.)17 1. 0. 0
3— By Mr Jno. Washington my advance to the Swamp concern voted this day 25. 0. 018
By Mrs Campbell board 1.18. 6
By Club at Trebels 0. 6. 3
By Servants 0. 3. 9
5— By Joseph Davenport 4. 0. 0
By Expences at Tods Bridge 0. 9. 6
6— By Ditto at Sneads 0. 5. 7
By Ditto at Port Royal 0. 4. 4
By Ferriage at Ditto 0. 2. 6
By Ditto at Hoes 0.14. 0
By Ferrymen 1/—Exps. at Ledlars 5/ 0. 6. 0
7— By Cash pd Mr [John] Stedlar for teaching Mrs Washington & two Childn Musick 38.14. 019
 
By Cards 4. 0. 0
By Robt Haims 2. 0. 0
10— By Francis Tunley20 1.10. 0
By taking up Sam21 0.10. 0
By Mrs Washington ½ a Guinea 0.13. 0
11— By Jno. Dalton Sailing my Vessel 2. 5. 0
12— By Wm Carlins Acct 2.18. 1
By Do Do agt J. P. Custis 1.12.1022
By Cash 1. 6. 5
By Jno. Beedy 0.16. 0
13— By Francis Turnley 8.10. 623
By Charity 0. 5. 0
17— By Thomas Bishop 10. 0. 0
18— By Jno. Askew 1.10. 0
19— By Lund Washington 40. 0. 0
By Henry Taylor 1.17. 0
By Ditto for 3 Sheep—3 Dollars [Maryland currency] 1. 2. 6
19— By Club at Arrols 0. 4. 0
By Charity 1. 0. 0
By Doctr Rumney 0.15. 024
By Ditto on Acct of Mastr Custis 0.17. 0
23— By James Cleveland 35. 0. 025
By Expences at the Falls 0. 8. 926
By 1 pr of Heckles from my Br[othe]r Saml 4. 0. 027

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 230–32.

2For William Byrd’s renting of property in Williamsburg, see Cash Accounts, April 1764, n.7.

4GW paid Charles Carter (1732–1806), of Corotoman and Shirley, £1.3 for “1 Cutting Box & knife” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 219).

5In his account with John Relfe (see note 1), GW credits the merchant’s account £6 for “D. Briggs order on Waltr Magowan” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 229). The £7.10 is in Maryland currency.

6See Cash Accounts, February 1766. The £1.10 is in Maryland currency.

7The £5 is partial payment for the kitchen that GW’s carpenters built for Humphrey Peake in 1764 as well as for work done by GW’s smith. See Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 187.

8In his account with Charles Washington, on 20 May 1766 GW credits his brother with George Thrift’s payments of 1,017 pounds of tobacco and £1.10; in an entry dated five days later he enters 1,017 pounds of tobacco and £1.10 as “Cash & Tobacco paid you being Rent receivd from George Thrift” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 197). George Thrift was a planter in Fairfax County.

9William Little lived in Frederick County.

10Of this amount, £23.6.8 was to pay to Fielding Lewis GW’s “third of the purchase Money of Doctr [James] Wrights Land” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 193). See Cash Accounts, December 1764, n.3.

11For Campbell’s identity, see Cash Accounts, November 1764, n.10. For reference to the building of GW’s schooner, see Cash Accounts, December 1765, n.6.

12This is probably Robert Tucker of Norfolk.

13GW paid the bond which came to a little more than the balance due John Chowning from his share of the corn and tobacco that he raised in 1764 as overseer of River farm. See Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 185. Edward Traverse is probably Edward Champion Travis (1721–1779), burgess for Jamestown from 1752 to 1765.

14Thomas Hodge of Leedstown was an importer of indentured servants.

15GW bought the book of devotionals for his employee Sarah Harle. See Cash Accounts, December 1764, n.1, and Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 216.

16Joseph Pullett, who was married in Norfolk in 1764, opened a tavern in Williamsburg as a “young beginner” probably in 1765, and he died before 25 June 1767. See Virginia Gazette (Purdie and Dixon; Williamsburg), 9 May, 6 June, 4 July 1766, 25 June 1767.

17The horse Traveller belonging to John Tayloe (1721–1779) of Mount Airy, Richmond County, won the Williamsburg Purse on 25 April, beating with ease horses owned by Lewis Burwell and Francis Whiting (Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon; Williamsburg], 25 April 1766).

18The members of the Dismal Swamp Land Company voted on 12 June 1766 to contribute £300 for the operation of the company. Twenty-five pounds was GW’s “proportion” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 194).

19GW charged £12.18 against the accounts of each of his wards in 1766, 1767, and 1768 for one year of music lessons. See Cash Accounts, April 1765, n.2.

20See note 23 below.

21There were at this time two slaves named Sam at Mount Vernon.

22The two payments to William Carlin were “for Tayloring” clothes for GW and John Parke Custis (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 217).

23Francis Turnley’s (Tunley’s) wages as overseer of Home House farm during the past year were £15, of which £8.10.6 was due him in his final settlement with GW at this time (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 221).

24GW charged John Parke Custis’s account 17s. 6d. on 19 May 1766 for Dr. William Rumney’s attendance on the boy (Guardian Accounts, 11 April 1767).

25James Cleveland’s share of the crops made in 1765 on River farm where he was overseer came to £49.5.8, not counting his share of the hemp which was to be credited to him “when it is broke & made ready for Market” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 195).

26GW probably is referring to the Great Falls on the Potomac.

27A hackle is an instrument for combing flax or hemp.

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