George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, May 1767

Cash Accounts

[May 1767]

Cash
May 9— To Ditto [cash] of Mr Danl Talbot for Weavg1 £ 1. 7.0
12— To Ditto of Mr Wm Dandridge pr Jos[ep]h Valentine Intt of his Bond 22. 0.5
To Ditto of Dr James Carter pr Do Interest of Mrs [Joanna] McKenzies Bond 10.16.0
17— To Ditto recd for a Boat of—Coats2 10. 0.0
18— To Ditto of Jno. Doulan for Weaving3 1. 2.0
To Ditto of George Thrift for Mr Chs Washn4 1.11.0
To Ditto of Mr Wm Ellzey on Acct of Truro Parh 8. 7.05
 
Contra
May 2— By my Expences to Marlborough & back 0. 5.0
By Doctr Thompson for Sarah Harle6 2. 3.6
5— By James Cleveland pr Lund Washington 32.10.6
6— By Cards 7/—Gave Mrs Washington 24/ 1.11.0
9— By Edward Williams 2. 0.0
By Mrs Lettice Corbin 4.15.77
12— By Jno. Prescot Balle of Acct 0. 6.7
18— By 211 Maryland Paper Dollars retd Messrs Carlyle & Adam @6/ 63. 6.0
By Jno. Parke Custis 0. 5.0
By Peter Gaullatt for a Plow8 1.15.0
20— By Mr Johnstons Exrs 4.10.49
By Exps. in seeing Slight of hand performd 1. 7.6
22— By Mr Edwd Payne on Acct of Truro Parish10 8. 7.0
By 1 Sturgeon 0. 6.0
By Sarah Harle Balle of Acct 4. 6.3
30— By Wm Skilling 3. 0.011

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 249.

1This is the first entry in GW’s cash accounts of charges for cloth produced by his weavers even though GW’s “An Account of Weaving done by Thomas Davis &ca in the Year 1767” (DLC:GW), as well as several individual accounts in Ledger A, description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends reveal that his weavers were supplying people with cloth from the beginning of the year. GW’s elaborate account of the weaving done under the supervision of Thomas Davis runs from 1 Jan. 1767 until 30 Mar. 1771. In 1767 Davis was responsible for weaving slightly over 1,500 yards of linen, wool, and cotton cloth of various sorts, valued at £51.11.1.

2“Coats” has not been identified. A William Coarts voted for GW and John Posey in the Fairfax County burgess election on 1 Dec. 1768.

3GW sold John Dulan 23½ yards of plaid cloth and 9 yards of “bird eye Linn[e]n” for £1.14.3. Dulan made up the difference between this and the £1.2 cash by supplying GW with chickens and eggs (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 251).

4Charles Washington at the same time also gave to George Thrift for GW 1,000 pounds of tobacco. GW records in his ledger on 26 July 1767 that he had repaid his brother the tobacco and the £1.11 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 197).

5William Ellzey (d. 1796), who lived in Dumfries, practiced law in several counties, including Fairfax. See note 10.

6This was probably Dr. Thomas Thomson of Westmoreland County.

7Lettice Corbin’s “Negro Bricklayer” had worked for GW from 3 April 1765 until 12 June 1766 “at the rate of £25. pr Ann.” This was pay for the period from 3 April 1766 to 12 June 1766, “being 70 days” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 205).

8Peter Gaullatt has not been identified.

9On this day GW bought from the executors of George Johnston (d. 1766) a servant woman named Catherine Boyd for £10. Johnston owed GW £5.9.8, and GW gave the executors £4.10.4 additional money in cash (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 181).

10It was on this date that GW as churchwarden held the sale of the Truro Parish glebe and plate. See Advertisement for Truro Parish Glebe and Silver, 22 May 1767, and Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:17.

11GW owed Skilling £3 for “Sinking a Well 60 feet @1/.” From May 1767 until 25 Dec. 1769 GW took him on as a regular hired hand, and he later worked for GW in other capacities (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 251; Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 104; Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 4:135–36).

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