George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, December 1768

Cash Accounts

[December 1768]

Cash
Decr 11— To Ditto [cash] of Mr Robt Alexander £19. 0.01
To Sundry Sum’s receivd of Mr Jos. Valentine at the last Apl Genl Court (1768) & omitted entring till now viz. 60. 0.0
Contra
Decr  1— By Jno. Orr keeping my Poll at the Election2 1. 0.0
2— By Richd Arrells Acct of Exps. on that occn 15. 5.9
By Cakes to Sundries 7.11.3
4— By Mr Magowan Balle of Acct 1.10.0
By Servant 1/3—By Bishop given him 40/ 2. 1.3
By renewing my Entry for L[an]d on Doeg run3 0. 2.6
By Barber 2/6 0. 2.6
By Mr Muirs Acct £1.2.7 [and] Mr Ths Price’s Do 1.2.6 pr L[un]d W—n4 2. 5.0
19— By Cash paid for 6 lb. Shott 0. 2.6
By Do gave Betcy Dandridge 1. 0.0
22— By Fish &ca of the New Englandman 1. 4.0
25— By my overseer Morris gave him5 1.10.0
By Mike Ditto6 0.10.0
31— By Cards [ ]
By Mrs Washington 1. 6.3
By Servants at Colo. Fairfax’s 1. 6.6

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 281, 286.

1See Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 96.

2Writs of election to the House of Burgesses, dated 3 Nov. and returnable 15 Dec. 1768, were issued by the council and new governor, Norborne Berkeley, baron de Botetourt. The election in Fairfax County was held on 1 December. See Fairfax County Poll Sheet, 1 Dec. 1768. GW reported that after the election he “Stayd all Night to a Ball wch. I had given” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:113). John Orr (b. 1726) was a Scottish merchant who settled first in Westmoreland and then in Fairfax County. His name does not appear on the poll as a voter.

3This is probably for the 20½ acre strip of ungranted wasteland along the west side of Dogue Run for which GW received a grant on 4 Mar. 1771 from the Fairfax proprietary office (Northern Neck Grants, 1:187, Vi). GW would receive a warrant for the land before surveying it himself on 24 Mar. 1770 (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:222). This narrow strip of land would join to the main body of his Mount Vernon land the three tracts of land which GW had bought in 1761, 1762, and 1763 from John and George Ashford and Simon Pearson (see the chart in Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:240). The slip would also be essential to the relocation and rebuilding of GW’s mill in 1770 (see GW to Charles West, 6 June 1769, and Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:204, 232–33).

4GW repeats the Muir and Price entries after the Betcy Dandridge entry of 19 December. The repeated entries have been deleted. Thomas Price was a brickmaker.

5Morris, a slave, was overseer of Dogue Run farm.

6Mike, or Michael, was one of GW’s slave carpenters.

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