George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, March 1769

Cash Accounts

[March 1769]

Cash
Mar. 1— To Ditto [cash] for Ditto [wether] £ 1. 0.0
20— To Cash of Mr Josh Thompson 13. 6.31
23— To Ditto from Mr Jno. Ariss for Mr Robert Alexandr 23. 2.42
29— To Ditto recd from Valente Crawford on Acct of a judgt obtaind agt Chr[istopher] Hardwick by my Br. Chs Washington & wch he recd from the Sheriff of Loudoun 23. 4.53
Contra
4— By Captn William Crawford4 10. 0.0
5— By Cash paid for Fieldg Lewis 0. 8.0
7— By Exps. to Fredg 7/3.5 Shoeing my Horses 4/ 0.11.3
By Cash gave my Mother 3. 0.0
8— By Cards 1/6—Club at Weeden’s 2/6 0. 4.0
 
9— By a pr of Boot Straps 0. 5.0
By Servants 1/3. Ferry at Falmouth 1/3 0. 2.6
By Exps. at Morgan’s 2/. Do in Surveying 4/6 0. 6.6
17— By Wm Wood carrying chain 2 day’s6 0. 5.0
18— By Captn Robt Ashbys Acct for self & Son’s7 8.18.0
By Servants 8/—Smith 1/7½ 0. 8.7 1/2
22— By Colo. Stephen’s Acct8 4. 7.6
By Cash to Captn Wm Crawford viz. 7 Dollr 2.2.0 In paper Virga &ca 12.19.
23— Ditto 3.9 18. 1.0
By Servants 5/6—Exps. at Wests 13/610 0.19.0
25— By James Davenport in a Swap &ca11 2. 0.0
26— By Cash pd Mr R. Alexander pr Lund Washington 23. 2.4
By Jno. Beedy Balle of Accts 0. 4.0
29— By the Contra Sum sent my Br. Chs by Colo. [Burwell] Bassett 23. 4.5

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 287.

1GW collected this amount from Joseph Thompson at Thompson’s “own” house in Frederick County where he was renting one of GW’s Bullskin farms (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 248).

2For Lund Washington’s payment of this sum to Robert Alexander on 26 Mar., see the entry of that date in contra below. GW “Breakfasted” at the house of John Ariss (d. 1799) in Frederick County on 23 Mar. 1769 (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:135).

3GW gave this money to Burwell Bassett at Mount Vernon on 29 Mar. to take to his brother Charles Washington in Fredericksburg. See contra, below.

4William Crawford arrived at Mount Vernon on 1 Mar. and left on 4 Mar. (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:132). GW in 1768 and 1769 advanced William Crawford cash to cover his expenses in finding, surveying, and claiming land for him in Pennsylvania. See note 9 and Crawford to GW, 7 Jan., 13 Oct. 1769.

5GW left for Fredericksburg with Fielding Lewis on 6 Mar., reaching there on 7 March. He then traveled from Fredericksburg to Fauquier County in order to “run out the bounds of the Land” that he had bought at the sale of George Carter’s estate (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:133). See Cash Accounts, November 1767, n.26. GW paid the quitrents on the Carter land on 18 Mar. 1769.

6The William Wood who acted as chain carrier when GW surveyed some of the Carter land was probably William Wood, Jr., of Loudoun County. GW leased two lots of the land he bought from the Carter estate to William Wood, Jr., who was at this time already living on the land (lease to Wood, 17 Mar. 1769, Fauquier County Deed Book 3, 454–60, ViWarFauCt). See notes 5 and 7.

7While surveying his Fauquier land, GW stayed from 9 to 18 Mar. at Yew Hill in Fauquier County, the home of Robert Ashby (c.1707–1792). He may have employed Ashby and his son to help with the surveying. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:133–34.

8On 22 Mar. 1769 GW paid Adam Stephen £4.7.6 for “2 armd” walnut chairs, which he apparently had got from Stephen in 1755, and for “other Sundries” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 13).

9In accounting for advancing this money to William Crawford, GW wrote in his ledger for 22 and 23 Mar.: “To 7 Dollars for Entring my Land on Youghy—[£]2.2[;] Paper Curry &ca lent himself—£12.19.0[;] Ditto—Do at Hugh Stephenson’s [£]3” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 273).

10GW lodged at Charles West’s ordinary in Loudoun County on the night of 23 March.

11In closing his account on this day with the overseer James Davenport, GW wrote this memorandum in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 247: “On the 25th of March 1769 I settled this Acct & gave him the Balle which was found due to me—it being about £7.”

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