George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, July 1769

Cash Accounts

[July 1769]

Cash
July 5— To Cash for 40 Barls of Indn Corn @ 10/ £20. 0. 0
18— To Cash of Mr Edwd Payne 3.12. 0
To Ditto of Colo. Richd Lee for a Spin[nin]g Wheel1 0.16. 0
Contra
July 2— By Mrs Washington 2. 0. 0
3— By Ann Knowland for delivering D[ogue] R[un] Moll 0.10. 0
 
5— By Captn Burch for 562 Bls la: Salt @ 1/3 £35.2.6 1 Cotton Line .3. 40 Yds Platt .2.2 35. 7. 6
6— By Susanna Bishop delivg Muddy hole Kate and Catherine 10/ each 1. 0. 0
7— By Jno. Roberts for 544 Bls of Shells for R. Leake3 4.17.10
By Harvest Wages paid to Sundry Cradlers &ca viz.4
7— to Joseph Wilson £1.15. 0
13— Elijah Houghton 3.13. 0
Do— Willm Acres 3.16. 4
Do— Thomas Williams 3. 4. 8
15— Eliab Roberts 4.13. 0
Do— Azel Martin 4.13. 0
Do— Thomas Pursel 4. 5. 0
Do— John Pursel 4. 5. 0
Do— Young Palmer   2. 6. 0
32. 9. 0
Note, these People recd 5/ a day wages, & were allow’d 3 dollars each for comg
15— By Charity 1.10. 0
16— By Cash to Patcy Custis 1. 3. 0
19— By Richd Arrell in part 4. 7. 0
By Mr Bellmain for Blk Pattern &ca for Breechs 0.19. 3
By Majr Wagener, & Mr Bellmain 7/6 each for their Subscripn Money for a Virga Justice5 0.15. 0
23— By William Skilling 5. 0. 0
By Cash paid for taking up Guy6 0. 6. 0
26— By Ditto paid the Revd Mr Boucher for Schooling & Board of J. P. Custis Sevl Horses &ca 42. 1.11
27— By Pocket Money to J. P. Custis 1. 5. 0
By Mr Richd Arrell Balle of Acct 2. 1. 1
By Hatter for J. P. Custis 0. 2. 6
29— By Jonathan Palmer 6 Dollars 1.16. 0
By Charity 20/—By Ditto 6/ 1. 6. 0
By Jno. Alton 4. 6. 0
By Elizabeth Shippen7 0.10. 0

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 291–92.

1After attending court in Alexandria on 18 July, GW brought Richard Lee of Lee Hall back to Mount Vernon with him, “in the Evg.” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:167).

2Burch, “the Captn. of the Burmudian,” dined at Mount Vernon on 5 July for the third time in four days (ibid., 165).

3On 5 July Richard Lake wrote GW: “Sir I have Bought of the Bearer John Roberts five Hundred and forty fore Bushels of Shels at Eight Teen Shillings per Hundred please to pay him for the Same I am Sir yours to Comd” (NjMoHP).

4For a description of the harvesting of wheat in July 1769 on the farms at Mount Vernon, see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:171–72.

5William Balmain (d. 1784) was a merchant in Alexandria. Maj. Peter Wagener (1717–1774), clerk of Fairfax County from 1752 until his death, spent the night of 20 July at Mount Vernon. Richard Starke, a Williamsburg lawyer and clerk of the two major committees of the House of Burgesses, printed in the Virginia Gazette a statement dated 22 June 1769 asserting that he would complete work on Virginia Justice and “have it ready to be delivered to subscribers in the month of April next, or June at farthest” (Purdie and Dixon; Williamsburg), 6 July 1769. On 21 Dec. 1769, promising that the volume would be printed after the “Christmas holidays,” Starke listed in the paper the names of sixty men, including GW, who would accept subscriptions. Starke died in July 1772 with the book still unfinished, and it was not until 1774 that the printers Alexander Purdie and John Dixon printed Starke’s book at Williamsburg under the advertised title: “The Office and Authority of a Justice of the Peace Explained and Digested to replace George Webb’s Virginia Justice printed in 1736.”

6Guy was a dower slave, probably living in King William County.

7GW begins his cash accounts for August 1769 with an entry dated 31 July, in order to give in one place what was “expended in my Trip to the Springs” from his leaving Mount Vernon on 31 July until his return on 11 September.

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