George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, May 1770

Cash Accounts

[May 1770]

Cash
May 5— To Danl Ansdale for half a Bl of Corn £ 0. 6. 0
6— To Mrs Fairfax for weaving1 2. 9.10
28— To Cash recd of Doctr Carter Int. of Mrs McKenzies Bond 10.16. 0
Contra
May 1— By Thos Bishop 6. 0. 0
By Mr Flemings Servant2 0.12. 0
2— By 8 Spades at Mill 1.18. 6
3— By Charity 0.12. 0
By Bishops Wife for Knitting 0.10. 0
By Sciagusta3 0. 3. 0
9— By Wm Skilling 1.10. 0
12— By Thos Bird4 1. 0. 0
16— By Servants 1/3—Charity 5/ 0. 6. 3
By Mrs Washington 0.10. 0
By 6 Spades @ 6/ & Ferriage Mill 1.16. 7 1/2
By Thos Bird 0. 1. 3
19— By Lund Washington 30. 0. 0
By Expences at Dumfries5 0. 4. 7 1/2
20— By Ditto at Colemans 3/9. Do at Todds 4/ 0. 7. 9
21— By Ferry at Ruffins 3/. pr of Shoes to Will 6/ 0. 9. 0
24— By 4 Play Tickets 30/—Club at Hay’s 5/ 1.15. 0
By 1 Phial of Red Ink 1/3—Gave away 2/6 0. 3. 9
By Postage of Letters & Coffee 0. 2. 0
By Club at Hay’s6 0. 1. 3
30— By Colo. Henry for a Map of Virginia7 1.10. 0
By Servants 2/6—Club at Hay’s 5/7½ 0. 8. 1 1/2

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 314, 318.

1This was for 35½ yards of woolen plaid and 9 yards of dimity woven in 1768 and 32¾ yards of striped wool woven in 1769 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 263). According to GW’s Weavers’ Account, the dimity was for “Miss Nancy Gist,” Christopher Gist’s daughter, who had lived at Belvoir with the Fairfaxes during the French and Indian War (see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:302).

2On 2 May “Mr. Flemings ship Carpenter finishd his work here and returnd home havg. been employd 31¼ days” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:243). Thomas Fleming’s carpenter had been “Sheathing my Schooner &ca” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 135).

3GW reported in his Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends (2:233) that on 26 April “[Thomas Byrd] began to work on my Mill Race . . . and Sciagusta a prisoner from the Indians came here, and began to work with my People.” Sciagusta evidently worked on the millrace for only a few days. The name, or title, Sciagusta (Skiagunsta) was common among the Cherokee.

4Thomas Byrd (Bird) was paid £1.1.3 in May for working on GW’s mill and millrace. In the summer he helped harvest GW’s wheat and mowed grass. See Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 321, and Cash Accounts, July 1770.

5On 19 May GW “Set of for Williamsburg [to the assembly]—dind at Dumfries—calld at My Mothers and lodgd at Colo. [Fielding] Lewis’s in Fredericksbg” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:236).

6On 25 May, after dining at the governor’s palace, GW “attended a Committee of the Association at Hayes.” At a general meeting of the nonimportation association in Williamsburg on 22 May, GW was one of twenty men chosen to revise the association formed in 1769. See GW to George William Fairfax, 27 June 1770, n.2. See also GW to Jonathan Boucher, 30 July 1770.

7Col. John Henry’s map of Virginia was published by Thomas Jefferys in London in February 1770.

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