George Washington Papers

Account of Expenditures for Trip to the Great Kanawha, 6 October–30 November 1770

Account of Expenditures for Trip to the Great Kanawha

[6 October–30 November 1770]

By Expences in a Journey to the Ohio viz.

[Md. Currency]
[Oct.] 6  At Mosss Ordy 0. 3. 6
Leesburg 0.10. 0
for Sugar there 0. 5. 8
Do Mug 0. 1. 3
A Cirsingle at Leesburg 0. 4. 6
Expences at Caudley’s 0. 6. 0
7— At [Jesse] Pugh’s 0. 6. 0
8— Cacapehon 0. 3. 0
Servants at Cresaps 0. 1. 3
10— Exps. at Romney 1.14. 8
Sadle Cloth & Halter 0.13. 9
Sundries 0. 8. 3
[Va. Currency]
By a Bay horse of—Parson’s 16. 0. 0
a Grey Ditto of—Nevil1 13.10. 0
[Md. Currency]
11— Paid for 4 Bearskins 1. 0. 0
[Pa. Currency]
At Wises’ Mill 0.16. 0
Corn there 0. 2. 6
12— At Gillam’s 0. 7. 6
Little Meadows 0. 0.10
 
13— Great Crossings 0.16. 0
[Md. Currency]
Gave a Servant 0. 1. 3
[Pa. Currency]
Paid at the Widow Miers 0. 3. 9
Servants at Fort P[itt] 0.18. 9
Smith there 0. 1. 0
[Pa. Currency]
Novr 21— Ferriage at Fort Pitt 0. 7. 6
Jno. Street 0. 9. 0
Smith at Pittsburg 1. 7. 6
Commissary for Provns 10.19. 2
for a Lock 0. 4. 0
Paid the Indians2 10.13. 0
Indn Interpreter3 5. 8. 0
Saml Semple4 26. 1.10
Widow Miers 1.19. 6
Servants 0. 7. 6
[Va. Currency]
24— By Cash pd Jno. Stephenson in Excha. of Horses 2. 6. 3
[Pa. Currency]
26— Expens. at the Gt Crossgs 0.19. 0
27— Ditto at Kiliams 0.10. 0
Do at Cumberland 0. 5. 0
[Va. Currency]
By a Horse of Wm Buffington pd Vale Crawford 15. 0. 0
[Md. Currency]
Gave Vale Crawford 4.12. 6
Servants 0. 3. 0
29— Exps. at Rinker’s & Snickers 1. 3. 6
30— Do at Wests &ca 1. 2. 6
Pensa Money £62.17. 4
[Md. Currency]
is 47. 3. 0
[Va. Currency]
60. 3. 7
By Cash pd Edwd Snickers on Acct of MillStones 20. 0. 0

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 320, 329.

Both GW’s diary and his journal of his “Journey to the Ohio” are printed in Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:277–328. The persons and places mentioned in “Expenditures” have been identified by the editors in the Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends or in earlier volumes of the Papers. Many of the items also appear in his account with the grantees under Governor Dinwiddie’s proclamation in 1754 (15 Dec. 1769–14 June 1774, DLC:GW).

1Parsons may be Thomas Parsons of Hampshire County, who owned land on the South Branch of Potomac, or one of his sons. Nevil is perhaps Joseph Neville who lived in Hampshire County and owned land on Patterson Creek.

2On 19 Oct. GW engaged the Pheasant and a young warrior “to attend us the whole Voyage” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 2:293).

3The interpreter was Joseph Nicholson, a well-known trader and interpreter who in 1790 was commissioned to bring several Indian chiefs to Philadelphia to confer with GW (ibid., 293–94).

4GW entered in his account with the grantees (see source note above) £19.14.5, “To Saml Semple Tav[er]n Acct for our own & Horses exps. at Fort Pitt whilst we were unavoidably detained there in our way out & in—it being part of his Acct of £26.1.10.”

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