George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, September 1771

Cash Accounts

[September 1771]

Sep: 4— To 2 Bushels of Rye £ 0. 6. 0
To Cards 0.10. 0
5— To Ferriages 0.12. 6
9— To Ditto 0.10. 6
To Weaving of Captn [Sampson] Darrell 0. 8. 6
15— To Cash receivd of Mr Rigd Graham1 12.12.10
To Cash recd of Colo. Andw Lewis on Acct of the Officers & Soldiers Land2 15.15. 0
16— To Ferriages 1. 2. 6
18— To Cash recd of Richd Lee Esqr. for the use of Mr Saml Washington3 32. 5. 0
19— To Cash of James Cleveland 100 Dollars 30. 0. 0
4— By Thos Bishops Wife laying Moll 0.10. 0
8— By Mr Saml Washington pr Vale Crawford 109.11. 34
9— By Miss M. Parke Custis 2. 2. 3
10— By William Roberts 0.12. 0
By Exps. to Fredericksburg & back5 0.11. 6
By a dark bay Mare bot of—Pattie 8. 0. 0
By Cards 2. 1. 3
12— By a pair of Boots for Will6 1.11. 6
14— By Cash lent my Mother 4.12. 6
By mending an Earing 0. 1. 3
16— By Jonathan Palmer 6. 0. 0
By Benja. Buckler 1.10. 0
18— By Mr Pierce Bayly 8/3. also 30/ for 214 lbs. Tobo7 1.18. 3
By Cash pd Jno. Hite on acct of Lawe Harrison’s ordr in favr Jacob Hite8 32. 5. 0
By Mr Saml Washington pr Vale Crawford9 32. 5. 0
19— By 50 panes Window Glass 8 by 1010 1. 9. 0
By Doctr [David] Ross pr Rect for Iron 23. 1. 2
By Expences to and from Annapolis 2.16. 9
23— By Jno. Parke Custis at the Annapolis Races11 8. 0. 0
By a pr of Shoes for my Servant 0. 8. 0
By a Velvet Cap for Ditto 1. 4. 0
By Cards different times 13. 4. 3
By Play Tickets at Do 3. 0. 0
By Ball Ditto Do 0.18. 0

AD, General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 344.

1Reginald Graham (died c.1784) was a Dumfries merchant.

3See entry for this date in contra, below.

4See Cash Accounts, July 1771. Valentine Crawford left Mount Vernon on this day.

5GW left for Fredericksburg on the afternoon of 10 Sept. and returned on the fifteenth. While there he completed arrangements to move his mother from the home place at Ferry Farm to a house on Charles Street in Fredericksburg. GW took control not only of his own 600-acre plantation at Ferry Farm, where his mother had been living, but also of his mother’s 400-acre plantation at Little Falls, called the Quarter, for which he agreed to pay rent. GW’s account with Mary Washington is in the Gratz Collection, PHi. See also Cash Accounts, May 1771, n.13. During GW’s visit to Ferry Farm on 13 Sept., he made a survey of the farm (see survey book, 1770–99, PPRF).

6GW had two slaves named Will, one at Muddy Hole and one at River farm at Mount Vernon, and he had at this time one slave who was a carpenter. The boots, however, were probably for his manservant, Billy Lee.

7Pierce Bayly (1742-1800), subsheriff in Fairfax County, was an occasional visitor at Mount Vernon.

8This transaction was for GW’s purchase of the Great Meadows tract. See William Crawford to GW, 6 Dec. 1770, n.1.

9See entry for this date under cash above.

10For the trouble GW recently had regarding windowpanes, see GW to Robert Cary & Co., 20 July.

11GW set out for Annapolis on 21 Sept. to attend the Jockey Club’s four days of races, 24–27 Sept., and he went to three balls. He lodged at Jonathan Boucher’s where John Parke Custis was living and, in addition to attending the races and balls, dined successively at the houses of Lloyd Dulany, Gov. Robert Eden, Dr. George Steuart (d. 1784), John Ridout (1732–1797), Charles Carroll of Annapolis, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, and Daniel Dulany the Younger. GW returned home on 1 October. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:54–60.

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