George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, December 1771

Cash Accounts

[December 1771]

Cash
Decr 1— To Ditto [Cash] recd of Wm Donaldson for Rent1 £   4. 0. 0
20— To Ditto recd for a Horse sold 8. 0. 0
[21]  To Cash of Mr [Humphrey] Peake 7 Dollars 2. 2. 0
31— To Cash gaind between recg & Paying 51.16. 3
Contra
2— By William Roberts Balle Acct 15.19. 8
4— By Dominicus Gubner 3. 0. 0
By Chrr Shade gave him 0.18. 0
By Charity 0. 6. 0
7— By Oysters 0.12. 0
9— By Peter Wise2 4. 1. 2
14— By Benj: Buckler Balle Acct 3. 3. 6
17— By Cash pd Mr Thos Lawson Bale Acct 13. 5. 9
By Sailors 0. 6. 0
18— By New Englandman for Maryld
£  s. d.
14 Bushl Cranbury’s @ 20d 1. 3. 4
3 Cheeses 38½ lbs. @ 1/ 1.18. 6
3 dozn Mackrell 2/ . 6.   
2 Gallon’s Sounds 2/ . 4.   
3.11.10 equal 2.17. 6
18— By Christr Shade 4. 0. 0
19— By Mr Arroll Balle of Acct to this date3 15.12. 0
By Messrs Carlyle & Dalton—Smith’s acct 10.12. 0
By Mr [John] Lomax getting a Supper at my Ball the Night of Election 4. 7. 8
By Mr William Shaw providg Sundries &ca for the Election & Ball & his own Trouble4 4. 1. 9
By Peter Wise Balle Acct 2.10. 9
By Mr [Harry] Piper’s Charles playg Fiddle 0.12. 0
By Wm Roberts omitted Octr 9th 1. 4. 0
By Harry [Henry] Taylor omitted 12th Octr 1771 1.17. 0
By Thos William’s omitted in August last 1. 0. 0
By Christr Shade omitted in Septr last 1. 4. 0
 
21— By Cards 6. 0. 0
By Elizabeth Simpson delivg Daphne & Peg5 1. 0. 0
By Thomas Bishop Balle 1. 1. 0
By Susanna Bishop delivg House Alce 0.10. 0
22— By Thos Davis 3. 0.10
24— By Mr James Harde Lane for Hire of [James] Steptoes Carpenter’s pr Acct & rect6 17. 6. 6
25— By Negroe Morris .18.0 Mike .12. Davy .12.7 2. 2. 0
27— By Servants 0. 2. 6
28— By Charity 2.13. 5
By an express from the Plantn below 1. 0. 0
By Cards 2.11. 0
By 2 Packs bought     0. 2. 0
2247. 3. 48
31— By Cash on hand & carrd to new Acct in Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends folio 39   371. 4. 1
£2618. 7. 5

AD, Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 347, 350.

1William Donaldson rented land in Fauquier County from GW beginning in 1770 until after the Revolution (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 328; Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 38).

2In September and October GW received 31 pounds of “upper Leather” and 84 pounds of “Soal” leather from Peter Wise (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 346).

3GW is known to have patronized Richard Arell’s tavern in Alexandria most recently when he dined there during the September meeting of the Fairfax County court. This relatively large account suggests that GW probably entertained some of the freeholders at the tavern on election day, 4 Dec., as he had done on 1 Dec. 1768.

4The new governor, John Murray, fourth earl of Dunmore, dissolved the Virginia assembly on 12 October. At the new election called in Fairfax County for 4 Dec., GW and Col. John West were reelected without a poll. William Shaw (died c.1774), a cooper in Alexandria, was an inspector of flour for Fairfax County.

5Elizabeth Simpson was the wife of Gilbert Simpson (d. 1773), who leased land on Clifton’s Neck from GW. Daphne and Peg were both slaves at the River farm on Clifton’s Neck.

6GW hired three carpenters belonging to the estate of Col. James Steptoe (died c.1757) from James Hardidge (Hardage) Lane (d. 1787) to build a house for his miller, William Roberts. See the editors’ note for 29 July 1771, Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:44.

7These three slaves lived on three different farms at Mount Vernon.

8This is the last of GW’s cash accounts in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends .

9GW originally carried his cash accounts to f. 356 in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , the last page in the ledger, but after this one page of entries covering 1 Jan. through 11 Mar. 1772 he began a new account book. In this new book, Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , he copied these 1772 entries on f. 3.

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