George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, March 1772

Cash Accounts

[March 1772]

Cash
Mar.  4— To Cards £ 0. 5. 0
6— To Cash recd from Richd Croshe Graves for 2139 lbs. of Porke sold Colo. Ruffin from King Wm Quartr1 32. 1. 9
10— To Ditto recd from Do on acct of Porke Sold to Sundries from Mr Custis’s Plantations pr my Credits in his Acct 118. 3.10
To Ditto receivd of Mr James Hill2 on acct of Rents due Mr Custis 21. 0. 0
25— To Ditto Recd from James Biggs pr Colo. [Littleton] Eyre for Rent of Smiths Island3 15. 0. 0
To Ditto Recd from Peter Gillett & Thos McLin Tenants of Mr Custis £5 each 10. 0. 04
To Cash won at Cards 0. 7. 6
18— To Cash of Colo. John Tabb, for a Sett of Excha. drawn by Thos Montgomerie on Messrs James Ritchie & Co. Jany 23d 1772 for £200 Sterling @ 20 prCt Excha. 240. 0. 0
To Ditto of Ditto, for a sett of Excha. drawn by Cumbd Wilson on Colin Dunlop Esqr. & Son & Co. of Glasgow Jany 23d 1772 for £100 Sterg @ 20 prCt5 120. 0. 0
 
21— To Cash of Colo. Lewis Burwell6 74. 3. 0
23— To Colo. Dudley Digges for Prizes in Yk Lotty7 10. 0. 0
To Cards 2. 0. 0
30— To Ditto 9.10. 0
Contra
1— By Ditto at Todds Bridge 0. 6. 78
By Ferriage at Ruffins 0. 3. 0
2— By Cards 0. 8. 9
By Coffee 0. 2. 89
By Curry Comb and Brush for Qr. below 0. 3. 6
10— By Servants differt times 0. 7. 610
11— By Club at Mrs Campbells in the Eveng 0. 5. 011
12— By Cards 1. 0. 0
By a pair of Drawers 0. 5. 0
13— By Club at Mrs Campbells 0. 5. 0
16— By Cards 3.10. 0
17— By Repairg Mr [Hector] Ross’s Pistols 0.10. 0
By Club at Mrs Campbells 0. 5. 0
18— By a pair of Gloves 0. 2. 0
By Cards 0.15. 0
19— By Cash paid Thomas Lynch on acct of Mr Custis’s Estate 1. 0. 0
21— By Cards 0. 5. 0
By Postage of Letters 0. 4. 0
By a Powder Bag & Puff 0. 3. 3
By a Mourning Ring for Mr Wm Triplet 1.10. 0
By Cards 6.10. 0
22— By Ferriages to Gloucester & Back 0. 4. 0
23— By Expences in York Town 0. 3. 9
By Club at Mrs Campbells two Nights 0. 7. 6
24— By Cards 1.17. 6
By Club at Anderson’s 0. 3. 9
25— By Spinet Strings for my Brothr John 0. 5. 0
By Club 0. 2. 6
26— By Mounting two Fans pr Jane Hunter [Charlton] 0. 5. 0
By Postage of Letters 0. 3. 0
28— By Club at Mrs Campbells 0. 3. 0
By Cards 6. 5. 0
By Charity 0. 5. 0
 
30— By George Lafong—Barber 1.15. 0
By Club at Mrs Campbells 0. 5. 0

AD, Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 3, 4. GW also entered the first part of this account in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends . See Cash Accounts, December 1771, n.9. Any significant differences are noted below.

1For Robert Ruffin’s agreement to purchase twenty-six hogs from Joseph Valentine, see Joseph Davenport to GW, 23 Dec. 1771.

2On 17 Mar. GW entered the following agreement with James Hill: “This day agreed with Mr James Hill as a Manager, and Overlooker of all the Plantations belonging to Mr Jno. Parke Custis, together with his other business—as also of my Plantation in King William, Lotts in Williamsburg &ca—For which well and faithfully executed I have promised to allow him the said Hill the Sum of One hundd pounds Curry pr Annum” (ADS, MH). See also Hill to GW, 9 Dec. 1771, and notes. The draft in GW’s hand of a 1772 penalty bond of £1,000 to be signed by the new manager of GW’s and John Parke Custis’s estates in tidewater Virginia is in the Custis Papers (ViHi). The names of the manager and his cosigner and the date have not been filled in.

3This entry and the following one are under 10 Mar. in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends . See source note above.

4This is the last cash entry in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends . See source note above.

5In 1765 John Semple bought from Thomas Colvill a 6,300–acre tract in Frederick County, Md., called Merryland. In financial difficulties, Semple in 1771 transferred his interest in the Merryland tract to three merchants, Thomas Montgomerie and Cumberland Wilson of Dumfries and Adam Stewart of Georgetown, Maryland. GW as a trustee for the Colvill estate participated in the negotiations with the merchants to set the amount owed on the tract and the mode of payment. On 23 Jan. 1771 Montgomerie, Wilson, and Stewart gave the Colvill trustees bills of exchange on Glasgow houses totaling £816.13.7 (John Semple to GW, 8 Jan. 1770, source note; Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:78, 84, 87–88; Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 21). On 18 Mar. 1772 GW sold the bills drawn by Thomas Montgomerie and Cumberland Wilson to John Tabb of Petersburg. On 9 April he sold Adam Stewart’s bill to Edward Charlton. These and subsequent transactions may be followed in Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 21 and 135.

6In May 1771 Col. Lewis Burwell of Kingsmill, James City County, bought from GW for £130 “4 Chariot Horses—to be paid for at the Octr Genl Court” (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 210). On 21 Mar. 1772 GW received £74.3 in partial payment “By Cash of your Son Thacker” (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 17). Burwell completed his payment in December 1772 (Cash Accounts).

7Dudley Digges’s name headed the list of directors for a lottery in an advertisement placed in Purdie and Dixon’s Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg) on 18 May 1769 by John Thompson of Yorktown. To raise the money to pay his debts, Thompson was offering as prizes in the lottery to be held on 20 June houses, lots, a warehouse, slaves, livestock, and a variety of goods.

8This entry in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends gives the amount as 6s. 7½ d. See source note above.

9This entry in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends gives the amount as seven and a half pence.

10This entry in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends gives the amount as five shillings. Immediately after this entry in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends are three entries which GW put under different dates in Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends .

11This is the last item on the contra side in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends .

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