George Washington Papers

Memorandum, 27 April 1772


[27 April 1772]

On the 27th April 1772, Drew 2 Setts of Exchange on Robt Cary Esqr. & Co. in favr of Co⟨lo.⟩ Bassett. one for £200 Sterg the other for £133.6.8 to be sold by him & the Money pd to Mr James Hill to pay Phips Jackson for his Ld bot by Josh Valentine for J. P. Custis.1

Also gave Colo. Bassett an Acct agt the Treasury for £36.9.3 and Cash to the amt of £63.10.9 to pay Bernd Moores Trustee’s £100—Mr Nicholas to deduct however out of the £36.9.3 the Money due Lord Bottetourts Estate.2

Also desird Colo. Bassett to settle with Colo. Tabb & Mr Charlton for the Excha. of T. Colvills Bill’s.3

Sent Colo. Fieldg Lewis the Protest against Armisteads Execrs to settle with Mr Jno. Armistead4—and an Acct against Colo. L. Burwell for £55.17.0 desiring him out of these Sums & what Mr Hill shd be able to ⟨Collect⟩ to pay my5mutilated⟩ of him & £15 due Geo. Carter’s Estate.

Sent Mr James Hill the following Sums to Collect & pay to Colo. Lewis.

Frans Foster £35. 0.0
Exrs P. Claiborne 14.    
Mr Willm Dandridge 22. 0.5
Doctr Carter6 10.16. 
Mr Ths Prosser7 7. 5.9
Mr Auge Seaton8 2. 3.0

Note—settle the above matters in my Book &ca.


1For GW’s purchase of this land on Queens Creek for John Parke Custis, see note 1 in List of Slaves Belonging to George Washington and John Parke Custis, December 1771. See also GW to Robert Cary & Co., 16 Mar. and 25 May 1772.

3John Tabb and Edward Charlton were among the assignees of John Semple who passed bills of exchange on Glasgow merchants in part payment for the Merryland tract in Maryland (General Ledger B description begins General Ledger B, 1772–1793. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 21). For background to the settlement of the Colvill estate and the sale of the Merryland tract, see Semple to GW, 8 Jan. 1770, source note, GW to William Peareth, 20 Sept. 1770, n.2, and Cash Accounts, March 1772, n.5.

4The trustees of William Armistead’s estate paid £250.00 of the estate’s debt in December 1772 (Cash Accounts).

5See Cash Accounts, March 1772, n.6. There are several illegible lines following this.

6James Carter had taken over Joanna McKenzie’s bond. See Guardian Accounts, 1 May 1771, and GW to Carter, 27 April 1772.

7This is probably Thomas Prosser of Henrico County and most likely the man of that name who represented Cumberland County and was expelled from the House of Burgesses in 1765 for “sundry unjust and fraudulent Practices” involving deeds and conveyances (JHB, 1761–1765 description begins H. R. McIlwaine and John Pendleton Kennedy, eds. Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia. 13 vols. Richmond, 1905–15. description ends , 307). Prosser and Peterfield Trent’s bond was for £145.15 (see Guardian Accounts, 3 Nov. 1773).

8See GW to Bernard Moore, 23 Jan. 1771, n.1. For James Hill’s attempts to collect these sums, see Hill to GW, 14 May 1772.

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