George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, August 1772

Cash Accounts

[August 1772]

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Augt  8— By Cash paid William Gray—Ditcher1 £ 1.10. 0
10— By Ditto paid for 18 Water Mellons 0. 4.10
 
12— By Charity 0. 3. 0
14— By Mrs Cox2 making and altering Gowns for Mrs Washington 0.12. 6
16— By Ditto Makg & alterg Do for Miss Custis 0.15. 0
By Cash pd for Water Mellon’s 0. 3. 0
By Servant3 0. 3. 0
18— By Cash pd Mr Robt [Hanson] Harrison on acct of Colo. Thos Colvils Estate 3.17. 6
By Cash pd for 2½ dozn dble gilt Buttons 0. 6. 0
20— By Ditto paid Mr Geo. West on Acct of Colo. Thos Colvills Estate 34. 9. 0
By Ditto pd Ditto his Acct agt the Exrs of Do4 5.11. 0
By Ditto pd Mr Harrison Services in my Suit against Jno. Barry & Son 1.16. 0
By Ditto paid Mr Wm Ellzey on same Acct5 1. 4. 0
By Ditto lost at Cards 0. 5. 0
21— By Mr [William] Ramsay Postage Acct to this date 2. 3. 0
By James Connell puttg locks to Beaufets6 0. 5. 0
By 5 yds black silk Ferriting7 for Mrs W—n 0. 1. 8
23— By Cash paid for 1 Dozn Mellons 0. 3. 0
25— By Ditto paid Dominicus Havenor [Gubner] 1. 0. 0
26— By Ditto paid John Alton 5. 0. 0
27— By Servants8 0. 2. 0
31— By Cash paid Levin Hart 8130 Red Oak Staves £20.6.3 Maryld Cury eql to 16. 5. 0

AD, Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 55.

1William Gray (Grey), a mulatto, was hired only for a short time as a ditcher (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 58).

2This may be Elizabeth Cox (d. 1792), wife of Presley Cox of Fairfax County. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:120, 124.

3GW’s Cash Memoranda, 1772-75 description begins “Pocket-day-Book or Cash-Memorandums,” 9 Aug. 1772–27 May 1773, 29 May 1773–22 March 1774, 26 Oct. 1774–3 May 1775. Manuscript in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. 24 March-31 October 1774. Manuscript in Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif. description ends indicates that this was Dr. Craik’s servant “bringg a horse.” See entry in Cash Accounts, October 1772. The Cash Memoranda, 1772-75 description begins “Pocket-day-Book or Cash-Memorandums,” 9 Aug. 1772–27 May 1773, 29 May 1773–22 March 1774, 26 Oct. 1774–3 May 1775. Manuscript in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. 24 March-31 October 1774. Manuscript in Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif. description ends , or “Pocket day-Book or Cash-Memorandums,” for 9 Aug. 1772 through 27 May 1773 is a small book that GW kept to record cash transactions, bonds, agreements, and other information, most of which he copied into his cash accounts in Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends . This is the first of several such books which have survived. The entries in the day books sometimes give more detailed information than those in his ledger, and occasionally he fails to transfer an item to the cash accounts. Most of the day books are in DLC:GW.

4The £34.9 was for “Sundry Services done at the request of Colo. T. Colvill,” and the £5.11 was for “Surveying & dividing the Accatinck Tract” (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 21).

5See Cash Accounts, March 1771, n.13, for GW’s suit against the Barrys.

6GW’s Cash Memoranda, 1772-75 description begins “Pocket-day-Book or Cash-Memorandums,” 9 Aug. 1772–27 May 1773, 29 May 1773–22 March 1774, 26 Oct. 1774–3 May 1775. Manuscript in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. 24 March-31 October 1774. Manuscript in Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif. description ends records that Connell was paid for “putting on 4 Locks to the Beaufets in my House in Town.”

7Ferreting is cording.

8The servants belonged to William Digges (Cash Memoranda, 1772-75 description begins “Pocket-day-Book or Cash-Memorandums,” 9 Aug. 1772–27 May 1773, 29 May 1773–22 March 1774, 26 Oct. 1774–3 May 1775. Manuscript in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. 24 March-31 October 1774. Manuscript in Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif. description ends ).

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