George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, December 1772

Cash Accounts

[December 1772]

Cash
Decr 5— To Ditto [cash] recd for old Silver £  0.16. 0
8— To Ditto recd from Armisteads Estate pr Mr [Thomas] Montgomerie1 250. 0. 0
To Ditto recd for my Bill on Robt Cary Esqr. & Co. drawn 20th Novr 1772 for £250. Exchange 25 prCt 62.10. 312.10. 0
To Ditto recd from Colo. Lewis Burwell by Mr James Hill2 55.17. 0
21— To Cash won at Cards 0.18. 0
23— To Ditto receivd from Colo. Fairfax in full for his 1st 2d & 3d payment of the Land he is to have out of the Tract I bought from Charles West3 90. 0. 0
 
Contra
4— By Cash sent Mr [Thomas] Everard extra Fee to hasten the Patenting the Soldiers Land 5. 0. 0
By Ditto returnd Mr Jno. Carter4 6. 0. 0
By Giles’s Expences to Wmsburg 0. 8. 0
By Cash paid Mr Chas West 1st paymt Land5 200. 0. 0
5— By 15 Bushls Oysters 0.15. 0
By Cash paid for a pr of Stone Buckles for Mrs Washington 3. 0. 0
By Ditto for a pair of Silvr ones for myself 0.16. 0
By Ditto Do yellow ones for M[illy] Posey 0. 8. 0
By a Watch Chain of Steel 0. 1. 6
By a pr of yellow Buckles for Miss Custis .10. Md Cy a pr of Neat Scissars Ditto .6.6 [Maryland currency] 0.13. 3
By engraving Letters on Mr Custis’s Guns 0. 3. 3
8— By Cash paid Andw Robinson Nettg Seins 3.16. 3
By Ditto paid Mr Jno. Washington of Suffolk on Acct of Mr [Hector] Ross 20. 0. 0
By Ditto pd Marme Norfleet pr Gibson & Granb[ur]y6 200. 0. 0
9— By Ditto paid my Mother pr Colo. Lewis 10. 0. 0
By Ditto pd Mr [Thomas] Hodge for Mr Robt Adam 45.18. 6
By Servants 0. 2. 0
10— By Charity 0.12. 0
By Cash pd Thos Davis besides 20/ the 20th Octr7 1.13. 6
12— By Ditto lost at Cards 0.12. 6
14— By Charity 2. 5. 0
By William Roberts 23. 5. 0
16— By Cash pd Mr Gutridge on Acct of Mr Custis8 13.11. 6
By Ditto lent Mr Val[entin]e Crawford 8.12. 0
By Ditto paid Wm Boswell for 5½ Bls Wheat 5/ 1. 7. 6
22— By Ditto pd Mr Andw Wayles for Strg Beer 8. 0.10
By Ditto pd Doctr William Savage pr Mr [Hector] Ross for an Indented Servant Andw Judge9 35. 0. 0
 
By Ditto pd Mr John Muir for self £10.14.9 Mr Custis 3.10.11 14. 5. 8
23— By Ditto paid Chr[istophe]r Shade 8. 0. 0
By Charity 0. 6. 0
By Cash paid for Fish & Cranburys10 1.10. 0
By Mr [Baldwin] Buckner in Exchange11 0. 6. 0
By Copy of a Deed from Proprietors Offe 0. 3. 1
By Cash pd Mr Jno. Hite pr Abm Hite on Acct of Captn Wm Crawford in part of his Draft for £10012 50. 0. 0
24— By Cash paid Jonathan Palmer 10. 0. 0
28— By Charity 3. 0. 0
By Cash lost at Cards 0. 8. 9
31— By Ditto paid Lund Washington 80.16. 9
By Cash on hand, & car[rie]d to Acct for 1773 £425. 0.3
By a difficiency 4. 
 425.14.313

AD, Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 62–63.

1For the background to the debt of William Armistead to the Custis estate, see doc. III-B, n.14, in Settlement of the Daniel Parke Custis Estate, 20 April 1759–5 Nov. 1761. The bill of exchange for £196.5.5 that the trustees of Armistead’s estate gave GW in May 1763 was returned by Robert Cary & Co. under protest. The sum of £250 Virginia currency left £104.3.3 owing on Armistead’s debt (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 192; Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 14). See also Cash Accounts, May 1765, n.3, Memorandum, 20 Nov. 1772, and note 5 of that document.

2The £55.17 given to James Hill completed Burwell’s payment for the chariot horses that Burwell bought from GW in 1771 (see Cash Accounts, March 1772, n.6).

5On 28 May GW entered into an agreement with Charles West of Loudoun County to buy a tract of land on Dogue Creek “adjoining the Lands of the Honble George Wm Fairfax” for twenty-five shillings an acre, the first payment of £200 to be made in November 1772 and the remainder in November 1773 and 1774 (NjMoHP). West’s deed of release of the tract describing the property and transferring it to GW on the payment of £605 current money is dated 28 Oct. 1772 and was recorded in the Fairfax County court on 16 Nov. 1772 (ViMtvL). A month before the deed of release, on 30 Sept. 1772, West gave GW a “bond warranting . . . [the land] against prior claims or future suits” (Parke-Bernet catalog, Nov. 16–17, 1938, item 379). See GW to West, 6 June 1769 and notes. For GW’s sale of 72 of the 484 acres in this tract to George William Fairfax, see Fairfax to GW, c.19 Dec. 1772.

6The £200 paid to Marmaduke Norfleet was the fifth annual payment on the £1,200 that GW and Fielding Lewis agreed to pay for the 1,093½ acres in Perquimans County, N.C., which they bought from Norfleet in 1766 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 239; Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 18; see Deed from Marmaduke Norfleet, 26 April 1766, and source note). See also Memorandum, 20 Nov. 1772. Hector Ross gave GW the £20 in May to send to John Washington. See cash accounts for May 1772.

7This was for “weaving & Ball. Acct” (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 ).

8A receipted bill dated 16 Dec. from John Goodrich, Jr., is in the Custis Papers (ViHi). The bill covers charges for shipping a troublesome slave to the West Indies in August (see Joseph Valentine to GW, 24 Aug. 1771, n.1) and the duty and freight on nine hogsheads of molasses in November. John Goodrich, Jr., was the son of John Goodrich, a well-to-do merchant of Portsmouth.

9On 8 July 1772 Andrew Judge signed a four-year indenture with a merchant, Alexander Coldclough. He was to be sent to “Baltimore or any port in America” (DLC:GW). For GW’s account with Judge, a tailor, and the list of “Taylor’s Work” done by him from 1772 to 1780, see Lund Washington’s Mount Vernon account book (ViMtvL), ff. 12, 8, 18, 19, 20, 32, and 78.

10The fish and cranberries were purchased from a “New Engld Vessell” (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 ).

11Baldwin Buckner was at Mount Vernon on this day when he contracted, on behalf of himself and his brother John, with GW to buy flour for the West Indian trade. See Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:148–49, Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 65. GW noted in his 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 : “Charge Messrs Baldwin & Jno. Buckner with their Bond for 616.13.0.”

13In his 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 GW has a detailed account of “Cash on hand 13th Decr,” totaling £584.14, not £425.14.3.

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