Invoice to Robert Cary & Company
10th July 1773
Invoice of Goods to be Shipped by Robt Cary Esqr. & Co. for the use of George Washington—Potomk River Virga viz.
8 pieces of best Rolls 9 ps. of best Oznabrigs 1 ps. of good Doulas 2 ps. of Irish Linnen @ 1/3 1 ps. of Do Do 2/ 2 ps. of Do Do 4/ 1 ps. of Do Do 5/ 1 ps. of Cambrick 6/ 3 yards plain Gauze 2 yds figurd Do Cheap sort 1 ps. of very pretty dark ground Callico @ 3/
A Black Silk Sacque & Coat propr for Second Mourning 1 Suit of fashe Linnen to wear with it (containg 2 Caps) A White Silk Bonnett 6 Bunches of Cap Wire 6 Skeleton Do A Womans long Cloak (red) with a Hood to suit a Tall Woman1 20 lb. of Shoe thread 25 lb. of Brown Ditto 5 lb. of Colourd Do 2 lb. Whited brown Do 4 Oz. 8d. Do 4 Oz. 12d. Do 4 Oz. 2/ Do 2 Oz. 3/ Do 2 Oz. 4/ Do 4 M large Pinns 4 M Midling Do 2 M Minikan Do
8 pr Women’s white kid Mitts—to fit a small hand & pretty large Arm 4 pr white kid Gloves—to suit Do 2 pr Mitts—& 2 pr Gloves of washd Leathr 2 pr Men’s best Doe Gloves for a large hand 4 pr white French Kid Do for Do 2 pr of brown thread 4 thrd Do 3 ps. red tying up Tape 1 handsome Fan propr for Second Mourning
6 pr black Callimanca Pumps of Gresham pr Measure sent last year, but not so high heeld 1 pr of Black & 1 pr white Silk Do pr the same Measure 2 pr Calli[manc]a Pumps @ 4/, 4 pr leathr Do—Small fives A pr of Womns Clogs with Toes—la: Foot2 3 pr of Strong—& 3 pr of Neat Shoes pr my Measure, wch Mr Didsbury has 1 pr of Clogs to fit the above Shoes A pr of Boots—see Letter3
3 ps. of best white Welch Cotton 3 ps. of best brown Do Do 6 ps. of Kendal Do 2 ps. of Fustian—colour & finess of the Inclosd—but rather darker 2 dble groce plain Plated Silver Butt. at abt 8 or 9/ 6 double groce pln whe Mettal Butt⟨ons⟩ 3 ps. of best Duffield Blanketting 3 Dozn pr best pld Hose No. 3 5 dozn pr Do Do Do 4 5 dozn pr Do Do Do 5 1 Mans best Beaver Hatt for a pretty large head
6 Papers Patent Cake Ink Powder A large Folio Paper Case with a lock ½ Rheam best large Folio Papr Cut ½ Rheam large course folio Do Do ½ Rheam best 4to Post Do ½ Rheam best Do Do Do Mournig 3 Quire largest Elephant Do All the Numbers of the Covent Garden Magazine4 1 Box of the largest & best kind of red wafers 6 Dozn very best Harry Cards 6 Books of best leaf gold5
20 lb. Sulpr of Brimstone 5 lb. Glauber Salts 1 Quart Camphd Spirit of Lavendr 1 pint Spirit of Salvolatili 2 Quarts Spirit of Turpentine 2 Oz. White Vitriol 2 lb. Conserve of Roses 25 lb. Salt Petre 10 lb. Pepper 4 lb. White Ginger ½ lb. Nutmegs ¼ lb. Mace ¼ Cinnamon ¼ lb. Cloves 2 lb. Fig Blew 250 Weight Single refind Sugar 150 Wt Dble Do Do 1 Jarr best Raison’s 1 Do Do Currants 30 lb. best Jordan Almonds 1 Pottle Bottle Anchovies 2 Do Do Capers 2 Pottle Bottles of Walnuts 4 Do Do French Olives 3 Do Do Lucca Do 6 Bottles best Durham Mustard 1 Gallon best Sweet Oil 5 Ditto Do Lamp Oil 6 Barrls Lamp black 6 best blacking Cakes for Shoes 2 lb. of French Chalk 2 best dble Gloster Cheeses abt 50 lbs. 1 best Cheshire Do abt Do 2 Groce best Porter—that sent last year very Indifferent 10 groce best Corks
1 ⟨Lookers⟩ best Razor Strop 6 Leather Halters 6 Horse Collars 2 Turkey, or other fashe saddle Cloths 6 dble Girths 1 dble Reind Bridle 2 Snaffle Do 3 Cirsingles 6 pr Stirrup Leathers long & strong 1 large & loud Hunting Horn—lapd & securd in the strongest manner
1 Gallon best Maravat Peas6 1 Gallon earliest kind of Do 1 Oz. Winter Cabbage Seed 1 Oz. Summr Do Do 1 Oz. of Savoy Do 1 Oz. Cauliflower Do 1 Oz. Cauliflower Broccila 1 Oz. Early Cucumber
1 pr best Leather Breeches pr Measure of 3 large Drum Lines 60 fathom of Sash Line 100 fathom of Deep Sea Line 1 Small Keg of Green Paint ground in Oil 3 Kegs contg about 300 Wt of white Lead ground in Do 2 Kegs contg abt 200 of Red Led grd in Do 2 doz. Painters Brushes—propr size & finess for laying on the above Paint 3 Tin Pots propr size for mixing the above Paint in
50 lb. largest Bristol Drop Shott 50 lb. of the smallest Mould Shott 25 lb. of Drop shott No. 2 25 lb. of Do Do 3 A Suit of Second Mourning pr Letter to Mr Gibson7 3 Cowpers Axes 3 Ditto Adzes 3 Ditto Howels 4 best Steel plated Carpenters Handsaws 2 Carpenters Iron Squares with Inchs &ca Markd thereon 6 large Carpenters Adzes 1 dozn Inch headg Chissels 1½ doz. Inch & ¼ Do 1 dozn 2 Inch Do all for Morticg 1 dozn Scyths pr Letter—to whom you may direct it8 1 dozn large & best Garden Spades 3 pair Flat Irons, for Ironing Clths 100 Spaeing9 Needles—difft Sizes 30 M 3d. Nails 50 M 8d. Ditto 25 M 10d. Ditto 25 M 20d. Ditto 1 dozn grind stones of a good grit & 2½ feet Diameter 1 Eighty fathom Sein, 1 Ditto Do Do—pr Letter to Bradshaw10 1 Cask Common Pipes 1 Small Box of the best kind of long ones 150 lights of Window glass 8 by 10 Midling quality 20 lbs. of Putty
ALB, DLC:GW. There is also an invoice of goods to be sent for Lund Washington. No invoice showing receipt of his order has been found and no acknowledgment from GW to Cary & Company. However, in Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 35, GW lists at the head of the 1774 entries in Lund Washington’s account: “To Sundry Goods Imported for you pr Robt Cary’s Acct” for a total of £33.1.1 Virginia currency.
1. This cloak may have been ordered for Mary Ball Washington. In 1774 GW purchased a cape for her in Philadelphia (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 45). In this same invoice GW orders a pair of large-sized woman’s clogs.
3. See GW to John Didsbury, same date. The boots were for Humphrey Peake and cost £2.10 Virginia currency (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 32).
4. The Covent-Garden Magazine; or, Amorous Repository: Calculated Solely for the Entertainment of the Polite World was a monthly magazine published from July 1772 to December 1774. No copies of the magazine are in the inventory of GW’s books after his death.
5. The gold leaf was probably for the new Pohick Church. On 25 Feb. 1774 the minutes of the vestry recorded: “Ordered that William Bernard Sears gild the Ornaments within the Tabernacle Frames the Palm Branch and Drapery on the Front of the Pulpit (also the Eggs on the Cornice of the small Frames if the Gold will hold out) which he agrees to do for Three pounds ready Money, to be done with the Gold Leaf, given to the Parish by Colo. George Washington” (Truro Parish Vestry Book description begins Vestry Book of Truro Parish, Virginia, 1731–1802. Manuscript on deposit at the Library of Congress. description ends ).
6. GW probably means the marrowfat pea, a late pea.
9. GW wrote the word with a correction symbol over it.
10. See GW to James Davidson, same date. For an identification of Bradshaw & Davidson and GW’s earlier dealings with them, see GW to John Bradshaw & James Davidson, 15 July 1772, source note.