George Washington Papers

Cash Accounts, January 1775

Cash Accounts

[January 1775]

Cash
[Jan.]  4— To Cash recd for 2403 lbs. of Midlings @ 12/6 & 10 Casks @ 1/6 [£] 15.15. 4
Contra
Jany  2— By Cash for a yard of Cockade Ribbn 0. 1. 0
3— By Ditto paid Willm Stevens per Acct viz. £23.16.3 Maryd Curry equal to 19. 1. 01
4— By Ditto paid for 17 dozn pr plaid hose @ 10/ Sterg & 75 prCt & a Blankt 4/ 15. 4. 6
By 12 lbs. of Raisons 0. 9. 0
By 4 lb. of brown thread @ 4/ 0.16. 0
By Cash lent Genl Chas Lee2 15. 0. 0
By Ditto to Mrs Washington 5. 0. 0
By Ditto pd Mr Gilbt Simpson Balle 27. 5. 03
10— By Ditto advancd Jas Cleveland for my use4 48. 0. 0
14— By Mr [George] Young’s Exps. to Baltimore 1. 9.10
By 2 Dozn Wine Glasses [15s.] & 1 Do[zen] Coffee Cupps 7/6 1. 2. 6
16— By my Subscription to the Contingent Charges of the Independent Coy5 1. 0. 0
By Mr Custis 9. 0. 0
By William Bushby’s Accot 1. 2. 8
By Colo. Mason Int. of my Bond6 10. 0. 0
By Exps. at Alexa. attendg the Meetg of the Comrs7 0.12. 9
 
By Thos Hanson Marshall’s Order 7. 6. 6
By Gimbletts 0. 1. 6
By Mr Goin Lanpier my Acceptance of his Bill in favr of John Harris payble in May 8. 0. 0
26— By Exps. in Alexandria8 0.14. 6
By Colo. Fieldg Lewis 1 Dozn Scythes £4.4 P. Curry is9 3. 7. 2 1/2
29— By Mr Geo. Young per Thos Bishop 11.13. 210

AD, Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 131. The entries for 10 Jan. are the last ones recorded by GW himself. The entries beginning on 14 Jan. are in another hand.

1In GW’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 this amount is £17.17.2.

2Gen. Charles Lee had arrived at Mount Vernon on 30 Dec. 1774, remaining there until 4 Jan. 1775. The money Lee borrowed was to be repaid by Col. William Byrd, with whom Lee evidently left money for that purpose (Memorandum to Fielding Lewis, 30 April 1775, Enclosure). However, the £15, along with £9.12 that GW lent Lee in June of this year, remained unpaid until after Lee’s death, when the account was settled without interest by Lee’s executor (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 137).

3GW entered 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 two entries: “By Cash pd Gilbt Simpson for 111¾ Bl of wheat @ 5–27.18.9” and “To Do red of Do Balle old acct—.13.9.”

4See GW to Cleveland, 10 Jan. 1775. In 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 GW wrote: “By Cash advancd Jas Cleveland towards carrying on my business on the Ohio £60 Pensa. equal to in Virg⟨a⟩—48.0.0.”

5For the Fairfax Independent Company, see note in Fairfax Independent Company to GW, 19 Oct. 1774. GW went to Alexandria on this day to review the company and to choose a committee for Fairfax County (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:303).

6This interest was on John West, Jr.’s £203 bond to George Mason which GW had taken over on 22 Sept. 1772 as partial payment on the land GW bought from West in 1770 (Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 6, 41). At the same time he gave West his own bond for £188.15.2 toward the purchase price of £436.9 Virginia currency (West’s bond to GW, PWacD: Sol Feinstone Collection, on deposit PPAmP). The final deeds of lease and release from West for the 197–acre tract as well as the disputed 6–acre strip bought from John Posey were not signed until 21–22 Sept. 1772 (West’s lease to GW, 21 Sept. 1772, MoSW; West’s release to GW, 22 Sept. 1772, DLC:GW [photocopy]). For the purchase of West’s land and the dispute over the 6—acre tract, see Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 3:131; West to GW, 26 April 1769, n.2; and Robert Hanson Harrison to GW, 10 Jan. 1772, n.1.

7See note 5.

8GW went up to Alexandria to a meeting of the trustees for opening the Potomac River, but “None met” (ibid., 304). See Thomas Johnson to GW, 24 Jan., and note 1 of that document. While he was there he also “bo[ugh]t a parcel of Servants.” See James Cleveland to GW, 21 May 1775, n.3.

9GW’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 has the following entry: “Charge Colo. Fieldg Lewis with 1 dozn Scythes got for him at Phila. £4.4 Pensa. freight—[ ].”

10Among the entries written in 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 but not copied into Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends are: on 9 Jan.: “Charge Mr Edwd Snickers with 18 Bls of Herrgs sent by his Waggon—to sell—[ ],” and “also charge Mr Snickers with a Barl of Corn—0.10.0 [,] 6 lbs. of Bacon @ 6 d.—.3.0[,] ½ Bushl of Meal—.2.6[,] shoeing a horse—.1.0 [total] 0.16.6,” and on 23 Jan.: “To Cash recd from Jos[ep]h Kerlin for Rent—6.0.0.”

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