Money to Receive and to Pay
Apl 30th 1775.
|Money to receive—May 1775.|
|From William Fitzhugh Esqr. Rent||£ 22.10.0|
|Mr James Hunter1||10. 0.0|
|Colo. Warner Lewis Intt due in Novr2||40.|
|Honble Jno. Page’s Exrs Intt||£ 15. 0. 3|
|Mr Thos Adams—on Acct of Mr Jno. Fry4||54.11.4|
|Messrs Balfour & Barraud5||880. 0.1|
|Mr Frans Whiting Berkeley6||50.|
|Doctr Walker—his acct first ded[ucte]d||6. 7.4|
|Armistead Exrs—8th Decr 1772||104. 3.3|
|Intt thereon||[ ]|
|Colo. Baylors Exr 8 yrs Intt of Colo. Bernd Moores Bond for £1338.11||535. 8.07|
|Thos Newton Junr Esqr.8|
|Mr James Hill—if not paid to Mr Custis; should he be down9|
|From Colo. Byrd—left with him for me by Genl Lee10||15. 0.0|
|From the Exrs of Jno. Page Esqr. his Bond given you||300. 0. 11|
|Money to pay—May 1775.|
|To Mr Wm Brent on Acct of Mr Jas Mercer12||£ 125. 0.0|
|To Mr James Mercer abt 35 or||40.|
|To Mr Mazzei for self||£ 12.10.|
|To the Treasurer for Mr Taits Salt scheme—Fairfax Subsn14||10. 0.0|
|To Mr Yates for Mr Rob. Rutherfd15||50.|
|To my Mother—her Balle after you have allowd for the wheat & my Brother Chas has allowd for what Corn he has sold from the Plantation16|
|To Mr Thos Lawson abt||45. 0.0|
Please to receive and pay the above Accts agreeably to the Memm furnish’d you by Yr Most Obedt
ADS, PHi: Gratz Collection; AD, CSmH. The document at CSmH is not as complete but provides some additional information.
1. GW wrote William Fitzhugh of Chatham on 30 April: “Dr Sir[,] Please to pay to Colo. Fielding Lewis the last years Rent due to Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt Go: Washington” (ALS, NPurMC). For Fitzhugh’s and Hunter’s rental of parts of what was known as Ferry Farm, see Fielding Lewis to GW, 29 Dec. 1772–February 1773, n.1.
9. The copy at CSmH has “Mr Jas Mill.”
14. In the Virginia Gazette (Purdie and Dixon; Williamsburg) for 4 Aug. 1774, notice appeared announcing “a late Experiment made by Mr. James Tait, near this City [Williamsburg], who, we hear, will be encouraged to persevere in his Endeavours to serve the Publick, many Gentlemen having subscribed considerably to enable him to erect the necessary [salt] Works.” On 8 Sept. 1774 James Tait wrote: “I BEG Leave to inform the Publick, and particularly those Gentlemen who were pleased to take my Subscription Papers to their respective Counties, to raise a small Sum of Money in each for the Encouragement of making Salt,” that he had fixed on a location on the coast for erecting the saltworks and now needed more money. The colony’s treasurer, Robert Carter Nicholas, was collecting the money for the project (Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon; Williamsburg]). At the Second Virginia Convention in Richmond the delegates resolved unanimously on 27 Mar. that “as salt is a daily and indispensable necessary of life, and the making of it amongst ourselves must be deemed a valuable acquisition, it is therefore recommended that the utmost endeavours be used to establish salt works, and that proper encouragement be given to Mr. James Tait, who hath made proposals and offered a scheme to the public, for so desirable a purpose” (Virginia Gazette [Pinkney; Williamsburg], 30 Mar. 1775). It was not until 1776 that the Virginia legislature passed “An Ordinance for erecting Salt works in this colony, and for encouraging the making of salt.” In this, a bounty was to be paid to anyone producing salt, “except Mr. James Tait, who hath already received sufficient encouragement” (9 Hening description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends 122–26).
17. For more on the business that GW entrusted to Fielding Lewis before he left for Philadelphia, see Lewis to GW, 14 Nov. 1775, 4 Feb. 1776, and 6 Mar. 1776. In the David Library of the American Revolution is a brief account with Lewis, certified by GW on 27 April 1775 (PWacD: Sol Feinstone Collection, on deposit PPAmP).