George Washington Papers

Household Expenses, 15–22 March 1790

Household Expenses

[15–22 March 1790]

⟨illegible⟩kles and the Quantity Consumed weekly in the family of the President of the United States Exclusive of marketing & Ctr. from 15th of March to 22 1790

£  s. d.
Madr. Wine 30 Btls. @ 3/6 5. 5. 0
Champaine 4 @ 6/ 1. 4. 0
Claret 2 @ 6/ 0.12. 0
Sweet wine 1 @ 2/ 0. 2. 0
Common wine for Cook & Ctr. 14 @ /10d. 0.12. 0
Spirits 3 @ 2/ 0. 6. 0
Rum 2 @ 1/6 0. 3. 0
Brandy 3 @ 1/8 0. 5. 0
Porter 30 @ 14/ pr doz. 1.15. 0
Cyder 54 qts @ 32/ pr bbl 0.15. 0
Vinegar 2 @ 6d. 0. 1. 0
Fine Tea perd. @ 16/ 1. 4. 0
Common Dto 1 @ 3/ 0. 3. 0
Lump Sugar 46 @ 1/8 3.16. 8
Brown Dto 28 @ 80/ pr cwt 1. 0.  
Coffee 12 @ 2/ 1. 4. 0
Butter 40 @ ⟨illeg.⟩ ⟨illeg.⟩
Tallow Candles 10 @ 1/2 0.11. 8
Spermacity & Wax 14 @ 3/6 2. 9. 0
Lamp oill 2 G. @ 5/ 0.10. 0
Table Dto 1 flask @ 3/ 0. 3. 0
Mustard 1 Bttl. @ 1/3 0. 1. 3
Salt
½ Bsl }
½ Bus.
 0. 3. 0
Dto
£24. 8.11
pepper ½ perd. @ 3/6 ⟨illeg.⟩
allspice 2 oz. @ 4/ pr lb. ⟨illeg.⟩
Nut-megs 2 Dto @ 80/ pr lb. 0.10.⟨0⟩
Ginger 2 Dto @ 10/ Do 0. 1. 4
Cinamon 2 Dto @ 48/ Do 0. 6. 0
Clovs 1 oz. @ 24/ Do 0. 1.⟨0⟩
Mace 2 Dto @ 6.6/ Do 0.12. 0
Flour 30 lb. @ /6d. 0.12. 6
Indian Meal 0. 0. 6
Buck wheat 0. 2.
Raisens 7 perd. @ 6d. 0. 3. 6
Currans 7 @ 8 0. 4. 8
Almonds 4 @ 1/6 0. 6. 0
Bitter Dto ½ @ 2/ 0. 2. 0
Starch 6 perd. @ /9d. 0. 4. 6
Blue 1 oz. @ 4/ pr lb. 0. 0. 3
Soap 14 perd. @ 1/4 0.18. 8
Soft Dto 17 @ 8d. 0.11. 4
 
Rice 7 @ 6d. 0. 3. 6
Citron 1 lb. @ 4/6 0. 4. 6
£29.14.11
Jno. Hyde
illegible⟩ of weekly expenditures exclusive of marketing &c. £29.14.11
Weekly Marketing—with amount of Butcher’s, Baker’s Brewer’s, Fruit, Milk bills &c. as rendered in by Mr Hyde, on an average, since his entering service— 40.00. 0
Total amt of weekly consumption £69.14.11
Estimate of yearly expenditures.
Dollars
Consumption of 52 weeks say @ 80£ or 200 Dolls. 10,400
House Rent 1,000
Wood—(say 8 Cords per week at 4 Dollars) 624
16 Horses including keeping, Shoeing &c. @ 50 Dols. ea. 800
Salaries & Wages
Dollars
1 @ 800
3 @ 600 Dolls. each 1800
1 @ 300 Dolls. 300
Mr Hyde 300
Val. de Chambre @ 30 Guins. 140
Cook (say at 12 Dollars) 144
5 Servants @ 7 Dolls. per mo. 420
6 Women @ 5 Dollars per mo.    360
 4,264
Carred over— 17,088
Austin, Giles & Paris @ 5 Dols. ea. per mo. 180
Christopher, Moll & Oney @ 4 Do. ea. per mo.    144
324
6 Suits of Livery @ 34 Dolls. each 204
6 Hatts @ 4 Dolls. 24
6 Surtouts @ 12 Dolls. 72
3 pr boots @ 6 Dolls. 18
Livery &ca as above for Giles, Paris, & Christopher @ 40 Dolls. ea.    120
   438
Dollars 17,850
 
Annual Compensation1 25,000 Dollars
Estimate as above 17.850 Do
remains for other Exps. 7.150
Overcharge of £10 per week in 52 weeks is  1.300
remains for Contgt exps. 8.450 Dollars

D, N: Miscellaneous Manuscripts, vol. 2.

1This is a reference to GW’s annual salary as president.

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