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Lund Washington Account Book, 1772-1786

 Item — Shelf: Bound Manuscripts/Ledgers, Object: OUT
Identifier: W-693

Scope and Contents

Contains accounts for the running of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, its constituent farms and businesses. Entries document expenses for the fisheries, tailor work, voyage of the brig (or brigantine) Farmer to Jamaica in 1774, tools, clothing for slaves, expenses for various craftsmen, food, weaving, tobacco, and much more. Earliest entries are said to be in the hand of John Kirkpatrick, while the last two thirds of the volume are in the hand of Lund Washington. About a half dozen notations in George Washington's hand also appear. Quite a few later manuscript additions appear throughout, giving explanations or 'editorial commentary' on the text. Pages numbered 89-107 were removed prior to the original coming to Mount Vernon.

Also available at Mount Vernon: typed transcription dating perhaps to 1932 (Transctiption 17-A); handwritten "transcript with index" by A.L. Reese dating to 1946 (Transcription 18-A); and typed transcription created by Gwendolyn White and Maureen Connors in 2009 (Transcription 45-A).

Dates

  • 1772-1786

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research during scheduled appointments. Researchers must complete the Washington Library’s Special Collections and Archives Registration Form before access is provided. The library reserves the right to restrict access to certain items for preservation purposes.

Extent

From the Collection: 22.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington Repository

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