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Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) [Account of payments made by Henry Knox]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.08541 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document Date: 24 May 1780-5 June 1781 Pagination: 18 p. ; 16.7 x 11.5 cm.

First 4 pages summarizes money received and expended from 10 January 1778 to 20 March 1780. The detailed account begins on 24 May 1780. The accounts from 1778-1780 mostly includes items used in daily life: various types of cloth, sugar, oil, ribbons, olives, etc. The total came to $20,348. Rest of the account gives expenses from May 1780 to June 1781. Includes payments for various goods and services: having a wagon painted, purchase of milk, sugar, coffee, and tea, money given to his wife, expenses for various journeys, etc. Includes a notation of $3,000 borrowed from General Greene on 21 August 1780 -- the money was paid back on 1 September. On 8 October 1780 Knox paid Cato [likely Cato Freeman] $40 in wages. Cato was often sent to buy many of the items mentioned in this account. Notes that Knox paid back Lord Stirling $2,440 of old emission money on 5 June 1781. At end of account book, Shaw notes that almost all the entries were in new emission dollars. He mentions that $40 in new emission is equal to $1 in old emission. Is bound with black thread, although some of the pages have become separated. The thread is starting to fray.

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