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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.08541
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0024] 1781 
Title Account of payments made by Henry Knox
Date 24 May 1780 - 5 June 1781
Author Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794)  
Document Type Business and financial document
Content Description 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.
Subjects Revolutionary War  Finance  Textile  Merchants and Trade  Commerce  Labor  Transportation  Clothing and Accessories  Diet and Nutrition  Women's History  Servant  African American History  Revolutionary War General  
People Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794)  Knox, Henry (1750-1806)  
Theme African Americans; The American Revolution; Merchants & Commerce
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859