Pocket or Waste Book of Daily Expenses, 1793-1794 [Washington]

This small account book contains Washington's daily household expenses from September 2, 1793 through April 4, 1794, when the Washingtons lived mainly in a rented house in Philadelphia. The volume was kept by secretary Bartholomew Dandridge, Martha Washington's nephew. The details in this volume reveal the operation of a household that included both a head of state and an upper-class urban family, which at that time consisted of George and Martha Washington, their two grandchildren, servants, and slaves. Expenditures include servants' wages; housekeeping money for steward and former New York innkeeper Samuel Fraunces; bonnets, jewelry, books (many of which were purchased by Martha Washington), a harpsichord, newspapers, theater tickets, clothing for slaves, alms for the poor, wood, candles, brooms, and more. To read more about this volume see this posting on the Library of Congress Blog: "George Washington's Philadelphia Household, 1793-1794."

There are 64 pages.

Washington, George. George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers: Pocket or Waste Book of Daily Expenses, 1793 to 1794. /1794, 1793. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/mgw500033/. (Accessed February 16, 2017.)


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Daily Expenses, 1793 - 1794

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