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    [George Washington]. List of Taxes Owed by "Genl. George Washington." The document is docketed, "Genl. Washingtons Acct. with Benjmn. Cawood Signed by Thos. Russell." One page, 13" x 8.25", n.p., ca. 1786. The left side of the document contains a list of various county and municipal taxes and levies for "Genl. George Washington" in 1781. The amounts total thirty-seven pounds, fourteen shillings, and two pence. Appended at the end of the list, "Interest to be Calculated & Paid on the above Acct. as the above Acct. as the Law."

    At the top of the right side of the document is written, "1786, Contra." An entry appears to show that by 1786, these taxes had been paid. Below is written a possible explanation, "My Mother Mrs. Sarah Martin who I sapose was to pay the taxes on the Generals land died the 13th of April 1785 quary[?] who paid Mr. Thos. Russell the Re'd money July 5th, 1786. [Signed] W. Brooke." Below that, in another hand, is written, "Mr. Cawoods Collectors all new [sic] who paid the taxes as well as himself, on the land when asked for or when did all the Credits arrive from the land was assessed to Mr. Martin in his time after that to Mr. Martin and same times to General Washington, which the assessors thought most proper at the time of apt."

    In September 1785, Mr. Cawood visited George Washington about the unpaid taxes. The general knew nothing about the matter but took steps to resolve it. On September 12, 1785, he recorded in his diary, "A Mr. Cawood, Sheriff of Charles County in Maryland, came here in the forenoon with an acct. of Taxes of the Land I hold in that County & in Nangemy Neck. Promised to get Doctr. Craik to enquire into the matter & to lodge money with him to pay it." This document has a small amount of paper loss at a fold separation along the upper left edge which has affected Washington's last name. Scattered toning, soiling, weaknesses at the folds, and light edge wear.


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