In his diary on September 12, 1785, George Washington notes that "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." This account, titled "His Excellency Gen. George Washington in Account with Benjamin Cawood…," includes taxes owed from 1777 to 1787. Records for 1777 through 1782 are partially printed, and full payment was recorded in 1778. Taxes due for 1786 and 1787 were added by hand and on the verso William Marbury signs for receipt of their payment.






  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper


Overall (open): 7 3/4 in. x 18 3/4 in. (19.69 cm x 47.63 cm)
Other (closed): 7 3/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. (19.69 cm x 24.13 cm)


Purchased by the A. Alfred Taubman Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2004


First page (recto when closed), top of page, in brown ink: Feby 1787 took Capt. Walter Brookes Bond for Sixty / Six Pounds Fourteen Shillings and Five Pence for the within / Account, which I Oblige myself in case of an Overcharge / in behalf of Benjamin Cawood to reimburse any sum of / money that may appear to be overpaid, witness my hand / on the Acct.

Fourth page (verso when closed), top left corner, in brown ink: [indecipherable] / His Excellency Genl. / George Washington / with / B. Cawood.?


First page (recto when closed), center right, in brown ink: Wm Marbury
First page (recto when closed), lower left, in brown ink: Lawson Speake
First page (recto when closed), lower left, in brown ink: W Brauner Junr

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