Alexander Smith Account and Letter Book, 1792-1797
Smith, Alexander fl. 1790s
Dodd, Jean M (Mrs.)
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Washington, George 1732-1799
1 volume, 12-1/2" h. x 7" w. x 1-3/4"
In 1792-1797, Alexander Smith, a merchant living in Alexandria, Va., kept a record of dry goods purchased and sold. Most of the 1797 correspondence is copies of his letters to other merchants. Of particular interest is a letter dated 9 November 1796, from Smith to George Washington concerning Smith's loan repayment. Washington's response of 14 November 1796 can be found in "The Writings of George Washington, 1745-1799" by John C. Fitzpatrick.
Approx. 1/3 of the ledger consists of general accounts, 1/3 of accounts at "Difficult Mill," and the remaining third copies of letters from Alexander Smith.
Alexander Smith Account and Letter Book, 1792-1797, Archives Center, National Museum of American History