George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 8 July 1766]

8. Set into it with my whole force & two Cradlers hired. My Hay at D. Run finishd yesterday.

The two hired cradlers were James and Daniel Starke, who worked about 2½ weeks for 5s. per day each. GW also hired another helper, Amoriah Bonham, for a total of 23 days, which apparently was the duration of the harvesting. Bonham was also paid 5s. per day (ledger a description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 232, 234).

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