George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 23 June 1770]

23. Dined at Mrs. Campbells & set off homewards after it—reaching Colo. Bassetts.

In the House of Burgesses today, the report of the committee on the bill to divide Frederick Parish was given by James Mercer of Hampshire County. The house accepted several amendments suggested by the committee and ordered the bill to be engrossed. It was passed on the following day and was approved by the council soon afterwards (JHB description begins H. R. McIlwaine and John Pendleton Kennedy, eds. Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia. 13 vols. Richmond, 1905–15. description ends , 1770–72, 94, 96, 98; hening description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends , 8:425–28). Before GW left Williamsburg, he paid several more bills, including £2 for play tickets, probably for the previous day’s performance; £3 7s. 6d. to his barber George Lafong; £16 13s. 4d. for lodging and food at Mrs. Campbell’s tavern; and 14s. to the printers Alexander Purdie and John Dixon (ledger a description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 318; receipt from Christiana Campbell, NNPM). The House of Burgesses remained in session until 28 June.

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