George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 22 January 1785]

Saturday 22d. Mercury at 45 in the Morning—the same at Noon & 44 at Night.

Clear weather—the wind being at No. West all day.

In the Evening Doctr. Craik Junr. came here & stayed all Night.

James Craik, Jr. (died c.1803), was the son of Dr. James Craik. His company, Jas. Craik & Co., did some business with GW in 1786 (LEDGER B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 212). In 1787 he dissolved his mercantile business but continued selling drugs and medicines in his store (MOORE [1] description begins Gay Montague Moore. Seaport in Virginia: George Washington’s Alexandria. 1949. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1972. description ends , 190). There is no indication that he ever practiced medicine, although he received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1782 and was frequently referred to as Dr. Craik, Jr. (LIPPINCOTT description begins Horace Mather Lippincott. George Washington and the University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, 1916. description ends , 32).

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