George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 14 July 1785]

Thursday 14th. Mercury at 72 in the Morng.—77 at Noon and 79 at Night.

Day clear—with a little Wind from the Southward.

Went through my Harvest field at Muddy hole to Alexandria, to a Meeting of the Directors of the Potomack Company. Agreed with Mr. James Rumsey to undertake the Management of our works and a Mr. Stuart from Baltimore as an Assistant. Gave them directions—passed some Accts.—paid my quota of the demand for these purposes to Mr. Hartshorne the Treasurer—Made Mrs. Dalby a visit and came home in the evening.

Found Mr. Bryan Fairfax & his son Ferdinando here at my return who had come down before dinner.

GW had written Rumsey on 2 July, saying that he “took the liberty of mentioning your name to the Directors” and urged Rumsey to apply for the position of manager (DLC:GW). mr. stuart: Richardson Stewart. GW recorded the “quota” he paid today for five shares at £5 sterling per share as £33 6s. 8d. Virginia currency (LEDGER B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 203; BACON-FOSTER description begins Corra Bacon-Foster. Early Chapters in the Development of the Patomac Route to the West. Washington, D.C., 1912. description ends , 62–63).

Mrs. Mary Rose Dalby (c.1762–1790), a young Englishwoman, was the wife of Philip Dalby (WRIGHT description begins Louis B. Wright and Marion Tinling, eds. Quebec to Carolina in 1785–1786: Being the Travel Diary and Observations of Robert Hunter, Jr., a Young Merchant of London. San Marino, Calif., 1943. description ends , 189–91; WMQ description begins The William and Mary Quarterly: A Magazine of Early American History. Williamsburg, Va. description ends , 1st ser., 10:106).

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