George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 12 September 1785]

Monday 12th. Thermometer at 66 in the Morng.—68 at Noon and 71 at Night.

Wind pretty fresh at No. West in the forenoon, but calm afterwds. and perfectly clear.

Rid to my Ferry—Dogue run—& Muddy hole plantations.

A Mr. Cawood, Sheriff of Charles County in Maryland, came here in the forenoon with an acct. of Taxes of the Land I hold in that County & in Nangemy Neck. Promised to get Doctr. Craik to enquire into the matter & to lodge money with him to pay it.

Benjamin Cawood, Jr., was the sheriff of Charles County, Md. GW later stated that “this was the first application ever made to me, for the same” and noted that he intended to ask Lund Washington whether he had had any earlier demands for the taxes (GW Memoranda, 30 Mar. 1787, DLC:GW). This was the land GW had acquired from Daniel Jenifer Adams (see main entry for 22 Jan. 1775), and consisted of “Josias’s help, 109 acres; Wades Addition, 33½; Adam’s Retirement, 100; Ditto Outlet, 50 and Williams’s folly 260” (LEDGER B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 99).

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