George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 4 August 1787]

Saturday 4th. In the morning, and between breakfast & dinner, fished again with more success (for perch) than yesterday.

Dined at Genl. Dickenson’s on the East side of the River a little above Trenton & returned in the evening to Colo. Ogden’s.

Philemon Dickinson (1739–1809), a brother of John Dickinson, was a brigadier general and major general in the New Jersey militia and participated in the 1777 New Jersey campaign. In that year John Adams “walked . . . [from Trenton] to General Dickinsons House,” which he found to be “a Scaene of Desolation” from the war (ADAMS [1] description begins L. H. Butterfield, ed. Diary and Autobiography of John Adams. 4 vols. Cambridge, Mass., 1961. description ends , 2:264). In 1784 Jacob Hiltzheimer found Dickinson “busy looking after the stone house he is having built at the end of his wooden building, about a mile out of Trenton” (HILTZHEIMER description begins Jacob Cox Parsons, ed. Extracts from the Diary of Jacob Hiltzheimer, of Philadelphia. 1765–1798. Philadelphia, 1893. description ends , 65). Dickinson was John Cadwalader’s second in a duel (4 July 1778) with Thomas Conway over the latter’s criticism of GW’s abilities as a general.

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