George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 30 December 1797]

30. Just such a day as yesterday—Mer. 20 to 40. Mrs. Washington came here and Mr. Wm. Dandridge to do business for me in the way of writing.

William Dandridge probably did not stay long at Mount Vernon. The only mentions of him in the accounts after this date are an entry for $25 on 3 Feb. 1798, “By Cash given to Mr. Wm. Dandridge,” and a similar entry on 11 April (GW’s Cash Memoranda, 1 Sept. 1797–20 Feb. 1799, RPJCB). GW probably did not approve of the young man’s requests for such sizable sums of money in so short a time after his employment.

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