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    Washington the Planter and Farmer, 1760

    From: Washington Papers | Diaries | Volume 1 | Washington the Planter and Farmer, 1760

    1[May 1760] (Washington Papers)
    Thursday May 1st. Got over early in the Morning and reachd home before Dinnertime and upon enquiry found that my Clover Field was finishd sowing & Rolling the Saturday I left home—as was the Sowing of my Lucerne: and that on the they began sowing the last field of Oats & finishd it the 25th. That in box No. 6, two grains of Wheat appeard on the 20th.; one an Inch high—on the 22d. a grain of...
    2[April 1760] (Washington Papers)
    Tuesday April 1–1760. Crossd plowd the Fallow Field to day wch. contains 3.2.38 wch. shews that 2 Acres a day in Level ground already broke up may easily be accomplishd. Doctor Laurie came here. The Wind at No. West. Weather clear, somewhat Cool and drying. Moon at its first rising remarkably red. Recd. a Letter from Mr. Digges, Inclosing a Packet for Messrs. Nichos. & Withe wch. he desird I...
    3[The Weather] [April 1760] (Washington Papers)
    1. Clear, No. West Wind—a little Cool. 2. So[uther]ly drying Wind & Warm. 3. Do. and fresh, with Clouds. 4. Clear—So[uther]ly Wind—fresh. 5. So[uther]ly Wind. Rain at Dark. 6. No. Et. Wind. Cool & Cloudy with Rain. 7. So[uther]ly Wind—with Rain. Cloudy all day. 8. Much Rain, wind variable. 9. No. Et. very cloudy sometimes Misty. 10. Do. Do. Do.
    4[March 1760] (Washington Papers)
    Saturday Mar. 1–1760. Finishd Bottling 91 dozn. Cyder. The wind for the first part was at No. West & very cold, but shifting Easterly & then to So. it grew something warmer but continued Cloudy. The Ground being hard froze stopd my Plows this day also—and employd all hands in running the dividing fence of my Pastures. Traversd the Fields in the Lower Pasture again & set a Course from the head...
    5[The Weather] [March 1760] (Washington Papers)
    1. Cold & Cloudy—wind first at No. Wt. then East[er]ly. 2. Fair day, variable Wind. 3. Southerly Wind & Cloudy. 4. High Westerly Wind—clear & cool. 5. So[uther]ly wind & Rain. 6. Do. fine day. 7. Do. fine Morning but Cloudy Afterwds. 8. No. Et. Wind, and much Rain. 9. No. Et. Wind & Snow by Intervals all day. 10. No. W. Wind & Clear.
    6[February 1760] (Washington Papers)
    Friday Feby. 1st. 1760. Wind at and Snow till 9 Oclock then cleard & became tolerable warm. Visited my Plantation’s. Found Foster had been absent from his charge since the 28th. Ulto. Left Order’s for him to come immediately to me upon his return & reprehended him severely. Mr. Johnston & Mr. Walter Stewart came here this Afternoon. Saturday Feby. 2d. 17[60]. The Gentlemen went of after...
    7[The Weather] [February 1760] (Washington Papers)
    1. Snow in the Morning, but clear afterwds. 2. Wind No[rther]ly but mild clear. 3. Wind shifting from East to So. Clear & ⟨warm⟩. 4. So[uther]ly cloudy & clear by turns—white Frost. 5. So[uther]ly with Rain—gd. very Rotton. 6. Very fine drying day. No wind. 7. W. So[uther]ly, very warm & drying. 8. W. No. Wt. but not hard, fine clear & Warm. 9. Sml. Frost. Wd. No. Et. 10. Do. wind at No....
    8[January 1760] (Washington Papers)
    January 1 Tuesday. Visited my Plantations and receivd an Instance of Mr. French’s great Love of Money in disappointing me of some Pork because the price had risen to 22/6 after he had engagd to let me have it at 20/. Calld at Mr. Possey’s in my way home and desird him to engage me 100 Barl. of Corn upon the best terms he coud in Maryland. And found Mrs. Washington upon my arrival broke out...
    9[The Weather] [January 1760] (Washington Papers)
    1st. Fine warm Sun Shine—wind Southerly. 2. Warm, but Mist and Rain. 3. Just the same kind of Weather as Yestery. 4. Ditto. 5. Wind at No. West. Blew hard & grew very Cold. 6. Clear & tolerable warm. 7. Ditto. 8. The morng. fine, but Cloudy & cold afterwards. 9. High wind, but clear & tolerably warm. 10. Fine, clear & warm.