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    A Diary Fragment, 1761

    From: Washington Papers | Diaries | Volume 1 | A Diary Fragment, 1761

    1[May 1761] (Washington Papers)
    May 24th. Betty from Riverside Quarter came home Sick & did not again in a Condition to work till the 13th. July fol. Riverside Quarter, or River Quarter, a newly developed part of the Mount Vernon crop land, was in the 1,806 acres of land GW had bought from William Clifton in 1760. Most of the remaining cleared land in the Neck owned by GW was, in 1760, being worked by tenants. Riverside...
    2[July 1761] (Washington Papers)
    11th. July. Edward Violette compleated his Planting at Muddy hole Quarter—that is, he planted 25,000 hills on the East side of the Plantn. & replanted all. The same day Jno. Foster at Dogue Run Quarter finishd his, having 40,000 to plant besides replanting—18,000 of which lying at the south Extreame of the Plantn., 8,000 in the Orchard abt. the House, & the Rest around the New Tobo. House on...
    3[August 1761] (Washington Papers)
    Augt. 15th. Sow’d abt. half an Acre of English Turnip Seed adjoining to the above and Raked them in the Ground being dry. Elsewhere GW calls his English turnips “Norfolk turnips,” from the county in southeast England where the raising of turnips ( Brassica rapa ) as a field crop for livestock was highly developed. Tull’s method of drilling the seed in rows to permit cultivation by horsedrawn...
    4[September 1761] (Washington Papers)
    Septr. 8. Sowed 12 Bushels of Ray Grass Seed and 2 Bushels of Hop Trafoil in the Inclosure adjoining the Quarter. The Weather was extreamely dry when it was sowd, however their fell a slight Shower that day—as there did likewise the 10th. but not more than sufficient to lay the Dust thoroughly. The seed was Harrowed in with a Brush Harrow and it is apprehended buried too deep by that means as...
    5[October 1761] (Washington Papers)
    Octr. 15th. Sowed a Bushel of Ray grass seed, a gallon of clean Timothy Seed, and abt. half a Bushel in Chaff of Ditto on my Meadow at Dogue Run quarter. Note this ground at the time of Sowing was very moist—but no Rain fell upon it afterwards Untill the 22d. of the Month, when it raind hard for two days. This Seed was also harrowd in with Bushes. Clean Timothy seed supposd not to be good....