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    Mount Vernon Flour, Western Bounty Lands

    From: Washington Papers | Diaries | Volume 3 | Mount Vernon Flour, Western Bounty Lands

    1Remarks & Occs. in Novr. [1771] (Washington Papers)
    Novr. 11th. Returnd home from Williamsburg. 20. Began to Plant Cuttings of the Winter Grape in the Inclosure below the Garden. 30. Left of Planting the ground being two hard froze having planted Rows beginning to reckon from the side next the Spring.
    Decr. 16. Finished planting the Grape Cuttings in the Inclosure below the Garden. The first 29 Rows of which Reckoning from the side next the Spring are the winter Grape the other five are the Summer grape of tolerable good taste and ripening in October. 17. Killed my Porke and distributed the Overseers their Shares. 18. Agreed to raise Christophr. Shades Wages to £20 pr. Ann. Shade worked at...
    20th. Began to Manufacture my Wheat with the Water of Piney Branch, which being insufficient to keep the Mill constantly at Work, & Country Custom coming in no great progress coud be made. country custom : Farmers from the local countryside were bringing their grain to GW’s mill to be ground in exchange for a one-eighth toll ( HENING William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a...
    July 1st. Tolerable cool all day with Clouds. Wind Northwardly in the Morning, & Eastwardly in the Afternoon. 2. Cloudy all day with the Wind at East, and light Showers in the Afternoon. Cool & pleasant—in the Night a good deal of Rain. 3. For the most part clear and warm with but little wind and that in the Morning Northerly in the Afternn. Southerly. 4. Clear, calm, and rather warm in the...
    August 1st. Began to Sow Wheat in the Neck with Wheat steep’d in Brine & allum. 3. Began to Sow Wheat at the Mill also steepd in Brine with Allum put thereto. This day began to sow the Brined Wheat at Muddy hole. Before this the Wheat was not steepd in Brine at this place. Note—The Brine was made by the direction’s in the Farmers guide, as the common method practiced by Farmers but our Wheat...
    Septr. 1. Wind fresh from the Eastward. Afternoon Cloudy & Night Raining. 2. Ground now for the first time since the Rains abt. the 25th. July Wet. Very warm and but little Wind. 3. A Breeze from the Northwest but very sultry notwithstanding—quite clear. 4. Still warm & clear—Wind Southerly. 5. Warm and clear with but little Wind & that Southerly. The Afternoon Showery with some thunder. 6....
    Decr. 1st. The Wind exceeding hard from the Northwest, & very cold. 2. Wind variable with Clouds, and at the sametime cold. 3. The most variable Weather imaginable—sometimes sunshine sometimes snowing—sometimes calm & sometimes the wind very high from the South—the North & Northwest where it contd. all Night. 4. Wind at Northwest and very cold, with great appearances of Snow, a little of which...
    Jan. 1. Calm & very pleasant—being clear with all. 2. Clear and very pleasant with but little Wind and that Southwardly. 3. Still clear but a little Cooler Wind Shifting to the Northward. 4. A little cool but pleasant notwithstanding being clear. 5. Frosty Morning but clear with the Wind rather fresh from the Southwd. 6. Clear forenoon & pleasant but gloomy Afternoon. 7. Very Raw, Cold &...
    Feby. 1st. Ground hard froze & day Cool, Wind being fresh from the No. West. 2. Ground froze but not so cool, nor the Wind so fresh as yesterday. The Morng. Cloudy after a white frost but the Eveng. Clear & Wind South. 3. Ground a little froze—day clear & pleasant with but little Wind. 4. Wind pretty fresh & somewhat Raw from the Southward. 5. Ground but little froze this Morng. but the Wind...
    Mar. 1st. Ground hard froze. Wind fresh & Cold in the forenoon—clear, calm, & warmer in the Afternoon. 2d. Lowering & Cloudy Morning (with the Ground frozen & Wind at No. East)—all the Afternoon Snowing. 3. Clear & Cool Wind being at No. West. Ground a little frozen. 4. Still, Cool, & frosty. Weather clear & Wind at No. West. 5. But little frost—day calm & the fore part of it clear, & very...