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    Mount Vernon Flour, Western Bounty Lands

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

    1[January 1771] (Washington Papers)
    Jany. 1st. Rid to my Mill in the forenoon and afternoon. 2. Did the same thing again. Met Colo. Robt. Fairfax there, & upon my return home found Mr. Piper, Mr. Muir, and Doctr. Rumney here who dined & lodged. Robert Fairfax was preparing at this time to return to his home in England, Leeds Castle, where he lived until his death in 1793 ( GW to Jonathan Boucher, 3 Feb. 1771 , CSmH ). He became...
    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 &...
    3[February 1771] (Washington Papers)
    Feby. 1st. At the Mill in the forenoon and afternoon. Doctr. Rumney came here before Dinner & stayd all Night. 2. At the Mill and where my People was at Work on the Race in the forenoon & afternoon. Mr. Rutherford & Price Posey came here in the Evening. Robert Rutherford (1728–1803) was a prominent landowner and burgess from Frederick County. During the French and Indian War he had served for...
    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...
    5[March 1771] (Washington Papers)
    Mar. 1. Messrs. Ross and Wagener went away after breakfast. I rid to my Mill and Ditchers in the forenoon. In the Afternoon Doctr. Craik came. Hector Ross today settled his current account with GW, paying him £89 9s. 5d. cash, much of which was owed as a result of an arrangement made at John Posey’s sale in Oct. 1769 ( General Ledger A General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George...
    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...
    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...
    8[April 1771] (Washington Papers)
    April 1st. Still at Dumfries upon the Arbitration between Doctr. Ross and Compa. & Mr. Semple, which was finished about 9 Oclock this Night. 2. Got home to breakfast about 9 Oclock. Mr. Robt. Adam dined & lodgd Here. In the Afternoon, I rid to the Mill Race, Mill, & Posey’s. 3. At home all day. Lord Fairfax, the two Colo. Fairfax’s, and Mr. Chas. Alexander dind here & went away afterwards. 4....
    April 1st. Morning Calm, & Warm. Afternoon a little Windy from the No. West & cooler—day clear. 2d. Morning Cool Wind still Northwardly, the Weather clear, & tolerably pleasant. 3. Clear and the Wind variable, being Northwardly in the forenoon & Easterly afterwards. 4. Wind high and boisterous from the Eastward with great appearances of Rain (except being cold). 5. Wind in the same place all...
    10Remarks & Occs. in April. [1771] (Washington Papers)
    5th. Turn’d the Water of Doeg Run into my Mill Race, which seemd to afford Water enough for both Mills. One of which constantly employd in Grinding up my own Wheat. With the new millrace and dams finished GW now had a gravitational force of water sufficient for his needs, but his water supply remained undependable. The millrace often froze in the winter and dried up in the summer. At other...