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    Routine Duties and Quiet Pleasures

    From: Washington Papers | Diaries | Volume 3 | Routine Duties and Quiet Pleasures

    1[January 1772] (Washington Papers)
    Jany. 1st. Upon the same business this day as brought me to Alexandria yesterday. Came home in the Afternoon and found Mr. Ramsay and his daughter here. 2. At home all day. Mr. Montgomerie Mr. Piper and Mr. Harrison came to dinner & staid all Night. These gentlemen came to try to resolve the continuing problem of the annuities that Margaret Savage was supposed to receive from her husband, Dr....
    Jan. 1st. Lowering with the Wind Westwardly. In the Afternoon it threatned Snow much and at Night began to Rain which contd. till near day. 2. Clear and pleasant with but little Wind and that Southerly. 3. Very pleasant forenoon but lowering afterwards with the Wind fresh from the Southward. 4. A little Rain fell last Night. The Morning calm, and Mild with Clouds; but the Afternoon cold with...
    Jan. 1 & 4. Settling with the Assignees of Mr. John Semple for the Maryland Tract of Land sold him by Colo. Thoms. Colvil & fixed the Balle. still due on that Land to £2576.15.2½ [sterling], £1000 of which to be paid upon acknowledgement of Deeds to them at George Town the 23d. Instt. and the Residue in June 1773. An allowance is to be made for any money which it shall appear Mr. Semple has...
    4[February 1772] (Washington Papers)
    Feb. 1st. Attempted to ride as far as the Ferry Plantation to wch. there was a Tract broke but found it so tiresome & disagreeable that I turnd back before I got half way. 2. At home all day. 3. At home all day alone. 4. At home all day alone. 5. Went to run a line across from the Ferry Plantation to where My Pasture fence strikes the Creek—also to run and measure the Field I am going to...
    Feb. 1st. Snow still so deep that there was no passing from one place to another where there was no tract made. Day for the most part clear, tho’ the Sky lookd muddy. Weather Mild & wind what little there was Southerly. 2. Perfectly Calm and Mild till the Evening, when their Sprung up a little Wind from the Eastward. A little Snow fell in the Morning, the day cloudy and lowering quite thro’....
    6[March 1772] (Washington Papers)
    Mar. 1st. Reachd Colo. Bassetts from Todds Bridge by 12 Oclock. Stayd there the remainder of the day. GW crossed the Pamunkey River at Ruffin’s ferry ( General Ledger B General Ledger B, 1772–1793. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. , folio 3). 2. Set out for Williamsburg and got in about 12 Oclock. Dined at the Speakers and supd at the Treasurers....
    Mar. 1st. Ground pretty hard froze. Morning Calm & pleasant. Cool & Windy afterwards Wind fresh from the Northward. 2. Pretty Cool all day—Wind being abt. No. Et. & Cloudy in the Afternoon. 3. Cloudy & Snowing in the forenoon & raw & cold all day. 4. Morning clear and tolerably pleasant but raw and Cold in the Afternoon & raining in the Night. 5. Wind blew very fresh and cold from the...
    8[April 1772] (Washington Papers)
    Apl. 1. Dined and Spent the Evening at Mrs. Campbells. 2. Dined and Spent the Evening at Mrs. Campbells. On this day GW was appointed to a committee of three to consider a proposed amendment to the act regarding deer hunting and the control of hounds. Today also a report was submitted from the committee on Philip Hand’s claim to which GW had been appointed on 4 Mar. Hand’s petition, the...
    Apl. 1. Raw, Cold, & Cloudy Morning. Close and constant Rain afterwards. 2. Raining a kind of fine Rain more or less all day with the wind at East—cold & disagreeable. 3. Cloudy, Cold, & unplesant all day. Wind Northerly. 4. Wind still in the same quarter. Cloudy & equally disagreeable with now and then a Sprinkle of Rain. 5. Clear, Calm, and tolerably pleasant but not very warm. 6. Rain Early...
    10[May 1772] (Washington Papers)
    May 1st. Went a Hunting with Mr. Jno. Custis. Found nothing. Returnd to Dinner. 2. At home all day. Mr. Foxcraft Mr. Hoops and Mr. Ramsay came here to Dinner and stayd all Night. Two of GW’s visitors were from the postal service. After 1764 British America was divided between a southern postal district, from the Carolinas to the West Indies, and a northern postal district, from Virginia to...