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    Routine Duties and Quiet Pleasures

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

    11[August 1772] (Washington Papers)
    Augt. 1. Rid to the Ferry Plantn., Mill, Doeg Run, and Muddy hole. 2. Went to Pohick Church and Dined with Mrs. Washington & Patcy Custis at Captn. McCartys. Came home in the Afternn. 3. At home all day alone. 4. Rid to the Ferry Plantation and returnd from thence. 5. At home all day alone. 6. Rid to the Ferry Plantation Mill Doeg Run and Muddy hole. 7. At home all day writing & Posting my...
    Augt. 1. Cool—wind still Westerly. 2. Clear & pleasant, but rather Cool. Wind hanging still to the Westward. 3. Cool yet—Wind Eastwardly & Weather Clear. 4. Still Cool with the Wind Easterly. 5. Warmer, Wind getting Southerly. 6. Clear, Calm and Warm. 7. Very Warm in the forenoon. Wind pretty fresh in the Afternoon from the Southward. 8. Exceeding warm in the forenoon. Cooler afterwards the...
    13Remarks & Occurs. in Augt. [1772] (Washington Papers)
    Augt. 3d. Finished Sowing the Cut next the Tumbling Dam at Doeg Run with Wheat 43 Bls. The same day began to Sow Wheat at the Ferry Plantn. 4. Finished Sowing the uppermost Cut with wheat in the Neck—the Cut next Abn. Adams’s 64 Bls. 10. Dennis Curran, Cook Jack, Schomberg Arlington, Peter & London began to Work on my Mill Race, Scouring it out. 11. Finished the third Cut in the Neck with...
    14[July 1772] (Washington Papers)
    July 1st. At home all day with Mr. Byrd. 2. Mr. Byrd went over to Belvoir. I continued at home all day. 3. Rid to the Ferry Plantation Muddy hole & Doeg Run. 4. After Dinner Rid to Muddy hole to my Harvest People. 5. At home all day alone. 6. In the Afternoon Rid to my Mill where Messrs. Wm. Shaw and Adam Lynn had been Inspecting my Flour. William Shaw (died c.1774), an Alexandria cooper, had...
    July 1st. Lowering kind of a forenoon but clear afterwards with the Wind Southerly. 2. Wind tolerably fresh from the Southwest in the forenoon, and very Sultry. In the Afternoon a pleasant Shower, but not much of it. 3. Very hot and Sultry with the Wind Southerly. 4. Very hot with a little Wind from the Southward. In the Afternoon a little, & but a little Rain. 5. Again very hot—Wind in the...
    16Remarks & Occurs. in July [1772] (Washington Papers)
    July 3d. Began my Wheat Harvest at Muddy hole & Doeg Run in the following Manner. Viz.—At Doeg Run with the two Davy’s & two Sons of Brummit as Cradlers, & the Wheat being rather green no regular assortment of Cradlers was allotted to them as yet. At Muddy hole, Palmer (who did not work himself, but only acted as an Instructer) and Six of the youngest Cradlers began. Brummit may be William...
    17[June 1772] (Washington Papers)
    June 1st. Went with Mr. Wr. Washington & Mr. Willis to my Brother Saml. where we dined and stayed all Night. 2. Went to Run off the Land Captn. Kennedy lives on also my smaller Tract by Mr. Keiths. Accomplished the former but not the latter. Got to Mr. Wr. Washingtons to Dinnr. & met my Br. Jno. & Wife there. 3. Stayed at Mr. Washingtons all day. 4. Set of on my return home. Dined at the Widow...
    June 1st. But little Wind. Weather very hot & Sultry, with appearances (only) of Rain. 2. Very hot and Sultry in the forenoon, with a good deal of Rain & Wind in the afternoon (in Frederick) but not much at Mt. Vernon. 3. Misting & Raining more or less all day (in Frederick) with the Wind fresh & Cool from the Eastward. 4. Flying Clouds, with the Wind very fresh & Cool from the Eastward. 5....
    19[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...
    May 1st. Very Smoaky and a little lowering with but little Wind and tolerably Warm. 2. Very smoaky and hazy all day—warm in the Afternoon and perfectly Calm. 3. A little Rain, with the Wind fresh from the No. East in the Morning and very cool—clear afterwards. 4. Tolerably calm in the Morning but Windy and cool afterwards with Rain in the Afternoon & Night. 5. Tolerably calm and pleast. wind...
    21[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...
    23[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...
    25[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’....
    27[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...
    29Remarks & Occurs. in Jany. [17]72 (Washington Papers)
    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...