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    Routine Duties and Quiet Pleasures

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

    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...
    22[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...
    23[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...
    24[September 1772] (Washington Papers)
    Septr. 1st. Rid to the Ferry & from thence to the Mill. In the Afternoon Doctr. Rumney came & lodgd all Night. 2. Rid to the Ditchers at the Mill the Doctr. going away after Breakfast. 3. Rid to the Ditchers again. 4. Set out with Mrs. Washington & Miss Custis (attended by Mr. Custis) on a Visit to Mr. Boucher &ca. Breakfasted at Mr. Wm. Digges’s (the Horses & carriage being got over the day...
    25[November 1772] (Washington Papers)
    Novr. 1st. At Colo. Bassetts all day. 2. Went to Williamsburg in Company with Captn. Crawford. Dined at Southalls & went to Mr. Baylor’s Ball in the Evening. In town GW lodged with Edward Charlton, while the rest of the family remained at Eltham ( General Ledger B General Ledger B, 1772–1793. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. , folio 62; CUSTIS ACCOUNT...
    26[December 1772] (Washington Papers)
    Decr. 1st. At home all day a Writing to Williamsburg. Most of GW’s two days of writing was in regard to the bounty lands, including his final reports sent to the council in Williamsburg. 2. At home all day. Messrs. Dulany & Tilghman came at Dinner time, & stayd all Night. 3. Went a Fox hunting, found one in Mr. G. Alexanders Pocoson & killd it after 3 hours chase. In the Afternoon Mr. B....
    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....
    28Remarks & 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...
    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’....