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    Routine Duties and Quiet Pleasures

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

    Octr. 7. Finished getting and Securing my Fodder at the Ferry Plantn. 8. Turnd the Water into My Mill Race this day finishing cleansing it out. 10. Finishd Securing my Fodder at the Mill. 12. Finished Do. at Muddy hole & Doeg Run. 13. Also finishd Do. in the Neck.
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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....
    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...
    Septr. 1st. Wind at No. Et. & Weather Cloudy but no Rain fell. 2. Clear, & Wind fresh from the No. West. Warm notwithstanding. 3. Clear & Warm, wind in the same place as yesterday. 4. Very Sultry Morning with great appearances of Rain which fell in the Afternoon for abt. an . 5. The Air somewhat Coold, the Wind getting Northwardly. 6. Cool & pleasant—Wind still Northwardly. 7. Warmer a good...
    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...
    Novr. 1. Clear, very Warm, & but little wind—that Southerly. 2. Clear & warm in the forenoon with Rain in the Afternoon, after which clear & Cool. 3. Clear & pleasant, being somewhat cool Wind Westerly. 4. Rather Warmer than Yesterday with some appearances of Rain. 5. Very Cool Wind fresh from the Westward & clear. 6. Clear, but not so cool as yesterday. Evening a little lowerg. 7. Lowering...
    Decr. 1st. Cloudy & like for Falling weather; being also Cold. 2. Clear in the forenoon but Cloudy & cold afterwards. 3. Clear & calm in the forenoon but Wind fresh from the Northward abt. Midday—which died away in the Afternoon. 4. Clear and Calm in the Morning, but Winday afterwards from the Northwest. 5. Calm & Cold Morning, & very Cold day. Wind hard from the Northwest. 6. Very like for...