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    Routine Duties and Quiet Pleasures

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

    11Remarks & 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...
    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...
    Septr. 1st. Finish’d Ditching at the Ferry Plantation—200 Rod in the whole. 2. Finishd Sowing Wheat at Muddy hole Plantation 123½ Bushls. in the whole. Finishd Sowing Wheat at the Ferry Plantation also 84 Bushls. on the other side the Swamp next Mrs. French’s making in all 152½ Bushl. Sowed there. 3. Sent Adam & Jupiter from Muddy hole to work on the Mill Race. Also Bath & Robin from Dogue Run...
    Octr. 1. Clear, Calm & pleasant being warm. 2. Very pleasant & warm without any Wind. 3. Such a day as yesterday but rather Warmer. 4. Very lowering with Mists now and then but no Rain. 5. Misting, & sometimes Raining in the forenoon with the wind Eastwardly. 6. Much such a day as yesterday. Misting more or less all day—wind in the same place. 7. Misting & sometimes Raining pretty smartly. 8....
    15[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...
    16[October 1772] (Washington Papers)
    Octr. 1st. At home all day with the Gentn. that came yesterday Afternoon—Colo. Burwell & Mr. Jno. Fitzhugh & Colo. Fairfax came to Dinner. Colo. Burwell & Mr. Jno. Fitzhugh Stayd all Night. The other Gentn. went away after Dinner. 2. Colo. Burwell & Mr. Fitzhugh went away after Dinner. 3. I rid to Muddy hole Doeg Run &ca. before Dinner, in the Afternoon went into the Neck. 4. Set of for the...
    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...
    18[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...
    19[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....
    20[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...