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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...
    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...
    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’....