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    Routine Duties and Quiet Pleasures

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

    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...
    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...
    23[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...
    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....
    25Remarks & Occurs. in Octr. [1772] (Washington Papers)
    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.
    26[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...
    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...
    28[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....
    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...