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    Routine Duties and Quiet Pleasures

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

    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...
    12[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...
    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....
    14[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...
    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...
    16Remarks & 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...
    17[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...
    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...
    19Remarks & Occurs. in Augt. [1772] (Washington Papers)
    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...
    20[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...
    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...