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    A Call to Service

    From: Washington Papers | Diaries | Volume 3 | A Call to Service

    1[January 1775] (Washington Papers)
    Jan. 1st. At home all day. Doctr. Craik went away after Breakfast. 2. Genl. Lee and myself rid up to Alexandria & returnd in the Afternoon. Mr. Richd. Washington went away after Dinner. 3. At home all day. 4. Genl. Lee went away after Breakfast. A Mr. Tarrant Breakfasted & Dined here. And Mr. & Mrs. Custis, & Miss Calvert came here in the Afternoon. Leonard Tarrant was visiting GW as a...
    Jan. 1. Calm, clear, warm, & exceeding pleasant. 2. Very pleasant again, with but little Wind, and that Southerly. 3. Exceeding pleasant, being clear, warm, & Calm. 4. Just such a day as yesterday. 5. Very pleasant in the Morning, and calm. Towards Noon the wind sprung up Northerly, but neither cold or hard. 6. Calm & pleasant in the Morning, but Wind at No. Et. afterwards. 7. Calm & clear...
    3[February 1775] (Washington Papers)
    Feby. 1st. Went into the Neck to see the Sick. Also went a fox huntg. Found nothing. 2. At home all day. In the Afternn. Mr. Calvert, Mr. Bordley, & Mr. Jacques from Maryland and Mr. Wagener, Mr. Mills, Doctr. Rumney, & Mr. Rutherford came here. John Beale Bordley (1727–1804), of Baltimore and Wye Island, Md., pursued an avid interest in all areas of agriculture, including crop rotation, farm...
    Feby. 1. Pleasant with but little Wind, & that Near No. West. 2. A White frost but clear & very pleast. with but little wind & that Southerly. 3. Calm, warm, & pleasant all day—being also clear. 4. Pleasant & clear in the Morning, but lowering afterwards with some rain in the Evening & Night. 5. Quite calm and Pleasant being warm. 6. Very little wind, but lowg. & like for falling weather. 7....
    5[March 1775] (Washington Papers)
    Mar. 1st. Cloudy all the forenoon with a little Rain. Clear afterwards. Wind very fresh all day from the No. West. Mrs. Barnes, & Miss Betcy Ramsay came in the Eveng. as did Mr. Morda. Red. Betcy Ramsay was Mrs. Sarah Barnes’s granddaughter. 2. Morda. Red went away after Breakfast. Doctr. Jenifer & wife & Mrs. McCarty came to Dinner & stayd all Night. Dr. Walter Hanson Jenifer’s wife Ann was...
    March 1st. Cloudy all the forenoon with a little Rain—clear afterwards. Wind very fresh all day from the No. West & towards Night cold. 2. Clear, with little or no Wind in the forenoon but Southerly afterwards. 3. Clear & very pleasant all day. In the forenoon the Wind was a little fresh from the Southward but quite calm afterwards. 4. Warm, Calm, and pleasant. In the Afternoon a little Wind...
    7Memm. [March 1775] (Washington Papers)
    [March 10 1775]. On the 10th. of March when the Cherry buds were a good deal Swell’d, & the White part of them beginning to appear, I grafted the following Cherries viz. In the Row next the Quarter & beginning at the end next the grass walk, 13 May Duke & next to those 12 Black May Cherry both from Colo. Masons and cut from the Trees yesterday. In the Row next to these 6 Cornation, and 6 May...
    8[April 1775] (Washington Papers)
    Aprl. 1. At home all day, Mr. Magowan came here. 2. At home all day. Mr. Magowan went to church & returnd to Dinner. Mr. Wilper came in the Afternoon—as did Captn. Curtis also. Philip Curtis was the captain of GW’s brig Farmer , just arrived at Mount Vernon from a voyage that had carried 4,000 bushels of “Indian Corn” to Lisbon and returned with 3,000 bushels of salt from the Turks Islands in...
    Apl. 1. Cool, with the Wind at No. Wt. 2. Wind in the same place, and weather Cool. 3. Wind at No. Wt.—fresh & Cool all the forepart of the day—latter part moderate—Wind Southerly. 4. Misting, & Raining more or less all day with but little Wind and that Southerly. 5. Wind very fresh and Cold from the No. West all day. 6. A hard frost—day colder & wind harder from the same Quarter than...
    10[May 1775] (Washington Papers)
    May 1. Went up to Alexa. to meet the Independt. Company. Mr. Herbert came at Night. 2. Messrs. Hendks. Dalton & others Breakfasted here & Majr. Gates & Mr. B. Fairfax dind & lodgd here. James Hendricks, an Alexandria merchant, was one of ten Alexandrians who formed a town committee of correspondence in May 1774; he later served in the Revolution as a major and colonel with the Virginia troops...