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Your favor of the 27th Ulto reached me in the forenoon, & the Salmon in the afternoon of the 3d instant; and merit, & receive, my particular thanks. The latter regaled a number of Gentlemen at an entertainment given by the Merchants of this City on the 4th. I shall thank you (when re-published) for the refutation of the impudent forgeries of letters, carrying my signature, which Mr Bache has...
12[Diary entry: 7 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
7. A hard No. Wt. [wind] all day. Hard frost this morning & but little [sun] all day—snowing at times. Mer. at 24.
13[Diary entry: 8 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
8. Very thick morning with sprinkling rain clear afterwards with a brisk So. Westerly wind. Mer. 52.
Your conduct during a six Years residence in my family, having been such as to meet my full approbation & believing that a declaration to this effect would be satisfactory to yourself & justice requiring it from me, I make it with pleasure. And in full confidence that the principles of honor, integrity & benevolence wch I have reason to believe have hitherto guided your steps will still...
15[Diary entry: 9 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
9. Wind changed to No. Wt. blew very hard & turned very cold. Mer. at 28. Left Phila. on my return to Mt. Vernon—dined at Chester & lodged at Wilmington. Accompanying GW and Mrs. Washington on the trip home to Mount Vernon were Nelly Custis and the marquis de Lafayette’s son, George Washington Motier Lafayette (1779–1849), accompanied by his tutor, Felix Frestal. George Washington Parke Custis...
Thus far we have arrived safe, but found it disagreeably cold. To give the greater surety to the large looking Glasses, and such other articles as are liable to be injured by the jolting of a dray; be so good as to have taken down by hand, and stowed where they will not be trod on; or tossed about in the Vessel’s hold. The grate (from Mr. Morris’s) pray have packed first in some of the old...
17[Diary entry: 10 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
10. Dined & lodged at Elkton. Tolerably pleasant all day. “At Elkton . . . Hollingsworth’s is a quiet orderly Tavern, with good beds, and well in other respects” ( GW to Elizabeth Willing Powel, 18 26 Mar. 1797 , ViMtvL ). “We encountered no adventures of any kind, & saw nothing uncommon, except the light Horse of Delaware, & Maryland, who insisted upon attending us through their states”...
We arrived at this place to dinner and shall remain all night. To morrow we shall proceed but slowly. As I have missed the Post of this afternoon, and another does not happen until Monday it is probable this letter will not reach your hands in time. If the case however should be otherwise, and you have means to accomplish it, let me request you to provide for me as usual new Carpeting as will...
19[Diary entry: 11 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
11. Snowing from day light until 10 Oclock—in the Afternoon a little rain. Breakfasted at Susquehanna—dined & lodged at Hartford. “At the Ferry, on both sides, are good Taverns: Mrs. Rogers’ on the East, & Mr. Barney’s on the West. From thence to Hartford (commonly called Bushtown) twelve miles from the ferry, a good house used to be kept but ... it was to be sold the Wednesday after we passed...
20[Diary entry: 12 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
12. Lowering, but tolerably pleasant. Breakfasted at Websters. Dined & lodged in Baltimore. Met & escorted into town by a great concourse of people. websters : “Thirteen miles from thence [Harford] a pretty good Inn is kept by one Webster. From that to Baltimore is 14 Miles” ( GW to Elizabeth Willing Powel, 26 Mar. 1797 , ViMtvL ). GW’s entrance into Baltimore was described in a contemporary...
As I ride on matters occur to me and I shall take the chance of mentioning them to you before you may have left Philadelphia. A boat was bespoke, but no direction given either for the payment or mode of getting it round. My credit is at stake as it respects the first, and my interest as it regards the second, and I shall be obliged to you for seeing how both can be promoted. It is incumbent on...
22[Diary entry: 13 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
13. Breakfasted at Spurriers & dined & lodged in Bladensburgh. Morning lowered but clear afterwards. Spurrier’s was “much resorted, not because it is well kept but because there is no other; the lodging is bad—the eating tolerable ... better for lodging than eating. At Bladensburgh nine miles beyond a good house is kept by one Ross (sign of the Indian Queen)” ( GW to Elizabeth Willing Powel,...
23[Diary entry: 14 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
14. Dined at Mr. Laws & lodged at Mr. Thos. Peters. Day warm. mr. laws : Thomas Law (1759–1834), son of Edmund Law, bishop of Carlisle, was in India from 1773 to 1791 in the service of the East India Company, where he held several important administrative positions and acquired a sizable fortune. Apparently sometime during his stay in India, Law was married, for when ill health forced his...
The pressure of business in the last days of my administration, occasioned my dispatching the enclosed Instrument to the Commissioners of this City without the Seal of the United States (as certified); and I should not have known it wanted this evidence, had not those Gentlemen (upon my arrival here) informed me of the omission. I now forward it for the purpose of having this defect remedied;...
25[Diary entry: 15 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
15. Recd. the Compliments of the Citizens of George Town as I had done the day before of those of the City of Washington. Stopped in Alexa. & got to Mt. V. to dinner. city of washington : The Washington Gazette on this day reported that “Yesterday George Washington (God bless him) passed through the city on his way to Mount Vernon. When he reached the Capitol the company of Artillery, under...
26[Diary entry: 16 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
16. At home all day alone. Wind at East & very cloudy all day.
27[Diary entry: 17 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
17. Wind in the same place with rain from 10 oclock until 12—clear afterwards.
28[Diary entry: 18 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
18. Clear—with the Wind fresh from So. Wt. in the forenoon and at No. Wt. in the afternoon.
29[Diary entry: 19 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
19. Wind at No. Wt. and fresh after the morning continuing so all day & cold.
30[Diary entry: 20 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
20. Cool in the morning with the wind still at No. W. but very moderate afternoon.
31[Diary entry: 21 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
21. Wind Southerly and fresh all day—clear.
32[Diary entry: 22 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
22. Wind still Southerly and fresh with appearances of Rain. In the Afternoon wind came out brisk at N. W.
33[Diary entry: 23 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
23. Cool in the morning but clear & very pleasant afterwards with but little Wd.
34[Diary entry: 24 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
24. Wind at So. Et. with Rain more or less all day.
35[Diary entry: 25 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
25. Wind for the most part Southerly—and clear.
Your letter of the 20th instt, with the Bill of lading for the Goods in the Sloop Salem, and another letter of the 15th are both received; and I hope this will find you safely arrived in the Federal City. I have got Painters at work in order to prepare my rooms for the furniture which is expected; but I find I have begun at the wrong end, for some joiners work (of the deficiency of which I was...
37[Diary entry: 26 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
26. Wind varying from No. Et. to So. Et. and blowing very fresh.
A Mail of last week brought me the honor of your favor, begun the 11th, and ended the 13th of this instant. Had it not been for one circumstance, which by the bye is a pretty material one—viz.—that I had no love letters to lose—the introductory without the explanatory part of your letter, would have caused a serious alarm; and might have tried how far my nerves were able to sustain the shock...
Your letter of the 22d instant has been received, by which I find you have fixed the commencement of your journey to Kentucky to the 3d of next month. Although some passages in your letter lead me to conclude that mine to you of the first of Feby had got to hand, yet, as you have not acknowledged the receipt of it, I am left in doubt, and having a press copy thereof by me, I forward a...
40[Diary entry: 27 March 1797] (Washington Papers)
27. A little rain fell last Night. Wind Southerly in the Morning & violently all day afterwards & night from No. Wt. Omitted to enter the Acct. of the Weather & Occurrences the remainder of this month.
41April [1797] (Washington Papers)
Omitted keeping any Acct. of the Weather and Occurrences in this Month.
42[undated diary entry] (Washington Papers)
Omitted keeping any Acct. of the Weather and Occurrences in this Month.
If this letter should happen to find you in Philadelphia, the intention of it is to bring you acquainted with the situation of Messrs Reed & Ford’s engagement to transfer (after the 28th of March) seventy shares in the Bank of Columbia on your account for my benefit. On my way home, I placed their obligation in the hands of a Gentleman within the District of Columbia, for the purpose of having...
Your letter of the 25th Ulto has been duly received; and as your Grand Mamma or Sister, will write to you by the Post, I shall leave it to them to furnish you with the details of our journey, and the occurances since our arrival. It gives me singular pleasure to hear that your time has been so well employed during the last Winter, and that you are so sensible of the good affects of it...
Mr Lear informs me the President has declined, finally, to take any part of the furniture in the Green drawing room—and that you will be requested to have the lustre in the middle of it packed up & sent round to this place. If the latter should not have taken place before this letter reaches your hands, let it be sent to Mrs Morris, who I beg will receive it as a present; and to whom I will...
Private Dear Sir, Mount Vernon 3d April 1797 Your letter of the 24th Ulto has been duly received, and I thank you for the information given in it: Let me pray you to have the goodness to communicate to me occasionally, such matters as are interesting, and not contrary to the rules of your official duty to disclose. We get so many details in the Gazettes, and of such different complexions, that...
Letter not found: GW to Bartholomew Dandridge, 5 April 1797. On 8 April Dandridge wrote GW : “About 2 o’Clock your letter of the 5th was put into my hands.”
A few days since, through the Channel of our Minister in London, I was favoured with the receipt of your third volume of Essays relating to Agriculture & rural Affairs for which I pray you to accept my best thanks. I am once more seated under my own Vine and fig tree, and hope to spend the remainder of my days—which in the ordinary course of things (being in my Sixty sixth year) cannot be...
Your letter of the 31st Ult. from Culpeper County, came to my hands late at night on the 5th instt; and the enclosure for your brother Fielding was sent to him early next morning. The melancholy occasion of your writing has filled me with inexpressable concern. The debt of nature however sooner or later must be paid by us all, and although the seperation from our nearest relatives is a heart...
Your favor of the 5th instt with its enclosures, and also one of prior date, forwarding (at the request of Doctr Edwards) a Pamphlet from Sir John Sinclair have come duly to hand. For your kindness in sending these, & particularly for the information given in your letter of the 5th I feel myself very much obliged. The conduct of the French Directory towards General Pinckney is, I believe,...
I should not have taken the liberty of giving you the trouble wch the enclosures must occasion, but for the request of Genl Lee who left this yesterday and is implicated in the business to which they relate. Messrs Reed & Fords obligation, paid me by Genl Lee to discharge in part a debt he owed me, the letter of the latter with Mr Lingans note (all of which are enclosed) will be sufficient I...
I am sorry that the enclosed answer to the Affectionate Address of the Grand lodge of Ancient, Free and accepted Masons, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—transmitted under your Signatures—should appear so much out of season; but from the lapse of time between the date & reception of the Address (from what cause I know not) it was not to be avoided, and is offered as an apology for the...
Owing to my not sending to the Post Office in Alexandria with the regularity I used to do whilst I was in the exercise of public duties, I did not receive your favor of the 21st instt until yesterday:nor have I before, acknowledged the receipt of your letter of the 11th, which also came safe. Not expecting to have much business to transact in Philadelphia I appointed no Agent there; and if...
Letter not found: GW to Gustavus Scott, 28 April 1797. On 29 April Scott wrote “I had the Honor of your favor of the 28th.”
Not sending to the Post office in Alexandria with the regularity I used to do (while I was in the discharge of public duties) I did not receive your favor of the 10th instant so soon as I should otherwise have done; & is the reason why the acknowledgment of it has been delayed. I thank you for making the enquiries relative to the Cattle of Mr Gough, wch you have taken the trouble to detail;...
56May—1797 (Washington Papers)
1. Went to Alexandria to settle some matters at the Bank. Day warm—wind at So. Wt. matters at the bank : “To Cash recd. from the Bank of Alexa. dividend on 10 Sh:—100 Dollrs.” (GW’s Cash Memorandum Memoranda , 29 Sept. 1794–17 Aug. 1797, RPJCB ). 2. Blew violently hard all day from the No. Wt. & grew very Cold. 3. A frost in the morning—Weather variable & cold. Wind So. Wt. & fresh. 4. Warm,...
57[Diary entry: 1 May 1797] (Washington Papers)
1. Went to Alexandria to settle some matters at the Bank. Day warm—wind at So. Wt. matters at the bank : “To Cash recd. from the Bank of Alexa. dividend on 10 Sh:—100 Dollrs.” (GW’s Cash Memorandum Memoranda , 29 Sept. 1794–17 Aug. 1797, RPJCB ).
No good opportunity ’till now, afforded by Mr Craik, has offered to return the Pamphlets you were so obliging as to send me by Mr Jefferson. I now do it with thanks for the perusal of them. and with compliments to Mrs Edwards am Sir Your Obedient Hble Servt ALS , owned by Mr. Peter V. Daniel, Sweet Briar, Virginia. A native of Ireland and Dr. Benjamin Rush’s first pupil, Enoch Edwards...
The lustre which stood suspended in our large Drawing Room in Philadelphia, I pray you to accept from Mrs Washington and me, as a small testimony of our affectionate regard for you, Mr Morris & family. To bring it from Philadelphia, and then to send it back, carries with it an appearance so singular, as to require explanation—the following, though uninteresting, & may appear tedious in detail,...
60[Diary entry: 2 May 1797] (Washington Papers)
2. Blew violently hard all day from the No. Wt. & grew very Cold.