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[Diary entry: 21 October 1785]

Friday 21st. Thermometer at 57 in the Morning—55 at Noon and 53 at Night.

Flying Clouds and cold, with appearances of Snow; wind being at No. West.

My Brother, Mr. Willm. Washington and his wife went up with me to this days races at Alexandria. We dined at Colo. Ramsays & returned in the Evening with the Company who went from here the day before, Except Mr. Wm. Washington, the two Mr. Bassetts and Mr. Shaw.

There were two races in Alexandria on this day. In the morning, the Alexandria Jockey Club Purse of 100 guineas was won by Capt. Edward Snickers’s horse Careless. The afternoon race, for a purse of 50 guineas, also sponsored by the Jockey Club, was won by “Mr. Hammersley’s bay Colt Spry” (Va. Journal, 27 Oct. 1785).

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