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[Diary entry: 25 March 1798]

25. Morning—clear & Wind So. Wt. Mer. 42. Squally afternoon, Wind shifting to No. Wt. Mer. 42 at Night & 48 at high. Mr. Nichols & wife & Mr. Lear & family dined here. Mr. Peter returnd.

mr. lear & family: Besides his son Benjamin Lincoln Lear and stepsons George Fayette Washington and Charles Augustine Washington, the Lear family may have included Lear’s mother, Mary Lear, who had come to care for the boys after Fanny Lear’s death. Lear’s stepdaughter, Anna Maria Washington (1788–1814), had gone to live with her uncle Burwell Bassett, Jr., at Eltham.

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