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[1775] . “Your Petitioner being a man in years and being One troubled With rhumatizm and Other Disorders and being A man of Poor Sircomstance and having a Weakly Wife and a large Familey of Small Children and therefore begs of your Excelency to Give Me a Dismission from the Army for I am Not Able to go thorough the Hardships of this Winter and in Granting the Petitioner his Request You Will...
Convinced of the utility, the necessity, at all times, of a well disciplined militia, to every free state; when the united wisdom of the continent, referring to the contest with the parent kingdom, called on every colony to prepare for the most unhappy events; and the more immediate recommendations of our provincial congress demanded a diligent application to the military art; deeming the...
3[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...
5Cash Accounts, April 1775 (Washington Papers)
Cash Apl  1— To Messrs Robt Adam & Coy 1200 Pern [£] 75. 0. 0 3— To Merchds. 0. 2. 6 17— To Fairfax County Recd of Colo. Mason 31.17. 0 To my own Tythes Vizt 137 @ 3/ each 20.11. 0 To Colo. Mason, Ball. of his Acct this day Settled 0. 2. 6 To Mr Gibson Recd from him on his own & Mr Ross’s Accot 32. 0. 8 To Major Broadwater recd from him on Acct of the Money Pd him 25th March 3. 0. 0 To Cash...
6[Diary entry: 18 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
18. Walkd with Genl. Lee to Mr. Adams’s Fishing Landg. Mrs. Blackburn & Mrs. Brown Dined & stayd all Night here. Mrs. Thomas Blackburn, of Rippon Lodge, and Mrs. William Brown, of Alexandria, were sisters.
7[Diary entry: 18 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
18. A little Rain in the Morning but clear, & the wind hard, & cold from the Westward afterwards.
I have reveived your letter dated the 3d Instant. The information you have received that the Patents granted for the Lands under the Proclamation of 1754 would be declared Null and Void, is founded on a report that the Surveyor who Surveyed those Lands did not qualify agreeable to the Act of Assembly directing the duty and qualification of Surveyors, if this is the Case the Patents will of...
Your favour by Mr Whilper as well as that by yesterdays post, I have receivd, and I have acted exactly agreable to your directions, respecting the Sashes, as I forbid the maker to proceed any farther with them, immediately on seeing the first he made, which I sent to Mr Gilpin, The Arms are all ready to be sent Agreeable to any directions that Comes. I think you have not Mentiond the receiving...
10[Diary entry: 17 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
17. Colo. Mason & myself went up to Alexa. to a Committee & to a New choice of Delegates. I returnd at Night. This meeting was called in Alexandria for election of delegates to the Virginia Convention from Fairfax County. GW and Charles Broadwater were again elected. By early May GW and the other Virginia delegates to the Second Continental Congress, all of whom were also Virginia Convention...
11[Diary entry: 17 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
17. Wind very fresh from the Southwest with Rain in the Night.
12[Diary entry: 16 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
16. At home all day. Genl. Lee Mr. Harry Lee Junr. Mr. Geo. Mason, Mr. Thompson, & Mr. McDonald came to Dinner. The three last went away afterwards. Colo. Mason came in the Afternn. Charles Lee was returning north from Williamsburg to be present in Philadelphia when the Second Continental Congress convened there in May. Henry Lee (1756–1818), later known as Light Horse Harry Lee for his...
13[Diary entry: 16 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
16. Warm & towards the Evening lowering. Wind very fresh from the So. West.
14[Diary entry: 15 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
15. Went up to Alexandria to the Muster of the Independt. Company. Returnd late at Night.
15[Diary entry: 15 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
15. Very pleasant. Wind what little there was Southerly.
16[Diary entry: 14 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
14. Doctr. Rumney Mr. Adam & Captn. Broadstreet came to Dinner. The two first stayd all Night—the other went away. captain broadstreet : was probably Capt. Lyonel Bradstreet, who apparently brought GW the acceptance by Thomas Contee of GW’s offer to sell his brig Farmer . Contee assured GW that “Capt. Bradstreet will take her in Charge when or as Soon as you please” ( Contee to GW, 11 April...
17[Diary entry: 14 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
14. Very Cool & Wind very hard at No. West.
we have it in command, from the freeholders of Augusta county, by their committee, held the 22d of last February, to present you with their grateful acknowledgments of thanks for the prudent, virtuous, and noble exertions of the faculties with which Heaven has endowed you, in the cause of liberty, and of every thing that men ought to hold sacred, at the late General Congress; a conduct so...
Be pleased to transmit to the respectable freeholders of the county of Augusta our sincere thanks for their affectionate address, approving our conduct in the late Continental Congress. It gives us the greatest pleasure to find that our honest endeavours to serve our country on this arduous and important occasion has met their approbation, a reward fully adequate to our warmest wishes; and the...
20[Diary entry: 13 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
13. Mr. & Mrs. Custis, & Mrs. Newman came to Dinner. Mrs. Slaughter also.
21[Diary entry: 13 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
13. Clear but Windy from the No. West & Cool.
Mr Lloyd did me the honour to call at this place with your favour of the 4th Instt. If the Letters I have given him to the Governor, and others, will, in the smallest degree contribute to his success, I shall think myself happy; but I dispair of it at this time, as his Lordship is, I know, under a prohibition, by a late Instruction, to grant no more Lands to the Westward of us (but on certain...
23[Diary entry: 12 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
12. Captn. Saunders went away after Dinner. A Lloyd from Pen[n]s[ylvani]a Came to Dinner & stayd all Night. Mr. Andw. Stewart also came to Dinr. & returnd. This Lloyd may be John Lloyd (1751–1811), who was traveling through Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia at this time as a partner of his brother-in-law, Osgood Hanbury (1731–1804), of London ( SAYERS R. S. Sayers. Lloyds Bank in the...
24[Diary entry: 12 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
12. Raining in the forenoon but clear afterwards.
I Received your favor of 3d instant, I also have received the herrings 60 Bars. of which I have sold at 15/ & am in hopes of getting clear of the remainder at the same price payable next October. the ship stuff is still on hand tho. I hope to get ten shillings for it soon. I will endeavor to get a vessell to bring up the sand tho. I am afraid I shall not procure it to be done under 5d. or 6d....
26[Diary entry: 11 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
11. At home. Captn. Saunders came and lodged here. captn. saunders : probably either Joseph Saunders (died c.1792), a merchant of Philadelphia, or his son John Saunders, who was settling in Alexandria in this year (Fairfax County Wills, Book F–1, 251–55, Vi Microfilm; Fairfax County Deeds, Book M, 41–46, Vi Microfilm).
27[Diary entry: 11 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
11. Misting all day and a good deal of Rain in the Night—with the Wind at No. Et.
I have Just received your Terms for the Brigantine Farmer and her Apparel, the New Boat Excepted, I agree to your proposal and Capt. Bradstreet will take her in Charge when or as Soon as you please. The Eighty pounds Bills will be paid you on receipt of the Vessel and the Cash you may rely on by or before the first day of May next. I am Sir your very humble Servant ALS , DLC:GW . The letter is...
29[Diary entry: 10 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
10. At home all day alone.
30[Diary entry: 10 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
10. Lowering all day with the wind at No. Et.
With much Difictualy I got out the fifth Day of April to Gilbert Simpsons; Wheare I found all the Hands but under Stood that ther Was but two Cannues—Next Day I Went to Magr Crawfords to see Stephenes & And Crawford Stephenes told me that he had been there Tenn Dayes, getting the tules I asket him how did you Expect to git Down he said he had made the hands Digg one ⟨Weich⟩, he said made...
32[Diary entry: 9 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
9. Went to Pohick Church & returnd to Dinner. Doctr. Craik and Mr. Danl. Jenifer came in the Afternoon and stayed all Night.
33[Diary entry: 9 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
9. Again Cool, & Wind still at No. East.
Yours of the 27th Ult. came to hand yesterday with my Fee & that to Mr Floyd with which we are Sattisfied. Henderson I hear has made the Purchase & got a Conveyance of the great and Valluable Country below the Kentucky from the Cherokees. He and about 300 adventurers are gone out to take Possession, who it is said intends to set up an independant Government & form a Code of Laws for...
35[Diary entry: 8 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
8. Mr. Magowan went away after Breakfast. Mrs. Washington & self rid to the Mill.
36[Diary entry: 8 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
8. Rather Cool, Wind, what there was of it at No. East.
37[Diary entry: 7 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
7. Mr. Adam went away after Breakfast. I continued at home all day.
38[Diary entry: 7 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
7. Pleasant forenoon, but rather cool & Raw afterwards notwithstandg. the Wind was Southerly.
My Father & Mr Hawkins will take four hundred Bushel of your Salt, & I will copy a few Advertisements to be put up in this Neighbourhood—your Vessel may come along side of our Warf, which I apprehend wou’d be more Convenent for the people that may want to purchase. The family Join in Comptts to all at Mt Vernon, with Dear Sir Your Mos. Od. Sert ALS , DLC:GW . GW’s brigantine Farmer arrived at...
40[Diary entry: 6 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
6. All the above Gentlemen except Mr. Magowan went away after Breakfast. Mr. R. Adam came in the Evening & stayd all Night.
41[Diary entry: 6 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
6. A hard frost—day colder & wind harder from the same Quarter than yesterday.
Letter not found: to George William Fairfax, 6 April 1775. On 30 June 1786 GW wrote Fairfax : “The letters of ... 6th of Apl and 31st of May 1775 ... contain a full, & accurate acct of every thing that had occurred relative to your business.”
I Receved a letter from youre miller in Regard to the whet I Sent Last to youre mill whare in he is under Sum mistake to think the whet Belonged to Mr Wormley for the whet wase my propertey but it Came from one of Mr Wormley quorters as he wase in Due me for whet I Sent him Last fall from my plantashon in Loudon to Soe and youre miller wase much in the Right to waye it and Give a Resait for...
44[Diary entry: 5 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
5. At home all day with the above Gentleman.
45[Diary entry: 5 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
5. Wind very fresh and Cold from the No. West all day.
The writing of this Letter, has been delayed longer than I expected, for the following reasons—want of opportunities of Collectg the inclosed papers—want of a conveyance to forward them afterwards—the necessity of comparing, & examining the Sales, and making some alterations with respect to the purchasers—executing Deeds for the Land &c. This delay, I conceived, could be attended with no great...
My Letter of the 4th of December to Colo. Mercer (dispatched by the first opportunity that offered after the close of his Sales) would inform you of the total amount thereof; & that the contest between Miss Wroughton and Messrs Dick & Hunter, respecting a preference of Mortgages, would, more than probable, be avoided. I have now to acknowledge the receipt of your favour of the 29th of August,...
I have the honor of your favor of the 2nd of Aprill; in answer to which, it is the desire of our Officers, that if they can’t be furnished with such sashes, as are proper; they would not incline to have any; but this matter is altogether left to yourself, as the person most capable of determining; with respect to the mode of conveying the arms from Philada to this place; I cannot at this time...
49[Diary entry: 4 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
4. Mr. Tilghman Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Herbert, Mr. Danl. Carroll & Mr. Fitzgerald came down to Dinner & the two last returnd in the Aftern.
50[Diary entry: 4 April 1775] (Washington Papers)
4. Misting, & Raining more or less all day with but little Wind and that Southerly.