George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 11 March 1760]

Tuesday Mar. 11th. Visited at Colo. Fairfax and was informd that Clifton had sold his Land to Mr. Thompsons Mason for 1200 £ Sterlg. which fully unravelled his Conduct on the 2d. and convincd me that he was nothing less than a thorough pacd Rascall—disregardful of any Engagements of Words or Oaths not bound by Penalties.

The day clear but something cold, Wind at No. West.

George William Fairfax was one of GW’s fellow commissioners in the Clifton case. Thomson Mason (1733–1785), a younger brother of George Mason of Gunston Hall, lived in St. Mary’s County, Md. Mason moved c.1764 to Stafford County, Va. and c.1771 to Raspberry Plain in Loudoun County. He studied law in England at the Middle Temple and in 1760 was a burgess for Stafford County.

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