George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 6 September 1768]

6. Went in the Forenoon to the Mill—Doeg Run & Muddy hole. In the Afternoon paid a visit to Majr. Fairfax (Brother to Lord Fx.) at Belvoir.

Maj. Robert Fairfax (1707–1793), of Leeds Castle, Yorkshire, Eng., was the younger brother of Thomas Fairfax, sixth Baron Fairfax of Cameron. Robert had recently arrived from England to visit his relatives, dividing his time between Belvoir and Lord Fairfax’s home, Greenway Court, in the Shenandoah Valley. Robert preferred Belvoir, finding that Valley living placed him “quite beyond the gentry . . . among the woods, with nothing but buckskins, viz., back-woodsmen and brutes . . . it is almost past description” (quoted in brown description begins Stuart E. Brown, Jr. Virginia Baron: The Story of Thomas 6th Lord Fairfax. Berryville, Va., 1965. description ends , 160).

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