George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 30 October 1768]

30. Set out early, breakfasted at Hog Island and dined in Wms.

GW returned to a capital in thrall over the presence of a peer of the realm: Lord Botetourt, who had arrived in the city four days before. Writing to Lord Hillsborough, Botetourt later described his reception: “Colonel Cary finding me eagerly bent upon being at Williamsburg that night, immediately order’d his Chariot and convey’d me within four miles of the City, where I was met by Mr. Secretary Nelson and his Brother; at the Capitol we found the Council and all the Gentlemen of Williamsburg assembled to receive us. I was immediately conducted to the Council Chamber; and after my Commissions were read took the oaths and swore in the Council” (1 Nov. 1768, P.R.O., C.O.5/1346, f. 103).

GW lodged at Mrs. Campbell’s tavern.

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