George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 24 July 1769]

24. Went to an intended Vestry at the cross Roads—but disappointed of one by Mr. Henderson’s refusg. to Act.

The vestry meeting was to be held at the Crossroads in order to decide on a site “to fix the new Church upon convenient to the said Cross Roads” and to lay out a churchyard (Truro Vestry Book, 138, DLC). GW and his associates had been able to muster only six of the seven vestrymen who supported the Crossroads location. When Alexander Henderson, apparently one of the five vestrymen who had been resisting the new location, realized his presence made a quorum, he prevented the meeting from coming to order by “refusing to act.”

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