George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 14 November 1769]

14. Dined and Supped at Mrs. Campbells.

GW on this date paid 2s. 6d. to a tailor and lost 7s. 6d. at cards. “Coffee &ca. at Mrs. Campbells” cost him 2s. (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 296).

At Eltham, Patsy was today visited by Dr. John de Sequeyra (1712–1795) of Williamsburg, who prescribed some medicine for her (receipt from Sequeyra, 16 Dec. 1769, ViHi: Custis Papers). Sequeyra (also Siquiyra, Siqueyra, or Sequayra), scion of a distinguished Sephardi Jewish family of physicians in England, was born in London, received his M.D. degree in 1739 from the University of Leyden, and settled in Virginia in 1745. He was one of the attending physicians during Lord Botetourt’s last illness and in 1773 became the first visiting physician to the new hospital for the insane in Williamsburg, the first such public hospital in the American colonies (gill description begins Harold B. Gill, Jr. The Apothecary in Colonial Virginia. Williamsburg, Va., 1972. description ends , 95; roth description begins Cecil Roth et al. Encyclopaedia Judaica. 16 vols. New York, 1971–72. description ends , 14:1179).

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