George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 26 November 1769]

26. Dined at Colo. Burwells. Mrs. Washington JPC[ustis] & Mrs. Bassett dined at Mrs. Campbells. I spent the Evening in my own Room.

Col. Lewis Burwell (1716–c.1784) of James City County lived at Kingsmill plantation on the James River about four miles southeast of Williamsburg. He was a burgess for James City County 1758–74 and a member of the board of visitors and governors of the College of William and Mary from before 1769 to 1775. Heavily in debt at this time, he was selling much of his property to balance his books, but Kingsmill was not sacrificed until 1781 (mays description begins David John Mays. Edmund Pendleton, 1721–1803: A Biography. 2 vols. Cambridge, Mass., 1952. description ends , 1:213, 359; kingsmill description begins “Kingsmill Plantation.” William and Mary Quarterly, 1st ser., 12 (1903–4): 24. description ends , 24).

The House of Burgesses did not meet today, it being Sunday (JHB description begins H. R. McIlwaine and John Pendleton Kennedy, eds. Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia. 13 vols. Richmond, 1905–15. description ends , 1766–69, 295).

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