George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 6 March 1770]

6th. Joseph Gort a stone Mason came here to raise Stone.

Began to Enlist Corn Ground at Muddy hole Plantation.

Began to Enlist Ditto in the Neck that is to lay of the Ground.

Began the same Work at Doeg Run Plantation.

Goart worked one month and was paid £3 as he and GW had agreed on 2 Feb. (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 314). But, instead of cutting stone in GW’s quarry, Goart took it from quarries on George William Fairfax’s land, where the stone could be obtained much more easily. Fairfax allowed his quarries to be used as a favor to GW and charged him nothing for that privilege (GW to Fairfax, 27 June 1770, IaDmSR).

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