George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 18 June 1770]

18. Came into Williamsburg in the Morning. Dined at the Club and went to the Play in the Afternoon.

In the House of Burgesses today a bill for dividing Frederick Parish was referred to a special committee of six members, one of whom was GW (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 , 1770–72, 78–79). No expenses for the play appear under this date in GW’s ledger, but he did record paying the jeweler James Craig £1 10s. for a pair of gold earrings for Patsy Custis and £2 15s. for other merchandise. GW also bought Patsy a tortoiseshell comb costing 3s. 7½d. (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 318; receipt from Craig, ViHi: Custis Papers; custis account book description begins GW’s Accounts Kept for Martha Parke Custis and John Parke Custis, 1760–75. Manuscript in Custis Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. description ends ).

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