George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 18 September 1770]

18. Mr. Renny & Jacky Custis set out for Annapolis. Mr. Nash &ca. went home & I to Court again & returnd in the afternoon.

Jacky had received 17s. pocket money on the previous day (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 320). GW was late in arriving for this day’s court session (Fairfax County Order Book for 1770–72, 81, Vi Microfilm).

GW today began to rent from John West, Jr., the undisputed part of the land near Mount Vernon that West had earlier promised to sell him. The rent of this tract of about 200 acres was fixed at £12 10s. a year, and GW was to be allowed to take timber off the land as he pleased. West’s earlier agreement to sell all the land to GW at 43s. an acre, after the conclusion of West’s suit with Posey, was still in force, and West today specifically reaffirmed his promise to include Posey’s small strip in the sale if he should recover it. The case was to be heard before the General Court in Williamsburg this fall (agreement of West with GW, 18 Sept. 1770, PHi: Gratz Collection).

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