George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 22 December 1770]

22. Rid to the Mill & Mill Race in the fore and Afternoon.

Jacky Custis had been indulged with a further reprieve from studying and apparently was now at Mount Vernon again; on this date GW recorded giving the boy £2 6s. 3d. “to buy Sundries at Fred[ericksbur]g” (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 329). Jacky was probably sent to that town to spend the holidays visiting friends and relatives and engaging “in his favorite amusement of Hunting.” He returned to Annapolis about 2 Jan. with a professed “determination of applying close to his Studies” (GW to Jonathan Boucher, 2 Jan. 1771, writings description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C., 1931–44. description ends , 3:36–37).

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