George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 8 July 1771]

8. Went to a Vestry held at the New Church at Pohick. Doctr. Rumney & Mr. Robt. Harrison came home with me.

After Daniel French’s death, responsibility for completing the new church devolved on his executor, George Mason. The work was apparently going well, for the vestrymen today had only a few small changes to request of Mason. Finding that the stone used at the corners of the building’s brick walls was “coarse grain’d and rather too soft,” they ordered it to “be painted with white Lead and Oyle.” They also stipulated “that the rub’d Bricks at the returns of all the Windows ought to be painted as near as possible the same colour with the Arches” and that the dimensions of the altarpiece, which had been incorrectly given in the contract with French, should be “according to the true proportions of the Ionic order” of architecture (Truro Vestry Book, 148–49, DLC).

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