George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 22 October 1771]

22. Rid to the Mill again. Captn. Crawford & his Brothr. returnd home. Mr. Jno. Smith of westmoreld. came in the Aftern.

Before William Crawford left Mount Vernon, GW paid him £41 14s. 4d. on account of the officers and soldiers of the Virginia Regiment and, on his own account, “5 half Joes,” gold Portuguese coins worth a total of £11 10s. Virginia currency (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 345).

John Smith of Cabin Point was returning to Frederick County to obtain permission from the magistrates there to inoculate Samuel Washington and his family, but he died before he could do so. GW later wrote Samuel it was fortunate that Smith had not begun inoculating, “for I was morally sure he could not live to carry you through it. . . . What a madman must he have been to quite his house and friends in pursuit of so vain a shadow? To persist in it to the last argues something of insanity” (6 Dec. 1771, except, Parke-Bernet Galleries Catalogue, 11 June 1941, Item 578).

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