George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 28 June 1772]

28. With the above went after Dinner in my Whale Boat to the Spring at Johnson’s Place.

In a letter dated 5 Mar., Jonathan Boucher told GW that Governor Eden of Maryland “has got You a very handsome . . . Whale Boat, for £20, which, I fancy is by this Time at Mount [Vernon]” (DLC:GW). On 22 May, Boucher invited GW to visit him in Maryland, and added: “Shou’d ... your Whale Boat be arriv’d, perhaps You may be tempted to try her” (DLC:GW). Since GW paid 18s. for “Freight of my Whale Boat from Patux[ent]” on 17 June, this excursion may have been his first in it (General Ledger B description begins General Ledger B, 1772–1793. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 50).

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