George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 11 August 1772]

11. Went with those Gentlemn. a Fishing and Dined undr. the Bank at Colo. Fairfax’s near his White Ho[use]. Found Mrs. Cox here when we returnd.

In 1758 George William Fairfax obtained the position of collector of the customs for the South Potomac River Naval District (VA. EXEC. JLS. description begins H. R. McIlwaine et al., eds. Executive Journals of the Council of Colonial Virginia. 6 vols. Richmond, 1925–66. description ends , 6:100). The fishing party was dining near the customshouse, which was painted white to be clearly seen by ship captains, and thus referred to locally as Fairfax’s White House.

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