George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 15 September 1772]

15. Rid to my two Plantations on the River & returnd to Mr. Lewis’s to Dinner. Spent the Eveng. at Weedons.

GW was preparing to advertise Ferry Farm in the Virginia Gazette “To be sold, rented, or exchanged, for back lands in any of the northern counties” of Virginia (5 Nov. 1772). Fielding Lewis agreed to act as GW’s Fredericksburg agent in this business.

Weedon’s tavern was probably the scene of today’s meeting of the veteran officers. Fourteen officers, including GW, were present and agreed to organize in order to push their claims. Each man was to be assessed £3 for every thousand acres claimed, and five officers living in the Fredericksburg neighborhood were appointed to disburse the collected money for surveying and other expenses (resolutions of veteran officers, 15 Sept. 1772, MoSW).

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