George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 6 November 1772]

6. Took a Cold Cut at Southalls & went up to Colo. Bassetts.

On this day GW appeared before the council and presented a plan that he had devised for apportioning the 127,899 acres of veterans’ bounty lands already surveyed. Although the council had set the quantity of each claimant’s land the previous year, there remained the more complex problem of giving everyone equal quality of land. The council accepted GW’s solution to the problem and authorized issuance of patents according to his plan. But before the council rose, GW promised that if objections about the equity of distribution were raised at a meeting of veterans scheduled for Fredericksburg on 23 Nov. or “any Reasonable time after,” he would “give up all his Interest” in the 20,147 acres allotted as his share “and submit to such Regulations” as the council might think proper (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 , 6:513–14; FREEMAN description begins Douglas Southall Freeman. George Washington: A Biography. 7 vols. New York, 1948–57. description ends , 3:298–300).

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