George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 10 February 1773]

10. Found a Fox in Mr. Phil. Alexanders Island which was lost after a chase of 7 hour’s.

Philip Alexander (d. 1790) lived on an island in the Potomac River which was part of the 904 acres left him by his father, Gerard Alexander (Fairfax County Wills, Book B–1, 327, Vi Microfilm). The island, just north of Four Mile Run, contained 302 acres (STETSON [1] description begins Charles W. Stetson. Four Mile Run Land Grants. Washington, D.C., 1935. description ends , facing p. 10). Commonly called Alexander’s Island, it had earlier been known as Holmes Island.

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