George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 11 June 1773]

11. Mr. Buckner & Mr. Robinson dind here—also Captn. Harper & a Mr. Large. After Dinner Miss Reed, Miss Nelly Calvert, Doctr. Rumney & Mr. Campbell came all of them staying the Night.

Mr. Robinson is probably Richard Robinson, who paid GW the £616 13s. which had come due in April from Baldwin & John Buckner’s bond. GW recorded the payment in June 1773 (General Ledger B description begins General Ledger B, 1772–1793. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 65).

John Harper (1728–1804), a Quaker from Philadelphia, carried a letter of introduction from Reese Meredith of that city. Harper and his partner, William Hartshorne, were considering moving their mercantile firm to Alexandria (5 May 1773, DLC:GW). The partnership was dissolved in 1775, and Harper became a prosperous shipping merchant in Alexandria.

Mr. Large is probably Ebenezer Large, a Philadelphia merchant.

Miss Mary Read, evidently a sort of retainer in Benedict Calvert’s family, was left in his will a legacy “for Services in my family” (Prince George’s County, Md., Wills, No. 1, T, 258–62, MdAA Microfilm).

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