George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 25 February 1774]

25. At home all day. Mr. Fairfax & Doctr. Craik went away after Breakfast. Hancock Lee came to Dinr. & went away after it.

Hancock Lee (1740–1819), of Greenview, Fauquier County, did much exploring and surveying in the Ohio Valley and later settled in Kentucky (LEE [1] description begins Cazenove Gardner Lee, Jr. Lee Chronicle: Studies of the Early Generations of the Lees of Virginia. Edited by Dorothy Mills Parker. New York, 1957. description ends , 268, 355–56; WEAKS description begins Mabel Clare Weaks, ed. Calendar of the Kentucky Papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts. Madison, Wis., 1925. description ends , 420, 436). Lee, newly commissioned as a surveyor, was preparing to accompany Capt. William Crawford on a surveying trip down the Ohio River (MASON [2] description begins Robert A. Rutland, ed. The Papers of George Mason, 1725–1792. 3 vols. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1970. description ends , 1:448).

Although GW was not present, the Truro Parish vestry met again on this day to finish details regarding the new church. Among the business was an order “that William Bernard Sears gild the Ornaments within the Tabernacle Frames the Palm Branch and Drapery on the Front of the Pulpit (also the Eggs on the Cornice of the small Frames if the Gold will hold out) . . . to be done with the Gold Leaf given to the Parish by Colo. George Washington” (Truro Vestry Book, 164, DLC).

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