George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 29 November 1774]

29th. Continued the Sale at Dawson’s & finishd at that Plantation.

GW was becoming increasingly suspicious about his host’s honesty regarding the estate. His suspicions were confirmed when he was later told by Edward Snickers that Dawson had been selling off timber and stock at reduced prices; this, GW thought, would “account for the deficiency we found in the Articles of Horses & Stock” (GW to James Mercer, 12 Dec. 1774, DLC:GW).

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