George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 30 January 1785]

Sunday 30th. Mercury this morning at 26 at Noon 32 and at Night 28.

Wind fresh from the No. Wt. & Cold—day clear.

In the Afternoon Mr. Willm. Scott with the two Miss Blackburns came in and stayed the Night.

William Scott (c.1751–c.1787) was a son of Rev. James and Sarah Brown Scott of Dettingen Parish, Prince William County, and the uncle of the Blackburn girls. Scott lived at Strawberry Vale “near the Lower Falls of Potomack, in Fairfax County” (Va. Journal, 15 April 1784). There were four unmarried Blackburn girls at this time—Julia Ann (Nancy), Sarah, Catherine, and Mary Elizabeth (Polly). Sarah Blackburn was to marry Nathaniel Craufurd of Prince George’s County, Md., in about two weeks and Nancy Blackburn (1768–1829) would marry GW’s nephew Bushrod Washington on 13 Oct. 1785.

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