George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 8 February 1785]

Tuesday 8th. Mercury at 39 in the morning—42 at Noon—46 at Night.

Morning lowering—clear at Noon, & cloudy afterwards.

Wind in the forenoon abt. So. East. Afterwards it veered more Easterly, & blew fresher. Thawed a good deal.

Finding that I should be very late in preparing my Walks & Shrubberies if I waited till the ground should be uncovered by the dissolution of the Snow—I had it removed Where necessary & began to Wheel dirt into the Ha! Haws &ca.—tho’ it was it exceeding miry & bad working.

ha! haws, &ca: A ha-ha wall was a sunken wall which prohibited cattle from approaching the house, but left an uninterrupted view of the landscape.

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