Wednesday 16th. Mercury at 26 in the morng.—27 at Noon and 33 at Night.
Ground very hard froze & air Sharp from the No. West all day which prevented any movement of Earth.
About 1 Oclock a Mr. Alexander Donald came here introduced by a letter from Govr. Henry.
Alexander Donald was a Richmond merchant who often acted for Robert Morris in business matters. He had been for many years an intimate friend of Thomas Jefferson (JEFFERSON  description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends , 12:132, 347). GW did business with Donald over a period of several years, probably on behalf of the Custis estate. For a brief time after 1789, Donald was in London as a partner in the firm of Donald & Burton, which failed in 1793 (HAMILTON  description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 15:619, n.3).