George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 29 April 1785]

Friday 29th. Mercury at 74 in the Morning—74 at Noon and 76 at Night.

Dull day and not much wind; Weather not very warm.

Leaving Genl. Moylan & Lady, and Mr. Pine at Mt. Vernon, I set off for the appointed meeting of the Dismal Swamp Company at Richmond. Dined at Dumfries, & lodged at My sister Lewis’s (after visiting my Mother) in Fredericksburgh.

Showers in the Afternoon to the Eastward of where I was.

The affairs of the Dismal Swamp Company were in abeyance during the years of the Revolution. GW wrote Hugh Williamson of North Carolina on 31 Mar. 1784 that he was “unaquainted with the opinions, & know as little of the Affairs & present management of the Swamp Company, in Virginia, (tho’ a Member of it) as you do, perhaps less, as I have received nothing from thence nor have heard any thing of my interest therein, for more than nine years” (DLC:GW). On 10 April 1785 GW wrote Dr. Thomas Walker: “I have requested a meeting of the Proprietors of the Dismal Swamp in Richmond on Monday the 2d. day of May next, at which time and place I should be glad to see you as it is indispensably necessary to put the affairs of the Company under some better management. I hope every member will bring with him such papers as he is possessed of respecting this business” (WRITINGS description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745–1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C., 1931–44. description ends , 28:127; see also BROWN [3] description begins Alexander Crosby Brown. The Dismal Swamp Canal. Chesapeake, Va., 1970. description ends ; NORFLEET [2] description begins Fillmore Norfleet. Suffolk in Virginia, c.1795–1840: A Record of Lots, Lives, and Likenesses. Richmond, 1974. description ends , 114–17; PARKER description begins John C. Parker. The Dismal Swamp: Memoranda Concerning Its History and Ownership from 1763 to 1962. Franklin, Va., 1962. description ends , 1–2, 8–11).

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