George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 26 June 1785]

Sunday 26th. Mercury at 74 in the Morning—76 at Noon and 77 at Night.

Southerly wind and clear. Major Edwards and a Mr. Philips came here before Dinner. Mr. Charles Lee also came to Dinner. The whole stayed all Night.

Evan Edwards of Pennsylvania served throughout the Revolution in various Pennsylvania regiments. In 1777 he acted as aide-de-camp to Maj. Gen. Charles Lee. After the Revolution, Edwards moved to Charleston, S.C. He was probably on his way north from there at this time to visit his family in Pennsylvania or to inspect land in Berkeley County which had been willed to him by General Lee (LEE [6] description begins [Charles Lee]. The Lee Papers. 4 vols. New York, 1872-75. In Collections of the New-York Historical Society, vols. 4–7. description ends , 4:31). Charles Lee (1758–1815), who came to dinner at Mount Vernon today, was no relation to the general.

Charles Philips bore an introduction from Jacob Read of South Carolina. He was “a Gentleman of very ample fortune in the West Indies and is now on his return to Europe after visiting his Estates.” Philips, a native of Yorktown, was educated in Europe and spent most of his life there (Jacob Read to GW, 8 May 1785, DLC:GW).

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