George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 28 June 1785]

Tuesday 28th. Mercury at 69 in the Morning—72 at Noon and 72 at Night. Clear & pleasant, wind what their was of it, westerly.

Finished my Hay at and about the House & got it into large Cocks or small stacks on the grd. where cut.

Doctr. Stuart, Mr. Booth and a Mr. Hawkins came here to dinner, the first of whom went away after it. In the Afternoon my Brother Charles came.

Col. Josias Hawkins (c.1735–1789) of Charles County, Md., commanded a battalion of militia during the Revolution. He and William Booth, who appear together at Mount Vernon, probably were engaged in a business transaction of some sort, for a few months later GW wrote Hawkins at Booth’s request, defending Booth’s character “from the injurious aspersions, which he says have been cast at it” (GW to Josias Hawkins, 27 Feb. 1786, DLC:GW).

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