George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 1 August 1785]

Monday 1st. Mercury at 74 in the Morning—[ ] at Noon and 78 at Night.

But little wind, weather clear & day very warm.

Left home at 6 Oclock P. M. and after escorting Fanny Bassett to Alexandria I proceeded to Doctr. Stuarts where I breakfasted; and from thence went to George Town to the Annual Meeting of the Potomack Company appointed to be held at that place.

About Noon, a sufficient number of sharers having assembled to constitute a meeting, we proceeded to business—Mr. Danl. Carroll in the Chair—when the President & directors of the Company made a report of their transactions since their appointment, which was received & approved of.

The Board of Directors then sat, and after coming to some resolutions respecting rations to be allowed the Workmen—the mode of payment—manner of keeping an acct. of their work &ca. &ca. and to a determination of proceeding first to the Senneca Falls and next to those at the Mouth of Shannondoah for the purpose of investigation & to direct the operations thereat adjourned Sine Die.

Dined at Shuters Tavern, and lodged at Mr. Oneals.

shuters tavern: In 1783 John Suter (d. 1794) opened a tavern in Georgetown, Md., on the east side of Water Street (now Wisconsin Ave.) several doors south of Bridge (now M) Street. During the 1780s this tavern was commonly used for meetings of the Potowmack Company and the commissioners of Georgetown. Suter later moved his business around the corner and opened the Fountain Inn on the south side of Bridge Street near the eastern edge of the original town (see HOLMES description begins Oliver W. Holmes. “The Colonial Taverns of Georgetown.” Records of the Columbia Historical Society 51-52 (1951-52): 1–18. description ends ; ECKER description begins Grace Dunlop Ecker. A Portrait of Old George Town. Richmond, Va., 1951. description ends ). Bernard O’Neill, who became a commissioner of Georgetown in 1782, was a member of the Potowmack Company (ECKER description begins Grace Dunlop Ecker. A Portrait of Old George Town. Richmond, Va., 1951. description ends , 10; BACON-FOSTER description begins Corra Bacon-Foster. Early Chapters in the Development of the Patomac Route to the West. Washington, D.C., 1912. description ends , 59).

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