George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 11 August 1785]

Thursday 11th. Thermometer 77 in the Morning—84 at Noon and 84 at Night.

The Drought, the effects of which were visible when I left home, had, by this (no rain having fallen in my absence) greatly affected vegetation. The grass was quite burnt & crisp under foot—Gardens parched and the young Trees in my Shrubberies, notwithstanding they had been watered (as it is said) according to my direction were much on the decline. In a word nature had put on a melancholy look—everything seeming to droop.

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