George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 9 September 1785]

Friday 9th. Thermometer at 66 in the Morning—72 at Noon and 72 at Night.

Clear and rather warm, with but little Wind.

Rid up to Alexandria with Mrs. Washington, who wanted to get some cloathing for little Washington Custis; and for the purpose of seeing Colos. Fitzgerald & Colo. Gilpin on the business of the Potomack Company. Returned home to Dinner.

GW and the directors, after discussing reports of unruly Potowmack Company workers at the Shenandoah Falls, agreed to inquire into the purchasing of indentured servants and the hiring of slaves (see PICKELL description begins John Pickell. A New Chapter in the Early Life of Washington, in Connection with the Narrative History of the Potomac Company. New York, 1856. description ends , 77; GW to Thomas Johnson and Thomas Sim Lee, 10 Sept. 1785, DLC:GW).

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