George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 18 September 1785]

Sunday 18th. Thermometer at 66 in the Morng.—67 at Noon and 69 at Night.

Clear, and the Wind fresh from No. West all day.

Colo. Henley, Mr. Porter, Mr. Hunter and Doctr. & Colo. Ramsay came here, dined and returned in the afternoon.

Dr. William Ramsay, Jr., and Col. Dennis Ramsay were the two sons of William and Ann McCarty Ramsay of Alexandria, whose funerals GW attended earlier this year. Doctor William, whose education at the College of New Jersey at Princeton was financed by GW, served as a naval surgeon in the Revolution, making at least one voyage on the George Washington, a privateer out of Alexandria (Va. Mag., 17:175–78). He then returned to Alexandria to practice medicine. William’s younger brother Dennis (1756–1810), whose colonelcy was apparently in the militia, began his business career in Alexandria with the firm of Jenifer & Hooe.

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