George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 7 October 1785]

Friday 7th. Thermometer at 62 in the Morning—64 at Noon and [ ] at Night.

Wind Southwardly all day and weather clear, warm, & pleasant.

Sat to day, as I had done yesterday, for Mr. Houdon to form my Bust.

Mrs. Jenifer, wife of Doctr. Walter Jenifer, dined here, and returned afterwards; and Doctr. Craik came here in the afternoon, and stayed all Night.

Mr. Shaw and Mr. Bassett returned from Dumfries about Noon & Doctr. Brown came in the afternoon to visit a sick Servant of the Mr. Bassetts, & returned.

Finished trenching my Lawn, the spading of which had recd. several interruptions by odd Jobs intervening. The ground getting a little drier I began again to level & smooth it.

Plowed up a Cowpen in order to sow the ground with Orchard Grass Seeds.

plowed up a cowpen: This cow pen, containing about a quarter of an acre, was on the west front of the house, on ground intended for the bowling green (GW’s “Notes and Observations,” 1785–86, DLC:GW).

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