George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 12 October 1785]

Wednesday 12th. Thermometer at 66 in the Morning—64 at Noon and 62 at Night.

The Rain which fell last Night had made the ground so Wet that I could neither level or in any manner work it. I was obliged therefore to employ the labourers thereon in other Jobs.

Mr. Livingston (son of Peter Van brugh Livingston of New York) came to Dinner, & stayed all Night. And in the Evening Mr. Madison arrived.

Wind at No. Et. and thick weather all day; and fine Rain with intervals.

Peter Van Brugh Livingston (1710–1792), of New York, was the brother-in-law of William Alexander, Lord Stirling, and had been his partner in a mercantile business. In 1775 Livingston had been presiding officer of the New York provincial congress but resigned shortly afterwards because of ill health. Livingston’s two sons were Philip Peter Livingston (b. 1740) and Peter Van Brugh Livingston (b. 1753).

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