George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 29 October 1785]

Saturday 29th. Thermometer at 59 in the Morning 64 at Noon and 65 at Night.

Morning clear, calm, and very pleasant. About Noon it began to lower a little, and continued to do so all the Afternoon.

Rid to the Plantations at the Ferry and Dogue run—at the last of which finished Sowing the Clover Seed which I sent there the 26th.; With this I mixed 9 Bushels of the pounded Plaister of Paris; and Sowed the whole on about 4¼ acres of Ground (on the Side of the run along the old Mill race) as near as I could judge from stepping it.

Sunk the inner well in the Dry well now fitting up for an Ice house, about 8 feet untill I came to a pure sand.

Mrs. Stuart & Child Nancy, & Miss Allan, came here this Evening.

child nancy: Ann (Nancy) Calvert Stuart, born in Aug. 1784, was the eldest child of David and Eleanor Calvert Custis Stuart and the first of many half brothers and sisters to the four Custis children.

Sarah Allen lived at the Calvert home, Mount Airy. She seems to have been a close friend of Eleanor Stuart’s and often helped her with the education of the Custis and Stuart children.

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