George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 31 December 1785]

Saturday 31st. Thermometer at [ ] in the Morning—[ ] at Noon and 37 at Night.

A Raw Wind from the Eastwd. blew in the forenoon. Afternoon Calm, but chilly with appearances now & then of a change in the weather.

Rid to my Plantations in the Neck Muddy hole, and Ferry. George Steptoe Washington came here to dinner and after it went away the Company that came yesterday.

Landed 230 Bushels of Oats today from an Eastern shore Vessel and by her had brought from Alexandria the Pictures drawn by Mr. Pine of Fanny Bassett now Washington and the young Custis.

bushels of oats: GW’s Indian corn crop for 1785 was very poor and did “not amount to one third of what I made last year; which is insufficient to feed my negroes, much more to afford support for my Horses” (GW to David Stuart, 24 Dec. 1785, DLC:GW). He was forced to buy grain to supplement his own supply.

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