George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 15 March 1786]

Wednesday 15th. Thermometer at 38 in the morning—41 at Noon and 46 at Night.

Misting all day, and now and then raining pretty smartly, wind constantly at East.

The wet obliged me to discontinue my working on the Mounds and set the people to picking the wild onions out of the Oats which I am abt. to sow.

In the afternoon, the Vessel wch. I sent to york river for Corn from the Plantations of the deceased Mr. Custis arrived with 1000 bushels.

the vessel wch. i sent to york river: This was the shipment of corn which GW had employed George Savage’s skipper, John Whitney, to bring to Mount Vernon (see entry for 3 Feb. 1786). In addition to the Indian corn, Whitney brought six bushels of peas, all from John Parke Custis’s plantation on the Pamunkey River (GW to Savage, 17 Mar. 1786, owned by Mr. Randolph P. Barton, Salem, Mass.).

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