George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 1 August 1786]

Tuesday 1st. Mercury at 67 in the Morning—69 at Noon and 66 at Night.

Morning heavy & sometimes mizzling but clear afterwards, till Night when the clouds assembled and rained the whole Night, sometimes very fast—Wind at East.

Mrs. Fendall, Harriot Washington, and Lucy Lee (a child)—Colo. Fitzgerald, Colo. Simms, Captn. Conway, Messrs. Saml. and Thos. Hanson & Mr. Charles Lee came here to dinner—all of whom, except the 3 first named, went away after it.

Harriot Washington (1776–1822), the daughter of Samuel and Anne Steptoe Washington, was GW’s niece.

Lucy Grymes Lee (1786–1860) was an infant, the third child of Henry and Matilda Lee. When Henry Lee went to New York as a delegate to the Continental Congress and took his wife and two older children north with him, it was thought best, because of Mrs. Lee’s poor health, to leave the baby in Alexandria in the care of her grandmother, Elizabeth Steptoe Lee Fendall.

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