George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 17 September 1786]

Sunday 17th. Mercury at 59 in the Morning—68 at Noon and 65 at Night.

Wind fresh at East all day & very lowering. About 5 Oclock it began to rain and continued to do so incessantly the whole Night.

Colo. Fitzgerald Mr. Herbert, Colo. Simm & Mr. Chs. Lee, & a Mr. Snow (living with Mr. Porter) came down to dinner and were detained by the rain all night.

Gideon Snow entered the employ of the Alexandria firm of Porter & Ingraham in 1786. According to some accounts, he had been Eleanor Parke and George Washington Parke Custis’s first tutor (CUSTIS description begins George Washington Parke Custis. Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington. New York, 1860. description ends , 39).

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