George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 23 September 1786]

Saturday 23d. Mercury at 64 in the Morning—70 at Noon and 68 at Night.

A very heavy fog in the Morning, which was dispersed by a Northerly wind which cooled the air a good deal.

Rid to all the Plantations between breakfast and Dinnr. getting fodder at all, & securing it, excepting the Ferry where the People had just finished sowing the drilled Corn by the Meadow which compleated all the Corn ground and all the wheat sowing at this place. Interrupted at the River Plantation in getting Fodder in order to clean Rye & Oats for the House.

In the Afternoon Mr. Josh. Jones, Mr. Tucker & Lady, Doctr. Stuart, Mrs. Stuart, Betcy & Patcy Custis came in and stayed all Night. My Nephews George & Lawrence (whom I had sent Horses for) came down before dinner.

Finished sowing wheat upon the Lay land at Dogue run in the manner proposed. On this [ ] Bushels was sowed. On that part of the other which had been first plowed [ ] Bushels was sowed and on the west side [ ] Bushels.

Joseph Jones (1727–1805), of King George County, Va., the son of James and Hester Jones, had a long, exemplary career in public service. He was a delegate to the House of Burgesses from King George County before the Revolution, a member of the Continental Congress 1778–79 and 1780–83, and a judge of the general court 1778–79 and 1789–1805.

St. George Tucker (1752–1827), son of Henry and Anne Butterfield Tucker, left his native Bermuda in 1771 for Virginia where he had a long and distinguished legal career. Tucker and his first wife, Frances Bland Randolph Tucker (1752–1788), daughter of Theodorick and Frances Bolling Bland and widow of John Randolph of Matoax, Chesterfield County, traveled to Annapolis in Sept. 1786 where Tucker attended the meeting on commerce.

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