George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 1 December 1786]

Friday 1st. Mercury at 36 in the Morning—[ ] at Noon and [ ] at Night.

Wind Southerly and pretty fresh—clear and pleasant all day.

Employed as yesterday, running round the Lands of Manley and French.

Geo. Washington and his wife returned home in the Evening.

Received 50 Bushels of Buck Wheat from Colo. Leven Powell of Loudoun.

Leven (Levin) Powell (1737–1810), a Loudoun County merchant, was a major in the Virginia militia 1775–76 and a lieutenant colonel of the 16th Regiment of the Continental line 1777–78. Powell served as a Virginia delegate in the late 1780s and early 1790s as well as a United States congressman 1799–1801. For a discussion of GW’s experiments with buckwheat, see the entry for 2 Aug. 1762.

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