George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 17 December 1786]

Sunday 17th. Mercury at 36 in the Morning—41 at Noon and 40 at Night.

Perfectly calm all day—lowering with great appearances of Snow or rain till the afternoon when the clouds broke and the Sun set Clear.

In the afternoon a Mr. Brown Son of Mr. Jno. Brown of Providence came in and stayed all Night.

John Brown (1736–1803), of Providence, R.I., the son of James and Hope Power Brown, was one of Rhode Island’s leading merchants. The voyage of John Brown’s ship the General Washington in 1787 marked the beginning of the Rhode Island trade with the East Indies and China. James Brown (1761–1834) was John and Sarah Brown’s eldest son, and the only one to survive to manhood. This younger Brown attended Rhode Island College, now Brown University, but graduated in 1780 from Harvard.

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