George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 5 January 1787]

Friday 5th. Mercury at 54 in the Morning—51 at Noon and 46 at Night.

Day clear. In the Morning it was calm but by 8 oclock the wind Sprung up at No. Wt. & encreased till it came to blow hard & continued to do so till Night and some time within it. It grew colder but was not disagreeably cold.

A Mr. Smith—Boat builder came here to build me a fishing Boat for which I am to allow him 8/. a foot and a pint of rum pr. day.

Rid to the Plantations, all. In the Neck began with 8 plows to plow the cut which had been in drilled Corn next the Barn—crossing the old farrows at this plowing.

mr. smith: On 17 Mar. GW settled his account with Simon Smith “for buildg. & repai[rin]g boats” (LEDGER B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 242).

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