Friday 12th. Mercury at 24 in the Morning—27 at Noon and 22 at Night.
Wind at No. Wt. with flying clouds and very cold.
At home all day, writing letters, & doing other matters previous to Majr. Geo. Washingtons setting of for New Kent for which place he set out after dinner, in order to receive & bring up some Negroes which his Wife’s Father Colo. Bassett had given him.
A notation in the Mount Vernon store book for this date says that the white workers are to have a bottle of rum per day “on acct. of the Cyder’s being out” (ViMtvL).