George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 6 February 1787]

Tuesday 6th. Mercury at 34 in the Morning—50 at Noon and 48 at Night.

Last evening & Night being Soft no frost to day—little or no Wind. Clear and exceedingly pleasant. Snow tho’ there was a good deal in the Morning had quite disappeared by Night.

Mr. Willm. Craik who came here to dinner yesterday went away after breakfast. I rid to all the Plantations and to Simpsons with my Nephew G. A. Washington to advise him (as he was going to settle a plantation there) abt. his fencing. Sowed [ ] gallons of Timothy Seed mixed in ashes on the Rye in the Neck. Began to put up a New fence through the wood at the Ferry plantation to day—The Dogue run people putting up the rails that wer mauled by them a round frenchs Tobacco grd.—French’s People also fencing and getting New rails.

About Sun down Messrs. Bushrod & Corbin Washington came in on their return from Berkeley County.

simpsons: a plantation in Clifton’s Neck and part of GW’s 1760 purchase from William Clifton. The land had originally been leased by Clifton to Gilbert Simpson, and after Simpson’s death in 1773 the lease was inherited by his son Gilbert Simpson, Jr. In Nov. 1786 Simpson agreed to sell his lease to GW (agreement between Gilbert Simpson, Jr., and GW, 21 Nov. 1786, DLC:GW).

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