George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 17 February 1787]

Saturday 17th. Mercury at 32 in the Morng.—48 at Noon and 42 at Night.

Wind Southerly and warm all day. Towards night it lowered.

Went into the Neck to Mark some lines for fences. Finished this Evening plowing the orchard for Barley.

Received, before I had done a message acquainting me that Colo. Wadsworth and a Mr. Chaloner were here which brought me home.

Jeremiah Wadsworth (1743–1804), of Hartford, Conn, was an active advocate of independence and for several years served as commissary general for the Continental Army. Of his service GW wrote: “I only wish his successor may feed the Army as well as he has done” (GW to Samuel Huntington, 24 Nov. 1779, DLC:GW). After the war Wadsworth became an active member of the Cincinnati. Now a member of the Continental Congress while also engaging in various business enterprises, he was visiting Mount Vernon to discuss his hopes for a new and stronger national government (PLATT description begins John D. R. Platt. “Jeremiah Wadsworth: Federalist Entrepreneur.” Ph.D. diss., Columbia University, 1955. description ends , 199).

Mr. Chaloner was John Chaloner, formerly an assistant commissary of purchases during the Revolution, and now a partner in the Philadelphia firm of Chaloner and White. Chaloner had been the Philadelphia agent for John Barker Church and his wartime partner Jeremiah Wadsworth, and he was at this time engaged in settling the tangled business affairs of their now defunct company (HAMILTON [2] description begins Harold C. Syrett et al., eds. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 vols. New York, 1961–87. description ends , 3:12, 432, n.1, 634, n.4).

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