George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 16 April 1787]

Monday 16th. Mercury at [ ] in the Morning—[ ] at Noon and [ ] at N.

Morning Cold with the wind (tho not fresh) still at No. Wt. calm afterwards—frost.

Went up to Alexandria to the Election of Delegates to represent the County in General Assembly—when Colo. Mason and Doctr. Stuart were chosen.

Returned in the Evening, accompanied by Colo. Mason—his two Sons William and George—& his Son in Law Colo. Cooke.

Ordered my Overseers in the Neck, and at Muddy hole, to begin (with the drill plows) to plant Corn.

colo. cooke: John Travers Cook (Cooke). George Mason’s son William Mason (1757–1818) had served as a captain in the militia during the Revolution. He lived at Mattawoman in Charles County, Md., part of a large estate which he inherited from his maternal grandmother, Sarah Edgar Eilbeck.

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