George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 21 December 1787]

Friday 21st. Thermometer at 33 in the Morning—38 at Noon And 35 at Night. Morning clear and tolerably pleasant. Wind Westerly, but getting to No. Wt. it blew fresh & turned cold but continued clear & not unpleast.

The frost since it set in being a continued one, has stopped all plowing. The ground quite dry and roads dusty.

Rid to Muddy hole, Dogue run French’s & the Ferry Plantatns.

At Muddy hole began to fence between No. 1 & 2. Brought two Sorrel Colts from thence rising two. Magnolio’s.

At Dogue run the people having finished the Meadow at Frenchs yesterday were (the Women, the Men getting rails) employed in cleaning their own Meadow. Counted all the Stock at this place and brot. to the Mansn. House to be wintered 8 Mares with fold—2 Sorrl. Colts rising two—a young bay mare rising three—a young bay horse for Washington Custis and the Chariot horse Partner.

At French’s all the hands that were at home, were cleaning Oats and that this business might be dispatched I sent 4 hands from the Ferry to work a 2d. Fan.

At the Ferry the women were levelling the Ditch in No. 2 ordered to be done yesterday.

Killed the following Hogs to day.

From the Neck 18 weight 1650
Ferry 4 Do. 335
Disposed of them as follow
Thos. Bishop & T. Green 800
Richd. B. Walker 152
Overseer Morris 300
Ditto at Frenchs 300
Ditto Muddy hole 228
Carpenter Isaac 202

Overseer Da[v]y retained 3 of his Hogs agreeably to order, as did the Farmer at the Ferry. The first weighed 311 lbs.: of the weight of the latter—if killed, no acct. has yet been rendered. The 2 reserved by him when the first hogs came from the Ferry weighed 243 lbs.

The General Acct. stands thus.

Early killg. from the Mill Novr. 12th. 7 1342
2d. Killing—12th. Inst.—viz. includg. 2 to the Farmer { 92 11620
3d. Killing, exclusive of 3 left for him & includg. 3 left for Davy } 25 2286
Total 124 15248
Disposed of to the Ovrs. & others pr.
the foregoing Accts. remaing. for Fam[il]y 12712

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