George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 30 December 1787]

Sunday 30th. Thermometer at 34 in the Morning—35 at Noon And 32 at Night. Wind at So. Et. and Snowing fast all or the greater part of the day—but being wet it did not accumulate fast.

Doctr. Craik and Mr. OKelly went away after breakfast and abt. 11 Oclock Mr. Paradise & his Lady lately from England but now of Williamsburgh came in on a visit.

The Englishman John Paradise (1743–1795), who was pro-American during the Revolution, married Lucy Ludwell (1751–1814), daughter of Philip Ludwell (1716–1767), of London, Eng., and of Green Spring, James City County, Va. The Paradises arrived in Virginia from England in Sept. 1787, and after a stay at Green Spring were visiting friends and family, including many of the Lees, to whom Mrs. Paradise was related by marriage (see SHEPPERSON description begins Archibald Bolling Shepperson. John Paradise and Lucy Ludwell of London and Williamsburg. Richmond, Va., 1942. description ends ).

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