George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 2 January 1788]

Wednesday 2d. Thermometer at 21 in the morning—30 at Noon and 25 at Night. Clear Morning but variable afterwards—not much wind, but that Southerly & cold—at least raw.

Colo. Humphreys & Myself accompanied Mr. Paradise and his lady to Alexandria. Dined with Mr. Charles Lee and returned in the Evening—leavg. Mr. & Mrs. Paradise there.

On the ride home GW contracted “a very severe cold” and for the next week or more was plagued almost continually by a bad cough and “slow fevers” (GW to John Fitzgerald, 9 Jan. 1788, DLC:GW).

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