George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 24 May 1788]

Saturday 24th. Thermometer at 65 in the Morning—77 at Noon And 76 at Night. Morning clear, with but little wind, & that at West. About One Oclock a cloud, with a pretty heavy shower of rain came up, & Wind at No. Wt. and cool.

Rid to all the Plantations. At the Ferry & Frenchs—same work as yesterday—finished. Planting Corn.

At Dogue run—Four plows began to Weed Corn, and at the same time to prepare the ground for Potatoes. The plowing, this first time—as is the case in the Neck, and at the Ferry, turned the Furrow from the Corn. The other hands were at the New grd.

Muddy hole people employed as yesterday.

In the Neck. One plow (in the Corn) was Stopped, and two single harrows put to work in its place to harrow the grd. which they had gone over, to render it more fit for the reception of Potatoes. The other hands were planting Pease which they would go near to finish to Night.

Mrs. Geo. Washington & Child and Doctr. Lyon came here before breakfast this Morning, from Maryland.

Anna Maria Washington (1788–1814), daughter of George Augustine and Frances Bassett Washington, was born 3 April, apparently at Eltham.

Dr. James Lyons (d. 1830) of Studley, Hanover County, was a friend of the Dandridge and Bassett families. He graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1776 and subsequently studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Edinburgh, graduating from the latter university in 1785 (DANDRIDGE [2] description begins “Letters of John Dandridge to John Hopkins.” William and Mary Quarterly, 1st ser., 20 (1911–12): 149–67. description ends , 154; BLANTON description begins Wyndham B. Blanton. Medicine in Virginia in the Eighteenth Century. Richmond, 1931. description ends , 75, 82, 87).

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