George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 5 August 1788]

Tuesday 5th. Thermometer at 72 in the Morning—82 at Noon and 79 at Night. Warm with but little wind.

The business before the Board of Directors detaining till near two Oclock (I dined at Colo. Fitzgeralds) and returned home in the Afternn.

Called by the Plantation at Muddy hole. Found the Cart and some hands getting in the grain to the Barn and yard and others chopping down weeds in the Corn at the Mansion house.

At Mount Vernon this evening GW found his nephew Lawrence Augustine Washington, who had run away from Samuel Hanson’s home apparently with the aid of his brother George Steptoe Washington. Lawrence complained of ill treatment by Hanson and “offered to shew . . . some bruises he had received.” GW severely reprimanded the boy for running away, threatened to punish him with his own hands, and sent him back to Hanson the next day after obtaining a promise “that there should be no cause of complaint against him for the future” (GW to Samuel Hanson of Samuel, 6 Aug. 1788, GW to George Steptoe Washington, 6 Aug. 1788, and Hanson to GW, 7 Aug. 1788, DLC:GW).

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