George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 29 August 1788]

Friday 29th. Thermometer at 80 in the Morning—83 at Noon; and 81 at Night. Wind at So. W. clear & very warm.

Visited all the Plantations. In the Neck—The Waggon & 1 Cart were getting in Wheat—the other was at Mill. The other hands except those at Plow and employed in getting in and Stacking the Wheat—were threshing out Oats, & pressing Cyder.

At Muddy hole—The Plows wch. had just finished preparing for, & putting in Wheat at the Ferry (with the Ferry Plows) set into work after dinner. All the other hands were employed as yesterday.

At Dogue run—The same hands were at the same work as yesterday.

At Frenchs—The Hoe & Plow people were, as before mentioned, at the other places.

At the Ferry—The Plows went after dinner to Muddy hole—the rest were employed in getting with the carts & Waggon the Grain.

Doctr. Stuart & his Brother Richard left this before Breakfast for their Fathers.

David and Richard Stuart’s father, Rev. William Stuart (1723–1798), rector of St. Paul’s Parish, King George County, lived at Cedar Grove in the Chotank area. The estate had been a wedding gift to William and his wife, Sarah Foote Stuart, from her father. Richard Stuart later inherited Cedar Grove and lived there until his death (EUBANK description begins H. Ragland Eubank. Touring Historyland: The Authentic Guide Book of Historic Northern Neck of Virginia, the Land of George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Colonial Beach, Va., 1934. description ends , 17–18; ST. PAUL’S description begins George Harrison Sanford King. The Register of Saint Paul’s Parish, 1715–1798, Stafford County, Virginia, 1715-1776, King George County, Virginia, 1777-1798. Fredericksburg, Va., 1960. description ends , xxii-xxiii, 134–36).

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