George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 22 September 1788]

Monday 22d. Thermometer at 56 in the Morning—62 at Noon and 63 at Night. Morning cloudy with the Wind about North a little Et.

Rid to the Plantations at the Ferry, Dogue run and French’s.

At the first the People began to get fodder—aided by the hands from the latter. Six plows were at work, breaking up field No. 3 twice in a Furrow. The Carts (Frenchs joined) were drawing Rails to enclose the Wheat and Hay stacks.

At French’s—Hands employed as above at the Ferry.

At Dogue run—Eight Plows were at Work breaking up field No. 7—twice in a furrow. The other hands were employed in getting fodder.

At Muddy hole—The whole force was about getting in, and securing the fodder at the M. Ho.

Mr. Nisbet, Mr. Cunningham, & Colo. Harrison went away after breakfast. Majr. Powell—Sub. Sheriff came here on business before dinner & dined.

GW today paid Joseph Powell, Jr., £14 5s. 7½d. for the current parish levy on his 153 tithables plus clerk’s fees (LEDGER B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 268, 275). Powell was sworn a Fairfax County subsheriff 17 Jan. 1785 and apparently served to the end of 1788 or early 1789 (Fairfax County Order Book for 1783–88, 105, and Fairfax County Order Book for 1788–91, 243, Vi Microfilm).

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