George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 10 December 1788]

Wednesday 10th. Thermometer at 41 in the Morning—44 at Noon and 43 at Night. Clear, with the Wind fresh at No. Wt. all day.

Remained at home all day. William Gardener—my New Overseer for the Neck, arrived (by Water) with his family to day.

William Garner, of Charles County, Md., today signed a contract with GW, agreeing to serve as overseer of River plantation “with the utmost Industry, Sobriety and Honesty” in return for £36 a year (articles of agreement between Garner and GW, 10 Dec. 1788, DLC:GW). He was employed until 1792 when he was dismissed for the neglectful way in which he conducted that year’s harvest (LEDGER B description begins General Ledger B, 1772–1793. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , 314; GW to Anthony Whitting, 13 Jan. and 26 May 1793, DLC:GW).

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