George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 30 September 1797]

30. Cloudy all day with the wind at No. Et. Mer. at 65. Mr. Carter of Shirley & Mr. Fitzhugh of Chatham came to Dinner.

mr. carter of shirley: Charles Carter (1732–1806) of Shirley in Charles City County. mr. fitzhugh of chatham: William Fitzhugh (1741–1809) of Chatham. The Fitzhughs planned to move to Alexandria, and the Fitzhugh home, Chatham, in Stafford County, was put on the market in 1796 (MOORE [1] description begins Gay Montague Moore. Seaport in Virginia: George Washington’s Alexandria. 1949. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1972. description ends , 203). Martha Washington wrote her friend Elizabeth Powel in July that the Fitzhughs “expect to be living in alexandria in october, but not fixed their before november” (14 July 1797, ViMtvL). In fact they did not take up residence in Alexandria until early in December (Martha Washington to Elizabeth Powel, 18 Dec. 1797, ViMtvL).

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