George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 31 October 1797]

31. Wind still at No. Wt. but moderate. Mer. at 55. Mr. Stockton went away after breakfast and Mr. Ford & Lady & a Mr. Richards came to dinner & proceeded on their Journey to So. Cara. afterwards.

Mr. Ford may be Timothy Ford (1762–1830), formerly of New Jersey. He served briefly in GW’s bodyguard during the Revolution and later studied law under Robert Morris. In 1785 he moved to Charleston, S.C., where he was a member of the legislature and a trustee of the College of Charleston. He was married first in 1793 to Sarah Amelia DeSaussure and later to Mary Magdalen Prioleau. mr. richards: GW may mean a member of the prominent Richardson family of South Carolina.

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