George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 13 June 1798]

13. Morning, Mer. 68 & clear. Clouds but no rain all day. Mer. 72 at Night. Mr. Fitzhugh, Lady & daughter—Mrs. Beverley Randolph, with her daughter & Son in Law Randolph & his Sister dined here.

Beverley Randolph married Martha Cocke of Williamsburg; their daughter Lucy Randolph married William Randolph (born c.1769) of Chitower, son of Thomas Randolph of Tuckahoe, Goochland County, and his first wife, Anne Cary Randolph. William Randolph’s sister is probably one of his two youngest sisters, Harriet Randolph (b. 1783) or Virginia Randolph (b. 1786).

Returning from a fishing trip, Niemcewicz found a “notable and unexpected company from Alexandria.” He said the table in the great hall was set out with porcelain service for 20. “The General, in high spirits, was gracious and full of attention to everybody.” Of the young Randolphs, he wrote, “I do not know whether both their ages would add up to 38, and already they are the parents of three children” (niemcewicz, 106–7). In the evening Nelly Custis played the harpsichord and sang for Niemcewicz, who was leaving the following morning.

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