George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 26 June 1798]

26. Morning Cloudy, & contd. so all day with the wind at So. Mer. 70 in the Morng. 75 at Noon and 72 at Night. Mr. Law & two French Gentn.—viz. Mr. La Guin & Mr. Clarmont.

Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton wrote in her diary on 24 June 1798 that “Mr. La Guin & Mr. Flamand two French Gentlemen from New York came” (DLC: William Thornton Papers). Nelly Custis recorded that they were “old friends” of Thomas Law’s (Eleanor Parke Custis to Elizabeth Bordley, 1 July 1798, ViMtvL). mr. la guin: probably the Frenchman Louis Le Guen, who came to the United States in 1794, went into trade in New York City and Philadelphia, and invested in land in eastern Pennsylvania.

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