George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 12 July 1798]

12. Morng. Clear & Calm—Mer. at 69. Clear through the day. M. 72 at [ ]. The following Compy. dined here Colos. Fitzgerald & Simms Mr. Herbert & Son—Doctr. Craik & Son—Mr. L. Lee Col. Ramsay—Cap. Young & Lt. Jones Mr. Potts Wm. Wilson Mr. Porter Doctr. Cook Mr. Riddle Mr. Lear—Mr. Tracey—& six Ladies & 4 Gentn. from Mr. Rozers.

cap. young: Capt. Robert Young (1768–1824) of the Alexandria Dragoons. By 1800 Young and Philip Richard Fendall were “merchants & partners” in the Alexandria firm of Robert Young & Co. This probably is the same man who was a general of militia in the War of 1812 (Columbian Mirror [Alexandria], 12 June 1798; Fairfax Index description begins Edith Moore Sprouse, ed. A Surname and Subject Index of the Minute and Order Books of the County Court, Fairfax County, Virginia, 1749–1800. Fairfax County History Commission. Fairfax, Va., 1976. description ends , 2:65; POWELL [1] description begins Mary G. Powell. The History of Old Alexandria, Virginia: From July 13, 1749 to May 24, 1861. Richmond, 1928. description ends , 363).

Lieutenant Jones is probably Walter Jones (c.1773–1861), an attorney in Alexandria and Washington City, who studied law with Bushrod Washington and later married a daughter of United States Atty. Gen. Charles Lee (BROCKETT description begins F. L. Brockett. The Lodge of Washington. A History of the Alexandria Washington Lodge, No. 22, A.F. and A.M. of Alexandria, Va., 1783-1876. Alexandria, Va., 1876. description ends , 169). doctr. COOK description begins Roy Bird Cook. Washington’s Western Lands. Strasburg, Va., 1930. description ends : possibly Dr. Stephen Cooke who emigrated from Bermuda to Alexandria after 1788 and later settled in the Leesburg neighborhood at his farm called The Forest.

Mr. Riddle was probably the merchant Joseph Riddle whom GW credited on 20 July 1798 for rent received for a house owned by GW in Alexandria (GW’s Cash Memoranda, 1 Sept. 1797–20 Feb. 1799, RPJCB).

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