George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 27 December 1798]

27. Clear morning, but spitting of Snow in the Evening little however fell. Mer. at 25 in the Morning. The following Gentlemen dined here the 27th. viz. Messrs. Wm. Fitzhugh—Wm. Herbert Potts—Wilson—Doctr. Craik & son Geo: Washington Craik, Heath & Doctr. Greenhow of Richmond.

Mr. Heath is possibly John Heath (1758-1810), son of Capt. John Heath (d. 1783) of Northumberland County. The younger Heath was a member of the Virginia General Assembly in 1782 and 1784–85, first president of Phi Beta Kappa after its founding at the College of William and Mary in 1776, and a member of Congress from 1793 to 1797. He was living in Richmond about this time. In 1803 he married Sarah Ewell, niece of Mrs. James Craik.

Dr. Greenhow is young James Greenhow who had graduated from the University of Edinburgh the previous year.

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